Truro Raceway is pleased to announce that they will be celebrating the career of Clare MacDonald, with a special day in her honour, which will be a fundraising day for the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia on Sunday, September 10th at the Bible Hill, NS track.
A native of Antigonish, N.S., Mary Clare “Clare” MacDonald is Canada’s winningest female harness driver in victories (1,522) and purse earnings ($4,933,975) and was a recent finalist for the Canadian Harness Racing Hall of Fame.
Her stats, all achieved while racing in the Atlantic provinces, rank her second among female drivers in North America, behind U.S. Hall of Fame member, the late Bea Farber-Erdman.
A second-generation horseperson, MacDonald’s driving career began at age 17, with 19 wins in her first year. Since that time, in a career spanning over 40 years, she has surpassed $100,000 in annual earnings as a driver 25 times. Horses driven and/or trained by MacDonald have set track records at five tracks, and she also holds the honour of being the first driver to complete a sub-2:00 trotting mile in Atlantic Canada.
"There is a lot of pride in Nova Scotia and the rest of Canada about the career that Clare has had and I know that fans will be excited to be able to meet her and get an autograph and a picture and share a story or two. We’re excited to host this special day and I know a lot of people will mark it on their calendars as a must attend day this year." said Truro Raceway General Manager Steve Fitzsimmons.
“I’m appreciative of Truro Raceway for thinking of me for this special day. It also means a lot that we will be able to raise money for a worthy cause, such as the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. It has touched a lot of people’s lives. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone on September 10th.” said MacDonald.
There will be a commemorative T-Shirt in her racing colours created, as well as some other swag items, with all proceeds going to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.
Stay tuned for more details coming in the near future.