Day At The Track

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2019 ballot. A total of 30 people and horses comprised of 15 Standardbred and 15 Thoroughbred candidates, have been selected to appear on the voting ballot.   A 20-person Election Committee for each breed will determine the winners in their respective categories. Results will be announced Tuesday, April 9th.     The five categories selected by the Standardbred nominating committee to appear on the 2019 Standardbred ballots are Builder, Driver, Trainer, Female Horse and Male Horse.   For the first time, the Driver/Trainer category has been divided into two separate categories.   Standardbred Builder Category candidates include Ian Fleming, J. Hugh Proudfoot and Alain Veilleux.   Ian Fleming’s career in the horse racing industry began as race secretary at his home track in Clinton, ON. That evolved into managing the racetrack and from there he went on to create a centralized Race Office for several Ontario tracks in the 1990s, which now services racetracks across the province. Fleming was also the Racing & Gaming Manager at Western Fair Raceway for a number of years. In addition to his racing related responsibilities, he continues to find ways to give back to the industry and his community through fundraising initiatives such as the bi-annual Legends Day at Clinton Raceway. The 2017 edition of Legends Day hosted harness racing fans from across North America to witness John Campbell’s final career race. Ian was also an important part of the fundraising efforts following the Classy Lane Fire.   J. Hugh Proudfoot, born in Fort Coulonge, Que. in 1912, was an active harness racing participant as a breeder, trainer, owner and executive. His Pontiac Farm was a successful racing operation for decades throughout Québec and Ontario. Proudfoot was a leader when it came to sponsoring races at Fort Coulonge, Chapeau, Shawville, Pembroke and beyond. As an executive he served as a Director of the Canadian Trotting Association (C.T.A) for 11 years, as Vice-President for seven before becoming President of the C.T.A. in 1959. He had great vision as evidenced by his belief that the C.T.A. and Canadian Standardbred Horse Society (CSHS) should amalgamate. He also believed that the C.T.A. should provide insurance for drivers and advocated licensing women drivers.   Alain Veilleux of St-Hughes, Que., the son of CHRHF honoured member Gerard Veilleux is a second generation horseman who is involved in all aspects of harness racing. The family’s Standardbred operation, Ferme Drummond, continues to breed, with an estimated 600 plus horses carrying the Drummond name throughout the farm’s history. Alain continues to train a few of the homebreds, as well as yearling sale purchases, racing primarily in the Québec market. Veilleux sits on the board of Standardbred Canada, currently as a Breeder Director for Québec and has been instrumental in operating the fair circuit of racing in Québec (Le Circuit régional)   The 2019 Standardbred Driver Ballot features Luc Ouellette, Trevor Ritchie and Larry Walker   Driver Luc Ouellette, winner of the 2004 O’Brien Award, was successful in Canada and the United States. In addition to being the two-time leading driver on the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit in 2004 and 2005, he was the leading driver at the Meadowlands in 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2003. A winner of 8,589 races and almost $137 million in earnings, he won 10 Breeders Crown races during his driving career with horses including Anndrovette, Brigham Dream, and Armbro Amoretto. In 2002 Ouellette won the North America Cup with Red River Hanover.   Before retiring from driving in 2014, Trevor Ritchie won many premier races in North America including the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Prix d'Ete, Provincial Cup, Metro Pace, Canadian Pacing Derby, Trotting Classic Final for mares, and Champlain Stakes. During his career he had 3,710 driving wins and drove horses to over $70 million in purse earnings. Ritchie enjoyed a career year in 2000 when he won the Hambletonian with Yankee Paco, marking the first time a Canadian-sired horse won that event. Later that year he won three Breeders Crown Championships, tying him with John Campbell as the only other driver in history at the time to accomplish that feat, and he was voted Canada’s Driver of the Year. Top horses driven by Ritchie in addition to Yankee Paco included Quite A Sensation, Frugal Gourmet, Road Machine, Armbro Agile, Peaceful Way, Majestic Son, Banker Hall, and Rotation.   During his driving career Larry Walker, son of Hall of Fame Allan Walker, accumulated 2,394 wins and $21,116,465 in earnings in 16,925 starts. Born in Owen Sound, ON, Walker won his first race at Mohawk Raceway in 1963 and later earned a reputation as a trotting specialist. Some of Walker’s top stakes victories included the 1980 Maple Leaf Trot with Lindys Crown, 1986 Canadian Pacing Derby behind Witsends Gypsy in a World Record time, the 1986 Kentucky Filly Futurity driving Armbro Ermine and 1986 Labatts Invitational with Next Knight Out. His success during 1986 propelled Walker to the title of CTA Horseman of the Year.   In the Standardbred Trainer category voters will select from John Bax, William Robinson and Jimmy Takter.   Trotting specialist and 2001 Canadian Trainer of the Year, John Bax’s most prominent pupil to date is Hall of Fame gelding Goodtimes, a winner of 50 races and over $2.2 million in earnings, making him the richest Canadian-bred trotter of all time when he retired. Other Bax trainees include 2001 Breeders Crown winner Duke of York, Define the World – the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) 3-year-old trotter of the year in 2008, Riveting Rosie - OSS Super Final winner and O’Brien divisional winner in 2013 and 2014. In the 2014 Peaceful Way Stakes a trio of Bax trainees -- Stubborn Belle, Juanitas Fury, and Southwind Champane -- swept the triactor. John’s training stats include 822 wins and $22.8 million in earnings.   Trainer William (Bill) Robinson of Caledonia, Ont., is a four-time winner of the O’Brien Award as Canada’s Trainer of the Year (1993, 1994, 2002, 2003). During his career he amassed earnings of $54.8 million in 8,998 starts (2738-1380-1081). Horses successfully campaigned under Robinson’s tutelage included Hall of Fame members Mach Three and Precious Bunny, along with Riyadh, Presidential Ball, Art Major, Cams Card Shark, Dragon Again and Western Dreamer.   Swedish-born, U.S.-based Standardbred trainer Jimmy Takter has seen tremendous success on Canadian soil. With 1,325 starts in Canada, he has visited the winner’s circle 266 times and collected purse earnings of more than $34.2 million. Takter has won 103 stakes races on the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) circuit. Horses trained by Takter have won a total of 19 O’Brien Awards, including at least one O’Brien Award in 15 of the 19 years between his first award in 1999 with Moni Maker and his most recent with The Ice Dutchess in 2018.   The Standardbred Female Horse Category features Great Memories, Put On A Show and Tricky Tooshie.   Great Memories, by Apaches Fame and out of Armbro Emerson daughter Save the Memories, was bred by Glengate Farms and is now owned by Ontario Standardbred nursery Warrawee Farm. Among Great Memories’ offspring are two world champions: Warrawee Needy, and Warrawee Ubeaut. Warrawee Needy was a winner of 29 races and more than $1.25 million. He took a mark of 1:49.4s at age two, was faster still at three (1:48.4s) and at four was the fastest in the world (1:46.4). Warrawee Ubeaut, won the 2018 Breeders Crown for two- year-old pacing fillies, has a lifetime mark of 1:48.3 and earned $646,995 in 12 starts. In total Great Memories’ nine racing age progeny have earned over $2.66 million, with three breaking the 1:50 barrier (the third being Big Bay Point)   Put On A Show, a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, earned over $2.4 million, with 31 wins in 50 starts. On Canadian soil during her two-year-old season she won the Eternal Camnation as well as an elimination and final of the Shes A Great Lady, and was second in both the two-year-old filly pace elimination and final of the Breeders Crown at Woodbine. At three she won the Simcoe Stakes, as well as an elimination of the Fan Hanover and finished second in the final.   Tricky Tooshie was bred and owned during her racing career by Laurent Bergevin of Québec. Trainers included her co-breeder Jean L. Deblois, followed by Rick Zeron and then Linda Bedard. In seven years of racing she made 142 starts for a 44-29-24 record, posted a mark of 1:52.1 at Woodbine Racetrack and earned $1,005,566, becoming the first Canadian-sired mare to reach $1 million in earnings. As a broodmare, 11 of her 13 foals made it to the races to earn over $3 million for average earnings per starter of $284,000. Her richest foal was True North Hanover, a winner of $732,912.   Nominated In the category of Standardbred Male Horse are Angus Hall, Earl and Shadow Play.   As a racehorse Angus Hall earned $830,554 in 26 lifetime starts and set a mark of 1:54.3. To date his offspring have earned over $102 million, including six millionaires: 2008 CHRHF inductee Peaceful Way, Majestic Son, Elusive Desire, Winning Mister, Frenchfrysnvinegar and Laddie. His contribution to trotting bloodlines continues through top broodmares whose offspring have earned over $45 million.   Earl, a winner of 35 races and over $984,000 in his career, was the first horse in Canadian harness racing to three-peat as an O'Brien Award winner. When he retired, he was the Canadian record holder on a seven-eighths mile track (1:54.2s), a five-eighths mile track (1:55f) as well as the co-holder, with Mack Lobell, of the world record on a half-mile track (1:56h). As a stallion, Earl sired two millionaires -- O'Brien Award winner JM Vangogh (1:52.4s; $2,285,500) and trotting mare Earl Of My Dreams (1:55; $1,016,611). His North American sire stats show 351 starters from 490 foals, with total progeny earnings of $32.7 million.   Shadow Play earned $1,559,822 with 20 wins, 9 seconds and 5 thirds in 49 lifetime starts and took a record of 1:47.4 as a four-year-old. The son of The Panderosa, trained and co-owned by Dr. Ian Moore along with R G MC Group Ltd., and Serge Savard for most of his racing career, won several stakes events including the 2008 Little Brown Jug. As a sire standing at Winbak Farm in Ontario, and now owned by the Shadow Play Syndicate, he has sired the winners of over $28.9 million including three-time O’Brien Award winner and double millionaire Lady Shadow and millionaire Percy Bluechip.   The five categories selected for the 2019 Thoroughbred ballot are Builder, Jockey, Trainer, Female Horse, and Veteran Horse   A Thoroughbred Builder ballot comprised of Phillip Kives, Sam Lima and Bory Margolus is offered for voter consideration.   