Veteran harness racing driver dies following card at Charlottetown Driving Park

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CHARLOTTETOWN A veteran Prince Edward Island harness racing driver-trainer died Saturday, shortly after competing in a race program at Charlottetown Driving Park Entertainment Centre.

Paul MacDonald, 57, collapsed in his tack room while changing out of his driver suit after he drove on a race card that welcomed back Little Brown Jug winner Shadow Play.

MacDonald had been in the hunt with the three-year-old pacing filly Sarah Catherine, a filly named after his daughter, until the stretch drive when she tired and finished seventh.

Cheryl Poulton, who worked with Paul in his Charlottetown stable, found him on the floor of the tack room shortly after the race, the victim of an apparent massive heart seizure.

He received medical attention on the scene before being rushed to hospital, where he died on arrival.

The news cast a pall over the driving park, where close to 1,000 fans had turned out to welcome home the world champion three-year-old pacing colt Shadow Play.

Organizations: Charlottetown Driving Park Entertainment Centre

Geographic location: Charlottetown Driving Park, CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island

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