Kin Pace Final this Sunday

Monday, June 29th, 2015

While conditions weren't the best for the spectators, the excitement delivered on track with three Kin Pace Eliminations featured on the 10 race card this Sunday afternoon at Clinton Raceway.

The Ontario Sired three year old pacers hit the track for race one, it was a gate to wire battle for Stonebridge Quest and OK Heartbeat leaving from post positions five and two. Driver Trevor Henry managed to pull out the win for Stonebridge Quest in 1:58.2, a close second place finish, and guaranteed entry in the final for OK Heartbeat, driven by Clarke Steacy. 

Eliminations returned in race six for another exciting mile time of 1:59.4 with Windsun Chanel getting away first from post position one, and holding on to the lead to edge out OK Heavenly for the win at the wire.

Race seven was the final elimination of the day and it made for a great on track battle, Dublin Rose snuck in at the 3/4 after catching up to an opening fraction of 28.2, the fastest of the day. It was a first pace finish by a head for driver Trevor Henry and post time favourite Dublin Rose, ensuring a move to the final, with second place finisher Warrawee Qually.

The $60,800 Kin Pace final will go Sunday July 5, post time 1:30pm with the following field and post positions

1 Sassafras Girl
2 Dublin Rose
3 OK Heavenly
4 Stonebridge Quest
5 Windsun Chanel
6 Warrawee Qually
7 Little Miss Sporty
8 OK Heartbeat
AE 1 Promesse Duharas
AE 2 Bad Mood

The race, which was first held in 2008, was named in tribute to the Clinton Kinsmen, who introduced pari mutuel wagering to the harness track in July of 1970. Two members of the Club, the late Frank Cook, and Ted McCullough were credited with their vision for harness racing in Clinton. The track was successfully run and operated by the Kinsmen, along with the Kinette Club of Clinton, for 14 years.


“The Kin Pace was a logical race to host in Clinton, it honours our heritage, and without the existence of the Kinsmen Club, the Raceway wouldn’t be what it is today” explains General Manager Ian Fleming.


The Kin Pace has traditionally been held in conjunction with the Kinsmen and Kinette’s PlucKIN’fest weekend, now in it’s 19th year. “It’s a great addition to the already successful weekend long event, and we’ve developed a strong partnership with the club” states Fleming.


Along with the featured race, nine other exciting races will be taking place during the afternoon of live racing, the Fireman’s breakfast will kick the morning off at the grandstand, followed by the PlucKIN’fest Elimination draw during the races, and the ever popular Pineridge Chicken BBQ can be enjoyed following the live race card from 4-6pm under the grandstand.

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