Trailer released for RACE DAY

With the premiere of RACE DAY less than one month away, the trailer for this user-generated short documentary about harness racing is now online.

RACE DAY was shot by 20 harness racing participants on one day (August 6, 2011). It’s an intriguing personal account of a typical day in harness racing — where no day is typical.

The 23-minute film will premiere at the 2011 O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga, ON.

Guests at the national gala, which honours the sport’s champion horses and horse people from the past season, will be able to watch the entire Race Day documentary, courtesy of its producers, Iron Horse Photo Inc., in co-operation with Standardbred Canada.

“We (Standardbred Canada) jumped at the opportunity to premiere Race Day at the O’Brien Awards when Iron Horse approached us,” commented Kathy Wade Vlaar, Standardbred Canada’s Manager of Industry Marketing, “I can’t think of a better racing event to showcase this much anticipated production. This is a great feature for us and it will be very exciting for Iron Horse to see the fruition of their efforts on the big screen and to get the reaction of the industry. I’m also guessing that we might catch a glimpse of some of the O’Brien Award nominees in Race Day.”

O’Brien Award nominees Jody Jamieson, Randy Waples, Broad Bahn, San Pail and Seelster Farms are all featured in RACE DAY.

“We’ve focused on crafting a film which showcases the personality of the sport through its characters,” explained Race Day producer/director Kelly Spencer. “A good film is really just a good story told by great characters, and this film has plenty. Audiences can be captivated by a good story regardless of their familiarity with the subject matter. My hope for Race Day is exactly that — to raise awareness of the sport and broaden its appeal by facilitating a connection to its characters.”

Race Day will be played for guests prior to the awards in Graydon Hall, and will kick off the evening’s celebration of Canadian harness racing.

Following its premiere, Race Day will be available at and on the Race Day Doc YouTube channel. RACE DAY will be supported by a publicity campaign which will promote the film for inclusion in film festivals and contests, and for distribution across the country.

(With files from Standardbred Canada)

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