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Affleck Wins March Fan Club Contest
Joey Affleck of Charlottetown, PEI was the winner in the I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club’s online handicapping contest on Century Downs’ season opening card of racing on Saturday.
Over 150 people participated in the contest with two of the entrants finishing with 16 out of a possible 20 points. Joey was declared the winner following a blind draw.
Affleck, a fan and former groom at Greenwood and Mohawk Racetracks isn’t new to the handicapping game. In 2011 he had the highest score in the Breeders Crown Fantasy Pool which earned him a seat in the Trot Canada National Handicapping Championship in London, Ont. that same year.
Congratulations to Joey who has won a $50.00 gift certificate to the Canadian harness racetrack of his choice and a Fan Club swag package.
To view the contest answers and Joey's selections Click Here.
How Will You Celebrate 250 Years?
This year marks the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, providing an incredible opportunity for everyone associated with horse racing to celebrate the history of the industry and honour the sport’s champions and heroes, past and present.
Now that 2017 is here, let’s share our passion for horse racing and celebrate this major milestone for our industry and country!
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame recently announced its “250 miles for 250 years” initiative asking racetracks and associations across the country to take part in honouring Canada’s racing history by hosting a commemorative mile.
In 400 words or less we want to hear your ideas on how you would or will commemorate or celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing. If you were in charge of organizing an event to celebrate this occasion, what would it be? It can be something at a track, at a festival, a parade, farm, etc. The judges will evaluate the entries based on feasibility and budget, and the best ideas will be shared with racetracks and associations across the country.
The judges will also pick one winner who will receive a swag package of Fan Club and 250 merchandise and a $50 gift certificate to the Canadian harness racetrack of the winner’s choice.
Please email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 28.
MacDonald 2016 Ambassador Of The Year
Once again the I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club reached out to you in search of a special harness racing ambassador for 2016.
There is no question that our industry is fortunate to have an abundance of ambassadors that generate awareness and interest in the sport. They are passionate about harness racing’s horses and horse people and dedicate their free time to ensure racing succeeds. These ambassadors continue to promote and make a difference in the sport that we all love.
The Fan Club is pleased to announce that trainer-driver Anthony MacDonald, founder of The Stable has been selected as Ambassador of the Year for 2016.
The Stable is a fractional ownership initiative started by Anthony and his wife Amy in August 2015. The program simplifies buying and owning a horse with the ultimate goal of helping to promote horse ownership and racing. It is an innovative solution to put our business and sport of harness racing back in a positive light.
“I was ready to walk away from horse racing in 2012 to assume a position as an MPP for Guelph. I felt the industry needed a voice and a loudmouth like me was a good fit. In losing, I still won. My days canvassing are where thestable.ca was born,” explained Anthony, “We have finally bridged the gap to the general public, and our message of affordable horse ownership with incredible entertainment value will play a major role in elevating horse racing to something bigger than it's ever been. We've taken the sport of kings and given it back to the everyday men and women.”
In addition to The Stable, MacDonald is also known as a prominent and successful harness racing trainer and driver with over 20 years of experience in the industry. Since 2010, he has twice placed among the top ten drivers in Canada for purse earnings. Anthony has also been a regular blogger for Standardbred Canada’s website. He was also recently honoured by the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association with its 2016 Lloyd Chisholm Achievement Award, recognizing a member of the harness racing community for their ongoing meritorious service.
When MacDonald isn’t training horses at Tomiko Training Centre (formerly Campbellville Training Centre) you can catch him travelling across the country attending speaking engagements, open houses and seminars regarding fractional ownership to advance the sport; taking every opportunity that he can to serve as an ambassador for this industry.
After receiving multiple submissions on his behalf, Anthony was unanimously selected the 2016 Fan Club Ambassador.
The I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club and Standardbred Canada extends its congratulations to Anthony and would like to personally thank him for all of the work he does in promoting harness racing across Canada and North America.
For winning Anthony was offered the choice of a $100 gift certificate to the Canadian harness racetrack of his choice or a $100 donation to a registered Standardbred charity. Anthony has chosen to donate $100 to the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. He will also receive an I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club prize package and a special presentation will be made at an upcoming racing event in Ontario this year.
