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Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, moved north of the border to Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening, May 22 for two trotting divisions; the first won by Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford with Musical Spell in 1:58.4 and the second by "Racin Jason" Sgrignuoli up behind Bella Pelazzo in 1:56.3. By all accounts Oldford is a very dedicated amateur driver having just returned from Italy after an amateur driving competition against the Italians where he won an event and had three seconds in the USA loss to their Italian counterparts. And saying Oldford just returned couldn't be more accurate because he didn't arrive in Toronto until 2AM this Monday morning(May 22) and by 7:30pm he was in the sulky and hustled Musical Spell to a gate to wire victory over Fork who was driven by "Gentle Ben" Hollingswort. "I had driven few horses for Mr. Guitard (Musical Spell's trainer) years ago and though he told me Musical Spell hadn't been racing well I nevertheless hustled him to the lead from the nine-hole and he raced really well for me tonight,"Oldford said via telephone. "After a:28.2 first quarter I stole a few fractions and we got to the three quarters in 1:28.3 and embraced for the challengers." "Tough Tony" Ciuffetelli had Overcomebyvictory on Musical Spell's throat-latch at the third stanza but Musical Spell soon put him away. Then Fork and "Gentle Ben" Hollingswort came out of a hole and was charging in the lane but Musical Spell showed some grit and hung on for a neck victory over Fork. Third place went to Tortola Sunrise driven by :Hurricane Hannah Miller. Overcomebyvictory ended up fourth. It was the ninth seasonal victory for Oldford who had been racing in the amateur series at Pompano Park in South Florida. The former National Amateur Driver of Year (2013) now has 125 career victories. Sent off as the second choice in the 10-horse field Musical Spell paid $7.10. In the second split Sgrignuoli sent his trotter to the lead and was content with a two-hole journey behind Silence Son, with "Buffalo Bob" Davis at the controls. That lasted until Hannah Miller came calling with Lexis Rocky up the backside who then circled Bella Palazzo. But Hannah's charge could sustain the lead and Sgrignuoli got his trotting mare up for a neck victory over Lexis Rocky in 1:56.3. Third place went to Presquille driven by Tony Ciuffetelli. Silence Son on faded and finished fourth. Bella Palazzo paid $11.20 for win and for Sgrignuoli it was is eighth lifetime driving victory. Next Billings action will be at Northfield Park on Wednesday, May 24. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 22 - Hannelore Hanover returned to Mohawk Racetrack for the first time this season Monday and turned in a dominating 1:52.4 harness racing victory in the first leg of the Miss Versatility. A field of eight older trotting mares clashed in the $53,200 Grand Circuit event. Hannelore Hanover was sent off as the 1/5 favourite and made a winning performance look like a walk in the park. Driver Yannick Gingras let the big mare stride out early, but yielded for a four-hole spot and allowed Emoticon Hanover and Side Bet Hanover to play musical chairs with the lead. As Emoticon Hanover reclaimed the lead for the second-time at the half in :56.3, Hannelore Hanover was sent first-up by Gingras and the heavy-favourite claimed the top spot swinging into the turn. The superstar trotting mare proceeded to post a :27.2 third-quarter followed by a :28.1 kicker to secure a 5¼ lengths victory. Emoticon Hanover held her position to finish second, while Barn Girl won a Show photo over Oho Diamond. Trained by Ron Burke, Hannelore Hanover came into her second start of the season Monday off a second-place finish at Miami Valley on May 7th. "They all get beat some point and for her it was her first start," said Gingras. "She's not going to go undefeated this year, but I'm not so worried about that, I'll worry about the big money races." The regular driver behind Hannelore Hanover also pointed out that he was hoping to give the sensational trotting mare an easy trip on Monday. "I was trying to take it easy on her as much as I could. They were battling a little bit early on so (I) just sat there," said Gingras. "She can race any which way. She loves tracking down horses, she's game on the front, so she makes my job really easy." A five-year-old daughter of Swan For All, Hannelore Hanover is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino & J And T Silva Stables LLC. Last season, 'Hannelore' won 17 of 20 starts and earned nearly $1.2 million. Her victory Monday gives her 27 career wins and an additional $26,600 to her bankroll of over $1.5 million. She paid $2.40 to win. Hannelore Hanover The Miss Versatility Series for older trotting mares has three preliminary legs before a rich final at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Little Brown Jug Day. The series visits Mohawk, The Meadowlands and Tioga Downs. Monday evening's card also saw a record payout for a $2 Exacta. Driver Paul MacDonell steered three-year-old pacer Dubious Claim to a 103-1 shocker in the evening's fifth-race. The triple-digit longshot was followed across the finish line by Jaydens Place and driver Phil Hudon at odds of 82-1. The $2 Exacta in the fifth-race paid $3,896.50, eclipsing the old Mohawk Racetrack record of $2,515.80 set on May 21, 1984. The horses that combined for the previous record were Rock N Chris, driven by Steve Condren, and Foolish Ward, driven by Roger Mayotte. Live racing resumes Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m.   