Time for a break at the raceway
As is customary for this time of year, in the wake of an exceptionally successful Atlantic Grand Circuit Week, Truro Raceway will now remain dark for live harness racing enjoying the annual mid-summer break.
The raceway will, however, continue to simulcast North America's finest thoroughbred and standardbred racing on a daily basis throughout the respite.
This weekend the racetrack is the venue for the fifth annual Dutch Mason Blues Festival with the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition scheduled to take place at the complex Aug. 25 to 29.
Local horsemen and women are now gearing up to participate in the 121st Old Home Week celebrations Aug. 13 to 22 in Charlottetown with the running of the historic Gold Cup and Saucer Invitational Final.
WIN FOR FIRST-TIME OWNER
Forest McWade, 21, of Pugwash, visited victory lane for the first time with S T Cammie during last week's Atlantic Grand Circuit Week.
Being introduced to the sport by his father Bert, McWade, a paramedic for Nova Scotia EHS, joined the ranks of standardbred ownership in January by purchasing the four-year-old mare from Shawn Worthen of Saskatchewan.
CLARENCE FARM SERVICES LTD
July results show the 2008 champion and current leading driver, Darren Crowe, running away with Cool Driver recognition for the month, having earned 113 points in 48 starts over his closest rival, Danny Romo with 96.
Craig White's $2,000 claimer, Beau Reba N, picked up Clarence Farm Services Ltd.'s Hot Horse recognition by edging Hutch's Bambi for the title with 17 points for July. Honorary mention for trainer goes to Blair Laffin of Shubenacadie. In 41 starts he had eight wins, five seconds and five third-place finishes.
Eight-year-old Abby Best has delivered what would have to be considered flawless performances in her four trips in the Edwin Andrew Memorial for aged mares, turning back all contenders to remain undefeated in the series.
Owned by Angus MacLean of Port Hood and partnered with teamster Clare MacDonald, the gals finished third in Truro's $7,500 Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Cup Invitational on Saturday of Grand Circuit Week.
The fifth leg of the aged mares event is slated for Sept. 3 at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John, N.B.
FOR THE LOVE OF THE SPORT
A group of harness racing enthusiasts out of the Pugwash area are bouncing around the idea of putting together a matinee card to be held at the Pugwash race track.
The track was established in 1977 primarily as a training facility with only a handful of races held during the late 70s. Founding members included Brad King, Dr. Gas, Terry Smith, Shep Trenholm, M. Gillis and Wathan Piers.