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Darren Crowe

Q&A with Truro Raceway's Leading Driver and Trainer thru 3 race days, Darren Crowe

 

We had a chance to sit down with the current leading driver and trainer through the first 3 race days of our season, Darren Crowe, to get his thoughts on the season to date.

Q - We've had three weeks of racing so far, and you are off to a really great start, on the driving side 7 wins in 27 starts and on the training side you have 5 wins from 16 starts. What has been going right for you so far?

DC - Just the right horses in the right class right now. I've been pretty lucky, I've picked up a few horses this spring from PEI and a new horse that just came from Ohio, and he seems to be fitting in pretty good.

Q - Let's talk about him, Rockin Corona. He's certainly made a statement so far at Truro. He's got 3 wins in 3 starts for you and looks like he's working his way steadily towards the top class, the way he's been going.

DC - So far, so good. I think I haven't really had to stretch him out yet and see what he can actually do, but he is getting better every week.

Q - You had a nice performance from Speakingofshadow, who you've had for a little while, with a new lifetime mark and a huge effort last Sunday.

DC - She is really starting to come around. When I raced her last year, she had been through the grinder a bit. She had a really good two-year-old year, and her three-year-old year was disastrous. She was turned out. Got her back the end of January. Trained her back, and she's just starting to come back to herself and her two-year-old form. She always had speed, but she's actually starting to get her confidence back, and I think that was her big thing. She had just lost confidence in herself, and she's starting to come back to be a really useful horse I think.

Q - You picked up an older classy mare, MsDragonfire, who picked up a nice second last week. She certainly has a lot of back class to her.

DC - She does. She was a late comer here to get ready. She's racing herself into shape, but she seems to be getting a little bit better every week.

Q - You've picked up some live catch drives in recent weeks. Well Lets See, that was a nice performance from him and obviously the new horse in Pam Moore's barn, Life Speaks, looked good as well.

DC - Yes, nice race horses. I ended up getting the drives oh those, so that was good.

Q - As always, you always have a lot of support from the Won't Back Down Stable, and Risin Horizon is off to a good start this year as well.

DC - He's just a nice little race horse. He gets in the right class and he can do some damage. He's a bit of an in between-er, he's not really good enough for the top class, but he can get money, but the next class below he can usually do some damage. He's just a nice raceway horse.

Q - We saw your son Brennan in the Mini Horses event, of course he won that event last year. Might we see a future driver there?

DC - He really enjoys the minis, and he's very horse oriented anyway. He barrel races. Who knows. He likes what he does. Some day maybe, but I'm not really pushing that.

Q - Continued success with everything

DC - Thank you.

Samspace of Saving Sammy

Jayson Baxter and Samspace of Saving Sammy to be part of "Remembering Sackville Downs" day at Truro

 

 

Jayson BaxterWe are pleased to announce that Jayson Baxter will be joining our broadcast team on September 15th, as part of the Remembering Sackville Downs day at Truro Raceway. Mr. Baxter, is the long-time co-host and a producer for CTV News at 5 in Atlantic Canada.

He has won many distinguished honors during his career, including an O'Brien Award for his incredible 5 part series called Saving Sammy, which captured the hearts of people from coast to coast of the journey of his family to track down and return their former race horse Samspace, nicknamed "Sammy" to Nova Scotia and their care, after having not known his whereabouts.

Baxter's father Dennis is a former long-time driver and trainer at both Sackville Downs and Truro Raceway. To commemorate the event, 20-year-old Sammy and Dennis Baxter will lead out the post parade for the races that will be contested that day by former Sackville Downs drivers. Sammy will also be available for people to meet, pet and get a picture with.

Other special guests that day are Canadian Harness Racing Hall of Fame drivers Bill O'Donnell and Carl Jamieson.

Best Western Glengarry

Remembering Sackville Downs - Hotel Special

 

Fans - As you know, we are having a Remembering Sackville Downs event on Sunday, September 15th. Based on our conversations with fans, people will be travelling from all over North America to be in attendance for this special day.

