Ponies to go in spite of snow

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Raceway management and operations staff confirm the exhibition's snowplow equipment has been repaired and is ready to go for Sunday.

Steve Morton of the Truro Harness Horse Owners Association said a back-up plan for snow removal is on standby and horse people are gearing up to race in the snow.

One key element for racing on a snow-covered surface for horses is the addition of corks on the shoes to provide grip and avoid slipping. This tweak to the racing equipment not only takes time but also costs an additional $75 to $100 per horse.

Post time for Sunday's event is slated for 1 p.m. with qualifying rounds set for noon. Should there be any changes or amendments to the schedule as a result of forecasted inclement weather, notifications will be sent to local radio stations as well as Standardbred Canada and Truro Raceway's websites.

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Claiming action at the raceway has been at a standstill during the fall until last Sunday when Emmons MacKay claimed the five-year old Michelles Romance out of the Pam Moore camp from owner Chris Covin of Middle Sackville.

Covin had purchased the daughter of Camluck in September to join stablemate Bo Butler, which Covin picked up in July from Jonah Moase to get back in the game.

Covin was an active USTA member and campaigned stock at Sackville Downs during the mid to late 70's.

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Cyril "Toby" MacDonald, who has been working out of Rideau Carleton for the past couple of years, has returned home for the winter months.

To keep a hand in the sport MacDonald will be taking over the training of Calvin Baglole's Emerging Market.

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Horseman, James Ramsay has advised the race office nine-year-old Canaco Quickset has been retired from the track.

She ran her last race on Nov. 24 leaving Ramsay with Lifeinthecountry as the mainstay of his stable. Ramsay has plans to breed the daughter of Artiscape to the nine-year-old stud Proven Lover, owned by Casey Gavin of Tignish, P.E.I., and give Canaco a forever home.

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With most of the 2013 season in the books, a few of the categories would appear to be all but won where as others are still up for grabs.

The raceway's two-time defending driving champion, Ryan Ellis, has 45 wins to date, 12 ahead of Darren Crowe with only two race days left on the calendar.

Leading the way for trainers in the win column is veteran Emmons MacKay, although Danny Romo tips the scales for purses earned having collected more than $24,000 in 2013.

Paul Langille, with 26 wins and more than $17,000 in purse earnings in the bank, would appear to be ahead of the curve for newcomers no doubt giving him an edge for Rookie Of The Year.

Claimer of the Year looks to be a tight race down to the wire with the gelding Secret Fantasy logging seven wins while Sock It To Em and Pasta Vera each hold six. Cyril Harvey's Hushs Funny Girl has earned seven wins in 2013.

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The Truro Race office has been notified by Standardbred Canada that the popular I Love Canadian Harness Racing Calendars are not being published for 2014.

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Truro's top trainer for November, 17-year old Jonah Moase, is making a name for himself in the harness racing community.

Hailing from Cornwall, P.E.I., and the son of Neal Moase, currently operates an eight horse stable at Truro Raceway, seven of which are his own stock.

Moase has also taken over the conditioning duties for owner Stephen Morton since former trainer, Nick White, is taking a respite from the track as an occupation and trying his hand in the private sector work place.

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The Dec. 8 50/50 draw worth $182.50 was won by Donna Griffin of Truro.

The proceeds are earmarked for Elaine Mosher, horse owner and former 50/50 seller.

TAGLINE: Diane Daniels is the race office supervisor at Truro Raceway.

 

Organizations: Truro Harness Horse Owners Association

Geographic location: Tignish, Cornwall

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