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MILTON, May 18, 2019 - The SBOA Stakes finals and a season debut victory by McWicked highlighted a busy Fireworks and Family Fun Night on Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Reigning harness racing Horse of the Year McWicked made a statement in his season debut by winning the $34,000 Preferred in 1:49.4. The Casie Coleman trainee came first up on the far turn from mid-pack and used the entire length of the stretch to wear down Sintra for a thrilling victory. Sintra made a second-quarter move to the top and led by the half in :55.2. The Stephanie Jamieson trainee and driver Jody Jamieson created separation on their rivals by pacing a :27.3 third-quarter. McWicked was more than four lengths from Sintra turning for home and delivered a stunning performance in the lane to track down and pace by Sintra in the final strides for a victory of just over a length. McWicked season debut victory snapped Sintra's win streak at seven. P L Jackson finished third, while American Virgin was fourth. Now eight-years-old, McWicked is back to defend his Canadian and American Horse of the Year title. He won 12 of 19 starts and earned $1.6 million last season to bring his career earnings to over $4 million for owner S S G Stables. The 35th career victory for McWicked saw him return $3 for a $2 win ticket. Sunny Dee And Haveoneforme captured their respective SBOA Stakes finals for Ontario sired three-year-old fillies. Bob McIntosh trainee Sunny Dee went to the front and never looked back to collect a 1:53 victory. The daughter of Sunshine Beach and driver Trevor Henry muscled to the top and posted fractions of :27.2, :57.1 and 1:24.4 before pacing home in :28.1 to win by 3 ½ lengths over fellow McIntosh student Thats Incredible. Better Single finished third, while Village Joules was fourth. Sunny Dee                                               --New Image Media photo        Sunny Dee is now undefeated in seven career starts for owner/breeders Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. Her career earnings now sit at $135,645. A $2 win ticket on Sunny Dee returned $3.30. Richard 'Nifty' Norman trainee Haveoneforme delivered another powerful performance to win the $164,290 final for three-year-old trotting fillies. Driver Paul MacDonell had the daughter of Kadabra placed mid-pack and sat second-over turning for home. Bright Eyes M, who came first-up, claimed the lead at the top of the lane and trotted home strong in attempt to hold the lead. However, Haveoneforme was too much and stormed by in the final sixteenth to win by a length and a quarter in 1:56.1. Mattys Smilin finished third, while Presto Change O was fourth. Haveoneforme has now won five of seven starts in her first season on the track. The SBOA final victory increased her earnings to $118,742 for owners Enzed Racing Stable Inc, Mel Hartman and Little E LLC. Haveoneforme                                  --New Image Media photo A $2 win ticket on Haveoneforme returned $2.50. Saturday evening's card kicked off the 2019 Championship meet at Mohawk Park. Reinsman Louis Philippe Roy and trainer Richard Moreau were recognized for leading their respective categories during the Winter/Spring meet. Roy led all drivers with 141 wins, which was 17 more than nearest rival Sylvain Filion. Moreau finished the Winter/Spring meet with 119 wins, 59 more than runner-up Rod Boyd. Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. REPLAYS:   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

London, May 17, 2019 -- Veteran harness racing horseman Larry Fitzsimmons was inducted into The Raceway at Western Fair District's Wall of Fame on Friday night. With dozens of friends and family on hand, the career winner of more than 1,100 races and $7 million was honoured during a trackside ceremony which was followed by the unveiling of the photo that will go up on The Raceway's prestigious wall. Fitzsimmons is a native of Hanover, Ontario but has called London home since the 1970's and has won numerous training titles at the London oval over his career. Some of his more notable performers include Stonebridge Celest, Angels Uprising and Laurstar. Friday night's $12,700 Wall of Fame Pace went to National Debt in line to Rob Shepherd in 1:54.2. It was the sixth win in just 10 trips postward this season for the Colin Johnson trainee who is quickly approaching the $500,000 mark in career earnings. The Raceway is entering its final two weeks of the 2019 Spring meet which will wrap up with the Camluck Classic program on Friday, May 31st. For details on the entire evening, visit   WFD Media

