MARK AUSTIN HONOURED AT DRESDEN RACEWAY

MARK AUSTIN HONOURED AT DRESDEN RACEWAY

June 18, 2017 (DRESDEN) – Former trainer Mark Austin was honoured today at Dresden Raceway and enshrined into Dresden Raceway’s Hall of Fame.

Austin started his career in Dresden in the 1980’s and that is where he broke one of the best trotters of all time in Canada, A WORTHY LAD for Joe Johnston. Austin then moved to Windsor where he worked with Jack Darling and had a hand with champions such as GOTHIC DREAM and NORTHERN LUCK.

He then moved his stable to Fergus where he was the conditioner for many top horses in Canada such as GO GET HER, PART SHARK, XLB PATRICK, SPARKY MARK and FOOL ME ONCE.

Mark was more than just a trainer as friendships he kindled at Dresden lasted with him his entire life.

Lucille and Julie

Mark’s widow Julie was in attendance today to receive the plaque and say a few words about the honour of being bestowed into Dresden Raceway’s Hall of Fame. Austin’s parents, family and daughters Paige and Paula were also on hand for the awards ceremony.

On the track Garrett Rooney was the big gun on the day as he scored four winners. Rooney visited the winner’s circle with BURNING MEMORIES, CAMPASSION, BEER AND A HAIRCUT and SINGHAMPTON KENNY.

Rooney now has 10 wins on the year and is the leading dash winner.

GD CRUISE FOR GOLD stayed hot at Dresden winning his fourth in a row for owner, trainer and driver Donnie Rankin. The three-year-old Althatgltrsisgold gelding went wire to wire in 2:01.1.

GD CRUISE FOR GOLD OUTDUELS CASIMIR PARDON ME

About 700 people bet a total handle of $23,591 which included the first week of having off track wagering which accounted for almost $2,000 into the live pool.

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GD CRUISE FOR GOLD WINS LITTLE SARATOGA

 

June 11, 2017 (DRESDEN) – GD CRUISE FOR GOLD won his third in a row a Dresden Raceway at a great time and in great fashion.

The three-year-old Allthatglitrsisgold gelding stepped off a last quarter in 28.3 for Donnie Rankin and made up three and a half lengths in the stretch to win the “Little Saratoga Cup” in 2:00 flat.

SWEET QUEEN COLE and Mark Williams set the fractions of 30, 1:00.4 and 1:30.2 while CD GRUISE FOR GOLD bided his time sitting along the pylons. When the field turned for home a hole opened up and GD CUISE FOR GOLD slipped out to chase Williams and SWEET QUEEN COLE down for the win.

GD CRUISE FOR GOLD is owned and trained by Rankin and how now reeled off three straight wins at Dresden Raceway and has banked over $12,350 in 2017.

The Little Saratoga Cup was started last year as a “working horse’s race” to honour those horses that carve out a living in regular overnight cards of racing.

Things ended in great fashion at Dresden Raceway today as the last race ended a nose away from a triple dead heat. RIGHTINTHEKISSER with Andy Moore and FIRST ART DOWN with Dennis Spitzig hit the wire together in a dead heat while LAST LECTURE and Jeff Mayhew were a nose away in third.

RIGHTINTHEKISSER held top spot most of the mile except when NJS TRICK PISTOL tried to get by at three quarters but couldn’t clear.

FIRST ART DOWN and LAST LECTURE closed hard for the great finish in 1:59.4.

In another story for the day,  EVIL CAM EVIL reeled off his fourth win in a row for driver Lorne House as he cut fractions of 29.1, 59.1, 1:29.4 for a winning mile of 2:01.4. The Camluck gelding is owned and trained by Dennis Belan while Doug Belan and Brian Fitzgerald are co-owners. Seventy Four-year-old Gerald Pedden was in the sulky behind TODAYS SPORTS for a second place finish behind EVIL CAM EVIL.

The on track handle was $18,309 for day.

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SWEET QUEEN COLE GETS NOD IN LITTLE SARATOGA

SWEET QUEEN COLE GETS NOD IN LITTLE SARATOGA

JUNE 9, 2017 (DRESDEN) – SWEET QUEEN COLE is the morning line favourite in Sunday’s Little Saratoga Cup.

The five-year-old Art Colony mare is co-owned, trained and driven by Mark Williams and is looking for her first win of 2017 for Williams and partners Marjay Desjarlais and Lenore Prince.

SWEET QUEEN COLE, who is scoring from post three,  stepped off her back half in 57.3 two starts ago in London to finish third in 1:56.2 for Williams.

Two to one shot, GD CRUISE FOR GOLD, and owner, trainer, driver Donnie Rankin will be looking for his third win in a row at Dresden and will score from post eight. The three-year-old Allthatglitrsisgold gelding picked up winner’s cheques with times of 1:58.2 and 2:00 flat respectively.

Sunday’s card of racing will feature 10 live races that will can be seen world-wide at www.dresdenraceway.ca with the hope that next week people with an HPI account will be able to wager on Dresden world wide!

Sunday will also feature many draws and giveaways and as usual admission is always free with a 1:30pm post time.

