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EquiMania! Kicked off 2018 at Can-Am

Guelph, ON April, 25, 2018 - EquiMania! would like to extend a sincere thank you to the organizers, supporters, sponsors, volunteers and the attendees at the Can-Am Equine Expo in Markham, ON. It was the 13th consecutive year of participation for EquiMania! at yet another brilliant show! Can-Am is always a must-attend for horse lovers from all disciplines. The April 6 – 8 event offered a multitude of learning opportunities, as well as entertainment and shopping for a well-rounded sensational outing. The staff and volunteers manning the education booth and Equimania! fun zone are always impressed by the dedicated equestrians coming out to Can-Am to further their equine knowledge.   To build on Can-Am’s atmosphere of education, attendees of the Equine Guelph and EquiMania! displays were encouraged to fill out ballots for a chance to win a free short online course from The Horse Portal.   Congratulations to Victoria Ayres, of Queensville, Ontario, who won her choice of one of the following 3-week courses offered to ages 16 and up: Horse Care & Welfare (September 17 – October 5, 2018), Sickness Prevention (October 15 – 26, 2018), Gut Health and Colic Prevention (November 12 – 30, 2018) or Horse Behaviour & Safety (January 21 – February 8, 2019). Congratulations also go out to Teya from Ontario, who won free enrolment into Horse Behaviour & Safety for Youth (July 23 – August 10, 2018). Check out The Horse Portalfor more information on these courses and upcoming 12 week courses.    “My heartfelt thanks go out to Ross Millar and the Can-Am team, especially auction organizer Janice Blakeney, for their dedication to putting together the annual Art Auction featured at the Can-Am Saturday Evening Extravaganza,” says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph. The auction was a resounding success with $4275.00 raised in under 15 minutes, with all the proceeds going to Equine Guelph. Many thanks to the four talented ladies who donated their beautiful pieces of art include: Nola McConnan, Ann Clifford, Kelly Plitz and Shawn Hamilton.    Equine Guelph would also like to acknowledge Heartland star, Amber Marshall for her role in the art auction. Amber provided a gift basket (signed magazines, necklace she wears on Heartland show, horse treats). When a call came out from the crowd to include a selfie, she quickly agreed to add that to the gift pack. The bidding quickly reached $800, and there were still 3 bidders at this level, so Amber suggested she would provide 3 gift packs and selfies if everyone would donate $800.  She tripled the donation with this action! Thank you Amber!   The strength of great partnerships has made EquiMania! a popular exhibit in Ontario and beyond. Equine Guelph thanks the sponsors and volunteers who make it possible to bring EquiMania! to approximately 2 million visitors every year! Thank you ESSO, Greenhawk, Kubota Canada, Ontario Equestrian, Shur-Gain, SSG Gloves, Standardbred Canada, System Fencing and Workplace Safety and Prevention Services.    To book EquiMania! for your next event contact Eq4kids@uoguelph.ca    Kids, visit EquiMania! online to play games online & stay tuned to upcoming events for more EquiMania! outings.   Equine Guelph

Francis Richard, harness racing

Trainer Francis Richard set for H3R opening day

Trois- Rivieres, QC - Last year at the Hippodrome 3R, it was a breakout season for harness racing trainer Francis Richard of Cambridge, Ontario and the 27-year-old is looking forward to another big season in 2018. In 2017 Richard sent out 44 winners from his stable with 22 second and 16 third place finishes. His universal driving rating (batting average) was a very impressive .391. Richard won his first ever training title at H3R last season with 26 wins. "It was such a great feeling winning the training title last season," Richard said. "I am from 3R, so winning there made it more special to me as growing up I always went to the races. So far in 2018, Richard is off to an excellent start. Racing at Rideau Carlton Raceway, Richard already has 24 wins, 7 second and 8 third place finishes and his UDR is a superb .519. "Yes, I have been having some good luck at Rideau this season." Richard explained. "I have trained down about a dozen horses for this year plus we have some racehorses now at Rideau. I will be racing both at Rideau and at 3R this summer, depending which classes suits better to my horses." Richard's said he has entered DJ Power and Sporting The Look for opening day Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. "For sure Wildriverbumblebee is among the top horses in my stable for this year," Richard said. "I didn't have the privilege to train him down this winter thought, his owner Dr. John Bradbury is currently training him, but I will get him soon enough." Owned and bred by Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Easton, Wildriverbumblebee is a son of Sportswriter from the Mach Three mare, Alcor Semalu. His record last season was seven wins and one second place finish in just nine starts. His race record is 1:51.2 and he is the two-time Quebec Championship winner. Wildriverbumblebee is also nominated to the $200,000 Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R on August 19. Richard is hoping his horse is good enough to be entered. "I don't think words could explain that feeling to be in the Prix D'Ete," Richard said. "It's a big event and I have loved watching it every year. It sure would be a big thrill to be in it and once you're in the race anything can happen." Track Notes: There are nine races carded for Sunday's opening day program, including both an Invitational-Handicap Trot and Pace. The new post time this Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R is 12:50 pm. When Tuesday night racing begins that new post time will be 6:30 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

The Hippodrome de Montreal grandstand

End of an era

MONTREAL — The abandoned Hippodrome de Montreal grandstand looks over a weed-choked field, a mountain of dirty snow covering the track where horses once thundered past on their way to the finish line. In the almost 10 years since the harness racing track closed, the structure has been quietly decaying as a series of municipal and provincial administrations have struggled to put a plan in place for the immense track of land northwest of Montreal's downtown. Now, that era will likely come to an end in the coming days and weeks as the city moves forward with plans to demolish the clubhouse and decontaminate the 434,000 square-metre terrain. Before that, Montreal police and a team of social workers are expected to make a final scan to ensure no squatters remain. The demolition comes none too soon, according to Coun. Marvin Rotrand. Rotrand, who has represented the district since 1982, believes successive municipal administrations have wasted time in redeveloping the massive vacant terrain into family-friendly housing. "It's a prime and choice site, and it's really nonsense that it's been allowed to remain vacant decade after decade," Rotrand said. The track, known for most of its history as Blue Bonnets, opened in 1907 and closed in 2009. Various proposals have suggested placing anywhere between 3,000 and 8,000 condo units on the site, which is one of the largest parcels of undeveloped land that is relatively close to downtown and accessible by public transit. Community activists are also lobbying for up to 2,500 social housing units on the site. The demolition will be a sad moment for Sylvain Filion, a a four-time Canadian driver of the year who spent the first decades of his career at Blue Bonnets. Filion says his earliest memories include playing in the packed grandstands as a six-year-old as the standardbred horses flew by. "There used to be a huge crowd there for Sunday afternoon racing," said Filion, who moved to the Toronto area after the track closed down. "You don't see crowds like that at the races any more. The ambience was just incredible." Filion, 49, remembers the camaraderie in the barn, the friendly competition and the excitement leading up to big events, such as the Prix d'Ete held every August. "I never thought they'd demolish that place," he said. "At one point it was one of the biggest tracks in North America." At one time, the busy track employed thousands of drivers, trainers, grooms and race officials. But by the 1990s, the industry was in decline. The city purchased the land in 1991 and sold it to the province seven years later. Since the closure, various municipal and provincial governments have negotiated for a plan to redevelop the site, which served as a temporary concert venue for Irish rock band U2 in 2011 and as a temporary snow dump this past winter. Last year, the province agreed to cede the land to the city in exchange for a share in the profits once the lot is parcelled out to developers for condo development. Despite the upcoming demolition, Rotrand says any future housing remains years away. "We're now at the stage where we're actually going to demolish, but doesn't mean anything will happen imminently," he said. By Morgan Lowrie / The Canadian Press Reprinted with permission of The Canadian Press  

Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

2018 Legend Honourees

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce Hector Clouthier Sr. and Frank McMahon as the 2018 CHRHF Legend Honourees.  Originally launched as a millennium project in 2000, the Legends section of the   Hall of Fame is dedicated to honouring the people and horses who significantly contributed to  Canada’s horse racing story over fifty years in the past. The ceremony takes place on May 16. Hector Clouthier Sr. - Standardbred Legend Born in Petawawa February 1, 1916, Hector Clouthier, Sr., began working full-time for his father’s logging company in the Ottawa Valley at age 12 and by 14 was running his own operation.  Known as the “Lumber King of the Ottawa Valley,” his involvement in the family lumber business continued until his death 75 years later, in 2003.  He entered the Standardbred racing industry in 1952. Some of his most noted race horses included Barney Diplomat, purchased in 1953 for the then staggering amount of $10,000, and trained by Hall of Famer Keith Waples, as well as JJ’s Metro who won purses totalling $350,000.   Clouthier established Northwood Stables and the nearby Northwood Hotel in the Pembroke, Ontario area. He began a breeding operation   soon after with the first Northwood-bred foal registered in 1959.  The farm expanded to include 40 broodmares and stood three stallions -- Mr. Dean, Mighty Billie and Macduff.  The Northwood name frequently appeared in races programsin Ontario, Quebec, New York and New Jersey, often with Keith Waples as driver of choice for stake races. Hector eventually became involved in racing industry associations, sitting on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Trotting Association, the Canadian Standardbred Horse Society, and the Ontario Harness Horse Association. It was said that he was one of the founding fathers of organized horsemen in Ontario, helping to negotiate contracts that enabled horsemen to make a career in the racing business.  His support and promotion of the industry assisted in the development of Standardbred breeding and racing.  Clouthier was recruited by the Quebec based United Harness Horsemen’s Association, became the organization’s President, and was soon thrust into contract negotiations with the powerful Jean Louis Levesque, owner of Montreal’s Blue Bonnets Raceway, to resolve a horsemen’s strike over purses. An advocate of stake races for young horses in Ontario, Clouthier was instrumental in starting discussions for what would become the Ontario Sires Stakes program.   We remember Hector Clouthier Sr. as a pioneer and a winner on the track and in life. Frank McMahon - Thoroughbred Legend Time Magazine called Frank McMahon the "man who did the most to open up Northwest Canada's wilderness, and convince oilmen of its treasures." He was also a major contributor to Thoroughbred horse racing in Canada and his was the first major stable in Western Canada. Born in the village of Moyie in the East Kootenays of British Columbia, he was the son of a hard-rock miner.  A founding member of the Jockey Club of Canada, McMahon had early racing success as a partner in Alberta Ranches when their Royal Serenade won the 1953 running of the Hollywood Gold Cup. Other stakes victories, under McMahon's stable colours, followed across Western Canada, including the 1966 British Columbia Derby at Exhibition Park in Vancouver, and the 1970 Canadian Derby at Edmonton's Northlands Park. McMahon, in partnership with Calgary newspaper publisher and CHRHF member Max Bell, won Canada's most important race for home-breds, The Queen's Plate, with Merger in 1968. Bell and McMahon had teamed up earlier, along with singer Bing Crosby who he met while attending Washington State’s Gonzaga University, in ownership of Meadow Court, winner of the Irish Derby and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. In 1969, with Hall of Famer John Longden training, McMahon's gorgeous chestnut colt, Majestic Prince, won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.  An injury compromised the colt's chance at a Triple Crown.  Majestic Prince was later inducted into the US National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1988. In 1970, a son of Majestic Prince, later named Crowned Prince, was purchased at auction in Kentucky for one-half million dollars.  The successful bidder was McMahon, who also co-bred the colt with Leslie Combs II.  Crowned Prince was sent to England to race and was the Champion Two-Year-Old Colt in England in 1971 after winning the Dewhurst and Champagne Stakes.  Mr. McMahon passed away May 20, 1986 in Hamilton, Bermuda.  The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will celebrate these deserving legends at the CHRHF President’s Reception scheduled to take place Wednesday, May 16th at 4:30 pm in the Hall of Fame located inside Gate 10 at Woodbine Racetrack.  The horse racing community is invited to attend and are asked to confirm attendance by contacting admin@horseracinghalloffame.com.  Also on the agenda will be the introduction of 2018 Inductees:  Builders – William (Bill) Andrew and John G. Sikura; Communicators – Dave Landry and Dan Loiselle; Driver/Trainer – Jim Doherty; Trainer – Reade Baker; Standardbreds – Blissfull Hall and Chancey Lady; Thoroughbreds – Judy the Beauty and Shaman Ghost The permanent display panels will be unveiled for 2017 inductees:  Builders – Dr. Gordon Gilbertson and Eugene Melnyk; Communicator – Curtis Stock; Driver/Trainer – Blair Burgess; Standardbreds – Elegantimage, Happy Lady and Mach Three; Thoroughbreds – Quiet Resolve and South Ocean; Trainer – Harold J. Barroby. Additional details are available at:  www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com For more information, please contact:  Linda Rainey, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com  or 416-417-9404 Linda Rainey Managing Director Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

