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Winter harness racing action ramped up Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack with round one of The Count B and Ontario Girls Series. Each series featured a pair of divisions for their opening leg. A group of 14 sophomore pacing colts and geldings were split into two $17,000 The Count B divisions, while 15 Ontario sired four-year-old pacing mares competed in two $18,000 Ontario Girls splits. The Count B Series for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings saw the first split go to a newcomer north of the border. War N Munn went gate to wire for a 1:54.1 victory. The son of Stonebridge Regal shipped in from the Kerin Warner barn into the care of trainer Carmen Auciello. Driven by Jonathan Drury, War N Munn fired out to the front and got to dictate the pace. After posting panels of :27.4, :57.1 and 1:25.2, War N Munn opened up several lengths of separation and cruised home in :28.4 for a 6¾ lengths victory. St Lads Charger, who sat fourth for the majority of the mile, finished second, while New Standard came from last to finish third. War N Munn is owned by George Munniksma. The sophomore pacer was making his 2016 debut after winning two of nine starts as a rookie for earnings of $43,011. War N Munn established a new career mark with his 1:54.1 victory. He paid $10.10 to win. War N Munn The combination of Drury and Auciello appeared to have a good shot to sweep The Count B first leg, as they teamed up with the 3/5 favourite Big Bang Boom in the second split. Drury stepped on the accelerator at the start and blasted Big Bang Boom to the lead. The Auciello trainee went untouched through solid fractions of :26.2, :55.3 and 1:24.1 to lead by almost five-lengths turning for home. Three Truths, the 7/2 second choice, came out from fifth around the final turn for driver Sylvain Filion and sat seven-lengths off the lead at the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Big Bang Boom ran out of steam at the eighth-pole and was swallowed up by a hard-charging Three Truths, who stopped the clock in 1:55.1. Gotti finished two-lengths back in second, while Big Bang Boom held on to hit the board in third. A son of Shadow Play, Three Truths is trained by Richard Moreau for owners Ratchford Stable and Brian Shebib. The Count B opening leg victory is the first win in four starts this season for the sophomore pacer. Three Truths won three of eighth starts last season and now has a career bankroll of $23,060. Friday's clocking of 1:55.1 established a new career mark for the son of Shadow Play. Three Truths paid $9.50 to win. Three Truths The Ontario Girls Series kicked off with a fantastic stretch duel in the first division. Much Adoo, the 9/5 favourite, got away second, but was quickly circled to the lead in the second-quarter by driver Doug McNair. Fresh off her Blizzard Series victory, Double Olives found a seat in fourth and sat there until angling out first-over just after the half. Much Adoo posted middle-fractions of :57 and 1:25, while Double Olives pulled to within less than a length of the lead turning for home. In the stretch, the public's top two choices went toe-to-toe with Much Adoo holding off a battling Double Olives to win by a length in 1:54. Pinky Tuscadero, who sat second-over turning for home, finished third. A daughter of Classic Card Shark, Much Adoo picked up her second win in three starts this season for trainer Cody Henry. She is owned by Aaron Waxman and Alan Alber. Much Adoo increased her career earnings to over $97,000 with her seventh career victory Friday. She paid $5.90 to win. Much Adoo In the second division, Amazing Control came through as the even-money favourite for a 1:55.1 victory. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Amazing Control was able to get a pocket trip in behind Twin B Sweetheart. The leader cut out fractions of :27.2, :57.4 and 1:26.3, while Amazing Control was primed to pop the pocket in the lane. In the stretch, Jamieson pulled on the right line and Amazing Control powered by Twin B Sweetheart to win two-lengths. Tilkum finish third. A daughter of Shadow Play, Amazing Control is trained by Meg Crone for owners Hutt Racing Stable. The four-year-old pacing mare now has two wins in four starts this season. Amazing Control increased her career earnings to over $83,000 with her fourth career victory Friday. She paid $4.20 to win. Amazing Control The Count B and Ontario Girls Series resume next Friday (February 12) with round two. In order to be eligible to The Count B, the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings had to be non-winners of three races or $40,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Ontario sired four-year-old pacing mares, who were non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015, were eligible to the Ontario Girls Series. Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine with the opening leg of the Ontario Boys Series. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Cracklin Rosie and harness racing driver Phil Hudon timed a late rally perfectly to win the first leg of the Miss Vera Bars Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of 10 three-year-old pacing fillies competed in the $17,000 opening leg of the Miss VeraBars. Originally a field of 11, Cracklin Rosie started from the second-tier in Thursday's contest. Driven by Phil Hudon, the Luc Ouellette trainee got away eighth in the early stages. Mattjestic Tempo sprinted to the front for driver Doug McNair and posted an opening-quarter of :27.2. The leader was left alone in the second-quarter and reached the half in :56.4. Heading into the final turn, Cracklin Rosie was brought to the outside by Hudon and sat fourth-over, as Mattjestic Tempo continued to march along on the lead and reached the third-station in 1:25.1. In the stretch, Cracklin Rosie was angled to the far outside and took dead aim at the leader. Mattjestic Tempo appeared to have enough of a jump on her rival, but Hudon timed it perfectly and Cracklin Rosie surged by in the final strides to win by half a length in 1:54.2. Windsun Glory finished third, while Arizona Seelster rounded out the Superfecta. Cracklin Rosie was more than six-lengths off the lead turning fpor home and paced a :28 final-quarter to snag the victory at odds of 2/1. The three-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover is owned by Luc Ouellette Incorporated, Anita Ouellette and Alan Alber. Cracklin Rosie entered the MissVeraBars opener off a fourth-place finish in the Blizzard Series Final on January 22. She now has two wins in four starts this season after going winless in five last year. The Ouellette trainee increased her career earnings to over $33,000 with the victory. Cracklin Rosie paid $6.20 to win. Phil Hudon continued his hot start to 2016 with a Grand Slam on a big Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Hudon, who entered Thursday’s card leading all Woodbine drivers in victories, visited the winner’s circle four-times to increase his 2016 wins total to 24. The Guelph, Ontario resident’s four victories were highlighted by three-year-old pacing filly Cracklin Rosie sweeping by her rivals late to win the $17,000 first leg of the Miss Vera Bars Series. Hudon also steered trotter Tymal Wizard to a 30/1 upset in the evening’s sixth-race. His two other victories came with trotter Southwind Alice and pacer Regal Fame in the finale. Hudon was not the only driver to have a big night. Jody Jamieson drove three winners on the card, while Doug McNair and Paul MacDonell also had a pair of victories, respectively. Wagering numbers were strong Thursday night, as a total of $1,888,590 was wagered on the 11-race card. Strong pools carried from start to finish over the course of the night. The evening’s seventh-race led the way with a Win pool exceeding $53,000 and both the Exactor and Triactor pools topping $50,000. The Pick-5 wager continues to gain momentum, as a total of $37,413 was wagered into the pool Thursday. The Pick-5 begins each night on the opening-race. Live racing continues Friday night with The Count B and Ontario Girls Series highlighting another 11-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

London, February 4, 2016 -- The Raceway wishes to advise customers that it will be making some modifications to its daily wagering menu for the balance of the month of February. Due to the constraints of a tight horse supply, The Raceway will be carding 10-race programs for the balance of the month, necessitating a change in where some key wagers are placed in the daily wagering menu. Beginning this Monday, February 8, the early Pick-4 wager will start at race three, while the early Super Hi-5 will be moved up to race six. The late Pick-4 will remain on race seven while the late Super Hi-5 will continue to be offered on race 10. "We don't like moving our early pick-4 away from its traditional starting point but feel it's important not to have two of our most popular wagers overlapping each other," said Racing Manager Greg Blanchard. "This will at least provide consistency until such time as we can move back to our more traditional 11 and 12-race programs this Spring." The Raceway features live racing every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. and Friday nights at 7:15 p.m. Here's a look at the 10-race feature wagering format: Daily Doubles - Races 1 and 9 Pick-3s - Races 1 and 8 Pick-4s - Races 3 and 7 Super Hi-5s - Races 6 and 10 Greg Blanchard Raceway Manager                                                

