Day At The Track

MILTON, December 19, 2020 – Horseplayers from all around took their shot at Saturday’s harness racing Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout at Woodbine Mohawk Park, wagering over $1.3 million in new money.  A total of $1,367,889 was wagered on Saturday’s Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory, joining a carryover of $335,940. The winning combination of 5-7-3-8-4 was popular, returning $808.73 for a $0.20 winning ticket.  Veteran pacer Rockin In Heaven moved to the lead in the second-quarter and never looked backed for 1:52.1 score in the Jackpot Hi-5 race. The eight-year-old went off as 9/5 favourite for driver J Harris and trainer Teesha Symes.  The top-five finishers from the Jackpot Hi-5 race are listed below:  1st: #5 Rockin In Heaven – 9/5 2nd: #7 Sams A Champ A – 5/1 3rd: #8 Dreamfair Moxy – 12/1 4th: #3 Rootin Tootin – 4/1 5th: #4 Heavenly Sound – 8/1  Saturday evening’s total handle for the 11-race card was $3.4 million.  Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7 p.m.    Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Screen Test made short work of his Saturday afternoon preferred harness racing foes with a dazzling 1:55.3 mile at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Corey MacPherson idled his charge from post 8 in the $2,700 top event and settled away fifth while post 1 starter Smart Official (Driven by Jason Hughes) was sent to the lead through splits of 28.2 and 58. Screen Test then began his move first-over and gobbled up ground on his way to a five-length victory in 1:55.3. Smart Official hung on for second with Revenant (Adam Merner) finished third. Ron Gass trains Screen Test for owner Kickin Horse Stable of York and William Andrew of Calgary. Marc Campbell was the hot commodity of the day, winning four races on the 10-dash card including the pacing mare and trotting features. Freddie came back to action on a winning note, stopping the clock in 2:00.4 in the $2,400 Open Trot for trainer-driver Campbell and owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. The $2,900 Fillies and Mares Open pace was more of the same as Dreamfair Zenfire got up for a head decision in 1:57.4 from the Campbell stable for owners Ryan and Everett MacLeod of Souris. The leading reinsman the last 11 seasons at the capital oval, Campbell also won with Zack The Men (1:59.1) for trainer Michael MacDonald and with Here Comes Red (1:59.1) from the Wade Sorrie barn. Live racing continues Tuesday evening for a special 6 P.M. program. For more information go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

MILTON, December 19, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced the addition of two cards of live harness racing, to be held as a doubleheader, for this Wednesday (December 23) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. With the City of Hamilton entering the Grey-Lockdown category as of Monday, December 21 at 12:01 a.m., Flamboro Downs will not be permitted to host their previously drawn card for Tuesday, December 22. Following discussions with all appropriate parties and pending final approval on Monday, the card slated for Tuesday at Flamboro Downs will now take place on Wednesday afternoon at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time for the 11-race card, which will be contested under the Woodbine Standardbred brand, is 2 p.m. In an effort to continue providing racing opportunities, Woodbine Mohawk Park applied and received approval to also add a card of live racing for Wednesday night. A condition sheet has been established and the entry box for Wednesday night's card will close on Monday (December 21) at 10:30 am. Final changes will be done immediately following the draw. Post time for Wednesday night's card of live racing will be 7:30 p.m. All horsepeople competing on either of Wednesday's cards at Woodbine Mohawk Park are required to complete Woodbine's COVID-19 daily screening form prior to arriving at the racetrack. Full live racing schedules and race handicapping resources, including free programs, are available at www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com. Horseplayers can watch and wager on both cards of live racing through www.HPIbet.com. Woodbine Entertainment would like to acknowledge all the parties involved, including the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA), for their immediate action and support. Mark McKelvie

