The Pennsylvania invader Great Magic was victorious

Round one of Tie Silk contested

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 20 - Three-year-old trotters were on display Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack in a trio of Tie Silk harness racing series first leg divisions. A group of 23 sophomore trotting colts and geldings were split into three $15,000 divisions for the first round of the Tie Silk. The trotters not only had to battle with each other Monday evening, but also heavy winds blowing in their face down the lane. In the first division, the Pennsylvania invader Great Magic was victorious in 1:58.3. Driven by Trevor Henry, Great Magic grabbed the early lead and would face his first challenger down the backstretch in the form of Raising Richard and trainer/driver Eddie Green. Raising Richard would be unable to get by the leader and would eventually make a break nearing the three-quarter pole. After putting away the first up challenger, Great Magic open up several lengths on his rivals in the lane and trotted on to a 3 ¼ length victory. Guscrest got up for second, while Amityville Lindy overcame a pair of breaks to finish third. A son of Kadabra, Great Magic shipped up north from the Meadows for the Tie Silk and into the care of trainer Paul Reid for owner Robert Key. The sophomore trotter came into Monday evening's contest with three wins in his last four starts. Great Magic, who did not win a race in two starts as a rookie, now has a 2015 record of four wins from nine starts. His earnings now exceed $44,000. Great Magic paid $6.40 to win. Tarot and driver Randy Waples scored a 1:56.4 victory as the 7/5 favourite in the evening's second division. A son of Taurus Dream, Tarot trotted out to the early lead, while Arrakis was to his outside around the opening turn. Waples would make a give and go move by allowing Arrakis to clear in the second-quarter, but circled back to the lead with Tarot. The favourite would look strong around the final turn and reach the three-quarter pole in 1:26.2. In the stretch, Tarot was under no pressure and trotted home to win by a comfortable two lengths over Hemi Seelster. In Secret, the 9/5 second choice, finished third. Tarot, who is trained by Dave Tyrrell for owner Michael Casalino Jr, failed to win a race in 11 starts last season, but the gelding's luck has turned right around this year. The Tyrrell trainee now has five wins from 9 starts and earnings of over $46,000 in 2015. A $2 win ticket on Tarot returned $4.80. In the third and final division, Waples would pick up his second Tie Silk victory of the night with 1/9 shot Covert Operative. The heavy favourite got away in third and would trot along in that position until about the midway point. Covert Operative and Waples came first up around the final turn to challenge the leader Duh Bubbees. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:29.3, the two trotters would come off the final turn and battle it out down the stretch. Duh Bubbees tried his best to fend off the heavy choice in the lane, but Covert Operative would ultimately overtake the lead and prevail by a length in 1:59.2 Its Huw You Know, the longest shot on the board at 45/1, finished third. A son of Deweycheatumnhowe, Covert Operative is trained by Per Henrisken for owners Andrea Lea Racingstables Inc. and Asa Farm. The gelding trotter came into Monday night's Tie Silk opening leg with two wins from three starts this season. Covert Operative now has a career bankroll of $32,650. The Henriksen trainee paid $2.30 to win. In order to be eligible to the Tie Silk series, the three-year-old colt and gelding trotters had to be non-winners of $30,000 in 2014. The second leg of the Tie Silk will take place next Monday night (April 27). Changes to Mohawk qualifying schedule The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to inform harness racing people of upcoming changes to the Mohawk qualifying schedule. Beginning on Monday, April 27, two qualifying sessions will be held each week at Mohawk Racetrack. Qualifiers will take place every Monday and Friday until the end of May. Starting in June, the qualifying schedule will shift to Tuesdays and Fridays. Two-year-old baby races will be added to the qualifying lineup beginning on Saturday, June 6. Baby races will take place each Saturday, except June 20, until July 4. Post time for all qualifying sessions is 10 a.m. Below is a list of upcoming qualifying dates at Mohawk. Thursday, April 23 - 10 a.m. Monday, April 27 - 10 a.m. Friday, May 1 - 10 a.m. Monday, May 4 - 10 a.m. Friday, May 8 - 10 a.m. Mark McKelvie

Camluck

Camluck to join The Raceway's Wall Of Fame

London, April 19, 2015 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District will have its 2015 Wall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, May 15th and, for the first time, the prestigious honour will go to a horse rather than a human recipient. The incomparable Camluck, who has long resided at Seelster Farms in nearby Lucan, will be honoured during a ceremony that night in recognition of his remarkable contributions both on the race track and as a sire. The son of legendary Cam Fella became one of the fastest horses of his generation by virtue of his 1:48.4 time trial effort in 1992 at Lexington’s Red Mile. Over the course of his brilliant racing career, he earned more than $1 million while facing one of the very best older pacing crops of all-time that included the likes of Artsplace, Staying Together, Cambest, Silver Almahurst and Odds Against just to name a few. However, it was in the breeding shed, where Camluck made his greatest impact and stamped himself as one of the greatest pacing stallions in harness racing history. From 2332 foals, Camluck produced just shy of 1,600 race winners and he retired recently with overall offspring earnings of $218,771,118. His average earnings per starter was $118,768 and he produced 28 starters who banked more than $1 million and 62 performers who took a record of 1:50 or better. Wall of Fame Night will also feature the kick off race in this year’s Racing Under Saddle (RUS) series in Ontario. Fans will have a chance to watch and wager on the event as well as meet and greet with the riders and take part in the different promotions offered that night. The RUS series, sanctioned by the Ontario Racing Commission in 2014, is in its second full season in Ontario and has been growing in popularity.  Visit www.rusontario.com for more details. There will also be a pair of mini races scheduled that same night – one galloping and one gaited – as part of the fun. The Raceway’s signature event, the $150,000 Molson Pace, is slated for Friday, May 29th. Defending champion State Treasurer has recently qualified and is expected back in search of a first-ever Molson three-peat.  The Molson Pace will once again be contested as an Invitational and more details on potential starters, along with the various promotions being planned, will be announced soon. Greg Blanchard  

