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CAMPBELLVILLE, June 25 - Where's The Beach, dam of the great Somebeachsomewhere, sadly passed away on Friday, June 13. The 16-year-old mare was humanely euthanized at Ohio StateUniversity EquineHospital following colic surgery. Owned by Stephanie Smith-Rothaug of West Jefferson, Oh, Where's The Beach foaled a Well Said weanling earlier this year and was bred to A Rocknroll Dance prior to passing. "It was certainly a sad day," Smith-Rothaug said. "'Beach' was like part of the family and she certainly has been a life changing mare for me and for that I'll forever be grateful. She had tremendous presence to her and took care of her babies very well. She will be missed." Although never stepping foot on the racetrack, Where's The Beach, a $20,000 yearling, proved to be much more valuable in the breeding shed. Her fourth foal, Somebeachsomewhere, is arguably the greatest pacer of all time as he suffered defeat once in 21 career starts and was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame just nine months after his final career start. His lone defeat came in the 2008 Meadowlands Pace to Art Official, which was arguably 'The Beach's' best race. Somebeachsomewhere, trained and co-owned by Brent MacGrath, amassed over $3.2 million in career earnings. His sophomore earnings of $2,448,003 compiled in 2008 was a new record for single-season earnings. Along the way, he set four world records, including the fastest mile in the history of the sport (1:46.4) and recorded sub-1:50 miles in exactly half of his 20 wins. The Ontario-bred son of Mach Three retired to a lucrative stallion deal at the famed Hanover Shoe Farms. He was the unanimous choice as Canada's horse of the year in 2008 and shared the honour in 2007 - as a two-year-old - with sophomore pacer Tell All. He has also become arguably the sport's top stallion. Commanding a $30,000 stud fee, Somebeachsomewhere has produced the likes of Captaintreacherous, Sunshine Beach, Somwherovrarainbow and Apprentice Hanover, just to name a few. Where's The Beach has stamped herself as one of the games top broodmares. She has produced a number of $100,000+ yearlings, including Myrtle Beach (2006 -$100,000), Star On The Beach (2007 - $150,000), Someheartsomewhere (2008 - $210,000), Someofthebeach (2010 - $430,000) and Bring On The Beach (2012 - $155,000). Smith-Rothaug confirmed that Where's The Beach has been cremated. by Greg Gangle, for WEG

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 31 - North America's top sophomore pacing colts contested in the final preliminary race before the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup as Mohawk played host to a trio of $75,000 division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes. In the first split, Pepsi North America Cup eligible JK Endofanera and Brian Sears clicked in 1:50. Sears and the son of Art Major sat third in the early stages as Luck Be Withyou (Ron Pierce) was first to the quarter in :26.3. As the field of seven headed towards the half, JK Endofanera angled out of third and marched to the front before the mid-way point in :55. JK Endofanera would continue to lead past three-quarters in 1:23.1 as pocket-sitter Luck Be Withyou angled to the outside. The pair of sophomores separated themselves from the field with JK Endofanera prevailing in deep stretch to win by one length. Marco De Vie (Randy Waples) finished third. Trained by Ron Burke for owner 3 Brothers Stables, JK Endofanera celebrated his sixth career tally as his bankroll now sits at $451,057. JK Endofanera captured last year's Governors Cup en route to $363,402 in seasonal earnings. The talented pacer remains a perfect three-for-three to start the season. His 1:49.4 lifetime best was taken place just two starts ago at Pocono Downs. He paid $2.20 to win. Heavily-favoured Always B Miki didn't disappoint his backers as the son of Always A Virgin prevailed in 1:50 for driver Corey Callaghan. Callaghan and Always B Miki laid parked on the outside past the opening station in :27.1, before marching to command. From there, the five-time winner carved out fractions of :55.2 and 1:23.3, before fending off a light challenge from second-choice Mcwicked (David Miller) to score the win. Silverhill Shadow (Jody Jamieson) finished third. Trained by Joe Holloway for owners Bluewood Stable, Val Dor Farms and Roll The Dice Stable, Always B Miki increased her career earnings to $206,891. The talented sophomore has a 3-1-0 record from five starts this season. He also remains eligible to this year's Pepsi North America Cup. After tasting defeat for the first time in his career, He's Watching redeemed himself with a 1:49.3 lifetime best. The talented son of American Ideal led from start-to-finish through panels of 27.2, :55.3 and 1:23, before fending off a challenge from first-over attacker and race favourite Lets Drink On It to win. Melmerby Beach (Paul Macdonell) finished third. Trained and co-owned by David Menary along with Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Muscara Racing Trust, He's Watching increased his bankroll to $329,222. He paid $7.70 to win. The Pepsi North America Cup eliminations take place next Saturday evening with the $1 million rich final on Saturday, June 14 at Mohawk. by Greg Gangle, for WEG

