Is­land na­tive to drive for Canada

James MacDon­ald re­place­ment for world driv­ing cham­pi­onships

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

James MacDon­ald will rep­re­sent Canada at har­ness rac­ing’s up­com­ing 2017 world driv­ing cham­pi­onships, re­plac­ing the sus­pended Bran­don Camp­bell.

Camp­bell re­ceived a $4,000 fine and suspension through Jan. 31, 2018, from Stan­dard­bred Canada when a horse he trained tested pos­i­tive for banned sub­stances.

MacDon­ald, a 31-year-old Kingston, P.E.I., na­tive now liv­ing in Guelph, Ont., fin­ished sec­ond to Camp­bell in qual­i­fy­ing for the world event, which will take place at race­tracks around Canada from Aug. 12-18.

MacDon­ald stands among the top five driv­ers in Canada with $1.79 mil­lion earned, and has 95 wins this sea­son.

“It means a lot, ob­vi­ously,” MacDon­ald said in a state­ment. “I would’ve liked if it had hap­pened on dif­fer­ent terms but I’m re­ally ex­cited, I can’t wait to wear the red and white and to com­pete all across Canada.

“I’m just happy to be here, es­pe­cially with the last leg be­ing in P.E.I. It’s a big deal for me. I haven’t been home in three years. I get to see some friends and fam­ily and I’m sure there will be a big turnout root­ing for me.”

The first leg be­gins Aug. 12 at Cen­tury Downs Race­track in Balzac, Alta. The oth­ers are sched­uled for Mo­hawk Race­track in Camp­bel­lville, Ont. (Aug. 14), Ge­or­gian Downs in In­n­is­fil, Ont. (Aug. 15.), Hip­po­drome 3R in Trois-Rivieres, Que., (Aug. 16) and Prince Ed­ward Is­land and Red Shores Race­track in Charlottetown (Aug. 18).


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