COLUMN BY DIANE DANIELS – TRACKSIDE
Truro Raceway is set to launch the October meet with 10 dashes of exciting and entertaining harness racing tomorrow afternoon.
Fan fun continues as the Truro Harness Horse Owners Association bring back Harness Racing Bingo and the raceway once again is offering the popular Pick 5 on races 4 through 8.
Post-time is 1:30 p.m. with qualifying rounds on tap for noon.
Sunday’s program stats show Pam Moore training her newest acquisition, Fedora, a three-year-old son of Fit For Life out of Charlottetown.
Dawn Ellis also expanded her stable this past week with the purchase of Scotian Lass out of the Steve Morton Camp while veteran horseman Malcolm MacNeil returned to the game with the purchase of the $2,000 claimer Casimir HotShot from Debbey Denney.
Following the races last Sunday, Warren Grant sold the classy six-year-old Prom Mister to one of Truro’s youngest horsemen, Jonah Moase. The Alberta-foaled pacer carries a lifetime best of 1:55 flat over Flamboro along with a career bank roll $114,695, $5,366 of which he picked up this year in 19 starts.
MISSING FROM THE ACTION
With the Lady Slipper Stake for three-year-old fillies being hosted this weekend at Summerside Raceway, several of Truro’s regular drivers are missing from the lineup including Danny Romo and Mary Clare MacDonald.
Reinsman Paul Langille has not programmed for Sunday as he takes advantage of the opportunity to visit the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale in Kentucky.
Race enthusiasts will recall that world champion Somebeachsomewhere was purchased out of the Lexington Sale in 2006 for $40,000 by Brent MacGrath for the Schooner Stable of Bible Hill.
Melmerby Beach, a son of the renowned ‘Beach’ and owned by the Schooner II Stable and trained by MacGrath, is set for a debut tonight at the Red Mile in Kentucky, which is the second oldest harness racing track in the united States and one celebrated for showcasing many great equine racing battles.
Icandothat, the three-year-old daughter of No Pan Intended and Done Like a Dinner, has been temporarily relocated to Ontario in the care of conditioner Richard Moreau.
Icandothat is owned by Danica Ellis of Brookfield and trained by husband Ryan. It won a $7,682 division of Truro’s MacKenzie Memorial Stake and is slated to participate in an autumn series for three-year-old pacing fillies out of Woodbine Racetrack early November.
CLARENCE FARM SERVICES LTD. AWARDS
New Brunswick reinsman Todd Trites captured Cool Driver recognition for the month of September, banking 78 points in 27 starts with nine victories.
Danny Romo reported in with 69 points to bag second spot on the leaderboard.
Clarence Farm Services Ltd. Hot Horse accolades go to Kenny Greene’s $4,500 claimer St. Lads Dagwood picking up 19 points to edge out Owen Fletcher’s Lexilowguy by two. Emmons MacKay led the way for trainers, topping the standings with 52 points for the month.
REJOINED TRAINING RANKS
Local horseman David Settle has rejoined the ranks of trainer at Truro Raceway after a hiatus, having successfully completed the trainer’s examination required by Standardbred Canada and the Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission.
Catalogues for the this year’s NSPE Select Yearling Sale will be available this weekend in the race office.
Thirty-four of the finest fillies and colts consigned by prominent breeders of Atlantic Canada are programmed to take center stage on sale day.
The 10th edition of the select sale is scheduled for Oct. 25 with opening ceremonies planned for 5:30 p.m. and the auction at 6 p.m. A complete list of this year’s consignment is available at www.truroraceway.ca.
TODAY AT THE TRACK
Televised action kicks off today at the track with a 1 p.m. start out of Saint John with EPR continued with thoroughbred racing from Belmont and Woodbine.
The evening program cards Charlottetown commencing at 6 p.m. followed by Pocono, Yonkers and Mohawk.
Diane Daniels is the race office suprevisor at Truro Raceway.