Day At The Track

London, ON - November 15, 2018 - Due to the inclement weather that is forecasted for overnight and into Friday morning in London, the qualifying session slated for the London oval has been postponed until next Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. The track will also be closed for training Friday morning to allow the track crew time to remove snow and get the track ready for live racing on Friday night. First post for the Friday night program is 6:55 p.m. by Greg Blanchard, for The Raceway

London, ON  - The harness racing drivers' title for the 2018 season at The Raceway at Western Fair District could go right down to the final program on New Year's Eve as Scott Coulter and Robert Shepherd are stride-for-stride for wins at the half-mile oval. Coulter currently leads all drivers with 111 wins on the season while Shepherd isn't far behind with 102 trips to the winners circle. With 20 cards remaining on the calendar this year, the dash title could come down to the wire. "It wouldn't surprise me," said leading driver Scott Coulter. "'Shep' and I have enjoyed ourselves this year, but we also can't count out Alfie (Carroll) and Colin (Kelly). Those guys have been on a big run as of late." The veteran driver said his devotion to The Raceway this season is a prime reason for his success. "I really dedicated myself to Western Fair all season compared to other years," he said. It's been really paying off. I've had success and that comes from the trainers giving me their confidence and horse power. "I think I've been more patient as of late and not over-driving," he continued. "I've been able to pick up the pieces late in the mile and not be as aggressive." The Brantford resident banked over $1.6 million in earnings this season and is just one win shy of 250 trips to the winners circle. Robert Shepherd is also on the verge of a milestone as the reinsman is one win away from 300 for the year. "The main thing is staying healthy. I've had my fair share of accidents over the years," Shepherd said. "I have a young family at home so it's more important as ever to make sure I'm healthy." The Flamborough resident was quick to credit the trainers and owners. "I've had a lot of good clients all year that have stuck with me and that really means a lot. It's always nice to show up to work and have the power between the shafts." Shepherd remains nine wins back of Coulter with seven weeks of racing left. "It should be a lot of fun," said Shepherd. "Hopefully I can close the gap and make it interesting." The Raceway is entering one of its busiest times of the year, currently operating on a three-day-a-week schedule - Mondays and Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m. and Fridays at 6:55 p.m. Wednesday night programs will be added in the new year with a 6:15 p.m. first post. For more information, visit by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

MILTON, ON - November 14, 2018 - Leading Standardbred owner Brad Grant will be inducted in the Milton Sports Hall of Fame at a special ceremony this Thursday (November 15). Woodbine's leading Standardbred owner will be inducted in the Builders category for his time owning and operating the Milton Merchants Junior Hockey Club. Grant purchased the Merchants in 1986 after the club won just five-games the previous season and was at risk of folding. During a 15-year run as owner and operator, Grant turned the club around and led them to great success, including four division titles, three league championships and a provincial title. The Merchants captured a Junior 'B' league title in 1992 and back-to-back Junior 'A' league titles in 1997 and 1998 under Grant. The 1998 championship team went on to capture the Dudley Hewitt Cup as Provincial champions and participated in the Royal Bank Cup to determine the national champion. Following the sale of the Merchants in 2001, Grant has remained involved in hockey by serving as the Ontario Hockey Association's (OHA) finance chair for 14 years before moving into the Chairman role. He received the Hockey Canada Order of Merit (Central) in May 2017 and currently remains on the OHA Board of Directors. Grant's Milton Merchant teams from 1996-1998 will also be taking a spot in the Milton Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday. With deep roots in the harness racing industry, Grant is currently enjoying tremendous success in the sport as owner of several award-winning and superstar horses, including Stay Hungry, Atlanta and Bettors Up. The 2018 Milton Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place this Thursday evening (November 15) at the Milton Sports Centre. Woodbine Entertainment would like to congratulate Brad Grant on his induction into the Milton Sports Hall of Fame. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON,ON -  November 12, 2018 - Sophomore fillies Lyons Hedgeabet and Shotgun Sally captured finals of the Ontario sired Harvest Series on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A field of six clashed in the $43,000 final for trotting fillies, while a full field of 10 battled in the $49,900 final for pacing fillies. Mach Three filly Lyons Hedgeabet picked the perfect time to break her maiden by winning the $49,900 final for pacing fillies in 1:52.3. Driven by Bob McClure, Lyons Hedgeabet got away eighth from post position four. Race favourite Miss Rockadali, seeking a series sweep, shot out to the lead and posted a :26.4 opening-quarter. D Gs Shadowsbell, also going for the sweep, was parked second and had to grind things out the entire mile on the outside. Miss Rockadali rolled the field to the half in :55.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.2. McClure moved Lyons Hedgeabet ahead of the half into the outer-flow and sat third-over sixth, just four lengths from the lead turning for home. In the stretch, Lyons Hedgeabet stormed by rivals to the top and paced a :27.2 final-quarter to score a convincing 4 ¼ lengths victory. D Gs Shadowsbell showed plenty of grit to finish second, while I Shadow U was third and Oxford Comma fourth. Trained by Jeff Gillis, Lyons Hedgeabet finished third in last week's second leg after a runner-up finish in a first leg division. The Mach Three filly was making her seventh career start Monday and entered with a trio of runner-up finishes and trio of third-place finishes. Owned by Geoffrey Lyons Mound, Lyons Hedgeabet increased her earnings to $39,800 with the maiden-breaking score. She paid $12 to win. Johnny William filly Shotgun Sally and driver Paul MacKenzie showed plenty of patience in capturing Monday's $43,000 Harvest Series final for trotting fillies in a career-best 1:56.4. Power And Grace hustled off the wings of the gate to grab the top spot with last week's second leg winner Miss Adam T getting away second before circling to the top early in the second-quarter. Shotgun Sally got away fifth and sat in that same spot when Miss Adam T led the field by a half of :57.1. McKenzie gave Shotgun Sally her cue to go entering the far turn and the 6/5 favourite trotted up into third, just over two lengths from Miss Adam T at the third-marker. In the stretch, Shotgun Sally immediately powered by Miss Adam T and pulled away to a 5 ¼ lengths victory in 1:56.4. Miss Adam T finished second, while Gradabra rallied for third. Trained by Todd Clements, Shotgun Sally won the opening leg of the series before being scratched from last week's second leg due to transportation issues. She now has four wins in 26 starts this season. Owned by Trisha Barsby, Shotgun Sally, who made just two starts as a rookie, has now earned $52,588 in her career. She paid $4.60 to win. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2018 as of September 30, 2018. Dunbar Hall and driver Jody Jamieson got things their own way in Monday's $34,000 Preferred Handicap trot and turned it into a second consecutive victory at the top-level. A group of six battled in the weekly feature with star trotting mare Dream Together having issues before the start and never joining her rivals in the contest. The removal of a key contender allowed Dunbar Hall and Jamieson to claim the top spot in the early stages. Dunbar Hall posted a :27.2 opening-quarter before stealing away with a :59.3 middle-half, while 6/5 favourite Dancer Hall sat in the two-hole. In the stretch, Dunbar Hall sprinted home in :27 to win by two-lengths in 1:54, the same clocking as his victory last week. Dancer Hall had to settle for second, while Big Rich was third and Catch The Dream fourth. A four-year-old gelding, Dunbar Hall picked up his eighth win in 23 starts this season. He has now earned $217,930 in 2018 to bring his career numbers to 13 wins and $331,184 earned for owners Carl Jamieson and George Harrison. A $2 win ticket on Dunbar Hall returned $4.80. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

