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The Raceway at Western Fair District does not presently have a passing lane but is considering installing one that would span half the length of the homestretch. Would you like to see a passing lane of this length at Western Fair?


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September 5, 2017 - 12:05 pmWfr passing lane

Marty Adler SAID...

There is a much simpler solution to a WFR passing lane, but first:
1. It's not about the drivers, it's about the fans, the bettors. Do they have a fair shot at winning?
2. Most races are won at the start. Passing lane or not, post 6 or 7 is death valley at WFR.
The simple solution - no construction necessary - change the start. Take a page from Leamington Raceway, start at the head of the stretch, then drivers can use their skills to position themselves during a longer straightaway before the turn; and, when they head for home they still have their stretch drive.
Less barrelling into the first turn, less potential for accidents, better playing field for outside horses. Driver skill remains the same, and the bettor benefits with the strategy.

September 6, 2017 - 5:53 pmPassing lane at WFR

Leave it to Marty to offer a good idea. The first turn at WFR is scary from the Grandstand. I can't imagine what it's like for the drivers.
And many a ticket has been torn watching a horse go off stride at that spot.
Not sure how it would work with the earlier "Go" post. Do they finish farther back in the stretch or race farther?

September 5, 2017 - 8:49 amFor people worried about

Randy Copley SAID...

For people worried about passive driving, how many drivers do you see pulling the pocket past the quarter pole on a half mile racetrack? Not many, or they won't make a career of driving. Adding a passing lane will not make drivers drive passive on a half mile racetrack. Take a look at Flamboro do they drive passive there? No they do not. A passing lane should be on every half mile track. Not in favour of them on 7/8s or mile tracks as you have a quarter of a mile to get yourself out off the rail!

September 5, 2017 - 12:00 amMakes

jim cauchon SAID...

Makes sense...and most likely the realistic construction fast can they create one???? Half a passing. Is fine by me.. More prices

September 4, 2017 - 10:13 pmWire-to-wire finishes are so

Aaron S SAID...

Wire-to-wire finishes are so common on half mile tracks that as a spectator I would love to see a passing lane to add more excitement to the races.

September 4, 2017 - 7:56 pmNo passing lanes

I'm totally not in favour of passing lanes at any track. Drivers should not be rewarded for getting boxed-in. The sport is called "racing". Plus it's also one more element that the bettor has to take into consideration that is not in their favour.

September 4, 2017 - 7:10 pmPassing lane at WFR

I almost voted in favour of the passing lane until I read the comment about passive drivers...and changed my mind.
Racing at WFR has never been better: 4 in, 4 out at the half and everyone in contention.
Horses are better gated/ bred today. Don't wreck a good thing !

September 4, 2017 - 3:10 pmPassing lanes are terrible

Kansas Snow SAID...

Anything that rewards passive drivers belong nowhere near the sport of harness racing. I cant for the life of me figure out how people think that something that encourages drivers to stay in a hole and beokay with getting boxed in is good for the sport.

If a driver is not aggressive and gets boxed in...... too bad

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