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TORONTO/MILTON, ON - August 6, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment, in partnership with Kraft-Heinz Canada, today announced the launch of the Heinz Challenge, a six-week series to be contested during Racing Night Live on TSN. The Heinz Challenge pairs a top Woodbine Racetrack jockey with a top Woodbine Mohawk Park driver to create four teams competing for a $5,000 charitable donation from Woodbine. Every time one of the participating jockeys or drivers competes during a race aired on Racing Night Live, they have the opportunity to earn points towards their team's challenge score. All eight participating athletes are ranked among the best in their sport and are well-known personalities at Woodbine Racetrack and Woodbine Mohawk Park. The four competing jockeys are Rafael Hernandez, Kazushi Kimura, Justin Stein and Emma-Jayne Wilson, while the participating drivers are Jody Jamieson, Bob McClure, Doug McNair and Louis-Philippe Roy. The team with the best 'Points Per Race' average at the end of six-weeks will win the challenge. The point system is as follows: 10 points for a Win, 5 points for a second-place finish and 2 points for a third-place finish. (Example: Team A earns 50 points over 10 races: Team A's Points Per Race is 5) Each member of the winning team will select a charity and Woodbine Entertainment will make a $2,500 donation on their behalf to make up the $5,000 winning prize. Woodbine Mohawk Park driver James MacDonald was originally scheduled to participate in the Heinz Challenge. MacDonald unfortunately suffered an injury in a racing accident on August 1 and will be unable to participate. Louis-Philippe Roy has been selected to replace MacDonald and the two will split the donation should their team win. Here are the teams for the Heinz Challenge: Team E=MC ² Jockey: Emma-Jayne Wilson Driver: Bob McClure #TeamEMC2 Team Club DJ Jockey: Justin Stein Driver: Doug McNair #TeamClubDJ Team Island Boyz Jockey: Rafael Hernandez Driver: James MacDonald (unable to participate due to injury) Driver: Louis-Philippe Roy #TeamIslandBoyz Team Double Double Jockey: Kazushi Kimura Driver: Jody Jamieson #TeamDoubleDouble The Heinz Challenge is the latest feature on the weekly Racing Night Live program on TSN. Racing Night Live, which airs every Thursday at 6 p.m. ET on TSN, showcases the world-class racing from the Thoroughbreds at Woodbine Racetrack and Standardbreds at Woodbine Mohawk Park over an action-packed two-hours. The Heinz Challenge will run from August 6 to September 10. Fans can join the conversation, track the leaderboard and cheer on their favourite team through Social Media by using the hashtag #HeinzChallenge. All eight of the participating athletes can be found on various social media platforms and will be engaging with fans over the course of the six-week event. Who To Follow: Woodbine Racetrack: @WoodbineTB (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) Woodbine Mohawk Park: @WoodbineSB (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) Heinz Canada: @heinz_ca (Instagram) Rafael Hernandez: @hernandezrafii (Twitter) Jody Jamieson: @Jodyjamracing (Twitter) Kazushi Kimura: @kazushi0096 (Twitter), @k.kimura0906 (Instagram) James MacDonald: @jamesomac26 (Twitter) Bob McClure: @BobMcClure2 (Twitter) Louis-Philippe Roy: louisphilippe.roy.12 (Facebook) Justin Stein: @justin_steinjockey (Instagram) Emma-Jayne Wilson: @EJWilson81 (Twitter) by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - JULY 16, 2020 - The three-year-old trotting colts returned to Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots action Thursday, July 16 and all five winners matched or bettered their personal best efforts, in spite of competing over a rain soaked Woodbine Mohawk Park oval. Ripped And Ready led off in the first $23,150 division and delivered an impressive effort from Post 9 to score his second straight Grassroots victory. In rein to Jody Jamieson the fan favourite eased away from the starting gate into sixth heading for the :27 quarter, then circled out to close the gap on the early leaders, dropping briefly into fifth heading by the :56.4 half. Confident in his mount, Jamieson soon had Ripped And Ready on the move and the colt had a clear path to the front by the 1:26.1 three-quarters. Halfway down the stretch Jamieson took a look over both shoulders and sat back to enjoy the rest of the ride. Ripped And Ready trotted under the wire two and one-half lengths the best in a personal best 1:56.2. Pacesetter Archies Star finished second and Dart Guy was third. "It worked out that a couple made breaks, but he really looked on paper that he was as good as any in the program, so I wasn't surprised that he won, just the ease with which he did it," said Jamieson, who engineered the trip for trainer Thierry Vandenplas and owner-breeder Dr. Ruth Irving of Russell, ON. The win gives Kadabra son Ripped And Ready a sophomore record of three wins and one second in four starts and a share of top spot in the three-year-old trotting colt Grassroots point standings with a perfect 100 through two legs. Among the colts sharing top spot in the standings with Ripped And Ready is Remember Titans, who battled to a 1:56.1 personal best in the second $23,500 division. After leading the field for most of the mile, Remember Titans held off a charging Aussie Lover and Kenogami Coco in the stretch to score his second Grassroots victory. "He's a nice big horse. Flawless gaited and he is finally starting to figure it all out," said driver James MacDonald of the E L Titan colt. "When he heard the other horse coming he dug in and was able to finish it off." Remember Titans now has a record