TORONTO, December 9, 2013 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced the appointment of Michelle E. DiEmanuele to its Board of Directors. Ms. DiEmanuele was also appointed a member of WEG's Pension, Human Resources and Compensation Committee. Ms. DiEmanuele is the President and CEO of Trillium Health Partners. Ms. DiEmanuele has spent her career in the public and private sectors leading large-scale change and cultural transformation. Previously, she was Associate Secretary of Cabinet and Deputy Minister in the Ontario Government. During this time, she led the renewal of public services through "Service Ontario" and reform of human resources, information technology and business services for the Ontario Government. She also served as Interim CEO at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation during a time of significant change. Ms. DiEmanuele has also held the positions of Vice President (Branch and Small Business Banking, Retail Markets/Human Resources), CIBC and Vice President (Human Resources and Organizational Development), Brookfield Properties Ltd. Ms. DiEmanuele is in the Hall of Fame of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women and was recognized as a Top 40 under 40. She serves on numerous Boards, including the Conference Board of Canada and the University of Waterloo. Ms. DiEmanuele is a dynamic leader well-regarded for her ability to lead large, complex organizations through periods of significant change and cultural transformation. She has worked across many sectors and has expertise in human resources management, information technology, business process reengineering, stakeholder management, strategy development, government relations and operations. "Ms. DiEmanuele's experience and expertise in both the public and private sectors will make her a wonderful addition to Woodbine Entertainment Group's Board of Directors," said Jim Lawson, WEG's Chairman of the Board. "Specifically, she brings a significant understanding of the gaming regulatory environment in the province and how WEG, and racing, can work effectively with governments to achieve favourable outcomes as the integration of racing and gaming in Ontario continues." Woodbine Entertainment Group is an Ontario Corporation without share capital. WEG is the largest horse racing operator in Canada offering world class horse racing at both Woodbine (Toronto) and Mohawk (Milton) racetracks. WEG operates off-track wagering operations through its "Champions" teletheatre network, which include WEGZ Stadium Bar in Vaughan, Turf Lounge in downtown Toronto and Greenwood in the Beach area of Toronto. WEG also operates HorsePlayer Interactive and HPItv. John Siscos
In case any of you were wondering why Trevor Henry is the leading dash-winning reinsman Canada this season, he doled out a friendly reminder Thursday evening at Flamboro Downs with a six-win performance. The Arthur, Ontario-based Henry swept the Daily Double thanks to wins with Jimmys Secret (1:56.3) and Eat Pray Trot (2:01.2) before going back-to-back in Race 4 and Race 5 with Heres The Magic (1:59.2) and Fortune Fella (1:57.3). Henry capped off his dominant night by taking Race 9 with Panedictine (1:59.4) and Race 10 with General Simba (1:58). After putting up career-best numbers for wins (533) and earnings ($3,433,101) in 2012, Henry has managed to nab a nation-leading 472 wins and purse earnings in excess of $2.3 million this season. One of the few races Henry didn’t win was the Preferred 2 for trotters. The $10,000 tilt went to P L Daley and driver Nick ‘Gilbert Gottfried’ Steward in 1:58.4. Steward hustled the six-year-old son of Kadabra-Broadway Gal to the lead from Post 1, and the gelding successfully chopped out panels of :28.4, :58.4 and 1:28 before using a :30.4 closing quarter to seal the deal by a length over Spartan Victory. Taking home the show dough was Long Ago. Anthony Montini trains P L Daley for Albina Montini of Acton and Mac Nichol of Burlington, Ontario. It was the sixth win of the season – and the 14th to date – for the career winner of $201,945. To view results for Thursday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Thursday Results – Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
