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ELORA ­— Local media celebs will put down the mic and pick up the harness racing lines Friday, June 5 during Grand River Raceway’s second annual Media Race.   Each media personality will be paired up with a pro driver and both will take a seat in a custom two person jog cart. This exhibition race substitutes purse money for bragging rights, and all of the personalities are preparing for the winner’s circle. Kelly Waterhouse returns to defend her title, having won last year’s inaugural edition with driver Bob McClure. Waterhouse has been working locally in the media for the last 10 years and is the News Director for The Grand 92.9 FM. Waterhouse loves horse racing and cannot wait to get back on the track. Her media celeb rivals are: • Barry Finn; the editor at the Rider newspaper • Gayle O’Brien; Morning Buzz personality on 107.5 Dave FM • Jaime Myslik; Reporter for the Wellington Advertiser All media participants and their guests will dine the Captain’s Quarters and receive a tour of the facility prior to the media race, which kicks off after race nine. Grand River Raceway patrons are invited to fill out the media race cheerleaders ballot found in their program for a chance to win betting vouchers.  All of this action launches the first Fun & Frivolity Friday race night of the season. Post time is 6:30 p.m. Kelly Spencer Grand River Raceway

Summerside, PE - Red Shores Summerside goes prime time with four divisions of the Ruby Chappell stakes and four splits of the Bob Dewar memorial stakes on the afternoon program. The harness racing action will be carried via the broadcast network at The fillies take the stage first with Three Pink Bows and Danny Romo as the heavy favorite in race 2. Jann Down, who banked $46,484 in earnings last year, could give Gilles Barrieau his first trip to victory lane. Swift Taylor, Elm Grove Joanette and Woodmere Articblue hook up in the third Chappell memorial contest with Invader M looking for a piece of the hardware in the final stake for owner Reg MacPherson, trainer Kevin MacLean and driver Corey MacPherson. The filly is well prepped for the task coming off two strong performances in Charlottetown. MacLean's other trainee Dixieland Band is back home to compete in the first division of the Bob Dewar Memorial in race 7. The colt will go up against six contenders including Arnold Dick off the rail for his co-owners Vance Cameron and Michael Gallant, Summerside. Jared Stretch, race analyst at Summerside has selected BNGS Express (Danny Romo), Proven Desire (Campbell) and Ultimately Handsome (Kenny Arsenault) in their respective Dewar stake assignments. Customers will be greeted to a list of new promotions including the Super High 5, Pik 3 and Pik 4. On-track players will be offered the Pick 5, Wild Horses tags on races 2-14 with jackpots and Set for Summer promo where customers have a chance to qualify to win weekly prizes with the grand prize of $1,000 a week for 10 weeks being drawn on the first day of summer June 21, 2015. For race programs, Jared's Picks or live broadcast go to or twitter at leedrake01 or red_shores Lee A. Drake

Charlottetown, PE - The stage is set for a busy weekend of harness racing with an 11 dash card Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time is 6pm. Red Shores Summerside plays host to the stars Sunday in the Ruby Chappell stakes for three-year-old fillies with the three-year-old colts being called to the starter in Bob Dewar stakes. Post time is 1pm. Big Surf will make his season debut off the rail in the $2,400 feature Saturday in the capital city. Marc Campbell will be in the bike to handle the Trevor Hicken trainee after a super impressive qualifier in 1:57.4 clocking and a 27.4 closer. The son of Somebeachsomewhere will go up against Outside The Wire who scorched Summerside oval in 1:55 on opening day for Jason Hughes and conditioner Craig Avery. Hicken will also send out his other stable star All Turain from post 6 for red hot Corey MacPherson. Darth Bader (Kenny Arsenault), Tempo Seelster (Vince Poulton) and American Terror (Ed Harvey) only adds to the appeal. This should be quite a speed show with All Turain as the 5-2 favorite on the morning line. The program will also feature the open trotters in race 3 with Pleasure Girls getting the edge over Zip The Lip and Frill Seeker. Fly With Max is getting comfortable in the winner's circle with two wins and two seconds since relocating from Flamboro Downs in Ontario. Terry Gallant will drive for trainer Earl Watts and owners Wade Peconi, Stanchel, Nicholas Peconi Jr, Lakefield, Ontario. This team is going for their third victory in a row in race 5. Lee Drake  