Equine Guelph, a leader in equine research and sports medicine, headlines a group of Ontario educators extolling the merits of the Youth Literary Derby.   "The Derby is a wonderful initiative encouraging youth of Ontario to express themselves, engage and celebrate in the wonderful world of horses." Said Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph. "As an enthusiastic partner in the promotion of the Youth Literary Derby and a strong supporter of education for budding horse enthusiasts, Equine Guelph is pleased to provide online Horse Behaviour and Safety courses for the winners of the Youth Literary Derby." Equine Guelph, well known for their support of the grass roots of the horse industry with their award-winning travelling display, EquiMania, recently added a short course for youth 14 - 17 years old: Horse Behaviour and Safety. "We hope the Derby winners will enjoy furthering their interest in horses and learning the language of the horse during this highly interactive course." Ecker continued. Harness racing legend and Hambletonian Society president, John Campbell weighs in on the Literary Derby: "I read with great interest about the Youth Literary initiative being implemented in Ontario. I believe that exposing children to horses and the excitement of seeing and being around newborn foals will result in some incredible stories from these children. Some of these kids might not know it now but after being around and interacting with these horses their lives will be changed. It will be the beginning of a lifetime love affair as horses are addictive; they make an impression on you and are good for the soul. The project really hit home for me as I have always been an avid reader and feel that even though technology and the way we learn has changed, we should encourage children to read, write and express themselves through literature as much as possible. I have seen firsthand the anticipation and excitement that you see on a child's face when they receive a new book. In addition, my daughter Michelle is involved with KPMG'S Family Literacy program whose mission is to provide new books and educational resources to children in need. As you can see, giving back is a family affair." Standardbreds in the classroom "As an elementary teacher at a rural school I have found the Youth Literary Derby to be a great way to connect students with the Standardbred industry." said Trena Lebedz of the Aldborough Public School in Rodney Ontario. "I look forward to allowing more students the opportunity to share their knowledge and love for horses by including the program in my classes as part of the curriculum" she said. "We are currently learning about the different types of poems, which will be used to create a poetic piece for the contest." Trena Lebedz comes by her love of horses quite honestly. Her great grandfather, J. Russell Miller, was an astute, successful horseman who owned, trained and bred many outstanding Standardbreds for more than four decades. From the St. John French Immersion Catholic Elementary School in London, Ont., "It's (The Youth Literary Derby) a good idea and can work well with our curriculum." "Foals are a fantastic subject for any story. Whether its penmanship or horsemanship, we wish all of the contestants the best of luck and look forward to reading the winning poems and short stories" said Ontario Equestrian, Director , Tracey McCague-McElrea. Ontario Equestrian, is a partner in the promotion and support of the Youth Literary Derby, and is Ontario's provincial support organization for equestrians. It is committed to the highest standards of horse welfare advocacy and pursuits and represents 22,000 members from all sectors of the horse industry. "Having students write poems and short stories about Standardbreds is fantastic. We should follow your lead and do something like this in the States." says Kimberly Rinker, Vice President of the United States Harness Writers Association. "What a great program and incentive to get youngsters involved or interested in harness racing."   The Youth Literary Derby is a horse-themed contest for Ontario students grades 5 - 8. It offers $2,000 in prize money and is designed to encourage writing and literacy skills and offers students the opportunity to visit Ontario Standardbred breeding farms during foaling season in April, through June and challenges them to create inspiring prose, or poetry about their close up encounters with Standardbred foals. Entries close June 15th. For complete contest details and a list of Ontario farms available for visiting before writing their entry, students are advised to visit: www.YouthLiteraryDerby.ca. For additional information: Bill Galvin: billgalvin2000@rogers.com    

The future of Kawartha Downs, is still undecided. The harness racing racetrack is losing its Shoreline Slots at the end of the year and 85 per cent or more of the racetrack’s revenue is going with it. The track also applied to expand its race dates to 40 from 18 last year, but the Ontario Racing Commission rejected that application. The Ontario government has committed to funding $105 million over 19 years for the horse racing industry, and as far as Kawartha Downs goes, they are still in the dark as to how much they will receive. CHEX News spoke with the general manager, Orazio Valente, who says he is optimistic for a favourable outcome. He says he is currently in the midst of it all, including a long-term funding agreement and the pieces are slowly coming together. READ MORE: Kawartha Downs still in the dark as to how much money it will get from the province “I am optimistic but realistic,” said Valente. The mayor of the township of Cavan Monaghan, Scott McFadden, says this was inevitable. “I’m hopeful that there will be harness racing obviously at Kawartha Downs and tracks across rural Ontario but it doesn’t look good. Essentially, with the core funding of us being pulled out of racetracks across Ontario moved to urban centres, this is inevitably what’s going to happen when there is no funding,” said McFadden. READ MORE: Ontario government pledges millions for horse-racing in 19-year agreement The OLG will determine how much money each track in Ontario will receive. The original open date for Kawartha Downs was set for May 26. As of right now, Valente is waiting for a decision and if he doesn’t get the answers he is looking for from the province, the racetrack may have to close. By Niki Anastasakis Reprinted with permission of Global News

On Monday, April 23, 2018 the Central Ontario Standardbred Association’s auditing firm, KPMG, revealed the 2018 election results. COSA would like to thank all of the nominees that put their names forward and would like to welcome the following new Directors who will serve a three-year term on the Board: Bill Manes –Bill grew up in the racing industry and has been an owner for the past 40 years as well as a breeder since 1990. Since 2007, Bill has owned and operated the Manestreet Training Centre in Rockwood, ON. Tony O’Sullivan – Tony is a native of New Zealand. In 2004 Tony opened his own public stable in Ontario and has established himself among the top trainers in North America. Paul MacDonell – Paul started his driving career in 1981. Since then he has established himself as one of the leading drivers in Ontario and well as on the Grand Circuit. Paul is one of the original Directors of COSA which was formed in 2009. Bill O’Donnell – Bill grew up in the horse racing industry and has established himself as one of the premier drivers in the sport. Bill is also one of the original Directors of COSA and has served as the President for the past eight years. COSA would like to thank the outgoing Directors, Ben Wallace and Jim Wellwood for their time and commitment to the membership over the past eight years.  