London, December 5, 2013 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District will be a busy spot with plenty of live racing scheduled over the Holiday Season. Fans are reminded that there will be special post times for both the Boxing Day and New Year's Eve programs. The Boxing Day card on December 26th will start at 1:15 p.m. (Eastern) while the New Year's Eve program on December 31st will feature a later start time of 8:05 p.m. (Eastern). The Raceway has also changed the post times for a pair of Monday afternoon programs (December 23 and 30) to 4:35 p.m. (Eastern). The Raceway marketing team is busy lining up all kinds of fun promotions for Boxing Day and New Year's Eve. For full event details and to make reservations, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. Greg Blanchard Raceway Manager
Trevor Henry, the leading reinsman at The Raceway at Western Fair District and the nation’s top dash-winning pilot of 2013, swept Monday’s Preferred events at the London half-miler. Fans that backed the Arthur, Ontario-based sulky sitter in the $10,000 Preferred 2 Trot were handsomely rewarded thanks to the 22-1 upset performance of Perfect Vacation. Henry was nowhere to be found in the early stages of the mile while Natural Forces was hounded through panels of :28.1, :59.1 and 1:29.3. Henry pulled the trigger three-wide around the final with his charge, however, and the gelding responded by sweeping to the front and driving away en route to the victory in 2:01.1. Sonny Vale was next best, with Amigo Loco taking home the show dough in the eight-horse affair. Race favourite Tornado Tim, who was shooting for a fourth consecutive win, rolled off stride when kicking off cover going into the final turn and finished seventh. Richard Moreau trains Perfect Vacation for owner Sean Hibbert of Corbyville, Ontario. The 10-year-old son of Dream Vacation-Perfect Aim notched his seventh win of the season and the 41st of his career. To date, he’s stashed away earnings of $449,009. In the $6,500 Preferred 3 for trotters it was CIS Buckeye coming up huge for Henry, who guided the gelding to a six-length score in 2:01. Henry marched the five-year-old son of Ilooklikemymom-LRs Peanut to the top from Post 3 and together they led the field through fractions of :29.1, 1:00.1 and 1:30.4 before using a :30.1 closing quarter to seal the deal. Four Twenty Seven was the distant runner-up, with third prize going to Boots N Hearts. Sent off as the 1-2 favourite, CIS Buckeye won for the 10th time this season and for the 24th time in his career. Keith Cullen trains the career winner of $120,900. The Preferred sweep was completed with Smokin Bear, who used a last-to-first move to capture the $6,800 Preferred 3 for pacers. The Wayne Preszcator pupil made a bold move in the backstretch and en route to posting the one-length triumph over Button Up in 1:57.2. East Meadow rounded out the top three finishers in the action-packed affair. Preszcator shares ownership on the grey gelding with partner John Kodric of Toronto, Ontario. Together they've watched the four-year-old son of Grinfromeartoear-Smokin Pistol rack up 15 wins and purse earnings in excess of $117,000. To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District. Reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca
Mach Three gelding Camaes Fellow won the $34,000 Preferred Pace for the seventh time from just his last 13 Preferred Paces at Woodbine Raceway, tonight Saturday the 30th of November in 1:49.4. The Billy Davis Jr driven five-year-old has been a model of consistancy since David Menry took over the training duties in June of this year. His winning times for his last six wins have been 1:49, 1:48, 1:48.1, 1:47.3, 1:50 and 1:49.4. Camaes Fellow's video is race 10. Videos of all races are attached.