GUELPH, ON -- Viewers of TheStable.ca Virtual Winter Open House on December 18 raised $3,000 for the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society (OSAS). Donations were collected from several of the 500 people who provided an RSVP for the livestream event which featured 45 of TheStable.ca's yearlings training in eight sets. Each winter and spring, TheStable.ca hosts an in-person Open House at its homebase, Tomiko Training Centre, in Puslinch, ON. The event is always streamed online. Removing the in-person element because of the pandemic, the broadcast was enhanced to include hosts Mark McKelvie, Fred MacDonald, and Bill O'Donnell reporting from their respective studios in Guelph, Charlottetown (PEI) and Milton. Anthony MacDonald co-hosted from track-level. NHL alumni (and clients of TheStable.ca) Rick Vaive and Shayne Corson also joined the broadcast. Host Jaimi MacDonald conducted remote interviews with the duo from their homes. Vaive and Corson -- along with Doug Gilmour -- own shares of the yearling colt U Gotta Be Leaf. A one percent stake in the trotter (and free expenses for one year) was the grand prize of the event and was awarded to Thomas Welsh of Clifford, ON. U Gotta Be Leaf at the Virtual Open House The other prize winners were: $100 HPI Gift Card (sponsored by Central Ontario Standardbred Association): Russell Collis of Wasaga Beach, ON $100 Amazon Gift Card (sponsored by Clinton Raceway): Kathryn Reid of Mississauga, ON Breeders Crown Swag Pack (sponsored by the Hambletonian Society): Marcia Harmelink of Perry, KS $100 Amazon Gift Card (sponsored by Ontario Racing): Karen Dallimore of Orton, ON I Love Canadian Harness Racing swag (sponsored by Standardbred Canada): Larry Clarkin of Whitby, ON $100 Amazon Gift Card (sponsored by True Nature Communications Inc.): Sarah Toll Toronto, ON Hambletonian Swag Pack (sponsored by the Hambletonian Society): Kevin Schmiedebusch of Lima, OH An archive of the four-hour livestream event is available on TheStable.ca YouTube channel. TheStable.ca extends its thanks to everyone who contributed to the Virtual Open House, donated to the fundraiser for OSAS, and tuned into the broadcast. About TheStable.ca TheStable.ca is horse racing's fastest growing fractional ownership operation and the largest harness racing stable in Canada. Between 100 - 150 Standardbred horses are part of TheStable.ca at any given time, racing in nine jurisdictions throughout North America and Australia. The horses are owned by 800+ people from 13 countries worldwide. The innovative and engaging model 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 accessible and affordable. This award-winning fractional racehorse ownership operation was crafted in 2015 by Anthony and Amy MacDonald of Guelph, ON to remove the traditional barriers to racehorse ownership: cost, access and risk. Communication and customer service are the cornerstones of TheStable.ca. The operation embraces technological solutions to engage audiences, deliver consistent updates about the horses and create an ongoing entertainment experience. For more information, contact Kelly at kelly@thestable.ca Kelly Spencer

Harness racing fans, harnesslink community, we have some important and exciting news to share with you. The current iteration of our website is now over ten years old and while it has done it's job incredibly well, the time has come for an upgrade.  Due to a number of technological changes, our current website has started to experience several problems behind the scenes which need to be solved. This has also fortunately given us the chance to review our current design as website design has changed a lot over the last ten years.  Our new website will be coming sometime in the next few weeks and should bring with it a faster, cleaner, more modern design. We know that change is hard but we also hope that you will keep an open mind and enjoy our new look when it is launched. Here's to the next chapter! John and the Harnesslink team Here is a picture of our original Website dated 2002