MILTON, April 24, 2018 - Woodbine Entertainment today released the 70 three-year-old pacers still eligible to this year's harness racing Pepsi North America Cup following the April 15 sustaining payment. A total of 79 horses were originally nominated to this year's Pepsi North America Cup. The first sustaining payment (March 15) saw just four horses drop out, while the most recent payment (April 15) reduced the number of eligible horses by just five. Lost In Time and Stay Hungry, last season's award-winners, continue to headline the group of 70 eligible three-year-old pacers. Both standouts are Pennsylvania Sired and reported to be aimed towards competing in a PASS (Pennsylvania Sires Stakes) event on May 21 at Pocono. Lost In Time is trained by Jimmy Takter, while Stay Hungry is trained by Tony Alagna. The last week saw many Cup eligible horses qualify and it's expected many more will resurface this coming weekend. As of April 24, 43 of the 70 eligible sophomores have either raced or qualified in 2018. Sires Stakes competition will be the route many Cup eligible horses take in preparation for the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations on June 9. Here is the date and location for the first Sires Stakes event in each State/Province with a Cup eligible: Pennsylvania (33 eligible) - May 5 at The Meadows Ohio (4 eligible) - May 6 at Miami Valley Ontario (18 eligible) - May 20 at Flamboro Indiana (3 eligible) - May 25 at Hoosier New York (12 eligible) - May 28 at Vernon This year's Pepsi North America Cup will be the 35th edition of Canada's richest harness race. The $1 million race will take place on Saturday, June 16 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Tickets to this year's Pepsi North America Cup can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Below is the full list of sophomores still eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. ALWAYS BET DE GREY by Always A Virgin out of a Bettor's Delight mare AMERICAN HISTORY by American Ideal out of a Camluck mare ATOMIC SEELSTER by Shadow Play out of a Astreos mare AVALON HANOVER by Shadow Play out of a Artsplace mare BABES DIG ME by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Hanover mare BACKSTREET SHADOW by Shadow Play out of a Dragon Again mare BEACHIN LINDY by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Real Desire mare BIG TALKING MAN by Big Jim out of a Real Artist mare BURNING MIDNIGHT by Mach Three out of a Dream Away mare CALIFORNIA CRUISIN by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Sportsmaster mare CAM I AM by Camluck out of a Real Desire mare CAPTAIN DEO by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Artsplace mare CASIMIR RICHIE P by Astronomical out of a Sir Luck mare CHOCOLATE SWIRL by Mach Three out of a Western Hanover mare CINNAMACK by McArdle out of a Western Ideal mare CLOSING STATEMENT by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Ideal mare COURTLY CHOICE by Art Major out of a Camtastic mare DECLAN SEELSTER by Big Jim out of a Camluck mare DONE WELL by Well Said out of a Allamerican Native mare DORSODURO HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Artsplace mare DRAGON TIME by Bettor's Delight out of a Dragon Again mare FASHIONONTHEBEACH by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Artsplace mare GD WESTERN JOE by Real Desire out of a Western Ideal mare GHOST DANCE by American Ideal out of a Camluck mare GRAND TETON by A Rocknroll Dance out of a Western Hanover mare HAYDEN HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Hanover mare HITMAN HILL by American Ideal out of a Incredible Finale mare HUDSON PHIL by Shanghai Phil out of a The Panderosa mare JIMTASTIC by Art Major out of a Western Terror mare JUSTWIGGLEIT by Bettor's Delight out of a Life Sign mare KARPATHIAN KID by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Dragons Lair mare KWIK TALKIN by Well Said out of a Cams Card Shark mare LARRYS PETROCK by Pet Rock out of a Sportsmaster mare LATHER UP by Im Gorgeous out of a In The Pocket mare LEVIS DAY by Shadow Play out of a Royal Mattjesty mare LOST IN TIME by A Rocknroll Dance out of a Artiscape mare MACADOODLEDOO by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Ideal mare MAJOR AUTHORITY by Art Major out of a Rocknroll Hanover mare MISSION THREE by Mach Three out of a Grinfromeartoear mare MISTER MOJO RISIN by Sportswriter out of a Rocknroll Hanover mare NOAHS MILL by Camluck out of a Bettor's Delight mare NUTCRACKER SWEET by Bettor's Delight out of a Falcons Future mare ODDS ON LAUDERDALE by Western Ideal out of a Lis Mara mare PEDRO HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Pro Bono Best mare PHIL THE THRILL by Western Ideal out of a Art Major mare POINTS NORTH by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Hanover mare PRO BEACH by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Bettor's Delight mare ROOTIN TOOTIN by Roll With Joe out of a Allamerican Ingot mare SCOUTS REPORT by Bettor's Delight out of a Real Desire mare SEEING EYE SINGLE by Dragon Again out of a Western Ideal mare SHADOW MOON by Shadow Play out of a Western Hanover mare SHNITZLEDOSOMETHIN by Fred And Ginger out of a Sand Shooter mare SOMETIMESAWINNER by Well Said out of a Armbro MacIntosh mare SPORTS LEGEND by Sportswriter out of a Western Terror mare SPRINGSTEEN by Rock N Roll Heaven out of a American Ideal mare ST LADS NEPTUNE by Mach Three out of a Dragon Again mare STAY HUNGRY by Somebeachsomewhere from a Dragon Again mare SUMMER TRAVEL by Western Ideal out of a Cams Card Shark mare TALBOTCREEKWHISKEY by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Camluck mare THOMAS B HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Camluck mare TOPVILLE OLYMPIAN by American Ideal out of a Art Major mare TORRIN HANOVER by Well Said from a Camluck mare TRUMP THAT by Somebeachsomewhere from a Dragon Again mare TURBO HILL by American Ideal out of a Bettor's Delight mare TWIN B TUFFENUFF by Rock N Roll Heaven out of a Dragon Again mare VENOM by Rock N Roll Heaven out of a Dragon Again mare WES DELIGHT by Bettor's Delight out of a Western Hanover mare WESTERN PASSAGE by Sportswriter out of a Western Hanover mare WHATSTROUBLNUROCKY by A Rocknroll Dance out of a The Panderosa Mare WHEN YOU DANCE by Mach Three out of a Blissfull Hall mare WHOS BETTER by Bettor's Delight out of a Western Ideal mare Total Nominations: 79 Horses Sustained after March 15: 75 Horses Sustained After April 15: 70 Mark McKelvie

