COLUMN BY DIANE DANIELS
In the midst of rumours, allegations, confusion and speculation, Truro Raceway has been granted yet another reprieve and is set for the 22nd event of the year tomorrow afternoon.
Steve Morton, president of the Truro Harness Horse Owners Association, is joining forces with directors of the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission board, including the newly elected directors Robert ‘Sonny’ Siteman, Bruce Kennedy, Cameron MacEachern and Gary Muise of Halifax to work towards enabling the raceway to maintain its operation.
Post time 1:30 p.m. with qualifying rounds scheduled for noon.
WORKING ON FOUR STRAIGHT
Six-year-old Prom Mister and owner/trainer/driver Warren Grant are on a hot streak looking for their fourth consecutive win tomorrow.
Landing in Truro in late April, the Alberta born and bred campaigner carries a career best of 1:55 flat taken last year over Flamboro and has been a keen competitor at the local oval ever since.
Race fans looking for who’s hot and who’s not will no doubt be putting their attention towards Donald Porter’s Deep River Cruise, Owen Fletcher’s Lexilowguy and Rhea Chase’s Secret Fantasy.
All three have been firing on all cylinders and each looking for a third consecutive win. Brookfield teamster Ryan Ellis continues his winning ways, topping the leaderboard with 33 victories for the year but Bernard ‘Pooker’ McCallum, Darren Crowe, Danny Romo and Robert Laffin also have impressive resumes and have been constantly showing up on the board.
MORTON CAMP WINS BIG
Windsor connection Steve Morton scored a big second-place finish this past week at Mohawk with his two-year-old filly I C Anastro in a division of the $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Grassroots recently.
Trained by Patrick Shepherd and driven by Robert Shepherd, the daughter of Astronomical was purchased last year at the Classic Yearling Sale in Charlottetown.
YOUTHFUL COMBO SCORE BIG
Talented Saint John teamster Dale Spence, 20, teamed up with 17-year-old owner/trainer Jonah Moase of Prince Edward Island to destroy Exhibition Park Raceway’s longstanding track record with the four-year-old pacer Big League. Working off of a strong gate-to-wire effort, Spence and Big League crossed the finish line seven lengths ahead of the field in a record setting 1:53.4 to capture the $4,000 Milton Downey Memorial Pace held on Aug. 30 at the Saint John Racetrack.
The record was previously held jointly by Woodmere Topcat and Sandy Hanover.
Big League and Spence are paired up again today at the Fredericton Raceway, which is hosting a doubleheader race program.
Diane Daniels is the race office supervisor at Truro Raceway.