Stage set for Conroy In­vi­ta­tional

Truro Daily News - - Sports - Diane Daniels

e tra­di­tional au­tumn clas­sic, the $7,500. Johnny Conroy In­vi­ta­tional, will launch the ex­cit­ing fall meet for Truro Race­way Fri­day night.

Race 9 show­cases a star-stud­ded eld of seven tal­ented and ac­com­plished starters:

1. Ul­ti­mately Handsome out of Monc­ton for Se­froi Me­lan­son with Robert La n in the bike.

2. Weather Hanover – lo­cal con­nec­tions Dawn El­lis and Je El­lis; trainer Je El­lis; driver Todd Trites.

3. Culpep­per – Trainer Kristina Mc­court and Myles He er­nan at the con­trols.

4. Do Over Hanover out of PEI for driver Ja­son Hughes and Chris Mackay, trainer.

5. Mach In e Sand for con­di­tioner Barry Fol­land and driver Ken Mur­phy.

6. Keep Com­ing for Brian An­drew and David Dowl­ing at the reins.

7. Su­crose Hanover – Con­di­tioner Joseph Mac­don­ald, and Corey Macpher­son gets the call.

Johnny Conroy, the leg­endary son of Prince Ed­ward Is­land black­smith, Peter Conroy, was rst no­ticed as a tal­ented and skill­ful horse­man by Nova Sco­tians in 1928. Conroy set sev­eral track and Mar­itime records as well as notch­ing driv­ing cham­pi­onships, es­tab­lish­ing dash win­ning records and edg­ing out the renowned Joe O’brien for top driv­ing hon­ours in 1944. Conroy re­tired his col­ors at the end of the 1962 rac­ing sea­son, was in­ducted into the Nova Sco­tia Har­ness Rac­ing Hall of Fame in 1968 and the Cana­dian Har­ness Rac­ing Hall of Fame in 1983 for his out­stand­ing achieve­ments.

Sun­day, the Conroy fam­ily, friends and race fans alike will join to­gether to cel­e­brate the life and ac­com­plish­ments of Johnny Conroy.

Post-time for 10 dashes is set for 6:30 p.m. on Fri­day, Sept. 14. Quali ers are set for 5:45 p.m.

Au­gust re­sults

Clarence Farm Ser­vices Ltd., Au­gust re­sults show team­ster Paul Langille top­ping the leader­board, post­ing 51 points, spear­headed by four wins out of 19 starts to earn Cool Driver recog­ni­tion for the month. Reins­man, Dar­ren Crowe nished sec­ond, tied with Todd Trites, each ac­cu­mu­lat­ing 48 points in Au­gust.

Hot Horse ac­co­lades went to Mon­treal Phil for own­ers Dawn El­lis and Je El­lis and trainer Dar­ren Crowe, lay­ing down a sweep for the month – three vic­to­ries in three starts.

Lead­ing the race for Trainer stats in Au­gust have Crowe at the top, ac­cru­ing 38 points out of 14 starts and nish­ing in the top three 12 times. Danny Romo re­ported in sec­ond with 34 points and Ge­orge Ren­ni­son sat third on the leader­board with 29 points.

50-50 win­ner

Aug. 31 – Doug Larocque ($390)

Top of the Turn Diner

Sept. 14 – Roast beef din­ner Sept. 21 – Roast turkey din­ner Sept. 28 – club house sand­wich Each spe­cial $15.95 in­clud­ing tea/co ee and dessert

On tap

Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m. – Johnny Conroy In­vi­ta­tional

Sept. 21, 6:30 pm – Turner Memo­rial Stake for three-year-old pac­ing colts and llies

and Nova Sco­tia Stake Se­ries for two- and three-year-old trot­ters.

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