Daily Archives: August 7, 2016

WILLIAMS ECLIPSES 5,000 WINS

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  • HUGE CROWD EXPECTED FOR CLOSING DAY AT DRESDEN

    (DRESDEN) July 30, cialis 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, prescription 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

(DRESDEN) July 24, 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, 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 $6,000 claiming ranks up to a $10,000 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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BORTH WINS FOUR TO PAD LEAD AT DRESDEN

(DRESDEN) July 17, 2016- Tyler Borth has all but locked up the driver’s championship at Dresden Raceway with another 4 win performance today.

A miracle of biblical proportions would need to happen for Andy Moore or Brad Forward to catch Borth with just two days race days left in the meet at Dresden.

Borth leads the driver’s colony with 25 wins while Moore and Forward are tied for second with 12 wins each.

Borth scored his first win of the day in the second race with MY GREEK PRINCESS in 2:02.4. The two-year-old Astronomical filly popped out of the two-hole mid-way through the back stretch and held off a late charge by JIMINI TOP for the win. Jim Napper and Steve Girard are the owners of the winning filly while Cathy Gaudreau is the conditioner.

The Ingersoll teamster won his second of the afternoon in the fifth race, sitting behind LAUGH AMILE for owner/trainer Dwayne McFadden. The four-year-old Another Mile gelding broke his maiden in 2:04.

The 24-year-old reinsman made his third trip of the day to the winner’s circle in the eighth race with DEX THE LAND. DEX THE LAND went wire-to-wire after engaging in an early speed battle with ISITFRIDAYYET that saw the pair hit the quarter pole together in 27.2 before ISITFRIDAYYET broke strike leaving DEX THE LAND to hit the half in 56.4 and three quarters in 1:27.4 before logging in a winning mile time of 2:00. The three-year-old Badlands Hanover filly is co-owned by Napper and Peter Vertraete while Gaudreau is the trainer.

Borth ended the day with his fourth win by steering KELLY RAE to her fourth win in five starts at Dresden Raceway. The eight-year-old THATLLBE ME mare paced in 2:00.2 for owner/trainer John Lester and his wife Sandra.

The Wanna Drive Program was a big hit at Dresden Raceway with big line-ups for people wanting to sit in the sulky and take a trip around the half mile oval. Ontario Harness Horse Association President Brian Tropea and WEG Announcer Ken Middleton took time to host guests for the one lap trip around Dresden Raceway

The on track handle today was $22,773.

 

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BORDER BATTLE HIGHLIGHTS DRESDEN’S EIGHTH

July 15, 2016 (DRESDEN) – The eighth race at Dresden Raceway will be a battle of epic proportions as Michigan owned and bred BARBIES BELLE and Ontario owned and bred ISITFRIDAYYET will square off.

There will be no world records set and there isn’t a million dollars up for grabs but this will be a good old fashioned horse race with two up and comers. BARBIES BELLE is a three-year-old Sportswriter filly that has finished in the top three all nine of her starts in 2016 including five wins. The Michigan entry is owned by Willis Clark of Redford Michigan with trainer Michael Clark at the controls.

ISITFRIDAYYET is a slightly more experienced three-year-old No Pan Intended gelding that also has five wins in 2016 along with three seconds and two thirds in 20 starts. Leon Mansfield of Strathroy is the owner and trainer while Mark Williams is the teamster.

BARBIES BELLE was an easy six length winner over the Dresden track last week in 1:59 while ISITFRIDAYYET got parked in some torrid fractions at Grand River and finished ninth as the race went in 1:56.2.

Sunday will also feature Legion Day at Dresden Raceway where members of the local Branch 113 of the Royal Canadian Legion will be honoured for the work they do in the community and the veterans will be honoured for their valour.

As usual there will be lots of giveaways, contests and draws at Dresden Raceway with a 1:30 p.m. post time.

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FORWARD WINS THREE; MAGNUM SEELSTER PUSHES STREAK TO FOUR AT DRESDEN

July 10, 2016 – (DRESDEN) – Brad Forward scored a driving triple today at Dresden Raceway to hit double digits in the driver’s standings.