The late Phillip Kives, based in Manitoba, known worldwide as the owner of K-Tel and the inventor of the info- mercial, became involved in thoroughbred racing in 1977 with the launch of K-4 Stables (later changed to K-5) to recognize the addition of his son to the Kives family. His passion for racing continued for four decades until his passing in 2016. Kives owned and bred horses were of multiple stakes races at Winnipeg’s Assiniboia Downs as well as in Kentucky, Florida, New York, Ontario, and Alberta. As owner, Mr. Kives won every single stakes race at Assiniboia not just once but multiple times each, including two Manitoba Derbies, (best 3-year-olds) eight Gold Cups (race for top older horses) three Winnipeg Futurities, (best 2-year-olds) and five Matrons (top filly/mare).   The late Sam Lima’s involvement in racing spanned 57 years as an owner, a promoter of the sport through the Toronto Thoroughbred Racing Club and in the many positions he held with the HBPA, where he was a leader and advocate for the services and resources available to track workers, not only while they were in the industry, but following their time on the backstretch. Sam was also the first Chairman of the Fort Erie Advisory Board from 1985-1994 and advocated diligently for the continuation of racing at Fort Erie. In 1992, Sam played an important role in establishing a simulcasting policy that still remains today. Mr. Lima, who recently passed away was recognized in 2018 by the Jockey Club of Canada with the E. P. Taylor Memorial Award for his lifetime contributions   Alberta-based Bory Margolus was a successful business executive who would also become a leading force in Western Canada’s thoroughbred racing industry. From the time he purchased his first horse in 1952 until his retirement from the industry in 1986, Mr. Margolus and his Elmbrook Farm near Edmonton were dominant in Alberta as leading money-winning owner for nine consecutive years. He also received national racing recognition in the form of two Sovereign Awards – in 1975 as Canada’s Oustanding Owner and in 1977 as Outstanding Breeder.   Gary Boulanger, Richard Dos Ramos and Mickey Walls have been selected to appear on the Thoroughbred Jockey ballot.   Edmonton, Alberta born Gary Boulanger began his riding career in 1987, spending his early years at tracks in the U.S. and earning leading jockey status at Longacres Racetrack (1989, 1990, 1991) and Calder Race Course (1994, 1995). In 2000 Boulanger returned to Canada, riding primarily at Woodbine. In 2001, the top money winning year of his career, he rode Hall of Fame filly Dancethruthedawn to wins in the Canadian Oaks and Queen’s Plate Stakes. Despite suffering what could have been career ending injuries from a racing accident at Gulfstream Park in 2005, Boulanger fought back and continues to ride, splitting his time between Florida and Woodbine. The 2017 Avelino Gomez Award recipient has to date won 3,578 races, including 41 grades stakes and has earnings of over $78 million.   Richard Dos Ramos retired from riding in 2013 as the senior statesman of the Woodbine Jockey’s Room following a career that began in 1981 at Greenwood, where a total of 142 wins garnered him the Sovereign Award as Canada’s top apprentice jockey. He won a second Sovereign in 1982. During the 1990’s the Trinidadian born jock experienced some of his top career highlights including his 1992 upset aboard Benburb over legendary A.P. Indy in the Molson Export Million and a 1999 longshot victory in the $1.5 million Canadian International aboard Thornfield, both trained by CHRHF honoured member Philip England. His success continued through the millennium when he was the distinguished recipient of the Avelino Gomez Memorial Award in 2002 and followed up the same day with a win in the Canadian Oaks with Ginger Gold. Dos Ramos’ career stats include 2,159 wins in 18, 645 starts and almost $61 million in earnings.   Mickey Walls, born in Vancouver, BC to a horse racing family, he was destined to be involved in the racing industry. In 1990 at age 16, Walls won his first Sovereign Award as Canada’s outstanding Apprentice Jockey. The following year he won both the Outstanding Apprentice Jockey and Outstanding Jockey Award, and the Eclipse Award in the U.S. Following time off to recuperate from injuries in 1992 he returned in 1993 to once again be Woodbine’s leading rider. After competing in the US at various tracks, he returned to his homeland in 1996, winning the final two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown. In 1999 he won the Queen’s Plate aboard Woodcarver. Wall’s career stats over his 12 year career include 1,453 wins in 8,868 races and earnings of $37.3 million.   The three Trainers on the 2019 Thoroughbred Election ballot are Josie Carroll, Michael Keogh and Daniel J. Vella   Since obtaining her training license in the mid 90’s Josie Carroll has accumulated 795 wins and earnings in excess of $44.7 million in 4,785 starts for owners including Eugene Melnyk, Ivan Dalos and Donver Stables. Carroll is the first female trainer to win the Queen’s Plate, doing so in 2006 with Edenwold and again in 2011 with Inglorious. She also had a second place finish in the 2014 Plate with Ami’s Holiday who went on to win the prestigious Breeders’ Stakes. In 2009 her trainee Careless Jewel brought her a trio of Graded Stakes wins in the U.S with the Alabama (G1) at Saratoga, the Delaware Oaks (G2) and Cotillion Stakes (G2).   As longtime private trainer for Hall of Fame Builder Gus Schickedanz, Mike Keogh is a two-time Queen’s Plate winning trainer, first with Woodcarver in 1999 and then with Triple Crown champion Wando in 2003. During that Triple Crown winning season, Keogh was also training stablemate Mobil who would earn a Sovereign Award at four. Hall of Fame horse Langfuhr, also trained by Keogh, won three G1 Stakes and received the Sovereign in 1996 as Champion Sprinter. As an assistant to Hall of Fame Trainer Roger Attfield from 1986-1993, Keogh worked with a long list of Hall of Fame inductees including Alywow, Peteski, Carotene, Izvestia and With Approval. Since 1993 Mike Keogh stats include 2,620 starts with 322 wins and over $21 million in Earnings.   Daniel Vella captured the Sovereign Award Trainer title in both 1994 and 1995. He has won the coveted Queen's Plate twice in his career thus far, the first in 1994 with Frank Stronach’s Basqueian and followed up with his second win in in 2012 with Strait of Dover for Wally and Terry Leong. Vella has scored one hundred and thirty-five (135) career stakes wins in a career that began in 1985. Current career stats include: 5,364 starts (822-795-656) and $37.3 million in earnings.   In the Thoroughbred Female Horse category voters will select from Hard Not To Like, Lexie Lou and Marketing Mix   Bred in Ontario by Garland Williamson, well-travelled Hard Not To Like won at five of the eight tracks she visited during her 22 starts over five years. She earned more than $1.2 million while accumulating eight victories including the Jenny Wiley Stakes (Gr 1) at Keeneland in 2014, the Diana Stakes (Gr 1) at Saratoga in 2015, and the Gamely Stakes (Gr 1) at Santa Anita the same year for three Grade 1 turf scores at three different tracks. The striking grey filly by Hard Spun and out of Tactical Cat mare Like a Gem, herself a multiple graded stakes winner, was indeed bred for success.   Lexie Lou was purchased in the 2012 CTHS Yearling sale by Owner/Trainer John Ross who directed her 2-yr-old campaign of 8 starts at Woodbine, including two stakes wins. Following her first start as a 3-year-old, she was purchased by U.S-based Owner Gary Barber and moved to trainer Mark Casse’s stable. The filly established herself as the best filly in Canada by winning both the 2014 Woodbine Oaks, and Queen’s Plate, becoming only the 6 th one to complete the Oaks/Plate double. Her first turf race and victory came later in the Wonder Where Stakes. She was named 2014 Sovereign Award Horse of the Year, Champion Grass Horse and Champion 3-yr-old Filly. Additional races of note include a graded stakes win in the Gr 2 Autumn Miss Stakes at Santa Anita and a second-place finish to U.S. HOY California Chrome in the Gr 1 Hollywood Derby at Delmar. Following time off in 2015, she came back as a 5-yr-old in 2016 winning both the Gr 2 Nassau and Gr 2 Dance Smartly Stakes to earn the title of Sovereign Award Champion Turf Female.   Marketing Mix, an Ontario bred Medaglia D’Oro filly bred by Sean Fitzhenry’s, was a $150,000 Keeneland yearling purchase in 2009. Her 21 race career for Glen Hill Farm of Ocala, FL., under the tutelage of trainer Tom Proctor, banked $2 million in earnings with ten wins including stakes victories in the 2012 editions of the Rodeo Drive Stakes (G1), Nassau (G2), Dance Smartly (G2) and the 2013 Gamely Stakes (G1) as well as 2 nd place finishes in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf and the 2013 Rodeo Drive Stakes (G1).   The Thoroughbred Veteran Horse category will be contested by All Along (FR), Alydeed and Loudrangle   French-bred filly All Along, was the first winner of the Prix de'Arc de Triomphe (G1) to race in Canada winning the Rothmans International (G1) as part of a 41 day international tour that also included wins in the Turf Classic (G1) at Aqueduct and the Washington, D.C. International (G1) at Laurel. Named Horse of the Year on two continents for owner Daniel Wildenstein and family, All Along (FR) was named Champion Older Horse in France and 1983 Horse of the Year in the U.S., the first female and foreign-based horse to win an Eclipse Award as Horse of the Year.   Alydeed, bred by Anderson Farms, owned by Kinghaven Farms, and trained by Roger Attfield, broke his maiden in the Victoria Stakes, his only start at two. In 1991, at three, the son of English Two Thousand Guineas winner Shadeed, won the Grade 3 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs and followed up with a close second in the Preakness Stakes. Upon returning to Woodbine, Alydeed won the Marine, Plate Trial and Queen’s Plate Stakes by a combined total of 22 ½ lengths. His 4-year-old season included an allowance win at Gulfstream Park over American champion Fly So Free, despite conceding him eight pounds. Consecutive wins followed in the G3 Commonwealth at Keeneland, and G1 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct. Alydeed retired with a record of 9 wins, 2 seconds and 2 thirds in 18 starts and earnings of $930,689.   Loudrangle was a yearling purchase by Ernie Samuel from the 1975 CTHS September Sale and went on to become one of Sam-Son Farm’s foundation mares. During her race career from age 2 to 4 she chalked up a record of 9-2-2 in 22 starts, including a win in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes. Voted Broodmare of the Year in 1986, her progeny include champions Ruling Angel and Tilt My Halo as well as stakes winner Tiffany Tam, No Louder, Slew of Angels and Dancing With Winds, who have in turn gone onto produce the likes of Regal Intention, Soaring Free and others. Sam-Son broodmares Smarty Fly and Strike Red continue to produce horses carrying Loudrangle’s dam line.   The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Ceremony will be hosted at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Wednesday, August 7, 2019. Additional information about the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame may be found at     Linda Rainey Managing Director Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 416-417-9404