of two wins and two seconds in four starts for trainer Shawn Steacy and owners Landmark 12 Racing Stable of Lansdowne, A K Malik Stable of Ottawa, ON and Dale Larson of Kent City, MI. The third division saw Freedom Express travel up the outside lane behind the fans' second choice Angel Nation, and then sprint down the stretch to score his first lifetime victory in 1:57. Favourite Mikey Mass finished two and three-quarter lengths back in second and Massman completed the top three. Thursday's outing was just the seventh lifetime for Freedom Express and only the third in which he has stayed on task, one of the others coming in his four race two-year-old campaign and the other in the July 1 Grassroots season opener at Grand River Raceway where he finished fourth. "I thought he had it in him, but it took some time to get him to put it together," said driver Chris Christoforou, who drives the Wheeling N Dealin gelding for his father, owner-trainer Charalambos Christoforou of Campbellville, ON. "He got a nice trip and it worked out great." Christoforou was back in the winner's circle after the fourth $23,150 division, guiding Awesomedabra to a 1:57.3 score for owner-trainer Gary Lance of Port Perry, ON. Pacesetter Crossfit Mouse finished one length behind the fan favourite and Mr Arch was well back in third. The mile equalled the personal best set by the Kadabra gelding winning his Grassroots Semi-final last fall and moved him into a tie for top spot in the sophomore point race through two regular season events. The final $23,150 division saw Jody Jamieson back in the winner's circle with Royaltys Odyssey, who followed Charmbo Prince up the outer lane and then powered down the stretch to catch pacesetter Ongoing Royalty with a 1:58.1 effort. Charmbo Prince finished three-quarters of a length back in second and favourite Ongoing Royalty settled for third. All three trotters are by sire Royalty For Life. The win was Royaltys Odyssey's first since August of his two-year-old season and came as a distinct relief to the driver and his wife Stephanie Jamieson, who trains the gelding for his father Carl Jamieson of Puslinch and breeder Joanne Morrison of Beeton, ON. "He's been a headache his entire career," said Jamieson. "He's always had go, just hasn't put it together since early last year. We're very happy with his effort." Royaltys Odyssey and his peers will have an opportunity to build on Thursday's success in the third Grassroots Leg on August 15 at Kawartha Downs. Complete results from Thursday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. The focus at Woodbine Mohawk Park shifts back to the Gold Series this weekend with the three-year-old pacing fillies arriving at the Milton oval on Friday for two $106,000 divisions, Races 6 and 8, and the two-year-old pacing colts taking their turn on Saturday in a pair of $107,200 divisions, Races 4 and 6. Post time for both Friday and Saturday's program is 7 pm. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, ON - January 11, 2020 - Harness racing pacers Sintra battled through rainy and windy conditions to reach up at the wire for a second consecutive Preferred score on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The seven-year-old gelding and driver Jody Jamieson rallied from fifth at the head of the lane to win the $36,000 Preferred Handicap by a neck over Nirvana Seelster, who cut the mile, and the same margin over East End in 1:53.2. Competing on a 'Sloppy' track with rain and high winds, the field of six older pacers were led by Nirvana Seelster through fractions of :27., :57.1 and 1:25.3. Real Surreal angled out from fourth to come first-up going to three-quarters. Sintra sat fifth and followed the cover loosely, while Youaremycandygirl, the lone mare in the field, followed from sixth. After facing little pressure, Nirvana Seelster attempted to close out the victory with a final-quarter sprint, aided by the wind at his back. Sintra was able to make up a little more than four-lengths with a :27 final-quarter to snag the victory. Youaremycandygirl finished fourth on the far outside, with Rockin In Heaven and Real Surreal rounding out the field. Trained by Dave Menary, Sintra is now two for two since returning from injury. The seven-year-old gelding had his 2019 season end last May after starting the campaign six for eight. He's now banked $36,000 in two victories this season for owners Michael Guerriero, Kelly Waxman, Nunzio Vena and Frank Cirillo. Sintra's latest victory improves his career numbers to 26 wins and $1,144,436 earned. He paid $2.50 to win. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

MILTON, ON - January 9, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park is set to cap off its first week of the new decade with Preferred action and the Can-Am Pick 4 highlighting Friday and Saturday's harness racing cards. A 10-race card will take place Friday evening, while an 11-race card is on tap for Saturday night. The $32,000 Mares Preferred Handicap Pace will headline Friday's card and a new winner is guaranteed, as last week's winner Youaremycandygirl will tackle the boys in Saturday's $36,000 Preferred Handicap. Kendall Seelster, who was runner-up last week, starts from the outside post-seven and is working towards millionaire status, entering Friday's contested with $952,446. Jody Jamieson will sit behind the five-year-old for trainer Isabelle Darveau. Always well-represented, Richard Moreau sends out a strong duo from the side-by-side positions of posts four and five. Four-year-old Sylph Hanover is three for three since joining the Moreau barn and will make her Preferred debut. Double A Mint, who scored 10 Preferred victories last season, will search for her first