Industry Day is Grand River Raceway’s marquee event of the race season. It’s staged annually during a special afternoon race card on each Civic Holiday Monday (the first Monday in August).
Industry Day began at Elmira Raceway in 1990 as a celebration of the harness racing industry. In December of 2003, the track relocated to a new facility in nearby Elora, ON called Grand River Raceway, and the first Industry Day was celebrated at its new home in August 2004.
Industry Day is one of Canadian harness racing’s most celebrated events, attracting racing fans province-wide and beyond.
The event features Grand River Raceway’s signature race, the Battle Of Waterloo (for 2-year-old Ontario sired pacing colts) which was introduced to Industry Day in 1998. The inaugural winner was Distinctiv Skeeter for trainer/driver Carl Jamieson.
Carl Jamieson and the connections of the inaugural Battle Of Waterloo winner, DISTINCTIV SKEETER (1998).
In 2009, Grand River Raceway added a companion race, the Battle Of The Belles (for 2-year-old Ontario sired pacing fillies). FBS Terror became the First Lady of the Battle Of The Belles for trainer Mario Macri and driver Scott Zeron, then 19.