CAMPBELLVILLE, September 3 - It was a fun and entertaining evening of racing at Mohawk on Saturday. Ask any fan.
The Canadian Pacing Derby/Metro Pace card showcased many of the sport's stars and featured a 66-1 longshot winner in the Canadian Pacing Derby, while the Jackpot Hi 5 was paid out on the final race.
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) also considers the 2014 event a stunning success, in record style.
A total of $5,006,896 was wagered on the 12-race card, the highest handle figure ever recorded for one program at the 51-year-old Campbellville track. The previous mark was $4,648,478 for the 2000 Breeders Crown card.
It was third highest handle ever recorded on the WEG Standardbred circuit, behind only 2002 Breeders Crown card ($5.4 million) and 2001 Breeders Crown program ($5.2 million), both conducted at Woodbine.
"We offered a terrific on-track event and a fantastic card, and we are extremely pleased with the record results," said Jamie Martin, Executive Vice-President of Racing. "Customers enjoyed great music, excellent food and were entertained by the finest horses in the sport, including arguably the best two-year-olds around, Artspeak and JK Shesalady. Modern Legend added a dash of drama with his 66-1 upset in the Canadian Pacing Derby."
The Jackpot Hi 5 continues to prove to be a hit with racing fans. The wager, which offered a carryover of $647,331.71 and a mandatory payout, had a total pool of $2,522,851 after $1,875,520 was bet on Saturday evening. Each winning 20-cent ticket paid $1,347.36 after Resistance Futile romped. The Jackpot Hi-5 requires horseplayers to select the first five finishers in exact order.
"The Jackpot Hi 5 certainly helped the card achieve record status, but without it, we were still up 30 per cent over last year's program," said Martin.
The next major card at Mohawk features the $682,000 Canadian Trotting Classic. It is slated for September 13.
by John Siscos, for WEG