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MILTON, ON - June 8, 2018 - Trainer Dave Menary sends out several stakes prospects in elimination action this Saturday (June 9) at Woodbine Mohawk Park, including two from his own barn and one that he owns in the Pepsi North America Cup. Menary's pair of 'Cup' trainees, Topville Olympian and Dragon Time, race in the first and second elimination respectively. St Lads Neptune, who Menary bought into earlier this season, goes in the third elimination. Starting from post 8, Topville Olympian, driven by Jody Jamieson, makes his third start of the year after finishing sixth in a $60,000 division of the Somebeachsomewhere, losing to Burning Midnight who catapulted off a collapsing pace to a 28-1 upset. "Topville Olympian is just a super little horse; like the little engine that could," Menary said. "He's the kind of horse you'd want to marry--he never has a bad day. He's got a great attitude, always eating, always healthy; super sound. He's the kind of horse that doesn't give you gray hairs." Owned by Menary Racing Inc., Billy Jo and Anthony Timmons and Crawford Farms Racing, the gelded son of American Ideal lacked racing room off a pocket trip through the stretch in the Somebeachsomewhere, finishing two lengths off the winner. The start prior, his first of the season, he faltered from a similar setup to be fifth by nine lengths. "Instead of racing him like a long shot, we raced him like a contender last week [in the Somebeachsomewhere] and he got caught behind a wall of horses," Menary said. "I think if he got a seam somewhere, he could've possibly been the fast division and they'd be looking at him in a different light. "His first start of the year--I think he just needed that start. In qualifiers he flashed up some really fancy last quarters. He's going to need a little bit of luck but I know he's going to put forth a good effort." Dragon Time also makes his third start of the year in his Cup elimination, starting from post 10 with Jamieson in the sulky. The Bettors Delight gelding ended his freshman campaign in late September with a sixth-place finish in the Metro consolation. He returned to the track after a winter of maturing to win a qualifier on May 18 in 1:56.3. "Dragon Time may have been my top colt all winter," Menary said. "He's always been a little bit green and a little bit immature--kind of a big, fat, clumsy colt. But he's really put things together; he was legit enough last year. He won a leg of the Nassagaweya last year coming home in :26-and-a-fifth and paced in [1]:51. He's a nice colt, but he's right on the fringe and we'd like to get out of the green." Dragon Time also drew outside in his division of the Somebeachsomewhere and kicked home in :26.2 to finish sixth to Lather Up by eight-and-a-half lengths. In his first start of the year, he finished fourth against conditioned pacers from the rail in 1:51.1. "He trained super this week--I think it's the best he's ever trained in his life--he went by Sintra training this week," Menary said. "But from the 10-hole, he's going to need a little bit of luck and a miracle. But his best thing might be the consolation." Stephanie Jamieson trains St Lads Neptune for Carl and Jody Jamieson and Menary Racing. Knowing the horse and saying he knew "how much Jody and Carl thought of him,", Menary acquired a share prior to his first qualifier--a 1:51.1 mile with a :25.4 final quarter. "I take a lot of pride in the horses that are in [my] barn," Menary said. "The ones that I'm training have an uphill battle, but Steph[anie Jamieson]'s doing a really nice job with St Lads Neptune and I'm excited to see some good results." St Lads Neptune has two seconds from two starts this season, one in an Ontario Sires Stake split at Flamboro and the other in a division of the Somebeachsomewhere, where he rallied from several lengths off the lead to finish a close-second to Lather Up in a 1:50.3 mile. "Neptune was just awesome last week," Menary said. "Jody drove him pretty conservatively and ran him up into the back of Lather Up and then he moved right over him at the wire." Jody Jamieson will pilot the Mach Three gelding from post 7. Pepsi North America Cup night has the possibility to be a big evening for Menary, as his stable could be represented in a pair of under card stakes. Menary will also send out Pueblo Blue Chip in the Fan Hanover eliminations on Saturday. Starting from post-four in the second of the two eliminations, Pueblo Blue Chip finds herself against the ranks of world-champion Youaremycandygirl, local freshmen stars Percy Bluechip and Kendall Seelster and Ubettergo Go, who enters off a national season's best of 1:50 at Tioga. "I think there's a big difference between those two divisions--she's definitely in the tough division so hopefully she brings her 'A'-game," Menary said. Pueblo Blue Chip won her lone start of the season, a 1:54.3 wire-to-wire performance in a division of New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) at Saratoga. Menary opted to skip the NYSS split at Tioga on Sunday, June 3, instead "trying to aim her for the Fan Hanover so she wouldn't have to go four weeks in a row then come back and race in six days," he said. "She came out of the [NYSS] a lot better than she came into it," Menary said. "She had never been to Saratoga. She raced well and came out of the race very well and trained very well this week. She got run at the whole way and still drew away from them, so it was a good first start of the year. "I think she's a nice filly, but it's up to her whether she wants to step up and advance with these kind of fillies." The sophomores may get most of the attention on Saturday, but Menary will also be sending out his stable star Sintra in the $34,000 Preferred. The Canadian Pacing Derby champion will be preparing for the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup and is making his second start of the season. "Sintra's come back super," Menary said. "It's a privilege to train a horse like him--he's the kind of horse that makes you get up and go out to the barn in the morning. I've had nice horses in the past and every time you have a good one you pray it's not your last because you can only have so many once in a lifetime horses. He's another one and hopefully there's more to follow. But he wintered very, very well. He's just such a doer and makes my job real easy." Sintra returned to the track on May 18, qualifying in 1:53.4 with a :25.2 final quarter. The five-year-old made his season debut a week later and came from off the pace to finish second. "He was excellent in his qualifier; he probably could've come home in :24--Jody started pulling him up at the top of the stretch. Then in his first start of the year he had an outside post and we raced him from the back, but he was pacing really hard to the wire. He just got beat by math." Menary has his eyes on many big events for Sintra, with his first stakes engagement being the always-star studded Mohawk Gold Cup on Cup night. This Saturday's 13-race program at Woodbine Mohawk Park kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and features the eliminations for the Pepsi North America Cup, Fan Hanover and Roses Are Red (pacing mares). A free program for Saturday's card can be downloaded by clicking here. by Ray Cotolo, for Woodbine Communications    

