Disaster averted at Truro Raceway

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TRURO - Harry Trenholm, who is the official starter of the horse races at Truro Raceway, escaped serious injury last Sunday afternoon when the starting gate crashed through a fence and slid down an embankment after getting the 6th race underway. Jim Wilson of Truro, who drives the starting gate, also escaped injury.

TRURO - Harry Trenholm, who is the official starter of the horse races at Truro Raceway, escaped serious injury last Sunday afternoon when the starting gate crashed through a fence and slid down an embankment after getting the 6th race underway. Jim Wilson of Truro, who drives the starting gate, also escaped injury.

Trenholm, a resident of Baie Verte, N.?B., was stationed on his elevated outdoor perch on the back of the starters vehicle when a powerful gust of wind, propelled the vehicle into the fence. The truck took out six sections of the backstretch fence before skidding down the embankment.

Joe Kelly, the race-secretary and track manager, says the wind literally lifted the truck off its wheels just as the wings of the starting gate were being closed.

It was fortunate that the truck didnt roll over or Harry could have been seriously injured, even killed. said Kelly.

Trenholm, a former trainer-driver, described the incident as scary.

In a telephone interview from Harrisons Building Supply where he is employed, Trenholm said he was fortunate that the vehicle did not roll over, but skidded sideways down a seven-foot embankment before coming to rest in the parking lot of the Truro Horsemens Club.

I think I would have been a goner if she had rolled over.said Trenholm. Everything happened so fast, there was no way I could have escaped.

The collision with the fence caused damage to the starting gate, damaging the windows and radiator as well as bending one of the wings on the truck.

Jimmy was lucky he wasnt injured by the flying glass in the cab. said Trenholm, who said several of the fence posts were smashed into the cab.

The race card continued with a half-ton four-wheel truck used as the starting gate.

?After dusting himself off, Trenholm started the remaining six races from the cab of the half-ton.

Harry admits he has had some close calls while driving the standardbreds, but nothing to equal last Sundays incident.

The starting gate has been repaired and will be ready for Sundays 11-dash card at Truro Raceway.

Several horsemen suggested that last Sundays races should have been called off because of track conditions.

High winds and snow squalls slowed times during the late races, but there were no further incidents.



Organizations: Truro Horsemens Club

Geographic location: Baie Verte

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