Big day at raceway

Diane Daniels
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Tomorrow afternoon Truro Raceway will present the annual running of its signature fall event, the Carl and late Marg MacKenzie Stake for three-year-old Maritime Bred pacing colts and fillies.
Six divisions of this autumn classic will be chasing purse money of more than of $35,000.
Hometown contenders include Semjac Legacy and Who Is It out of the Darren Crowe camp and Elleofnxample, Larshegoes and West River Tom out of the Clare MacDonald string.
Veteran horseman Calvin Isenor will be sending out Calmlee Jason, with the three-year-old filly Chris N Tel Arrow racing for Arleen, Christina and Chantel Gillis.
Gordon McCabe's Putnams Hope, Raymond Deagle's Pictonian Man O War, Jimmy Davis' West Hants Warrior and Saulsbrook Quick for owner Ross Toole will be in the hunt in their respective divisions of the stake.
As general manager, MacKenzie guided the fortunes of Truro Raceway from the early 1940s until his retirement in 1974. It was under his leadership that night racing was introduced on a continuous basis in Nova Scotia along with the use of photo finish equipment and the public tote board system. MacKenzie was instrumental in obtaining both the electronic timing device and first starting gate to the track.
Tomorrow marks the 14th edition of the stake organized to honour MacKenzie's accomplishments and impact on harness racing in Nova Scotia.
Post time is 1:30 p.m. with qualifying rounds scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

Standardbred Canada has tabulated the September results for Clarence Farm Services Hot Horse and Cool Driver.
Atlantic Canada's leading driver for 2008, Todd Trites of New Brunswick, topped the leaderboard for drivers with nine wins and 83 points for the month.
The six-year-old claiming mare, Hutchs Bambi, gained recognition as Hot Horse, posting three wins and one second for Truro connections Kelly Smith and Cameron McEachern. Nick White hit the wire first as top trainer with 88 points with his nearest rival, Blair Laffin, collecting 67 points.

The Atlantic Sires Stakes regular season ends this weekend at Northside Downs.
Many Truro area horses top the list as Atlantic Canada's best along with a group of graduates of Truro's NSPE Select Yearling Sale, including Charlottes Coast, Allbentouttashape and War Dancer.
The Atlantic Breeders Crown Championships will take place Oct. 10 and 12 at Charlottetown Driving Park.

Bible Hill horsewoman Tammy MacKay, having earned a berth in the final of the Mildred Williams Women's International Driving Challenge, will be competing this weekend in the three closing rounds of the annual fundraising event taking place stateside.

Organizations: Mildred Williams Women

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada, New Brunswick Charlottetown Driving Park

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