With classy harness racing analyst Mike Hamilton set to put down the microphone at Mohawk Racetrack in a couple of weeks, there is another classy person set to take his place. Enter Greg Gangle, a West Lorne, Ontario native. Greg is a true people person, someone who is ready to engage with patrons and horsemen alike and is always enjoying a laugh. Sounds like Mike! "A lot of people don't know Mike's such a smart man in terms of business sense." Greg says. "There's times after work where him and I will sit down and I ask him numerous questions and not just about racing. He's an intelligent guy and over the last three years I've learned a lot from him and Ken Middleton." Greg states a valuable piece of advice, "when you're around good people, you learn quickly and good things are bound to happen." The vacancy has opened a wonderful opportunity for both Greg and Chad Rozema to rotate as on-air hosts. "Mike Hamilton has such a great reputation" says Greg. "Following in his footsteps would be appealing to anyone, not just myself. Chad Rozema who has worked with Woodbine in the past, is coming aboard as well." "The Horse Player's Journal will need some assistance as well because that gig also became available." Greg explains, "What the broadcast team has done is, they brought Chad and I aboard to do the nightly simulcast show along with doing the Horse Player's Journal, which is the handicapping and writing throughout the week." "One week I am going to be doing Mike Hamilton's job and the next week I will be doing the Horse Player's Journal. Chad and I will be (rotating) back and forth." Greg says. With Greg having worked for the Woodbine Racetrack media department these past couple of years, Greg is more than familiar with the horses and handicapping. Looking at both opportunities, does Greg have a preference? No sir, Greg's excited at the prospect of exceeding at both, while having a good time and delivering insight to fans. Greg admits he doesn't have a 'style' or approach. What Greg is focused on is being himself; simple and honest. "I follow quite a few on-air hosts, not just in harness racing." Greg notes, "Don Cherry and Ron MacLean at the CBC do a fantastic job. I've read their biographies and news clips and they've always said, especially Don Cherry and that is 'to always be yourself, do not try and be someone you're not'. When I express my opinion about a horse, it's not fake it is what I truly believe... whether I like a horse or dislike a horse." "As for having my own signature approach, I don't think so, but who knows down the road I might be doing something I didn't even know I was doing." Greg says. There have been a few people within the industry that have influenced Greg to help him work his way to where he is now. "When I was 19 or 20 I worked for a magazine, at the time it was called the Harness Edge" says Greg. "There I was working for publisher and editor Harold Howe and Heather MacKay Roberts who was the assistant (editor) at the time." Both Heather and Harold were role models for Greg and they took Greg under their wing to help show him the ropes. "I was going to all the yearling sales and major races and it was really exciting" says Greg about his experience with the Harness Edge. "From there we started developing video interviews for the website and they still do it now. That's where I got my feet wet... learning to conduct interviews, editing, uploading it to the website and making it presentable to the public." "Three years later an opportunity came up to work at Woodbine and they were excited that I knew how to do all that and they wanted me to continue doing that. It snowballed from there." Greg says. Greg's former boss at Woodbine, John Siscos is another person Greg is grateful to have met. "I have to thank John a great deal." Greg states. "He's the type of person who gives you the reins of things. He really respects your opinion on what you want to do on a weekly or daily basis. He threw the ball in my court and let me do what it was I wanted to do and it grew from there." A major aspect Greg enjoyed during his time working for the media department is the amount of time Greg got to work up close and personal with everyone including drivers and trainers. "You're right with the who is who of racing, especially in Canada... that was really exciting." Greg says. If you haven't met Greg, he considers himself a very competitive person who likes to play hockey and try his best in anything he does including work, he's always swinging for the fences! "I put a lot of pressure on myself" says Greg. "Replacing Mike Hamilton, both Chad Rozema and myself, it's not something easy to do. I know, on behalf of Chad and myself, we are both looking forward to the challenge." If you're at Mohawk and you see Greg, I highly recommend you go and meet him. Fans can never go wrong meeting a classy person in any industry! Roderick Balgobin's column will appear weekly on Harnesslink. You can contact him at rod.balgobin @supernovasportsclub.com or Twitter: ScSupernova

