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MILTON, September 22, 2020 – The inaugural Mohawk Million headlines Canada’s richest night of harness racing with over $2.8 million on the line this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  The $1,320,000 (CAD) Mohawk Million, $720,000 Metro Pace, $455,000 Shes A Great Lady and $215,000 Milton Stakes are the marquee races on a 12-race card.  The Mohawk Million will see a field of ten two-year-old trotters under the bright lights for harness racing’s newest million-dollar race. The event is the first million-dollar “buy-in” race in harness racing history. A total of nine slots in the race were available for purchase at a cost of $110,000 (USD). The tenth and final slot was awarded to the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial.  Serge Godin’s Determination will send out a powerful one-two punch in the Mohawk Million. Undefeated filly Donna Soprano races in Determination’s purchased slot, while On A Streak won the Wellwood Memorial to secure a second starter for Godin. Both horses are trained by Luc Blais.  Donna Soprano is a perfect five for five and most recently won the Peaceful Way in dominant fashion. The regally bred daughter of millionaires Donato Hanover and Windsong Soprano has earned $278,082 to date and holds a mark of 1:53.3. She will be driven by Woodbine’s leading driver Bob McClure.  On A Streak was winless in five starts prior to upsetting in the William Wellwood Memorial. The son of Cantab Hall is five for six in the top-three and sports the highest earnings in the field at $312,601. Scott Young will make his million-dollar race debut when he sits behind On A Streak.  Woodbine’s leading owner Brad Grant has negotiated with the connections of Kentucky Sires Stakes champion Venerate to race in his slot. The Julie Miller trained son of French stallion Love You won the state final at The Red Mile last Sunday in a dazzling 1:51.4. He is now three for six with $186,766 earned for owners Pinske Stables and Andy Miller Stable. Andrew McCarthy, who recently won both the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantinage, will steer.  Donna Soprano will be joined by two other fillies in the race. Insta Glam, racing in John Fielding’s slot, and Altar for Diamond Creek Racing will take their shot in a year that has seen fillies have big success against the boys.  Insta Glam is trained by Nancy Takter for Goran Falk and Christina Takter. The daughter of Father Patrick is four for seven and earlier this season set a new track record of 1:54 at Harrah’s Philadelphia.   Diamond Creek Racing kept it all in the family with their Mohawk Million entry of Altar. The daughter of Muscle Hill is a homebred for Adam Bowden’s Diamond Creek. She sits with a record of two wins in five starts and was this season’s New Jersey Sires Stakes champion   Anders Ström’s Courant Inc. entered their own Muscle Hill colt Iznogoud AM S. The Marcus Melander trainee is winless in six starts but has been knocking on the door with runner-up finishes in legs of the New Jersey and Kentucky Sires Stakes.  Jules Siegel’s Fashion Farms will send out Bravado Fashion from the Jim Campbell barn. The son of Bar Hopping is looking to build off a maiden-breaking victory in his most recent start at The Red Mile.  The remainder of the field saw slot owners do some private negotiating to secure their Mohawk Million starter.  Warrawee Whisper from the Shawn Steacy barn will race in the slot of Jim Bullock’s Glengate Farms. The son of Trixton is winless in six with three runner-up finishes, including seconds in the Wellwood Memorial elimination and Champlain.  Brad Maxwell trainee Full Of Muscles has been secured to race in the slot of Gina Ghent’s Dreamland Farms. The son of Muscle Mass just missed a victory in last Saturday’s Ontario Sires Stakes Gold at Mohawk Park and has four runner-up finishes in six starts.  Tokyo Seelster from the Richard Moreau barn is an OSS Gold winner with three wins in nine career starts. The son of Kadabra has been secured to race in the slot of Jeffrey Snyder.  The Mohawk Million is Race 10 on Saturday’s $2.8 million card. Post time is approximately 10:45 p.m.  The full field for the Mohawk Million is listed below:    1 Iznogoud AM S (Doug McNair/Marcus Melander) – Courant Inc. 2 Warrawee Whisper (Jonathan Drury/Shawn Steacy) – Glengate Farms 3 Donna Soprano (Bob McClure/Luc Blais) – Determination 4 Full Of Muscles (Trevor Henry/Brad Maxwell) – Dreamland Farms 5 Altar (Jody Jamieson/Per Engblom) – Diamond Creek Racing 6 Tokyo Seelster (Sylvain Filion/Richard Moreau) – Jeffrey Snyder 7 On A Streak (Scott Young/Luc Blais) – Wellwood Winner 8 Bravado Fashion (Louis-Philippe Roy/Jim Campbell) – Fashion Farms 9 Insta Glam (Yannick Gingras/Nancy Takter) – John Fielding 10 Venerate (Andrew McCarthy/Julie Miller) – Brad Grant     ROOKIE PACERS READY FOR METRO PACE AND SHES A GREAT LADY   The spotlight will be bright Saturday for two-year-olds with the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady joining the Mohawk Million.  Abuckabett Hanover will have all eyes on him in the $720,000 Metro Pace. The Tony Alagna trainee is on a four-race win streak and posted a strong 1:51 elimination score for driver McCarthy.  A son of Betting Line, Abuckabett Hanover is a perfect three for three at Mohawk Park with all three wins coming in Grand Circuit races. The rookie has displayed tremendous speed, finishing off each of his last two wins in :26.1.  Alagna will be searching for his third Metro Pace victory after winning the event in 2012 with Captaintreacherous and 2014 with Artspeak.  Amanda Fine trainee Highlandbeachsbest is the other elimination winner in the field. The Somebeachsomewhere colt pulled off a 14-1 upset in his elimination, stopping the clock in 1:51.4 for driver Trevor Henry.  Highlandbeachsbest is finding his best stride at the right time, as he’s won two of his last starts after going winless in his first five outings.  The $720,000 Metro Pace is carded as Race 8 (9:55 p.m.).  The $455,000 Shes A Great Lady is headlined by star pacing filly Caviart Audrey for Caviart Farms, trainer Takter and driver Gingras. The Somebeachsomewhere filly is four for five and would be undefeated if not for a disqualification in her second lifetime start.  Caviart Audrey has dazzled in three starts at Mohawk Park, most impressively winning the Eternal Camnation on August 29 in 1:51.2. She won her elimination last Saturday in 1:52.4.  Scarlett Hanover is red-hot going into the Shes A Great Lady. The daughter of Bettors Delight has won three in a row and is five for nine overall. Ashleigh Hensley trains for the rookie pacing filly in Ontario for Ron Burke.  McCarthy lands the drive behind Scarlett Hanover after Gingras opted to remain with Caviart Audrey.  The $455,000 Shes A Great Lady is carded as Race 5 (8:40 p.m.).    PACING MARES MEET IN WIDE OPEN MILTON  The Milton Stakes has the ability to be the race of the night if the final is anything like last Saturday’s eliminations. Both eliminations saw thrilling three-across finishes.  