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Dreaming Out Loud improved his record to 6-0 by winning the $16,200 Mark Austin Memorial Pacing Series finale Sunday at Dresden Raceway.

Dreaming Out Loud is joined in the winner's circle after the $16,200 Mark Austin Memorial Pacing Series final at Dresden Raceway in Dresden, Ont., on Sunday, July 12, 2020. (Contributed Photo)

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Dreaming Out Loud wins pacing series

Dreaming Out Loud improved his record to 6-0 by winning the $16,200 Mark Austin Memorial Pacing Series finale Sunday at Dresden Raceway.

The three-year-old colt also increased his lifetime earnings to $21,050 with the victory in 1:59.1 for driver Tyler Borth.

“He’s a real nice colt,” co-owner and trainer Keith Cullen said in a statement. “He catches on very quickly and works so hard.”

Mr Cheeseman was second and Macharita was third.

The Loan Ranger went wire-to-wire to win the Ken Houston Memorial Pace for driver Marc St Louis in 1:58.4.

The off-track handle was $24,050.

The track remains closed to spectators because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Jamieson golf tour tees off Tuesday

The Jamieson Junior Golf Tour tees off Tuesday at Seven Lakes Championship Golf in LaSalle.

This tour stop will serve as a qualifier and the season opener.

The nine-stop tour is scheduled to visit Maple City Country Club on July 27.

The tour will have a strict physical distancing policy and use “touchless golf” protocols because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year, Owen Dorssers of Blenheim won his second straight collegiate men’s championship and Chatham’s Ryen Stevens was the runner-up in the junior boys’ division.

The tour also has divisions for junior girls and collegiate women.


Brochu runner-up in OHL online poll

Tilbury’s Brett Brochu of the London Knights was the runner-up in an Ontario Hockey League online poll asking fans which netminder with a top-four goals-against average they’d want backstopping their team in a Game 7.

Brochu received 33.7 per cent of the 31,517 votes.

Cedrick Andree of the Ottawa 67’s was first with 36.3 per cent.

Peterborough’s Hunter Jones had 18.7 per cent and Guelph’s Nico Daws had 11.3 per cent.

Brochu was first in GAA (2.40), second in save percentage (.919) and tied for second in wins with a 32-6-0-0 record as an OHL rookie this past season.

Brochu is eligible for the NHL draft that has been tentatively scheduled for Oct. 9-10. All seven rounds will be held online.

The draft was originally scheduled for June 26-27 in Montreal, but it was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brochu was 29th among North American goalies in NHL Central Scouting’s final draft rankings.


Pool Sharks eager to resume training

The Chatham Y Pool Sharks have submitted “a return to land training” document to Swim Ontario for approval.

The club will also have a document for a return to swimming when pools reopen in Chatham-Kent.

“Many of our young athletes in Chatham-Kent have been going through emotional withdrawals from not being able to train and to see their friends,” head coach Brian Lindsay said in a statement. “They are missing their routines associated with training. …

“The need for our youth to get back to training in swimming and other sports is very needed now.  They need to know that our community cares about their health and well-being. … The showing of inaction sends a message to them that they have to go elsewhere to train and to continue their life’s journey and keep their sporting dreams alive.  While other communities around us are opening up their facilities for youth sports and practicing getting into the new normal before school resumes in the Fall, our youth in Chatham-Kent continue to be kept on the sidelines.”