MILTON, March 23, 2019 - Veteran harness racing trainer Rob Fellows reached a major career milestone during Saturday evening's 10-race card at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Fellows, 56, sent out eight-year-old pacer Velocity Driven to a third-place finish in Saturday's $15,000 fourth-race. The top-three finish was good enough to vault Fellows' over an impressive $20 million in career earnings. The Rockwood, Ontario resident has been a mainstay on the Woodbine Entertainment circuit for more than three decades and is a winner 1,319 races. Fellows has had seven $1 million seasons during his training career and holds a strong career UTRS of .300. The veteran trainer most recently won 40 races and sent out the winners of $791,710 last season. Woodbine Entertainment recognized Fellows' accomplishment with a presentation Saturday evening. Fellows' family and friends joined him in the winner's circle to receive a sign acknowledging his accomplishment from Scott McKelvie, Racing Secretary for Woodbine Standardbred. Saturday evening's card was the last chance for horseplayers to score the entire Jackpot Hi-5 ahead of next Saturday's mandatory payout. A total of $42,494 in new money was wagered Saturday on the Hi-5. There were multiple winning Jackpot Hi-5 tickets, which finalized a huge carryover of $525,140.23 for next Saturday's mandatory payout. Jackpot Hi-5 wagering is now suspended until next Saturday's mandatory payout. Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Mark McKelvie

