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MILTON, June 22, 2020 - Rebounding after a break last week, Run Director took his turn as the latest older trotter from the Ben Baillargeon barn to win by posting a 1:52.2 harness racing score on Monday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A deep field of 10 older trotters, including 2019 Canadian Horse of the Year Forbidden Trade, squared off in this week's top-class. The $30,000 event saw plenty of action early on with Mass Fortune K leaping Buzz from second to first entering the backstretch, while Dancer Hall was on the move from fourth, eventually clearing to command at the half in :56.2. Dancer Hall led at three-quarters in 1:24.3, as Mass Fortune K was back out and attacking approaching the third station. Run Director got his cue to go from driver Sylvain Filion, grinding his way uncovered from sixth towards the front. Forbidden Trade moved out from eighth, sitting third-over on the turn, while Hey Livvy tracked him. Dancer Hall and Mass Fortune K continued to battle in the lane, but it was the rallying Run Director and Hev Livvy that stormed by late. Run Director found the line first in 1:52.2, winning by three-quarters of a length over Hey Livvy. Mass Fortune K claimed third over Dancer Hall. The Luc Blais trained Forbidden Trade finished sixth in his four-year-old debut. A five-year-old, Run Director is now two for three on the season, improving his career totals to 13 wins and $575,037 earned for owner/breeders Tom & Elizabeth Rankin. On the heels of a nine-win week, Baillargeon put up two more wins on Monday's card. Three-year-old trotting colt Hayek was a dominant 1:53.3 winner to break his maiden. Live racing continues Tuesday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications & Content

MILTON, JUNE 18, 2020 - The inaugural Prospect Series kicks off this Saturday, June 20 at Hanover Raceway with three harness racing divisions for Ontario Sired three-year-old pacing fillies. Trainer Jack Darling will harness two fillies in the opening leg of the Prospect Series, Races 5, 7 and 9 on the 2 pm program, and is hoping for good things from both Dreamadreamforme and Twin B Hello. "Dreamadreamforme, she actually won a Grassroots up there last year at Hanover," said Darling. "But her first start she didn't race very good so I thought I'd put them both in and see how they do and go from there. Hope they can move up, if not then they will stay in the Prospect." Dreamadreamforme will start from Post 3 in the second $7,100 Prospect Series division with Jason Ryan in the race bike. The Betterthancheddar daughter heads into the race off a 1:56.4 victory in her May 29 qualifier at Woodbine Mohawk Park and a fifth-place result in her sophomore debut at Georgian Downs on June 9. Last season the filly toured the Hanover half-mile in 2:00 in the Aug. 24 two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots event. Ryan will steer Twin B Hello from Post 5 in the third division, and the pair will be looking to match or improve on the second-place result they posted in a June 9 start at Georgian Downs. The Sunshine Beach daughter was also second in her May 29 qualifier at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "Twin B Hello last year as a two-year-old, she was okay, but she really wasn't even good enough for the Grassroots. She's actually come back better this year," noted Cambridge, ON resident Darling, who also owns both fillies. "She seems a little better, so we'll try her in there and if she gets better we can always upgrade to the Grassroots, but for now that's a good spot for her." The Prospect Series is open to two and three-year-olds sustained to the Ontario Sires Stakes program. Like the OSS program's Gold and Grassroots events, Prospect Series events are numbered one through five and horses may only be entered in one of the corresponding events (i.e. Prospect Series No. 1, Grassroots Series No. 1, or Gold Series No. 1). However, should a Prospect Series leg fail to attract enough entries, horses can be entered in the corresponding Grassroots or Gold Series event. Throughout the summer horses competing in the Prospect Series will accumulate points toward one of nine spots in their respective $15,000 final, to be held Friday, Sept. 25 at Grand River Raceway. As with the corresponding events, horses are only able to declare into one post season finale - either the Prospect Series Final, Grassroots Semi-Final or Super Final. Starting fees for the Prospect Series are $100 and each division will race for $6,500 plus starting fees. Starting fees can be paid by cheque, made out to Ontario Sires Stakes, MasterCard or Visa. Like all events conducted under the AGCO Rules of Racing, horses must meet the added money qualifying times to be eligible for the Prospect Series. For additional information about the Prospect Series visit the Ontario Sires Stakes website or contact OSS program administrator Allison Glynn at To watch Saturday's Prospect Series opener tune into the Hanover Raceway live stream on the track's website, Facebook page or YouTube channel. Programs are available for download at the Hanover Raceway website. The first race gets under way at 2 pm and the Prospect Series divisions will go postward in Races 5, 7 and 9.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing c/o Woodbine Mohawk Park