Harness racing driver Terry Gallant and Motorino came to Red Shores Charlottetown on Thursday night and they ment business. After the dust was settled in the opening quarter of :28, Gallant moved Motorino first over and chased down fraction setter IDK to take the feature race on the card in 1:56.2. Gallant co-owns the black gelding by Brian P with Eric Johnston, it was one of two winners for trainer-driver Gallant who also won with Shady Kowalski for Johnston. In the evenings trot class it was 'The Queen', J K Queen who laid down all the fractions (29.2, 59.1, 129.3) and was able to fend off the finishing kick from veteran Caliban Hanover for a half-a-length victory in 2: 03.1 for owners Norman Clarey and Joe Smallwood. Walter Cheverie handled the driving duties for trainer, Smallwood. J K Queen is by Nikes Image from the Direct Flight mare Jet Laag N. Trainer Jackie Matheson and driver Corey MacPherson enjoyed a big Thursday night at Red Shores Charlottetown with a hat-trick from the Matheson stable, father Ronnie was in the bike aboard Artners In Crime and Perfect Escape well driver Macpherson picked up one of his three victories on the card aboard Matheson trainee Astronomical Union, he picked up a victory aboard Kendras Angel and his night got even sweeter picking up an Open Mares victory with his own trainee Brodys Leona. Racing returns to Red Shores Charlottetown Saturday night, post time is 6 p.m.   By Bo Ford

London, May 28, 2015 -- As Molson Pace night fast approaches in London, some horses themselves were out promoting the harness racing event on Thursday afternoon at downtown Victoria Park. The Raceway marketing department held a Miss Molson Pace (equine version) during the noon hour while several park goers and nearby office workers got to meet the participants and vote for their favourite. It was Raceway regular Big Diva who was crowned the winner with another local favourite, Mother Hen, finishing in the runner up spot. Honourable mention went to Catch A Lucky Star, who will be the guest horse outside the main entrance on Molson night, and Ping (the pony) and Tucker (the mini). “It was a lot of fun and I think people were really surprised and excited to see live horses in the park while they were there eating lunch, or strolling through,” said the Raceway’s Marketing Co-ordinator Sarah Imrie. “It was a perfect afternoon and a great way to get the message out about Molson Pace night. A huge thanks to all our horse people who helped out.” The $150,000 Molson Pace will go as the final race on Friday night’s 12-race program, considered one of the strongest in the track’s history. There will be a lot happening on track and for complete details visit Greg Blanchard WFD Media Relations  

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 28 - The live harness racing schedule at Mohawk Racetrack increases to five-nights a week beginning next week. Tuesday night racing will now be held for the balance of the 2015 Mohawk summer meet beginning with this Tuesday's (June 2) card. The first Tuesday card of the meet will feature Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots action for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The draw for Tuesdays will be held on Fridays with the entry box closing at 10:30 a.m. To view the condition sheet for this Tuesday's card, click here. Post time on Tuesdays and for each night of live racing is 7:25 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 28 - Harness racing trainer John Bax is no stranger to success, having collected nearly $20 million in lifetime earnings. On Saturday evening, the veteran conditioner will be looking to add another win to his collection with Stubborn Belle in the $129,661 WEG-S.B.O.A Final for three-year-old filly trotters at Mohawk Racetrack. Her first start of the season came in the eliminations a week prior, with an impressive win in 1:55.2. "I was real happy with her," said Bax. "I think it was a good tightener for her, we've got the inside (in the S.B.O.A. final) so I'm hoping she'll be just one race better. Touch wood, hopefully she stays healthy." The daughter of Taurus Dream spent her winter across the border before returning to the track, fresh and ready for her sophomore campaign. "She enjoyed Florida as much as I did! She's come back pretty good, a few hiccups here and there. She can be a bit hard on herself