Flamborough, May 17, 2019 - Race fans are reminded that this Sunday night the Confederation Cup from Flamboro Downs will be broadcast live on Facebook beginning at 9:30 p.m. (ET). The one-hour broadcast, part of a three-race series sponsored by the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA), will cover the $188,500 Confederation Cup in race 10 along with the 9th race which is a $23,150 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots division for three-year-old filly pacers. Mark McKelvie and Greg Blanchard will be on the desk while Jaimi MacDonald will provide paddock coverage during the show which will be aired via the Flamboro Downs , Grand River Raceway and Raceway at Western Fair District Facebook pages and streamed over the Standardbred Canada website. The next stop in the series will be the $157,000 Camluck Classic on Friday, May 31 at The Raceway with the final show covering the $250,000 (Est) Battle Of Waterloo on Monday, August 5 at Grand River. The Confederation Cup field is a stellar one led by the powerful Ron Burke-trained duo of Dorsoduro Hanover and Done Well, with the latter being installed as the 7-5 morning line choice by virtue of his powerful 1:51.4 elimination victory last Sunday night over an 'off' track. Jimmy Freight, Canada's three-year-old pacing colt of the year in 2018, overcame post 8 in his elimination with a fourth-place finish and has drawn much more favourably in the final, leaving from post position two. Post time for the Confederation Cup program is 6:55 p.m. (ET).   Greg Blanchard

When Purnel Jones Jr. and his wife Libby were looking to partner with other people to buy horses several years ago, Jones called renowned owner Mark Weaver for advice. Instead, Jones ended up with an invitation. Life has not been the same since. Purnel and Libby, who at the time were recently retired after selling their regional oil-and-gas business, were asked if they wanted to join the ownership groups involved with horses trained by Ron Burke, harness racing's leading conditioner for the past 10 years in a row. Burke Racing and Weaver, with his longtime racing colleague Mike Bruscemi, are two-time winners of the sport's Owner of the Year Award. "The first thing I thought of when we were fortunate enough to retire was how I could get back into the business," said Purnel, who followed his father into the sport and had a license to train and drive horses before stepping away from racing to focus on business. "I called Mark Weaver, who I've known for about 10 years, to ask him to point me in the right direction. He said there was a spot opening up in the ownership group and that I was welcomed if I wanted to get in. It was a no-brainer for me. My goodness gracious, you can't beat those guys. They're smart. It's not by accident that Burke and Weaver are so successful, that I can say." In 2018, the Joneses were among the owners of Dorsoduro Hanover and Warrawee Ubeaut, who both were Breeders Crown champions and divisional Dan Patch Award honorees, as well as a third Breeders Crown winner, Percy Bluechip, and stakes-winners Baron Remy and This Is The Plan. "I can't even imagine having a year like that again," Purnel said. "You talk about fun and traveling to the races, it was fantastic. I'm hoping for continued success, but to hope for that (kind of success again) is a little excessive. But you can't rule out anything with Ronnie. He has a great eye for the horses." On Sunday, the Joneses will watch three of their horses compete in the C$188,500 Confederation Cup for 4-year-old pacers at Flamboro Downs. Dorsoduro Hanover and Done Well were elimination winners last weekend. Those two Burke trainees are joined by stablemate This Is The Plan in the nine-horse field. Done Well and driver Dexter Dunn, who captured their elim in 1:51.4 over a sloppy surface, is the 7-5 morning-line favorite from post five while Dorsoduro Hanover, with regular driver Matt Kakaley, is the 5-2 second choice from post one. Dorsoduro Hanover won his elimination, also over a sloppy track, in 1:53.4. The other owners on Done Well are Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva, and Wingfield Brothers. The group owning Dorsoduro Hanover is the same, with the exception of Wingfield Five rather than Wingfield Brothers. This Is The Plan, who finished fifth in his elimination and starts from post eight, is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Larry Karr. "I thought Done Well was off the hook," Purnel said. "I don't know how much the track changed between the time he raced and Dorsoduro Hanover raced, but you certainly can't be disappointed with (Dorsoduro Hanover's) race either. He's as tough as nails. "We're all excited to see what happens." Done Well                  ---Norm Files photo Among the Burke trio's competition is Jimmy Freight, who earned the O'Brien Award in Canada for last year's best 3-year-old male pacer. He finished fourth in the elimination won by Dorsoduro Hanover after starting from post eight, a spot that has produced only four winners in 185 pacing races this year. Jimmy Freight and driver Louis Philippe Roy will start Sunday from post two. He is 3-1 on the morning line. "I wasn't that much excited when I saw the draw for the elims, being in my mind in the toughest division and starting from the far outside, but one more time Jimmy didn't disappoint," Roy said. "I'm a little more excited about the draw for the final, I think we're among the three or four horses with the best shot to win. "I haven't seen much difference with (Jimmy Freight) between (ages) 3 and 4," the driver added. "He was and still is the perfect horse on the track, you can do whatever you want with him, smart and perfectly gaited." Jimmy Freight                                        ---Mike Lizzi photo Racing begins at 6:55 p.m. Sunday at Flamboro Downs. Following is the field for the Confederation Cup, which is race 10. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Dorsoduro Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-5/2 2-Jimmy Freight-Louis Philippe Roy-Richard Moreau-3/1 3-Pretty Handsome-Jonathan Drury-Andrew McCabe-15/1 4-American History-Sylvain Filion-Tony Alagna-12/1 5-Done Well-Dexter Dunn-Ron Burke-7/5 6-The Downtown Bus-Doug McNair-Jeff Gillis-7/1 7-Rockin Speed-Billy Davis Jr.-Jared Seekman-15/1 8-This Is The Plan-Joe Bongiorno-Ron Burke-20/1 9-Ghost Dance-Randy Waples-Nick Gallucci-4/1   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association

