Former raceway manager MacKenzie dies in hospital

Doug Harkness
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TRURO - Carl MacKenzie, who guided the fortunes of Truro Raceway from the early 1940s until his retirement as general manager and race secretary in 1974, died Thursday at Colchester Regional Hospital.
He was 91.
Dixie MacKay, a longtime neighbour, said MacKenzie died of pneumonia. He had been in hospital for about 14 weeks before his passing.
Truro Raceway had staged the Carl and the late Margaret MacKenzie Stake for three-year-old pacers on Oct. 4, but MacKenzie was too ill to attend the races he had sponsored since 1996.
A native of Truro, MacKenzie was instrumental in initiating many "firsts" in Maritime harness racing during his tenure as general manager and race-secretary, a career that started in 1948. MacKenzie was the secretary, treasurer and manager of the Jollity Horsemen's Club, a group of local businessmen who leased the raceway in 1948 from the Central Nova Scotia Exhibition Association and operated the track until 1958.
It was during his stewardship that night racing was introduced as well as the first use of photo finish equipment and a public tote board.
MacKenzie also installed the first electronic timing system at a Nova Scotia track, employed the first starting gate and introduced win, place and show wagering where only "win" betting had been available.
The Jollity Horsemen's Club continued to make improvements to the facility and established the Jollity Stakes for three-year-old pacers in 1955.
When the Jollity Horsemen's Club's lease expired in 1958, the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition took over the operations of the raceway with MacKenzie remaining as general manager and race-secretary until his retirement.

Organizations: Colchester Regional Hospital, Central Nova Scotia Exhibition Association, Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition

Geographic location: Jollity Horsemen, Maritime, Nova Scotia

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