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Grand River Goes Glam For Industry First

Published: June 4, 2011 9:37 am ET

Last Comment: June 4, 2011 10:14 am ET | 1 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Grand River Raceway kicked off its popular Fun & Frivolity Friday Nights on June 3 with a splash of glitz and glamour. The track played host to harness racing’s first-ever Drag (Queen) Race to mark the start of Tri-Pride Weekend in Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge.

Drivers James MacDonald, Scott Young, Brad Watt and Nick Boyd shared double-seated jog carts with past winners of the Miss Tri-Pride Pageant: Madison Heart, Nadia Diamond, Victoria Parks and Jasmine Flowers.

Madison Heart and James MacDonald were the winning pair aboard 11-year-old pacer Pompus Mac Daddy. When asked of her thoughts about the experience in a post-race interview, Heart said simply, “I have dirt in my lipstick.”

Festivities also included a near-capacity ticketed dinner in the Captain’s Quarters dining room and a penny auction in the main lobby. In all, more than $2100 was raised for Tri-Pride, making this event one of the most successful fundraisers in the organization’s history.

Grand River Raceway extends its sincere appreciation to the Tri-Pride organizing committee, Drag Race drivers, the OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway, Hands On Horses Program, Tarmac Show guest host Mario Glynn, post parade leader Joanne Colville and her retired Standardbred Spoonman.

Photos of Tri-Pride/Fun & Frivolity Friday Night at Grand River are available at the track's facebook page.

(Grand River Raceway)

June 4, 2011 - 10:14 amIts great to see the

Its great to see the management of Grand River taking steps,once again, to promote harness racing within its community. Its easy to see why your racetrack saw an increase in both attendance and betting during the past year. Your model of how to manage a business is one that others should embrace - thanks for all of your efforts and continued success.

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