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August 24, 2020 -- Yannick Gingras, who will be driving expected harness racing favourite Tall Dark Stranger in this Saturday night's $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, will join COSA TV live for a special NA Cup preview show Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. (ET). Tall Dark Stranger captured his elimination this past Saturday night with a hard-fought victory by a half length in 1:48.4. The son of Bettors Delight captured the $636,000 Meadowlands Pace earlier this season and is 13-for-15 lifetime with almost $1.5 million earned. His trainer Nancy Takter is looking for back-to-back NA Cup titles after capturing last year's contest with Captain Crunch. Bob McClure, who guided Captain Kirk to victory in his Pepsi NA Cup elimination, will also join the broadcast during a pre-taped segment. Captain Kirk is one of three Tony Alagna trainees to qualify for the $1 million Final - the others being Capt Midnight and Captain Barbossa. Greg Blanchard and Mark McKelvie will host the show which can be viewed on the COSA TV Facebook and YouTube channels. It will also be available on the CUJO Entertainment Facebook channel, Harness Racing Update (HRU) Facebook channel and streamed live on the Standardbred Canada website. Viewers who take part in the nightly poll question will be automatically entered for a chance to win and Urban E-bike, compliments of Hoofbid.com, to be drawn during COSA TV's season finale this November. Tuesday's show will also feature a draw for a $100 HPIBet Card, and all viewers who leave a comment during the show will have a chance to win. The draw will be made immediately following the broadcast and the winner announced on the COSA TV Facebook page. The draw for the Pepsi North America Cup takes place tonight at 6 p.m. and can be viewed on the Woodbine Mohawk Park simulcast show and on their Facebook page. For full details, visit www.northamericacup.com.   Greg Blanchard

August 13, 2020 -- COSA TV's Facebook Live series continues this Sunday night with a stop at Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ottawa. Three-year-old harness racing colt pacers will be featured in the Ontario Sires Stakes on the show which also features remote coverage of the $75,000 Earl Rowe Memorial Trot from Georgian Downs. The two-hour broadcast gets underway at 7:30 p.m. and covers five races. Trainer Ben Baillargeon will be well represented at both venues with two starters in the Earl Rowe (P L Jill and Musical Rhythm) and one of the expected favourites, Rhythm In Motion, in the OSS Gold divisions. COSA TV sent their cameras to the farm of the veteran conditioner earlier this week for a behind the scenes look at his weekend starters. Greg Blanchard, Mark McKelvie and Jaimi MacDonald will be on location at Rideau Carleton to host the action. The show will be aired on the COSA TV Facebook and YouTube channels as well as the CUJO Entertainment and Harness Racing Update (HRU) Facebook channels. Standardbred Canada will also stream the broadcast live on their website. The hosts will have a chance to engage the audience through a pair of new contests that will be introduced. Hoofbid.com is sponsoring the show's poll question and everyone with the correct answer will be entered win a new e-bike to be drawn during the season finale. As well, COSA is sponsoring draws during the next two Facebook Live shows where winners will receive Pepsi NA Cup 'viewing party' packages. Below is the upcoming show schedule. For more details, visit www.cosatv.ca. UPCOMING SHOWS: Des Smith/Earl Rowe - Rideau Carleton/(Remote) Georgian (Aug. 16) Balanced Image - Hanover Raceway (Aug. 22) Canadian Pacing Derby/Maple Leaf Trot - Mohawk (Sept. 5) Wellwood Memorial Final - Mohawk (Sept. 12) Canadian Trotting Classic - Mohawk (Sept. 19) Mohawk Million/Metro Pace - Mohawk (Sept. 26) OSS Gold - Western Fair (Oct. 9) Grassroots Final - Mohawk (Oct. 10) OSS Super Finals - Mohawk (Oct. 17) SBOA Finals - Mohawk (Nov. 14) From COSA TV

The Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) is pleased to announce an expanded line-up of Facebook Live Shows for 2020 which will showcase 12 major event race days from across the province. The Facebook Live Series will kick off this Sunday afternoon at picturesque Clinton Raceway with coverage of the track's signature event, the $64,700 Kin Pace for three-year-old fillies. The 90-minute broadcast will also feature a pair of Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions for three-year-old filly trotters. "COSA is pleased to be able to continue our Facebook Live Series with even more shows this season," said the association's President Bill O'Donnell. "We've seen the audience for these shows continuing to grow and this platform allows us the flexibility to broadcast from various tracks throughout Ontario. It gives us a chance to showcase their special event days to a broad audience of race fans and industry stakeholders." CUJO Entertainment will produce the shows and each 90-minute broadcast will feature live races, interviews, features and the ability to engage with viewers in real time through questions, comments and contest giveaways. Greg Blanchard, Mark McKelvie and Jaime MacDonald will serve as the show's hosts. "We are really looking forward to bringing a high quality production to these big race days," said Curtis MacDonald who owns and operates CUJO Entertainment. "When possible, we will incorporate some of our new technology like the drone camera and the cable camera into the broadcasts in order to enhance the viewer's experience. We want the audience to be entertained and engaged." The live stream can be accessed by subscribing to the COSA TV YouTube page which also gives fans access to other feature content. The shows will also be broadcast on COSA TV's Facebook and Twitter channels. A tentative schedule of 12 Facebook Live events is listed below. For complete details, visit www.cosatv.ca. Kin Pace Final - Clinton Raceway (July 5) Battle Of Waterloo - Grand River Raceway (Aug 3) Des Smith/Earl Rowe - Rideau Carleton/(Remote) Georgian (Aug 16) Balanced Image - Hanover Raceway (Aug 22) Canadian Pacing Derby/Maple Leaf Trot - Mohawk (Sept 5) Wellwood Memorial Final - Mohawk (Sept 12) Canadian Trotting Classic - Mohawk (Sept 19) Confederation Cup - Flamboro Downs (T.B.D.) Mohawk Million/Metro Pace - Mohawk (Sept 26) Grassroots Final - Mohawk (Oct 10) OSS Super Finals - Mohawk (Oct 17) SBOA Finals - Mohawk (Nov 14) by Greg Blanchard, for Western Fair

June 18, 2020 -- Another full slate of baby races are scheduled for this Friday and Saturday morning at Woodbine Mohawk Park and COSA TV will provide enhanced coverage both days. The shows, co-hosted by Greg Blanchard and Mark McKelvie, who will also call the action, will be available on the COSA TV YouTube channel and Facebook Live. Viewers can also access the broadcast through the Woodbine Mohawk Park YouTube channel which will re-direct them to the enhanced coverage. Standardbred Canada will also broadcast the races and will make Free TrackIT past performance pages available on their website. Some high priced performers will face the gate this weekend, including Up And Ready, a $300,000 yearling purchase who made a miscue in her debut effort last weekend. The daughter of Kadabra - Glide By will leave from post 4 in Friday morning's third qualifier for trainer John Bax and driver Matt Bax. Marlboro Seelster, the richest yearling ever sold at public auction in Canada ($270,000 - London Selected Sale) will occupy post 5 in Saturday morning's second qualifier. The son of Bettors Delight - Macapelo Rose finished 5th in his debut effort last weekend and will get the services of Trevor Henry this week for trainer Ian Moore. The fillies will take center stage during the Friday session while colts and geldings will be on display Saturday. A total of 192 two-year-olds have been drawn in to qualify over the two days.   Greg Blanchard

June 16, 2020 -- Two of Canada's most prominent harness racing conditioners will be the special guests of host Greg Blanchard during another episode of COSA TV this Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. Double Hall-Of-Famer Bob McIntosh and Dr. Ian Moore will send out a host of rookie performers this weekend at Woodbine Mohawk Park and will join the show to discuss their starters as well as some of their high profile three-year-olds who have returned to action. The broadcast can be viewed on the COSA Facebook Page as well as the COSA TV YouTube page and the Standardbred Canada website. COSA TV will once again provide enhanced live coverage of the baby races this weekend at Woodbine Mohawk Park which will be available on all three platforms. Greg Blanchard

June 2, 2020 -- COSA TV returns to the Facebook Live platform again on Wednesday night with Hall of Fame harness racing driver Wally Hennessey and one of Canada's top trainers, Tony O'Sullivan, joining as special guests. Hennessey was to appear on an earlier broadcast from his home in South Florida but was a late scratch due to internet issues that hit his neighborhood that night. The Prince Edward Island native has since relocated to his summer base in Tioga, New York, and was in the midst of another incredible season before the onset of COVID-19. O'Sullivan is a New Zealand native who moved to the United States in the mid-90's before eventually finding his way to Canada and opening up his own public stable in 2004. Since then, he has consistently been one of the nation's leading conditioners and his been a fixture both locally and on the Grand Circuit. The pair will join host Greg Blanchard on the broadcast which starts at 7:30 p.m. The show can be seen on both the COSA Facebook channel and on the Standardbred Canada website.   Greg Blanchard