top-level score since August. The Mares Preferred Handicap field is completed by (in post position order) Cousin Mary, Inverse Hanover, Better Be Donna N and So Much More. Saturday evening's Preferred Handicap will feature a showdown between the mare Youaremycandygirl and 2017 Canadian Pacing Derby winner Sintra. Moreau trainee Youaremycandygirl was an easy-winner last week in the Mares top-class, making her first start since the TVG Final in late-November at The Meadowlands. The five-year-old has competed and had success at this level, defeating the boys in the Woodbine Preferred on November 9. Dave Menary trainee Sintra had his 2019 campaign cut short due to injury, but the now seven-year-old made a dominant return last week with a 2/14 length score in the Preferred Handicap. The 25-time winner with $1.1 million in career earnings was on pace for a huge season last year, as he won six of eight starts prior to suffering an injury in May. Youaremycandygirl starts from post-four with driver Louis Philippe Roy, while Sintra has post-six in the field of six with Jamieson in the sulky. The Preferred Handicap is completed by (in post position order) Rockin In Heaven, East End, Real Surreal and Nirvana Seelster. Can-Am Pick 4 returns Saturday Saturday evening's card also features the return of the Can-Am Pick 4, a multi-leg wager consisting of two-races at Woodbine Mohawk Park (Race 10 & 11) and two-races at The Meadowlands (Race 10 & 11). The Can-Am Pick 4 sports a $0.20 minimum and low 15 per cent takeout. The sequence starts on Race 10 at Woodbine Mohawk Park and alternates between tracks, finishing on Race 11 at The Meadowlands. The entire program, including past performances for the Can-Am Pick 4 at The Meadowlands, can be downloaded for free at www.Woodbine.com/Mohawk/FreePrograms/. Adriano Sorella to join WRL Owner Adriano Sorella will swing by to join Woodbine's Chad Rozema for an interview on Saturday's edition of Woodbine Racing Live. Sorella has been making noise with his marketing efforts for stallion Jimmy Freight and earlier this week was named a recipient of the USHWA President's Award. Woodbine Racing Live starts at 6:30 p.m. Post time for Friday and Saturday's cards is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

Away since scratching lame seven months ago from the $157,000 Camluck Classic, Sintra returned to the harness racing track a winner in the $36,000 Preferred Handicap Pace on the opening card of the year Saturday (Jan. 4) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Driver Jody Jamieson positioned the seven-year-old Mach Three gelding in fourth while Nirvana Seelster led to the first quarter in :27.3. Pocket-sitter East End soon circled to the front into the backside as Easy Lover Hanover floated first over, carrying Sintra second over into a :56.2 half. Nirvana Seelster faltered around the final turn, leaving a seam for Easy Lover Hanover to duck into the pocket. Sintra raced uncovered to three-quarters in 1:24 and drew closer to East End through the stretch. At the finish the 1-2 favourite finished two-and-a-quarter lengths in front of Real Surreal snagging second from East End in a 1:52.1 mile. Owned by Michael Guerriero, Kelly Waxman, Nunzio Vena and Frank Cirillo, Sintra won his 25th race from 58 starts, earning $1,126,436. Dave Menary conditions the $3.00 winner. Youaremycandygirl rolled from off the pace to take the $32,000 Fillies and Mares Preferred Handicap Pace in 1:53.1. Double A Mint took command towards a :28 first quarter as Cousin Mary made a break, interfering with So Much More and Youaremycandygirl. Double A Mint continued on the front unchallenged into a :57 half but faced pressure around the far turn from 9-5 favourite Kendall Seelster. Youaremycandygirl launched wide to catch cover from Kendall Seelster past three-quarters in 1:25 but swooped to the lead in the stretch. The Richard Moreau trainee strolled two-and-a-half lengths clear of Kendall Seelster heading to the finish to win while So Much More closed for third. A five-year-old mare by American Ideal, Youaremycandygirl won her 23rd race from 45 starts, earning $1,644,349. Sylvain Filion steered the $6.40 winner for owner William Donovan. Trainer Carmen Auciello sent three winners on the 11-race card. He began the evening with Dreamfair B J ($8.40) coming from second over to win a $21,000 conditioned pace and, a few races later, took a $20,000 conditioned pace with High Rolling A ($19.70) popping pocket to win by a neck. Auciello completed the hat trick with Points North ($4.60) holding on by a neck to win the $21,000 nightcap. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Woodbine Mohawk Park. From Standardbred Canada

MILTON, ON - December 13, 2019 - Harness racing driver Jody Jamieson became the newest member of the 8,000 win club on Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The two-time World Driving Champion entered the weekend opener just a win shy of 8,000 for his career and found the winner's circle in the evening's fourth race with sophomore pacing filly Highmoon Sunshine ($11.20) for trainer Isabelle Darveau. Jamieson, 43, has enjoyed tremendous success during his racing career, having won prestigious events such as the Pepsi North America (twice), Maple Leaf Trot (twice) and Little Brown Jug. The Moffat, Ontario resident made his debut in 1994 and is currently on pace to post his 16th consecutive $4 million-plus season. Jamieson's highest single-season win total came in 2009 when he won 796 races. The latest milestone adds to Jamieson's incredible career resume, which includes having driven the winners of more than $130 million. A three-time O'Brien Award winner as Canada's Driver of the Year (2007, 2009, 2011), Jamieson is a fan-favourite at Mohawk Park and across the country, known for his signature post-race high-fives with fans along the rail. Jamieson currently ranks seventh in the Woodbine driver standings and sports 2019 numbers of 174 wins and $3.9 million earned. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Jody Jamieson notches 8,000th win by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment            

