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Toteboard Arrives In Saskatchewan


Published: June 19, 2011 7:26 pm ET

Last Comment: June 20, 2011 11:59 am ET | 1 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Saskatchewan harness racing fans in Yorkton were treated to an opening day of racing that featured a brand new toteboard, the first ever at its racetrack.

The board was acquired by the Saskatchewan Standardbred Horsemen’s Association (SSHA) for use at Saskatchewan harness tracks, which saw the season opener on Friday and where racing will switch over to West Meadows Raceway in Regina on Sunday, September 18.

"Our directors have been discussing this for almost two years and we felt it was time to make a significant investment in our industry," said Glenn Le Drew, SSHA president. "They are very, very expensive and it just wasn't feasible until we discovered this toteboard by Teleview Racing Patrol in Florida. They worked with us to find the right solution in a way it was affordable. Racetracks here simply don't have the revenue or budget to support this type of acquisition so we knew if we wanted to have it we were going to have to figure out a way to get it done."

SSHA would like to thank the Yorkton and Regina tracks for contributing towards the cost and that made it possible.

"The key was to ensure it could be used at both tracks and the idea was largely inspired by the toteboard in Manitoba, which they have on a trailer and is used at all tracks on the circuit. This board is 34' in length so we thought we could permanently mount it on a flat deck trailer, but the real challenge was to find a way to make it look like a professional and permanent fixture," continued Le Drew.

Timing was critical since the SSHA wanted to have the toteboard for opening day, but it was late arriving.

"[Gord's Mobile Service] was up until midnight on Thursday in the driving rain welding the frames under tarps to get it finished in time! Special thanks to Mark and Carlos from Teleview, who made the trip from Florida to assist with the setup and worked continuously through adverse weather conditions on Thursday and Friday to ensure it was operational in time for the first race.

"There were a few minor glitches, but overall we were really pleased with how it all came together and it is going to be a great addition to our harness racing season. The board also features the very first teletimer ever at a Saskatchewan racetrack and will not only help elevate the profile of racing here, but will be more professional and be an effective tool informing the betting public."

Racing continues in Yorkton on Friday nights at 5:45 p.m. and the meet extends to Saturday, September 10 then switches to Regina for Sunday afternoons until October 9.

(With files from SSHA)

June 20, 2011 - 11:59 amNice!! All of you are doing

della bleau SAID...

Nice!! All of you are doing a fantastic job, hope to get there soon to see it myself!

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