Forward opened the card by guiding PERFECT POSER to victory in the first race after making a first up brush down the backside to outduel OUTSIDE CHANCE down the stretch for the win by a head in 2:03. The Badlands Hanover colt is co-owned by Greg Rogers of Auburn Hills Michigan and Robert Watson of Windsor and trained by Mike Rogers.

The Newfoundland native notched his second win in the sixth race with STOLEN GOODS. Forward made a quick move just before the half stepping off his second quarter in 29.3 to take a three length lead and never look back for a win in 2:01. The nine-year-old Sugarcane Leonard mare is owned by William Rankin of Dundas and Roger Jardine of Arthur while Jennifer Rankin is the conditioner.

Forward’s third win was in the seventh race with six-year-old No Pan Intended gelding, INTRIGUED INTENDED. INTRIGUED INTENDED went wire-to-wire in 1:59 for owners Tammy Johnston of Dorchester and David Bingham of Concord Michigan and trained by Greg Weatherbee.

Tyler Borth and Andy Moore each notched two wins on the day. Borth now has 21 victories on the season at Dresden in the driver’s standings while Moore’s two wins keep him just one ahead of Forward for second spot with 11 wins while Forward has 10 wins in third place.

MAGNUM SEESLTER worked hard to earn his fourth straight win at Dresden Raceway as he moved first up to chase front runner JULIO LAUXMONT down and then held off a late stretch drive by RIGHTINTHEKISSER in 2:00.1. Tyler Borth drove the 11-year-old Intrepid Seelster gelding to the winner’s circle for owner/trainer Doug Currie of Brigden.

The on-track handle at Dresden Raceway was $22,369 which gives the local oval an on-track average of $20,467 over 8 race dates.

Dresden Raceway will be having the usual contests and giveaways as well as honouring Royal Canadian Legion members next week with a 1:30 P.M. post time.

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GEARS OF WAR LOOKING TO KEEP STREAK ALIVE AT DRESDEN

July 8, 2016 – (DRESDEN) – Eight-year-old gelding GEARS OF WAR has a taste on winning and is hoping to keep his winning streak alive by making it three in a row Sunday afternoon at Dresden Raceway. The Geartogear gelding went 60 straight races without a win dating back to December 22, 2014 when he visited the winner’s circle at Western Fair Raceway in London.

GEARS OF WAR went wire-to-wire on June 26th to break his year and a half long futility streak and then came from off the pace last week to win again for owner/trainer Jeff Graham of Glencoe.

GEARS OF WAR will have his work cut out for him as he is a 5-1 shot, scoring from post four. The morning line favourite is RIGHTINTHEKISSER, scoring from post two, and dropping from a 12,000 claimer at Grand River. MAGNUM SEELSTER is scoring from post six and is looking to win his fourth in a row for leading dash driver Tyler Borth.

Dresden Raceway is also holding Derby Day Sunday as they are asking all patrons to wear their best hats similar to the Kentucky Derby. The bigger and fancier the hat the better! Dresden BIA businesses will be giving away prizes on Sunday after every race including a prize for the best hat!

Post time is set for 1:30 p.m. for the ten race card Sunday afternoon.

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JIGGS MCFADDEN WAS ONE OF A KIND

1933 was a memorable year in the world of sports. The New York Giants won the World Series, The New York Rangers won the Stanley Cup, Broker’s Tip was the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Primo Carnera won the world Heavyweight Championship. 1933 was also the middle of the Great Depression but one bright spot that year was Levi “Jiggs” McFadden driving in his first harness race in Bothwell, Ontario.

Jiggs McFadden grew to be one of the best horsemen on circuits in Canada and the United States.

McFadden was once dubbed “the red haired corn farmer from Dresden” by the Canadian Sportsman for his legendary moves in the stretch that would be so close to the grandstand patrons could smell the lather on the horse.

The fan favourite guided horses like Annie Direct, Billie Direct Heir, Miss Lady Lee, Royal Blue L and his favourite Miche’s First.

Jiggs guided the homebred colt to 12 straight wins in 1966, an incredible feat even by today’s standards.

