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Truro Raceway to finish season Saturday instead of Sunday

BIBLE HILL - Action at Truro Raceway will finish one day sooner this year.

Truro Raceway will finish the 2013 season on Saturday instead of the originally scheduled Sunday date. The harness racing card was moved ahead in an effort to avoid a storm that's being forecasted to dump between 40 and 50cm of snow on Colchester County. File photo

The half-mile oval in Bible Hill announced Tuesday it will host its final harness racing card of the year Saturday, a day earlier than its typical Sunday events. The decision was made in light of Sunday's forecast, which is calling for 40 to 50cm of snow.

"The weather isn't supposed to be great and but it's the last date of the year and we wanted to get it in," Roger McCallum, manager of the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition, which runs the raceway, said.

Post time will remain at 1 p.m. and the card will be drawn on the traditional Thursday, as per usual.

The 138-year-old track was forced to cancel last Sunday's 10-dash card as Colchester was blasted with plenty of snow, freezing rain and rain.

Ryan Ellis, who has clinched his third consecutive driving title at the raceway, applauded the move to Saturday, even though it'll mean he can't drive due to work commitments.

"It's the best thing for the track," the 33-year-old Brookfield resident said. "There's some people who depend on the little money we do race for. People use that to buy feed and other things so it's always nice to have race dates."

The Truro Harness Horse Owners Association approached the exhibition earlier this week about changing the date to avoid any risk of cancelling the final card. The Exhibition approved and applied to the Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission to have the date changed. Such changes must be approved by the commission as its employees are needed at tracks for the testing of winning horses and other duties.

"Their people have to be involved for the races to go on," McCallum said.

On Twitter: @tdnmatt

Organizations: Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition, Truro Harness Horse Owners Association, Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission

Geographic location: Bible Hill

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