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Fair weather and fast horses in Ormstown

The weather was fine for the racing fans who filled the grandstands at the Ormstown fairgrounds on Saturday, September 10. With races featuring trotters, pacers, and harness racing ponies, there was plenty to keep spectators on the edges of their seats.

There was a full afternoon of racing in Ormstown on September 10, including races featuring pacers. The pace is a gait that might look like a trot to the untrained eye, but in fact the legs move differently, with both the front and back legs on the same side moving in stride, rather than diagonal pairs as in the trot. The speed records (mile rates) for pacing are faster than those for trotting due to this more powerful way of moving PHOTO Chantal Hortop

 

Racing excitement was coupled with celebrations of members of the racing community. Down in the paddock in front of the stands, driver Richard Simard was lauded for having reached 6000 career wins earlier this summer. Back on the track, the sixth race in the program was a commemorative trot honouring the late Ormstown harness racing great, Maurice Paquette.

Maurice Paquette’s family was on site to present the prize for the commemorative trot in Paquette’s name, a race that was run for the first time at the Ormstown fairgrounds on September 10 PHOTO courtesy of the Circuit Régionale des courses de chevaux du Québec

Paquette was well-known in racing circles and in the Valley community as a man who devoted his life to harness racing in general, and in particular to the Ormstown racetrack. He worked with Pierre-Paul Naud of the Circuit Régionale des courses de chevaux du Québec to bring racing back to Ormstown in 2012 after a decade’s hiatus.

The commemorative trot was won by Style of Elegance, owned and driven by Jean-Paul Rousseof L’Épiphanie, Quebec.

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