London, ON --- The Raceway at Western Fair District is gearing up for a pair of special race programs this holiday season.
The annual Boxing Day card, on Dec. 26, is always a popular one at the London oval and there is lots happening this year including a Mystery Prize Bag contest (one will contain a $250 betting voucher) and prize draws after each race throughout the day.
When you purchase your program that day you could also receive a mystery betting voucher in your program and kids in attendance will receive a harness racing activity book.
There are plenty of dining options available as well, including the Annex, Top of the Fair and Carousel Room. First post for the Boxing Day program is 1:15 p.m.
Live racing will also take place on New Year’s Eve at The Raceway with first post at 8:05 p.m.
The Old Lang Syne Trot and Pace will be back again this year. The races will be for $5,000 claimers and the eight oldest horses to enter in each class will be accepted. They will be carded as the final two races of 2013 at The Raceway and, following the last race, fans will be invited to stay and ring in the New Year.
Fans can also fill out a ballot for prize draws after each race, a special edition of Deal or No Deal and a Harness Racing Trivia contest. On the wagering side, the early Pick-4 pool will be guaranteed at $5,000 while the guarantee on the late Pick-4 that night will be bumped up to $7,500.
Seating at the Top of the Fair dining room is going fast for both Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve. To make your reservations, e-mail email@example.com or call 519.438.7203 (ext. 252).
Fans are reminded that The Raceway has also changed the post time for the Monday (Dec. 23 and 30) programs, with first post both days now at 4:35 p.m. The complete holiday draw schedule is posted below.
The Raceway Holiday Draw Schedule
Race Day--Draw Day--Post Time--Driver Changes
Thursday (Dec. 26)--Friday (Dec. 20)--1:15 p.m.
Friday (Dec. 27)--Monday (Dec. 23)--7:05 p.m.--due Dec. 23–1 p.m.
Monday (Dec. 30)--Friday (Dec. 27)--4:35 p.m.
Tuesday (Dec. 31)--Saturday (Dec. 28)--8:05 p.m.--due Dec. 28–1 p.m.
Friday (Jan. 3)--Monday (Dec. 30)--7:05 p.m.
Monday (Jan. 6)--Thursday (Jan. 2)--4:05 p.m.
Tuesday (Jan. 7)--Friday (Jan. 3)--4:05 p.m.--due Jan. 3–1 p.m.