Truro Raceway will host one of the major entertainment attractions in Nova Scotia tonight with the presentation of the 25th running of the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Cup Invitational.
The track's signature event, which is part of Atlantic Grand Circuit Week, has nine of the fastest horses and top drivers in Eastern Canada competing.
Local entry Oakmont, owned by Paul Gray of Pugwash, had the luck of the draw with the rail post while Barbara Pearl's Maritimer will leave out of eight spot.
Dr. Jim Shive's P H Bestman, who captured the race in 2010 in line to Todd Trites in 1:53.4, gets the call out of post seven.
The track record of 1:53.2 was laid down by Dunachton Gale on July 29, 2006 in line to Phil Pinkney. Formal Affair who equaled the mark in 2010.
Post time for Exhibition Cup Night is 7 p.m. with qualifying rounds on tap for 5:30 p.m.
Truro Raceway puts down the red carpet tonight as the three-year-old pacing colts ship into town for an edition of the Atlantic Sires Stakes.
Four divisions of the young star prospects are highlighted on tonight's program.
The stage is set for Truro's marquee stake tomorrow.
The Stanfield Stake for three-year-old pacing fillies offers a total purse of $16,725 over four races, making it one of the richest stakes in Atlantic Canada.
Originated in 1993 by the Stanfield family of Truro, this prestigious event has attracted 32 of the brightest fillies in Eastern Canada to be showcased in four divisions on Sunday's race card.
Post time is set for 1:30 p.m.
Little Wonders Child Care Centers of Truro has partnered with Truro Raceway to host the annual Atlantic Grand Circuit Week family fun day today at the raceway.
Events include a Busker style youth entertainer, rides in a standardbred jog cart accompanied by a driver, chalk drawing, BBQ, face painting and ice cream.
The fun gets underway at 1 p.m. on the trackside of the grandstand and is free with no pre-registration necessary.
In response to popular demand, the steering committee of the 2012 Atlantic Grand Circuit Week joined forces with Greenhawk-Truro to host the first annual backstretch open house today immediately following the fun day.
Commencing at 3 p.m. this afternoon in the infield of the racetrack, horse owners, drivers and trainers will be on hand to offer full tours of the raceway facility and provide information on harness racing at various interactive stations.
The ‘I Love Harness Racing Fan Club' booth is included in the itinerary along with the opportunity to drive a race horse. Local standardbreds will provide the horsepower for the double-seated jog cart rides.
This is a unique opportunity for horse lovers to get a rare glimpse of behind the scenes racing action with a hands-on approach.
A complimentary BBQ will be available to open house goers from 3-5 p.m.
TAGLINE: Diane Daniels is the race office supervisor at Truro Raceway.