Maritime trio taking part in Williams series

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Three women drivers from the Maritimes are taking part in the Mildred Williams Driving Series that is taking place at 37 North American racetracks this year.

Clare MacDonald of Antigonish, Tammy MacKay of Truro and Ambyr MacPhee of Cornwall, P.E.I. all saw action last weekend as the series opened at Rideau Carleton in Ottawa, and Aylmer and Montreal in Quebec.

The series honours 90-year-old Mildred Williams, a pioneer woman driver in Canadian harness racing who first received her drivers licence in 1952. Mildred was honoured at Rideau Carleton before the first leg of the series.

Initiated to create racing opportunities for female drivers, this years participants have another goal - to raise money for various charities, including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Childrens Wish Foundation.

Maritime trio taking part in Williams series

Three women drivers from the Maritimes are taking part in the Mildred Williams Driving Series that is taking place at 37 North American racetracks this year.

Clare MacDonald of Antigonish, Tammy MacKay of Truro and Ambyr MacPhee of Cornwall, P.E.I. all saw action last weekend as the series opened at Rideau Carleton in Ottawa, and Aylmer and Montreal in Quebec.

The series honours 90-year-old Mildred Williams, a pioneer woman driver in Canadian harness racing who first received her drivers licence in 1952. Mildred was honoured at Rideau Carleton before the first leg of the series.

Initiated to create racing opportunities for female drivers, this years participants have another goal - to raise money for various charities, including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Childrens Wish Foundation.

Every driver participating in the series will donate her earnings to a charity selected by the local track.

MacDonald, 41, daughter of legendary Nova Scotia horseman Ed Haley of West River Stock Farms, picked up driving wins at Hippedrome de Montreal and Hippodrome Aylmer during the weekend while MacPhee, daughter of Charlottetown driver-trainer Brian MacPhee, was a winner in Ayler.

MacKay, daughter of veteran trainer-driver Emmons MacKay of Truro, is yet to hit the win column, but had a close third-pace finish at Aylmer.

The Williams Series will make five stops in the Maritimes this year, including an Aug. 30th event at Truro Raceway. Other stops are planned for Summerside Raceway, Northside Downs in North Sydney; Inverness Raceway, Summerside and Saint John.

Its great that we will be able to showcase our top women drivers at Maritime racetracks. said MacDonald.

Notes

Charlottetown driver-trainer Dr. Ian Moore had the stars of his stable out qualifying last Saturday afternoon at Charlottetown Driving Park and both of them seem ready for the 2007 season.

Astronomical and Impeccable went head-to-head in their qualifier with Astronomical scoring a three-quarter length victory in a time of 1:56.1. Astronomical, driven by Moore led throughout after posting splits of :28.2, :57.2 and 1:27.2.

Astronomical, who has been resting since mid-December, won eight of 31 starts last year as a four-year-old. In 2006, Astronomical started in major stake races such as the Graduate at the Meadowlands, the Molson Pace at Western Fair and the Gold Cup and Saucer at Charlottetown. He has $700,000 in career earnings.

Also returning since his last start in mid-December, Impeccable has eight career wins and lifetime earnings in excess of $300,000. As a three-year-old in 2006, Impeccable started in multiple OSS Gold Finals, the Confederation Cup at Flamboro and the North America Cup at Woodbine Racetrack.

The 2007 harness racing season begins this Saturday at Charlottetown.

Organizations: Mildred Williams Driving Series, North American, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Breast Cancer Research Foundation Childrens Wish Foundation West River Stock Farms Williams Series Molson Pace

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Cornwall, Ottawa Montreal Quebec Summerside Nova Scotia Ayler North Sydney Saint John Charlottetown Driving Park North America

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