ROGER HUSTON MAKING TOUR STOP IN DRESDEN
August 2, 2017 – (DRESDEN) – Legendary Announcer Roger “The Voice” Huston will be at Dresden Raceway on Monday August 7th for closing day.
Huston started his career in 1960 calling Ohio County Fairs and in 1965 started calling at the Red Mile.
Huston is best known for calling “The Little Brown Jug” in Delaware Ohio and is the regular announcer at The Meadows.
Huston has announced almost 175,000 races at 138 different tracks that cover 17 states and seven countries.
The Hall of Famer will announce the first five races at Dresden Raceway then signing autographs for the remainder of the day.
T-Shirts will be available for $15 to commemorate Huston’s appearance
Sunday will also feature free hot buttered corn on the cob for patrons as well as many giveaways and draws.
Post time is 1:30pm.
PULL THE SHADE DOMINATES MARK AUSTIN FINAL
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.
MARK AUSTIN PACING SERIES FINAL IN DRESDEN
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.
SECOND LEG OF AUSTIN SERIES COMPLETE AT DRESDEN
July 16, 2017 – (DRESDEN) – Three horses will be going into next week’s $11,600 final of the Mark Austin Pacing Series undefeated.
STEP IN MY GROOVE won for the second time in a row at the local half mile track’s Mark Austin Pacing Series for driver Nick Steward in 2:00.3. The four-year-old Rambarran gelding is owned by Pam Loomis and trained by Bill Kirkpatrick.
ALYSSA MARIE and Alex Lilley finished second while MY GREEK PRINCESS and Tyler Borth were third.
The second division of the Austin Pacing Series rookies saw ACTION TOWN and driver/trainer Donnie Rankin head to the winner’s circle for the second week in a row. The three-year-old Mister Big gelding paced the mile in 2:02 for owner Ken Sommer.
Mark Williams guided GOT IT MADE to a second place finish while BEER AND A HAIRCUT and Tyler Borth finished in a dead heat for third with THRILLER NIGHT and Garrett Rooney.
PULL THE SHADE and Rooney also made it two in a row in the Mark Austin Pacing Series for driver Rooney in 1:59.3. The three-year-old Dragon Again filly is owned by Sherri Abbot of Windsor and trained by Steve Roberts.
YOU SAID IT and Steward were second while Williams was at the controls for third place finisher GMC TROOPER.
ABITOFALRIGHT was the winner of the fourth division of pacers for Steward in 2:03.2. Kirkpatrick is the owner and trainer of the seven-year-old Blissfull Hall gelding.
Rooney was in the race bike for second place finisher SENIOR PLAYER while Bad Blake and Alex Lilley finished third.
Rooney scored four wins on the day to give him 20 on the season at Dresden Raceway as the leading dash driver.
Today’s handle was $24.666
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.
MARK AUSTIN PACING SERIES SET TO GO AT DRESDEN
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.
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, July 1st to celebrate Canada Day.
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.
LOVIN FEELIN WINS THE LITTLE GREEN JUG
June 25, 2017 – (DRESDEN) – LOVIN FEELIN held off a late charge by TIZ to win the 2017 installment of The Little Green Jug at Dresden Raceway.
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
June 18, 2017 (DRESDEN) – Former trainer Mark Austin was honoured today at Dresden Raceway and enshrined into Dresden Raceway’s Hall of Fame.
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.
GD CRUISE FOR GOLD WINS LITTLE SARATOGA
June 11, 2017 (DRESDEN) – GD CRUISE FOR GOLD won his third in a row a Dresden Raceway at a great time and in great fashion.
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.
Dresden Ag Society President Lucille Laprise presents Little Saratoga Cup to Donnie Rankin and GD CRUISE FOR GOLD.
GD CRUISE FOR GOLD and Donnie Rankin gets past SWEET QUEEN COLE and Mark Williams in the Little Saratoga Cup.
SWEET QUEEN COLE GETS NOD IN LITTLE SARATOGA
JUNE 9, 2017 (DRESDEN) – SWEET QUEEN COLE is the morning line favourite in Sunday’s Little Saratoga Cup.
The five-year-old Art Colony mare is co-owned, trained and driven by Mark Williams and is looking for her first win of 2017 for Williams and partners Marjay Desjarlais and Lenore Prince.
SWEET QUEEN COLE, who is scoring from post three, stepped off her back half in 57.3 two starts ago in London to finish third in 1:56.2 for Williams.
Two to one shot, GD CRUISE FOR GOLD, and owner, trainer, driver Donnie Rankin will be looking for his third win in a row at Dresden and will score from post eight. The three-year-old Allthatglitrsisgold gelding picked up winner’s cheques with times of 1:58.2 and 2:00 flat respectively.
Sunday’s card of racing will feature 10 live races that will can be seen world-wide at www.dresdenraceway.ca with the hope that next week people with an HPI account will be able to wager on Dresden world wide!
Sunday will also feature many draws and giveaways and as usual admission is always free with a 1:30pm post time.
MARK AUSTIN PACING SERIES SET FOR DRESDEN
June 5, 2017 (DRESDEN) – Dresden Raceway is proud to announce the MARK AUSTIN PACING SERIES to its 2017 schedule.
The series will be a late closer for Maiden Pacers who are Non-Winners of 1 Pari-mutual Race or $5,000.00 lifetime (fillies $6,000.00 lifetime) Canadian funds as of May 27, 2017 with no allowances.
Each division will race for a $5,000 purse in the eliminations July 9 and July 16 with the final set to go on July 23 for $10,000.
Mark Austin was a trainer who hailed from Chatham and got his start at Dresden Raceway in early 1980’s training for owners such as Graham Chambers. In 1988 his reputation of being great with young horses came caught up with him as he was asked to break a yearling trotter named A Worthy Lad for Joe Johnston. A Worthy Lad never lost a race in North America.
Austin then moved his stable closer to Windsor and worked with Jack Darling during the 90’s when Darling Stables produced champions like Northern Luck and Gothic Dream.