Racing participants from both Woodbine, Mohawk Park along with The Raceway at Western Fair District are stepping up in support of Kristy Dustin. Kristy, the daughter of long-time horsemen Greg and his wife Doreen Dustin, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer this past summer and is currently undergoing treatment. The 33-year-old and husband Matt, share two young daughters, Abbigael, 9, and Kamryn, 3. Kristy along with her mother began The Raceway's Harness The Hope in support of Breast Cancer 13 years ago after Doreen was diagnosed. Doreen is cancer free, while Kristy begins her own fight. Kristy has already began treatment which will continue for the next six to eight months followed by another surgery. Driver Natasha Day along with trainer Shannon Henry spearheaded the idea of horse people stepping up in support. "Our industry is one of a kind and we always seem to support people in need," said Shannon Henry. "Natasha and I spoke about this idea and thought it would be a great idea to have a night that trainers/driver/owners could donate a portion of their winnings to a great cause." Day echoed Henry's thoughts. "I mentioned the idea to a few of our drivers at Western Fair and there wasn't any hesitation. People want to help," she said. "That snowballed into the Mohawk drivers room and the whole idea quickly came to fruition. It's really great to see the industry coming together." Monday, November 19 both Woodbine, Mohawk Park and The Raceway at Western Fair District will host an evening to support Kristy Dustin. Drivers/trainers and owners on that evening that are willing to donate a portion of their earnings are encouraged to contact Natasha Day and/or Shannon Henry. "Everyone is encouraged to participate in their own way as well," Henry said. "We've started a conversation on social media and it's gone viral. We have people participating as far as south Florida. What a wonderful gesture as we begin the holiday season." Day will be a special guest with track announcer Shannon 'Sugar' Doyle on Tuesday evening at The Raceway. The pregame show is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. For more information please contact Shannon Henry (519-831-6921) or Natasha Day (519-498-3203). From The Raceway at Western Fair District      

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Sock It Away made the step up to more seasoned competition but still made easy work of them as he continued his perfection in the Sunday afternoon top event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell was in the bike for the three-year-old colt’s 17th win in-a-row from as many starts in 2018 for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford, P.E.I. Rockin Indy (Driven by David Dowling) set the early tempo in the $2,650 Preferred pace from post 1 cutting out splits of 28.4 and 59.1 before Sock It Away converted his first-over assault into a front-end trip before the three-quarters of 1:28.1. The son of Pang Shui, who was making his first career start out of stakes competition, kicked clear in the stretch to romp by seven lengths in 1:57.1 over a windy track with a two-second variant. Rockin Indy was second while Winter Blast (Jason Hughes) finished third. Ryan Doucette celebrated his first career win as a trainer on the Sunday afternoon card as Delcie Hanover posted a mile 5-1 upset in race 2. Ken Murphy was in the bike for the 2:03 effort for the South Rustico trainer. Windemerenightlife continued his undefeated streak since coming home to P.E.I., as he scored in 1:59.4 for driver Dowling and owner-trainer Clair Sweet of O’Leary, P.E.I. The four-year-old son of Articulator was making his fourth straight trip to the winner’s circle since coming back to his birthplace from Ontario in October. Live racing continues Saturday and Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Charlottetown. For more information go By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Trois-Rivieres, QC - R Rkadabra, who had not been able to go gate-to-wire in his last four harness racing starts, was able to return to winning form, holding off Jamigo to win the Preferred Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon. The sixth race feature saw R Rkadabra and driver Pierre Luc Roy shoot out to the early lead by four lengths. Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) was the race favorite and got away in second place as R Rkadabra cut a :28.1 opening quarter mile. R Kadabra and Roy were in easy command of the race approaching the half mile mark as Daniel Laflamme came first-over with Jamigo into a half in :59.2. Jamigo and Laflamme kept inching their way towards R Rkadabra at the three-quarters in 1:30.1. R Kadabra and Roy were now hard pressed by Jamigo as Holiday Party and Pascal Berube came three-wide to mount a challenge. Once starting down the stretch it looked as if Jamigo would be able to catch and beat R Rkadabra, but that was not happening today as R Rkadabra kicked in another gear and held off Jamigo by a neck in 2:02. Holiday Party was third. It was the fifth win on the year for R Rkadabra, a ten-year-old gelding by Kadabra, who is trained by Isabelle Binet and is owned by Gestion Mark Lemay, Inc. of Quebec City and he paid $13.60 to win. The long shot of the day came in the 8th race pace when Clever Thing and driver Tyler Jones was able to grind it out first-over against