June 18, 2020 -- Another full slate of baby races are scheduled for this Friday and Saturday morning at Woodbine Mohawk Park and COSA TV will provide enhanced coverage both days. The shows, co-hosted by Greg Blanchard and Mark McKelvie, who will also call the action, will be available on the COSA TV YouTube channel and Facebook Live. Viewers can also access the broadcast through the Woodbine Mohawk Park YouTube channel which will re-direct them to the enhanced coverage. Standardbred Canada will also broadcast the races and will make Free TrackIT past performance pages available on their website. Some high priced performers will face the gate this weekend, including Up And Ready, a $300,000 yearling purchase who made a miscue in her debut effort last weekend. The daughter of Kadabra - Glide By will leave from post 4 in Friday morning's third qualifier for trainer John Bax and driver Matt Bax. Marlboro Seelster, the richest yearling ever sold at public auction in Canada ($270,000 - London Selected Sale) will occupy post 5 in Saturday morning's second qualifier. The son of Bettors Delight - Macapelo Rose finished 5th in his debut effort last weekend and will get the services of Trevor Henry this week for trainer Ian Moore. The fillies will take center stage during the Friday session while colts and geldings will be on display Saturday. A total of 192 two-year-olds have been drawn in to qualify over the two days.   Greg Blanchard

MILTON, June 9, 2020 - P L Jill continued the dominant return to harness racing for trainer Ben Baillargeon with a 7 ¾ length victory in Tuesday's $36,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A field of seven older trotters lined up for the weekly feature and just like the last Preferred on March 16, seven-year-old mare P L Jill claimed the top spot for her fifth win of the season. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, P L Jill got away fifth and made a move towards the top in the second-quarter. On The Ropes and driver Jonathan Drury weren't in a giving mood and scrapped with the 2/5 favourite throughout the middle-half, eventually giving way ahead of three-quarters. Off a half of :56.2, P L Jill was forced to go a :27.2 third-quarter while duelling On The Ropes. The three-quarter clocking of 1:23.4 didn't impact P L Jill, as she trotted home in :28.1 for the open-lengths score. On The Ropes held for second, while R First Class (also trained by Baillargeon) and Big Rich completed the Superfecta. P L Jill is now five for 10 this season with $93,760 earned. The victory increases her career totals to 29 wins and $531,693 earned for owners Prince Lee Acres, Jill Coleman and Alan Christensen. A $2 win ticket on P L Jill returned $2.80. Ben Baillargeon's barn won three-races Monday and has now picked up six wins since racing returned last Friday. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications & Content

