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Leaving the Big M for WEG

October 14, 2003

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Driver Luc Ouellette is making a full-time move to the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) circuit from the Meadowlands.

Ouellette said he has sold his house in New Jersey and on Tuesday (Oct. 14) closed a deal to purchase a farm in Milton, ON, some 12 kilometres from Mohawk Racetrack.

“It’s a small farm, about 42 acres. It has a beautiful little house. It’s very old, like those old-style barns that you have here in Ontario. It’s got a beautiful, beautiful pond on it, and the water’s crystal clear. I think we’re really going to enjoy living there,” Ouellette said.

The recent arrival of son Luc Martin was the main reason for the move from the Big M, where he was perennially one of the top drivers.

“I wanted to raise a child in Canada,” said the Quebec native. “I want him to be raised in the country on a farm.”

Ouellette said he and wife Anita considered buying a farm in New Jersey, closer to Freehold Raceway, but uncertainly over slot machines in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania gave him pause.

“Definitely, I’m going to miss New York. New York’s a city I love very much. But with starting a family it’s not like we were going to be going out dancing on Saturday and go out to restaurants all the time. We’re more focused on the family life right now.”

Ouellette said he has yet to inform the Meadowlands, his uncle, Mike Lachance, or the United States Trotting Association — with which he is a District 12 director — of his move.

“It’s nothing personal, but I think as far as a quality of life for myself, it might improve big time. I think of my family first,” Ouellette said.

Ouellette takes possession of the farm on Dec. 7.
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