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Cracklin Rosie and harness racing driver Phil Hudon timed a late rally perfectly to win the first leg of the Miss Vera Bars Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of 10 three-year-old pacing fillies competed in the $17,000 opening leg of the Miss VeraBars. Originally a field of 11, Cracklin Rosie started from the second-tier in Thursday's contest. Driven by Phil Hudon, the Luc Ouellette trainee got away eighth in the early stages. Mattjestic Tempo sprinted to the front for driver Doug McNair and posted an opening-quarter of :27.2. The leader was left alone in the second-quarter and reached the half in :56.4. Heading into the final turn, Cracklin Rosie was brought to the outside by Hudon and sat fourth-over, as Mattjestic Tempo continued to march along on the lead and reached the third-station in 1:25.1. In the stretch, Cracklin Rosie was angled to the far outside and took dead aim at the leader. Mattjestic Tempo appeared to have enough of a jump on her rival, but Hudon timed it perfectly and Cracklin Rosie surged by in the final strides to win by half a length in 1:54.2. Windsun Glory finished third, while Arizona Seelster rounded out the Superfecta. Cracklin Rosie was more than six-lengths off the lead turning fpor home and paced a :28 final-quarter to snag the victory at odds of 2/1. The three-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover is owned by Luc Ouellette Incorporated, Anita Ouellette and Alan Alber. Cracklin Rosie entered the MissVeraBars opener off a fourth-place finish in the Blizzard Series Final on January 22. She now has two wins in four starts this season after going winless in five last year. The Ouellette trainee increased her career earnings to over $33,000 with the victory. Cracklin Rosie paid $6.20 to win. Phil Hudon continued his hot start to 2016 with a Grand Slam on a big Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Hudon, who entered Thursday’s card leading all Woodbine drivers in victories, visited the winner’s circle four-times to increase his 2016 wins total to 24. The Guelph, Ontario resident’s four victories were highlighted by three-year-old pacing filly Cracklin Rosie sweeping by her rivals late to win the $17,000 first leg of the Miss Vera Bars Series. Hudon also steered trotter Tymal Wizard to a 30/1 upset in the evening’s sixth-race. His two other victories came with trotter Southwind Alice and pacer Regal Fame in the finale. Hudon was not the only driver to have a big night. Jody Jamieson drove three winners on the card, while Doug McNair and Paul MacDonell also had a pair of victories, respectively. Wagering numbers were strong Thursday night, as a total of $1,888,590 was wagered on the 11-race card. Strong pools carried from start to finish over the course of the night. The evening’s seventh-race led the way with a Win pool exceeding $53,000 and both the Exactor and Triactor pools topping $50,000. The Pick-5 wager continues to gain momentum, as a total of $37,413 was wagered into the pool Thursday. The Pick-5 begins each night on the opening-race. Live racing continues Friday night with The Count B and Ontario Girls Series highlighting another 11-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

London, February 4, 2016 -- The Raceway wishes to advise customers that it will be making some modifications to its daily wagering menu for the balance of the month of February. Due to the constraints of a tight horse supply, The Raceway will be carding 10-race programs for the balance of the month, necessitating a change in where some key wagers are placed in the daily wagering menu. Beginning this Monday, February 8, the early Pick-4 wager will start at race three, while the early Super Hi-5 will be moved up to race six. The late Pick-4 will remain on race seven while the late Super Hi-5 will continue to be offered on race 10. "We don't like moving our early pick-4 away from its traditional starting point but feel it's important not to have two of our most popular wagers overlapping each other," said Racing Manager Greg Blanchard. "This will at least provide consistency until such time as we can move back to our more traditional 11 and 12-race programs this Spring." The Raceway features live racing every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. and Friday nights at 7:15 p.m. Here's a look at the 10-race feature wagering format: Daily Doubles - Races 1 and 9 Pick-3s - Races 1 and 8 Pick-4s - Races 3 and 7 Super Hi-5s - Races 6 and 10 Greg Blanchard Raceway Manager                                                

Port Perry, ON --- Tara Hills Stud is pleased to announce that the 2016 books are now closed for Muscle Mass and Mach Three. Muscle Mass is the sire of two-time O’Brien Award winner Riveting Rosie and many other Ontario Sires Stakes standouts. He returned to Ontario this season and was very warmly received by breeders. Mach Three, one of the leading pacing stallions in North America for several years and sire of  Somebeachsomewhere, sees his book close early for yet another season. Tara Hills Stud thanks all of the breeders who have already confirmed their mares. There is still time to book to E L Titian, He's Watching, Kadabra, Mr Lavec, Royalty For Life and Sportswriter.  For more information please visit the Tara Hills website.