The Miss Versatility series for trotting mares gets underway on Monday at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a single $52,800 harness racing division of five led by Serge Godin's pair of starlets in Emoticon Hanover and Dream Together racing under his nom de course of Determination.   Emoticon Hanover (Dan Dube) has won the past two Breeders Crown Open Mare Trot Finals to go with a World Record and nearly $1.5 million on her imposing resume. The Miss Versatility leg will get her 2019 stakes campaign underway after a convincing 1:52.3 win in an overnight.   Dream Together (Randy Waples) burst onto the Grand Circuit scene with a $105 win mutuel in the 2018 Dr John Steele Memorial at The Meadowlands and is but a cheque away from $700,000 in career booty.   Luc Blais has trained both from the first day they had the harness on and continues to have them beautifully prepared for each engagement.   Sorceress Seelster, Pat Matters and The Erm complete the quintet, which is the second race on the Monday night bill.     Nick Salvi

MILTON, May 16, 2019 - The always-popular Fireworks and Family Fun Night returns to Woodbine Mohawk Park this Saturday evening. A big night of activities for all-ages are planned, including live racing, entertainment and a firework spectacular. The evening's activities launch at 5:30 p.m., live racing begins at 6:45 p.m. and the fireworks show will take place shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday's 10-race card is headlined by a pair of SBOA Stakes finals and the season debut of reigning Horse of the Year McWicked. The SBOA Stakes features Ontario sired three-year-old fillies with pacers competing for $165,290 and trotters for $164,290. Undefeated filly Sunny Dee leads the pace final, which is carded as Race 8. The Bob McIntosh trainee won her elimination in 1:52.3 to start her career with six consecutive victories. The daughter of Sunshine Beach will start from post-two with driver Trevor Henry at the controls. The trot final features a showdown between impressive elimination winners Haveoneforme and Bright Eyes M. Both fillies are sired by Kadabra and each won their elimination in 1:56.2. Haveoneforme has won four of six starts to begin her career. The Richard 'Nifty' Norman trainee was unraced as a two-year-old and was making her Mohawk Park debut in last weekend's elimination. Paul MacDonell will drive. Bright Eyes M is now two for two to start her sophomore campaign after going winless in three starts last July. The John Bax trainee won by 2 ¼ lengths last week and will continue to team with driver Steve Byron. The SBOA Filly Trot final is carded as Race 6. Fans waiting for the post-race fireworks could be in for some in the evening's ninth-race, as a pair of pacing heavyweights clash in the $34,000 Preferred. Defending Horse of the Year McWicked will make his season debut after a pair of qualifiers. The Casie Coleman trainee posted 12 wins and earned $1.6 million in 19 starts last season. Louis Philippe Roy will steer the career-earner of $4 million in a race for the first-time since July of 2017. The king of the Preferred this season at Mohawk Park has been Sintra and the six-year-old will look to extend her current win streak to eight. Racing for the team of Stephanie and Jody Jamieson, Sintra most recently posted 1:50.2 score on May 26 to remain undefeated in 2019. Sintra currently sports career numbers of 25 wins and $1.1 million in earnings. The Preferred is carded as Race 9. Racing fans can show up early Saturday for a meet and greet with drivers James MacDonald and Doug McNair. Both drivers will be heading off to Sweden this month to compete in the World Driving Championship. MacDonald captured the 2017 championship and is participating as the defending champion, while McNair won the 2018 Canadian championship to earn the right to wear the red and white at this year's event. The meet and greet will take place from 5:30-6:15 p.m. Fans of all-ages will be able to enjoy activities and entertainment throughout the entire evening. A $5 Kids Zone, featuring inflatables and pony rides, will be set up at the east end of the apron. A crafts zone and Equimania will also be set up inside the Grandstand. There will also be live music from 6-10 p.m. and LED performers at 10 p.m. Fans will have plenty of options for food and beverages during Fireworks and Family Fun Night, including the Woodbine Food Truck, Billy Dee's Nut Stand, pizza and ice cream. Full details for Saturday's Fireworks and Family Fun Night can be found by clicking here.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications  

