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Clinton To Finish With A Bang!

Published: September 15, 2008 11:05 pm ET

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Though the day will be dedicated to charitable causes the spirit of competition will be front and centre as the final live program for the 2008 season turns to the starting gate at Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

"I have a score to settle because I didn't win the drivers' charity challenge at Clinton last year," said Jody Jamieson. "I'll be really focused on Sunday to the point that it might not be fair to the other drivers. I'll be at the top of my game and they'll all have to park me out and shut me out of all racing positions...that's how much I think I'm the favourite going into this.

"Of course I'm expecting the other drivers to have their game faces on, too," he added. "It should be a great day and we're all really pleased with donating our fees to the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA) Racetrack Chaplaincy."

"I understand Jody's talking a big game but he's not the only one with a score to settle in Clinton's annual drivers' charity challenge," says Mike Saftic. "I'm going up there on Sunday to win it after being so close last year.

"I know I speak for all the drivers when I say we really enjoy going to Clinton, they do such a great job up there, and when we're called to the gate on Sunday it's definitely 'game on' to do all I can to beat the other seven guys out there," he added. "Jody's stirring the pot by calling me the 'senior citizen' of this drivers' challenge. Fine. I guess we'll just have to let our driving do the talking on Sunday in Clinton."

Here is the drivers' line-up for Clinton Raceway's 27th Annual Charity Challenge:

Jody Jamieson, 31, over 4,100 lifetime wins and $51 million in purse earnings

Mike Saftic, 46, over 4,200 lifetime wins and $75 million in purse earnings

Mark MacDonald, 29, over 4,000 lifetime wins and $46 million in purse earnings

Jason Brewer, 30, over 2,000 lifetime wins and $13 million in purse earnings

Brad Forward, 37, over 2,900 lifetime wins and $17 million in purse earnings

Bruce Richardson, 37, over 1,700 lifetime wins and $10 million in purse earnings

Mike Horner, 40, over 1,900 lifetime wins and $10 million in purse earnings

Alfie Carroll, 23, over 200 lifetime wins and $1.5 million in purse earnings

Still another tradition to be continued on Sunday's card in Clinton will be the Ray McLean Memorial Pace. This year's edition will again carry a purse of $25,000.

Also on Sunday at Clinton Raceway:

  • the first 500 patrons purchasing a race program receive the premium Clinton Raceway cap for free, courtesy of OHHA and Clinton Raceway
  • a performance of precision riding will be staged by King-Lyn Stables just before the first race
  • the final round of 20 competitors will square off in the Trot Canada National Handicapping Championship, with the winner in Clinton moving on to Woodbine to contest the $25,000 top prize
  • the Clinton Lions Club 'pig on a spit' roast dinner will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in support of the Clinton Lions Park

    Post time at Clinton Raceway on Sunday is 1:30 p.m. for the track's gala final card of 2008.

    (Clinton Raceway)

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