MILTON, ON - June 7, 2018 - There was a time trainer Brian Brown stopped and stared at the Pepsi North America Cup trophy and wondered what it would feel like to hold it aloft. Now that he's done that, he's hoping this time will be twice as nice. It was just over 20 years ago when Brown walked through the Woodbine Mohawk Park grandstand and eyed the ornate trophy associated with one of standardbred racing's highest profile events. "It's a race you dream of winning," said the Ohio native, who trains at the fairgrounds in the Little Brown Jug's hometown. "But it takes a lot of things to make it happen and it takes a total team effort. It's a great feeling to say that you've won it." In 2017, a pair of Brown's sensational sophomore pacing stars, Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside, each enjoyed stellar campaigns. It was the former who delivered the trainer his coveted North America Cup crown. A son of Dragon Again, Fear the Dragon rallied stoutly down the lane to win the $1 million race by three-quarters of a length in 1:48.2. Downbytheseaside, who led by a head at the stretch call, held for third to give Brown the top and bottom ends of the Trifecta. At season's end, the duo earned $2.95 million (US) between them, playing a big part in Brown earning Trainer of the Year Award honours in the United States, as voted by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. He was also voted USHWA's Good Guy Award winner for 'consistent, intelligent cooperation with the sport's media.' Now, he's hoping good guys can finish first in the 35th edition of the Pepsi North America Cup. Brown has three horses - Done Well, Whos Better and Venom - set to contest this Saturday evening's Cup eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park, all seeking a shot at a spot in the six-figure final to be contested at the Milton oval on June 16. His best chance for a return trip to the winner's circle could be the aptly named Done Well, an undefeated son of Well Said, only the second horse in history to win pacing's Big 3 - The Little Brown Jug, Meadowlands Pace and North America Cup. The bay colt, to be driven by Tim Tetrick in the second of three Cup eliminations this Saturday night, heads into the race off a win in a division of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for three-year-old pacing colts. The sharp victory came after almost 10 months away from racing action. "He's coming into the race well," said Brown, of the Pennsylvania-bred owned by James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers LLC, Milton Leeman, and Alan Keith. "I would have liked to have had one more race in him, but that just didn't happen. He's a very nice horse. Unfortunately, he had to deal with an injury that occurred in Florida last August and it set him back. He was just getting rolling, so it was disappointing. But he's doing everything right and so easy. Timmy (Tetrick) isn't worried about him." Whos Better, a one-time winner from 13 starts, also has one second and six thirds for Brown. The gelded son of Bettors Delight, a sire of 22 millionaires, Living Harness Racing Hall Of Fame Inductee and Canadian Racing Hall Of Fame Inductee, has tackled some top competition over his career. Last October, Whos Better finished eighth in a Breeders Crown final at Hoosier Park. The bay heads into his elimination off a runner-up effort in a Pennsylvania All-Stars division on May 28. David Miller will drive again for owners Country Club Inc., Joe Sbrocco and W J Donovan. "He's come back this year, had some solid starts and put up pretty good times," said Brown. "He had throat surgery, but he's come back well. He's a pretty-laid back horse now. He wasn't that way before he had him gelded. He was a tough horse to be around and a tough horse on himself." Venom, a son of the legendary Rock N Roll Heaven, a world champion at both two and three, voted Horse of the Year, Pacer of the Year and 3-Year-old of the Year, will look to get over the sting of an eighth-place finish as the mutuel favourite at Vernon Downs on May 28. Prior to that result, the bay colt, owned by Frank Bellino and Sons LLC, had won three straight after finishing second in his career bow on April 22 at Miami Valley. Miller gets the call in the third and final elim. "We're not sure what happened after that race at Vernon," offered Brown. "He was very distressed after the race, so we did everything we could think of to find out what it was. Everything checked out okay and he was fine. He trained so well yesterday. We trained all three of them together and they were all within a quarter of a length of each other." With three chances to make it to the big dance and a second Cup trophy opportunity, Brown is looking forward to returning to familiar ground this Saturday. No need to ask if he'd like a repeat of last year's result. "That would be nice for sure," said Brown. Post time for Saturday's card is 7:30 p.m. by Chris Lomon, for Woodbine Communications          

Peter Wrenn expects Shnitzledosomethin to do something he always does when it comes time to race at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday in his Pepsi North America Cup elimination -- be right in the mix. Over the course of his 15-race career, Shnitzledosomethin has posted seven wins and hit the board a total of 14 times. The only time the colt finished outside the top three came last October when he was pulled up because of broken equipment. Three of his five runner-up finishes came by a neck or less, including his setback to Stay Hungry in last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers. "He's not scared of speed and he's got good manners, so those are probably two things in his favor," Wrenn said. "He doesn't get too wound up and he's a big enough horse where fractions don't hurt him too bad. He's not going to walk away from nobody, but they're going to know he's in the race some. He's a very nice horse. "He was a player last year, and he's a player this year." A total of 29 horses entered the 35th North America Cup, one of the sport's premier events for 3-year-old male pacers, and the group was divided into three eliminations. The top three finishers from each division plus one fourth-place finisher drawn by lot will advance to the C$1 million final, which is June 16 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Shnitzledosomethin is in the third elimination, which also includes Dan Patch Award-winner Lost In Time and two horses that are unbeaten this year, Courtly Choice and Lather Up. Lost In Time won last year's Metro Pace at Mohawk while Courtly Choice (2-for-2 in 2018) and Lather Up (4-for-4) are two of the three fastest 3-year-old pacers this season. Lather Up is the 9-5 morning-line favorite. Shnitzledosomethin, who has a win and a second in two starts this year on the Indiana Sire Stakes circuit, is 8-1. The first elimination features Breeders Crown 2-year-old champion Stay Hungry, stakes-winner Hayden Hanover, and undefeated Done Well. Hayden Hanover was last season's fastest 2-year-old male pacer, with a mark of 1:50. Done Well, who was sidelined by a cannon bone fracture last year, is 5-for-5 lifetime. Stay Hungry is the 9-5 morning-line favorite. The second elimination includes Somebeachsomewhere division winner Burning Midnight as well as two more of the season's hottest 3-year-olds, Dorsoduro Hanover and Wes Delight. Dorsoduro Hanover is undefeated in three races this year while Wes Delight has won four of five in 2018, with his lone setback a second-place finish to Dorsoduro Hanover. Dorsoduro Hanover is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. The Pepsi North America Cup eliminations have been carded as races four, five and eight on Saturday's program. The elimination winners will earn the right to select their post position for the final. The post-position draw will take place Tuesday during a special luncheon and media conference at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "There are a