MAY 16, 2019 - The 46th Ontario Sires Stakes season gets under way this Sunday, May 19 with eight exciting races on the $538,551 Confederation Cup program at Flamboro Downs. Ontario's top three-year-old trotting colts will kick off the Dundas oval's signature event at 6:55 pm with the first Gold Series Leg of the season. Race 1 features last year's champion Forbidden Trade, who makes his sophomore debut from Post 4 for US-based driver Daniel Dube, trainer Luc Blais of Campbellville, ON and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. Louis-Philippe Roy, who earned his first Lampman Cup title in 2018 as the top driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program, will steer last season's number two colt, Dream Nation, from Post 1 in the second $72,267 Gold Series division. "Dream Nation was one horse coming back for his three-year-old season that I was excited to drive again, and so far it looks good for him. We schooled him Monday and he was really solid," said Roy, who steers the Archangel gelding for trainer Jacques Dupont of Repentigny and his partners Ecurie CSL of Sorel-Tracy, Gestion C. Levesque 2005 Inc. of St-Hyacinthe and Marc Camirand of Montreal, QC. "He was good sized at two, but he looks even better to me, bigger and stronger. He drew good for Sunday, and that's a big thing on the half-mile." In addition to Dream Nation, Roy will steer trotting colt Tymal Houdini from Post 3 in the first Gold division. The Guelph, ON resident will also be hoping for success in the three-year-old pacing colt Grassroots season opener, piloting Keystone Prestige from Post 1 in the first $22,800 division, Chanting Hanover from Post 1 in the second split, Sugartown from Post 2 in the third of five divisions and Sports Charm from Post 8 in the last Grassroots battle. The Gold Series colts will battle in Races 1, 4 and 6 while the pacing colts square off in Races 3, 5, 7, 8, and 9. All eight races will serve as an opening act for the main event, the $188,500 Confederation Cup Final, which features nine of the best four-year-old pacing colts and geldings in North America. Roy will steer Jimmy Freight from Post 2 in the rich final, and the driver is expecting the son of Sportswriter to deliver the kind of consistent effort that led him to the OSS sophomore pacing colt division title and a year-end O'Brien Award in 2018. "Jimmy Freight got us qualified for the Confederation Cup final last Sunday with a nice effort (fourth) from the eight-hole," said Roy, who steers the pacer for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch and owner Adriano Sorella of Guelph, ON. "I like his chances with the draw; Jimmy never disappointed me." In addition to the thrilling racing, fans will have an opportunity to win one of five shares - including training fees for the remainder of 2019 - in a racehorse. Complete entries for Flamboro Downs' May 19 Confederation Cup program are available at In addition to Sunday's OSS season opener, Flamboro Downs will also host two more Gold events this fall, the three-year-old pacing fillies on Sept. 22 and the two-year-old trotting fillies on Oct. 2. A complete schedule can be found at   OSS Program Information OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:

MILTON, May 14, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to issue a final reminder of the stakes payments due Wednesday (May 15). Sustaining payments are due for all major stakes, including the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. The list of payments required for May 15 also include sustaining payments for the 2019/20 Champlain/Simcoe and nominations for the Summer Series (two-year-olds). The full list of events requiring a payment on May 15 are listed below. Sustaining Payments (Woodbine major stakes): Pepsi North America Cup Armbro Flight Canadian Pacing Derby Canadian Trotting Classic Casual Breeze Elegantimage Eternal Camnation Fan Hanover Goodtimes Maple Leaf Trot Metro Pace Milton Nassagaweya Peaceful Way Roses Are Red Shes A Great Lady Somebeachsomewhere William Wellwood Memorial   Sustaining Payments (Foals of 2017) 2019 Champlain Open 2019 Champlain Filly 2020 Simcoe Open 2020 Simcoe Filly   Yearling Nominations (Foals of 2018) 2020 Champlain Open 2020 Champlain Filly 2021 Simcoe Open 2021 Simcoe Filly 2021 SBOA Filly   Nominations (2-year-olds in 2019) Dream Maker Define The World Pure Ivory Whenuwishuponastar   Sustaining Payments (Ontario racetracks) Battle Of Waterloo Battle Of The Belles   For full details on stakes payments, including fee amounts, click here. To make stakes payments online, click here. If sending stakes payments by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than May 15, 2019 or payment will not be accepted.     Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

