MARK AUSTIN HONOURED AT DRESDEN RACEWAY
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.
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.
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.