GUELPH, ON --, harness racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership stable, has added NHL Hall Of Famer Eddie Olczyk to its all-star client roster. Olczyk is a part-owner of Olympic Hopeful, a two-year-old Illinois-bred filly which will make her racing debut this summer. Olczyk recently hosted an event at Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero, Illinois where the track awarded fractions of the filly to five contest winners. Before becoming head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2003 to 2005, Olczyk played with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks, and Pittsburgh Penguins for 16 seasons between 1984 and 2000. He currently serves as a television colour commentator for NHL on NBC and Chicago Blackhawks games on NBC Sports Chicago and WGN-TV. Olympic Hopeful The Chicago native joins fellow NHL alumni Doug Gilmour and Rick Vaive who became clients of in 2018. Olczyk is also involved in Thoroughbred racing, and has served as a guest commentator and handicapper for the NBC Sports broadcasts of the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and the Belmont Stakes. An avid punter, he also won the Pegasus World Cup Betting Championship last year, collecting the first-place prize of $137,500. Eddie Olczyk (far right) at Hawthorne Race Course’s Pool Party on March 22 where five contest winners joined Olczyk in ownership of 2-year-old trotting filly Olympic Hopeful  There are currently 137 Standardbred horses (including 75 two-year-olds) in which was created three years ago by Anthony and Amy MacDonald of Guelph, ON. The innovative and engaging model of invites people to own a little and love it a lot. Clients can purchase as little as one percent of a horse, making the thrill of harness racing and racehorse ownership easy, accessible and affordable. The MacDonalds built this fractional ownership stable as a bridge -- a way to welcome newcomers to racehorse ownership with a very modest investment (as low as $80), low-risk, and completely accessible and transparent operations. Most expenses are captured in a monthly fee of $25.75 (plus tax) per share, per month, per horse. Olympic Hopeful promises a unique, ongoing entertainment experience which includes: bi-weekly professionally produced broadcasts of the horses in training, delivered via livestream; weekly commentary videos about all horses; weekly email communications; special events, including Open Houses and track outings; and the open invitation to visit the horses at base at Tomiko Training Centre.   Kelly Spencer Director Of Business Development

MILTON, ONTARIO & EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - Anticipation continues to grow among harness racing horseplayers in North America for Friday's inaugural 'Can-Am Pick 4' at Woodbine Mohawk Park and The Meadowlands. The 'Can-Am Pick 4' requires horseplayers to select the winners of two races at Woodbine Mohawk Park and two races at The Meadowlands. The 'Can-Am Pick 4' will have a $0.20 minimum and low 15 per cent takeout. The 'Can-Am Pick 4' sequence is as follows: Leg One: Woodbine Mohawk Park - Race 10 (Post Time: 10:40 p.m.) Leg Two: The Meadowlands - Race 10 (Post Time: 10:52 p.m.) Leg Three: Woodbine Mohawk Park - Race 11 (Post Time: 11:04 p.m.) Leg Four: The Meadowlands - Race 11 (Post Time: 11:16 p.m.)   To help prepare horseplayers for the inaugural 'Can-Am Pick 4', Woodbine and The Meadowlands' team of announcers, hosts and racing analysts have done their homework and provided tickets for Friday's action. Click here to Download free program pages for the 'Can-Am Pick 4'.   Team Woodbine Ken Middleton Leg One: 1,2,3,4,6 Leg Two: 4,7,10 Leg Three: 1,6,7 Leg Four: 1,2,4 Cost: $27   Mark McKelvie Leg One: 1,2,3,9 Leg Two: 4,7,10 Leg Three: 1,6,9 Leg Four: 1,4,5,6 Cost: $28.80   Jason Portuondo Leg One: 1,2,5 Leg Two: 4,7,10 Leg Three: 1,5,6 Leg Four: 1,5 Cost: $10.80   Chad Rozema Leg One: 1,2,8 Leg Two: 7,9,10 Leg Three: 1,6 Leg Four: 4,5,6 Cost: $10.80   Team Big M Dave Brower Leg One: 1,2,3,9 Leg Two: 1,4,5,7 Leg Three: 1,2,5,7 Leg Four: 2,5 Cost: $25.60   Dave Little Leg One: Leg Two: 5,7 Leg Three: 1,6,7,9 Leg Four: 1,2,4,6 Cost: $25.60   Bob Hollywood Heyden Leg One: 2,4,7 Leg Two: 2,4,9 Leg Three: 4,7,8 Leg Four: 1,6,9 Cost: $20.20   Ken Warkentin Leg One: 2,3,4,8 Leg Two: 4,7,10 Leg Three: 1,2,3,6 Leg Four: 2,4,6 Cost: $28.80   Jessica Otten Leg One: 2,3,6,10 Leg Two: 1,4,7,10 Leg Three: 1,6,7 Leg Four: 1,4,6 Cost: $28.80     Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications C: 905-864-9110