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 20 - The finals of the S.B.O.A. Stakes for Ontario sired three-year-old fillies highlighted the harness racing portion of Fireworks and Family Fun Night Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. A large crowd flooded Mohawk to celebrate the Victoria Day long weekend. Despite cool and windy conditions, excitement filled both the grandstand and paddock for the evening's festivities. The first on-track feature was the $130,130 S.B.O.A. Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies in race-two. Magic Presto lived up to her 1/5 billing by scoring a 2¾ lengths victory in a career-best 1:54.3. Trevor Henry guided the Richard "Nifty" Norman trainee to the stakes victory. Magic Presto was sent to the front and held a narrow lead at the opening-quarter. Henry allowed post-ten starter Holiday Promise to clear, but quickly circled around to retake the lead heading to the half. Magic Presto proceeded to post fractions of :57.4 and 1:27.1, before trotting home in :27.2 for the victory. Gravitator finished second, while Royal Witch was third. "I think she was a little sharper this week," said Norman after Magic Presto's triumph. "It was kind of a strange race and a funny night with the wind, but she was very good." Owned by Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, David Mc Duffee and Little E LLC, Magic Presto now has two wins in three starts this season to give her six victories overall in her career. The S.B.O.A. victory pushes the Kadabra filly's career earnings to over $470,000. Norman noted that Magic Presto will return to Mohawk on June 8th for an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event before returning to the Meadowlands for Grand Circuit action. Magic Presto paid $2.50 to win. Magic Presto A pair of Casie Coleman trainees were the story in race-eight's $132,130 pacing filly final, but it was the underdog of the two that stole the show. Fade and driver Travis Cullen came through at 10-1 for a 1:53.1 score. The daughter of Shadow Play had won her elimination a week ago, but received little buzz due to her stablemate Windy Sport's dominating 1:51.3 victory in her preliminary. Windy Sport, who was 1/5, and driver Louis Philippe Roy cut the mile with Fade following in the two-hole. Dancing Shadows K came first up to battle with the heavy-favourite on the far turn and Windy Sport was feeling pressure at three-quarters in 1:26.1. In the stretch, Windy Sport couldn't deliver another large performance and gave way to her rivals. Fade was able to shoot up the rail and Soiree Seelster charged home on the far outside to set up a great finish. At the wire, Fade secured to the victory by a neck. Windy Sport finished third. Fade had the driving services of Cullen for the first time Saturday and the duo immediately connected. "He did a great job," said Coleman about Cullen. "Obviously Windy Sport was 1/5 and he got the two-hole trip behind her and couldn't have driven any better. He got the perfect ground saving trip and got her up in time for the money." A daughter of Shadow Play, Fade is trained by Coleman for owners West Wins Stable and Calhoun Racing Ltd. Her S.B.O.A. score gives her two wins in four starts this season and three victories in her career. Fade's career earnings now sit at $225,752. She paid $22.10 to win. Fade Also on Saturday, the red-hot seven-year-old pacer Fool Me Once jumped up to the Preferred and scored a strong 1:50.4 victory. Since moving into the Moreau barn and onto the WEG Circuit, Fool Me Once has now won three starts in a row for owner Brad Grant. His latest victory gives him 35 career visits to the winner's circle and pushes his career earnings to over $963,000. Fool Me Once paid $4 to win. Fool Me Once A tremendous fireworks display entertained the fans following the races to cap off a fantastic evening of racing and festivities. Live racing resumes Monday night at 7:30 p.m.   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 18 - Just a single ticket correctly selected the top-five finishers in the final race Thursday at harness racing's Mohawk Racetrack to connect for a massive $152,710.35 (USD) Jackpot Hi-5 payout. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover, which had been growing since mid-April, sat at $184,987.99 (CAD) heading into Thursday's card. A total of $26,703 was wagered into the pool Thursday. ER Quinn and driver Louis Philippe Roy scored a 25-1 upset victory in the Hi-5 race over Matrix Of Luck, who was the 3/5 favourite, to help eliminate many Hi-5 tickets. The top-five was then rounded out by Mister X, who finished third at 70-1, Blissful Years at 13-1 and Leafs And Wings at 3-1. The only winning Jackpot Hi-5 ticket cost just $16.20 and was purchased in the Oregon area. The Jackpot Hi-5 will now start from scratch on Friday evening. As always, Jackpot Hi-5 wagering is available on the final race every night at Mohawk Racetrack.   