London, May 28, 2020 -- The return of horses behind the starting gate will bring renewed excitement to the Ontario harness racing industry this weekend. But, it will also be bittersweet as this was to be the weekend of the Camluck Classic, presented by Seelster Farms - the annual Closing Night event at The Raceway at Western Fair District. The event has been cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis, however COSA TV will pay tribute the longstanding event during its Facebook Live broadcast this Sunday night. Hosts Greg Blanchard, Greg Gangle and Shannon 'Sugar' Doyle, will relive some of the greatest editions of the race which was formerly called the Labatt Pace and then Molson Pace before being renamed the Camluck Classic in 2018. The race was renamed in honour of the late, great Camluck who became the most prolific pacing stallion in Canadian history during his time at Lucan, Ontario's Seelster Farms. He will be remembered in a special feature during the broadcast. Sunday's show will also feature a pair of simulated 'virtual' Camluck Classic races put together by Ryan Clements' Farmgames.com - one comprised of past champions and the other made up of possible starters from this year's crop. There will also be trivia during the show with commemorative Camluck Classic baseball caps to be given away as prizing. To tune into the broadcast, visit the COSA TV and Raceway at Western Fair District Facebook pages or watch through the Standardbred Canada website. Greg Blanchard

May 23, 2020 -- The return of live harness racing in Ontario will be the topic of discussion during this Sunday night's Facebook Live edition of COSA TV. Grand River Raceway's Director of Operations Jamie Martin will be part of the lineup as well as Clinton Raceway's GM Ian Fleming who also serves as race secretary for several provincial racetracks from Clinton's centralized race office. Rounding out the guests will be Mark Horner who operates one of the largest stables in Southwestern Ontario and is a past chair of Standardbred Canada. The trio will join host Greg Blanchard beginning at 7:30 p.m. As always, questions can be submitted ahead of time or during the show by visiting the COSA TV Facebook Page. The show will also be aired on the Standardbred Canada website. Greg Blanchard Central Ontario Standardbred Association

May 19, 2020 - A double Hall of Fame driver, a trainer of multiple world class pacers and one of the top female drivers in harness racing will be the special guests of COSA TV’s Facebook Live show this Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. Prince Edward Island native Wally Hennessey is one of the latest additions to harness racing’s 10,000-win club and has a spot in both the U.S. and Canadian Horse Racing Halls Of Fame. Wally Hennessey – courtesy Dave Landry Native Islander, Dr. Ian Moore, has conditioned some of the best pacers in the sport in recent years including Little Brown Jug champion Shadow Play and multiple stakes winners State Treasurer and Percy Blue Chip, just to name a few. Ian Moore – courtesy Mario Glynn Natasha Day is a native of Australia who now calls Ontario home. She has worked for Canada’s perennial leading trainer Richard Moreau for several seasons and has become a driving regular at many of Ontario’s Signature race tracks. The trio will join host Greg Blanchard on the broadcast. Viewers can submit questions ahead of time or during the show on the COSA Facebook Page and can also tune in via Standardbred Canada’s website. Greg Blanchard

May 15, 2020 -- This was to the be the weekend of the Confederation Cup final at Flamboro Downs but due to COVID-19 the race has been pushed back to later in the harness racing season. To mark the event, COSA TV will present a Confederation Cup edition of its Facebook Live show this Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. Ken Warkentin and Ken Middleton - two of the best announcers in the business, who started their careers at Flamboro Downs - will join Greg Blanchard for the broadcast. The Confederation Cup was the brainchild of the legendary Charles Juravinski who built the half-mile oval in the mid 1970's and many of harness racing's greatest pacers have competed in that time. Governor Skipper, driven by John Chapman, was the winner of the inaugural edition in 1977. Sunday's show will also feature a virtual Camluck Classic race featuring eight of the greatest past champions. The Farm Games team, headed by Ryan Clements, has developed the simulated race which will be aired live during the broadcast. The star studded field will include: Cam Fella - Pat Crowe Matts Scooter - Mike Lachance Somebeachsomewhere - Paul MacDonell Art Major - John Campbell American Ideal - Mark MacDonald Abercrombie - Glen Garnsey On The Road Again - Buddy Gilmour Jate Lobell - Mark Omara Viewers can submit questions ahead of time or during the show on the COSA TV Facebook page where they will also have the chance to play along with virtual trivia and take part in poll questions. In addition to the COSA TV Facebook page, the show can be seen by visiting the Standardbred Canada website. Greg Blanchard

