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CAMPBELLVILLE, May 23 - Ontario sired three-year-old fillies were out in full force for the harness racing eliminations of the WEG-SBOA Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A pair of $25,000 eliminations were contested for both pacing and trotting divisions to determine the fields for next Saturday's finals. A group of 22 sophomore trotting fillies were split into two 11-horse divisions. In the first elimination, Stubborn Belle, last year's O'Brien Award winner, made her 2015 debut a winning effort in 1:55.2. Driven by Paul MacDonell, Stubborn Belle made a move from third to first in the second-quarter to take control at the half in :57.1. After posting a third-quarter of :28.2, Stubborn Belle trotted home under minimal urging to win by 2 ¼ lengths. Meadow Seelster, who made a break after the start, made a huge comeback to finish second. Summers Jewel, Battle Mage and Tymal Illbthere rounded out the top-five to secure spots in the final. A daughter of Taurus Dream, Stubborn Belle is trained by John Bax and owned by Al Libfeld and Bax's Parkhill Stud Farm. The sophomore trotting filly won five of 14 starts last season and compiled earnings of over $524,000. Stubborn Belle returned $2.90 to win. Stubborn Belle The second elimination saw Danielle Hall, last year's Ontario Sires Stakes champion, sent-off as the heavy favourite in her season debut, but an early break from the star filly tossed the division up in the air. Second Sister and driver Doug McNair showed early speed to grab the lead. Once on the front, McNair got to call all the shots and set fractions of :29, :58.1 and 1:26.4. In the stretch, Second Sister cruised home in :28.1 to win by three-lengths over first-up challenger Kaddy in 1:55. Yanks Ball Girl, Magic Shelley and Sumthintotalkabout picked up the remaining cheques to earn a spot in the final. Following her break, Danielle Hall caught the field and was able to finish sixth. A daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Second Sister is trained by Gregg McNair for owner Jarold Hawks. The trotting filly finished third last week in her season debut. Last season, Second Sister won three of eight starts and earned $55,760. Her clocking of 1:55 Saturday night established a new career mark. Second Sister paid $26.70 to win. Second Sister On the pacing side, a total of 20 three-year-old fillies were split evenly into two ten-horse eliminations. In the first elimination, Ms Mac N Cheese was able to overcome post-ten to win in 1:52.4. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Ms Mac N Cheese, the 2/1 favourite, sprinted off the gate and was able to make the front from the far outside. The public's choice set fractions of :26.4 and :55.4 before being challenged around the final turn. Ms Mac N Cheese reached the three-quarter pole in 1:24.1 with a first-over challenger at her wheel. In the stretch, the favourite turned aside all rivals to create some separation and paced home in :28.3 to win in 1:52.4. Code One Hanover, who got a two-hole trip, was able to close in on the leader in late stretch to finish second and narrow the margin of victory down to a length. Wrangler Magic, Capela and Southwind Ginger finished in the money to earn the final three spots in next week's final. A daughter of Badlands Hanover, Ms Mac N Cheese is trained by Richard Moreau for owner David Ratchford. The sophomore pacing filly is now two for two this season and nine for 12 in her career with over $84,000 in earnings. Ms Mac N Cheese lowered her career-mark by a fifth of a second with Saturday night's victory. She returned $6.10 to win. Ms Mac N Cheese In the second elimination, Solar Sister, the even-money choice, made it a sweep of the pacing eliminations by post-ten starters with a 1:53 victory. Driven by Doug McNair, Solar Sister sprinted to the front from post-ten and was able to reach the pylons at the opening-quarter in :26.2. The public's was then able to call the shots and posted fractions of :56 and 1:24.4. In the stretch, Solar Sister kept her momentum going and held off her rivals with a :28.1 final-quarter to win by a length. Delightful Hill came charging from the back to finish second. Win The Gold, Much Adoo and Twin B Honour rounded out the top-five. A daughter of Mach Three, Solar Sister is trained by Gregg McNair for owners David Willmot and Clay Horner. Her elimination victory improves her 2015 record to a perfect two for two and was the fourth win of her career. Last season, Solar Sister won two of 12 starts and banked over $214,000. Saturday's clocking of 1:53 established a new career mark for the McNair trainee. A $2 win ticket on Solar Sister paid $4.30. Solar Sister The post position draw for both finals was conducted following the eliminations. The elimination winners earned the right to select their posts. The $129,661 WEG-SBOA Stakes final for trotting fillies and the $127,661 WEG-SBOA Stakes final for pacing fillies will take place next Saturday (May 30.) Here is how they will lineup in next week's finals. WEG-SBOA - Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly Final 1. Kaddy - Steve Condren 2. Stubborn Belle - Paul MacDonell 3. Second Sister - Doug McNair 4. Summers Jewel - Mario Baillargeon 5. Battle Mage - Jack Moiseyev 6. Meadow Seelster - Jody Jamieson 7. Sumthintotalkabout - Rick Zeron 8. Yanks Ball Girl - Randy Waples 9. Tymal Illbthere - Trevor Henry 10. Magic Shelley - Chris Christoforou AE: Danielle Hall - Jody Jamieson WEG-SBOA - Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly Final 1. Much Adoo - Paul MacDonell 2. Ms Mac N Cheese - Sylvain Filion 3. Solar Sister - Doug McNair 4. Wrangler Magic - Yves Filion 5. Twin B Honour - Trevor Henry 6. Win The Gold - James MacDonald 7. Code One Hanover - Paul MacDonell 8. Southwind Ginger - Jody Jamieson 9. Delightful Hill - Jody Jamieson 10. Capela - James MacDonald AE: I Wonder Why - Steve Condren Mark McKelvie