TORONTO, November 29 â€“ Woodbine Racetrack was the host of four Autumn Series finals on Friday evening, featuring sophomores of both gaits and sexes. In the $34,700 glamour boy final, Thorn In Your Side and Anthony Macdonald got the jump on their rivals down the stretch to score in a career-best clocking of 1:51. MacDonald and Thorn In Your Side were the first leaders, but allowed Grantor Hanover (Randy Waples) to command at the quarter in a quick :26. The lead wouldnâ€™t last long as Thorn In Your Side quickly retook command and laid down middle-half speed of :55 and 1:22. Turning for home, MacDonald and Thorn In Your Side appeared to get the jump on co-favourite Alexas Jackpot (Jody Jamieson), who had stalled cover from the half on. Down the stretch, MacDonald was in an all-out drive on Thorn In Your Side as he got the jump on his rivals to win for the tenth time on the year. Alexas Jackpot closed well to finish second, with Sea Harrier (James MacDonald) finishing third. Trained by Carmen Auciello for owner High Stakes Stable Inc, Thorn In Your Side earned his sixth win in seven starts as he increased his lifetime earnings to $98,327. Thorn In Your Side finished first and second in both preliminary rounds. The son of Mach Three paid $4.60 to win. Be Winnin, driven by Chris Christoforou, posted the 35-1 upset as she defeated heavily-favoured Samira Hanover in the final strides to take the $33,600 final for sophomore trotting fillies. The daughter of Angus Hall sat In The Pocket throughout the mile as Samira Hanover laid down panels of :27.4, :58.2 and 1:27.3, before Be Winnin angled out to wear down the tempo-setter to score in 1:55.4 - a new stakes record. Fathers Amiga (Mike Saftic) finished third. Trained by Glenn Lalonde for owner/breeder Bob Key, Be Winnin increased her bankroll to $55,448 as she celebrated her fourth career tally. The trotting lass enjoyed a new career best in the process before returning $61.80 to her backers. In the $33,600 trotting colts and geldings division, Popeda and Sylvain Filion provided the 5-1 minor upset in 1:55.3. Popeda was in no hurry off the start as heavily-favoured Doubledown Gass (Reg Gassien) was the first leader through the opening quarter in a quick :26.4. Doubledown Gass continued to lead past the mid-way point in :56.4, before Popeda angled out of fourth and began the first over attack around the final turn. Doubledown Gass continued to lead past three-quarters in 1:27, but Popeda quickly surged to command down the stretch and held off a late challenge from Lets Leavem (Chris Christoforou), who enjoyed a pocket trip throughout the mile. Doubledown Gass stayed for third. Owned by Overseas Farms Ltd and trained by Richard Moreau, Popeda enjoyed his fourth career victory as his lifetime earning now sit at $58,676. The son of Ken Warkentin celebrated a new lifetime best as he returned $13.60. Machnbyrd Princess and Hall of Fame driver Steve Condren clicked in the $35,300 pacing filly final in 1:53.1. Putmeintogo (Roger Mayotte) was the leader throughout most of the mile as she laid down panels of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:25.2. Condren used first-over tactics with Machnbyrd Princess around the final turn and was within striking range of the tempo-setter turning for home. Down the stretch, Machnbyrd Princess, Putmeintogo and Lyonssweetie (Randy Waples), who enjoyed a pocket trip, were all heads apart with Machnbyrd Princess getting the upper hand on her rivals in the final strides. Post time favourite Lyonssweetie finished second, with Putmeintogo completing the triactor. Shawn Robinson trains the six-time winner for owner Canamerica Capital Corp and Hyatt Holdings. The daughter of Mach Three increased her bankroll to $91,360. She paid $9.50 to win as the third choice. Videos of all races are attached. Greg Gangle WEG Communications
The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has lifted the quarantine on Barn B at Rideau Carleton. According to ORC Manager of Veterinary Services Dr. Adam Chambers, testing has confirmed that the cause of death of horse D J STAMKOS was not of a contagious nature. As a result, horses from Barn B that were entered are now cleared to race on Sunday, December 1, 2013. The quarantine and other prudent biosecurity measures were introduced to protect the horses and limit the possible spread of disease. All racetracks are encouraged to follow such best practice. The ORC wishes to thank the management and horsepeople of Rideau Carleton for their cooperation. For more information - or to speak with Dr. Chambers or Dr. Duncan - please call: 416 213-0520
