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July 23, 2017 – (DRESDEN) – PULL THE SHADE and Garrett Rooney dominate din the final of the Mark Austin Pacing series after winning the first two legs and then taking the final in 1:59.1.

The three-year-old Dragon Again filly got away third and as ACTION TOWN and Donnie Rankin set the fractions of 28.3 to the quarter and hit the half in 58.3. Rooney had PULL THE SHADE moving first up just before the half and took the lead at three quarters in 1:28.2, never looking back for the win.

PULL THE SHADE is owned by Sherri Abbott of Windsor and Steve Roberts is the conditioner.

STEP IN MY GROOVE and Nick Steward finished third.

The late closing series for Maidens was in honour of former trainer Mark Austin who passed away suddenly in 2014.

Austin was known for training such horses as FOOL ME ONCE and SPARKY MARK but was a fixture at Dresden in the early years as he helped break trotting legend A WORTHY LAD who never lost on Canadian soil and at Dresden had overnighters such as OSCARSSON and HOSIT THE COLOURS,

Austin’s widow Julie was on hand along with daughters Paige and Paula to give an engraved stop watch to winning driver Rooney and a bag of carrots to PULL THE SHADE.

Rooney had a big day as he notch five winner’s to give him 25 victories on the season and a huge lead in the dash standings. Tyler Borth had one winner on the day and is second in the standings with 15 wins whole Steward is third with nine wins.

The handle at Dresden Raceway was $26,842 including $2,613 that was bet off track.





July 17, 2014 (DRESDEN) – The stage is set for the $11, 600 Final of Mark Austin Pacing Series at Dresden Raceway this Sunday.

The top money winners of the first two legs are eligible for Sunday’s final.

STEP IN MY GROOVE, ACTION TOWN and PULL THE SHADE were the top money winners as each banked $5,000 after winning both legs.

ABITOFALRIGHT is the fourth leading money earner with $3,750 thanks to a win and a second. BIGBADCARLY pocketed $2,500 with a win and a sixth place finish while GOT IT MADE scored purses of $2,500 thanks to two second place finishes.

ALYSSA MARIE, MY GREEK PRINCESS and YOU SAID IT round out the top nine with $1,850 in purse money as they all poached a second and a third.

According to the rules a trainer is only allowed to send two horses behind the gate for the final which means that Bill Kirkpatrick has a decision to make as to which two horses he will enter as he is the conditioner for STEP IN MY GROOVE, ABITOFALRIGHT and GOT IT MADE.

CRT HOTTIE and SENIOR PLAYER will round out the also eligible ranks.

All trainers must enter their horses by Thursday at 10am to be eligible for Sunday’s final.

The series’ namesake Mark Austin was a prominent trainer in Ontario before his sudden death in 2014. Austin got his start at Dresden Raceway in the 1980’s. He trained stars such as FOOL ME ONCE and SPARKY MARK and was credited with breaking all-star trotter A WORTHY LAD for Joe Johnston.



PULL THE SHADE win    FIRST LEG OF AUSTIN SERIES IN THE BOOKS AT DRESDEN July 9, 2017 – (DRESDEN) - The first leg of the Mark Austin Pacing series is in the books at Dresden Raceway. STEP IN MY GROOVE and Nick Steward went wire-to wire to capture the first division of NW of One Race or $5, 000 Lifetime (FM $6,000) series. The four year-old Rambaran gelding stepped off fractions of 29.1, 1:00, 1:30.2 for a time of 2:00.4 for owner-trainer Leon Mansfield of Strathroy and partner Antonia Smith. MY GREEK PRINCESS finished second for Tyler Borth while YOU SAID IT and Lorne House finished third. The second division of the series saw BIG BAD CARLY and Tyler Borth hit the winner’s circle in 2:03 after chasing down CRJ HOTTIE and Donnie Rankin. BIG BAD CARLY is a three-year old Big Bad John Filly, owned and trained by Tom Bain of Woodslee and co-owned by Nathan Bain. House guided GMC TROOPER to a third place finish. ACTION TOWN, a three-year-old Mister Big gelding, and Rankin went to the front and never looked back in the third division for owner Ken Sommer of Sheffield, Ohio in 2:02.4. Mark Williams guided GOT IT MADE to a second place finish while THRILLER NIGHT and Garrett Rooney paid on the show ticket. Rooney and PULL THE SHADE took top prize in the fourth division of the Mark Austin series after cutting the mile and holding on for the win by a head over ABITOFALRIGHT and Williams. The three-year-old Dragon Again filly paced the mile in 2:00.4 for owner Sheri Abbot of Windsor and trainer Steve Roberts. ALYSSA MARIE and Alex Lilley were third. The second leg of the series goes next week with the $10,000 final is set for July 23. The handle at Dresden was $26,225.



