DRESDEN – GRAND BAY was the winner of the $12,700 Mark Austin Pacing Series Final on Sunday for her fifth win in a row at the local oval. The three-year-old Badlands Hanover was tested several times but was up to the task.
GRAND BAY took the early lead but MICKEYS CRUISER cleared to the front just past the quarter for Garret Rooney but Tyler Borth pulled GRAND BAY out and regained the lead before the half.
GRAND BAY was no sooner settled when PRESIDENTS WISH and Nick Steward came charging up on the outside but again Borth and the Cathy Gaudreau trained filly held off the charge.
A BIT OF BILLIE and Mark Williams closed to within a head but GRAND BAY held off the challenge for the win.
GRAND BAY set fractions of 28.3, 59.3, 1:29.3 for a mile time of 2:00.2 on a good track.
Austin’s wife Julie and daughters Paige and Paula presented Borth with a watch as the winning driver.
The day also featured the Ken Houston Memorial Pace in honour of the former NHL’er who hailed from Dresden. Several former NHL’ers and current NHL player TJ Brodie were on hand to honour Houston.
Almost $5,000 was raised towards the Ken Houston Memorial Scholarship Fund with a live auction, silent auction and raffle.
Sunday was also the largest crowd of the year with over 1,500 people in attendance and the largest handle of the year of $34,180.
JUNE 20, 2018- (DRESDEN)- Sunday will be a special day at Dresden Raceway that will see two former friends share the track spotlight once again.
Trainer Mark Austin and former NHL’er and owner, Ken Houston will both be honoured on Sunday as the Mark Austin Pacing Series will come to a close with the $12,700 final and the Ken Houston Memorial Pace will hit the track as well.
Austin got his start at Dresden Raceway in the 1980’s and quickly became well liked and respected because of his exceptional talent with horses and his friendly nature. The Chatham native quickly moved up in the ranks and moved his stable to Windsor where he trained his own horses and worked with Jack Darling.
Austin then moved to Fergus when Windsor Raceway declined and was always a solid competitor as he trained top horses such as SPARKY MARK and FOOL ME ONCE before he passed away suddenly in 2014.
Houston was a lifelong lover of horses, growing up in Dresden, and became an owner when he made it to the NHL. He was drafted by the Atlanta Flames in 1973 and played nine seasons with Atlanta, Calgary, Washington and Houston where he had six, 20-goal seasons.
Houston’s friend was also his trainer as Austin was the conditioner for Houston’s horses like multiple OSS winner SPARE TIME WARRIOR as well as FISH MY PAL and HOSIT THE COLORS.
Several of Houston’s former teammates in his NHL days and Alumni days will be at the track to honour their friend. Eric Vale, John Gould, Pat Riggen, Pat Ribble, Tommy Williams, Dave Hutchieson and Ray Markham will join current star TJ Brodie at the track.
Dresden Raceway will be inducting Houston into the Dresden Raceway Hall of Fame where he will join Austin who was inducted last year.
Dresden Raceway has dubbed the day hockey day with all hockey players from minor hockey systems and Junior teams welcomed for the day.
An auction will be held to raise money for The Ken Houston Memorial Scholarship Fund and items will include signed jerseys from Frank Mahovolich, Lanny McDonald, Travis Konecny, Tyson Barrie, Claude Giroux and others.
A set of John Campbell’s autographed colours will also be up for grabs as well as a Suite for a Windsor Spitfires games and tickets to the Sarnia Sting and London Knights.
Other auction and raffle items will include Hambletonian swag , a Matts Sundin Autographed picture and a Wendel Clark autographed puck.
Post time Sunday is 1:30pm.
Grand Bay holds off Mickeys Cruiser and Dali Cat in the second leg of the Mark Austin Pacing Series
HEADS TO AUSTIN FINAL
June 15 2018 (DRESDEN) – GRAND BAY has paced her way into the final of the Mark Austin Pacing Series next Sunday at Dresden Raceway.
The three-year-old Badlands Hanover filly went wire to wire to win the first division of the Mark Austin Series in a new lifetime mark of 1:59.3 beating MICKEYS CRUISER by three and a quarter lengths. GRAND BAY is owned by Jim Napper, trained by Cathy Gaudreau and driven by Tyler Borth.
Longshot PRESIDENTS WISH used a two-hole trip to pop out and beat favourite DYNASTY SEELSTER in the second division in 1:59.1 for driver Nick Steward. The three-year-old Badlands Hanover filly is owned by Joe Elliott, Jackie McManus, Richard Dalby and trainer Larry Fitzsimmons.
Mark Williams guided A BIT OF BILLIE to victory in the third division of the Austin Series for owner/trainer Lenore Prince and co-owner Eric Prince. The six-year-old Stonebridge Regal mare used a two-hole trip, was trailing by five lengths at the half then made the move to step off the back half in 59.3 to win by over 11 lengths.
The $12,700 final of the Mark Austin Pacing Series will go post ward next Sunday afternoon during an action packed day at Dresden Raceway.
The track will not only be hosting the Mark Austin Pacing Series Final but will also be hosting the Ken Houston Memorial Pace in honour for former NHL’er Ken Houston who passed away in March. Houston and Austin are no strangers to sharing a day at the track as Austin was the conditioner for many of Houston’s horses.
