Young Guns drop the hammer on Friday race nights at Grand River Raceway

ELORA — The live horse racing season is winding down at Grand River Raceway. Monday and Wednesday race nights continue until the season finale on September 27, but Fun & Frivolity Friday Nights wrap-up September 8 when the Elora, ON track is hosting its first-ever Young Guns Miniature Horse Race.

The exhibition dash features seven youngsters — ages two through eight — driving miniature ponies. The contenders are all daughters and sons of drivers, trainers and caretakers within the harness racing industry.

These pro adults will accompany the young racers in their double-seated carts in the very short (one-eighth mile) trot.

The Young Guns Race is featured after Race 6 (approximately 8:20 p.m.). The participants and their ponies will conduct a Meet ‘N Greet with fans on the tarmac after Race 3 (approximately 7:20 p.m.). Both events will be shown live on the track’s Facebook page.
The field for the Young Guns Miniature Horse Race

Young Gun: Ollie MacDonald (Age: 4)
Accompanied by: Amy MacDonald

Young Gun: Liam Davis (Age: 2)
Accompanied by: Billy Davis

Young Gun: Ava MacDonald (Age: 6)
Accompanied by: Debi O’Brien Moran

Young Gun: Travis Moore (Age: 6)
Accompanied by: A.J. Moore

Driver: Hailey Hart (Age: 8)
Accompanied by: Emma Christoforou

Young Gun: Kylie Hart (Age: 6)
Accompanied by: Scott Young

Young Gun: Lucas House (Age: 5)
Accompanied by: Lorne House

*Ping is less-miniature, more-pony and as such will start from the outside post.

Post time for Race 1 of the Friday card is 6:30 p.m.


Photos: Iron Horse Photo
Ava MacDonald (left), 6, with Mullingar during Grand River Raceway’s Open House in May 2017.
Travis Moore (right), 6, with Wally during Grand River Raceway’s Open House in May 2017.

Kelly Spencer
Mgr. Marketing & Communications
Grand River Raceway
Office: (519) 846-5455 ext. 238