MILTON, March 21, 2018 – Woodbine Entertainment today announced a mandatory payout for the Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 on Saturday, March 30 at Mohawk Park. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover currently sits at $443,868.29 and horseplayers will have just three more opportunities to win the entire Jackpot, as Hi-5 wagering will be suspended ahead of the mandatory payout following this Saturday’s card (March 23). The most recent Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout was conducted on December 22, 2018. Horseplayers wagered more than $619,026 of new money on the Hi-5, which had a carryover of $352,873. Past mandatory payouts have topped more than $1 million in new money wagered and returned large payouts. A mandatory payout in December of 2016 saw more than $2 million in new money wagered, while in December of 2017 the payout was $49,437.10 for a $0.20 winning ticket. The Jackpot Hi-5 requires horseplayers to select the top-five finishers in order and features a $0.20 minimum wager with a 15 per cent takeout. The wager is offered nightly on the final-race of each card. Live racing continues Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.     Mark McKelvie Woodbine Communications

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Two giants of harness racing are not only introducing a new wager that combines their considerable assets this Friday (March 22) but are also tackling an industry-wide source of frustration in the hopes of pleasing the customer. The "Can-Am Pick-4" will make its debut and requires a player to correctly select the winners of two races at the Meadowlands and two more at Woodbine Entertainment's Woodbine Mohawk Park. The bet will have a 20-Cent minimum, so players who are accustomed to a 50-Cent wager will have the option to increase their base bet or use more horses in the hopes of catching several longshots during the sequence. It will also sport a low 15 percent takeout. Leg One of the CAP4 will be Woodbine Mohawk Park's 10th race (post time, 10:40 p.m.), followed by the Meadowlands' 10th (10:52 p.m.), WMP's 11th (11:04 p.m.) is the third leg before the wager concludes with the 11th (11:16 p.m.) at the Big M. If all goes according to plan, the entire bet from start to finish will take 36 minutes, which is certain to be a hit with horseplayers. "For us, it's important to get things done in a timely fashion," said Klaus Ebner, Senior Manager of Simulcast Services for Woodbine. "The Can-Am Pick-4 locks up the customer's funds for a short span, allowing them to churn winning money into more wagering opportunities." But harness racing's two biggest tracks in terms of visibility and handle have more up their sleeves. The subject of post-time "drag" will be addressed by both tracks beginning with the Friday races. "As industry leaders, one of our goals - as well as our friends at Woodbine Entertainment - is to shorten the post-time drag before our races go to the gate," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "We will both be doing this as the leaders of this industry. We want to move the needle back on these outlandish drags but it will take an industry-wide initiative to make it happen. We will be taking the first step in doing so and are hoping that our fans will continue to wager the same or more." Both tracks are aiming for the following: -At three minutes past zero minutes to post, countdown clock starts -At four minutes, call to post -At five minutes, race goes off "This will allow the customer to understand when the race is going off," said Ebner. "It will have some certainty for them. Our main goal is we don't want our customers having to choose between wagering on Woodbine Mohawk Park and the Meadowlands. The coordination of post times will allow them access to the best two harness racing products in the world. We have worked together to stay off one another (not race at the same time) to the best of our abilities and, for the most part, the staffs at both tracks do a great job of doing that."   GET READY FOR MAYHEM: The NCAA college basketball tournament will be on overload this week with a full slate of games scheduled for Thursday through Sunday (March 21-24). Also on overload will be college basketball fans who will be watching and wagering on all of the hoops action in the Meadowlands' FanDuel Sportsbook, where there is plenty of comfortable seating with many food and drink options from which to choose. The action begins at noon, with 16 games on Thursday and Friday, before eight more matchups on Saturday and Sunday.   ORANGE CRUSHES: Driver Andy Miller, aka The Orange Crush, hot the hot hand last weekend (March 15-16) at the Big M, piloting seven horses to victory lane. Jenn Bongiorno paced the trainer's colony, winning three times from only five starts.   CALLING ALL T-BRED 'CAPPERS: On Saturday (March 23), the Meadowlands is hosting a National Horseplayers Championship qualifying event with a pair of seats to the NHC Final in Las Vegas (Feb. 7-9, 2020) on the line. The qualifier has a $400 entry fee. Pre-registration is recommended but walk-ups on the day of will be accepted. Need more information? Contact Rachel Ryan at or go to   Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations  

The Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association has announced the appointment of Debbie Francis as the new Executive Director of the organization. Francis was the successful candidate in an extensive search to fill the position and she will assume her new role at the end of April. "Debbie comes to us with over twenty years' experience in the harness racing industry as an owner and a breeder," says ASBA president Wayne MacRae. "The ASBA Board of Directors believes her experience and skill set will be a great asset to the ASBA and the Atlantic Sires Stakes program," adds MacRae. Francis graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and she is currently a Councilor for the Municipality of West Hants. Francis is also the newly elected vice president of the Truro Harness Horse Owners Association. Francis resides in Sweets Corner, NS, with her husband Peter and son Gregory, who also shares a passion for the harness racing industry. "Over the past twenty years I have followed my Dad's lifelong passion for this industry and I am looking forward to working with the Board of Directors and members of the ASBA as I take on this new role in the industry my family has always enjoyed so much," says Francis. Francis will assume the role of Executive Director at the ASBA's Annual General Meeting on April 28. The AGM will take place in the Red Shores at Charlottetown Driving Park grandstand at 1 pm. Francis takes over from outgoing Executive Director Lynne MacLennan who held the position for the past eleven years. MacLennan has moved on to another position in Cape Breton. The ASBA administers the Atlantic Sires Stakes program which was formed over fifty years ago to promote the Standardbred horse industry in Atlantic Canada. Today the program showcases the best young horses in the region and offers participants and spectators the finest in harness racing action.   Lynne MacLennan Executive Director Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association