so we've got the odd bump and bruise. Despite that, I think she's getting back to where she needs to be." According to Bax, his trainee can certainly put the "stubborn" in "Stubborn Belle" and though somewhat calmer as a three-year-old, she still considers herself to be the boss. Heading into the final, she'll be looking to prove it to a strong field. "I think she's got as good a chance as any. Obviously I'm hoping for a win but I think she looks good in there. There's a couple new horses coming out of the woodwork and I'm sure they're going to be heard from." Bill Budd's Meadow Seelster certainly made herself known last week, finishing a strong second to Stubborn Belle after making a break at the start. Since returning to the track in 2015, she's continued to trot faster with each start. Another one to watch will be Second Sister as she looks to build upon her gate-to-wire 1:55 win in the second WEG-S.B.O.A elimination for Team McNair. "The three-year-old year, you always have to step up," said Bax. "It's a long year so I won't read too much into one race, but I'm looking forward to a good three-year-old season with her." In 2014, Stubborn Belle picked up another win off the track, capturing the O'Brien Award for Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly to cap off a season with earnings in excess of $500,000. She edged out fellow nominee Danielle Hall, who broke stride early in her elimination, rallying for sixth and the also eligible position in Saturday's event. "I felt disappointed for Carl (Jamieson)," said Bax. "It would have been nice if he could have gotten a good start in her somewhere. That's the problem with making all that money as a two-year-old, it's hard to put a horse in for their first start back and get a race where they don't get beat up by older horses. "I'm sure it's just a blip, (Danielle Hall) is a nice mare. She always liked to beat the good ones." Stubborn Belle will be headed next to Ontario Sires Stakes action and Bax has Grand Circuit events such as the Casual Breeze and Elegantimage stakes also on her radar. "I'm hopeful she'll be good enough for the Hambletonian Oaks in August. There's lots of racing for her, it's a long season so you don't want to stretch them out too much too early. It's going to be a good year." Saturday night's card at Mohawk will be highlighted by the WEG-S.B.O.A finals for both three-year-old filly trotters and pacers. The $129,661 final for trotting fillies is carded as Race 3, while the $127,661 final for sophomore pacing fillies will take place as Race 6. Post time is 7:25 p.m. Hannah Beckett for WEG Communications  

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2015 - Everything went according to plan for driver Trevor Henry and three-year-old trotting colt Olympic Son as the duo captured the first Gold Series Leg of the 2015 season at the harness racing meeting at The Raceway at Western Fair District on Wednesday evening. Starting from Post 3 in the $52,500 contest, Henry sent Olympic Son directly to the front and the colt cruised along unchallenged to a two and one half length victory in 1:58.2. Luck O The Irish and fan favourite Covert Operative finished second and third. "I kind of wanted to be on the front with him," said Henry of the Majestic Son colt. "I know he's good on a half - I won at Hanover with him last year - so that's kind of where I wanted to be." A two-time winner at the Grassroots level last season, Olympic Son is trained by Paul Reid for owner-breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. The second division saw local favourite El Diablo Hall match the 1:58.2 clocking, sailing under the wire four and one-half lengths ahead of Namesmuscle and Concept. El Diablo Hall is trained by Anthony Montini for London's Dale Hunter, Rick Podolinsky of Alvinston, Albina Montini of Acton and Paul Giammichele of Burlington. The win marked the first start of the season for Windsong Espoir son El Diablo Hall, who was the Grassroots Final runner-up at two. Lightly rated Winning Wizard and driver Paul MacDonell conjured up a win in the third division, reeling in the favourites down the stretch to claim the 1:57.1 victory. Favourite Hemi Seelster finished one-quarter length back in second with Alacrity rounding out the top three. Richard "Nifty" Norman conditions Winning Wizard and Neven Botica of Perth, Australia owns the gelded son of Kadabra, who was making his first appearance in an Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle. Fan favourite Rubber Duck took home the final