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TORONTO, March 26 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced that the mandatory payout for the Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 is set for Saturday, April 4, the second-to-last card of the Woodbine harness racing meet. Harness racing moves to Mohawk for 118 dates, beginning Thursday, April 9. In preparation for the event, the final opportunity to wager on the Jackpot Hi-5 before the mandatory payout date will be Monday, March 30. The carryover will continue to build through that date, provided there is not a single winner. The wager will then be suspended for the Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3 cards of racing, allowing customers to prepare for the mandatory payout prize. The Jackpot Hi 5, which currently boasts a carryover of $726,120.53, requires horseplayers to select the first five finishers in exact order on the last race of the card. The Jackpot proviso means that the entire pool pays out only when there is one winning ticket sold that correctly selects the first five finishers in exact order. The Jackpot Hi-5, which has not been won since December 8, 2014, has become a popular part of the WEG wagering profile since it launched in 2013. WEG has offered mandatory payout events, with carryover, with much success. On August 30, 2014, the Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 at Mohawk generated a total pool of $2,522,851. Each 20-cent payout returned $1,347.36 that evening. The 'Hi-5' on May 17, 2014 at Woodbine also generated a large total pool of $2,002,026. That night, the $0.20 cent payout was worth $8,759.15. On a card where there is not a mandatory payout, and not just one winning ticket, half of the wagering pool is carried over and offered on the next racing card. The other half is paid out in consolation payouts to those Jackpot Hi 5 tickets which have the correct order of finish. If there are no winners of the wager, the entire pool, minus takeout, carries over. The Jackpot Hi 5, which offers a 20-cent minimum and a low takeout of 15%, has proven to be popular among core and new racing fans. This past Monday night, $56,794 was wagered into the Jackpot Hi 5 pool. For fans and horseplayers wanting further details on WEG's Jackpot Hi 5, including details, strategy and carryover info visit www.WoodbineEntertainment.com/JackpotHi5. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, March 24 - The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to inform horsepeople that this week's qualifiers at Mohawk Racetrack will now be held on Friday morning. Originally scheduled for Thursday morning, the first qualifying session of the season at Mohawk has been pushed back to Friday at 10 a.m. due to projected rain in the forecast over the next couple of days. Entries for Friday's qualifying session are due tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, March 6 - A strong list of 72 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings have been nominated to the 32nd edition of the harness racing Pepsi North America Cup. The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, the richest race in Canadian harness racing, will be contested on Saturday, June 20 at Mohawk Racetrack. Headlining this year's group of nominees is the Dan Patch and O'Brien Award winner Artspeak. The Tony Alagna trainee won eight of ten starts last year, including the $667,000 Metro Pace at Mohawk, en route to being named top freshmen pacing colt in Canada and the United States. Artspeak compiled earnings of just over $805,000 last season, while taking a speed-mark of 1:50.2 at Mohawk. Also on the list of nominees is O'Brien Award finalist Go Daddy Go. Trained by Bob McIntosh, Go Daddy Go banked just under $400,000 in his two-year-old campaign and never finished out of the money in 14 appearances. Other notables nominated to this year's 'Cup' include, the undefeated Ontario Sires Stakes champion Reverend Hanover, Matron Stakes winner In The Arsenal and winter series standout Wiggle It Jiggleit. Sustaining payments to this year's Pepsi North America Cup are due on March 16, April 15 and May 15. Eliminations for the 'Cup' are set for Saturday, June 13. The complete list of nominees to the 32nd edition of the Pepsi North America Cup are listed below. ALLBEEF N NOBULL AMERICAN LEGEND AMERICAN ROCK AMERICANPRIMETIME AMORA BEACH ARQUE HANOVER ARTSPEAK ASAP HANOVER AZOREAN ART BERKLEY BETTING EXCHANGE BRING ON THE BEACH CAMTURO