The thrill and excitement of harness racing returns tomorrow afternoon to the Truro Raceway with an eight-dash program.
Post-time is slated for 1:30 pm with a qualifying round on tap for noon. Parking and admission to the races is free.
Truro native Darren Crowe, 42, with 998 lifetime wins in the bank, is fast closing in on joining the 1,000-win milestone club.
Darren has worked, trained and driven at tracks throughout Canada and has a successful public stable based out of Truro. Darren, recognized for his passion for the sport, has also served as a member of the Truro Harness Horse Owners Association for the past 10 years.
One of his most recent accomplishments includes being the successful candidate in the 2013 election for the Atlantic Canada Active Standardbred Canada director.
Crowe not only has been in great form but also is currently one of the most popular catch drivers at Truro since the launch of the 2014 meet.
Horseman Shawn Worthen, along with his sister Sarah and extended family and friends, will be remembering "Dad" Mike Worthen on Sunday afternoon with a memorial blanket presentation to the winning connections of Race 5.
Returning home for a brief visit from Yorkton, Sask., Shawn is spending some time reminiscing about his father.
Worthen, an avid horseman, campaigned at Truro Raceway and Sackville Downs throughout the 1970s and 80's and early 90s.
Worthen passed away in 1991 at the age of 45, winning his last race at Truro Raceway with Dutch Thunder.
During his racing career, Worthen accumulated 1,075 wins and netted about $750,000 in purse earnings. Shawn continues the family tradition, training a modest stable of three in Western Canada.
Although April sent out only a pair of cards for the month, the stats were tabulated and Darren Crowe emerged well out in front for April, earning 47 points off of 11 starts, six wins, two seconds and three thirds to capture Cool Driver recognition. His closest rival for the title was Bernard McCallum scoring 22 points.
Hot Horse accolades for this month are being shared by three - Fred Saunders' Good Night Hanover, Godivabeachdiamond for Steve Morton and Anthony Beaton's Schooner, each posting two wins to pick up 10 points. As a matter of interest, trainer for the month also resulted in a tie for veteran horsemen Fred Saunders and Donnie Ellis, each collecting 20 points
Seven -year old Brodie Ellis is a lucky young man, having been granted connection status by his parents, Mandy and Jeff Ellis. Assisted by Jeff as authorized agent for a minor, Brodie is now co- owner with his dad of his favorite horse, Grand Ball.
Meridian Farms of Milton, P.E.I. is sponsoring the exciting "Name This Foal" contest. The top prize of $150 will be awarded to the winning entry along with various gift certificates and assorted merchandise for other contest categories. The contest is open to everyone 16 years and under. Entry details will be outlined in Atlantic Post Calls as well as on the Meridian Farms website.
Standarbred Canada recently released information regarding the eighth annual Atlantic Provinces Bursary Program. Standardbred Canada partners with various Atlantic Canada standardbred organizations along with the Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission, to provide funding for the program. This project could award up to five students in the Atlantic Provinces bursaries towards their post secondary education.
Details and application particulars are currently available on line.
With 20-plus of the fastest three-year-old thoroughbreds and the best jockeys in North America ready for the Run for the Roses, Truro Raceway is celebrating the 140th running of the prestigious Kentucky Derby with snacks, contests and prizes.
Live coverage from historic Churchill Downs is slated to get underway today at 11:30 a.m. at the raceway, centering on the traditional pomp and ceremony along with the backside buzz on the horses. Post-time for the legendary Derby Stake is scheduled for shortly after 6 p.m.
Diane Daniels is race officer supervisor at Truro Raceway.