A hefty lineup of activities at Grand River Raceway’s Industry Day Celebration this Monday afternoon (Aug. 5) includes three special presentations.
Trainer Carmen Auciello will kick off the afternoon from a familiar place (the winner’s circle), but for a different reason. The multi-talented horseman will sing the Canadian and American anthems at the beginning of the Industry Day broadcast at 1 p.m. There is a small caveat, though: Auciello’s wife Ashley is expecting the couple’s second child on August 5. Should their bundle arrive on-time, fans will have to settle for an instrumental version of “Oh! Canada.”
Standardbred Canada will make a special presentation to Canadian Sportsman assistant editor Lauren Lee after race six. Lee will receive an International Media Award in the Best Magazine Article category, as announced at the 2013 World Trotting Conference held in Paris, France earlier this summer. “All Hail The Pail” was published in the August 5, 2011 edition of The Canadian Sportsman and tells the story of San Pail and the impact he made on trainer and co-owner Rod Hughes’ life and family. Lee also won Standardbred Canada’s 2011 Media Excellence Award for this story.
Following race seven, Grand River Raceway and the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame will salute Carl Jamieson, who will be inducted into the Hall Of Fame on August 15. Jamieson is a five-time winning trainer of the Battle Of Waterloo. The Rockwood, Ont. horseman won the race every other year from the inaugural edition (at Elmira Raceway) in 1998 through 2006. In 2000, he trained the top three finishers: C T Rocket, Warrawee Caesar and Futurestarkillean.
Festivities and the TV broadcast kick off at 1 p.m. Post time for the first dash is 1:30 p.m. The all-stakes card includes consolations and finals for the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles, plus seven divisions of three-year-old pacing fillies in the Grassroots Series of the Ontario Sires Stakes.
For complete event details, visit http://industrydaycelebration.com/.
(Grand River Raceway)