London, February 1, 2016 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District kicked off 2016 on a high note, recording the highest single-month wagering total in the harness racing track's history. More than $7 million was wagered on the London oval in January over a span of 17 programs, marking an increase of 36% over the same month in 2015 when 16 programs were contested. The Raceway is just one of eight tracks that make up the Ontario Standardbred Racing Alliance and all have experienced year-over-year gains in wagering this season. "In my view these latest wagering results are yet another indicator that the Standardbred Alliance is working, and moreover with government support, the Alliance has the capacity to forge a promising future for Ontario's standardbred racing industry", said Western Fair Association CEO Hugh Mitchell. The Raceway management attributed January's high numbers to a combination of factors which were assisted by good weather, a favourable schedule and high exchange on U.S. dollars wagered into the Canadian pools. "It's a month where a lot of things fell into place and it's an achievement our entire team is certainly proud of," said Racing Manager Greg Blanchard. "Our goal is to put out an attractive wagering product with optimal distribution in order to keep growing our pool size. Customers have responded well this season and we hope to continue that trend as we get into the heart of our racing season." Two of the most popular wagers offered are the Pick-4 and Super Hi-5 - both offered twice daily at a low 15% takeout rate. The average Pick-4 pool in January topped $12,000 while the average Super Hi-5 pool was more than $11,000. The Raceway is operating on a four-day-a-week racing schedule (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. and Friday at 7:15 p.m.) for the balance of the season which wraps up on Friday, May 27, Molson Pace Night. The Raceway's annual Awards Night comes up on Saturday, February 20 at the Progress Building of the Western Fair District. Greg Blanchard held its second information seminar this past weekend at Woodbine Racetrack in Etobicoke, and the turnout was great. We have been optimistic from day one that fractional ownership delivered to the general public would represent a staging point for our industry to finally be headed in the right direction. Every new owner to our game represents an infinite amount of new fans. New fans represent potential future clients for horsemen and also represent potential wagering revenue. There are now over forty investors in, and another 60 who have initialized dialogue and are curious about fractional ownership. These forty people are minority investors in 23 horses for the most part, and we still have plenty of room for more investment. Imagine how many people these investors can bring to the track with them this summer? We aren't just growing interest in our sport, we are breathing life into it. The Toronto Sun also visited thestable last weekend. With a story being written in the coming weeks, and our last seminar of the season being offered at the Meadowlands racetrack in New Jersey, we are likely to run out of shares before investors. This is great news for and even greater news for horse racing. Visit us at

TORONTO, January 30 - Nickle Bag turned in a tremendous harness racing effort to win a thrilling $34,000 Preferred Pace Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The Bill Robinson trainee got away seventh in the field of eight for driver Trevor Henry, as Nirvana Seelster rejected a two-hole trip to take command for driver Rick Zeron. After a first-quarter of :27.1, Nirvana Seelster marched down the backside to the half in :55.4. Meanwhile, Henry tugged on the right line and blasted Nickle Bag from seventh towards the front to engage with the leader. Nirvana Seelster was forced to pace a :26.4 third-quarter, as the leader slugged it out with the first-over Nickle Bag. Nirvana Seelster held a narrow lead for the majority of the lane, but Nickle Bag refused to lose and grinded by in the final strides to win in 1:50.4. The Rev finished third at 25/1. Sent off as the 1/2 favourite, Nickle Bag now has two consecutive wins and victories in three of five starts this season. The six-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover pushed his career earnings over $500,000 with his 22nd career victory Saturday for owners Linda and Harry Loyens. Nickle Bag paid $3 to win. Nickle Bag Also on Saturday's card, Roger Mayotte made his first visit to the winner's circle since losing several horses in the tragic fire at Classy Lane Stables. The veteran driver steered Kenneth Switzer trainee Machal Jordan to victory in a $22,000 overnight event. The seven-year-old pacer showed his class by digging in to hold on for his 21st career victory in 1:52.2. Mayotte, who has won over 3,500 races and $52 million as a driver, now has two wins in 10 drives this season. He will look for his first training victory since the Classy Lane fire on Monday night with six-year-old trotter Kinetic King. Machal Jordan Post time Monday is 7:30 p.m.   Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, January 29 - Winning is never easy in harness racing, but Betit To Getit and Marquis Volo have been making it look effortless this winter at Woodbine Racetrack. Betit To Getit, a six-year-old pacing mare, and Marquis Volo, a four-year-old trotter, came to Woodbine Friday riding respective win streaks. However, only one was able to head home with their win streak intact. Trained by Rick Zeron, Betit To Getit entered Friday night's $30,000 Mares Preferred on a three-race win streak. The daughter of No Pan Intended had won eight of her last nine starts. Driven by Zeron, Betit To Getit got away third in the early stages, while Ms Mac N Cheese cut out an opening-quarter of :26.3. Waasmula was quickly moved from second to first entering the backstretch, which led to Zeron pulling on the right line to send his mare towards the front. After being parked by the half in :54.4, Betit To Getit cleared to the front and marched the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:23.2. In the stretch, Ms Mac N Cheese came off the pylons from third and was able to power by Betit To Getit to score a neck victory in 1:52.1. Sandbetweenurtoes unleashed a strong final-quarter to edge out Betit To Getit for second. A four-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover, Ms Mac N Cheese is trained by Richard Moreau for owner L David Ratchford. Friday's victory was her first of 2016 and 15th overall. Ms Mac N Cheese pushed her career bankroll over $400,000 with the victory. Although Betit To Getit saw her win streak snapped, the Rick Zeron trainee has now hit the board in 10 consecutive starts. Ms Mac N Cheese Earlier in the card, Per Henriksen trainee Marquis Volo scored his third consecutive victory and 10th in his last 12 starts in a Non-Winners of Three or $75,000 lifetime event. The four-year-old son of Credit Winner got away fourth, but was quickly moved to the front by driver Randy Waples. The second-quarter move was the winning move, as Marquis Volo went on to win comfortably in 1:55.4. Marquis Volo is owned by Tor Jan Larsen, Gerald Stay, Mac Nichol and Big Als Stable Inc. The Henriksen trainee broke his maiden in his fourth career start last August and has since gone on to win 10 of 12 starts. Marquis Volo now has $91,794 in career earnings. Marquis Volo Friday night's card also featured a $114.80 winner. Lucky Cocktail and driver Anthony MacDonald were first to the line in the evening's fifth-race to score a 56/1 shocking upset. The Louie Eftimiadis trainee finished 10th in the same class a week ago, but the four-year-old daughter of Camluck was able to flip the script for the major upset. Co-favourites Badlands Delight and Frosty Delight failed to hit the board adding to the impressive payouts. A $2 Exactor with Lucky Cocktail and Big Tsunami returned $1,173.90, while the $2 Triactor rounded out by Santannas Gal paid $3,660.50. The $0.20 Superfecta paid $8,280.53. Lucky Cocktail Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack with another 10-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, January 28 - Harness racing trainer Carmen Auciello celebrated a career milestone Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The 35-year-old conditioner sent out four-year-old Mach Three mare Twin B Sweetheart to victory in Thursday's fourth-race and surpassed $10 million in career earnings with the victory. A Stouffville, Ontario resident, Auciello entered Thursday's program just $6,823 shy of the milestone. Auciello's stable has earned over $200,000 in the first month of 2016. Last season, the conditioner put up career high numbers with 194 victories and over $2.7 million in earnings. Auciello, who recorded his first starts as a trainer in 2004, was the top trainer of the 2015 Mohawk Racetrack meet and overall on the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) circuit in 2014. This season, Auciello leads all conditioners on the WEG circuit with 10 victories. He will look to keep things rolling with eight starters entered to go this weekend at Woodbine. The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to extend its congratulations to Carmen on his milestone. Twin B Sweetheart Mark McKelvie

ELORA, ON - Nominations for Grand River Raceway's major races must be locked in by February 16. Following the final sustaining payment on April 15, a list of horses eligible to start in the elimination races will be posted, kicking off a Twitter/Facebook contest which will a VIP lunch for four during the 26th annual Industry Day event on August 1. The 19th annual Battle Of Waterloo (for ON-sired two-year-old pacing colts) will be contested for an estimated $200,000. In 2015, the race went to Magnum J, granting father-son/trainer-driver duo Gregg McNair and Doug McNair their third Battle Of Waterloo title. The 8th annual Battle Of The Belles (for ON-sired two-year-old pacing fillies) will be raced for an estimated $140,000. Last year, Free Show was the victor, making David Menary and driver Jody Jamieson two-time stakes winners. In the Twitter/Facebook Battle Contest, players will use event hashtag #industryday26 and endeavor to name one Battle Of Waterloo eligible which starts in the race's elimination divisions the week before Industry Day. In 2015, there were 138 eligibles and 17 starters. While both races (including the eliminations, consolations and finals) will be contested at Grand River Raceway, the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) will handle the stakes administration. As noted on the nomination forms, all payments must be made payable to, and sent to, WEG. Download nomination forms and complete conditions for both races here. Kelly Spencer Mgr. Marketing & Communications Grand River Raceway