London, November 26, 2013 – Horse people are advised that The Raceway at Western Fair District will be closed for training on Wednesday morning as the track crew performs snow removal and maintenance ahead of this Friday night’s program. Qualifiers are slated for Friday morning at 11 a.m. and live racing happens Friday night at 7:05 p.m. The London oval will also host live racing this afternoon beginning at 4:05 p.m. Today’s program features two more $5,000 Guaranteed Pool Pick-4 wagers. Monday’s early Pick-4 generated a payoff of more than $6,600 on a .20 cent ticket. For free programs, live streaming video and more, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. by Greg Blachard for The Raceway
Trainer Casie Coleman announced this morning that she is turning Vegas Vacation out for the rest of the 2013 race season and that he will not compete today at Dover Downs in the Progress Pace elimination. “I want to say thank you to my newest millionaire winner Vegas Vacation,” Coleman reported on Facebook this morning. “Vegas didn't come out of the Matron 100 percent. He probably would be fine for the Progress but I've decided that it’s time for him to have some well deserved r and r time. If we didn't half to enter on Monday for Sunday again the day after the Matron I would not have entered him. But we decided to see if he got back to his usual self and he just didn't." For the season, Vegas Vacation posted ten wins in 20 starts with earnings of $971,632 and a lifetime mark of 1:48.3 at Dover Downs. The gelded son of Bettor’s Delight is owned by The West Wins Stable, Adriano Sorella, Anthony Beaton and Phyllis Saunders, all of Ontario. Throughout the season Vegas Vacation was a main rival to both Captaintreacherous and Sunshine Beach. His two-heat victory in the Little Brown Jug was his most impressive races for the season and he also captured the Matron Stakes Final, Simcoe Stake, Earl Beale Memorial, North America Cup and the Somebeachsomewhere Stake in 2013. “I want to thank Vegas for an awesome season,” Coleman added, “and enjoy your vacation! We will then prep for your 4-year-old season! Best of luck to everyone else in the Progress Pace.” The race office at Dover Downs could not verifty as of the writting of this release that Vegas Vacation had been officially scratched from the race. With Vegas Vacation out from the $35,000 Progress Pace elimination today at Dover Downs, the remaining eight horses in the race must still compete in order to advance to the final next week. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com
Thrilled is the reaction of many in the horse racing industry, after a motion to save horse racing jobs passed at Queen’s Park. As was reported Wednesday, it was a close count as MPP's voted 45-38 in favour to re-instate the "slots at racetracks" program in Ontario. Those in the horse racing industry say it's a step in the right direction. "It’s a clear and solid message that if there's an election that the majority of people are unhappy with what's happening in rural Ontario," says Mark Williams of Ontario’s Harness Horse Association. To read the rest of the story and see video click here.
Caledon, Ontario --- Brittany Stallion Management announced Friday that world champion racehorse and sire Glidemaster is being relocated to Winbak Farm of Ontario. Winbak will be assuming managerial duties for the stallion, whose stud fee will remain at $4,000. Glidemaster becomes the sixth addition to the stallion barn at Winbak of Ontario. “We’re glad the opportunity presented itself to stand a Horse of the Year and a sire who’s already producing world-class trotters. We’re excited to have him,” said Winbak Farm owner, Joe Thomson. Thomson added that Winbak will offer its full support of the stallion in terms of breeding mares to him and promoting him. Glidemaster 2, 1:55.3; 3, 1:51 earned close