MILTON, June 8, 2020 – The road to the Pepsi North America Cup might be a little longer this season, but that didn’t mean local harness racing hopefuls weren’t ready to rock on Monday night at Mohawk Park. Pepsi North America Cup eligible Indictable Hanover and Beaumond Hanover put on a show for those watching Monday, each putting an exclamation point on their three-year-old debut. Beaumond Hanover took top billing by posting a devastating 1:49.4 victory in a Non-Winner of Two or $30,000 lifetime event for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Jack Darling. The lightly-raced son of Sportswriter made a second-quarter move to the lead and proceeded to post fractions of :55.3 and 1:22.3 before kicking away from rivals effortlessly in :27.1 to win by five-lengths in sub-1:50 fashion. Owned by Jack Darling Stables, Beaumond Hanover debuted last fall at Mohawk Park, winning four of five starts, including a sweep of the Ontario Sired Harvest Series. A $45,000 Harrisburg purchase in 2018, Beaumond Hanover had a single qualifier (1:54.1 on May 28) prior to his season debut. He instantly becomes a major player in the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold level and one to watch for Grand Circuit play. The betting public was all over Beaumond Hanover, who paid $2.70 to win. Monday’s card started with a bang thanks to Bettors Delight colt Indictable Hanover, who stormed home impressively in :25.3 to win his career-debut. Bob McClure sat behind Indictable Hanover for trainer Casie Coleman, mapping out a second-over trip before unleashing the Ontario Sires Stakes eligible in the lane to win comfortably by two-lengths in 1:51.3. A $52,000 purchase at Harrisburg in 2018, Indictable Hanover qualified in mid-May at Sunshine Meadows in Florida prior to shipping north. He is owned by West Wins Stable, John Fielding and Mac Nichol. Indictable Hanover was also the talk of the tote-board, returning $3.20 to win. Indictable Hanover                                              --New Image Media photo McClure and Coleman teamed up later in the evening for another victory with a debuting three-year-old. Reagan Blue Chip tracked down a drifting Lucid Dreams with a :25.4 final-quarter to win by a length in 1:53.2. A gelded son of American Ideal, Reagan Blue Chip had qualified four-times since March in Florida prior to his debut. He was a $90,000 Harrisburg buy in 2018 and is owned by Fielding and Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. The Pepsi North America Cup will be contested this year on Saturday, August 29. Live racing (without spectators) continues Tuesday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Mohawk Park Manager, Communications & Content

Effective today, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) announced that horses not currently in isolation can now exit Woodbine Racetrack. There have been no EHV-1 transmissions outside of Barn 12 in the past 14 days. One horse in Barn 10 had tested positive and was isolated. All of the remaining horses in Barn 10 tested negative multiple times over the past 14 days. The restrictions on these horses have been lifted. Yesterday all horses in Barn 12 tested negative for the first time. The negative results in Barn 12 are an encouraging sign that mitigation strategies appear to have been effective in isolating this neuropathogenic form of EHV-1. Testing of Barn 12 horses will continue. These horses and others in isolation still have movement restrictions in place, which the AGCO will review on an ongoing basis. New significant developments will be reported in future Notices, as needed. EHV-1 cannot be spread to humans and is unrelated to the current COVID-19 pandemic.   For more information Dr. Adam Chambers Senior Manager of Veterinary Services (289) 237-3922

A changing of the guard at Hanover Raceway, for 2020, will see Steve Fitzsimmons looking after the General Manager duties - while Tony Elliott will assume the harness racing Assistant to the General Manager role. “It’s pretty much the role I was looking for,” says Elliott. “This puts me in line for what I’m aiming for in my career… I’m looking forward to getting some experience in both the marketing and managing sides of the horse racing business.” Elliott was a familiar face around The Raceway, in London, this past race meet. Known for his social media skills and pregame show appearances - he’ll look to continue on with much of the same and more at Hanover this season. “It’s been great getting to know the racing team in London,” he says. “I enjoyed helping out on the pregame shows and Greg Gangle was a great mentor as well… I like what London does with racing - it’s a great model for other tracks to follow.” A new time slot for Hanover, this season, will see them switch to a Saturday afternoon 2 PM post time. “We wanted to have a more ‘family friendly’ post time… And this way we’re not going up against Georgian Downs and Woodbine Mohawk Park in the evening.” Elliott will also host a pregame show and look after some in-between-race commentary during the race day broadcasts. “I got in some practice this past weekend during our qualifiers,” he says. “A little bit of test run, all around, as we get set for our opening day card this Saturday… Is was great to see that the mood on the backstretch was really good… Horse people were following all the new rules and it was clear to see that they were just happy to be back racing.” Along with a new online Survivor Challenge for each race program - race fans will enjoy the new High Definition (HD) live stream on the YouTube and Facebook Live platforms. “We’re really excited about the new HD experience,” says Elliott. “It’s a super upgrade for our racing product and it will be most welcomed by our viewers I’m sure.” I was able to watch a few qualifiers from Hanover on the weekend and a horse to watch for, in the weeks ahead, will be Presto Score. Owned by Darryl and Gerald Holmes, of Meaford, this lightly-raced 5YO son of Sportswriter just jogged in his prep race - pacing a back half in 59-flat, for a 2:02.1 score, with a motionless Tom Smith aboard. Mohawk regular Mach Code was out for an easy qualifying win, as well, for owners Jeff and Lori Thomson. “He was the standout,” notes Elliot. “Scott Young was here to drive him and he just toyed with his foes - winning by open lengths in 1:58.4. We may not see him back this Saturday, but most of the others, that qualified, will likely be with us.” For all the latest happenings at Hanover Raceway visit and be sure to follow Tony Elliott on Twitter @elliottracing99 - he’ll keep you up to speed on all things racing this summer. Camluck Classic Highlights COSA TV Though the Camluck Classic would have been contested this weekend, the signature race was nonetheless front and centre on the Sunday (May 31) edition of COSA TV Live. Host Greg Blanchard, joined by colleagues from The Raceway Greg Gangle and Shannon ‘Sugar’ Doyle - as well as Michael Carter from the USTA, revisited and discussed many memorable moments from the history of the Camluck Classic, formally known as the Molson Pace until 2018 and prior to that - known as the Labatt Pace. Catch the highlights & the full TV show here… Shannon ‘Sugar’ Doyle The Raceway at Western Fair District