MILTON, May 13, 2019 - James MacDonald posted a Grand Slam Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park to reach 2,000 career driving wins. The Guelph, Ontario resident entered the evening three wins shy of the harness racing milestone and came through with the number he needed, plus one, by steering Marquis Volo, Cue Hall, Fast N First and Rockin Wizard to victories. MacDonald's milestone score saw three-year-old pacing colt Fast N First display plenty of grit to hold off challengers in the lane for his second win of the season. The Blake MacIntosh trainee is eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. MacDonald, who started driving in 2009, has posted six 200-plus win seasons during his career and topped $3 million in earnings in each of the last five years. His 2019 numbers now sit at 52 wins and over $900,000 in earnings. The 2,000 win milestone comes just 11 days before MacDonald competes in the 2019 World Driving Championship. The 33-year-old is heading to Sweden as the defending champion after winning the 2017 event on home soil. Fans can meet MacDonald and fellow driver Doug McNair, who is also competing in the World Driving Championship, on Saturday evening at Mohawk Park during a meet and greet from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.   Mark McKelvie

MILTON, May 13, 2019 - The Race Office at Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to remind horsepeople of a change to the draw schedule. Effective immediately, the Race Office will now conduct double draws on Tuesdays for Friday and Saturday cards. The entry box closes at 10:30 a.m. The full draw schedule is listed below. Enter Monday for Thursday Enter Tuesday for Friday and Saturday Enter Thursday for Monday   Mark McKelvie

MILTON, May 11, 2019 - The first harness racing stakes events of the season were contested Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park, as Ontario Sired three-year-old fillies were in the spotlight. A total of five $25,000 eliminations for the SBOA Stakes were conducted on an 11-race card. A group of 23 pacing fillies were split into three divisions, while 22 trotting fillies battled in a pair of divisions. The pacing side saw Sunny Dee lead the way by keeping her perfect record intact with a 1:52.3 score. The Sunshine Beach filly got her cue from driver Trevor Henry to rush up to the top from fourth in the second-quarter and never looked back. Sunny Dee led by three-quarters in 1:25.1 and was able to hold a pair of challengers at bay in the lane to win by three-quarters of a length. Better Single finished second, while Summer Charm was third and Village Joules was fourth. Now undefeated in six career starts, Sunny Dee has amassed $53,000 in earnings for owners Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. She paid $2.70 to win. Thats Incredible joined her McIntosh teammate Sunny Dee in the winner's circle by also taking an elimination Saturday. Thats Incredible                                   --Photo New Image Media Driven by Trevor Henry, Thats Incredible was pacing in third entering the far turn when she got tied up for a moment with outside challenger Deb. Despite the contact, the McIntosh trainee unleashed a strong :27.1 final-quarter to shoot by rivals in the final-eighth for a career-best 1:53 score. Disturbed Hanover finished second by a length and three-quarters. Ideation Hanover was third, while Deb finished fourth. A daughter of Bettors Delight, Thats Incredible picked up her second win in three starts this season and fifth overall. She now has $69,488 earned for owners Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Dave Boyle. A $2 win ticket on Thats Incredible returned $17.40. Pocono invader Girls Got Rhythm powered by rivals for a career-best 1:52.3 victory in the opening division for pacers. Doug McNair placed the Nicholas Devita trainee in a second-over spot turning for home and the daughter of Sportswriter delivered a :27.1 kicker to win by three-quarters of a length. Betcha Baby finished second, while Freya Seelster was third and Jessicas Legacy fourth. Girls Got Rhythm was sent off as the favourite and returned $4.60 for a $2 win ticket. She now has four wins in five starts and has earned $37,100 for owner John Cummins. Girls Got Rhythm                                              --Photo New Image Media On the trotting side, Haveoneforme started in the second-tier and found the finish line first for driver Paul MacDonell. The Richard 'Nifty' Norman trainee moved from fourth to first in the second-quarter and pulled away in the lane to win by four-lengths in 1:56.2. Royal Rhythm finished second, while Madam Shazam was third. The top-five was rounded out by Mattys Smilin and Northern Royale. Haveoneforme                                                 --Photo New Image Media A daughter of Kadabra, Haveoneforme was unraced as a two-year-old and has now won four of six starts. Her earnings moved to $36,597 for owners Enzed Racing Stable Inc, Mel Hartman and Little E LLC. Haveoneforme paid $3.80 to win. John Bax trainee Bright Eyes M improved to two for two on the season with a career-best 1:56.2 score in the second elimination. Steve Byron gave the Kadabra filly a two-hole trip, which she capitalized on by trotting home in :27.3 to win by 2 ¼ lengths. Bright Eyes M                                               --Photo New Image Media Teddys Littleangel cut the mile and finished second. Mercedes Talma, Warrawee Ultra and Presto Change O completed the top-five. Owned by Menhammar Stuteri Ab, Bright Eyes M is now two for five in her career and has earned $23,312. She paid $15.10 to win. Post position draws for each SBOA final took place following Saturday evening's elimination. The top-three finishers from the pacing eliminations advanced to the final, plus Village Joules, who advanced from a draw of the fourth-place finishers. The top-five finishers from the trot eliminations advanced to the final. All eliminations winners were able to select their post. The trot final will go for a purse of $164,290, while the pace final will battle for a purse of $165,290. The SBOA Stakes finals will highlight next Saturday's Fireworks and Family Fun Night card at Mohawk Park. Post time has been pushed up to 6:45 p.m. The post positions for each final are listed below.   $164,290 SBOA Trot   1. Royal Rhythm 2. Haveoneforme 3. Bright Eyes M 4. Mercedes Talma 5. Warrawee Ultra 6. Mattys Smilin 7. Presto Change O 8. Northern Royale 9. Madam Shazam 10. Teddys Littleangel AE: Blue Magic   $165,290 SBOA Pace 1. Village Joules 2. Sunny Dee 3. Thats Incredible 4. Girls Got Rhythm 5. Better Single 6. Summer Charm 7. Freya Seelster 8. Ideation Hanover 9. Betcha Baby 10. Disturbed Hanover AE: Jessicas Legacy   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications C: 905-864-9110            

