Tux Shopping With RACE DAY star JJ

What does Captain Canada wear to the prom? We endeavored to find out. The RACE DAY Crew tagged along with World Driving Champion and O’Brien Award nominee Jody Jamieson and his lovely family as they shopped for a tux for the upcoming O’Brien Awards (Jan. 28/12).

Jody’s not only up for his third O’Brien Award for Canada’s Top Driver, but it will also mark his big-screen debut, as he’s one of the stars of RACE DAY which premieres at the gala event. Thanks to Jody, Steph and the accommodating staff at Collins Formal Wear in Kitchener, ON. [Video was shot and edited by Chad Bisch; music by Ben Kempel; produced by Iron Horse Photo] Enjoy!

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DVDs are here! Guests at the O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala in Mississauga on Saturday night (Jan. 28/12) will receive a RACE DAY DVD compliments of ROMP (Racetracks Of Ontario Marketing & Promotions).

DVDs will also be available for purchase at the RACE DAY Launch Party at Galaxy Cineplex Milton on Feb. 8/12 (got your tix yet?), on this site (via PayPal) in February. If you’ve just gotta get your hands on ‘em, drop us a line.

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RACE DAY Launch Party

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Launch Party | February 8 at Cineplex Milton

RACE DAY on the BIG screen!
The I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club and Iron Horse Photo invite you
to attend a special  Race Day Launch Party featuring a private screening of the
RACE DAY documentary, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday,
February 8, 2012 at the Galaxy Cineplex Theatre in Milton.

Here’s your chance to watch RACE DAY on the big screen and rub shoulders  with some of harness racing’s biggest stars!  It’s an action-packed evening featuring photos on the red carpet with some of the cast members, fantastic prize draws, the RACE DAY documentary, an exclusive screening of the Race Day Bloopers Reel and a Q & A with some of the cast including Jody Jamieson, Anthony MacDonald, Randy Waples, Doug McNair, Rick Zeron and Phil Hudon.

RACE DAY Launch Party Poster

RACE DAY was created with user generated content.  All of the footage used in the film was shot on one day, Saturday, August 6, 2011, by the people who love, live and breathe harness racing.  RACE DAY tells a story filled with colour, emotion, and characters of the greatest game in the world.

Tickets are available for purchase online for just $12. Tickets are also available from Standardbred Canada’s Industry Marketing Department (905-858-3060) or Kelly Spencer at Iron Horse Photo via email or (519-886-7041).

There are only a limited number of tickets available, so don’t delay, buy yours today.
There will be no ticket sales at the door.

The RACE DAY documentary is being previewed at the O’Brien Awards on Saturday, January 28.

For more information on the RACE DAY Launch Party, contact Iron Horse Photo or Standardbred Canada’s Industry Marketing Department at the numbers listed above.

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RACE DAY is on its way. {HURRAH!}

Finito. It’s taken nearly a year to sprout from concept to completion and now RACE DAY is being pressed onto our first run of 1000 DVDs. We finished the film a week ago and the first copies will be distributed to guests at the O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala on January 28, 2012 at the Delta Meadowvale in Mississauga, ON. (Kinda like the Oscars of racing!)

If you’d love to see the film on the BIG SCREEN and won’t be attending the O’Brien Awards, stay tuned … we have a cool announcement coming next week.

Also, FYI, DVDs will available for purchase on this site beginning February 1, 2012.

Contributors to the film will be receiving a complimentary DVD in early February.


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In the home stretch!

Almost there! We’re in the final strides of post-production. By Friday night, RACE DAY will be hitting the press at the DVD plant (or however it is that they give birth to new DVDs?!) in order to have 500 copies ready for guests of the O’Brien Awards, where RACE DAY premiers on January 28/12. After that, who knows what the future holds for RACE DAY?!

Click the Guelph Mercury logo below to read the latest article about RACE DAY by Dave Briggs.

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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 www.RaceDayDoc.com 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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Check out our ever-growing collection of screenshots on our Facebook page. And hey, while you’re there, why not give us a big ‘ol LIKE?!

AMac Screenshot

Screenshot from RACE DAY footage captured by Anthony Macdonald at Georgian Downs.


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Editing Update

Editing continues on our RACE DAY short documentary. We’re (mostly) on schedule and  (pretty much) on budget. In terms of time line, you might say we’ve just passed the quarter-pole marker. No helmets to follow though — we’re gonna wire this field! :)

Screenshot from video footage (shot Aug. 6/11) submitted by Jody Jamieson for the RACE DAY documentary. (Jody with Trevor Ritchie in the drivers' room at The Meadowlands)

We’ll keep you updated on our progress and throw out a screen shot here and there to keep you intrigued …. this one was shot on RACE DAY (August 6, 2011) by Jody Jamieson …. that’s him with Trevor Ritchie in the drivers’ room at the Meadowlands.

‘Til next time!

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10 hours into 20 minutes

Greetings! We’re in the thick of things, editing the RACE DAY documentary like crazy and perhaps going a bit crazy in the process. Your awesome submissions total about 10 hours of footage, which we must (somehow?) weave into a 20-minute film.

It’s a bit like piecing together a massive jigsaw puzzle (with thousands of extra parts that don’t quite fit and it’s torturous to set them aside). It’s fascinating to see the different personalities at play — people who are as different as night and day — united by a lifelong affection for horses and harness racing.

Master editor Chad B hard at work. (That's water in the beer glass ... I swear)

Our intention at the start of this project was to capture the character and characters of the sport, and the footage for the RACE DAY documentary certainly illustrates both.

Keep an eye on this site as we will continue to update you on our progress. As promised, the trailer for RACE DAY will premiere online on New Year’s Day (Jan. 1, 2012) and the final film — a short documentary — will premiere at the O’Brien Awards on January 28, 2012.

Again, thanks to everyone who submitted footage, and has supported this crazy endeavor thus far!

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