When Windsor Raceway started to stumble Austin moved his operation to Fergus where horses like Spark Mark and Fool Me Once headlined his stable.
Austin died suddenly in 2014 and had a career average of .345 and over $9 Million in earned purses thanks to 837 wins.
Austin wasn’t only a top notch trainer he was also favourite around the track as he was described as a true gentleman and was one of the nicest guys in the business.
Austin was married to Julie, with two daughters, Paige and Paula.
THREE HORSES MAKE IT TWO IN A ROW AT DRESDEN
JUNE 4, 2017 – (DRESDEN) – Three different horses remain undefeated at Dresden Raceway after wins in both weeks of racing at the local oval.
14-year-old WESKEY went wire-to-wire for owner/trainer/driver Tyler Borth of Ingersoll for his second win in a row at Dresden. The Wesgate Crown gelding is co-owned by Bill Borth. WESKEY has now banked over $304,000 with the win in 2:04.
EVIL CAM EVIL made it two in a row at Dresden as well with a wire-to-wire win for driver Lorne House in 2:00 flat. The three-year-old Camluck gelding is owned by trainer Dennis Belan, Doug Belan and Brian Fitzgerald and has won six out of 10 lifetime starts.
Owner/trainer/driver Donnie Rankin Jr. of Amherstberg guided GD CRUISE FOR GOLD to his second win in a row at Dresden after setting the fractions of 30.2, 1:01.2, 1:31 and a last quarter of 29 second for a mile of 2:00 flat.
Dresden Raceway opened their doors to the world as they started streaming live today at www.dresdenraceway.ca with the hopes of linking in with HPI to allow wagering on the local races.
Garrett Rooney scored three wins today for a driving triple as he visited the winner’s circle with SLOTS OF FUN, GROUND SHAKER and GRITS N GRAVY.
Today’s handle was $20, 399 which means the average handle per race has been over $2,100 in 2017.
Next week the local oval will be hosting the Ontario Little Saratoga’s Dresden Cup with a post time 1:30pm.
VETERAN TROTTER WESKEY WINS AT DRESDEN
MAY 28, 2017 (DRESDEN) – Fourteen-year-old trotter WESKEY went to the front and never looked back today at Dresden Raceway for owner/trainer/driver Tyler Borth of Ingersoll.
The veteran Wesgate Crown gelding, that is co-owned by Borth’s father Bill, cruised to the win cutting easy fractions of 31, 1:02.2, 1:33 and a winning time of 2:02.4.
WESKEY has now won 52 races lifetime and has banked almost $303,000 over his career.
Borth, Andy Moore and Lorne House each had driving doubles as Borth also guided RYE N CLYNE to the winner’s circle while Moore won with BIG IS BETTER and GORGIOUSEVERYTIME and House won with EVIL CAM EVIL and FINALE SEELSTER.
GORGIOUSEVERYTIME was the longest shot of the day rolling across the wire at 18-1 for a $37.10 payout.
The Opening Day crowd of almost 600 people bet $19,905 on nine races.
Next Sunday afternoon is B.I.A. Day at the Races with every race being sponsored by local businesses and a slew of prizes set for giveaway.
- WILLIAMS ECLIPSES 5, viagra order 000 WINSAUG 7, 2016 – It was a hot summer night in the mid-1980s at Dresden Raceway when Mark Williams reeled off five straight wins on his way to winning eight out of ten races. That night at Dresden Raceway was just one of many magical nights in the ongoing career of the Cottam based harness driver that has seen ups and downs with many more victories than the 5,000 he has carded in the sulky.Williams scored his 5,000th driving victory at Hiawatha Horse Park in Sarnia at the controls of CARDS THAT COUNT in 1:56.2 with legendary announcer Roger Huston at the mic for the call.The 58-year-old tailsitter has banked over $22 million purses, including eight one million dollar seasons.Williams is a fan favourite wherever he drives as he will say hello to fans who catch his eye and will on occasion give his whip to a young fan. His savvy knowledge of each mount as well as his respect for the history of the sport that was bestowed upon him by his father Stan Williams.Williams got his start as a young teenager sitting in the jog cart as his allergies wouldn’t allow him to work in the barn so Stan put him in the job cart allowing him to still learn the business of harness racing while still working.A regular at many local tracks in the summer including Dresden, Hiawatha, Hazel Park and Leamington Raceway where he carded seven wins in one night, the reinsman would also spend his winters at Windsor Raceway and some nights at London’s Western Fair Raceway.Williams has driven for many trainers over the years including guiding GLOBAL ASSAULT in the Little Brown Jug for Bob McIntosh.Trainer John Fraleigh said `Mark Williams will give an honest drive every time. He won`t hurt your horse but will do his best to give you a chance to win and if he doesn`t do well he will tell you why.`There have been rough patches in Mark Williams career as horseman with several crashes including bouncing off a light standard at Hiawatha Horse Park, `those things are pretty solid, they don`t move when you hit them,` he joked.Williams also had the battle of his life with substance abuse but won that battle with the help and support of his wife Teri and his family.`I wouldn`t be anywhere without Teri and my family,` Wiliams said, adding that they have been by his side through thick and thin and they are the most important thing in my life.Mark Williams not only does his on track duties as a trainer and driver but he is also a voice for the harness racing community as a director with OHHA and an active force behind the Lakeshore Horse Racing Association.When you see Williams climb on the bike to compete he will always tip his cap to the judges stand in the first post parade out of respect not only to the sport but to those who came before him cutting a path in the sport of kings.
With the utmost class and respect for not only his sport but for all those who are part of the industry from owners to grooms, Mark Williams treats everyone the same because he is one of those kings.
