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BORTH STEALS THE SHOW AT DRESDEN RACEWAY

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

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.

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SOLID SEASON OPENER AT DRESDEN RACEWAY

May 27, 2018 (DRESDEN) – Just over 1,100 people pushed through the turnstiles at Dresden Raceway for the Opening Day Card of racing today to kick off the 2018 meet.
Fans made Dresden Raceway the place to be this summer despite being slammed with several off season issues including a false accusation of race fixing, a shooting on the track’s grounds and news that Gateway Casinos were moving the slots from Dresden to Chatham in 2020.
“We can’t do anything about those things, we just have to focus on what we do and move forward. We were very happy with the crowd, everyone had a great day and lots of fun,” said Dresden Ag Society President Lucille Laprise.
Laprise also noted that the crowd and the handle were up over last year’s Opening Day card of racing.
The handle of $26,488 was up just over 23% from the $19,905 that was bet on the first day last year.
“When you only have 11 days of racing, every day is important so you want to show an increase over last year,” said track announcer and publicist, Gary Patterson.
“Lucille (Laprise) and our board are doing the little things right. Dresden Raceway has been posting increases over the last three seasons in an industry where most other tracks are showing declines.” He added.
“Dresden features promotions and giveaways every day to get people to the track and showcase our incredible product.” Patterson said.
On the track Tyler Borth had the hot hands as he scored four winners on the day including BENVENUTI, LYONS DELIGHT, MADE TO LEAD and GRAND BAY.
INSINCERITY stepped off the fastest mile of the day for Garrett Rooney in 1:56 flat while the seventh race triactor combination of 2-1-7 was the largest payout of the day at $367.30.
Dresden Raceway will be hosting B.I.A Day at the races next week as well as Gateway Casino draws.
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DRESDEN RACEWAY OPENER THIS SUNDAY

DRESDEN RACEWAY SEASON OPENER THIS SUNDAY

Dresden (May 24, 2018) – Dresden Raceway will be kicking off the 2018 harness racing season this Sunday with a 10-race card.

Ontario’s Little Saratoga has been racing for over 140 years and has 11 race dates for the 2018 season starting this weekend and ending on Civic Holiday Monday.

“We are looking forward to another great year,” said Track Announcer Gary Patterson, “Our handles have increased consistently over the last three seasons and we are looking for more of the same this year”

Harness fans from all over can watch and wager on Dresden Raceway through HPI.

The driver’s colony at Dresden hasn’t changed from last year with Tyler Borth, Garrett Rooney, Lorne House, Nick Steward and Donnie Rankin as the base drivers.

Rooney was the leading dash driver last year at Dresden.

The feature race is the fifth race which will offer up N/W $15,000 Lifetime for a purse of $4,600.

Opening Day will feature many giveaways as prizes will be up for grabs including a $25 gift package from McDonalds, a $25 gift package from Shopper’s Drug Mart in Wallaceburg, $25 Tim Horton’s Package, A voucher from the track kitchen as well as a pizza from Mario’s Pizza in Dresden.

Thamesville Home Hardware has generously donated a BBQ that will be given away on the last race date to one luck patron through a ballot draw that will be open all season long.

Post Time is slated for 1:30pm Sunday.