to $2 million during his racing career. He was a world champion and Triple Crown winner who captured the Hambletonian in stakes record time. He was an overwhelming selection as Horse of the Year in 2006. “We feel that Ontario has a void in trotting stallions and Glidemaster will help fill it,” said Joe Thomson. “Winbak Farm is optimistic about the sire stakes and grassroots program in Ontario.” Leading his progeny in 2013 earnings is world champion and two-time Breeders Crown champion, Maven, 2, 1:56f; 3, 1:52.3; 1:51.4h -'13 ($1,420,319). He is also the sire of O’Brien Award Winner, Blue Porsche, 2, 1:54.1s; 3, 1:54s ($638,240), For You Almostfree, 2, Q2:01.1s; 3, 1:56.1s; 1:53s -'13 ($309,146) and PASS Winner, Punxsutawney, 2, 1:56.2f; 3, 1:53.2f -'13 ($300,153). Glidemaster is the sire of 11 who have trotted faster than 1:55. Call Brittany Farms at 859.873.3878 or visit www.britfarms.com for more information on Glidemaster. For more information on Winbak Farm of Ontario, contact 905.838.2145 or visit www.winbakfarm.com. Submitted by Winbak Farm
TORONTO, November 22 - The final four preliminary divisions of the Autumn Series for three-year-olds were featured on the 12-race programme Friday evening at Woodbine. Three-year-old colt and gelding trotters and sophomore pacing colts and geldings each clashed in a set of $15,000 divisions. After finishing second in the opening round, post time favourite Doubledown Gass (Reg Gassien) redeemed himself with a 1:56.3 victory. Gassien and Doubledown Gass led from start-to-finish through panels of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:25.3, before using a :30-second final quarter to seal the win. Lets Leavem (Chris Christoforou) finished second, with Popeda (Sylvain Filion) third. Gassien also trains, owns and bred the youngster, who enjoyed his fifth career tally. His bankroll now sits at $61,863. He paid $6.40 to win. One race later, Sir William celebrated his fifth career tally due to disqualification of Rock Of Cashel. Random Dynasty, driven by James MacDonald, was the quickest to the to lead past the opening quarter in :28.4 and the half in :59.3. Around the final turn, heavily-favoured Ozzy Ozzy (Jody Jamieson) began the first-over attack, but Rock Of Cashel angled out of the pocket before three-quarters in 1:29.1. Turning for home, Rock Of Cashel had command while Ozzy Ozzy appeared to be trotting by, but make a break in stride due to interference. Rock Of Cashel quickly regained the lead en route to the victory in 1:59. Following the win, the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) judges ruled that Rock Of Cashel interfered with Ozzy Ozzy. As a result, Rock Of Cashel was placed from first-to-fifth. That allowed, Sir William to be second-placed first for driver Sylvain Filion. The son of Muscle Mass increased his bankroll to $38,439 for trainer Gerard Demers and owner Robert Montgomery. He paid a handsome $58.60 to win. Later on the card, Ja El Pocketrocket (Doug McNair) won the first of the two pacing divisions. The son of Santanna Blue Chip came from off-the-pace through panels of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:26.1, before wearing down tempo-setter Lyonsparkhavenlake (Sylvain Filion) in deep stretch to score in 1:55.2. Tauranga (Chris Christoforou) finished second, with Lyonsparkhavenlake third. Trained by Barry Treen for owner Leonard Gamble, Ja El Pocketrocket enjoyed his seventh career victory as his bankroll now sits at $77,510. He paid $6.10 to win as the second choice. In the other split, Thorn In Your Side went gate-to-wire in 1:52.1. Driven by Anthony Macdonald, the son of Mach Three led through panels of :27, :55.3 and 1:23.1, before getting the jump on post time favourite Alexas Jackpot (Jody Jamieson) en route to the victory. Alexas Jackpot came from off the pace to finish second, with Sea Harrier (James MacDonald) third. Trained by Carmen Auciello for owner High Stakes Inc, Thorn In Your Side earned his ninth career victory as his bankroll grew to $80,977. He paid $6.70 as the second choice. All four Autumn Series finals for three-year-olds of both gaits and sexes will take place next Friday, November 29. Greg Gangle