HAMILTON, April 20, 2018 - The best four-year-old pacers in harness racing will display their talents at Flamboro Downs on Sunday, May 20 for the 40th edition of the Confederation Cup. The 2018 edition of Flamboro Downs' signature event marks the fourth consecutive year that four-year-old pacers will battle for the prestigious Cup. The inaugural Confederation Cup took place in 1977 and this year's winner will join an impressive list of past champions, including Cam Fella, On The Road Again, Matts Scooter, Art Major, American Ideal and Somebeachsomewhere. A total of 30 four-year-old pacers remain eligible to this year's $150,000 added race. An exciting lineup of activities has been planned for this year's Confederation Cup Night. Racing fans will not want to miss out on a special tribute to the late-great Somebeachsomewhere. The legendary pacer's driver Paul MacDonell, a record five-time winner of the Cup, will be on hand to sign photos from Somebeachsomewhere's 2008 Cup victory. Fans attending this year's event could walk away with more than a casual interest in the sport. Flamboro Downs and The Stable have teamed up to giveaway 10 shares of a racehorse, five on Cup Night and five through radio contests leading up to May 20. The racing fun won't be restricted to the slightly less than two minutes for each pace or trot. The Wanna Drive team will be onsite to take fans for sulky rides, while the always popular miniature horses will strut their stuff in an exhibition race. Sports fans have plenty to be excited about for at this year's event. Several Canadian women's hockey Olympic Gold and Silver medalist will be taking in Cup Night and making an appearance. A Sports Memorabilia Auction will also happening on Cup Night with all proceeds going to the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society (OSAS). The competition on the track will be fierce throughout the entire evening, as the 2018 Ontario Sires Stakes season kicks off with a Gold Event for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings to make up a strong Cup undercard. The activities off the track will keep fans busy with live entertainment, a stilt walker and balloon artist, a Rodney Dangerfield impersonator, sampling stations and industry booths as just some of the various items fans can check out. This year's Confederation Cup promises to be another memorable event, but that experience could be taken to new heights for some lucky fans. Flamboro Downs will be giving away 70 passes for a Molson VIP Experience at the 40th Confederation Cup. To learn more and win a Molson VIP Experience pass, follow Flamboro Downs on Facebook and check back regularly for more details. First-race post time for Confederation Cup Night is 6 p.m. Make sure to visit www.flamborodowns.com for more details in the coming weeks. Below is the list of eligible horses to this year's Confederation Cup. AIR STRIKE by Always A Virgin ART SCENE by American Ideal BAGS TO RICHES by Roddys Bags Again BECKHAMS Z TAM by Always A Virgin BET ON BRETT by Sportswriter BEYOND DELIGHT by Bettors Delight BLOOD LINE by Somebeachsomewhere BOOGIE SHUFFLE by Well Said CALVIN K by Classic Card Shark CLASSIC PRO by Shadow Play DAIYMIR by Mr Wiggles DREAMFAIR B J by Big Jim EDDARD HANOVER by Drgon Again FILIBUSTER HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere FUNKNWAFFLES by American Ideal HENRY HILL by Roll With Joe HURRICANE BEACH by Somebeachsomewhere LAWRENCETOWN BEACH by Somebeachsomewhere MAROMA BEACH by Somebeachsomewhere MODERN REFLECTION by Rockin Image NASCAR SEELSTER by Mach Three NORMANDY BEACH by Somebeachsomewhere ODDS ON DELRAY by Somebeachsomewhere PENZANCE HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere R J P by Somebeachsomewhere RED JOHN by Mach Three ROCK N TONY by Rockin Image SPORTS COLUMN by Sportswriter WESTERN HILL by Western Ideal WESTERN JOE by Western Ideal Mark McKelvie

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Stephane Brosseau says he is ready to defend his driving title when the Hippodrome 3R opens for the 2018 race season on Sunday, April 29. "It would be great if I can take the title again," Brosseau, who hails from L'Assomption, Quebec. "I am already off to a good start this year and am the third leading driver at Rideau Carlton." Last year Brosseau, 48, captured his first driving title at the Hippodrome 3R and sealed the deal on closing day of the 2017 race card, pulling away from rival Stephane Gendron with two wins. Brosseau won the title with 53 wins to Gendron's 48 victories. "I am feeling good from this winter," Brosseau said. "I am driving well, already have ten wins at Rideau and look forward to 3R opening for the season." In only 90 starts this year, Brosseau has 12 wins, 9 second and 20 third place finishes. As for the new change this season of removing the "passing lane" at the Hippodrome 3R, Brosseau has mixed feelings. The passing lane allows a horse sitting in second place to move to the left of the lead horse and have unobstructed clearance down the stretch. "I do not think I like not having the passing lane," Brosseau explained. "It means a big change in driving tactics for the start of the race and especially on the last turn for the finish wire. It could be a little dangerous out there." "I understand it has gone over OK at Yonkers Raceway," Brosseau said. "Perhaps it can be better this season too at H3R. Maybe they will have some 1 1/16th or longer distance races too, which would be good. What can help Brosseau the most this season at the Hippodrome 3R? "Maybe just keep LPR (Louis-Philippe Roy) away from H3R this season," Brosseau laughed. "Then I know I would have a great season. He is doing so well again, leading driver in all of Canada." On Saturday morning, eight qualifying races were held at H3R and driver Pascal Berube had the hot hats, winning four of the races. "The track has been good the last two Saturday's," Berube said. "I hope we have plenty of horses in the box for opening day on Sunday and the weather is good." There are new post times at the Hippodrome 3R this season. Sunday's afternoon program will begin at 12:50 pm and the Tuesday evening racing will start at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club        

MILTON, April 21, 2018 - A week after an ice storm forced a cancellation, Woodbine Mohawk Park was finally able to host its first Saturday card of the 2018 season. The evening kicked-off with several drivers handing out free programs and meeting fans throughout the facility. Chris Christoforou, Sylvain Filion, Trevor Henry, James MacDonald, Bob McClure and Louis Philippe Roy greeted customers and got to check out some of the recent upgrades to the Grandstand. On the track, the $34,000 Preferred Pace was the feature event and Easy Lover Hanover made a big statement in his 2018 debut. The Ben Wallace trained five-year-old was sent to the front by driver Doug McNair and the duo never looked back en route to a stunning 1:49.3 victory. Easy Lover Hanover finished 2017 on a six-race win streak at Woodbine. The Wallace student qualified twice prior to Saturday's start and was ready to roll in his season debut. 'Easy Lover' posted opening fractions of :27 and :55.2 before being confronted in the third-quarter by the red-hot Nirvana Seelster. The lead pair waged war through a :27 third-quarter. In the stretch, Easy Lover Hanover turned aside Nirvana Seelster and opened a lead of a few lengths. Fool Me Once came off cover to charge on the outside and finish second, a length back of the winner. 'Nirvana' was third. Owned by Brad Grant, Easy Lover Hanover won nine-times and banked $215,487 in 24 starts last season. Saturday's score was the 26th career win for the five-year-old. Easy Lover Hanover, who is eligible to this year's Canadian Pacing Derby, paid $7.70 to win. Also on Saturday, Louis Philippe Roy and Richard Moreau were recognized for posting the most wins during the final Standardbred meet at Woodbine Racetrack. Roy captured his first Woodbine Entertainment meet driving title by posting 157 wins from October 19, 2017 to April 9, 2018. Moreau led all trainer during that period with 135 wins to add to his impressive list of accomplishments. Live racing gets back underway Monday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Longtime former NHLer Dave Hannan leads the latest list of inductees to the Greater Sudbury Sports Hall of fame. Ten individuals and one team are part of the 2018 induction class, released to media this week. More than 100 names, including teams and corporate sponsors, were reviewed by the selection committee. Making the cut in the administration category was Bob Allen, a longtime minor hockey administrator and manager for the Northern Ontario Hockey Association under-17 program, and in the media category, the late Frank Pagnucco, author of Home Grown Heroes. In the builders category, inductees include Harold Rose, a player, coach and manager in various local sports; Jim Gougeon, former ski coach and instructor; Steve Lee, longtime chairman of the Sudbury Dragon Boat Festival; and Norm Howard, longtime minor hockey coach and volunteer. Inductees in the players category are Mike Noble, former harness racing driver; Mike Fabiilli, former Ottawa Gees Gees and Sudbury Spartans linebacker and coach at St. Charles College; Amber Konikow, former Canadian boxing champion and current ultra distance competitor; and Dave Hannan, retired NHL player who split 16 seasons between the Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs. In the team category, the hall will welcome the Johnson mixed curling rink made up of Chris Johnson, Barb McKinty, Drew Eloranta and Lisa Gauvreau, winners of the 1997 Canadian championship. The class of 2018 will be officially inducted into the Greater Sudbury Sports Hall of Fame at the 50th annual Sports Celebrity Dinner at the Caruso Club on June 13. Tickets available at the House of Kin on Regent Street or by phone at 705-522-3600, or from Chris Sheridan at 705-522-9682. Prices are $60 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under. By Sudbury Star Staff Reprinted with permission of The Sudbury Star

