Racing Under Saddle at Clinton Raceway

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014


One of Canada’s oldest sports is getting a shake-up: Standardbred horse racing in Ontario has historically been dominated by harness racing, where horses compete in a mile long race, pulling their drivers in two-wheeled carts. New to the Ontario harness racing circuit is Racing Under Saddle (RUS) or Monté Trot as it is widely known as in Europe. RUS racing gives a fresh spin on what patrons would typically see at a harness track, by removing the sulky cart and placing a rider on the horses’ backs.


The hybrid of harness and thoroughbred racing began to materialize in Ontario last year. The majority of the RUS Ontario riders are young females established in the industry. They work as trainers and grooms in harness racing, and have eagerly tackled the new twist on racing. Competing at Clinton Raceway on Sunday, July 13th, are several horses who have changed pace, crossing from harness racing into the RUS world. This edition of RUS Ontario marks the first time that patrons will have the opportunity to wager on this unique style of racing. Recently approved by the Ontario Racing Commission which oversees horse racing of all disciplines in Ontario, RUS allows bettors a new and exciting challenge to handicap.


On Sunday, July 13th, come to Clinton Raceway at 147 Beech Street, Clinton to see Racing Under Saddle in action and try your luck with this exciting and new betting opportunity. The full card of racing starts at 1:30 pm, with the under saddle race scheduled for the second race. Join the RUS riders in the grandstand after the race for a meet and greet, as well as a 50/50 draw.


Also happening on July 13th at Clinton Raceway:
-Meet and Greet with former Toronto Blue Jay Kelly Gruber

-Silent Auction for two tickets to any Air Canada destination in support of the Clinton Minor Baseball Association

-Super Sunday Show taking place between races


See Racing Under Saddle throughout the year at various racetracks across Ontario!

July 19thGeorgian Downs, 7485 5th Side Rd, Innisfil

July 26thHanover Raceway, 265 5th St, Hanover,
Special RUS Event: Canada VS. Norway

August 1stGrand River Raceway, 7445 Wellington County Rd. 21, RR#2 Elora
Special RUS Event: Canada VS. Norway

August 4thGrand River Raceway, 7445 Wellington County Rd. 21, RR#2 Elora
Special Event: International Trot

August 29thMohawk Racetrack, 9430 Guelph Line, Campbellville

September 13thMohawk Racetrack, 9430 Guelph Line, Campbellville
Special Event: Canadian Trotting Classic Night

September 20thFlamboro Downs, 967 Highway 5, Dundas

October 1stThe Raceway at the Western Fair District, 316 Rectory Street, London

Follow RUS Online!

Facebook: RUSOntario.Canada

Twitter: @RUS_Ontario

Instagram: RUSOntario

For more information, please contact:
RUS Ontario
    Julie Walker


Clinton Raceway
    Jessica Carnochan

RUS Ontario: Get on top of the game!

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