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CAMPBELLVILLE, August 21, 2014 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced the mandatory payout date for its Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 wager. The Jackpot Hi-5 will have a mandatory payout on the final race of the August 30 card of racing at Mohawk. The carryover pool currently stands at $583,607.77 (after the Tuesday, August 19 card). In preparation for the event, the final opportunity to wager on the Jackpot Hi-5 before the mandatory payout date will be Monday, August 25. The carryover will continue to build through that date, provided there is not a single winner. The wager will then be suspended for the Tuesday, August 26, Thursday, August 28 and Friday, August 29 cards of racing, allowing customers to prepare for the mandatory payout prize. The August 30 card at Mohawk offers five stakes races, including the $634,000 Canadian Pacing Derby, the $667,000 Metro Pace and the $480,000 Shes A Great Lady Pace. The Jackpot Hi-5, which has enjoyed a strong following since it launched October 17, has not been won since June 7. WEG last offered a mandatory payout event, with carryover, for the Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 on May 17, generating a total pool of $2,002,026. The wager requires horseplayers to select the first five finishers in exact order, traditionally, on the last race of the program. 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. If no single winning ticket exists on the Monday, August 25 card, half of the amount bet into the pool, plus the accumulated carryover, will be available for the final race on the August 30 programme. The remaining half will be split between the winning tickets as part of a consolation payout. "The mandatory payout races for the Jackpot Hi-5 have been popular betting options for horseplayers of both breeds," said Greg Martin, Senior Director, Wagering and Technology. "Bettors are investing efforts in both cashing the wager before the announced mandatory date, looking to be the single winner, and after, as players, core and newcomer, are taking a shot on getting at least a share of the big jackpot payout on the mandatory race." The Jackpot Hi-5, which offers a 20-cent minimum, also has a takeout of 15 per cent, a continent-equalling low. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

TORONTO, August 14 - It's been over four months since the launch of the Standardbred Alliance in Ontario on April 1 and wagering on Standardbred horse races at these tracks is already seeing a sharp increase compared to the same period last year.   From April 1 through August 9, "all-sources" wagering on Standardbred Alliance racing is $148,227,950, an encouraging 8.92 per cent rise over the $136,083,298 bet through the equivalent period in 2013.   The numbers are promising on a per race basis as well. Last year, an average of $57,347 was bet per race (2373 races). After April 1, in 2014, an average of $60,280 per race (2459 races) was recorded, also a strong 5.11 per cent increase. Number of races is up 3.6 per cent over last year.   "There's plenty of work to do, but so far the alliance concept is proving to accomplish what it had intended," said Jamie Martin, Executive Vice-President of Racing at Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Chair of the Standardbred Alliance board. "It's helped to create some positive momentum for the industry, plus a platform for the core standardbred tracks to be partners in this new era. Racing fans are responding well at Mohawk and the other Alliance tracks under the new model with wagering up strongly both per race and overall."   Grand River Raceway, in Elora, is seeing double-digit wagering increases both per race and overall.   "We have experienced an increase in wagering of 16.56 per cent per race, leading to a 10.58 per cent rise overall on our live racing product," said Dr. Ted Clarke, General Manager of Grand River Raceway. "Total wagering on our Industry Day on August 4 was the highest since 2005. The positive wagering results and attendance indicate the fan base and interest are solid."   The Standardbred Alliance, led by Woodbine Entertainment Group, is a consortium of eight Ontario racetracks. Launched April 1, the members represent a three-tier racing hierarchy, 'Grass Roots' (Clinton, Hanover), 'Signature' (Flamboro, Georgian, Grand River and Western Fair) and 'Premier' (Mohawk and Woodbine).   The tracks have worked together to implement operational efficiencies, co-ordinate a year-round racing calendar, develop a program of racing that is attractive to foreign and domestic customers, and establish consistent purses.   The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) is buoyed by the wagering rise through the early months of the Standardbred Alliance concept.   "We're glad to see wagering is up," said Sue Leslie, President of OHRIA. "Fans are continuing to embrace this wonderful sport and it's gaining new ones. The next step is to have racing fully integrated into the province's gaming strategy to ensure the long-term sustainability of the model."   Highlights of the season so far include State Treasurer's win at the Molson Pace at Western Fair, JK Endofanera's win in the Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk, Shadows Wonder's victory in Clinton's Kin Pace, Go Daddy Go's score in the Battle of Waterloo at Grand River and Warrawee Promesse's tally in the Dream of Glory at Hanover.   The Georgian Downs meet is in full swing, with the Earl Rowe Memorial Cup Trot set for August 23, while the start of the final part of the 2014 Flamboro Downs meet is scheduled for September 2.   Several major stakes are set for the latter half of season on the WEG circuit, including the Metro Pace at Mohawk on August 30, the Canadian Trotting Classic on September 13, while the 'Fall Four' (Goldsmith Maid, Three Diamonds, Governor's Cup and Valley Victory) is set for Woodbine on October 25.   by John Siscos, for WEG  

Dresden, August 13, 2014 -- The Dresden Raceway's new Hall of Fame will honour Malcolm MacPhail as its first inductee in a ceremony during the harness racing track's Aug. 24 Dresden Derby card. MacPhail, an 82-year-old farmer from Dover Centre, Ont., has been a fixture at Dresden Raceway since 1972 as an owner, trainer and long-term Ontario Harness Horse Association director, who also served two terms as the association's president. Some of his most important work may have come in August of 2013 when he steadfastly refused to vacate the Dresden barns when asked to do so by Winrac Development Inc., the Windsor-based company that managed the track at the time. "I said, 'I'm not moving out.' If the Agricultural Society and the horsemen had decided to close the place, then fine. But somebody in Windsor wasn't going to close it without me fighting over it," MacPhail said. "I think Winrac just figured we'd just pick up and leave. I just said I wasn't moving and that's all there was to it... Winrac was ready to get out of the barn part of the operation. They just wanted to shut it down and keep taking the money out of the slots and forget about the racetrack part and the grandstand. Something had to be done." Lucille Laprise, the president of the Dresden Agricultural Society said MacPhail's stand not only emboldened others still stabling at the track to stay, it directly influenced the Ag. Society's decision to return to operating the track for the first time since 1997. "We said, 'If he is that adamant about staying and if he's willing to fight the fight, then we should be side by side,'" Laprise said. Dresden Raceway is currently nearing the end of its 11-race 2014 meet that will conclude Sept. 1 with its traditional Labour Day card featuring the Shelly Goudreau Memorial. Raceway manager Greg Blanchard said attendance has been strong this summer and handle is up over 40 per cent over 2013. "We're just happy that now we have so many more horses in the barns," Laprise said. "The racetrack itself has improved. We've been doing some painting and some sprucing up and everything else. Everybody seems happy. That's the thing. People are encouraging and people from the community and all over come and they tap you on the shoulder and they say, 'Oh, we're so glad the Ag Society's taken this over. Anything we can do to help you, don't hesitate.'" When it came time to decide which person to honour with the first berth in the Dresden Raceway Hall of Fame, Laprise said it was a short discussion. "Malcolm has just been a really big influence on all of us over the years. He's been really pushing for us to take back the racing and bring it back to Dresden the way it's supposed to be," Laprise said. "It's just the right thing. He's the right man at this time." MacPhail's longtime friend and former OHHA colleague Dr. Ted Clarke, the general manager of Grand River Raceway, said MacPhail is "one of those people that is really committed to racing and supporting standardbred racing participants. He has demonstrated just a tenacious commitment to racing. He has the unique ability to be both very committed and also a realist, seeing things as they are and acting accordingly. He is fair minded, honest as the day is long and embodies those qualities that I certainly admire greatly in a person who takes a position and is prepared to hold to it and has the courage of his conviction to see things through." MacPhail joked he's being inducted, "because I've been around there the longest," but, in truth, he said he is touched by the honour despite his four decades of work to keep racing in Dresden being "just a matter of doing what had to be done. Somebody had to do it." A farmer since the age of 16, MacPhail's lifelong love of horses led him into the standardbred game in 1972 when he bought a load of hay at an auction in Dorchester. He sold some of the hay to horseman Bert Madill and took a half-share in a racehorse as payment. That horse was a dud, but MacPhail was hooked. His third horse was a J R Bret pacer named Hot Spurs Honour, who as a two-year-old in 1974 made approximately $28,000 in the inaugural year of the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program. MacPhail's next good one was a Blaze Pick colt named Young Blaze who made $211,206 lifetime and raced at the Meadowlands for three years. MacPhail owned the colt with his brother, Bob. Apart from helping his nephew, son and brother farm some 400 acres of cash crops, MacPhail still has three racehorses - one racing at Dresden, one racing at Mohawk and a third that's turned out at the moment. "It's been good to me, the horse business," MacPhail said. MacPhail will be honoured during the same Aug. 24 card in which the inaugural Dresden Derby will be staged and prizes will be awarded to the patrons with the best hats. On this weekend's Aug. 17 card, Dresden Raceway will have a free corn giveaway as part of its Dresden Business Improvement Association Day. The Aug. 31 card will be Kids Day, before the season draws to a close on Sept. 1. "I don't know how you can beat it," MacPhail said. "On a Sunday afternoon or on a Holiday Monday you can come out and watch a few races. It doesn't cost you anything to get in. If you want a hot dog or something, you buy it. If you want to bet a bit, you bet. It's just a little entertainment." By Dave Briggs for Dresden Raceway

The family of Wendy Hoogeveen has advised the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) that there will be a private family-only ceremony. They went on to say that, at an appropriate time, friends might gather in celebration of her life. The ORC will remain in touch with her family and will share these details as they unfold. This has clearly been a difficult time for Wendy’s family.  Please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers. The last few days also have been difficult for all those who worked with Wendy.  If industry members are comfortable doing so, please take the time to share your fond memories of Wendy. The ORC has opened a special email address. memoriesofWendy@ontariohorseracing.ca All comments will be shared privately with Wendy's family who no doubt will enjoy hearing the stories and memories that we have all experienced over our years.   Steven Lehman Executive Director  

Fredericton NB– Horse Racing New Brunswick announced today that it has launched a lawsuit against the Province of New Brunswick for breach of contract. Horse Racing NB Inc. was created in 2009 under the direction of The Provincial Government and industry stakeholders. In order to incorporate HRNB into the gaming strategy of NB, a contract was formed in partnership with the province to allocate 150 video lottery terminals from the 2000 put in play by NB Lotteries and Gaming. The 150 VLTS were designed to be placed at the existing racetracks in New Brunswick. HRNB, working through Atlantic Lotto, renovated Winners Lounge in Fredericton and placed 25 VLTs in that facility. “The major hurdle in deploying the balance of the allotment of VLT’s was infrastructure”, said Dr. Mitchell Downey, President of Horse Racing New Brunswick, “but we were determined to make it work.”  In 2010, the incoming government of David Alward was engaged to look at options for a racino facility at Exhibition Park in Saint John. HRNB was told to "find a partner". In 2012 that partner was found in the Woodstock First Nations Economic Development Corporation. In September of 2012, HRNB and WFNEDC entered into a memorandum of understanding that would see the construction of a state of the art gaming facility in Saint John and revitalize the harness racing industry. The very next day industry stakeholders were told that NB Gaming and the Province of NB would not recognize the MOU that HRNB had entered into, and further, had cancelled the contract, henceforth denying HRNB access to its allotment of VLTs. “In short” says Dr. Downey, “they breached a contract because they did not like the partner HRNB had found.” Brian Murphy, attorney for HRNB says “this is a clear case of breach of contract. The Province will defend on the basis of policy, yet it broke the terms of the agreement they drafted, they broke their word.” Dr. Mitchell Downey President Horse Racing New Brunswick

The Hambletonian Monte Series Final at the new Meadowlands and two Ontario pari-mutuel races at Grand River Raceway showcased North American monte activities this weekend. On Friday evening the $27,500 Hambletonian Monte Final took place (non-wagering) at the new Meadowlands. Sponsors were Jeff Gural, Valley High Stable, Back On Track, Ron Burke Stable, Arden Homestead Stable, Crawford Farm, Aldrich Properties, George Ducharme and Winners Circle Blueberries. The final followed two $10,000 legs the previous two weekends. This week, A Penny Earned (5g Conway Hall-Penny Dream-Dream Vacation) scored for Michelle Crawford and trainer George Ducharme in 1:57.2 (last quarter :28.2), just short of the north American speed race record set by Master Pine two years ago in 1:57.1. The winner was second in a July 18 leg behind Take My Picture that was second in the final for Therese Lindgren and trainer Nikolas Drennan. O U Gus (the July 25 winner) ended third for Stephanie Werder and trainer Whitney Richards. Master Pine finished fourth for Helene Gregory and trainer Julie Miller in the competitive (seven starters timed in 2:00.1 or better) ten horse field. In Ontario, Grand River Raceway hosted two pari-mutuel events on August 1st and 4th. The August 4th International Monte was part of the raceway's Industry Day and attracted riders from Canada, Belgium and Finland. The US rider-entrant Jennifer Connor was a scratch due to travel problems. Previous monte winner Radical Dreamer (Marit Valstad) made the fast pace, tracked and battled by eventual winner Tragically Shipp (Saara Jalasti aboard), that pulled away late for an comfortable win over Angies Lucky Star (Philippe Massachaele) in 2:02.4h over a rain soaked surface. Tragically Shipp (8g Shipps Speed-CH On Tour-Armbro Laser) is trained by Lee Watson for owners Lynne and David Magee. Jalasti and Massachaele regularly ride in monte races in Europe, where monte is very popular and part of most pari-mutuel racing cards at French and Scandinavian tracks. Race replay follows: The August 1 race at Grand River was billed as the Canada vs. Norway Challenge and it went to Callie Magoo (5g Magoo-Callie Alyssa-Wesgate Crown) with Norway's G. Berg up for trainer John Braid. This pair scored in 2:04.3h over King Tut (Sarah Town up for Canada) and Charlie Tuna. Both Grand River races were well received in the pari-mutuel wagering, as had been the case in previous Ontario pari-mutuel monte races. Standardbred Canada and Meadowlands files Thomas H. Hicks  

ELORA, ON - The stage is set for the July 28th elimination rounds of Grand River Raceway's signature race, the 17th annual Battle Of Waterloo and its sister dash, the sixth annual Battle Of The Belles. The top nine finishers for each of these elimination events for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacers, advance to their respective finals during the track's 24th annual harness racing celebration, Industry Day, on August 4 (post time 1:30). Legendary Hall Of Fame driver John Campbell will make his Grand River Raceway debut, as listed by trainer Robert McIntosh, who has one hopeful in each of the Battle elims. Campbell is harness racing's all-time leading money-winning driver with over $290 million in career earnings and 10,600 wins. The Ailsa Craig, ON native resides in New Jersey and is widely considered to be the best reinsman in the history of the sport. Grand River Raceway will interview Campbell at the start of the broadcast (6:15 p.m.) on Monday. Fans can pose questions for Campbell by posting on the contest thread on Grand River Raceway's Facebook page before Monday at noon. Vying for a berth in the $217,140 Battle Of Waterloo are 17 colts in two divisions (races five and nine). Casie Coleman, a five-time winner of the O'Brien Award for Canadian Trainer Of The Year, has four Battle Of Waterloo elimination starters - two in each division. In race five, the Cambridge, ON trainer will send out Southwind Indy (with driver Chris Christoforou) from post five and Mikes Powerhouse from post one. Both colts won their last starts over the Elora, ON oval in Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) action. Grand River Raceway's top driver, Trevor Henry, will pilot Mikes Powerhouse, a full brother to millionaire pacer Michaels Power. The 2012 Horse Of The Year was also campaigned by Coleman for breeder/owner Jeffrey Snyder of NY. In race seven, Sportskeeper and early favourite Bob Ben And John round our Coleman's hopefuls. Again, both colts won their most recent starts at Grand River Raceway in Ontario Sires Stakes divisions. Both colts are sired by Sportswriter - another former millionaire pupil of Coleman's. At just 33, Coleman has already won many of harness racing's biggest races, but is still chasing a victory in the Battle Of Waterloo. The Battle Of Waterloo has also eluded Hall Of Fame trainer Robert McIntosh. His chestnut homebred hopeful Go Daddy Go was second to Bob Ben And John at Grand River Raceway on July 16. He'll leave from post five in race five with John Campbell. Carl Jamieson is a five-time winner of the race, including the inaugural edition in 1998. He trains the morningline favourite in race five, Sporting The Look. Purchased as a yearling for $72,000, the colt was an impressive winner in 1:53.2 in his second career outing at Mohawk Racetrack. He led the field but made a costly break in stride during an OSS Gold event at Grand River on July 16 and finished out of the money. Jody Jamieson will steer him in race five from post eight. Eliminations for the $138,000 Battle Of The Belles will be contested by 27 fillies in three divisions (races 2, 4 and 7). Local trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, ON won the race last year with Lady Shadow. In the 2014 edition, he has two fillies vying for a starting position in the final. In the first division, Solar Sister is a regally-bred lass looking for her maiden win. Doug McNair will pilot the Mach Three miss from post seven for David Willmot and Clay Harland Horner. The duo also owned Solar Sister's dam, Cabrini Hanover - a $350,000 yearling which went on to win $1.4 million and 13 races. She was named Canada's top freshman filly in 2004. Betty And The Jets is McNair's second shot at the final. Jody Jamieson will steer her from the trailing starting position (post nine) in race four. In addition to their Battle Of Waterloo starters, Casie Coleman and Robert McIntosh are also stocked with Battle Of The Belles hopefuls. Coleman has one Sportswriter filly in each of three divisions, while McIntosh has a lone homebred, Brilliant Idea, in race two. Finalists & Post Position Draw Post positions for the finals will be drawn as follows: Post Position Draw for the Battle Of The Belles: Drawn live on the Tarmac Show after race 8 on July 28. (Top three finishers from each of the three elimination divisions advance to the final on August 4.) Post Position Draw for the Battle Of Waterloo: Drawn live on the Tarmac Show after race 10 on July 28. (Top four finishers from each of the two elimination divisions, plus one of the fifth-place finishers - as drawn by lot - advance to the final on August 4.) Post time for race one on Monday, July 28 is 6:30 p.m. For complete Industry Day details, visit www.IndustryDayCelebration.com Kelly Spencer

The Ontario Sires Stakes hit Hanover for the first time this season and fans are in for a celebration. OSS Spokesperson Jackie Warner says she will be bringing 300 T Shirts to give away, as well as some OSS hats for people who enter the Survivor Handicapping Contest at the track. Warner also says in celebration of the OSS 40th birthday, she will also be bringing some baked treats for fans who stick around until the later races. Six divisions of 3 year old Colt Trotters will hit the track as part of the 10 race card, including over 20 horses who are eligible for the Dream of Glory Eliminations which start on July 26th. GM Gord Dougan says its a great chance for local fans to come see some of the best Grassroots trotters Ontario has to offer, and racing fans will get a good idea on some of the Dream of Glory eligibles who will be making their first start on the Hanover track. The Hanover program includes a Survivor Ballot where fans are asked to pick 4 horses in races 5-8 who they think will finish in the money. If fans are correct they will earn an entry into the Survivor final on August 9th. Dougan says the last survivor on the final night will win a Giant High Definition televison courtsey of Country 93 radio. its also Ladies night at the track tonight as ladies can enter to win one of several prizes courtesy of The Flower Shoppe and Greenhouses in Hanover, My Scissors and I, and Hanover Raceway. Post time is 7:15pm tonight. by Gord Dougan, for Hanover Raceway  

While eliminations for the Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk are scheduled for Friday, July 11, The Meadowlands will offer a leg of the TVG Open trot for Saturday, July12. The reason is to provide a race for the trotters that week if the Maple Leaf does not require eliminations. The draw for both races will be on Tuesday, July 8 with The Meadowlands box closing at 9:00am and Mohawk taking entries until 10:30am. If you desire to race in the TVG Open if there are no Maple Leaf elims, you must enter your horse for both races with each Racing Office by the deadline. If the Maple Leaf does have elimination races, the TVG Open trot will be cancelled as the conditions state. No points toward the TVG Final will be awarded if the race is cancelled. The Meadowlands condition sheet may be found here and the Mohawk sheet here. Nick Salvi                   Standardbred Racing Information | Standardbred Canada View on www.standardbredcanada.ca Preview by Yahoo      

In accordance with Section 25 of the Racing Commission Act, 2000, the Director of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has conditionally cancelled Sudbury Downs' ORC licence effective June 30, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. There are certain financial terms and conditions that Sudbury Downs must meet before the licence is cancelled. For more information, please review the Notice posted on the ORC website by clicking here. Ontario Racing Commission  

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 will be a night of celebration and you are invited! Order your tickets today to be part of the excitement at the 2014 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Induction Gala.  The evening begins at 5:30 pm at the Mississauga Convention Centre with a reception and silent auction filled with racing memorabilia, sports tickets, and racing related art.  It will be followed at 6:45pm with a delicious four-course gourmet dinner and induction ceremonies as 14 new inductees are honoured for their achievements in Canadian horse racing. Returning for the second year as auctioneer for the live auction portion of the evening is TSN Radio personality Matt Cauz, co-host of the “Macko and Cauz”.  Among the items he will auction to benefit the CHRHF will be a halter worn by two-time horse of the year Wise Dan. Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of the excitement.  Individual tickets can be purchased for $175.00 each including tax, or tables of eight are also available for $1,700, including a $300.00 donation to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Opportunities to advertise in the souvenir induction program and event sponsorship packages are also available. To order tickets, place an ad, donate to items to the live or silent auction, or for more info on sponsorship, contact Linda Rainey - 416-417-9404 or by email at linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com Linda Rainey  

Charlottetown, PE - It's the first day of summer on Saturday at Red Shores at Charlottetown Driving Park and the city track will feature one of the biggest cards of harness racing this season with the Cecil Ladner memorial final and consolation along with two divisions of the Maritime Breeders finals for three-year-old fillies and colts. Post time is 6pm. The Bell-Aliant Race Day broadcast will carry all the action beginning with the pre-show at 5:30pm AST. Art of Illusion has been selected as the favorite in the eight horse Ladner final for driver Darren Crowe. The newcomer, owned by Halifax businessman David MacDonald, was awesome in his Island debut busting off the gate from post 8 to level the competition in a crushing 1:54.1 performance. That victory ended All Turain's winning streak at ten. The Trevor Hicken trainee will take him on again from post 7. Brodie MacPhee will do the driving. Astor was also impressive in his Ladner elimination finishing a strong second in line to Jason Hughes. The son of Camluck posted a 28.4 closer and a 1:54.2 mile in only his second start after being purchased by the Foxyhall racing stable of Summerside. Hughes and Foxyhall racing will also send out Narragansett from the rail for catch-driver Kenny Arsenault. The final also has elimination winner Machinthesand leaving from post 2. Established at 7-2 on the morning line, the pacer overcame his outside post to pull off a one length victory for driver Brodie MacPhee, trainer Mark Bradley and owners Noonan Holdings Ltd- Russell & Karen Noonan of Middleton. MacPhee is committed to All Turain so Marc Campbell gets the call to drive. The line-up also includes Schooner (Brian MacPhee), Coral Snake (Ryan Ellis) and Perfect Escape (Gilles Barrieau). Sterling Seelster has been selected as the top choice in the Ladner Consolation by race analyst Les MacIsaac. "He was a non- factor in the first leg but the outside post had a lot to do with it," said MacIsaac. "He's already shown that he's quite capable of going with this type and this improved post should give him a chance to prove it." Sterling Seelster is owned by Marie Cameron of Summerside and trained by Doug MacGregor. The rich maritime breeders finals will also highlight the program. The three-year-old fillies will race in the Ken Starratt memorial for $22,100. Lovineveryminute goes into the event with an impressive resume that includes back to back stakes victories and a track record performance over Truro. The team is back together with Todd Trites driving for the Earl Watts stable and owners River Valley Management, NB, Windemere Farms, PE and Lana Murphy, NB. Elm Grove Inarush will try to settle the score for driver Mark Bradley. Eddy Doucette trains the filly who made $46,701 in 2013 for his co-owners Blaine Thibeau, Gordon MacLeod and Grant Mann. Pictonian Sareta has to start from post 8 for driver Mike Stevenson and owner Daniel Ross, Belfast. The roster also has Briannas Angel (pp3), Outrageous Spirit (pp4), Sail Through (pp5), Fleurje (pp6), JJ Mistress (pp7). The colt's final, named in honor of Atlantic Post Calls founder Doug Harkness, will go to the gate in race 11. Dumas Walker gets the nod for Myles Heffernan after his two length score in 1:57.3 in the elimination. The Atlantic Breeders Crown champion takes on Settlement Request (Gilles Barrieau) and Rancousy (Darren Crowe) who are also listed as triactor candidates. The other starters in the $18,900 final are J Ps Warrior (Brodie MacPhee), Arties Magic (Todd Trites), Wine to Go (Kenny Arsenault), JJ Laser (Marc Campbell) and Tobins Fusion (Mike Stevenson). For complete list of entries, top picks and the Bell-Aliant Race Day broadcast go to www.redshores.ca by Lee Drakes, for Red Shores

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 27 - Woodbine Entertainment Group today announced David Bolland, currently a centre for the Toronto Maple Leafs, will be the guest drawmaster for the 2014 edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. On Tuesday, June 10 at Mohawk Racetrack, Bolland, 28, will be on hand to assist with the noon media event to draw post positions. The Pepsi NA Cup will take place Saturday, June 14 at the Campbellville track. Bolland was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. With the Blackhawks, he won Stanley Cups in 2010 and 2013. He returned home, having been born and raised in Toronto, when the Maple Leafs traded for him for three Toronto draft picks. Bolland is an unrestricted free agent as of July 1. He is active on social media through his via Twitter account at @davebolland. The Pepsi North America Cup is the richest race for pacers in North America. by Greg Gangle, for WEG

Grand River Raceway hosted its sixth annual backstretch Open House on May 25/14. Attendance was higher than ever. Nearly 300 people of all ages attended for a rare glimpse of horse racing behind-the-scenes. Donations at the door topped $200 for the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. A full tour of the Open House stations included: a tour of the judges' stand and announcer's booth with track announcer Gary Guy; the basics of breeding, owning, training, driving and caring for racehorses; a tour of the paddock, testing areas, starting car and track maintenance vehicles; and the unique opportunity to drive a racehorse. Grand River Raceway extends its sincere appreciation to the horsepeople who graciously volunteered their time, and horses, to help with this event: staff of the Hands On Horses Program (Stacey Reinsma, Natalie Elliott, Ken Ellis), Brian Tropea of the Ontario Harness Horse Association, Chris Munroe, Murray Small, Marit Valstad, Anna Glide, Kristen Cobb, Paula McGuire, Ken Middleton, John Braid, John Newell, Gary Guy, Jim Ellis, Justin Herod, Chris Polifroni, Ron Waples, Julie Walker, Jane Belore, Ron O'Neill, Debi O'Brien Moran and Hannah Beckett from Trot 4 Kids. To view photos from the Grand River Raceway Open House: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.712109232183792.1073741840.127947220599999&type=1&l=d6ea5c8a6d To view the CTV coverage of the event: http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/eight-race-tracks-form-alliance-to-streamline-horse-racing-and-fill-seats-1.1837705 Grand River Raceway's 2014 live racing season kicks off on June 2 at 6:30. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway

It couldn't have been a better day for the races this past Sunday at Clinton Raceway. The 2014 live season has gotten off to a great start with great weather, and great racing at the Huron County oval. The camera crew was busy with a slew of photo finishes, making for an exciting afternoon on the betting front. Big payoffs in the triactor pool were great for the handicapping contest that was run during the weekly Super Sunday Show. Race one had a triactor of local horses with a first place finish for owner/trainer Kevin Campbell of Goderich with Nics Regal Lass, a second place for Carlynda Hanover, owned by Jim Watt of Clinton, and trained by Jamie Wilson. Rounding out the tri was In La La Love, owned by Lois and Verdun Vanstone and trained by Verdun of Goderich. The first dead heat of the season was contested in race two of the day, Cat Four and Jackstan were inseparable at the wire. Ella Mint had a gate to wire finish of 1:59 in race 4 with a new lifetime best for owner/trainer Colonel Schneider Jr from Arthur On, driven to victory by Bruce Richardson. It was a challenge at the half, but Live For Today managed to sneak in at the wire for the win in race five. Owned by Catherine and Darcy McClure, trained by Darcy, and driven by Bruce Richardson. Standardbred Canada and I love Canadian Harness Racing members were treated to a great pork bbq lunch trackside and three lucky winner's walked away with great prizes! Alex Strathdee is off to the Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk with three friends, Scott Bell is headed to the Molson Pace at the Raceway in the Western Fair District and Jerry Porter will be returning to Clinton for the 34th Annual Charity Driver's Challenge on August 31. Live harness racing returns to Clinton Raceway Sunday June 8, with a 50 plus day at the races! Guests can register in advance for this great afternoon of racing by calling Jessica Carnochan 519.955.6820 or email jessicacarnochan@gmail.com post time is 1:30pm all summer long! by Jessica Carnochan, for Clinton Raceway