ROCK CORSICA HALL DEALT A WINNER DERBY DALE DRACHAN HANOVER DUDES THE MAN EDWARD TEACH ELWELL FIRST CLASS HORSE FREEDOMFORMYSOUL GALLIC BEACH GIOVANNI GO DADDY GO GOOD FRIDAY THREE HARFO HANOVER HURRIKANE ALI IF YOU WANT FIRE IN THE ARSENAL JET BLACK CADILLAC JO PAS WELL SAID JOE HILL LYONS AGAIN LYONS GEOFFJNR LYONS JIMMYDEAN LYONS LEVI LEWIS MAXDADDY BLUE CHIP MIGRATE BLUE CHIP MIKES POWERHOUSE MITT JAGGER MOHEGAN BLUE CHIP MULLET BLUE CHIP ONEISALONELYNUMBER PAPARAZZI HANOVER PENJI HANOVER PHYSICALLYINCLINED PIERCE HANOVER RANDYS PLAN REVENGE SHARK REVEREND HANOVER RICH WISDOM ROCK N ROLL WORLD ROCK THE NITE ROCKIN IN HEAVEN ROCKNTOUCH SICILY SOME POWER SOMWHEREONTHEBEACH SPLIT THE HOUSE SPORTS BETTOR SPORTS IMAGE STOVER THE SPY THE WAYFARING MAN TRACEUR HANOVER TRADING UP WAKIZASHI HANOVER WELL WELL WELL WIGGLE IT JIGGLEIT WINDSONG LIGHTNING YANKEE BOUNTY Nominations have also been made for a pair of stakes events set for Pepsi North America Cup night. Horse of the Year Jk Shesalady leads a group of 82 three-year-old pacing fillies nominated to the $455,000 (estimated) Fan Hanover Stakes, while 69 three-year-old trotters have been nominated to the $270,000 (estimated) Goodtimes Stakes The nominees are also in for two prominent trotting events in September. A total of 79 three-year-old trotters have been nominated to the $685,000 (estimated) Canadian Trotting Classic on September 19 at Mohawk. Headlining the list of nominees is O'Brien Award winner Habitat and Dan Patch Award winner Pinkman. Also on 'Trotting Classic' night, the $410,000 (estimated) Elegantimage Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies will take place. A group of 75 sophomore trotting fillies, featuring World Champion Mission Brief, have been made eligible to the Elegantimage. To view the full list of nominees to these stakes events and several others, click here. The first sustaining payment to each stake event is due March 16. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, January 15, 2015 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced that President and CEO, Nick Eaves, will be leaving the company on March 31, 2015.   Eaves took on the role of CEO in 2010, with a mandate to establish a new and stable foundation for WEG, its role in the horse racing industry, and its future. With this now in place, this is the right time for the Company to transition to new, long-term leadership.   Eaves has worked at WEG for over 20 years, as President since 2006, and CEO since 2010. In that time, he has led the organization through significant change and helped create opportunities for continued development and future growth. This is due, in large part, to the five year Horse Racing Partnership Plan with the Province, under which WEG now leads the Standardbred Alliance and operates all off-track operations across the Province for the benefit of the industry.   Additionally, WEG and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) have made significant progress in negotiating a new, long-term partnership, which truly integrates horse racing and gaming at WEG facilities.   "As I look back on the last 20 years, I am very proud to have been part of a team that was able to accomplish so many great things for WEG and in our industry," said Eaves. "Looking forward, I have confidence that the organization is pointed in the right direction and know the current leadership team will continue to grow and improve on the model we have developed. I want to thank all of my WEG colleagues for their hard work and collaboration over the years."   Following the end of Eaves' term at the end of March 2015, WEG Chairman, Jim Lawson, will lead the company on an interim basis. The Board will consider all options as it determines the best candidate to permanently fill the position.   "Nick has been with WEG for over two decades and in that time has been a big part of its evolution and success," said Jim Lawson. "The Board and I want to thank Nick for his dedication, passion, and commitment, and wish him all the best as he embarks on the next stage of his life and career."   Lawson continued, "As we look forward, now that we have stability we must work to achieve long-term sustainability for WEG and the horse racing and breeding industry and we will continue to put all of our resources towards that end."   by John Siscos, for Woodbine Entertainment  