Gold Series trophy of the evening, halting the teletimer at 1:57.3 in his Ontario Sires Stakes debut. Platoon Seelster and Jayport All Muscle completed the triactor. Sylvain Filion engineered the win for trainer Julie Walker and owners Blair and Erna Corbeil of Beaumont, AB. The 1:57.3 win established a new personal best for the son of Muscle Mass. The three-year-old trotting colts make their second Gold Series stop at Mohawk Racetrack on June 30, while Ontario Sires Stakes action races back to The Raceway at Western Fair District this Friday, May 29. As part of Friday's Molson Pace night, Ontario's exciting three-year-old pacing colts will warm up the crowd in three $70,000 Gold Series divisions before the country's top aged pacers take the track in the evening's $150,000 finale. In addition to the outstanding racing - highlighted on the large trackside video board - fans can enter to win prizes, try their luck at four guaranteed pool wagers, and join the Molson Party on the Patio. Post time for Friday's festivities is 7:15 pm. Ontario Horse Racing - Check site here - www.ontariohorseracing.caF

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, May 27, 2015 - Andovers Touch regained his winning form with a seven length romp Wednesday at the harness racing meeting at the Hippodrome 3R in winning the first division of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters. It was the second round of the series and without powerhouse Maximuscle in the race, Andovers Touch became the overwhelming 1/9 wagering favorite and he most certainly did not disappoint his backers. Driven by Stephane Polliot, the four-year-old gelded son of Andover Hall was following second-over cover from Somoli E (Jerome Lombart) who was trying to go after pacesetter Offson (Stephane Gendron) through early fractions of :28.4 and :58.4. Then the cover died as Somoli E dropped into third on the rail as Offson held a two-length lead from the start. It was then that Polliot let Andovers Touch cut loose and they trotted away from the field to win with ease in 2:00.1. Offson did hold for second with Somoli E third. Trained by Danny Fontaine, Andovers Touch is bred and owned by Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal, QC. It was his second win this year and he paid just $2.10 to win. The third race second division saw SOS Ticket Master and driver Gaetan Lamy sit a perfect two-hole trip as George S P (Stephane Brosseau) cut fractions of :30.1, 1:01.1 and 1:32. Then in the stretch Lamy sent SOS Ticket Master after George S P and they passed them by before the wire to win by three-quarters of a length in 2:02.1. Excel P V (Sylvain Fontaine) was third. In the lone mare division of the series which featured ten starters, it was Canbec Kangourou and driver Jocelyn Gendron taking full advantage of starting from the rail and wiring the field by four open lengths in 1:59.4. It was a lifetime mark for the four-year-old mare by Angus Hall and her third win in four starts this year. Ocean Mist Beauty (Stephane Brosseau) was second with Bambie Benjo (Rheo Filion) third. Canbec Kangourou is trained by Jean Tourigny and owned by Michel Damphousse of Louiseville, QC and paid $4.90 to win. Coming up on Sunday is the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for pacing horses and mares, first race post time is at 1:30 pm. For more information visit  Quebec Jockey Club   Information : Vincent Trudel, 514-717-5899          

Grand River Raceway has redesigned its harness racing website to feature a sleek homepage, easy navigation and a better representation of the wide array of offerings at the Elora track. The new homepage features a web launch contest with prize options including a dinner for two in the signature tiered dining room, the Captain's Quarters, or a Grand River Raceway swag package. In the contest, user of the new website search for the racetrack's hidden horse mascot, cleverly named Grandy. Once he's found, simply click on his image to be taken to the contest page where users will be asked to enter their contact information. Those who play the contest will be automatically entered into a draw and the winner will be announced via Grand River Raceway's Facebook page on Monday, June 8. The new website has been designed for better navigation and to showcase what the facility has to offer. Some additions include comprehensive FAQ pages, a designated Meetings & Events section, and highlights of the facility's three restaurants. The new website launch coincides with a new guest care