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Grand River Raceway in Elora is hosting a Business Open House on Wednesday, May 18 to showcase its Meetings & Events Services. The event is geared to businesspeople. Attendees will explore the site's recently renovated rental spaces, sample the catering menus and drive a racehorse - part of the track's unique corporate teambuilding programs. Guests will also receive a voucher for the OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway, exclusive offers for Meetings & Events Services, and the opportunity to win prizes, including Race Night Dinner Packages and a $200 credit for a space rental at Grand River Raceway. Grand River Raceway recently received a Business Excellence Award for Hospitality/Tourism from the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce. Best known as a horse racing, dining and entertainment destination, Grand River Raceway also boasts the area's most complete Meetings & Events Services. The 53-acre operation offers versatile rental spaces; meeting, conference and party rooms; a barn and adjoining restaurant/meeting space; tent, track and expansive green spaces. These diverse spaces, in-house catering and unique amenities offer guests new and exciting opportunities for offsite meetings and events. Guests are invited to drop-in any time between 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on May 18. The Business Open House is free, but an RSVP is required by May 13. Guests can RSVP online or by contacting the Bookings Department at (519) 846-5455 ext. 288 or bookings@grandriverraceway.com. Kelly Spencer

It is not every day that a pair of Horse of the Year recipients meet up, but harness racing fans will receive a rare treat Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. State Treasurer, 2015 Canadian Horse of the Year, and Wiggle It Jiggleit, 2015 U.S Horse of the Year, will square off for the first time in the $34,000 Preferred Pace. A four-year-old son of Mr Wiggles, Wiggle It Jiggleit's next start was expected to be in the Confederation Cup eliminations, but after no eliminations were necessary for the May 15th final, the George Teague stable star will now tune-up with a start at Mohawk. Trained by Clyde Francis and driven by Montrell Teague, Wiggle It Jiggleit won 22 of 26 starts last season and earned over $2.2 million. He recorded victories in the Meadowlands Pace, Little Brown Jug and Progress Pace over the course of his Horse of the Year campaign. The four-year-old gelding has won four of five starts to begin his 2016 season. Wiggle It Jiggleit will start from post-six in a field of seven. A seven-year-old son of Real Desire, State Treasurer will be making his second start of 2016 Saturday night. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee won nine of 19 starts last season and banked over $986,000 to earn Canadian Horse of the Year honours. State Treasurer's signature victories last season included the Canadian Pacing Derby and U.S. Pacing Championship. The veteran pacing stallion is nearing double millionaire status with over $1.9 million in career earnings. State Treasurer will leave from post-four with driver Chris Christoforou in the sulky. Both award-winning pacers sport sub-1:48 career-marks. Wiggle It Jiggleit took his 1:47.4 mark in the Meadowlands Pace, while State Treasurer's 1:47 mark was taken in the U.S. Pacing Championship. While the Horse of the Year winners will be in the spotlight Saturday, a strong group of five older pacers will be looking to steal the show. Nickle Bag (PP1, Trevor Henry) enters Saturday's contest with plenty of momentum. The Bill Robinson trainee won last week's Preferred in 1:49 and has won two of his last three starts. A six-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover, Nickle Bag has nine victories in 15 starts this season, with seven of those scores coming in the WEG Preferred. Nirvana Seelster (PP2, Rick Zeron) and Boomboom Ballykeel (PP3, Sylvain Filion) also have victories this season in the WEG Preferred. Idole Duharas (PP5, James MacDonald) and Mohawk Warrior (PP7, Sylvain Filion) round out the field of seven. The $34,000 Preferred Pace is carded as the ninth-race on Saturday's 12-race card. Saturday's card also features the $57,600 Diplomat Series (race-four) and $57,400 Princess Series (race-eight) finals. A special post time of 7:05 p.m. is scheduled for Saturday's card. Fans can arrive early at Mohawk to watch the Kentucky Derby on the infield LED screen (approximate post time 6:34 p.m.). $34,000 Preferred Pace (Race 9 - Saturday, May 7) 1. Nickle Bag (Trevor Henry -Bill Robinson) 2. Nirvana Seelster (Rick Zeron - Bill Budd) 3. Boomboom Ballykeel (Sylvain Filion - Richard Moreau) 4. State Treasurer (Chris Christoforou - Dr. Ian Moore) 5. Idole Duharas (James MacDonald - Sean Mehlenbacher) 6. Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague - Clyde Francis) 7. Mohawk Warrior (Sylvain Filion - Richard Moreau) Mark McKelvie

