Saving Sammy: Training Day for Denny and Sammy


Jayson Baxter, producer and co-host of CTV News at 5, shares the personal story of Saving Sammy, his family’s beloved racehorse.

I returned to Prince Edward Island to join Sammy and Denny on October 6, four days before they parade entries for the ‘Saving Sammy Pace’ at the Atlantic Breeders Crown Championship on Sunday at Red Shores Raceway in Charlottetown.

Dad was in a hurry to leave as soon as I arrived. He wanted to take Sam from Randy and Donna Van Meer’s farm outside of Stratford, PEI to Red Shores for a light training trip.

So far on the farm track, he had jogged with “free-legged” Sam, meaning no “jumps,” equipment designed to help with pacing.

Trotters move their opposite legs, front and back, at the same time – right front, left rear and vice versa.

Leaders like Sammy extend both legs, to the same side, at the same time.

These stunning replays from Chris Gooden Visuals show the difference in great detail.

Bulldog Hanover – a horse with PEI ties. – broke the world record for the one-mile pace last summer clocking 1:45.4/5ths of a second. In harness racing, seconds are measured in fifths, not tenths. The four-year-old stallion’s average speed to do this was almost 55 km/h. Crazy speed.


Bulldog Hanover’s sire or sire is Shadow Play, who grew up in PEI. of the best sports coaches.

Sammy didn’t set any track records at Red Shores (maybe for an 18-year-old?!), but he picked up the pace like he never left it, leaving Dad excited about the prospects of sunday.

OK, I have a headache from all this math… Hope you enjoy episode 3!

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