ELORA - Sunny skies and smiling faces are in the forecast for this Sunday's Open House at Grand River Raceway. The Elora track will host its seventh annual backstretch Open House on Sunday, May 24. Guests are invited to drop-in any time from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a rare glimpse of harness racing behind-the-scenes. A full tour of the Open House's four main stations will last approximately one hour. The itinerary includes the unique opportunity to drive a racehorse. Standardbred racehorses and double-seated jog carts from the Hands On Horses Program provide the horsepower. Other interactive stations include a tour of the judges' stand and announcer's booth high atop the grandstand with track announcer Gary Guy. Back in the barn, visitors will learn the basics of breeding, owning, training, driving and caring for racehorses in sessions led by industry experts. Dr. Alison Moore's station will explore the high-performance racehorse by comparing it to human athletes. Machinery enthusiasts will enjoy the opportunity to view and learn about the equipment and techniques required to maintain the track surface. The ever-popular starting car will also be on display, and open for photo opps. Riders from Racing Under Saddle (RUS) Ontario will also be on-hand to provide demonstrations of these Trot Monté races - popular in Europe - being showcased at harness tracks throughout the province. No registration is required for the Open House. The event is suitable for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The Open House will run rain or shine. Participants are urged to wear closed-toe shoes and casual, comfortable clothing. Admission is free, but participants are urged to make a $2 donation at the door to support the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. A BBQ lunch and beverages will be available for purchase between 11:30 - 2:00. The Grand River Raceway Open House is presented in cooperation with the Hands On Horse Program and the Ontario Harness Horse Association. More than 1,500 people have attended Grand River Raceway's Open House event in the past six years. For more information, visit http://grandriverraceway.com/open-house/ or call (519) 846-5455 x238 or email info@grandriverraceway.com. Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - A local father-son harness racing duo is sponsoring up to 20 children to run in the upcoming Giddy Up and Gallop Kids Fun Run held at Grand River Raceway on June 12, 2015. Trainer Gregg McNair and son driver Doug McNair are generously covering race registration fees for children from the Community Resource Centre of North & South Wellington (CRCNSW). The CRCNSW is a community benefit agency located in nearby Fergus. The efforts of CRCNSW are designed to fill gaps in community service, including transportation, outreach and support programs, childcare and Ontario Early Years. The McNairs are top performers in the sport, each with their own accomplishments. The pair flourished in the prestigious Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) last year, both receiving the stakes' most prestigious awards. Gregg has been the leading trainer in the OSS, receiving the sought-after Johnston cup in 2012, 2013 and 2014 while his son Doug received his first top OSS driving award, the Lampman Cup, in 2014. "Sports have always been important to me and I was glad to offer assistance to these kids when Grand River Raceway approached me with the idea," said driver Doug McNair. "Everyone should have the opportunity to take part in some sort of organized sport," added Doug's father Gregg. In past years, the Giddy Up and Gallop Fun Run has raised funds for the Friends Of We Care, Standardbred Racetrack Chaplaincy, The Children's Wish Foundation, the Chase MacEachern Foundation and The Equestrian Association for the Disabled. Event Details: If you're between the ages of 5 and 14, this is your chance to see if you are the fastest half mile runner in Ontario. Bring your family and friends to cheer you on from the Grandstand and tarmac. The race will be televised on in-house monitors and shown as part of the track's live broadcast, streamed at grandriverraceway.com. Runners will receive a great t-shirt, post-race refreshments and the winners will be awarded unique horseshoe trophies. The running race will be staged as part of Grand River Raceway's popular Fun & Frivolity Friday Race Night. A portion of the funds raised at the run will benefit the CRCNSW. Afterwards, runners and their entourage can enjoy a full night of live horse racing entertainment, which includes plenty of dining options, contests on The Tarmac Show, and free kids' horse education and activities in The NEIGHbourhood under the Tarmac Tent Kit pick-up starts at 5:30 p.m. under the Tarmac Tent. Post time for the first of 12 horse races is 6:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies and the running race kick-off at 6:45 p.m. There will be a warm up and a special Mascot Race at a distance of 50 metres before the race. Following the run, there will be a complimentary snack and awards ceremony for all participants. Click here to register. The cost to participate is $20 if you sign up before May 30. After May 30, the cost increases to $25. Registered runners will receive a free souvenir t-shirt. For race information, contact Kathy Wade Vlaar at kwvlaar@standardbredcanada.ca. For sponsorship information, or to donate a prize to the event, contact Kelly Spencer at kspencer@grandriverraceway.com. For information about the CRCNSW, contact Karen Goodman at kgoodman@communityresourcecentre.org. Kelly Spencer