TORONTO, May 29- The connections of 49 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings have kept their charges eligible to the 31st edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup by making the final May 15 sustaining payment. Eliminations for the 'Cup' are scheduled for Saturday, June 7 at Mohawk Racetrack, while the rich final is scheduled to be raced Saturday, June 14 at the Campbellville, Ont. oval. Headlining this year's group of nominees is the Dan Patch Award winner and undefeated Hes Watching along with top candidates, Lets Drink On It, Always B Miki, JK Endofanera, Tellitlikeitis and Luck Be Withyou, just to name a few. The list of horses whose connections made the May 15 sustaining payment appears below. ALWAYS B MIKI AVALANCHE HANOVER BEAT THE DRUM BOOM BOOM BALLYKEEL BUGGER BRUISER CABANA BOY HANOVER CAPITAL ACCOUNT CARRACCI HANOVER CRAFTY MASTER DANCIN HILL DOO WOP HANOVER FOR A BETTOR TIME FORT KNOX GOLD ROCKS HERE COMES WILLIAM HE'S WATCHING IDEAL COWBOY IDEAL MAGIC I'M DRINKIN DOUBLES JET AIRWAY JK ENDOFANERA JOURNEYMAN LET'S DRINK ON IT LIMELIGHT BEACH LUCK BE WITH YOU LYONS SOMEWHERE MCWICKED MELMERBY BEACH NAKED CITY NATIONAL DEBT ODDS ON RHODONITE PARNU HANOVER PLAY IT AGAIN SAM SILVERHILL SHADOW SMACK TALK SOME MAJOR BEACH SOMESTARSOMEWHERE SOMETIMES SAID SOMEWHERE FANCY SURPRISE HANOVER SWEET BEACH SWEET TALKIN CLYDE TELLITLIKEITIS THAT'S MY OPINION THREE OF CLUBS UNLOCKED WELL WRITTEN WESTERN VINTAGE WINDS OF CHANGE Feb 15, 2014 - 77 nominations Mar 15, 2014 - 70 sustained Apr 15, 2014 - 62 sustained by Greg Gangle, for WEG

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

TORONTO, May 23 - Racing fans will want to be up bright and early this Sunday morning to watch the prestigious Elitlopp from Solvalla Racecourse in Stockholm, Sweden, which will be available via simulcast on HPI.   The Elitlopp final is scheduled to go postward at approximately 11:30 a.m. (EST). HPI will also carry the eliminations, which will be contested earlier in the morning.   Common pool wagering is available to all HPI account holders through HorsePlayerInteractive.com.   North American hopes are pinned on Maven, who is trained by Jonas Czyernyson and driven by Yannick Gingras, and Uncle Peter, who is trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by David Miller. by Greg Gangle, for WEG

