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Hubbard Perfect In NA Cup Contest

While Fear The Dragon was impressive in his 2017 North America Cup victory on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, the winner of the I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club's North America Cup online handicapping contest was just as dominant.

Pepsi North America Cup night was jam-packed with stakes action, country music, food specials, prize giveaways and contests for fans to enjoy! The Fan Club offered an online handicapping contest for members on NA Cup night as well as an on-track Pick The Winner contest at the Fan Club booth.

Congratulations to Wayne Hubbard of Saint John, New Brunswick for winning the North America Cup Online Handicapping Contest with a perfect score (20/20)! He was the only person from over 450 entries to handicap all races correctly. Hubbard watched the million-dollar race via simulcast at Exhibition Park Raceway and said “It was the best North America Cup I have ever watched.”

Wayne has been involved with harness racing for over 40 years. He started as a kid mucking stalls and is now known by many in the industry as a trainer/driver at Exhibition Park Raceway. Hubbard is also involved with breeding and currently owns broodmare Julie Gilmore.

For winning Wayne will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Canadian Harness Racetrack of his choice along with a Fan Club prize package.

Click here to view the contest answers and Wayne’s selections.


Sabraw Wins May Zoom Contest!

Congratulations to Evelyn Sabraw of Acme, Alberta, on winning the I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club’s May Zoom Challenge featuring mares and foals.

Evelyn’s winning shot is of newborn foal Rip It Up (barn name Ripley) cuddling up to his mother Outlaw Blue Danube. He was born Monday, May 8 at 11:20 p.m. and is already known around the barn to be "a bit cheeky!"

Evelyn and her husband Marc have owned retired Standardbreds for many years but when they were offered the opportunity to acquire a broodmare in January of last year, they didn't hesitate.

“We chose Smart Shark as the sire of our first foal and couldn’t be happier with the colt who we watched enter the world,” explained Sabraw.

“He was only two days old when I spent some time sitting in the paddock with my camera watching our hopefully future race horse figure out his legs! Blue was pretty exhausted running after her little explorer and I was able to capture this tender moment with my camera when he finally took a break.”

Sabraw isn’t new to photography challenges; she is a regular contributor to the Fan Club’s annual Heart of Harness Racing Calendar and also enters the Zoom contests monthly. This year one of her great images was chosen as the Heart of Harness Racing’s February image.

Congratulations again to Evelyn who has won a $50 Fan Club prize package, and thank you to everyone who took the time to make submissions, including our other finalists:

(L-R, photos 1-5)

Photo 1: Jackie McManus of Komoka, Ont., for her photo of 19-day old Sportswriter filly and her dam Rockin Alice.

Photo 3: Brenda Lane of Warkworth, Ont., for her photo of mare Knee Slapper and her Sportswriter colt.

Photo 4: Jaclyn Prisciak of London, Ont., for the photo of mare "Boy Meets Girl" with her 2017 "Mach Three" colt.

Photo 5: Nina Randall of Standard, Alta. for the photo of Bettah (Mare) and 'Chicken’ (foal).

The I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club was inundated with entries for its May Zoom contest, which made it difficult for contest officials to determine the finalists. Click here to check out a video compilation of all the fabulous Mares & Foals photos submitted!


 Meet Our June Calendar Photographer: Laverne Turnbull

Laverne Turnbull of Kitchener, Ont., captured this unique image of Location Baron (#1) and Cabo Real (#4) waiting patiently to race at the fair in Holland, Manitoba last July. The photo is featured as the June photo in the I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club’s Heart of Harness Racing Calendar.

Manitoba has 10 weekend fair events for harness racing and according to Turnbull, it is common there to tie horses to whatever is available on race day, but it comes off as unique in locations with established racetracks. When he was home for a weekend last summer he took in the races and captured this image.

Turnbull works as a pharmacy technician at Grand River Hospital and as an assistant for several vets. The Manitoba native left for Ontario when he was 19 years old and has been involved in racing for decades.

Laverne “floating teeth” (photo by Dr. Julie Ballinger)

“My father, Ron who is now 91, used to take me to the races when I was in grade school. He groomed horses when he was young, and has owned part or all of a horse (hobby) for many years. He currently still trains and races Rockstars Megastar.

“I worked as a groom out of high school, and worked for Ron Waples for three years in the late 1980's. I then went back to Western Canada and then back to Ontario, and raced my own stable for 20 years. I currently just sold my share in a mare that is racing (Queen Ideal) with trainer Mike Brealey, who we bought in Harrisburg as a yearling. I own a share in a Bettors Delight two-year-old that is with Al and Adrianne McNeill in Nova Scotia.”

Turnbull says his photography experience is less than amateur. “But I like to photograph horses, and I have the opportunity with my job as vet assistant to see many different breeds of horses.”

Quarter horse with feline friend in Cambridge, Ont. (Laverne Turnbull)


Youngsters enjoying a ride at Shetlers Farm near Lucknow, Ont. (Laverne Turnbull)


 2017 Calendar Photographers

January Calendar Photographer - Trish Dooling

February Calendar Photographer - Evelyn Sabraw

March Calendar Photographer - Kyle Burton

April Calendar Photographer - Mary Leeson

May Calendar Photographer - Laverne Turnbull







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