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Thestable & Nahupicks gear for the Holidays

Nahupicks.com and Thestable.ca have teamed up to present their new apparel line just in time for holiday shopping season. The online sale is set to launch at 5pm EST on Wednesday November 22. The clothing line will feature three different items aimed at keeping you, and that special Harness Racing fan warm during the cold winter months ahead. T-shirts, Hats, and Jackets will be sold on a pre-order status until December 5th with guaranteed delivery by Christmas. All orders within the USA and Canada will receive free shipping as well. Shop exclusively at www.nahupicks.com which can be accessed on PC, Tablet, and Mobile devices. All payments will be accepted through PayPal for your convenience. On Cyber Monday (November 27th) a special 10% off will be applied directly on the site as well between 7am-9pm. All products will be shipped to the address associated with your PayPal account. Any special requests should be sent during the checkout process. NahuPicks and Thestable.ca are taking suggestions for needy families as well. The duo will send free gear, and a “gift box” of toys to 5 deserving families. Entries for the giveaway can be sent via email to Rod@nahupicks.com, or Anthony@thestable.ca Please include the name, address, and number of children in the household you would like to submit. Don’t forget this Sunday will be Thestable.ca Open House broadcast featuring 57 yearlings hitting the track. Broadcasts can be viewed on Twitter, Periscope, YouTube, Facebook, and the NEW ROKU Channel: North American Harness Update. To access the channel in your Roku Store just type in NAHU and download. The live broadcast will take place from 10a-3pm.  

National Driving Championship in 2018, harness racing

National Driving Championship in 2018

Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce that a National Driving Championship (NDC) will be hosted in 2018 and the winner will have the opportunity to join 2017 Harness Racing World Driving Champion, James MacDonald, in the 2019 World Driving Championship in Sweden. Standardbred Canada hosted the 2017 World Driving Championship (WDC) in August and MacDonald's victory earned him an automatic invitation to the 2019 event in which he will become the representative for the International Trotting Association. Canada was invited to send a second driver to the 2019 event and Standardbred Canada's Board of Directors accepted the invitation. For the 2017 WDC, New Zealand also opted to send a second driver, Mark Purdon, along with the 2015 defending World Driving Champion, Dexter Dunn. "This is a great opportunity for another one of our top drivers to represent Canada on the international stage," said Dan Gall, President and CEO of Standardbred Canada. "We had such positive feedback and outstanding wagering results with the field of 11 drivers for the 2017 event that we felt it made sense for us to support the 2019 WDC by sending that 11th competitor." In 2018, a regional driving championship will be hosted in each of Standardbred Canada's four regions, and the top two drivers from each of those events will have the opportunity to compete in the National event. All championships are one-day events, consisting of eight races with drivers earning points based on their official finishing position. A Request For Proposals for host tracks will be issued later this week and track hosts will be announced in early January.   Kathy Wade Vlaar Manager, Industry Marketing Standardbred Canada

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Alliance Holiday Claiming Series announced

CAMPBELLVILLE, November 21, 2017 - The Standardbred Alliance today released details regarding a group of harness racing claiming series to take place during the month of December at Flamboro Downs and The Raceway at Western Fair District. The Alliance Holiday Claiming Series will have six events with three held at Flamboro and three at Western Fair. Each series will have two preliminary legs and an added-money final. The conditions for each series are as follows: Event A: Trot, Claiming $8,500. Allowances for Age & Sex. Event B: Pace, Horses & Geldings, Claiming $7,000. Allowances for Age & Sex. Event C: Pace, Horses & Geldings, Claiming $15,000 for Non-Winners of $30,000 lifetime, as of midnight, December 1, 2017. No allowances on earnings. Event D: Pace, Fillies & Mares, Claiming $7,000. Plus Allowances. Event E: Pace, Fillies & Mares, Claiming $15,000 for Non-Winners of $30,000 lifetime, as of midnight, December 1, 2017. No allowances on earnings. Event F: Trot, Claiming $15,000 for Non-Winners of $30,000 (Fillies & Mares $37,500) lifetime, as of midnight, December 1, 2017. No allowances on earnings. (Note: Events A, B, C will be raced at Western Fair and Events D, E, F will be raced at Flamboro) The nomination fee for each event is $100 ($80 USD) and nominations close Friday, December 1. The nomination form can be viewed by clicking here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than December 1, 2017 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. Alliance Holiday Claiming Series payments can also be made online at www.woodbineentertainment.com/sbpayments.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Media Communications

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Buy Dad a racehorse for Christmass