Several NHL Jersey’s and items will be for auction at the track and on-line including an autographed Lanny McDonald Jersey, and autographed Claude Giroux Jersey, and autographed Travis Konecny Jersey as well as autographed John Campbell colours.
About 900 people braved the heat and bet a total handle of $22,813.
GRAND BAY ON A ROLL IN DRESDEN’S MAPS
June 15 2018 (DRESDEN) – GRAND BAY is one of the hottest horses on the grounds at Dresden Raceway as he is looking for his fourth win in a row and second in the Mark Austin Pacing series. The three-year-old Badlands Hanover filly is the 7-5 morning line favourite in the first division of young pacers for driver Tyler Borth. GRAND BAY cruised to a win in the first leg for owner Jim Napper and trainer Cathy Gaudreau.
The second division will feature a good battle between MYMUMASCRANKY and DYNASTY SEELSTER.
MYMUMASCRANKY won her first leg of the Austin Series for Borth in 2:02.2. The six-year-old Santana Blue Chip mare is owned by Rick Edwards and trained by Stephen Roberts.
DYNASTY SEELSTER finished second to GRAND BAY in the first leg for driver Andy Moore. Doug Dunbar and Jack Wray are the owners of the three-year-old Shadow Play filly with Wray doing the conditioning.
The third division of the Mark Austin Pacing Series has A BIT OF BILLIE and the morning line favourite. The six-year-old Stonebridge Regal mare broke stride in the first turn last week and finished second but was placed sixth for interference. Veteran reinsman, Mark Williams will be in the bike for owners Eric and Lenore Prince of North Buxton with Lenore Prince as the trainer.
Dresden Raceway will also be holding a “Behind the Scenes Fun Day” this Sunday from 9am until noon featuring a farrier, a mare and a foal and a demonstration of how to harness a horse.
The half mile oval is enjoying a great start to the season with wagering up almost 24 per cent over the same three days last year. Harness racing fans can check out the action from Dresden Raceway on HPI every Sunday afternoon at 1:30.
BORTH STEALS THE SHOW AT DRESDEN RACEWAY
June 10 2018 (DRESDEN) – The Mark Austin Pacing Series kicked off today at Dresden Raceway but Tyler Borth stole the show. The Ingersoll native hit the board with all 10 drives including six wins with two seconds and two thirds.
Borth was the winning driver in all three divisions in the first leg of the Mark Austin Pacing Series.
Dresden’s leading reinsman opended the card of racing by driving BLUFROST BALLYKEEL to victory in 2:05.6. The four-year-old Majestic Son mare is owned by Ballykeel Racing and trained by Terry McKibbon.
Borth’s second win was in the first division of the Mark Austin Pacing Series when he guided GRAND BAY to her third win in a row. The three-year-old Badlands Hanover filly is owned by Jim Napper of Bothwell and trained by Cathy Gaudreau.
The second division of the Mark Austin Pacing Series saw Borth notch his third win of the day aboard 12-1 shot MYMUMASCRANKY. The six-year-old Santana Blue Chip mare paced the mile in 2:02.2 for owner Rick Edwards and trainer Stephen Roberts.
Borth’s fourth win of the afternoon as in the third division of the Mark Austin Pacing series between the shafts of MICKEYS CRUISER. Trainer Jim McGugan is a partner with Ron Thomson as an owner of the four-year-old Armbro Duece mare who paced the mile in 2:02.2.
Win number five for Borth was while at the controls of Savthelstdanceforme in 2:03.2 The 12-year-old Striking Sahbra gelding is owned and trained by Dennis Duford.
BLISSFULANNMARIE was Borth’s sixth win on the banner afternoon in 2:00.2. The seven-year-old Blissfull Hall mare is owned by Steve Girard and Napper while Gaudreau does the training.
About 600 people bet $26,805 on the day that included REGAL BEAGLE winning the Little Saratoga “Dresden Cup”. The Dresden Cup is an award for the working class horse that races week in and week out in overnights. REGAL BEAGLE is a six-year-old Stonebridge Regal horse who is owned and trained by Reg Mulholland of Leamington. Nick Steward was at the controls for the win in 1:59.1.
Next week Dresden Raceway will celebrate Father’s Day with an open house from 9am-Noon featuring a demonstration of how to harness a horse, a blacksmith demonstration as well as a mare and foal together for the fans. The track will also be giving Dresden Raceway hats to the first 50 fathers who make their way through the turnstiles. Post time is 1:30 p.m.
BIA DAY AT DRESDEN RACEWAY
June 1, 2014 – (DRESDEN) This Sunday at Dresden Raceway will not only feature a great card of racing but will also include more giveaways than a normal week as it’s B.I.A. day at the races.
The Dresden Business Improvement Association will be donating prizes for every race to go along with our daily t-shirt giveaways and our daily prize packs from Tim Hortons, McDonalds, Wallaceburg Shopper’s Drug Mart, Subway, The Track Kitchen and Mario’s Pizza.
GRAND BAY will be looking to make it two in a row this week in just her third lifetime start. The three-year-old Badlands Hanover filly is owned by Jim Napper of Bothwell, trained by Cathy Gaudreau and will have Tyler Borth at the controls.
Dresden Raceway races every Sunday through June and July as well as Civic Holiday Monday, post time 1:30pm.