This is a reminder that those changes as outlined in Information Bulletin 63 (April 4, 2018) will become effective April 21, 2018 as mandated by the following Directives:  Standardbred Directive No. 1 – 2018 – Outcome of Working Group Consultations  Thoroughbred Directive No. 1 – 2018 – Outcome of Working Group Consultations  Policy Directive No. 1 – 2018 – Guidelines – Penalties for Equine Drug, TCO2 and Non-Therapeutic Drug Violations Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Following the same as Yonkers Raceway, management at the Quebec Jockey Club has announced that they are removing the passing lane at the Hippodrome 3R for the 2018 harness racing season that gets underway on Sunday, April 29. "We starting looking at the wagering on Yonkers around the end of January after they did away with their passing lane," said Murielle Thomassin, general manager at the Hippodrome 3R. "and we continued to look at their increasing numbers in February. "Sometimes there is no need to re-invent the wheel," Thomassin explained. "Of course, Yonkers did other changes that contributed to the rise in wagers, but this change was a no-brainer, we need to at least try it and see if our clients like it. The entire dynamic of the races will have to change. The strategies the driver's use will have to be much different and thought of. No more waiting in the hole until the passing lane to come out and steal the win." The passing lane was first installed at the Hippodrome 3R in the late 1980's. Track superintendent, Sylvain Blais, and his team has already begun working on restoring the old home stretch. "We were able to locate the old lane in the stretch," Thomassin said. "and it is still in the ground from 18 years ago. We just need better weather and soft grounds to complete the change. "We had more snow Wednesday, but it melted and now it's raining. Our fingers are crossed that Mother Nature cooperates this week and it looks like it will with warming temperatures and some sunshine to dry up the mess we have so we can do more work on the track." Thomassin said she has talked to various horsemen and when told about getting rid of the passing lane they have been very positive about it. "They understand that we are trying to better the sport and race quality," Thomassin added. "That additional purse money coming from the increase in wagering will mean purse increases in the future for them." There are new post times at the Hippodrome 3R this season. Sunday's afternoon program will begin at 12:50 pm and the Tuesday evening racing will start at 6:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club        

Brayden White thrust his arm in the air and repeated his motto in Charlottetown Wednesday as the 2018 Easter Seals ambassador kicked off the Tim Horton’s school tour. “Be brave; never give up,’’ Brayden roared to cheers from a gymnasium packed with students at Prince Street School, one of many stops the Grade 7 Georgetown student was making on day one of the tour. “I have Down Syndrome. I know that I learn slower than most people but I am smart and I learn the same as everyone,’’ Brayden said. “It just takes me longer. I am just like you. I am no different. My dad always says that someday I will be able to live on my own and have a job.’’   Related: Georgetown student Brayden White chosen as P.E.I.'s 2018 Easter Seals Ambassador The youngster talked about his school, his teachers and told students at Prince Street that while his favourite sport is hockey he also likes basketball and soccer, too. “I (also) love to go to the horse races and my favourite driver is Marc Campbell,’’ Brayden said, referring to the successful harness racing driver at the Charlottetown Driving Park. He also offered some advice to fellow students in terms of scoring some points with the parents at home. “I am very good at helping my dad (Melvin). I always put away my clothes and listen really well.’’ Brayden also enjoys going to camp at Camp Gencheff. Tour stops Thursday, April 19 – Englewood, Amherst Cove, Miscouche Consolidated, Ecole-sur-Mer, Greenfield, Elm Street, Athena, Parkside, Summerside Intermediate, Three Oaks, Queen Elizabeth, Kensington Intermediate, Somerset Elementary, Kinkora Regional High Friday, April 20 – Tignish Elementary, Ecole Francaise de Prince-Ouest, ME Callaghan Junior High, St. Louis Elementary, Alberton Elementary, Westisle Composite, Bloomfield Elementary, Hernewood Junior High, O’Leary Elementary, Ellerslie Elementary, Ecole Evangeline Monday, April 23 – Glen Stewart Primary, Stratford Elementary, Birchwood Intermediate, Colonel Gray, Queen Charlotte, Charlottetown Rural, West Royalty Elementary, Grace Christian, Ecole Saint Augustin, Gulf Shore, Central Queens, Bluefield Tuesday, April 24 – Souris Regional High, Ecole La-Belle-Cloche, Morell Regional High, Morell Consolidated, Mount Stewart Consolidated, L.M. Montgomery, Ecole Francois Buote, Donagh Regional High Wednesday, April 25 – Vernon River Consolidated, Belfast Consolidated, Southern Kings Consolidated, Montague Regional, Montague Consolidated, Montague Intermediate, Cardigan Consolidated, Georgetown Consolidated Before departing Prince Street on Wednesday, one of the students presented Brayden with a cheque for $500 the students had raised for Easter Seals, one of many cheques the ambassador is certain to accept as the tour winds across the Island until Wednesday, April 25. “(The money) means that other kids like me can go to camp and that we can do special things,’’ Brayden said. Anna MacKenzie, principal at Prince Street School, said the students organized their own fundraiser. “The developed the three projects that we did all on their own,’’ MacKenzie said. “So we had a hat sale, a bake sale and a pajama day and the kids raised $500. It was an excellent response from the children. I was very proud of them.’’ Janice Blacquiere, events co-ordinator with D.P. Murphy Inc. which owns the Tim Horton’s restaurants, said the tour will encompass 10 to 13 schools per day over six days. “Each school makes a donation to Easter Seals and what that does is helps to help physically challenged children, whether it be (with) hearing devices; it might be with computers (or) schools may need doors widened so wheelchairs would have easy access,’’ Blacquiere said, citing a few examples of what the money could be used for. “We can’t thank the schools for their continuing support enough of Easter Seals. It’s wonderful.’’ Dave Stewart (dave.stewart@theguardian.pe.ca)  Reprinted with permission of the Journal Pioneer