Campbellville: More than 50 harness racing yearlings by leading sires such as Kadabra, Sweet Lou, Somebeachsomewhere and Captaintreacherous purchased at the fall yearling sales, will hit the training track Sunday for thestable.ca's second annual Open House. "Every year our open house gets bigger and better," said Anthony MacDonald, who launched thestable.ca three years ago with wife Amy. "This year, we will have 57 yearlings out jogging in sets, with shares still available in many yearlings from $70 per 1% of ownership." The event, expected to attract hundreds of owners and prospective buyers, is scheduled at Tomiko Training Centre in Hamilton on Sunday, Nov. 26, from 10 am to 3 pm, with the first set pulling onto the track at 10 am.   Thestable.ca drone will beam the event world wide, with live commentary from Fred MacDonald and Ben Wallace. Wallace is a hall of fame trainer while MacDonald is a sports newscaster, writer and recent canadian senate award metal recipient. Neither are strangers to the track or the racing world. "They got along really well last time and if you let them get rambling, they both make me look like a mute" said Anthony jokingly of the pair. "My father knows lots about breeding (and talking) while Ben is one of the most decorated trainers around. Both very knowledgeable and they compliment one another rather well. We are really lucky to have them both".   Snacks and coffee will be on hand and one of the barns newest clients Adriano Sorella commandeered a food truck for the event. Sending out a statement of his own:   "The truck will be there 10am. Fresh cut NY style French fries, and Jumbo Ballpark hotdogs with all the fixings. Compliments of my family to our new family. All of you!"   Tour the barns and meet the horses, trainers and staff.   This year, 110 empty, 25 kg. feed bags - one for each horse in thestable - will be set out for those attending the open house to fill for the Guelph Food Bank.   Admission is free with a non-perishable item to the food bank. If you can't make it out and still want to help those less fortunate, feel free to donate to the gofund me page set up by thestable.ca for the guelph food bank: https://www.gofundme.com/thestableca-horses-feed-people   Thestable.ca is one of the fastest growing fractional share ownership programs in North America.   Launched three years ago by Anthony and Amy MacDonald, thestable.ca started with 18 yearlings and 39 owners. A year later, it had grown to 146 owners and 39 yearlings. In year three, thestable.ca now has a total of 107 horses in training and 367 owners in ten countries.   "It's pretty evident after three years there's a huge demand among the general public all over the world for affordable horse ownership," MacDonald said.   From last year's crop of 39 yearlings personally selected at the sales by the MacDonalds, came major stakes winning and stakes placed horses Lawmaker, Cruising In Style, Canale Hanover, Lima Son, Win Chaser and Zeppelin Bi.   Thestable.ca has two additional trainers and 20 staff overseeing the horses, which include yearlings-in-training, two year olds and older horses in racing.   The program has an innovative single share concept that allows owners to purchase anywhere from 1 to 100 shares in promising yearlings purchased at the fall yearling sales in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, New York, Ontario and Pennsylvania.  

London, November 20, 2017 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District is gearing up for another busy and exciting holiday season featuring 14 live harness racing  programs during the month of December and some exciting events to go along with it. There will be a special afternoon program on Saturday, December 23rd beginning at 1:15 p.m. It will give customers a final opportunity to play the horses prior to the short Christmas break and there will be draws for holiday gift cards throughout the afternoon. The Top Of The Fair dining room will be open featuring the track's Pub Night menu. The always popular Boxing Day afternoon program will take place on December 26th, also featuring a 1:15 p.m. start time. Three patrons will be selected that afternoon to pick a fantastic prize item from the Gift Tree and there will be second chance drawings throughout the day as well. The Top Of The Fair will feature the annual Boxing Day Brunch and the Carousel Room will be open for customers to watch and wager on the races with food also available. The Raceway will be the place to celebrate New Year's Eve in London. The live race program will get underway at 7:05 p.m. and features the annual running of the Old Lang Syne Trot and Pace for the veteran performers. Among the expected starters this year will be 14-year-old trotter Weskey and 14-year-old pacer Pacific Oak - both have become fan favourites at the London oval. There will be a grand prize draw that night for a Coors Light snowboard and second chance draws for tickets to the Wine and Food Show and Home Show along with betting vouchers and more. Guests are invited to stay following racing and ring in the New Year with dancing and party favours at the Top Of The Fair. The Raceway is currently operating on a three-day-a-week schedule - Mondays and Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m. and Fridays at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday night programs will be added in the new year with a 6:15 p.m. first post. Seating at the Top Of The Fair is filling up quickly. To make a reservation call (519)-438-7203 (ext. 252) or email topofthefair@westernfairdistrict.com. For full details on everything happening at The Raceway at Western Fair District, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. Greg Blanchard

