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USTA donates $5,000 to Classy Lane fire fund
Wednesday, January 06, 2016 - from the USTA Communications Department

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Columbus, OH --- The U.S. Trotting Association announced Wednesday that it will make a $5,000 contribution to the official fund set up by the Central Ontario Standardbred Association to assist all of those affected by the tragic barn fire at Classy Lane Training Centre in Puslinch, Ontario on Monday evening.

“One of the saddest things to happen in the world of horses is a tragic barn fire that kills horses,” said USTA President Phil Langley in making the announcement. “It is something we all fear and many have experienced.

“My first experiences were in the 1960s when a fire at Maywood Park took the lives of several horses owned by Billy Johnston and trained by my father, then, not too long after, another fire at Washington Park that wiped out Bobby Williams' stable.

“The sadness is never forgotten but it is heartening to see that in those cases and now, the industry draws closer to help some of its own with monetary donations and encouragement that will hopefully help everyone affected through a long recovery process.”

In that spirit, the USTA encourages everyone in the industry and racing fans everywhere to consider making a donation via an official GoFundMe page that has been set up by the Central Ontario Standardbred Association. For more on the COSA initiative, or to contact COSA, click here.

Donations, with checks made payable to "Classy Lane Barn Fire," can also be mailed to: Central Ontario Standardbred Association, P.O. Box 297, Campbellville, ON L0P 1B0.

A barn fire at Classy Lane Training Centre in Puslinch, Ontario started at approximately 11 p.m. on Monday (Jan. 4) and claimed the lives of more than 40 Standardbred racehorses.

Firefighters, who responded to the blaze from five departments -- including Hamilton, Guelph and Cambridge -- have not determined the cause of the fire that destroyed the barn that housed horses trained by Ben Wallace, Roger Mayotte, Chantal Mitchell, Kris Di Cenzo, Dan Lagace and Floyd Amos.

The preliminary cost of the damage has been estimated to be between $4 and $6 million.

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