Guelph, ON May, 9, 2019 - "Somebeachsomewhere: Horse of a Lifetime", made its big screen debut Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Mohawk Inn and Conference Centre, Milton, Ontario. The event proceeds were kindly donated to support equine research at University of Guelph. The screening was made possible through the cooperation and generous support of the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA), Eastlink Community TV, and the USHWA Canada chapter.   Eleven years ago today, Somebeachsomewhere qualified at Mohawk Racetrack to start his sophomore season.   On May 4th, a select group of his greatest admirers gathered to share an exclusive film fundraiser celebrating the late pacer's life and career.   "Somebeachsomewhere: Horse of a Lifetime" premiered on Eastlink Community TV earlier this year, and received glowing reviews.   Fans of the Schooner Stable's star enjoyed a one-time-only screening of the film May 4 at Mohawk Inn and Conference Centre, Milton, Ontario.   Ontario Veterinary College Dean Dr. Jeff Wichtel and Equine Guelph Director Gayle Ecker attended and introduced the screening, which raised proceeds through donations and sponsorships. "The industry has continued to work through the challenges of re-structuring within the Ontario racing industry," says Dean Wichtel. "Every donation counts to help support research towards improving the lives of our racing athletes, and we would like to thank all the organizers and participants of this event."   Ron Mervis, Eastlink Regional Manager for Southern Ontario, and Brian Tropea, OHHA General Manager, also gave opening remarks.   Driver Paul MacDonell answered audience questions after the film, generously signing autographs until his departure to drive in race 1 at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   To learn more about how donations, however large or small, benefit the care and health of racehorses, please visit     Equine Guelph

Double A Mint was the hottest thing since sliced bread in the harness racing Fillies & Mares Preferred class at Woodbine Mohawk thanks in large part to six straight score in the class, but Friday night she turned over her tiara to a newcomer named Seaswift Joy N. Sent out by trainer Tony Alagna, Seaswift Joy N got away third in Friday’s $30,000 affair, but she didn’t sit for very long. After Sandbetweenurtoes threw down an opening quarter clocked in :27.2, Doug McNair had Seaswift Joy N in gear as the field entered the backstretch. Seaswift Joy N stole middle splits of :56.2 and 1:26 before roaring home in :26.4 to win by 2-3/4 lengths over the pocket-sitting Sandbetweenurtoes. Outlaw Fireball fended off Double A Mint in the race for the show dough. The 1:52.4 triumph was the sixth of the season from 11 attempts for the six-year-old daughter of Bettors Delight-Swift Belle. Brad Grant of Milton, Ont. owns the career winner of $223,989. To view results for Friday's card of harness racing, click this link. Courtesy of Standardbred Canada