Brent MacGrath told Harness Racing Update on Saturday that Somebeachsomewhere has begun chemotherapy to battle cancer and is being treated by Dr. Rodney Belgrave an internal medicine specialist at the Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Center in Ringoes, NJ. MacGrath, the trainer and part-owner of the 12-year-old Hall of Fame pacer and leading stallion, said the good news in a scary diagnosis is the cancer was caught early and the tumor, which has been removed, was quite small. An issue with colic and the decision by Hanover Shoes Farms’ farm manager Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky to send Somebeachsomewhere to the equine hospital to get thoroughly checked allowed veterinary surgeons to find the cancer early, MacGrath said. To read the full article on Harness Racing Update click on this link.  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - There was no looking back for Forever Paradise Saturday afternoon as he demolished his competition in the feature harness racing event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Red Shores leading driver Marc Campbell was at the lines for the down-the-road victory in 1:57.1 in the $2,250 afternoon finale. Forever Paradise dominated at every fraction, cutting splits in 28, 58.1 and 1:27.3 before drawing clear by four lengths over The Big Bite (Driven by Walter Cheverie) and Perfect Escape (Gilles Barrieau). The winning pacer is trained by Kevin MacLean for owners Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe. The top class victory was one of two wins on the program for Campbell, who also captured the $1,850 Open trot with Freddie from his own stable in a mile time of 2:01.1 for owners Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. Holy Molie Maggie (Corey MacPherson) was second with third place going to Wedgewood (Gary Chappell). Good Luck Kathy committed a first-over offensive to win the $2,250 Open Mares Pace in 1:59.2 for driver Jason Hughes, conditioner Jennifer Trainor and owner Danny Birt of Stratford. Second went to Woodmere Articblue (Campbell) with Prettyndangerous (Adam Merner) completing the $624.40 triactor. Joe MacDonald had the first victory of his young training career as the Breadalbane resident conditioned race 7 winner Tell Me Why. Corey MacPherson was in the bike for her 1:59.1 victory. Drivers Merner and Barrieau also had driving doubles on the card. Sunday Nov. 19, 2017 - Front End Reigns Supreme In Red Shores Preferred Adkins Hanover does his best work with his foes behind him and showed how well those tactics work in the Sunday afternoon Preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. In line to Corey MacPherson, Adkins Hanover seized the lead from the start in the $2,550 preferred pace with fractions of 27.2, 56.4 and 1:27.1 on a wet track with a three-second variant. The Trevor Hicken trained pacer closed the mile out in 1:57.2 over Czar Seelster (Driven by Todd Weatherbee) and Red Magician (Gilles Barrieau). Adkins Hanover is owned by Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Que. Trainor Vaughan Doyle had two wins on the program including a pari-mutuel shocker in race 10 as he steered Windsun Rebel to a 60-1 upset in the $1,200 class. Owned by Darla Jay of Charlottetown and Shelly Wilkie of Stratford, Windsun Rebel paid a healthy $122.40 for his $2 win ticket backers. Leading driver Marc Campbell had two winners on the card to give him 141 so far this season at Red Shores Charlottetown, just three shy of his 144 record total from the 2016 season. There are eight cards left to go in the calendar year for Campbell to add to his numbers. Drivers Kenny Arsenault and Gordie Hennessey also had driving doubles on the program. Live racing continues next Saturday and Sunday afternoons at Red Shores Charlottetown with P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owner's Association Horse Person's Day scheduled for Saturday afternoon, featuring the Paul MacDonald Memorial Driving Championship. For more information check out www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The annual Champions Gala, honoring the top horsemen and women and the leading horses of the 2017 harness racing season in Quebec, was held Saturday, November 18 at the Hippodrome 3R. The event was sold out well in advance. There were numerous special awards honoring the top men and women in harness racing this past season plus the crowning of the champion horses in stakes races and overnight events. A great time was had by all as track announcer Guy Lafontaine was again superb as the evenings Emcee along with his associate, Daniel Delise. Female Groom of the Year Award went to Joanie Leonard, a member of the Maxime Velaye Team Stable. She was very present throughout the summer to paddocks for the horses of the team. This young woman is very good at her business, efficient and competent. Male Groom of the Year is Maxim Dubuc, a member of the Simon Delisle Team. Highly visible at the paddock in virtually every program, you will see him working on one or more horses with speed, efficiency and skill. A sure bet that Simon Delisle relies on this man. A 4th Star Award went to Sylvain Fontaine. The 4th Star is awarded to a person from the business of harness racing that we do not often talk about, which often goes under the radar, but which is no less deserving. The honor goes to Fontaine, a driver, trainer, busy at the paddock on race days. Rarely one word higher than the other, he does well what he has to do and positions his horses well in the race without brutalizing them. Nicknamed "Balou" for friends, his friends in the paddock cannot be counted anymore. A 4th Star Award went to driver Steeven Genois. He is never discouraged, despite sometimes long periods without a trip to the winner's circle. With the confidence of some trainers helping, he persevered and finally earned his share of victories. With the support of his wife Melanie, Steeven finally sees better days dawning on the horizon. The Excellence Media Award was presented to Carole Dumont for the launch and production of the program "On Track" presented on Videotron as part of the Ma TV series. Carole gives all his heart and all his expertise in the realization of this series of broadcasts that were intended to open to a wide audience the doors of an unknown universe, harness racing. The show was hailed by the industry and the general public. A must see. Trotter of the Year, Lucky Promesses, owned, bred and driven by Jerome Lombart, trained by Andreane Lapierre. Her record at H3R was absolutely sensational. It reads: 22 starts (8-1-0) $ 20,832, record of 1.58.2 taken at Rideau. At home it was 2.00.4. She has had nine straight wins, including Bedford and Rideau. Hats off to Jerome Lombart, who with his patience brought the mare to this high level of performance. The Pacer of the Year, Rainbow Palace, owned and driven by Francis Picard, trained by Dominique Picard, bought for C$7,500 at the Forest City Auction, this daughter of Royal Mattjesty had a year of dreams in 2017 while producing only at home, Her record with us: 21 starts (7-2-5) C$24,102, and especially a record of 1.54.3. Owner of the Year, Kevin Maguire. New category introduced this year. Who other than Kevin Maguire to illustrate the investment in time, money in the industry, which gave him a little this year by crowning his mare Magestic M, winner of the Breeders Cup. A great success that Kevin had in 2017. Previous years have not always been rewarded like this one. Our man nevertheless continued to devote himself to his passion. His statistics at H3R also impressive in 2017, under a record of 75 starts (11-14-8) and C$94,094 in earnings. Trainer of the Year, Francis Richard. New generation, new approach, great talent and extremely friendly personality, a big plus for the industry from the contribution of Francis this year. And the number of owners who trust him is a testament to his talent and expertise. A well-deserved title under a record of 109 (26-16-11) C$142,139. Driver of the Year, Stephane Brosseau. Another outstanding ambassador for the industry. 2017 was the year of the great return to the summit, that of the recognition of many trainers in his talent out of the ordinary to drive with skill the young horses. A combination of events and people will have allowed Stephane to experience a dream year, in a job he loves. His record: 277 (53-55-44) C$297,817, average URS of .355. Personality of the Year, Claude Hamel. HP here, HP there, the HP of Claude Hamel the breeder is now known throughout Canada. The man has given a lot to the industry in recent decades. With his wife Celine Paquin, he has set up a farm which they can be rightly proud. This year again, the HP horses have shone, the most beautiful flagship being so far, the incredible HP Sissy, winner here and in the USA at the highest levels at Yonkers Raceway. And we're not talking about the many horses that Claude is associated with in Ontario, and they too race at the highest level. The Special Achievement Award was presented to François Carignan, the Director of Operations at H3R. The Quebec Jockey Club paid tribute to the man who has worked the Trois-Rivières racecourse throughout the region and in Quebec over the last fifty years. To speak about François is to talk about his passion for the racetrack, the races, the horses and the customers with whom he has developed great relationships over the years, a complicity that is rarely seen. It was a superb way to close a very successful gala. The fifth annual since the revival of the industry by the Quebec Jockey Club. 2017 Champion Horses 2-year-old Filly Trotter Precious CC (Angus Hall - Marion Chocolate - Chocolatier) 2:03.3 Owner: Marie-Andrée Cornoyer Breeder: Raymond Larose Trainer-driver: Claude Beausoleil 2-year-old Colt Trotter Ganymede Lavec (Ganymede - Promising Lavec - Mr Lavec) 2.07 Owner and breeder: Jerome Lombart Trainer: Andrene Lapierre Driver: Jerome Lombart 2- year- old Filly Pacer Rose Bed (Bayama Leader - Intense - Shanghai Phil) 2:02 Owner-breeder: Guy Corbeil Trainer: Maxime Velaye Driver: Daniel Dube 2-year-old Colt Pacer Stock (Sportswriter - Whycantiforgetyou - The Panderosa) 1:57 Proprietors: Sotirios Anastasopoulos, Gaetan Bono Breeder: Sotirios Anastasopoulos Trainer: Dany Fontaine Driver: Stephane Brosseau 3-year-old Filly Trotter Magestic M (The Majestic Son - Striking Sybil - Striking Sahbra) 2.03.1 Owner - Breeder: Kevin Maguire Trainer: Kevin Maguire Driver: Louis-Philippe Roy 3-year-old Colt Trotter Dream Sensor (Muscle Mass - Nobility - Monte Hall) 2.00.1 Owner-Breeder: Provocative Stable Trainer: Maxime Velaye Driver: Daniel Dube 3-year-old Filly Pacer YS Tallia (Western Ideal - Tallinn Bolero - Arts Conquest) 1.58.4 Owner - breeder: Yves Sarrazin Trainer: Michel Allard Driver: Daniel Dube 3-year-old Colt Pacer Wildriverbumblebee (Sportswriter - Alcor Semalu - Mach Three) 1.59.1 Breeder owner: Dr. John Bradbury Coach: Francis Richard Driver: Stephane Brosseau Older Mare Trotter Artemis Duharas (Andover Hall - Athena Duharas - Victory Force) 2.03.1 Owner - breeder: Haras De l'Estrie Trainer: Manon Levasseur Driver: Raymond Gingras Older Horse Trotter Wildwild Men (Muscle Mass - Seeyouinthecircle - Angus Hall) 1.59.1 Owner: Catheline Pelletier Breeder: Chantal Gravel Coach: Isabelle Darveau Driver: Rob Shepherd Older Mare Pacer HP Sissy (Up The Credit - Monica Blue Chip - Cams Card Shark) 1.55 Owner - breeder: Claude Hamel Trainer: Jean Tourigny Driver: Louis-Philippe Roy Older Horse Pacer Half Billion (Sportswriter - Racey Date - Western Hanover) 1.52.2 Proprietors: Michel Letarte, Francois Letarte, Jean Allaire, Corey Giles Breeder: Hudson Standardbred Trainer: Francis Richard Driver: Louis-Philippe Roy New Track Record Windsun Cheyenne Trainer and owner, Gina Bragagnolo Driver: Stéphane Brosseau 1½ mile, 2.58.1, August 27th, 5th race By Daniel Delisle for the Quebec Jockey Club  