Kissin In The Sand and Trillions Hanover prevailed in the eliminations and earned the right to select their post for the final, choosing post three and four, respectively.  Six-year-old Caviart Ally is looking for a three-peat in the Milton after winning the last two editions. The Brett Pelling trainee was third by a head in her elimination, which was her first in seven weeks. She starts from the second-tier Saturday.  Roses Are Red winner Warrawee Ubeaut will look to rebound after hitting a wall late and getting picked off by Kissin In The Sand in her elimination. The Burke trained four-year-old has had an up and down year, but has enjoyed major victories in the past at Mohawk Park.  Local stars Boadicea, So Much More and Lit De Rose are also part of the ten-horse field.  The $215,000 Milton Stakes is carded as Race 7 (9:30 p.m.).    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW  Post time for Saturday’s rich card is 7 p.m. Early program pages can be downloaded by clicking here.  Fans and horseplayers can watch and wager on the Mohawk Million card through HPIbet.com and the Dark Horse App. The marquee stakes events will also be broadcast live on COSATV through their YouTube channel and various social media accounts.    Mark McKelvie

MILTON, ON - September 22, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced that a mandatory payout for the Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 will be offered this Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover currently sits at $122,342.03 heading into Tuesday evening's card of harness racing. The Jackpot Hi-5 wager will be offered on every card this week leading up to the mandatory payout on Saturday. This Saturday's card at Woodbine Mohawk Park is headlined by the inaugural Mohawk Million, which features a field of 10 two-year-old trotters racing for a purse of $1,320,000 (CAD). The Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout race is carded as Race 12 (11:35 p.m.). To download early program pages for Saturday's card, click here. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - September 21, 2020 - The harness racing field for the inaugural Mohawk Million is set with each of the nine slot owners declaring a horse to race in their slot prior to Monday's noon deadline. The $1 million (USD) race for two-year-old trotters will take place this Saturday (September 26) at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a full field of 10 lining up. The Mohawk Million follows a buy-in formula with nine slots in the race sold earlier this year for $110,000 (USD) each. The tenth and final slot was awarded to the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial, On A Streak. Each of the nine slots sold were considered an entity that could be sold, traded or leased. All nine slot owners have retained their slots with several opting to privately negotiate a deal to have a horse they do not own compete in their slot. The field for the Mohawk Million is listed below by slot owner name. Slot Owner: Brad Grant Horse: Venerate Owner: Pinske Stables and Andy Miller Stable Inc. Trainer: Julie Miller Slot Owner: Courant Inc. Horse: Iznogoud AM S Owner: Courant Inc. Trainer: Marcus Melander Slot Owner: Determination Horse: Donna Soprano (Filly) Owner: Determination Trainer: Luc Blais Slot Owner: Diamond Creek Racing Horse: Altar (Filly) Owner: Diamond Creek Racing Trainer: Per Engblom Slot Owner: Dreamland Farms Horse: Full Of Muscles Owner: Farhi Standardbreds Corp. Trainer: Brad Maxwell Slot Owner: Fashion Farms Horse: Bravado Fashion Owner: Fashion Farms LLC. Trainer: Jim Campbell Slot Owner: Glengate Farms Horse: Warrawee Whisper Owner: Mark Steacy, Natasha Rivest, Stephen Klunowski and Dr. Michael Wilson Trainer: Shawn Steacy Slot Owner: Jeffrey Snyder Horse: Tokyo Seelster Owner: Michael Sergi, Sam Sergi and Braveheart Racing Trainer: Richard Moreau Slot Owner: John Fielding Horse: Insta Glam (Filly) Owner: Goran Falk and Christina Takter Trainer: Nancy Takter Wellwood Winner Slot Horse: On A Streak Owner: Determination Trainer: Luc Blais The post-position draw for the Mohawk Million will take place this evening at 6:20 p.m. The draw will be part of the Woodbine Racing Live simulcast show prior to Monday evening's card of live racing. Mark McKelvie will host this evening's Mohawk Million coverage on Woodbine Racing Live. This evening's festivities include a message from Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment, a closer look at each horse in the field and the post-position draw with Scott McKelvie, Race Secretary for Mohawk Park. The draw can be seen live on multiple platforms, including Woodbine Mohawk Park's website, Facebook, HPIbet, HPItv and all distributors carrying Woodbine's simulcast signal. The $1 million Mohawk Park is the main event of Canada's richest night of harness racing. The Mohawk Million card also includes the $720,000 Metro Pace, $455,000 Shes A Great Lady and $215,000 Milton Stakes. Post time for Saturday's rich card is 7 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

MILTON, September 19, 2020 - A scramble finish with multiple breakers saw Chestnut Hill at 60-1 shoot up the rail to a stunning harness racing victory in the $560,000 Canadian Trotting Classic on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. All eyes were on heavy-favourite Ready For Moni in the rich event for three-year-old trotters. The Nancy Takter trainee and driver Yannick Gingras made the front in the second-quarter and appeared poised to close out the victory coming down the lane, but a rare miscue in the final-eighth opened the door for several closing rivals. Chestnut Hill and driver Andy McCarthy had been following along sixth and had dived down to the rail for his late bid. The 'Nifty' Norman trainee was full of trot late and somehow was able to avoid losing all momentum when squeezing by the breaking Ready For Moni, reaching up by half a length in 1:53.2. "Pretty close," laughed McCarthy when asked about how close he was to danger when avoiding the breaking horse. "I kind of yelled out to let Yannick (Gingras) know there was someone on the inside of him. "It worked out that he heard me and didn't want to crash into me, so he did a good job getting that horse out of the way safely and it worked out good for me and I got to sneak up there." Play Trix On Me made a first-up bid on the far turn and nearly came through for the victory, finishing second in the middle of several rivals. HP Royal Theo was charging on the outside in the lane when he also made a break, finishing third placed sixth for a lapped on break. Jula Trix Treasure was moved up to third, while Threefiftytwo jumped up to fourth. A son of champions Muscle Hill and Poof Shes Gone, Chestnut Hill was coming into Saturday off a win in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Consolation and now has three wins in 11 starts this season and five wins overall. The Norman trainee made over $248,000 at age two and was sitting on $86,169 earned in 2020 prior to the Canadian Trotting Classic. "I've been watching this horse and he has been sneaky good," said McCarthy. "I ended up in a spot that I wasn't too happy about heading around the last turn, but I was able to shake him out and sneak him back up the inside." Chestnut Hill, who was a $410,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase in 2018, is owned by Mel Hartman, David McDuffee and Little E LLC. A $2 win ticket on Chestnut Hill returned $122.90. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, September 19, 2020 - A rich stakes-filled harness racing card on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park also included the eliminations for the Shes A Great Lady and Milton Stakes. A group of 14 two-year-old fillies met in a pair of $35,000 Shes A Great Lady divisions, while 13 older pacing mares were split into two $35,000 Milton eliminations. Driver Yannick Gingras swept the Shes A Great Lady eliminations, guiding Scarlett Hanover and Caviart Audrey to victories. Entering on a two-race win streak, Scarlett Hanover took top spot at the half and engaged in a third-quarter battle with Best Head West before turning that rival aside and finishing off her mile in :27.2 to win in 1:53.2. Notorious Pink finished second by a length and a half, while Best Head West was third. Spellcheck Hanover and Alumni Seelster completed the top-five. A daughter of Bettors Delight, Scarlett Hanover is now five for nine on the season with $222,890 earned for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Frank Baldachino, JandT Silva Purnel & Libb and Weaver Bruscemi. Ashleigh Hensley trains the rookie pacing filly. Scarlett Hanover paid $3.50 to win. Scarlett Hanover The next elimination saw Caviart Audrey move to the lead in the second-quarter and go the distance for a 1:52.4 victory. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was steered by Gingras for trainer Nancy Takter and owners Caviart Farms. A :27.4 final-quarter locked down a fourth win in five starts for Caviart Audrey, who is now three for three since arriving at Mohawk Park. Her earnings move up to $126,737 with the latest victory. Twin B Sunkissed closed up well to finish second by three-quarters of a length. Paulas Bet Hanover, Voelz Delight and Lady Arthur rounded out the top-five. Caviart Audrey paid $2.20 to win. Caviart Audrey The Milton eliminations each saw three-across finishes to set the scene for an intriguing final. Warrawee Ubeaut appeared home free in the first elimination, but hit a wall late and watched as Kissin In The Sand shot by for a 1:49.2 victory. Jody Jamieson steered the Takter trainee to her second win in six starts this season. Warrawee Ubeaut just held on for second over Treacherous Reign, while Lit De Rose and Stonebridge Soul also advanced to the final. A five-year-old by Somebeachsomewhere, Kissin In The Sand had been off over a month prior to Saturday's start. The career winner of 21 races and $1.3 million is owned by Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables. Kissin In The Sand paid $8.10 to win. Kissin In The Sand Tom Fanning trained Trillions Hanover moved to the lead at the half and dug in gamely to hold off So Much More and Caviart Ally in the second split. Bob McClure guided the four-year-old to her second win of the season, stopping the clock in 1:50.3. Owned by VIP Internet Stables, Falcon Racing and Paul Lang, Trillions Hanover was making her first start since finishing second in the Roses Are Red on August 29. She's now earned over $110,000 this season and sports career numbers of 12 wins and $362,869 earned for the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere. Philly Hanover and Boadicea completed the top-five to advance to next week's $215,000 final. Trillions Hanover paid $10 to win. Trillions Hanover The $455,000 Shes A Great Lady final and $215,000 Milton Stakes final will take place next Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The post positions for those races and the Metro Pace are listed below. $455,000 Shes A Great Lady 1 Voelz Delight 2 Twin B Sunkissed 3 Scarlett Hanover 4 Caviart Audrey 5 Notorious Pink 6 Spellcheck Hanover 7 Alumni Seelster 8 Paulas Bet Hanover 9 Lady Arthur 10 Best Head West AE: Postscript $215,000 Milton 1 Treacherous Reign 2 Warrawee Ubeaut 3 Kissin In The Sand 4 Trillions Hanover 5 Boadicea 6 So Much More 7 Philly Hanover 8 Lit De Rose 9 Stonebridge Soul 10 Caviart Ally AE: Sunny Dee Mark McKelvie

MILTON, September 19, 2020 - Ramona Hill continued her magical three-year-old season with a dominating harness racing victory in the $350,000 Elegantimage Stakes on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Hambletonian champion and driver Andrew McCarthy displayed their confidence and patience en route to a 3¾ lengths score in an Elegantimage record-equaling 1:51.4. "She was as good as ever tonight," said McCarthy. "She's just such an amazing filly, it's just an unbelievable experience to sit behind a horse like that. "She never really got out of second gear tonight, just kind of worked her way to the front and never really had to ask her at all, she just did it pretty easy." The Tony Alagna trainee Ramona Hill watched early from in fifth as Trina shot out to post a :27 opening-quarter before Warrawee Vicky cleared to the top. Sister Sledge quickly moved up to the lead in the second-quarter and just as quick was confronted by Sorella, stretching that rival out to a :55.1 half. Ramona Hill got her cue to go just before the half and marched first-up around the far turn, overtaking Sorella by a pair of lengths at three-quarters in 1:23.1. The daughter of Muscle Hill cruised home confidently with the plugs still in to her sixth win in seven starts this season. Sister Sledge got by Sorella to finish second, while Fortune Starlet was fourth. Ramona Hill goes over $950,000 in seasonal earnings with the Elegantimage victory and now sports career numbers of 12 wins and $1.4 million earned in 14 starts for owners Brad Grant, Crawford Farms Racing, Robert LeBlanc and In The GYM Partners. "I've never won this race and it's on my bucket list being right in our own backyard," said Grant. "To have her here and really not know how good she is, as Andy said she was in second gear, so if that doesn't excite you I don't know what does." Ramona Hill paid $3.10 to win. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, September 19, 2020 - The field for the $720,000 Metro Pace is set following a pair of $40,000 harness racing eliminations on Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Highlandbeachsbest came through with a 14-1 upset score in the first of two six-horse eliminations for the Metro. Driven by Trevor Henry, Highlandbeachsbest shot out to the early lead and hung up a :27.1 opening-quarter. Bettor Sun circled to the top before the half, reaching that station in :56. The third-quarter saw Twin B Fighter come first up, which allowed the 3/5 favourite Pirate Hanover and Doug McNair to follow in a perfect second-over spot. After the leader reached three-quarters in 1:24.3, Pirate Hanover tipped off cover, but made a nasty break, dropping to his knees, but luckily staying up thanks to some great work by driver McNair and athleticism by the rookie pacer. With the favourite out of the mix, Highlandbeachsbest shot through to a 1:51.4 victory. No Better Joy had good pace on the end to finish second by a length and a half. Bettor Sun, Exploit and Twin B Fighter completed the top-five. Trained by Amanda Fine, Highlandbeachsbest picks up his second win in eight starts, having recently broke his maiden two starts back in an overnight at Mohawk Park. The Somebeachsomewhere colt is owned by breeder Highland Thoroughbred FRM and Marty Fine. The victory vaults Highlandbeachsbest, who paid $31 to win, up to $49,686 in earnings. Highlandbeachsbest Abuckabett Hanover extended his win streak to four in a row with a confident 1:51 score in the second elimination for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Tony Alagna. The son of Betting Line made a second-quarter move to the top, pacing by the half in a sensible :57 before pacing a :54 back-half, capped off by a :26.1 final-quarter. Lawless Shadow was the early leader and finished a length back of the winner in second. Bayfield Beach was third, while Control Heaven and Ucanttouchthisrounded out the top-five. A $160,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Abuckabett Hanover is now four for six with $165,234 earned for owners Barbera Stable, Jablonsky Held Stable, Joe Deguara and Alagna And Inthegym. The rookie pacer is now three for three in Grand Circuit action at Mohawk Park, including a career-best 1:50.3 victory in last week's Champlain. Abuckabett Hanover returned $2.30 to win. Abuckabett Hanover $720,000 Metro Pace Final 1 Ucanttouchthis 2 Exploit 3 Abuckabett Hanover 4 Highlandbeachsbest 5 Bayfield Beach 6 No Better Joy 7 Twin B Fighter 8 Lawless Shadow 9 Bettor Sun 10 Control Heaven AE: Pirate Hanover    Mark McKelvie

MILTON, ON - September 17, 2020 - The march to the Mohawk Million is entering the final stage with slot owners required to finalize the two-year-old harness racing trotter that will race in their slot by Monday (September 21) at Noon. The Mohawk Million for $1 million (USD) will be the richest Standardbred race contested in Canada since 2012. The event for rookie trotters will headline a $2.5 million-plus card on Saturday, September 26 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Mohawk Million had nine slots available for purchase at a cost $110,000 (USD) each. The tenth and final slot in the race was awarded to the winner of last Saturday's William Wellwood Memorial, On A Streak. The winner of the race will receive the traditional 50 per cent of the purse. All starters will receive at least one per cent of the purse. The purse distribution breakdown is listed below: 1st: $500,000 2nd: $225,000 3rd: $108,000 4th: $72,000 5th: $45,000 6th-10th: $10,000 Each slot is an entity that may be sold, traded or subject to lease. The slot owners must declare a horse to race in their slot by Monday (September 21) at Noon. The nine slot owners are listed below: Brad Grant Courant Inc. (Anders Strom) Determination (Serge Godin) Diamond Creek Racing (Adam Bowden) Dreamland Farms (Gina Ghent) Fashion Farms (Jules Siegel) Glengate Farms (Jim Bullock) Jeffrey Snyder John Fielding The Mohawk Million card will also feature the $720,000 Metro Pace, $455,000 Shes A Great Lady and $215,000 Milton Stakes. Eliminations for those three events take place this Saturday (September 19). by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, ON - September 15, 2020 - The $560,000 Canadian Trotting Classic and $350,000 Elegantimage for three-year-old harness racing trotters headlines another rich Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Woodbine's signature races for sophomore trotters are the lead events on a nearly $1.4 million card that also features a $158,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings and eliminations for the Metro Pace, Shes A Great Lady and Milton Stakes. Goodtimes winner Ready For Moni is the likely favourite for the 45th edition of the Canadian Trotting Classic. The Nancy Takter trainee is five for six on the season with his lone defeat a runner-up finish in the Hambletonian. A son of European stallion Ready Cash, Ready For Moni is the richest horse in the field with $605,070 earned this season and $886,520 lifetime. Trainer Ben Baillargeon will look to protect home turf with a pair of starters in the Trotting Classic, HP Royal Theo and Hayek. HP Royal Theo was third in the Goodtimes and currently sits at four for eight with $161,220 earned. The gelded son of Royalty For Life won last year's William Wellwood Memorial and could follow last year's Trotting Classic winner Green Manalishi S, who also pulled off the Wellwood-Trotting Classic double. Hayek is putting together a strong sophomore campaign with four wins and $182,610 earned in nine starts. The gelded son of E L Titan established a Canadian record of 1:53.3 last month over the Grand River Raceway half-mile oval. The Canadian Trotting Classic field also includes Simcoe Stakes winner Jula Trix Treasure for Ake Svanstedt and Pennsylvania Sires Stakes consolation winner Chestnut Hill for 'Nifty' Norman. The $560,000 Canadian Trotting Classic has been carded as Race 5 (8:40 p.m.). The $350,000 Elegantimage is the latest showdown between Hambletonian champion Ramona Hill and Hambletonian Oaks champion Sorella. Both fillies have posted Grand Circuit wins in recent weeks at Mohawk Park. Tony Alagna trainee Ramona Hill cruised to a 1:53.2 victory in last Friday's Simcoe Stakes. The daughter of Muscle Hill is five for six on the season with $775,982 earned. Her rookie season was also nearly flawless, posting a record of six for seven and earning $501,084. Ramona Hill capped off her rookie season with a Breeders Crown victory at Mohawk Park. Takter trainee Sorella is in search of a third straight win at Mohawk Park. The Muscle Hill filly arrived in late-August to win a division of the Casual Breeze and then last week defeated older male rivals in an overnight event. Sorella is six for eight on the season with $431,772 earned after going two for nine as a rookie. The only meeting between Ramona Hill and Sorella following the Hambletonian was in the Zweig Filly Trot on August 21 at Vernon. Ramona Hill posted the victory, while Sorella made an early break. The next highest earner in the field is Sister Sledge, who just like Ramona Hill competed against the boys in the Hambletonian. The Ron Burke trainee is five for nine this season and is approaching $800,000 in career earnings. Ontario Sires Stakes Gold winners Princesspartypants, Trina and Warrawee Vicky will look to pull the upset in the $350,000 race. The Elegantimage has been carded as Race 9 (10:20 p.m.). Saturday's card continues the trend of stakes-filled programs at Mohawk Park. Rookie trotters continue to receive the added spotlight approaching the Mohawk Million. Macho Martini will look to rebound from a third-place finish in last Saturday's William Wellwood Memorial when he takes on nine rivals in a $158,000 OSS Gold event. Tokyo Seelster, who was fourth, and Logan