July 7, 2017 – (DRESDEN) – Four division are set to kick off for the Mark Austin Pacing Series this Sunday at Dresden Raceway.

The series for Non-winners of a race or $5, 000 lifetime (Fillies and Mares $6, 000) will honour former Dresden horseman Mark Austin who passed away in 2014. Austin broke trotting legend A WORTHY LAD and trained such stars as SPARKY MARK and FOOL ME ONCE.

There will be two legs to the series as each division will go for $5,000 and the final will be July 25 for a purse of $10,000.

Four-year-old Rambaran gelding, STEP IN MY GROOVE, is the 9-5 morning line favourite in the first division of the series. STEP IN MY GROOVE will score from post two for driver Nick Steward while 5-2 shot and second favourite, YOU SAID IT, has drawn the rail with Lorne House at the controls.

Donnie Rankin will be in the race bike for the 2-1 favourite of the second division, CRJ HOTTIE. The three-year-old Major Hottie colt will score from post four. SENIOR PLAYER is the 5-2 second favourite for driver Garrett Rooney and will score from post one.

Mark Williams will be between the shafts behind GOT IT MADE, the favourite of the third division. The four-year-old Rambarran horse will score form post six. Rankin will be driving 7-2 second favourite ACTION TOWN from post three.

Rooney will be the teamster for the favourite of the fourth division, PULL THE SHADE. The three-year-old Dragon Again filly is listed at 9-5 and will score from the rail. The second favourite is the elder statesmen of the 25 horses entered. ABITOFALRIGHT will score from post five and is a seven-year-old Blissful Hall gelding and will be driven by Williams.

Sunday is also Derby Day at Dresden Raceway as all patrons are asked to wear their best hats for the day for great prizes provided by the Dresden B.I.A. and hot dogs are half price.

Post time for Sunday`s card of racing is 1:30pm.



JULY 1, 2017 (DRESDEN) – Driver James MacDonald and trainer Mark Steacy combined to dominate the Ontario Sire Stakes Three-Year-Old Trotting Fillies Divisions at Dresden Raceway by winning three of the four dashes and picking up a third prize in the fourth.

In the first division of OSS Trotters DELCREST MAGICSTAR stepped off a final quarter in 28.2 to chase down another Steacy student in STRITCH and Johnathan Drury for the win in 2:01.3. DELCREST MAGICSTAR is by Majestic Son and is owned by MacDonald, Peter Porter and Johnathan McKinnon.

MAGIC MADDY and MacDonald rallied from 6 ¼ at three quarters tow in the second division for trainer Steacy and owners Clarke Steacy, David McDonald, David Reid and Malik Stable. The Majestic Son filly trotted the mile in 2:03.1.

The dynamic duo of MacDonald and Steacy struck again in the third division to score the hat trick with a wire-to-wire win with TICKET TO SEATTLE. The Majestic Son offspring set fractions of 30.1, 1:01.2, 1:31.1 for a mile time of 2:01.1 for owners Landmark 9 racing Stable, Hudson Standardbred Stable and David Reid.

ANGORA SEELSTER and Bob McClure won the fourth division of OSS Fillies as she opened up down the lane for a four length victory in 2:00.4. The Holiday Road filly is owned by Alot Of Sense Stable, Lyons Brothers Stable and Jessica Breese Karn and trained by Chris Matthews.

Driving legend Dave Wall opened the card of racing with a training mile to celebrate 250 Years of Horse Racing in Canada. Wall has won over 7,200 races lifetime and over $60 Million in purses and was a dominant fixture at Dresden Raceway in the early 80’s with Pro Fighter and drove other greats like Staff Director, Odies Fame and Goodtimes.

Dresden Raceway celebrated Canada Day by giving out small Canadian flags, T-shirts, hats and having an 8ft Cake decorated like a Canadian flag.

Over 1,000 people were in attendance today and they bet a total handle of $29,103.