London, May 12, 2020 -- A pair of prominent Ontario harness racing owners will be the special guests of COSA TV’s Facebook Live broadcast Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. Adriano Sorella, owner of top class pacers Jimmy Freight and Double A Mint in recent years, will join RAW Equine’s Rob Giles whose operation over the years has boasted standout performers such as Metro Pace winner Rover Hanover, Sunfire Blue Chip and The Joy Luck Club to name a few. The pair will be joined by Illinois owner Jeff Davis who has recently teamed up with Sorella to unveil a new online horse auction and sales platform called Hoofbid. They will discuss the new initiative along with other projects during the broadcast. As always, viewers will have a chance to ask questions, take part in the weekly poll question and play along with racing related trivia. The show will be aired on the COSA Facebook page as well as the Standardbred Canada website. Greg Blanchard

May 5, 2020 - As optimism begins to grow for the return of live harness racing in the province of Ontario, the Woodbine Entertainment Group's CEO Jim Lawson along with COSA President Bill O'Donnell will discuss the situation on COSA TV's Facebook Live show Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. The pair will join host Greg Blanchard on the broadcast which will be aired on the COSA Facebook channel along with the Standardbred Canada website. In a recent article Lawson has stated that he is cautiously optimistic that racing could return as soon as early June. Of course that will be dependant on the direction of the Ontario government and local health authorities. Viewers will have a chance to submit questions prior to and during the broadcast and can do so through the COSA Facebook page. For more information, visit www.cosaonline.com. Greg Blanchard  

London, March 4, 2020 -- After much consideration, management at The Raceway at Western Fair District has made the decision to cancel the harness racing Camluck Classic Invitational which was scheduled for Friday, May 29. The $150,000 race is slated to return in 2021. The City of London Series, which had finals slated for the same night as the Camluck Classic, has been postponed and will be worked into the schedule when live racing resumes at The Raceway. The Camluck Classic is traditionally the final program of the meet at the London oval and as indicated by Ontario Racing, it is not anticipated that there will be any live racing in the province during the month of May. Stay up to date by visiting www.westernfairdistrict.com. Greg Blanchard

April 25, 2020 - COSA TV will host another Facebook Live broadcast on Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. (ET) (11.30 am Monday NZ time) featuring three harness racing fixtures of the Hambletonian/Breeders Crown series of races. Gary Seibel and Dave Brower have teamed up for CBS's network coverage of The Hambletonian for the past number of years while Moira Fanning, long time Director of Publicity, has been getting settled into her new role as the C.O.O. of the Hambletonian Society which administers the Hambletonian, Breeders Crown and many other high profile stakes races. The trio will join Greg Blanchard to discuss the history of both races while also looking back at some of the most memorable moments over the years. Viewers will be able to comment and ask questions of the guests during the show and take part in a new poll question along with trivia. The show will be available on the COSA Facebook page as well as Standardbred Canada's website. Central Ontario Standardbred Association GREG BLANCHARD

April 17, 2020 -- Three of the most recognized faces in Canadian harness racing will join Greg Blanchard this Sunday night for another COSA TV Facebook Live broadcast beginning at 7:30 p.m. (ET). Chad Rozema, Jason Portuondo and Mark McKelvie are all seasoned broadcasters with the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and are lifelong fans of the sport. They will recount some of their most memorable races and moments in the business. RocknRoll Hanover's Metro Pace win, McWicked's victory in the Canadian Pacing Derby and Wiggle It Jiggle It's memorable Little Brown Jug score are just some of the races that the group will revisit. An added component to this week's show will be harness racing trivia. Viewers will have a chance to win a COSA gift card by answering in the comments section where they can also ask questions. The show will be aired live on the COSA Facebook page as well as the Standardbred Canada website. GREG BLANCHARD

April 14, 2020 -- What does a Canuck, an Aussie and Kiwi all have in common? They will all be part of COSA TV's next Facebook Live broadcast this Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. (ET) which is Thursday at 11:30am NZ time and 9:30am for Australia. Doug McNair, Dexter Dunn and Andrew McCarthy will join Greg Blanchard on the show to discuss the path they have each taken to become three of the sport's elite harness racing reinsmen. McNair, who was the youngest driver to reach 1,000 wins back in 2010, added an O'Brien Award as Canada's Driver Of The Year in 2017. Australian native Andrew McCarthy has slowly worked his way up the North American standings over the last 12 years and is coming off a career-best season for wins and purse money. Dunn, in his first full season of driving since moving from New Zealand in 2019, guided the winners of more than $12.6 million and was selected as the HTA's Driver Of The Year in the U.S. Fans can submit questions in advance of the show or during the Facebook Live broadcast which will be shown on COSA's Facebook page and on the Standardbred Canada website.   Greg Blanchard  

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