The Ontario Racing Commission released its rulings in regard to appeals by harness racing horsemen Gerald Lilley, Craig Knude and Craig Yates. To read an official copy of the ORC ruling for Craig Knude, click here. To read an official copy of the ORC ruling for Gerald Lilley, click here. To read an official copy of the ORC ruling for Craig Yates, click here. Jacinth E. Chang Alloy Executive Assistant Ontario Racing Commission    

TORONTO, February 2 - The month of February has arrived and the deadline to make nomination payments to major Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) harness racing stakes events is approaching. Nominations to several major stakes, including the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, close on Tuesday, February 16. The 32nd Pepsi North America Cup for the continent's finest three-year-old pacers will take place on Saturday, June 18 at Mohawk Racetrack. Nominations also close on February 16 for the $700,000 Canadian Trotting Classic, $480,000 Fan Hanover, $400,000 Elegantimage, $235,000 Goodtimes, $225,000 Somebeachsomewhere and $150,000 Casual Breeze. The nomination fee to the Pepsi North America Cup and Canadian Trotting Classic is $500 ($370 USD). The five other events carry a nomination fee of $300 ($225 USD). New in 2016, the Woodbine Entertainment Group will host a leg of the Graduate Series for four-year-old pacers and trotters on Saturday, June 4 at Mohawk. The Graduate Series offers harness racing's newest aged competitors the opportunity to race in a stakes event restricted to four-year-olds. A purse of $75,000 USD will be offered up for both the pacing and trotting divisions during the Mohawk leg of the Graduate. The Mohawk stop of the Graduate Series is the second of three preliminary legs. The top point earners from the preliminary legs are eligible for the $250,000 finals on July 9 at The Meadowlands. The Graduate Series is administrated by Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment. Returning to the WEG stakes calendar in 2016 is the "Fall Four" Stakes. The "Fall Four" Stakes for two-year-olds offer lucrative purses for harness racing's rookies and will take place on Saturday, November 19 at Woodbine Racetrack. The "Fall Four" is made up of the $565,000 Governor's Cup for pacers, $525,000 Valley Victory for trotters, $465,000 Goldsmith Maid for filly trotters and $425,000 Three Diamonds for filly pacers. The nomination fee to the "Fall Four" Stakes is $350 ($260 USD). To view the nomination sheet for the events closing February 16, click here. To view the 2016 WEG Stakes booklet, click here. To make nomination payments online, click here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than February 16 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. Any questions or concerns regarding the February 16 closing can be directed to the Mohawk Race Office, 905-854-7805. Mark McKelvie

London, February 1, 2016 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District kicked off 2016 on a high note, recording the highest single-month wagering total in the harness racing track's history. More than $7 million was wagered on the London oval in January over a span of 17 programs, marking an increase of 36% over the same month in 2015 when 16 programs were contested. The Raceway is just one of eight tracks that make up the Ontario Standardbred Racing Alliance and all have experienced year-over-year gains in wagering this season. "In my view these latest wagering results are yet another indicator that the Standardbred Alliance is working, and moreover with government support, the Alliance has the capacity to forge a promising future for Ontario's standardbred racing industry", said Western Fair Association CEO Hugh Mitchell. The Raceway management attributed January's high numbers to a combination of factors which were assisted by good weather, a favourable schedule and high exchange on U.S. dollars wagered into the Canadian pools. "It's a month where a lot of things fell into place and it's an achievement our entire team is certainly proud of," said Racing Manager Greg Blanchard. "Our goal is to put out an attractive wagering product with optimal distribution in order to keep growing our pool size. Customers have responded well this season and we hope to continue that trend as we get into the heart of our racing season." Two of the most popular wagers offered are the Pick-4 and Super Hi-5 - both offered twice daily at a low 15% takeout rate. The average Pick-4 pool in January topped $12,000 while the average Super Hi-5 pool was more than $11,000. The Raceway is operating on a four-day-a-week racing schedule (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. and Friday at 7:15 p.m.) for the balance of the season which wraps up on Friday, May 27, Molson Pace Night. The Raceway's annual Awards Night comes up on Saturday, February 20 at the Progress Building of the Western Fair District. Greg Blanchard

At its meeting of December 18, 2015, the Board of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) approved the revision to Penalty Guidelines for Equine Drug, TCO2, and Non-Therapeutic Drug Offences. To view the Guidelines click here.