MILTON, May 2, 2019 - Stakes season at Woodbine Mohawk Park is just around the corner and harness racing fans will get an opportunity to whet their appetite with this Saturday's edition of the $34,000 Preferred Pace. Millionaire pacer Sintra (PP5, Jody Jamieson ) increased his current win streak to six with an impressive 1:50.1 score in last week's Preferred, his first start since late-February. The six-year-old gelding has been rolling in the Preferred this season, but with a new month comes new challengers. Stars Jimmy Freight, last year's O'Brien Award winner, and Dr J Hanover, the fastest Standardbred in Canadian racing history, join Sintra and four other rivals to make up this week's edition of the $34,000 Preferred. Richard Moreau trainee Jimmy Freight (PP1, Louis Philippe Roy) will be making his four-year-old debut in Saturday's contest and comes in off a sharp 1:52.4 qualifying effort last Thursday. The Ontario Sires Stakes champion is prepping for next weekend's Confederation Cup eliminations. Jimmy Freight is no stranger to facing older company, having faced aged competitors on multiple occasions last season. The son of Sportswriter grabbed headlines with a third-place effort in last year's Mohawk Gold Cup, which was part of an incredible season that saw him win 11 of 21 starts and earn $834,489 for owner Adriano Sorella. Dr J Hanover (PP2, Doug McNair) comes to town after battling in the Levy Series at Yonkers Raceway. The Tony Alagna trainee most recently captured a $50,000 Levy Eligible contest on April 20 for his first win in seven starts this season. Dr J Hanover - Winning a leg of the Graduate at Mohawk Park on June 3, 2017   - New Image Media Now six-years-old, Dr J Hanover scored six wins and made $227,980 in 23 starts last season, which included appearances in the Canadian Pacing Derby and TVG Open. He races for owners Brad Grant, Robert LeBlanc, Steven Wienick and ISFT. Saturday's Preferred also includes recent winners Traceur Hanover (PP3, Chris Christoforou) and Physicallyinclined (PP7, Jonathan Drury). The field is rounded out by Go West Go Fast (PP4, Sylvain Filion) and P L Jackson (Travis Cullen). The Preferred is carded as Race 6 on Saturday's 11-race card. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Woodbine Mohawk Park has horseplayers covered this Saturday for the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby. Fans can watch and wager on all the action from Churchill Downs by visiting the main floor simulcast area. Carrels in the Racebook have been sold out for two weeks, but plenty of seating and screens are available throughout the facility. Trackside Bar will be opening early at 4 p.m. for food and drink service ahead of the Derby and Saturday evening's live racing program. For more information, follow @WoodbineSB on Facebook and Twitter.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