The merits of attending Ontario's first Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER) Operations program became abundantly clear, just two seasons later, for horse owner Karen Dallimore of Orton, ON. "When my horse Cody became cast, the education I received allowed me to think clearly, put a plan into place and get Cody back on his feet without endangering myself," said Karen who had already stocked her barn with safety equipment after the intensive hands-on seminar. She remembered the words of world renowned expert, Dr. Rebecca Gimenez, "I can't stress enough the need for proper equipment to be worn by ALL when handling these large animals in emergency situations, including a helmet, gloves, reflective vest on roadways, etc. If you're not equipped, then stay back." Quickly, gathering up some ropes, a helmet and tools, Karen returned to the scene in her indoor arena where 1,300 pounds of Quarter horse lay cast against the kickboards. The emphasis of having a Plan A, B, C ... came together without panic and the council of a "perfect rescue" being the one where the animal frees itself topped the list. After strapping on a helmet, plan A became nailing a board to the smooth, sloped kickboard so the upside down 16'1 gelding could gain purchase. Cody remained calm but still could not find his way out of the dilemma. With help of her husband, Harry, Plan B became keeping a safe distance away from potentially dangerous hooves that were dangling in the air and extending their reach with barn tools to slip ropes around Cody in order to pull him out of the situation. The TLAER program took participants through the do's and don'ts of large animal rescue so Karen knew where she could and could not attach ropes for a safe rescue. Cody was successfully put back onto terra firma. Thanks to this and other past courses taken through Equine Guelph, Karen also knew to monitor Cody's vitals and health after his incident and then thoroughly debrief the situation. "It's in the details, when you can make a plan and work through it," said Karen who was more than satisfied with how her training turned into action and a successful rescue at Cody's time of need. With Dr. Rebecca Gimenez, a world leader in large animal emergency rescue, a 2-day Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue awareness hands-on seminar will be offered Oct 3 - 4 at Grand River Raceway in Elora, Ontario. It is appropriate for a very broad audience - horse owners, first responders, law enforcement, animal control officers, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, emergency animal response teams, livestock producers and associations. Participants will be taken through the do's and don'ts of large animal rescue and guided through a variety of emergency simulations including plenty of hands on demonstrations. Registration is limited and there is an early bird special $179 until July 15, 2015. For more information about this program feel free to contact Susan Raymond slraymon@uoguelph.ca and also see article:Awareness Training for Large Animal Rescue - Always Expect the Unexpected for an overview of the first TLAER operations level program hosted in Ontario by Equine Guelph. Jackie Bellamy-Zions Equine Guelph | 50 McGilvray St | Guelph | Ontario | N1G 2W1 | Canada

Looking for something to do this weekend?  Visit the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and Woodbine Racetrack as they take part in Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf.  This is your opportunity and to learn about the history and heritage of Canadian horse racing from historians and docents including Hall of Fame Founder/Director Emeritus, Lou Cauz; author and Hall of Fame Member Bill Galvin; and harness racing ambassador, owner and super fan, Sydney Weaver.  See rare memorabilia and photos of iconic Canadian horses Northern Dancer and Cam Fella, test your trivia knowledge for the chance to win great CHRHF merchandise, and take your picture as a harness driver or jockey in the photo area. Woodbine activities include backstretch bus tours starting at 10am each day, with behind the scenes tours beginning at noon, and don’t forget there is a full card of Thoroughbred racing action beginning at 1pm both Saturday and Sunday.  Hall of Fame driver Ron Waples and Hall of Fame jockey Sandy Hawley are also scheduled to make appearances. Events takes place this Saturday May 23rd & Sunday May 24th from 10am until 5pm.  The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, founded in 1976, offers visitors a one of a kind look into 250 years of rich history and heritage of both the Thoroughbred and Standardbred horse racing industry in Canada.  For further information on the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame visit canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com & join the conversation via Facebook and Twitter! Facebook:  Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Twitter:  @cdn_halloffame @woodbineracing @Doors_OpenTO and using the event hashtag #DOT15 Linda Rainey Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

London, May 19, 2015 -- Defending champion State Treasurer will be back in the Forest City next Friday night, May 29, in search of an unprecedented third straight Molson Pace title as the harness racing field for this year’s $150,000 Invitational takes shape. The six-year-old son of Real Desire scored his first win of the season this past Saturday at Mohawk in authoritative fashion in 1:49.4 and will be given this week off in preparation. State Treasurer would surpass the $1 million mark in career earnings with a top-two finish in this year’s Molson. Joining him in this year’s event will be All Bets Off who is fresh off a sizzling 1:51.3 victory in the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs and fellow Cup elimination winner, Lets Drink On It, who suffered a tough, parked out trip in the final and finished out of the money. American invader and millionaire, P H Super Cam, will be making his second appearance in the Molson Pace and will be joined by a pair of new faces in Polak A from the Tony Osullivan