Thestable.ca held its second information seminar this past weekend at Woodbine Racetrack in Etobicoke, and the turnout was great. We have been optimistic from day one that fractional ownership delivered to the general public would represent a staging point for our industry to finally be headed in the right direction. Every new owner to our game represents an infinite amount of new fans. New fans represent potential future clients for horsemen and also represent potential wagering revenue. There are now over forty investors in thestable.ca, and another 60 who have initialized dialogue and are curious about fractional ownership. These forty people are minority investors in 23 horses for the most part, and we still have plenty of room for more investment. Imagine how many people these investors can bring to the track with them this summer? We aren't just growing interest in our sport, we are breathing life into it. The Toronto Sun also visited thestable last weekend. With a story being written in the coming weeks, and our last seminar of the season being offered at the Meadowlands racetrack in New Jersey, we are likely to run out of shares before investors. This is great news for thestable.ca and even greater news for horse racing. Visit us at www.thestable.ca

TORONTO, January 30 - Nickle Bag turned in a tremendous harness racing effort to win a thrilling $34,000 Preferred Pace Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The Bill Robinson trainee got away seventh in the field of eight for driver Trevor Henry, as Nirvana Seelster rejected a two-hole trip to take command for driver Rick Zeron. After a first-quarter of :27.1, Nirvana Seelster marched down the backside to the half in :55.4. Meanwhile, Henry tugged on the right line and blasted Nickle Bag from seventh towards the front to engage with the leader. Nirvana Seelster was forced to pace a :26.4 third-quarter, as the leader slugged it out with the first-over Nickle Bag. Nirvana Seelster held a narrow lead for the majority of the lane, but Nickle Bag refused to lose and grinded by in the final strides to win in 1:50.4. The Rev finished third at 25/1. Sent off as the 1/2 favourite, Nickle Bag now has two consecutive wins and victories in three of five starts this season. The six-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover pushed his career earnings over $500,000 with his 22nd career victory Saturday for owners Linda and Harry Loyens. Nickle Bag paid $3 to win. Nickle Bag Also on Saturday's card, Roger Mayotte made his first visit to the winner's circle since losing several horses in the tragic fire at Classy Lane Stables. The veteran driver steered Kenneth Switzer trainee Machal Jordan to victory in a $22,000 overnight event. The seven-year-old pacer showed his class by digging in to hold on for his 21st career victory in 1:52.2. Mayotte, who has won over 3,500 races and $52 million as a driver, now has two wins in 10 drives this season. He will look for his first training victory since the Classy Lane fire on Monday night with six-year-old trotter Kinetic King. Machal Jordan Post time Monday is 7:30 p.m.   Mark McKelvie

Charlottetown, PE - Best Risque, under the command of Corey MacPherson, notched her sixth win in a row after taking the afternoon harness racing feature in 2:00.1 Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. MacPherson, who had four winners on the program, rushed the Brian Ladner trainee from post 8 to the lead and cut fractions of 29.1, 1:00.1 and 1:30.2 to win by a length and an half over Outrageous Spirit (Gordon Hennessey) while Ideal Space (Ken Murphy) completed the triactor. The score was Best Risque's 50th lifetime victory for owners Brian, Lillian and Kevin Ladner, Charlottetown, PE. MacPherson's other winners came with Montana Ben from the Mike Ramsey stable, Im a Debutant for O'Brien award winner William Andrew and trainer Ron Gass and Painted Desert from the Trevor Hicken stable in the back-up class in 1:57.3. Bold Arrow and driver Dale Spence closed out the winter meet in Charlottetown with top honours in the finale for owner-trainer Greg MacInnis, Tyne Valley. Wade Sorrie and Marc Campbell enjoyed driving doubles on the card. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca Racing returns at Charlottetown in April while Red Shores Summerside returns to action in May. The PEI harness racing community presented a cheque for $5,000 to the Classy Lane Barn Fire fund. Customers bought tickets on a Gold Cup and Governor's Plate prize package while donations also came in from the PEI Harness Racing Industry Association, Red Shores, Prince Edward Island Horse Owners Association, Prince County Horsemen's Club and the Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission Stretch Drive Fund. Twila Mahar was the winner of the Gold Cup signature event. Patricia Keough claimed the 2016 Governor's Plate grand prize. Lee Drake

