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On April 19, 2014 the top horseplayers in North America will compete for over $60,000 in prize money* in the 2014 World Harness Handicapping Championship, at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment in East Rutherford, NJ. The WHHC qualifiers at the newly opened Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment are set for January 11, February 22 and March 15. The Meadowlands January 11 qualifier has a $200 total fee ($100 entry plus a $100 real-money bankroll). The format requires players to bet a minimum of $10 ($100 maximum) on 10 Meadowlands races. Complete rules and entry form are available at PlayMeadowlands.com. The top two finishers will earn spots in the WHHC with prize money to be paid out to the Top 10 finishers. The World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC) is the partnership between Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment and the United States Trotting Association formed to create the industry's ultimate tournament experience. Standardbred Canada supports the project by facilitating the participation of Canadian racing and wagering outlets. The WHHC is a one-day tournament, with a welcome reception the evening prior. Players may earn a seat in the WHHC through a qualifying event at a partner wagering outlet or through direct buy-in ($800). In addition to the Meadowlands, the United States Trotting Association, The Meadows and Buffalo are conducting WHHC qualifiers. A complete list of participating outlets and qualifier dates can be found at PlayMeadowlands.com or by clicking here. For more information on how to become a WHHC partner outlet or sponsor, contact Rachel Ryan, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment (raryan@newmracing.com) or Kathy Wade Vlaar, Standardbred Canada (kwvlaar@standardbredcanada.ca). *estimated final prize pool, based on 120 entries        

TORONTO, December 9, 2013 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced the appointment of Michelle E. DiEmanuele to its Board of Directors. Ms. DiEmanuele was also appointed a member of WEG's Pension, Human Resources and Compensation Committee.   Ms. DiEmanuele is the President and CEO of Trillium Health Partners.   Ms. DiEmanuele has spent her career in the public and private sectors leading large-scale change and cultural transformation.   Previously, she was Associate Secretary of Cabinet and Deputy Minister in the Ontario Government. During this time, she led the renewal of public services through "Service Ontario" and reform of human resources, information technology and business services for the Ontario Government. She also served as Interim CEO at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation during a time of significant change.   Ms. DiEmanuele has also held the positions of Vice President (Branch and Small Business Banking, Retail Markets/Human Resources), CIBC and Vice President (Human Resources and Organizational Development), Brookfield Properties Ltd.   Ms. DiEmanuele is in the Hall of Fame of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women and was recognized as a Top 40 under 40. She serves on numerous Boards, including the Conference Board of Canada and the University of Waterloo.   Ms. DiEmanuele is a dynamic leader well-regarded for her ability to lead large, complex organizations through periods of significant change and cultural transformation. She has worked across many sectors and has expertise in human resources management, information technology, business process reengineering, stakeholder management, strategy development, government relations and operations.   "Ms. DiEmanuele's experience and expertise in both the public and private sectors will make her a wonderful addition to Woodbine Entertainment Group's Board of Directors," said Jim Lawson, WEG's Chairman of the Board. "Specifically, she brings a significant understanding of the gaming regulatory environment in the province and how WEG, and racing, can work effectively with governments to achieve favourable outcomes as the integration of racing and gaming in Ontario continues."   Woodbine Entertainment Group is an Ontario Corporation without share capital. WEG is the largest horse racing operator in Canada offering world class horse racing at both Woodbine (Toronto) and Mohawk (Milton) racetracks. WEG operates off-track wagering operations through its "Champions" teletheatre network, which include WEGZ Stadium Bar in Vaughan, Turf Lounge in downtown Toronto and Greenwood in the Beach area of Toronto. WEG also operates HorsePlayer Interactive and HPItv.   John Siscos  

The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has lifted the quarantine on Barn B at Rideau Carleton. According to ORC Manager of Veterinary Services Dr. Adam Chambers, testing has confirmed that the cause of death of horse D J STAMKOS was not of a contagious nature. As a result, horses from Barn B that were entered are now cleared to race on Sunday, December 1, 2013. The quarantine and other prudent biosecurity measures were introduced to protect the horses and limit the possible spread of disease. All racetracks are encouraged to follow such best practice. The ORC wishes to thank the management and horsepeople of Rideau Carleton for their cooperation. For more information - or to speak with Dr. Chambers or Dr. Duncan - please call:  416 213-0520    