lot of horses in these divisions that could step up and get the job done," Wrenn said. "There are no horses that lay five lengths over the field. It's an evenly matched group." Wrenn, who last appeared in a North America Cup final in 1999, finishing fourth with Sioux Dawn, has driven Shnitzledosomethin every start of his career. All but one of those races came in Indiana, a third-place finish in the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs in Delaware. Shnitzledosomethin, a son of Fred And Ginger out of Summer N Sand, is trained by Dylan Davis. He is owned by BFJ Stable, Thomas Lazzaro, Ed Gold, and Abraham Basen. "He's a bigger, stronger horse, which a lot of them get that way," Wrenn said about the 2018 version of Shnitzledosomethin. "He had a lot of natural talent last year, which has carried over to this year for sure." Wrenn is looking forward to driving at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Although he does not drive regularly in Canada, he enjoyed one of his biggest wins north of the border, capturing a Breeders Crown with Yankee Cashmere in 1994 at Woodbine. "I've had a little luck up there in the past," Wrenn said. "Maybe not always coming home with a big W, but some nice paychecks. Maybe it will work out. I hope I make the final. They put on a nice show. It's always got a good feeling about being there. The fan base really enjoys racing and they put it all forward. They love it. They're very enthusiastic." Post time for Saturday's card is 7:30 p.m. An early program for the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations card is available by clicking here. The card also includes eliminations for the Roses Are Red and Fan Hanover stakes. Here are the full elimination fields, with drivers, trainers, and morning line. Elimination 1 (Race 4) 1. Hayden Hanover-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-5/1 2. Summer Travel-David Miller-Casie Coleman-6/1 3. Stay Hungry-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna-9/5 4. Major Authority-Yannick Gingras-Andrew Harris-20/1 5. Done Well-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown-2/1 6. Sports Legend-Bob McClure-Richard Moreau-20/1 7. Rootin Tootin-Mark MacDonald-Blake MacIntosh-15/1 8. Topville Olympian-Jody Jamieson-Dave Menary-15/1 9. Grand Teton-Scott Zeron-Jimmy Takter-10/1 10. Captain Deo-Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-8/1 Elimination 2 (Race 5) 1. Whos Better-David Miller-Brian Brown-8/1 2. Sometimesawinner-Louis-Philippe Roy-Rene Allard-10/1 3. Beachin Lindy-Mark MacDonald-Steve Charlton-20/1 4. Wes Delight-Corey Callahan-Mark Harder-7/2 5. Burning Midnight-Trevor Henry-Corey Giles-6/1 6. When You Dance-Jonathan Drury-Ben Wallace-12/1 7. American History-Yannick Gingras-Tony Alagna-3/1 8. Dorsoduro Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-5/2 9. Nutcracker Sweet-Tim Tetrick-Jimmy Takter-10/1 10. Dragon Time-Jody Jamieson-Dave Menary-20/1 Elimination 3 (Race 8) 1. Lost In Time-Scott Zeron-Jimmy Takter-4/1 2. Lather Up-Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis-9/5 3. Venom-Yannick Gingras-Brian Brown-12/1 4. Babes Dig Me-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna-15/1 5. Shnitzledosomethin-Peter Wrenn-Dylan Davis-8/1 6. Hitman Hill-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes-6/1 7. St Lads Neptune-Jody Jamieson-Stephanie Jamieson-5/1 8. Courtly Choice-David Miller-Blake MacIntosh-7/2 9. Levis Day-Tim Tetrick-Victor Puddy-20/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

This Week: Currier & Ives, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; Armbro Flight, Goodtimes, Pepsi North America Cup, Fan Hanover and Roses Are Red eliminations, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ontario; Charlie Hill Memorial, Scioto Downs, Columbus, Ohio; and Graduate Series third leg, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action this week began on Tuesday (June 5) at The Meadows with three divisions in the $73,835 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old filly trotters. Looking For Zelda rolled home in a stakes record 1:54.1 in her division, while Nixie Volo and Bill's Lady captured the other splits. On Wednesday (June 6) The Meadows will offer two divisions in the $110,260 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old male trotters. Action resumes on Friday (June 8) at Woodbine Mohawk Park with two C$35,000 eliminations in the Armbro Flight for trotting mares and two C$30,000 eliminations in the Goodtimes for 3-year-old trotting colts. The Saturday (June 9) card at Mohawk features a trio of C$50,000 eliminations for the Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old pacing colts, two C$35,000 eliminations in the Roses Are Red for pacing mares and two C$35,000 eliminations in the Fan Hanover for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Scioto Downs will also host Grand Circuit racing on Saturday as the central Ohio oval features the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial for older trotters. Tioga Downs will round out a busy Grand Circuit week on Sunday (June 10) with $75,000 (est.) third leg contests in the Graduate Series for 4-year-old open pacers and trotters. Complete entries for the U.S. races can be found by clicking on this link. Mohawk entries can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: The road to the Pepsi North America Cup made a final stop on Saturday (June 2) at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes. A group of 28 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings competed over three $46,200 divisions with 19 of the 28 competitors eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. Burning Midnight paced home in :27 to hit the wire first in 1:50.4. The first division saw Burning Midnight and driver Trevor Henry pull off a 28-1 stunner in a wild finish that had six horses across the track. Nutcracker Sweet, the 6-5 favorite, cleared early-leader Hidden Delight entering the backstretch and led the field through middle-half fractions of :54.2 and 1 22.1. The speedy Summer Travel left from post 10 and was parked the entire mile, grinding away first-over, while eventual winner Burning Midnight was in that outside flow sitting ninth and fourth-over turning for home. In the stretch, Hidden Delight popped from the two-hole and took the lead, but couldn't hold off rivals on his outside. Simple Kinda Man angled from a buried spot and came flying, but the fastest of them all was Burning Midnight, who paced home in :27 to hit the wire first in 1:50.4. Simple Kinda Man was second, while Grand Teton got third despite a quick mid-stretch break. Hidden Delight settled for fourth. A gelded son of Mach Three, Burning Midnight came into Saturday's contest off a third-place finish in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event for his season's debut. The Corey Giles trainee went three-for-eight during his rookie campaign, posting a mark of 1:51.3. The Somebeachsomewhere victory gives Giles his first career Grand Circuit score. Burning Midnight now has $107,292 in career earnings for owners Brad Gray and Denise Guerriero, who will be making the starting fee payment this Saturday to take a shot at the Pepsi North America Cup. Lather Up remained undefeated in 2018 with an easy victory in the second Somebeachsomewhere division. Driven by Montrell Teague, Lather Up got 1-9 favorite respect and called all the shots. The son of I'm Gorgeous posted fractions of :27, :55.4 and 1:23.4, before pacing off on his rivals and winning in 1:50.3. St Lads Neptune delivered a strong final quarter charge to finish second, beaten 1-1/4 lengths, while Scouts Report and Stock were six-plus lengths back rounding out the top four. Trained by Clyde Francis, Lather Up is now four-for-four as a 3-year-old and eight-for-11 overall in his career. Saturday's score increased his career earnings to $133,015 for owners Gary and Barbara Iles. The final division was captured by Jimmy Freight. Driven by Louis Philippe Roy, Jimmy Freight was fired out to the lead and never looked back. The Richard Moreau trainee posted fractions of :26, :55.2 and 1:22.4, before pacing home in :27.3 to win by 4-1/2 lengths in 1:50.2. Metro Pace champion Lost In Time was forced to come first-up and struggled on the far turn. The Jimmy Takter trainee lost significant ground on the leader, but kept battling in the lane and fought off rivals to finish second. When You Dance finished third, Chocolate Swirl was fourth. Owned by Adriano Sorella, Jimmy Freight is now three-for-four this season with all three wins by more than three lengths. The son of Sportswriter was not paid into the Pepsi North America Cup. Jimmy Freight now has 10 wins and a career bankroll of $211,524. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 269; 2. Yannick Gingras - 184; 3. Jordan Stratton - 154; 4. Jason Bartlett - 139; 5. Daniel Dube - 75. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 213; 2. Peter Tritton - 122; 3. Jim King Jr. - 119; 4. Richard Banca - 75; 5t. Jimmy Takter - 70; 5t. Rene Allard - 70. Owners: 1. Vonknoblauch Stable - 107; 2. Richard Poillucci - 54; 3t. Burke Racing Stable - 52.9; 3t. Weaver Bruscemi - 52.9; 5. Jo Ann Looney-King - 50. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will again take place at Mohawk next weekend as the track will host its five stakes finals, led by the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup, on Saturday night (June 16). by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit    

MILTON, ON -  June, 5, 2018 - Woodbine Mohawk Park is pleased to announce Connor Carrick, Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman, as this year's drawmaster for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup.   The post position draw and media conference for the Pepsi North America Cup is scheduled for Tuesday, June 12 at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A native of Orland Park, Illinois, Carrick, 24, was drafted in the fifth-round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals after playing two-seasons with the U.S. National Development Team. He then joined the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League for a season prior to his first-professional season in 2013-14.   Carrick spent parts of three-seasons with the Capitals organization before being traded in February of 2016 to the Maple Leafs. The right-shot defenceman has played 130 games for the Maple Leafs, having spent the entire last-two seasons at the NHL level.   Carrick recorded four goals and eight assists for 12 points in 47 games played last season.   His career totals currently sit at nine goals, 21 assists, 30 points and 116 penalty minutes in 167 NHL games played.   The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is for harness racing's finest three-year-old pacers and will take place on Saturday, June 16. The field of 10 that will receive their post positions at next Tuesday's draw will be determined during this Saturday's (June 9) elimination races.   The post position draw and media conference, featuring Carrick, will get underway at noon on Tuesday, June 12.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment    

MILTON, ON - June 5, 2018 - The entry box for this year's Pepsi North America Cup closed Tuesday morning with the connections of 29 three-year-old pacers taking a shot at Canada's richest harness racing race. The draw for this Saturday's eliminations will be released later this afternoon. Below is the full list of 29 three-year-old pacers entered in this year's Pepsi North America Cup. American History by American Ideal out of a Camluck mare Babes Dig Me by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Hanover mare Beachin Lindy by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Real Desire mare Burning Midnight by Mach Three out of a Dream Away mare Captain Deo by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Artsplace mare Courtly Choice by Art Major out of a Camtastic mare Done Well by Well Said out of a Allamerican Native mare Dorsoduro Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Artsplace mare Dragon Time by Bettor's Delight out of a Dragon Again mare Grand Teton by A Rocknroll Dance out of a Western Hanover mare Hayden Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Hanover mare Hitman Hill by American Ideal out of a Incredible Finale mare Lather Up by Im Gorgeous out of a In The Pocket mare Levis Day by Shadow Play out of a Royal Mattjesty mare Lost In Time by A Rocknroll Dance out of a Artiscape mare Major Authority by Art Major out of a Rocknroll Hanover mare Nutcracker Sweet by Bettor's Delight out of a Falcons Future mare Rootin Tootin by Roll With Joe out of a Allamerican Ingot mare Shnitzledosomethin by Fred And Ginger out of a Sand Shooter mare Sometimesawinner by Well Said out of a Armbro MacIntosh mare Sports Legend by Sportswriter out of a Western Terror mare St Lads Neptune by Mach Three out of a Dragon Again mare Stay Hungry by Somebeachsomewhere from a Dragon Again mare Summer Travel by Western Ideal out of a Cams Card Shark mare Topville Olympian by American Ideal out of a Art Major mare Venom by Rock N Roll Heaven out of a Dragon Again mare Wes Delight by Bettor's Delight out of a Western Hanover mare When You Dance by Mach Three out of a Blissfull Hall mare Whos Better by Bettor's Delight out of a Western Ideal mare by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications      

MILTON, ON -  June 5, 2018 - Woodbine Mohawk Park is pleased to offer a special owners' breakfast during baby races on Saturday, June 9. Connections of two-year-olds taking part in baby races this season at Woodbine Mohawk Park are invited to the complimentary hot breakfast. Food and drinks will be available beginning at 9 a.m. in the Terrace Dining Room buffet and connections are welcome to sit outside on the Mohawk Harvest Kitchen patio to watch the qualifiers. Baby races begin at 10 a.m. A variety of items, including scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, pancakes, coffee, tea and juices, will be offered during the breakfast. Program pages for the baby races will also be available. Owners looking for more information regarding the breakfast or any other issues are welcome to contact Megan Walker, Manager of Racing, through e-mail at Captain's Court ready for game-changing season Captaintreacherous, a winner of $3.1 million with a mark of 1:47.1, made an immense impact on the sport during his incredible racing career and now the two-time US Pacer of the Year is ready to rock the industry again. The first-crop of Captaintreacherous two-year-olds have started rolling out in baby race action over the last few days at The Meadowlands and Gaitway Farm. The title of first Captaintreacherous son or daughter to achieve a mark in qualifying action was captured by Ron Burke trainee De Los Cielos Deo on Monday morning at Gaitway Farm. A $140,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, De Los Cielos Deo charged home in :27, after moving first-up from fourth on the final-turn, to win in 1:56.4. The bay colt is the sixth-foal from Camluck mare Lisjune and a half-brother to I Luv The Nitelife ($1.9 million, 1:48.4). De Los Cielos Deo is owned by the prominent group of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Karr, Silva’s, Purnel, Libby and Weaver & Bruscemi. As of June 4, 2018, a total of five Captaintreacherous two-year-olds have qualified and two-more are currently entered to debut Tuesday at Harrah’s Philadelphia. The Captain’s Court ownership group is eager for this upcoming season and not only for their own ‘Captain’ rookies, but for the various breeders, owners and trainers of Captaintreacherous’ offspring. A super-talented equine athlete, Captaintreacherous captured numerous classic events, including winning the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, Hempt Memorial and Meadowlands Pace all in the span of five-weeks. A game-changer on the track, Captaintreacherous is poised to do the same in his current career and make an immediate impact with the latest generation of pacer. Breeders, owners, trainers, fans and racing participants can follow all of Captaintreacherous’ two-year-olds throughout the summer by following Captain’s Court on Twitter.  