Levi McFadden carded 333 career wins in the sulky and 80 training victories but those numbers pale in comparison to the real stats as he was driving long before records were kept.

Jiggs was a three time Driver of The Year at Old Woodbine Raceway and was also a back to back winner of the Canadian Pacing Derby in 1955 with Richard Hal D and again in 1956 with Clark Herbert.

Levi McFadden was a dominant driver at many racetracks including Thornhill Park (Toronto’s first Standardbred track), Old Woodbine Raceway, Windsor Raceway, Western Fair Raceway and his home track, Dresden Raceway.

The harness racing legend has secured his place in the Dresden Sports Hall of Fame as well as his spot on the Western Fair Raceway Wall of Fame. In the induction speech for Jiggs at Western Fair Raceway, Anne Eadie said, “He is loved, respected and revered, not just by his owners but by the thousands of harness racing fans at tracks big and small. He is a “one in a million” driver who always got the best from every horse and always gave 100 per cent of himself whether he was tailsitting the odds-one favourite or the longest of longshots.”

Former Dresden Raceway Manager Jay Lekavy once said that “Driving a horse comes as natural to Jiggs as breathing does to most people”. A talent likes that comes from passion.

Jiggs McFadden had a passion for horses and family. His passion and success with horses was always shared by his number one passion, his family including his wife Gladys and sons Ted and Jack.

Jiggs McFadden passed away in 1993 and now takes his rightful place in the Dresden Raceway Hall of Fame.

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BORTH WINS FOUR ON HALL OF FAME DAY

 

(DRESDEN) – July 3, 2016 – Tyler Borth stole the on track show for Hall Of Fame Day as increased his lead in the driver standings with four more wins.

 

Dresden Raceway legend Levi “Jiggs” McFadden was honoured after the sixth race for his contribution to the sport of harness racing in the area.

 

McFadden raced until his mid-70’s and was dominant in Ontario, Michigan and New York State including back to back wins of the Canadian Pacing Derby died in 1993.

 

McFadden’s widow Gladys thanks the crowd for their support said that he would be honoured by the gesture of being put into the Dresden raceway Hall of Fame.

 

Borth stole the show on the track as scored his first win in the second race with NEWS STAND in 2:02.1. The three-year-old Quality Western colt is owned by Michael Lucier of Port Lambton and trained by Mike Carther.

 

The Ingersoll driver picked up his driving double in the third race with the two-year-old Astronomical filly, MY GREEK PRINCESS in 2:03.2. Jim Napper and Steve Girard of Bothwell are the owners of MY GREEK PRINCESS while Cathy Gaudreau is the conditioner.

 

MAGNUM SEELSTER and Borth crossed the wire first in the fifth race for his third win of the day in 1:59. The 11-year-old Intrepid Seelster gelding won his third straight at Dresden Raceway and is owned and trained by Doug Currie of Brigden.

 

The 24-year-old teamster cashed in his fourth win of the day in the sixth race with KELLY RAE. The win was the third win in a row at Dresden for the nine-year-old Thatll Be Me mare who is owned by trainer John Lester and Sandra Lester of Lambton Shores.

 

Borth now has 19 wins on the season at Dresden Raceway while Andy Moore is second with nine wins while Brad Forward has moved into third spot with seven wins after picking up a driving double today.

 

Today`s handle was $19,112 for a two day total of $48,557 for 18 races. Dresden Derby Day and BIA Day is set for this coming Sunday as fans are invited to wear hats similar to Kentucky Derby Saturday. Post time is 1:30pm

 

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OF FAME/BIA DAY AT DRESDEN RACEWAY

(DRESDEN) JULY 1, 2016 – Dresden Raceway will be full of action for the second day this week as Sunday will be Hall of Fame Day at Dresden Raceway where Levi “Jiggs” McFadden will be enshrined into the Dresden Raceway Hall of Fame.

McFadden was a pioneer in the harness racing industry as he started driving at age 18 in 1933 and proceeded to dominate a sport and win the admiration and respect of fans and other horsemen. Jiggs was a top driver throughout Ontario, Michigan and New York State including winning the Canadian Pacing Derby in 1955 and 1956.