TORONTO, November 6 – It’s best known as “Harrisburg” in Harness racing. But to many others, it’s the Standardbred Horse Sales Company Annual Sale and the 2103 edition is underway with more than 2,100 racehorses offered at public auction. The ‘Black Book’ will feature a Select Yearling Sale held Monday through Thursday, followed by the Mixed Sale on Friday and Saturday at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Some of the sport’s brightest starts, including those who are currently racing at Woodbine, will be offered on Saturday during the Mixed Sale. Atop the list is the four-year-old Knows Nothing, who is fresh off an open-length victory in the $34,000 Preferred Trot at the Rexdale oval. Hillsborough conditioner Jeff Gillis will auction the top sales prospect. The trotting star has a terrific 5-4-2 record from 17 starts this season, along with his 1:51.4 career best. The talented son of Kadabra competed in the Grand Circuit this season when he contested in the Maple Leaf Trot, Arthur Cutler Memorial,and TVG Free-For-All Series. The Ontario Sires Stakes graduate has $729,356 in career earnings and will sell as hip number 1970. Click here to see Knows Nothing’s latest victory. Another Gillis-trainee that will sell at the Mixed Sale is Continual Velocity. The classy five-year-old has found the winner circle in 21 of 85 career starts along with $344,166 in career earnings. A regular overnight campaigner on the WEG Circuit, Continual Velocity has a 1:50.3 career best and has raced in the Fillies and Mares Preferred Pace. She will sell as hip number 1797. Cheltenham conditioner, Dave Menary will offer four top campaigners in Tarpon Hanover, Windsong Jack and Tea Party Princess and Macharoundtheclock. Tarpon Hanover, who captured the $300,000 Battle of Waterloo last season as a rookie, will sell as hip number 1947. The pacing son of Badlands Hanover has banked $503,854 in his two season of racing. Fresh off a second place finish in the $200,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final, Tarpon Hanover recently qualified at Mohawk on October 30 in 1:55.3. The brown colt has a 5-3-8 record from 24 career starts. His stablemate is another top OSS campaigner in Windsong Jack. A son of Santanna Blue Chip, Windsong Jack has banked $438,486 in his career for Menary. The brown gelding has amassed an impressive 6-7-2 record from 21 career starts along with a 1:49.4 career best. He recently qualified at Mohawk on October 30, winning gate-to-wire in 1:54. He will sell as hip number 1953. Macharoundtheclock, a daughter of Mach Three, has banked $239,837 in her young career. From 21 career starts, the bay filly has a 3-5-1 record and a 1:51.1 lifetime best. She talented filly competed in the Jugette, Shes A Great Lady, Canadian Breeders along with the OSS. She will sell as hip 1825. The richest of Menary’s offerings is Tea Party Princess, who has banked $666,934 in her career. The daughter of Art Major has found the winner circle in 18 of 73 career starts. A regular overnight competitor on the WEG Circuit, Tea Party Princess has competed in the Breeders Crown, Fan Hanover and Milton Stakes, just to name a few. The $40,000 yearling purchase will sell as hip 1836. Hall of Famer Bob McIntosh will sell top OSS graduate Pan Luis Obispo as hip 1832. The daughter of No Pan Intended enjoyed a terrific three-year-old season in 2013 with $240,833 banked from 16 starts and five wins. The pacing miss has a 1:51.4 lifetime best and was a top competitor in the Ontario Sires Stakes program this season. She was primarily driven by Randy Waples. WEG’s top conditioner Richard Moreau will sell top trotting mare Smarty Pants as hip 1807. The daughter of Kadabra banked $305,836 last season while racing primarily in the provincial program. She classy mare recently finished third in the $34,000 Preferred Trot as she took on aged pacing horses of both sexes. With career earnings of $389,017, Smarty Pants has a 1:54.3 lifetime best. She competed in the Miss Versatility, Armbro Flight, Elegantimage and Casual Breeze in her career. Greg Gangle

Toronto, ON – Elmer Buchanan has been appointed by the Government of Ontario as Chair  of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) for a term of one year. Most recently, he served  as a member of the Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel, which met with industry participants and worked to develop a vision for the industry's future.    Mr. Buchanan’s knowledge, leadership and dedication will benefit both the horse racing industry and the ORC as it implements the new governance structure.    Industry development functions – including the administration of funding programs, oversight of animal welfare and horse improvement, and the racing program – will be delivered by a new division of the ORC.    The new governance structure is one of three pillars identified in the Horse Racing Partnership Plan, designed to stabilize the industry. The others include sustainable funding over the next five years, and the integration of horse racing into the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s modernization plan.    Ontario Racing Commission  