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After being bested in his last three starts by the now absent The Rev, the draw was not kind to Screen Test as he takes on the Saturday afternoon harness racing Preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 10-dash Saturday presentation starts up at 12:30 P.M. with the $2,700 preferred pace hitting the track in race 9. The city track received permission from the Chief Public Health office to host the program with a 50 person maximum cohort in the grandstand. Reservations will be required for the Top of the Park and Turf's Bar & Grill in order to follow capacity restrictions. Corey MacPherson will steer Screen Test in the top event for trainer Ron Gass and owner Kickin Horse Stable of York from the grandstand side of the starting gate. The five-year-old son of Vertical Horizon was second in this class three-weeks straight as he could not get the best of Atlantic champion The Rev. With that top foe out of the picture, the onus is on Screen Test to stick his nose out at the finish but he will have to overcome post 8 to get there. Legendary Ron is second choice on the morning line from post 5 sporting a two-race win streak for driver Myles Heffernan Sr., and owner Doug Matheson of Cornwall. Third choice is Revenant with post 7 for the duo of trainer Gass and driver Adam Merner. Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks puts Screen Test on top. "Screen Test has put together an excellent season and gets to avoid the bearcats today," MacPhee said. "This is a good group and he'll have to be on his game but we predict Corey works out a trip and they land on the line first." Race 7 is the Fillies and Mares Open pace for a $2,900 pot. Woodmere Skyroller defeated this group last time out but now is shouldered with post 8 for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. David Dowling remains in the driver's seat of the filly, who boasts the most money ever earned in a season strictly on the Eastern Seaboard of Canada with $87,076 in earnings. Dreamfair Zenfire is top choice from post 6 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell while Back In The Game returning from competition in Ontario to land in the Clifford Murphy stable with Ken Murphy in the seat from post 5. Race 6 has the Open trot with Freddie coming back to action from post 6 for trainer-driver Campbell and owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. Other top entries in the $2,400 event are Windmeredontuworry (Heffernan) and Glider Man (Dowling). Sign up to wager online through HPIBET.Com. The Race Day broadcast, race programs, entries and results can be found at redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Matt Bax - I've always said that you can't be in harness racing if you don't love it. Each morning and every night, I am reminded of just how much I love it. And the thought of it being taken away from us again - worries me so much. Both in the short term and how a shutdown may impact the industry in the long term. We totally appreciate that many other industries are being impacted by the pandemic too. When people say 'buy local' - that's us. Everything we do to run our racing operation is supported locally. We buy feed and equipment and use veterinarian and blacksmith services. When you look at those big manufacturing plants that employ thousands of people and are an engine for the locally economy - that's us too. Without spectators, we are merely working the craft we love and providing a product to the public. We have our health and safety protocols that we all follow and none of us want to be the one person who is responsible for a COVID-19 outbreak, so we take those protocols very seriously. We are so extremely thankful to be racing during these difficult times. I'm so thankful and grateful for the opportunity to be a Standardbred trainer -and to do something I love. I'm grateful to work with some of the finest equine athletes in the world. I'm fortunate to be able to provide my family. I take great pride in being in an industry that employs thousands of hard-working people, and I'm proud to be part of something that contributes significantly to the economy, locally and provincially. Through good times and bad, the horse racing community has always been bound together by a passion for our craft. The amount of hours and dedication required to be successful is unlike any other industry. Even when you're not working, you're watching the races or reading stories about racing - it's something you live and breathe. The first thing I do when I wake up - 5:30 every morning, seven days a week - is to go down to the barn on our farm and feed all the horses. The horses, they always come first. Then I'll come home, get a coffee, have breakfast and get the kids ready. My wife and I get one on the bus, and then I take my three-year-old son down to the barn, and start the day there. The horses are always happy to see you when you come out every morning, and I'm just as happy to see them. It gives you a great feeling every morning that you're connecting with the horses, seeing what's going on with each one, and knowing that they are all okay. The longer you go in the business, the more you understand the little things can go wrong each day. When you get that baseline off of feeding them, it helps relieve any anxiety you might have. You worry about them because in every way, they are your family - all 24 that we have with us, plus the broodmares, the young ones and the retired ones that are on our farm. In many ways, the horses are just like people, just like your family and friends. You want to make sure they are happy, healthy and loved. Like any business, you also need to have a strategy in place, both short and long term. With horses, it takes meticulous planning to ensure each one is given the best opportunity to succeed. We have a board where it maps out when each horse is racing, their pre-race training and routines. You set that up each week. I sit down with my dad [longtime successful trainer and owner John Bax] and we talk about what we want to do with the horses. Some have ended their 2-year-old season, so then you start having to map when they're going to come back. From there, it changes day-to-day for every horse. If the horse isn't feeling well, or is feeling sore, it's critical that you are able to care for them. You have to be able to adapt to every situation that comes your way. Every day is different. Every day has its challenges and every day has its rewards. There is always running around to do, whether you have to go to the tack shop or the bank to do all the books. You have little jobs to do in the afternoon. I pick my daughter up when the bus drops her off and then her and her brother get half an hour of quiet time, whether that's reading or schoolwork. Then it's on to bringing in all the horses from outside, and feeding them. Being able to share my love of horses with my family is one of the most cherished things I have in my life. My kids are pretty well-versed in the barn because they've been able to spend a lot of time there the past while because of the pandemic. They have a little pony named Licorice that they take care of. At night, they'll run out to the paddock and bring her inside. It's nice that they have an animal to take care of. It teaches them responsibility. They learn those tough lessons too, like taking care of her, feeding her and things like that. Then there's joy of it. They dressed Licorice up for Christmas and they jogged her outside. That's pretty cute to see and I hope to be able to see much more of that for years to come. It's one of many reasons why I hope that live horse racing continues on at Woodbine Mohawk Park and other racetracks across Ontario. In a business where so much goes into the animal, us, as well as the majority of horsepeople, are on a shoestring budget as it is. To be shut down again would really hurt us all, as it's such an unscheduled stoppage of income. There are no corners to cut. Horse racing isn't simply a source of joy for all of us - it's also our livelihood. The pandemic has had a devastating effect on so many industries in Ontario, across Canada, and around the world, horse racing included. Woodbine Entertainment has done a fantastic job in establishing strict COVID-19 protocols at racetracks throughout the pandemic, as have the other racetracks in the province. Everyone has done an outstanding job to ensure the safety and welfare of the horses and horsepeople. The racetracks have adapted so well throughout the pandemic, in establishing new protocols and also making it a top priority that everyone adheres to them, so that we can keep racing. They know how vital it is for people in this industry to have racing continue. We cannot afford to shut down again. People in the horse racing industry, they don't take sick days. If you're not at the barn taking care of the horses, there aren't a lot of people to pick up the slack. And if we don't have racing, then it would be devastating for all of us. For those who work in the industry, and for the love of animal, we need racing to continue. What we do is tremendously impactful in terms of contributing to the economy. You think about how many time the dollar changes hands coming from horse racing. It's a very economically diverse industry. There aren't too many like it. A lot of people don't see the economic plusses from horse racing, just how wide and diverse it is in the economic sense. You have farms, farriers, feed people, harness racing equipment makers - this industry supports and is supported by so many other businesses and sectors. We're very lucky to have such a vibrant horse racing industry in Ontario, with thousands of people working hard every day to make it a world-class sport. When I made the decision to have a career in horse racing, I knew I was going to be part of something special. Many years later, I know I still am. You have to be all-in with horse racing. And that's why people are in it. You fall in love with the horses, the people and everyone that contributes to it. It's something I think of the moment I open my eyes each morning, right before I fall asleep, and every time I watch one my horses line up behind the starting gate. Mark McKelvie