Delaware, OH --- All roads led to Ohio as owners and trainers from 29 states, Canada, and Europe flocked to the Delaware County Fairgrounds for the 66th annual Fall Blooded Horse Sale. Opening day featured nearly 25% of Ohio’s total yearling crop, along with over 100 Indiana-breds and a large number of Pennsylvania, Ontario, and New York breds. The strong catalogue of slots enhanced sire stakes eligibles drove prices to a record high. The next three days contained 198 2-year-olds, 297 3-year-olds, 87 weanlings and hundreds of raceway horses and broodmares. The top priced yearling and ultimate sale topper was an Always A Virgin sister to Indiana champion Color’s A Virgin. Brown Color was purchased from the Emerald Highlands consignment by Dan Shetler for $43,000. Next in line was an Ohio-bred Feelin Friskie colt from the Midland Acres consignment purchased by Burke Racing Stable LLC for $42,000. Spring Haven Farm sold a Total Truth brother to top Indiana colt Totally Kissed for $37,000 and Walnut Hall Ltd sold an Ontario bred Deweycheatumnhowe filly for $32,000. Broodmares were led by the young Andover Hall prospect, Ladyfinger 3,1:59.2f, that was purchased by Black Creek Farm in Indiana for $28,000 from Marty Wollam. Hoosier Standardbred Farm stepped up at $15,000 for Sexpot Hall in foal to Deweycheatunmhowe from the Walnut Hall Ltd consignment. That farm also provided the top weanlings, a Conway Hall filly from the family of two $1 million earners and a Groton Hall half-brother to two 1:54 trotters, that each brought $20,000. Competitive racehorses are always in demand and five of them shared the spotlight at $20,000 each. Nidaros, a Muscle Yankee non-winners of two consigned by Kjell Magne Andersen, was purchased by Jeff Clark of Maryland. Indiana Sires competitor, Fancy Colt, left Emerald Highlands Farm on a bid from Red Shaw in Ohio. Competitive $20,000 claimer Darth Quaider was purchased by Steve Richard of Massachusetts. The rugged raceway mare Athleticlyinclined, with $278,575 lifetime earnings, was picked up by John Mungillo of New York from Burke Racing Stable LLC. And Dan Kennedy added the Open pacer Lost Jewels to his racehorses in preparation for the December opening of Hard Rock Racino Northfield Park. Complete sale results are available at www.bloodedhorse.com. The Blooded Horse Sale Company holds quarterly mixed sales at the home of the Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio The next sale is February 10-11, 2014. Entries close around January 10. by Dot Morgan for Blooded Horse Sale
TORONTO, November 21 - After a comfortable victory in the second round of the Autumn Series, Samira Hanover has established herself as the horse to beat heading into the $33,600 final next Friday at Woodbine. The trotting miss captured her division in the opening round last week before cruising to a new lifetime best of 1:55 to kick off the Thursday programme. Keith Oliver and Magic Peach were first to the front before the opening station in :28, but Samira Hanover and Paul Macdonell quickly gained the lead well before the half in :57.4. MacDonell and the heavily-favoured daughter of Kadabra cruised past three quarters in 1:26.1, before dashing away from her rivals to win by one and a half lengths. Magic Peach stayed for second, with Katla (Sylvain Filion) finishing third. Trained by Mike Keeling for owners P C Wellwood Enterprises Inc, Steve Organ, William Weaver III and A K Malik Stable, Samira Hanover increased her bankroll to $67,480. She paid $2.40 to win. In the other split, Ocean Miss Beauty and Jody Jamieson provided the upset to complete the early double. Jamieson guided the daughter of Kadabra led from start to finish through panels of :27.1, :57.2 and 1:26.2, before fending off a late challenge from I Like My Kaddy (Paul Macdonell) to win in 1:57. Candida (Pat Hudon) finished third. Trained by Rene Dion for owner Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc, Ocean Mist Beauty celebrated her first career tally as her bankroll climbed to $40,372. She paid $10.90 to win. Four Autumn Series divisions took place in total, featuring a pair for sophomore trotting fillies and two for three-year-old old pacing fillies. On the pacing side, Putmeintogo and Lyonssweetie stamped themselves into the $35,300 final with victories