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Guelph, ON April, 25, 2018 - EquiMania! would like to extend a sincere thank you to the organizers, supporters, sponsors, volunteers and the attendees at the Can-Am Equine Expo in Markham, ON. It was the 13th consecutive year of participation for EquiMania! at yet another brilliant show! Can-Am is always a must-attend for horse lovers from all disciplines. The April 6 – 8 event offered a multitude of learning opportunities, as well as entertainment and shopping for a well-rounded sensational outing. The staff and volunteers manning the education booth and Equimania! fun zone are always impressed by the dedicated equestrians coming out to Can-Am to further their equine knowledge.   To build on Can-Am’s atmosphere of education, attendees of the Equine Guelph and EquiMania! displays were encouraged to fill out ballots for a chance to win a free short online course from The Horse Portal.   Congratulations to Victoria Ayres, of Queensville, Ontario, who won her choice of one of the following 3-week courses offered to ages 16 and up: Horse Care & Welfare (September 17 – October 5, 2018), Sickness Prevention (October 15 – 26, 2018), Gut Health and Colic Prevention (November 12 – 30, 2018) or Horse Behaviour & Safety (January 21 – February 8, 2019). Congratulations also go out to Teya from Ontario, who won free enrolment into Horse Behaviour & Safety for Youth (July 23 – August 10, 2018). Check out The Horse Portalfor more information on these courses and upcoming 12 week courses.    “My heartfelt thanks go out to Ross Millar and the Can-Am team, especially auction organizer Janice Blakeney, for their dedication to putting together the annual Art Auction featured at the Can-Am Saturday Evening Extravaganza,” says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph. The auction was a resounding success with $4275.00 raised in under 15 minutes, with all the proceeds going to Equine Guelph. Many thanks to the four talented ladies who donated their beautiful pieces of art include: Nola McConnan, Ann Clifford, Kelly Plitz and Shawn Hamilton.    Equine Guelph would also like to acknowledge Heartland star, Amber Marshall for her role in the art auction. Amber provided a gift basket (signed magazines, necklace she wears on Heartland show, horse treats). When a call came out from the crowd to include a selfie, she quickly agreed to add that to the gift pack. The bidding quickly reached $800, and there were still 3 bidders at this level, so Amber suggested she would provide 3 gift packs and selfies if everyone would donate $800.  She tripled the donation with this action! Thank you Amber!   The strength of great partnerships has made EquiMania! a popular exhibit in Ontario and beyond. Equine Guelph thanks the sponsors and volunteers who make it possible to bring EquiMania! to approximately 2 million visitors every year! Thank you ESSO, Greenhawk, Kubota Canada, Ontario Equestrian, Shur-Gain, SSG Gloves, Standardbred Canada, System Fencing and Workplace Safety and Prevention Services.    To book EquiMania! for your next event contact Eq4kids@uoguelph.ca    Kids, visit EquiMania! online to play games online & stay tuned to upcoming events for more EquiMania! outings.   Equine Guelph
Trois- Rivieres, QC - Last year at the Hippodrome 3R, it was a breakout season for harness racing trainer Francis Richard of Cambridge, Ontario and the 27-year-old is looking forward to another big season in 2018. In 2017 Richard sent out 44 winners from his stable with 22 second and 16 third place finishes. His universal driving rating (batting average) was a very impressive .391. Richard won his first ever training title at H3R last season with 26 wins. "It was such a great feeling winning the training title last season," Richard said. "I am from 3R, so winning there made it more special to me as growing up I always went to the races. So far in 2018, Richard is off to an excellent start. Racing at Rideau Carlton Raceway, Richard already has 24 wins, 7 second and 8 third place finishes and his UDR is a superb .519. "Yes, I have been having some good luck at Rideau this season." Richard explained. "I have trained down about a dozen horses for this year plus we have some racehorses now at Rideau. I will be racing both at Rideau and at 3R this summer, depending which classes suits better to my horses." Richard's said he has entered DJ Power and Sporting The Look for opening day Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. "For sure Wildriverbumblebee is among the top horses in my stable for this year," Richard said. "I didn't have the privilege to train him down this winter thought, his owner Dr. John Bradbury is currently training him, but I will get him soon enough." Owned and bred by Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Easton, Wildriverbumblebee is a son of Sportswriter from the Mach Three mare, Alcor Semalu. His record last season was seven wins and one second place finish in just nine starts. His race record is 1:51.2 and he is the two-time Quebec Championship winner. Wildriverbumblebee is also nominated to the $200,000 Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R on August 19. Richard is hoping his horse is good enough to be entered. "I don't think words could explain that feeling to be in the Prix D'Ete," Richard said. "It's a big event and I have loved watching it every year. It sure would be a big thrill to be in it and once you're in the race anything can happen." Track Notes: There are nine races carded for Sunday's opening day program, including both an Invitational-Handicap Trot and Pace. The new post time this Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R is 12:50 pm. When Tuesday night racing begins that new post time will be 6:30 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club  
MONTREAL — The abandoned Hippodrome de Montreal grandstand looks over a weed-choked field, a mountain of dirty snow covering the track where horses once thundered past on their way to the finish line. In the almost 10 years since the harness racing track closed, the structure has been quietly decaying as a series of municipal and provincial administrations have struggled to put a plan in place for the immense track of land northwest of Montreal's downtown. Now, that era will likely come to an end in the coming days and weeks as the city moves forward with plans to demolish the clubhouse and decontaminate the 434,000 square-metre terrain. Before that, Montreal police and a team of social workers are expected to make a final scan to ensure no squatters remain. The demolition comes none too soon, according to Coun. Marvin Rotrand. Rotrand, who has represented the district since 1982, believes successive municipal administrations have wasted time in redeveloping the massive vacant terrain into family-friendly housing. "It's a prime and choice site, and it's really nonsense that it's been allowed to remain vacant decade after decade," Rotrand said. The track, known for most of its history as Blue Bonnets, opened in 1907 and closed in 2009. Various proposals have suggested placing anywhere between 3,000 and 8,000 condo units on the site, which is one of the largest parcels of undeveloped land that is relatively close to downtown and accessible by public transit. Community activists are also lobbying for up to 2,500 social housing units on the site. The demolition will be a sad moment for Sylvain Filion, a a four-time Canadian driver of the year who spent the first decades of his