Son of Andover Hall in new career mark

CAMPBELLVILE, April 18 - The photo finish camera got put to work to decide a highly entertaining second leg of the harness racing Don Mills Trotting Series Saturday night at Mohawk. A field of 11 four and five-year-old trotters battled it out in the lone $20,000 division and all eyes were on the 2/5 favourite Bourbon Bay. The heavy-favourite came into Saturday's Don Mills second leg off a victory in round one and was undefeated in six starts this season on the WEG circuit. However, that undefeated streak would come to an end Saturday, as Exemplar at odds of 23/1 got up just in time to nail Bourbon Bay at the wire and prevail by the narrowest of margins. Driven by Mike Saftic, Bourbon Bay showed early speed to grab his usual position on the front-end. Down the backstretch, Wild And Crazy Guy, the other first leg winner, came up to engage the favourite and would eventually overtake the lead through a solid opening-half of :55.4. Around the final turn, Exemplar and driver Trevor Henry came off the rail from their position in fourth to make a move on the outside, while Bourbon Bay came out of the two-hole nearing the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Bourbon Bay had retaken the lead and tried to take off from his rivals. Exemplar didn't appear to be a big threat towards the leader halfway down the lane, but the 23/1 longshot dug deep and trotted up the middle to nail Bourbon Bay at the wire in 1:53.3. The photo finish camera confirmed that Exemplar had prevailed by a nose to hand Bourbon Bay his first loss on the WEG circuit. Etruscan Hanover finished second, while Sheer Flex was fourth. A five-year-old son of Andover Hall, Exemplar, who finished third in an opening leg division, is trained by Richard Moreau for owners Andrea Lea Racingstables Inc. and Asa Farm. The 1:53.3 victory is a new career-mark for Exemplar and is the ninth win of his career. The gelding now has a 2015 record of three wins from 11 starts and earnings of $34,400. Exemplar's career bankroll now sits at over $121,000. The Moreau trainee returned $48.50 to win. The Don Mills Trotting Series will come to a close next Saturday with the $44,400 final. Post time is 7:25 p.m. Mark McKelvie

PEI Standardbred Horse Owners Awards

Industry volunteer big winner at Awards

Long time owner and harness racing industry volunteer Carl Bagnall of Stratford, and Two Year Old Pacing Colt Dixieland Band, owned by Reg MacPherson, and David and Aaron MacKenzie were the major award winners as the sold out PEI Standardbred Horse Owners Awards held Saturday, April 18th at the Rodd Royalty Inn.   Mr. Bagnall was recognized for his contribution to PEI racing as a breeder, owners, trainer, driver, and industry official.   Dixieland Band edged out Paymenowpaymelater for Horse of the Year honours in one of the closest results in recent event history. Dixieland Band was bred by Meridian Farms of Milton and earned almost $51,000 in his Two Year Old campaign.    Scott MacPhail was named Horseman of the year for his decades long contribution to the PEI matinee racetrack program.   Gold Cup and Saucer Co-ordinator Heather Dixon was named Horsewoman of the year for her service to the successful Old Home Week racing  program.    Guest speaker Dr. Ian Moore updated the crowd on his stable star State Treasurer and the large roster of young horses he is prepping for the Grand Circuit competitions.     Other award winners were:   2 Year Old Colt Trot   Windemere Ty had earnings of over $21,000, and 10 of 14 in the first three. Bred by Windemere Farms, owned and trained by Ralph Annear, co-owned and driven by Jack Panting.   2 Year old Filly Trot    Paymenowpaymelater was a nine time winner, with earnings of $30,862. Bred by Eldred Nicholson, owned by Wade Peconi, trained by Earl Watts,  driven by Kenny Arsenault .   2 Year old Pacing Colt    Atlantic Breeders Crown winner Dixieland Band earned almost $51,000 in 2014.  Bred by Meridian Farms, owned  by Reg MacPherson, David and Aaron MacKenzie,  trained by Kevin MacLean  and  driven by Gilles Barrieau.    2 Year old Pacing Filly   The  winner of almost $37,000 Dusty Lane Bria, was bred by Travis Wilkie, owned by Larry Chappell, co-owned and trained by Kenny Wilkie, primarily driven by Kenny Arsenault.     3 Year old Colt Trot   Dusty Lane Galaxy earned over $23, 000 in 2014, with a record of 2.01. Bred by Dusty Lane Farms , co-owned by Peter Buchanan and the estate of George Boswell, trained and driven by Gary Chappell.     3 Year Old Filly Trot    Maritime Breeders Champion Southfield Shadow earned $19,000, and was bred by Meridian Farms, Owned by Southfield Farms, trained by Thane Mann, and driven by Terry Gallant.      3 Year old Pacing Colt    Arties Magic was  Bred and co-owned by Windemere Farms, co-owned by Clive Balderston,   and trained by Earl Watts.    3 Year old Pacing Filly   A winner of over $56,000, Lovineveryminute , owned by Kent Duggan, Lana Murphy and Windemere Farms and trained by Earl Watts.   Claiming Horse of the Year    Forever Paradise was a seven time winner in the claiming ranks in 2014, bred by Art Millar, owned by Reg MacPherson, trained by Kevin MacLean, and driven by Marc Campbell .   Aged Trotting Horse    A thirteen time winner in 2014, Zip The Lip had an incredible 23 for 26 in the top three.  Owned by Orville Willis and trainer Don Sweet, and driven by Brian MacPhee.   Aged Trotting Mare    Pleasure Girls was a 2.00 winner , and is owned by Shelly Gass, trained by father Ronnie, and driven by Corey MacPherson.    Aged Pacing Horse   ASTOR , a 1.55.4 winner at the CDP with earnings of over $24,000. Owned by Foxyhall Racing Stable, trained and driven by Jason Hughes.     Aged Pacing Mare    Stayoutofmyaffair was a nine time winner, included a 1.55.1 clocking at the CDP. Owned by Robbie Hughes, trained and driven by Jason Hughes.      Fan Favourite Award   One of the toughest campaigners in Prince Edward Island racing, a 53 time winner, and a horse that is getting better with age. Blu Meadow Willie was bred by Ralph Frizzell,  co-owned by Brenda MacInnis, and co-owned, , trained, and driven by Bob McInnis.    Pacing Horse of the Year    Dixieland Band, Bred by Meridian Farms, Owned by Reg MacPherson, trained by Kevin MacLean and  driven by Marc Campbell.    Trotter of the Year   Paymenowpaymelater was Bred by Eldred Nicholson, owned by Wade Peconi, trained by Earl Watts,  driven by Kenny Arsenault.   Horse of the Year    Dixieland Band    Owned by Reg MacPherson, trained by Kevin MacLean and  driven by Marc Campbell.    Grooms of the Year:   Melissa MacRae and Shane Bagloe    Mr Trot Challenge    Brian MacPhee.    Rookie Driver   Brandon Webster    Leading Percentage Driver    With a UDRS of .419: Gilles Barrieau    Leading Dash Winning Driver   A dead heat, Tied with 126  wins in  2014 were Marc Campbell and Jason Hughes.    Leading Percentage Trainer   Earl Watts.      Appreciation Awards   Hon. Ron MacKinley and Heather Gamester    Standardbred Canada Owner of the Year:   Dan Ross.    Most Dedicated Horseperson    Mr. Gary Chappell   By Tom Clark PEI Standardbred Horse Owners Association Awards.  