- DRESDEN CLOSES WITH A BANG; WILLIAMS CLOSES IN ON 5,000(DRESDEN) August 1, 2016 – The 2016 season came to a close today with a huge crowd and a $36,056 on track handle.Mark Williams scored three winners on the day to bring his lifetime wins total to 4,999.Williams opened the day with by driving a horse that he co-owns and trains to the winner’s circle. SWEET QUEEN COLE went wire-to-wire in 1:59.4. The four-year-old Art Colony mare is co-owned by Marjay Desjarlais and Lenore Price.The Cottam horseman won his second race with 11-1 shot CARLY HOLLYWOOD in 2:00.1. The eight-year-old Camotion mare is owned by Doug Dunbar and trained by Jason Libby.Williams scored win 4,999 in the ninth race at the controls of PLAIN EASY. The six-year-old Western Maverick gelding is owned by Mark LeSeaux and trained by Dwayne McFadden.Tyler Borth scored two winners on the day to close out the year with 29 wins to lead the dash standings.The closing day attendance rolled over the 1,200 mark as fans enjoyed free hot buttered corn on the cob and lots of contests and giveaways.The total handle on the year over 11 cards of racing was $242,733 for an average on track handle of $22,066.-30-
- HUGE CROWD EXPECTED FOR CLOSING DAY AT DRESDEN(DRESDEN) July 30, 2016 – The last day of the 2016 race season is set for this holiday Monday at Dresden Raceway and it is expected to be a packed house. The day will be a “can’t miss” event for the track as the weather forecast is perfect and the great card of racing will be complimented by free “hot buttered” corn on the cob.The track is expected to surpass the $250,000 mark for the total on track handle for the year as they have averaged just over $20,667 for the season with closing day always being the biggest handle of the year.Ingersoll reinsman, Tyler Borth, is the leading dash driver at with 27 wins on the season as Brad Forward is sitting in second place with 14 wins wand Andy Moore is third with 13 trips to the winner’s circle.Richard Griffiths and Mike Rogers are tied for top spot in the trainer standings with nine wins each while Doug Currie is in third with seven wins.The wrap up day will also feature lots of draws, giveaways and contests.Post time is set for 1:30pm.-30-
WILLIAMS CLOSES IN ON 5,000 WITH TWO WINS AT DRESDEN
(DRESDEN) July 24, 2016 – Mark Williams is only six wins away from 5,000 lifetime victories after two more wins at Dresden Raceway.
Williams hit career win number 4993 with MAID OF THE MONEY in the sixth race. The Cottam teamster came first up with the five-year-old Winstreak Hanover mare and stepped off a last quarter in 30.1 to catch Jazzie Crombie and Alex Lilley by three quarters of a length for owner John bell of Petrolia and trainer Peter Hamilton in a new lifetime mark of 2:03.1.
The veteran driver moved to within six wins of 5,000 in the eighth race after bringing ROUGH TRADE first up and chasing down DEX THE LAND and Tyler Borth in 2:01.3. ROUGH TRADE is a four-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding and is owned and trained by Frank Hinks of Komoka.
Brad Forward, Dennis Duford and leading driver Tyler Borth each scored two wins on the day.
Borth leads the driver’s standings with 27 wins while Forward is second with 14 wins and Andy Moore is third with 13 trips to the winner’s circle.
The final race day for the 2016 season is a fan appreciation day that set for next Monday afternoon with a 1:30p.m. Post Time. The day will feature giveaways, contests and prizes as well as free hot buttered corn on the cob for all patrons.
The on track handle today was $20,175.
MAGNUM SEELSTER LOOKING FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT
July 22, 2016 (DRESDEN) – MAGNUM SEELSTER is hoping to stay red hot at the local oval as he is in search of his fifth straight win in a row. The 11-year-old Intrepid Seelster gelding has shown great favour to Dresden Raceway this season with five wins and a second in six starts including taking first prize in his last four races.
Leading driver Tyler Borth has been at the controls for each of MAGNUM SEELSTER’s starts at Dresden for owner/trainer Doug Currie of Brigden.
The 2-1 morning line favourite has another aged veteran to worry about as 12-year-old Camotion gelding CAT FOUR is expected to challenge for driver Brad Forward.
CAT FOUR was claimed three races in a row and has moved from the $6,000 claiming ranks up to a $10,000 price tag but has dropped back down to the $8,000 claiming ranks.
Sunday is also Kid’s Day at Dresden Raceway including bouncey castles, special children’s draws and giveaways.
The day will also feature the Earl Hyatt Memorial Pace. Hyatt was long time horseman from Brigden who was a force to be reckoned with in the 1970’s and 1980’s in Southwestern Ontario.
Post time is set for 1:30pm.
BORTH WINS FOUR TO PAD LEAD AT DRESDEN
(DRESDEN) July 17, 2016- Tyler Borth has all but locked up the driver’s championship at Dresden Raceway with another 4 win performance today.
A miracle of biblical proportions would need to happen for Andy Moore or Brad Forward to catch Borth with just two days race days left in the meet at Dresden.
Borth leads the driver’s colony with 25 wins while Moore and Forward are tied for second with 12 wins each.
Borth scored his first win of the day in the second race with MY GREEK PRINCESS in 2:02.4. The two-year-old Astronomical filly popped out of the two-hole mid-way through the back stretch and held off a late charge by JIMINI TOP for the win. Jim Napper and Steve Girard are the owners of the winning filly while Cathy Gaudreau is the conditioner.
The Ingersoll teamster won his second of the afternoon in the fifth race, sitting behind LAUGH AMILE for owner/trainer Dwayne McFadden. The four-year-old Another Mile gelding broke his maiden in 2:04.
The 24-year-old reinsman made his third trip of the day to the winner’s circle in the eighth race with DEX THE LAND. DEX THE LAND went wire-to-wire after engaging in an early speed battle with ISITFRIDAYYET that saw the pair hit the quarter pole together in 27.2 before ISITFRIDAYYET broke strike leaving DEX THE LAND to hit the half in 56.4 and three quarters in 1:27.4 before logging in a winning mile time of 2:00. The three-year-old Badlands Hanover filly is co-owned by Napper and Peter Vertraete while Gaudreau is the trainer.
Borth ended the day with his fourth win by steering KELLY RAE to her fourth win in five starts at Dresden Raceway. The eight-year-old THATLLBE ME mare paced in 2:00.2 for owner/trainer John Lester and his wife Sandra.