KITCHENER, ON - Harness racing driver Anthony Haughan triumphed as the tournament champion during the fourth and final edition of Barncat Trivia on May 29. Since its launch on May 8, more than 650 players have competed against fellow harness racing enthusiasts in free, live virtual contests where 60 all-original multiple-choice questions are presented over three games (rounds). Haughan won the first three legs of Barncat Trivia and entered the final week with 13,239 points. He finished second to Jason McGinnis in the final week, but maintained enough points to take the tournament crown. The Cambridge, ON trainer/driver and partner Meg Crone operate an 11-horse barn at Classy Lane Stables in Puslinch, ON. Haughan joined the Barncat Trivia halftime show to chat about his boundless appetite for racing and how Irish winters in the '80s stocked his memory bank with harness racing history and factoids. Overall Tournament Top 3: 1st place - Anthony Haughan (17,782 points) 2nd place - Justin Fisher (16,474 points) 3rd place - Jim Gillespie (16,426 points) Week 4 Top 3: 1st place - Jason McGinnis (4571) points) 2nd place - Anthony Haughan (4543 points) 3rd place - Dan Fisher (4367 points) Top standings for all four weeks are available at This week's top scorer Jason McGinnis wins $25.99 in game play for the mobile apps Catch Driver or Off And Pacing. As the top overall scorer of the tournament, Haughan won a $100 gift card. Barncat Trivia was made possible with the generous support of these sponsors: • Catch Driver • Clinton Raceway • Central Ontario Standardbred Association • Grand River Raceway • Hambletonian Society • Hanover Raceway • MadBarn • Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment • Off And Pacing • Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association • Tara Hills Stud • • TROT Magazine • Woodbine Mohawk Park Website: Explainer Video: Tournament Hashtags: #barncattrivia #playbarncat Facebook: @barncattrivia Twitter: @barncattrivia Contact: Kelly Spencer Co-Owner, True Nature Communications Inc.  