A late addition to the Atlantic Sires Stakes stallion roster may change the Maritime harness racing breeding landscape. Varadero Hanover is now eligible for the program and stands at Elm Grove Farms in Elmsdale. The five-year-old is the first son of the great Somebeachsomewhere to stand in Atlantic Canada. In Varadero Hanover’s 2012-13 career he won five races and banked $142,907 while taking a mark of 1:50.1 at Mohawk Raceway in Ontario. New Brunswick native Stephen Mahar campaigned the colt for most of his career, which included wins in an $18,000 youthful series leg at Woodbine in 1:52, a $20,000 diplomat series win in 1:52.1 and the $55,800 diplomat series final in 1:53, all at Woodbine. Varadero Hanover was a bang-up second to world champion Sunshine Beach in the $75,000 Somebeachsomewhere stake, beaten by a half-a-length in 1:49.2 at Mohawk. His 1:50.1 lifetime best was taken in a non-winner of four races class at Mohawk on June 15, 2013, with Tim Tetrick in the bike. Varadero Hanover has not made a pari-mutuel start since 2013 but was a winner in 1:56.3 on Feb. 28 at Pompano Park in Florida, for Islanders Wally and Danny Hennessey, before the horse came to Prince County. The original date to register into the Atlantic Sires Stakes program was Jan. 31, but a stallion can be registered into the program as late as Aug. 1, if a late nomination payment was made.   Stonebridge Terror is another stallion that made the late payment and will also stand at Elm Grove Farms. The nine-year son of Western Terror won $834,408 in his career while winning 16 races and taking a mark of 1:51.1 at Mohawk Raceway. Stonebridge Terror was a top Ontario Sires Stakes horse and won the $480,000 Upper Canada Cup in 2009 for driver Mike Saftic and trainer Jack Darling. His shining P.E.I. moments came in 2010, when he won his elimination of the Gold Cup and Saucer in 1:52.4 for driver Jody Jamieson, then finished second in the $60,000 final in Part Shark’s 1:51 track-record performance. He captured another Gold Cup and Saucer elimination in 2012 in 1:52.2 for driver Anthony MacDonald. Stonebridge Terror, who is a three-quarter brother to Maritime stallion Western Paradise, bred 22 mares in his inaugural season at stud in 2014. The additions bring the total stallion count to 24 in the Atlantic Sires Stakes program. Maritime scene Lynne MacLennan, executive director of the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association, confirmed there will be no Atlantic Sires Stakes events in New Brunswick this season. New Brunswick last had a full slate of Atlantic Sires Stakes events in 2012, before the provincial government cut support to harness racing the following winter. In 2013, the A.T.S.S. program was funded by Horse Racing New Brunswick with a limited schedule of one leg per division in the province, instead of the usual two stops in both Fredericton and Saint John. There were no A.T.S.S. events in New Brunswick in 2014. The Atlantic Sires Stakes was formed more than 45 years ago as a partnership between New Brunswick, P.E.I. and Nova Scotia to grow and support the breeding and raising of young standardbreds in the region. The P.E.I. and Nova Scotia governments still actively contribute to the program. By Nicholas Oakes Reprinted with permission of theguardian.pe.ca

TORONTO, April 16 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today unveiled the totally new HPIbet.com website. HPIbet was also introduced as the new simplified brand name of the HorsePlayer Interactive suite of services. HPIbet provides account wagering services to horseplayers from coast to coast in Canada. The new customer-focused site blends leading-edge technology with respected racing traditions, such as the Queen's Plate. "Today's launch reveals the latest in website design and horseplayer functionality," said Greg Martin, WEG's Senior Director of Wagering and Technology. "The needs of our customers are always changing, and in order to exceed the needs of the modern horseplayer, HPIbet.com needed to evolve as well. This is change has produced a faster, more intuitive, feature-packed betting experience for 2015 and beyond." With an updated, easy-to-navigate website, HPIbet.com has maintained all the important functionality, including the key stats any fan needs, complemented by a wealth of sleek new features that maximize the horseplaying experience. One of the new features that is certain to be a hit for bettors is the Streaming Centre. HPIbet.com players can now view four tracks on the screen simultaneously. There's more. A new search engine allows the racing fan to easily access Horse, Jockey/Driver and Trainer data, a note-taking feature offers the ability to capture and review all the insights and an "alert" function enables HPIbet.com to maximize a racing fan's entire wagering experience. "Striking a balance between innovating HorsePlayer Interactive and respecting the legacy features our members admire was a difficult exercise but we believe we have achieved both with HPIbet.com," said Martin. "It's a whole new look for players." With the obvious prevalence of mobile devices, HPIbet.com utilizes responsive design on the new platform. "HPIbet.com is designed to be more intuitive, responding to the popularity of mobile and tablet device usage," said Martin. "We have incorporated responsive design into our framework, which allows us to give a great and consistent customer experience across all device types." John Siscos

Tracking vital health data in real-time on your smart phone or tablet is a snap with Equine Guelph's new Horse Health Tracker App! Whether you have one horse or a whole herd, this app empowers horse owners to give the ultimate in care to their animals. Assess your horse's vital health data, body condition score and body weight with a few simple clicks and easily share this information with your healthcare team. Upgrades allow you to keep track of information such as heart rate, temperature and respiration for up to 50 horses! Special graphs plot this vital data over a 13-month period. Instructional videos are also included in the upgrade to show you how to properly perform the assessments. Appointment reminders sync with your smart phone calendar, making it easy to stay on top of your horse's health care regime. The app accommodates multiple checks per day, making it the perfect tool to monitor sick horses as well as healthy horses. Its built-in e-mail capability allows you to share data with your veterinarian. "The ability to share pertinent information with your veterinarian is a wonderful feature," says equine practitioner, Dr. Laura Frost. "The Horse Health Tracker makes it easy for the horse owner to systematically collect vital health data and provide this information in real-time to a veterinarian. This app ensures that important pieces of the puzzle are not missed when communicating health concerns regarding a sick horse." The Horse Health Tracker App is a must-have management tool for you to become the leading advocate for your horse's health. A user guide is available at EquineGuelph.ca. The App is available for download at the App Store and Google Play. Not only will this app benefit your horse healthcare program, your purchase will support Equine Guelph in its mission to 'Help Horses for Life' as proceeds will be invested back into welfare education programs. This project is funded in part through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of GF2 in Ontario. Other partners include: Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare; Equine Canada; Farm & Food Care Ontario; Greenhawk Harness & Equestrian Supplies; Omega Alpha Equine; Ontario Equestrian Federation; the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; Ontario Racing Commission; Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Standardbred Canada. Equine Guelph is the horse owners' and care givers' Centre at the University of Guelph. It is a unique partnership dedicated to the health and well-being of horses, supported and overseen by equine industry groups. Equine Guelph is the epicentre for academia, industry and government - for the good of the equine industry as a whole. For further information, visit www.EquineGuelph.ca. by Jackie Bellamy-Zions Equine Guelph | 50 McGilvray St | Guelph | Ontario | N1G 2W1 | Canada

