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Trot Insider has learned that the Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission has approved a request to cancel the Friday, August 3 race date that had been set for Connell Park in Woodstock, NB.

The association requested the cancellation due to a lack of entries.

The next program of live racing in New Brunswick is scheduled for this coming Monday (August 6) at Exhibition Park Raceway. The first race is scheduled to head behind the starter at 1:00 p.m. The card is scheduled to feature the Barrieau/McIsaac stake and Ken Norwood memorial pace.

(With files from the APHRC & Standardbred Canada )

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Officials with Horse Racing New Brunswick are pleased to announce the renaming of it’s invitational race for Saint John Exhibition Week in September.
With the announcement of Jim Doherty’s induction into the Canadian Harness Racing Hall of Fame, it is only fitting the race be renamed in his memory. The race will be sponsored in part by the Doherty Family and Dr. Mitchell Downey Professional Corporation. Anne Gilbride, Jim’s sister said, “We were very pleased when contacted by HRNB officials about recognizing Jim and can think of no better way to honour his memory than an invitational race Exhibition Week”.  She added that Jim “never forgot Saint John and where he came from”.
Brock McEachern, President of HRNB said “With a purse of $5,000 we will be hoping to attract some of the best free-for-allers in the  Maritimes to pay respect to one of the best horsemen New Brunswick has ever produced”.

The invitational will be the final race of Exhibition Week on Saturday September 1

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Officials with Horse Racing New Brunswick would like to remind horsepeople that live racing is scheduled to return to Connell Park Raceway in Woodstock, NB on Friday, August 3.

The card will get underway with a post time of 6:30 P.M.

A full slate of sponsored races will be capped off by the extremely popular Kelti Burnett Memorial Invitational, which will carry a purse of $5,000. This year’s race will be sponsored by McCain Foods and Corey Ford of Woodstock.

Eagles Nest and Houlie’s Hometown Pub of Fredericton will co-sponsor the back-up class, which will feature a $2,000 purse.

The widely-supported race card will be held on the traditional Friday night of Woodstock’s Old Home week festivities. Minimum purse will be $1,150.

As with years past, there will be a purse increase from the wonderful sponsors who help make the card so very successful.

Horsepeople are reminded to keep an eye out for the condition sheet, which will be appearing soon. Make plans to attend!

(HRNB)