program, including a custom built Guest Care Counter, comprehensive research, development and staff training - all in effort to consistently provide exceptional care for the guests of Grand River Raceway. A new Industry Day microsite has also been embedded into the new website, showcasing the 25th anniversary edition of the track's marquee event. The track's live racing season opens this Monday. Upcoming Events at the track include: OPENING NIGHT - JUNE 1 Opening Night on June 1 marks the sixth annual Local Biz Night, presented in cooperation with the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce. The event hosts more than 100 local businesspeople paired with a horse in the Local Biz Night Race. Prior to the dash, guests are treated to a cocktail reception hosted by the OLG Slots At Grand River Raceway, followed by dinner and a trip to the paddock to meet their horse. JUNE 3 - BETTING CONTESTS BEGIN The Grand Betting Contest will be offered each Monday and Wednesday race night (34 total) starting June 3, when the first 100 players to register will receive a complimentary HPIbet t-shirt. Each nightly contest challenges players to select the top two finishers in four races. Players finishing second and third win $25 apiece. The crowned winners will be featured on the Tarmac Show later that evening where they will choose from three boxes to win $50, $75 or $100. JUNE 5 - 2ND ANNUAL MEDIA RACE Kelly Waterhouse, News Director of The Grand 92.9 FM, returns to defend her title in the second annual Media Race. Waterhouse will face-off against three fellow media personalities as they take to the track in double-seated race bikes, accompanied by a pro driver, to compete in a half-mile dash. FUN & FRIVOLITY FRIDAY NIGHTS The crew from 107.5 DAVE FM returns to broadcast live from the tarmac every Friday race night all summer long. Kids will enjoy the"neighbourhood", a free interactive horse education program held under the Tarmac Tent from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Programming includes a barn tour and photo in the Winners Circle with the winning horse of The "neighbourhood" Race. INDUSTRY DAY CELEBRATION Grand River Raceway features its 25th anniversary Industry Day Celebration on Monday, August 3 at 1:30 p.m. The popular afternoon card features the 18th annual Battle Of Waterloo and the 7th annual Battle Of The Belles. RACE NIGHT BUFFET Grand River Raceway's popular $16.99 buffet will be featured every race night in the Captain's Quarters tiered dining room overlooking the racetrack. Some dates are already sold-out and others filling quickly with group bookings. Reservations are always highly recommended by calling (519) 846-5455 ext. 247. Other special events at Grand River Raceway this race season include the Giddy Up & Gallop Fun Run for kids (June 12), Doors Open (June 20), national Bring A Friend Night (July 10), Racing Under Saddle (July 24 and August 3), the return of the Horse Name Costume Game (August 14) and Wanna Drive (September 4). Post time for the season-opener on June 1 is 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit Kelly Spencer

London, May 27, 2015 -- Michigan-based harness racing trainer Dale Decker has never been to The Raceway at The Western Fair District, but he’ll have a not-so-secret weapon on his side when his star five-year-old Night Pro goes to the gate Friday night from post four in the $150,000 Molson Pace. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. will be in Night Pro’s sulky. “He’s the leading dash driver in the country the last two years,” said Decker. Make that the leading dash-winning driver in North America. Wrenn, Jr., 28, won the 2014 continental title with 847 wins and the 2013 crown with 714 victories. This year, Wrenn, Jr. currently sits a close second behind Aaron Merriman in North America with 330 wins. In just eight years in the bike, Wrenn, Jr. has already surpassed 2,500 career victories, most of that over the last four seasons. The Ohio-based driver has made just one career start at The Raceway at The Western Fair District — a fourth-place finish driving Rock Bottom in an overnight in January of 2011. Decker said he had to do a little convincing to get Wrenn, Jr. to give up his full slate of drives Friday at Scioto Downs in Columbus, OH to come to London, but thinks racing in the Molson Pace could be a good stepping stone to bigger races for the driver. “He’s kind of got to make a decision if he wants to try to venture into the Grand Circuit ranks or just stay local,” Decker said. Night