We Are Off To The Races

Leamington Raceway has been approved for race dates in 2014. The team of volunteers are looking forward to putting on thirteen fun, excitement packed days of racing. The races are spread through the months of September and October. To see the complete schedule and calendar for race and qualifying days see below: Track: Leamington Raceway [...]

Discussions on a regional circuit in South-Western Ontario involving Dresden Raceway, Hiawatha Horse Park and Leamington

    “This is a unique in-the-world agreement between eight tracks to share resources, coordinate schedules, to provide a consistent level of racing and purses year-round to the benefit of both the horsepersons of Ontario and also for the horseplayers, so that we’ll be able to put a signal out around the world that’s consistent [...]

Kelly Hoert’s Journey From Rags To Riches

    No, the dog never ate Kelly Hoerdt’s homework. But there was a time when his horses did eat his bed. For an explanation you have to go back to 1984 when the Alberta harness horseman, who was just named Canada’s Horseperson of the Year, had ventured out on his own to find his [...]

Lakeshore Encourages Friesen Family To Enter The Horse Business


If you attended the SBOA banquet February 15, 2014 you might have missed the quiet young couple sitting at the back of the room. They were unique in this crowd of veteran breeders. Dave and Helen Friesen were there to bid on a stud’s service fee for their first horse, a Standardbred broodmare, named Roxanna [...]

November 20, 2013 NDP Table Opposition Day Motion


Today NDP Leader Andrea Horwath will push the government to protect horseracing in Ontario by tabling the following Opposition Day motion to reinstate the Slots-at-Racetracks program. The motion will be debated and voted on in the Legislature later today: “… The Legislative Assembly calls on the Government to re-instate and maintain the SARP program unless [...]

Mike Hamlin Purchases Windsor’s Starting Car And Water Truck For Lakeshore

    A two-day auction of items from the now-defunct Windsor Raceway culminated Wednesday, November 13 with buyers walking away with scores of items from the harness track. It has been reported that some of the items purchased are now earmarked for the Lakeshore Horse Raceway Association. An article by The Windsor Star explains how [...]

PC’s Members Tour The Robert McIntosh Stables


    Randy Pettapiece, the Perth-Wellington MPP that serves as the PC critic for rural affairs and horse racing, was in LaSalle, Ont. on Thursday to discuss the state of the harness racing industry with two of the sport’s top trainers. Pettapiece was joined by Essex PC Candidate Dave Brister and Chatham-Kent-Essex MPP Rick Nicholls [...]

Conan O’Brien Calls A Race At Santa Anita

  In a performance that would have to be categorized as “Not yet ready for prime time,” late night funny man Conan O’Brien left ‘em laughing as he put his oratorical stamp on a race at Santa Anita. A former writer for NBC’s Saturday Night Live, O’Brien currently hosts CONAN, which airs weeknights on TBS [...]

PC’s Dave Brister and Randy Pettapiece Touring Robert McIntosh Stables November 14, 2013


Essex MPP Candidate Dave Brister welcomes Ontario PC Party MPP Randy Pettapiece to the Essex Riding. MPP Randy Pettapiece from Perth-Wellington is the new Rural Affairs and Horse Racing Critic for the Ontario PC Party. While Mr. Pettapiece is in Essex he will be touring Robert McIntosh Stables at 5480 Huron Church Line Road in [...]

Standardbred Canada ID Technician in Windsor Area November 13th to 15th

SC Identification Technician Bruce Redmond will be in the Windsor, Ontario area from November 13 to 15 to freeze brand any horses requiring freeze brand and DNA identification. Please contact Redmond at 416-580-3683 to make an appointment to ensure his visit to your farm.