Charlottetown, PE - Live harness racing returns to Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park Saturday. Post time is 12:30pm. The city track received permission from the Chief Public Health office to host the program with a 50 person maximum cohort in the grandstand. Reservations will be required for the Top of the Park and Turf's Bar & Grill in order to follow capacity restrictions. Red Shores will also present a card on Tuesday night December 22nd. Post time is 6pm. The draw will be conducted on Friday December 18th. The winter meet schedule has also been finalized and scheduled for December 26th (Boxing Day) at 12:30pm and New Year's Eve Thursday December 31st with a special 6:30pm post time. The winter race schedule includes January 9, 16, 23 and 30th. The meet will officially wrap up on Saturday February 6th. All post times at 12:30pm. Sign up to wager online through HPIBET.Com. The Race Day broadcast, race programs, entries and results at redshores.ca Lee A Drake   

MILTON, December 17, 2020 - It's the time for giving and Woodbine Mohawk Park is treating harness racing horseplayers to a Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout this Saturday night (December 19).   The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover sits at $335,940.32 heading into the mandatory payout. An overflow field of 11 overnight pacers will clash in the Jackpot Hi-5 race, which is set as Race 11 (post time approximately 11:10 p.m.) The field for the Non-Winners of $5,200 last five or $10,000 last 10 starts event is a collection of the "weekly warriors" that can be seen regularly at the Campbellville oval. Eight-year-old Rockin In Heaven has been installed as the 3-1 morning-line choice in the $18,000 race. The Teesha Symes trainee is nearing $1 million in career earnings and comes in off a narrow defeat. J Harris will drive. The Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout field is stacked with back-class. The field includes multiple Preferred winners, two horses with over $820,000 in career earnings, seven with over $250,000 in career earnings and six with a career-mark of sub-1:50. Woodbine Mohawk Park has hosted several Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payouts this season, including $1.1 million in "new money" wagered on an August 29 payout. Just a month later, horseplayers wagered $736,188 on a September 26 payout. The record amount for "new money" wagered on Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout at Woodbine Mohawk Park is $2.8 million, set in May of 2019. The Jackpot Hi-5 wager requires horseplayers to select the top-five finishers in order. The wager has a 15 per cent takeout and $0.20 minimum. Race handicapping resources, including free programs, can be found by visiting www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com. Horseplayers can watch and wager on the action through www.HPIBet.com. Post time for Saturday's 11-race card is 7 p.m. The full field for the Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout race is listed below: Race 11 - Saturday, December 19, 2020 - Purse: $18,000 NW $5,200 LAST 5 STARTS OR NW $10,000 LAST 10 STARTS. AE: NOT AVERAGING $1,100 PER START IN 2020. (MIN 10 STARTS) (Post - Horse - Driver - Trainer - Morning Line) 1 Dreamy Fella - Jonathan Drury - Carmen Auciello - 15-1 2 Mach Code - Scott Young - Jeffrey Thomson - 10-1 3 Rootin Tootin - Bob McClure - Blake MacIntosh - 9-2 4 Heavenly Sound - Sylvain Filion - Stephane Larocque - 6-1 5 Rockin In Heaven - J Harris - Teesha Symes - 3-1 6 Tigers Way - James MacDonald - Martin Lachance - 8-1 7 Sams A Champ A - Louis-Philippe Roy - Taylor Fritz - 7-2 8 Dreamfair Moxy - Travis Cullen - Jodie Cullen - 4-1 9 Osborne Seelster - Jody Jamieson - Ted MacDonnell - 15-1 10 Casimir Richie P - Trevor Henry - Teesha Symes - 15-1 11 American Virgin - Doug McNair - Richard Moreau - 8-1 Mark McKelvie