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 20 - Mohawk Racetrack's annual Fireworks and Family Fun Night is set for this Saturday (May 20). A fun-filled night of live harness racing and entertainment for all-ages will rock the Campbellville oval. Doors open to the Mohawk Grandstand at 5 p.m. and live racing gets underway at 6:45 p.m. A strong 10-race card has been put together for the special evening, highlighted by a pair of $130,000 plus S.B.O.A. Stakes Finals for three-year-old fillies. Saturday's card also features a loaded $34,000 Preferred Pace and the regular $40,000 Pick-5 and $50,000 Early Pick-4. Fans on-track will have a variety of entertainment options, including live racing, to explore throughout the evening A brand new Kidsfest Zone will be introduced this year, where kids will be able to take part in carnival games, crafts, face painting, an animal show and more. Entry to the Kidsfest Zone costs $5. Parents will also want to take advantage of a special Kids' Combo Meal. The $5.99 special includes the choice of a pizza slice or hot dog, juice box, chips and a glow in the dark wristband. A special $5 collectible horse cup will also be for sale at the concession stands and comes with free refills of fountain drinks all night. Musician Brian MacIntyre will be entertaining fans throughout the evening inside the main concourse of the grandstand. A special Pepsi North America Cup ticket offer will be available on Saturday evening, as fans can take advantage of a "Me + 3" offer to grab their tickets for the $1 million race on Saturday, June 17. Live racing is expected to conclude around 10 p.m. and the spectacular fireworks show is scheduled to begin at 10:30 p.m. Racing fans also looking to catch the Preakness Stakes on Saturday will be able to watch and wager on the second-leg of the Triple Crown at Mohawk. The big race will be shown on the infield screen. For more information on Fireworks and Family Fun Night, visit www.MohawkRacetrack.com Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 15 - The Mohawk Race Office would like to remind all harness racing people of a change to the draw schedule. Beginning tomorrow (Tuesday, May 16), the Race Office will be a conducting double draws each Tuesday for Friday and Saturday cards. The double draws on Tuesdays will be in effect for the remainder of the Mohawk meet. The draw schedule is now as follows. Enter Monday for Thursday Enter Tuesday for Friday and Saturday Enter Thursday for Monday The entry box closes the morning of each draw at 10:30 a.m. When Tuesday racing is added to the Mohawk Racetrack schedule in June, the draw for Tuesdays will be conducted on Fridays. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 13 - Ontario sired three-year-old fillies stepped into the harness racing spotlight Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack for the eliminations of the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association (S.B.O.A.) Stakes. A total of four $25,000 eliminatiere contested on Saturday's 11-race card. A group of 18 pacing fillies and 16 trotting fillies were split into their respective eliminations. Driver Louis Philippe Roy and trainer Casie Coleman teamed up to sweep the eliminations for pacing fillies. The first elimination saw Windy Sport make a big statement in her third start of the season, as the Sportswriter filly went gate-to-wire for a career-best 4½ lengths victory in 1:51.3 victory. Dancing Shadows K finished second, while Stonebridge Sundae was third. The final two spots in next week's final were grabbed by Gottalovemyshadow and Soi Owned by West Wins Stable and Calhoun Racing Ltd, Windy Sport cruised home in :27.2 for driver Roy to score her first win of the season and third overall. Saturday's victory increases the pacing filly's career earnings to over $158,000. Windy Sport paid $6.00 to win. Windy Sport Fade came through with a career-best 1:53.3 score in the second elimination to complete the sweep for Roy and Coleman. The Shadow Play filly got away third for driver Roy, who chose to come first-up into a slow opening-half of :58. Fade cleared to command entering the turn and proceeded to pace a :28 third-quarter followed by a :27.3 final-quarter to win by a length and three-quarters. Talbot Chanel finished second, while Dudesalady was third. The final two spots in the final were secured by Action Majesty and Blameitonthenight. Racing for the same connections as Windy Sport, Fade now has one win in three starts this season after winning once in eight as a rookie. The Coleman trainee's career earnings now sit at over $159,000. Fade paid $4 to win. Fade Over on the trotting side, Magic Presto took care of business at 1/9 in the first elimination for driver Trevor Henry and trainer Richard 'Nifty' Norman. The Kadabra trotting filly got away third for Henry and sat along the pylons until nearing the half. Magic Presto marched first-up to poke a head in front at three-quarters in 1:27.2. In the stretch, the heavy-favourite trotted home strong in :27.4 to score a 2 ½ length victory in 1:55.1. Royal Witch finished second, while Tymal Reign was third. Holiday Promise and Expose Yourself rounded out the top-five finishers to advance to the S.B.O.A final. Owned by Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, David Mc Duffee and Little E LLC, Magic