Allstar Seelster (Stephane Brosseau) and then held off D J Power (Pierre Luc Roy) to win by a half-length in 1:58.1. Sent off at odds of 16-1, Clever Thing paid $34.70 to win in posting his tenth win of the year for trainer Francis Guillemette. Jones and Gullemette co-own the eight-year-old gelding by Stonebridge Regal. Track Notes: Starting next week at H3R the drivers will forgo their whips as the last two days of the race season will be competed without whips. First race post time is 12:50 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Capitalizing on an early break in stride by the heavy favourite, Dustlanemissmolly used the rail to her advantage and was on top at every call by an open length score in the Saturday afternoon feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Dustlanemissmolly was sent to the lead in the $2,350 Fillies and Mares Open pace by trainer-driver Myles Heffernan and was unchallenged off the front to the first quarter in 30.1, due partly to the 2-5 favoured Prettyndangerous (Driven by David Dowling) making a break in the first turn and never coming back into contention. Julep Hanover (Wade Myers) launched a first-over assault on Dustlanemissmolly headed to the half in 1:00.4 through wet and windy conditions with a two-second track variant, then the duo tripped the three-quarters in 1:31.2. Dustlanmissmolly then opened up on her foes to prevail by two-and-a-half lengths in 2:00.2. Collective Wisdom (Drew Neill) came up the inside to finish second while Julep Hanover held on for third. Dustlanemissmolly's visit to the winner's circle was number 21 of her career and number four since coming into the ownership of Jackie Heffernan of Summerville, P.E.I. Mach Of Ballykeel scored an upset in the $1,500 Cabo Pan Lucas Retirement pace as part of a driving triple by Corey MacPherson. The Kyle Wilkie co-owned and trained pacer stopped the timer in 2:00.3 for co-owner Mallory Lewis of Sherwood, P.E.I. MacPherson's other wins came with Southfield Sassy in 2:03.1 for Southfield Farms of Summerside and in a maiden breaking score of 2:05.4 with Lilbootsinparadise for Glenn Claybourne of Charlottetown, P.E.I. Suicide Shift ,won the $1,950 Open trot as the longest shot on the board in a field scratched down to four entries. Steven Shepherd was in the driver's seat in the 2:04.2 victory for owners Margo Fisher of Fredericton, N.B., and Harold Shepherd of Stratford, P.E.I. For more information go to By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Jamigo headlines the sixth race Preferred Trot at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday as the son of Amigo Hall goes for his third straight harness racing victory. Last year Jamigo won seven times and with three live race programs left at H3R, he currently has five wins and a good chance at either tying or beating last year's seven wins. The past two starts have been big wins for Jamigo and owner/trainer Manon Lamothe. His regular driver, Daniel Laflamme, is back in the sulky once again. Not a strong leaver at the start of his races, Jamigo makes up for it as very good closer. In his last start he stalked the leaders in fourth place and then rallied late to win by a neck. The prior start he made his move on the outside in the backstretch, trotted to the lead by the top of the stretch and won with ease by three and one-half lengths. "Jamigo had allergy problems this summer," said Laflamme. "And now he is in great shape." Will starting from the rail post position help him this Sunday? "The rail post position can help him on Sunday," Laflamme said. He will lose less ground after the start." The morning line favorite is former track record holder and Quebec Series Champion, Seeyou Men. He starts from post five for driver Stephane Brosseau. In his last three starts, Seeyou Men has won twice, the fastest a 1:57.4 triumph at Rideau Carleton. In post six is R Rkadabra, whom nearly every week has cut super-fast early fractions and is expected to do the same on Sunday. Other contenders include Stonebridge Alert (post three) who is moving up in class after a strong win last week, Dance Hall George (post two), Holiday Party (post four and Powerful Glare (post seven). This will be the last race card at H3R where drivers will be allowed to use whips in the race. The last two programs at H3R there will no whips allowed in the races. This is a special trial being done by the Quebec Jockey Club. Post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