With no eliminations necessary, an outstanding group of nine four-year-old harness racing pacers will compete in the 2016 Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. The field of nine will battle for a purse of $244,000 in the Confederation Cup on Sunday, May 15. U.S. Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit headlines the field of nine. The George Teague stable star has won four of five starts to begin his four-year-old season. Last year, Wiggle It Jiggleit won 22 of 26 starts for earnings of over $2.2 million en route to being named America's Horse of the Year. His list of accolades also includes victories in The Meadowlands Pace, Little Brown Jug and Progress Pace. Trained by Clyde Francis and driven by Montrell Teague, Wiggle It Jiggleit will prepare for the Confederation Cup in the Preferred Pace this Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. Here is the full group of nine four-year-old pacers, in alphabetical order, to enter the Confederation Cup. Americanprimetime Drachan Hanover My Hero Ron National Seelster Rock N Roll World Rockin In Heaven Rockin Ron Rodeo Romeo Wiggle It Jiggleit The post position draw for the Confederation Cup will take place next week. Post time for Confederation Cup night (Sunday, May 15) at Flamboro Downs is 6 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Trotters young and old were in the harness racing spotlight Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack and fittingly trotting master Per Henriksen recorded a milestone victory. Bee In Charge, the three-year-old half-brother to $3.8 million winner Bee A Magician, gave Henriksen a very special victory Monday at Mohawk. Not only was it the youngster's first lifetime win, but it was also the 1,000th North American training victory for Henriksen, who was also in the sulky for the milestone. In the second-race, $14,000 Maiden Trot, Henriksen put Bee In Charge on top by the 1:01.4 half, was two lengths the best by the 1:31 three-quarters and had more than three lengths on their foes by the wire reached in 1:58. It was just the fourth lifetime start for the Manofmanymissions son, who sold as a yearling for $130,000. Richard 'Nifty' Norman started out with the colt, who had difficulty making breaks as a rookie and was sent to Henriksen at the end of his two-year-old season. A native of Norway who came to the US in 1980 and Canada, specifically Norwood, Ontario, 20 years later, Henriksen qualified Bee In Charge in early April and then guided him to a third place finish two weeks later. The trotter is owned by Mel Hartman of Ottawa and David McDuffee of Florida, two of the partners on his famous big sister. Bee In Charge is the latest talented trotter to emerge from Henriksen's care. Other standouts include Hambletonian winner Nuclear Kosmos, Hambletonian Oaks winner Oolong, Breeders Crown winner Southwind Serena and $800,000 winner Clerk Magistrate among many others. Bee In Charge Also on Monday's card, Henriksen's Asa Farm got a victory with Exemplar in the $34,000 Preferred Trot. A solid group of seven competed in the weekly top trot and Preferred mainstay Fearless Man found his usual spot on the front and led the field by the half in :56.2. The Rick Zeron trainee reached the three-quarter pole in 1:25.1, but several rivals were ready to challenge in the lane. In the stretch, Fearless Man battled tough, but O Narutac Perfetto edged by in deep stretch and appeared to have a victory in sight. However, Richard Moreau trainee Exemplar and driver Sylvain Filion trotted up a storm on the far outside and powered by late to win by a neck in 1:54.1. Fearless Man held on for third. Exemplar, who was sixth turning for home, now has two wins in 11 starts this season. The six-year-old gelded son of Andover Hall has earned $47,440 this season for owners Andrea Lea Racingstables Inc. and Asa Farm Monday's victory was the 12th career triumph for Exemplar, who has spent time in both the Henriksen and Moreau stables this season. The veteran trotter has career earnings of over $237,000. Exemplar paid $19.60 to win. The $24,000 Mares Trot also saw an upset winner, but this time in gate-to-wire fashion. Seven-year-old Can I Say went coast-to-coast through fractions of :27.1, :56, 1:24.2 and 1:53.4 for a 25-1 upset. The daughter of Fourth And One was returning to the WEG circuit after four starts at Flamboro. Co-owned and trained by Jim Whelan, Can I Say was guided to her second win of the season and 28th overall by Jody Jamieson. Monday's victory pushes her career earnings over $400,000 for owners Whelan and Terry & Clarence Devos. Muscle Baby Doll, who was the 1-5 heavy favourite, finished second in her second start of 2016. The Tony O'Sullivan trainee trotted along fourth throughout the early going and was situated second-over on the back of Rockin With Dewey turning for home. A four-year-old daughter of Muscle Mass, Muscle Baby Doll tried her best to track down the leader, but ultimately came up a length short. Can I Say paid $55.30 to win. Live racing resumes Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie (With Henriksen files from Kawartha Downs)

Canada's reigning Horse of the Year made his season debut Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, but Nickle Bag spoiled the party with the nation's fastest harness racing mile of 2016. A strong field of nine older pacers competed in the $34,000 Preferred Handicap pace. State Treasurer, last year's Canadian Horse of the Year, was making his 2016 debut and started from the outside post-nine. Driven by Chris Christoforou, State Treasurer was able to float out and drop in sixth as the even-money favourite. Nickle Bag, the 8-5 second choice, left hard from post-six for Trevor Henry to grab the front and post an opening-quarter of :26. Nickle Bag kept the pace honest in the second-quarter and reached the half in :54.3. Christoforou started up State Treasurer nearing the half and the Dr. Ian Moore trainee was sent first up entering the final turn. However, cover did develop for State Treasurer rounding the final turn, as stablemate Arthur Blue Chip angled out from third at five-eighths. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:22.3, Nickle Bag brought the field into the lane and waved goodbye. The Bill Robinson trainee finished off his mile with a blazing :26.2 final-quarter to win by 4¾ lengths in a career-best 1:49. State Treasurer came off cover in the stretch, but was unable to gain any spots and finished fourth in his season debut, pacing home in :26.4. Mohawk Warrior came from sixth at the top of the lane to finish second, while The Rev turned his two-hole trip into a third-place effort. A six-year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover, Nickle Bag secured his ninth victory of the season Saturday. The Robinson trainee has picked up seven of his nine victories this year in the Preferred. Owned by Linda and Harry Loyens, Nickle Bag surpassed his 2015 earnings total with Saturday's victory. The veteran pacer has banked $167,860 in 15 starts this year, compared to $162,790 in 26 starts last year. Nickle Bag's victory Saturday was his 28th career triumph and it brings his career earnings to $627,490. He paid $5.30 to win. Nickle Bag Although State Treasurer was unsuccessful in his season debut, history shows that may not be a bad thing. The Dr. Moore trainee finished sixth last year in his debut (May 2, 2015 - Preferred Pace) before going onto divisional and Horse of the Year honours. Also on Saturday, the second leg of The Diplomat Series was contested. A group of 13 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into two $20,000 divisions. War N Munn continued his WEG Series success with a 1:52 victory in the first division. The Carmen Auciello trainee got away fourth in the field of six for driver Jonathan Drury. Mach Power posted an opening-quarter of :28.3, but was quickly passed in the second-quarter by Shocking Image. The new leader reached the half in :57.2 and led the field around the final turn, while War N Munn charged first up to pull to within a length of the lead at the three-quarter pole. Shocking Image reached the third marker in 1:25.3, but quickly surrendered the lead in the lane to War N Munn. The 2-5 favourite rocketed home in :26.1 for a 2 ¼ length victory. Shocking Image was second, while Mach Power finished third. A son of Stonebridge Regal, War N Munn now has five wins in nine starts this season. The sophomore pacing colt has signature victories this season in The Count B and Youthful Series finals. War N Munn now has seven career victories and earnings of $119,261 for owner George Munnuiksma. His mile of 1:52 knocked three-fifths of a second off his previous career mark. The Auciello trainee paid $2.80 to win. War N Munn In the second division, Gerries Sport got his own way in the middle-half and finished up strong for an impressive victory. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Gerries Sport, the even-money favourite, left from post-seven and touched down on the front just after passing the opening-quarter in :26.1. Flaherty, the 7-5 second-choice, got a two-hole trip behind the favourite. Gerries Sport went unchallenged in the middle-half and posted panels of :55.4 and 1:25.1. The soft middle-half was the turning point, as the public's choice left his rivals behind and charged home in :26.4 for a 3½ lengths victory in 1:52. Flaherty maintained his position to finish second, while Worthy Art was third. A son of Mach Three, Gerries Sport is trained by Richard Moreau for Gerrie Tucker. The three-year-old colt is now two for two to start 2016 after posting three wins in 12 starts as a rookie. Just like War N Munn in the first division, Gerries Sport lowered his lifetime mark by three-fifths of a second. The son of Mach Three now sports a career bankroll of $56,845. Gerries Sport paid $4.20 to win. Gerries Sport The first leg of The Diplomat did not fail, therefore the 10 horses that earned money Saturday night have landed spots in next Saturday's $57,600 final. In order to be eligible to The Diplomat, the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings had to be non-winners of $100,000 in 2015. Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

The second round of the Princess Series highlighted harness racing action Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack.  Following a scratch, a group of 11 three-year-old pacing fillies competed in a pair of $20,000 second leg divisions. Leg one winner American Curves skipped the second round, which opened the door for two new winners. In the first division, Noone To Depend On scored a 16-1 upset victory in a flashy 1:51.4 for Jody and Carl Jamieson. Party In Rome, the 5-2 second choice, cut out fractions of :28 and :56.4 before Lay Lady Lay, the heavy 1-5 favourite, came out from fourth to challenge first up entering the final turn. The top two choices waged war to the three-quarter pole in 1:23.4, while Noone To Depend On and Jamieson sat patiently in third. In the stretch, Party In Rome put away Lay Lady Lay, but Noone To Depend On clearly had more energy than the roughed up leader and cruised by to score a 3 ¾ lengths victory. Party In Rome held on for second, while Lay Lady Lay was third. A daughter of Santanna Blue Chip, Noone To Depend On was winless in three attempts this season entering Friday's Princess Series leg. All three of her previous starts were in the Blossom Series. Noone To Depend On now has three victories in 21 career starts and $66,980 earned for owners Carl and Brandy Jamieson. The sophomore pacing filly established a new career-mark with her 1:51.4 victory and paid $34.90 to win. Noone To Depend SodwanaBay prevailed in a stretch battle with Divas Image to win the second division in 1:53.4 at odds of 14-1. Driven by Rick Zeron, SodwanaBay left from post two and got away second. Sports Expert and driver Doug McNair found the front and went uncontested through fractions of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:26. In