Presto was making her second start of the season Saturday after finishing third last week at The Meadowlands. As a rookie, the Kadabra filly banked $393,049, thanks in large part to her triumph in the Goldsmith Maid at Woodbine. Magic Presto, who is now a five-time winner, paid $2.10 to win. Magic Presto Unlike the first elimination, the second split did not got as expected and featured a 10-1 upset. Mrstery Bear converted off a perfect two-hole trip from driver Billy Davis for a career-best 1:55.4 victory. The Gaetan Hebert trainee was coming off a maiden-breaking score last week and now has two wins in four starts this season. Gravitator rallied from well-back to finish second, while Paradise Image held on for third after leading throughout most of the mile. Stuck In My Spanks and Anikadabra rounded out the top-five. A daughter of Majestic Son, Mrstery Bear did not earn a cheque in four starts as a rookie. This season, the trotting filly has won two of four and banked over $20,000 for owner Hebert. A $2 win ticket on Mrstery Bear returned $22.30. Mrstery Bear Following the conclusion of the eliminations, the post positions for next week's S.B.O.A. finals were drawn. The final for pacing fillies will go for a purse of $132,130, while the trotting fillies will battle for $130,130. Next Saturday's (May 20) finals will be part of the annual Mohawk Fireworks and Family Fun Night. An early post time of 6:30 p.m. will be in effect next Saturday. The draws for the S.B.O.A finals can be viewed below. S.B.O.A. Pacing Fillies - Purse: $132,130 1. Soiree Seelster 2. Talbot Chanel 3. Fade 4. Windy Sport 5. Blameitonthenight 6. Dancing Shadows K 7. Stonebridge Sundae 8. Gottalovemyshadow 9. Dudesalady 10. Action Majesty AE: Manhattan Play   S.B.O.A. Trotting Fillies - Purse: $130,130 1. Stuck In My Spanks 2. Paradise Image 3. Magic Presto 4. Mrstery Bear 5. Expose Yourself 6. Gravitator 7. Royal Witch 8. Anikadabra 9. Tymal Reign 10. Holiday Promise AE: Sweet Of My Heart   WEG sustaining payments and nominations due Monday CAMPBELLVILLE, May 13 – Sustaining payments and nominations for numerous Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) andAlliance stakes/series are due this Monday (May 15). The May 15th payment is the final round of sustaining payments for all major WEG Stakes, including the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. A total of 53 three-year-old pacers are eligible to make the final sustaining payment for Canada’s richest harness race. The full list of WEG stakes requiring a May 15th sustaining payment is available below. Pepsi North America Cup (Pace: 3-Year-Olds) Canadian Pacing Derby (Pace: 3-Year-Olds and Up) Canadian Trotting Classic (Trot: 3-Year-Olds) Maple Leaf Trot (Trot: 3-Year-Olds and Up) Fan Hanover (Pace: 3-Year-Old Fillies) Elegantimage (Trot: 3-Year-Old Fillies) Casual Breeze (Trot: 3-Year-Old Fillies) Goodtimes (Trot: 3-Year-Olds) Somebeachsomewhere (Pace: 3-Year-Olds) Metro Pace (Pace: 2-Year-Olds) Shes A Great Lady (Pace: 2-Year-Old Fillies) William Wellwood Memorial (Trot: 2-Year-Olds) Peaceful Way (Trot: 2-Year-Old Fillies) Nassagaweya (Pace: 2-Year-Olds) Eternal Camnation (Pace: 2-Year-Old Fillies) Roses Are Red (Pace: Mares) Milton (Pace: Mares) Armbro Flight (Trot: Mares) Nominations are also due May 15th for the annual two-year-old summer series at Mohawk. The Dream Maker, Whenuwishuponastar, Define The World and Pure Ivory are signature events in the summer months at Mohawk and have been the learning ground for many top two-year-olds. The May 15th payment also includes yearling nominations for the 2018 Champlain Stakes, 2019 Simcoe Stakes and 2019 S.B.O.A. Stakes. For more information, click here. A sustaining payment is also due May 15th for the following Alliance events to be raced at Grand River Raceway. Battle of Waterloo (Pace: 2-Year-Olds) Battle of the Belles (Pace: 2-Year-Old Fillies) To view full information regarding each stakes event and payments, click here. To make sustaining payments online, click here. If sending payments by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than May 15, 2017 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. Any questions or concerns regarding stakes payments can be directed to the Mohawk Race Office, 905-854-7805. Mark McKelvie WEG Communications - Standardbred

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 8 - With the Pepsi North America Cup 40 days away, 11 eligible harness racing three-year-old pacing colts and geldings made a stop by Mohawk Racetrack to qualify on Monday morning. The Pepsi North America Cup eligible horses competed over the course of three different qualifying races on Monday. The qualifiers were raced under sunny skies, but a stiff wind and 'Good' racing surface still recovering from multiple days of rain allowed for a two-second variant. The first qualifier of the morning saw Cup eligible Ideal Wheel turn in the fastest mile of the day, with a 1:53.4 victory. The Casie Coleman trainee got away fourth with driver Jonathan Drury and sat there until the far turn before getting involved. Cup eligible Mc Mach set solid fractions on the lead and led the field by three-quarters in 1:24.3. Ideal Wheel, who was third and a few lengths from the leader turning for home, was able to track down Mc Mach in the lane and