With tonight’s time change, the post time for Sunday’s card at Truro Raceway will move to 1 p.m. and remain there until the end of the 2013 meet.
Qualifying rounds will continue to go at noon.
Highlighting Sunday’s card is the Donnie & George Turner Memorial for three-year-old colts and fillies. The late Carl MacKenzie, former general manager and race secretary, was largely responsible for the initiation of the first presentation of this stake to recognize the late Donnie Turner.
It was later renamed to acknowledge Donnie and his brother, George Turner. Both were avid horsemen who played an active part during the formative days of the Bible Hill facility as executive officers of the Jollity Horsemen’s Club formed in 1949.
Tomorrow the raceway is pleased to welcome the families and friends of both of these renowned grassroots horsemen.
It will definitely be show time at the local oval as the girls go head-to-head with the boys in two divisions of the Turner Memorial Stake.
This is one of the only stake events in Atlantic Canada where the fillies and colts are not separated and draw in together.
Interest is mounting among horsemen and fans as they anticipate the meeting of such top fillies as New Brunswick’s Rambling Lilly against the fastest colts including Untouchable for Dooley Boys Racing Stable out of Halifax.
Local contenders vying for the hardware include The Rev for connections, Robert and Jeffrey Skinner, Steve Tufts and GLB Stable, Donald Porter’s Deep River Cruise, Beach Paradise for Peter and Debbie Francis and Malcom Isnor and Edward Maher’s Woodmere Trakeater.
A couple of Truro teamsters are living the familiar adage ‘when you’re hot you’re hot.’
Both Paul Langille and Darren Crowe have been topping the charts during the past several race dates. Crowe now sits at 983 lifetime wins while Bernard McCallum is gaining on the 1,500-win milestone with 1,492 in the bank.
Popular New Brunswick reinsman Dale Spence has been sidelined since last Sunday due to health issues. Leading Truro reinsman Ryan Ellis remains atop the leaderboard for his home track with 35 wins for the season and is programmed to return to action on Sunday’s card.
The Pick 5 has developed into a key feature for race goers as it continues to grow with a carry-over of $709.68 being added to this week’s pot. Pick your favourite horses to win Races 4 through 8 inclusive. The cost is $1 to enter.
The $136 prize from the unclaimed Oct. 20 50/50 ticket number 105358 will be added to the Nov. 3 50/50 winnings.
Effective Oct. 28, raceway management opted to reduce the weekly simulcast schedule and has taken a break from the regular Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening programming.
Reports indicate this is only a temporary measure with plans to resume these dates early in 2014. The Bedford simulcast theatre as well the Horsemen’s Club self-serve will continue to operate as usual.
Truro Raceway is pleased to offer racing fans the opportunity to experience the richest thoroughbred racing championship in the United States, the Breeders Cup, from one of the greatest racing venues in the world, Santa Anita, Calif.
Purses totaling $25 million will be on the line. Post time is slated for 2:15 p.m. Saturday.
TAGLINE: Diane Daniels is the race officer supervsior at Truro Raceway.