Elora, ON --- Grand River Raceway’s Industry Day Celebration is just around the corner and the event esteems to be one of the best days of the summer for harness racing fans.
Festivities and the TV broadcast kick off at 1 p.m. on Monday (August 4). Post time for the first dash is 1:30 p.m.
The 24th annual event includes an 11-race card worth more than C$350,000 in purses. The main feature of the day is Grand River Raceway’s signature dash, the 17th annual Battle of Waterloo. There are 159 Ontario-sired 2-year-old pacing colts eligible to start in the C$180,000 (est.) dash.
The sixth annual Battle of the Belles will be contested for C$120,000 (est.) and 150 Ontario-sired 2-year-old pacing fillies remain eligible.
The nine finalists for each of those races will be determined during eliminations contested a week prior (July 28, post time 6:30 p.m.). Post position draws for both finals will be conducted during the TV broadcast on July 28.
Among the eligibles is Ace Of Clubs, a half-brother to 2013 Battle of Waterloo champ Three Of Clubs. Trainer Gregg McNair co-owns both horses with Tony Lawrence and Hall of Famer Keith Waples.
Rounding out the Industry Day race card are consolation races for the Battles, plus a Gold leg for 3-year-old pacing colts in the Ontario Sires Stakes.
During the afternoon event, Grand River Raceway and the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will salute the track’s General Manager, Dr. Ted Clarke, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on August 6.
As always, Industry Day offers many other horse racing delights:
For complete event details, visit http://industrydaycelebration.com/.