surged by with a final-quarter of :28.1 to score a four-length victory. Bob McIntosh trainee Mc Mach, who was the only other Cup eligible in the field, held on for second. A son of American Ideal, Ideal Wheel was qualifying for the first time as a three-year-old after winning three of six and banking $157,505 as a rookie. The ninth qualifier of the morning saw five Cup eligible three-year-olds competing. Blake MacIntosh trainee Sports Column was a little hesitant moving into the first turn for driver Chris Christoforou, but once he cleared to command entering the backstretch, it was game over. The son of Sportswriter posted fractions of :58 and 1:27, before firing home in :28.2 to score a comfortable three-length victory in 1:55.2. Cup eligible Streakavana, who was the leader at the opening-quarter, held his position to finish second for trainer Scott McEneny. Patrick Shepherd trainee Western Hill, who is also eligible to the Cup, rounded out the top three finishers. Tony O'Sullivan trainee Calvin K was fifth, while McEneny's Bettors Dream was seventh to round out the Cup eligible three-year-olds in the field. Sports Column's two-year-old season was brief, but the Ontario sired colt made an impact. The MacIntosh trainee won four of six starts, including the Battle of Waterloo, for earnings of $222,000. The 11th qualifier featured the final four Cup eligible three-year-olds of the day. Metro Pace champion Beyond Delight fought off fellow-Cup eligible Some Attitude to win by a head in 1:56. Sylvain Filion drove the Tony O'Sullivan trainee to victory. Beyond Delight capitalized off a two-hole trip to score the victory by angling out at the top of the stretch and pacing a final-quarter of :29.3. McIntosh trainee Some Attitude rallied with a :28.4 final-quarter to come up just short. The other two Cup horses in the field, Bill Robinson's Three More Smiles and Shepherd's Richard Hill, finished fifth and sixth, respectively. A son of Bettor's Delight, Beyond Delight won three of 11 starts as a rookie, including the Metro Pace and Champlain Stakes, for earnings of over $400,000. The O'Sullivan trainee was making his first qualifying appearance of the season Monday. Almost all of the 53 Pepsi North America Cup eligible three-year-olds have now qualified this season and connections have until May 15 to make a decision on submitting the final sustaining payment. Also on Monday, older pacing star Shamballa won a qualifier by more than eight-lengths in 1:55.1 for trainer/driver Rick Zeron. The seven-year-old, who's won more than $900,000 in his career, has now qualified twice this season. Zeron's barn also sent out three-year-old trotting gelding Mass Production and last year's Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final champion went gate-to-wire for a 1:57.2 score. Other winner's from Monday's 14-race qualifying session included, Preferred trotter Lookslikeachpndale, OSS standout Tycoon Seelster and Breeders Crown finalist Cameron Hill. Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk. Post time for the 10-race card is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications  

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 3 - Mohawk Racetrack today announced a special post time of 7:05 p.m. for this Saturday's (May 6) card of harness racing. The early post time will allow racing fans the opportunity to watch the Kentucky Derby at Mohawk and then catch live harness racing immediately following the big race. The Kentucky Derby will be shown on the infield screen and wagering is available on-track. The scheduled post time for the Derby is currently 6:34 p.m. The racing section of the Mohawk grandstand will open its doors at 5 p.m. on Saturday, but horseplayers looking to wager on the entire Derby card, from Churchill Downs, will be able to inside the Mohawk Racebook (located in the OLG Slots). Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 29 - It generally takes time for a four-year-old to step up and beat top harness racing overnight horses, but that was not the case Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Four-year-old gelding Sintra won Saturday's $27,000 feature event with a large 1:50.4 performance for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Dave Menary. The former Ontario Sires Stakes star was making his four-year-old debut and first start since the OSS Super Final last October. Competing against seven rivals, including proven Preferred stars, Sintra got away sixth in the early-going. The tempo was modest, as Our Sky Major N led the field by the half in :56. Despite the easy-fractions for the group, Jamieson pulled first-up and unleashed his charge heading into the final turn. Sintra delivered an impressive :26.3 third-quarter to blow right by his opponents and snag command away from Our Sky Major N. In the stretch, the Menary trainee left his rivals well-behind and cruised home in :27.2 for a 3½ lengths score. Mach Code finished second, while Erle Dale N was third. The betting public was certainly hoping Sintra was ready to roll off the bench, as the four-year-old went off at odds of 7/2 and paid $9.40 to win. Owned by Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc, Sintra won eight of 16 starts last season for earnings of $294,500. Saturday's victory improves the Mach Three gelding's