London, Ontario, May 21, 2014 --- Jack McNiven calls the people enshrined in the harness racing Wall of Fame, at The Raceway at The Western Fair District, his buddies. So he says he's thrilled his farm, Killean Acres, will be officially joining them in perpetuity at the London track he calls home. Friday night at a ceremony during The Raceway's live card, McNiven's respected breeding operation based in Ingersoll, ON will become the first farm and 34th overall inductee into the Wall of Fame. McNiven, who has been coming to Western Fair regularly since it became the first track in Ontario to usher in night racing 53 years ago, has known all of the prior inductees personally. "It's quite an honour. We're thrilled to be there because any time I go up to the Top of the Fair, one of the things I always have to do is I have to go along the wall and look at all my buddies that are on there," McNiven said. Friday's card begins at 7:05 p.m. Apart from the Wall of Fame ceremony and a Wall of Fame pace, The Raceway will feature three $70,000 Gold Series divisions of the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts, a pair of races for mini horses, a Horse Player Interactive (HPI) contest in which patrons wagering $50 or more on The Raceway card through their HPI accounts will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a $500 deposit and draws for tickets to the 2nd annual London Beer and BBQ Show June 20-22 at The Western Fair District. McNiven, 79, will be there as well, of course, representing Killean Acres, the farm founded by his father, Robert, 59 years ago. Jack and his brother, Don, who died Jan. 18 at the age of 81, devoted their lives to building Killean into one of the nicest little standardbred farms in Ontario. For over 50 years, Don McNiven also wrote a weekly harness racing column in the Ingersoll Times newspaper called Horse Chatter. "I'm just so sorry Don is not here. I'm sad about that because Western Fair was Don's pet topic for his horse articles because of our proximity and it being our home track. Anything special that went on at Western Fair, Don always made that his topic of that week's article. I'm sorry he isn't going to be there to enjoy it, but he'll be beaming down at us I'm sure." Killean Acres has produced numerous standout performers in its nearly six decades and stood three of the province's most popular stallions - Frisco Byrd, Dallas Almahurt and Run The Table. Jack vividly remembers sponsoring a race in Frisco Byrd's name at The Raceway at The Western Fair District during the 1950s. "We were so excited with Western Fair being there, we wanted to do something to put some spice into it," Jack said of the track located just 30 minutes from his farm. "When they first started night racing in London, we were there every night," Jack said. "Back in those days we weren't as busy with the stallions and mares. So, we'd do our chores and then rush up to Western Fair. From the very beginning we thought, 'Can you imagine we would have in our backyard the first night racing in all of Ontario?' It was so exciting." Jack quickly developed a reputation for being one of the nicest, most talented and hardest working breeders in the game; a man with a particular knack for preparing yearlings for sales. Jack was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2007 just a year after Run The Table was enshrined and became the first horse to be led through the banquet hall and up to the stage to accept his honour. Run The Table died in 2012 at the age of 28, but not before he became a game-changing stallion for the Ontario breed. Killean Acres no longer breeds any mares, but you can always find Jack McNiven puttering around the farm that became a little slice of heaven in the midst of the subdivision that grew up around it. "We're still here and I'd love to see this place stay on because we have so many people come down here from town. It's so special for them and I've had people come back to the farm with their grandchildren and say, 'This is where I used to come when I was a kid,'" Jack said. As for which of the members of The Wall of Fame McNiven is most excited to be joining, the breeder wouldn't bite. "I'm not going to mention names because they're all special. They're there for a reason," he said. "What an honour it is to be with the people that we started out with together." by Dave Briggs, for the Raceway

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