Park, who was eighth, join Macho Martini in the Gold division after racing in the Wellwood. The OSS Gold for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters is carded as Race 3. The Metro Pace is harness racing's richest race for two-year-old pacers. A group of 12 rookie pacers have been split into two $40,000 eliminations. Grand Circuit winners Lawless Shadow and Abuckabett Hanover will square in the second elimination. The Dr. Ian Moore trained Lawless Shadow has won two in a row, including a division of the Nassagaweya on August 29. Alagna trained Abuckabett Hanover turned heads with a seven-length 1:50.3 score in last Saturday's Champlain. The Metro Pace eliminations have been carded as Races 1 and 2. The Shes A Great Lady for two-year-old pacing fillies saw 14 fillies entered and split into two $35,000 eliminations. Takter trainee Caviart Audrey is the horse to beat entering the eliminations. The two-time Grand Circuit winner will headline the field for the second elimination and is in search of her fourth win in five starts. The first elimination features the return of Whenuwishuponastar Series winner Notorious Pink for the Alagna barn and last week's Champlain division winner Scarlett Hanover for Ashleigh Hensley. The Shes A Great Lady eliminations go as Races 11 and 12. Older pacing mares will also be in action Saturday for a pair of $35,000 Milton Stakes eliminations. Roses Are Red champion Warrawee Ubeaut returns to Mohawk Park in the first elimination for trainer Burke. She will take on the more than established likes of Kissin In The Sand, Treacherous Reign and the rising star Lit De Rose, who comes in off a victory in her Mohawk Park Preferred debut. The second elimination sees Caviart Ally return to Mohawk Park in search of a Milton Stakes three-peat. The six-year-old has won the event in each of the last two years, but is just one for six in 2020. The Milton Stakes eliminations are carded as Races 6 and 8. Early program pages for Saturday's rich card are available here. Post time is 7 p.m. The full fields for the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage are listed below: $560,000 Canadian Trotting Classic 1 Sky Castles (Louis-Philippe Roy/Andrew Harris) 2 Threefiftytwo (Bob McClure/Luc Blais) 3 Chestnut Hill (Andrew McCarthy/Nifty Norman) 4 Shadrack Hanover (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) 5 Play Trix On Me (Jody Jamieson/Linda Toscano) 6 Ready For Moni (Yannick Gingras/Nancy Takter) 7 HP Royal Theo (Louis-Philippe Roy/Ben Baillargeon) 8 Beyond Kronos (Louis-Philippe Roy/Susie Kerwood) 9 Hayek (Sylvain Filion/Ben Baillargeon) 10 Jula Trix Treasure (Sylvain Filion/Ake Svanstedt) $350,000 Elegantimage 1 Ramona Hill (Andrew McCarthy/Tony Alagna) 2 Princesspartypants (Roger Mayotte/Roger Mayotte) 3 Sorella (Yannick Gingras/Nancy Takter) 4 Fortune Starlet (Louis-Philippe Roy/Meg Crone) 5 Tricky Sister (James MacDonald/Andrew Harris) 6 Sister Sledge (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) 7 Trina (Robert Shepherd/Blake MacIntosh) 8 Warrawee Vicky (Doug McNair/Scott McEneny) 9 She Rocks Kemp (Trevor Henry/Tony O'Sullivan) 10 Whose Blues (Bob McClure/Luc Blais) AE Solsbury Hill (Rick Zeron/Rick Zeron) by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, September 12, 2020 - On A Streak punched his ticket to the Mohawk Million at Woodbine Mohawk Park with an upset in Saturday's harness racing  $535,000 William Wellwood Memorial for driver Scott Young, trainer Luc Blais and owner Determination. The Wellwood Memorial was hyped as the showdown between undefeated colts Macho Martini and Southwind Tyrion, but both saw their perfect records broken when Macho Martini's Blais stablemate On A Streak gamely dug in to hold off 'Tyrion' in a thrilling stretch drive. "This is incredible, even a guy like me doesn't have a whole lot of words," said Young after the biggest win of his career. "I took a look over and saw (Southwind Tyrion) first up and (Macho Martini) following him obviously and I thought I could try and get a little distance in the last turn and my colt dug all the way down the lane and I still thought (Southwind Tyrion) was going to get me halfway down the lane, but he kept digging and we got it." On A Streak and Young got away third in a :27.2 opening-quarter set by Logan Park. Southwind Tyrion and Yannick Gingras got away fourth, while Macho Martini and driver Bob McClure were kept wide by their rival going into the turn. On A Streak got his cue to go in the second-quarter and made the front before hitting the half in :57.2. The second-quarter also saw Macho Martini ready to go on, but waiting on Southwind Tyrion to move. That move to the outside by 'Tyrion' ultimately forced Macho Martini three-wide going into the final turn before finding room to slide in a lane onto his rival's back. On A Streak and Young ramped up the tempo on the far turn to race by three-quarters in 1:25.4 with Southwind Tyrion approaching first-up. In the stretch, Southwind Tyrion confronted On A Streak and the rookies went to war. Macho Martini dipped to the inside and stayed with the top pair, finishing third by just over a length. The final strides saw On A Streak prevail by a head for a timely maiden-breaking score. The result was a flip of last week's elimination where 'Tyrion' prevailed by a nose over On A Streak. "The day they finalized (the drivers) Bobby (McClure) texted me," said Young about finding out he'd be driving On A Streak and Dicentra in Saturday's rich finals. "Luc (Blais) had talked to me the day before and asked me if I was going to be here and I said 'I'll be around'. "The nerves were good and I was even surprised by myself, but it's my job, I'm here to work and do the best I can. The two colts that were undefeated had all eyes on them, but I had complete confidence in my colt and he just missed Yannick's colt last week and with an inside post I figured he would be top-three for sure, anything better would be great and we got the big one." A son of Cantab Hall, On A Streak was a $155,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase by Serge Godin's Determination. The Blais trainee entered the Wellwood Memorial with three runner-up finishes, a third and a fourth in five starts. On A Streak paid $32 to win. On A Streak The winner of this year's William Wellwood Memorial is guaranteed a free slot in the inaugural Mohawk Million on September 26. On A Streak is the first confirmed horse in the field. Godin's Determination already owned a slot and will now have an opportunity to race two horses in the field. Godin's second spot could be reserved for a special filly that dominated again on Saturday night. Donna Soprano made a three-wide move up the backstretch moving to the lead and never looked back for a dominating 1:53.3 victory in the $335,000 Peaceful Way for the team of McClure, Blais and Determination. "I've talked many times about her temperament and she's a little flighty, but I've also said she's getting better every week and she was perfect tonight," said McClure. "I moved her three-wide, she landed on the front and she came