career record to nine wins in 20 starts. With his four-year-old debut now in the books, Sintra's next start could be in the Confederation Cup eliminations on Sunday, May 14 at Flamboro Downs. The Menary trainee is one of 32 four-year-olds eligible to this year's event. Sintra Also on Saturday, Jins Shark posted the first sub-1:50 mile of the Mohawk meet with a 1:49.4 score in the $22,000 opening race. The Isaac Waxman trainee made a third-quarter move to the lead from fourth to front the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:23. Jins Shark proceeded to pace a :26.4 final-quarter to score a dominating 5¼ lengths sub-1:50 victory. Doug McNair guided the six-year-old gelding to his third win of the season and 16th win overall. Jins Shark paid $3.60 to win. Jins Shark Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 27 - The Mohawk Pick-5 has become one of the most popular harness racing wagers on the Woodbine Entertainment circuit and Thursday evening it was the subject of plenty of buzz. A total of $82,976 was wagered into the Pick-5 pool Thursday and at the conclusion of the five-races, just one ticket correctly selected all five-winners to score a significant payday of $70,530.22. The Pick-5 wager offers a minimum bet of $0.20 and a 15 per cent take out. The final odds of the five winning horses during the Pick-5 sequence were 7/2, 8/1, 22/1, 2/1 and 3/5. Thursday evening was the second card in a row to have a Pick-5 pool of more than $80,000. Through 9 cards this meet at Mohawk, the average pool size for the multi-leg wager has been $66,187. Live racing continues this week on Friday and Saturday night at the Campbellville oval. Post time each evening is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 15 - Driver Doug McNair and trainer Richard Moreau were recognized Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack for their outstanding performances during the 2016-17 Woodbine harness racing winter meet. The Woodbine winter meet, which concluded on Monday, was contested from November 10 to April 10. Doug McNair, 27, led all drivers in victories and earnings. The Guelph, Ontario resident won 126 races during the five-month meet and drove the winners of over $1.7 million. The Woodbine driving title is McNair's first driving title on the Woodbine Entertainment circuit. While McNair took home his first title, Richard Moreau, 52, added another Woodbine training title to his long list of accomplishments. Moreau, who is the four-time reigning Trainer of the Year in Canada, led all conditioners with 62 wins and earnings of over $1.2 million. Moreau's barn has been led this year by older pacer American Virgin, who's won the Preferred at WEG seven-times and banked $140,080 this season. McNair has been the driver behind the Preferred star all-season. McNair and Moreau also teamed up on Friday night to win the $30,000 Mares Preferred with Sandbetweenurtoes. The 2017 Mohawk meet is now in full swing and McNair and Moreau are both off to solid starts. Live racing is held at the Campbellville oval every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 12 - The 54th season of live harness racing at Mohawk Racetrack is set to begin this Thursday, April 13. The 2017 meet will run from April 13 through to October. The final number of race dates for the meet is pending regulatory approval. Live racing will be offered every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings will be added to the schedule in June for the duration of the meet. The highlight of the 54th season is the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 17. The 34th edition of Canada's richest harness race promises to be the biggest event in the history of the classic race. Over $3 million in total purses will be up for grabs on the stakes-filled card, which includes the Fan Hanover, Goodtimes, Armbro Flight, Roses Are Red and Mohawk Gold Cup. Off the track, a pre-race concert featuring country stars Kira Isabella and Jojo Mason will get the party started. Fans will be able to take part in giveaways and contests, visit the beer garden, try a variety of special food items, get their "First Bet on Us" and receive a free hat with admission. Admission to this year's Pepsi North America Cup is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 12 to 17 and children under 12 are free. Tickets can be pre-purchased through Ticketmaster. The always popular Fireworks and Family Fun Night is scheduled for the Victoria Day long-weekend in May. Live racing, activities for all ages and a spectacular fireworks show will take place on Saturday, May 20. The very best pacers and trotters in harness racing will continue to converge on Mohawk Racetrack throughout the entire season for Grand Circuit action. The Canadian Pacing Derby highlights a stakes-filled card on Saturday, September 2. The oldest pacing event in Canadian racing will feature heavyweight older pacers battling for a purse of $550,000. The Labour Day weekend card also features the Champlain Stakes for two-year-old pacers and Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotters. New in 2017, the $700,000 Metro Pace and $500,000 Shes A Great Lady find a new home on the stakes calendar. The signature events for two-year-old pacers will have its own night to step into the spotlight on Saturday, September 