Thank you to all of the Fan Club members that made submissions about the special people that make harness racing in Canada the incredible industry and community that it is.
A few excerpts from some of the submissions on Anthony’s behalf appear below.
Excerpt from Tammy McEneny’s submission:
I cannot think of any one person who has taken more of their personal time to advocate for our industry more so than Mr. MacDonald. Anthony has flown all over the country promoting shared ownership in stables this entire year. The time and effort he has spent travelling far and wide to bring new owners to our industry can be measured by the passion he has put forth.
Excerpt from Jason Murphy’s submission:
Anthony and his team have worked their hearts out to promote harness racing not just here in Canada but worldwide as well. The time and effort they have put in promoting this sport is unmatchable.
Excerpt from Dave Webber’s submission:
His formation of Thestable.ca has brought in a great deal of new owners (me included). He has travelled all over North America doing speaking engagements regarding fractional ownership. He does this all on his own and out of his own pocket. He has reinstalled my faith in the harness racing business.
Meet Our March Calendar Photographer: Kyle Burton
If you’ve won a horse race or been in the winner’s circle at Truro Raceway in the past seven years, chances are you’ve come across Kyle Burton.
Burton, a Truro native, is the official track photographer at the half-mile oval and captured this image of Maiden Heaven (#3), Sestina (#2), Kendal Courageous (#5) and Galamoe (#1) at Truro on September 25 last year, the feature image for March in the I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club's 2017 Heart of Harness Racing Calendar.
"On any other race that day, this would have been a normal photo. Luckily, the action got heated just as they crossed the finish line and I was able to get this shot of four horses in a win photo,” Burton explained. “I honestly didn't do much -- I just stood there and pointed the camera in the right direction. The horses (and the action) did the rest. This same class of condition mares was very competitive all season and routinely had similar close finishes. It makes for exciting racing."
Burton works in Halifax, for a large ocean tech company which specializes in ocean research equipment, satellite communications and defense and security applications.
“It's certainly a whole other world compared to horse racing, but I enjoy the technical side of things and this job certainly has an abundance of that. I manage marketing efforts at the company; whether that be branding, social media, press releases or the 15 or so international trade shows we exhibit at each year. I recently just got back from San Diego where I was attending the Oceanology International North America event. After the event ended, I rented a car to visit Santa Anita and Del Mar racetracks. That was a fun experience.”
The next racing season at Truro will be Burton’s eighth, but he maintains that it still feels like he started yesterday. He also trys to volunteer and help with events at the track, and between races he emcees the afternoon racing card, providing tips and selections for racing fans. Burton will join Brad McCallum later this month as co-host of the Truro Harness Horse Owners Association banquet.
In addition to his volunteer work, he was a horse owner for a brief moment in time. Unfortunately the filly was injured in a freak training accident but Burton was able to find a great home for her and visits her regularly.
Burton’s most exciting experience in racing was watching his Dad’s (Robert Burton) homebred mare, A Regal Beauty, go from foal to the winner’s circle. “I would love to breed her mother (La Sorciere) again, but I might have to convince my father with a few bribes before that will happen! She's a good cross with the new Ontario stallion and Mach Three son Physicallyinclined. He started at Truro Raceway too and I don't think I have ever seen a faster horse in the flesh than him. I might reconsider horse ownership if I could have one of their babies!"
Kyle with mares A Regal Beauty and La Sorciere
Burton has been able to travel to different provinces to photograph racing and took in the North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack last year. “That experience was amazing and I still count my lucky stars that I got within inches of greats like Always B Miki and Marion Marauder. I also had a bittersweet moment taking photos at Fredericton Raceway, on what may have been their last race date ever. There probably is no other track like Fredericton where the action is so close to the fence, which makes it great for photographer and fan alike.
“For 2017, I'll be searching for that one special photo for the Media Excellence Award at the O'Brien's. That's a big goal, but I look forward to working towards it."
2017 Calendar Photographers
January Calendar Photographer - Trish Dooling
February Calendar Photographer - Evelyn Sabraw