by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, ON - June 4, 2018 - Australian pacing mare Firebby has quickly made a name for herself in North America and her connections have opted to take a shot at the best by supplementing to the upcoming Roses Are Red Stakes. A six-year-old, Firebby arrived in North America a few months ago and has since proceeded to win four consecutive starts. The 19-time winner started three-times for trainer Tahnee Camilleri at The Meadowlands and Yonkers before being purchased by David Kryway and Ron Adams. Firebby debuted for her new connections last Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park and rallied impressively to win the $30,000 Mares Preferred. The strong debut provided her connections with confidence to pay the $25,000 supplement fee to enter the Roses Are Red Stakes. The eliminations for the Roses Are Red will take place this Saturday (June 9) with the final scheduled for Pepsi North America Cup night on June 16. The entry box for the Pepsi North America Cup, Roses Are Red (pacing mares), Fan Hanover (three-year-old pacing fillies), Goodtimes (three-year-old trotters) and Armbro Flight (trotting mares) closes Tuesday morning (June 5) at 10:30 a.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON,ON -  May 29, 2018 - The Pepsi North America Cup is nearly here and a total of 55 three-year-old pacers are eligible to be entered in the eliminations scheduled for Saturday, June 9 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The final sustaining payment for Canada's richest harness race was due May 15 and payments for 55 of the previously 70 eligible sophomores were submitted. This year's Pepsi North America Cup originally attracted 90 nominations on February 15. Award-winners Lost In Time and Stay Hungry remain eligible after being the pre-season favourites following outstanding rookie campaigns. The list of 55 also includes Courtly Choice, who is currently the fastest three-year-old in North America following a 1:48.4 victory Monday at Vernon Downs, and Lather Up, who was a dominant winner last Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park in 1:49.1. Many of the eligible three-year-old pacers will get one final start in preparation for the eliminations in this Saturday's (June 2) Somebeachsomewhere Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Each elimination on June 9 will go for a purse of $50,000 and the top finishers will advance to the $1 million final on Saturday, June 16. Here is the full list of remaining eligible horses to this year's Pepsi North America Cup.   AMERICAN HISTORY ATOMIC SEELSTER AVALON HANOVER BABES DIG ME BACKSTREET SHADOW BEACHIN LINDY BIG TALKING MAN BURNING MIDNIGHT CAPTAIN DEO CASIMIR RICHIE P CINNAMACK CLOSING STATEMENT COURTLY CHOICE DECLAN SEELSTER DONE WELL DORSODURO HANOVER DRAGON TIME FASHIONONTHEBEACH GD WESTERN JOE GHOST DANCE GRAND TETON HAYDEN HANOVER HITMAN HILL KARPATHIAN KID KWIK TALKIN LATHER UP LEVIS DAY LOST IN TIME MAJOR AUTHORITY MISSION THREE NUTCRACKER SWEET ODDS ON LAUDERDALE PEDRO HANOVER POINTS NORTH PRO BEACH ROOTIN TOOTIN SEEING EYE SINGLE SHADOW MOON SHNITZLEDOSOMETHIN SOMETIMESAWINNER SPORTS LEGEND SPRINGSTEEN ST LADS NEPTUNE STAY HUNGRY SUMMER TRAVEL TALBOTCREEKWHISKEY TOPVILLE OLYMPIAN TORRIN HANOVER TRUMP THAT TURBO HILL TWIN B TUFFENUFF VENOM WES DELIGHT WHEN YOU DANCE WHOS BETTER by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, May 15, 2018 - Woodbine Entertainment is set to debut a new Facebook Live harness racing series titled 'Capturing The Cup' this Thursday. The five-episode series will feature past champions of the Pepsi North America Cup reflecting on their victories, close calls and other memorable moments from Canada's richest harness race. 'Capturing The Cup' will air each Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on the Woodbine Mohawk Park Facebook Page from May 17 until the 35th edition of the Pepsi North America Cup on June 16. Mark McKelvie of Woodbine's Communications Team will host the series and sit down with some of the sport's biggest names for a one-on-one interview in a casual setting. The Woodbine Broadcast Department will produce the series, while Woodbine's Social Media Team will interact with fans and viewers through the comment section to field questions for the guests. Jody Jamieson, a two-time Pepsi North America Cup champion with Tell All (2007) and Up The Credit (2011), will be the first guest on 'Capturing The Cup' this Thursday. Fans can head to Woodbine Mohawk Park's Facebook Page to start submitting questions for Jamieson. To live stream 'Capturing The Cup', visit Woodbine Mohawk Park on Facebook each Thursday at 5:30 p.m. For those unable to catch the show live, each episode will be archived and available on Facebook. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, May 7, 2018 - A pair of Blake MacIntosh trained three-year-old pacers stole the show during a qualifying session that included harness racing superstar Marion Marauder on Monday morning at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A total of 10 qualifying races were contested under sunny skies with a nice breeze on the back of the pacers and trotters in the lane. Pepsi North America Cup eligible Courtly Choice made a statement with a sizzling 1:51 victory in the morning's sixth-dash. The Blake MacIntosh trained son of Art Major was making his second qualifying appearance of the season after a strong 1:53.2 victory (last-quarter :26) on April 27. Driven by James MacDonald, Courtly Choice made a leapfrog move from second to first nearing the half and reached the midway marker in :57.4. The son of Art Major proceeded to pace a :27.1 third-quarter and :26 final-quarter to win a career-best 1:51. The dazzling performance by Courtly Choice shouldn't take any marks away from the effort by runner-up St Lads Neptune. The gelded son of Mach Three surrendered the lead to Courtly Choice at the half, but paced a huge mile of his own by finishing just a little over a length behind the winner and pacing a final-quarter of :25.4. Monday's qualifier was the first of the season for the Stephanie Jamieson trained and Jody Jamieson driven St Lads Neptune, who won five of eight during his rookie season. Courtly Choice won two of 12 and banked $54,995 during his rookie season. He is owned by Hutt Racing Stable, MacIntosh, Touch Stone Farms and Daniel Plouffe. MacIntosh's Ubettergo Go followed up her stablemate's monster mile with a huge effort of her own in the eighth-race. The three-year-old daughter of Art Major went coast-to-coast in a career-best 1:51.3. Driven by Jonathan Drury, Ubettergo Go posted opening-fractions of :28 and :57.2 before ramping up the