Beth Wallace of Dundas, ON was the Grand Prize winner in the OSS Win the Thrill Contest finale on Grassroots Finals night at Mohawk Raceway, Oct. 1st.
A long-time horse lover and patron of Flamboro Downs for over 30 years, Wallace received a partnership share in the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario’s New Owner Mentoring Program. SBOA donated the share, for which the other nine members in the group have each shelled out $4500.
Headed by industry veteran Brian Webster, the group picked out its prospect for next year’s Ontario Sires Stakes at the Canadian yearling Sale, a $22, 000 Badlands Hanover colt now in training with Tony O’Sullivan.
A recent kidney transplant recipient, Wallace was elated by the win and credits her husband Mark with being the catalyst for her to enter the contest.
“It’s always been a dream of ours to own a couple of racehorses when we retired,” she said.
Win the Thrill’s First Runner-up was Corry Price from Centralia, ON. She won dinner for four at the OSS Gold Super Finals at Woodbine on Nov. 12th and one night’s hotel accommodation.
Second Runner-up, Jack Kearney of Scarborough, ON, earned the much-admired framed print by photographer Matt Waples.
Finalists in the Contest had to qualify earlier in the season at a series of OSS events held at: Clinton Raceway, Flamboro Downs Georgian Downs, Grand River Raceway and Hiawatha Horse Park.
Mohawk fans were greeted at the front door by some of WEG’s regular drivers as a special feature of Grassroots Finals night. Scott Coulter, Phil Hudon, Sylvain Filion, Anthony Macdonald and Mark MacDonald handed out OSS promotional items, much to the delight of patrons.
A special area of the Mohawk lower grandstand area was reserved for the Win the Thrill finalists and their supporters who were feted all night with multiple draws and free merchandise.
COSA was one of the many industry organizations that supported the OSS promotion by donating prizes for the contest participants.
COSA President Bill O’Donnell also organized an informal meet-and- greet with some of the drivers involved in the evening’s program. Scott Coulter, Sylvain Filion, and Mark MacDonald joined Hall of Famers O’Donnell and Ron Waples in mingling with the Win the Thrill contestants and their guests.