By Diane Daniels
In keeping with tradition, Truro Raceway will be hosting the Thanksgiving Day race program on Monday in order to facilitate Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park's Breeders Crown weekend.
There are 10 dashes of harness racing scheduled, highlighted by the top class programmed for the final race of the afternoon.
Post time is 1:30 p.m. with qualifying rounds slated for noon.
This year, organizers have put a fresh twist on the annual Thanksgiving Day Pace.
The name of the winning horse and owner of each race on the card will be put in a draw for a fall/winter horse blanket sponsored by the proceeds of the weekly 50/50 ticket sales. The draw out of the 10 entries will be held in the winner's circle, preceding the final dash of the afternoon.
Bible Hill's Emmons MacKay and family, representing Nova Scotia, will be honoured for their achievements in harness racing tonight at the Breeder's Crown gala awards ceremony in Charlottetown along with the Annears of P.E.I., Bob Forward and family from Newfoundland and the Stevensons of New Brunswick.
Following a brilliant Old Home Week campaign the six-year-old Busters Brother suffered an injury, which put the pacer on the sidelines on stall rest.
Last week he was given clearance to return to work and now the most claimed horse at the Truro Raceway is back at the track training for his comeback start for owner/trainer Kenny Greene of Kennetcook.
Eighteen-year-old owner/trainer Jonah Moase and 21-year-old teamster Dale Spence of New Brunswick teamed up last weekend to put on an exciting show at the raceway.
Lighting up the scoreboard twice, Spence and Moase hit the mark with Letsmake Ideal and Barrett Jackson, while Moase rounded out his training triple with Prom Mister in the ninth under the reins of Darren Crowe.
Horse players should be giving a second look to this youthful twosome when choosing their picks.
Darren Crowe is working on a career milestone with 978 wins in the bank, leaving him just 22 away from 1,000 lifetime victories.
Crowe, recognized as a talented driver, trainer, owner, farrier and builder of young stock, as well as a driving force ofthe NSPE select sale, developed his love for horses and passion for the sport of harness racing at an early age while working with horseman John Yuill.
The proceeds of Monday's 50/50 draw are being earmarked for Audrey MacManus to assist with travel costs, while undergoing medical treatments in Halifax.
Audrey and her husband Pat operate the race paddock canteen and have been associated with the raceway for many years, including owning and campaigning horses.
The Ways and Means Committee of the Truro Harness Horse Owners Association made a $100 donation along with four hampers of food to the Colchester Food Bank as a result of the food drive and Team Driving Challenge generously supported by race goers and horsemen during the September meet.
The committee continues its fundraising efforts, this time by selling raffle tickets for the upcoming yearling sale.
The tickets are $20 each with the winner walking away with either $2,000 in cash or a $3,000 credit toward the purchase of a yearling out of the NSPE Select Sale.
The Select Sale organizing team is also on a fundraising mission to supplement operating costs by selling tickets on a complete Gaitmaster harness package including a harness bag. Tickets are available in the race office and are $5 each or three for $10.
Both draws will take place prior to the sale in the Agridome on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m.
Race fans will want to be on hand today and tomorrow to take in the biggest show in Maritime harness racing, the Atlantic Breeders Crown Championships.
The weekend will feature the best two- and three-year-old performers in this year's Atlantic Sires Stakes season.
Action gets underway today at 1 p.m. from Red Shores Charlottetown with the consolation events followed by the finals on Sunday afternoon. The complete simulcast schedule is available online at www.truroraceway.ca.
TAGLINE: Diane Daniels is the race office supervisor at Truro Raceway