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 14 - The Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) would like to issue a final reminder that the next deadline for sustaining payments to WEG and Alliance stakes events, including the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, is tomorrow, Wednesday, April 15. Sustaining payments are due tomorrow for the Pepsi North America Cup, Canadian Trotting Classic, Fan Hanover, Elegantimage, Goodtimes, Somebeachsomewhere, Casual Breeze and the WEG SBOA stakes. The first sustaining payment is also due tomorrow for the Metro Pace, Shes A Great Lady, William Wellwood, Peaceful Way, Nassagaweya, Eternal Camnation, Canadian Pacing Derby, Maple Leaf Trot, Roses Are Red, Milton and Armbro Flight. WEG also continues to handle the stakes administration for all Alliance Racetracks. Sustaining payments are due tomorrow for the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs and the Battle of Waterloo and Battle of the Belles at Grand River Raceway. For full event details and to view the WEG stakes booklet, click here. To make payments online, click here. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, April 14 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and award-winning Colio Estate Winery today announced a 3-year partnership which includes the southern Ontario winemaker launching an Ontario-wide promotion through the LCBO, offering a red carpet experience for the Queen's Plate, Canada's most renowned horse race.   The Colio Red Carpet Experience at the Queen's Plate will be unveiled for the 156th edition of the race, on Sunday, July 5, 2015 at Woodbine Racetrack.   "The partnership with Colio allows Woodbine to present the Queen's Plate brand to a broader audience across Ontario," said Paul Lawson, WEG's Vice-President of Marketing and Broadcasting. "Colio is a much admired Canadian brand among wine lovers and we're proud of the association Woodbine and the Queen's Plate has with it."   The partnership leverages WEG's premium horse racing and Colio Estate Winery's remarkable VQA wines, which have won over 400 awards in competitions around the globe.   Colio wines will be also available at other WEG's outlets, including Mohawk Racetrack, Turf Lounge and WEGZ Stadium Bar.   "The Queen's Plate and Woodbine Racetrack are the most refined names in Canadian horse racing," said Jim Clark, President of Colio. "Colio wants to be associated with that kind of class. The Colio Red Carpet Experience at the Queen's Plate helps us to do that."   In honour of promoting the 156th Queen's Plate experience at Woodbine Racetrack, Colio is offering the chance to win a Colio Red Carpet Experience at the Queen's Plate prize pack, valued at $500, later this month.   A winner and three friends will receive four (4) VIP Grandstand seats at Woodbine for the race, round trip transportation to and from Woodbine, a VIP party pass and much more. The contest will be available to enter from Wednesday, April 29 to Sunday, June 21, 2015.   WEG continues to possess the strongest collection of sponsors in racing; with Ricoh, Budweiser, Pepsi, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, having race sponsorships and/or marketing arrangements with WEG.   About Colio Estate Winery (www.coliowinery.com)   Since opening its doors in 1980, Colio Estate Winery crafts premium wines from a 200-acre estate vineyard. Located in Harrow, Ontario in Lake Erie North Shore, Canada's southernmost wine growing region, Colio has captured over 400 medals in national and international competitions. Colio table, sparkling, late harvest and Icewines are all available at any of its 14 Estate Retail Boutiques, the winery, many LCBO stores across the province or on-line.   About Woodbine Entertainment Group (www.woodbineentertainment.com)   WEG is the largest horse racing operator in Canada offering world class horse racing at both Woodbine (Toronto) and Mohawk (Milton) racetracks. WEG, part of the Standardbred Alliance, and single operator of Teletheatres and Account Wagering in Ontario, operates off-track wagering at its Champions teletheatres throughout the province. Remote wagering is also available to customers through HorsePlayer Interactive, the company's telephone, internet and mobile account wagering service. WEG operates HPItv, a CRTC licensed digital television channel that broadcasts its racing product into homes across Canada.   John Siscos

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 13 - Cast No Shadow and Maplelea came into Monday night's $36,200 Blossom Series final at Mohawk with a shot at a series sweep, but Doctor Terror and harness racing driver Jody Jamieson had other plans. A compact field of six three-year-old pacing fillies lined up Monday for the final of the Blossom over a 'sloppy' surface at Mohawk. Cast No Shadow, who was undefeated in five starts this season coming into the final, was sent off as the 1/2 favourite, while Maplelea, who entered the final on a five-race win streak, went off at odds of 3/1. Both fillies scored impressive victories in the preliminary rounds and were going for the series sweep Monday night. However, the Blake MacIntosh trainee Doctor Terror would not allow the brooms to come out and came away with the series final victory at odds of 9/2. Driven by Jamieson, Doctor Terror sprinted out to the early lead and would give way to Cast No Shadow in the second-quarter for a two-hole trip. The favourite would set fractions of :58.2 and 1:27.3 to bring the field into the stretch. Maplelea, who paced along sixth, had her chances take a hit around the final turn, as her cover stalled on the way to the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Doctor Terror came off the rail and would grind down Cast No Shadow to overtake the lead. Moonlit Dance came charging on the far outside in deep stretch, but Doctor Terror held her off to win by a head in 1:57.2. Cast No Shadow finished third, while Maplelea got up for fourth. A daughter of Western Terror, Doctor Terror has made all three of her starts this season in the Blossom Series. Along with a victory and a pair of runner-up finishes, Doctor Terror walks away from the Blossom with a total of $25,600 in earnings. Last season, Doctor Terror won a Grand Circuit event at the Delaware County Fairgrounds and banked over $110,000. She is owned by Blake MacIntosh and Stuart McIntosh. Doctor Terror returned $11.80 to win. In order to be eligible to the Blossom Series, the three-year-old pacing fillies had to be non-winners of three-races of $15,000 in 2014. Mark McKelvie

Greg MacDonald,  85, formerly of Sydney, Nova Scotia and Smyrna, DE passed away from heart failure this morning at Bayhealth Kent Genera in Dover, DEl. Greg started his driving career in 1962 north of the border having great success with the pacer, Bob Brook. In 1963 he made the break to the US working as second trainer for the late Hugh Bell. Of note he trained Miles End Brenda, Miles End Diane, & Miles End Steve who won on the same race card at The Meadowlands. They were all $100K winners and full sisters and brother. He last drove in 1988 at Monticello Raceway. An accomplished all around horseman. he was seen in his later years sitting in his pickup trackside watching training miles with Lizzy the Jack Russell by his side. He is predeceased by a son, Larry. Survived by his wife Elizabeth (Betty Lyan), sons, Joe (Linda) of Smyrna, John of NJ, daughters, Trish (at home), Pauline of NJ, Colleen (Jim McGuire) of Sydney, Judy (Dan Murray) of NJ, 8 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. He will be cremated and a home service celebrating his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers he wished contributions to be made for the youth in harness racing via the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, 16575 Carey Road, Westfield, IN 46074. By Judy Davis-Wilson for the Delaware Standarbred Breeders' Fund