MILTON, ON - November 9, 2018 - Kendall Seelster delivered another stunning performance to defeat older harness racing rivals for the second consecutive week in Friday's $30,000 Mares Preferred Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The three-year-old daughter of Shadow Play and driver Sylvain Filion shot off cover in the lane and stormed home to a 1:52.4 victory over five older mares. Trained by Rod Boyd, Kendall Seelster rallied last week from seventh to record his first win over older mares and Friday she took all the support, going off at odds of 2/5. The daughter of Shadow Play got away fifth and caught the cover of P L Hurricane heading to three-quarters. Windsongmagnifique cut out fractions of :27.3, :55.4 and 1:24.1 to lead into the lane. Kendall Seelster swelled up on cover and powered by rivals for a victory of three-quarters of a length. Request For Parole followed the favourite to a second-place finish, while Windsongmagnifique held on for third over Exhilarated. Kendall Seelster now has seven wins and $231,165 earned in 18 starts this season. Her career numbers now sit at 11 wins and $695,150 earned for owner 1187422 Ontario Inc. A $2 win ticket on Kendall Seelster returned $2.90. Round two of the Harvest Series wrapped up Friday with two $17,000 divisions for Ontario sired three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Phantom Seelster will have an opportunity for a series sweep following a convincing 1:53.3 victory in Friday's second division. Trevor Henry steered the Richard Moreau trainee to his second consecutive victory. A gelded son of Mach Three, Phantom Seelster left from the far outside and was parked around the first turn, while even-money choice Mission Three posted a :28.1 opening-quarter. Phantom Seelster cleared to the top in the second-quarter and posted a :57 half. Mission Three popped the two-hole on the far-turn to challenge Phantom Seelster, who reached three-quarters in 1:25.2. In the stretch, Phantom Seelster turned aside his rival and charged home in :28.1 to prevail by a length and a half over Mission Three. Foot Solider crossed the line third, while Stratosphere was fourth. Phantom Seelster entered last week's opening-leg winless in 14 starts this season. The Moreau trainee captured a division of last week's first leg by five lengths and was driven by Bob McClure, who drove Mission Three on Friday. Owned by Gestion Mastel Inc, Conrad Leber and Marcel Barrieau, Phantom Seelster increased his career numbers to five wins and $75,185 earned with Friday's score. He paid $4.50 to win. Shadow Play colt Shadow Moon prevailed in a tight Win Photo over round-one winner Westslucky Terror in the evening's first division. Driven by Doug McNair, Shadow Moon got away third in the field of seven to follow a pocket-sitting Westslucky Terror, while Bit Of Luck did the heavy-lifting on the front. Shadow Moon got his cue to go on the far turn and pulled up alongside Bit Of Luck at three-quarters in 1:24.4. In the stretch, Shadow Moon powered by Bit Of Luck, but then had to deal with a patient Westslucky Terror and a closing Hes Got Swagger. Shadow Moon held off Westslucky Terror by a nose for the 1:53.2 victory. Hes Got Swagger finished third, beat half a length, while Delorean Seelster was fourth. Trained by Kyle Fellows, Shadow Moon picked up his second win of 2018 and has now earned $39,335 in 19 starts this season. The sophomore colt's career numbers jump to seven wins and $234,672 earned for owners Fellows, Arpad Szabo and Daniel Knechtel. A $2 win ticket on Shadow Moon returned $5.10. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2018 as of September 30. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After vanquishing all comers in the Fillies and Mares Open in recent weeks, Prettyndangerous has an ideal starting post for her Saturday afternoon contest at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash Saturday afternoon card kicks off at 12:30 P.M. with the featured pacing mares heading to the gate in race 12 for a $2,350 pot. Prettyndangerous leaves from post 2 as the morning line favourite fresh off a pair of wins in her latest starts at this level. David Dowling is back in the driver's seat behind the Bo Ford trained and co-owned daughter of Armbro Deuce, who is also co-owned by Arnold Myers of Charlottetown, P.E.I. Collective Wisdom was a third place finisher in her last start and retains the services of rookie driver Drew Neill from post 3, while West River Ambyr has drawn post 4 with Steven Shepherd back aboard the Harold Shepherd trainee. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will side with the morning line in selecting Prettyndangerous to hit the wire first again this week. "Prettyndangerous was a bit inconsistent earlier in the year but not so now as five straight top three finishes will attest to," MacIsaac said. "She's beaten this class in back to back starts and there's been nothing to indicate the streak won't reach three." Other entries include Dustlanemissmolly (Driven by Myles Heffernan), Nikes Cowgirl (Marc Campbell), Drivingthedragon N (Jason Hughes), Julep Hanover (Wade Myers) and Killean Finale (Ken Murphy). The Cabo Pan Lucas retirement pace hits the track in race 11 for a $1,500 purse. Cabo Pan Lucas has been a hard hitting race horse at the Charlottetown Driving Park since coming to Prince Edward Island in the Spring of 2011 for owners Gary Poulton and Alan Walker of Charlottetown. His retirement race will see Harbourlite Jerry as the morning line choice from post 2 with Shepherd in the bike for trainer Harold Shepherd and owner Ralph Jardine of Arthur, Ont. Other top entries include All Turain (Dowling) and Painted Pony (Campbell). Undefeated Pacer Takes On Invitational Star CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After a perfect season in the 2018 stakes season, Sock It Away has graduated to aged company and will have his biggest test to date on Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash Sunday program has a special 2 P.M. post time out of respect for Remembrance Day services. Sock It Away will try to extend his streak to 17 straight in the race 12 Preferred pace carrying a $2,650 purse. Red Shores Charlottetown's leading driver, Marc Campbell, will be at the lines of the post 3 starter for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford, P.E.I. The son of Pang Shui was a winner in 1:55.1 in a hard fought stretch duel in his latest start in the $11,000 Island Breeders final. Governor's Plate champion Czar Seelster has post 6 in the short field with Mike McGuigan back at the helm while Rockin Indy rides a two-race win streak into the event with rail control for driver David Dowling. Race analyst Les MacIsaac admits Sock It Away's perfection is appealing but thinks the jump to face some of the best pacers around will be too much. MacIsaac places Czar Seelster as the one to beat Sunday afternoon. "Czar Seelster made up a ton of ground last week after the tardy start, had to come first up at the half and still kicked home in 28 and change for the win," MacIsaac said. "Off a performance like that how do you go against him? You don't." Also in the field is Three Truths (Driven by Kenny Arsenault), Rollwithitharry (Ron Matheson) and Winter Blast (Jason Hughes). Race 11 is the Remembrance Day pace with Dusty Lane Zendaya the favourite from post 1 with Adam Merner at the lines for trainer Stephen Gass off of two straight victories. The race carries a $1,600 purse. The John J Thompson Memorial pace lines up in race 9 in honour of the horseman and World War 2 veteran who passed away one year ago this month. Woodmere Ideal Art enters the race fresh from a near-miss against Sock It Away, as he was a nose short of beating the undefeated pacer in the Island Breeders final. Hughes will driver Woodmere Ideal Art again in this week's $2,350 event for trainer Sifroi Melanson and owner Ultimate Stable of Greater Lakeburn, N.B. For race programs, live video and more visit By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Standardbred Canada is seeking submissions for its 2018 Media Excellence Awards, to be presented at the O'Brien Awards ceremony on February 2, 2019. For the third consecutive year, Ontario Racing is pleased to sponsor the Media Awards. There are three awards categories: Outstanding Written Work, Outstanding Video, Film or Broadcast, and Outstanding Photograph. The program is aimed at honouring those who have, through one piece of exceptional work, covered Canadian harness racing in a manner that is extraordinary and of broad national appeal. Submissions for award consideration must pertain to some aspect of the Canadian Standardbred racing industry. Submissions for 2018 must have been published or broadcasted for the first time, between November 1, 2017 and October 31, 2018. The deadline for all submissions is November 30, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. (EST). For complete details and criteria for the categories, click here. All submissions and inquiries should be directed to: Kathy Wade Vlaar Industry Marketing Standardbred Canada 2150 Meadowvale Blvd. Mississauga, ON L5N 6R6 905-858-3077 (Ext. 207)