Pro has proven to be a horse worth following on the stakes trail. In three years of racing, the son of former Ontario-based star Pro Bono Best out of Midnight Jewel has amassed over $500,000 in earnings and sports a startling record of consistency with 29 wins in 49 starts. The pacer has finished no worse than third in 84 per cent of his starts. “He’s a true racehorse,” Decker said. “He’s the best one I’ve had, by far.” Decker also owns and raised Night Pro, the 5-1 fourth choice in the Molson Pace, behind Confederation Cup winner All Bets Off (post 1, 8-5), two-time defending Molson Pace champ State Treasurer (post 8, 2-1) and Duc Dorleans (post 6, 9-2). The Molson Pace is race 12 in a promotion-packed night of racing at Western Fair. The first race post time is 7:15 p.m. Last year, Night Pro regularly held his own racing against such star older pacers as Foiled Again, Sweet Lou, Clear Vision and Bettors Edge. He posted a record of 12-3-3 in 24 starts and earned over $230,000 racing in stakes in the Midwestern United States, close to Decker’s base close to Toledo, OH. “I try to stay more local to where I’m at, within about a four-hour ship. Horse racing, even though I wish it was my full-time occupation, it’s not. So, time is limited,” said Decker, a residential home builder by trade. “Besides, (Night Pro’s) not the best shipper in the world, either. He’ll be sweating when I get (to Western Fair).” Decker was the one that was sweating when he took Night Pro to the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale in 2010 to be sold on behalf of breeder Linda Marckel. Night Pro is the second foal out of Midnight Jewel. Her first foal, Starzzz Of Jewel, sold for $40,000. When it came time for Night Pro to sell, there was little interest. “I was in a state of shock at the sale,” Decker said. “I had no idea what I was doing. I’m not kidding you. I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it. The bidding stalled at $4,500. That’s when I jumped in… I did have the money to buy him. So, it wasn’t an issue. But I had plenty of horses and I was just trying to make (his breeder) some money. I ended up with him.” The cost was $14,000. “I had no idea I was going to end up with him because I didn’t want another horse. I already had a barn full. I didn’t want to spend $14,000 either, because I’d have to go home and explain that to my wife,” Decker said. “She wouldn’t let me sell him now.” Though Night Pro is a bigger horse, Decker said The Raceway’s tight half-mile oval doesn’t concern him because his farm track is smaller than a half and Night Pro, “gets around here just fine… He’s pretty universal. That’s what’s nice about him. He can race any way and he can race on any size track.” Fans will be able to enjoy all 12 races on the Friday card on a large infield video tote board that will feature an enhanced broadcasting coverage all night. The Molson Pace card will offer betting patrons a cornucopia of wagering options. There’s a $7,500 guarantee on the early Pick 4 and the Super Hi-5, a $10,000 guarantee on the late Pick 4 and Super Hi-5 and a $2,500 guarantee on the Pick 3 offered in races one through three. Other promotions include scratch and win programs giving patrons a one-in-six chance to win a prize, a guest horse outside the main entrance to greet fans, a raft of prizes and giveaways courtesy of Molson and the OLG and, throughout the night, fans can even take a spin around the track in a double-seated jog cart with the Wanna Ride team. For more information, please visit: Greg Blanchard

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Thursday night harness racing feature promises to be a close one at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as arguments can be made for any of the seven entrants to land in the winner's circle. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash card with the $2,000 featured pace lining up in race 11. Cabo Pan Lucas is the classifier's choice from post 1 with Daniel MacDonald in the bike for owner-trainer Gary Poulton and co-owner Alan Walker, all of Charlottetown. The eight-year-old chestnut son of The Panderosa has yet to finish out of the top three in 2015 and will have six worthy competitors to face off with. Say It Again Sam (To be driven by Jason Hughes) will make his 2015 debut from post 2 after a stellar 2014 campaign that saw him win 10 straight races, while Motorino (Terry Gallant) will look to keep his own win streak alive from post 5 after winning his last two outings. Fellow Poulton trainee I D