the stretch, SodwanaBay came off the pylons from second and Divas Image followed from third to blow by the leader. The two fillies slugged it out to the wire with Sodwana Bay holding off her rival by a neck for the win. Danish N Coffee finished third. Trained by Eric Adams, SodwanaBay now has two victories in eight starts this season. The sophomore pacing filly is a daughter of the late No Pan Intended, who passed away Friday. SodwanaBay, who was winless in six starts as a rookie, now has a new career-mark and earnings of $30,960 for owners Millar Farms. She paid $31.90 to win. In order to be eligible to the Princess Series, the three-year-old pacing fillies had to be non-winners of $100,000 in 2015. SodwanaBay The $57,400 Princess Series Final will take place next Saturday (May 7). Live racing continues Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack with an 11-race program. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Wanaka overcame post position ten to win the harness racing Celias Counsel Trotting Series final Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A full field of ten three-year-old trotting fillies met up to contest the $33,200 Celias Counsel final. Trainer Paul Reid swept the second leg of the series and sent out a pair of starters, including the 4/5 favourite Flowers N Songs. However, Reid was not the only trainer to send out multiple starters, as John Box sent out 5 trotting fillies. Wanaka entered the final with a victory and third-place finish in the preliminary legs, but the Shannon Henry trainee had to deal with the far outside post-ten starting spot. The Bax trainees all pushed forward at the start looking for the front, while Flowers N Songs and driver Doug McNair dropped in seventh and Wanaka and driver Trevor Henry took back to find a seat in eighth. After an opening-quarter of :28.3, Bax trainee Hills Angel cleared to the front ahead of stablemate Moonlight Cocktail. The lead was short lived, as Treasurer Gifts K powered up from fifth to take the lead at the half in :58.2. Flowers N Songs angled to the outside trotting down the backstretch and made the long first-over journey to take the lead just before reaching three-quarters in 1:27.4. Meanwhile, Henry and Wanaka shadowed the public's choice and got a second-over trip to the top of the lane. In the stretch, Wanaka surged by Flowers N Songs to score a length and a half victory in a career-best 1:56.1. Smash Hit grabbed third, while Moonlight Cocktail was fourth. Following the race, Henry explained his winning strategy from post-ten with Wanaka. "I didn't really want to leave, there was a big entry to the inside of me and I knew there would be no favours," said Henry. "Doug's (McNair) filly I know (isn't) a big leaver, so I thought I would try and get to follow her and it just worked out." Henry noted that he was very confident in his filly, who was 7¾ lengths off the lead at the half. "I figured if I was at least six or eight lengths off at the half she would win" A daughter of Manofmanymissions, Wanaka now has five wins in 11 starts this season for owners Trevor Henry Stables Inc and 1035840 Ontario Inc. The sophomore trotting filly has only missed the board once this season after a third-place finish in two starts as a rookie. With Ontario Sires Stakes season rapidly approaching, Wanaka is primed for a big season locally, but Henry and the connections hope their filly can potentially tackle the Grand Circuit. "She's got the Elegantimage and Casual Breeze if she's good enough." Wanaka's Celias Counsel victory pushes her career earnings over $68,000. She paid $5.90 to win. In order to be eligible to the Celias Counsel, the three-year-old fillies had to be non-winners of $30,000 in 2015. Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk with an 11-race card. The feature event is two $20,000 divisions of the Princess Series. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Canada's reigning Horse of the Year is set to return to the track Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. Dr. Ian Moore trainee State Treasurer will look to start his 2016 harness racing campaign off on a winning note in the $34,000 Preferred Handicap. The seven-year-old son of Real Desire has been assigned the outside spot in a field of nine and will reunite with regular driver Chris Christoforou. State Treasurer put together a dream season last year with nine victories in 19 starts and just shy of $1 million in earnings. The Dr. Moore trainee posted victories in the Molson Pace, Mohawk Gold Cup, US Pacing Championship, Roll With Joe and Canadian Pacing Derby en route to being named the top older pacer in both Canada and the United States. State Treasurer enters his seven-year-old season with a milestone in sight. Just a $6,500 yearling purchase, he is just over $51,000 away from $2 million in career earnings for owners Sally MacDonald and Paul MacDonald. Although State Treasurer has yet to make a start, the veteran pacing stallion has already made headlines this season. Dr. Moore qualified State Treasurer in an eye-popping 1:49.4 on April 15 at Southern Oaks Training Center in Sorrento, Florida. The recorded fractions over the mile-oval at Southern Oaks were :26, :52.3, 1:19.4 and 1:49.4. State Treasurer's competition in Saturday's Preferred includes a stablemate and a trio of Preferred winners this season. Dr. Moore trainee Arthur Blue Chip is making his sixth start of the season from post-five in the Preferred. The five-year-old son of Shadow Play made all five previous starts at Pompano Park and scored two victories along with three runner-up finishes. Nickle Bag, who has six Preferred victories this