Harness racing horses that are entered to race in Ontario which have not been properly enrolled in (or opted out of) the Exercise Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage (EIPH) Program will be ineligible to race. This includes horses coming from out of the province that have been racing on furosemide and are entered to race in Ontario without furosemide. These horses must opt-out of the Ontario EIPH Program by the time of entry. To add a horse to (or remove a horse from) the EIPH Program, the trainer/owner/assistant trainer/veterinarian must submit the EIPH Authorization Form as an online regulatory submission at www.agco.ca/iAGCO. Horses coming from outside the province can opt-out of the EIPH program without the signature of a veterinarian. To learn more about how to make a regulatory submission watch this helpful video. To ensure your horse is eligible to race, you are advised to go online and make your regulatory submission several days before you enter a horse. A regulatory submission must be made to enroll in the EIPH Program by time of entry. Note: A regulatory submission is not required for horses that are already on the Ontario EIPH program and wish to remain on the program. You can use the online Horse Search feature on iAGCO to see if a horse is currently on the EIPH program. All horses coming from outside of Ontario are automatically enrolled in the EIPH program if their last start (outside Ontario) was on an EIPH program. If the trainer wishes to race the horse without furosemide, a regulatory submission must be made by time of entry. A certified horse must remain on the EIPH Program for 100 days calculated from the date of its initial or most recent certification. For all transactions on iAGCO (including regulatory submissions) you will need a one-time access code. This access code is attached to your license and is sent to you in the mail or can be requested through the AGCO Help Desk Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm at 416-326-8700 or toll free at 1-800-522-2876. You may also ask your AGCO licensing agent to help you obtain your access code, in person or via email at racinglicensing@agco.ca. Reminder: New and renewing licenses must be obtained online in 2021. To learn more about how to obtain your AGCO license check out this helpful tip sheet. For more information please contact: vetclerks@agco.ca or a Racing Official from the Race Day Contact List. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES EIPH Program - Add or Remove Horse (Ordinarily Competing in Ontario) Industry Notice: Adding a Horse to the EIPH Program in Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

