MacDonald unstoppable on the bounce? Have a say in the measure.
Grand River Raceway is inviting fans to test the mettle of driver James MacDonald. The reigning champ of the Drivers’ Edition of the Bouncy Pony Stakes during the track’s annual Industry Day event, MacDonald seems virtually untouchable.
With five consecutive victories in MacDonald’s pocket, the track has posted polls on their Facebook and Twitter, gathering consensus for the best tactic to level the playing field for the 2016 edition on Monday, August 1.
#1: Shoeing Change: From steel to flip-flops. (James races in flip-flops.)
#2: Bridle Change: Open bridle, add Murphy outside. (James wears an eye-patch.)
#3: Add Ground: Add starting distance of 25%. (James starts 10 meters back.)
“Everyone’s got their God-given talent,” said MacDonald in a post-race interview in 2015. “Gretzky had hockey. I’ve got the bounce.”
The most popular tactic will be instated when the Industry Day Halftime Show kicks off after Race 5.
A win in the race will cap off a Grand River Raceway triple crown of sorts for MacDonald. In June, he won the Ontario Regional Driving Championship at the Elora oval. In July, his two-year-old Dachshund, Tank, won the second annual Ren’s Pets Depot Wiener Dog Races.
MacDonald is also driving one of the favourites in the $107,800 Battle Of The Belles on Industry Day. The Guelph, ON reinsman piloted Bid Writer to a three-length win in 1:56.3 in her elimination division on July 25. MacDonald won the 2014 edition of the race with Win The Gold.
Post time is 1:30 p.m. for the 26th annual Industry Day Celebration on August 1. Festivities and the broadcast kick-off at 1 p.m. Complete event details are available at IndustryDayCelebration.com
Event hashtag: #industryday26