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Reactions From O'Briens Hosts

February 7, 2020:

"You have to keep it fresh because probably about 60 percent of the people who come out come out every year...we want to make it entertaining. It's a great night to celebrate Canadian harness racing but it's also about having a good time, too." on

Spencer Joins OSAS Board

February 13, 2019:

Kelly Spencer, long admired as one of the most innovative promoters of harness racing in Canada, is the newest member of the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society’s Board of on

Spencer Back As Red Carpet Emcee

January 12, 2019:

For the second consecutive year, the O’Brien Awards will have a Red Carpet show, streamed live on and SC’s Facebook page, starting at 5:30 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, February on

Spencer Joins

December 14, 2018: has announced that Kelly Spencer will be joining its on

Spencer Leaving Grand River

November 26, 2018:

After 22 years leading the marketing efforts for Grand River Raceway and its predecessor, Elmira Raceway, Kelly Spencer is stepping aside to develop her own communications on

O'Brien Hosts Discuss 2017 Awards

February 5, 2018:

"The O'Brien Awards is all about class, from start to finish. And [Somebeachsomewhere] was a class horse, and this is a class move on behalf of Standardbred Canada." on

Meet Your Red Carpet Emcee!

January 12, 2018:

The 2017 O’Brien Awards, scheduled for Saturday, February 3 will have an Academy Awards theme which of course will include a traditional walk down the red carpet for guests arriving at the Black Tie Gala! on

Spencer Adds Another Title

January 13, 2017:

If someone referred to Kelly Spencer as a ‘Jack of all Trades,’ they wouldn’t be far off, if at all. Spencer has been knocking it out of the park in the harness racing industry for years now, whether it’s behind a telephoto lens, in the centre of a marketing strategy, or on either side of a video camera. It has now been announced that Spencer has added a new position to her portfolio, as you will now be able to find her at the front of the class, so to on

Grand River Nabs Business Award

February 19, 2016:

Grand River Raceway is the proud recipient of a Business Excellence Award in the Hospitality/Tourism Award category, presented by the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Of Commerce (GKWCC) on

Customer Focus At Grand River

May 27, 2015:

"It's really a customer care organization first. Which, from a racing perspective, when you look at a history of harness racing I think it's safe to say that unfortunately that has not been a priority for most racing enterprises for many, many years." on

O’Brien Awards Hosts Announced

December 19, 2014:

Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce that Ken Middleton and Kelly Spencer will co-host the 2014 O’Brien on

Crazy Promotions For Harness Racing

May 28, 2013:

“Turkeys Away” was the final episode in the first season of the television sitcom WKRP In Cincinnati, and is still considered one of the finest 30 minute segments of TV comedy ever on

RACE DAY Documentary Online

January 1, 2013:

The producers of RACE DAY have officially released the film on

Race Day Featured At Film Festival

October 15, 2012:

What do Jody Jamieson and Susan Sarandon have in common? They’ll both be featured in-person and on-screen in the sixth annual Grand River Film Festival (GRFF), which takes place at various venues throughout Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge from October 16 - on

More Mainstream Play For Race Day Doc

May 22, 2012:

After an initial TV run last week, the producers of Race Day are pleased to announce the short documentary about harness racing will continue to air on select Rogers TV stations in on

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