Ripping off cover came Easy Lover Hanover through the stretch with a :26 final quarter to cross the line first in the $34,000 Preferred Handicap Pace on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, one of five harness racing victories on the card for driver Jody Jamieson as he continues to grind towards 8,000 wins. Nirvana Seelster led the field to the first quarter in :27.3 while 4-5 favourite B Stoney sat in the pocket. Easy Lover Hanover raced fifth up the backstretch but Jamieson angled him second over as East End tipped uncovered into a :56.2 half. East End stalled rounding the final turn, leaving Nirvana Seelster to hold off B Stoney pulling pocket towards three-quarters in 1:24. B Stoney faltered through the stretch as Nirvana Seelster maintained command, but Easy Lover Hanover slung to the center of the course and swept towards the pacesetter, nailing him by a neck in 1:51. East End finished third. A six-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere, Easy Lover Hanover won his 10th race from 25 starts this season and his 44th from 109 overall, earning $1,041,023. Ben Wallace trains the $6.00 winner for owner Brad Grant. The win in the Preferred was the penultimate of Jamieson’s evening. He won his first two of the evening back-to-back when launching A Boy Named Suuzz ($30.40) off a helmet to a two-and-a-quarter length victory followed by Rockin In Heaven ($4.50) with a near-wire-to-wire mile in 1:49.4. Nocturnal Blue Chip ($6.70) gave Jamieson his third victory of the evening with his final win coming from Ideal Jet ($7.20) in a coast-to-coast 1:51.2 mile. Jamieson goes into the Monday, Dec. 9 card at Woodbine Mohawk Park just one win away from 8,000. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Woodbine Mohawk Park. From Standardbredcanada.ca 

MILTON, October 31, 2019 - It was all treats and no tricks for harness racing driver Jody Jamieson in Thursday evening's Harvest Series finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Jamieson took the gold in both series finals for Ontario sired two-year-old colts and geldings. Sportswriter colt Beaumond Hanover completed a series sweep in the $47,800 pacing colts and geldings final with a convincing _ length victory, grabbing command in the second-quarter and posting fractions of :57.2 and 1:25.1 before a :28.1 kicker to win in 1:53.2. The strong performance came despite a post-nine starting spot and a stiff headwind in the stretch. Sundown Kid finished second, while Rockin Roll Beach and Sixfingerfreddie completed the Superfecta. Owned and trained by Jack Darling, Beaumond Hanover is now four for five with $23,900 earned. The Sportswriter colt made his career debut on September 30 and was a $45,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase. Beaumond Hanover paid $2.30 to win. Sitting behind another heavy-favourite, Jamieson guided Simsalabim to a blowout 7 ½ lengths score in the $48,400 final for trotting colts and geldings. A son of Kadabra, Simsalabim got a two-hole trip behind Beyond Ordinary, who set fractions of :29.3, :59.3 and 1:29.3. The 1/5 favourite stormed by at the head of the lane and pulled away for the big victory in 1:59.3.   Beyond Ordinary finished second, while I Got The Looks and Lmc Hope completed the top-four. Trained by Rene Dion, Simsalabim is now three for eight with $65,446 earned for owners Susie Kerwood, Dion and Martin Leveillee. He paid $2.70 to win. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired two-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 as of September 30, 2019. Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications & Content

MILTON, ON - August 6, 2019 - Somebeachsometime stormed by rivals in the stretch to win Tuesday's second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The two-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere paced home in :26.3, part of a :53.3 back-half, to come from sixth for the stunning victory in the second leg of the three-week event. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Somebeachsometime got away last in the field of seventh and remained in that position at the midway point. Even-money choice Caviart Jane moved to the top from third in the second-quarter and led the field by the half in :56. Caviart Jane paced a solid :28.1 third-quarter to lead the field into the stretch. Meanwhile, Jamieson moved to the outside approaching three-quarters to sit just over seven-lengths from the top. The stretch drive saw Caviart Jane hold a clear lead at the eighth-pole, but the far outside saw a pair of fillies charging. Lady Lou, who was second-over and five-lengths off at three-quarters, was making up ground late, but Somebeachsometime was storming up just a bit quicker. Caviart Jane surrendered the lead late and watched Somebeachsometime prevail by a head over Lady Lou in 1:52.1. Libspeak finished fourth. Trained by Dave Menary, Somebeachsometime was a $65,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase and is the first foal out of Well Said mare Talk Time. She finished fourth in her debut last week, pacing home in :26 and now has a victory and $8,700 earned for owners Menary Racing Inc, Michael Guerriero, Kenneth Ewen and Bruce Norris. A $2 win ticket on Somebeachsometime returned $4.80. Round one winners Alexa Skye and Reflect With Me did not compete in the second leg. The $50,000 series final will take place next Tuesday (August 13). Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment    