TORONTO, January 29 - Winning is never easy in harness racing, but Betit To Getit and Marquis Volo have been making it look effortless this winter at Woodbine Racetrack. Betit To Getit, a six-year-old pacing mare, and Marquis Volo, a four-year-old trotter, came to Woodbine Friday riding respective win streaks. However, only one was able to head home with their win streak intact. Trained by Rick Zeron, Betit To Getit entered Friday night's $30,000 Mares Preferred on a three-race win streak. The daughter of No Pan Intended had won eight of her last nine starts. Driven by Zeron, Betit To Getit got away third in the early stages, while Ms Mac N Cheese cut out an opening-quarter of :26.3. Waasmula was quickly moved from second to first entering the backstretch, which led to Zeron pulling on the right line to send his mare towards the front. After being parked by the half in :54.4, Betit To Getit cleared to the front and marched the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:23.2. In the stretch, Ms Mac N Cheese came off the pylons from third and was able to power by Betit To Getit to score a neck victory in 1:52.1. Sandbetweenurtoes unleashed a strong final-quarter to edge out Betit To Getit for second. A four-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover, Ms Mac N Cheese is trained by Richard Moreau for owner L David Ratchford. Friday's victory was her first of 2016 and 15th overall. Ms Mac N Cheese pushed her career bankroll over $400,000 with the victory. Although Betit To Getit saw her win streak snapped, the Rick Zeron trainee has now hit the board in 10 consecutive starts. Ms Mac N Cheese Earlier in the card, Per Henriksen trainee Marquis Volo scored his third consecutive victory and 10th in his last 12 starts in a Non-Winners of Three or $75,000 lifetime event. The four-year-old son of Credit Winner got away fourth, but was quickly moved to the front by driver Randy Waples. The second-quarter move was the winning move, as Marquis Volo went on to win comfortably in 1:55.4. Marquis Volo is owned by Tor Jan Larsen, Gerald Stay, Mac Nichol and Big Als Stable Inc. The Henriksen trainee broke his maiden in his fourth career start last August and has since gone on to win 10 of 12 starts. Marquis Volo now has $91,794 in career earnings. Marquis Volo Friday night's card also featured a $114.80 winner. Lucky Cocktail and driver Anthony MacDonald were first to the line in the evening's fifth-race to score a 56/1 shocking upset. The Louie Eftimiadis trainee finished 10th in the same class a week ago, but the four-year-old daughter of Camluck was able to flip the script for the major upset. Co-favourites Badlands Delight and Frosty Delight failed to hit the board adding to the impressive payouts. A $2 Exactor with Lucky Cocktail and Big Tsunami returned $1,173.90, while the $2 Triactor rounded out by Santannas Gal paid $3,660.50. The $0.20 Superfecta paid $8,280.53. Lucky Cocktail Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack with another 10-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Charlottetown, PE - The final card of the live harness racing season is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time is 12:30pm. Eagle Jolt is listed as the morning line favorite (5-2 odds) in the Deep Freeze Bounty Poker Tournament Pace with the afternoon back-up class being called to the starting gate at 3:30pm. The pacer, owned by Wilbur and Marie MacDonald, Orwell Cove, PE, gave Marc Campbell his 1,500th career winner last week. Campbell will send him from post 4 and should expect pressure from Smiley Bayama (Ron Gass) who was runner up in his last start in a snazzy 1:57.4. Likely To Win (Ken Murphy), Painted Desert (Corey MacPherson) and Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell) complete the roster. Best Risque goes after her sixth score in a row when she competes in the feature event open mares handicap in race 10. The daughter of Cammibest-Risque Business will be handled by Charlottetown's leading driver, Corey MacPherson, for trainer Brian Ladner and his co-owners Lillian and Kevin Ladner, Charlottetown. The mare remains perfect in 2016 with four wins after posting 11 wins from 45 starts in 2015. Another top place finish will put her at 50 lifetime victories. It's official. Driver Walter Cheverie is the 2015 Trot Challenge champion. The veteran driver, who celebrated 2,500 career wins in the fall, ended the season with 329 points. Kenny Arsenault was second with 252 while Brian MacPhee finished third with 183. The points awarded on a 10-7-5 basis for a 1-2-3 finish with trotters at Red Shores. Johnston's Salads and Keybrand Foods Inc present a dollar per point to the top drivers. It's last call to purchase tickets on a Gold Cup & Saucer and Governor's Plate prize package in the Classy Lane barn fire fundraiser. Tickets are $10 dollars and are available at the Rewards Club in Charlottetown. The grand prize draw will be made after race 10 on Saturday. For entries, race programs or live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca By Lee Drake