TORONTO, January 9 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced the date for the 2015 Pepsi North America Cup and the rest of its $18 million-plus Standardbred stakes schedule. The 32nd edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup for the finest three-year-old pacers in North America will take place on Saturday, June 20 at Mohawk. The eliminations for Canada's richest harness race will be contested a week prior on June 13. The Pepsi North America Cup, WEG's signature stakes event, was first staged in 1984 and throughout its more than 30-year history has been captured by the likes of Precious Bunny, Gallo Blue Chip, Rocknroll Hanover and Somebeachsomewhere. The race will once again feature a stellar undercard of several top stakes events. The $455,000 Fan Hanover Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, the $330,000 Roses Are Red Stakes for older pacing mares, the $270,000 Goodtimes Stakes for three-year-old colt and gelding trotters, the $265,000 Armbro Flight Stakes for older trotting mares and the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup for older pacers round out an impressive stakes card on Pepsi North America Cup night. Returning by popular demand, WEG will once again be offering purse money to all finishers in the Pepsi North America Cup and other major stakes finals. The winner of the finals will receive the traditional 50% of the total purse, while those finishing sixth through last will take home 1% of the purse. The horses finishing second through fifth will receive 50%-24%-16%-10% respectively, of the remaining purse. The 2015 stakes calendar is also highlighted by the return of the Breeders Crown to Woodbine. The 12 championship events for each division in harness racing will take place on Saturday, October 24 and will be returning to the Toronto oval for the first time since 2012. Breeders Crown night will be the richest card of harness racing contested anywhere in 2015 with close to $6 million in purse money on the line. WEG has hosted 155 Breeders Crown races since the championships were established in 1984, more than any other host. Mohawk will once again be the battle ground for several of harness racing's most notable Grand Circuit events. The annual Labour Day weekend extravaganza featuring the $665,000 Metro Pace for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings and the $635,000 Canadian Pacing Derby for older pacers and will take place on Saturday, September 5. The 'Pacing Derby' and Metro Card will also feature the $480,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies. The Labour Day weekend card will offer purses of over $2 million. The $685,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for three-year-old trotters will take its usual spot in mid-September on Saturday, September 19. Over the last several years, the Maple Leaf Trot had been staged in July, but will now be paired with the 'Trotting Classic' in September for an 'All-Star' trotting card. The 63rd edition of the race carries a purse of $600,000. The Canadian Trotting Classic and Maple Leaf Trot card will also feature the $390,000 William Wellwood Memorial for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings and the $385,000 Peaceful Way Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies. Once again in 2015, WEG will continue to handle administrative duties for all Standardbred Alliance track stakes events. Payments to all WEG and Alliance stakes are payable and should be mailed to the Woodbine Entertainment Group or can be made online at www.woodbineentertainment.com/sbpayments The full 2015 Standardbred stakes events booklet is available at http://bit.ly/1zZNTSt by Mark McKelvie, for WEG Communications  

TORONTO, January 8 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced that wagering on Woodbine's 2014 Standardbred racing season was up sharply over 2013. Mohawk and Woodbine Racetracks hosted a total of 208 race dates in 2014, registering an all-sources betting total of $309,767,299, a 6.05 percent increase over the 2013 figure of $292,088,583 from 195 cards. The per-race handle showed a 3.56 per cent rise in 2014. An average wagering mark of $132,266 from 2,342 races was recorded last year, while $127,716 was bet per dash from 2,287 races contested during 2013. "We had a strong 2014," said Jamie Martin, WEG's Executive Vice-President of Racing. "Our customers saw tremendous value in the product offered at both Woodbine and Mohawk and responded in their wagering and overall interest in the WEG Standardbred racing program." Total purses paid over the entire 2014 year