ELORA, ON -- Grand River Raceway marked its 29th annual Industry Day celebration on August 5. The afternoon featured 11 races totaling $540,850 in purses, including the track's feature dashes, the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles. It was a homecoming of sorts for two families who have previously dominated these jewel races in the Elora, ON track's marquee event. 22nd annual Battle Of Waterloo Nine rookie two-year-old pacing colts vied for glory in the 22nd edition of the $239,000 Battle Of Waterloo. Trainer Carl Jamieson and his son, driver Jody Jamieson, teamed up to win with Sports Obsession, their 7-1 starter from post five. Jamieson maneuvered traffic trouble past the halfway marker when Bettorbuckleup and Beach Blanket Book hooked wheels and were taken out of contention. Soon after, the winning pair cleared to the lead and remained on top to clinch the win. The 1:54 score was the Sportswriter son's second career win in five starts. Betting favourite Wind Blown with J Harris was second for trainer Teesha Symes. Aneto with Bob McClure rounded out the top three. Carl Jamieson co-owns Sports Obsession with George Harrison. "I told everyone that the horse had a good shot. We just needed a little luck," said Jamieson. Carl Jamieson trained and drove the first-ever Battle Of Waterloo winner Distinctiv Skeeter in 1998. He also piloted and trained CT Rocket in 2000 and went on to win three more editions with son Jody in the bike in 2002, 2004 and 2006. Neither has won the race since. "Dad and I did it again," Jody Jamieson beamed. "I think it was a special omen today, us teaming up again in the Battle of Waterloo after those victories in the past." 11th annual Battle Of The Belles A field of talented two-year-old pacing fillies contested the 11th edition of the $157,500 Battle Of The Belles. Doug McNair and Karma Seelster capitalized on early action to capture the win at 27-1 in 1:54.4, which matches the stake record set by Play The Bell in 2017. Karma Seelster scored her maiden win in her elimination division last week but drew the outside starting post (#8) in the final. She took to the top as heavy-favourite Alicorn (post four) and Louis Philippe Roy made a break at the first quarter. Alicorn matched the divisional track record in her elimination win last week in 1:54.2. She also holds an OSS speed record earned earlier this year. After her miscue, Roy quickly regrouped Alicorn and she came on strong to finish second for trainer Chantal Mitchell. Temagami Seelster and J Harris were third. This was the second Battle Of The Belles title for the father-son duo of driver Doug McNair and trainer Gregg McNair, both of Guelph, ON. The pair won the 2013 edition with Lady Shadow. They also paired up to win the Batlle Of Waterloo in 2008, 2013 and 2015. "I haven't been in the winner's circle for a while for one of these races," said Doug McNair. "I remember when I was 18 standing here. Time flies. It feels pretty good to be here today. And nice to get one for Keith (Waples)." Hall Of Fame horseman Keith Waples co-owns the Sportswriter filly with his wife Eileen and their daughter Karen Hauver. Karma Seelster was a $127,000 yearling purchase in 2018 at the London Select Sale. "We had a little trouble with her gait this winter (in Florida) but she has really come along since we've been back in Ontario," said Gregg McNair. "It's great to win at Grand River Raceway. It's our home track and we're here quite a bit in the spring training these horses down and I really like it here," he said. Undercard The Industry Day undercard included five divisions of Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) for three-year-old colt pacers. Division leader Sugartown sweetened his hold on the year-end Grassroots title. The Sportswriter son held off Fast N First (James MacDonald) to win his third sophomore OSS race (and sixth season win) by a neck in 1:53.1 with Louis Philippe Roy for trainer Richard Moreau. That 1:53.1 clocking was the quickest of OSS action on Industry Day and matched the first division of the day when Travis Cullen steered Dreamfair Moxy to his sixth career win for owner John Lamers and trainer Jodie Cullen. The final division featured HP Napoleon in his fourth consecutive win from nine starts this season. Mario Baillargeon drove the Big Jim gelding for brother Ben Baillargeon to a three-quarter-length finish in 1:54.3. The quickest mile of the afternoon went to Ghost Dance in the Preferred pace (Race 9). Bob McClure piloted the Nick Gallucci student to a front-end win by 13 lengths in 1:51.1 for owner Millar Farms. It was the first win of the season for the four-year-old gelding. He has banked $166,000 in career earnings. Record Handle Today's handle of $488,696 is a new Industry Day record, besting the previous record of $481,239 set in 2016. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway   • Video: Battle of Waterloo       • Video: Battle Of Belles           Attached Photos: • Doug McNair winning with Karma Seelster in the $157,500 Battle Of The Belles (Emma Ongman/AG Photography)     • Sports Obsession captures the $239,00 Battle Of Waterloo with Jody Jamieson (Emma Ongman/AG Photography)         FFI: Contact Jenna Knox at (519) 846-5455 ext. 247 or jknox@grandriverraceway.com               --   Kelly Spencer Co-Owner, True Nature Communications Inc.   kelly@truenaturecommunications.com   Cell: 519-465-7908   www.truenaturecommunications.com   >>> Explorers tell the best stories and the best stories win hearts.      