McFadden started driving long before records were kept but still notched 333 driving wins and 80 training wins.

Sunday will also feature BIA day at the track where several races will be sponsored by local businesses that will feature draws and giveaways.

On the track P J LUCKY LASS will be looking for her fourth win in a row at Dresden Raceway after being scratched sick last week. The four-year-old Camluck mare will score from post four in the fourth race.

Two other horses will be looking for their third win in a row as MAGNUM SEELSTER will have the rail in the fifth race while KELLY RAE will score from post six in the sixth race.

Post time is set for 1:30 p.m.

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FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME

(Dresden) July 1, 2016 – Ormond Farnsworth was a dying breed, one of the last true horsemen that did things for the love of the sport.

Farny’s passion was the sport or harness racing, plain and simple.

Ormond Farnsworth’s harness racing career wasn’t about the numbers as a matter of fact he could care less about the stats, he was interested in the racing.

Farny turned a horse behind the gate only 361 time in 31 years. He visited the winner’s circle 12 times with 13 seconds and 18 thirds for a total of $32, 374 in purse earnings.

The Dresden horseman loved the comradery with his fellow horsemen, loved laughing with them and loved his horses. He loved going to the barn and shooting the breeze, he loved race day, when he would get to the track early feeling as excited as school boy hoping he could get a win, although it wasn’t for himself, he was he was hoping for a win for his horse, his friends and his family.

Farny’s last win on the track came at the Leamington Fair in 2008 behind RAMBARONET in 2:04.1.

Many people said that Farny treated his horses like pets rather than racehorses and he would probably agree because he was very much the man who raced for the sport. Farny jogged his horses, fed them properly, showed great patience and never took shortcuts, he trained horses with integrity.

Farnsworth enjoyed making people smile and was the kind of guy that would help anybody who needed a hand, 40 plus years as a Volunteer Firefighter, a member of the Dresden Legion and a member of the Dresden Ag Society were just a few volunteer stops. When he worked for the town of Dresden he was up to start clearing snow at 4:00am to make sure his friends and neighbours would have a clear path to work. Farny would also make sure the grader did a few turns around Dresden Raceway so his fellow horsemen would have a clean track for training.

Ormond Farnsworth was enshrined in the Dresden Raceway Hall of Fame last year for the passion and zest he showed for the track a passion that was only surpassed by the love for his wife Vivian, his son Paul, daughter Ann, son-in-law Patrick and grandchildren Ryan and Erin.

Farny passed away last Tuesday at age 87 after a tough battle with cancer, a battle he handled just like his horses, with class, integrity and humour.

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LORD BYRON WINS FOUR DRESDEN OSS RACES

(DRESDEN) JULY 1, 2016 – Steve Byron was lord of the track at Dresden Raceway on Friday afternoon as he drove four Ontario Sire Stakes Three-Year-Old trotting fillies to victory.

Byron opened up the Canada Day card of racing as he took MAGICAL STEPH wire to wire in fractions of 29, 59, 1:29 and a mile time of 1:58.1. The Kadabra Filly is owned by GL Racing of Port Perry and is trained by Gary Lance.

It was a Steve Byron daily double as he won the second race while at the controls of P C CANTORE with a beautiful two-hole trip as TRUE MUSCLE and Jody Jamieson cut fractions of 29.3, 1:01.2 and 1:33.1. P C CANTORE popped out and won the race in 2:01.4. Pete Clements of Dobbinton is the owner and trainer of the Cornaro Dasolo filly.

The Thornton driver took advantage of a head of the stretch break by ANNELI HANOVER in the fifth race and pulled away to win his third OSS race of the day with WINDSONGMUSCLELADY in 2:01. John Bax is the trainer for the Muscle Mass filly for owners, Bax Stables of Campbellville and Braband Stables of London.