TORONTO, January 28 - Harness racing trainer Carmen Auciello celebrated a career milestone Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The 35-year-old conditioner sent out four-year-old Mach Three mare Twin B Sweetheart to victory in Thursday's fourth-race and surpassed $10 million in career earnings with the victory. A Stouffville, Ontario resident, Auciello entered Thursday's program just $6,823 shy of the milestone. Auciello's stable has earned over $200,000 in the first month of 2016. Last season, the conditioner put up career high numbers with 194 victories and over $2.7 million in earnings. Auciello, who recorded his first starts as a trainer in 2004, was the top trainer of the 2015 Mohawk Racetrack meet and overall on the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) circuit in 2014. This season, Auciello leads all conditioners on the WEG circuit with 10 victories. He will look to keep things rolling with eight starters entered to go this weekend at Woodbine. The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to extend its congratulations to Carmen on his milestone. Twin B Sweetheart Mark McKelvie

There are many problems with harness racing as we all know. We have lost horses that we can't replace. We have lost investors to other jurisdictions that don't appear to be in any hurry to come back, and we all know people who have left the game, likely never to return. Where does that leave us? Where does this leave horse racing? I myself have written about many topics that I consider to be "fixable" problems within our industry. Doesn't mean I'm right. We have small and large groups of people who also have ideas on how to fix our industry. We shouldn't throw stones at anyone putting such an effort into presenting a viable way forward. I applaud them and you should also. So in light of this, I figured I'd touch on the other side of the industry. Rather than writing about the government, it's perceived shortcomings, or how I would do things different. I wanted to instead focus on horsemen. What we need to do and how we need to do it moving forward for us to slow, if not stop this free fall. As most of you know my wife Amy and I started thestable.ca at the end of the summer. A fractional ownership website of sorts, but with a twist. There are no upfront fees, and we receive no money on sales or purchases. We worked hard to procure content for this website. The timing was poor to secure consignors, investors, and owners for a fractional ownership website, but through hard work and help from some friends both old and new we were able to secure 23 yearlings to break and train down. Like a true foolish horseman I did what I was well aware I shouldn't. Our mortgage was up for renewal and we took a portion of equity out of our home to seed this unproven venture. We all need our significant others behind us and my wife was right at my side. Working her butt off and shockingly encouraging this apparent lunacy. With only a few rough ideas put down on paper I started out. Calling, emailing, and meeting with perspective investors and breeders who thought this truly was, and would be a better way to buy and sell yearlings. Our website was open, easy to use, understand and navigate. The sales came and went and then the hardest part began. Who would buy these horses? We advertised with SC, the USTA, HRU, and anyone else we could afford. We had no marketing budget so everything was right out of pocket. We were offering to sell shares of horses as small as 1 per cent. But who would want 1 per cent of a yearling? Well, luckily everyone. I had emails immediately, from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Dakota, British Columbia, Alberta, Winnipeg, Ireland, the United Kingdom, new Zealand and so on. As Christmas approached we had 26 investors in two continents for 12 horses. Some horses had already been sold and although the new owners left the horses with us to train, they didn't feel the need to reprice them immediately. Then people started buying pieces of horses for loved ones for Christmas. A UPS driver from Florida bought two per cent of a horse for his wife. A lady in Ottawa bought 1 per cent for her dad. Four per cent of a Majestic Son filly for a mother and son in Toronto (thank you Garnet) and 1 per cent to a couple in the GTA, just because. Then the most incredible thing happened, I came to the barn to train on a Saturday and 15-20 people were there. It was cold and damp but these people, now owners, came to see their horses. The couple that bought one per cent, brought five grand kids, their daughter and son-in-law and themselves. You see as horsemen we were born into this, and along the way we forgot how interesting it is to be an owner. To see a horse on the track and know it's yours. The majority of the general public couldn't afford to own a horse before, but we just made it affordable. Imagine if we sold 100 per cent of a yearling, 1 per cent at a time and every person came with such an entourage? We would need buses for ownership groups to go watch their horse race. You see we have always had the commodity to grow this industry exponentially, but we couldn't see the forest for the trees. Fractional ownership isn't new, syndicates have been around for ever. Thestable.ca and sites like it to come will make it easy to be an owner, to be able to budget without hidden costs. To experience the best part of our game will be invaluable to everyone involved with this industry. We get happy owners who can budget and know what they can afford. Our industry gets an infusion of revenue, but even more importantly, an infusion of optimism. These people won't show up and ask for two per cent of a beer or one per cent of chicken wings at the racetrack this summer. They will show up with friends and family to watch their horse race and we will be happy and excited to see them. I've seen the Analytics from our site. I know how many people visit, and for how long they stay on the site. I know when they come back and what they look at on the site. I've talked to the people that are interested in investing, They are just everyday people excited to be included. When we finally figure out how we need to disperse our money properly so we can race for fair purses across this great province. When we find a better way to track our horses in the province so we know what we have and what we need. When we finally have one singular voice for horsemen in Ontario, this site and sites like it will hopefully have compiled a new wave of owners. Eager, enthusiastic, and hoping and praying to walk into the winners circle on race night. We have reasons to be optimistic about our future. The Stable makes me feel like this guy I once saw on TV Who knows, some of us could all turn out to be a lot like him? Do you remember him....... "Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed, And then one day he was shootin' at some food, And up through the ground came a bubblin' crude." Come out Saturday night to our open house at Woodbine. See what thestable.ca has been up to. Listen to what fractional ownership brings to our industry and see if it's something that may be a good fit for you. Anthony MacDonald

ELORA, ON - Nominations for Grand River Raceway's major races must be locked in by February 16. Following the final sustaining payment on April 15, a list of horses eligible to start in the elimination races will be posted, kicking off a Twitter/Facebook contest which will a VIP lunch for four during the 26th annual Industry Day event on August 1. The 19th annual Battle Of Waterloo (for ON-sired two-year-old pacing colts) will be contested for an estimated $200,000. In 2015, the race went to Magnum J, granting father-son/trainer-driver duo Gregg McNair and Doug McNair their third Battle Of Waterloo title. The 8th annual Battle Of The Belles (for ON-sired two-year-old pacing fillies) will be raced for an estimated $140,000. Last year, Free Show was the victor, making David Menary and driver Jody Jamieson two-time stakes winners. In the Twitter/Facebook Battle Contest, players will use event hashtag #industryday26 and endeavor to name one Battle Of Waterloo eligible which starts in the race's elimination divisions the week before Industry Day. In 2015, there were 138 eligibles and 17 starters. While both races (including the eliminations, consolations and finals) will be contested at Grand River Raceway, the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) will handle the stakes administration. As noted on the nomination forms, all payments must be made payable to, and sent to, WEG. Download nomination forms and complete conditions for both races here. Kelly Spencer Mgr. Marketing & Communications Grand River Raceway

Hanover Bentinck and Brant Agricultural Society, the owners of Hanover Raceway are donating $2,500 dollars towards the COSA Fire fund for the owners, trainers and grooms affected by the Monday January 4th fire at the Classy Lane Stables in Puslinch, Ontario. President Randy Rier says as an Agricultural Society that is also in the stabling business we are devastated by the news and are sympathetic to every horse owners worst nightmare. Gord Dougan

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