career at Blue Bonnets. Filion says his earliest memories include playing in the packed grandstands as a six-year-old as the standardbred horses flew by. "There used to be a huge crowd there for Sunday afternoon racing," said Filion, who moved to the Toronto area after the track closed down. "You don't see crowds like that at the races any more. The ambience was just incredible." Filion, 49, remembers the camaraderie in the barn, the friendly competition and the excitement leading up to big events, such as the Prix d'Ete held every August. "I never thought they'd demolish that place," he said. "At one point it was one of the biggest tracks in North America." At one time, the busy track employed thousands of drivers, trainers, grooms and race officials. But by the 1990s, the industry was in decline. The city purchased the land in 1991 and sold it to the province seven years later. Since the closure, various municipal and provincial governments have negotiated for a plan to redevelop the site, which served as a temporary concert venue for Irish rock band U2 in 2011 and as a temporary snow dump this past winter. Last year, the province agreed to cede the land to the city in exchange for a share in the profits once the lot is parcelled out to developers for condo development. Despite the upcoming demolition, Rotrand says any future housing remains years away. "We're now at the stage where we're actually going to demolish, but doesn't mean anything will happen imminently," he said. By Morgan Lowrie / The Canadian Press Reprinted with permission of The Canadian Press  
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce Hector Clouthier Sr. and Frank McMahon as the 2018 CHRHF Legend Honourees.  Originally launched as a millennium project in 2000, the Legends section of the   Hall of Fame is dedicated to honouring the people and horses who significantly contributed to  Canada’s horse racing story over fifty years in the past. The ceremony takes place on May 16. Hector Clouthier Sr. - Standardbred Legend Born in Petawawa February 1, 1916, Hector Clouthier, Sr., began working full-time for his father’s logging company in the Ottawa Valley at age 12 and by 14 was running his own operation.  Known as the “Lumber King of the Ottawa Valley,” his involvement in the family lumber business continued until his death 75 years later, in 2003.  He entered the Standardbred racing industry in 1952. Some of his most noted race horses included Barney Diplomat, purchased in 1953 for the then staggering amount of $10,000, and trained by Hall of Famer Keith Waples, as well as JJ’s Metro who won purses totalling $350,000.   Clouthier established Northwood Stables and the nearby Northwood Hotel in the Pembroke, Ontario area. He began a breeding operation   soon after with the first Northwood-bred foal registered in 1959.  The farm expanded to include 40 broodmares and stood three stallions -- Mr. Dean, Mighty Billie and Macduff.  The Northwood name frequently appeared in races programsin Ontario, Quebec, New York and New Jersey, often with Keith Waples as driver of choice for stake races. Hector eventually became involved in racing industry associations, sitting on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Trotting Association, the Canadian Standardbred Horse Society, and the Ontario Harness Horse Association. It was said that he was one of the founding fathers of organized horsemen in Ontario, helping to negotiate contracts that enabled horsemen to make a career in the racing business.  His support and promotion of the industry assisted in the development of Standardbred breeding and racing.  Clouthier was recruited by the Quebec based United Harness Horsemen’s Association, became the organization’s President, and was soon thrust into contract negotiations with the powerful Jean Louis Levesque, owner of Montreal’s Blue Bonnets Raceway, to resolve a horsemen’s strike over purses. An advocate of stake races for young horses in Ontario, Clouthier was instrumental in starting discussions for what would become the Ontario Sires Stakes program.   We remember Hector Clouthier Sr. as a pioneer and a winner on the track and in life. Frank McMahon - Thoroughbred Legend Time Magazine called Frank McMahon the "man who did the most to open up Northwest Canada's wilderness, and convince oilmen of its treasures." He was also a major contributor to Thoroughbred horse racing in Canada and his was the first major stable in Western Canada. Born in the village of Moyie in the East Kootenays of British Columbia, he was the son of a hard-rock miner.  A founding member of the Jockey Club of Canada, McMahon had early racing success as a partner in Alberta Ranches when their Royal Serenade won the 1953 running of the Hollywood Gold Cup. Other stakes victories, under McMahon's stable colours, followed across Western Canada, including the 1966 British Columbia Derby at Exhibition Park in Vancouver, and the 1970 Canadian Derby at Edmonton's Northlands Park. McMahon, in partnership with Calgary newspaper publisher and CHRHF member Max Bell, won Canada's most important race for home-breds, The Queen's Plate, with Merger in 1968. Bell and McMahon had teamed up earlier, along with singer Bing Crosby who he met while attending Washington State’s Gonzaga University, in ownership of Meadow Court, winner of the Irish Derby and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. In 1969, with Hall of Famer John Longden training, McMahon's gorgeous chestnut colt, Majestic Prince, won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.  An injury compromised the colt's chance at a Triple Crown.  Majestic Prince was later inducted into the US National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1988. In 1970, a son of Majestic Prince, later named Crowned Prince, was purchased at auction in Kentucky for one-half million dollars.  The successful bidder was McMahon, who also co-bred the colt with Leslie Combs II.  Crowned Prince was sent to England to race and was the Champion Two-Year-Old Colt in England in 1971 after winning the Dewhurst and Champagne Stakes.  Mr. McMahon passed away May 20, 1986 in Hamilton, Bermuda.  The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will celebrate these deserving legends at the CHRHF President’s Reception scheduled to take place Wednesday, May 16th at 4:30 pm in the Hall of Fame located inside Gate 10 at Woodbine Racetrack.  The horse racing community is invited to attend and are asked to confirm attendance by contacting admin@horseracinghalloffame.com.  Also on the agenda will be the introduction of 2018 Inductees:  Builders – William (Bill) Andrew and John G. Sikura; Communicators – Dave Landry and Dan Loiselle; Driver/Trainer – Jim Doherty; Trainer – Reade Baker; Standardbreds – Blissfull Hall and Chancey Lady; Thoroughbreds – Judy the Beauty and Shaman Ghost The permanent display panels will be unveiled for 2017 inductees:  Builders – Dr. Gordon Gilbertson and Eugene Melnyk; Communicator – Curtis Stock; Driver/Trainer – Blair Burgess; Standardbreds – Elegantimage, Happy Lady and Mach Three; Thoroughbreds – Quiet Resolve and South Ocean; Trainer – Harold J. Barroby. Additional details are available at:  www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com For more information, please contact:  Linda Rainey, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com  or 416-417-9404 Linda Rainey Managing Director Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame
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