Driver Randy Waples and Allan Pootoolal, owner of Island Heat Stable Inc. of Guelph, ON, have formed an entertainment company and are planning to launch a new television and online series in the New Year
to put the spotlight on the Canadian harness racing industry.
“Randy and I have been working on this for a few months because it’s time we shed national exposure on the true entertainment value of harness racing and the behind the scene lives of those involved,” said Pootoolal. “We want to shed light on the horse, owner, trainer, caretaker and the customer, revealing the ups and downs of their lives both at the racetrack and at home. We’re not just going to be showing races, this will be compelling entertainment which will attract a whole new audience.”
Waples is excited about the project. “Having watched countless harness racing broadcasts, me and Al have decided to move harness racing into the year 2011 with an edgy, behind the scenes show,” he said. “I have always wanted to be involved in broadcasting and this is the perfect opportunity.”
Pootoolal and Waples have already engaged many participants for the project including some of the country's highest profile drivers.
“Whatever I can do to make this work I will do it,” said two-time O’Brien Award winner Jody Jamieson.
“With national TV it will attract the younger crowd," said 20-year-old reinsman Doug McNair.
Several other drivers, trainers and grooms will be added into the mix, not to mention some of the top owners in the industry.
The theme for the show is “Road to the North America Cup” putting the focus on the lead-up to Canada's premier harness race.
Anyone interested in advertising, sponsorship or partnership of the show, or who would like to be involved in any way with the show are being asked to email Allan Pootoolal or call 519-265-2772.