TORONTO, May 21 - WEG standardbred racing is set to return to Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville for the 51st season of live racing. The 102-day meet will kick off on Thursday, May 22 and live racing will be held five nights a week on Mondays, Tuesdays (except May 27 and October 7) , Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Each race night will have a 7:25 p.m. first race post time. "It's an exciting time of the year," noted driver Jonathan Drury. "Everyone looks forward to the return of Mohawk because that means it's summer time and a full schedule of great stakes events. Other drivers along with fans and customers are going to have a lot of fun this summer." The most anticipated event on the stakes calendar is the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, featuring the finest three-year-old pacers, set for Saturday, June 14. The evening will offer a special post time of 6:45 p.m. Stakes action begins immediately at Mohawk, with the SBOA Stakes eliminations for three-year-old filly pacer and trotters featured on the initial Saturday card, and continues almost non-stop until fall. Major stakes engagements include the Maple Leaf Trot (Saturday, July 19), the Metro Pace, Canadian Pacing Derby and Shes A Great Lady Stakes (Saturday, August 30) and the Canadian Trotting Classic, Elegantimage Stakes, Peaceful Way Stakes and William Wellwood Memorial (Saturday, September 13). Ribs will be prominent throughout Pepsi North America Cup weekend as Crabby's BBQ Shack and Silver Bullet BBQ will play host to fans.The popular 'Your First Bet Is On Us' promotion returns. Every customer can register on site for a free $2 bet. Fans can also visit Labatt's Beerville to play great games and win cool prizes. Mohawk Racetrack will also be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the town of Campbellville. Mohawk will host fireworks on Friday, June 13 with a special post time of 7:05 p.m. Mohawk fans can also follow the action each night on Twitter. Hosts Mike Hamilton, along with track announcer Ken Middleton and Greg Gangle will offer 'tweets' during each live program aimed at giving customers more race related information. You can follow them on Twitter at the following: Hamilton_WOMoh, Middleton_WOMoh, GGangle_WOMoh. Fans should also be sure to check out Mohawks Trackside Bar for its nightly specials throughout the meet. The specials are listed below: Monday - 1/2 Price Wings Tuesday - Bud & Burger Thursday - Steak N Stella Friday - Thank Cod It's Friday Patrons are also encouraged to engage with Mohawk Racetrack through its Facebook page found by clicking the following link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mohawk-Racetrack/164889090219676 Also fans can go to www.Twitter.com to sign on to Twitter and then search for the following harness racing stars. Drivers: Aaron Byron - @ByronAaron Chris Christoforou - @CCAstreos Dan Clements - @DanielWClements Jonathan Drury - @JDruryRacing Billy Davis Jr. - @BillyDavisRacin Phil Hudon – @Whodon99 Jonathan Drury - @JDruryRacing Anthony Haughan - @AHaughan Jody Jamieson - @JodyJamRacing James MacDonald - @JamesOMac26 Anthony MacDonald – @HorseRacingAMac Doug McNair – @DMcNair12 Scott Young – @YoungieAnswers Scott Zeron - @ScottZeron Trainers: Carmen Auciello - @CarmenAuciello Nick Boyd - @Ralphie9 Blair Burgess - @Desibesi Casie Coleman - @FastLane111 Danny Girard - @DannyGirard1 Mark Horner - MarkHorner44 Corey Johnson – @SeaJay09 Blake MacIntosh - @BlakeMacRacing Robert McIntosh - @BobMcIntosh52 Jason McGinnis - @JasonMcGinnis21 Anthony Montini - @MontiniRacing Mike Sinclair - @Sinny51 Shawn Steacy - @S_Steacy‎ by Greg Gangle, for WEG