stable and $500,000 winner Night Pro, who has won five of eight this year in Indiana including a 1:49.2 tally in mid April at Hoosier Park. “The race office has put together another stellar group,” said Racing Manager Greg Blanchard. “I like the mix that we have...some big names, some four-year-olds who have acclimated and some new faces that have very impressive credentials. We’ll keep a close eye on this weekend’s action before filling out the final couple of spots.” The post draw for the Molson Pace will be held this Monday evening on the pre-game show just prior to live racing at approximately 6:00 p.m. The Raceway has a big night planned on track and fans will be able to watch the action outside on the large video board that is being brought in for the evening. For complete details on what is planned and to stay up to date on this year’s event, visit www.molsonpace.com. This Friday night, The Raceway will host more City of London Series eliminations with the trotters taking center stage. It is also HPIBET night at The Raceway where fans will have a chance to win a VIP package to this year’s Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk and all sorts of HPIBET prizes that will be given away throughout the night. First post for this Friday, and Molson Pace night, will be 7:15 p.m. Greg Blanchard

Natasha House was presented with the 2014 Caretaker of the Year Award at this year's harness racing "Raceway Awards Banquet" by Hugh Mitchell and Don McCallum of Western Fair District. Natasha House went shopping for a racehorse last week at The Raceway at Western Fair District... She ended up with Sandburg Hanover after multiple claims were entered on the horse at the $5,000 claiming level.  “He was an early Birthday present for myself,” House said – who will celebrate her Birthday this coming Sunday, May 24th. “And now he’s given me an even better early Birthday gift – my first training win!” Sandburg Hanover would face tougher foes on Monday evening, at The Raceway, but he was given 8/5 respect by the betting public and his competition would never seriously challenge him, from start to finish, as driver Lorne House would guide him to a 1:55.2 score. “He’s meant to be a good one. He’s the nicest stud to be around – just like a puppy dog... Lorne has always liked him too and when the opportunity was there to claim him – I didn’t hesitate,” stated Natasha. Sandburg Hanover now has a nine-race win streak dating back to August 30th of last year. Conditioned then by Kevin McMaster – the wins started at Sarnia and continued at Hanover and Kawartha before his season ended on October 11th. Miroslaw Czupa purchased the horse from McMaster during the off-seaon and then had the horse return for his season debut on May 6that The Raceway. An eye-popping 1:55.3 win at the $5,000 claiming level would spark multiple claims when Sandburg Hanover was entered back for the same price the following week. Five claims were entered on the great looking stallion son of American Ideal on May 11th at The Raceway. “We had talked to the former owner/trainer (Czupa) about purchasing the horse and he was very excited to see him go to us. We’re going to make sure he has a great home going forward,” she continued. Natasha’s first career training win comes seven years after she first obtained a training licence. “I had a licence in the Spring of 2008 and decided to get back to training again this year,” she explains. “I’ve been around racing my whole life, so this first training win is pretty exciting for me!” Natasha and husband Lorne look after a stable of nine horses. Eight trotters and one single pacer now in Sandburg Hanover. “I do enjoy the trotters,” Natasha stated. “But we’re hoping to keep this pacer around for a long time. He won’t be in a claimer next time out – that I can tell you,” she added. If not in a claimer then where does this red hot horse, with the long running win streak, go?  “He’ll likely be entered at the Preferred level now,” she said. “Maybe there’ll be a race we can enter him in for Molson Pace night (May 29th)... That would be exciting!” she continued. “For now we’ll just see how he comes out of this race and give him a few days off in the paddock. He has his issues and he’s the kind of horse we’ll have to manage well, but we’re good with that – he’s worth it!” Shannon Doyle Email:  sdoyle@westernfairdistrict.com Web:    www.westernfairdistrict.com The Raceway @ Western Fair District

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 18 - Rockin With Dewey trotted to a new career-mark of 1:52 to win the first leg of the Miss Versatility Monday night at Mohawk. A field of seven older trotting mares squared off Monday in round one of the harness racing series, Miss Versatility. The series for trotting mares is contested throughout the season over different track sizes. The final of the series is contested on Little Brown Jug day at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Charmed Life was sent off as the heavy 1/5 favourite in Monday's opening leg. Rockin With Dewey, who defeated Charmed Life a week ago, was parked around the first turn, but cleared to the front as the field entered the backstretch, while Charmed Life was situated in fourth. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Rockin With Dewey posted a half-mile time of :56 before being challenged in the third-quarter by Charmed Life. The two trotting mares slugged it out around the final turn and Rockin With Dewey was forced to trot a :27.3 third-quarter, as she fought off the first up challenge of Charmed Life. In the stretch, Rockin With Dewey continued to powered forward as she put away Charmed Life. Dorsay, who got a two-hole trip, stayed close to the leader in the lane, but ultimately finished second, as Rockin With Dewey held her off to win by three-quarters of a length victory in 1:52. Charmed Life had to settle for third, while Bax Of Life was fourth. A five-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Rockin With Dewey is trained by Ben Baillargeon, who also shares ownership in the mare with Diane Ingham. Monday's victory improves the trotting mare's record to two wins from 10 starts this season. Rockin With Dewey now has 12 career victories and career earnings of over $377,000. The clocking of 1:52 knocked a full two-seconds off her previous career-mark. Rockin With Dewey paid $11 to win. Mark McKelvie