MARK AUSTIN PACING SERIES SET FOR DRESDEN

MARK AUSTIN PACING SERIES SET FOR DRESDEN

June 5, 2017 (DRESDEN) – Dresden Raceway is proud to announce the MARK AUSTIN PACING SERIES to its 2017 schedule.

The series will be a late closer for Maiden Pacers who are Non-Winners of 1 Pari-mutual Race or $5,000.00 lifetime (fillies $6,000.00 lifetime) Canadian funds as of May 27, 2017 with no allowances.

Each division will race for a $5,000 purse in the eliminations July 9 and July 16 with the final set to go on July 23 for $10,000.

Mark Austin was a trainer who hailed from Chatham and got his start at Dresden Raceway in early 1980’s training for owners such as Graham Chambers. In 1988 his reputation of being great with young horses came caught up with him as he was asked to break a yearling trotter named A Worthy Lad for Joe Johnston. A Worthy Lad never lost a race in North America.

Austin then moved his stable closer to Windsor and worked with Jack Darling during the 90’s when Darling Stables produced champions like Northern Luck and Gothic Dream.

When Windsor Raceway started to stumble Austin moved his operation to Fergus where horses like Spark Mark and Fool Me Once headlined his stable.

Austin died suddenly in 2014 and had a career average of .345 and over $9 Million in earned purses thanks to 837 wins.

Austin wasn’t only a top notch trainer he was also favourite around the track as he was described as a true gentleman and was one of the nicest guys in the business.

Austin was married to Julie, with two daughters, Paige and Paula.

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VETERAN TROTTER WESKEY WINS AT DRESDEN

VETERAN TROTTER WESKEY WINS AT DRESDEN

MAY 28, 2017 (DRESDEN) – Fourteen-year-old trotter WESKEY went to the front and never looked back today at Dresden Raceway for owner/trainer/driver Tyler Borth of Ingersoll.

The veteran Wesgate Crown gelding, that is co-owned by Borth’s father Bill, cruised to the win cutting easy fractions of 31, 1:02.2, 1:33 and a winning time of 2:02.4.

WESKEY has now won 52 races lifetime and has banked almost $303,000 over his career.

Borth, Andy Moore and Lorne House each had driving doubles as Borth also guided RYE N CLYNE to the winner’s circle while Moore won with BIG IS BETTER and GORGIOUSEVERYTIME and House won with EVIL CAM EVIL and FINALE SEELSTER.

GORGIOUSEVERYTIME was the longest shot of the day rolling across the wire at 18-1 for a $37.10 payout.

The Opening Day crowd of almost 600 people bet $19,905 on nine races.

Next Sunday afternoon is B.I.A. Day at the Races with every race being sponsored by local businesses and a slew of prizes set for giveaway.

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WILLIAMS ECLIPSES 5,000 WINS

 

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AUG 7, viagra order sick 2016 – It wAs a hot summer night in the mid-1980s at Dresden Raceway when Mark Williams reeled off five straight wins on his way to winning eight out of ten races.

That night at Dresden Raceway was just one of many magical nights in the ongoing career of the Cottam based harness driver that has seen ups and downs with many more victories than the 5, cialis 000 he has carded in the sulky.

Williams scored his 5, store 000th driving victory at Hiawatha Horse Park in Sarnia at the controls of CARDS THAT COUNT in 1:56.2 with legendary announcer Roger Huston at the mic for the call.

The 58-year-old tailsitter has banked over $22 million purses, including eight one million dollar seasons.

Williams is a fan favourite wherever he drives as he will say hello to fans who catch his eye and will on occasion give his whip to a young fan. His savvy knowledge of each mount as well as his respect for the history of the sport that was bestowed upon him by his father Stan Williams.

Williams got his start as a young teenager sitting in the jog cart as his allergies wouldn’t allow him to work in the barn so Stan put him in the job cart allowing him to still learn the business of harness racing while still working.

A regular at many local tracks in the summer including Dresden, Hiawatha, Hazel Park and Leamington Raceway where he carded seven wins in one night, the reinsman would also spend his winters at Windsor Raceway and some nights at London’s Western Fair Raceway.

Williams has driven for many trainers over the years including guiding GLOBAL ASSAULT in the Little Brown Jug for Bob McIntosh.

Trainer John Fraleigh said `Mark Williams will give an honest drive every time. He won`t hurt your horse but will do his best to give you a chance to win and if he doesn`t do well he will tell you why.`

There have been rough patches in Mark Williams career as horseman with several crashes including bouncing off a light standard at Hiawatha Horse Park, `those things are pretty solid, they don`t move when you hit them,` he joked.

Williams also had the battle of his life with substance abuse but won that battle with the help and support of his wife Teri and his family.

`I wouldn`t be anywhere without Teri and my family,` Wiliams said, adding that they have been by his side through thick and thin and they are the most important thing in my life.

Mark Williams not only does his on track duties as a trainer and driver but he is also a voice for the harness racing community as a director with OHHA and an active force behind the Lakeshore Horse Racing Association.

When you see Williams climb on the bike to compete he will always tip his cap to the judges stand in the first post parade out of respect not only to the sport but to those who came before him cutting a path in the sport of kings.

