Mother’s Day program set for Sunday at Truro Raceway

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The annual Mother’s Day Pace will be featured on Sunday afternoon’s 10-dash program, with the winning connections to receive a colourful blanket sponsored by the Truro Harness Horse Owners Association.

Post time for Sunday afternoon is slated for 1:30 p.m. with a qualifying round on tap for noon. Parking and admission to all racing events are free.

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Horse owners association honours mothers

Keeping with tradition, the promotions committee of the Truro Harness Horse Owners Association is once again, while recognizing all mothers on their special day, selecting a horsewoman to be honoured as “Mother of the Year” for Truro Raceway. Arleen Gillis has been an avid participant and fan throughout her life being born into a harness racing family.

As a teenager, Arleen travelled and worked with standardbreds including a stint with Ronnie Waples in Florida. Together with her family, husband Joe, participating as a trainer, and daughters, Christina and Chantal, Arleen has been actively involved in all aspects of the sport including ownership, grooming, breeding mares, purchasing yearlings at Standardbred sales and campaigning on the stake circuit.

Arleen will not only receive a bouquet of flowers from the association but also a gift certificate for dinner for two donated by Ronnie Roode and the Truro Horsemen’s Club.

In addition, all moms visiting the track to enjoy the races will be presented with a complimentary flower available in the grandstand.

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One away

With Darren Crowe programmed on six catch drives tomorrow afternoon, it would appear certain that the talented teamster will capture the elusive 1,000th win as membership into the prestigious “1,000 Club.”

Local area drivers having achieved or surpassed this highpoint include Dave Carey (2,979), Robert Laffin (2,174), Danny Romo (3,573), Emmons MacKay (2,156), Henry Smallwood (2,100), Phil Pinkney (1,654), Bernard “Pooker” McCallum (1,493), Mary Clare MacDonald (1,291), and Fred Saunders (1,156).

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Renaming contests

A unique contest has been announced at the track to re-name both the grandstand bar located on the mezzanine level currently known as the “Trackside Lounge” as well the upper level rinning room, previously the “Top Of The Turn Diner.”

Entry forms will be available online and in the race office starting Sunday, May 18. Winners will receive gift certificates for the grandstand dining room.

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Grand re-opening

The management team of the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition and Truro Raceway has billed Sunday, May 25 as the grand re-opening date for the raceway combined with the 2014 opening of the grandstand dining room. Interim manager, Raymond Tynes, is expecting a large turnout to enjoy the excitement of harness racing coupled with an afternoon filled with give-aways, food, draws, contests and prizes. The facility facelift of paint and décor modifications has been geared toward enhancing the racing experience to make the raceway more comfortable and user friendly.

Further information on the re-opening will be made available on both the raceway’s Facebook page as well as the official website.

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Backstretch chatter

First shot out of the gate at Bangor Raceway, Jeff Ellis’ Rawdon Gold Digger wheeled a winning trip of 201.4 followed by a fifth-place finish timed in 157.3 for trainer Donnie Ellis of Truro. Also in the Ellis stateside string, Kyle Gillis’ four-year-old free-legged pacer, Ultrasleek, posted a third and a fourth-place finish at the Maine Raceway.

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General manager search

On Friday, May 2, the board of directors of the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition posted the opportunity overview for a general manager for both the exhibition and raceway operations on the Career Beacon website.

The posting outlines the duties, qualifications and special requirements for the management position. Applications are to be submitted online with the closing date designated as May 21, 2014.

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Today at the trackside

A full compliment of simulcast products is available today at the raceway commencing early afternoon and into the evening. A detailed timetable is defined on the Truro Raceway website.

Dianel Daniels is race office supervisor at Truro Raceway.

Organizations: Truro Harness Horse Owners Association, Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition, Maine Raceway

Geographic location: Florida, Truro Horsemen

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