DUNDAS, May 17 - All Bets Off lived up to his 3/5 favourite status to win the $226,575 Confederation Cup for harness racing four-year-old pacers Sunday night at Flamboro Downs. Driven by Matt Kakaley for trainer Ron Burke, All Bets Off followed up his track record performance in last week's elimination with a 1:51.3 front-end score in Sunday's rich final. The Burke trainee got away in third and was parked through the opening-quarter, as stablemate Limelight Beach and driver Yannick Gingras were the quickest off the gate to grab the lead. Ideal Cowboy and driver Tim Tetrick, who got away in second, appeared to be tipping out to challenge at Limelight Beach in the opening-quarter, but Tetrick opted to drop back inside and follow Limelight Beach by the first panel in :26.2. In the second-quarter, All Bets Off and Kakaley did not sit on the outside long and powered by the leader to take the lead as they field of nine paced into the stretch and by the half in :54.4. Tetrick tipped out from third with Ideal Cowboy, as the field paced by the grandstand, to challenge first up at the public's choice. However, Tetrick and his charge would only reach the wheel of All Bets Off, who turned up the tempo to post a three-quarter time of 1:22.3. In the final quarter, All Bets Off put aside the first up bid and created separation on Limelight Beach to cruise home and score a 1 ¾ length victory in 1:51.3. Bettorever came from eighth at the three-quarter pole to finish second, while Big Boy Dreams finished third. Limelight Beach and Ideal Cowboy picked up the final two cheques, as they finished fourth and fifth. Following the race, Kakaley talked about the action in the opening three-eighths of the mile. "I just kind of eased back a little bit going into the first turn and let Yannick (Gingras) make front and kind of let the dust settle," said Kakaley. "Then Timmy (Tetrick) popped the two-hole, so Yannick had to drive on a little bit more and it took me obviously a lot farther (to clear to the lead) than I wanted it to, but he's a really good horse and he showed that tonight." A son of Bettors Delight, All Bets Off now has two wins in three starts this season for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Frank Baldachino, The Panhellenic Stb Corp and the Estate of Rosemary J Shelswell. The four-year-old pacer picked up his 17th career win Sunday evening and pushed his bankroll to over $1.2 million. All Bets Off has now been driven by Kakaley to 12 of his career victories, including triumphs in the 2013 Matron Stakes and last year's Art Rooney and Messenger Stakes. "I love driving him and it's been a fun ride," said Kakaley. "He's a good little horse." The biggest victories of his racing career have come on half-mile tracks, but Mickey Burke Jr., the assistant trainer for the Burke stable, believes that All Bets Off has the make up to be a solid racehorse over any track. "I think he'll be fine everywhere we take him," said Burke Jr. "He wants to win. He's got quickness, he carries his speed, he just wins races." A $2 win ticket on All Bets Off returned $3.40. The 2015 Confederation Cup was the 37th edition of Canada's signature half-mile race, but was the first to be contested by four-year-old pacers. Last held in 2012, the Confederation Cup was reintroduced this year with a new format. All Bets Off made history Sunday evening, as he became the first four-year-old Confederation Cup champion and joins an illustrious list of past winners, including On The Road Again, Jate Lobell and Somebeachsomewhere. Mark McKelvie

Live harness racing made it's return for the 2015 season at the Huron County oval, Clinton Raceway this afternoon. The unofficial kick off to summer included a full card of trotters and pacers to entertain the large opening day crowd. Central Huron Secondary School was on track for a fundraiser that included a 50/50 draw, bbq, silent auction and bake sale, generating just over $1500 for their mental health awareness day planned for next school year.   "We can't thank the raceway enough for giving us this opportunity, it's such a great day and these community events are so important to keep our rural area thriving". The staff and students expressed their their thanks for all the support from the fans at Clinton Raceway.   Fans had the chance to win a BBQ from Verbeeks in Clinton, the lucky winner was Ann Bauer, she qualified through CKNX AM920 to attend as a VIP, and left with the BBQ.   This season is jam packed with a little something for everyone, from fundraisers and community events to stake races, driver's challenge and the return of Legends Day in September. Next Sunday those races fans who are 50 or better will receive a great package, including lunch, a betting voucher and program for $12. Visit www.clintonraceway.com for a complete list of events. Live race post time 1:30pm all summer long at Clinton Raceway   Jessica Carnochan