The Wanna Drive Program was a big hit at Dresden Raceway with big line-ups for people wanting to sit in the sulky and take a trip around the half mile oval. Ontario Harness Horse Association President Brian Tropea and WEG Announcer Ken Middleton took time to host guests for the one lap trip around Dresden Raceway
The on track handle today was $22,773.
BORDER BATTLE HIGHLIGHTS DRESDEN’S EIGHTH
July 15, 2016 (DRESDEN) – The eighth race at Dresden Raceway will be a battle of epic proportions as Michigan owned and bred BARBIES BELLE and Ontario owned and bred ISITFRIDAYYET will square off.
There will be no world records set and there isn’t a million dollars up for grabs but this will be a good old fashioned horse race with two up and comers. BARBIES BELLE is a three-year-old Sportswriter filly that has finished in the top three all nine of her starts in 2016 including five wins. The Michigan entry is owned by Willis Clark of Redford Michigan with trainer Michael Clark at the controls.
ISITFRIDAYYET is a slightly more experienced three-year-old No Pan Intended gelding that also has five wins in 2016 along with three seconds and two thirds in 20 starts. Leon Mansfield of Strathroy is the owner and trainer while Mark Williams is the teamster.
BARBIES BELLE was an easy six length winner over the Dresden track last week in 1:59 while ISITFRIDAYYET got parked in some torrid fractions at Grand River and finished ninth as the race went in 1:56.2.
Sunday will also feature Legion Day at Dresden Raceway where members of the local Branch 113 of the Royal Canadian Legion will be honoured for the work they do in the community and the veterans will be honoured for their valour.
As usual there will be lots of giveaways, contests and draws at Dresden Raceway with a 1:30 p.m. post time.
FORWARD WINS THREE; MAGNUM SEELSTER PUSHES STREAK TO FOUR AT DRESDEN
July 10, 2016 – (DRESDEN) – Brad Forward scored a driving triple today at Dresden Raceway to hit double digits in the driver’s standings.
Forward opened the card by guiding PERFECT POSER to victory in the first race after making a first up brush down the backside to outduel OUTSIDE CHANCE down the stretch for the win by a head in 2:03. The Badlands Hanover colt is co-owned by Greg Rogers of Auburn Hills Michigan and Robert Watson of Windsor and trained by Mike Rogers.
The Newfoundland native notched his second win in the sixth race with STOLEN GOODS. Forward made a quick move just before the half stepping off his second quarter in 29.3 to take a three length lead and never look back for a win in 2:01. The nine-year-old Sugarcane Leonard mare is owned by William Rankin of Dundas and Roger Jardine of Arthur while Jennifer Rankin is the conditioner.
Forward’s third win was in the seventh race with six-year-old No Pan Intended gelding, INTRIGUED INTENDED. INTRIGUED INTENDED went wire-to-wire in 1:59 for owners Tammy Johnston of Dorchester and David Bingham of Concord Michigan and trained by Greg Weatherbee.
Tyler Borth and Andy Moore each notched two wins on the day. Borth now has 21 victories on the season at Dresden in the driver’s standings while Moore’s two wins keep him just one ahead of Forward for second spot with 11 wins while Forward has 10 wins in third place.
MAGNUM SEESLTER worked hard to earn his fourth straight win at Dresden Raceway as he moved first up to chase front runner JULIO LAUXMONT down and then held off a late stretch drive by RIGHTINTHEKISSER in 2:00.1. Tyler Borth drove the 11-year-old Intrepid Seelster gelding to the winner’s circle for owner/trainer Doug Currie of Brigden.
The on-track handle at Dresden Raceway was $22,369 which gives the local oval an on-track average of $20,467 over 8 race dates.
Dresden Raceway will be having the usual contests and giveaways as well as honouring Royal Canadian Legion members next week with a 1:30 P.M. post time.
GEARS OF WAR LOOKING TO KEEP STREAK ALIVE AT DRESDEN
July 8, 2016 – (DRESDEN) – Eight-year-old gelding GEARS OF WAR has a taste on winning and is hoping to keep his winning streak alive by making it three in a row Sunday afternoon at Dresden Raceway. The Geartogear gelding went 60 straight races without a win dating back to December 22, 2014 when he visited the winner’s circle at Western Fair Raceway in London.
GEARS OF WAR went wire-to-wire on June 26th to break his year and a half long futility streak and then came from off the pace last week to win again for owner/trainer Jeff Graham of Glencoe.
GEARS OF WAR will have his work cut out for him as he is a 5-1 shot, scoring from post four. The morning line favourite is RIGHTINTHEKISSER, scoring from post two, and dropping from a 12,000 claimer at Grand River. MAGNUM SEELSTER is scoring from post six and is looking to win his fourth in a row for leading dash driver Tyler Borth.
Dresden Raceway is also holding Derby Day Sunday as they are asking all patrons to wear their best hats similar to the Kentucky Derby. The bigger and fancier the hat the better! Dresden BIA businesses will be giving away prizes on Sunday after every race including a prize for the best hat!
Post time is set for 1:30 p.m. for the ten race card Sunday afternoon.
JIGGS MCFADDEN WAS ONE OF A KIND
1933 was a memorable year in the world of sports. The New York Giants won the World Series, The New York Rangers won the Stanley Cup, Broker’s Tip was the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Primo Carnera won the world Heavyweight Championship. 1933 was also the middle of the Great Depression but one bright spot that year was Levi “Jiggs” McFadden driving in his first harness race in Bothwell, Ontario.
Jiggs McFadden grew to be one of the best horsemen on circuits in Canada and the United States.
McFadden was once dubbed “the red haired corn farmer from Dresden” by the Canadian Sportsman for his legendary moves in the stretch that would be so close to the grandstand patrons could smell the lather on the horse.
The fan favourite guided horses like Annie Direct, Billie Direct Heir, Miss Lady Lee, Royal Blue L and his favourite Miche’s First.
Jiggs guided the homebred colt to 12 straight wins in 1966, an incredible feat even by today’s standards.