totalled $56,927,842, an increase of 7.4% over the $53,005,732 figure paid over the full 2013 calendar. The daily purses paid in 2014 was $273,691. The largest handle figure in the 51-year history of Mohawk Racetrack, $5,006,896, was recorded on August 30, the night of the Canadian Pacing Derby/Metro Pace. The total was the third highest in the history of the WEG Standardbred racing circuit. The Pepsi North America Cup, won by JK Endofanera, featured the highest handle, $3,437,037, for a 'Cup' card since the race moved to Mohawk in 2007. The Jackpot Hi-5 wager was in the spotlight during the 2014 season. On Saturday, May 17 at Woodbine, over $1.3 million was wagered into the Jackpot Hi-5 pool that featured a carryover of more than $656,000, bringing the total pool to over $2 million. That figure would be topped on August 30 at Mohawk, when more than $2 million was wagered into the pool that had a carryover of $647,000. "We've seen an enthusiastic response to our Jackpot Hi-5 bet," Martin said. "Both core and casual racing fans are willing to handicap one race in their own manner for the chance at lucrative payout. It's a legitimate area of wagering growth." WEG kicked off its 2015 221-date campaign this past Saturday evening and will offer four nights of racing all winter on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, November 19 - The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to advise horsepeople that due to recent freezing temperatures, qualifiers for this Friday (November 21) at Mohawk Racetrack have been cancelled. Along with the cancellation of qualifiers, there will also be no training at Mohawk for the remainder of the week. The track will re-open for training on Monday morning (November 24) and qualifiers will resume next Friday (November 28). by Mark McKelvie, for WEG

TORONTO, November 7 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) today announced the live racing schedule for the 2015 Standardbred racing season. The 2015 campaign will feature 221 live race dates in total, with 118 of those taking place at Mohawk, 16 more than last year, through the spring, summer and fall. The other 103 will be offered at Woodbine. Another key change comes in the starting date for the Mohawk meet. The Woodbine winter season will end on Easter Monday, April 6 with Mohawk kicking off Thursday, April 9. The 2014 Mohawk season began on May 23. The 2015 Mohawk meet will come to a close on Tuesday, September 29. Live racing will then return to Woodbine Racetrack for the Fall/Winter meet on Thursday, October 1. The Woodbine Fall/Winter meet will be highlighted by the Breeders Crown on Saturday, October 24. This will be the first time since 2012 that Woodbine has hosted the Breeders Crown. Live racing will be conducted four-days-a-week from January to May and October to December. The schedule will increase to five-days-a-week during the months of June, July, August and September. The 2015 schedule is subject to Ontario Racing Commission approval. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

The temperature was just above the freezing mark for an eight-pack of qualifiers Friday morning at Mohawk Racetrack. The track was listed as fast Friday, but the judges did allow a one second variant on the chilly and windy morning. Many eyes were on the seventh qualifier, as World champion Hes Watching and Milton Stakes winner Voelz Hanover lined up behind the gate. Leaving from post six in a field of six, Voelz Hanover and Randy Waples sprinted off the gate to grab the early, while Hes Watching and Jody Jamieson dropped in the two-hole. After an opening-quarter of :28, Volez Hanover kept the tempo hot with a :27.3 second-quarter to lead Hes Watching by half a dozen lengths. Voelz Hanover reached the three-quarter pole in 1:24, but Hes Watching, who was five lengths back, started to hit his best stride as they rounded the far turn. In the stretch, Hes Watching would track down Voelz Hanover, but came up half a length short at the wire in 1:53.4. Hes Watching paced his last quarter in :28.4, while Voelz Hanover's final panel was in :29.4. Hes Watching was making his second qualifying appearance in as many weeks in preparation for the Breeders Crown eliminations next weekend at the Meadowlands. The son of American Ideal is trained by Dave Menary, who shares ownership with Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Muscara Racing Trust. Hes Watching has won five of 12 starts this season for earnings of over $837,000. His