PULL THE SHADE DOMINATES MARK AUSTIN FINAL
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.
MARK AUSTIN PACING SERIES FINAL IN DRESDEN
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.
FIRST LEG OF AUSTIN SERIES IN THE BOOKS AT DRESDEN July 9,
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.
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.
HUGE CANADA CELEBRATIONS SET FOR DRESDEN RACEWAY
June 27 – (DRESDEN) – Dresden Raceway will not be racing Sunday this week but will be holding a special card of racing on Saturday afternoon,
Canada is celebrating its 150th Birthday this Saturday but compared to horse racing Canada is just a young foal.
We all learned in elementary school history class that The Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759 gave way to British rule in Canada.
The Plains of Abraham was home to another historic footnote in Canadian History as the first recorded horse race occurred there in 1767.
The Quebec City Gazette’s record of the race was as follows: ““The horse race for a purse of forty dollars was held on Wednesday, first of the month, on the Hill of Abraham. It was easily won by Captain Prescott’s mare Modesty, much to the discomfiture of those who, purporting to know about such things, had wagered against her and were thereby parted from their money.”
From that day forward horse racing has been part of the fabric of our country. From coast to coast, generation after generation, people from all walks of life have participated in and enjoyed the sport, whether on grass-root tracks, at agricultural fairs, on frozen rivers dotting the countryside, or in today’s modern facilities.
Dresden Raceway will be no exception as Ontario Sire Stakes Three-Year-Old Trotting Fillies will be in town as well as a Racing Under Saddle Race. Off the track fans can celebrate by taking a piece of an 8ft cake that will be decorated like a Canadian Flag as well as dozens of free giveaways that will include Canada Day T-shirts and other prizes.
Saturday’s Post time is the usual 1:30pm.
The four-year-old Jailhouse gelding is owned by Randy Fulmer of Windsor and Phil Katcher of Sun City Centre, Florida and conditioned by Fulmer. Dresden’s leading dash winner Garrett Rooney was in the sulky for the win in 2:03.3.
“The Little Green Jug is Dresden’s working equine’s version of The Little Brown Jug” said Dresden Raceway Announcer and Public Relations coordinator, Gary Patterson.
“TIZ and Mark MacQuarrie almost caught LOVIN FEELLIN and Garrett Rooney, it was a thrilling finish.’ He added.
It was also Hockey Day at Dresden Raceway as several local hockey teams were represented including a Dresden LumberKings reunion and the Dresden Jr Kings honouring Dillon Liberty who was awarded the OHA JR C Player of The Year Award by the league this year.
The LumberKings played at the Intermediate C and Sr. B Level in the 1970’s 80’s and 90’s and won three OHA Championships in 1980, 1983 and 1985.
Rooney, MacQuarrie and Alex Lilley all scored two winners on the day at Dresden raceway as Rooney padded his lead at the top of the dash standings with 12 wins on the season while Tyler Borth is second with nine and Lorne House is third with seven wins.
The total handle today at Dresden Raceway was $23,483.
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.
The three-year-old Allthatglitrsisgold gelding stepped off a last quarter in 28.3 for Donnie Rankin and made up three and a half lengths in the stretch to win the “Little Saratoga Cup” in 2:00 flat.
SWEET QUEEN COLE and Mark Williams set the fractions of 30, 1:00.4 and 1:30.2 while CD GRUISE FOR GOLD bided his time sitting along the pylons. When the field turned for home a hole opened up and GD CUISE FOR GOLD slipped out to chase Williams and SWEET QUEEN COLE down for the win.
GD CRUISE FOR GOLD is owned and trained by Rankin and how now reeled off three straight wins at Dresden Raceway and has banked over $12, 350 in 2017.
The Little Saratoga Cup was started last year as a “working horse’s race” to honour those horses that carve out a living in regular overnight cards of racing.
Things ended in great fashion at Dresden Raceway today as the last race ended a nose away from a triple dead heat. RIGHTINTHEKISSER with Andy Moore and FIRST ART DOWN with Dennis Spitzig hit the wire together in a dead heat while LAST LECTURE and Jeff Mayhew were a nose away in third.
RIGHTINTHEKISSER held top spot most of the mile except when NJS TRICK PISTOL tried to get by at three quarters but couldn’t clear.
FIRST ART DOWN and LAST LECTURE closed hard for the great finish in 1:59.4.
In another story for the day, EVIL CAM EVIL reeled off his fourth win in a row for driver Lorne House as he cut fractions of 29.1, 59.1, 1:29.4 for a winning mile of 2:01.4. The Camluck gelding is owned and trained by Dennis Belan while Doug Belan and Brian Fitzgerald are co-owners. Seventy Four-year-old Gerald Pedden was in the sulky behind TODAYS SPORTS for a second place finish behind EVIL CAM EVIL.
The on track handle was $18,309 for day.