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WDC Benefits Local Charities

A number of charities benefitted from the 2017 World Driving Championship legs hosted at Century Downs, Mohawk Racetrack, Georgian Downs, and Hippodrome 3R.

The field of international drivers competed for prize money in the 2017 World Driving Championship, and the International Trotting Association’s WDC rules state that the drivers are not eligible to receive driving commissions from their drives in WDC races.

Each of those four host racetracks designated a charity for these driving commissions. (Drivers at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino do not receive any commissions from purse money)

Century Downs decided that the driver who received the most points for their leg could choose the charity. United States rep, Marcus Miller, who topped the WDC leaderboard at day’s end, selected the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre which will receive a cheque in the amount of $2,691. This was a fitting gesture as the AARC was the benefactor for Century’s Charity Gala during Calgary Racing Festival Week which was attended by the WDC drivers, and featured Olympic Gold Medalist and Canadian icon, Hayley Wickenheiser, as the guest speaker.

Mohawk Racetrack and Georgian Downs selected the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society to receive the five percent driving commission from the four WDC races at Mohawk and five WDC races at Georgian, amounting to $5,780.

Hippodrome 3R will be donating the $860 in WDC driving commissions to Club Rotary de Cap-de-la-Madeleine as their charity. The association helps families in need by providing shoes and educational items to children in the Trois-Rivieres area.

Standardbred Canada would like to thank the five racetrack partners for hosting the WDC legs, and the horse people at all of these tracks for their support of the event and entry boxes for the WDC races.


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