MILTON, May 25, 2019 - Lather Up returned to the scene of his biggest harness racing victory to win Saturday's $34,000 Preferred in 1:49 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The 2018 Pepsi North America Cup champion headlined a field of seven for the top-class event and was sent off as the 2/5 favourite with Jody Jamieson steering for the first-time. Physicallyinclined took the early-battle to seize the lead and post solid opening fractions of :26 and :53.4. Lather Up and Jamieson angled out from fourth at the half and came first-up on the far turn to lead by a neck at three-quarters in 1:21.4. Lather Up stormed home effortlessly in :27.1 to win by just under five-lengths in 1:49 with the ear plugs still in. Go West Go Fast finished second, while Traceur Hanover was third and Physicallyinclined fourth. A four-year-old son of Im Gorgeous, Lather Up provided his connections with a strong bounce-back performance after failing to make the final of the Confederation Cup in his most recent start. The Clyde Francis trainee now has two victories and $40,250 earned in three starts this season. Lather Up is a homebred for Gary and Barbara Iles and now sports career numbers of 17 wins and $1.1 million earned. The Francis trainee is now expected to compete in next Saturday's Graduate Series leg at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

MILTON, May 2, 2019 - Stakes season at Woodbine Mohawk Park is just around the corner and harness racing fans will get an opportunity to whet their appetite with this Saturday's edition of the $34,000 Preferred Pace. Millionaire pacer Sintra (PP5, Jody Jamieson ) increased his current win streak to six with an impressive 1:50.1 score in last week's Preferred, his first start since late-February. The six-year-old gelding has been rolling in the Preferred this season, but with a new month comes new challengers. Stars Jimmy Freight, last year's O'Brien Award winner, and Dr J Hanover, the fastest Standardbred in Canadian racing history, join Sintra and four other rivals to make up this week's edition of the $34,000 Preferred. Richard Moreau trainee Jimmy Freight (PP1, Louis Philippe Roy) will be making his four-year-old debut in Saturday's contest and comes in off a sharp 1:52.4 qualifying effort last Thursday. The Ontario Sires Stakes champion is prepping for next weekend's Confederation Cup eliminations. Jimmy Freight is no stranger to facing older company, having faced aged competitors on multiple occasions last season. The son of Sportswriter grabbed headlines with a third-place effort in last year's Mohawk Gold Cup, which was part of an incredible season that saw him win 11 of 21 starts and earn $834,489 for owner Adriano Sorella. Dr J Hanover (PP2, Doug McNair) comes to town after battling in the Levy Series at Yonkers Raceway. The Tony Alagna trainee most recently captured a $50,000 Levy Eligible contest on April 20 for his first win in seven starts this season. Dr J Hanover - Winning a leg of the Graduate at Mohawk Park on June 3, 2017   - New Image Media Now six-years-old, Dr J Hanover scored six wins and made $227,980 in 23 starts last season, which included appearances in the Canadian Pacing Derby and TVG Open. He races for owners Brad Grant, Robert LeBlanc, Steven Wienick and ISFT. Saturday's Preferred also includes recent winners Traceur Hanover (PP3, Chris Christoforou) and Physicallyinclined (PP7, Jonathan Drury). The field is rounded out by Go West Go Fast (PP4, Sylvain Filion) and P L Jackson (Travis Cullen). The Preferred is carded as Race 6 on Saturday's 11-race card. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Woodbine Mohawk Park has horseplayers covered this Saturday for the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby. Fans can watch and wager on all the action from Churchill Downs by visiting the main floor simulcast area. Carrels in the Racebook have been sold out for two weeks, but plenty of seating and screens are available throughout the facility. Trackside Bar will be opening early at 4 p.m. for food and drink service ahead of the Derby and Saturday evening's live racing program. For more information, follow @WoodbineSB on Facebook and Twitter.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

Dual Harness Racing World Driving Champion Jody Jamieson has been engaged to drive Maori Law in the Inter Dominion Trotting Championship. Jamieson will feature as a guest of Harness Racing Australia (HRA) throughout the Inter Dominion series as the keynote speaker for its upcoming conference on December 14. A winner of over 7,700 races, including the 2007 edition of the Little Brown Jug with Tell All, Jamieson is no stranger to driving in Australia. Jody represented Canada in the 2015 World Driving Championship in Sydney and was successful at Bathurst (twice) and at Wagga Wagga. Venturing to Victoria following the series, he finished second on Vincennes in the Great Southern Star of that year.   Jamieson will be available for drives on each night of the Inter Dominion Carnival, in addition to the Stawell Cup meeting on Sunday December 2 and Bendigo on December 6. Maori Law’s owner, Fred Crews, said he was excited to have Jamieson drive his charge throughout the series. Jamieson steps in for the trotter’s regular driver, Gavin Lang, who is committed to the horse he trains, Save Our Pennys. Maori Law, who is rated a $9 chance to win the Inter Dominion final, has drawn gate six in the first heat of the trotters series at Melton on Saturday night. The horse is set to start second favourite in the heat behind kiwi raider Speeding Spur. Harness Racing Australia

