CAMPBELLVILLE, June 18 - JK Endofanera's victory in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup was a popular one for many fans attending Mohawk's showcase evening.
The Ron Burke trainee returned $26.30 for a $2 win wager in the 31st renewal of the race.
Woodbine Entertainment Group was also pleased with the business results of the event billed as Ribs, Racing and Rivalries on Saturday.
Fans and horseplayers wagered $3,437,037 on the 14-race card, up 14.5% compared to the $3,001,036 figure recorded in the 2013 edition of the race. The overall handle was the highest since the race moved to Mohawk in 2007.
A figure of $474,023 was wagered on the Pepsi North America Cup race itself.
"It was a good evening," said WEG's Executive Vice-President of Racing, Jamie Martin. "There was a definite positive vibe at Mohawk on Pepsi North America Cup night, felt by both the casual fan and the core horseplayer. We're determined to continue our mission of offering a high quality horse racing experience for fans while growing wagering across the province. That was seen by many on Saturday."
Many fans showed up three hours before the first race to get their "First Bet on Us", a commemorative Pepsi North America Cup hat and to secure a great spot to enjoy the evening.
They enjoyed award winning ribs from Silver Bullet BBQ and Blazin BBQ and unique brands of beer at "Beerville." Fans were also entertained between races all night with live music from the River Junction Band and Amy Rose.
This Friday, June 20, Mohawk will offer a Fireworks Show following the races to celebrate the 100th birthday of Campbellville. A special first-race post time of 7:05 p.m. is slated.
by John Siscos, for WEG