TORONTO, November 18 -Leading owner Brad Grant and leading harness racing driver Doug McNair teamed up to once again sweep the Preferred paces on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack,. It was a rainy Saturday evening at the Toronto oval, but that didn't slow down the momentum of last week's Preferred winners Easy Lover Hanover and Witch Dali. Easy Lover Hanover was the 2/5 favourite in the $34,000 Preferred and picked up his third consecutive victory with an easy-looking 1:53 score. Driver Doug McNair got away third with the Ben Wallace trainee and made a backstretch brush to the lead before the half. 'Easy Lover' proceeded to post fractions of :56.1 and 1:25, before stepping home in :28 for the victory. Nirvana Seelster was second, while Ellis Park was third. Saturday's victory gives Easy Lover Hanover six wins in 21 starts this season. The four-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere has banked over $164,000 this season to bring his career totals to 22 wins and $530,509 earned. McNair's victory with 'Easy Lover' gave him four on the card. The Wallace trainee paid $2.90 to win. Easy Lover Hanover Witch Dali went coast to coast to win the $30,000 Mares Preferred in 1:53.3. The Richard Moreau trained six-year-old cut out fractions of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:25.2, before kicking home in :28.1 to win by a length and a half. Moreau's other student Ms Mac N Cheese finished second, while L A Delight was third. Witch Dali is now three for 20 this season with $97,320 banked. The daughter of Dali is now a 22-time winner and her career earnings now sit at $445,668. The Moreau trainee paid $7.70 to win. Witch Dali Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