LONDON, ON - Ontario's two-year-old Grassroots competitors wrapped up the 2013 Ontario Sires Stakes season on an impressive note at The Raceway at Western Fair District on Tuesday evening. Next season's provincial stars gave London fans several heart-pumping finishes and one track record equaling mile in the eight $20,000 Grassroots Consolations. The record went to two-year-old pacing gelding Regal Babe, who rocketed home to a 1:54.4 triumph in the ninth race. The clocking equaled the track record for a two-year-old male pacer at The Raceway and gave Regal Babe his second win of the season. Gregg McNair conditions Regal Babe for owner-breeder Rob Chapple of Chatham, ON and driver Doug McNair crafted the come-from-behind victory, which saw Regal Babe hit the wire five and one-half lengths ahead of Concert Artist and fan favourite King Royalty. The win boosted the Stonebridge Regal son's earnings to $23,983 through nine freshman starts. Driver Jody Jamieson picked up two Grassroots Consolation victories on Tuesday, with the first coming aboard freshman pacing filly Stellllllla in the third race. Jamieson guided the Mister Big daughter to a two and one-half length victory in 1:58.2, besting Hare To Eternity and Girlsgotmachzie. Daryl Sherman of Elmore, OH bred and owns Stellllllla and David Menary trains the two-time Grassroots winner, who was sent off as the favourite by London fans. The other pacing filly Consolation was captured by Brookdale Shadow and driver Sylvain Filion in 1:57.1. Jamieson's second visit to the winner's circle came in the last Grassroots Consolation with pacing colt Allstar Seelster. The duo reeled in pacesetter Hunch Man in the stretch to claim the one and one-quarter length victory in 1:56. Opening Line was another length back in third. Jack Darling of Cambridge, ON owns and trains Artistic Fella son Allstar Seelster, who posted a record of two wins, three seconds and two thirds in 11 starts this season. The Grassroots Consolation program got under way with a nail biting finish by the two-year-old trotting fillies that saw Just Call Me Lady reel in pacesetter Bit A Magic to score her second Grassroots victory. Just Call Me Lady hit the wire one-quarter length ahead of Bit A Magic in a personal best 2:02.1. Majestic Jewel was two more lengths back in third, while fan favourite Lenny Mac settled for fourth after making an early miscue. Cambridge, ON resident Blake Macintosh trains Angus Hall daughter Just Call Me Lady for his partners Anne Campbell and Stephen Waldman of North York, ON, and Trevor Ritchie piloted the filly to both of her Grassroots wins. Trevor Henry piloted Wonderland Snow to a commanding 2:01.3 triumph in the other trotting filly Consolation. Trotting colts Crowningcrest and Rival Seelster also battled to a tight finish, with Crowningcrest prevailing by a neck over the favourite in 2:02.3. Conway Escape rounded out the top three. Scott Coulter engineered the win for trainer Susanne Kerwood and owner-breeder Langcrest Farm of East Garafraxa, ON. The win was the Mutineer gelding's second straight and his third on the season. The other trotting colt trophy went home with Ramas Last Son, who was piloted to a 2:02.1 win by Steve Condren. The two-year-old trotters and pacers will now enjoy a winter break from provincial racing action before they begin preparations for the 2014 Ontario Sires Stakes campaign. For complete results For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

LONDON, ON - Ontario's exciting three-year-old trotters and pacers opened up two nights of Grassroots Consolation action at The Raceway at Western Fair District on Monday evening. The Grassroots events followed on the heels of the Gold Series Consolations at Grand River Raceway and driver Doug McNair added two more wins to the three he posted on Sunday. The 23-year-old reinsman made his first appearance in the London winner's circle following the fifth race, guiding three-year-old trotting colt Cabertoss to a half-length victory in a personal best 1:59. McNair engineered the victory for trainer and breeder William Murray and owner William Murray Jr. of Mountain, ON. The lightly rated son of Muscle Mass, who went into the race ranked fifteenth in the Grassroots point standings, bested Next To Go and Sir William. Teaming up with three-year-old pacing gelding Ja El Pocketrocket in the tenth race, McNair once again employed a come-from-behind strategy and the fans' second choice rocketed home to a six and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:54. Maddysonofagun followed the winner up the outside into second and Southwind Amazon rounded out the top three. Favourite and early leader OK Fabulous settled for fourth. Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke, ON owns Ja El Pocketrocket and Barry Treen conditions the son of Santanna Blue Chip, who finished the regular season eighteenth in the point standings. The other sophomore trotting colt Consolation was captured by Doubledown Gass and trainer-driver Reg Gassien in 1:59 and the other pacing colt contest went to The Real One and driver Scott Coulter in 1:55. Driver Mike Saftic also garnered two Grassroots Consolation wins, starting with a commanding victory by fan favourite Cardio Pump in the second three-year-old trotting filly battle. Cardio Pump grabbed control going by the three-quarters and accelerated away from the field to a nine and one-quarter length triumph in 1:59.4. Oaklea Veronica and Speedy Kim Mindale trotted into second and third. Saftic piloted Cardio Pump to her first Ontario Sires Stakes victory for trainer Mark Steacy and owner Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA. The Angus Hall daughter finished second in both of her regular season Grassroots appearances, putting her twenty-fourth in the point standings. The veteran reinsman's second victory came in the next race with sophomore pacing filly Foolish Mind, who led from start to finish, hanging on for a nose victory in 1:56.2. Fan favourite Burlesque finished second but was placed back to eighth for a pylon violation, promoting Panstakingly and Hippie Chic into second and third. Sue Marie Gangell of Simcoe, ON trains Foolish Mind for her partner Barry Charles of New Rochelle, NY. The I Am A Fool filly was a two-time Grassroots winner during the regular season and finished fifth in the point standings. The other pacing filly trophy went home with Mark Steacy trainee Shanghai Mimi, who was piloted to a 1:57.1 win by Chris Christoforou. The first trotting filly division was captured by Standing My Ground and Sylvain Filion in 1:58.3. Grassroots Consolation action resumes at The Raceway on Tuesday evening with eight $20,000 battles for Ontario's exciting two-year-old trotters and pacers. The first race gets under way at 4:05 pm. For complete results Sandra Snyder  