MILTON, May 25, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced new dates for several harness racing stakes to be held this season at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The stakes rescheduling only impacts events that were originally slated for May or June. All other races remain the same on the 2020 stakes calendar. As previously announced, the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup for three-year-old pacers has been rescheduled to Saturday, August 29. The Fan Hanover (3-Year-Old Filly Pace), Roses Are Red (Mare Pace) and Armbro Flight (Mare Trot) have all been rescheduled to join the Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, August 29. Eliminations (if necessary) for all four events will take place on Saturday, August 22. The Goodtimes for three-year-old trotting colts has been rescheduled to Saturday, September 5. Eliminations (if necessary) will be held on Friday, August 28. The Somebeachsomewhere for three-year-old pacers has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 12. The final event to be rescheduled is the SBOA Stakes for Ontario sired three-year-old fillies. The SBOA will now take place on Saturday, November 14 with eliminations (if necessary) scheduled for Saturday, November 7. Woodbine Mohawk Park will no longer play host to a leg of The Meadowlands administrated Miss Versatility Series (originally scheduled May 29) or Graduate Series (originally scheduled June 6) in 2020. The Meadowlands has confirmed with Woodbine their intentions to reschedule the Mohawk Park leg of the Miss Versatility for later this season at the New Jersey track, while the Graduate Series leg has been cancelled due to scheduling constraints. Live Racing, without spectators, is scheduled to resume on Friday, June 5 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The revised 2020 stakes schedule for Woodbine Mohawk Park. Stake Previous Date New Date SBOA 3FT Elims Saturday, May 9 Saturday, November 7 SBOA 3FP Elims Saturday, May 9 Saturday, November 7 SBOA 3FT Final Saturday, May 16 Saturday, November 14 SBOA 3FP Final Saturday, May 16 Saturday, November 14 North America Cup Elims Saturday, June 13 Saturday, August 22 Armbro Flight Elims Friday, June 12 Saturday, August 22 Fan Hanover Elims Saturday, June 13 Saturday, August 22 Roses Are Red Elims Saturday, June 13 Saturday, August 22 North America Cup Final Saturday, June 20 Saturday, August 29 Armbro Flight Final Saturday, June 20 Saturday, August 29 Fan Hanover Final Saturday, June 20 Saturday, August 29 Roses Are Red Final Saturday, June 20 Saturday, August 29 Goodtimes Elims Friday, June 12 Friday, August 28 Goodtimes Final Saturday, June 20 Saturday, September 5 Somebeachsomewhere Saturday, June 6 Saturday, September 12 Mark McKelvie        

MILTON, ON - May 23, 2020 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to notify all harness racing drivers and trainers that when Qualifiers resume on Thursday, May 28, the driver/trainer changes rooms, showers and lounge will be closed until further notice as an important COVID-19 safety precaution and physical distancing protocol. Drivers and trainers are asked to contact Megan Walker at or (416)-709-6793 to schedule a time to pick up their suits and other items on Monday, May 25, Tuesday, May 26 or Wednesday, May 27 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Only drivers and trainers who have scheduled a time will be permitted to pick up their suits and other items. Woodbine Mohawk Park will be releasing its qualifying and race night paddock protocols next week in advance of the resumption of Qualifiers on Thursday. Training to commence at Woodbine Mohawk Park with strict physical distancing protocols Training at Woodbine Mohawk Park with strict physical distancing protocols in place will be available from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday (May 27), and Saturday (May 30). Training hours will be allotted by signing up on a first come first serve basis.  Sign-ups will start at 3 p.m. on Monday (May 25).  Trainers are limited to no more than 10 horses per day. A limit of 50 horses are permitted in the paddock during a training time slot. Training time slots will be in 2.5 hour increments (6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.).   All paddock COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place for training hours, including the requirement to have all personnel wearing a face mask. Only trainers and essential licensed personnel over the age of 16 will be permitted through the security checkpoint. To sign-up for training which opens at 3 p.m. on Monday, click here. Jamie Dykstra Woodbine Entertainment

All harness racing horses wishing to qualify at Mohawk Thursday May 28 & 29 and June 1 & 2 must enter with the race office before noon Friday, May 22.   Preference for qualifying shall be given to Ontario Sired three-year-olds.   The Race office will produce qualifying entry sheets for those four dates on Monday, May 25.   Horses who currently meet the amended qualifying standards set by the AGCO will not be permitted to qualify during those four dates.   The Race Office recommends all trainers use Standardbred Canada's new and improved online entering system for making their entries going forward.       Jamie Dykstra Director, Communications & Content Woodbine Entertainment 647-400-6235