MILTON, ON - November 8, 2018 - Harvest Series action continued Thursday at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a sophomore trotting colts and geldings in action. Johnny Bravo went coast-to-coast on the front end to score the victory over six rivals in lone $17,000 division. Jean Bernard Renaud steered the gelded son of Johnny William to victory for trainer Paul Walker. All seven competitors in Thursday's second leg had competed in last week's first-round and many were looking to rebound after miscues and poor performances. Johnny Bravo posted fractions of :29, :59.1 and 1:28.3 before trotting home in :29 for a 1:57.3 victory. Eddy finished second by a length and a quarter after a two-hole trip, while leg one winner Charlie Ona Harley was third. Owned and bred by Paul Walker and Julie Walker, Johnny Bravo is now three for 11 in his first season on the track and has earned $37,450. The clocking of 1:57.3 shaved a fifth of a second off his previous best. Johnny Bravo paid $5.50 to win. Renaud and Walker teamed up for a second win on the card in the evening's sixth-race with four-year-old gelding Just Jewel, who trotted to a 1:57.2 victory at odds of 6-1. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2018 as of September 30, 2018. The $43,900 Harvest Series final for sophomore trotting colts and geldings will take place on Friday, November 16. Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

-The trilogy is complete. Written in a period of four years, Dr. Roland 'Roly' Armitage's Trilogy of The Way it Was and Now, Now About Yesterday and Straight From the Horse's Mouth provides a glimpse of a bygone era to present day, covering the journey of a true and dedicated Canadian who was a force in Canadian harness racing. Written in his inimitable, folksy Ottawa Valley style, it traces a colourful career from farm boy to soldier at age 17 , to veterinarian, energizing Standardbred industry leader , race track president, mayor and politician. He was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in the builder category in 1999. Roly Armitage had many roles in the sport - breeder, owner, administrator and racetrack manager. He served as president of the Canadian Standardbred Horse Society (1972-1974) and the Canadian Trotting Association (1974-1980). An innovator with foresight , and following a long battle with racing authorities, he was responsible for the removal of hub rails on race tracks, saving injuries and death to the nation's harness trainers and drivers. Along with others he was instrumental in introducing electronic eligibility to the sport, putting Canada on the leading edge of technology in horse racing. His books are a wonderful reflection of an extraordinary veteran, a dedicated veterinarian and a grass-roots Canadian leader. His books capture his spirited childhood and early devotion to farm animals while growing up on the family farm in Dunrobin, Ontario. An accomplished wordsmith, his trilogy covers a multitude of subjects, none more fascinating and entertaining than his experiences with farmers and their animals during his 52 years as a practising veterinarian. From his chance meeting with one of the heirs of the giant Heineken brewery in Holland following the war, to treating the horses of one of the Ottawa Valley's most notorious bank robbers, Paddy Mitchell, his books are an enjoyable read of both personal observations and sound country advice and wisdom. Roly Armitage served as the mayor of West Carleton from 1991 to 1994, managed the construction of the Carp, Ontario airport named in his honour, and for nine years was general manager of Rideau Carleton Raceway. He also bred and raced standardbreds, and his Armstead Farms campaigned several noteworthy horses over the years. He worked closely with the organizer of the 1979 Ice Races on the Rideau Canal, remembered as an iconic day in the long history of the trotting sport in Canada. He served with the Royal Canadian Artillery in World War 2, took part in the Normandy invasion and the liberation of France, and his many medals for meritorious service include the National Order of the Legion of Honour, Government of France. There is a story attached to each and every one of his successful undertakings which were always attacked with his inherent vigour. Sometimes heartwarming and sometimes heartrending, but always authentic and poignant . He is a man of intelligence, honesty and integrity who has seen and done it all. Now on the sunny side of 90 years of age, he has lived life to the fullest with a gusto and spirit that continues today as a Standardbred breeder and manager of a public stable at his Dunrobin, Ontario farm. Copies of his books are available at the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA) in Campbellville (905-854-6442), the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) (905 854 2672), or you may contact Dr. Roly Armitage directly at   by Bill Galvin

