Now in its 12th year, the Ontario-bred racehorse pacing colts Autumn Series is a $2.5 million stakes event that begins today at Churchill Downs and runs through October 31st with contests every day at 3:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m., and on Saturday nights from 7:45 to 10:15 pm ET
The “harvest series mohawk” is a Canadian-bred horse race. The race takes place in the fall and it has been taking place since 1894.
This Friday is shaping up to be an exciting day for horse racing enthusiasts in Ontario, as the Raceway in the Western Fair District hosts a final that promises a lot of fun. The Autumn Series Final will be held at the track, with two and three-year-old Ontario-bred pacing colts and geldings vying for the top prize of CA$25,600.
The top eight money earners from the previous two rounds on October 15 and October 22 will compete for the top prize of CA$25,600 in a highly anticipated final. The final is race number 6 on the racing facility’s 11-day race schedule. The events section on the Western Fair website is also available to fans of live harness racing.
Who Will Win in the End?
In Friday’s finals for two and three-year-old Ontario-sired pacing colts and geldings, there are lots of strong contenders. For trainer Blair Burgess, the Shadow Play rookie Unlaced is regarded one of the favorites to win the event. The horse won the first leg, then beat his own lifetime record by a fifth of a second the following week to earn a spot in the final.
Spicey P and Hippyjohn, who both cleared the second leg of the series after winning their respective open-round classes, will be tough to beat. Hippyjohn, trained by Gregg McNair, relocated to the province after winning five races at Inverness Raceway. The three-year-old gelding raced twice at Woodbine Mohawk Park, finishing second in a “non-winners of one” race.
Hippyjohn had a strong Autumn Series debut, breaking his career best of 1:56.4 and won the race by a margin of several lengths. Doug McNair, the winner of the O’Brien Award, will be in charge of the final on Friday. Although the horse was drawn to the adverse outside post number seven, the driver trusts in the horse’s abilities and expects him to perform well.
In Friday’s eleven-race schedule at the Western Fair District Raceway, the CA$25,6000 Autumn Series final for two and three-year-old Ontario-sired pacing colts and geldings is under number six. The race is set to begin at around 6:46 p.m. Eastern time, with the first race of the card scheduled to begin at 4:50 p.m. The final will also be broadcast live on the racetrack’s official website for fans to watch.
The horse racing industry, like many other industries in Canada, has been adversely impacted by the exceptional circumstances, as has the Western Fair District Raceway. The track had to shut down for a few months after the outbreak of the virus in 2020. Due to disinfection operations, the property was authorized to recommence racing months later, in October 2020. Racing days were spread out throughout the week.
Placed on Hold Once More
The track, like many others in Ontario, had to shut down again after the renewal of racing activities in October 2020. All tracks stopped working in April 2021, making it significantly more difficult for the track to recover from the infection. Following the postponement of the races, Ontario Racing granted a one-time payment of CA$300 to horses and horsepeople who were scheduled to compete at the province’s tracks on April 3 and 4, including the Western Fair District event.
Standardbred Canada, October 27, 2021, “Autumn Series Final Set For Friday”
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