Hanover Bentinck and Brant Agricultural Society, the owners of Hanover Raceway are donating $2,500 dollars towards the COSA Fire fund for the owners, trainers and grooms affected by the Monday January 4th fire at the Classy Lane Stables in Puslinch, Ontario. President Randy Rier says as an Agricultural Society that is also in the stabling business we are devastated by the news and are sympathetic to every horse owners worst nightmare. Gord Dougan

TORONTO, January 22 - The finals of the Blizzard and Snowshoe Series highlighted harness racing action Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The $45,200 Blizzard final for three and four-year-old pacing fillies and mares featured a field of nine, while a full-field of ten three and four-year-old pacers competed in the $47,200 Snowshoe final. Rafa and Shades Of Bay entered the Snowshoe final both seeking a series sweep and the anticipated matchup lived up to the hype. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Rafa, 3/2, fired out from post three to grab the lead, while Shades Of Bay, 4/5, and driver Phil Hudon left from post nine and found a spot in fourth. After posting an opening-quarter of :26.2, Rafa was quickly confronted by Shades Of Bay, who made a quick brush to the lead. The two favourites sat one-two through middle-fractions of :55.4 and 1:24.3. In the stretch, Filion tipped Rafa off the back of Hudon to set up a stretch duel. Rafa was able to get within less than a length of the lead, but Shades Of Bay would not be denied a series sweep and held off his rival to win by a length and a quarter in 1:52.2. Shippen Out finished third, while Tylers Beach Boy was fourth. A son of Art Major, Shades Of Bay is trained by Sean Mehlenbacher for owner Timothy Kim. The Snowshoe Series sweep improves the four-year-old to three for three in 2016 and six for seven since joining the Mehlenbacher barn. Friday's Snowshoe victory was the second series victory for Shades Of Bay in less than a month. The Mehlenbacher trainee also won the Valedictory Series final on Boxing Day. Shades Of Bay now has seven career victories and earnings exceeding $92,000. The runner-up finish by Rafa is the Richard Moreau trainee's first defeat after starting his career four for four. A $2 win ticket on Shades Of Bay returned $3.80. Shades Of Bay A week after capturing a second leg divison as the favourite, Double Olives turned in another game effort to win the Blizzard final at 10/1. Driven by Mike Saftic, Double Olives was taken back in the early stages and got away eighth. Twin B Sweetheart, who was parked around the first turn, finally cleared to take command ahead of Cracklin Rosie, the 8/5 favourite, and Amazing Control entering the backstretch. After posting a half of :55.2, Twin B Sweetheart relinquished the lead to Dontbruisecarrie and began to jam things up along the inside. Saftic was able to situate Double Olives third-over around the final turn, as Naughty Lady B closed in on the leader first up. In the stretch, Naughty Lady B took over the top spot, but Double Olives came off cover and charged by her rival to score a length victory in 1:53. Naughty Lady B held on for second, while Bad As Leader and Cracklin Rosie rounded out the Superfecta. A four-year-old daughter of Blissfull Hall, Double Olives is trained by Dave Matson for owners John Taylor and Jeffrey Ruch. The brown pacing mare entered Friday's final with a victory and runner-up finish in the preliminary legs. Double Olives now has two wins from three starts this season and seven overall in her racing career. The Blizzard Series victory pushes her career bankroll to $72,810. A $2 win ticket on Double Olives returned $23.80. Double Olives The Blizzard and Snowshoe Series carried the same conditions, as the pacers had to be non-winners of two races or $30,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Winter Series action continues on Monday night (January 25) with the $44,200 Lifetime Dream final. Live racing continues Saturday at Woodbine. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

ELORA, ON - The fate of 'Dizneyland Elora' character Ricky Mouse will be at the heart of Grand River Raceway's Musical Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre production on January 29 and 30. 'Dizneyland Elora' is about an illegitimate off-brand theme park full of instantly recognizable knock-off characters. It sets up shop in a small, Ontario town, but harbours a chilling secret. This is the eighth production and 20th show to be offered in the newly renovated Lighthouse Restaurant since Grand River Raceway kicked-off its Musical Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre in 2014. The interactive comedy-musical dinner shows are all-original, written and performed exclusively for Grand River Raceway by Tim Clarke Productions of Guelph. New or revival productions are offered six times a year (January, March, May, September, November, and December). Tickets are $49 and include the show, homemade three-course meal, taxes, gratuity and a $10 gaming voucher (19+) for the OLG Slots At Grand River Raceway. Tickets are still available for both shows, but the January 30 show is 90 percent sold-out. For more information and to purchase tickets online, click here or call 519-846-5455 ext. 247 to reserve tickets by phone. Kelly Spencer