(April 12, 2015) - HANA Harness welcomes the Bellino Stable as a Gold Sponsor and The Raceway at Western Fair District as a Silver sponsor in the 2015 HANA Harness Grand Circuit Handicapping Contest sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Bellino Stable, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Harness Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs. With less than two weeks prior to the commencement of the contest on April 24, it is Last Call for becoming a sponsor. While naming rights for the handicapping contest have been sold out, affordable sponsorship opportunities remain, starting with our Bronze Level ($100), Silver Level ($250) and topping out at $500 for the Gold Level. If you are a racetrack, horsemen association, racing stable, or a vendor who does business in the harness racing industry, sponsorship is a perfect way to get your name out within the industry as supporters of standardbred rescue. The deadline for becoming a sponsor is Friday, April 17. To become a sponsor or for further information, you may contact allan@hanaweb.org. For further information on the 2015 HANA Harness Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge, visit the contest website here.       Allan Schott HANA Harness Coordinator Check out our contest site for the 2015 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge. Check out HANA Harness' Blog.      

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 11 - American Rock with Jody Jamieson turned in a gritty harness racing effort to win the $37,000 Youthful Series final Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A solid group of ten three-year-old pacing colts and geldings lined up Saturday evening for the final of the three-week Youthful series. Legion Of Boom, the 4/5 favourite, came into the final on a three-race win streak and had a chance at a series sweep. The action was hot right from the start, as the first-quarter saw a trio of horses battle around the opening turn. Dialamara, who was three-wide, would come away with the lead as the field entered the backstretch. American Rock, who got away fourth, came charging first up in the second-quarter to engage Dialamara in a duel. American Rock would eventually clear to the lead at the mid-way point, but not after a rock-solid half-mile clocking of :55.1. Around the final turn, Team Captain was pressing at the leader first up, while Legion Of Boom was placed second-over. American Rock posted a third-quarter of :28.1 to reach the three-quarter pole in 1:23.2. In the stretch, American Rock dug deep and would not allow his rivals to get by, as he reached the wire first in a career-best 1:52. Dialamara came up the rail to finish second by a length and a quarter, while Pantheon Hanover made a rally on the far outside to finish third. Team Captain, who was beat less than two-lengths, and Legion Of Boom had to settle for fourth and fifth, respectively. A son of Rocknroll Hanover, American Rock is trained by Ben Wallace for owner Brad Grant. The sophomore pacing colt came into Saturday's final off a 1:54.1 victory in last week's second leg and had finished second by only a head in an opening leg division on March 28. American Rock, who did not race as a two-year-old, now has a record of five wins from eight starts and earnings $57,250. The Wallace trainee returned $7.10 to win. In order to be eligible to the Youthful series, the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings had to be non-winners of three-races or $15,000 in 2014. American Rock Favourites dominate round one of Don Mills The first leg of the Don Mills Trotting Series Saturday night at Mohawk was dominated by the chalk. A group of 13 four- and five-year-old trotters were split into two $20,000 first round divisions. In the first division, Wild And Crazy Guy picked up his third win from his last four starts in 1:56. Sent off as the 3/5 favourite, Wild And Crazy Guy and driver Mario Baillargeon got away fourth in the early stages. A second-quarter move gave Wild And Crazy Guy control of the lead and he never looked back. The public's choice finished up his mile with a :28.2 final-quarter to win by a length and three-quarters over Windsun Revenge. Exemplar finished third, while Ramas Last Son took fourth. A four-year-old gelding son of Crazed, Wild And Crazy Guy is trained by Martin Lachance for owners Jean Brunet & Ted Gewertz and now has three wins from 12 starts in 2015. Saturday evening's victory gives the four-year-old 12 career victories and pushes his bankroll over $164,000. Wild And Crazy Guy paid $3.30 to win. Wild And Crazy Guy In the second division, Bourbon Bay and driver Mike Saftic lived up to their 1/5 billing and scored a dominant 1:54.1 victory. A four-year-old gelding son of Sand Vic, Bourbon Bay swept the General Brock series back in February at Woodbine and was returning north of the border Saturday off a Weiss Series division victory at Pocono on March 31. The heavy-favourite was sent straight to the lead by Saftic and it was lights out from there. Bourbon Bay set fractions of :28.2, :57 and 1:25.1 before trotting home easily in :29 to win by 2 ¾ lengths over Seawind Pascale. Sheer Flex finished more than 12 lengths behind the winner in third, while A J Destiny finished fourth. The clocking of 1:54.1 is a new career-mark for Bourbon Bay, who now has eight wins from 11 starts in 2015. The four-year-old is trained north of the border by Mike Sinclair for lessee John Cummings Jr of Nichols, New York and increased his career bankroll to over $117,000 with the victory Saturday. Bourbon Bay paid $2.40 to win. Bourbon Bay In order to be eligible to the Don Mills, the trotters had to be non-winners of $150,000 lifetime as of December 31, 2014. The second leg of the Don Mills Trotting Series will take place next Saturday (April 18). Mark McKelvie