Levi McFadden carded 333 career wins in the sulky and 80 training victories but those numbers pale in comparison to the real stats as he was driving long before records were kept.
Jiggs was a three time Driver of The Year at Old Woodbine Raceway and was also a back to back winner of the Canadian Pacing Derby in 1955 with Richard Hal D and again in 1956 with Clark Herbert.
Levi McFadden was a dominant driver at many racetracks including Thornhill Park (Toronto’s first Standardbred track), Old Woodbine Raceway, Windsor Raceway, Western Fair Raceway and his home track, Dresden Raceway.
The harness racing legend has secured his place in the Dresden Sports Hall of Fame as well as his spot on the Western Fair Raceway Wall of Fame. In the induction speech for Jiggs at Western Fair Raceway, Anne Eadie said, “He is loved, respected and revered, not just by his owners but by the thousands of harness racing fans at tracks big and small. He is a “one in a million” driver who always got the best from every horse and always gave 100 per cent of himself whether he was tailsitting the odds-one favourite or the longest of longshots.”
Former Dresden Raceway Manager Jay Lekavy once said that “Driving a horse comes as natural to Jiggs as breathing does to most people”. A talent likes that comes from passion.
Jiggs McFadden had a passion for horses and family. His passion and success with horses was always shared by his number one passion, his family including his wife Gladys and sons Ted and Jack.
Jiggs McFadden passed away in 1993 and now takes his rightful place in the Dresden Raceway Hall of Fame.
BORTH WINS FOUR ON HALL OF FAME DAY
(DRESDEN) – July 3, 2016 – Tyler Borth stole the on track show for Hall Of Fame Day as increased his lead in the driver standings with four more wins.
Dresden Raceway legend Levi “Jiggs” McFadden was honoured after the sixth race for his contribution to the sport of harness racing in the area.
McFadden raced until his mid-70’s and was dominant in Ontario, Michigan and New York State including back to back wins of the Canadian Pacing Derby died in 1993.
McFadden’s widow Gladys thanks the crowd for their support said that he would be honoured by the gesture of being put into the Dresden raceway Hall of Fame.
Borth stole the show on the track as scored his first win in the second race with NEWS STAND in 2:02.1. The three-year-old Quality Western colt is owned by Michael Lucier of Port Lambton and trained by Mike Carther.
The Ingersoll driver picked up his driving double in the third race with the two-year-old Astronomical filly, MY GREEK PRINCESS in 2:03.2. Jim Napper and Steve Girard of Bothwell are the owners of MY GREEK PRINCESS while Cathy Gaudreau is the conditioner.
MAGNUM SEELSTER and Borth crossed the wire first in the fifth race for his third win of the day in 1:59. The 11-year-old Intrepid Seelster gelding won his third straight at Dresden Raceway and is owned and trained by Doug Currie of Brigden.
The 24-year-old teamster cashed in his fourth win of the day in the sixth race with KELLY RAE. The win was the third win in a row at Dresden for the nine-year-old Thatll Be Me mare who is owned by trainer John Lester and Sandra Lester of Lambton Shores.
Borth now has 19 wins on the season at Dresden Raceway while Andy Moore is second with nine wins while Brad Forward has moved into third spot with seven wins after picking up a driving double today.
Today`s handle was $19,112 for a two day total of $48,557 for 18 races. Dresden Derby Day and BIA Day is set for this coming Sunday as fans are invited to wear hats similar to Kentucky Derby Saturday. Post time is 1:30pm
OF FAME/BIA DAY AT DRESDEN RACEWAY
(DRESDEN) JULY 1, 2016 – Dresden Raceway will be full of action for the second day this week as Sunday will be Hall of Fame Day at Dresden Raceway where Levi “Jiggs” McFadden will be enshrined into the Dresden Raceway Hall of Fame.
McFadden was a pioneer in the harness racing industry as he started driving at age 18 in 1933 and proceeded to dominate a sport and win the admiration and respect of fans and other horsemen. Jiggs was a top driver throughout Ontario, Michigan and New York State including winning the Canadian Pacing Derby in 1955 and 1956.
McFadden started driving long before records were kept but still notched 333 driving wins and 80 training wins.
Sunday will also feature BIA day at the track where several races will be sponsored by local businesses that will feature draws and giveaways.
On the track P J LUCKY LASS will be looking for her fourth win in a row at Dresden Raceway after being scratched sick last week. The four-year-old Camluck mare will score from post four in the fourth race.
Two other horses will be looking for their third win in a row as MAGNUM SEELSTER will have the rail in the fifth race while KELLY RAE will score from post six in the sixth race.
Post time is set for 1:30 p.m.
FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME
(Dresden) July 1, 2016 – Ormond Farnsworth was a dying breed, one of the last true horsemen that did things for the love of the sport.
Farny’s passion was the sport or harness racing, plain and simple.
Ormond Farnsworth’s harness racing career wasn’t about the numbers as a matter of fact he could care less about the stats, he was interested in the racing.
Farny turned a horse behind the gate only 361 time in 31 years. He visited the winner’s circle 12 times with 13 seconds and 18 thirds for a total of $32, 374 in purse earnings.
The Dresden horseman loved the comradery with his fellow horsemen, loved laughing with them and loved his horses. He loved going to the barn and shooting the breeze, he loved race day, when he would get to the track early feeling as excited as school boy hoping he could get a win, although it wasn’t for himself, he was he was hoping for a win for his horse, his friends and his family.
Farny’s last win on the track came at the Leamington Fair in 2008 behind RAMBARONET in 2:04.1.
Many people said that Farny treated his horses like pets rather than racehorses and he would probably agree because he was very much the man who raced for the sport. Farny jogged his horses, fed them properly, showed great patience and never took shortcuts, he trained horses with integrity.
Farnsworth enjoyed making people smile and was the kind of guy that would help anybody who needed a hand, 40 plus years as a Volunteer Firefighter, a member of the Dresden Legion and a member of the Dresden Ag Society were just a few volunteer stops. When he worked for the town of Dresden he was up to start clearing snow at 4:00am to make sure his friends and neighbours would have a clear path to work. Farny would also make sure the grader did a few turns around Dresden Raceway so his fellow horsemen would have a clean track for training.
