Fans young and old ventured out in the frigid cold to take their turn at driving a racehorse around the track. One such fan celebrated her 65th birthday with friends and family. Join us February 21st and March 21st at Flamboro Downs for your next chance to drive a racehorse. Post time is 6:00pm.
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Fans young and old clung to the Christmas spirit for one more day as they enjoyed a “reindeer” led boxing day tour of Western Fair’s racetrack!
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Stay tuned for posting of future wanna drive dates this winter.
Fans were treated to some holiday festivities with a chance to drive Santa’s reindeer around Flamboro’s racetrack. Join us Boxing Day in London at the Raceway at the Western Fair District for your next chance to drive a reindeer. Post time is 1:30 hope to see you there!
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A cold wet rain didn’t stop this enthusiastic bunch of fans from taking a ride around the track! As one fan put it “a little rain isn’t going to keep me form missing this once in a lifetime opportunity!” Our next Wanna Drive will be at Flamboro Downs December 12th at 6:00.
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A special Hallowe’en edition of Wanna Drive was presented during Kawartha Downs’ closing night card. As part of fan appreciation day, patrons were treated to all kinds of giveaways and the chance to drive a racehorse. Among the riders was Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
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Despite frigid weather conditions fans jumped at the chance to experience the thrill of harness racing first hand. Four local media celebrities braved the rain, sleet and hail to give it their all in a race around Lakeshore raceway in pursuit of victory! Congratulations to Paul MacDonald, AM 800 news director, Kelly Steele, sports writer Windsor Star, Toni Bruner, Country Morning 95.9 FM cohost and Nelson Santos, editor Kingsville Reporter, you are all winners! Thank you for your participation in Leamington’s inaugural media race!
This lovely lady is 88 years old and thrilled with her ride behind a racehorse!
Over 40 years in the harness racing industry and her first time sitting behind a racehorse. We love making moments like this possible!
Join us at Kawartha Downs for your chance to drive a racehorse
October 25th – Fan Appreciation Day – Post time is 7:00PM.
Fans at Lakeshore raceway were treated to a little clowning around and a whole lot of smiles as they got the chance to drive a racehorse around the track. The program will return to Leamington on October 4th hope to see you there!
Two clowns out for a ride around the racetrack
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Western Fair Raceway – October 3 – London
Lakeshore Raceway – October 4 – Leamington
Flamboro Downs – October 18 – Flamboro
Racing fans of all ages were able to experience first hand what it’s like to sit behind a harness horse when the Hands On Horses program visited Kawartha Downs this evening.
Hundreds of patrons entered the draw to win the chance to sit behind a horse (on a double seat sulky alongside experienced horsemen Dave Gibson and Brian Tropea of the Ontario Harness Horse Association). Both of the horses giving the rides were great ambassadors for the breed with wonderful temperaments and one, Hollywood Ham, is still actually racing.
The six-year-old son of Mach Three is owned by Hands On Horse’s program co-ordinator Stacey Reinsma, who also trains him which lately has proven somewhat tricky as if he sees kids at the side of the track when he’s training he’ll slow down wanting to pick them up and give them a ride.
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Join us at Leemington Raceway Septemeber 14th
The Hands On Horses program staff and horses were pretty busy over the Labour Day long weekend. They travelled more than 1,000 kilometers, worked over 30 hours and gave over 150 fans rides around the racetrack in four days.
It was all worth while to see the smiling faces along the way as fans – new and old – got to experience the thrills of harness racing up close and personal.
Special thanks to everyone and every horse that helped make this weekend possible.
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Upcoming Wanna Drives
Kawartha Downs – September 6th at 7:00PM
Leemington Raceway – September 14th at 1:30PM
This past Friday night fans experienced all the great things we love about standardbred race horses, petting them, driving them and of course getting our picture taken.
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Harry meets the paparazzi for a few picture perfect moments
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