season, will start from post-six. Ellis Park and Boomboom Ballykeel, who have each scored a Preferred victory in the last month, start from post-seven and eight, respectively. The Preferred Handicap has been carded as the tenth-race on the 11-race program. State Treasurer will not be the only Dr. Moore trainee to appear at Mohawk Saturday. The veteran conditioner sends out three starters in The Diplomat and former New York Sires Stakes standout Rockin In Heaven in an overnight event. Some Gold starts from post-two in the first Diplomat division for Dr. Moore, while Worthy Art and Sutton Seelster will leave from post position three and five in the second split. Rockin In Heaven will make his second start of the season in the evening's fourth-race. The four-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven scored victories in the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes and Empire Breeders Classic last season en route to banking over $367,000. The second leg of The Diplomat Series will feature two $20,000 divisions Saturday night. The Diplomat Series is for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, who were non-winners of $100,000 last season. The opening-leg of the series failed to fill, as only four horses were entered, but leg two has attracted 13 pacers. Carmen Auciello trainee War N Munn will headline the first division from the rail. The three-year-old son of Stonebridge Regal has captured both The Count B and Youthful Series finals this season to help him sport a 2016 bankroll of over $66,000. The first division field of six also includes British Columbia star Kokanee Seelster. The Ming Siu trainee made his first four starts this season at Fraser Downs and captured the $75,000 Keith Linton Memorial on April 3. Unlike War N Munn, Kokanee Seelster is eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. The second Diplomat Series division features a strong field of seven Bill Budd trainee Flaherty has won four of eight starts this season and holds a mark of 1:51.3. The son of Up The Credit will start from post-two and has been made the 9/5 morning line choice. Flaherty is eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. Richard Moreau trainee Gerries Sport won his season debut last week at Mohawk in 1:52.3 and is the 5/2 second-choice on the morning line from post-seven. An Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots star last season, Gerries Sport appears ready to take a big step forward in 2016 with a pair of solid qualifying efforts before capturing his season debut. The Diplomat Series divisions are carded as the third and ninth-races on Saturday's card. Post time for Saturday's 11-race program is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Trotters were in the spotlight Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack with the Tie Silk Series Final headlining the 10-race harness racing card. A field of ten three-year-old trotting colts and geldings clashed in the $32,200 Tie Silk Series Final. The sophomore trotters not only had to deal with each other, but also rainy and windy conditions. Eddie Green trainee Donicus, 6-5 favourite, was aiming for a series sweep from post-five, but right to his inside was Per Henriksen trainee Muscle Hustle, the 8-5 second choice. Henriksen opted to skip the second leg with Muscle Hustle after the son of Muscle Mass won a leg one division. Donicus and Muscle Hustle trotted out quickly at the start with the Green trainee grabbing the lead and posting an opening-quarter of :27.2. Muscle Hustle and driver Randy Waples sat patiently in the two-hole, as the favourite posted fractions of :58.2 and 1:28.2. Waples pulled on the right line to set up a stretch duel at the top of the lane. Muscle Hustle found top gear quickly and surged by to record a two-length victory in 1:56.2. Donicus' bid at a series sweep was denied, as he finished second. Greg Peck trainee Merchandiser, who won a leg two division, finished third from post-ten. Muscle Hustle was making just his second start of 2016 and fifth overall Monday. The Henriksen trainee now has three career victories and over $33,000 earned for owners Ecurie Bergh Inc. The clocking of 1:56.2 shaved nearly a second off Muscle Hustle's previous career-best. He paid $5.30 to win. Muscle Hustle Three-year-old trotters, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2015, were eligible to the Tie Silk. The weekly $34,000 Preferred Trot saw yet another older trotter find the winner's circle Monday. Charlie Is A Joker benefited from breaks by the two favourties, Fearless Man and Flanagan Memory, to win in 1:55.3 for driver Trevor Henry and trainer Ben Baillargeon. The eight-year-old gelded son of Angus Hall grabbed the early lead, before surrendering the front to Zeus Lightning in the second-quarter. Charlie Is A Joker sat in the two-hole until the top of the lane and surged by in the stretch to win by a length at odds of 9-1. Zeus Lightning held on for second, while Hldontghttoyurdrms finished third. Charlie Is A Joker now has back-to-back victories to improve his season's record to four wins in 13 starts. The veteran trotter has banked $71,000 this season for owners Thomas & Elizabeth Rankin. Monday's victory was the 32nd career score for Charlie Is A Joker and pushes his career earnings over $443,000. He paid $20.50 to win. Charlie Is A Joker While the older male trotters battled early in the card, the Late-Double started with a $24,000 Mares Trot. Many familiar older trotters, including Charmed Life, Rockin With Dewey and Bax Of Life, headlined the field, but a daughter of Muscle Mass making her four-year-old debut stole the show. Muscle Baby Doll