Top Canadian driver Jody Jamieson has received the sponsor's exemption and will be the ninth and final competitor in the seventh annual Tioga/Vernon All-Star Drivers' Championship.
Jamieson will be competing in his third straight Drivers' Championship. He accomplished an unprecedented double in 2011 when he won both the Tioga/Vernon Drivers' Championship and the World Driving Championship.
Currently, Jamieson is the top-money winning Canadian-based driver with nearly $4 million in earnings. Earlier this year, he piloted Warrawee Needy to the co-fastest race mile in harness racing history with a 1:46.4 win at the Meadowlands Racetrack.
"Jody has always been highly supportive of all the initiatives to help promote the sport at the Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs,” said Jason Settlemoir, VP of racing and simulcast. "He's one of harness racing's best representatives and we also feel that it's appropriate to have the leading Canadian-based driver competing in North America's premier driving event.”
The first round of the event takes place at Vernon Downs during a special Sunday night of racing on Aug. 25 with a 6:45 p.m. first race post time. The leader after the Vernon round will receive $10,000.
The drivers and their accumulated points will then head to Tioga Downs on a special Labor Day card, Monday, Sept. 2, with a 1:30 p.m. post time. The overall winner of the event receives $25,000.
The Vernon Downs leg of the challenge shares a card with the $700,000 Zweig Memorial Trot featuring Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life racing on his home track. The Tioga Downs leg of the challenge shares a card with the $400,000 Cane Pace, opening leg of the Pacing Triple Crown. The Cane is expected to feature a long-awaited showdown between top-rated 3 year olds Captaintreacherous and Vegas Vacation. (Vernon Downs)