Dawn Lupul, one of Canada’s premier horse racing commentators, will take over the announcer’s booth for the first time at Woodbine Racetrack on Boxing Day (Monday, December 26).
Lupul has been involved with harness racing almost her entire life. She began working at Northlands Park in 1995 as the on-air handicapper for both standardbred and thoroughbred breeds. She later became the network show host for Horse Racing Alberta.
After moving to Ontario in 2008, she has worked with the Woodbine Entertainment Group and HorsePlayer Interactive broadcasting teams. In 2009, Lupul also had the honour of co-hosting the O’Brien Awards with WEG’s Ken Middleton. “I’m really excited to be back behind the microphone,” she said. “Being involved at the racetrack for so many years, I always thought about calling the races, and it’s a great thrill to get the opportunity again.”
The Alberta native made Canadian history in 2009 when she became the first female to announce a live card of harness racing north of the border at Grand River Raceway in Elora, Ont. “I didn’t even realize that I would be the first female in Canada to announce until after it was over,” said Lupul. “That’s not the reason why I did it, but in horse racing, women and men compete on equal footing and it’s great to see other women in the industry having an impact.”
WEG’s Boxing Day card will feature the $60,000 Niagara Stakes final for sophomore pacing fillies, as well as the $60,000 Valedictory Stakes final for three-year-old pacing colts. First-race post time for the card will be 1:20 p.m. To view the harness racing entries for Monday at Woodbine, click the following link: Monday Entries – Woodbine Racetrack.