shot through late for driver Sylvain Filion with great final-quarter speed to win in 1:54.4 at odds of 10-1. The Tony O'Sullivan trainee was making her debut against older rivals after winning eight of 15 as a three-year-old and banking over $451,000 in her first two seasons on the track. Charmed Life, who took command in the second-quarter, surrendered the lead late and had to settle for second, while Rockin With Dewey finished third. Muscle Baby Doll trotted along fourth for the majority of the mile and used a :27.1 final-quarter to win by a length and a quarter. The daughter of Muscle Mass is owned by F Bellino And Sons LLC and now has 13 career victories. Muscle Baby Doll returned $23.60 to win. Muscle Baby Doll Live racing resumes Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Musical Rhythm scored his 10th consecutive victory Saturday night in the harness racing $42,600 Don Mills Trotting Series final at Mohawk Racetrack. The Ben Baillargeon trainee crushed his five rivals with a five and a half lengths victory in 1:52.4 to easily sweep the three-week Don Mills Series. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Musical Rhythm got away third before brushing to the front in the second-quarter. The 1-9 favourite posted fractions of :56.2 and 1:25.3 before trotting home confidently in :27.1 for his eighth victory of the season. Hillsonator finished second, while Musical Rhythm's stablemate Grana Padanno was third. Musical Rhythm was purchased for $33,000 last November at the Harrisburg Mixed Sale and has since won 11 of 12 starts and earned $152,300 for owners Santo & Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and Ben Baillargeon. A four-year-old son of Cantab Hall, Musical Rhythm improved his career totals to 17 wins and over $200,000 earned with his Don Mills Series final victory. Following Saturday's race, Ben Baillargeon explained what his initial expectations were for Musical Rhythm. "I liked about him that he fit the non-winners of three or $75,000 and the General Brock Series," said Baillargeon. "I thought he was a nice horse, a fast horse and he showed a quarter in :26.4 as a two-year-old, so that's what I look for at the sale, I like when they have speed. "For some reason this year he has put it together and he has been nothing but good for me. The hopple broke the one time he ran at the gate or else he would be perfect." While Musical Rhythm has exceeded expectations, his connections are enjoying the pleasant surprise and have staked him heavily to top events this season. "We put him in the Graduate Series starting in a month at The Meadowlands, so he will probably race one time before we go there," noted Baillargeon. "But this week he is going to hit the field." Musical Rhythm's victory gives Baillargeon his second consecutive Don Mills Series final win. Last year, Etruscan Hanover won the series finale in a record 1:52.2. Musical Rhythm has quickly made a name for himself in 2016 and Baillargeon noted he isn't sure just how good the four-year-old can be. "I know he's a better horse off a helmet because he wants to go when you pull on the right line, but time will tell." Four and five-year-old trotters, who were non-winners of $150,000 lifetime as of December 31, 2015, were eligible to the Don Mills Trotting Series. Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Blossom Series final will highlight the 10-race program. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Heavenly Hill benefited from a front-end duel to win the harness racing Blossom Series final Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of ten three-year-old pacing fillies contested the $40,400 Blossom Final. Heavenly Hill was sent off as the heavy favourite after a convincing victory in last week's second leg. The public's choice got away third for driver Jonathan Drury, as 90-1 shot Radar Trap and Randy Waples made the front from post-nine to post an opening-quarter of :27.2. Jody Jamieson quickly pulled the pocket in the second-quarter with Noone To Depend On, but Waples was not in a giving mood. Radar Trap and Noone To Depend On waged war by the half in :55.2. Around the final turn, Drury angled Heavenly Hill out from third and went three-wide around the lead pair, who began to fade. The favourite posted a three-quarter time of 1:24.2 and pulled away from her rivals in the lane. Heavenly Hill stopped the clock for a three-length victory in 1:53.4. Windsun Glory finished second, while Evangelin Seelster was third. Heavenly Hill's victory was the second series final victory in three-days for owner George Munniksma and trainer Carmen Auciello. The daughter of Art Colony now has three wins in six starts this season. The Blossom final was the fifth career victory for Heavenly Hill and pushes her career earnings over $138,000. The clocking of 1:53.4 knocked two-fifths of a second off her previous career-best. Heavenly Hill paid $2.90 to win. In order to be eligible to the Blossom, the sophomore pacing fillies had to be non-winners of three-races or $15,000 in 2015. The opening round of the Tie Silk Series for three-year-old trotters also took place Monday. In the first $16,000 division, Muscle Hustle made a second-quarter move to the lead for trainer/driver Per Henriksen and never looked back. The son of Muscle Mass scored a 2¼ lengths victory in 1:57.1. Chestnut Schofield finished second, while On The Ridge was third. Muscle Hustle was making his season debut Monday and now has two wins in four career starts for owner Ecruie Bergh. He paid $20.30 to win. Donicus lived up to his heavy-favourite status and scored a blow out victory in the second division. Owner/trainer Eddie Green