  TORONTO, May 19 - As the 2014 Woodbine winter/spring meet came to a close on Monday evening at Woodbine Racetrack, driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Carmen Auciello proved they are a force to be reckoned with.   Jamieson and Auciello took top honours on the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) circuit, finishing atop the 2014 driver and trainer standings.   Jamieson, a resident of Moffat, currently has 83 WEG victories this season, 20 more than his closest rival, Chris Christoforou. Jamieson also banked $1.2 million in purse earnings during the meet.   Auciello has also separated himself from his rivals in the training standings. The Stouffville resident has 47 victories this season, 16 more than nearest rival, Corey Johnson. Auciello's barn earned over $720,000 during the meet.   Racing will resume at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, beginning on Thursday, May 22.   First race post is scheduled for 7:25. p.m.   Greg Gangle

TORONTO, May 18 - After a perfect 17-for-17 campaign last season, the reigning Horse of the Year in both Canada and the U.S., Bee A Magician will make her first start of the season on Monday at Woodbine. The four-year-old daughter of Kadabra will contest in the first leg of the Miss Versatility series. Trained by Richard 'Nifty' Norman throughout her career, Bee A Magician has banked $2.3 million for owners David McDuffee, Herb Liverman and Mel Hartman. Among her accomplishments last season, the bay captured the Breeders Crown, Hambletonian Oaks, Moni Maker, Delvin Miller Memorial, Simcoe, American National and Elegantimage. Her career best time of 1:51 in last year's Delvin Miller at the Meadowlands is the fastest mile ever by a three-year-old filly trotter. In addition, Bee A Magician was named three-year-old trotting filly of the year in both Canada and the U.S. "I think she's better than she was last year," Norman said. "She had a great winter with two nice qualifiers and she's turned into a big strapping filly. By next year I think we'll even notice more of a difference." Bee A Magician, a three-time O'Brien Award winner, has two qualifiers under her belt at The Meadowlands, most recently with a winning effort in 1:55.3. Two divisions of the Miss Versatility series will take place in races three and nine. Bee A Magician will contest in the latter $30,000 contest from post two with driver Brian Sears. A field of seven will line up behind the gate and perhaps Bee A Magician's main rival is Perfect Alliance, who has remained undefeated this season from nine starts. "She's a really good horse and to be honest, I don't expect to beat her (Perfect Alliance)," Norman said. "She's on top of her game right now and we're just starting the season. As long as my filly is trotting strong at the wire, I'll be happy. She does always tend to surprise me though with a big effort. The Armbro Flight (June 14) is about a month away and we'll be peaking her for that." Monday evening will mark Bee A Magician's first start as a four-year-old racing against older mares for the first time in her career. "It's a quality field, there's no doubt," he said. "Maven is not in there, but other than her there are a lot of quality mares. Even some of the Canadian mares that we don't see a lot down in the U.S. look like they belong." The trotting miss has tasted defeat just three times in her career from 30 starts. She has remained undefeated since October 27, 2012. The fields will line up as follows: Race 3 1. Classic Martine 2. Charmed Life 3. Angies Lucky Star 4. Upfrontluckycarol 5. Rockin With Dewey 6. Coffeecake Hanover Race 9 1. Dorsay 2. Bee A Magician 3. Ma Chere Hall 4. Bax Of Life 5. Motown Muscle 6. Perfect Alliance 7. Frau Blucher by Greg Gangle, for WEG

TORONTO, May 17 - On Saturday evening's 12-race programme, Woodbine Entertainment Group offered a mandatory payout on its newest wager, the Jackpot Hi 5. Over the past few months, the wager grew in popularity and resulted in an enormous pool size of which $656,386 was carried over into Saturday evening's programme. Always scheduled as the last dash of the evening, the Jackpot Hi 5 received an additional $1,345,640 wagered into the pool, giving the pool a total of $2,002,026. The result was a payout of $43,795.75 on a $1 wager ($8,759.15 on a $.20 cent wager) after Drain Daddy found the wire first in 1:51 at odds of 4-1. The top five finishers are as follows: 1. Drain Daddy 2. Rock Me Amastreos 3. Junior K 4. Speed Again 5. Real Rocker The Jackpot Hi-5 requires horseplayers to select the first five finishers in exact order on the last race of the program. The wager, which offers a 20-cent minimum, also has a takeout of 15 per cent, a continent-equalling low. Woodbine's final winter/spring card is Monday, May 19, before racing shifts to Mohawk Racetrack, beginning on Thursday, May 22. Greg Gangle