ELORA, ON - As has become their custom, local horsemen Gregg and Doug McNair had a stellar evening in Ontario Sires Stakes action at Grand River Raceway on Sunday. Competing in the Gold Series Consolations at the Elora oval trainer Gregg McNair earned two trophies, with two-year-old pacing filly Porsche Seelster and three-year-old trotting colt Buddy Hally, and driver Doug McNair picked up three, driving both of his father's horses and three-year-old pacing filly Jan It Jackson. Sent off as the fan favourite from Post 2, Porsche Seelster cruised to a two length victory in the fifth of eight $50,000 Consolations, besting Medoland Lindeylou and Goldies Mach. The 1:57.1 triumph was Porsche Seelster's first victory in 12 outings this season. Guelph resident Gregg McNair conditions Porsche Seelster for The Merks Stable of New York, NY. During the regular season the Artistic Fella daughter recorded one second, two thirds, one fifth and one seventh in six Gold Series starts to rank seventh in the division point standings. Buddy Hally's three and one-half length romp in the sophomore trotting colt Consolation went some way toward helping his owners forget the division point leader's disappointing eighth-place result in the Sept. 28 Super Final. The Angus Hall colt battled Tag Up And Go and Rock Of Cashel through much of the race, but was able to draw away in the stretch to the 1:58.3 victory. Tag Up And Go and Gotta Secret finished second and third behind the fan favourite. Trainer McNair shares ownership of the $275,400 winner with Howmac Farms Ltd. of North Wiltshire, PEI, breeder Reginald MacPherson of Stratford, PEI and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS. Doug McNair's driving triple came with Isaac Waxman trainee Jan It Jackson, who went gate-to-wire in the sophomore pacing filly division, stopping the Grand River Raceway teletimer at 1:54.3. Leaveumlady and Marlee B finished two and one-quarter lengths back in second and third. Fan favourite and division point leader Pan Luis Obispo finished fifth. Brenda Selwyn Waxman of Dundas owns Badlands Hanover daughter Jan It Jackson, who ranked second in the division point standings and finished just out of the money in sixth in the Sept. 28 Super Final. Grand River Raceway fans accurately selected the winners in five of the eight Gold Series Consolations. In addition to Porsche Seelster and Buddy Hally, fans sent off two-year-old pacing colt Play It Again Sam, three-year-old trotting filly Motown Muscle and three-year-old pacing colt Mach Pride as the favourites in their respective divisions. Upsets occurred in the two-year-old trotting colt division, which saw Dontcheatonmenow best favourite Deweykeepumnwhy, the two-year-old trotting filly contest, which saw Torches Star emerge victorious over Marcella Hall and fan favourite Margie, and the sophomore pacing filly division captured by Jan It Jackson.  The Consolations completed the Gold Series schedule, and the 2013 Ontario Sires Stakes program will draw to a close with 16 Grassroots Consolations at The Raceway at Western Fair District on Monday, Oct. 14 and Tuesday, Oct. 15. For complete results Sandra Snyder  

October 11, 2013 – Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG), Canada’s largest horse racing company and owner and operator of Woodbine and Mohawk racetracks, today issued the following statement from Nick Eaves, President and CEO, in response to the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel’s Five-Year Plan: “Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) thanks Premier Wynne and the Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel for their hard work and commitment during the development of the Five-Year Plan, ‘Building a Sustainable Future Together.’ We are encouraged by the plan and support its vision of a new transitional relationship between government and the horse racing industry. WEG believes that the Plan’s general principles will lay a strong foundation for the long-term sustainability of horse racing in Ontario. “WEG is particularly supportive of the Panel’s recommendation that maximizing the potential of racetracks as gaming centres, including added gaming options, is a top priority for an integrated relationship between horse racing and the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation (OLG). WEG has long been of the view that expanded gaming at racetracks such as Woodbine and Mohawk is important to ensuring the sustainability of horse racing and the thousands of jobs it supports in Ontario. We agree with the Panel that substantial benefits to the province and to the industry can be realized by integrating expanded racetrack gaming into the provincial gaming strategy. “Many of the Plan’s implementation details require further understanding and discussion, and its successful implementation will require much hard work from all parties. WEG believes such effort is absolutely essential, and we are committed to working with our government and industry partners to turn the Panel’s blueprint into reality." John Siscos