After hosting a successful soft opening of the newly renovated, expanded and rebranded Playtime Casino Hanover on March 19, the highly anticipated grand opening celebration on April 11 welcomed VIP guests and the public to the new dining, gaming and entertainment experience in Hanover. “We have a lot of play time planned for Hanover,” said Playtime Casino Hanover general manager Derek Tierney prior to a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the facility. Tierney thanked Hanover council for supporting the expansion of the casino, as well as community partners and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), and noted the significant boost in job creation due to the expansion. When Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited announced in September it was investing $18 million into renovations at the Hanover casino, the original plan was the expansion would create up to 70 new jobs, but Tierney announced the casino has hired 100 new employees and are still looking to hire a few more. When the hiring process is completed the casino will have more than 200 employees, Tierney added. Hanover mayor Sue Paterson said the expansion to the casino has been highly anticipated by council as it has created employment for local residents and will be an addition to local tourism that will also benefit other local small businesses. “We are excited that a building that was empty for nearly seven years now breathes new life,” Paterson said. The expansion is housed in the structure at Hanover Raceway originally intended to be a banquet facility that ceased construction in 2011 after there was a threat of reduced government funding and questions surrounding harness racing’s future in Ontario. The facility was to be built using the Hanover, Bentinck and Brant Agricultural Society’s share of slots revenue, but had sat unfinished ever since. In February 2018 Gateway announced the approval by OLG of a lease agreement with the agricultural society that would include new dining experiences and allow for an expanded gaming floor in the partially finished vacant structure. Playtime Casino Hanover is the first Playtime Casino in Ontario for Gateway and features 300 slots and eight live table games, including roulette, blackjack and poker. Under the Gateway umbrella, the Playtime brand is built around the design inspiration of play and is to deliver to patrons in Hanover a high energy and fun experience with an expanded 32,672 square feet and additional 3,283 square-foot mezzanine, which is double the size of the former gaming floor. To go along with the gaming action, Gateway’s signature restaurant brands MATCH Eatery and Public House andThe Buffet are now fully up and running, as well as the new Arcade Bar. The Buffet restaurant and Arcade Bar next to the casino floor were up and running during the soft opening and the family-friendly MATCH Eatery and Public House restaurant was open for business the following week. The entire family, including adults and children, are welcome to enjoy the dining experience at MATCH. The location of the restaurant is situated so that patrons do not have to go into the casino area, and security personnel will be positioned next to the restaurant to assure minors won’t be able to wonder onto the gaming floor. MATCH offers live entertainment, including local talent, along with the opportunity to provide broadcasts of pay-per-view events in a sports bar atmosphere. Hanover native Jamie Warren, accompanied by Jeremy Williams, were the first musicians to hit the stage in the MATCH after the ribbon cutting ceremony. MATCH seats 112 patrons and this summer will debut an outdoor patio that is to seat 96, which will overlook the racetrack and hardball diamond. The Buffet complements the MATCH experience with an emphasis on exceptional value and an ever-changing menu, highlighting cuisine from around the world with something for every age and appetite. The Buffet is available for lunch and dinner seven days a week and offers breakfast on the weekends. It seats 96 patrons and is accessed from the gaming floor. The expansion provided for two separate kitchens to be built for the two separate restaurants. Next to The Buffet, the Arcade Bar offers beverages and a grab-and-go selection of food. Across the gaming floor is a complimentary coffee and soft drink concession. The gaming floor is a tremendous size compared to the former slot machine area and making it feel even larger is the high ceiling. A PlaySmart centre is located at the main entrance and is to be staffed 15 hours per week to provide responsible gambling facts, tools and advice. Gateway CAO Brad Bardua and OLG vice president of land based gaming Bruce McKenzie also spoke prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony and both were impressed with the new facility. Bardua said there was a great opportunity to partner with the town and agricultural society to expand into this facility and invest in new jobs in Hanover. “I am thrilled to be here and celebrate the grand opening of Playtime Casino Hanover and Gateway’s investment into the community of Hanover,” Bardua said. He thanked the staff for all their work in getting the facility ready for the opening and he thanked the patrons for their patience during the past few months as the casino transitioned into the expansion location. “Congratulations to the entire team and all of our community partners who worked so hard to make this possible,” Bardua said. “I know that this property will provide our guests with an entertainment experience second to none.” McKenzie said he looks forward to the partnership with the town and Gateway to provide a commitment to responsible gaming. “It’s great to be here with you today, it looks amazing,” McKenzie said, adding the facility is a lot better than the slots in a box the former casino was. As part of the official opening, Tierney announced Playtime Casino Hanover employees selected the Hanover and District Hospital Foundation as the charity partner for the grand opening. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of McLean’s Farmhouse Blonde Lager and MATCH’s Turkey Brie and Apple Clubhouse sandwich will be donated to the hospital foundation. This campaign runs until May 11. On April 12 the official opening celebration continued with an autograph session with former Toronto Maple Leaf Darcy Tucker. More promotions and features followed this week, including having table ambassadors on hand on April 16 to help patrons learn how to play the table games. The opening of Playtime Casino Hanover is the latest announcement by Gateway following the recent news of a new Gateway Casino to be located in Wasaga Beach and the opening of a new $36 million Cascades Casino in Chatham-Kent this July. Gateway recently launched its first Starlight Casino in Point Edward, Ont. after a $26 million renovation to that site. Last month Gateway added 26 live table games to the Gateway Casinos Innisfil and is proposing to build a new casino and entertainment complex in North Bay. By Derek Lester Reprinted with permission of The Kenora Daily Miner and News

MILTON, April 15, 2019 - Driver Roger Mayotte was transported to Milton District Hospital following a pre-race collision on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Ahead of the evening's ninth-race, Mayotte and six-year-old trotter Monopoly were involved in a collision with eight-year-old trotter Odds On Amethyst and driver Pat Hudon. The collision caused Mayotte to be dislodged from the sulky and left Monopoly loose on the track. Monopoly was caught outside the paddock by horsepeople and escaped the incident without any injuries. Mayotte was alert when being attended to by paramedics and complaining of upper body pain. Mayotte was transported to Milton District Hospital for further examination. Hudon and Odds On Amethyst escaped the incident unharmed and did participate in the ninth-race, finishing third. Woodbine Entertainment would like to send its best wishes to Mayotte for a speedy recovery.   Mark McKelvie

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