career bankroll currently sits at over $1.1 million. Voelz Hanover was making her first appearance since finishing fourth in the Fillies & Mares Preferred at Mohawk on October 10. She was entered to race the following week at Woodbine, but was a vet scratch sick. A nine-year-old daughter of Astreos, Voelz Hanover recorded the biggest victory of her career back in September when she won the $286,000 Milton Stakes at Mohawk. She is trained by Corey Johnson for owner Richard Berthiaume and has won six of 16 starts this season for earnings of over $262,000. Voelz Hanover's career record currently sits at 44 wins from 168 starts for earnings of over $1.7 million. Also making an appearance Friday morning was Valley Victory elimination winner Whataworkout. The Frank Antonacci trainee turned in a 25 length victory in 1:58. Driven by Domenico Cecere, Whataworkout was making his first appearance since making a break in the stretch of the $521,000 Valley Victory on October 25 at Woodbine. A two-year-old son of Muscle Hill, Whataworkout has won twice in his first five starts for earnings of over $32,000. He is owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut. Ontario Sires Stakes standout Sports Chic was also a winner Friday morning. A two-year-old daughter of Sportswriter, Sports Chic won her qualifier by 13 lengths in 1:56.4. Driven by Jody Jamieson, this was Sports Chic's first charted line since finishing fourth in the $250,000 OSS Super Final on October 11 at Mohawk. Trained by Blake Macintosh, Sports Chic has won five times from 10 starts for earnings of over $241,000. Macintosh is also a co-owner of the filly along with Hutt Racing Stable. The full list of Friday morning's winners can be found below. Mohawk Qualifiers - Friday, November 7 Race 1 - Whataworkout (Domenico Cecere) - 1:58 Race 2 - Sports Chic (Jody Jamieson) - 1:56.4 Race 3 - Sas Warkentin (Scott Young) - 2:00 Race 4 - Century Angeldust (Mike Saftic) - 1:58.2 Race 5 - Barefoot Beauty (Doug McNair) - 1:59.1 Race 6 - Hldontghttoyurdrms (Jonathan Drury) - 2:00.2 Race 7 - Voelz Hanover (Randy Waples) - 1:53.4 Race 8 - Screen The Call (Jody Jamieson) - 1:58   Mark McKelvie WEG Communications - Standardbred  

Former Pepsi North America Cup and Maple Leaf Trot winners highlighted an action-packed qualifying session Friday morning at Mohawk Racetrack. In the second qualifier, this year’s Maple Leaf Trot winner, Intimidate, looked strong in a 1:55.3 winning performance over the ‘fast’ track. Driven by Sylvain Filion for trainer Luc Blais, Intimidate sat mid-pack for the majority of the mile before coming first up to challenge the leaders at the three-quarters pole. In the stretch, Intimidate trotted home strong in :27.2 to win by three and a quarter lengths over Cool Guy. A five-year-old son of Justice Hall, Intimidate was making his second consecutive qualifying appearance since his last start in the Crawford Farms Open Trot at Vernon Downs on August 29. Back in July, Intimidate defeated Sebastian K by a nose to capture the $603,000 Maple Leaf Trot. The Blais trainee has won three of 11 starts this season for earnings of $388,300. He is approaching millionaire status, as his career earnings currently stand at $982,890. Intimidate is owned by Determination and Judith Farrow. In the next qualifier, Thinking Out Loud, the 2012 Pepsi North America Cup winner, looked sharp winning in 1:53.1. Driven by Randy Waples for trainer Bob McIntosh, Thinking Out Loud went straight to the lead and set fractions of :28.4, :57.1, 1:25.4, before cruising home in :27.2 to win by six lengths. A five-year-old son of Ponder, Thinking Out Loud was making his first appearance since winning the $179,000 American National at Balmoral Park on October 11. The McIntosh trainee has won four of 17 starts this season to add to his career bankroll of over $1.6 million. Thinking Out Loud is owned by Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. Another notable winner this morning was the Ben Baillargeon trainee White Becomes Her. The Ontario Sires Stakes gold winner took her qualifier in 1:57.1, with Mario Baillargeon in the bike. The three-year-old daughter of Angus Hall was putting in her first charted line since finishing fourth in the OSS Super Final on October 11. To view the harness racing results from the Friday qualifying session at Mohawk, click the following link: Friday Results – Mohawk Racetrack (Qualifiers). (From Standardbred Canada & WEG)