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 11 - Julie Walker has made a name for herself this season while racing on the Woodbine Entertainment Circuit. The talented young conditioner has put up career numbers with 16 wins from 76 starts with just shy of $250,000 in seasonal earnings. On top of that, the 31-year-old has an impressive .340 Udrs. "Its been one of those years where everything has fallen into place," Walker said. "We have a nice group of young horses that have raced very well this summer. We don't have a big stable and I prefer it that way. I'd take quality over quantity any day." Walker's terrific season was highlighted by rookie Massive Muscles, who banked $106,250 in earnings. The son of Muscle Mass finished most recently finished second in the $200,000 OSS Super Final with Walker's boyfriend, J.B. Renaud in the bike. Walker and Renaud share ownership of the youngster who boasts a 2-3-0 record from six starts. "He was just one of those horses who continued to improve with each start," Walker said. "My father (Paul) trained him down until around February then sent him to me and I finished him off. He's one of those horses that always trained well and I guess we got lucky with him." Not bad for a mere $2,500 purchase at the 2012 Harrisburg Yearling Sale from breeder Karen Carroll. "Whenever I go to the sale, I try and find families that I'm familiar with," Walker said. "I knew his family because my father trained Dillavec ($121,814) and this horse's dam is a brother to him. I guess he was a little coarse, but his video was flawless." Walker and Renaud were at it again this past Thursday evening at Mohawk as Sixth Man lit up the tote board at odds of 62-1. The trotting son of Duke Of York captured the non-winners of two event in a new lifetime best, while paying $127.70 to win providing Renaud with his first driving win on the WEG Circuit. Walker, a native of Owen Sound, was fostered into the business by her father, Paul, who is a well-respected horseman and her mother, Brenda, who is a past Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) Commissioner. "I'm a pretty lucky person to have the guidance I've received over the years from both my parents," Walker said. "My father is someone who I look up to and often seek advice from. He's a terrific trainer and taught me the fundamentals of the business." Walker will condition roughly 10 horses this winter at Shamrock Training Center. "That's right about the number where I'm comfortable," Walker said. "That way every horse is given that attention to detail and nothing goes unmissed. It's been a great summer and hopefully it continues into the winter months." Walker, who has a deep passion for the support, also volunteers her time to assist in the Racing Under Saddle (RUS) events in Ontario. The non-wagering event features a talented group of riders accompanied by trotters traditionally seen in harness racing in a one-mile dash. "It's something that I have seen become very successful in Europe when I visited and it's great to see that we are starting to do it," Walker said. "It's a way to promote the sport and I enjoy being apart of it. Hopefully it has a future." The event has been showcased at Mohawk Racetrack, Hanover Raceway, Grand River Raceway, Hiawatha Horse Park and Western Fair Raceway. "The tracks this year have been terrific at supporting the event and I think the fans really appreciated it as well. We have seen some terrific crowds come out to see it, so it's obviously an attraction to fans." Walker, who has banked over $675,000 in purses as a trainer, is one victory shy of her 50th trip to the winner's circle. Another first is soon in store for the young talented conditioner who has a deep love and passion for the sport of harness racing. by Greg Gangle for WEG  

LONDON, ON — After missing the Grassroots Championship by just nine points, two-year-old pacer Brodys Scrapper will be looking to capitalize on his second opportunity at a post season pay cheque in Tuesday’s Grassroots Consolation at The Raceway at Western Fair District. Through his six regular season Grassroots starts Brodys Scrapper posted one win, one third, two fourths and two fifths for 88 points and thirteenth spot in the point standings — the top 10 point earners advanced to the Sept. 21 Championship. The Mach Three son’s 1:56.1 personal best came in the Aug. 24 Grassroots event at Kawartha Downs and trainer Bud Sinclair of Stratford, ON is hoping the gelding is ready to match that effort from Post 2 in Tuesday’s tenth race. “He trained super the other day. Hopefully he’s fresh and ready to go,” says Sinclair, who shares ownership of the gelding with his wife Lindsey Sinclair and Kenneth Bryant of Dorchester, ON. The Sinclairs bred and raised Brodys Scrapper, who is out of their $192,922 winning mare Witness To Fame, and the trainer says the gelding is very much like his mother, who was a Grassroots winner at both two and three. “Everything off that mare, they want to kill you when you start with them,” he says ruefully. “To train him down was a nightmare. “It was real hard to get him to focus on stuff,” Sinclair continues. “I raced him in a bunch of maidens just to braven him up and he finally figured it out. He has tons and tons of speed; it’s just the mental part, he’s very tough on himself.” Brodys Scrapper made his racing debut in the Grassroots season opener at Mohawk Racetrack on June 27 and has made eight more starts, scoring four wins, one third and $17,986 for his owners. After Tuesday’s Consolation, the gelding will wrap up his season in the Ontario Sired Autumn Series at Woodbine Racetrack. “He’s got four more starts if he makes the final of the Autumn Series,” notes Sinclair. “He’ll have more starts than we’d really like, but the way the industry is right now you don’t want to pass up an opportunity to make money.” The trainer is hoping a recent alteration to the gelding’s equipment will help Brodys Scrapper earn a pay cheque in the $20,000 Grassroots Consolation on Tuesday. In the last regular season Grassroots event, on Sept. 12 at Mohawk Racetrack, driver Sylvain Filion moved the gelding early and was unable to reapply the brakes once Brodys Scrapper reached the front. “Once you start him up he doesn’t know ‘Whoa’ again,” explains Sinclair. “So I’ve changed his rigging a little bit this time.” With a few equipment changes and a little maturity, Sinclair is also hoping Brodys Scrapper can follow in his mother’s footsteps and make a successful return to the Ontario Sires Stakes program as a three-year-old. “I think next year he’s got a great future ahead of him,” says the trainer. “I hope he can step up a level, I know the speed is there, he just has to get the mental part.” Among the challengers Brodys Scrapper will face in his last freshman Ontario Sires Stakes battle are two colts who finished ahead of him in the point standings. Major Homer finished in eighth spot and gets Post 6, while eleventh ranked Allstar Seelster will benefit from Post 1. The two-year-old Grassroots Consolations will be featured in Races 1 through 6, 9 and 10; with the first $20,000 contest parading onto The Raceway at 4:05 pm. Fans will have an opportunity to wager on a special $1,000 Pick 8 on the eight Grassroots Consolations. For complete entries please go to http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e1015lonn.dat by Sandra Snyder for the Ontario Sire Stakes        

