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Lo­cal publisher launch­ing book called ‘World Har­ness Rac­ing’

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JIM DAY jim.day@the­guardian.pe.ca

Lo­cal publisher set to launch a new book called “World Har­ness Rac­ing”

Har­ness rac­ing his­tory runs deep in count­less com­mu­ni­ties and nu­mer­ous coun­tries around the world.

Is­land publisher Larry Res­nitzky rounds up a good snap­shot of the long-run­ning sport in “World Har­ness Rac­ing”, a book be­ing launched next Wed­nes­day at 3:30 p.m. at Red Shores Race­track and Casino in Char­lot­te­town.

He says he pub­lished the book to co­in­cide with the 2017 World Trot­ting Con­fer­ence and the fifth leg of the World Driv­ing Cham­pi­onships, which are both be­ing held this month in P.E.I.

Res­nitzky, of Retro­me­dia Pub­lish­ing, says the 176-page pa­per­back book speaks to the global na­ture of har­ness rac­ing.

“One of the things about this book is you learn about other places,’’ he says.

“It of­fers the har­ness rac­ing fan the ex­po­sure to a sport that they love, that they know lots about — and they find out how other ju­ris­dic­tions and other coun­tries han­dle the thing.’’

Res­nitzky cred­its P.E.I. Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ties, Land and En­vi­ron­ment Robert Mitchell with putting his stamp firmly on the project.

The for­mer min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for har­ness rac­ing wrote to har­ness rac­ing gov­ern­ing bod­ies of 20 coun­tries from five con­ti­nents re­quest­ing a short review of har­ness rac­ing his­tory and a se­lec­tion for three of each coun­try’s driv­ing leg­ends along with bi­ogra­phies.

Seven­teen coun­tries – Canada, U.S., Ire­land, UK, Nor­way, Swe­den, Fin­land, Den­mark, Rus­sia, Ger­many, Aus­tria, France, Spain, Italy, South Africa, Aus­tralia and New Zealand — all raced to par­tic­i­pate.

Jerry McCabe, man­ag­ing ed­i­tor and co-au­thor of World Har­ness Rac­ing, says the se­lec­tion of driv­ing leg­ends cho­sen by the sport-gov­ern­ing bod­ies of each of the co­op­er­at­ing coun­tries for the book will spark re­ac­tion.

“Any time you have to nar­row a list of all-time greats, there’s go­ing to be dis­cus­sion,’’ he says.

“There’s go­ing to be some that will sur­prise in a pleas­ant way and some that will sur­prise by omis­sion.’’

McCabe is joined by fel­low har­ness rac­ing colum­nists Melissa Keith, Tr­ish Dool­ing and Shan­non “Sugar’’ Doyle in cap­tur­ing the har­ness rac­ing his­tory of 17 coun­tries.

Res­nitzky was struck by Rus­sia’s fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory in har­ness rac­ing, in­clud­ing hold­ing claim to be­ing the coun­try where the first of­fi­cially rec­og­nized trot­ting horse — the Orlov Trot­ter —was de­vel­oped by Count Alexey Orlov-Ch­es­men­skiy.

The book gives great ex­po­sure to Prince Ed­ward Is­land as a prov­ince that has long em­braced har­ness rac­ing.

“We thought it was our duty, even though this is a world har­ness rac­ing book, to give P.E.I. the ex­tra pro­file – and we did,’’ says Res­nitzky.

JIM DAY/THE GUARDIAN

Is­land publisher Larry Res­nitkzy says he pub­lished “World Har­ness Rac­ing” to tie in with the 2017 World Trot­ting Con­fer­ence and the fifth leg of the World Driv­ing Cham­pi­onship, which are both be­ing held in P.E.I. this month

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