Byron made his fourth trip to the winner’s circle in the final division of OSS Fillies when he notched first prize while sitting behind another Bax student, MIAMI MAGIC for owners Bax Stables, and Glengate Farms of Campbellville, Gaelic Stables and Don and Sharon Allensen of Wyoming. The KADABRA filly trotted in 2:02.2

MYRETIREMENTTICKET won the other OSS race of the day for driver Jody Jamieson in 1:58.3, as she battled HAILEYSGONEDANCING and Alfie Carroll the whole mile. The Cornaro Dasolo filly is owned and trained by Eli Wagler of Ingersoll.

The Canada Day celebration saw almost 1,200 fans stay until the final race flashed official as many people were interested in the RUS race in the ninth race as SOUTHWIND ALICE and Evelyn Harms trotted the mile in 2:04.1 for top prize. The five year old Muscle Hill mare is owned by Alan Neal of Grand bend and trained by Dave Dowling.

The special treat of the day was an 8ft cake, decorated like and Canadian Flag, that was cut and served to the fans that showed up and bet a total on track handle of $29,448.

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FILLIES TROTTING FOR A HIGHER POWER

(DRESDEN) – JUNE 29, 2016 – Two OSS trotting fillies will be racing for a higher power this Friday as P L JADE and SILKY FLASHY NFAST will have proceeds from any purse money win they win will go into the bankroll of The Stable That God Loves.

The Stable That God Loves is an amazing fundraising initiative spearheaded by long time horse racing Public Relations guru Bill Galvin. A percentage of purse winnings by the over 100 horses in the stable goes to the Standardbred Chaplaincy led by Chaplain Ken Carter.   

The Chaplaincy provides non-denominational spiritual, physical and human needs for people working in the horse racing business.

P L JADE is a three-year-old Majestic Son filly that has banked $4, 080 in 10 lifetime starts for Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge. P L Jade is a 6-1 shot in the seventh race for trainer/driver Matt Dupuis and will score from post eight.

SILKY FLASHY NFAST has earned $80,505 lifetime for owner/trainer Ben Baillargeon and co-owner Diane Ingham. The Kadabra filly will score from post six with Mario Baillargeon at the controls of the 4-1 shot.

Post time for the Canada Day card of racing is set for 1:30 p.m. There will be contests, giveaways and an 8ft cake decorated like a Canadian Flag that will be cut and served to help celebrate Canada Day. The day will also feature a pari-mutual Racing Under Saddle race.

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RACING UNDER SADDLE SET FOR DRESDEN

June 28, 2016 – (DRESDEN) – Friday afternoon’s Canada Day card of racing will feature something special for race fans in the ninth race as five riders will mount up and bring a wagering Racing Under Saddle race to Ontario’s Little Saratoga.

Racing Under Saddle is a combination of thoroughbred racing and standardbred racing that gained popularity in Europe and is growing in popularity.

The sport features standardbred horses that usually race with a driver and sulky with the twist of having a rider as they do in thoroughbred racing.

The five horse field features riders from across the world and will feature pari-mutual wagering.

Marit Valstad hails from Tondheim, Norway and has been racing under saddle since she was 18 and has worked with Standardbreds her whole life. Valstad will be aboard CALLIE MAGOO from post one.

The two horse is PRECIOUS PHOEBE for rider Sarah Town. Town has been riding since age six and calls Owen Sound Ontario Home.

CELEBRITY LEGACY will be guided be Alex Marion. Marion is from France and has been working with horses for most of his life.

Brittany Kennedy is the trainer and rider for number four E L Rock. Kennedy is from McGregor, Ontario and does double duty as a Registered Massage Therapist and horse trainer.

Chatham’s Evelyn Harms will ride number five SOUTHWIND ALICE. Harms works for harness trainer Bill Kirkpatrick.

SOUTHWIND ALICE and Harms are the 7-5 favourite while Kennedy and E L Rock are listed as the 5-2 second favourite.

The Canada Day card of racing that will feature a giant 8ft cake decorated as a Canadian Flag as well is many giveaways and contests. Post time is 1:30 p.m.

Evelyn Harms RUS

 

 

Brittany Kennedy RUS Photo

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OSS TROTTING FILLIES IN DRESDEN ON FRIDAY

JUNE 27, 2016 (DRESDEN) – The Canada Day Card of racing at Dresden Raceway will be headlined by five divisions of Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots three year-old trotting fillies.