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Ava MacPherson may only be two weeks old but her father gave her lots to cheer about as he won half the races on a special Monday evening harness racing card at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Corey MacPherson had six wins on the rescheduled program, giving him even more to celebrate about after the recent birth of his second child, Ava. MacPherson started the action off winning with Sailor Blue in 2:03.2 for her fourth win in-a-row for co-owner and trainer Cindy MacDonald and co-owner Yossi Martonovich of Montague, P.E.I. MacDonald and MacPherson also teamed up to win the $1,950 Open trot with a 2:01.4 score for Dusty Lane Jacob. The Cornwall driver continued to pile on the wins as he hit the wire first with Dusty Lane Zendaya in 2:00.4 for trainer Stephen Gass of Cornwall, Badlands Giovanna for Stephen Sweet of Springfield West and with Hurricane Hill in 2:01.1 for Joe MacDonald of Breadalbane, P.E.I. Win number six was a family affair as Swingirl was a front-end winner in 1:59.3, trained by MacPherson’s uncle, Kerry Taylor of Stratford, P.E.I. Prettyndangerous claimed the $2,350 Fillies and Mares Open pace with a 1:57.2 mile for driver David Dowling, trainer and co-owner Bo Ford and co-owner Arnold Myers of Charlottetown, P.E.I. West River Ambyr (Driven by Steven Shepherd) was second while Collective Wisdom (Drew Neill) was third. Live racing continues this week at the capital oval on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. For more information go to By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

MILTON, ON - November 5, 2018 - Dunbar Hall returned to Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday and turned in a strong performance in the $34,000 Preferred Trot. The four-year-old trotter was making his first start since a break in the $500,000 Breeders Crown final on October 25 and shot off cover to track down leader Dancer Hall for a 1:54 victory. Trained by Stephanie Jamieson, Dunbar Hall and driver Jody Jamieson were able to flush out cover from fifth and sat in a nice second-over spot turning for home. Dancer Hall left from post-nine and made the lead after being parked around the first-turn. Dancer Hall reached three-quarters in 1:25 and had a few lengths on separation his rivals coming into the lane. Dunbar Hall unleashed a strong final-quarter to shoot off cover and storm by the leader for a 1 ¾ lengths score. Dancer Hall just held off Free Willy Hanover for second. Dunbar Hall's victory snapped a five-race losing streak. The Jamieson trainee finished second in his Crown elimination before making an early break in the rich final. Owned by Carl Jamieson and George Harrison, Dunbar Hall now has seven wins and $200,930 earned in 22 starts this season. His career numbers improved to 12 wins and $314,184 earned with the Preferred score. Dunbar Hall paid $16.90 to win. Round two of the Harvest Series for Ontario sired three-year-old fillies also took place on Monday. Just a single seven-horse division was needed for the trotters, while 21 pacers were split into a pair of divisions. Miss Adam T came through for her backers in the second-leg, scoring a coast-to-coast victory in 1:59.1 as the public's choice. The Ben Baillargeon trainee finished third in the first leg after going off as the favourite. Leg one winner Shotgun Sally was scratched due to transportation, which brought the field down to six. Gradabra finished second by 2½ lengths, while Power And Grace was third. Trevor Henry steered Miss Adam T to her second win in 13 starts. The sophomore trotting filly, who was unraced at age two, has now earned $26,296 for owners/breeders Tom & Elizabeth Rankin. Miss Adam T paid $4.10 to win. D Gs Shadowsbell pulled off her second consecutive upset victory in the first of two divisions for pacing fillies. James MacDonald gave the Chantal Mitchell trainee a two-hole ride and shot through in the lane to win by a head over Grand Bay in a career-best 1:54. Lyons Hedgeabet and Shadow World were in the mix for the exciting finish and crossed the line third and fourth, each beat half a length. A daughter of Shadow Play, D Gs Shadowsbell went off at odds of 13-1 in Monday's second leg after pulling off a 27-1 upset in last week's first leg. She now has three wins in 18 starts this season. Owned and bred by Daniel Surprenant, D Gs Shadowsbell now has $32,204 earned this season to bring her career numbers to six wins and $63,669. She paid $29.60 to win. Miss Rockadali repeated in Monday's second leg, posting a coast-to-coast victory for driver Louis Philippe Roy and trainer Richard Moreau. The daughter of Dali held off Lady Grande by a head for a career-best 1:55.1 victory. Bidforahug finished third, while Oxford Comma was fourth. Owned by Andre St Laurent, Miss Rockadali is now nine for 20 this season with $44,751 earned. Her career earnings jumped to $48,634 with Monday's score. A $2 win ticket on Miss Rockadali returned $4.10. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2018 as of September 30, 2018. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications -