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MILTON, January 15, 2018 - James MacDonald, the 2017 Harness Racing World Driving Champion, has been announced as a special guest for the upcoming Milton Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction. The 16th annual Milton Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction is coordinated by the Milton Chamber of Commerce and will be held on February 6 at Rattlesnake Point Golf Club. A top-five driver at Mohawk and Woodbine Racetracks, MacDonald represented Canada and captured the 2017 World Driving Champion this past August. The Guelph, Ontario resident is now in his 10th season of driving and has won 1,745 races and driven the winners of over $23 million. MacDonald joins an impressive list of celebrity athletes attending the event, including Hockey Hall of Fame members Yvan Cournoyer, Geraldine Heaney and Billy Smith, Toronto Maple Leaf legend Ron Ellis, NHL great Dennis Maruk and Canadian Olympic wrestler Korey Jarvis. Ken Reid of Rogers Sportsnet will host the evening's festivities. The Sports Celebrity Dinner & Auction has become one of Milton's most talked about events, raising the profile of the Milton Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber Scholarship Fund. The Sports Celebrity Dinner & Auction brings together sports heroes and sports enthusiasts alike. Organized by a volunteer committee of Chamber members, the evening's program includes an autograph signing session, a cocktail reception, a gourmet meal and a silent and live auction. Bidding on the live auction items, which in past years has featured golf packages, spa packages, autographed jerseys and sports memorabilia, is one of the highlights of the evening. The festivities conclude with the celebrity athletes gathering on stage for a question and answer session led by Reid. Proceeds from the event go towards the Chamber Scholarship Fund, which helps fund post-secondary education for local high school students. Woodbine Entertainment is a proud sponsor of the Milton Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction. Tickets are $175 and can be purchased by clicking here. Mark McKelvie

As part of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario's (AGCO) commitment to transparency and enhanced communication, the AGCO has been piloting the posting of Race Reports after each card of harness racing at a number at a number of racetracks. The Reports, which are available online on the Standardbred Canada website at, include details on in-race calls made by AGCO Race Officials and other insights impacting each race card. Daily race reports have been advocated for by the betting public for additional wagering insights, and by participants for improving consistency. The pilot was initially launched at The Raceway at Western Fair in April 2017, and was subsequently expanded to include Mohawk and Woodbine Standardbred racetracks. The AGCO is now pleased to announce the expansion of the pilot to Flamboro Downs, starting in January of 2018. Thank you to Flamboro Downs for their partnership in expanding the pilot, and to Woodbine and Western Fair for their continued commitment to this project. For more information, please contact Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario  

World champion, Hall of Famer, leading harness racing stallion and legendary standardbred racehorse Somebeachsomewhere was euthanized Sunday afternoon (Jan. 14) at Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Center in Ringoes, NJ after a short battle with cancer. Somebeachsomewhere had just turned 13 on Jan. 1. It’s devastating. It’s a terrible day,” said Brent MacGrath, the trainer and part-owner of the Canadian-owned pacer who was syndicated as a stallion but his original owners — the six-member Schooner Stable of Bible Hill, NS — still held majority ownership in the horse. The Schooner Stable is comprised of Maritimers MacGrath, Garry Pye, Stu Rath, Reg Petitpas, Pamela Dean and Jamie Bagnell. “I mean, when cancer is mentioned, you’ve got to be prepared for the worst. I wasn’t expecting it quite this quickly, but, you know, the last few days haven’t been good, obviously, so mentally I was a little more prepared than I was at this time last week. It’s just a bad, bad day. Bad timing, bad everything. “For a horse that was so healthy his whole life, it’s just a shame to see him end up this way. He got short changed and the industry got short changed, big time, in the breeding side. He should have bred well into his 20s.” MacGrath said all six of the original owners are animal lovers and when Somebeachsomewhere began to suffer they quickly made the decision to euthanize him. “He was going downhill fast, he lost a lot of weight, he lost a lot of muscle tone. At the end of it, he was down and struggling to get up because his balance was off. His white count was through the roof and it appears as though he became septic,” MacGrath said. “We’ll know a little bit more when we get the autopsy.” MacGrath said Somebeachsomewhere was euthanized around 2 p.m. Sunday. After the autopsy is complete, Somebeachsomewhere will be returned to Hanover Shoe Farms in Hanover, PA where he will be laid to rest at the farm where he stood as a stallion since his racing career ended at the end of 2008. Somebeachsomewhere was being treated for cancer by Dr. Rodney Belgrave an internal medicine specialist at the Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Center. The cancer was discovered in November after Somebeachsomewhere had an issue with colic that led Hanover Shoes Farms’ farm manager Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky to send the Somebeachsomewhere to the equine hospital to get thoroughly examined. “Beach has had some stomach issues for some time,” MacGrath said in November. “We have treated him for colic in the past and, this last episode, Bridgette wanted him sent to the hospital and checked out. So we did and they found the intestine in a bad spot. It was making him uncomfortable and we determined that we were going to go in and move it into its proper position. Everything looked very good, but he did have a small mass in there that was half the size of a grape.” The mass was removed and Somebeachsomewhere underwent the first of six weekly chemotherapy treatments on Nov. 18. “Bridgette, she obviously loved the horse and she’s devastated,” MacGrath. The Ontario Sired superstar is a son of Mach Three out of Wheres The Beach. Somebeachsomewhere, driven throughout his career by Paul MacDonell of Guelph, ON, earned $3,289,755 on the track in 2007 and 2008, winning 20 of 21 starts and setting an all-age world record of 1:46.4 at age three at The Red Mile in Lexington, KY. His lone loss (to Art Official) was an epic second-place performance in the $1 million Meadowlands Pace that only furthered his legacy. “I am absolutely devastated by the loss of Somebeachsomewhere. He has had a great impact on myself, my family and the sport of harness racing,” MacDonell said. “It was truly and honor to be a part of his amazing legacy.” Somebeachsomewhere shared the Canadian Horse of the Year award in 2007 with Tell All and was named the Horse of the Year in both Canada and the United States in 2008. Somebeachsomewhere was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2009, the U.S. Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2015 and has already sired the winners of more than $84.6 at the time of his death with just six racing-aged crops on the ground. He led all pacing sires in progeny earnings in 2016 with nearly $20 million earned by his offspring. He was also the leading pacing stallion in 2017. His progeny earned $23.7 million in 2017, which is a single season record for a standardbred stallion. “The people that he exposed us to is probably one of the big things I will remember,” MacGrath said. “The ride he took us on, the way he made us feel when he was racing. I never went into a race thinking he was going to be beat. “When we took a run for the world record in Kentucky, it never entered my head that he would get beat and, of course, that’s what concerns people when they do stuff like that, I’m sure. That just never entered my head.” Somebeachsomewhere also elevated harness racing into the mainstream, particularly in his native Canada in 2008, when he was considered for the Lou Marsh Award honoring the nation’s athlete of the year. Somebeachsomewhere was featured on CBC’s The National news program and he was named the Newsmaker of the Year for Nova Scotia by the CBC. He was profiled in the nation’s biggest newspapers and on national radio. His Facebook page topped 1,600 members. He and his connections made the cover of harness racing trade publications 18 times. Along the way, his fan base swelled, never more so than in the Maritimes where his every start was cause for a Beach Party, particularly at his hometown Truro Raceway. Somebeachsomewhere’s back story is nearly as compelling as the horse itself — a dreamer’s tale. In 2006, MacGrath, a car salesman by trade with a lifetime of experiencing training a small stable of horses, cobbled together five partners from the Maritimes to buy an Ontario-sired horse. He picked out one yearling in October of that year on his first trip to Lexington, KY and was able to purchase the horse at exactly his limit. “I didn’t have $40,100. I had $40,000. I said, ‘If he goes for $40,000, I own him,’” MacGrath once said. On Oct. 4, 2006 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, the hammer fell on hip number 268 at exactly $40,000. MacGrath defied conventional wisdom by training the colt in Truro. Teamed with his old friend MacDonell, the two Macs meticulously planned every step of Somebeachsomewhere’s career. MacGrath even took a year’s sabbatical form the car dealerships he owns with Pye to personally manage every facet of Beach’s all-important sophomore campaign — one that ended with a lucrative stallion deal from Hanover Shoe Farms. While the perfect plan deserves some of the credit, MacGrath knows he was blessed to land a genial, charismatic, physical specimen with a rare array of talents. “He’s got strength, he’s got the gait — which is flawless — and he’s got the will. Those are three things,” MacDonell said. “A lot of horses will have one of them. He’s got them all.” MacGrath said Somebeachsomewhere helped inspire dreamers throughout the harness racing industry. “He gave the industry a boost. He gave small-time people something and showed them that it was possible. It happened, and Beach proved that it happened,” MacGrath said. by Dave Briggs  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A late break in stride by Czar Seelster sealed the deal for Rose Run Quest in the Sunday afternoon harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash program was originally scheduled for the regular Saturday afternoon slot but impending weather moved the program to Sunday this week. Czar Seelster powered to the front in the $2,400 preferred pace being released by pacesetter Drivingthedragon N at the 28.1 opening quarter. Driver Todd Weatherbee and Czar Seelster then continued the brisk tempo with fractions of 58.3 and 1:28.4 with race favourite Rose Run Quest (Driven by Marc Campbell) moving up from last place in the compact field of five. Rose Run Quest challenged Czar Seelster neck-and-neck in the final quarter then a break in stride just before the wire by Czar Seelster handed the victory to Campbell and Rose Run Quest in 1:58.4. Czar Seelster landed back down pacing to finish second with Woggy Rocks (Gary Chappell) finishing third. Rose Run Quest is trained by Campbell for owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. It was one of three wins by the 'King' of Island racing as a trainer and as a driver. Campbell also visited the winner's circle with Diduseethat in 2:01.3 from his own barn and teamed up with the Jeff Lilley trained Bettim Vicky to win race 5 in 2:04.4. The other Campbell trained victory was when Adam Merner and Jetster stopped the clock in 2:00.2 in race 11. Driver Ken Murphy had three winners on the opening program of 2018 including My Lucky Killean in 2:00.1 for trainer and father Clifford Murphy of Brackley, Cougar Gal in 2:03.3 for trainer Drew Neill of Winsloe and Alberta Sky in 2:00.2 for trainer Eric Doucette of South Rustico. Merner also had a driving double on the program. The results from the 2017 trainer-driver challenge were announced on the live presentation with Campbell garnering the top prize of $2,000. Jason Hughes was second in the annual challenge for a $1,500 pay day, while $1,000 went to Kenny Arsenault in third place and Gary Chappell received $500 for finishing fourth. The trainer-driver challenge was formed to honour the dedication, time and talent of trainer-drivers in the Island harness racing industry. Live racing continues Saturday afternoon (Jan. 20) at 12:30 P.M at Red Shores Charlottetown. For more information including race replays check out By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

TORONTO, January 12, 2018 - Richard Moreau trainees Ms Mac N Cheese and Witch Dali finished one-two in Friday evening's harness racing $30,000 Mares Preferred at Woodbine Racetrack. Snowy and freezing conditions made traveling to Woodbine difficult on Friday and led to the scratch of more than a dozen horses, including millionaire L A Delight. The removal of the Bob McIntosh trained superstar, who had won the last two editions of the Mares Preferred, opened the door for one of five mares to find the winner's circle. Ms Mac N Cheese, who finished second to L A Delight on December 15, went coast to coast for her 23rd career score. The now six-year-old pacing mare was sent to the front by driver Louis Philippe Roy and got things her own way through fractions of :27.4, :57.4 and 1:27. Stablemate Witch Dali was a handful for Doug McNair, who fought to keep the winner of nearly half a million in the pocket spot until the top of the lane. In the stretch, Witch Dali took her best shot and tried to surge by, but Ms Mac N Cheese denied that bid and held her off to win by half a length in 1:55.2. Exhilarated finished third, while Request For Parole was fourth and Buttermilk Hanover fifth. Owned by Ratchford Stable Ns, Ms Mac N Cheese won five of 28 starts in 2017, finding her best stride in the later stages of the season. The Moreau trainee banked $112,880 last season and starts 2018 with $15,000 earned to bring her career earnings to $702,992. The public was behind Ms Mac N Cheese in the short field, as she paid $4.60 to win. Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Race 9 - Ms Mac N Cheese 1st Ms Mac N Cheese (b,m,6 - Badlands Hanover-Mr Delis Filly-Artiscape) 2nd Witch Dali (br,m,7 - Dali-Whitesand Gem-Blissfull Hall) 3rd Exhilarated (b,m,7 - Mach Three-Animated Art-Artsplace) Race 1 - Every Time 1st Every Time (b,m,5 - Camystic-Eternal Optimism-Artsplace) 2nd Larjon Lachlan (b,m,6 - Artistic Fella-Alerts Big Girl-Albert Albert) 3rd Sodwana Bay (br,m,5 - No Pan Intended-Paradise Cove-No Nukes) Race 2 - Summit City Nate 1st Summit City Nate (b,g,6 - Justice Hall-Even Dozen-Program Speed) 2nd Natural Kemp (blk,g,6 - Muscles Yankee-Impressive Kemp-Credit Winner) 3rd Amityville Lindy (b,g,6 - Deweycheatumnhowe-Possessed By Lindy-Self Possessed) Race 3 - Mego Moss 1st Mego Moss (b,g,9 - Amigo Hall-Taras Terror-Brisco Hanover) 2nd Class Me Nice (b,g,7 - Angus Hall-Please Be Nice-Self Possessed) 3rd Lexus Rocky (b,g,7 - Amigo Hall-Conway Connie-Conway Hall) Race 4 - Rubis Prescott  1st Rubis Prescott (b,m,8 - Mach Three-Reunion-Cams Card Shark) 2nd Art Angel Baby (b,m,5 - Sagebrush-Sandys Art Angel-Artsplace) 3rd Lights Go Out (b,m,8 - Western Ideal-Lola-Artsplace) Race 5 - Warrawee Shipshape 1st Warrawee Shipshape (b,g,4 - Muscle Mass-U Can Cruise-Malabar Man) 2nd Muscle Ave (b,g,5 - Muscle Mass-Third Avenue-Ken Warkentin) 3rd Justasmalltowngirl (b,m,9 - Kadabra-Armbro Exuberant-Angus Hall) Race 6 - Emma Ivy 1st Emma Ivy (b,m,4 - Jennas Beach Boy-Empty Promises-Electric Yankee) 2nd Ok Jewel (b,m,4 - Mach Three-Whitesand Jewel-Artiscape) 3rd Reys N A Rocket (b,m,4 - Mattarocket-Allamerican Orchid-Camluck) Race 7 - Buzz 1st Buzz (b,g,6 - Kadabra-Annie Hall-Like A Prayer) 2nd Its Huw You Know (b,g,6 - Holiday Road-Lukes Elvira-American Winner) 3rd Meadowbranch Memo (b,g,5 - Explosive Matter-Wen Mars Memo-Carry The Message) Race 8 - Call It Courage 1st Call It Courage (b,m,8 - Mach Three-Tymal Princess-Grinfromeartoear) 2nd V String (b,m,4 - Somebeachsomewhere-Thong-Western Hanover) 3rd On The Minute Mark (b,m,5 - Rambaran-Nina Seelster-Camluck) Race 10 - Jens Credit 1st Jens Credit (b,m,5 - Up The Credit-Armbro Vertical-Presidential Ball) 2nd Docs Sausalito (br,m,5 - Art Colony-Docs Lioness-Cams Eclipse) 3rd E R Rhonda (b,m,7 - Moon Beam-Cinnamon Punch-Pilgrims Punch) Mark McKelvie        

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The weather is projected to be balmy and Rose Run Quest will be trying to heat up the new year for his Maritime Champion harness racing trainer-driver in the preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 12:30 P.M. for the 13-dash program with Rose Run Quest reuniting with Campbell in the bike in race 9 for owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. The six-year-old son of If I Can Dream has drawn the outside in the compact field of five after having his win streak snapped by Adkins Hanover with the Campbell trainee suffering from a flat tire during that event. Adkins Hanover is absent from competition this week leaving the door wide open for Rose Run Quest to continue his winning streak. Czar Seelster comes into the race off a pair of second place finishes in preferred action to Rose Run Quest and gets post 4 with Todd Weatherbee in the bike while top open mare Drivingthedragon N will face off with the boys from post 1 for trainer-driver Jason Hughes. Race analyst Les MacIsaac thinks Rose Run Quest will restart the winning streak flame in the $2,400 event. "Rose Run Quest's winning streak came to an end last time but the flat tire would have been a contributing factor, don't you think?" MacIsaac said. "After that bit of bad luck he'll be looking for redemption today." The preferred pace is rounded out by Smiley Bayama (Driven by Adam Merner) and Woggy Rocks (Gary Chappell). Race 6 on the program will see a pair of iron tough pacing mares taking their last rounds of the historic capital oval. Onehottvett will end her career from post 2 with Wade Sorrie in the bike for trainer Austin Sorrie and owner Tammy Collings of Hazel Brook. A former winner of the Governor's Plate week Open Mare's series, Onehotvett will have 43 wins and $235,320 on her dance card before her 322 and final start. The fastest pacing mare in the history of East Coast harness racing will also make her final appearance behind the gate in that event as Whitesand Artist leaves from post 3 with Gary Chappell driving for owner-trainer Neil Bambrick. A 33-time winner, Whitesand Artist made history as she set the pacing mare track record on August 26, 2014 during the National Driving Championship with Billy Davis Jr. in the bike. Her 1:53.4 victory that night erased Little Black Book's track and regional record for aged pacing mares that stood for owner 21 years. For more information go to By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

Here is a letter from Anthony MacDonald of TheStable regarding the contoversy around the pending new harness racing owners rule put together by Jeff Gural and Woodbine Entertainment. Here is the letter; I can't even go away for a week without all hell breaking loose. I woke up yesterday to the largest unread inbox I've had in a very long time. Those of you who know me, know roughly how many emails I generally receive, so the endless comments and questions about "the rule" drowned out even our clients for a good chunk of the morning. I think I even saw a dirty look from the guy wearing the goofy costume at magic kingdom who was surely judging me as that "guy" who answers emails at Disney world all day. My answer to the rule from Mr Horner and Mr Gural is simple, but not: Yes we have some dark corners of this game. What facet of life doesn't? We race for money, and there are going to be cheaters; how we combat this defines us as an industry. We will not be able to build any future in horse racing by looking to the past for direction. The past got us here, and it is not where we need to be. These "draconian measures" will surely lead to lawsuits and more black marks on our industry that we cannot afford. The overwhelming majority of this industry is not considered cheaters. Yet we are willing to partake in a witch hunt not seen since McCarthyism to smoke out this miniscule portion of the industry. The first time we get it wrong and someone is excluded only to be later exonerated you will find this story in the main stream news and in a court room only further validating the general publics reasoning for not investing in this industry. The stigmas most of us work hard to dismiss will only be affirmed by this direction. We cannot focus on growth and investment in this industry by shrinking it. If you have mice in your house you do not burn your house down. Extermination is handled in various forms but none damage the structure of your home. Under this rule our industry owners will inevitability claw back investment. They will not partake in group investing programs, (fractional or otherwise) and yearling sale revenue will most certainly drop. The smaller trainers who are already in peril will feel the pinch the most, and again our industry will contract. Do NOT think the governments will not notice this contraction, and as growth again slows and retreats as it has over the past decade, so to will government investment and subsidies. It was difficult to write this for me. My closet in not "Skeleton free". Many of you are well aware that my wife is in the final stages of class II medication violation proceedings for levels of alcohol found in a 2 years old filly this summer that were contamination level readings. I myself served a 7 day reduced suspension just after Christmas for an error made by our veterinarian regarding jurisdictional withdrawal times in Ohio. Neither would exclude our stable under the new rule but plenty of other trainers in the past have also found themselves in similar situations with the Aminorex positives of the past, the Glaucine and Ractopomine positives more recently. Of course you start under this rule with a clean slate, but contamination positives will not cease to occur and its only a matter of when not if improper exclusion will occur. I believe with proper checks and balances most of this industry would get behind a rule like this. But not in its current form. This rule has fallen short of what our industry should strive for. Inclusiveness and industry growth above all else should far outweigh the pursuit of a small group of bandits. I'm not saying turn a blind eye, I'm saying build an air tight policy that the industry can get behind. Through consultation with industry stake holders and regulators we can all take a stance together on behavior that is harming our industry. I'm not expecting, or asking to be invited to any consultation meetings, but I hope my words are noticed. I represent just under 400 owners in 10 countries and have introduced many people to horse racing over the past 3 years. I applaud the efforts and hard work of Mr Gural and Mr Horner on this. No one seems to be too concerned about integrity these days and this rule speaks for the people who didn't get their picture taken. The foundation of something great is before us, I ask only again that we use consultation from our own industry stake holders to ensure we get it right. With respect, Anthony MacDonald

ELORA, ON - If you're a trivia buff, you're a Person Of Interest for Grand River Raceway's second annual Grand Trivia Night with Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington (CSGW) on Saturday, February 17. Last year's sold-out event raised $1,375 for CSGW and awarded $250 to a team of four named McClary Automatics #2. The top scoring trivia team wins $200, plus a $50 bonus if they beat the score of the Pro Team, made up of the highest ranking officers in Wellington County OPP. Tickets are $35 per person and participants can register with their accomplices in teams of two or four. The ticket price includes 60 trivia questions in three rounds (a mix of general knowledge and crime trivia), Mashed Potato Bar, $10 slots voucher (19+), and HST. An online ticket fee of $2.79 is extra. The event also features a cash bar and silent auction. CSGW benefits $5 from each ticket, plus all silent auction sales. The trivia showdown takes place in the Lighthouse Restaurant at Grand River Raceway on Saturday, February 17. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., trivia begins at 7:00 p.m. and concludes at 9:30 p.m. A cash bar is available 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available by advance sale only, and can be purchased online. Kelly Spencer

Separating the Truro Raceway operations from the management of Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission (NSPEC) would not be a recommended move from the perspective of a longtime harness racing proponent. “How do you divide it up when there’s events going on, on either side,” said Bruce Kennedy, who has had “my finger on the pulse over there for the last 50 years almost.” “That should be under one management to get the full benefit out of it,” he said, of the various activities that are held at both the raceway and the NSPE complex. Kennedy’s comments came in response to a recent article published in the Truro Daily News regarding what is believed to be a planned restructuring by the provincial government the will see the operations of the Truro Raceway separated from the NSPEC. Agriculture minister Keith Colwell met with a number of local officials in a closed meeting in mid December during which he said an announcement regarding the NSPEC will be forthcoming. News of that meeting prompted a response from Lenore Zann, MLA for Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River, who said the minister had informed her last fall of his intentions to separate the two entities. Although Zann said Colwell did not indicate his reasons for wanting to separate the two operations, she said she was left with the impression the decision is being made for financial reasons. In early 2014 Colwell called in the NSPEC’s $422,000 debt to the Nova Scotia Farm Loan board, relieved the board members at that time of their responsibilities and ultimately established a new operating board. At that point, the NSPEC carried a total outstanding debt load of $1 million. Colwell’s department is currently refusing to release any financial information pertaining to the NSPEC and the only statement it will offer on the issue is to say “the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition is an important organization for the agriculture sector and for the economy in the region and province. We are working with the exhibition.” “So I would say this latest decision is both a ‘calling in of the markers’ (by writing off the Farm Loan debt) but it is also political - a way for this Liberal minister to take control of the NSPE … while cutting the raceway loose and letting them fend for themselves - sink or swim,” Zann said. Kennedy who has been involved in the harness racing industry, including as an owner for the past 50 years, including as both a member and chairman of the former commission board and president of the Harness Racing Association, among other roles, said he believes separating the two organization is not the best way to make the raceway financially viable. “The thing, I guess, that might concern me is the harness racing side of it,” he said. Kennedy said he doesn’t know what Colwell plans to do with the facility but separating the two operations and expecting the raceway to survive on its on simply will not work. “There’s just too much cost and overhead to it,” he said. Currently, the provincial government allocates $1 million a year to the Harness Racing Industry Council, which is split between the Truro Raceway and the tracks in North Sydney and Inverness. The money, the bulk of which goes to the Truro Raceway, is used both to supplement race purses and for infrastructure at the tracks. But Kennedy said the amount is too little to split among three tracks. Additionally there are just not enough racehorses in Atlantic Canada anymore to justify having three tracks in Nova Scotia, Kennedy said. “In my book we don’t have enough for two racetracks,” he said. “They’re racing for such a small amount of money, that the guys go out there and they’re really subsidizing themselves. There’s not enough money to race for to pay your bills.” Kennedy said he and other harness racers are travelling to the United States where they can still enjoy the sport while earning enough from larger purses there to make it financially worthwhile.  “But we can’t do it at home,” he said. “Pretty sad.” By Harry Sullivan Reprinted with permission of The Truro Daily News

TORONTO, January 8 - Woodbine Entertainment (Woodbine) today announced that wagering on Woodbine's 2017 live Thoroughbred racing season rose soundly over the 2016 meet.   The 132-date Thoroughbred season (one cancellation) produced an "all-sources" handle of $500,713,839, a 7.3 per cent increase over the $469,452,009 figure recorded from 133 dates in 2016.   Wagering on the Standardbred meet, contested between Woodbine and Mohawk saw a marked increase in average per-race handle to $153,505 up 5.5 per cent from the 2016 average of $145,448.   The 221-date Standardbred season produced an "all-sources" handle of $347,384,040.61, a 1.7 per cent increase from the $341,513,448 total recorded in 2016. Average field size for the Standardbred meets held steady at 8.8 horses per race.   "We continue to see fine wagering growth in both our Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing programs," said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. "Racing fans of both breeds from across North America are enjoying our entertaining, competitive fields which feature some of the best horses, jockeys, drivers and horsepeople in the world. Our commitment to high quality horse racing remains at the strategic core of our operation."   The Queen's Plate, which had its 158th running in 2017, had a record wagering total of $13.4 million for the July 2 card. Holy Helena became the first filly since Lexie Lou in 2014 to take the title.   Ricoh Woodbine Mile day, on September 15, recorded a significant handle of $13.6 million, while the Pattison Canadian International card, on October 15, had wagering of $7.7 million. Eventual Breeders' Cup Mile hero World Approval reigned victorious in the Mile, while the International was captured by 42-1 longshot Bullards Alley.   Thoroughbred field size was 8.4 horses per race in 2017.   At Mohawk, the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup had a handle of $4.03 million for the June 17 card. The 34th edition of Canada's richest harness race was captured by Fear The Dragon and driver David Miller, who won his second consecutive Pepsi North America Cup.   The month of September brought harness racing's top pacers and trotters to Mohawk, as 33 Grand Circuit stakes races totalling $6.3 million in purses were contested. These stakes included the $816,000 Metro Pace (won by Lost In Time), $684,000 Canadian Trotting Classic (What The Hill), $615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby (Sintra), $593,000 Maple Leaf Trot (Hannelore Hanover) and $500,000 Shes A Great Lady (Youaremycandygirl).   "We're very proud of the betting growth that has been noticed by many inside the industry and beyond," said Lawson. "But I'm also excited about the culture we've instilled in the staff at Woodbine Entertainment, who believe in the racing product and the Woodbine brand development that has been a large part of our success this year."   A positive sense of growth and renewal resonated across Woodbine in 2017 from company culture and technological advancements to business development.   Woodbine scored 71 per cent on the Great Places to Work Trust Index, an employee survey score indicating a certification the company has built a first-class work environment that is committed to a core mandate of a culture in achieving the highest quality of horse racing. Vital to the Great Places to Work success is a continued commitment to culture through Woodbine Cares Week, a week-long celebration of the many valuable community organizations and causes Woodbine supports as a strong community partner.   Strong community ties were celebrated through the annual United Way Turf Races, Rexdale Games and continued support of community partners such as Youth Without Shelter, Trust 15, Ernestine's Women's Shelter, and Etobicoke General Hospital.   Technological developments in 2017 included the launch of a mobile app for Apple and Android as well as a refresh of Woodbine and Mohawk Park websites. In addition, The Queen's Plate became the first ever live broadcast of a horse race in 4K, distributed across North America via Direct TV.   Woodbine continued to lead the horse industry in Ontario overseeing the Standardbred Alliance, which includes nine racetracks, via an unprecedented model of cooperation to achieve operational cost savings for all participants.   In December, a merger was announced between the Standardbred Alliance and Ontario Racing to create an independent industry organization that will result in one strong, unified voice in the Ontario horse racing industry, with a goal of self-governance. The merged entity will engage Ontario Racing Management (ORM), which will utilize resources from Woodbine's management team to manage all aspects of the industry, including guarantees of purse payments for member tracks, staking programs and race schedules, as well as administering common racetrack rules and policies. ORM is charged with preparing a three-year business plan by April 1, 2018.   Several development initiatives were announced at both the Woodbine and Mohawk Park properties including the installation of a second turf course at Woodbine, slated to open in 2019.   More than $10 million was invested to winterize Mohawk Park allowing for year-round racing beginning in April, 2018. The refreshed facility will include new Woodbine branding, a renovated Terrace Dining Room completed with guest suites, internal building expansions and improvements to the paddock.   "We're very excited about our commitment to year-round racing at Mohawk Park and further developing our ties within the local community," said Jessica Buckley, President, Woodbine, Mohawk Park. "The significant upgrades to the property will only add to the great racing experience and I look forward to overseeing the ongoing development of the property to include additional lifestyle and entertainment options."   Opening day for the 2018 Thoroughbred racing season, set for 133 dates, is scheduled for April 21.   Standardbred racing will continue its valedictory Woodbine meet through the winter returning Saturday, January 6 with a new post time of 7:10 p.m. each Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.     Keith McCalmont Woodbine Entertainment Communications Manager O: 416-675-3993 x 2667 C: 416-356-3192 @TripleDeadHeat              

The City of Charlottetown plans on moving ahead with a report that recommends the development of a new 5,000-seat multi-use sports and events centre. The much-awaited report, released in December, calls for a facility capable of hosting major national events and more frequent regional sport and non-sport events. In a recent interview with The Guardian, Mayor Clifford Lee said work is already underway. “What council has said is we have designated our administration to begin the process of having discussions with possible funding partners in the community,’’ Lee said. “Those funding partners would include the other two levels of government, they would include Atlantic Lottery, they would include the harness racing industry, all of the people we believe might have an interest.’’ The report from a task force committee appointed by city council in the spring of 2016 recommends the centre be comprised of a main spectator seating bowl and ice surface as well as a second NHL-sized ice surface dedicated for use by the community with seating in the 400-500 range. Related: Task force recommends Charlottetown build multi-use sports, event centre The cost of building the facility is estimated between $74 million and $81 million with an additional $2 million for 500 parking spaces. Lee also speculated that funding opportunities might be available through the 2023 Canada Games, which P.E.I. is hosting. “Some people are saying the Canada Games no longer have a legacy component to them. I’m not sure if that’s real or not. If it is a reality, (are) there other opportunities with the federal government?’’ Lee is certain of one thing – the taxpayers of Charlottetown won’t be footing the whole bill, although he floats the idea of hiking the hotel room levy to help out with the capital cost. So, the process creeps forward. But, things are far from “shovels in the ground” yet. “I don’t want anyone to think this report was taken and shelved because it’s not. The exact opposite is happening. (I also) don’t want anyone making the assumption that this is happening. Council is saying, let’s now see who’s out there with money that might be interested in a partnership in this project.’’ Lee said council won’t be taking a position on it, one way or another, until the financial implications are known. “Quite frankly, as mayor of Charlottetown, I’m not going to commit to an $80-million facility on the backs of taxpayers of Charlottetown. How can you take a position on something if you don’t know what your costs are?’’ By Dave Stewart  Reprinted with permission of The Guardian

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After suffering a flat tire in his latest start and having his win streak snapped at three, Rose Run Quest will get the number two man from his harness racing stable in the race bike Saturday afternoon in the absence of regular pilot Marc Campbell at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash card hits the track at 12:30 P.M. with Rose Run Quest teaming up with the assistant trainer in the record setting Campbell stable. Ryan Desroche will sub in for Campbell behind the post 5 starter in the race 9 $2,400 preferred pace for owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown after Campbell finished second with the pacer on New Year's Eve with a flat tire. The son of If I Can Dream has put together an impressive eight victories since joining the Campbell team during Old Home Week racing in August. Other Saturday afternoon preferred pace starters include Drivingthedragon N riding a three-race win streak for trainer-driver Jason Hughes but forced to race the boys this week, and the ultra-consistent Czar Seelster with Todd Weatherbee in the bike. The field is rounded out by Woggy Rocks (Driven by Gary Chappell) and Smiley Bayama (Adam Merner). Desroche picks up a total of three drives from the Campbell stable for the Saturday afternoon program, as Campbell is competing in the North America Driver's Championship at Miami Valley Raceway in Ohio with all the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday action being shown at both Red Shores locations with 3:05 P.M. AST start times for each card. Desroche gets the call on Woodmere Articblue with rail control in race 10 from the powerful Campbell stable, as well as veteran pacer Eagle Jolt from post 1 in race 12 as the morning line favourite. Speaking of Desroche, the horse the young driver scored his first career win aboard will retire during the Saturday afternoon Red Shores card. Onehotvett will leave from post 8 in race 6 of the program for driver Wade Sorrie, trainer Austin Sorrie and owner Tammy Collings of Hazel Brook. Force Seelster makes his East Coast pari-mutuel debut in race 7 of the program for new owner-trainer Clifford Murphy, with son Ken Murphy doing the driving. The six-year-old son of Stonebridge Regal boasts 13 lifetime wins and $45,000 in purse earnings along with a 1:56.3 record taken over Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ontario. The pacer had been racing the claiming classes in Ontario before being acquired by his new connections. For more information, including race programs and live video, go to By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Milton, ON. and East Rutherford, N.J., January 5 - Woodbine Entertainment and The Meadowlands today announced the implementation of the Standardbred Racing Integrity and Accountability Initiative (SRIAI) for their 2018 harness racing seasons. Inspired by rules set out at Thoroughbred racing's Breeders' Cup, the Standardbred Racing Integrity and Accountability Initiative is designed to strengthen integrity in the sport and to respect the significant investment of owners and sponsors in the funding of stakes races. The SRIAI's conditions apply to 2018 stakes events at Woodbine, Mohawk Park, The Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs for all owners, trainers and horses. "The new conditions will help ensure strengthened integrity at the participating tracks, specifically in the stakes races," said Jeff Gural, Meadowlands Racetrack Chairman and CEO. "The entire sport, including owners, trainers, drivers and horseplayers will benefit from this important initiative, designed to inspire confidence from existing and new owners. We encourage other tracks to join us by adopting these new stakes conditions." The new stakes conditions prohibit any owner, trainer, or horse from participating in an added money event if they have been found by a racing regulatory agency to have tested positive for prohibited substances as defined within the Association of Racing Commissioners International Uniform Classification for Foreign Substances of Class 1, 2, TC02 or steroids after January 1, 2018. "Racing is well-monitored by the sport's regulatory bodies in the United States and Canada and the participating tracks have an excellent record of racing product integrity, so fortunately, the number of positive tests is very, very low overall," said Jessica Buckley, President, Woodbine, Mohawk Park. "By proactively updating the Standardbred Stakes Conditions, Woodbine Entertainment, The Meadowlands, and American Racing and Entertainment further demonstrate a continued commitment to ensuring a fair and safe racing environment to the benefit of everyone in the sport." The announcement is another collaboration between Woodbine Entertainment and The Meadowlands designed to advance transparency in harness racing. "As industry leaders, we are working together to create added assurances for all racing participants," said Ms. Buckley. "The intent of the SRIAI is to encourage owners to use the greatest discretion when choosing partners and trainers and to remind all horsepeople to be vigilant with their horses' well being." Stakes races, including the Pepsi North America Cup and The Meadowlands Pace, are subject to the new rules. A detailed rundown of the new conditions and a list of stakes races can be found on the track websites or within the Stakes Conditions Books for each racetrack. Stakes Conditions– Standardbred Racing 1) No horse may participate in an added money event conducted by Woodbine Entertainment if during the twelve months preceding the entry date of the added money event the horse is found by a racing regulatory agency to have tested positive for any substance listed under Class 1 or Class 2 in the Association of Racing Commissioners International Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances, or to have tested positive for an anabolic steroid, including but not limited to, (boldenone, nandrolone, stanozolol, and testosterone), or to have a TC02 violation. The ineligibility period begins from the date the Racing Regulatory Agency has issued the positive test penalty. 2) No person, or related entity, may participate as a horse owner (ownership of at least direct or indirect 25%) in an added money event conducted by Woodbine Entertainment if during the twelve months preceding the entry date of the added money event the person, or related entity, owns (ownership of at least direct or indirect 25%) a horse that is found by a racing regulatory agency to have tested positive for any substance listed under Class 1 in the Association of Racing Commissioners International Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances, or to have tested positive for an anabolic steroid, including but not limited to, (boldenone, nandrolone, stanozolol, and testosterone), or to have a TC02 violation.. The Association will assume that an owner’s share of the horse is at least direct or indirect 25%. It is the owner’s responsibility to provide evidence if he/she owns less than direct or indirect 25%. All evidence or documentation in respect of the percentage, identity or bona fides of ownership (including related entities) are to be in a form and manner satisfactory to the Association. Transfer of ownership (including reductions in percentage of ownership) following the date of any race in which there is a positive test, may not be effective to permit participation in any subsequent event in that year governed by these conditions, and any horse owned with an individual in violation of these rules, will be subject to these conditions. The ineligibility period begins from the date the regulatory agency has issued the positive test penalty. 3) No person, or related entity may participate as a horse owner (ownership of at least direct or indirect 25%) in an added money event conducted by Woodbine Entertainment if during the twelve months preceding the entry date of the added money event the person, or related entity, owns (ownership of at least direct or indirect 25%) a horse(s) that is(are) found by a racing regulatory agency to have two violations, or a second violation as recognized within the racing jurisdiction, of a racing regulation prohibiting the use of any substance listed under Class 2 in the Association of Racing Commissioners International Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances. The Association will assume that an owner’s share of the horse is at least direct or indirect 25%. It is the owner’s responsibility to provide evidence if he/she owns less than direct or indirect 25%. All evidence or documentation in respect of the percentage, identity or bona fides of ownership (including related entities) are to be in a form and manner satisfactory to the Association. Transfer of ownership (including reductions in percentage of ownership) following the date of the second Class 2 positive test shall not be effective to permit participation in any subsequent event in that year governed by these conditions, and any horse owned with an individual in violation of these rules, will be subject to these conditions. The ineligibility period begins from the date the Racing Regulatory Agency has issued the penalty for the second Class 2 positive. 4) No person can participate as a trainer in an added money event conducted by Woodbine Entertainment if during the twelve months preceding the entry date of the added money event the person has been found by a racing regulatory agency to have violated a racing regulation prohibiting the use of any substance listed under Class 1 or Class 2 in the Association of Racing Commissioners International Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances, or to have tested positive for an anabolic steroid, including but not limited to, (boldenone, nandrolone, stanozolol, and testosterone), or to have a TC02 violation.. The ineligibility period begins from the date the Racing Regulatory Agency has issued the positive test penalty. Notes: • All owners and trainers will begin with a clean slate as of January 1, 2018. Any positive in 2017 will not be recognized as an offence. • There will be no refunds of Nomination or Sustaining fees paid. • Related entity shall be defined as any relative by blood, spouse or domestic partner, person occupying the same residence, employee or any corporation, trust, partnership or other form of entity in which an owner or any party referred to herein has at least a direct or indirect direct or indirect 25% legal or beneficial interest or over which such party exercises control. • A horse may not be transferred to a trainer associated with the offending trainer. A trainer will be considered to be associated with the offending trainer if he/ she was an assistant to, or employee of, the trainer or related to the trainer by blood, or by marriage or domestic partnership. STAKES CONDITIONS WILL APPLY TO THE FOLLOWING 2018 STAKES RACES Pepsi North America Cup Armbro Flight Canadian Pacing Derby Canadian Trotting Classic Casual Breeze Champlain Elegantimage Eternal Camnation Fan Hanover Goodtimes Graduate Maple Leaf Trot Metro Pace Milton Miss Versatility Nassagaweya Peaceful Way Simcoe Roses Are Red Somebeachsomewhere Shes A Great Lady William Wellwood Memorial   About Woodbine Entertainment Woodbine Entertainment is the largest horse racing operator in Canada offering world-class horse racing at Woodbine Racetrack (Toronto) and Woodbine, Mohawk Park (Milton) as well as operating off-track wagering (Champions teletheatre network) and remote wagering (HPIbet). Starting in the spring 2018, Woodbine, Mohawk Park will operate year-round harness racing. Mohawk Park's privately owned 434-acre site will be transformed into a mixed-use future entertainment and community destination in support of Standardbred racing in Ontario. The projected development could include commercial, hospitality, office, and recreational aspects within the site, creating new employment opportunities in the region. About the Meadowlands, et al The Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs are Standardbred racetracks operated by Jeff Gural. Tioga and Vernon Downs are New York state casinos that offer seasonal racing while The Meadowlands has long been the industry leader in handle while hosting many of the top Grand Circuit events with an annual stakes purse schedule in excess $12 million (USD). Racing integrity is a benchmark of the three properties. Woodbine Entertainment contact: John Siscos Director, Communications 416-675-3993 1 x2229 Meadowlands contact: Nick Salvi 201-843-2446            

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A field of top harness racing drivers will converge on Miami Valley in Ohio this weekend and Red Shores will team up Prince Edward Island's best to face off with the Continent's talent. Marc Campbell will compete in the second annual North America Drivers Championship at Miami Valley Raceway in Lebanon, Ohio, amongst the group of thirty drivers. The competition starts Sunday night (Jan. 7) with each driver having four drives on the Sunday and Monday (Jan. 8) programs. The top 10 from those eliminations will then move on to the championship final on Tuesday (Jan. 9) with Red Shores Charlottetown and Summerside simulcasting all the action. Campbell is fresh off a career year in the sulky as the 33-year-old Winsloe, P.E.I., resident recorded the most dash wins ever by a driver at Red Shores Charlottetown with 162 trips to the winner's circle in 2017. The number bested the former record, also held by Campbell, of 144 wins in 2016. Campbell also put together the top dash winning and earning training season in Atlantic Canadian racing history with 131 trainings wins and $376,223, as well as earning the most purse money ever by a driver in the Atlantic Provinces with $584,479 in seasonal earnings. Campbell also led Canada in driving and training averages in 2017 with a .450 UDRS and .526 UTRS, while sitting second in the nation for training wins and sixth for driving wins. "I was looking at the stats the other day and it is pretty crazy," Campbell said. "I didn't set out to break any records, I just wanted to have a good year. I thought with the stable of horses we had we could have a big year. Will it happen again? Probably not, but we're going to keep trying to make it happen again. I had good horses and support from great owners and support from my family. When you have that the sky is the limit." Lee Drake, Red Shores Manager of Marketing, Brands and Playwise, was excited by the opportunity to partner with Campbell and sponsor his journey to Ohio to race against some of harness racing's best. "Prince Edward Island has consistently shown it can produce horses and horse people that can compete at the highest levels of harness racing," Drake said. "Marc has been breaking record after record all season and now he gets to showcase the terrific talent and quality of the product we put on all year at our Red Shores properties. Adam (Adam Walsh, Red Shores Racing Manager) and I both felt it was a great opportunity to put the spotlight on P.E.I. and Atlantic Canadian harness racing. We will all be rooting for him." The Miami Valley competition features a deep field of talent including top Woodbine Entertainment Group Drivers Doug McNair, Trevor Henry and Louis Philippe-Roy, defending World Driving Champion and P.E.I. native James MacDonald, U.S. World Driving Championship representative Marcus Miller and reigning North American dash win champion Aaron Merriman. "If I get beat, I get beat," Campbell says of his opposition, while noting the horse talent each driver will be given is a deciding factor. "I've driven against some of them all ready so we'll give it a go. The year that we had I just figured why not go. I like meeting people and I figured it would be good exposure for Maritime racing and good for everyone. It's good experience. I'm at a point in my career that now I feel like I can so I figured I'd do it. I can see the race better than I did before. I see the way things are going to set up and I'm not as one minded as I might have been before. I'm still aggressive but more patiently aggressive." Nicknamed the 'King' of Island racing, Campbell is quick to credit the depth of his competition on a nightly basis while racing on P.E.I. "I think a lot of guys that drive here could go other places and fit in anywhere," Campbell said. "Am I going to win the championship? Probably not but I'm going to try. I just want to show everyone that we can go and drive anywhere." The Sunday, Monday and Tuesday programs from Miami Valley will start at 3:05 P.M. Atlantic Standard Time. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

TORONTO, January 3, 2017 - Following a brief break, live harness racing resumes Saturday evening (January 6) at Woodbine Racetrack for the first card of 2018. A new post time of 7:10 p.m. will be in effect when racing resumes on Saturday. The opening card of the 2018 season will feature 12-races and all the signature wagers of the Woodbine Standardbred product, including the $50,000 Pick-5, $50,000 Early Pick-4 and the Jackpot Hi-5. The Pick-5, which starts each evening on the first-race, became the most popular wager on the menu during 2017. The average Pick-5 pool during the month of December (15 cards) was $82,952. The Pick-5 pool topped $100,000 twice during the final month of 2017. The new season carries with it a reset for all the stats and standings. Many drivers and trainers will be looking to make an immediate dent in the standings on Saturday evening. Doug McNair, last season's leading driver, is listed in eight of Saturday's 12-races. McNair will be teaming up with leading trainer Richard Moreau for three of those races. Moreau's barn will be very active on Saturday, as they will send out 10 starters on the opening-card of 2018. The feature race for Saturday's season-opening card will be the $27,000 10th race (Non-Winners of $34,000 last five starts). A field of seven older pacers will clash in Saturday's top class, with five of the pacers (Fine Diamond, American Virgin, Jins Shark, Prescotts Hope and Nirvana Seelster) having a victory in the Woodbine Preferred on their record. Following Saturday's season-opening card, live Standardbred racing will continue each Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Woodbine. To view the overnight sheet and program proof for Saturday's card, click here. Horseplayers and fans can download free programs for each card by clicking here (Saturday's program available Thursday afternoon). Post time Saturday is 7:10 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Wallkill, NY January 2 – Blue Chip Farms is pleased to announce that the book for World-Class Harness Racing Pacer, Sunshine Beach is full and closed for 2018. “We are happy to see so many smart breeders and owners happy with Sunshine Beach’s offspring thus far and appreciate their continuing support.” said Tom Grossman, Principal at Blue Chip Farms.   Sunshine Beach bred 135 mares in Canada in 2015, 159 mares in 2016 and 199 mares in 2017. Captaintreacherous tasted defeat for the first time as a three-year-old, and much like when his father Somebeachsomewhere lost for the first time at 3 it took a world record performance to do it. Sunshine Beach and Brian Sears paced a dazzling 1:47.4 mile to equal the fastest mile ever on a five-eighths mile track   Sunshine Beach     Sunshine Beach Other world-class Blue Chip pacers are still available, including Roll With Joe and American Ideal in New York. Shadow Play and Bettor’s Delight remain open in Canada but are filling quickly. Champion Trotters, Credit Winner, Devious Man and E L Titan round out a solid Stallion roster at Blue Chip Farms this year. Credit Winner's Leading money winning son at $1.38M, Devious Man, stands for $4,000 while Muscle Hill’s son, E L Titan, stands for $6,000.    For booking inquiries, please contact Jean Brown-Clearwater, or Ed Amezcua,

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