Locally owned TRUE MUSCLE is the 2-1 morning line favourite in the second race for star driver Jody Jamieson. The Muscle Mass filly has ten starts this season with one win and two seconds, banking over $19,000. The only time Jamieson has been paired with the filly she scored her only win at Mohawk Raceway.

TRUE MUSCLE is owned by Dover Centre’s Randy Zhok.

Jamieson isn’t the only big name scheduled to be in Dresden on Sunday as Jack Moiseyev will be in town with his own filly, MAGICAL VALENTINE. The Kadabra filly is the 7-5 favourite in the seventh race. Moiseyev has almost 9,800 career victories as a driver and has won over $131 million in purse earnings.

Top trainers Bob McIntosh and Jack Darling will square off in the first race as Darling sends the 8-5 favourite DEVILS ADVOCATE behind the gate from the rail while McIntosh sends hopeful TOUGH AFFAIR to post four with a 9-2 morning line.

The special card of racing will also feature a pari-mutual RUS (Riding Under Saddle) race in the ninth dash. Five entries will feature Standardbreds with riders instead of drivers similar to their thoroughbred cousins.

Canada Day will also feature many giveaways, contests and prizes as well as an 8ft cake decorated like a Canadian Flag.

Post time is set for 1:30 p.m.

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REAGAL BEAGLE WINS LITTLE GREEN JUG

JUNE 26, 2016 – (DRESDEN) – Tyler Borth made no mistake in Sunday’s “Little Green Jug” at Dresden Raceway as he took REGAL BEAGLE right to the front and went wire-to-wire for the win.

Borth guided the four-year-old Stonebridge Regal horse around the local oval in fractions of 30.2, 1:01.3, 1:32.3 for a mile time of 2:02 flat. REGAL BEAGLE is owned by Diane and Larry Currie of Sarnia while the conditioner is Doug Currie.

NCUTSNBUTSNCOCONUTS was the race time favourite but broke for driver Dennis Duford as the horses were let go.

Morning line favourite JUSTINS DEERE finished second for Donnie Rankin Jr. while COUNTRY BARAN and Mark Williams paid on the show ticket.

Borth padded his lead as the top driver at Dresden by winning the last four races of the day.

The Ingersoll driver not only won with REGAL BEAGLE in the eight race but also visited the winner’s circle with MAGNUM SEELSTER in the seventh race, GEARS OF WAR in the ninth race and KELLY RAE in the 10th race.

Borth now has 15 wins while Andy Moore is second with nine wins while Chris Johnston is third with five victories on the year. Moore and Johnston each scored driving doubles today.

Almost 800 people marched through the gate betting a total handle of $20,024.

Racing continues Canada Day with a special card of racing with lots of contests and giveaways including the cutting and serving of an 8ft cake decorated like a Canadian Flag. Post time on Friday is 1:30 p.m.

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LITTLE GREEN JUG SET FOR SUNDAY AT DRESDEN

June 24, 2016 – (Dresden) – Delaware, Ohio is home to one of the best known and most exciting harness races in North America, the Little Brown Jug.

Dresden Raceway is ready to host the first annual “Little Green Jug” on Sunday.

The “Little Green Jug” is for everyday regular overnight horses as the conditions for this year’s race are Horses and Geldings who are Non-winners of $2,000 Lifetime (non-winners of a race in last five are allowed $3,000).

JUSTINS DEERE is the 8-5 morning line favourite for owner Larry Ainsworth of Petrolia. Ian Hyatt is the conditioner for the three-year-old Major In Art gelding who is driven by Donnie Rankin Jr.

NCUTSNBUTTSNCOCNUTS is the second favourite with Dennis Duford at the helm. The four-year-old roan Up Front Ben horse is owned by Rubeen Lilley of Dutton and John and Betty McKinnon of Glencoe while Fred Snelgrove is the trainer.

In other racing action on the day BIG DIVA will be looking for her third win in a row at Dresden Raceway for owner Sherri Abbott of Windsor, trainer Mike Roger and driver Brad Forward. BIG DIVA will have to beat Brittany Kennedy’s CALLMEINTHEMORNING in the 10th race to pick up her third win. CALLMEINTHEMORNING is driven by Andy Moore.