GUELPH, ON - On January 30, Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, ON will host an information night for, a new harness racing horse ownership venture launched by Anthony and Amy MacDonald. The Guelph couple own and train several Standardbred racehorses near Mohawk Racetrack. Anthony is also a prominent driver and a well-known industry advocate. The information session will focus on the benefits of The Stable for new horse owners - people who would find comfort in the decreased risk and diversity of fractional ownership. The MacDonald's will also highlight the operation's transparency, access, and availability of information. Via the website, owners of horses in The Stable are updated on their horses' progress through weekly video commentaries from the trainer, vets and blacksmiths, and 360-degree video views of the horses training. The cost to purchase the horse, and also the flat-rate monthly training fee of $2,000 are shared by the fractional ownership group, where someone could purchase as little as one percent, and as much as 100 percent. Since its inception just a few months ago, has attracted 34 investors from across two continents. "We recently had clients purchase small percentages of horses for family members at Christmas, which we thought was really great to be a part of, said MacDonald. "Having a family show-up at the barn with kids and grandkids in tow, excited to watch a horse they own one percent of, was something I've never seen before." MacDonald says the applications for are far reaching and could end up being a real game changer for an industry in need of an infusion of optimism. MacDonald's presentation at Woodbine Racetrack on January 30 will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30p.m. Admission is free, but an RSVP is required by January 28th by contacting Anthony at (519) 400-4263 or Complimentary beverages and snacks will be available. One lucky participant will have their name drawn on the Woodbine simulcast show from all the social media likes, comments, retweets and emails about this press release to win a $300 credit towards Participants can enter the contest through the following methods. Like or comment on this press release on the Mohawk Racetrack and Facebook pages or retweet this press release from the Mohawk, Woodbine Racetrack and Twitter accounts. For those unable to attend the presentation, Information Tables will also be located at the top of the escolator at the west entrance and on the main floor of the second level from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. MacDonald will be a special guest on the Woodbine broadcast at 6:45 p.m., where he will field email and twitter questions about fractional ownership, and two-year-olds in training. For more information about the info session or contest, visit or call Anthony at (519) 400-4263. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, January 18 - Domedomedome and Lady Ping scored repeat harness racing victories in the second leg of the Lifetime Dream Series Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A pair of $20,000 second leg divisions were contested under chilly conditions Monday. In the first split, Domedomedome continued her hot start to 2016 with a 1:57.1 victory. Sent off as the 2/5 favourite, Domedomedome and trainer/driver Jack Moiseyev got away fourth, while AspenCalifornia cut an opening-panel of :28.1. I Jasmin circled around the leader from second to lead the field by the half in :58.1. Moiseyev was able to pick up cover around the final turn and had Domedomedome poised to strike from second-over turning for home. In the lane, the public's choice surged by to the lead and trotted home comfortably in :29.1 to win by 3 ¼ lengths over Piscean. I Jasmin finished third, while AspenCalifornia was fourth. A five-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Domedomedome has now visited the winner's circle twice in three starts this season and nine-times overall. Owned by Joanne Colville and Pamela Schmidt, Domedomedome increased her career earnings to $120,550 with Monday's victory. She paid $2.90 to win. Domedomedome A pair of scratches left just a field of four for the second division, but the small field put on a good show. Lady Ping, the 3/5 favourite, and trainer/driver Dagfin Henriksen trotted along third in the early stages, while Giona cut out opening-fractions of :29.1 and :59.2. After trotting by the half, Henriksen brought his mare to the outside and trotted up to within a length of Giona at the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Giona battled tough and refused to surrender the lead to the public's choice. Lady Ping needed every inch of racetrack to get by the leader and did so in the final stride to win by a head in 1:58.1. Luau Hanover finished third, while MissysGa Ga, who made a break at the start, was fourth. A four-year-old daughter of Muscle Mass, Lady Ping is owned by Henriksen, Dr. Brett Anderson and Kyle Anderson. The trotting mare now has two wins from three outings in 2016 after winning four of 24 last year. Lady Ping's sixth career triumph pushes her career bankroll over $131,000. She paid $3.30 to win. Lady Ping In order to be eligible to the Lifetime Dream, the four and five-year-old trotting mares had to be non-winners of $100,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Domedomedome and Lady Ping will both be aiming for a series sweep in next Monday's (January 25) $44,200 final. Mark McKelvie

