An end to Atlantic Grand Circuit Week

Raissa Tetanish
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BIBLE HILL – With a combination of great weather, great horses and lots of bets, it can’t help but be a good time.

Sunday wrapped up Atlantic Grand Circuit Week at the Truro Raceway, and Morgan Dicks was pleased with the crowds.

“The crowd (Saturday) night was great, and there is a really good crowd today. I think it’s a lot better than previous years, to tell you the truth,” said Dicks, who traveled from Sydney with his wife, Theresa, for the Exhibition Cup on Saturday.

The couple has been making their way to Bible Hill for the provincial cup every year for six or seven years now, staying for the Sunday card as well.

“We are loving it this year,” said Dicks. “The weather has been great and the racing has been great.”

The couple did a little bit of betting while at the track, however not a lot.

“No, we haven’t been winning, but we’re still having fun,” he said.

Having been around horses since he was about eight years old, Dicks said he got his wife into the hobby. There were a number of horses they wanted to see during their visit, including Neigh Monster, Lovineveryminiute and Diduseethat.

For Bruce Kennedy, the chairperson of the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition commission, the week was a positive one.

“I think they had an exceptionally good week,” he said. “There was a good bet on Saturday – almost double a normal day – and I was told it was fairly steady (Sunday), so betting wise, there was an above average expectation.”

He said having some great summer weather also helped the week-long event.

“The weather cooperated fully and that makes a big difference,” he said.

But along with the weather, entries and spectators, Kennedy credited this year’s Atlantic Grand Circuit Week organizing committee for the job they did.

“They’ve worked a long time on this and when you’ve got that kind of commitment, it generates more energy, which makes for a good event.”

He commended the committee’s fundraising efforts, which helped bring in three divisions to the Frank and Beth Stanfield Memorial with a purse of more than $19,000 each.

“When you’ve got companies and people that stand behind you, that makes it really great,” he said. “The week’s enthusiasm was high and it was what people expected it to be.”

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

Organizations: Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition commission, Atlantic Grand Circuit Week organizing committee

Geographic location: Bible Hill

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