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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. 

“We’re pleased to be able to honour a racetrack that meant a great deal to people in our region and across the Maritimes. There is no doubt that people have fond recollections of the former Sackville Downs and miss its presence in the HRM (Halifax Regional Municipality) region. We’re looking forward to remembering the many good times and people of that time.” said Truro Raceway General Manager Steve Fitzsimmons.

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Tina St. Germain

Truro Raceway is pleased to welcome Tina St. Germain as our new Parimutuel Supervisor

Ms. St. Germain has recently relocated to Truro from Milton, Ontario with her husband Allen, who is a Nova Scotia native.  

A busy mom of 5 kids, she is also a long-time customer of Woodbine Mohawk Park and has enjoyed harness racing action as a fan.  She is looking forward to being part of the industry in her career.  “I am excited to meet and work with all of Truro Raceway’s staff, customers, fans and horse people.  I’m very pleased to be part of Truro Raceway’s team.”  Said St. Germain.

“We’re very happy to welcome Tina to our staff.  We feel our customers will enjoy their interactions with her, and I’m looking forward to her being a big part of our racing operation at Truro.” Said Truro Raceway General Manager Steve Fitzsimmons.

October 29, 2023

Inglis Jewellers Inaugural Diamond Classic October 29th, 2023

The first ever edition of the Inglis Jewellers Diamond Classic debuts Sunday, October 29th at Truro Raceway, with a $50,000 two-year-old Atlantic sired pacing Fillies race.  It will be the richest race contested in Nova Scotia this season.

Slots were sold for entry into the race earlier this season before two-year olds debuted on the racetrack.   It is only the second race of its kind in Canada (The Mohawk Million being the other) and 8 slot holders paid $6000 apiece to have the opportunity to either race their own horse, or sell or broker a deal for someone else to enter their horse with their slot.

The slot owners who made the original purchases were:

  • Done for the Day Stable
  • Hardcore Racing 
  • Dr. Ian Moore
  • Clare MacDonald
  • Nikway Farms
  • Mike Pollard
  • Gene Smallman
  • Peter Smith

In addition to the purse money that will go to the winner, they will also receive some fantastic perks as well.   There will be a Diamond Necklace valued at $2500 presented to the winner courtesy of Inglis Jewellers, as well as an original 11” x 14” Race Portrait of their horse, valued at $800 courtesy of the Official Artist of the Inglis Jewellers Diamond Classic, famed harness artist Michelle Hogan. (www.harnessartist.com)

Post time for the Sunday, October 29th race card is 1pm Atlantic/12 noon Eastern time and will also feature the Carl and Marg MacKenzie Memorial Stakes and the Pinkney NS Stakes on a jam-packed Stakes Sunday at Truro Raceway.

Stymest Resigns

Stymest Resigns From Truro Raceway Board

Truro Raceway Chairman Anthony Stymest has tendered his resignation, effective immediately, from the Truro Raceway Board of Directors.

Stymest tendered his resignation after Truro Raceway received notification on Tuesday that its application was denied for a Judicial Review seeking to overturn a decision by the Atlantic Harness Racing Commission (APHRC) last December, in relation to Home Market Area boundaries for telephone account betting (HPIbet) within Nova Scotia.   

“It has been my pleasure to serve on the board since 2018. However, with the recent court decision, I am no longer able to commit my volunteer time," said Stymest. "I wish the organization only the best in the future.” 

Stymest has been the only Chairman that Truro Raceway Limited has ever had, being the chair since the company was formed in 2018.

“Horsepeople owe Anthony a huge debt of gratitude for his selfless contribution to helping keep Truro Raceway operating," said Steve Fitzsimmons, Truro Raceway General Manager. "We wish Anthony the very best with his future endeavours.” 

Stakes Sunday at Truro Raceway October 29th

Truro Raceway will have one final race card to close out their 2023 season, which will be on Sunday, October 29th, with a 1pm Atlantic post time.

The card will be highlighted by the richest race to be contested in Nova Scotia this season, the 1st ever Inglis Jewellers Diamond Classic $50,000 race for two-year-old pacing fillies.  The race will move back one week from its originally scheduled date of Sunday, November 5th.

The Slot holders for the Inglis Jewellers Diamond Classic have the right to use their slot in the race or make a deal to sell or trade their slot to someone else, right up to the entry box closing.   The current slot holders at present are:

Done for the Day Stable – Angus Blaise Gillis

Hard Core Racing

Dr. Ian Moore

Clare MacDonald

Nikway Farms

Mike Pollard

Gene Smallman

Peter Smith

The card will also feature the Carl and Marg MacKenzie Memorial Stake, with divisions for three-year-old colts and fillies, as well as the Pinkney NS Stake with three divisions, for two-year-old colt pacers, 2-year-old trotters and three-year-old trotters.

There will also be regular overnight races on the card, as fans get their final chance of 2023 to see their favourite horses in action at the Bible Hill oval.

Truro Raceway Grandstand

Truro Raceway Cancels Upcoming Dates

On Friday, Sept. 15, Truro Raceway announced that the Nova Scotia half-mile oval will drop five cards from its 2023 harness racing calendar.

"Please be advised that due to financial circumstances, Truro Raceway will be cancelling five upcoming race cards.   The decline in HPIBET revenue and Teletheatre Simulcast Revenue in 2023 has forced these cancellations," said the track in a release.

Cancelled dates include Sunday, September 24, October 1, October 8, October 15 and October 22.

"We will work with our industry partners to relocate the Home Hardware Maritime Breeders Stake that was scheduled for Truro Raceway on October 22," the release continued. "Our final two race dates of the season, October 29 and November 5 will remain scheduled for now, pending a decision on those moving forward in the next 30 days."

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.

Aug 27 Photos by Blaise Duff

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