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Western Fair Trainers’ Race Is Tight

Published: December 14, 2017 12:54 pm ET

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The race for the 2017 Trainer of the Year title at The Raceway at Western Fair District is coming right down to the wire, as just nine programs remain in the season.

Heading into Friday night’s card at the London oval, Craig Gilmour holds a slim two-win lead (33 to 31) over fellow conditioner Gord McDonnell. Defending champion Vic Puddy isn’t far behind with 30 wins to his credit thus far.

Gilmour is in search of his first London training title and is in the midst of a career-best season with 79 wins overall and close to $500,000 in seasonal earnings. McDonnell, has been one of the top conditioners at The Raceway in recent years and may be the hottest of the trio right now, as he has sent out four winners from his last six starters.

Puddy, who won last year’s training title at The Raceway, has surpassed $1 million in seasonal earnings for the fourth time in the last five seasons and recently went over 2,000 wins lifetime. He will send out two starters Friday night and will have a chance to close the gap on his two rivals who both have no horses entered on the program.

To view the harness racing entries for Friday at Western Fair, click the following link: Friday Entries – The Raceway at Western Fair District.

The Raceway will be a busy place over the next three weeks, and the complete holiday race schedule appears below.

Friday, December 15 – 7:05 p.m.
Monday, December 18 – 6:15 p.m.
Tuesday, December 19 – 6:15 p.m.
Friday, December 22 – 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, December 23 – 1:15 p.m.
Tuesday, December 26 – 1:15 p.m.
Friday, December 29 – 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, December 31 – 7:05 p.m.
Monday, January 1 – 6:15 p.m.

(The Raceway at Western Fair District)

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