Natasha Day claimed the crown in the inaugural OLG Ontario Women’s Driving Championship held earlier this month at Hanover Raceway and Dresden Raceway.
“It’s an honour just to be part of such a great event but to win it is pretty awesome,” Day said, in a media release.
“It made it extra special knowing what Maggie is going through to help earn money for two great charities.”
Day notched two wins on the final day to win the event with 58 points while Marie Claude Auger was second with 53 points and Julie Walker was third with 50 points.
Marielle Enberg and Pam Forgie tied for fourth with 46 as Brittany Kennedy was sixth with 37 points, Maggie Jones one back with 36 points and Andrea Leon finished with 34 points.
The proceeds of the event at Hanover went to Cervical Cancer while Dresden’s returns went to Harness The Hope for Breast Cancer survivors.
Competitor Maggie Jones was recently diagnosed with cancer but delayed her first chemo treatment to drive in the event.
“Maggie wanted to make sure she took part especially knowing what the proceeds were going to and everything she is going through,” Day said.
“We have so much respect for her and she understands that we are here to support her through it.”
Kristy Dustin of Harness The Hope was pleased with the day,
“We are so thankful that these ladies and these tracks put this event on, it was such an amazing day,” she said, in a media release.
Lady Katie B and Brydown Better Bea were the winners of the Ontario Sire Stakes Prospect Series on July 18 for three-year-old pacing filllies.
Lady Katie B, won the first division in 1:59.4 for Garrett Rooney.
The Bettors Delight filly is owned and trained by Paul Cameron while Jayne Cameron and TJS Stables share ownership.
Brydown Better Bea, a Betterthancheddar filly, is owned by Brydown Farms and trained by Kendall Rahn.
Scott Wray was in the sulky for the win in 2:01.4.
Bigmacwithchees won his third in a row at Dresden Raceway for owner/trainer MacKenzie MacInnes.
The five-year-old Betterthancheddar gelding cruised to the win in 1:59 for driver Dale Spence.
Dresden Raceway hit a season high handle of $47,395 with just over $16,000 bet live at the track