Crowe looking to repeat as driving champion with strong Sunday showing

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
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The eight-year-old pacer One Nation, partnered with Danny Romo and carrying an impressive record of achievement showing four wins out of his last six starts, will be aiming for a victory in the $1,350-featured pace Sunday afternoon for Halifax connection David Coles.
Also making the list of potential candidates for top spot include a couple of $3,000 claimers having moved up to the fast class in Kenny Greene's Mischievous Lad and Pure Bunny for Cape Breton owners Johnny and Julie Heffernan and Terry Doyle. Clare MacDonald and Dreams Matter could be a live pair in the first three finishers leaving this top class up for grabs.

CLEAR PLAYING FIELD
With New Brunswick reinsman, Todd Trites unable to participate in Sunday's race card, Darren Crowe will have a clear playing field as he guns for Truro's Driving Championship for the second consecutive year.
Crowe currently leads the way with 58 wins while Trites holds down second spot on the leaderboard having posted 56. The hard-working and dedicated driver, Crowe, who not only makes a mark as an accomplished teamster but also operates a successful public stable at Truro Raceway, has picked up nine rides on tomorrow's card. Dec. 20 has been set as the final race date for the live harness racing meet for 2009.
Post time for Sunday's 13-dash program is slated for 1 p.m. with qualifying rounds on tap for noon.

CONTINUES QUEST
Earning a single victory on last weekend's program with Jimmy Henderson's P H Cyril moved Robert Laffin's career total to 1,997 as he continues the quest for membership to the 2,000-win club. Laffin has the call on 10 as he suits up for Sunday.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Thirty-one-year-old Robbie Smallwood, son of Nancy and Henry Smallwood, is enjoying a Christmas break at home in Cooks Brook.
Robbie will be up on two of his dad's regular mounts, Brooklets Wildfire in Race 3 and FGL Fantastic in the 11th. Smallwood, in his final year of studies at the Pharmacy College on the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver, recorded his first lifetime win in Truro on De. 12, 1999 with Chief Wahoo.

UPDATE
Family members report popular harness racing personality and editor of Atlantic Post Calls, Doug Harkness, remains in the hospital recuperating from extensive heart surgery performed in Halifax on Tuesday, Dec. 1. The familiar monthly racing periodical has ceased publication until further notice.

Organizations: Pharmacy College, University of British Columbia, Atlantic Post Calls

Geographic location: Halifax, Truro, Cape Breton New Brunswick Cooks Vancouver

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