By Diane Daniels
With the return of Atlantic Standard Time, post time at Truro Raceway will push back to 1 p.m. starting tomorrow with qualifying sessions beginning at 11:45 a.m.
These times will be place for the remainder of the 2012 meet.
Eight evenly matched pacers will line up behind the gate in the top class of tomorrow's card, the ‘Frenchy' Thibeau Pace, which is programmed for Race 9.
Halifax owner Francois ‘Frenchy' Thibeau, an avid supporter of the sport, has once again donated a barn sheet to be presented trackside to the winning connections of the pace.
With a few of the regular drivers not available this week, race goers will see several horses on the card partnered with new drivers including the two early-morning favourites in the fast class. Ross Toole's Saulsbrook Quick, the most photogenic in the group with seven wins for the year, will be teamed up with Ernie Laffin while Barbara Pearl's Maritimer has Kenny Parker Jr. in the seat.
Truro's leading driver Ryan Ellis will be missing from tomorrow's lineup, having booked off of his regular drives due to work commitments.
The Air Canada airline pilot heads the leaderboard with 71 winning drives for the year. He ranks second in Canada with a universal rating system average of .404 behind national leader Gilles Barrieau of Saint John, N.B.
Teamster Darren Crowe reports in with 38 to hold down second place in the race for leading driver.
Accomplished trainer/driver Darren Crowe, having earned well-deserved bragging rights, gives full marks to his former pupil, Autumn Gottem, a high price colt purchased out of the 2010 NSPE Select Yearling Sale by prominent Nova Scotia horseman Robert ‘Sonny' Siteman.
Autumn Gottem has registered four wins out of six starts, covering the ground in 1:51.3 at Mohawk Racetrack to record a life's best for new owner Frank Bellino of New York.
Another Nova Scotia export, Natural Instinct, previously campaigned out of Truro by Al MacNeil of Saulsbrook Stables, Windsor, was also purchased by Bellino on Oct. 26.
Truro grassroots trainer/driver Cyril (Toby) MacDonald confirmed that he is planning to relocate to Rideau Carleton Raceway area early in November.
With the local track shutting down for the winter months, MacDonald has opted to take a job with an Ontario Stable to train and condition colts during Truro's annual winter-break.
Although it has been four years since Somebeachsomewhere has dominated the race track, the greatest horse of the modern era is still setting records.
Upon the completion of last Saturday's Breeders Crown finals at Woodbine, ‘The Beach' became the richest sire of all time for two- year-old progeny in a single season with his 2012 crop banking more than $4.54 million in purse earnings.
The world champion is currently ‘down under,' standing at Empire Stallions breeding farm in Victoria, Australia.
Co-owner Brent MacGrath of Truro verified that Somebeachsomewhere will be returning to Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania for the 2013 breeding season.
Considered by many to be one of the industry's number one standardbred sales, the Harrisburg Black Book Sale will begin Nov. 5 and continue through Nov. 10 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Penn.
Over 2,000 head will pass through the sales ring before interested bidders looking to acquire the best racehorses in the world. Approximately 57 blue blooded yearlings sired by Somebeachsomewhere are catalogued for the sale.
Locals taking in the event include Sonny Siteman, Darren and Robyn Crowe, Al MacNeil and Brent MacGrath.
Today wraps up two spectacular days of thoroughbred racing action as the fastest horses converged at Santa Anita Park to contest the 15-race event, the Breeders Cup World Championships, vying for a total of $25.5 million in purses.
The second day of the pomp and pageantry of this exhilarating racing experience will be televised this afternoon at Truro Raceway live from the New York Race track via satellite commencing at 2 p.m.
Diane Daniels is the race office supervisor at Truro Raceway.