Friday will be a big day for standardbred racing in Yorkton as Cornerstone Raceway will host the 2013 edition of the Prairie Lily Pace and Standardbred Canada’s ‘Bring a Friend Night’.
The event, for Canadian-sired aged pacing mares, sponsored by Standardbred Canada and the Saskatchewan Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association, is the premier race of the season for mares and fillies.
Twenty-two mares were nominated for this year’s Prairie Lily. Shaun Morin manager of the Yorkton Exhibition Association said he was not sure of exactly how many horses would make the final races, adding “I expect two races but if all enter there would be three races.”
In 2012 there were two races.
In the first half of the Standardbred Canada sponsored races, Philip Giesbrecht piloted Marlowe to the top spot in 2:02.4 over Travis Cullen with Phoenician Gal and Dallas McGee with Princess Dorleans.
In the second Prairie Lily race, Found My Desire took the top spot in 2:01.2 for driver Glenn LeDrew over Hugh Woods with Oral Fixation and Brian Gray with Stagger Lee.
Morin said with the ‘Bring A Friend Night’ promotion it is all about saying thanks to patrons, and hopefully introducing new people to the sport of standardbred racing.
With the Standardbred Canada events patrons will have the opportunity to win prizes, put their name in for draws (such as one for rides in starting gate truck), and enjoy concession specials such as hotdog and slushie for toonie for the kids, said Morin.