DUNDAS, May 15 - The return of Confederation Cup night is just two days away and the hype continues to build for the big harness racing night this Sunday at Flamboro Downs. The $226,575 Confederation Cup for four-year-old pacers will see an impressive field of nine battle in Canada's signature half-mile track event. Carded as Race 10, the Confederation Cup final features a field with combined earnings of over $3.8 million. The highest-earning horse in the field is elimination winner All Bets Off. The Ron Burke trainee won his elimination last Sunday in a track record time of 1:50.4. All Bets off has 16 career victories and earnings of over $1.1 million. He will leave from post position five Sunday evening with driver Matt Kakaley. Burke will also send out Limelight Beach from post position six. Limelight Beach won last year's Little Brown Jug and will be looking to recreate that magic of a half-mile track with regular driver Yannick Gingras. The other elimination winner Lets Drink On It will leave from post position eight. Lets Drink On It races for Midwest connections of Joe and Tina Seekman and will be driven by Billy Davis Jr. Davis is currently the second leading driver during the 2015 Flamboro Downs meet with 72 victories. Davis, who was a last-second replacement to drive Lets Drink On It in the elimination, will be seeking the biggest victory of his career. A pair of local horses will be looking to pull off the upset in Sunday's final. Nirvana Seelster, who starts from post position four, is trained by Bill Budd of Waterdown. The Budd trainee has four victories this season and will be driven by past Confederation Cup winner Jody Jamieson. Somewhere Fancy will start in the second-tier from post nine for trainer Sean Mehlenbacher of Hamilton. Somewhere Fancy finished a solid second in his elimination and will be driven by Doug McNair, who won the 2010 edition of the Confederation Cup. Here is the full field for the $226,575 Confederation Cup. 1. Ideal Cowboy - Tim Tetrick - 5/2 2. Big Boy Dreams - Sylvain Filion - 10/1 3. National Debt - Chris Christoforou - 9/2 4. Nirvana Seelster - Jody Jamieson - 25/1 5. All Bets Off - Matt Kakaley - 8/5 6. Limelight Beach - Yannick Gingras - 5/1 7. Bettorever - Corey Callahan - 7/1 8. Lets Drink On It - Billy Davis Jr. - 9/2 9. Somewhere Fancy - Doug McNair - 12/1 Confederation Cup night will be an evening of non-stop action Sunday at Flamboro Downs. Fans will be entertained by Flamboro's famous miniature race, a Racing Under Saddle (RUS) event, the Money Machine Madness and sampling stations. Fans will also have a chance to get up close and meet drivers and RUS riders. Greg Blanchard and Ken Middleton will provide commentary and analysis all evening for both fans on track and watching via simulcast. Fans are also asked to bring a canned food item Sunday in support of the Good Shepherd Food Bank of Hamilton. Those who bring a canned food item will receive a ballot for a chance to win a dinner for eight at Flamboro Downs. Post time for Confederation Cup night is 6 p.m. For more information and details visit www.FlamboroDowns.com. Mark McKelvie

The highly anticipated Fireworks and Family Fun Night returns to Mohawk Racetrack at this Saturday nighs harness racing meeting and promises to be a fantastic night of entertainment for all ages. Doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday and fans will be greeted by live music and several of Mohawk's top drivers upon their arrival to the track. Live racing will get underway at 6:45 p.m. and fans will be able to enjoy a ten-race card. Racing is scheduled to conclude at approximately 10 p.m. and the spectacular fireworks show will begin shortly afterwards. There will be an abundance of free activities all night for children, including face paintings, carnival games and balloon clowns. There will also be strolling entertainment acts, such as hula hoop artists, stilt walkers and illusionists, making their way throughout the grandstand. Kids will receive a free reusable lunch bag with the purchase of a special $5 kids meal. For racing fans looking to catch the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, the Second Jewel of the Triple Crown will be shown live on the infield screen with full sound. Post time for the Preakness is approximately 6:20 p.m. As always, admission and parking is free to Mohawk Racetrack. Mark McKelvie  

The first of 49 nights of live harness racing kicks off at Grand River Raceway on June 1. During its 12th season, the Elora, ON oval will race Monday and Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. from June 1 through September 30. The track's signature Fun & Frivolity Friday Race Nights are featured from June 5 through September 4 at 6:30 p.m. There are two exceptions to the aforementioned schedule: no racing on Friday, August 21; and post time is 1:30 on Monday, August 3. An ambitious renovation project began last month and will conclude in autumn. Racing guests will notice many of the facelifts, which include painting, lighting, flooring and new furniture. The rejuvenation areas include the Simulcast Lounge, upper lobby, Wellington Room, Board Room, Captain's Quarters Dining Room, and Lighthouse Restaurant. A new Customer Care Counter will be featured in the main lobby. The hub is just one component in an initiative to transform guest care at the facility throughout the year. The effort includes comprehensive research, development and staff training. A new Grand River Raceway website is also in the making, scheduled to launch prior to the season opening on June 1. OPEN HOUSE The week prior to Opening Night of the live horse racing season, Grand River Raceway will host its sixth annual backstretch Open House. On Sunday, May 24, guests are invited to drop-in any time from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a rare glimpse of horse racing behind-the-scenes and the unique opportunity to drive a racehorse. Admission is free. OPENING NIGHT - JUNE 1 Opening Night on June 1 marks the sixth annual Local Biz Night, presented in cooperation with the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce. The event hosts more than 100 local businesspeople paired with a horse in the Local Biz Night Race. Prior to the dash, guests are treated to a cocktail reception hosted by the OLG Slots At Grand River Raceway, followed by dinner and a trip to the paddock to meet their