A little trivia here… What free-legged pacer once had the nickname ‘Recall Hanover’ - among harness racing people - around the B-tracks of Ontario? Keep reading along for the answer… I spotted a beautiful photo of a veteran racehorse, on Facebook, this past week and then reached out to his owner Jansen Sweet to talk about this former Ontario pacer - now getting set for his 13-year-old racing season in Prince Edward Island. Shiftyn Georgie (Rambaran-Paradigm Shift-Camluck) was bred by Ailsa Craig’s Rick Heamen and he’d make his first career start back on July 18, 2010 at Clinton Raceway - where he’d try to go all the way, but just miss by a head - finishing second with Alfie Carroll aboard in 2:00.2… It’d be one year later when Shiftyn Georgie would pace to his lifetime best of 1:56.1 over Woodstock (July 15, 2011), circling them 3-wide, with Billy Davis Jr. in the bike… Now this horse must have a thing for the warm month of July, because last year - at the age of 12 - this old campaigner would roll gate-to-wire over the Summerside, P.E.I. half-miler (July 9, 2019) to match his lifetime best - winning easily in 1:56.1 - with Marc Campbell driving. “That was a big trip,” says co-owner Jansen Sweet. “And he’s much better behaved now than he used to be… He’s a little more relaxed, than when he first came to us, that’s for sure. He jogs with no gear on - getting lead along behind another horse and jog cart - he’ll follow along nice and easy for around for 4 ½ miles…” The Charles F. Willis Memorial Raceway, in O’Leary, P.E.I., is where Georgie now calls home. I know the track well. It opens for matinee (non-betting) harness racing through the summer months and it happens to be both the spot where I drove in my first amateur race and where I began calling races too… “They used to call him ‘Recall Hanover’ because he’d cause recalls at the summer tracks, in Ontario, but he’s been good here,” says Sweet. “He’s well-mannered all around - very easy going around the barn, when he’s jogging and when he gets turned out, but when we put the bridle on him - he gets his game-face on and he knows it’s time to go to work. He turns it around then.” Sweet’s brother, Jaycob (18), does the conditioning and he was able to pick up his first career training win with Georgie just one year ago (May 20, 2019) at Summerside. “Jaycob had a great rookie season picking up the top trainer title at Summerside’s Red Shores track. He works hard and puts a lot of time into it,” says Sweet. “If he’s not working with our horses, he’s usually training someone else’s or he could be out there dragging the track. I believe he’ll be aiming for his harness driver’s license late this year.” For Georgie there’s been no regular pilot, in the sulky, since moving east. I’ve counted 11 different drivers on board for his 40 Maritime starts. “He’s almost better if we switch it up,” mentions Sweet. “Jason Hughes has always driven most of our horses. Marc Campbell matched his life mark. And then Dale Spence won 3 in a row with him last Fall,” continues Sweet. “He’s not a real tough horse to drive. He can leave really good - that’s usually the game plan and if they don’t get to him around the three-quarters - he’s usually good to go.” A mid-summer purchase for ‘about’ $3,500 in 2018 - Georgie would take to his new P.E.I. surroundings right away… “We originally bought him for the $5,000 Claiming Series at Old Home Week,” he says. “We raced him in Summerside and he won his first start for us in 1:58.1 and then we thought - maybe we shouldn’t have put him in that claiming series - we liked him that much… Well he was already in to go 4 days later in Charlottetown - so off we went… He did end up getting claimed off of us, during that series, but we’d take him back in the final and he’s been with us ever since.” The ownership crew of Jansen, Allison Sweet, Brody Ellis and Susan Thompson also own another former Ontario pacer in Rising Fella - once campaigned by trainer Bob McIntosh. “He’s done well for us too. We keep a small barn, but we have a lot of fun racing here on our island tracks.” Earning $8,500 is a good season for any race horse down east as the costs aren’t as great… “We had a pretty good year all around,” offers Sweet. “Georgie made the most, last season, so he earned the number one stall, in the barn, with a window view… He doesn’t need the vet much and he gets turned outs lots too - I know he got lots of turn-out time in Ontario, but I think he’s taken to the P.E.I. air - they say it can turn them around…” So what’s the game plan for Georgie’s upcoming season? “We’ll race him a few times and see where he fits… He’s got the age and the ugly ankle factor - so that keeps him pretty safe around the $4,000 claiming level. We’ll see how he comes back to the races, but he has trained down well - better than Rising Fella actually.” There’s a pretty good chance you’ll see Shiftyn Georgie in action on the opening weekend for P.E.I.’s return to racing in early June. “He’ll be ready,” confirms Sweet. “We’ll qualify the end of May and hopefully we’ll get him in to race when Charlottetown opens up.” Shiftyn Georgie was able to go over $100K in career earnings, last Fall, for his P.E.I. connections. - His richest career win would come in a $9,000 purse event (NW $30,000 Lifetime), at The Raceway, in October of 2012. Racing for trainer Murray Preszcator, at the time, driver JR Plante would guide him to a 1:56.2 victory over a track rated 2 seconds off - winning over General Manager (Trevor Henry) and Southwind Whiski (Alfie Carroll). - His final Ontario start took place at Hanover Raceway on July 21, 2018. It would be a sixth-place finish in a $7,000 claiming event, for trainer Natalie Baumlisberger, with Bruce Richardson aboard. - Stats: Life - 226 -23-33-32 ($102,377) P4 1:56.1 Woodstock - Stats: 2019 - 26-6-4-5 ($8,565) P12 1:56.1 Summerside Shiftyn Georgie’s 1:56.1 win in 2019 Shannon ‘Sugar’ Doyle The Raceway at Western Fair District