GUELPH, ON — There’s a fierce rivalry brewing between the 110 harness racing horses and their 362 owners at The Stable in Guelph. But it’s not about which horses can trot or pace the quickest race. It’s about which horses will feed the most people. During The Stable’s annual Christmas Open House on November 26, each horse will be represented by an empty 25 kg feed bag — all displayed with bows and the horses’ nametags, adorning the front lawn at Tomiko Training Centre (near Puslinch, ON). The goal is to fill all 110 bags (three tons — the weight equivalent of three racehorses) with much-needed items for the Guelph Food Bank, which services between 85 – 110 people every day. The Open House is free to attend and all ages are welcome. An RSVP is requested. Complimentary hot drinks and snacks will be available. The Stable urges guests to bring items listed on the Guelph Food Bank’s most wanted list. For those unable to attend the Open House, but wishing to participate in the effort, a GoFundMe page has been established. Funds will be used for the purchase of food items and any remaining monies will be donated directly to the Guelph Food Bank. The event runs 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and features 57 of The Stable’s horses training in 12 sets on the racetrack. The races will be captured by drone camera and streamed on The Stable’s website. The broadcast will include interviews, feature stories about the horses, and commentary from show hosts and drivers on the racetrack. Throughout the day, guests can meet the horses, plus clients and staff of The Stable. Shares are available for 12 of the horses, and purchases can be made on-site. Clients can purchase as little as one share, which currently run as low as $95 (plus tax). A fixed monthly fee of $23.85 (plus tax) covers the horse’s daily care and training. There are currently 110 horses and 362 active racehorse owners from 10 countries in The Stable. Trainers Anthony and Amy MacDonald launched the venture in 2015 as a fractional ownership stable — a model which welcomes newcomers to Standardbred racehorse ownership with a very modest and low-risk investment, and completely accessible and transparent operations. A catalogue will be available on The Stable.ca website on November 24, detailing all horses for which shares are available for purchase. The catalogue will include a schedule of when each horse will be showcased on the broadcast during the Open House. For more information, contact Anthony at anthony@thestable.ca or (519) 400-4263. EVENT SNAPSHOT • The Stable’s Annual Christmas Open House • Sunday, November 26, 2017 • Drop-in any time between 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. • Tomiko Training Centre 210 Campbellville Rd, Campbellville • Free admission but RSVP appreciated. Children welcome. • Bring at least one of these items for the Guelph Food Bank • Supervised access to the horses available all day • Complimentary hot drinks and snacks • Questions? Anthony anthony@thestable.ca or (519) 400-4263 • Website www.thestable.ca • Facebook www.facebook.com/thestablecanada  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The action promises to remain red hot all weekend with a pair of race cards scheduled at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The capital oval will play host to programs Saturday and Sunday afternoon with 12:30 P.M. start times and the 'King' of Island racing looking to make more history. Red Shores leading driver Marc Campbell has 137 wins so far this season at Red Shores Charlottetown and inches closer to his own all-time dash title at the capital oval after winning 144 races in the 2016 season. Counting action this weekend, there are 10 programs left for Campbell's pursuit of another record. Campbell will look to get one of those record breaking wins in the Saturday afternoon feature with Forever Paradise. The son of Western Paradise will search for a repeat performance in the $2,250 preferred 2 pace finale on the 12-race Saturday afternoon card. The Kevin MacLean trainee was a winner in 1:55.4 last Sunday on the final day of 2017 live racing at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway and gets Campbell back in the bike. The 56-time winner is owned by Reg MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe. Forever Paradise gets post 3 this week while Simon Said also gets a favourable starting post with number 2 on the gate. The Joey Squires trained Simon Said teamed up with Mark Bradley to upset the top pacers on the grounds last weekend in the preferred class and will look to build on that 1:56.1 victory. Painted Desert has been on a roll this Fall at Red Shores Summerside in the top event but has to contend with post 8 this week for driver Corey MacPherson. Race analyst Les MacIsaac likes the chances of post 3 starter Forever Paradise to land in the winner's circle Saturday afternoon. "Forever Paradise got away from the bearcats last week and responded with a seasons' best performance," MacIsaac said. "Off an effort like that there's not much to dislike so don't rule out a repeat." Other entries include Perfect Escape (Driven by Gilles Barrieau), The Big Bite (Walter Cheverie), Mando Fun (Kenny Arsenault), Mr Irresistible (Jason Hughes) and Smiley Bayama (Adam Merner). In other action, the ultra-competitive Open Mares pace lines up behind the gate in race 9 for a $2,250 purse. The class has had four different winners in the last five weeks and they all meet again Saturday including top entries Ramblinglily (Ken Murphy), Good Luck Kathy (Jason Hughes), Prettyndangerous (Adam Merner) and Itsallaboutthebass (Arsenault). Even though he was defeated his last time out, Freddie headlines the race 3 $1,850 Open trot as the morning line favourite for trainer-driver Campbell and owners Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. The 36-time winner gets the outside post in the field of six after losing by a narrow margin to Holy Molie Maggie (MacPherson) last week. That mare will leave from post 3 in this week's contest. Adkins Hanover Headlines Red Shores Preferred. Live racing action continues Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park with 13-dashes on tap for a 12:30 P.M. start. In a rare occurrence, a field of six preferred 1 pacers hit the track for a $2,550 purse in race 12 with not a single horse in the group showing a win in their last start. Adkins Hanover was narrowly upset last week at Red Shores Charlottetown in this class and gets post 4 on Sunday for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Que. The eight-year-old son of Western Ideal has all readt won 12 races on the season with front end tactics yielding most of his results. Rose Run Quest has post 6 while he looks to defend his incredible record of 12 straight top three finishes since coming to P.E.I., while his trainer-driver will be looking to make more history with just seven more wins needed to equal his record. Czar Seelster has rail control in the preferred pace after last week finally missing the top two since relocating to P.E.I. Todd Weatherbee trains and drives the pacer. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will look for Adkins Hanover to go to front and hang on from post 4. "Adkins Hanover's modest winning streak came to an end last week after doing all the road work but it was still a big effort," MacIsaac said. "Should have a fairly easy path to the front today and if Corey can steal a fraction it could be all over." Other entries in the deep field include Junebugs Baby (Myles Heffernan), Red Magician (Gilles Barrieau) and Allstar Seelster (Norris Rogers). Race 3 has a newcomer to Island racing with DJ Supreme leaving from post 4 in the $1,600 event. Terry Gallant now trains and drives the nine-year-old son of Force Of Life for owner William McElvain of Maine. The 28-time-winner was racing at Bangor Raceway in Maine but was formerly campaigned on the Atlantic Sires Stakes circuit in Nova Scotia in 2010-2011. Catch the action live at the track or check out www.Redshores.ca for more information. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