Guelph, ON March, 18, 2019 - Responding to research needs of the Ontario racing commission (now AGCO), a recent study led by Dr. Janice E. Kritchevsky, at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, reveals use of thyroxine supplementation is deleterious to racehorse's performance and may result in cardiac arrhythmias. Researcher Dr. Janice E. Kritchevsky was selected to do this work by the Equine Guelph Research Committee with AGCO support.   Kritchevsky explains, "Thyroid disorders are actually rare in horses." The concentrations of thyroid hormones, including thyroxine, can be measured in blood. Blood thyroid hormone concentrations outside the normal ranges can lead one to believe hypothyroidism (low production of thyroid hormones) may be the cause of a horse looking a little lethargic. However, abnormal thyroid hormone concentrations can occur after a high grain diet meal, after trailering fatigue, training stress, or if a horse is ill. In actuality, administering thyroid medication to a horse fighting a respiratory infection can compromise the animals natural response to the infection.   Horses that benefit from thyroid hormone supplement tend to be suffering from Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) or insulin resistance, neither syndrome is recognized in fit racehorses and they are both quite rare in other performance animals. Thyroxine supplementation may have a place in treating some over-conditioned (obese) horses at risk for laminitis. To diagnose a thyroid disorder, it is not enough to perform a one-time blood test; instead, a function test must be conducted. In a function test, two thyroid hormones are measured in the blood, then the horse is given a releasing hormone, and the two hormones are measured again. If the thyroid hormone concentrations do not respond normally, then there may be a true thyroid disorder. Kritchevsky adds, "In the case of over conditioned horses, thyroxine supplementation is to be used only until the horse reaches a normal body weight."   The misconception over thyroxine supplement use among horse owners and trainers may stem from the initial reaction to the drug, which can cause a flat or less spirited horse to appear more alert and hypersensitive. In Kritchevsky's study using fit Standardbreds, they did find a behaviour change after administration of Levothyroxine. The horses became quite alert and more difficult to handle but then they fatigued quicker.   When Dr. Kritchevsky gave Levothyroxine (a thyroid supplement) to the horses, it resulted in changes to blood concentrations of all thyroid hormones. Horses given 0.25mg/kg Levothyroxine went to maximum heart rate quicker, but the horse's blood lactate concentration did not change post-exercise, which told the researchers that they had the same level of fitness. The drug was not found to be performance enhancing. In fact, four out of the six horses in the study developed cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) when treated with Levothyroxine and one developed atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is a serious performance limiting condition that can be career ending.   Kritchevsky thanks Equine Guelph and AGCO for providing the lion's share of the funding for this important research on thyroxine supplementation. This research was done in response to reports of open containers of thyroxine supplement that were observed during barn visits as part of out of competition testing by ORC (now AGCO). Elevated blood concentration of thyroxine has been documented on numerous occasions on post-race blood testing of horses from Ontario tracks.   Kritchevsky says, "This is an important problem anywhere! People are using thyroid supplement and it does not do what they think it is doing. This research is important for all, including racing commissions. While thyroxine is not a foreign substance, as this study indicates, high levels render the horse unfit to race."   Some officials believe thyroxine should be regulated and next steps in research may include developing an assay to test for a carrier protein that is excreted indicating a high thyroid.   Stay tuned to Equine Guelph E-News for more updates about this study.     Web Link(s):     Jackie Bellamy-Zions Communications Equine Guelph  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club has announced that for the 2019 harness racing season the Hippodrome 3R will be racing on Friday nights along with the normal Sunday's afternoon cards. The 40-day live race meeting gets underway on Sunday, April 28. There will also be one special Thursday night race card on August 8. The complete race season calendar can be found at The final day of the race season is Sunday, November 3. "We have tried Tuesday and Wednesday live racing," Said Murielle Thomassin, Director of Racing at H3R. "And it is too tough for people who work to come out to the races so we decided to go with Friday nights and try and take advantage of the start of the weekend." In addition to Friday night racing, post time has changed for this season. Friday night first race post time will be 7:00 pm and on Sunday's post time will be 1:00 pm. The summer prize of the race season, the $200,000 Prix D'Ete for four-year-old pacers, is set for Sunday, August 18 along with the third leg of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacing colts and fillies also on the program. The richest race program of the season will be on Sunday, September 8 with the $480,000 finals for both the Breeders Cup and Future Stars Series. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

MILTON, March 14, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to issue a reminder to all owners and trainers of Friday's (March 15) stakes payment deadline. The first round of sustaining payments are due for all 2019 major stakes. Sustaining payments are also due Friday for the 2019 Champlain (foals of 2017), 2020 Simcoe (foals of 2017) and 2019 SBOA Filly Stakes (foals of 2016). Below is the full list of major stakes with sustaining payments due Friday:   Pepsi North America Cup (3-year-old pace) Armbro Flight (3-year-olds & older, fillies & mares trot) Canadian Pacing Derby (3-year-olds & older pace) Canadian Trotting Classic (3-year-old trot) Casual Breeze (3-year-old filly trot) Elegantimage (3-year-old filly trot) Eternal Camnation (2-year-old filly pace) Fan Hanover (3-year-old filly pace) Goodtimes (3-year-old trot) Maple Leaf Trot (3-year-olds & older trot) Metro Pace (2-year-old pace) Milton (3-year-olds & older, fillies & mares pace) Nassagaweya (2-year-old pace) Peaceful Way (2-year-old filly trot) Roses Are Red (3-year-olds & older, fillies & mares pace) Shes A Great Lady (2-year-old filly pace) Somebeachsomewhere (3-year-old pace) William Wellwood Memorial (2-year-old trot)   Woodbine also handles the administration of stakes events contested at various tracks across Ontario. Nominations and sustaining payments are due Friday for the following events:   Grand River Raceway (Sustaining): Battle of Waterloo (Ontario Sired 2-year-old pace) Battle of the Belles (Ontario Sired 2-year-old filly pace) Flamboro Downs (Sustaining): Confederation Cup (4-year-old pace) The Raceway at Western Fair District (Nominations): City of London Series (Ontario Sired 4-year-olds and younger, pacers and trotters)   All stakes details can be found by visiting Stakes payments can be made online by clicking here. If sending payments by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than March 15, 2019 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended.     Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications C: 905-864-9110  

MILTON, March 14, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment has announced that tonight's card of live racing at Mohawk Park has been cancelled due to deteriorating track conditions caused by mild temperatures. Live racing is scheduled to resume Friday evening. Post time is 7:10 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications  

