Grand River Raceway closes season, honour top performers

ELORA — Grand River Raceway wrapped up its season on Sept. 29 by awarding the leading driver title to Colin Kelly and leading trainer title to Kyle Bossence.

Kelly, who moved to Guelph from Cape Breton Nova Scotian in the fall of 2016, won 65 races in 287 starts this season.

Kelly is no stranger to the winner’s circle as he also was the leading driver at the Elora oval in 2018. He has over 1,250 career wins and in excess of $7 million in earnings. Kelly won races for many trainers during the meet, but his main client was Bossence.

Trainer Bossence recorded 27 wins in 91 starts to win the dash title in 2021. Based in Arthur, the title was his first at Grand River Raceway.

Top performers in the barn were pacers Casimir Swamp Girl and Partyintheshadows, and classy trotter Willyorwonthe.

All source wagering on Grand River Raceway’s live racing for the 2021 meet was $10,169,000 for a daily average of $216,360.

“…with the COVID-19 lockdowns still in place, we were late starting the season, but it was nice to begin welcoming customers back to the site in late July,” states director of operations Jamie Martin in a press release.

“This was the first season without the impact of construction activities since 2018, so we were pleased to showcase our new building and other improvements, albeit limited due to pandemic restrictions. The grooms, trainers, drivers and Grand River Raceway staff were once again excellent at maintaining pandemic protocols throughout the meet.”

Dates for Grand River Raceway’s 2022 race season will be released in the new year. The GrandWay Lounge will continue to be open daily for your wagering needs. In addition, the gift shop opened Oct. 4 after an extended shut down due to COVID.

“Thank you to everyone who joined us during the 2021 live racing season, and we look forward to being back on track in 2022,” Martin said.

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