The Black Book Yearling and Mixed sale was held last week in Harrisburg, Pa., with more than 1,600 standardbreds going through the ring and Island buyers in the middle of the harness racing action. Windemere Farms of Hampshire purchased the Sportswriter yearling colt Cal Hanover for $27,000 at the U.S. sale. Blaine MacPherson, master of Howmac Farms in North Wiltshire, bought Clare Hall Hanover for $17,000. The daughter of Well Said is also a yearling. Allan MacDonald of Souris, of State Treasurer fame, bought the yearling filly Jolie Pearl, by Bettor’s Delight, for $15,000. Jolie Pearl is out of a sister to 2013 Sobeys Gold Cup and Saucer winner Escape The News. In other yearling sale action, Natasha Campbell of Winsloe signed for Navy Pilot Hanover with a $13,000 price tag. The yearling colt is a son of Western Ideal out of a half-sister to 2017 Gold Cup and Saucer finalist Sapphire City. Robert Phillips of Caledonia shelled out $7,000 for the Big Jim gelded yearling Rockyroad Slimjim. Jim Gorman of South Melville also purchased Rave Review, paying $22,000 for the yearling daughter of Bettors Delight. Rave Review is out of a sister to $2.9 million earner All Bets Off. In the mixed portion of the Harrisburg sale, Ryan Neill of Winsloe bought the broodmare Brown Velvet for $4,000. The 12-year-old daughter of Andover Hall is in foal to Pennsylvania stallion Muscle Massive. Jamie Whalen of Avondale purchased the 13-year-old broodmare Goddess’s Angel, in foal to Pennsylvania stud Ponder, for $2,000. Ian Smith of Stratford signed for 13-year-old broodmare Lady Sometimes for a $28,000 price tag. The daughter of Armbro Mackintosh has all ready produced $500,000 winner Sometimes Said and is in foal to world champion Somebeachsomewhere. Danny Birt of Stratford has had an impressive first year as a harness racing owner and chose to invest once again with the purchase of five-year-old racehorse Winter Blast. The son of Sand Shooter sold for $20,000 at the Pennsylvania sale with Birt signing the papers for the $100,000 winner who all ready won in 1:53.3 this year over the half-mile oval at Flamboro Downs. Buntainwood Farms of Brackley Beach sold five horses at the Black Book Sale, including Maritime champion Malabrigo. The eight-year-old daughter of Western Paradise sold as a broodmare not in foal for $2,500 with her former trainer Marc Campbell teaming up with fellow Winsloe resident Darryl MacLean to buy the pacing mare. Malabrigo went to Kentucky at the completion of her undefeated 2012 season, and all four of her offspring were also sold by Buntainwood Farms at the sale. Mirasol, a yearling filly by Somebeachsomewhere out of Malabrigo, was purchased by Delaware interests for $17,000, while a weanling gelding out of Malabrigo by Bettor’s Delight was bought by a New York owner for $10,000. Malnificent, a two-year-old Somebeachsomewhere filly out of Malabrigo, was bought by an Ontario owner for $11,000, with the three-year-old filly out of Malabrigo, Millamia by Bettors Delight, was bought by a Michigan owner for $4,000. P.E.I. Scene Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway held their final card of the season Sunday afternoon. Action now shifts to Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park with programs scheduled for Saturday and Sunday this week, both with 12:30 p.m. post times. The capital oval currently has three weekends with Saturday-Sunday racing scheduled up until Dec. 3 before the track goes to once a week racing until early February. Nicholas Oakes' column appears in The Guardian each Friday. He can be reached at nicholasoakes@hotmail.com. Nick’s Picks Saturday at 12:30 P.M. at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park: Race 1 – Regal Party Girl Race 2 – Brief Interlude Race 3 – Freddie Race 4 – West River Ambyr Race 5 – Hop Up Race 6 – Zarkana Race 7 – Nikes Cowgirl Race 8 – Sir Native Race 9 – Ramblinglily Race 10 – Windsun Kenda Race 11 – Avid Yankee Race 12 – Forever Paradise Nicholas Oakes Reprinted with permission of The Guardian

Peterborough County council will review a request to lobby the province for more harness racing dates for Kawartha Downs in Fraserville, Ont. Cavan Monaghan Township Mayor Scott McFadden is asking for support to make harness racing in his municipality viable. Recently, the Ontario Racing Association denied Kawartha Downs’ request to hold 40 races next season instead of 18. The facility will be losing its slot machines when the new Shorelines Casino opens in Peterborough late next year. Kawartha Downs wanted extra horse race dates to make up for the projected 85 per cent drop in revenue. “With 85 per cent of their revenues currently coming through the slots for the Kawartha downs facility, leaving them at 18 race dates is essentially going to cause great hardship when it comes to ensuring long-term sustainability of harness racing at Kawartha Downs,” said McFadden. County council will consider McFadden’s request to write to the ORA and Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal to reconsider the decision. County Warden Joe Taylor said the issue will be further discussed at the Dec. 6 meeting. Council is also getting ready for budget deliberations and on Wednesday heard from several organizations seeking support including Fairhaven Longterm Care Centre in Peterborough which is seeking an additional $25,000, even though measures were taken this year to save tens of thousands of dollars. The County and City of Peterborough provide funding for the facility. “The ministry has very bluntly said they do not fund inflation. Period,” said Fairhaven’s executive director Lionel Towns. “We’ve combined two senior management positions; we deleted a senior management position. We’ve decreased consultants to next to nil.” Another plea to open the purse strings came from the Peterborough Family Health Team. It has acquired six new physicians and needs almost $15,000 more for its recruitment budget. “Unlike specialists who may work in a hospital environment and are paid a salary, our physicians are not paid a salary,” said executive director Lori Richey. And public works says it needs close to $825,000 more to keep up its 2018 infrastructure program fixing roads and bridges. By Greg Davis Reprinted with permission of Global News