steered the son of Deweycheathumnhowe to a 13 length triumph in 1:56. P C Foreign Affair finished second and two-lengths ahead of Blownoutofthewater. Donicus now has six wins in eight starts this season and seven career victories overall. The Green trainee has banked $45,520 of his $54,680 career earnings this season. Donicus paid $3.40 to win. In order to be eligible to the Tie Silk, the three-year-old trotters had to be non-winners of $30,000 in 2015. Also on Monday, Fearless Man scored his second Preferred win in his last three starts. Trainer/driver Rick Zeron put Fearless Man in his usual spot on the lead and never looked back. The Zeron trainee posted solid fractions of :27, :55 and 1:23.4. In the stretch, Fearless Man trotted home in :31.1 over the 'Good' track and secured his fourth win of the year by half a length in 1:55. Hldontghttoyurdrms rallied for second, while Exemplar finished third. Owned by Rick Zeron Stables, Noblock Racing Stable, Murray Greenfield and Cool Cat Racing, Fearless Man now has four wins in 10 starts this season for earnings exceeding $93,000. The six-year-old gelded son of Elegant Man now has 26 career victories and earnings of over $465,000. Fearless Man paid $5.10 to win. Live racing resumes Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

The Youthful, Preferred Pace and a milestone highlighted the final Saturday night card of the 2015-16 Woodbine Fall/Winter harness racing meet. The action-packed 10-race card was contested under chilly temperatures and a light snowfall. Easy Lover Hanover extended his win-streak to six in a row with a 1:53.1 score in the $17,000 second leg of the Youthful for three-year-old pacers. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Easy Lover Hanover sprinted out from post-seven and cleared to the front just after a :27 opening-quarter. After posting middle-fractions of :56 and 1:24.1, Easy Lover Hanover extended his lead to more than three-lengths with an eighth of a mile to go. The Catamount Kid, who was a 2/1 co-favourite, turned in a solid stretch-rally to close in on the leader, but the Wallace trainee didn't fold and won by head. Sporty Mercedes finished third, while Flaherty, the other 2/1 choice, rallied from seventh at the half to finish fourth. A son of Somebeachsomewhere, Easy Lover Hanover is now a perfect six for six since joining the Wallace barn earlier this year. Saturday's victory was the colt's seventh career victory. Owned by Brad Grant, Easy Lover Hanover has now earned $55,000 this season. He paid $7.20 to win. Earlier on the card, Boomboom Ballykeel scored a 5/1 mild-upset in the $34,000 Preferred Pace. Nirvana Seelster, who was aiming for a second consecutive Preferred victory and third in a row overall, cut the mile and posted panels of :26.4, :55 and 1:23.2 to lead the field into the stretch. Boomboom Ballykeel and driver Sylvain Filion sat second-over around the final turn, while the favourite Nickle Bag followed in behind. In the stretch, Boomboom Ballykeel battled by Nirvana Seelster in the final-eighth to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:51.2. Nickle Bag finished third. A five-year-old son of Mach Three, Boomboom Ballykeel now has four wins this season for trainer Richard Moreau and owners Ballykeel Racing Inc. Saturday's victory was the first career WEG Preferred victory for the Moreau trainee, who won the 2013 Metro Pace. Filion's winning drive behind Boomboom Ballykeel was one of four victories on the evening for Woodbine's leading driver. Boomboom Ballykeel paid $13.50 to win. Also on Saturday's card, driver Jonathan Drury surpassed $10 million in career earnings. The young reinsman reached the career milestone by guiding six-year-old pacing mare D Gs Pesquero to victory in the evening's opening race for trainer Carmen Auciello. Drury, who won 142 races last year, has driven 34 winners this season for earnings nearing $600,000. Last season was a career best for Drury, as he drove the winners of over $2.1 million. The next milestone on the horizon for Drury is the 1,000 win mark. He currently sits at 928 career wins. D Gs Pesquero - A career milestone for Jonathan Drury The 2015-16 Woodbine Winter/Fall meet wraps up Monday night with a 10-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) recently presented two cheques to local not-for-profit community groups renovating and upgrading their facilities. On March 21, donations were awarded to the Elora Curling Club and the Drayton Mapleton Agricultural Society by the GRAS, owner/operator of Grand River Raceway, at the Elora track. The Elora Curling Club was awarded $3,500 towards upgrading the ice plant. The funds will be directed to the purchase of a high efficiency compressor motor in efforts to conserve energy, and reduce hydro costs. The Drayton Mapleton Agricultural Society received $2,000 toward its renovations of the Ag Building on its property. The organization celebrates its 160thOld Tyme Fair from August 5 - 7. The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) is a not-for-profit corporation, incorporated under the Agricultural and Horticultural Societies Act of Ontario and governed by a volunteer board of directors reporting to OMAFRA. The GRAS mandate is to encourage awareness of agriculture and to promote improvements in the quality of life of persons living in an agricultural community. Kelly Spencer

