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Great Campbell Story Wins Contest

Joey Leonardis, of Toronto, Ont., shared a great memory of his Dad’s (Joe Leonardis) mare, Jays Table, winning the 1998 Breeders Crown in world record time with John Campbell at the helm, and was declared the winner in the Fan Club’s John Campbell Memory contest.

Joey currently owns two racehorses, both homebreds, with his mom and two brothers – three-year-old pacing filly Thats Mia Bad and four-year-old pacing mare Mia Oh My.

The last time Joey watched Campbell race, in person, was the 2015 Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack.

Joey’s favourite racetrack to watch live racing is Kawartha Downs. “Such a wonderful grassroots racing experience for a fan,” he said. “To be that close to the track and they usually have lots going on to involve those watching. Nice to see people bring out their kids (something my parents did with us and what has me hooked on racing).”

Jays Table was a homebred for Joe Leonardis (who passed away in December, 2010) and during her race career started 119 times with a record of 40-17-12 and a mark of 1:49.3 to go along with $840,511 in career earnings.

Here is Joey’s submission:

August 1, 1998. Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands. My father’s horse, Jays Table, was entered in the Open Mare Pace. First time at such a big event in his 30+ years of owning horses. John was the catch driver and he had never sat behind her, she had never raced outside of Ontario until that day. His first interaction was in the front paddock minutes before the post parade. Our family was a bag of nerves for weeks leading up to this and here walks in Mr. Campbell all calm and collected as if it's just a maiden race. I remember John asking my father what he should know about her. My father told him, 'she doesn't like to be touched by the whip.’ He said 'ok don't worry.’ I can recall his smile, he is still as calm as can be and here we all were nothing but a wreck in anticipation! The race is on and with just some shaking of the lines and perfect placement the race is over and here we are with the fastest female in harness racing history. World record of 1:49.3 and a Breeders Crown champion!

What an incredible moment that our family still cherishes and holds as a once in a lifetime race. The horse wasn't even in the winner’s circle yet before my father ran on to the track! I remember Mr. Campbell, still as calm as he was before the race, with that same smile and offering a handshake! Needless to say and as you can see in the picture (below), my father grabbed Mr. Campbell with a huge hug and wouldn’t let him go! Proof is in the photo of a huge kiss on the cheek as well! I can't think of a better memory to have of John Campbell, knowing that for one race, he helped my father’s dream come true. His relaxed demeanour and 'golden' hands is incomparable. He was our hero that day and still remains. We thank him dearly! John, best of luck in your retirement!

To read some of our other favourite submissions Click Here.


MacInnis Wins June Zoom Contest!

The I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club’s June Zoom winner is Dawn MacInnis of Summerside, PEI. Dawn’s winning photo is of horses swinging in behind the starting the gate at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park.

MacInnis has deep roots within the industry and has been around the racetrack her entire life. She decided to try her hand at photographing the races about seven years ago and it has since become one of her favourite hobbies.

“I decided to take this photo because I like to try and capture the horses in motion, with their noses on the gate and their feet off the ground,” Dawn explained.

More recently, she created a Facebook page called “Humans of Harness Racing to showcase her photos, pairing each one with a story from people who are involved in the industry.

Dawn has won a $50 Fan Club prize package. Congrats! And thank you to our other finalists:

Photo 1: Lori Martin of Hanover, Ont., for her photo at Hanover Raceway with Wicked Hill (6), Shanghai Noodle (4) and Eataamsblackterror leaving the gate in Race 1.

Photo 3: Fran Caron of Wasaga Beach, Ont., for her photo submission of A B Kyle (4), Blackjack Seelster (6) and Undrafted (7) going to the gate at Georgian Downs in Race 3 on June 11.

Photo 4: Tammy Webb of Fredericton, N.B. for her photo of horses leaving the starting gate at Exhibition Park.

Photo 5: Davandra Cribbie of Port Hope, Ont., submitted her photo which was taken at Kawartha Downs during "Celebration of the Horse" Day on June 10.


July Zoom: Friends At The Races

The I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club has chosen ‘Friends at the Races’ as July’s Zoom Challenge.

We are looking for photos of you and your friends having fun at the racetrack! It might be a shot of you and your friends hanging out in the grandstand, cheering on a horse, eating a delicious meal in the dining room or placing a bet. It can be a photo of anything that captures you and your friends having a great time at the races.

Are you planning on bringing your friends to one of the ten racetracks hosting the annual Bring A Friend event the weekend of July 14-16? This is the perfect opportunity for you to take some pictures to submit for the challenge.

Please send your photo submissions to The deadline to submit photos is Friday, July 21 at 5:00 p.m. (EST).

Click Here for more information.


 Meet Our July Calendar Photographer: Sylvain Gagnon

Sylvain Gagnon of Brossard, Quebec, captured this great photo at the Circuit Regionale in Bedford, Quebec last summer.

Gagnon currently works on e-commerce photography, shooting different products for web retail. From April to October he is the track photographer at Hippodrome 3R in Trois Rivieres, and he also does the photography at the Bedford Régional Circuit. Throughout the year he also shoots two-legged races -- marathons.

He doesn’t have a long history of harness racing like some in the industry, but he enjoys capturing racing shots to help promote the industry. His favourite venue is the Bedford Régional Circuit. “I really like that venue with all the trees in the back. It’s very bucolic.”

When he isn’t shooting at one of the three Quebec tracks Gagnon can be found spending time with his family and playing around with his smartphone.

“The smartphone has brought the democratization of photography to the next level; I really enjoy shooting odd stuff like family moments, portraits, bugs, meals and panoramas with the phone.”



 2017 Calendar Photographers

January Calendar Photographer - Trish Dooling

February Calendar Photographer - Evelyn Sabraw

March Calendar Photographer - Kyle Burton

April Calendar Photographer - Mary Leeson

May Calendar Photographer - Sharon Harbaruk

June Calendar Photographer -  Laverne Turnbull







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