TORONTO, May 17 - With the Mohawk Summer Meet fast approaching, the Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to remind all horsepeople of the changes to the draw schedule starting May 20. When standardbred racing returns to the Campbellville, Ont. oval on May 22, there will be a double draw held on Tuesdays for Friday and Saturday's card. The draw for Mondays and Thursday's cards will remain the same. The entry box will close at 10:30 a.m. by Greg Gangle, for WEG

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 16 - He's Watching, last years Dan Patch Award winner, qualified for the second time in 2014 this morning at Mohawk Racetrack. The talented sophomore was a wrapped-up winner by over 14 lengths in 1:52.1 in the hands of driver Jody Jamieson. As previously reported, He's Watching will make his first pari-mutuel start in the Art Rooney Pace at Yonkers Racetrack on Saturday, May 24. Last season the youngster set two world records along with six track records for trainer and co-owner David Menary. He's Watching continues to remain a top candidate for this years $1 million Pepsi North America Cup on June 14 at Mohawk Racetrack. A mere $3,000 yearling purchase, the son of American Ideal boasts a 1:50 speed badge along with $291,722 in earnings. He is also owned by Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Muscara Racing Trust. Following this mornings qualifying session, Menary spoke with WEG's Communications department. To watch the video, please click the link below: http://bcove.me/wz310puy by Greg Gangle, for WEG

TORONTO, May 16 - The Jackpot Hi 5 wager has been the talk of the Ontario handicapping scene as of late and many horseplayers have been looking forward to the Saturday, May 17 card of racing. The Jackpot Hi-5, which became a part of Woodbine's Standardbred nightly betting menu in October, currently offers a carryover pool of $656,386.93. A mandatory payout of the carryover will take place on Saturday evening in the 11th race. An 11-horse has been carded as the finale with a 11:05 p.m. approximate post time. The Jackpot Hi-5 requires horseplayers to select the first five finishers in exact order on the last race of the program. The wager, which offers a 20-cent minimum, also has a takeout of 15 per cent, a continent-equalling low. Woodbine's final winter/spring card is Monday, May 19, before racing shifts to Mohawk Racetrack, beginning on Thursday, May 22. Jamieson & Auciello presented with Movado watches TORONTO, May 16 - Driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Carmen Auciello have substantial leads in the Woodbine driver and trainer standings, respectively, as the winter/spring meet comes to an end on Monday, May 19. In acknowledgement of their outstanding seasons, both Jamieson and Auciello received Movado watches from Woodbine Entertainment Group after the third race on Friday evening. Jamieson, a resident of Moffat, currently has 78 WEG victories this season, 18 more than his closest rival, Chris Christoforou. Auciello has also separated himself from his rivals in the training standings. The Stouffville resident has 43 victories this season, 12 more than nearest rival, Corey Johnson. Following the conclusion of the meet on Monday, May 19, racing will resume at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, beginning on Thursday, May 22. by Greg Gangle, for WEG