TORONTO, November 14 - A Toronto area couple enjoying a Friday night movie at home got a surprise ending that seemingly only Hollywood writers could manufacture. However, the harness racing shocker didn't come on the small screen they were expecting. A female HPIbet customer, who asked not to be identified, and her husband took down the entire Woodbine Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 last Friday for a $146,937.92 pay day. While many horseplayers were left scratching their heads when the payouts on Friday's tenth-race at Woodbine appeared, the Toronto couple was locked in a flick and had no idea of their luck. "We were watching a movie, we didn't see it," said the Toronto HPIbet customer, whose husband placed the wager on their account. "He just ran upstairs did it, noticed it was zero minutes, put it in, ran back downstairs and we finished watching our movie." It wasn't unusual for her husband to make a wager on the Jackpot Hi-5, as he was aware that the carryover was up over the $100,000 mark. The ticket that her husband wagered cost just a mere $1.20 and was the only ticket in the $27,048 pool to correctly select the top-five finishers in order. Long shots filled the top-five, while the public's top choices failed to make an appearance. The average horseplayer couldn't have predicted the results of the bizarre Jackpot Hi-5 race, but the winning couple wasn't playing by the program page, but rather by numbers that had a special meaning. "Part of the numbers were my husband's dad's room numbers from when he was in the hospital - six, five, two, nine - and then he just took 'all' after that and it came in." The winner's husband's father passed away three years ago. The special numbers ended up leading to the Toronto couple winning the $146,937.92 jackpot. The couple didn't get a chance to react in the moment, instead finding out as they went to bed. "He went back upstairs just before bed and he hit refresh and that number came up," recalls the Toronto woman. "I was still watching TV and he yelled at me to go upstairs and I thought something was wrong because he had a heart attack a couple of years ago...and then I went upstairs and I didn't believe it until I actually got the cheque in hand." The Toronto couple visited Woodbine the following afternoon to receive their winnings and proceeded to have lunch while enjoying some Thoroughbred racing. "It was the most relaxing lunch we've had." Ironically enough, the couple first signed up for their HPIbet account when having dinner at the track just a few years ago. "One time we went to Woodbine and we had dinner there at the buffet and sat at the front and watched the horses, so we just signed up." Winning $146,937.92 doesn't happen every day and the couple has a few ideas for what they plan to do with their winnings. "We are going to put some money aside for the kids for school and we could do a nice trip and pay our bills." With the weather now on the chilly side, it wasn't lost on the couple the timing of their luck. "It's making things a little more comfortable and helpful especially with Christmas right around the corner." Mark McKelvie

The Homestretch was packed at Fraser Downs racetrack on Saturday, Nov. 11, for the annual Breeders Classic Day. The excitement was high – the event is what Standardbred Canada calls the “richest day of harness racing in British Columbia,” with four $100,000 finals races in one action-packed afternoon. “It was really exciting,” said BC Harness Racing executive director Carla Robin. “It’s the showcase of the year for our young horses, two to three years old, and the Homestretch was absolutely packed.” Robin said it was a great day of racing, despite the less than favourable weather conditions. At one point, track operators had to halt the races and do track maintenance for 45 minutes, in order to ensure safe and fair racing. But the pause didn’t detract from the excitement, said Robin, and the last race of the night was just as nail-biting as the first three. Rick Mowles’ J J J Stables won three of the four $100,000 finals, starting with the $100,000 Robert Millbank Memorial Breeders Take for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Driver Jim Marino steered Ron Bakardi to victory with a two-length score of 1:57 in the first final of the day. Canadian Pharaoh was close behind in second, with Machitoutofthepark for third. Scardy Cat took off during the $100,000 Betty Millbank Memorial Breeders Stake for two-year-old pacing fillies, coming in with 1:58.4 after two favoured horses made breaks early on in the race. FOR MORE: Cloverdale’s Fraser Downs still racing strong RELATED: Fraser Downs harness racing industry back on track The third race of the day featured Yoga Pants – the young one to watch. “Our champions were just amazing young horses,” said Robin. “Yoga Pants was probably the best, she’s won 11 of her 12 season starts.” Yoga Pants’ near-perfect lifetime record of 15 for 17 has already brought her a $327,409 bankroll. Her race on Saturday afternoon, the $100,000 Mary Murphy Memorial Breeders Stake for three-year-old pacing fillies, was, as Robin recounts, “right down to the wire,” and hard fought. Yoga Pants, and driver Jim Marino, made the lead before the turn and kept ahead. Keys Please, who had been tucked into Yoga Pants’ pocket, made an attempt at the final turn, managing to pull close. Meanwhile, Tahuya Gameday, who had been pacing in third place, pulled forward and found room on Yoga Pants’ inside. When the timer tripped, Yoga Pants came first, Tahuya Gameday in second, with Keys Please third. The last race of the day, the $100,000 Robert Murphy Memorial Breeders Stake for three-year-old colts and geldings, was delayed by the weather, but well worth the wait. Driver Serge Masse and Millbanks Bart had a three-length lead going into the final turn, but it was cut down when Ima Dude took his shot, surging forward from the pocket to close in on the pace-setting horse. But Millbanks Bart kept forward and finished a length before Ima Dude, with Bakardi Gold coming third. The final race finished off a day of fine competition, said Robin. “The horsemen — I have to commend them— they were excited not only for their own successes, but for the success of their fellow horsemen as well.” By Samantha Anderson Reprinted with permission of The Peace Arch News