London, January 19, 2016 – The Raceway at Western Fair District has announced it will be making a $5,000 donation to aid the victims of the Classy Lane barn fire. “The entire Standardbred industry has been devastated by the very tragic loss of horses who perished in the Classy Lane fire. Our thoughts are with all those directly affected and we are gratified to see the incredible outpouring to assist them. I’m so proud to be part of this great industry which always seems to rally around to help each other in times of hardship,” said Western Fair District C.E.O. Hugh Mitchell. Many of the track’s regular drivers also got involved by graciously donating their driving fees from the Monday, January 11th program at The Raceway. The total raised was approximately $2,700. The Raceway will also be hosting a fundraising raffle draw with all proceeds going towards Classy Lane. The Grand Prize will be a pair of tickets to the first ever Trackside Music Festival being held at The Raceway this July, featuring Florida Georgia Line, Randy Houser, Brett Kissel, Cole Swindell, Chris Young and Jess Moskaluke among others. Other prizes include a 2016 Molson Pace VIP package and a ticket package for the 2016 All Equine Show at the Western Fair District. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25 and will go on sale beginning next week. They will be available in the race office and at Raceway customer service in the main lobby. Anyone interested in donating to the Classy Lane fund please mail checks payable to "Classy Lane Barn Fire" C/O Central Ontario Standardbred Association  P.O. Box 297  Campbellville, ON L0P 1B0  CANADA Greg Blanchard Racing Manager

TORONTO, January 15 - A pair of four-year-old pacers will have an opportunity at a Snowshoe Series sweep after returning to the harness racing winner's circle in Friday's second leg at Woodbine Racetrack. A total of 18 horses were split into two $17,000 divisions for Friday's second leg of the Snowshoe Series. Fresh off a 3¼ length victory in round one, Shades Of Bay continued his hot streak Friday with an impressive 1:51.3 victory over a 'Good' track. Driven by Phil Hudon, Shades Of Bay, the 1/9 favourite, got away fourth in the early stages, but moved into third and eventually the lead in the second-quarter. Three Truths, who was leading heading to the half, made a break and Hudon immediately moved Shades Of Bay to the front. After fractions of :55.1 and 1:24, Shades Of Bay kicked into high gear in the stretch and cruised home in :27.3 for a 1¾ length victory. Sabine Pass finished second at 23/1, while Shippen Out was third at 30/1. A four-year-old son of Art Major, Shades Of Bay now has five wins in six starts for trainer Sean Mehlenbacher. Friday was the pacers sixth career triumph and increased his career earnings to over $69,000. Owned by Timothy Kim, Shades Of Bay paid $2.10 to win. Shades Of Bay Rafa delivered another ace with a 1:52.2 victory in the second division. Sent off as the 2/5 favourite, Rafa and driver Sylvain Filion sprinted off the wings of the gate and locked up with Pistopackinpiper for a first-quarter battle. Pistopackinpiper cleared to the lead, but was forced to pace a :25.3 opening-quarter to grab command. Rafa quickly got his cue to go in the second-quarter and circled to the lead. The public's choice posted middle-fractions of :55.1 and 1:24.3 to turn for home with the lead. In the stretch, Tylers Beach Boy came off cover and Tower Of Power continued to pace hard after being first up, but Rafa held them at bay and impressively cruised through the wire first to win by a length. Trained by Richard Moreau, Rafa is now four for four to begin his career. The four-year-old son of Camluck now has a pair of victories this season to go with two wins last season. Owned by Robin Morley, Rafa knocked a fifth of a second off his career mark with Friday's victory and increased his career earnings to $27,500. Rafa paid $2.80 to win. Rafa In order to be eligible to the Snowshoe, the three and four-year-old pacers had to be non-winners of two races or $30,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Shades Of Bay and Rafa will both be seeking a series sweep in next Friday's (January 22) $47,200 final. The Snowshoe Final will also be joined by the $45,200 Blizzard Series final on next Friday's card. Mark McKelvie

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