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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Here we go... He's a 'behind the scenes kind of guy' at The Raceway, but a very important player on our team - he's Chris Fex - who looks after the production graphics for our race night broadcasts. "I enjoy editing video and had a YouTube channel of my own," says the 34-year-old from London. "Some friends, of mine, knew of The Raceway's production manager Mark McCullough (owner of MMC Productions) and he then got to looking at some of my video work... I ended up applying for a production position in late 2016 and got hired on here in 2017."...

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Here we go... With his 'growing up' ties to London and now his 'making a living' life in Sarnia - Raceway horse owner Stewart McQueen has been going to the horse races for as long as he can remember... "My Dad (Jack) loves the horses and we'd go to Orangeville back in the day..." says McQueen. "And please - call me Stew - the only one that calls me Stewart is my Mom and it's usually when I know I'm in trouble," he chuckled. "Dad had horses with trainer Peter Shody years ago and that's likely how I got the bug too," notes McQueen...

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Here we go… And here we are catching up with Raceway owner/trainer Stephen ‘Ribsy’ Roberts. Stabled just outside of London, in Melbourne, Roberts says “The green grass can’t come soon enough!” While this unexpected break, from racing, will likely freshen up his ‘busy-type’ horses, he’d still rather be trucking in to the track on race days… “What are you going to do? I’m stabled in Melbourne and living right next door to my horses, so the bills aren’t too bad… Hopefully we’re not away from the races...

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

So here we go - week 1 - no horse racing in Ontario... I, like many of you in the beginning, never thought we'd see this virus affect us all to this point. Leaving The Raceway, last Wednesday night, mentioning over the public address system that we are scheduled to race this coming Friday - my mind was being optimistic, but my gut was saying another thing...  Thursday came and Woodbine Mohawk Park was going to race that night, but they were shutting things down afterwards. That told me we'd likely be doing the same in London, but I waited to hear the official word - rather...

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Caretaker of the Year. This award recognises the unsung heroes of racing – the caretakers who maintain the health and welfare of the horses on a daily basis. To nominate someone for Caretaker of the Year, please email us with the name of your nominee and a written description of why they deserve to be recognised as Caretaker of the Year. Nominations are due before January 27, 2017. Five finalists will be selected from the nominees, afterwards, public voting will take place in the Raceway's Race Office. The winner will be...

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Friday, November 25, 2016

The Raceway at Western Fair District is once again proud to support the Salvation Army’s annual toy drive. The initiative helps provide toys to boys and girls in the community and help bring the Christmas spirit to the less fortunate. The public is encouraged to drop off a new, unwrapped gift in The Raceway’s lobby, located at 900 King Street. The gifts donated will be delivered to children as part of the Salvation Army’s hamper program. The toy drive kicks of Friday November 25th and runs up until Sunday December 11th. More Information

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

There is a buzz in the air with live racing set to return this Friday at The Raceway at Western Fair District and it is going to be a busy October at the London oval.  Friday, October 7th will usher in the start of live racing and coincides with the second annual Oktoberfest celebration at the Western Fair District. To complement the Oktoberfest celebrations the wiener dogs will be back competing in the second annual Dachshund Dash. Additionally, the Raceway will offer Scratch ‘N’ Win program prizes, the Oktoberfest Pace and the Oktoberfest Stacked Deal which will include...

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A Gift For Every Mom! Mother’s Day is this Sunday, but don't worry we’ve got you covered when it comes to finding the perfect gift! Whether your mom is into food and drinks or has an eye for fancier things in life, there's something sure to WOW every mom! Plus you don't have to fret about shipping or driving all over the city because ALL of these gifts can be purchased and printed from home or purchased at the Western Fair District! Don’t sweat the small stuff this Sunday and browse our Mother’s Day gift guide...

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Before you race off to Derby Day at the Raceway, check out these winning tips on what to wear! Kentucky Derby Women’s Apparel Ladies, it’s time to gussy up. The Derby is all about getting decked out, so start with a party dress in a spring solid or feminine pattern.      And a light wool scarf for a sophisticated cover-up, a retro race day hat or fantastically colourful purse to complete the look.     Big hats are a huge part of Derby style. Keep the sun out of your...

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Looking for fun activities and events you can enjoy as a whole family this March Break (March 11-20, 2016) in the London and area? Here's a list of a few local ideas to keep the boredom at bay over March Break! London Golf Show & Sale Learn More Young golfers will be able to develop their skills at the Pizza Pizza Kids’ Zone. Juniors can practice putting, driving and participate in chipping and putting lesson from TGA. Plus up to 75% off top brands and manufactures. Children 10 & under get in for free! March 12 & 13 • Progress Building,...

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