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Nahupicks.com and Thestable.ca have teamed up to present their new apparel line just in time for holiday shopping season. The online sale is set to launch at 5pm EST on Wednesday November 22. The clothing line will feature three different items aimed at keeping you, and that special Harness Racing fan warm during the cold winter months ahead. T-shirts, Hats, and Jackets will be sold on a pre-order status until December 5th with guaranteed delivery by Christmas. All orders within the USA and Canada will receive free shipping as well. Shop exclusively at www.nahupicks.com which can be accessed on PC, Tablet, and Mobile devices. All payments will be accepted through PayPal for your convenience. On Cyber Monday (November 27th) a special 10% off will be applied directly on the site as well between 7am-9pm. All products will be shipped to the address associated with your PayPal account. Any special requests should be sent during the checkout process. NahuPicks and Thestable.ca are taking suggestions for needy families as well. The duo will send free gear, and a “gift box” of toys to 5 deserving families. Entries for the giveaway can be sent via email to Rod@nahupicks.com, or Anthony@thestable.ca Please include the name, address, and number of children in the household you would like to submit. Don’t forget this Sunday will be Thestable.ca Open House broadcast featuring 57 yearlings hitting the track. Broadcasts can be viewed on Twitter, Periscope, YouTube, Facebook, and the NEW ROKU Channel: North American Harness Update. To access the channel in your Roku Store just type in NAHU and download. The live broadcast will take place from 10a-3pm.  
Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce that a National Driving Championship (NDC) will be hosted in 2018 and the winner will have the opportunity to join 2017 Harness Racing World Driving Champion, James MacDonald, in the 2019 World Driving Championship in Sweden. Standardbred Canada hosted the 2017 World Driving Championship (WDC) in August and MacDonald's victory earned him an automatic invitation to the 2019 event in which he will become the representative for the International Trotting Association. Canada was invited to send a second driver to the 2019 event and Standardbred Canada's Board of Directors accepted the invitation. For the 2017 WDC, New Zealand also opted to send a second driver, Mark Purdon, along with the 2015 defending World Driving Champion, Dexter Dunn. "This is a great opportunity for another one of our top drivers to represent Canada on the international stage," said Dan Gall, President and CEO of Standardbred Canada. "We had such positive feedback and outstanding wagering results with the field of 11 drivers for the 2017 event that we felt it made sense for us to support the 2019 WDC by sending that 11th competitor." In 2018, a regional driving championship will be hosted in each of Standardbred Canada's four regions, and the top two drivers from each of those events will have the opportunity to compete in the National event. All championships are one-day events, consisting of eight races with drivers earning points based on their official finishing position. A Request For Proposals for host tracks will be issued later this week and track hosts will be announced in early January.   Kathy Wade Vlaar Manager, Industry Marketing Standardbred Canada
CAMPBELLVILLE, November 21, 2017 - The Standardbred Alliance today released details regarding a group of harness racing claiming series to take place during the month of December at Flamboro Downs and The Raceway at Western Fair District. The Alliance Holiday Claiming Series will have six events with three held at Flamboro and three at Western Fair. Each series will have two preliminary legs and an added-money final. The conditions for each series are as follows: Event A: Trot, Claiming $8,500. Allowances for Age & Sex. Event B: Pace, Horses & Geldings, Claiming $7,000. Allowances for Age & Sex. Event C: Pace, Horses & Geldings, Claiming $15,000 for Non-Winners of $30,000 lifetime, as of midnight, December 1, 2017. No allowances on earnings. Event D: Pace, Fillies & Mares, Claiming $7,000. Plus Allowances. Event E: Pace, Fillies & Mares, Claiming $15,000 for Non-Winners of $30,000 lifetime, as of midnight, December 1, 2017. No allowances on earnings. Event F: Trot, Claiming $15,000 for Non-Winners of $30,000 (Fillies & Mares $37,500) lifetime, as of midnight, December 1, 2017. No allowances on earnings. (Note: Events A, B, C will be raced at Western Fair and Events D, E, F will be raced at Flamboro) The nomination fee for each event is $100 ($80 USD) and nominations close Friday, December 1. The nomination form can be viewed by clicking here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than December 1, 2017 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. Alliance Holiday Claiming Series payments can also be made online at www.woodbineentertainment.com/sbpayments.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Media Communications
Campbellville: More than 50 harness racing yearlings by leading sires such as Kadabra, Sweet Lou, Somebeachsomewhere and Captaintreacherous purchased at the fall yearling sales, will hit the training track Sunday for thestable.ca's second annual Open House. "Every year our open house gets bigger and better," said Anthony MacDonald, who launched thestable.ca three years ago with wife Amy. "This year, we will have 57 yearlings out jogging in sets, with shares still available in many yearlings from $70 per 1% of ownership." The event, expected to attract hundreds of owners and prospective buyers, is scheduled at Tomiko Training Centre in Hamilton on Sunday, Nov. 26, from 10 am to 3 pm, with the first set pulling onto the track at 10 am.   Thestable.ca drone will beam the event world wide, with live commentary from Fred MacDonald and Ben Wallace. Wallace is a hall of fame trainer while MacDonald is a sports newscaster, writer and recent canadian senate award metal recipient. Neither are strangers to the track or the racing world. "They got along really well last time and if you let them get rambling, they both make me look like a mute" said Anthony jokingly of the pair. "My father knows lots about breeding (and talking) while Ben is one of the most decorated trainers around. Both very knowledgeable and they compliment one another rather well. We are really lucky to have them both".   Snacks and coffee will be on hand and one of the barns newest clients Adriano Sorella commandeered a food truck for the event. Sending out a statement of his own:   "The truck will be there 10am. Fresh cut NY style French fries, and Jumbo Ballpark hotdogs with all the fixings. Compliments of my family to our new family. All of you!"   Tour the barns and meet the horses, trainers and staff.   This year, 110 empty, 25 kg. feed bags - one for each horse in thestable - will be set out for those attending the open house to fill for the Guelph Food Bank.   Admission is free with a non-perishable item to the food bank. If you can't make it out and still want to help those less fortunate, feel free to donate to the gofund me page set up by thestable.ca for the guelph food bank: https://www.gofundme.com/thestableca-horses-feed-people   Thestable.ca is one of the fastest growing fractional share ownership programs in North America.   Launched three years ago by Anthony and Amy MacDonald, thestable.ca started with 18 yearlings and 39 owners. A year later, it had grown to 146 owners and 39 yearlings. In year three, thestable.ca now has a total of 107 horses in training and 367 owners in ten countries.   "It's pretty evident after three years there's a huge demand among the general public all over the world for affordable horse ownership," MacDonald said.   From last year's crop of 39 yearlings personally selected at the sales by the MacDonalds, came major stakes winning and stakes placed horses Lawmaker, Cruising In Style, Canale Hanover, Lima Son, Win Chaser and Zeppelin Bi.   Thestable.ca has two additional trainers and 20 staff overseeing the horses, which include yearlings-in-training, two year olds and older horses in racing.   The program has an innovative single share concept that allows owners to purchase anywhere from 1 to 100 shares in promising yearlings purchased at the fall yearling sales in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, New York, Ontario and Pennsylvania.  
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