Patrons are asked to wear green on Sunday in honour of the “Little Green Jug” as there will be many giveaways and contests. Post time is 1:30 P.M.

 

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BORTH HITS FIVE AT DRESDEN RACEWAY

DRESDEN (June 19, 2016) – Tyler Borth and Andy Moore were tied for the dash lead going into racing action today at Dresden Raceway. Not anymore. Tyler Borth proved that the 33 degree temperatures weren’t the hottest thing at Ontario’s Little Saratoga as he was at the controls for five winners on the afternoon at Dresden Raceway.

The Ingersoll tailsitter scored his first win with MAGNUM SEELSTER in the third race for owner/trainer Doug Currie of Brigden. The 11-year-old Intrepid Seelster gelding battled HOWDY PARTNER and Brad Forward down the lane for a win in 1:59.2.

BOONDOCK was the next win for Borth in the fourth race in 2:02.1. Borth is the condition and co-owner of the four-year-old Majestic Son gelding with Martin Hossack.

The 24-year-old driver rolled with DEX THE LAND in the fifth race to make it three wins in a row for owners Jim Napper and Peter Verstraete of Bothwell and trainer Cathy Gaudreau. The three-year-old Badlands Hanover filly went wire to wire in 2:01.2.

WINDSONG KANGO was Borth’s fourth trip to the winner’s circle in the seventh race as he came from off the pace with the five-year-old WIndsong Cruiser filly in 2:01 flat. WINDSONG KANGO is owned and trained by Diana McIntosh of Strathroy.

Borth wrapped up the Father’s Day card of racing by winning his fifth with the nine-year-old Thatll Be Me mare, KELLY RAE in 1:59.2. KELLY RAE is owned by John and Sandra Lester of Lambton Shores and trained by co-owner John C. Lester.

Borth now leads the driver’s standings with 11 wins while Moore is second with seven while Alex Lilley and Brad Forward are tied for third with four wins each.

Donnie Rankin Jr. won two races on the day for a driving double.

The on track live handle at Dresden Raceway was $17,955.

 

CELEBRATE FATHER’S DAY AT DRESDEN RACEWAY

(DRESDEN) – June 17, 2016 – It will be a great Father’s Day at Dresden Raceway this Sunday afternoon. The first 50 fathers get a free Dresden Raceway hat featuring the new logo. All fathers in attendance will also have their names put into a draw for a BBQ.

The weather is expected to be top notch as PJ LUCKY LASS Looks for her fourth straight win at the local oval.

The four-year-old Camluck mare is undefeated at Dresden Raceway this year for driver Andy Moore. P J LUCKY LASS is the 8-5 favourite of the second race.

FORTUNE NEW MOON is also undefeated at Dresden for driver Brad Forward. The four-year-old Rambaran gelding is the 8-5 morning line favourite in the fifth race.

As usual there will be giveaways all afternoon at the track including Bombs From The Booth and the OLG Punch Out Game.

Post timed is slated for 1:30P.M.

 

CAT FOUR CRUISES TO WIN IN FIRST DRESDEN RACEWAY CUP

DRESDEN (June 12, 2016) – CAT FOUR didn’t need nine lives Sunday as the 12-year-old Camotion gelding was the winner of the inaugural “Little Saratoga” Dresden Raceway Cup. Andy Moore went right to the front and cut out fractions of 28.4, 58, 1:28 and 1:58.2 with CAT FOUR who was claimed out of the race going back to Jim Watt’s stable for owner Alisha Williams.

The big bay gelding was claimed last week in Hanover by Derek Latour of Sarnia and raced out of Lloyd Mansfield’s stable today.

The Little Saratoga Dresden Raceway Cup is dubbed the “working horse’s race”. “We decided that regular overnight horses work just as hard and sometimes have more to overcome than some of the star horses that race in the big races like the North American Cup or the Little Brown Jug so we presented a trophy for a regular blue collar horse” explained Track announcer and PR man Gary Patterson.

