A large crowd of enthusiastic people showed up for the grand re-opening celebrations at Truro Raceway on Sunday.
© Lynn Curwin
Ryan Ellis drove Secret Fantasy to a first place finish at Truro Raceway on Sunday. Owner Rhea Chase had several of her co-workers from the Pictou Road Tim Hortons attending and cheering her horse on as the facility celebrated its grand re-opening.
Both long time race fans and those new to the sport were cheering on horses and winning prizes through draws during the afternoon.
“I stopped by a couple of weeks ago and saw the last race of the day but this is the first time I’ve been here for the entire afternoon,” said Michelle Winters, who was attending as part of the group from the Pictou Road Tim Hortons. “I’ve lived in the area for 10 years and thought about coming several times but never did. I’m glad I finally made it. It’s exciting to watch the horse you pick and see how it does.”
Winters has ridden since she was a child and used to watch thoroughbred racing on television so she was familiar with horses.
‘I’ve met a lot of the people who train and drive horses here through my work, so it’s really interesting to see them here,” she added. “I’m having a great time and I will absolutely be back.”
People entered their uncashed tickets for a chance to win prizes and many people went home with tanks of propane (donated by Wilsons) and earrings, binoculars and tools kits (donated by Pye Chevrolet Buick GMC). Elizabeth Collins was the winner of the barbecue (donated by Harris’ Home Hardware).
Matt Veno went to the winners’ circle with a microphone several times to interview winning drivers, trainers and owners; and a few race fans took the opportunity to go for a driver in the passenger seat of the day’s post parade car, a Corvette driven by Andy Moore.
Children had the opportunity to decorate a horseshoe, which they could then take home as a souvenir.
The horses provided excitement with some close finishes and some coming from behind to capture a win. Likely to Win recorded the fastest time of the day, winning in 1:59.1 for driver Ryan Ellis but Rancousy, with Darren Crowe driving, was only one-fifth of a second slower in his race.
“Today exceeded my expectations,” said Truro Raceway General Manager Raymond Tynes. “You have to give staff and the volunteers a lot of credit. We have the dining room open this week and every week people will see improvements. We’re listening to people and our ultimate goal is to make this the number one entertainment centre in the Maritimes.”
Live harness racing returns on June 1 (Sunday) at 1:30 pm and on June 6 (Friday) at 6:00 pm.