tempo in the back-half. The MacIntosh trainee paced a :27.1 third-quarter followed by a :27 kicker to win by 20 lengths. Owned by MacIntosh, Tony Basile, Reginald Petitpas and Ozzie MacKay, Ubettergo Go was qualifying for the second-time this season. Her first qualifier saw her cross the wire first in 1:54.3, while pacing a :26.2 final-quarter. Ubettergo Go went three for eight during her rookie campaign and banked $90,084. She is eligible to next month's Fan Hanover stakes. While rising stars were the talk of the morning, top performers Marion Marauder and Bettors Up were also victorious. Marion Marauder, the 2016 Triple Crown champion, followed up his season debut winning-qualifier from a week ago with a 1:54.4 score. The five-year-old and driver Roger Mayotte did all the work on the front by posting fractions of :28.4, :58.3 and 1:27.2 before sprinting home in :27.2 for the victory. Four-year-old R First Class, last season's OSS champion, finished second, while star trotting mare Emoticon Hanover was third in her second qualifier of the season. Now five-years-old, Marion Marauder enters his second season in the older ranks with 14 wins and $2.6 million in career earnings for owners Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling. The Mike Keeling and Paula Wellwood trainee went three for 10 last season, earning $770,120. Four-year-old pacing mare Bettors Up rebounded from a fluke break last week to win her second qualifier of the season in 1:53.1. The Scott McEneny trainee made a mid-stretch break in her debut qualifier when a piece of paper or napkin blew across her path. Driven by Doug McNair, Bettors Up made a quick move from third to first at the half and then finished the job with a :27.2 final-quarter. The daughter of Bettors Delight won six of 17 last season and made just over $500,000. She enters the older ranks with 12 wins and $717,955 in career earnings for owners Brad Grant, Teresa Davidson and Michelle McEneny. Below is the full list of Monday's qualifying winners. Click here to view the charted results. The next qualifying session is Friday morning (May 11) at 10 a.m. Woodbine Mohawk Park - Monday, May 7, 2018 Q1 (Pace): Bettors Up - D. McNair/S. McEneny - 1:53.1 Q2 (Trot): Finish Line - L. Roy/R. Moreau - 1:57.3 Q3 (Trot): Marion Marauder - R. Mayotte/M. Keeling - 1:54.4 Q4 (Pace): Kiwi Focus N - D. McNair/A. Montini - 1:55.3 Q5 (Trot): Galary Girl - R. Zeron/R. Zeron - 2:00.1 Q6 (Pace): Courtly Choice - J. MacDonald/B. MacIntosh - 1:51 Q7 (Trot): Mister Magic - P. Henriksen/P. Henriksen - 2:00.4 Q8 (Pace): Ubettergo Go - J. Drury/B. MacIntosh - 1:51.3 Q9 (Trot): Evan Hanover - T. Henry/G. Lance - 1:56.4 Q10 (Pace): Delorean Seelster - R. Holliday/K. Haskell - 1:55.1 Mark McKelvie

MILTON, April 24, 2018 - Woodbine Entertainment today released the 70 three-year-old pacers still eligible to this year's harness racing Pepsi North America Cup following the April 15 sustaining payment. A total of 79 horses were originally nominated to this year's Pepsi North America Cup. The first sustaining payment (March 15) saw just four horses drop out, while the most recent payment (April 15) reduced the number of eligible horses by just five. Lost In Time and Stay Hungry, last season's award-winners, continue to headline the group of 70 eligible three-year-old pacers. Both standouts are Pennsylvania Sired and reported to be aimed towards competing in a PASS (Pennsylvania Sires Stakes) event on May 21 at Pocono. Lost In Time is trained by Jimmy Takter, while Stay Hungry is trained by Tony Alagna. The last week saw many Cup eligible horses qualify and it's expected many more will resurface this coming weekend. As of April 24, 43 of the 70 eligible sophomores have either raced or qualified in 2018. Sires Stakes competition will be the route many Cup eligible horses take in preparation for the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations on June 9. Here is the date and location for the first Sires Stakes event in each State/Province with a Cup eligible: Pennsylvania (33 eligible) - May 5 at The Meadows Ohio (4 eligible) - May 6 at Miami Valley Ontario (18 eligible) - May 20 at Flamboro Indiana (3 eligible) - May 25 at Hoosier New York (12 eligible) - May 28 at Vernon This year's Pepsi North America Cup will be the 35th edition of Canada's richest harness race. The $1 million race will take place on Saturday, June 16 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Tickets to this year's Pepsi North America Cup can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Below is the full list of sophomores still eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. ALWAYS BET DE GREY by Always A Virgin out of a Bettor's Delight mare AMERICAN HISTORY by American Ideal out of a Camluck mare ATOMIC SEELSTER by Shadow Play out of a Astreos mare AVALON HANOVER by Shadow Play out of a Artsplace mare BABES DIG ME by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Hanover mare BACKSTREET SHADOW by Shadow Play out of a Dragon Again mare BEACHIN LINDY by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Real Desire mare BIG TALKING MAN by Big Jim out of a Real Artist mare BURNING MIDNIGHT by Mach Three out of a Dream Away mare CALIFORNIA CRUISIN by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Sportsmaster mare CAM I AM by Camluck out of a Real Desire mare CAPTAIN DEO by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Artsplace mare CASIMIR RICHIE P by Astronomical out of a Sir Luck mare CHOCOLATE SWIRL by Mach Three out of a Western Hanover mare CINNAMACK by McArdle out of a Western Ideal mare CLOSING STATEMENT by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Ideal mare COURTLY CHOICE by Art Major out of a Camtastic mare DECLAN SEELSTER by Big Jim out of a Camluck mare DONE WELL by Well Said out of a Allamerican Native mare DORSODURO HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Artsplace mare DRAGON TIME by Bettor's Delight out of a Dragon Again mare FASHIONONTHEBEACH by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Artsplace mare GD WESTERN JOE by Real Desire out of a Western Ideal mare GHOST DANCE by American Ideal out of a Camluck mare GRAND TETON by A Rocknroll Dance out of a Western Hanover mare HAYDEN HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Hanover mare HITMAN HILL by American Ideal out of a Incredible Finale mare HUDSON PHIL by Shanghai Phil out of a The Panderosa mare JIMTASTIC by Art Major out of a Western Terror mare JUSTWIGGLEIT by Bettor's Delight out of a Life Sign mare KARPATHIAN KID by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Dragons Lair mare KWIK TALKIN by Well Said out of a Cams Card Shark mare LARRYS PETROCK by Pet Rock out of a Sportsmaster mare LATHER UP by Im Gorgeous out of a In The Pocket mare LEVIS DAY by Shadow Play out of a Royal Mattjesty mare LOST IN TIME by A Rocknroll Dance out of a Artiscape mare MACADOODLEDOO by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Ideal mare MAJOR AUTHORITY by Art Major out of a Rocknroll Hanover mare MISSION THREE by Mach Three out of a Grinfromeartoear mare MISTER MOJO RISIN by Sportswriter out of a Rocknroll Hanover mare NOAHS MILL by Camluck out of a Bettor's Delight mare NUTCRACKER SWEET by Bettor's Delight out of a Falcons Future mare ODDS ON LAUDERDALE by Western Ideal out of a Lis Mara mare PEDRO HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Pro Bono Best mare PHIL THE THRILL by Western Ideal out of a Art Major mare POINTS NORTH by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Hanover mare PRO BEACH by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Bettor's Delight mare ROOTIN TOOTIN by Roll With Joe out