While the stands were empty on Sunday, and the gates were closed to the public, one thing remained certain – one of the best voices in harness racing was in the announcer’s booth.
Not only did Peterborough native and long-time Standardbred and Thoroughbred announcercall the races, but he offered race fans a between-race analysis.
“is always a privilege to visit and work as in my view it is the quintessential example of how the roots of the sport are supposed to be preserved,” said Salive. “It’s integration into the fabric of the community and region are, I would imagine, just like a Norman Rockwell painting of how small town Summer harness racing would have been.”
“It’s important, during this very different situation, that we keep our race fans engaged and informed” said marketing manager Jessica Carnochan. “Who better to do that, then one of the most accomplished announcers in the history of the sport?”
Salive said his own experience at Clinton Raceway dates back three decades.
“I had the privilege of working as the Toronto circuit announcer and had a front row seat to the rise of the Clinton-based trotting mare Lifetime Dream all the way to her conquest of the 1993 Breeders Crown.
“In my own collection of almost 160,000 career races, Lifetime Dream would go down in history as among the top two most emotional wins I have had the privilege to narrate,” Salive said.
“The other race in this vein for myself was the 2003 North America Cup upset by Yankee Cruiser after the untimely death of Brian Pinske.”