K (Vincent Poulton) has post 4 in the field that also includes McJestic (Corey MacPherson), My Lucky Killean (Gary Chappell) and Cheyenne Ford (Kenny Arsenault). Race analyst Les McIsaac likes the chances of I D K in the seven-horse event. "If he's able to set up show on the front end, and with his gate speed there's no reason to think he can't, there could be nothing but open road ahead," MacIsaac said. The evening trot class will compete in race 5 for a $1,350 pot with veteran Caliban Hanover the morning line choice from post 6 for trainer-driver Ron Gass and owner Wendell MacDonald of Cornwall. The 10-year-old son of Andover Hall will compete with Howmacs Pride (Arsenault) and Honeymoonisover (Mark Bradley) for top honours in the field of eight. A newcomer to Charlottetown will have her first crack at the top mares on the east coast in the race 9 Fillies and Mares Open with a $2,250 purse. Roca Rei was racing at Flamboro Downs in Ontario for trainer Patrick Shepherd but now calls the Hughes stable home, with Jason "The Blue Knight" Hughes in the bike from post 4 for owner Robi Hughes of Stratford. The seven-year-old Cheyenne Rei mare has taken a mark of 1:57.1 at the half-mile oval at Western Fair Raceway in London, Ont. All ready this season but will have to fight off perennial top Maritime Mare General Luckypercy (Ron Matheson) in her 2015 debut with post 2, as well as the Alliegetty (Gary Chappell) with a two-race win streak on the line from post 7. Other entries include Dirt Track Momma (Marc Campbell), Blazing By (Brian Andrew), Sea Anna Win (Earl Smith) and Brodys Leona (MacPherson). For complete listing of entries, top picks or race broadcasts go to By Nicholas Oakes

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, May 26, 2015 - Return winner Somoli E heads the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old harness racing trotters at the Hippodrome 3R on Wednesday. Starting from post four in the first race on the card, Somoli E is the lone return winner in the field. Last week in the opening round he led from start to finish in his division for driver Jerome Lombart with neck triumph in 2:02.3. His main rival will be Andovers Touch from post five for driver Stephane Polliot. Last week Andovers Touch was a game second place finisher to Maximuscle, who was not entered for the second round of the series. Other contenders include SOS Robocop (post 3), SOS Masters Boy (post 2) and Bouffon P V (post 6). Third race, second division for older horses has George S P has the 5/2 morning line favorite from the rail. The five-year-old gelding by Striking Sahbra will be driven by Stephane Brosseau and was third last week to Maxiemuscle. Three starts back he was a winner at Rideau Carlton in 1:59.1. He takes on SOS Ticket Master (post 5) and Victorycari (post 3). The mares get underway in the seventh race with just one division with ten horses in the field. With Viva Bayama taking the week off, the race is a wide-open affair. The 5/2 morning line favorite is Bambie Benjo from post five for driver Rheo Filion. A four-year-old mare by Southwind Lustre, Bambie Benjo was a game second place finisher to Viva Bayama last week and is seeking her maiden victory. She goes against Canbec Kangourou on the rail for driver Jocelyn Gendron who will be expected to try and wire field as she usually does. First race post time on Wednesday is 7:00 pm. For more information about the Hippodrome 3R go to Vincent Trudel Quebec Jockey Club        

Trois- Rivieres, Quebec – Return winner Somoli E heads the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old harness racing trotters at the Hippodrome 3R on Wednesday. Starting from post four in the first race on the card, Somoli E is the lone return winner in the field. Last week in the opening round he led from start to finish in his division for driver Jerome Lombart with neck triumph in 2:02.3. His main rival will be Andovers Touch from post five for driver Stephane Polliot. Last week Andovers Touch was a game second place finisher to Maximuscle, who was not entered for the second round of the series. Other contenders include SOS Robocop (post 3), SOS Masters Boy (post 2) and Bouffon P V (post 6). Third race, second division for older horses has George S P has the 5/2 morning line favorite from the rail. The five-year-old gelding by Striking Sahbra will be driven by Stephane Brosseau and was third last week to Maxiemuscle. Three starts back he was a winner at Rideau Carlton in 1:59.1. He takes on SOS Ticket Master (post 5) and