There are some athletes, who are to their sport — like jam is to peanut butter. They come together like eggs to bacon. They blend. They become one, an osmosis in the world of sweat — like Jordan and basketball; a puck and Gretzky, baseball with The Babe. One without the other is intellectually indigestible. So, it is, that harness racing has always had its Filion and a Waples. Or two. Jody Jamieson is a multiple O’Brien Award winner and John Campbell is regarded with a reverence rarely heard this side of a Gordie Howe conversation. Some, such as Sylvain Filion, who leads the drivers’ standings with Canada’s top harness circuit moving to Mohawk Thursday from Woodbine, continue to hold the standard high for the old world order. But, look close enough, and it is evident that standardbred racing is also coming into a new age. The twitter generation is making its move. A younger, perhaps bolder more aggressive, and evidently a talented wave of young drivers has taken a foothold in the industry. Perhaps never before has so much young blood lined up horses behind a starting gate. “I think it has changed quite a bit,” says Doug McNair, who at age 25, sits second in the driver’s standings behind only Filion. “Even if you go back just a few years, most guys had to be in their 30s before they could race (on the Woodbine/Mohawk circuit) full-time. Me, Jon Drury, and a couple others, all came in about the same time and I think it’s good for the sport. “When you have the younger drivers well, they tend to hang out with a younger crowd and I think it might get more younger people ... a new generation of people coming out to the track.” There is certainly a new generation taking over on the track. With the switch-over to Mohawk, three of the five top drivers have yet to see a 30th candle lit on their birthday cake. Drury, from Rockwood, Ont., is fifth with 37 wins. McNair, has 62 wins in 332 starts, just six behind Filion. James MacDonald, who at age 28 recorded his 1,000th lifetime win last season, sits in third spot with 44 wins. “I think I’ve got a lot of good years ahead. Most of the better, older drivers didn’t get to their best until their mid-30s,” said MacDonald, who grew up in a racing family in Prince Edward Island. “A younger group is starting to break through ... a few of us have gotten noticed.” Noticed is a modest way of putting it. McNair surpassed the 2,000-win mark last year and ranked as the top Ontario Sires Stakes driver. In 2008, at age 18, he became the youngest driver in harness-racing history to win a $300,000 purse in the Battle of Waterloo. Horses, he has always realized, would be his life. His father Gregg, one of Canada’s top conditioners with over $31 million in career earnings, got him started in the sport. “I was only five or six years old maybe when it happened, but there’s a picture in my bedroom of me sitting on a bike in the winner’s circle after (Filion) won a race with one of my dad’s horses. Now I’m 25 and I’m getting a chance to go out there every night with some of these guys. How great is that. Sure, I have my bad days sometimes and I’m not happy when I leave the track — but there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing,” said Doug, “lots of four- and five-year-old kids dream of going to the NHL. I always dreamt of going to the track and racing.” Like McNair, Drury and MacDonald both grew up in racing families. Unlike McNair, Drury and MacDonald had to find, or rediscover, their passion for racing after some alternative adolescent diversions. “I played hockey, I played baseball. You name it, I played it,” said MacDonald, who enjoyed his job at the track canteen in Charlottetown, but rarely hung out at the family or track barns. Both his parents worked at the local track, the family was into the breeding business and his brothers Mark and Anthony were already on track to successful careers as drivers. “My brothers were always obsessed with the horses. I wasn’t,” said MacDonald. After graduating Grade 12, he worked a summer in Campbellville for his brother Anthony but, “I didn’t enjoy it that much to be honest” and he returned to college in P.E.I. Everything changed the following summer when he went back to Campbellville and his brother put him on a bike. “I don’t really know what changed. Maybe I was older. Maybe it was just I knew people and had more friends but I loved it.” And, the game, it turned out, loved him back. Last year, he drove Muscle Babe to a stakes-record performance in the $178,287 Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association final for three-year-old filly trotters in an impressive 1:54. His purse earnings this season already top $800,000. “I can’t imagine doing anything else. Even if I’m having a bad night and I go to the gate I still believe I’ve got the best job in the world.” Drury could be building racetracks rather than racing on them. While he also grew up in a racing family — his father Barry worked at Mohawk, still trains horses and once worked for the legendary Ron Waples as an assistant trainer at the old Meadowlands — he toyed with the idea of becoming an architect. “I really enjoyed it, and woodworking in high school. I thought about going to university but I ended up finishing high school and ... well, racing kind of took over. I guess it was just in my blood.” He started at a small track in Woodstock, his father gave him a leg up with a few horses. “Mostly it’s about opportunity. You have to get a chance to drive some decent horses ... when people see you winning at the smaller places they start to be more willing to let you go to the big tracks,” said Drury. A move to Kawartha Downs a few years later and teaming up with top trainers Corey Johnson and Carmen Auciello was the birth of his “Made It” moment. “I was a regular driver there (Kawartha Downs) and they started using me and we developed a relationship and it just snowballed from there,” said Drury, who also raced at Pocono for Auciello. “It was a great experience. I think it really helped me to be to where I am at today. It’s a different style of racing (at the Poconos), it taught me a lot and I think its made me a better driver now.” Since then he has become an integral part in the development of O’Brien Award winner Vegas Vacation, guiding the colt to victory in his first lifetime start at Mohawk Racetrack. Ultimate goals: For MacDonald? “You try not to look at the standings but you do ... It would be to win a drivers title at WEG,” he said. “To me the biggest thrill is still to have a full card against the best drivers that I grew up idolizing. We’re young ... at this age you’re eager to prove (yourself). We want to win and be like the guys who’ve been in this sport a long time.” Thursday, McNair has six races on the opening card at Mohawk in a season in which he is off to his best career start, and one he hopes will culminate with his ultimate dream: The O’Brien Trophy (awarded annually to Canadian harness-racing’s best and brightest) and a driving championship. “I picked up some good horses to start the year and it just seems to have snowballed from there,” said McNair. “In 2013 I got nominated, along with Filion, for driver of the year. He was always one of the guys I idolized when I was a kid. When that happened I felt like I belonged.” They have taken different paths to get to where they belong, but standardbred’s young guns are arriving at the finish line together. Said Drury: “When you’re racing at Woodbine and Mohawk you’re obviously doing something right. Just knowing I’m racing with the best is kind of a special feeling ... In the past, owners have always gone with the experienced guys. It’s nice to see some of the younger guys get a shot, with good horses, because I do think it’s good for the sport. By Bill Lankhof for the Toronto Sun Reprinted with the permission of the Toronto Sun

Everything at your fingertips and an easy-to-follow resource manual make the Equine Guelph First Aid Kit your "go to" item when an equine emergency hijacks your perfectly planned day. Equine Guelph and Greenhawk have partnered to offer this extensive first aid kit, at a great value, to keep you organized and ready to deal with emergency situations. Proceeds from the Equine Guelph First Aid Kit will be donated by Greenhawk to Equine Guelph in support of its welfare education programs. The first thing you will notice is a section to store all your emergency numbers. The resource manual includes checklists and explains the contents of the kit to equip horse owners for emergencies. The manual makes it easy to keep track of items and when to replenish supplies with a handy inventory checklist and log. How to deal with wounds and how to bandage are also covered in the kit along with a list of a horse's vitals. Greenhawk believes in the importance of equine healthcare and welfare as illustrated by its commitment to offering the Equine Guelph First Aid Kit to its valued customers through this unique partnership. The partners have included 16 essential items in your kit at a cost savings of over $55! There is room to customize your kit with additional suggested items, keeping everything in one handy, sanitary container. Equine Guelph director, Gayle Ecker explains, "The launch of this first aid kit is part of the Full-Circle-Responsibility program Equine Guelph initiated with the help of many partners to promote welfare in the equine industry. Your purchase will support Equine Guelph in our mission to 'Help Horses for Life'." She adds, "Every horse caregiver should be prepared to manage an emergency situation." In case of emergency, Equine Guelph recommends following its abbreviated list of emergency procedures, "A.C.T.", intended to help you stay efficient during an emergency: 1. Assess the situation, 2. Call for help and 3. Treat the horse. Equine Guelph also recommends that all horse care givers should receive first aid or emergency preparedness training. The Equine Guelph First Aid Kit is available for $129 at select Greenhawk stores: Mississauga, Ottawa, Gormley, London, Beamsville, Barrie, Orangeville, Campbellville, Whitby and Toronto (Avenue Road). This project is funded in part through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of GF2 in Ontario. Other partners include: Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare; Equine Canada; Farm & Food Care Ontario; Greenhawk Harness & Equestrian Supplies; Omega Alpha Equine; Ontario Equestrian Federation; the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; Ontario Racing Commission; Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Standardbred Canada. by Jackie Bellamy-Zions Equine Guelph | 50 McGilvray St | Guelph | Ontario | N1G 2W1 | Canada

