Day Takes The Lead Ahead Of Challenge

A strong performance on Sunday's harness racing card at Clinton Raceway propelled Natasha Day to the top of the driver standings and she will look to carry that winning momentum into the season finale's Charity Driver's Challenge next weekend.

Two days prior to the Sunday, Aug. 29 race card at Clinton, the lineup for the 41st annual Charity Driver's Challenge was announced. Natasha Day, the Ontario Women’s Driving Champion, was among outstanding drivers selected to compete, but was currently ranked fourth in the Clinton drivers standings.

This was no longer the case after the Sunday race card, when Day won the last four races of the day. The grand slam propelled Day to number one in the Clinton drivers standings.

She kicked off her winning ways by guiding four-year-old pacing mare Mach Mine Blue to the winner's circle for local trainer Pat Bissett. Two-year-old pacing gelding Shanghai Ky came from off the pace to upset the heavy favourite for Day’s second win. She then swept the late double with three-year-old pacing colt Sports Zipper and five-year-old pacing mare Chocolatemilktoast.

Post time for the 41st annual Charity Driver’s Challenge on Sunday, Sept. 5 is 1:30 p.m. In addition to the eight challenge races, Clinton Raceway will also host the fourth Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots leg for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Fans can find more information, including a free program and live stream, on the Clinton Raceway website at

To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Clinton Raceway.

(With files from Clinton Raceway)