Victorycari (post 3). The mares get underway in the seventh race with just one division with ten horses in the field. With Viva Bayama taking the week off, the race is a wide-open affair. The 5/2 morning line favorite is Bambie Benjo from post five for driver Rheo Filion. A four-year-old mare by Southwind Lustre, Bambie Benjo was a game second place finisher to Viva Bayama last week and is seeking her maiden victory. She goes against Canbec Kangourou on the rail for driver Jocelyn Gendron who will be expected to try and wire field as she usually does. First race post time on Wednesday is 7:00 pm. For more information about the Hippodrome 3R go to From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TORONTO, May 26 - Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf offered free and rare access to more than 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city, including Woodbine, this past weekend.   In honour of this summer's Toronto 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games, this year's Doors Open theme - Sports, Recreation and Leisure - showcased private and public recreational sites ranging from aquatic centres to athletics stadiums.   At Woodbine, guided bus tours of the private stable area, grandstand, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame as well as other key spots on the racetrack's 680 acres were offered to fans.   Nearly 2,000 people signed up for Woodbine tours over the two-day extravaganza.   "Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to acknowledge the great outpouring of support by the Rexdale community and those across Toronto who came to visit Woodbine and all the other venues during Doors Open Toronto weekend," said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG). "We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support of all that happens at Woodbine.   "I'm extremely proud of our employees and staff at Woodbine who went the extra step to show how great the racetrack really is," Mr. Lawson said. "We also have to commend the efforts of the Doors Open Toronto organizers, who put on a terrific spectacle that displayed the city at its best."   WEG is the largest horse racing operator in Canada offering world class horse racing at both Woodbine (Toronto) and Mohawk (Milton) racetracks. WEG also operates off-track wagering through its Champions teletheatre network throughout Ontario, which includes WEGZ Stadium Bar in Vaughan, Turf Lounge in the heart of Toronto's financial district and Greenwood in the Beach area of Toronto. Remote wagering is also available to customers through HPIbet (formerly HorsePlayer Interactive), the company's telephone, internet and mobile account wagering service. WEG operates HPItv, a CRTC licensed digital television channel that broadcasts its racing product into homes across Canada.   A "Caring Company" since 1997, Woodbine Entertainment Group is a member of Imagine Canada, a national program that promotes public and corporate giving, volunteerism and support to the community.   John Siscos

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 25 - A single winning ticket correctly selected the top five finishers in Monday night's final race at Mohawk Racetrack to score a massive $156,427.84 return on the harness racing Jackpot Hi-5. In Monday night's Jackpot Hi-5 race, Lancaster Park at odds of 8/1 reached the wire first to win by three-quarters of a length over The Fire Within at odds of 30/1. Following the race, The Fire Within was placed by the judges from second to sixth for causing interference in the stretch against Mac Raider. The official top five finishers from Monday's Jackpot Hi-5 race are as follows: 1. #7 Lancaster Park - 8/1 2. #1 Regal Sight - 22/1 3. #2 York Seelster - 25/1 4. #10 Pier Ho Temptation - 30/1 5. #3 Mac Raider - 2/1 A single ticket correctly selected the official top five finishers in order to hit the Jackpot Hi-5 and take home a payout of $156,427.84. The entire Jackpot Hi-5 pool and carryover is only paid out when there is a single winning ticket. If there are multiple winning tickets, half of the Jackpot Hi-5 pool is paid out, while the other half is carried over to the following the card. The significant Jackpot Hi-5 carryover heading into Monday night had been growing for a month. The last time a single winning ticket hit the Jackpot Hi-5 was on Friday, April 24 for a payout of $93,203.57. The Jackpot Hi-5 will now start from scratch on Thursday evening's card. Mark McKelvie

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