MAGNUM SEELSTER was second for Tyler Borth while ON GOLDEN PONDER and Donnie Rankin paid the show price.

Moore and Brad Forward had the hot hands of the day as they each chalked up three winners. Moore hit the winner’s circle with P J LUCKY LASS, CAT FOUR and BIG IS BETTER while Forward’s winners included FORTUNE NEW MOON, LADY WITH A WEAPON and BIG DIVA.

Almost 720 people bet $19,751 on the picturesque day at the track.

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“LITTLE SARATOGA“ DRESDEN RACEWAY CUP SET FOR SUNDAY

(DRESDEN) – June 10, 2016 – Dresden Raceway`s first annual Little Saratoga Pace is set for this Sunday afternoon and it should be a dandy.

The Dresden Raceway Cup will feature Non-winners of $1,500 in their last three starts or Non-winners of $3,000 in their last five starts or $6,000 Claimers.

CAT FOUR is the morning line favourite at 2-1 while ON GOLDEN PONDER is the 8-5 second favourite.

CAT FOUR raced last week in Clinton, finishing first, but was placed second for a judges` violation. CAT FOUR was also claimed last week and is now owned by Derick Latour of Sarnia and trained by Leon Mansfield with Andy Moore in the bike.

The 12-year-old Camotion gelding has been the pace setter the last four trips and is expected to go to front for Moore out of the two hole.

ON GOLDEN PONDER, nailed down a third place finish last week at Dresden for owners Tom Jacobs, Dominic DeSantis and trainer Greg Price and is driven by Donnie Rankin Jr.

The five-year-old Ponder gelding is making just his second start after being laid off since February.

Post time for the 10 race card of racing is 1:30pm and as usual there will be contests and giveaways all day long.

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BORTH TRIPLES AT DRESDEN RACEWAY

DRESDEN- (JUNE 5, 2016) – Tyler Borth was on fire at Dresden Raceway today as he drove three horses to the winner’s circle.

The 24-year-old reinsman opened up the day guiding ZORGWIJK OMEGA to victory in 2:05.3 for Zorgwijk stables of Brantford and trainer Rick Wade. Today’s win was the first start of 2016 for the five-year-old Southwind Lustre mare.

Both struck again in the fourth race as a teamster behind VICTORYS PEANUT. The 12-year-old Brilliant Victory gelding trotted the mile in 2:04 for owner/trainer William Leon of Maidstone. VICTORYS PEANUT has won two in a row at Dresden Raceway.

Borth closed out the card with a win aboard MAGNUM SEELSTER. The 11-year-old Intrepid Seelseter gelding is owned and trained by Doug Currie of Brigden.

Thorndale’s Richard Griffith scored a training double for the second time in as many weeks at Dresden Raceway as he conditioned winners RICHLYN OMBRETTA and PJ LUCKY LASS.

The largest payout of the day was the fifth race triactor that saw the 4-7-ALL combination pay out $814.50.

Today’s on track handle was $13,804.

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LILLEY BLOSSOMS WITH THREE AT DRESDEN

DRESDEN- (MAY 29, 2016) – Alex Lilley was the star of opening day at Dresden Raceway as he notched a driving triple.

The 32-year-old Dutton reinsman notched his first with DISTINCTIV SEAN in the sixth race as he guided the 6-year-old Rambaran gelding home in 1:59.1

Lilley made it to the winner’s circle in the ninth race aboard MACH SHARK, a five –year-old Mach Three mare in 2:01.1 and then again in the 10th with FORTUNE NEW MOON, a four-year-old Rambaran gelding.

Tyler Borth scored a driving double with VICTORYS PEANUT and CARLYS HOLLYWOOD while Vic McMurren had a training double on the day with DISTINCTIV SEAN and MACH SHARK.

The sixth race triactor combination of 3-5-6 was the largest payout of the day returning $769.30 while a two dollar win ticket on SALEM BY YOU in the second race paid out $58.60.

The on track handle for the live racing was $21,448 as almost 500 people pushed through the gate.

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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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(DRESDEN) August 1, ailment 2016 – The 2016 season came to a close today with a huge crowd and a $36,056 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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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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