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 16, 2014 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced that overall wagering and average per race handle on the 2014 Mohawk Standardbred meet, which concluded Monday, October 13, were up over last year. The Campbellville track held 102 race cards and recorded an "all-sources" betting total of $152,503,221, a 15.8 per cent increase over last year's $131,622,569 from 84 race cards. The average per race of $132,958 in 2014 showed a 2.6 per cent increase over the $129,550 bet per card in 2013. The meet's marquee events also showed growth. Wagering on the Pepsi North America Cup and Canadian Pacing Derby/Metro Pace cards were especially strong. "Pacing Derby" night handle of $5,006,896 was the highest handle figure ever recorded on one program at the 51-year-old Campbellville track. It was third highest mark ever recorded on the WEG Standardbred circuit, behind only 2002 Breeders Crown card ($5.4 million) and 2001 Breeders Crown program ($5.2 million), both at Woodbine. On "Cup" night, the $3,437,037 wagered was the highest since the race moved to Mohawk in 2007. "We had an excellent Mohawk meet," said Jamie Martin, Executive Vice-President of Racing. "We're especially pleased with our big race nights, which featured strong crowds in an excellent setting. We also offered a high quality day-to-day meet to racing fans and customers with plenty of racing opportunities for horsepeople." The Woodbine Fall-Winter session kicks off Thursday, October 16.  by Mark McKelvie, for WEG

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 13 - The 2014 Mohawk summer meet came to close Monday evening and hardware was handed out for the meet's leading driver and trainer. In acknowledgment of their tremendous seasons, the Woodbine Entertainment Group presents the top trainer and driver of the meet with a Movado watch. Chris Christoforou picked up two victories Monday night to finish off the Mohawk summer meet as the leading driver with 117 victories. A resident of Campbellville, Christoforou finished 22 wins ahead of his nearest rivals Randy Waples and James MacDonald. Christoforou, who is approaching 6,000 career wins and $100 million in career earnings, finished the meet as the top earning driver with over $3 million banked during the five-month meet. Following the evening's second race, Christoforou was presented with a sign and his Movado watch recognizing him as the top driver of the 2014 Mohawk summer meet. On the training side, Tony Alagna captured his first Mohawk training title with 41 victories from just 144 starts. Alagna finished seven wins ahead of Carmen Auciello and Corey Johnson. A native of Urbana, Illinois, Alagna's tremendous meet was highlighted by Artspeak's victory in the $667,000 Metro Pace on August 30. One of the top trainer's in the sport, Alagna's stable has earned more than $3.5 million this season, with over $1.5 million of that earned during the Mohawk summer meet. Alagna will be presented with his watch at a later date. Racing now moves over to Woodbine Racetrack beginning Thursday night. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

Three Of Clubs fought off challenges early and late on his way to an authoritative 1:51.1 harness racing triumph in the $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final for sophomore colt and gelding pacers on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Driver Doug McNair shot Three Of Clubs to the front from post position six, and he would chop out the opening quarter in 27 seconds flat. Silverhill Shadow (Chris Christoforou), who started from post ten, was unable to find an inside position, and he was forced to press on. McNair wasn’t about to let him clear, though, and left him on the outside through the 55 second half. Victor Bayama (Sylvain Filion) elected to tip three-wide on the far turn to try and get around Silverhill Shadow, and public choice Jet Airway (Randy Waples) tracked that move. However, they were both still very wide and still clearly behind Three Of Clubs as he cruised through three-quarters in 1:23.1. Pocket-sitter Play It Again Sam and a wide Jet Airway had clear aim at Three Of Clubs the entire length of the stretch, but they didn’t have the pace to track him down, and Three Of Clubs went on to win by two lengths in 1:51.1. Play It Again Sam was the runner-up and Jet Airway had to settle for third. Prince Clyde (Trevor Henry) was the fourth-place finisher and Victor Bayama wound up fifth. “He had great gate speed last