With the utmost class and respect for not only his sport but for all those who are part of the industry from owners to grooms, Mark Williams treats everyone the same because he is one of those kings.

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DRESDEN CLOSES WITH A BANG; WILLIAMS CLOSES IN ON 5,000

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(DRESDEN) August 1, sickness 2016 – The 2016 season came to a close today with a huge crowd and a $36, cure 056 on track handle.

Mark Williams scored three winners on the day to bring his lifetime wins total to 4,999.

Williams opened the day with by driving a horse that he co-owns and trains to the winner’s circle. SWEET QUEEN COLE went wire-to-wire in 1:59.4. The four-year-old Art Colony mare is co-owned by Marjay Desjarlais and Lenore Price.

The Cottam horseman won his second race with 11-1 shot CARLY HOLLYWOOD in 2:00.1. The eight-year-old Camotion mare is owned by Doug Dunbar and trained by Jason Libby.

Williams scored win 4,999 in the ninth race at the controls of PLAIN EASY. The six-year-old Western Maverick gelding is owned by Mark LeSeaux and trained by Dwayne McFadden.

Tyler Borth scored two winners on the day to close out the year with 29 wins to lead the dash standings.

The closing day attendance rolled over the 1,200 mark as fans enjoyed free hot buttered corn on the cob and lots of contests and giveaways.

The total handle on the year over 11 cards of racing was $242,733 for an average on track handle of $22,066.

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HUGE CROWD EXPECTED FOR CLOSING DAY AT DRESDEN

HUGE CROWD EXPECTED FOR CLOSING DAY AT DRESDEN

(DRESDEN) July 30, seek 2016 – The last day of the 2016 race season is set for this holiday Monday at Dresden Raceway and it is expected to be a packed house. The day will be a “can’t miss” event for the track as the weather forecast is perfect and the great card of racing will be complimented by free “hot buttered” corn on the cob.

The track is expected to surpass the $250, sildenafil 000 mark for the total on track handle for the year as they have averaged just over $20,667 for the season with closing day always being the biggest handle of the year.

Ingersoll reinsman, Tyler Borth, is the leading dash driver at with 27 wins on the season as Brad Forward is sitting in second place with 14 wins wand Andy Moore is third with 13 trips to the winner’s circle.

Richard Griffiths and Mike Rogers are tied for top spot in the trainer standings with nine wins each while Doug Currie is in third with seven wins.

The wrap up day will also feature lots of draws, giveaways and contests.

Post time is set for 1:30pm.

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WILLIAMS CLOSES IN ON 5,000 WITH TWO WINS AT DRESDEN

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(DRESDEN) July 24, pills 2016 – Mark Williams is only six wins away from 5,000 lifetime victories after two more wins at Dresden Raceway.

Williams hit career win number 4993 with MAID OF THE MONEY in the sixth race. The Cottam teamster came first up with the five-year-old Winstreak Hanover mare and stepped off a last quarter in 30.1 to catch Jazzie Crombie and Alex Lilley by three quarters of a length for owner John bell of Petrolia and trainer Peter Hamilton in a new lifetime mark of 2:03.1.

The veteran driver moved to within six wins of 5,000 in the eighth race after bringing ROUGH TRADE first up and chasing down DEX THE LAND and Tyler Borth in 2:01.3. ROUGH TRADE is a four-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding and is owned and trained by Frank Hinks of Komoka.

Brad Forward, Dennis Duford and leading driver Tyler Borth each scored two wins on the day.

Borth leads the driver’s standings with 27 wins while Forward is second with 14 wins and Andy Moore is third with 13 trips to the winner’s circle.

The final race day for the 2016 season is a fan appreciation day that set for next Monday afternoon with a 1:30p.m. Post Time. The day will feature giveaways, contests and prizes as well as free hot buttered corn on the cob for all patrons.

The on track handle today was $20,175.

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MAGNUM SEELSTER LOOKING FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT

July 22, diagnosis 2016 (DRESDEN) – MAGNUM SEELSTER is hoping to stay red hot at the local oval as he is in search of his fifth straight win in a row. The 11-year-old Intrepid Seelster gelding has shown great favour to Dresden Raceway this season with five wins and a second in six starts including taking first prize in his last four races.

Leading driver Tyler Borth has been at the controls for each of MAGNUM SEELSTER’s starts at Dresden for owner/trainer Doug Currie of Brigden.

The 2-1 morning line favourite has another aged veteran to worry about as 12-year-old Camotion gelding CAT FOUR is expected to challenge for driver Brad Forward.

CAT FOUR was claimed three races in a row and has moved from the $6, for sale 000 claiming ranks up to a $10, pharmacy 000 price tag but has dropped back down to the $8,000 claiming ranks.

Sunday is also Kid’s Day at Dresden Raceway including bouncey castles, special children’s draws and giveaways.

The day will also feature the Earl Hyatt Memorial Pace. Hyatt was long time horseman from Brigden who was a force to be reckoned with in the 1970’s and 1980’s in Southwestern Ontario.

Post time is set for 1:30pm.

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