Ormond Farnsworth was enshrined in the Dresden Raceway Hall of Fame last year for the passion and zest he showed for the track a passion that was only surpassed by the love for his wife Vivian, his son Paul, daughter Ann, son-in-law Patrick and grandchildren Ryan and Erin.
Farny passed away last Tuesday at age 87 after a tough battle with cancer, a battle he handled just like his horses, with class, integrity and humour.
LORD BYRON WINS FOUR DRESDEN OSS RACES
(DRESDEN) JULY 1, 2016 – Steve Byron was lord of the track at Dresden Raceway on Friday afternoon as he drove four Ontario Sire Stakes Three-Year-Old trotting fillies to victory.
Byron opened up the Canada Day card of racing as he took MAGICAL STEPH wire to wire in fractions of 29, 59, 1:29 and a mile time of 1:58.1. The Kadabra Filly is owned by GL Racing of Port Perry and is trained by Gary Lance.
It was a Steve Byron daily double as he won the second race while at the controls of P C CANTORE with a beautiful two-hole trip as TRUE MUSCLE and Jody Jamieson cut fractions of 29.3, 1:01.2 and 1:33.1. P C CANTORE popped out and won the race in 2:01.4. Pete Clements of Dobbinton is the owner and trainer of the Cornaro Dasolo filly.
The Thornton driver took advantage of a head of the stretch break by ANNELI HANOVER in the fifth race and pulled away to win his third OSS race of the day with WINDSONGMUSCLELADY in 2:01. John Bax is the trainer for the Muscle Mass filly for owners, Bax Stables of Campbellville and Braband Stables of London.
Byron made his fourth trip to the winner’s circle in the final division of OSS Fillies when he notched first prize while sitting behind another Bax student, MIAMI MAGIC for owners Bax Stables, and Glengate Farms of Campbellville, Gaelic Stables and Don and Sharon Allensen of Wyoming. The KADABRA filly trotted in 2:02.2
MYRETIREMENTTICKET won the other OSS race of the day for driver Jody Jamieson in 1:58.3, as she battled HAILEYSGONEDANCING and Alfie Carroll the whole mile. The Cornaro Dasolo filly is owned and trained by Eli Wagler of Ingersoll.
The Canada Day celebration saw almost 1,200 fans stay until the final race flashed official as many people were interested in the RUS race in the ninth race as SOUTHWIND ALICE and Evelyn Harms trotted the mile in 2:04.1 for top prize. The five year old Muscle Hill mare is owned by Alan Neal of Grand bend and trained by Dave Dowling.
The special treat of the day was an 8ft cake, decorated like and Canadian Flag, that was cut and served to the fans that showed up and bet a total on track handle of $29,448.
FILLIES TROTTING FOR A HIGHER POWER
(DRESDEN) – JUNE 29, 2016 – Two OSS trotting fillies will be racing for a higher power this Friday as P L JADE and SILKY FLASHY NFAST will have proceeds from any purse money win they win will go into the bankroll of The Stable That God Loves.
The Stable That God Loves is an amazing fundraising initiative spearheaded by long time horse racing Public Relations guru Bill Galvin. A percentage of purse winnings by the over 100 horses in the stable goes to the Standardbred Chaplaincy led by Chaplain Ken Carter.
The Chaplaincy provides non-denominational spiritual, physical and human needs for people working in the horse racing business.
P L JADE is a three-year-old Majestic Son filly that has banked $4, 080 in 10 lifetime starts for Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge. P L Jade is a 6-1 shot in the seventh race for trainer/driver Matt Dupuis and will score from post eight.
SILKY FLASHY NFAST has earned $80,505 lifetime for owner/trainer Ben Baillargeon and co-owner Diane Ingham. The Kadabra filly will score from post six with Mario Baillargeon at the controls of the 4-1 shot.
Post time for the Canada Day card of racing is set for 1:30 p.m. There will be contests, giveaways and an 8ft cake decorated like a Canadian Flag that will be cut and served to help celebrate Canada Day. The day will also feature a pari-mutual Racing Under Saddle race.
RACING UNDER SADDLE SET FOR DRESDEN
June 28, 2016 – (DRESDEN) – Friday afternoon’s Canada Day card of racing will feature something special for race fans in the ninth race as five riders will mount up and bring a wagering Racing Under Saddle race to Ontario’s Little Saratoga.
Racing Under Saddle is a combination of thoroughbred racing and standardbred racing that gained popularity in Europe and is growing in popularity.
The sport features standardbred horses that usually race with a driver and sulky with the twist of having a rider as they do in thoroughbred racing.
The five horse field features riders from across the world and will feature pari-mutual wagering.
Marit Valstad hails from Tondheim, Norway and has been racing under saddle since she was 18 and has worked with Standardbreds her whole life. Valstad will be aboard CALLIE MAGOO from post one.
The two horse is PRECIOUS PHOEBE for rider Sarah Town. Town has been riding since age six and calls Owen Sound Ontario Home.
CELEBRITY LEGACY will be guided be Alex Marion. Marion is from France and has been working with horses for most of his life.
Brittany Kennedy is the trainer and rider for number four E L Rock. Kennedy is from McGregor, Ontario and does double duty as a Registered Massage Therapist and horse trainer.
Chatham’s Evelyn Harms will ride number five SOUTHWIND ALICE. Harms works for harness trainer Bill Kirkpatrick.
SOUTHWIND ALICE and Harms are the 7-5 favourite while Kennedy and E L Rock are listed as the 5-2 second favourite.
The Canada Day card of racing that will feature a giant 8ft cake decorated as a Canadian Flag as well is many giveaways and contests. Post time is 1:30 p.m.
OSS TROTTING FILLIES IN DRESDEN ON FRIDAY
JUNE 27, 2016 (DRESDEN) – The Canada Day Card of racing at Dresden Raceway will be headlined by five divisions of Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots three year-old trotting fillies.
