Gor­don was a pil­lar to rac­ing in­dus­try

Elm Grove Farms pro­duced many stand­outs

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Elm Grove Farms has become one of the foun­da­tion stan­dard­bred nurs­eries in Eastern Canada but now the pa­tri­arch of the op­er­a­tion is no longer with us.

Robert (Bobby) Gor­don re­cently passed away at age 80. Gor­don has been a pil­lar in the stan­dard­bred in­dus­try with his farm in Elms­dale putting out a num­ber of young horses with the Elm Grove pre­fix.

The Elm Grove horses are too nu­mer­ous to men­tion but there were def­i­nitely some stand­outs.

Elm Grove Ac­tion shocked in the rac­ing com­mu­nity in 2005 when the two-year-old son of Lis­ryan won his two-year-old At­lantic Sires Stakes di­vi­sion in 1:57.4 dur­ing Old Home Week at Red Shores at the Char­lot­te­town Driv­ing Park, in­cred­i­ble speed for a young Mar­itime­bred at the time. Elm Grove Dal­las cap­tured the 2009 Mar­itimer fi­nal in Saint John, N.B., with Gor­don co-own­ing the three-year-old filly with friend and busi­ness part­ner Vance Cameron.

Elm Grove Cam was one of the high­est-priced year­lings in At­lantic sales his­tory, as some of Cams Card Shark out of ar­guably Gor­don’s best brood­mare, Toxic Tanya, sold for $32,000 at the 2004 At­lantic Clas­sic Year­ling Sale.

Other Toxic Tanya off­spring Elm Grove Tan­ner and Elm Grove Jake were both suc­cess­ful race­horses.

Some other top Elm Grove Stakes com­peti­tors in­cluded Elm Grove Ilse, Elm Grove Rebel, Elm Grove Ger­son and Elm Grove Ella, to name just a few.

Gor­don stood a num­ber of stal­lions at his farm over the years, in­clud­ing Doc­tor Ger­son, Largo, Coas­to­coast Yan­kee, Strong Clan, Stone­bridge Ter­ror and Varedero Hanover.

My con­do­lences to the fam­ily on this great loss to them and the in­dus­try as a whole.

Across The Con­ti­nent

Satur­day at The Mead­ow­lands in New Jer­sey, the Dr. Ian Moore-trained Clas­sic Pro was third in the $738,550 Mead­ow­lands Pace fi­nal for three-yearold pac­ing colts. Huntsville won the race in 1:47.4 while the Mark Mac­Don­ald-driven Blood Line made a break late in the race and fin­ished out of the money.

Mar­itime Scene

Grand Cir­cuit Week ac­tions

hits the Truro Race­way all week with the $7,500 Ex­hi­bi­tion Cup In­vi­ta­tional be­ing held Satur­day night at the Nova Sco­tia oval. The field in­cludes His Boy El­roy (Bernard McCal­lum), Crom­bie A (Marc Camp­bell), Juneb­ugs Baby (Myles Hef­fer­nan Sr.), Hot Deuce (Gilles Bar­rieau) and Good Fri­day Three (Clare Mac­Don­ald).

Stretch Drive

The Stretch Drive Fund will hold its 10th an­nual golf tour­na­ment at Fox Meadow Golf Club in Strat­ford on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 16, dur­ing Old Home Week.

The fund, a project of the At­lantic Prov­inces Harness Rac­ing Of­fi­cials was es­tab­lished to help ad­dress the needs of in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies in­volved in the harness rac­ing in­dus­try in the Mar­itime prov­inces, who have fallen on hard times for var­i­ous rea­sons. It also con­trib­utes to a schol­ar­ship, which is awarded each year to de­serv­ing stu­dents whose fam­i­lies are in­volved in Mar­itime rac­ing. The fund has dis­trib­uted more than $85,000 to those in need.

In­ter­ested golfers can reg­is­ter by con­tact­ing the At­lantic Prov­inces Harness Rac­ing Com­mios­sion at 902-836-5500. In­di­vid­u­als or com­pa­nies look­ing to help out can also co-spon­sor a hole for $100. All pro­ceeds go di­rectly into the fund, with no ad­min­is­tra­tive fee taken off.

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