MILTON,ON -  November 12, 2018 - Sophomore fillies Lyons Hedgeabet and Shotgun Sally captured finals of the Ontario sired Harvest Series on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A field of six clashed in the $43,000 final for trotting fillies, while a full field of 10 battled in the $49,900 final for pacing fillies. Mach Three filly Lyons Hedgeabet picked the perfect time to break her maiden by winning the $49,900 final for pacing fillies in 1:52.3. Driven by Bob McClure, Lyons Hedgeabet got away eighth from post position four. Race favourite Miss Rockadali, seeking a series sweep, shot out to the lead and posted a :26.4 opening-quarter. D Gs Shadowsbell, also going for the sweep, was parked second and had to grind things out the entire mile on the outside. Miss Rockadali rolled the field to the half in :55.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.2. McClure moved Lyons Hedgeabet ahead of the half into the outer-flow and sat third-over sixth, just four lengths from the lead turning for home. In the stretch, Lyons Hedgeabet stormed by rivals to the top and paced a :27.2 final-quarter to score a convincing 4 ¼ lengths victory. D Gs Shadowsbell showed plenty of grit to finish second, while I Shadow U was third and Oxford Comma fourth. Trained by Jeff Gillis, Lyons Hedgeabet finished third in last week's second leg after a runner-up finish in a first leg division. The Mach Three filly was making her seventh career start Monday and entered with a trio of runner-up finishes and trio of third-place finishes. Owned by Geoffrey Lyons Mound, Lyons Hedgeabet increased her earnings to $39,800 with the maiden-breaking score. She paid $12 to win. Johnny William filly Shotgun Sally and driver Paul MacKenzie showed plenty of patience in capturing Monday's $43,000 Harvest Series final for trotting fillies in a career-best 1:56.4. Power And Grace hustled off the wings of the gate to grab the top spot with last week's second leg winner Miss Adam T getting away second before circling to the top early in the second-quarter. Shotgun Sally got away fifth and sat in that same spot when Miss Adam T led the field by a half of :57.1. McKenzie gave Shotgun Sally her cue to go entering the far turn and the 6/5 favourite trotted up into third, just over two lengths from Miss Adam T at the third-marker. In the stretch, Shotgun Sally immediately powered by Miss Adam T and pulled away to a 5 ¼ lengths victory in 1:56.4. Miss Adam T finished second, while Gradabra rallied for third. Trained by Todd Clements, Shotgun Sally won the opening leg of the series before being scratched from last week's second leg due to transportation issues. She now has four wins in 26 starts this season. Owned by Trisha Barsby, Shotgun Sally, who made just two starts as a rookie, has now earned $52,588 in her career. She paid $4.60 to win. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2018 as of September 30, 2018. Dunbar Hall and driver Jody Jamieson got things their own way in Monday's $34,000 Preferred Handicap trot and turned it into a second consecutive victory at the top-level. A group of six battled in the weekly feature with star trotting mare Dream Together having issues before the start and never joining her rivals in the contest. The removal of a key contender allowed Dunbar Hall and Jamieson to claim the top spot in the early stages. Dunbar Hall posted a :27.2 opening-quarter before stealing away with a :59.3 middle-half, while 6/5 favourite Dancer Hall sat in the two-hole. In the stretch, Dunbar Hall sprinted home in :27 to win by two-lengths in 1:54, the same clocking as his victory last week. Dancer Hall had to settle for second, while Big Rich was third and Catch The Dream fourth. A four-year-old gelding, Dunbar Hall picked up his eighth win in 23 starts this season. He has now earned $217,930 in 2018 to bring his career numbers to 13 wins and $331,184 earned for owners Carl Jamieson and George Harrison. A $2 win ticket on Dunbar Hall returned $4.80. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - November 5, 2018 - Dunbar Hall returned to Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday and turned in a strong performance in the $34,000 Preferred Trot. The four-year-old trotter was making his first start since a break in the $500,000 Breeders Crown final on October 25 and shot off cover to track down leader Dancer Hall for a 1:54 victory. Trained by Stephanie Jamieson, Dunbar Hall and driver Jody Jamieson were able to flush out cover from fifth and sat in a nice second-over spot turning for home. Dancer Hall left from post-nine and made the lead after being parked around the first-turn. Dancer Hall reached three-quarters in 1:25 and had a few lengths on separation his rivals coming into the lane. Dunbar Hall unleashed a strong final-quarter to shoot off cover and storm by the leader for a 1 ¾ lengths score. Dancer Hall just held off Free Willy Hanover for second. Dunbar Hall's victory snapped a five-race losing streak. The Jamieson trainee finished second in his Crown elimination before making an early break in the rich final. Owned by Carl Jamieson and George Harrison, Dunbar Hall now has seven wins and $200,930 earned in 22 starts this season. His career numbers improved