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The Passing Lane Turns 20


Published: April 8, 2012 9:13 am ET

Last Comment: April 9, 2012 9:45 am ET | 6 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

On Wednesday, April 8, 1992, Flamboro Downs became the first track in Canadian harness racing to race with a passing lane.

Gran Premier was the first horse to score a victory on that card by using the passing lane. Billy Budd was the winning driver for the one mile pace in 2:01.3. Gran Premier paid $149.80 to win.

Photo (L-R): Bob Bratina (CHML Radio), Charles Juravinski (Track President), Martin Caputo (Ontario Racing Commission), Billy Budd (driver), Gran Premier, Ron Barr (Marketing Manager), Glenda Van Stone (Marketing Dept.)

Of note, Bob Bratina is now the mayor of Hamilton and has been vocal in his support of a casino for downtown Hamilton.

In this week's SC web poll, we're asking if passing lanes should be featured on certain track sizes, all track sizes, or not at all.

April 9, 2012 - 9:45 amDavid (Bud) Wright I think

David Wright SAID...

David (Bud) Wright
I think the passing is a good thing I would rather see a passing lane the a trailing horse all horses should be on the starting gate to get a fair start. The passing lane at least gives a chance to trailing horses

April 9, 2012 - 3:22 amI agree with Norm...

Brad Watt SAID...

I agree with Norm... Encourages people to sit, instead of racing... Should never be one at a track 5/8ths or larger...

April 8, 2012 - 6:14 pmThe best thing they ever did

The best thing they ever did to a 1/2 mile track!!

April 8, 2012 - 5:34 pmI have won some races at

I have won some races at Rideau Carleton Raceway. I look at it as a safety device. It sure makes the race more interesting from the view of the racing fan. I wish Kawartha Downs had the passing lane. Sincerely Bruce T. Winning owner and trainer.

April 8, 2012 - 4:50 pmI think the passing lane is

I think the passing lane is a good thing. It allows the trapped inside horses a fair chance to come up the rail. This allows for a more competitive race for the horse, driver, and better!

April 8, 2012 - 11:39 amOne of the worst things ever

norm files SAID...

One of the worst things ever implemented in harness racing.

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