TORONTO, May 12 – Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to issue a final reminder to owners/trainers that several stakes payments are due on or before Thursday, May 15, 2014 After a one-year absence, four two-year-old stakes events are returning to the Mohawk stakes calendar. ‪The Dream Maker and Whenuwishuponastar, for two-year-old colt and filly pacers, will return in July. ‪On the two-year-old trotting side, the Define The World (formerly Bridger) and Pure Ivory (formerly In Free) will also re-appear in August. Nominations are also due for a pair of sophomore events, the Summertime and Town Pro. ‪There are numerous sustaining payments that are due for the circuit’s major stakes events, including the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, $685,000 Metro Stakes, etc. ‪Payments must also be kept up on the 2015 Champlain Stakes, Champlain Filly Stakes (for two-year-olds) along with the Simcoe Stakes, Simcoe Filly Stakes and WEG 2016 SBOA Stakes (Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association). The start of the 102-date Mohawk meet is scheduled for Thursday, May 22. To make an online payment, please click the following link: https://www.woodbineentertainment.com/Woodbine/Horsepeople/Standardbred/SBNominationForm.aspx To view the nomination form, please click the following link: http://www.woodbineentertainment.com/Woodbine/Racing/Standardbred/Pages/StakesNominations.aspx ‪Envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than the said due date or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Greg Gangle, for WEG

TORONTO, May 10 - Woodbine Racetrack played host to a pair of stakes events on Saturday evening featuring sophomore pacers. After handing National Debt his first career loss last week, Somewhere In L A proved that effort was no fluke as he captured Saturday's $59,800 final of The Diplomat Series. A pair of Hall of Famers, Steve Condren and Bob McIntosh, teamed up with the pacer to capture the event in 1:51.4. Condren guided the son of Somebeachsomewhere to command before the opening station in :26.1 with Silverhill Shadow (Jody Jamieson) In The Pocket. Heading towards the half, Silverhill Shadow pocket-pulled and cleared to lead past the half in :54.4 and three-quarters in 1:23. Heavily-favoured National Debt, who was rough-gaited and made a break in the early stages, was the first-over attacker around the final turn. Turning for home, Silverhill Shadow put away National Debt, but couldn't fend off a late rally from pocket-sitter Somewhere In L A. Big Surf (Jonathan Drury) finished third. National Debt faded to seventh. Trained and co-owned by McIntosh along with C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings, Somewhere In L A celebrated his biggest payday as his bankroll now sits at $115,792. The bay has crafted a 2-0-1 record from three starts this season.He paid $8.60 as the third choice. The Diplomat Series was for three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $100,000 in 2013. Rock N Roll Xample, driven by James MacDonald, redeemed herself after faltering last week with a 1:51.4 performance to take the $59,200 Princess Series final. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover sat In The Pocket throughout the mile as Bahama Blue (Jody Jamieson) laid down panels of :26.2, :55.3 and 1:24. Turning for home, Rock N Roll Xample angled to the outside and marched past the tempo-setter en route to victory. Take That Hanover (Mike Saftic) came on for second, over Bahama Blue. Trained by Shawn Robinson for owner/breeder Robert Hamather, Rock N Roll Xample celebrated her ninth win of the season as her lifetime earnings increased to $128,690. The talented lass has amassed a 9-3-1 record from 15 starts this season. She paid $5.00 to win. The Princess Series was for three-year-old fillies, who were non-winners of $100,000 in 2013. by Greg Gangle, for WEG

TORONTO, May 8 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced that the mandatory payout for the Standardbred Jackpot Hi 5 is set for Saturday, May 17, the second-to-last card of the Woodbine meet. A mandatory Jackpot Hi 5 payout will also be offered on closing night on the Victoria Day Holiday, Monday, May 19. Harness racing moves to Mohawk for 102 dates, beginning Thursday, May 22. The Jackpot Hi 5, which currently boasts a carryover of $503,972, requires 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. Should the Jackpot Hi 5 continue to carryover to May 17 without a winner, a lucrative mandatory payout amount is expected to generate sizable horseplayer interest in the pool. The wager, which offers a 20-cent minimum and a low takeout of 15%, debuted October 17. The Jackpot Hi 5 is popular among core and new racing fans. This past Monday night, $59,503 was wagered into the Jackpot Hi 5 pool. For fans and horseplayers wanting further details on WEG's Jackpot Hi 5, including details, strategy and carryover info visit www.WoodbineEntertainment.com/JackpotHi5. by Greg Gangle, for WEG

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