Mechanic Girl — Lanark County’s Pacer

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Mechanic Girl — Lanark County’s Pacer
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The Gazette
Montreal, Quebec, Quebec, Canada
08 Dec 1892, Thu  •  Page 8
The Gazette
Montreal, Quebec, Quebec, Canada
09 Mar 1893, Thu  •  Page 8
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The Gazette
Montreal, Quebec, Quebec, Canada
03 Feb 1893, Fri  •  Page 8

So I looked and looked for the Jacques Cartier thinking it was a race track.. and no it was a special race at Blue Bonnets.. DUH!.

The Blue Bonnets Raceway (later named Hippodrome de Montréal) was a horse racing track and casino in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It closed on October 13, 2009, after 137 years of operation.
Demolition of the site began in mid-2018, after sitting abandoned and derelict for nearly a decade

In 1872, the Blue Bonnets Raceway for thoroughbred horse racing opened on the Jos. Decary farm in the easternmost part of the Blue Bonnets community, now Montreal West. In 1886, the Ontario and Quebec Railway (a company controlled by the Canadian Pacific Railway) cut the raceway in half. In 1905, John F. Ryan founded the Jockey Club of Montreal which on June 4, 1907, opened a new Blue Bonnets Raceway on Decarie Boulevard. In 1958, Jean-Louis Levesque built a multi-million-dollar clubhouse for the Blue Bonnets Raceway and by 1961, it began to challenge the preeminence of the Ontario racing industry. From 1961 and 1975, the Raceway was home to the Quebec Derby, an annual horse race conceived by Levesque.

 La maison Joseph-Décary, avenue de Vendôme in Dorval

So what happened to Mechanic Girl? You would not believe this, but the pacer horse that was bought by Mr. Kelly of Almonte ( actually it was Dr. Kelly) The Doctors of Almonte … In the First Half of the Century – John King Kelly — Almonte Gazette — John Dunn made her way back to Lanark County. Mechanic Girl was bought back to one of the Carleton Place horse enthusiasts–Dr. Preston and George Burgess as Dr. Kelly and Dr. Preston were friends. She ended her days in Carleton Place. –

More Notes about the Mysterious Arklan Farm

Let’s Go Racing Boys with Nellie Sharper and Alex Hunter from Carleton Place

We’re Goin’ Racin’ Boys on High Street

Tippins — Perth– Just Wanted to Keep His Horse Warm?

Let’s go Racing Boys — J. A. Brunton –Where was This Sign?

More Notes about the Mysterious Arklan Farm

When I Say Whoa–I Mean Whoa–The Dairy Horse

Uncle Johnnie Erskine and Stewart Ferguson by Tom Edwards

The Horses of Carleton Place– Wonder if they ever had a Merlin?

Ride a Horse Save a Cowboy

Findlay vs. Bailey in Carleton Place —Horses vs. Cars

The Horseshoe Sinkhole Bridge? Mysteries of Lanark County

Name These Lanark County Horseshoe Honeys!

Wild Horses Could Not Drag Me Away

You’ve Got Trouble in Franktown-Dead Horses and Wives

A Horse is a Horse of Course– Of Course—Angus McFarlane

Buggies Horses and Accidents

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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