As a result, we've spoken to our exclusive Hotel partner, The Best Western Glengarry and have secured a great deal on rooms for your stay! They are offering an exclusive rate of $189 per night (Regular $319), for any of Friday, September 13th, Saturday, September 14th and Sunday, September 15th.

There are a block of rooms reserved under the Sackville Downs block. If you are planning on attending the event and need accommodations, call them asap, as there is a limited number of rooms available.

Please share and help spread the word to anyone who is planning to come from out of town.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester

Big Brothers Big Sisters Day at Truro on June 2nd

 

Truro Raceway is pleased to announce a special day in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester East Hants at the racetrack on Sunday, June 2nd.  

There will be race sponsorships sold, a silent auction and some other fundraising initiatives on site.  The organization will have a booth on site to meet and greet our fans, with a chance to win a prize by dropping by their booth.

There will also be lots of members of the organization on site to enjoy the race card, which features the Donnie and George Turner Memorial Stake and the Mini Horse Races, which return to Truro for a second straight season.

Atlantic Women’s Driver’s Challenge

Truro Raceway to host Atlantic Women’s Driver Challenge

 

Truro Raceway is pleased to announce their hosting of the first ever Atlantic Women’s Driver Challenge, an all-female driver’s event on Sunday, July 21st, 2024.

The event will see 7 female drivers compete in 5 races on Truro Raceway’s afternoon card.  All 4 licensed female drivers in Atlantic Canada will participate, as well as 3 Ontario based drivers.  Headlining the event is Canada’s all time leading female driver for wins and money earnings, Antigonish native Clare MacDonald and the 2-time OLG Ontario Women’s Driving Championship winner Natasha Day.  “I’m honoured to be invited to participate in the Atlantic Women’s Driver Challenge at Truro Raceway. So happy to see more tracks coming onboard with women’s races and more women drivers being recognized in the bike.” said Day.

New Start Standardbreds

New Start Standardbreds Day on June 9th at Truro Raceway

 

Truro Raceway is pleased to announce a special fundraising day on Sunday, June 9th to support New Start Standardbreds Maritimes, a volunteer charity organization founded in 2020 dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming former standardbred race horses. Their mission is to find caring homes for them for the rest of their lives.

“We are very pleased to support such an important charity, that is helping former race horses that need a new home due to their racing career being over or through no fault of their own have fallen on hard times.  It’s incumbent on all of us as an industry to help in the aftercare of these race horses once their careers are over.    We look forward to contributing to the positive work that Christina and her team are doing in Atlantic Canada and celebrating these wonderful horses, who are retired or in their second career.” commented Truro Raceway General Manager Steve Fitzsimmons.

Gardner “Wink” McCallum

Truro Raceway announces the Trainer for the Hubtown Horse Owners Club in 2024

 

Truro Raceway is pleased to announce the Trainer on behalf of the Hubtown Horse Owners Club for 2024 will be Gardner “Wink” McCallum.

Mr. McCallum, a native of North River, N.S., has been involved in harness racing for 50+ years. He has been involved in all aspects of the industry, including breaking and training young horses and training and racing both young and aged horses.

He also has experience dealing with a fractional ownership stable, having been the trainer of record for the Won’t Back Down Stable, who tied for the 2nd leading individual owner by wins (behind the Hubtown Horse Owners Club) at Truro Raceway in 2023.

Sackville Downs

Truro Raceway to host “Remembering Sackville Downs” Day

 

Truro Raceway is pleased to announce that on Sunday, September 15th they’ll be hosting a very special race day, honouring the former Sackville Downs racetrack, which was in operation from 1955 to 1986 - with lots of festivities to recognize its rich history.

The racetrack is striking an organizing committee, who will manage the event, but expected to be among the festivities will be a large display of memorabilia and mementos from the former Sackville Downs, a race with all former Sackville Downs drivers participating and the opportunity to sponsor a race in honour of someone formerly connected to Sackville Downs. 

Truro Raceway

Truro Raceway offers something for everyone; from the young to the young at heart. A visit to Truro Raceway provides a unique entertainment experience that has people on the edge of their seat and wanting more.

June 9, 2024 Winners Circle

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