of a Allamerican Ingot mare SCOUTS REPORT by Bettor's Delight out of a Real Desire mare SEEING EYE SINGLE by Dragon Again out of a Western Ideal mare SHADOW MOON by Shadow Play out of a Western Hanover mare SHNITZLEDOSOMETHIN by Fred And Ginger out of a Sand Shooter mare SOMETIMESAWINNER by Well Said out of a Armbro MacIntosh mare SPORTS LEGEND by Sportswriter out of a Western Terror mare SPRINGSTEEN by Rock N Roll Heaven out of a American Ideal mare ST LADS NEPTUNE by Mach Three out of a Dragon Again mare STAY HUNGRY by Somebeachsomewhere from a Dragon Again mare SUMMER TRAVEL by Western Ideal out of a Cams Card Shark mare TALBOTCREEKWHISKEY by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Camluck mare THOMAS B HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Camluck mare TOPVILLE OLYMPIAN by American Ideal out of a Art Major mare TORRIN HANOVER by Well Said from a Camluck mare TRUMP THAT by Somebeachsomewhere from a Dragon Again mare TURBO HILL by American Ideal out of a Bettor's Delight mare TWIN B TUFFENUFF by Rock N Roll Heaven out of a Dragon Again mare VENOM by Rock N Roll Heaven out of a Dragon Again mare WES DELIGHT by Bettor's Delight out of a Western Hanover mare WESTERN PASSAGE by Sportswriter out of a Western Hanover mare WHATSTROUBLNUROCKY by A Rocknroll Dance out of a The Panderosa Mare WHEN YOU DANCE by Mach Three out of a Blissfull Hall mare WHOS BETTER by Bettor's Delight out of a Western Ideal mare Total Nominations: 79 Horses Sustained after March 15: 75 Horses Sustained After April 15: 70 Mark McKelvie

MILTON, April 2, 2018 - Only four horses dropped off the harness racing eligibility list for this year's $1 million Pepsi North America Cup following the first sustaining payment on March 15. A total of 79 three-year-olds pacers were originally nominated to this year's edition of the Pepsi North America Cup and now 75 remain eligible heading towards the next sustaining payment (April 15). Award-winners Stay Hungry and Lost In Time continue to headline the group of eligible sophomores. Stay Hungry, who is trained by Tony Alagna, captured the O'Brien Award as Canada's top two-year-old pacing colt after a rookie season that saw him win six of nine starts, including the $600,000 Breeders Crown, and banked $557,088 for owners Brad Grant and Irwin Samelman. Lost In Time, who is trained by Jimmy Takter, won the $816,000 Metro Pace and $411,700 Governor's Cup during his two-year-old campaign and finished five for nine with $687,432 earned. He was named the Dan Patch Award winner as top rookie pacing colt in the US. Lost In Time enters his three-year-old season racing for Diamond Creek Racing, J And T Silva Stables LLC, William Rufenacht, Scott Robinson's Team S Racing Stable and professional wrestling legend Ric Flair. Other notable Pepsi North America Cup eligible three-year-olds include Shnitzledosomethin ($355,337), Pedro Hanover ($348,784), Hayden Hanover ($324,840) and Closing Statement ($286,281). The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is scheduled for Saturday, June 16 at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Campbellville, Ontario. The Woodbine Standardbred Race Office has compiled and provided the full lists of eligible horses (following March 15) for all of Woodbine's stakes events in 2018. To view the Woodbine stakes eligible horses, click here. The next sustaining payment for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup and all Woodbine major stakes is Sunday, April 15. Owners, trainers and all horsepeople can find full Woodbine stakes information and more by clicking here. Here is the group of 75 three-year-old pacers still eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup following the first sustaining payment (March 15): ALWAYS BET DE GREY by Always A Virgin out of a Bettor's Delight mare AMERICAN HISTORY by American Ideal out of a Camluck mare ATOMIC SEELSTER by Shadow Play out of a Astreos mare AVALON HANOVER by Shadow Play out of a Artsplace mare BABES DIG ME by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Hanover mare BACKSTREET SHADOW by Shadow Play out of a Dragon Again mare BEACHIN LINDY by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Real Desire mare BIG TALKING MAN by Big Jim out of a Real Artist mare BURNING MIDNIGHT by Mach Three out of a Dream Away mare CALIFORNIA CRUISIN by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Sportsmaster mare CAM I AM by Camluck out of a Real Desire mare CAPTAIN DEO by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Artsplace mare CASIMIR RICHIE P by Astronomical out of a Sir Luck mare CHOCOLATE SWIRL by Mach Three out of a Western Hanover mare CINNAMACK by McArdle out of a Western Ideal mare CLOSING STATEMENT by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Ideal mare COURTLY CHOICE by Art Major out of a Camtastic mare DECLAN SEELSTER by Big Jim out of a Camluck mare DONE WELL by Well Said out of a Allamerican Native mare DORSODURO HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Artsplace mare DRAGON TIME by Bettor's Delight out of a Dragon Again mare FASHIONONTHEBEACH by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Artsplace mare GD WESTERN JOE by Real Desire out of a Western Ideal mare GHOST DANCE by American Ideal out of a Camluck mare GRAND TETON by A Rocknroll Dance out of a Western Hanover mare HAYDEN HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Hanover mare HITMAN HILL by American Ideal out of a Incredible Finale mare HUDSON PHIL by Shanghai Phil out of a The Panderosa mare INTERNET HANOVER by Mach Three out of a Artsplace mare JIMTASTIC by Art Major out of a Western Terror mare JUSTWIGGLEIT by Bettor's Delight out of a Life Sign mare KARPATHIAN KID by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Dragons Lair mare KWIK TALKIN by Well Said out of a Cams Card Shark mare LARRYS PETROCK by Pet Rock out of a Sportsmaster mare LATHER UP by Im Gorgeous out of a In The Pocket mare LEVIS DAY by Shadow Play out of a Royal Mattjesty mare LOST IN TIME by A Rocknroll Dance out of a Artiscape mare MACADOODLEDOO by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Ideal mare MAJOR AUTHORITY by Art Major out of a Rocknroll Hanover mare MASON HANOVER by Well Said out of a Real Artist mare MISSION THREE by Mach Three out of a Grinfromeartoear mare MISTER MOJO RISIN by Sportswriter out of a Rocknroll Hanover mare NOAHS MILL by Camluck out of a Bettor's Delight mare NUTCRACKER SWEET by Bettor's Delight out of a Falcons Future mare ODDS ON LAUDERDALE by Western Ideal out of a Lis Mara mare PANTHER SEELSTER by Camluck out of a Western Hanover mare PARISI by American Ideal out of a Artsplace mare PEDRO HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Pro Bono Best mare PHIL THE THRILL by Western Ideal out of a Art Major mare POINTS NORTH by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Hanover mare PRO BEACH by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Bettor's Delight mare ROOTIN TOOTIN by Roll With Joe out of a Allamerican Ingot mare SCOUTS REPORT by Bettor's Delight out of a Real Desire mare SEEING EYE SINGLE by Dragon Again out of a Western Ideal mare SHADOW MOON by Shadow Play out of a Western Hanover mare SHNITZLEDOSOMETHIN by Fred And Ginger out of a Sand Shooter mare SOMETIMESAWINNER by Well Said out of a Armbro MacIntosh mare SPORTS LEGEND by Sportswriter out of a Western Terror mare SPRINGSTEEN by Rock N Roll Heaven out of a American Ideal mare ST LADS NEPTUNE by Mach Three out of a Dragon Again mare STAY HUNGRY by Somebeachsomewhere from a Dragon Again mare SUMMER TRAVEL by Western Ideal out of a Cams Card Shark mare TALBOTCREEKWHISKEY by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Camluck mare THOMAS B HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Camluck mare TOPVILLE OLYMPIAN by American Ideal out of a Art Major mare TORRIN HANOVER by Well Said from a Camluck mare TRUMP THAT by Somebeachsomewhere from a Dragon Again mare TURBO HILL by American Ideal out of a Bettor's Delight mare TWIN B TUFFENUFF by Rock N Roll Heaven out of a Dragon Again mare VENOM by Rock N Roll Heaven out of a Dragon Again mare WES DELIGHT by Bettor's Delight out of a Western Hanover mare WESTERN PASSAGE by Sportswriter out of a Western Hanover mare WHATSTROUBLNUROCKY by A Rocknroll Dance out of a The Panderosa Mare WHEN YOU DANCE by Mach Three out of a Blissfull Hall mare WHOS BETTER by Bettor's Delight out of a Western Ideal mare Total Nominated: 79 Horses Sustained (After March 15): 75 Mark McKelvie          

TORONTO, April 2, 2018 - The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup returns bigger than ever this year to the newly renovated Woodbine Mohawk Park. The harness racing signature race of the 2018 standardbred season will take place Saturday, June 16, with K. Trevor Wilson and Dylan Playfair from Letterkenny and live music from country duo Buck Twenty. Advance tickets are now available at General admission tickets are $10 for guests aged 18+ and guests under 17 receive free admission. Tickets purchased on site at Woodbine Mohawk Park on opening weekend (April 12) will receive 25% off. The Milton District Hospital Foundation will be the official charity partner for this year's Pepsi North America Cup, with a percentage of all ticket sales going towards the Foundation. Hosts K. Trevor Wilson and Dylan Playfair from acclaimed Comedy Network series, Letterkenny, will guide guests through the thrilling evening of live racing and are sure to provide some comic relief along the way. Their popular show won the 2017 Canadian Screen Award for Best Comedy Series and has amassed fans across the country. Mike Ure and Aidan Johnson-Bujold of Buck Twenty will treat the crowd to a rousing live concert. The singer/songwriter duo from Harrow, Ontario, are best known for their single "Here's To The Nights" which received prolific play on Canadian Country Radio. The 2017 CMAO Rising Star Award Nominees take pride in the musical presentation of their live show and most definitely aren't afraid to bring a surplus of feel good energy to the stage. Guests can enjoy refreshments in the event's Beer Garden or the exclusive Corona Deck viewing area, as well as samplings of Pepsi Pure Leaf and Colio on site. Contesting, carnival games and driver autograph signings will round out the evening, providing fun for the whole family. This year's Pepsi North America Cup for three-year-old pacers will be the 35th edition of Canada's richest harness race. It will also be the 12th edition held at the newly renamed Woodbine Mohawk Park. Now the permanent home of Canada's finest standardbreds and year-round harness racing, the picturesque racetrack in the heart of Campbellville has recently undergone a series of renovations and upgrades. Woodbine Entertainment's commitment to World Class Horse Racing and providing customers with first-class experiences will be front and centre when the track unveils its new improvements. Post time for the Pepsi North America Cup is set for 6:30 pm. Doors open at 5 pm with the action concluding around 11:30 pm. The event day box office will be open from 4 pm until 10:30 pm and is located at the main entrance. Website: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: ABOUT THE MILTON DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION Transforming Giving. Transforming Care. It may surprise you to know that government funding does not support equipment purchases. That means, 100% of essential medical equipment required for Milton District Hospital must be funded through donations from our community. The Milton District Hospital Foundation (MDHF) is proud to work with the community of Milton to support Milton District Hospital. MDHF raises funds to help purchase essential medical equipment, technology and improve the facilities through annual fundraising initiatives, community events, and a combination of various other programs. Together, we are transforming healthcare in Milton now, and for generations to come. For more information on the Pepsi North America Cup or to request interviews with spokespeople including musicians and Woodbine Entertainment staff please contact: Mark McKelvie Woodbine Communications - Standardbred 416 675 7223 x4367

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 10 - Fear The Dragon, driven by David Miller, defeated the harness racing bettor's choice Huntsville by a three-quarters of a length to capture the prestigious $1 million Pepsi North America Cup in 1:48.4, Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Trained by Delaware, Ohio's Brian Brown, Fear The Dragon, gave his conditioner his first Cup victory and his driver back-to back Cup wins. Miller, who now has two trophies, won last year's edition with Betting Line. Stablemate Downbytheseaside, who is also trained by Brown, finished a third. "It's unexplainable; you would have to ask the guys that win these races regularly," said Brown following the race. "This is my first time, I don't know what to say, it's incredible that were even here with two horses and to come away with a win is just something that is unexplainable." Sports Column and driver Chris Christoforou was quickest off the gate from post five and grabbed the front on the rail. Classic Pro and driver Trevor Henry was close on his heels from post six, making a rush for the lead from the outside. Classic Pro was able to take command at the quarter pole posting a flashy :25.2 opening panel. The speed revved up in the backstretch. Filibuster Hanover and driver Louis Philippe Roy came first-over from third to clear to the front but a stalking Downbytheseaside, driven by Brian Sears, caught second-over cover and was quick to steal the lead at the midway point. Downbytheseaside posted a scorching :52.1 half, the fastest half-mile in Mohawk history. The 4-5 favourite, Huntsville, driven by Tim Tetrick, was on the move first-up from fifth before the half. Fear Of The Dragon followed behind the advancing 4-5 favourite. Downbytheseaside remained in command past the three-quarters in 1:19.3 and into the lane. All three Cup elimination winners--Downbytheseaside on rail, Huntsville in the middle and Fear The Dragon on the outside--battled into the stretch. It then became a two-horse duel between Huntsville and Fear Of The Dragon, but it was the Brian Brown trainee who crossed the wire first, taking a new lifetime mark in the process. Huntsville was second and Downbytheseaside was third. "My horse was having a hard time keeping up," said Miller of the quick fractions. "He was gapping and I was chasing him and he didn't really get into contention until right at the head of the stretch and then he dug, he fought, Huntsville he kept fighting and it was a battle right to the wire." Fear The Dragon remains unbeaten as a three-year-old with six victories from six outings. He notched his 11th lifetime victory in 17 starts. The son of Dragon Again and Armbro Cinnamon picked up $750,000 for winning the Cup, which increases his career earnings to $1,075,844 for owner Emerald Highlands Farm. Fear The Dragon paid $4.90, 2.60 and $2.10, combining with Huntsville ($2.40, $2.10) for a $8.60 (4-3) exactor. A 4-3-2 (Downbytheseaside, $2.80) triactor was worth $19.90, while a $1 superfecta [4-3-2-6 (Classic Pro)] returned $59.55. Mark McKelvie

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