in their respective divisions. Putmeintogo, driven by Roger Mayotte, posted a 1:53.4 victory in the first division as the favourite. Mayotte put Putmeintogo on the front past the quarter in :26.4 and continued to lead past the middle-half in :57 and 1:25.2. Turning for home, Mayotte asked his charge for more pace and the four-time winner responded with a :28.2 final quarter to win by two and a quarter lengths. Stonebridge Adore (Doug McNair) finished second, with Miss Poppycock (Jody Jamieson) finished third. Trained/owned and bred by Robin Morley, Putmeintogo increased her lifetime earnings to $54,300. She paid $5.20 to win. In the other split, Lyons Sweetie and Randy Waples found the wire first in 1:52.3. Waples and the daughter of No Pan Intended were first to the front before the opening station in :27.1, but allowed Lutetia Semalu (Sylvain Filion) to pocket-pull their way to the front. As Lutetia Semalu marched towards the half in :56.2, heavily-favoured Machnbyrd Princess (Roger Mayotte) angled out of fifth and aimed towards the front, but couldn't pass the tempo-setter. Lyonssweetie continued to enjoy a perfect, pocket trip around three-quarters in 1:24.2, before wearing down the tempo-setter en route to victory. Lutetia Semalu stayed for second, over Panstakingly (Donald Jobin) finished third. Trained by Corey Johnson for owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound, Lyonssweetie increased her bankroll to $53,210. She paid a handsome $23.80 to win. All four Autumn Series finals for three-year-olds of both gaits and sexes will take place next Friday, November 29. Videos of all races attached. Greg Gangle WEG Communications
Vegas Vacation returned to winning form with a grind-it-out first-over victory against rival Sunshine Beach in 1:48.3 to win the $160,388 Matron Stake for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings Sunday at Dover Downs. It was Emeritus Maximus (Simon Allard) who parked out Ronny Bugatti (Jason Bartlett) and stuffed them into the two-hole by the opening quarter mile in :26. All the while John Campbell had left with Sunshine Beach from post eight and was floating on the outside and then came on strong to take command before the half mile in :53.2. At the half mile marker, Sears came first-over with Vegas Vacation and Dedi’s Dragon (Yannick Gingras) grabbed the live outside over as they raced up the backstretch and past the three-quarters in 1:21.1. It was soon a two-horse race to the wire as Vegas Vacation was able to collar Sunshine Beach by the top of the stretch and then started to pass him by going to the wire and winning by two and a half lengths. Sunshine Beach, despite making a slight break, was able to come back for second place with Emeritus Maximus third. “He was great in the Jug and after a little rest he has come back super,” Said Brian Sears. “This was his game, coming first-over from off the pace and it worked out well for him tonight. They (Casie Coleman Stable) did a great job getting him ready and he was super tonight. He can overcome not racing on the point or getting the two-hole trips. He does not mind having to race first-over, especially on a track like this.” It was the tenth win this year for Vegas Vacation. The three-year-old gelded son of Bettor’s Delight is trained by Casie Coleman and is owned by the West Wins Stable, Adreano Sorella, Anthony Beaton and Phyllis Saunders, all of Ontario. Sent off at odds of 9/5, Vegas Vacation paid $5.80 to win. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com
Three-year-old fillies found themselves in the spotlight Thursday evening at Woodbine Racetrack, as the Rexdale, Ontario oval hosted the opening leg of the Autumn Series for pacers and trotters. A pair of divisions for trotters and a trio of splits – each of them worth $15,000 - went postward on the 12-race card, and wind was a hindrance to those fillies in the final quarter of their respective assignments. Samira Hanover, who made breaks in her last two pari-mutuel outings, was forced to requalify on October 30 for trainer Mike Keeling. She was on her best behaviour that morning at Mohawk Racetrack, and she was just as much of a professional in this evening’s pari-mutuel assignment under the lights. The