right back to me and just coasted home. "She's a very special filly and I'm just very lucky to drive her." The early-stages of the Peaceful Way saw many starters leaving for position with Dream Chapter stretching out Dicentra through a :27.1 opening-quarter. Donna Soprano had yet to see the rail in mid-pack when McClure opted to circle three-wide around Amazone Duharas. The heavy-favourite cleared stablemate Dicentra just after a :56.4 half. Donna Soprano Donna Soprano trotted by three-quarters in 1:25.2 with slight pressure from Amazone Duharas before leaving her rivals far behind with a wrapped up :28.1 final-quarter to win by 4¼ lengths. Lady Chaos rallied for second, while You Will Be Queen and Imextraspecial completed the Superfecta. A $190,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Donna Soprano adds another Peaceful Way trophy to her family's connection, joining her dam, Windsong Soprano, who won the race in 2008. Owner Godin's Determination sits loaded with top two-year-old trotting talent. Donna Soprano is now five for five with $278,082 earned. The clocking of 1:53.3 is a new career-best and is the second fastest in event history behind Manchego's 1:52.4 mile in 2017. Donna Soprano paid $2.70 to win. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, September 12, 2020 - Grand Circuit Month continued Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park with the Somebeachsomewhere, Simcoe and Champlain Stakes part of the $1.6 million harness racing card. The Somebeachsomewhere Stakes capped off four consecutive weeks of Grand Circuit events for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. A group of 12 were split into two $77,500 divisions. Warrawee Vital set a new stakes record of 1:48.2 with a jaw-dropping performance in the second division. Trevor Henry fired the Rob Fellows trained Warrawee Vital towards the front, clearing Captain Barbossa just after a :26.3 opener. From there, 'Vital' went the distance, posting fractions of :55 and 1:22.2 before kicking home in :26 flat to hold off 'Barbossa' by half a length in 1:48.2. Moneyman Hill was third, while Beach Blanket Book was fourth. A son of Captaintreacherous, Warrawee Vital has stamped himself as a major player in the three-year-old pacing colt division with back to back Grand Circuit victories. He is now six for nine on the season and goes over $135,000 in earnings with the win for owners Blair Corbeil, Yolanda Fellows and M&S Racing Stable Inc. Warrawee Vital paid $3.20 to win. Capt Midnight delivered a career-best 1:48.3 performance to win the first division. Andrew McCarthy fired up the Tony Alagna trained Capt Midnight from third racing to the half and swept by a twice-used The Greek Freak after a :54.4 half. Capt Midnight proceeded to rip off a :26.4 third-quarter to hit that marker in 1:21.3, before opening up a few lengths on his rivals to win by three lengths. Beaumond Hanover moved to the front in the second-quarter before releasing The Greek Freak to the front. 'Beaumond' came up the inside for second, while Rhythm In Motion was third and The Greek Freak fourth. A son of Captaintreacherous, Capt Midnight picked up his second win in 10 starts this season. The Alagna trainee was fifth in the Pepsi North America Cup and fourth in last week's Simcoe. He now has over $180,000 earned this season and career numbers of eight wins and $571,845 earned. Capt Midnight is owned by Marvin Katz, Kenneth Jacobs, Brad Grant and Capt Midnight Racing. He paid $4.20 to win. A group of 14 sophomore pacing fillies were split into a pair $88,000-plus divisions for the Simcoe. Bob McIntosh trainee Sex Appeal converted off a two-hole trip to take down 1/5 favourite Lady Lou in the opening division. Trevor Henry guided the daughter of Bettors Delight to the victory, stinging Lady Lou through a 26.1 opening-quarter and then sprinting home in :26.3 to win by three-quarters of a length in a career-best equaling 1:50.2. Beach Sports finished third, while Alicorn was fourth. Sex Appeal is now five for nine on the season and has only finished outside the top-three once. She boosts her seasonal earnings to over $177,000 and career numbers to seven wins and over $200,000 banked for owner/breeders Robert McIntosh Stables Inc and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. A $2 win ticket on Sex Appeal returned $17.50. John Pentland trainee Lauras Love fired off cover in the stretch for a strong 1:50.3 win in the second Simcoe split. Bob McClure moved her out from fifth around the final turn to sit in that perfect spot and she unleashed a :26 final-quarter to track down leader Perfect Storm, winning by a length and a half. A daughter of Betterthancheddar, Lauras Love is now eight for 15 on the campaign and has surpassed $200,000 in earnings during her first season on the track. She is owned by Pentland and Gracie Mae Barr. Lauras Love paid $3 to win. The Champlain Stakes for two-year-old pacers feature four divisions, two for the boys and two for the girls. Anthony Beaton trainee Twin B Eagle soared to a career-best 1:51.2 victory in the first Champlain split for rookie pacing colts and geldings. Sylvain Filion guided the tough-luck gelded son of Sportswriter to the dominating victory, posting fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:24.3 before a :26.4 kicker to win by nearly two-lengths. Control Heaven was second, while Pirate Hanover and Major Bean completed the Superfecta. Twin B Eagle is now three for six on the season, but his prior two wins had come in overnight events. The rookie pacer had made breaks in his previous stakes appearance, both OSS Gold events. The Beaton trained Twin B Eagle was on his game Saturday to $61,015 for owners Wayne Mac Rae and Daniel Ross. He paid $6.90 to win. Abuckabett Hanover stamped himself as arguably the top local contender for the Metro Pace with a stakes record-equaling 1:50.3 win in the $93,759 second division. Driver McCarthy moved the Alagna trainee to the lead in the second-quarter and it was lights out from there. The son of Betting Line posted fractions of :55.4 and 1:24.2 before firing home in :26.1 for a victory of seven lengths. Candy Trader finished second, while Twin B Fighter was third. Abuckabett Hanover is now three for five to start his career and has earned $145,234 for owners Barbera Stable, Jablonsky Held Stable, Joe Deguara and Alagna And Inthegym. The rookie was purchased last November at Harrisburg for $160,000. A $2 win ticket on Abuckabett Hanover returned $2.80. Scarlett Hanover picked up her second consecutive win and fourth on the season in the $86,664 first Champlain division for rookie pacing fillies. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Scarlett Hanover rushed to the lead on the far turn from fith, as half-mile leader Lady Arthur slowed down considerably on the lead. The Ashleigh Hensley trained 'Scarlett' rolled by three-quarters in 1:24.2 and fired home in :27.1 to stop the clock in a career-best 1:51.3. Twin B Sunkissed finished 4 ½ lengths back in second. Voelz Delight and Spellcheck Hanover rounded out the top-four. A daughter of Bettors Delight, Scarlett Hanover has put together a strong rookie season, going over $205,000 earned with Saturday's victory for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Frank Baldachino, JandT Silva Purnel & Libb and Weaver Bruscemi. She paid $3.10 to win. Caviart Audrey, who was sent off at odds of 1/9, followed up her dazzling win the Eternal Camnation with a 1:53 score in the second $86,664 division. The Nancy Takter trained Caviart Audrey and driver Gingras got away fourth and didn't start a first-up bid until the final-turn, overtaking the lead from Adashious Hanover after three-quarters in 1:24.4. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere didn't close out the mile nearly as strong as her last start, but secured the victory of a length and a half. Alumni Seelster finished second, while City By The Bay was third and Paulas Bet Hanover fourth. Owned by Caviart Farms, Caviart Audrey is a disqualification away from a perfect record, now sitting at three wins in four outings. She went over $100,000 in earnings with the win. Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications & Content

MILTON, ON - September 11, 2020 - Harness racing Hambletonian champion Ramona Hill made a successful return to Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday night. Sophomore trotters took their turn in the Simcoe Stakes spotlight Friday with three divisions, two for fillies and one for the boys. Tony Alagna trainee Ramona Hill turned in an easy-looking victory in her $88,894 Simcoe division for driver Andrew McCarthy. The daughter of Muscle Hill got away third and calmly moved to the lead in the second-quarter, posting fractions of :57, 1:25.1 before a :28.1 final-quarter. Ramona Hill stopped the clock in 1:53.2, defeating her nearest rival by 5 ½ lengths. Susies Lady rallied for second, while Trina and Modern Mass completed the top-four. To see the race replay, click here. "She felt very strong," said McCarthy. "It worked out where I got to sit her in there for a second and then move to the front and she did that as easy as she likes and was very strong finishing." Ramona Hill's last visit to Woodbine Mohawk Park saw her win the Breeders Crown from post-ten. This season has been nearly perfect with five wins in six starts to bring her career record to 11 for 13. Her latest victory brings her seasonal earnings to $775,982 and career earnings to nearly $1.3 million for owners Brad Grant, Crawford Farms Racing, Robert LeBlanc and In The GYM Partners. Ramona Hill, who is eligible to next Saturday's (September 16) Elegantimage, had $54,398 wagered on her to win from a pool of $62,884. Owner Grant made it a sweep of Friday's Simcoe Filly Trot, as Warrawee Vicky came through in the $88,895 first division. Driven by Doug McNair, Warrawee Vicky received a two-hole trip behind Whose Blues and just reached up in the final strides to win a four-across finish in 1:54. She Rocks Kemp finished second by a head, while Whose Blues was third by a neck and a rallying Princesspartypants crossed the line fourth by half a length. To see race replay, click here. A daughter of Royalty For Life, Warrawee Vicky is now three for six on the campaign with nearly $150,000 earned for owner Grant. The OSS Gold winner is trained by Scott McEneny and now sports career numbers of eight wins and over $300,000 in earnings. She is eligible to the upcoming Elegantimage Stakes. Warrawee Vicky paid $16.70 to win. Jula Trix Treasure came first up to win the $167,511 Simcoe for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Yannick Gingras guided the Ake Svanstedt trainee to the 1:53.4 score. Capricornus made the front in the second-quarter, posting a :56 half. Jula Trix Treasure got underway from fifth nearing the half and would march up and around the leader to hit three-quarter in 1:25.2. The stretch drive saw Jula Trix Treasure close out the victory with a :28.2 final-quarter to defeat Threefiftytwo by half a length. Horse Trader rallied for third, while Beyond Kronos was fourth. To see race replay, click here. A son of Trixton, Jula Trix Treasure is now three for 10 on the season with $166,335 earned for owners Jula Racing Inc. The sophomore trotter increases his career numbers to five wins and over $180,000 banked. Jula Trix Treasure is eligible to the upcoming Canadian Trotting Classic. He paid $8.20 to win. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a $1.6 million stakes-filled card. The $535,000 William Wellwood Memorial is the headliner. Post time is 7 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - September 10, 2020 - An opportunity never seen before is set to be presented when the harness racing winner of this Saturday's $535,000 William Wellwood Memorial has their picture taken. The Mohawk Million on September 26 at Woodbine Mohawk Park is set to become harness racing's newest million-dollar race, joining the Pepsi North America Cup and Hambletonian as this season's only million-dollar events. The 'Cup' and Hambletonian each have their own legacy and while the Mohawk Million's story is just being written, the race has already become a one-of-a-kind for the sport of harness racing. The winner of this Saturday's William Wellwood Memorial for two-year-old trotters will not only take home the winner's share of the $535,000 purse but will also receive a slot in the $1 million (USD) Mohawk Million for free. No nomination fee. No sustaining payment. No starting fee. Win the Wellwood Memorial and you're guaranteed a spot in a million-dollar race. The other nine slots in the Mohawk Million were sold earlier this year for $110,000 (USD) each. The nine slot owners are not required to declare a two-year-old trotter for the race until entry time on September 22. Each slot is an entity that may be sold, traded or subject to lease. This Saturday's William Wellwood Memorial will not only determine the owner of the tenth slot but will also signal the start of crunch time for the nine slot purchasers to determine what they will do with their own. Only two of the nine slot owners will be represented in the Wellwood Memorial. Serge Godin's Determination sends out the undefeated Macho Martini and elimination runner-up On A Streak. John Fielding is the co-owner of rail starter Locatelli. Should Determination or Fielding win the Wellwood Memorial, they will have two slots in the Mohawk Million, with Saturday's winner required to use one of them. The Wellwood Memorial is being billed as the showdown of undefeated colts, as Macho Martini and Southwind Tyrion will meet for the first time. The Ake Svanstedt trained Southwind Tyrion is four for four, while Luc Blais trained Macho Martini is seven for seven. Macho Martini's owner Serge Godin is loaded with high-end two-year-old talent and would have no problem filling a second spot in the Mohawk Million should Macho Martini win. Just like the Wellwood, Determination has a one-two punch in Saturday's $335,000 Peaceful Way for two-year-old trotting fillies with the undefeated Donna Soprano and elimination winner Dicentra. The past several weeks at Mohawk Park