23. A week before the rookie pacers shine bright, the $650,000 Canadian Trotting Classic and $600,000 Maple Leaf Trot will feature the best trotters from around the world on Saturday, September 16. Over $5 million in purses will be up for grabs during September's Grand Circuit action at Mohawk. The wagering menu this season continues to offer all the usual signature and popular wagers. A pair of guaranteed pools will be offered nightly, as the $40,000 Pick-5 and $50,000 Early Pick-4 hold their regular spots on the card. Fans and horseplayers will have a new way of getting to the track this season. Milton Transit has added a bus route that starts from the Milton GO Station and makes a stop at Mohawk Racetrack. Bus 62 Campbellville has service to Mohawk each day of the week, including extended hours on Friday and Saturday evenings to allow racing fans the opportunity to catch all the exciting action. For more information regarding the Milton Transit Campbellville route, click here. An official "Welcome Back" to live racing at Mohawk will take place on Saturday (April 15). Live music will greet fans upon arrival and several of Mohawk's top drivers will be on hand to welcome fans and hand out a promo filled calendar with a coupon to be redeemed during the meet. There will also be live music to entertain fans leading up to first-race post time. A variety of dinning specials will be available throughout the meet and fans can find out more about everything happening at Mohawk by visiting www.MohawkRacetrack.com Post time for each night of live racing is 7:30 p.m., expect for special events in which an adjusted post time will be announced in advance. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, March 23 - The connections of 56 harness racing three-year-old pacers have made the first sustaining payment to remain eligible to the 34th Pepsi North America Cup. The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is Canada's richest harness race and will take place on Saturday, June 17 at Mohawk Racetrack. A total of 60 three-year-olds were originally nominated and all but four have been kept eligible through the first sustaining payment. Ray Schnittker trainee Huntsville and Brian Brown trainee Downbytheseaside headline the group of eligible three-year-olds. Both colts are sired by 2008 Pepsi North America Cup champion Somebeachsomewhere and both set World Records during their rookie campaigns. 2016 Metro Pace winner Beyond Delight, who is trained by Tony O'Sullivan, is another notable pacer on the list eligible three-year-olds. The son of Bettors Delight won the O'Brien Award as Canada's top two-year-old pacing colt in 2016. The eliminations for this year's Pepsi North America Cup will take place on Saturday, June 10. The $1 million final will take place the following week. The next sustaining payment for the Pepsi North America Cup is due April 15. The fee is $1,000 CAD or $715 USD. Below is the list of current eligible three-year-old pacers to the 2017 Pepsi North America Cup. AIR STRIKE by Always A Virgin AMERICAN SPORTSMAN by Somebeachsomewhere ARSENAL SEELSTER by Artistic Fella ART SCENE by American Ideal BEACH HOUSE by Somebeachsomewhere BECKHAMS Z TAM by Always A Virgin BETTORS DREAM by Bettor's Delight BETTOR'S WESTERN by Bettor's Delight BEYOND DELIGHT by Bettor's Delight BLOOD LINE by Somebeachsomewhere CALVIN K by Classic Card Shark CLASSIC PRO by Shadow Play CLOUSEAU HANOVER by Western Ideal DARLING'S DRAGON by Dragon Again DIAL THE BOSSMAN by Artistic Fella DOWNBYTHESEASIDE by Somebeachsomewhere DRAGNET ALERT by Dragon Again EDDARD HANOVER by Dragon Again FEAR THE DRAGON by Dragon Again FILIBUSTER HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere HENRY THE DRAGON by Custard The Dragon HUNTSVILLE by Somebeachsomewhere HURRICANEBEACH by Somebeachsomewhere IDEAL WHEEL by American Ideal LAWRENCETOWNBEACH by Somebeachsomewhere LINDYTHEFOURTEENTH by Somebeachsomewhere LYONS WELSH PRIDE by Roll With Joe LYONS WILLIAM by Big Jim MAC ATTACK by Somebeachsomewhere MAC'S JACKPOT by Somebeachsomewhere MAJOR MOE by Art Major MC MACH by Mach Three MISO FAST by Roll With Joe MR VARSITY by Roll With Joe NORMANDYBEACH by Somebeachsomewhere OCEAN COLONY by Somebeachsomewhere ODDS ON DELRAY by Somebeachsomewhere OZONE BLUE CHIP by Bettor's Delight PERFECTLY CLOSE by Ponder PHOTOBOMBR HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere R J P by Somebeachsomewhere RICHARD HILL by Mach Three ROCK IT SCOTT by Roll With Joe ROCK THIS WAY by Rocknroll Hanover SANTAFE'S COACH by Bettor's Delight SOME ATTITUDE by Somebeachsomewhere SPORTS COLUMN by Sportswriter STEALTH BOMBER by Rocknroll Hanover STREAKAVANA by Big Jim TALBOT ROMEO by Roll With Joe THREE MORE SMILES by Mach Three TWIN B COWBOY by Roll With Joe WESTERN HILL by Western Ideal WHO SAID NOT TO by Well Said WINDSONG NAPOLEON by Art Major YOUNG DRUNK PUNK by Bettor's Delight   Sustain 1 Payment - 56 horses   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, March 3 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced that 60 harness racing three-year-old pacers have been nominated to the 34th edition of the Pepsi North America Cup. The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, Canada's richest harness race, will take place on Saturday, June 17 at Mohawk Racetrack. The