year, but we’ve had trouble with him all year,” McNair said of Three Of Clubs, who is headed to the Windy City Pace at Maywood Park in suburban Chicago. “He was getting bad gaited near the end of the mile. Kudos to the guys who work for dad, Dad (winning trainer Gregg McNair), and all the vets, they got this horse ready for the end of the year and they did a great job. I thought he had a good shot as long as he was good gaited. He can get off the wings good. It’s too bad he’s had trouble all year because he should have twice amount the money on his card he’s got.” Gregg McNair of Guelph, Ontario, also co-owns Three Of Clubs, a colt by Mach Three, with Hall of Famer Keith Waples of Durham and Tony Lawrence of Hanover, Ontario. Three Of Clubs got his second win from 12 efforts this year, and he now has six career victories. He has earned $255,480 on the campaign and $462,097 lifetime. The full results from tonight’s race card at Mohawk may be viewed Mohawk Results – October 11. By OSS News

October 11, 2014. Harper Blue Chip, who was third in the Hambletonian and the Canadian Trotting Classic this season, capped off a four-for-four Ontario Sires Stakes campaign with a hard-fought 1:54.3 victory in tonight’s $250,000 Super Final for harness racing three-year-old male trotters at Mohawk Racetrack. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Harper Blue Chip settled in fourth while Maximuscle (Rick Zeron) flexed some muscle from the far outside post ten starting position and cleared the field before the 27 second opening quarter. Filion then sent Harper Blue Chip on the attack up the backstretch, but he was still on the outside of Maximuscle at the :56.2 half. Maximuscle and Zeron kept the pedal to the metal around the far turn, leaving Harper Blue Chip parked out all the way around the turn and over to the 1:24.1 three-quarters. Harper Blue Chip forged his way around Maximuscle early in the stretch despite the wide journey, and none of the closers were able to track him down as Harper Blue Chip reported home with a two length victory. Ole Jack Magic (Chris Christoforou) was up for second and Verdi (Paul MacDonell) split horses to collect third. P L Hercules (Randy Waples) got fourth and Maximuscle finished fifth. “The trip didn’t work out the way I think Sylvain and I anticipated,” said winning trainer Mark Steacy, who noted that Harper Blue Chip will be heading to the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs before the going to the Breeders Crown at Meadowlands Racetrack. “We were hoping maybe to clear to the front a lot earlier than that. We didn’t know we’d have to come first-up that hard. This horse, he’s stepped up to the bell every time he’s gone behind the gate this year. The season’s been great. “He’s not a flashy horse or anything and he’s not probably the quickest horse. He just has a big heart, just like his dad (Steacy trainee Majestic Son). He just wants to win. He likes to make money and he seems to be able to get it done.” Landmark 6 Racing Stable of Kingston, David McDonald of Cornwall, David Reid of Glenburnie, and George Judson of Athens, Ontario, own Harper Blue Chip, who has won six times from 13 starts this year and ten times in his career. Out of the Muscles Yankee mare Winning Jonlin, the three-year-old colt was bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and Ray Schnittker and was purchased for $40,000 at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale. Harper Blue Chip has earned $606,942 in 2014 and $803,825 lifetime. The full results from tonight’s race card at Mohawk may be viewed Mohawk Results – October 11. By OSS News

October 11, 2014. Reverend Hanover, called the mirror image of his sire Sportswriter by his trainer and co-owner, remains unbeaten in his rookie season as he captured tonight’s $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final for harness racing two-year-old pacing colts with ease at Mohawk Racetrack to give him four wins in as many starts in his young career. Several of the rookies left hard at the start with Make Some Luck gaining control early and pacing by the opening quarter in :27. His stablemate Sporting The Look tried to pass but Make Some Luck wouldn’t comply and meanwhile three wide came Reverend Hanover who took over control and never looked back. He reached the half in :55, the three-quarters in 1:24.3 and could not be caught down the lane as he hit the wire in 1:52.1. Drachan Hanover made a valiant effort and settled for second while