ELORA, ON - The last time trotting filly Angies Lucky Star appeared at Grand River Raceway she cruised to an effortless Gold Series victory, and Arthur residents Shannon and Trevor Henry are hoping she can reprise that effort Sunday evening in the last start of her sophomore season. "Hopefully she throws us a good one, but if not we can't be upset," says Shannon Henry. "She's made $340,000 more than we paid for her." Angies Lucky Star will wrap up her three-year-old campaign in the $50,000 Gold Series Consolation on Sunday, lining up at Post 6 on the Grand River Raceway starting gate. A late addition to the Ontario Sires Stakes schedule, the Gold Series Consolation was open to the top nine regular season point earners who did not earn a cheque in the Sept. 28 Super Finals. Of her six Gold Series starts this season, the Super Final saw Angies Lucky Star deliver her worst result, making a pair of breaks and finishing ninth. While the Angus Hall daughter also made mistakes in both of the August vents, her other regular season Gold starts netted one win, one second and one third for Trevor Henry Stables Inc. and the Estate of Daniel J. McCann of Parkhill. In total Angies Lucky Star tallied four wins, three seconds, three thirds and $229,858 in earnings in her 13 sophomore outings. She posted a 1:53.1 personal best winning her Elegantimage Stake elimination at Mohawk in early June and finished just a head behind division superstar Bee A Magician in the June 15 final. "Even to be classified in with Bee A Magician, we'll take that," says Henry. "She just loves to race; she puts her heart into it. She just tries so hard that sometimes she overdid it trying to keep up with that other mare." Richard Moreau trained Angies Lucky Star through the bulk of her three-year-old season and Sylvain Filion handled most of the driving, but Trevor Henry will be back in the bike for Sunday's season finale. Grand River Raceway's leading driver piloted the filly in her July 3 win over the Elora oval and will be looking to repeat that effort in the evening's third race. "Trevor's driving her, he knows her and she knows him," says Henry. "I think she'll be all right going into this." Trevor Henry will also be in the race bike behind Eat Pray Trot in the three-year-old trotting colt Consolation. The Ken Warkentin son will benefit from Post 2 in the eleventh race and Henry is hopeful he can pick up a piece of the $50,000 purse. "I actually didn't expect him to get in," notes Henry, who trains the colt and sent him out just twice in Gold Series action this summer. "He can't win it, we know that, but if he gets a good piece of it we'll be happy with him." Eat Pray Trot spent most of his summer competing at the Grassroots level, but skipped both of the Grassroots events at Mohawk Racetrack in favour of the Gold events at half-mile racetracks. In the Gold Series season opener at The Raceway at Western Fair District he finished third and in the Aug. 23 test at Grand River he finished fourth. "He's such a tiny, tiny little colt. He can't trot the big track," Henry explains. "But he just seems to go along where ever you put him," she continues. "We had the mare too, we raced her, and she was gutsy too. Owned by Donna Weaver and Robert Rooney's 1035840 Ontario Inc. of Arthur, Eat Pray Trot has three seconds and two thirds to his credit through 13 sophomore starts for earnings of $36,948. In addition to the sophomore trotting colts and fillies, Grand River Raceway will also roll out the welcome mat for the other six Gold Series divisions on Sunday. The $50,000 Gold Series Consolations will go postward as Races 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 and 11, with the program getting under way at 6 pm. The on track excitement will be complimented by a $200 free-to-play Ontario Sires Stakes Survivor Handicapping Contest and $100 Cheerleading Squads after each OSS race for a total of $1,000 in cash prizes. Both contests require the on-track purchase of an Oct. 13 Grand River Raceway program. For complete entries  For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

LONDON, ON — Sixty-four of Ontario’s most exciting three-year-old racehorses are set to battle over The Raceway at Western Fair District on Monday, Oct. 14. The trotters and pacers will compete in eight $20,000 Grassroots Consolations, a late addition to the Ontario Sires Stakes schedule open to the top 16 point earners who did not earn a cheque in the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championship. Among the horses hoping to acquire some of the late season lucre is Two Doors Down, who was just inches shy of earning a share of the $50,000 Grassroots Championship purse. The three-year-old trotter was just edged out for fifth in the Sept. 21 skirmish and will be looking for an improved performance from Post 6 at his local oval on Monday. “He’s having a good week so far,” says trainer Don Beatson of Granton, ON, who shares ownership of the gelding with Ralph and Sandra Pitt of Cargill, ON. Two Doors Down will start from Post 6 in the second sophomore trotting colt Consolation, slated as Race 6 on Monday’s action-packed program. Through six regular season Grassroots starts the In Conchnito son posted three wins, one second and two sixths to finish third in the point standings, making him the highest ranked point earner to qualify for the Consolations. “He can leave out of there pretty good, so probably if he was close to the front it would be better for him,” notes Beatson. “That’s the way I’ve got him figured out right now any way.” The trainer and his partners acquired Two Doors Down from Robert Montgomery of Carp, ON in mid-August, and Beatson notes that he is still learning the gelding’s quirks. “I’m finding out as I go,” he explains. “I intend to keep racing him.” Among the other colts hoping to capture a share of the Consolation purse money are Pounce Hanover and Euro Man. Gerald Sloan of Harley conditions Euro Man for his wife Joanne Sloan, and will send the Cornaro Dasolo gelding out from the trailing Post 8. Euro Man made five appearances in the Grassroots regular season, posting two seconds, one third, one fourth and one sixth to finish nineteenth in the point standings. Trainer Rick Zeron will steer Pounce Hanover from Post 5, looking for the gelding’s second Grassroots win of the season. The Majestic Son gelding heads into the event ranked twenty-first from one win and two fourths in three regular season Grassroots starts. Oakville, ON resident Zeron shares ownership of Pounce Hanover with The Brabant Stable of London, ON and James Walker of Port Perry, ON. The Raceway will feature the three-year-old Grassroots Consolations in Races 1 through 6, 10 and 11 on Monday, Oct. 14; with the first $20,000 battle getting under way at 4:05 pm. Fans will also be treated to five prize draws throughout the afternoon for $50 wagers on the Ontario Sires Stakes races. For complete entries        Sandra Snyder

TORONTO, October 4 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced the addition of an exciting new wager to its daily betting menu. The Jackpot Hi 5 will require horseplayers to select the first five finishers in exact order on the last race of the programme. The Jackpot proviso means that the entire pool pays out only when there is one winning ticket sold that correctly selects the first five finishers in exact order. The new wager, which will offer a 20-cent minimum, makes its debut during the Wednesday, October 9 Thoroughbred card of racing at Woodbine. It will make its Standardbred racing debut on Thursday, October 17, the first card of the Woodbine Fall-Winter-Spring meet. The Jackpot Hi 5 will also have a takeout of 15%, a continent-equalling low. "The excitement generated by a jackpot at the races is obvious," said Greg Martin, WEG's Director of Wagering Operations. "Most horseplayers will be enthused by the chance to hit a big payout on this wager affordably, which we have offered at a minimum 20 cents and a favourable 15% takeout." If there is not just one winning ticket, half of the wagering pool will be carried over and offered on the next racing card. The other half will be paid out in consolation payouts to those Jackpot Hi 5 tickets which have the correct order of finish. If there are no winners of the wager, the entire pool, minus takeout, carries over. To promote the new wager, the first single winner of the Jackpot Hi 5 is guaranteed a minimum $10,000 payout. For fans and horseplayers wanting further details on WEG's Jackpot Hi 5, a dedicated webpage featuring details, strategy and carryover info has been set up at www.WoodbineEntertainment.com/JackpotHi5. John Siscos

ELORA, ON - Back by popular demand, Grand River Raceway will host its fifth annual backstretch Open House on Saturday, October 19. Guests are invited to drop-in any time from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a rare glimpse of horse racing behind-the-scenes. Admission is free. A full tour of the Open House's four main stations will last approximately one hour. The itinerary includes the unique opportunity to drive a racehorse. Standardbred racehorses and double-seated jog carts from the Hands On Horses Program will provide the horsepower. Other hands-on stations include a tour of the judges' stand and announcer's booth high atop the grandstand, and the opportunity to call a pre-recorded race alongside track announcer Gary Guy. Back in the barn, visitors will learn the basics of breeding, owning, training, driving and caring for racehorses in sessions led by industry experts. Machinery enthusiasts will enjoy the opportunity to view and learn about the equipment and techniques required to maintain the track surface. The ever-popular starting car will also be on display, and open for photo opps. No registration is required. The event is suitable for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The Open House runs rain or shine. Participants are urged to wear closed-toe shoes and casual, comfortable clothing. Admission is free, but participants are urged to make a $2 donation at the door to support the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. A BBQ lunch and beverages will be available for purchase between 11:30 - 2:00. The Grand River Raceway Open House is presented in cooperation with the Hands On Horse Program and the Ontario Harness Horse Association. More than 1,000 people have attended Grand River Raceway’s Open House event in the past four years. To view photos from the 2012 event: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150938551984433.444167.21155109432&type=1&l=618df9b8d5   For more information, visit http://grandriverraceway.com/open-house/ or call (519) 846-5455 x238 or email info@grandriverraceway.com. By Kelly Spencer