A horseplayer scored the return of a lifetime with a $0.20 wager on the harness racing Jackpot Hi-5 Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A California horseplayer made a $0.20 straight wager on the Jackpot Hi-5 and connected with the only winning ticket for a $134,624.99 (USD) return. The Jackpot Hi-5 race was won by the 2/1 favourite Sir Machalot, but longshots were close behind. Comeonandgetsome, 13/1, finished second, while Machapelo, 88/1, finished third. Single White Sock, 6/1, and Sunny Beach Day, 5/2, rounded out the top five. The California horseplayer made a $0.20 straight wager with these five horses and connected for the huge return. Here are the official results of the Jackpot Hi-5 race with horse numbers and drivers. 1st: #7 Sir Machalot (2/1) - Mike Saftic 2nd: #5 Comeonandgetsome (13/1) - Phil Hudon 3rd: #8 Machapelo (88/1) - James MacDonald 4th: #2 Single White Sock (6/1) - Doug McNair 5th: #3 Sunny Beach Day (5/2) - Trevor Henry The Jackpot Hi-5 pool had been growing since mid-February after a horseplayer won the Jackpot of $189,970 with a $252 wager. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover entering Monday was $158,536.93 (CAD). The $134,624.99 (USD) winning ticket was just $0.20 of the $22,550 in new money wagered into the Jackpot Hi-5 pool Monday. The Jackpot Hi-5 will now start from scratch on Thursday's card of racing. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Over the course of two days next week, nearly 800 Grade 3 students will delve into the unique Pizza Perfect event at Grand River Raceway. The local youngsters will spend the field trip in a hands-on agricultural education program themed after the favored pie. The 10th annual event happens on March 30 and March 31 in the race paddock at Grand River Raceway. The students are bused in from 18 local schools across four school boards in the Waterloo-Wellington area. More than 8,000 local students have benefitted from this program since its inception at the Elora racetrack in 2006. Pizza Perfect is a one-day program designed specifically for Grade 3 students. The event is themed after pizza, which typically represents all four food groups identified by Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating. The agriculture-awareness program involves a comprehensive study of related agriculture, nutrition, food processing, economics, mathematics, science, arts and language, and agricultural careers. Halfway through the full-day program, pizza is served for lunch. Pizza Perfect explores these subject areas with complete interactivity, featuring dairy cows, beef cattle, pigs and piglets. Hands-on activities and live demonstrations include milking a cow, making cheese and sausages, and transplanting seedlings. Hosted by the Grand River Agricultural Society (owner/operator of Grand River Raceway), Pizza Perfect is made possible with the help of more than 85 volunteers and representatives from over 30 agricultural producer's groups, associations and suppliers. The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) is a not-for-profit corporation, incorporated under the Agricultural and Horticultural Societies Act of Ontario and governed by a volunteer board of directors reporting to OMAFRA. The GRAS mandate is to encourage awareness of agriculture and to promote improvements in the quality of life of persons living in an agricultural community. • Educational video (4:02) and promotional video (1:20) about the Pizza Perfect program, produced by Grand River Raceway. • Photo gallery of past events. FFI:  Dorothy Key, Administrator Grand River Agricultural Society   Kelly Spencer Grand River Raceway WHAT: 10th annual Pizza Perfect - agricultural education event hosted by the Grand River Agricultural Society (owner/operator of Grand River Raceway) WHEN: March 30 & 31 WHERE: Paddock Building at Grand River Raceway in Elora WHO: 800 Grade 3 students (400/day) from 18 schools across four school boards WHY: This hands-on field trip is an ag-education program themed around ag products required to build a pizza. Throughout the day, kids explore 20 different stations hosted by ag producers, and enjoy pizza for lunch. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Fearless Man went to the front and never looked back en route to winning the $34,000 Preferred Trot Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of six older trotters competed in Monday's feature harness racing event. Lindys Tru Grit was looking to repeat after winning last week's Preferred, while Fearless Man was looking to bounce back after failing to secure victories in his last two outings despite front-end trips. Sent off as the 8/5 favourite, Fearless Man flashed his tremendous gate speed and sprinted to the front for trainer/driver Rick Zeron. The public's choice posted an openinq-quarter of :27.2. There was no movement in the middle-half, as Fearless Man kept the tempo honest with fractions of :56 and 1:24. Lindys Tru Grit, who was 9/5, was situated fourth through the opening three-quarters. In the stretch, Zeron and Fearless Man waved goodbye to their rivals and trotted home comfortably to win by 4¼ lengths in 1:53.3. Charlie Is A Joker and Hldontghttoyurdrms held their positions to round out the top-three finishers. Lindys Tru Grit was unable to make a final-quarter challenge, as he made a break in the stretch. A six-year-old son of Elegant Man, Fearless Man is owned by Rick Zeron Stables, Noblock Racing Stable, Murray Greenfield and Cool Cat Racing Inc. The veteran trotter now has three wins in eight starts this season for earnings of over $72,000. Fearless Man's victory Monday was his 25th career visit to the winner's circle. The six-year-old gelding has banked $444,891 over the course of his career. The Zeron trainee paid $5.50 to win. Live racing resumes Thursday at Woodbine with another 10-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

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