MILTON, December 16, 2020 - The Race Office at Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to remind all horsepeople of the upcoming holiday harness racing and draw schedule. Live racing will be held at Woodbine Mohawk Park over the holiday season with several cards added to the original schedule, including a special Tuesday card coming up next week on December 22. The full list of race dates over the holidays are listed below along with the draw date for each card: Monday, December 21 - Draw: Thursday, December 17 Tuesday, December 22 - Draw: Friday, December 18 Saturday, December 26 - Draw: Monday, December 21 Monday, December 28 - Draw: Tuesday, December 22 Thursday, December 31 - Draw: Monday, December 28 Friday, January 1 - Draw: Tuesday, December 29 Saturday, January 2 - Draw: Wednesday, December 30 Monday, January 3 - Draw: Thursday, December 31   Entry box closes each day at 10:30 a.m. Qualifiers will take place on the morning of Monday, December 28. Entries for qualifiers are due by 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 23. Horsepeople are reminded that the Boxing Day card (December 26) is a matinee with a 1 p.m. post time. All other cards, including New Year's Eve, will begin at 7 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Program available for TheStable.ca Virtual Winter Open House GUELPH, ON — An 86-page program is now available for TheStable.ca Virtual Winter Open House. The event will be delivered via livestream starting at 10:00 a.m. EST on Friday, December 18. The program is available at www.thestable.ca/openhouse The livestream is available at https://bit.ly/WatchTheStableLive or on TheStable.ca Facebook page or YouTube channel. The Open House will showcase many of the engaging features of the award-winning fractional horse racing ownership operation, including its bi-weekly live streaming video broadcasts of the horses in training. Forty-seven yearlings will be shown jogging in 8 sets throughout the event, captured by drone camera and presented with graphics and commentary. The event is free but an RSVP is requested. Those who RSVP will be eligible to win one of nine prizes awarded between sets. The RSVP form includes an option to provide a donation (of any amount) for the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. The donation unlocks eligibility to win a 10th prize — a one percent share of U Gotta Be Leaf and free monthly fees for one year. Among the yearling colt’s current owners in TheStable.ca are NHL and Toronto Maple leaf alumni Doug Gilmour, Rick Vaive and Shayne Corson. The trio will be featured on the Open House broadcast and will announce the name of the prize winner. About TheStable.ca TheStable.ca is horse racing’s fastest growing fractional ownership operation and the largest harness racing stable in Canada. Between 100 - 150 Standardbred horses are part of TheStable.ca at any given time, racing in nine jurisdictions throughout North America and Australia. The horses are owned by 800+ people from 13 countries worldwide. The innovative and engaging model 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 accessible and affordable. This award-winning fractional racehorse ownership operation was crafted in 2015 by Anthony and Amy MacDonald of Guelph, ON to remove the traditional barriers to racehorse ownership: cost, access and risk. Communication and customer service are the cornerstones of TheStable.ca. The operation embraces technological solutions to engage audiences, deliver consistent updates about the horses and create an ongoing entertainment experience.     Kelly Spencer  Director Of Business Development

Guelph, ON Dec. 15, 2020 Equine Guelph, the horse centre at the University of Guelph in Canada, has announced it is setting up a free virtual classroom for English-speaking youth around the world. Horse-crazy teenagers (ages 13-17) will have the opportunity to take an online Equine Behaviour & Safety course with access open until February 6, 2021 on www.TheHorsePortal.com   With no specific time to be online, the self-paced on-demand format was developed to be super flexible and user-friendly, a perfect way for youth to fuel their passion and learn more about their favourite animal over the COVID-19 second wave months.  There is approximately two-week’s worth of material and activities, but with this special free offering, kids can keep coming back as often as they like during the three month period.     Join over 350 students, from around the globe, that have already signed up in November to learn about:   Course topics include: 1.  Horse Behaviour – Wild vs Stabled 2.  How Horses See and Hear 3.  Herd Behaviour – How Horses Interact with Each Other 4.  Horse Handling – Basic Safety Around Horses 5.  Rider/Helmet Safety 6.  Safe Trailering – Basics 7.  Fire Safety 8.  Safety around the Barn and Paddocks 9.  Returning from an Injury   There will be many more points to ponder as students go through a multitude of videos from industry professionals including guest expert: Dr. Rebecca Husted-Gimenez from the United States. As a world-renowned instructor on technical large animal emergency rescue, Gimenez has a wealth of experience when it comes to horse behaviour and safe handling. For more information on Dr. Gimenez please visit the TLAER website.   Valued at $100, this offering will be a game changer for youth learning to speak horse! As such, Equine Guelph asks youth around the world to pass it on! Tell your friends, tell your barn, tell your ‘Ag’ group!     Equine Guelph thanks its generous sponsors in Canada for making this international youth initiative possible: ESSO, Kubota Canada, Ontario Equestrian, SSG Gloves, System Fencing and Workplace Safety & Prevention Services.   Get all your barn buddies together and sign up today for this awesome opportunity to stay safe and pursue your passion for horses online! Go to www.TheHorsePortal.com for more info.     Jackie Bellamy-Zions Communications Equine Guelph  