have seen Macho Martini dominate, posting victories in multiple OSS Gold races, the Millard Farms Series and Champlain. "He's just so handy, so nice, so good gaited and so smart," driver Bob McClure said of Macho Martini after last week's elimination win. "I'm just repeating myself at this point, but he's very special. "I'm very fortunate that Determination has a very exceptional group of two-year-old trotters. It's nice to see for the Determination Stable, Serge Godin, because he deserves it and it's great for Luc (Blais). He works hard." If Southwind Tyrion can hand Macho Martini his first loss, that would in all likelihood set up a rematch in the Mohawk Million. Originally owned by Lennart Agren's S R F Stable, Southwind Tyrion's ownership group has grown to include Knutsson Trotting and Brittany Farms & Riverview Racing early in his sensational rookie season. The connections of 'Tyrion' have admitted to having their eyes on the Mohawk Million slot. Agren told the USTA earlier this week he "absolutely" hopes to win the final slot in the Million. "We'll see what happens," Svanstedt told USTA's Ken Weingartner. "We need luck. But I think Southwind Tyrion is as good as he can be." The undefeated colts will draw most of the attention, but the other eight trotters have all at one point or another shown flashes of high-end potential. To some, an upset victory would be fitting to fulfill the fantasy that many owners and trainers had in February when nominating to the Wellwood Memorial. This year's William Wellwood Memorial drew 196 nominations, a significant increase from past years that can be linked to the increased stakes of the race. The original announcement of the Mohawk Million and slot-deciding Wellwood Memorial was made on September 26, 2019, which will be exactly one-year to the date when the inaugural Mohawk Million is contested. In a society that loves to speculate, the William Wellwood Memorial will undoubtably be the kick-off to an intriguing period that fans and racing participants will enjoy. There will be nine full days from the completion of the Wellwood Memorial to Mohawk Million entry time for slot owners to make a decision. Sell your slot? Name a horse? Enter a filly? Partner up? Many possibilities for the Mohawk Million slot owners, but only one thing will be certain following Saturday night, one horse is going to a million-dollar race for free. The William Wellwood Memorial is carded as Race 9 (10:20 p.m.) on Saturday's $1.6 million stakes-filled card at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time for the 13-race card is 7 p.m. The field for the William Wellwood Memorial is listed below: 1 Locatelli (Andrew McCarthy/Nancy Takter) 2 On A Streak (Scott Young/Luc Blais) 3 Southwind Tyrion (Yannick Gingras/Ake Svanstedt) 4 Full Of Muscles (Trevor Henry/Brad Maxwell) 5 Logan Park (Louis-Philippe Roy/Rob Fellows) 6 Macho Martini (Bob McClure/Luc Blais) 7 Warrawee Whisper (Jonathan Drury/Shawn Steacy) 8 Tokyo Seelster (Sylvain Filion/Richard Moreau) 9 Muscle Dynasty (Paul MacDonell/Mike Keeling) 10 Magical Muscle Man (Doug McNair/Marcus Melander) AE Jula Muscle Pack (Louis-Philippe Roy/Per Engblom) The Mohawk Million slot owners are listed below: Brad Grant Courant Inc. (Anders Strom) Determination (Serge Godin) Diamond Creek Racing (Adam Bowden) Dreamland Farms (Gina Ghent) Fashion Farms (Jules Siegel) Glengate Farms (Jim Bullock) Jeffrey Snyder John Fielding by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - September 10, 2020 - Woodbine Mohawk Park's Race Office would like to inform all horsepeople that today's harness racing draws for Monday at Mohawk Park and Sunday at Rideau Carleton will be delayed due to internet issues. The Race Office hopes to have the draws posted later this afternoon. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, ON - September 9, 2020 - Woodbine Mohawk Park has released details for the 2020 edition of the Ontario Sired Harvest Series. The Ontario Sired Harvest Series offers a harness racing series for each two and three-year-old division. Each series consists of two $17,000 preliminary legs and a $40,000 added money final. The two-year-old events will start the week of Monday, October 19 and conclude during the first week of November. The series for three-year-old colts and geldings will commence on Friday, November 6 and conclude on Friday, November 20. In order to avoid a conflict with the SBOA Finals on November 14, the Harvest Series for Ontario sired three-year-old fillies will start Saturday, November 21 and conclude on Saturday, December 5. Ontario sired two and three-year-olds that are non-winners of $30,000 in 2020 as of midnight September 30 are eligible for nomination to the Harvest Series. Nominations close on Thursday, October 1. The nomination fee for each series is $300. To view the nomination form and conditions, click here. Nominations can be paid online at www.Woodbine.com/Mohawk/Standardbred-Nomination/. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than October 1, 2020 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, September 5, 2020 - Fresh off the Pepsi North America Cup, three-year-old pacers continued their Grand Circuit harness racing action on Saturday night with two divisions of the Simcoe Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Warrawee Vital continued his rise to prominence with a 1:49.1 score in the first $85,506 division for driver Trevor Henry and trainer Rob Fellows. The son of Captaintreacherous shot out to the early lead and ultimately got a two-hole ride behind favourite Beaumond Hanover. After three-quarters lit up in 1:22.3, Warrawee Vital angled from the deuce and powered by for his second consecutive sub-1:50 score, just missing his mark of 1:49 from a week ago. Beaumond Hanover finished 4 ¼ lengths behind in second, while Mayhem Hanover and Aneto completed the Superfecta. Warrawee Vital is five for eight on the season. The Fellows trainee missed a considerable amount of time after January and did not return to the race until August, where he has since won two of four. Owned by Blair Corbeil, Yolanda Fellows and M&S Racing Stable, Warrawee Vital has now banked $102,253 in 10 career starts. He paid $6.10 to win. Coming in off a runner-up finish in the Pepsi North America Cup, Tattoo Artist returned to the winner's circle with a 1:49.2 win in the second division. Driven by Bob McClure, Tattoo Artist went to the front and never looked back, posting fractions of :26.2, :54.4 and 1:22.2 before closing out the mile with a :27 kicker. Captain Barbossa rallied from second-over to come up about half a length short in second. Rhythm In Motion was third, while Capt Midnight was fourth. A son of Hes Watching, Tattoo Artist is trained by Dr. Ian Moore for owners Frank Cannon and Let It Ride Stables. He's now won six of nine and earned over $450,000 this season. The career numbers for Tattoo Artist jump to 11 wins and nearly $700,000 earned. He paid $3.70 to win.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications & Content

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