daughter of Kadabra-Southern Puff got away sixth from her Post 7 starting spot, and that allowed Alluring K to hustled to the front and chop out splits of :28.2, :59 and 1:28.2. Samira Hanover tipped out to catch cover in the backstretch before making a three-wide moving at the mid-way point of the final turn for driver Paul MacDonell. She kicked home in a :29-second clip to win by 2-1/2 lengths over Candida in 1:58.3. Fathers Amigo trotted home late to finish third. P C Wellwood Enterprises Inc, William B Weaver III, Steve D Organ and A K Malik Stable share ownership on the photogenic filly who improved this year’s record to 4-2-4 from 13 starts with the win. Her share of the $15,000 purse lifted her lifetime loot to $59,980. Be Winnin also used an off-the-speed approach to winning her division for the tandem of driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Glenn Lalonde. The daughter of Angus Hall-Brenda B Winnin got away fourth and watched Ocean Mist Beauty sail through fractions of :29, :59.1 and 1:28. Be Winnin was third at the half, and improved to be second on the outside at the three-quarter pole before using a :30-second kicker to win by 1-1/2 lengths over I Like My Kaddy in 1:58.1. Ocean Mist Beauty faded late and settled for third. Owned and bred by Robert J Key of Leechburg, Pennsylvania, Be Winnin won for just the second time this season in 14 starts. The three-time winner has banked $37,448 to date. In the first division for the pacing fillies it was Lutetia Semalu pulling off a 10-1 upset for the team of driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Richard Moreau. The daughter of Million Dollar Cam-Signature Semalu powered to the lead from Post 6 and threw down an opening quarter of :29.3 before taking a brief tuck into the two-hole behind Stonebridge Adore. Filion came right back around that foe for the re-take and after clearing she led through middle panels of :56.3 and 1:25.4 before using a :28.2 closing quarter to win by 2-3/4 lengths over Parade Route. Race favourite Stonebridge Adore had to settle for third. Zoom And Fish Stable Inc of Laval and Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc of Montreal, Quebec own the sophomore who won for just the second time in her career. She’s 2-for-24 in her career, but those two wins have come in her last four starts since moving to Moreau’s outfit. Machnbyrd Princess was 1-9 on the toteboard, and she proved to be 1-9 the best in the second division for driver Steve Condren. He got away fourth with the Shawn Robinson pupil while D Gs Pesquero blasted to the lead and laid down a :27.3 opener. Condren had Machnbyrd Princess on the move in the backstretch and she cleared without a fight shortly past the half in :56.3. She was in charge at the three-quarter pole in 1:23.4 and used a :29.1 closing quarter to win by 6-1/4 lengths over Call It Courage in 1:53. D Gs Pesquero weakened late and settled for the show dough. The Mach Three-Respectednbeloved homebred races for Canamerica Capital Corp and Hyatt Holdings Inc of Milton, Ontario, and so far this season she’s put together a sterling record of 5-2-0 from just seven trips to the track – a far cry from the 0-for-7 record she established last year. The filly, who clearly was worth waiting on, has potted $73,710. Panstakingly and trainer/driver Donald Jobin clicked for an 18-1 upset in the final division. The daughter of No Pan Intended-Pantathlon was nowhere to be found in the early stages of the mile, but she had plenty of speed to chase thanks to Hippie Chic, Its No Secret and Putmeintogo who took turns on the engine through fractions of :27.2, :57.1 and 1:25.1. Panstakingly kicked off cover turning for home and used a :28.4 closing panel to win by 2-1/4 lengths over Mach It A Par. Race favourite Putmeintogo was third. Jobin shares ownership on the four-time winner with Danielle Belisle of Clarence Creek, Ontario. Together, they’ve watched the filly put together a 4-7-4 record from 22 trips to the track this season. The lion’s share of the purse bumped her cash stash to $43,853. To view results for Thursday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Thursday Results – Woodbine Racetrack. Reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca