Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Dr. Joe Johnston to be honoured at Dresden Raceway

Local vet Dr. Joe Johnston will be honoured Sunday at Dresden Raceway and enshrined to the Dresden Raceway Hall of Fame.

The Dresden native is remembered as a top notch veterinarian, trainer, owner and all around great guy.
Sunday will feature the A Worthy Lad Trot and the Dr. Joe Johnston Memorial Race to honour Johnston and his greatest success at the track.

Johnston died suddenly in January of 2016 at age 70 but left behind a large legacy.

The top notch vet made national headlines as the owner of A WORTHY LAD. Johnston’s hall of fame trotter was enshrined into the Canadian Racing Hall of Fame thanks to going undefeated in 30 straight races topping Cam Fella’s mark of 28, as a matter of fact, the Worthy Bowl offspring never lost a race on Canadian soil.

Johnston made the tough decision to sell the trotting phenom to Swedish horseman Bengt Petterson for the highest amount ever paid for a Canadian bred standardbred horse at the time of $1.5 million.

A favourite among horse people because of his easy going style and his friendly attitude, Johnston had a passion for his job and that showed right from the start. The Lambton-Kent Composite School (Dresden) valedictorian graduated from the University of Guelph as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and received several awards including the OVC Proficiency Award, the W J Fowler Prize and the WG Stephenson Memorial Scholarship.

One of the most telling awards that Johnston received was the 2002 Good Guy Award given out by Windsor Raceway for all the good he did behind the scenes at Windsor Raceway.

With all the accolades and success he always referred to himself as “just and average Joe” which accented his humility.

Johnston’s family will be in attendance as well as many friends and fans.

Post time for Sunday is 1:30 p.m.

* Listen to Gary Patterson’s, track spokesperson, special report above.

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