So here we are with a brand-new race meet in London… It’s now ‘week two’ and one thing that certainly stands out, for me anyway, are the number of quick opening quarter miles we’ve seen. Last night we witnessed Oakrock Eldorado (Austin Sorrie) taking on Phone In (Colin Kelly) to the quarter mile in 26.3… And I’m pretty sure we’ve seen more 27 and change opening quarters, in just five race cards, than we saw during the whole ‘shortened-up’ race meet last season. Of course racing in summer-like temperatures, in October, is likely aiding in the quick speed, but it’s been ‘racy’ out there and it has been fun to call the action!
Now being a Maritimer, myself, it’s been easy for me to take note of the Maritimers competing both out west and in London. From Facebook, Twitter and Instagram messages - to phone calls, texts and emails - I’ll hear from the folks ‘back home’ on a regular basis and they’re watching and cheering for the Kelly’s, Sorrie, MacKenzie, Rankin and many others.
Filling in as our track photographer, this week, Ryan Clements was able to capture a pair of race finishes - that certainly caught my eye - from this past Monday evening at The Raceway. It would be the ‘old boys club’ of Paul MacKenize and Don Rankin Jr. getting the best of the ‘new kids on the block’ in Austin Sorrie and Colin Kelly - on this night… All four drivers would get their earliest lessons in the Maritimes and all four continue to do it well here in Ontario.
Life Driving Stats: Starts - Firsts - Seconds - Thirds - Earnings - UDRS
Paul MacKenzie Life Driving Stats: 63,858 - 8,907 - 8,576 - 8,398 - $52,368,699 - 0.257
Don Rankin Jr. Life Driving Stats: 36,291 - 4,753 - 5,059 - 5,295 - $19,088,483 - 0.257
Colin Kelly Life Driving Stats: 7,995 - 1,263 - 1,201 - 1,117 - $7,203,451 - 0.287
Austin Sorrie Life Driving Stats: 3,102 - 418 - 428 - 363 - $2,486,409 - 0.250
Honouring our Past – Celebrating our Future
Join us in celebrating and honouring our military at this Friday’s Veterans’ Classic.
The ‘Veterans’ Classic’ is a special evening of horse racing and celebration, at Western Fair District, to honour our military. The 2021 festivities will take place on Friday, October 15th as part of the Friday evening harness racing card. Opening Ceremonies will begin at 4:30 in the winner’s circle. The Veterans’ Classic will showcase a fly-over, by the Red Knight, at approximately 4:40 and the 12-dash program, beginning at 4:50, will feature military-themed races throughout the evening. Hope you can join us!
Shannon ‘Sugar’ Doyle
The Raceway At Western Fair District