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Super Final Night 2013 kicked off with a pair of trotting filly showdowns and Ontario harness racing fans witnessed impressive performances by two-year-old prodigy Riveting Rosie and three-year-old megastar Bee A Magician. Starting from Post 7 in the first $200,000 Super Final, driver Paul MacDonell sent Riveting Rosie straight to the front and controlled the tempo through fractions of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:28.1. The fan favourites cruised home two and one-half lengths ahead of Miss Aultsville and Luck Is All Ineed in 1:56. “She’s just so dominant, she’s big, she’s strong, I think we haven’t seen the best of her yet. I think next year when she grows up and fills out she’ll be something else,” said MacDonell from the winner’s circle. “There’s no effort to her gait, she’s smooth, and got a nice mouth on her, she’s got all the attributes to a good one.” The Guelph resident piloted Riveting Rosie to her sixth lifetime win for trainer John Bax of Peterborough and his partners Don Allensen of Wyoming, J And T Stable Newmarket and John Hayes of Sharon. In addition to her Gold Series successes, the Muscle Mass daughter was also victorious in the Peaceful Way Final and Champlain Stakes at Mohawk and rounds out her freshman campaign with $468,613 in earnings. Bee A Magician captured the two-year-old trotting filly Super Final last November, kicking off a win streak that stood at 13 races heading into Saturday night’s showdown. With an impressive 1:52.2 triumph from Post 6 the filly became just the eighth horse to repeat as the Super Final champion and she extended her streak to 14 races. “She’s all business. She gets on the track, she just wants to go, and she wants to do it. She’s a dream,” said Ottawa resident Melvin Hartman, who shares ownership of Kadabra daughter Bee A Magician with Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL and David McDuffee of Delray Beach. FL. “I will challenge anyone that Kadabra is as good, if not the best stallion in the world,” Hartman continued. “He has thrown some tremendous horses, they’ve raced in Ontario and they’ve gone on to race in North America, and it’s great for the Sires Stakes program.” Among Bee A Magician’s sophomore triumphs are the Hambletonian Oaks, Casual Breeze, Elegantimage, Del Miller Memorial and Simcoe Stakes, giving her a two season bank roll of $1,876,617. The Richard “Nifty” Norman trainee will make her fourteenth sophomore start in the Breeders Crown Eliminations at Pocono Downs on Oct. 12. Anaffairtoremember and Charmed Life, with Paul MacDonell aboard for John Bax, completed the top three. MacDonell was back in the winner’s circle following the third Super Final battle, guiding three-year-old pacing filly Regil Elektra to a 1:50.4 personal best for trainer Shawn Robinson and owner Fred Monteleone Stable LLC of Pompano Beach, FL. The win was the Mach Three daughter’s eleventh of the season and her second in Ontario Sires Stakes action. “Her form obviously shows that she’s been coming up to a good race, and they said that she was as sharp as she’s been,” said MacDonell, who had driven the filly earlier in the season. “You get a good feeling when you get on the bike and the connections say that to you.” MacDonell and Regil Elektra swept up the outside to grab the one and one-half length win over fan favourite Love Canal and Best Impressions. Muscle Matters delivered a commanding victory in the two-year-old trotting colt event, cruising home three lengths ahead of Massive Muscles and Valorscross. The 1:55.4 clocking was a personal best for the son of Muscle Mass trained by Rockwood resident Benoit Baillargeon for his partners Nunzio Vena of Bolton, Santo Vena of Brampton and Richard Thompson of London. “The other thing is my son (Johnny) just got engaged today, so this is sweet, icing on the cake. It’s perfect, a perfect day,” said Santo Vena from a winner’s circle packed with family and friends. Liette Flanagan of Repentigny, QC was also celebrating perfection following the three-year-old trotting colt final. Flanagan Memory, named in honour of her late father and the colt’s breeder Michel Flanagan, trotted to his fifth win in five Ontario Sires Stakes starts. The Kadabra son and driver Chris Christoforou of Campbellville controlled the race from start to finish, sailing home one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Creampuff Macdaddy and Thankyoukessel in a personal best 1:53. Flanagan shares ownership of the colt with trainer Rene Dion of Saint-Lazare, QC. Two-year-old pacing colt favourite Bugger Bruiser also earned a Super Final crown off a front end effort that featured a sizzling :25.4 opening quarter. The Believeinbruiser son and driver Anthony MacDonald of Guelph hung on for a neck victory over Crafty Master and Three of Clubs, both trained by Guelph resident Gregg McNair, in a sharp 1:50.3 clocking. Carmen Auciello of Stouffville trains Bugger Bruiser for his father Rocco Auciello of Stouffville and Denarben Stables of Thornhill. The partners purchased the gelding at the beginning of September and have banked $196,000 in four starts. “Nobody expected this,” said trainer Auciello with the Super Final trophy in his arms. “The horse has a heart bigger than this trophy here, and that’s a big trophy, the biggest one I’ve ever got in this business anyway. I’m just happy, I’ve got my family here, there’s tons of us here, and it’s just a thrill. I’ve been waiting for this my whole life.” The two-year-old pacing filly division was also decided by a neck as Performing Art, Lady Shadow and favourite Sudoku emerged from the rapidly gathering fog and battled to a 1:52 finish. Shadow Play daughter Performing Art’s personal best equaled the Ontario Sires Stakes record first set by Chancey Lady in 2007 and matched in 2011 by Apogee Hanover. Cambridge resident Billy Davis Jr. engineered the win on behalf of trainer Otis Hall of Ayr and his father Larry Hall’s Sauble Hill Farms of Tara, ON. The last Super Final trophy was awarded to Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc. of Repentigny, QC and Gestion C. Levesque 2005 Inc. of Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC, who bred and own three-year-old pacing gelding Duc Dorleans. The Shanghai Phil son and driver Sylvain Filion of Milton roared out of the fog and down the stretch to a 1:49.2 triumph over Tarpon Hanover and Brocks Fortune. Trained by Jacques Dupont, Duc Dorleans scored his fourth win of the season, and his first in Ontario Sires Stakes action, with the personal best effort. Ontario Sires Stakes fans will have one last opportunity to see the provincial stars in action as Grand River Raceway and Western Fair Raceway host Gold and Grassroots Consolation events on October 13, 14 and 15. For complete results Sandra Snyder

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