to 12 wins and $314,184 earned with the Preferred score. Dunbar Hall paid $16.90 to win. Round two of the Harvest Series for Ontario sired three-year-old fillies also took place on Monday. Just a single seven-horse division was needed for the trotters, while 21 pacers were split into a pair of divisions. Miss Adam T came through for her backers in the second-leg, scoring a coast-to-coast victory in 1:59.1 as the public's choice. The Ben Baillargeon trainee finished third in the first leg after going off as the favourite. Leg one winner Shotgun Sally was scratched due to transportation, which brought the field down to six. Gradabra finished second by 2½ lengths, while Power And Grace was third. Trevor Henry steered Miss Adam T to her second win in 13 starts. The sophomore trotting filly, who was unraced at age two, has now earned $26,296 for owners/breeders Tom & Elizabeth Rankin. Miss Adam T paid $4.10 to win. D Gs Shadowsbell pulled off her second consecutive upset victory in the first of two divisions for pacing fillies. James MacDonald gave the Chantal Mitchell trainee a two-hole ride and shot through in the lane to win by a head over Grand Bay in a career-best 1:54. Lyons Hedgeabet and Shadow World were in the mix for the exciting finish and crossed the line third and fourth, each beat half a length. A daughter of Shadow Play, D Gs Shadowsbell went off at odds of 13-1 in Monday's second leg after pulling off a 27-1 upset in last week's first leg. She now has three wins in 18 starts this season. Owned and bred by Daniel Surprenant, D Gs Shadowsbell now has $32,204 earned this season to bring her career numbers to six wins and $63,669. She paid $29.60 to win. Miss Rockadali repeated in Monday's second leg, posting a coast-to-coast victory for driver Louis Philippe Roy and trainer Richard Moreau. The daughter of Dali held off Lady Grande by a head for a career-best 1:55.1 victory. Bidforahug finished third, while Oxford Comma was fourth. Owned by Andre St Laurent, Miss Rockadali is now nine for 20 this season with $44,751 earned. Her career earnings jumped to $48,634 with Monday's score. A $2 win ticket on Miss Rockadali returned $4.10. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2018 as of September 30, 2018. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications -

MILTON, ON - November 2, 2018 - Sophomore pacing filly Kendall Seelster stole the show Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a stunning victory in the $30,000 Mares Preferred. The daughter of Shadow Play defeated eight older rivals by charging home from a third-over seventh to track down Sandebetweenurtoes with a :27.1 final-quarter for a 1:52 victory. Sylvain Filion steered Kendall Seelster to victory for trainer Rod Boyd, who has now taken over the training of the standout three-year-old. Her first-career Preferred score improves her sophomore numbers to six wins and $226,165 earned in 17 starts. Kendall Seelster now has 10 wins and $680,150 in career earnings for owner 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, Ontario. Sandbetweenurtoes finished second after cutting the mile and holding a sizable advantage off a 1:23.1 three-quarter clocking. Windsongmagnifique crossed the wire third, while Exhilarated for fourth. Kendall Seelster paid $16.60 to win. Friday's card also saw the start of the Harvest Series for Ontario Sired three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Mach Three gelding Phantom Seelster was a convincing winner in the evening's first of two $17,000 divisions. Bob McClure steered the sophomore to victory for trainer Richard Moreau. Phantom Seelster and McClure got away second and would stay inside while P H Hippie made a second-quarter move from third to take the lead from Hes Got Swagger. The initial leader made a move back to the top going into the far turn, which gave McClure his cue to make his move and swept to the lead at three-quarters in 1:24.4. The stretch drive saw Phantom Seelster wave goodnight to his rivals and pull away to win by five lengths. Dismissal Slip finished second, while Shadow Moon was third. Phantom Seelster entered the Harvest Series winless in 14 starts this season. The three-year-old gelding has now earned $23,020 this season to bring his career numbers to four wins and $66,685 earned for owners Gestion Mastel Inc., Conrad Leber and Marcel Barrieau. A $2 win ticket on Phantom Seelster returned $6.80. Camluck gelding Westslucky Terror turned in a strong performance to win the second split for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Frank Baker Jr. Westslucky Terror got away second before circling to the lead at the half. Bit Of Luck came charging first-up to battle with the leader on the far turn and the sophomores were on even-terms at three-quarters. In the stretch, Westslucky Terror turned aside his rival to win by a length in 1:55. Bit Of Luck had to settle for second, while Stratosphere was third. The Harvest Series first-leg victory improves Westslucky Terror to six wins and $48,375 earned in 19 starts this season for owners Baker Jr. and Paul Chapman. The Camluck gelding was unraced at age two. Westslucky Terror paid $7.50 to win. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario Sired three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 as of September 30, 2018. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

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