The 94th Hambletonian Future Wager at the Meadowlands will open its first pool Friday, March 15 at 11:00 a.m. in conjunction with the final payments taken on the harness racing trotters for the $1 million Hambletonian and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks. This will be the first of four pools opened in advance of the race to be held Saturday, August 3 at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ. Wagering will be available at racetrack and online sites throughout North America and internationally and wagering for the first pool will close on Sunday, March 17 at 11:00 p.m. (EDT) A team of harness racing analysts and handicappers led by Meadowlands announcer Ken Warkentin, whose Road to the Hambletonian annually tracks the leading candidates to the race, selected a group of 14 trotters out of the 199 colts, fillies and geldings that were made eligible to start in the Hambletonian after the final February 15 payment. The wager will be discussed at length on The Meadowlands weekend simulcast show. Though fillies have their own division in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, several have started in the $1 million event for males in recent years, most recently Atlanta, who became just the 14th filly to win a Hambletonian. The 14 horses assigned odds in the pool will be listed in alphabetical order. The mutuel field, #15, will consist of the remaining horses eligible, including all fillies eligible to the Oaks. There are no supplements permitted to the Hambletonian or Oaks. The minimum future wager is $1.00 and all future wagers are win wagering only. The winner of each pool will be determined by the official first-place finisher in the 2019 Hambletonian. The second future pool will open Friday, May 31 at 11:00 a.m. through Sunday, June 2, closing at 11:00 p.m. The third future wager pool will open Friday, July 5 at 11:00 a.m. through Sunday, July 7, and close at 11:00 p.m. The fourth and final pool opens Thursday, August 1, after the entries and elimination heats are sorted, and close at post-time of the first elimination and/or heat of the Hambletonian on Saturday, August 3. The Hambletonian Future Wager will be set-up in the tote system as one separate event. The event code is MZX. Past performance lines for the Hambletonian eligible horses will be available free of charge on the Meadowlands website All rules and updates can be found there and on 2019 Hambletonian Future Wagering - Pool #1 HD - Horse - Morning Line Odds 1. CHAPTER FASHION 20-1 2. CHIN CHIN HALL 10-1 3. DONT LET'EM 10-1 4. FORBIDDEN TRADE 15-1 5. FORECAST 20-1 6. GIMPANZEE 4-1 7. GREEN MANALISHI 6-1 8. GREENSHOE 8-1 9. HUDSON RIVER 20-1 10. KINGS COUNTY 20-1 11. OSTERC 20-1 12. PROSPECT HILL 15-1 13. SOUTHWIND AVENGER 10-1 14. SWANDRE THE GIANT 12-1 15. All Other Horses - 8-1 ***************************************************************** The 2019 Hambletonian Future Wager Official Rules The 2019 Hambletonian Future Wager Official Rules 17% Takeout Win Wagering Only - $1 Minimum The Hambletonian Future wager will be four (4) separate wagering pools during the months of March, May, June, July and August, with the winner of each pool being determined by the official first place winner of the Hambletonian on August 3, 2019. Each pool will remain open for a period to be determined by the association, but in any event, not less than three (3) days nor more than ten (10) days. The pools shall each be open for the same length of time. The starting and closing date of the wager will be determined by the association and will be promoted to the public. Each Hambletonian Future wager shall be win wagers only and each pool shall be separate and independent. Calculation and distribution of winning wagers will be made following the official results of the 2019 Hambletonian. The minimum wager shall be one dollar ($1.00). Each pool shall be comprised of up to fifteen (15) betting interests. The top fourteen (14) betting interests shall be determined by the New Meadowlands Racetrack handicapper and listed alphabetically. The number fifteen (15) betting interest shall represent the mutuel field, which will include all other runners not listed in numbers one (1) through fourteen (14). The fifteen (15) betting interests will appear in the daily race program with morning line odds on each day the wager is offered. Following the close of each month's Hambletonian Future wagering pool, the final odds and/or probable payoffs will be listed in the racing program and released to the media. No refunds will be issued. All wagers are final once the patron has left the window. Career-ending injuries, death and failure to start are not subject to refunds. If the New Meadowlands Racetrack and/or Hambletonian Society becomes aware that a horse suffers a career-ending injury or becomes deceased after the numbers (1) through fourteen (14) are printed, but before Future Book Wagering has begun, the number shall be scratched and no wagers shall be accepted on that horse. That scratched horse will become part of the field number fifteen (15). If the New Meadowlands Racetrack and/or Hambletonian Society becomes aware that a horse suffers a career-ending injury or becomes deceased after the numbers one (1) through fourteen (14) are printed, and after Future Book Wagering has begun, wagering on that number shall be suspended. No refunds will be issued on the suspended number. Notwithstanding the above, in the event the 2019 Hambletonian is not run or does not produce an official winner, all wagers shall result in a refund. Also, in the event that there is a coupled entry or mutual field in the 2019 Hambletonian, for the purpose of the Hambletonian Future wager, each entry or mutuel field shall be considered a single betting interest. All calculations and payoffs for the Hambletonian Future wagers shall be governed by the New Jersey Racing Laws and Rules. Each pool shall be separately and independently calculated and distributed. Takeout shall be deducted from each gross pool as stipulated by law. The remainder of the monies in the pool shall constitute the net pool distribution as payoff on winning wagers. The amount wagered on the betting interest which finishes first is deducted from the net pool, the balance remaining being the profit; the profit is divided by the amount wagered on the betting finishing first, such quotient being the profit per dollar wagered to win on that betting interest. The net pool shall be distributed as a single price pool to winning wagers in the following precedence, based upon the official order of finish: (a) To those whose selection finished first; but if there are no wagers, then To those whose selection finished second; but if there are no wagers, then (b) To those whose selection finished third; but if there are no wagers, then (c) The entire pool shall be refunded on win wagers for that contest. If there is a dead heat for first involving: Contestants representing the same betting interest, the pool shall be distributed as if no dead heat occurred or Contestants representing two or more betting interests, the pool shall be distributed as a profit split. The Hambletonian Future Wager will be set-up in the tote system as one separate event. The event code is MZX and the future wager pools will be placed as follows: * Race 1: Hambletonian Future Wager Pool 1 March 15 - March 17 * Race 2: Hambletonian Future Wager Pool 2 May 31 - June 2 *Race 3: Hambletonian Future Wager Pool 3 July 5 - July 7 * Race 4: Hambletonian Future Wager Pool 4 August 1 - August 3 Real time odds, pool data and updates on field participants for the 2019 Hambletonian Wagers and current odds will be shown on various simulcast shows including New Meadowlands Racetrack. For the Hambletonian Society & Meadowlands Racetrack    