TORONTO, ON - May 14, 2020 - The return of live horse racing in the Province of Ontario just got one step closer. Earlier today, the Ontario government announced a framework to gradually reopen the Province in stages. Stage 1, which is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 19, allows for horse racing without spectators and physical distancing measures in place. "This is great news for the sport of horse racing and the tens of thousands of people it employs throughout the Province," said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. "With this news, our plans to resume Standardbred racing at Mohawk Park on June 5 and Thoroughbred racing on June 6 at Woodbine remain on track. We appreciate the government's recognition that we can operate spectator-free horse racing safely by following strict physical distancing protocols. "I would also like to thank the entire horse racing community for their patience, understanding and commitment in following health guidelines during this time. In doing so, it has put the entire industry in the position to resume live horse racing in the coming weeks." Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, harness racing at Mohawk Park was suspended on March 19, while the opening of Woodbine's Thoroughbred season, originally scheduled for April 18, was postponed. Jamie Dykstra Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, ON - May 13, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to inform harness racing people that the Mark Austin Memorial held at Dresden Raceway has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nominations for the Mark Austin Memorial were scheduled to close Friday, May 15. Originally scheduled for June 14, 2020, the Mark Austin Memorial, along with dates for the two preliminary legs, will be rescheduled for later this year. As such, a new closing date for nominations will be announced in the coming weeks. The Mohawk Race Office will continue to administer all payments for this series. Jamie Dykstra Woodbine Entertainment