eliminations will be held a week prior. Headlining the group of 60 eligible three-year-olds is Ray Schnittker trainee Huntsville and Brian Brown trainee Downbytheseaside. A fantastic rivalry developed over the course of 2016 between Huntsville and Downbytheseaside. The Schnittker trainee held a slight advantage in earnings and awards, but the Brown trainee got the last laugh on the racetrack with a dominant victory over his rival in the $520,000 Governor's Cup at Woodbine. Huntsville finished his rookie campaign with seven wins and four runner-up finishes in 11 starts for earnings of $720,234. The Schnittker trained colt's list of accomplishments includes the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) Championship, Breeders Crown final and the Dan Patch Award as U.S Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year. Downbytheseaside made 13 starts in his two-year-old season and finished with eight wins, three seconds and a pair of third-place finishes for earnings of $644,706. The Brown trained colt won multiple Grand Circuit events, including the Governor's Cup, and finished second in both the PASS Championship and Breeders Crown. Huntsville and Downbytheseaside are both sired by 2008 Pepsi North America Cup champion Somebeachsomewhere and both left their mark on the World Record book as two-year-olds. Downbytheseaside set a World Record of 1:50 over the half-mile track at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in September, while also equaling the mile-track World Record of 1:49 in October at The Red Mile. On the same day Downbytheseaside blazed around the famed red clay oval, Huntsville also turned in a World Record equaling performance of 1:49 at the Lexington track. Huntsville won three of the five meetings against his rival during 2016, while Downbytheseaside won the other two. Metro Pace champion Beyond Delight is also on the list of eligible three-year-olds to this year's Pepsi North America Cup. The Tony O'Sullivan trainee won three of 11 starts last season and earned $423,305. Beyond Delight picked up all three of his rookie victories in consecutive weeks by sweeping the Metro Pace and capturing a division of the Champlain Stakes. The last Metro Pace winner to also win the Pepsi North America Cup was Captaintreacherous in 2013. Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Super Final champion Arsenal Seelster and OSS standout Streakavana are two of 11 Ontario sired three-year-old pacers eligible to this year's Cup. Nominations to the 2017 Pepsi North America Cup were up over last year's nomination total of 58. A total of three sustaining payments are required to remain eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. The first sustaining payment ($1,000 - $715 USD) is due Wednesday, March 15. The final two payments are due April 15 and May 15. Below is the full list of eligible three-year-old pacers to this year's Pepsi North America Cup. AIR STRIKE AMERICAM NATION AMERICAN SPORTSMAN ARSENAL SEELSTER ART SCENE BEACH HOUSE BECKHAMS Z TAM BETTORS DREAM BETTOR'S WESTERN BEYOND DELIGHT BLOOD LINE CALVIN K CLASSIC PRO CLOUSEAU HANOVER DARLING'S DRAGON DIAL THE BOSSMAN DOWNBYTHESEASIDE DRAGNET ALERT EDDARD HANOVER FEAR THE DRAGON FILIBUSTER HANOVER HENRY THE DRAGON HUNTSVILLE HURRICANEBEACH IDEAL WHEEL LAWRENCETOWNBEACH LINDYTHEFOURTEENTH LYONS WELSH PRIDE LYONS WILLIAM MAC ATTACK MACS JACKPOT MAJOR MOE MC MACH MISO FAST MR VARSITY NORMANDYBEACH OCEAN COLONY ODDS ON DELRAY OFFDAHOOK BLUECHIP OZONE BLUE CHIP PASSPORT TO ART PERFECTLY CLOSE PHOTOBOMBR HANOVER R J P RICHARD HILL ROCK IT SCOTT ROCK THIS WAY SANTAFE'S COACH SHADOW ROUGE SOME ATTITUDE SPORTS COLUMN STEALTH BOMBER STREAKAVANA TALBOT ROMEO THREE MORE SMILES TWIN B COWBOY WESTERN HILL WHO SAID NOT TO WINDSONG NAPOLEON YOUNG DRUNK PUNK   Total horses nominated - 60   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, February 22 - Mohawk Racetrack, in partnership with multiple organizations in the Town of Milton, will be hosting the first Community Job Fair on Monday, March 6 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The inaugural Community Job Fair will connect job seekers with multiple employers in the Town of Milton. The Community Job Fair is free to attend and job seekers are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resume. The following organizations will be represented at the Job Fair, with many more to be announced. Woodbine Entertainment Group Staples ClubLink The Centre for Skills Development & Training HMC Connections Milton Banquet & Conference Centre Moffat Scrap Iron & Metal Inc. Some of the positions that organizations will be hiring for include Customer Service, Hospitality/Food & Beverage, Security, Property Maintenance/General Labour and Office/Admin. The inaugural Community Job Fair will be covered by TVCogeco. Woodbine Entertainment Group is committed to supporting an inclusive, barrier- free recruitment and selection process in a work environment where all employees feel valued, respected and supported. If you are contacted by a member of our team, please advise them if you require any accommodations with respect to WEG's recruitment, selection and assessment process to ensure you have access to a fair and equitable process. Mark McKelvie

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