Guelph, ON - March 14, 2019 - “You never think it would happen to you, and one of your horses, until one day you wake up to a phone call in the middle of the night,” recounts Sarah Scott, member of the horse racing community for over 20 years, and owner of Fork.    Since the first line fire in December, Sarah has not only been busy with her horse’s recovery but also spreading awareness of fire prevention programs.   Sarah works as an account manager specializing in equine rehabilitation, at System Equine in Rockwood and they will be hosting a Barn Fire Prevention and action plan evening on March 19 at 6 pm. Special guest speakers will include: TJ Snow of Milton Fire Department, Riley McGilloway of Halton Hills Fire Department, and Dr. Liz Shiland DVM (one of several vets who assisted at the First Line fire). Sarah will also be sharing her experience as a horse owner.    They will discuss: barn fire prevention, what to do in case of fire with horses and/or animals, fire safety and caring for horses after they have been exposed to smoke inhalation and fire trauma.  Barn owners need to be ever vigilant with barn fire prevention, never get complacent and always prepare themselves for emergencies.    Equine Guelph will be offering a new Fire & Emergency Preparedness online short course on– Apr 8 – Apr 15   Sarah’s Story:   We celebrated our staff Christmas party at Mohawk raceway December 20th, having a great time filling the night with Christmas cheer. I arrived home, around 12:30 am and settled into bed shortly after 1 am. I was awoken by my husband to the words “the barn is on fire and there is nothing we can do.” I was instantly numb. I felt almost robotic as I grabbed some clothes, and drove to what was our horses’ home, now land marked by police cars directing fire trucks. The car did not even come to a complete stop before I jumped out.    When I arrived no one knew where my own horse was, but we knew he was out. It was dark, raining and the most unsettling of sights, with red and blue flashing lights intermingling with the mist. I was told it took two firefighters and one of the second trainers to move my horse Fork from his stall, with singed facial and mane hair from the inferno he escaped and was taken to another barn on the property and placed in an empty stall.   Emergency response:   Sarah quickly joined the growing team of fire fighters, owners and veterinarians triaging the scene. They were fortunate to have a number of containment areas with other barns close by, a pool area that held three horses, and paddocks to hold the horses after they were removed from barn seven. Other factors that aided the rescue were: rain, wind blowing away from the barn and educated/experienced horse people, on scene that did not pull open the doors until fire and rescue arrived.   Each horse was evaluated and treated by the attending veterinarians before they were given the “ok” to go to Mohawk.  When the horses arrived at Mohawk (for temporary stabling) they were all bathed and once again looked over for burns or distress. Black soot was embedded in the horses’ hair, leading to the conclusion the lungs must also be compromised. Fears of smoke inhalation damage were confirmed with the first scope.  The owners were worried if their horses would be ok, racked with questions if they were suffering and if they would ever race again. It was a quick paced day with lots of decisions.   Sarah’s expertise served her well, having worked with clients, vets and owners whose horses were affected by the encroaching wild fires in BC and Alberta, supplying them with nebulizers from System Equine that were donated by Nortev Flexineb and assisting the equine practitioners in developing treatment cycles. Never had she imagined she would be implementing a similar treatment plan for her own horse who had won his race just a few short weeks before.   The team worked diligently with the vets following up on the temperatures, discharge, vitals and overall observation. Sarah is very grateful to everyone involved with the rescue and rehabilitation, including her employers at System Equine and Nortev for supplying the nebulizers aiding in the recovery of many of the horses.   Sarah’s prayers have been answered as subsequent testing and scoping showed no signs of soot and no residual inflammation in the lungs. Sarah is also very grateful to her husband Mark who was so supportive, working tirelessly caring for both of them.  “He truly is the reason Fork has returned to the racetrack,” says Sarah. Fork is in the clear and qualified to race at Mohawk on January 24 2019.   Final thoughts:   Sarah will forever be a fire prevention crusader and advocate of having a plan. No matter how busy life gets, she will never turn her phone off at night. Much reflection takes place after an incident, from the simple things like having emergency numbers in your phone to having the fire department out to do a pre-plan. Having halters, leads, pens and paper quickly accessible, clear barn aisles, feed tubs positioned so they are not in the way of exiting a stall are some of the little details that can make a big difference in an emergency.   And of course, looking back on the chaos, there is much gratitude for the community who rallied together. Thanks, and huge acknowledgements must be given to the first responders, the community who all sprung from their beds in the dead of the night and for everyone who came together to support the rescue.   Sarah hopes sharing her story will move people to take preventative measures and looks forward to seeing large attendance both at the Fire & Emergency Preparedness online short course on– Apr 8 – Apr 15 and at System Equine’s Barn Fire Prevention and action plan evening on March 19 at 6pm, also available by live feed at:    

MILTON, March 13, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to notify all horsepeople of a change to this week's harness racing training and schooling schedule. This week's qualifying session will take place Thursday morning at 10 a.m. Training and schoolers have been cancelled for Thursday morning, as the track will only be used for the qualifying session. Training has also been cancelled for Friday morning. Mild temperatures and rain are the cause for the cancellations, as the track crew will be working to protect the racing surface for live racing on Thursday and Friday evening. Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment            

This Saturday, March 16th the Meadowlands hosts its Last Chance harness racing WHHC Qualifier. Two spots are up for grabs in the $200 Qualifier ($100 entry plus a $100 real-money bankroll). The format requires players to make $10 Win, Place, Show or any combination WPS bets on ten Meadowlands races of their choice. Players can wager more than $10 a race if they desire. Players can register on-site until 7:15 pm on the 16th. DerbyWars will host regular online Qualifiers for the WHHC every Saturday through the end of March. Players can qualify for as little as $33. Complete DerbyWars Qualifier information can be found at The remaining upcoming partner track WHHC qualifiers include: ·         TVG/4NJBets ·         Vernon Downs: March 16th ·         Tioga Downs: March 23rd ·         Buffalo Raceway: March 16th ·         Rosecroft Raceway: March 31st The World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by is Saturday, April 13th,  with a welcome reception the evening prior.  Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $1,300.  The $1,300 entry fee includes a $300 bankroll, with the remaining $1,000 going to the prize pool.  The $150,000 prize pool is based on an estimated 150 entries and the $40,000 first place prize is guaranteed.  The WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of seven Meadowlands races, two designated mandatory races.  Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings.  Prize payouts are to the Top 10.  The WHHC Final brochure is available at here            

March 11, 2019 (Guelph, ON): Planning is well underway for the 15th Annual International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) Conference, being held at the University of Guelph, Canada’s largest agricultural university, on August 19-21, 2019.   The theme for this year’s conference is “Bringing Science to the Stable”, highlighting our past relationship with horses and examining where we are headed.   Abstract submissions opened on January 18, 2019 and are due by April 1, 2019.   Researchers in the field of equitation science are invited to submit an abstract of their research findings for consideration to present during the conference.   A direct link to the abstract submission form can be found here.   Join our line-up of thought-provoking speakers as we journey through history and into the present, supporting and challenging the way we interact with horses through scientific research.   Early bird conference registration pricing available until June 1.   After that date regular conference fees apply.   Check the ISES website  or the Horse Portal to learn more.   Check our blog regularly for updates, sneak peaks, and local information.   15th Annual International Society for Equitation Science Conference   Equine Guelph | University of Guelph |