Record set at flamboro downs

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Mark MacDonald finally made harness racing history last week at flamboro downs.

Coming into the race card at Canada's fastest half-mile track on Thursday, December 15, MacDonald needed just one win to eclipse the all-time Canadian single season record set in 1999 by Chris Christoforou.

Driving in nine races at flamboro downs on Wednesday, MacDonald guided four horses across the finish line first to tie the record at 643 wins.

The Prince Edward Island native attempted to break the record Wednesday night with nine more trips at Western Fair Raceway and, despite coming close at the London track, it was not to be.

Fast forward to a snowy race card at flamboro downs, his home track, on Thursday. Driving the favourite, Rocksy, in the first race, MacDonald was nipped at the wire. The 27-year-old Maritimer found himself stymied again in both the second and third races and did not have a drive in the fourth.

But that set stage for the historic fifth race. Surviving a late charge by Phil Hudon and Jake of Diamonds, MacDonald urged Chianaglia to victory in 1:57.2 for his record-breaking 644th win of the year.

"It's something I've had my eye on for a while," said MacDonald of the record. "It's extra special to break it here at flamboro downs after all the support I've received. The highlight of my year was winning the Confederation Cup here with American Ideal, so I can't think of a better place to take the record."

MacDonald achieved the record, which has changed hands just three times over the past 15 years, after 4,029 drives in 2005, with earnings of well over $8 million. And he'll undoubtedly up the ante for the next who tries to break it, with two weeks left of racing in 2006.

"This caps what's already been a great year for me," said MacDonald.

"I never expected this kind of success."

Record set at flamboro downs

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Mark MacDonald finally made harness racing history last week at flamboro downs.

Coming into the race card at Canada's fastest half-mile track on Thursday, December 15, MacDonald needed just one win to eclipse the all-time Canadian single season record set in 1999 by Chris Christoforou.

Driving in nine races at flamboro downs on Wednesday, MacDonald guided four horses across the finish line first to tie the record at 643 wins.

The Prince Edward Island native attempted to break the record Wednesday night with nine more trips at Western Fair Raceway and, despite coming close at the London track, it was not to be.

Fast forward to a snowy race card at flamboro downs, his home track, on Thursday. Driving the favourite, Rocksy, in the first race, MacDonald was nipped at the wire. The 27-year-old Maritimer found himself stymied again in both the second and third races and did not have a drive in the fourth.

But that set stage for the historic fifth race. Surviving a late charge by Phil Hudon and Jake of Diamonds, MacDonald urged Chianaglia to victory in 1:57.2 for his record-breaking 644th win of the year.

"It's something I've had my eye on for a while," said MacDonald of the record. "It's extra special to break it here at flamboro downs after all the support I've received. The highlight of my year was winning the Confederation Cup here with American Ideal, so I can't think of a better place to take the record."

MacDonald achieved the record, which has changed hands just three times over the past 15 years, after 4,029 drives in 2005, with earnings of well over $8 million. And he'll undoubtedly up the ante for the next who tries to break it, with two weeks left of racing in 2006.

"This caps what's already been a great year for me," said MacDonald.

"I never expected this kind of success."

Record set at flamboro downs

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Mark MacDonald finally made harness racing history last week at flamboro downs.

Coming into the race card at Canada's fastest half-mile track on Thursday, December 15, MacDonald needed just one win to eclipse the all-time Canadian single season record set in 1999 by Chris Christoforou.

Driving in nine races at flamboro downs on Wednesday, MacDonald guided four horses across the finish line first to tie the record at 643 wins.

The Prince Edward Island native attempted to break the record Wednesday night with nine more trips at Western Fair Raceway and, despite coming close at the London track, it was not to be.

Fast forward to a snowy race card at flamboro downs, his home track, on Thursday. Driving the favourite, Rocksy, in the first race, MacDonald was nipped at the wire. The 27-year-old Maritimer found himself stymied again in both the second and third races and did not have a drive in the fourth.

But that set stage for the historic fifth race. Surviving a late charge by Phil Hudon and Jake of Diamonds, MacDonald urged Chianaglia to victory in 1:57.2 for his record-breaking 644th win of the year.

"It's something I've had my eye on for a while," said MacDonald of the record. "It's extra special to break it here at flamboro downs after all the support I've received. The highlight of my year was winning the Confederation Cup here with American Ideal, so I can't think of a better place to take the record."

MacDonald achieved the record, which has changed hands just three times over the past 15 years, after 4,029 drives in 2005, with earnings of well over $8 million. And he'll undoubtedly up the ante for the next who tries to break it, with two weeks left of racing in 2006.

"This caps what's already been a great year for me," said MacDonald.

"I never expected this kind of success."