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CAMPBELLVILLE, April 20 - Three-year-old trotters were on display Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack in a trio of Tie Silk harness racing series first leg divisions. A group of 23 sophomore trotting colts and geldings were split into three $15,000 divisions for the first round of the Tie Silk. The trotters not only had to battle with each other Monday evening, but also heavy winds blowing in their face down the lane. In the first division, the Pennsylvania invader Great Magic was victorious in 1:58.3. Driven by Trevor Henry, Great Magic grabbed the early lead and would face his first challenger down the backstretch in the form of Raising Richard and trainer/driver Eddie Green. Raising Richard would be unable to get by the leader and would eventually make a break nearing the three-quarter pole. After putting away the first up challenger, Great Magic open up several lengths on his rivals in the lane and trotted on to a 3 ¼ length victory. Guscrest got up for second, while Amityville Lindy overcame a pair of breaks to finish third. A son of Kadabra, Great Magic shipped up north from the Meadows for the Tie Silk and into the care of trainer Paul Reid for owner Robert Key. The sophomore trotter came into Monday evening's contest with three wins in his last four starts. Great Magic, who did not win a race in two starts as a rookie, now has a 2015 record of four wins from nine starts. His earnings now exceed $44,000. Great Magic paid $6.40 to win. Tarot and driver Randy Waples scored a 1:56.4 victory as the 7/5 favourite in the evening's second division. A son of Taurus Dream, Tarot trotted out to the early lead, while Arrakis was to his outside around the opening turn. Waples would make a give and go move by allowing Arrakis to clear in the second-quarter, but circled back to the lead with Tarot. The favourite would look strong around the final turn and reach the three-quarter pole in 1:26.2. In the stretch, Tarot was under no pressure and trotted home to win by a comfortable two lengths over Hemi Seelster. In Secret, the 9/5 second choice, finished third. Tarot, who is trained by Dave Tyrrell for owner Michael Casalino Jr, failed to win a race in 11 starts last season, but the gelding's luck has turned right around this year. The Tyrrell trainee now has five wins from 9 starts and earnings of over $46,000 in 2015. A $2 win ticket on Tarot returned $4.80. In the third and final division, Waples would pick up his second Tie Silk victory of the night with 1/9 shot Covert Operative. The heavy favourite got away in third and would trot along in that position until about the midway point. Covert Operative and Waples came first up around the final turn to challenge the leader Duh Bubbees. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:29.3, the two trotters would come off the final turn and battle it out down the stretch. Duh Bubbees tried his best to fend off the heavy choice in the lane, but Covert Operative would ultimately overtake the lead and prevail by a length in 1:59.2 Its Huw You Know, the longest shot on the board at 45/1, finished third. A son of Deweycheatumnhowe, Covert Operative is trained by Per Henrisken for owners Andrea Lea Racingstables Inc. and Asa Farm. The gelding trotter came into Monday night's Tie Silk opening leg with two wins from three starts this season. Covert Operative now has a career bankroll of $32,650. The Henriksen trainee paid $2.30 to win. In order to be eligible to the Tie Silk series, the three-year-old colt and gelding trotters had to be non-winners of $30,000 in 2014. The second leg of the Tie Silk will take place next Monday night (April 27). Changes to Mohawk qualifying schedule The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to inform harness racing people of upcoming changes to the Mohawk qualifying schedule. Beginning on Monday, April 27, two qualifying sessions will be held each week at Mohawk Racetrack. Qualifiers will take place every Monday and Friday until the end of May. Starting in June, the qualifying schedule will shift to Tuesdays and Fridays. Two-year-old baby races will be added to the qualifying lineup beginning on Saturday, June 6. Baby races will take place each Saturday, except June 20, until July 4. Post time for all qualifying sessions is 10 a.m. Below is a list of upcoming qualifying dates at Mohawk. Thursday, April 23 - 10 a.m. Monday, April 27 - 10 a.m. Friday, May 1 - 10 a.m. Monday, May 4 - 10 a.m. Friday, May 8 - 10 a.m. Mark McKelvie
London, April 19, 2015 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District will have its 2015 Wall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, May 15th and, for the first time, the prestigious honour will go to a horse rather than a human recipient. The incomparable Camluck, who has long resided at Seelster Farms in nearby Lucan, will be honoured during a ceremony that night in recognition of his remarkable contributions both on the race track and as a sire. The son of legendary Cam Fella became one of the fastest horses of his generation by virtue of his 1:48.4 time trial effort in 1992 at Lexington’s Red Mile. Over the course of his brilliant racing career, he earned more than $1 million while facing one of the very best older pacing crops of all-time that included the likes of Artsplace, Staying Together, Cambest, Silver Almahurst and Odds Against just to name a few. However, it was in the breeding shed, where Camluck made his greatest impact and stamped himself as one of the greatest pacing stallions in harness racing history. From 2332 foals, Camluck produced just shy of 1,600 race winners and he retired recently with overall offspring earnings of $218,771,118. His average earnings per starter was $118,768 and he produced 28 starters who banked more than $1 million and 62 performers who took a record of 1:50 or better. Wall of Fame Night will also feature the kick off race in this year’s Racing Under Saddle (RUS) series in Ontario. Fans will have a chance to watch and wager on the event as well as meet and greet with the riders and take part in the different promotions offered that night. The RUS series, sanctioned by the Ontario Racing Commission in 2014, is in its second full season in Ontario and has been growing in popularity.  Visit www.rusontario.com for more details. There will also be a pair of mini races scheduled that same night – one galloping and one gaited – as part of the fun. The Raceway’s signature event, the $150,000 Molson Pace, is slated for Friday, May 29th. Defending champion State Treasurer has recently qualified and is expected back in search of a first-ever Molson three-peat.  The Molson Pace will once again be contested as an Invitational and more details on potential starters, along with the various promotions being planned, will be announced soon. Greg Blanchard  