MILTON, December 14, 2020 - Woodbine Mohawk Park's Race Office would like to inform harness racing people that sign-up for training this Wednesday (December 16) at Mohawk Park opens today at 3 p.m. This week's training day will run from 7 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., with two training sessions open from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Each slot will allow for 60 horses, with a limit of 10 horses per trainer. Training hours will be allotted by signing up on a first-come, first serve-basis. Registration will start today at 3:00 p.m. The sign-up for training will close at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. All paddock COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place for training hours, including the requirement to have all personnel wearing a face mask. Only trainers and essential licensed personnel over the age of 16 will be permitted through the Security check point. The link to sign-up for training is available here. Mark McKelvie        

Charlottetown, PE - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park would like to congratulate their Executive Chef Andrew Smith on being awarded Chef of the year 2019 by the PEI Association of Chefs and Cooks. The award was presented at the Delta Prince Edward recently. Andrew has been an active member of the association since 2012. In 2019, he participated in various culinary events, outreach, competitions and travel representing PEI and Red Shores proudly. Smith also played a leading role in the successful Fall Flavours events at the Top of the Park with Chef Antonio Park, Chef Dustin Gallagher and Chef Ned Bell. Chef of the Year is awarded annually to an individual that contributes to the success of the association and demonstrates dedication through their commitment to actively training within the profession. The recipient is chosen through a voting process within the association amongst its membership. "I want to congratulate Chef Andrew on being presented Chef of the Year on behalf of our team, customers and suppliers," said Sean Furlong, Food and Beverage Manager at Red Shores. "Andrew continues to create exceptional culinary experiences for our guests. This award was voted by his peers so it's a big deal and very deserving." By Lee Drake

CASCUMPEC, P.E.I. — The spotlight is always on the top participants in harness racing, but this week the focus of Island racing is on a young man whose life was cut short before his star could shine brightest. MacKenzie Smallman, 21, passed away in a motor vehicle accident Monday in Prince County. Smallman leaves behind six-month-old son Shamus and girlfriend Emily Gillis. His friends remember the aspiring harness racing driver fondly. “He was hilarious and always down for a good time,” Sophie Hughes said. “You always knew you would have a great time when he was around. He loved driving horses in the matinees and rubbing on them. It was a blessing to have grown up around him and to have been lucky enough to be his friend.” Driver Ryan Desroche knew Smallman well from the track in O’Leary where he helped out with a number of stables, including the Desroche family, as he worked toward his ultimate goal of driving in pari-mutuel races. “He was always there to make you laugh or smile,” Ryan said. “He had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone – just an all-around great person.” Kaden Rennie agreed. “Mack was one of those guys that could make everyone smile and laugh. He was a good guy to be around and to have around. Mack was always a happy guy, and when I saw him at the track that’s where he seemed the happiest.” Smallman was a regular on the matinee circuit as he honed his craft and could be seen on race days in Summerside and Charlottetown warming up horses for the West Prince contingent. The Cascumpec resident was named rookie of the year for the province’s matinee racing program last year. “Mackenzie was one of a kind,” Brady Sweet said. “There was never a dull moment with him. He was very passionate about harness racing and would always be willing to help you out around the barn when you needed it. He will be missed by many.” Fellow matinee driver Jaycob Sweet made a number of trips with Smallman on the matinee circuit and will never forget his friend’s warm personality. “He loved harness racing and always looked forward to driving in all the matinees he could,” Jaycob said. Kyle Desroche remembered when a 12-year-old Smallman started around the harness racing industry, injected with a love of standardbreds from his grandfather, Roger MacNeil. Smallman was given Mia Lotta and raced the Major In Art mare on the matinee and pari-mutuel circuit on P.E.I. the past year. “When his son, Shamus, was big enough to go out, he brought him to the barn to see Mia Lotta,” Kyle recalled. “It made him so happy to know his son was so excited with the horses, seeing his reaction knowing he would fall in love with horses at a young age. The last year or so, he would go on to talk about moving to Ontario to pursue his dream of driving horses and starting his own stable, but with all this cut short his legacy will go on through all his friends and family.” Top Canadian driver and P.E.I. native James MacDonald has pledged his Thursday evening driving earnings at Woodbine Mohawk Park towards a fund being put together for funeral expenses. A Gofundme page had raised more than $4,400 for Smallman’s family as of Wednesday evening. My condolences to his family and friends. By Nicholas Oakes Reprinted with permission of The Journal Pioneer Easing the burden: GoFundMe page set up for young Cascumpec man killed in car crash