“Harness racing has a short window to reinvent itself and become relevant again - in a way that hasn’t been seen for many decades. The status quo will not be sufficient to capture this opportunity when racing returns,” says horse owner/game designer Ryan Clements. “I think there’s a lot we can do. There is going to be many eyes on our sport if we do come back soon. And when we do get that brief moment, with no other major sports in play, we’ll have a chance to build a new fan base and we may never get this chance again. I believe we have to make the most of it - when we do come back… We have to look professional… We have to act professional… And when we do open - we have to open big. Let’s get those HD (high-definition) racing signals out there. Show our very best product. Now is the time to be investing in our future.” A resident of London with his business operation - The Farm Games - based in the forest city, Clements comments that he is not being biased in saying that he’d like to see London race during the summer months… “If there’s anything that can be done to see racing happen, this summer, maybe now is the best chance for a track like The Raceway… If any track is willing to make a serious run at racing, with a nice HD signal and have everything in place to put on a great show - including a top notch broadcast - then I’m all for it… For any big on-track crowds - it looks as though it may not happen this summer, in Ontario, but I’m going to be optimistic and hold out hope that spectators will be allowed back - at some point in 2020.” Talking horses now with Clements and he is very excited about the upcoming season for his stable… “Our four horses will be stabled at Dorchester Fairgrounds,” he says. “There’s P L Nikita - a 3YO trot filly and a winner of an O.S.S. Gold last season and P L Olivia - a 2YO trot filly. Both are home-breds for Prince Lee Acres… She Started It - a 3YO trot filly and she’s been our heart-breaker. It looked like she’d win a few O.S.S. Golds last season, but she broke very late (in the mile) in both starts, but we’ve got some high hopes for her again this summer. She grew lots over the winter and has been nursed along this Spring - she is definitely O.S.S. Gold talent.” Owned by Bright Future Racing (which includes about 25 owners) - Ryan is proud to mention there’s plenty of support, for the filly, that comes by way of Strokers Billiards in London. “They’ve got a nice photo of her - hanging on their wall. Some of the staff and customers are owners, within Bright Future Racing, so it’s great to see them getting behind her like that. And finally there’s St Lads Yeah Yeah - a 2YO colt pacer we picked up on day two of the London sale - he’s the first horse that sold that day. He was small, but his mom (Sand Song) won 39 races and he’s from the first State Treasurer crop. Over the winter he grew lots and he’s going to be a great size now… He’s another one for Bright Future Racing.” The Farm Games: “We make mobile games!” Off And Pacing, Catch Driver and Turf Dynasty are very popular mobile games within the horse racing community. While many businesses have struggled, with the ongoing pandemic, The Farm Games has actually seen an increase, in demand, for their products. “We saw about a 30% increase in play, for April, between both new users and regular players,” says Clements. “It’s interesting, to note, that we actually saw the first increase, for Catch Driver, come from Italy and we all know that they got hit first with the virus - so we did notice a surge, there, when this pandemic began.” Clements on his company’s games… Off And Pacing - “There’s well-known driver Yannick Gingras and he loves it! He gets to have his own stable of champion horses… That game has gotten us to where we are now!” Catch Driver - “There’s well-known harness racing owner Mark Weaver who gets to be a driver in championship races… It’s becoming quite popular for lots of people!” Turf Dynasty - “It’s an evolution of Off And Pacing, but for thoroughbreds… It’s starting to gain some traction!” Catch Driver VR Arcade - “The delivery date for this arcade unit was the end of this May. It’s more than VR (Virtual reality) - you’re physically racing… It will soon be ready to go!” Many have seen the ‘virtual Kentucky Derby race’ that was held recently. The race consisted of past triple crown winners - with well-known horse race announcer Larry Colmuss describing the action… “It looked great,“ states Clements. “And that’s exciting for me… Virtual races, like that, are not out of reach for our company.” Kentucky Derby 2020 - And I agree - the race did look great and it likely cost a lot of money to produce, too, but I believe it was money well spent - especially during this difficult time… I think we all knew, beforehand though, who was going to win the race - right? From the Twitter page of Ryan Clements… ‘Things everyone can learn from horse people.’ 1. Get out of bed early. 2. Work hard. 3. Enjoy an afternoon nap. 4. Make mistakes, but never give up. 5. Be real - show your emotions. 6. Be passionate - care about people and animals. 7. Enjoy good times and keep going through the bad.   Shannon ‘Sugar’ Doyle The Raceway at Western Fair District

London, March 4, 2020 -- After much consideration, management at The Raceway at Western Fair District has made the decision to cancel the harness racing Camluck Classic Invitational which was scheduled for Friday, May 29. The $150,000 race is slated to return in 2021. The City of London Series, which had finals slated for the same night as the Camluck Classic, has been postponed and will be worked into the schedule when live racing resumes at The Raceway. The Camluck Classic is traditionally the final program of the meet at the London oval and as indicated by Ontario Racing, it is not anticipated that there will be any live racing in the province during the month of May. Stay up to date by visiting Greg Blanchard

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