CAMPBELLVILE, April 18 - The photo finish camera got put to work to decide a highly entertaining second leg of the harness racing Don Mills Trotting Series Saturday night at Mohawk. A field of 11 four and five-year-old trotters battled it out in the lone $20,000 division and all eyes were on the 2/5 favourite Bourbon Bay. The heavy-favourite came into Saturday's Don Mills second leg off a victory in round one and was undefeated in six starts this season on the WEG circuit. However, that undefeated streak would come to an end Saturday, as Exemplar at odds of 23/1 got up just in time to nail Bourbon Bay at the wire and prevail by the narrowest of margins. Driven by Mike Saftic, Bourbon Bay showed early speed to grab his usual position on the front-end. Down the backstretch, Wild And Crazy Guy, the other first leg winner, came up to engage the favourite and would eventually overtake the lead through a solid opening-half of :55.4. Around the final turn, Exemplar and driver Trevor Henry came off the rail from their position in fourth to make a move on the outside, while Bourbon Bay came out of the two-hole nearing the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Bourbon Bay had retaken the lead and tried to take off from his rivals. Exemplar didn't appear to be a big threat towards the leader halfway down the lane, but the 23/1 longshot dug deep and trotted up the middle to nail Bourbon Bay at the wire in 1:53.3. The photo finish camera confirmed that Exemplar had prevailed by a nose to hand Bourbon Bay his first loss on the WEG circuit. Etruscan Hanover finished second, while Sheer Flex was fourth. A five-year-old son of Andover Hall, Exemplar, who finished third in an opening leg division, is trained by Richard Moreau for owners Andrea Lea Racingstables Inc. and Asa Farm. The 1:53.3 victory is a new career-mark for Exemplar and is the ninth win of his career. The gelding now has a 2015 record of three wins from 11 starts and earnings of $34,400. Exemplar's career bankroll now sits at over $121,000. The Moreau trainee returned $48.50 to win. The Don Mills Trotting Series will come to a close next Saturday with the $44,400 final. Post time is 7:25 p.m. Mark McKelvie
Long time owner and harness racing industry volunteer Carl Bagnall of Stratford, and Two Year Old Pacing Colt Dixieland Band, owned by Reg MacPherson, and David and Aaron MacKenzie were the major award winners as the sold out PEI Standardbred Horse Owners Awards held Saturday, April 18th at the Rodd Royalty Inn.   Mr. Bagnall was recognized for his contribution to PEI racing as a breeder, owners, trainer, driver, and industry official.   Dixieland Band edged out Paymenowpaymelater for Horse of the Year honours in one of the closest results in recent event history. Dixieland Band was bred by Meridian Farms of Milton and earned almost $51,000 in his Two Year Old campaign.    Scott MacPhail was named Horseman of the year for his decades long contribution to the PEI matinee racetrack program.   Gold Cup and Saucer Co-ordinator Heather Dixon was named Horsewoman of the year for her service to the successful Old Home Week racing  program.    Guest speaker Dr. Ian Moore updated the crowd on his stable star State Treasurer and the large roster of young horses he is prepping for the Grand Circuit competitions.     Other award winners were:   2 Year Old Colt Trot   Windemere Ty had earnings of over $21,000, and 10 of 14 in the first three. Bred by Windemere Farms, owned and trained by Ralph Annear, co-owned and driven by Jack Panting.   2 Year old Filly Trot    Paymenowpaymelater was a nine time winner, with earnings of $30,862. Bred by Eldred Nicholson, owned by Wade Peconi, trained by Earl Watts,  driven by Kenny Arsenault .   2 Year old Pacing Colt    Atlantic Breeders Crown winner Dixieland Band earned almost $51,000 in 2014.  Bred by Meridian Farms, owned  by Reg MacPherson, David and Aaron MacKenzie,  trained by Kevin MacLean  and  driven by Gilles Barrieau.    2 Year old Pacing Filly   The  winner of almost $37,000 Dusty Lane Bria, was bred by Travis Wilkie, owned by Larry Chappell, co-owned and trained by Kenny Wilkie, primarily driven by Kenny Arsenault.     3 Year old Colt Trot   Dusty Lane Galaxy earned over $23, 000 in 2014, with a record of 2.01. Bred by Dusty Lane Farms , co-owned by Peter Buchanan and the estate of George Boswell, trained and driven by Gary Chappell.     3 Year Old Filly Trot    Maritime Breeders Champion Southfield Shadow earned $19,000, and was bred by Meridian Farms, Owned by Southfield Farms, trained by Thane Mann, and driven by Terry Gallant.      3 Year old Pacing Colt    Arties Magic was  Bred and co-owned by Windemere Farms, co-owned by Clive Balderston,   and trained by Earl Watts.    3 Year old Pacing Filly   A winner of over $56,000, Lovineveryminute , owned by Kent Duggan, Lana Murphy and Windemere Farms and trained by Earl Watts.   Claiming Horse of the Year    Forever Paradise was a seven time winner in the claiming ranks in 2014, bred by Art Millar, owned by Reg MacPherson, trained by Kevin MacLean, and driven by Marc Campbell .   Aged Trotting Horse    A thirteen time winner in 2014, Zip The Lip had an incredible 23 for 26 in the top three.  Owned by Orville Willis and trainer Don Sweet, and driven by Brian MacPhee.   Aged Trotting Mare    Pleasure Girls was a 2.00 winner , and is owned by Shelly Gass, trained by father Ronnie, and driven by Corey MacPherson.    Aged Pacing Horse   ASTOR , a 1.55.4 winner at the CDP with earnings of over $24,000. Owned by Foxyhall Racing Stable, trained and driven by Jason Hughes.     Aged Pacing Mare    Stayoutofmyaffair was a nine time winner, included a 1.55.1 clocking at the CDP. Owned by Robbie Hughes, trained and driven by Jason Hughes.      Fan Favourite Award   One of the toughest campaigners in Prince Edward Island racing, a 53 time winner, and a horse that is getting better with age. Blu Meadow Willie was bred by Ralph Frizzell,  co-owned by Brenda MacInnis, and co-owned, , trained, and driven by Bob McInnis.    Pacing Horse of the Year    Dixieland Band, Bred by Meridian Farms, Owned by Reg MacPherson, trained by Kevin MacLean and  driven by Marc Campbell.    Trotter of the Year   Paymenowpaymelater was Bred by Eldred Nicholson, owned by Wade Peconi, trained by Earl Watts,  driven by Kenny Arsenault.   Horse of the Year    Dixieland Band    Owned by Reg MacPherson, trained by Kevin MacLean and  driven by Marc Campbell.    Grooms of the Year:   Melissa MacRae and Shane Bagloe    Mr Trot Challenge    Brian MacPhee.    Rookie Driver   Brandon Webster    Leading Percentage Driver    With a UDRS of .419: Gilles Barrieau    Leading Dash Winning Driver   A dead heat, Tied with 126  wins in  2014 were Marc Campbell and Jason Hughes.    Leading Percentage Trainer   Earl Watts.      Appreciation Awards   Hon. Ron MacKinley and Heather Gamester    Standardbred Canada Owner of the Year:   Dan Ross.    Most Dedicated Horseperson    Mr. Gary Chappell   By Tom Clark PEI Standardbred Horse Owners Association Awards.  
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