Locally owned TRUE MUSCLE is the 2-1 morning line favourite in the second race for star driver Jody Jamieson. The Muscle Mass filly has ten starts this season with one win and two seconds, banking over $19,000. The only time Jamieson has been paired with the filly she scored her only win at Mohawk Raceway.
TRUE MUSCLE is owned by Dover Centre’s Randy Zhok.
Jamieson isn’t the only big name scheduled to be in Dresden on Sunday as Jack Moiseyev will be in town with his own filly, MAGICAL VALENTINE. The Kadabra filly is the 7-5 favourite in the seventh race. Moiseyev has almost 9,800 career victories as a driver and has won over $131 million in purse earnings.
Top trainers Bob McIntosh and Jack Darling will square off in the first race as Darling sends the 8-5 favourite DEVILS ADVOCATE behind the gate from the rail while McIntosh sends hopeful TOUGH AFFAIR to post four with a 9-2 morning line.
The special card of racing will also feature a pari-mutual RUS (Riding Under Saddle) race in the ninth dash. Five entries will feature Standardbreds with riders instead of drivers similar to their thoroughbred cousins.
Canada Day will also feature many giveaways, contests and prizes as well as an 8ft cake decorated like a Canadian Flag.
Post time is set for 1:30 p.m.
REAGAL BEAGLE WINS LITTLE GREEN JUG
JUNE 26, 2016 – (DRESDEN) – Tyler Borth made no mistake in Sunday’s “Little Green Jug” at Dresden Raceway as he took REGAL BEAGLE right to the front and went wire-to-wire for the win.
Borth guided the four-year-old Stonebridge Regal horse around the local oval in fractions of 30.2, 1:01.3, 1:32.3 for a mile time of 2:02 flat. REGAL BEAGLE is owned by Diane and Larry Currie of Sarnia while the conditioner is Doug Currie.
NCUTSNBUTSNCOCONUTS was the race time favourite but broke for driver Dennis Duford as the horses were let go.
Morning line favourite JUSTINS DEERE finished second for Donnie Rankin Jr. while COUNTRY BARAN and Mark Williams paid on the show ticket.
Borth padded his lead as the top driver at Dresden by winning the last four races of the day.
The Ingersoll driver not only won with REGAL BEAGLE in the eight race but also visited the winner’s circle with MAGNUM SEELSTER in the seventh race, GEARS OF WAR in the ninth race and KELLY RAE in the 10th race.
Borth now has 15 wins while Andy Moore is second with nine wins while Chris Johnston is third with five victories on the year. Moore and Johnston each scored driving doubles today.
Almost 800 people marched through the gate betting a total handle of $20,024.
Racing continues Canada Day with a special card of racing with lots of contests and giveaways including the cutting and serving of an 8ft cake decorated like a Canadian Flag. Post time on Friday is 1:30 p.m.
LITTLE GREEN JUG SET FOR SUNDAY AT DRESDEN
June 24, 2016 – (Dresden) – Delaware, Ohio is home to one of the best known and most exciting harness races in North America, the Little Brown Jug.
Dresden Raceway is ready to host the first annual “Little Green Jug” on Sunday.
The “Little Green Jug” is for everyday regular overnight horses as the conditions for this year’s race are Horses and Geldings who are Non-winners of $2,000 Lifetime (non-winners of a race in last five are allowed $3,000).
JUSTINS DEERE is the 8-5 morning line favourite for owner Larry Ainsworth of Petrolia. Ian Hyatt is the conditioner for the three-year-old Major In Art gelding who is driven by Donnie Rankin Jr.
NCUTSNBUTTSNCOCNUTS is the second favourite with Dennis Duford at the helm. The four-year-old roan Up Front Ben horse is owned by Rubeen Lilley of Dutton and John and Betty McKinnon of Glencoe while Fred Snelgrove is the trainer.
In other racing action on the day BIG DIVA will be looking for her third win in a row at Dresden Raceway for owner Sherri Abbott of Windsor, trainer Mike Roger and driver Brad Forward. BIG DIVA will have to beat Brittany Kennedy’s CALLMEINTHEMORNING in the 10th race to pick up her third win. CALLMEINTHEMORNING is driven by Andy Moore.
Patrons are asked to wear green on Sunday in honour of the “Little Green Jug” as there will be many giveaways and contests. Post time is 1:30 P.M.
BORTH HITS FIVE AT DRESDEN RACEWAY
DRESDEN (June 19, 2016) – Tyler Borth and Andy Moore were tied for the dash lead going into racing action today at Dresden Raceway. Not anymore. Tyler Borth proved that the 33 degree temperatures weren’t the hottest thing at Ontario’s Little Saratoga as he was at the controls for five winners on the afternoon at Dresden Raceway.
The Ingersoll tailsitter scored his first win with MAGNUM SEELSTER in the third race for owner/trainer Doug Currie of Brigden. The 11-year-old Intrepid Seelster gelding battled HOWDY PARTNER and Brad Forward down the lane for a win in 1:59.2.
BOONDOCK was the next win for Borth in the fourth race in 2:02.1. Borth is the condition and co-owner of the four-year-old Majestic Son gelding with Martin Hossack.
The 24-year-old driver rolled with DEX THE LAND in the fifth race to make it three wins in a row for owners Jim Napper and Peter Verstraete of Bothwell and trainer Cathy Gaudreau. The three-year-old Badlands Hanover filly went wire to wire in 2:01.2.
WINDSONG KANGO was Borth’s fourth trip to the winner’s circle in the seventh race as he came from off the pace with the five-year-old WIndsong Cruiser filly in 2:01 flat. WINDSONG KANGO is owned and trained by Diana McIntosh of Strathroy.
Borth wrapped up the Father’s Day card of racing by winning his fifth with the nine-year-old Thatll Be Me mare, KELLY RAE in 1:59.2. KELLY RAE is owned by John and Sandra Lester of Lambton Shores and trained by co-owner John C. Lester.
Borth now leads the driver’s standings with 11 wins while Moore is second with seven while Alex Lilley and Brad Forward are tied for third with four wins each.