horse. JUNE 3 - BETTING CONTESTS BEGIN The Grand Betting Contest will be offered each Monday and Wednesday race night (34 total) starting June 3, when the first 100 players to register will receive a complimentary HPIbet t-shirt. Each nightly contest challenges players to select the top two finishers in four races. Players finishing second and third win $25 apiece. The crowned winners will be featured on the Tarmac Show later that evening where they will choose from three boxes to win $50, $75 or $100. JUNE 5 - 2ND ANNUAL MEDIA RACE Kelly Waterhouse, News Director of The Grand 92.9 FM, returns to defend her title in the second annual Media Race. Waterhouse will face-off against three fellow media personalities as they take to the track in double-seated race bikes, accompanied by a pro driver, to compete in a half-mile dash. FUN & FRIVOLITY FRIDAY NIGHTS The crew from 107.5 DAVE FM returns to broadcast live from the tarmac every Friday race night all summer long. Kids will enjoy the NEIGHbourhood, a free interactive horse education program held under the Tarmac Tent from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Programming includes a barn tour and photo in the Winners Circle with the winning horse of The Neighbourhood Race. INDUSTRY DAY CELEBRATION Grand River Raceway features its 25th anniversary Industry Day Celebration on Monday, August 3 at 1:30 p.m. The popular afternoon card features the 18th annual Battle Of Waterloo and the 7th annual Battle Of The Belles. RACE NIGHT BUFFET Grand River Raceway's popular $16.99 buffet will be featured every race night in the Captain's Quarters tiered dining room overlooking the racetrack. Some dates are already sold-out and others filling quickly with group bookings. Reservations are always highly recommended by calling (519) 846-5455 ext. 247. Other special events at Grand River Raceway this race season include the Giddy Up & Gallop Fun Run for kids (June 12), Doors Open (June 20), national Bring A Friend Night (July 10), Racing Under Saddle (July 24 and August 3), the return of the Horse Name Costume Game (August 14) and Wanna Drive (September 4). Post time for the season-opener on June 1 is 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.GrandRiverRaceway.com. Kelly Spencer  

DUNDAS, May 14 - Lets Drink On It can toast to an impressive harness racing 2015 so far, finishing no worse than second in four starts and neatly putting away his competition in the second Confederation Cup elimination at Flamboro Downs on Sunday. The Seekman family is no stranger to speed, having trained Art Official to a successful career with over $2 million in career earnings, and are now back in the fast lane with one of his offspring. "I honestly think he's (Lets Drink On It) a better horse than Art Official was," said trainer and owner Tina Seekman. "I can't take anything away from 'Art' though, but as far as determination, he definitely has given a lot more than what Art would have done." After suffering from a small setback as 2014 wrapped up, Lets Drink On It seems to have returned in fine form. "He trained down awesome this past season, he had a few little issues with a leg that he's had since he was a baby, but we got everything taken care of," said Seekman. "He seems like a more mature colt than he was last year. "He's gotten taller and a lot bigger from three to four, but as far as driving, I know he wasn't the easiest to drive sometimes. He could be just a bit squirrelly." The four-year-old came off an impressive win at HoosierPark in 1:51.4 by five lengths with a last quarter in 26.3 before heading to the Dundas, Ontario oval. Owned by Tina Seekman, Larry Bond, Hal Hewitt and Vincent Boido Jr., Lets Drink On It looked to improve upon his last visit to Canadian soil in the 2014 Pepsi North America Cup where he experienced a tough trip, finishing eighth. Having banked in excess of $600,000 lifetime so far, he will look to extend his win streak to three with the Confederation Cup final. The May 10 card featured two nine-horse fields, with Ron Burke trainee All Bets Off sweeping the competition in the first elimination in a track record 1:50.4. Lets Drink On It rallied off cover, capturing his elimination in 1:51.4 but did so without his usual partner in the bike. Driven regularly by Tyler Smith, it was a surprise to fans trackside that local Billy Davis Jr. would be taking up the challenge. "Billy has got a name for himself up there, he handled the horse really good and it worked out perfectly on the track," said Smith, proud of the horse's effort regardless. "I wish I could have been there but I had trouble with my flight. I'll be watching on Sunday though, I texted Tina right after the win that he looked good and that I was happy for them." Seekman called Davis Jr. Sunday afternoon, explaining the predicament. As one of the top drivers at Flamboro Downs, she felt he would know the track best and that he would be the optimal choice. Understandably, he jumped at the chance. "It really came out of nowhere," said Davis. "I got the call around 2:30 or 3 in the afternoon and they told me Tyler Smith had some trouble travelling and they needed a driver. "I watched the horse in previous years; he was always in the mix and had a good kick. They gave me a play by play beforehand and explained how he should go. I warmed him up and got a feel for what he was like." Happy with the elimination drive, Seekman chose to remain with Davis going into the final. Affectionately known as "Drink", the colt emerged from the race in good spirits and in good health, setting high hopes for a promising effort on May 17. Unfortunately the luck of the draw did not seem to be in their favour this time around, with announcer Gary Guy selecting post position eight. "He doesn't leave a lot; he has never been a leaver when the gate folds so he likes to drop in where he goes," said Seekman. "He responds best if he