Amid the weekly racing at Cornerstone Raceway in Yorkton a new organization is being contemplated to support local standardbred racing efforts moving forward.
In a post race interview Friday Shawn Worthen said owners, trainers and drivers at Cornerstone are looking at creating a new entity which will speak for the industry in regards to maintaining standardbred racing in the city.
“We want to side with the Ex (Yorkton Exhibition Association),” he said.
Worthen said those involved with racing this summer in Yorkton appreciate what the YEA has done to maintain a place for standardbreds to race following the provincial government decision in the spring of 2012 to cut grants to horse racing effective this year. He said the YEA is actively negotiating with the province to re-establish some level of support for Yorkton racing as well as investigation alternative funding avenues, and the new organization would focus on being a unified industry voice of support for those efforts.
Worthen also had a good night on the track Friday taking Down Home Stylish to the winner’s circle from local owners Max and Deb McInnes in the Yorkton Co-op Feature Race. Bling Kaching with Clayton Braybrook in the cart was in for place and Donald Tracey and Red Riverboat taking the show spot.
Worthen said the four-year-old mare was in a class ($2000 claimers) where she can compete.
“She was in cheap,” he said adding when she raced earlier this season in $2,500 claimers “she really wasn’t very good.”
Worthen said Friday he was able to get Stylish “on the front end before the turn” and that allowed him to back off a bit, so the mare “got a good breather,” leaving her able to finish the race strong.
The success with Stylish may be short-lived though, said Worthen, who said she’ll have to move up a class and against better horses she will have to have things go her way to find her way back to the winner’s circle.
The Royal LePage Premier Realty Feature Race was captured by Brian Gray at the helm with M L Lightning Blvd, a new entry from Yorkton owner Perry Trost, finishing ahead of Richard Remillard and The Postman, and Worthen with Shyloh Awaywego.
Remillard had a good night starting with a win in the opening race of the card with Oblivious Boy, then took race two with Miss Tinkerbelle.
Remillard was back in race three to the Flaman Sales & Rental Feature Race with Merlins Magicmaker in a short field of four horses after two entries were judge’s scratches. Gray and Maid To Measure finished second and Mark Haining with HF Nancy’s Babygirl third.
The Manitoba driver made it four-straight wins with Burnt On Top in the Winmar Property Restoration Specialists Feature Race topping Braybrook and HF Zeligs Glory and Worthen with Tackie Toe.