Manny In Sports was third. Casie Coleman trains and co-owns the winner, a son of her former stable star Sportswriter whose first crop has been performing impressively all season. “The whole way training down this colt trained like a real great colt. I did have him staked to everything, the Metro, Breeders Crown and Governor’s Cup. He bucked a shin right when we got home from Florida. That’s a Thoroughbred injury, it’s not very common in Standardbreds but he did it. I didn’t think he’d race much this season but he healed real quick and we got him ready and did a little racing this season,” explained Coleman. “He’s just like his old man, he’s so much like Sportswriter, you go watch Sportswriter’s replays, then watch Reverend Hanover, it looks like you’re watching the same horse. (He has a) great attitude, great gait, everything about him – he’s just a sweetheart to work around. He’s identical to his father. “He’s going to be turned out now and get ready for the next season.” Purchased by West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Steve Calhoun of Chatham and Anthony Beaton of Waterdown, Ontario for $24,000 at the Harrisburg Sale, Reverend Hanover was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. His dam, Razzle My Dazzle, is a sister to Mystical Mike, Cut Throat and Artistry who have all won more than $300,000 in their careers. Coleman actually had five colts entered into tonight’s Super Final but two had to be scratched due to sickness. The other two, Sportskeeper and Bob Ben And John finished fourth and fifth. She noted she was thankful that the three that did race didn’t get sick as well. Christoforou has been the primary driver on many of Coleman’s youngsters this year. “I needed a driver and he wasn’t committed and it’s been very successful,” said Coleman. The full results from tonight’s race card at Mohawk may be viewed Mohawk Results – October 11. By OSS News

Dont Rush, who came about thanks to a free breeding, closed from off-the-pace to capture Saturday night’s $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final for harness racing two-year-old colt and gelding trotters at Mohawk Racetrack. The final time of the mile was 1:57.1. In the early going Rise Up Rise Up (Mike Saftic) and Caulfield (Trevor Henry) battled, with the former forcing the latter to drop into the pocket before the :27.3 opening quarter. Alacrity (Eddie Green) had been in fifth at that point, but Green sent him to the outside in the backstretch, and Alacrity joined and then cleared Rise Up Rise Up for the top spot at the :57.2 half. When Alacrity cleared that left Luck O The Irish (Sylvain Filion) first-over, and he would move up on the rim to engage with the leader at the 1:27 three-quarters. Platoon Seelster (Jack Moiseyev) slipped off the rail to grab the second-over trip behind Luck O The Irish, and Dont Rush (Chris Christoforou) was positioned third-over as the field spun for home. Luck O The Irish managed to work his way into the lead in the lane, but Christoforou had Dont Rush in high gear out in the centre of the racetrack, and Dont Rush would go by the leaders inside the final sixteenth on his way to the win by a couple of lengths. Platoon Seelster was up to finish second and Luck O The Irish grabbed third. Also taking home part of the purse were A Little More Love (Randy Waples) and Caulfield. “He’s done really well, and he’s won his last three starts. Usually if I have a colt that does well, they stay well all year long,” offered winning trainer Dustin Jones. “I bought the mare as a yearling in Kentucky. I’ve raised a few colts out of her but nothing like this. This was the result of a free breeding from Jean-Pierre Dubois, so I have to thank him a lot. I was just hoping he was going to be a good Grassroots horse. He really surprised me.” Jones of Waterdown, Ontario, also bred and now co-owns Dont Rush, an Infinitif colt, with partner Greg Judson of Athens, Ontario. Dont Rush, who won in Gold Series action on July 13 at Georgian Downs, on September 30 at Flamboro Downs, and on September 30 at Mohawk, is now four-for-11 in the win column with earnings of $296,985. He’s the sixth foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Color Me Pretty, a half-sister to the likes of Best Image (Balanced Image, $104,110), who was three-for-three during her OSS career. The full results from tonight’s race card at Mohawk may be viewed Mohawk Results – October 11. By OSS News

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