Donnie Rankin Jr. won two races on the day for a driving double.
The on track live handle at Dresden Raceway was $17,955.
CELEBRATE FATHER’S DAY AT DRESDEN RACEWAY
(DRESDEN) – June 17, 2016 – It will be a great Father’s Day at Dresden Raceway this Sunday afternoon. The first 50 fathers get a free Dresden Raceway hat featuring the new logo. All fathers in attendance will also have their names put into a draw for a BBQ.
The weather is expected to be top notch as PJ LUCKY LASS Looks for her fourth straight win at the local oval.
The four-year-old Camluck mare is undefeated at Dresden Raceway this year for driver Andy Moore. P J LUCKY LASS is the 8-5 favourite of the second race.
FORTUNE NEW MOON is also undefeated at Dresden for driver Brad Forward. The four-year-old Rambaran gelding is the 8-5 morning line favourite in the fifth race.
As usual there will be giveaways all afternoon at the track including Bombs From The Booth and the OLG Punch Out Game.
Post timed is slated for 1:30P.M.
CAT FOUR CRUISES TO WIN IN FIRST DRESDEN RACEWAY CUP
DRESDEN (June 12, 2016) – CAT FOUR didn’t need nine lives Sunday as the 12-year-old Camotion gelding was the winner of the inaugural “Little Saratoga” Dresden Raceway Cup. Andy Moore went right to the front and cut out fractions of 28.4, 58, 1:28 and 1:58.2 with CAT FOUR who was claimed out of the race going back to Jim Watt’s stable for owner Alisha Williams.
The big bay gelding was claimed last week in Hanover by Derek Latour of Sarnia and raced out of Lloyd Mansfield’s stable today.
The Little Saratoga Dresden Raceway Cup is dubbed the “working horse’s race”. “We decided that regular overnight horses work just as hard and sometimes have more to overcome than some of the star horses that race in the big races like the North American Cup or the Little Brown Jug so we presented a trophy for a regular blue collar horse” explained Track announcer and PR man Gary Patterson.
MAGNUM SEELSTER was second for Tyler Borth while ON GOLDEN PONDER and Donnie Rankin paid the show price.
Moore and Brad Forward had the hot hands of the day as they each chalked up three winners. Moore hit the winner’s circle with P J LUCKY LASS, CAT FOUR and BIG IS BETTER while Forward’s winners included FORTUNE NEW MOON, LADY WITH A WEAPON and BIG DIVA.
Almost 720 people bet $19,751 on the picturesque day at the track.
“LITTLE SARATOGA“ DRESDEN RACEWAY CUP SET FOR SUNDAY
(DRESDEN) – June 10, 2016 – Dresden Raceway`s first annual Little Saratoga Pace is set for this Sunday afternoon and it should be a dandy.
The Dresden Raceway Cup will feature Non-winners of $1,500 in their last three starts or Non-winners of $3,000 in their last five starts or $6,000 Claimers.
CAT FOUR is the morning line favourite at 2-1 while ON GOLDEN PONDER is the 8-5 second favourite.
CAT FOUR raced last week in Clinton, finishing first, but was placed second for a judges` violation. CAT FOUR was also claimed last week and is now owned by Derick Latour of Sarnia and trained by Leon Mansfield with Andy Moore in the bike.
The 12-year-old Camotion gelding has been the pace setter the last four trips and is expected to go to front for Moore out of the two hole.
ON GOLDEN PONDER, nailed down a third place finish last week at Dresden for owners Tom Jacobs, Dominic DeSantis and trainer Greg Price and is driven by Donnie Rankin Jr.
The five-year-old Ponder gelding is making just his second start after being laid off since February.
Post time for the 10 race card of racing is 1:30pm and as usual there will be contests and giveaways all day long.
BORTH TRIPLES AT DRESDEN RACEWAY
DRESDEN- (JUNE 5, 2016) – Tyler Borth was on fire at Dresden Raceway today as he drove three horses to the winner’s circle.
The 24-year-old reinsman opened up the day guiding ZORGWIJK OMEGA to victory in 2:05.3 for Zorgwijk stables of Brantford and trainer Rick Wade. Today’s win was the first start of 2016 for the five-year-old Southwind Lustre mare.
Both struck again in the fourth race as a teamster behind VICTORYS PEANUT. The 12-year-old Brilliant Victory gelding trotted the mile in 2:04 for owner/trainer William Leon of Maidstone. VICTORYS PEANUT has won two in a row at Dresden Raceway.
Borth closed out the card with a win aboard MAGNUM SEELSTER. The 11-year-old Intrepid Seelseter gelding is owned and trained by Doug Currie of Brigden.
Thorndale’s Richard Griffith scored a training double for the second time in as many weeks at Dresden Raceway as he conditioned winners RICHLYN OMBRETTA and PJ LUCKY LASS.
The largest payout of the day was the fifth race triactor that saw the 4-7-ALL combination pay out $814.50.
Today’s on track handle was $13,804.
LILLEY BLOSSOMS WITH THREE AT DRESDEN
DRESDEN- (MAY 29, 2016) – Alex Lilley was the star of opening day at Dresden Raceway as he notched a driving triple.
The 32-year-old Dutton reinsman notched his first with DISTINCTIV SEAN in the sixth race as he guided the 6-year-old Rambaran gelding home in 1:59.1
Lilley made it to the winner’s circle in the ninth race aboard MACH SHARK, a five –year-old Mach Three mare in 2:01.1 and then again in the 10th with FORTUNE NEW MOON, a four-year-old Rambaran gelding.
Tyler Borth scored a driving double with VICTORYS PEANUT and CARLYS HOLLYWOOD while Vic McMurren had a training double on the day with DISTINCTIV SEAN and MACH SHARK.
The sixth race triactor combination of 3-5-6 was the largest payout of the day returning $769.30 while a two dollar win ticket on SALEM BY YOU in the second race paid out $58.60.
The on track handle for the live racing was $21,448 as almost 500 people pushed through the gate.