can come with cover and as soon as he tipped him off from cover, the horse kicks in two more gears. If the race sets up, he'll be alright out there." As for Billy Davis Jr., he is confident the speed and talent shown in the elimination will shine through again in Sunday's final. "I didn't want to move him in the mile, but at the three-quarter mark he did it himself and was ready to go. He got up on the helmet and they were going big fractions. He had tons left in the tank, we coasted home. "He's the best horse I've ever driven and with the speed in this race, I think it could set up just right for him." Following the Confederation Cup, Lets Drink On It will be pointed to the Graduate Series at Tioga Downs on May 25. Confederation Cup Elimination   Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, May 14 - The highly popular Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf, which offers free and rare access to more than 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city, presents a unique opportunity to see Woodbine Racetrack as never before on May 23 and May 24.   In honour of this summer's Toronto 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games, this year's Doors Open theme - Sports, Recreation and Leisure - showcases private and public recreational sites ranging from aquatic centres to athletics stadiums.   "Woodbine is honoured to be part of this great event," said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment Group. "Doors Open Toronto offers a tremendous opportunity for people to experience the many diverse and celebrated sites across our great city. We look forward to welcoming visitors to our historic venue."   Guided bus tours of Woodbine's private stable area, beginning at 10 am, will be offered. Visitors will have the opportunity to see where more than 2,000 horses live and train, hear from experienced caretakers and racing personnel, tour the paddock, and walk through the Thoroughbred starting gate.   Visitors will also have a chance to participate in a guided walking tour of Woodbine's Grandstand, beginning at noon. , including the Hall of Fame, showcasing WEG's rich racing history, the state-of-the-art in-house broadcast studios, press box, the Thoroughbred paddock, and the Winner's Circle.   There will also be an opportunity to meet Woodbine's jockeys and drivers.   Those attending can take in the sights and sounds of live racing action on both days. Post time for Saturday and Sunday is 1 pm.   Parking is available at Gate 10 for easy access to the tour registration area. Accessible drop-off and tour sign up is located at Gate 11.   Tours are on a first come, first serve basis and are scheduled once on the site. Accessible tours are available upon request.   And, don't forget to bring a camera or video camera. Interior photography and filming is permitted, including tripod.   WEG is the largest horse racing operator in Canada offering world class horse racing at both Woodbine (Toronto) and Mohawk (Milton) racetracks. WEG also operates off-track wagering through its Champions teletheatre network throughout Ontario, which includes WEGZ Stadium Bar in Vaughan, Turf Lounge in the heart of Toronto's financial district and Greenwood in the Beach area of Toronto. Remote wagering is also available to customers through HPIbet (formerly HorsePlayer Interactive), the company's telephone, internet and mobile account wagering service. WEG operates HPItv, a CRTC licensed digital television channel that broadcasts its racing product into homes across Canada.   A "Caring Company" since 1997, Woodbine Entertainment Group is a member of Imagine Canada, a national program that promotes public and corporate giving, volunteerism and support to the community. ​ For more information about WEG's CSR agenda and its performance outcomes, www.wegcares.ca   Social Media:   Join the conversation by following @woodbineracing @Doors_OpenTO on Twitter and using the event hashtags #DOT15 #WEGcares   John Siscos

Equine Guelph and researcher Dr. Judith Koenig would like to thank the Equine Foundation of Canada, for their recent donation to support horse welfare.  EFC has contributed $16,000, 80% of the purchase, of an Equinosis Lameness Locator® which will benefit both research projects and education by providing an objective method of determining equine limb lameness. This equipment is better than the naked eye, because it samples motion data transmitted by sensors and algorithms at a very high frequency (200x). The human eye is capable of (10x to 20x). The Equinosis Lameness Locator® enables quantifiable diagnostic technology that removes the bias that frequently accompanies subjective evaluation. When a horse is trotted, the data is transmitted wirelessly in real time. This means immediate availability of a kinematic lameness assessment for the practitioner/researcher. Together with the clinical ability of the clinician, this will improve accuracy. Currently, evaluating lameness or improvement of lameness after treatment is performed with the naked eye. For research, this requires at least two specialists to evaluating the horses in an attempt to reach agreement. Koenig says, "This equipment will give us hardcore data together with our lameness evaluation, thus making lameness evaluation more objective." The new Equinosis Lameness Locator® will also help students to learn about kinematics, see how it is applied, while learning to evaluate a lameness. Equine Guelph is the horse owners' and care givers' Centre at the University of Guelph. It is a unique partnership dedicated to the health and well-being of horses, supported and overseen by equine industry groups. Equine Guelph is the epicentre for academia, industry and government - for the good of the equine industry as a whole. For further information, visit www.EquineGuelph.ca. Jackie Bellamy

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