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TORONTO, January 8 - Woodbine Entertainment (Woodbine) today announced that wagering on Woodbine's 2017 live Thoroughbred racing season rose soundly over the 2016 meet.   The 132-date Thoroughbred season (one cancellation) produced an "all-sources" handle of $500,713,839, a 7.3 per cent increase over the $469,452,009 figure recorded from 133 dates in 2016.   Wagering on the Standardbred meet, contested between Woodbine and Mohawk saw a marked increase in average per-race handle to $153,505 up 5.5 per cent from the 2016 average of $145,448.   The 221-date Standardbred season produced an "all-sources" handle of $347,384,040.61, a 1.7 per cent increase from the $341,513,448 total recorded in 2016. Average field size for the Standardbred meets held steady at 8.8 horses per race.   "We continue to see fine wagering growth in both our Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing programs," said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. "Racing fans of both breeds from across North America are enjoying our entertaining, competitive fields which feature some of the best horses, jockeys, drivers and horsepeople in the world. Our commitment to high quality horse racing remains at the strategic core of our operation."   The Queen's Plate, which had its 158th running in 2017, had a record wagering total of $13.4 million for the July 2 card. Holy Helena became the first filly since Lexie Lou in 2014 to take the title.   Ricoh Woodbine Mile day, on September 15, recorded a significant handle of $13.6 million, while the Pattison Canadian International card, on October 15, had wagering of $7.7 million. Eventual Breeders' Cup Mile hero World Approval reigned victorious in the Mile, while the International was captured by 42-1 longshot Bullards Alley.   Thoroughbred field size was 8.4 horses per race in 2017.   At Mohawk, the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup had a handle of $4.03 million for the June 17 card. The 34th edition of Canada's richest harness race was captured by Fear The Dragon and driver David Miller, who won his second consecutive Pepsi North America Cup.   The month of September brought harness racing's top pacers and trotters to Mohawk, as 33 Grand Circuit stakes races totalling $6.3 million in purses were contested. These stakes included the $816,000 Metro Pace (won by Lost In Time), $684,000 Canadian Trotting Classic (What The Hill), $615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby (Sintra), $593,000 Maple Leaf Trot (Hannelore Hanover) and $500,000 Shes A Great Lady (Youaremycandygirl).   "We're very proud of the betting growth that has been noticed by many inside the industry and beyond," said Lawson. "But I'm also excited about the culture we've instilled in the staff at Woodbine Entertainment, who believe in the racing product and the Woodbine brand development that has been a large part of our success this year."   A positive sense of growth and renewal resonated across Woodbine in 2017 from company culture and technological advancements to business development.   Woodbine scored 71 per cent on the Great Places to Work Trust Index, an employee survey score indicating a certification the company has built a first-class work environment that is committed to a core mandate of a culture in achieving the highest quality of horse racing. Vital to the Great Places to Work success is a continued commitment to culture through Woodbine Cares Week, a week-long celebration of the many valuable community organizations and causes Woodbine supports as a strong community partner.   Strong community ties were celebrated through the annual United Way Turf Races, Rexdale Games and continued support of community partners such as Youth Without Shelter, Trust 15, Ernestine's Women's Shelter, and Etobicoke General Hospital.   Technological developments in 2017 included the launch of a mobile app for Apple and Android as well as a refresh of Woodbine and Mohawk Park websites. In addition, The Queen's Plate became the first ever live broadcast of a horse race in 4K, distributed across North America via Direct TV.   Woodbine continued to lead the horse industry in Ontario overseeing the Standardbred Alliance, which includes nine racetracks, via an unprecedented model of cooperation to achieve operational cost savings for all participants.   In December, a merger was announced between the Standardbred Alliance and Ontario Racing to create an independent industry organization that will result in one strong, unified voice in the Ontario horse racing industry, with a goal of self-governance. The merged entity will engage Ontario Racing Management (ORM), which will utilize resources from Woodbine's management team to manage all aspects of the industry, including guarantees of purse payments for member tracks, staking programs and race schedules, as well as administering common racetrack rules and policies. ORM is charged with preparing a three-year business plan by April 1, 2018.   Several development initiatives were announced at both the Woodbine and Mohawk Park properties including the installation of a second turf course at Woodbine, slated to open in 2019.   More than $10 million was invested to winterize Mohawk Park allowing for year-round racing beginning in April, 2018. The refreshed facility will include new Woodbine branding, a renovated Terrace Dining Room completed with guest suites, internal building expansions and improvements to the paddock.   "We're very excited about our commitment to year-round racing at Mohawk Park and further developing our ties within the local community," said Jessica Buckley, President, Woodbine, Mohawk Park. "The significant upgrades to the property will only add to the great racing experience and I look forward to overseeing the ongoing development of the property to include additional lifestyle and entertainment options."   Opening day for the 2018 Thoroughbred racing season, set for 133 dates, is scheduled for April 21.   Standardbred racing will continue its valedictory Woodbine meet through the winter returning Saturday, January 6 with a new post time of 7:10 p.m. each Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.     Keith McCalmont Woodbine Entertainment Communications Manager O: 416-675-3993 x 2667 C: 416-356-3192 @TripleDeadHeat              

Milton, ON. and East Rutherford, N.J., January 5 - Woodbine Entertainment and The Meadowlands today announced the implementation of the Standardbred Racing Integrity and Accountability Initiative (SRIAI) for their 2018 harness racing seasons. Inspired by rules set out at Thoroughbred racing's Breeders' Cup, the Standardbred Racing Integrity and Accountability Initiative is designed to strengthen integrity in the sport and to respect the significant investment of owners and sponsors in the funding of stakes races. The SRIAI's conditions apply to 2018 stakes events at Woodbine, Mohawk Park, The Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs for all owners, trainers and horses. "The new conditions will help ensure strengthened integrity at the participating tracks, specifically in the stakes races," said Jeff Gural, Meadowlands Racetrack Chairman and CEO. "The entire sport, including owners, trainers, drivers and horseplayers will benefit from this important initiative, designed to inspire confidence from existing and new owners. We encourage other tracks to join us by adopting these new stakes conditions." The new stakes conditions prohibit any owner, trainer, or horse from participating in an added money event if they have been found by a racing regulatory agency to have tested positive for prohibited substances as defined within the Association of Racing Commissioners International Uniform Classification for Foreign Substances of Class 1, 2, TC02 or steroids after January 1, 2018. "Racing is well-monitored by the sport's regulatory bodies in the United States and Canada and the participating tracks have an excellent record of racing product integrity, so fortunately, the number of positive tests is very, very low overall," said Jessica Buckley, President, Woodbine, Mohawk Park. "By proactively updating the Standardbred Stakes Conditions, Woodbine Entertainment, The Meadowlands, and American Racing and Entertainment further demonstrate a continued commitment to ensuring a fair and safe racing environment to the benefit of everyone in the sport." The announcement is another collaboration between Woodbine Entertainment and The Meadowlands designed to advance transparency in harness racing. "As industry leaders, we are working together to create added assurances for all racing participants," said Ms. Buckley. "The intent of the SRIAI is to encourage owners to use the greatest discretion when choosing partners and trainers and to remind all horsepeople to be vigilant with their horses' well being." Stakes races, including the Pepsi North America Cup and The Meadowlands Pace, are subject to the new rules. A detailed rundown of the new conditions and a list of stakes races can be found on the track websites or within the Stakes Conditions Books for each racetrack. Stakes Conditions– Standardbred Racing 1) No horse may participate in an added money event conducted by Woodbine Entertainment if during the twelve months preceding the entry date of the added money event the horse is found by a racing regulatory agency to have tested positive for any substance listed under Class 1 or Class 2 in the Association of Racing Commissioners International Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances, or to have tested positive for an anabolic steroid, including but not limited to, (boldenone, nandrolone, stanozolol, and testosterone), or to have a TC02 violation. The ineligibility period begins from the date the Racing Regulatory Agency has issued the positive test penalty. 2) No person, or related entity, may participate as a horse owner (ownership of at least direct or indirect 25%) in an added money event conducted by Woodbine Entertainment if during the twelve months preceding the entry date of the added money event the person, or related entity, owns (ownership of at least direct or indirect 25%) a horse that is found by a racing regulatory agency to have tested positive for any substance listed under Class 1 in the Association of Racing Commissioners International Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances, or to have tested positive for an anabolic steroid, including but not limited to, (boldenone, nandrolone, stanozolol, and testosterone), or to have a TC02 violation.. The Association will assume that an owner’s share of the horse is at least direct or indirect 25%. It is the owner’s responsibility to provide evidence if he/she owns less than direct or indirect 25%. All evidence or documentation in respect of the percentage, identity or bona fides of ownership (including related entities) are to be in a form and manner satisfactory to the Association. Transfer of ownership (including reductions in percentage of ownership) following the date of any race in which there is a positive test, may not be effective to permit participation in any subsequent event in that year governed by these conditions, and any horse owned with an individual in violation of these rules, will be subject to these conditions. The ineligibility period begins from the date the regulatory agency has issued the positive test penalty. 3) No person, or related entity may participate as a horse owner (ownership of at least direct or indirect 25%) in an added money event conducted by Woodbine Entertainment if during the twelve months preceding the entry date of the added money event the person, or related entity, owns (ownership of at least direct or indirect 25%) a horse(s) that is(are) found by a racing regulatory agency to have two violations, or a second violation as recognized within the racing jurisdiction, of a racing regulation prohibiting the use of any substance listed under Class 2 in the Association of Racing Commissioners International Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances. The Association will assume that an owner’s share of the horse is at least direct or indirect 25%. It is the owner’s responsibility to provide evidence if he/she owns less than direct or indirect 25%. All evidence or documentation in respect of the percentage, identity or bona fides of ownership (including related entities) are to be in a form and manner satisfactory to the Association. Transfer of ownership (including reductions in percentage of ownership) following the date of the second Class 2 positive test shall not be effective to permit participation in any subsequent event in that year governed by these conditions, and any horse owned with an individual in violation of these rules, will be subject to these conditions. The ineligibility period begins from the date the Racing Regulatory Agency has issued the penalty for the second Class 2 positive. 4) No person can participate as a trainer in an added money event conducted by Woodbine Entertainment if during the twelve months preceding the entry date of the added money event the person has been found by a racing regulatory agency to have violated a racing regulation prohibiting the use of any substance listed under Class 1 or Class 2 in the Association of Racing Commissioners International Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances, or to have tested positive for an anabolic steroid, including but not limited to, (boldenone, nandrolone, stanozolol, and testosterone), or to have a TC02 violation.. The ineligibility period begins from the date the Racing Regulatory Agency has issued the positive test penalty. Notes: • All owners and trainers will begin with a clean slate as of January 1, 2018. Any positive in 2017 will not be recognized as an offence. • There will be no refunds of Nomination or Sustaining fees paid. • Related entity shall be defined as any relative by blood, spouse or domestic partner, person occupying the same residence, employee or any corporation, trust, partnership or other form of entity in which an owner or any party referred to herein has at least a direct or indirect direct or indirect 25% legal or beneficial interest or over which such party exercises control. • A horse may not be transferred to a trainer associated with the offending trainer. A trainer will be considered to be associated with the offending trainer if he/ she was an assistant to, or employee of, the trainer or related to the trainer by blood, or by marriage or domestic partnership. STAKES CONDITIONS WILL APPLY TO THE FOLLOWING 2018 STAKES RACES Pepsi North America Cup Armbro Flight Canadian Pacing Derby Canadian Trotting Classic Casual Breeze Champlain Elegantimage Eternal Camnation Fan Hanover Goodtimes Graduate Maple Leaf Trot Metro Pace Milton Miss Versatility Nassagaweya Peaceful Way Simcoe Roses Are Red Somebeachsomewhere Shes A Great Lady William Wellwood Memorial   About Woodbine Entertainment Woodbine Entertainment is the largest horse racing operator in Canada offering world-class horse racing at Woodbine Racetrack (Toronto) and Woodbine, Mohawk Park (Milton) as well as operating off-track wagering (Champions teletheatre network) and remote wagering (HPIbet). Starting in the spring 2018, Woodbine, Mohawk Park will operate year-round harness racing. Mohawk Park's privately owned 434-acre site will be transformed into a mixed-use future entertainment and community destination in support of Standardbred racing in Ontario. The projected development could include commercial, hospitality, office, and recreational aspects within the site, creating new employment opportunities in the region. About the Meadowlands, et al The Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs are Standardbred racetracks operated by Jeff Gural. Tioga and Vernon Downs are New York state casinos that offer seasonal racing while The Meadowlands has long been the industry leader in handle while hosting many of the top Grand Circuit events with an annual stakes purse schedule in excess $12 million (USD). Racing integrity is a benchmark of the three properties. Woodbine Entertainment contact: John Siscos Director, Communications 416-675-3993 1 x2229 jss@woodbineentertainment.com Meadowlands contact: Nick Salvi 201-843-2446 elanspur@yahoo.com            

TORONTO, December 26, 2017 - The 2017 Woodbine Standardbred racing season wrapped up Tuesday afternoon with a special 12-race harness racing matinee card. The finals of the Valedictory and Niagara Series highlighted the final card of 2017. An 18-day break between starts was no issue for Jazzy Image in the $34,400 Niagara Series final. The Aaron Lambert trained three-year-old pacing filly got away mid-pack with driver Trevor Henry and came first up in the third-quarter to pull to within a length turning for home. In the stretch, Jazzy Image was able to out duel the leader Cloud Diva to win by a length in 1:54.4. Purchased privately in November by Trent Stohler Stable Inc, Jazzy Image shipped up to Woodbine and captured an opening leg division of the Niagara on December 8, but did not compete in the second round on December 15. The daughter of Rockin Image is now five for 31 this season with $63,285 earned. Jazzy Image paid $7 to win. Sophomore pacing fillies, who were non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2017, were eligible to the Niagara. Tony O'Sullivan trainee Windsun Gotham, who won a first leg division, braved the elements and came first up to win the $34,000 Valedictory final in 1:54.1. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Windsun Gotham got away mid-pack and waited patiently while things shook out up front. The O'Sullivan trainee was moved first up at the half and grinded up to the wheel of leader Brave World at three-quarters. In the stretch, Windsun Gotham powered to the lead and was able to hold off an inside charging Homey Joe to win by a neck. Better B Rolling, who was going for a series sweep, got a second-over trip and finished third. Owned by Thomas Pollack and O'Sullivan Racing Inc, Windsun Gotham is now six for 19 in 2017 after making just one start as a two-year-old. The gelded son of American Ideal pushed his career earnings to $78,122 with Tuesday's score. The O'Sullivan trainee paid $12.20 to win. Sophomore pacing colts and geldings, who were non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2017, were eligible to the Valedictory. There was no drama on the final day when it came to the driver, trainer and owner titles for the season. Doug McNair, 27, captured his first Woodbine Entertainment driving title by leading all reinsmen in victories during 2017. The Guelph, Ontario resident finished the season with 294 wins, $5.5 million in earnings and was the top driver during the Woodbine Winter meet and Mohawk Summer meet. Louis Philippe Roy finished second in the driver standings with 275 wins. For the third consecutive season, Richard Moreau was the leading conditioner in 2017 at Woodbine and Mohawk. The Puslinch, Ontario resident won 167 races and sent out the winners of over $2.9 million this season on the Woodbine Circuit. Carmen Auciello finished second in the trainer standings with 91 wins. McNair and Moreau teamed up to win three-races on Tuesday's card. Brad Grant led all owners in victories for the second consecutive season. The Milton, Ontario resident had 60 victories during 2017 at Woodbine and Mohawk, many of which he teamed up with McNair and Moreau. Grant also led all owners in earnings, as his horses banked over $1.2 million in 2017. Grant, McNair and Moreau were recognized for their exceptional campaigns with a special presentation during Tuesday afternoon's card. Also on Tuesday, trainer Isaac Waxman picked up his 500th career victory in the afternoon's fourth-race with claiming pacer Prince Giovanni. Waxman entered the afternoon just two wins shy of the milestone and picked up a victory early in the day at Western Fair before scoring his 500th at Woodbine. Live Standardbred racing at Woodbine is now on a 10-day break. The Standardbreds will get back to action for their first card of 2018 on Saturday, January 6. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment          

TORONTO, October 19 - The 2017-18 Woodbine Standardbred Fall-Winter meet got underway Thursday evening with an exciting 10-race harness racing card. The meet got off to an intriguing start, as two-year-old pacing filly Quite A Sight scored a 12-1 upset in the opening race for driver Randy Waples and breeder/owner/trainer Bob McIntosh. The daughter of Camluck stopped the timer in 1:54.4 to improve to two for three to start her career. Quite A Sight was not the only rookie to grab the opening night spotlight, as Wind Blast and You Said It brought the heat on Thursday. Mach Three gelding Wind Blast blew the doors off his rivals with a front-end score in 1:53 for Waples at 3-1. The Jack Darling trained rookie was able to knock almost a full-second off his previous mark of 1:53.4, which was established in his most recent outing on October 2 at Mohawk. Wind Blast, who competed earlier this season in Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots action, is now two for five and has banked $25,087 for Jack Darling Stables Ltd. The evening's seventh-race saw Well Said colt You Said It overcome an interference break early to rally and win in impressive fashion. The Ben Wallace trained rookie was knocked off-stride by a breaking rival an eighth of a mile into the race and had to reset for driver Doug McNair in eighth. You Said It would move to the outside nearing the half and ended up fourth-over and eighth in the field turning for home. You Said It unleashed a :27 final-quarter to zoom late and score a victory by a neck in 1:55.2. It was the first win in 11 outings for the son of Well Said, who was purchased privately in August by Brad Grant. Driver Sylvain Filion led the way Thursday by each picking up three victories, including a 29-1 upset with five-year-old claiming pacer Er Quinn in the finale. Leading trainer Richard Moreau wasted no time adding to his strong numbers, as he sent out two winners on Thursday. Horseplayers were ready to jump in and play on opening night at Woodbine. The Pick-5 pool attracted $66,088 and paid $1,345.50 for a $0.20 winning ticket, while the Early Pick-4 had a pool of $56,660 and returned $138.65 for a $1 ticket. Live racing continues Friday night at Woodbine. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Quite A Sight Wind Blast You Said It Er Quinn Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 19 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced that per-race handle for the recently concluded harness racing meet at Mohawk Racetrack was up eight per cent. The 2017 Mohawk meet, which began on April 13, featured 127 race cards, 17 less than 2016, and had an "all-sources" wagering total of $202,145,413. The average per-race handle during the 2017 Mohawk meet was $152,908.78, up $12,279.27 from the 2016 meet. Support from U.S. horseplayers saw a per-race increase during the 2017 season, as they wagered an average of $94,231.14 per-race, up 9.8% from 2016. The nightly Pick-5 wager rose to new heights in popularity during the meet, as the first-race multi-leg wager had an average pool size of $73,437. The Jackpot Hi-5 wager continued to be a staple of the Mohawk wagering menu. A mandatory payout on October 14, featuring a record carryover of $978,779, saw $2.3 million wagered into the pool. Several top racing and community events were highlights for the 2017 season at Mohawk. On Tuesday, June 13, Woodbine Entertainment announced a $10 million investment and new branding for Mohawk Racetrack. Mohawk will become the home of year-round harness racing beginning in April of 2018 under the name Woodbine, Mohawk Park. The $10 million investment will upgrade the facility in multiple areas with the intent on continuing to be a leader in World Class Horse Racing. The 34th Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 17 once again attracted strong wagering and a large crowd to the Campbellville oval. Fear The Dragon captured the $1 million race for three-year-old pacers, while country star Kira Isabella rocked the house with a pre-race concert. The RCMP Musical Ride made a stop at Mohawk on August 1 and 2 for the first-time ever. Near-capacity crowds packed the Mohawk grandstand to watch the legendary Musical Ride performance in celebration of Canada 150. The Canadian Pacing Derby on September 2, Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic on September 16 and Metro Pace on September 23 brought the finest pacers and trotters to Mohawk for a sensational month of Grand Circuit racing. Doug McNair of Guelph, Ontario led all drivers during the Mohawk meet in wins with 155, while Trevor Henry of Arthur, Ontario was the top earning driver at $3.8 million. Trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, Ontario was the top conditioner for the 2017 season, as his stable recorded 78 wins and earned $1.4 million. Brad Grant of Milton, Ontario led all owners in victories with 30, while Serge Godin's Determination stable of Montreal, Quebec led all owners in earnings with $839,604. Live Standardbred racing now shifts to Woodbine Racetrack for the Fall-Winter meet starting Thursday, October 19. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, August 28 - Woodbine Entertainment is pleased to announce the appointment of Jessica Buckley to the position of President, Woodbine, Mohawk Park, effective September 5, 2017. In June, Woodbine Entertainment announced a move to year-round Standardbred racing on the Mohawk Park site commencing in spring of 2018, along with more than $10 million in upgrades to winterize and modernize the facilities. Ms. Buckley has been with the company in her current role as Vice President, Community Relations and Corporate Affairs, for the past two years in addition to previous leadership roles within the racing industry in the United States. Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson praised Buckley's abilities to collaborate with the many different stakeholders associated with the organization and her passion for horse racing. "I have great confidence in Jessica's ability to collaborate with industry stakeholders," said Mr. Lawson. "She has diverse experience in horse racing and a passion for the business. Her leadership will complement our current and future operations to further Woodbine's reputation as a world-class Standardbred racing industry leader." Ms. Buckley has worked in the industry for 23 years but has a life-long love and contiguity to horse racing as the source of her energy for the sport. "This is a very exciting time for Woodbine Entertainment and the future of Standardbred racing at Mohawk Park," said Ms. Buckley. "The move to year-round racing and the facility upgrades will create an even richer experience for our guests and horsepeople. Shortly, we will welcome a new gaming service provider and complete the master plan for the site's 434 acres. I look forward to working with our horsepeople and community to create a bright future." Mohawk Park has hosted Standardbred racing since 1963. John Siscos    

A $10-million investment to bring year-round harness racing to Mohawk Racetrack has been met with mixed emotions in the local standardbred community. This according to Ontario Harness Horse Association general manager Brian Tropea. “I think the feeling’s split. On the one hand there’s the convenience of travel, but what does it mean when we’ll have no presence at the largest market in Canada (Woodbine),” he told the Champion, responding to Tuesday’s announcement of the major upgrades set for the Campbellville track, where harness racing will be held exclusively following construction that’s scheduled to be complete by next spring. “I think it’ll be detrimental to the growth of the industry.” Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson sees things differently. “This has been well thought out for 24 to 30 months and we’re extremely comfortable with our decision. Milton’s the fastest-growing community in Canada. The population increase is off the chart,” he said, adding that 75 per cent of wagering is now done online. “We’ve done our homework. Anyone with concerns about the Toronto market don’t have access to our numbers.” Lawson said the ‘critical threshold’ in the plan was the OLG’s commitment to providing a new gaming partner at Mohawk for the next 21 years. “That was a game changer for us.” Said seasoned local trainer Ben Wallace, “I’ll miss being in the central core of Toronto, but I think this is a plus for everyone. I just hope the commitment is as flamboyant as it could be.” On Tuesday, Woodbine Entertainment announced plans to winterize the grandstand, paddock and maintenance facilities at Mohawk. However, “Investment in the Milton track is not limited to the construction projects and plant upgrades,” said Woodbine Entertainment in a release. The company also unveiled a new corporate branding with plans to unify its racetracks under one brand, Woodine. “The Woodbine track will retain its name while Mohawk will become Woodbine at Mohawk Park, set to be implemented when harness racing returns to the site full-time in May 2018,” said the company. While Milton-area horse people will no doubt see a financial benefit in terms of travel and shipping expenses once year-round racing begins at a soon-to-be-winterized Mohawk, Wallace said those costs are nothing compared to what his New York-based colleagues deal with. “Try going from south New Jersey to somewhere like Yonkers. We’re in horse paradise here.” Tropea describes Mohawk as the superior facility for standardbred racing — with fans much closer to the action. However, he questioned if people will be lining the fence in the winter, even with the upgrades planned. He suggested the announcement has more to do with benefiting the thoroughbred industry at Woodbine, where a full casino could be built and supporting transit put in place — further bolstering the Toronto track as the premiere destination in Ontario. Tropea also expressed concerns about changes to racing’s revenue sharing agreement — with a split of the breeds. Currently Mohawk offers live racing from April to October, with its biggest card — the $1-million Pepsi North America Cup, set for tonight (Saturday). by Steve LeBlanc Reprinted with permission of the Inside Halton site

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 16 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) is pleased to announce that Lou Lamoriello, General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, will be making the winner's circle presentation for this Saturday's $1 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack. A native of Rhode Island, Lamoriello became exposed to harness racing during his 28 years as the General Manager of the New Jersey Devils. During his time in the Garden State, Lamoriello led the Devils organization to three Stanley Cups, five conference titles and nine division titles. In July of 2015, Lamoriello was named the General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs and recently led the organization to a playoff appearance. Lamoriello was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009. The $1 million North America Cup features the continent's finest three-year-old pacers and is Canada's richest harness race. This year's event marks the 34th edition of the North America Cup. Lamoriello, who recently attended the North America Cup eliminations, will present the prestigious trophy to the connections of the winning horse along with Michael Hall, Director of Business Development for PepsiCo. The Pepsi North America Cup is carded as Race 12 on Saturday's 15-race card. Live racing begins at 6:30 p.m., with the North America Cup scheduled for approximately 10:40 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 23 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced that 44 harness racing three-year-old pacers will be eligible to enter this year's Pepsi North America Cup. The final sustaining payment for Canada's richest harness race was due May 15 and the connections of 44 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings selected to make the final payment. The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup will take place on Saturday, June 17 at Mohawk Racetrack. The eliminations will take place a week prior on Saturday, June 10. A total of 53 three-year-olds were eligible heading into the May 15 payment. Originally, 60 horses were nominated in February to this year's Pepsi North America Cup. The list of 44 eligible three-year-olds is headlined by Downbytheseaside and Huntsville. The top two pacing colts heading into the season have both made noise early on in their three-year-old campaigns. Brian Brown's Downbytheseaside is two for two to start the season with comfortable victories in a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) division and the elimination of the Art Rooney. Huntsville, who won last year's Dan Patch Award for his division, has also made two starts this season. The Ray Schnittker trainee won his three-year-old debut by a stunning ten lengths in a PASS division on May 6, before finishing second to Brown trainee and Cup eligible Fear The Dragon on May 21. The list of eligible three-year-olds also includes Metro Pace winner Beyond Delight, Champlain division winner Ideal Wheel, New York Sires Stakes standout Miso Fast and Battle of Waterloo winner Sports Column. This year's Pepsi North America Cup will be the 34th edition and it promises to be the biggest. Admission to the Pepsi North America Cup, including concert featuring country star Kira Isabella, is $10 and tickets can be purchased here. Below is the full list of eligible three-year-olds to this year's Pepsi North America Cup. AIR STRIKE - Always A Virgin AMERICAN SPORTSMAN - Somebeachsomewhere ARSENAL SEELSTER - Artistic Fella BEACH HOUSE - Somebeachsomewhere BECKHAMS Z TAM - Always A Virgin BETTOR'S WESTERN - Bettor's Delight BEYOND DELIGHT - Bettor's Delight BLOOD LINE - Somebeachsomewhere CALVIN K - Classic Card Shark CLASSIC PRO - Shadow Play DARLING'S DRAGON - Dragon Again DIAL THE BOSSMAN - Artistic Fella DOWNBYTHESEASIDE - Somebeachsomewhere DRAGNET ALERT - Dragon Again EDDARD HANOVER - Dragon Again FEAR THE DRAGON - Dragon Again FILIBUSTER HANOVER - Somebeachsomewhere HENRY THE DRAGON - Custard The Dragon HUNTSVILLE - Somebeachsomewhere HURRICANEBEACH - Somebeachsomewhere IDEAL WHEEL - American Ideal LAWRENCETOWN BEACH - Somebeachsomewhere MAC ATTACK - Somebeachsomewhere MAC'S JACKPOT - Somebeachsomewhere MAJOR MOE - Art Major MC MACH - Mach Three MISO FAST - Roll With Joe NORMANDY BEACH - Somebeachsomewhere OCEAN COLONY - Somebeachsomewhere ODDS ON DELRAY - Somebeachsomewhere OZONE BLUE CHIP - Bettor's Delight PERFECTLY CLOSE - Ponder PHOTOBOMBR HANOVER - Somebeachsomewhere R J P - Somebeachsomewhere RICHARD HILL - Mach Three SANTAFE'S COACH - Bettor's Delight SOME ATTITUDE - Somebeachsomewhere SPORTS COLUMN - Sportswriter STEALTH BOMBER - Rocknroll Hanover STREAKAVANA - Big Jim THREE MORE SMILES - Mach Three TWIN B COWBOY - Roll With Joe  WESTERN HILL - Western Ideal WHO SAID NOT TO - Well Said Number of eligible horses: 44 Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 25 - The Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today released the latest update of eligible harness racing horses for this year's Pepsi North America Cup. Following the April 15 sustaining payment, 53 three-year-old pacers remain eligible to the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, to be raced on Saturday, June 17 at Mohawk Racetrack. Eliminations will take place on Saturday, June 10. The latest sustaining payment saw just three horses drop out after 56 three-year-olds were kept eligible following the first sustaining payment. Originally, 60 three-year-old pacers were nominated to this year's race. The list of 53 eligible pacers is led by last year's rookie sensations Downbytheseaside and Huntsville. Downbytheseaside, who is trained by Brian Brown, qualified for the first time this season on April 19 at Miami Valley Racing in Ohio and won in 1:53.4. The son of Somebeachsomewhere is entered to qualify again at Miami Valley on Wednesday afternoon. Huntsville, the 2016 Dan Patch Award winner, turned in his first qualifying mile of the season on April 22 at The Meadowlands. The Ray Schnittker trainee paced a :26.2 final-quarter to power by a pair of rivals in the stretch for a 1:53.2 victory. With many of the Pepsi North America Cup eligibles starting to appear on the racetrack, the connections of the 53 three-year-olds will have charted performances to assess in advance of the final Pepsi North America Cup sustaining payment, which is due on May 15. Below is the up to date list of eligible horses to this year's Pepsi North America Cup. AIR STRIKE - Always A Virgin AMERICAN SPORTSMAN - Somebeachsomewhere ARSENAL SEELSTER - Artistic Fella ART SCENE - American Ideal BEACH HOUSE - Somebeachsomewhere BECKHAMS Z TAM - Always A Virgin BETTORS DREAM - Bettor's Delight BETTOR'S WESTERN - Bettor's Delight BEYOND DELIGHT - Bettor's Delight BLOOD LINE - Somebeachsomewhere CALVIN K - Classic Card Shark CLASSIC PRO - Shadow Play DARLING'S DRAGON - Dragon Again DIAL THE BOSSMAN - Artistic Fella DOWNBYTHESEASIDE - Somebeachsomewhere DRAGNET ALERT - Dragon Again EDDARD HANOVER - Dragon Again FEAR THE DRAGON - Dragon Again FILIBUSTER HANOVER - Somebeachsomewhere HENRY THE DRAGON - Custard The Dragon HUNTSVILLE - Somebeachsomewhere HURRICANEBEACH - Somebeachsomewhere IDEAL WHEEL - American Ideal LAWRENCETOWNBEACH - Somebeachsomewhere LINDYTHEFOURTEENTH - Somebeachsomewhere MAC ATTACK - Somebeachsomewhere MAC'S JACKPOT - Somebeachsomewhere MAJOR MOE - Art Major MC MACH - Mach Three MISO FAST - Roll With Joe MR VARSITY - Roll With Joe NORMANDYBEACH - Somebeachsomewhere OCEAN COLONY - Somebeachsomewhere ODDS ON DELRAY - Somebeachsomewhere OZONE BLUE CHIP - Bettor's Delight PERFECTLY CLOSE - Ponder PHOTOBOMBR HANOVER - Somebeachsomewhere R J P - Somebeachsomewhere RICHARD HILL - Mach Three ROCK IT SCOTT - Roll With Joe ROCK THIS WAY - Rocknroll Hanover SANTAFE'S COACH - Bettor's Delight SOME ATTITUDE - Somebeachsomewhere SPORTS COLUMN - Sportswriter STEALTH BOMBER - Rocknroll Hanover STREAKAVANA - Big Jim TALBOT ROMEO - Roll With Joe  THREE MORE SMILES - Mach Three TWIN B COWBOY - Roll With Joe  WESTERN HILL - Western Ideal WHO SAID NOT TO - Well Said WINDSONG NAPOLEON - Art Major YOUNG DRUNK PUNK - Bettor's Delight   Sustaining Payment #2 - 53 horses Sustaining Payment #1 - 56 horses Nominated - 60 horses   Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, April 25, 2017 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today unveiled the completed master plan for the Woodbine Racetrack lands. Woodbine's privately owned 684-acre site will be transformed in the years to come into "a city within a within a city" and seek to be a future urban heart of northwest Toronto.   The vision for the plan is for Woodbine to continue to be the ultimate destination for horse racing and gaming, while integrating new expanded entertainment and cultural offerings, food and dining, hotel, shopping, office space, post-secondary education, recreation, health, wellness, and urban residential living.   The "city within a city" concept is strategically designed to unlock the value of the undeveloped land, generating long-term revenues that will sustainably support WEG's horse racing operations, and thousands of farming jobs in rural communities across Ontario.   "At the core of the project is the beauty of the horse," said Jim Lawson, CEO, WEG. "With over 2,000 thoroughbred horses stabled on site, approximately 200 acres will continue be devoted to horse racing operations at the centre of this unique development. The master plan sets out a detailed roadmap that will create thousands of new local jobs in the community, introduce new fans to the sport of horse racing and be a transformative project for the City of Toronto in the years to come."   The catalyst for the first phase of development is an expanded gaming district complete with integrated entertainment, hospitality and related amenities. The first phase will attract approximately 12 to 15 million people per year; more than double the current number of visitors. Additionally, this transformation will create significant jobs and economic development in the northwest corner of Toronto.   Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is currently seeking a private sector service provider to operate the Slots at Woodbine Racetrack site and to propose an expanded entertainment development, consistent with the City of Toronto's conditions. OLG expects to name a private sector provider in late Summer 2017.   The master plan and development strategy was developed with LiveWorkLearnPlay (LWLP), WEG's lead real estate development advisor. LWLP have led the planning and master development of towns, cities and large-scale mixed-use projects across North America and beyond. The master planning design process incorporated a dynamic group of industry-leading professionals, led by SWA Group, an international master planning, landscape architecture, and urban design firm, in collaboration with BCV Architects and Nelson Nygaard. A team of local experts lead by IBI Group and Walker Nott Dragicevic additionally supported the process.   "The Woodbine Racetrack site represents a unique legacy opportunity to develop a place that can offer enduring social and economic value to the city and region, while ensuring the sustainability of the horse racing industry," said Richard Martz, Partner & Principal of LWLP. "WEG's ambitious planning and development strategy has been designed to effectively respond to that context and opportunity."   This dynamic, large-scale, city-building project will be comprised of multiple seamlessly integrated districts.   Garth Essery, Vice President, Property Development, WEG, presented the plan Tuesday while speaking on a panel about Transformative Placemaking at the Urban Land Institute's Toronto Symposium.   "After almost two years of strategizing, researching, planning and designing, we are excited to share our exciting master plan for Woodbine's unique 684-acre property - a site larger than Toronto's downtown business district and with enormous potential given its history and location," said Essery.   Also on the panel were representatives from prominent northwest Toronto landmarks Humber College and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), which operates Toronto Pearson International Airport.   The discussion centred on the plans and approach each group is employing as they work to urbanize their lands to create community vibrancy.   Link to an Woodbine development image   About Woodbine Entertainment Group -   With roots dating back to 1881, Woodbine Entertainment Group is the largest horse racing operator in Canada, showcasing world-renowned horse racing at Woodbine Racetrack (Toronto), home of the iconic Queen's Plate, and Mohawk Racetrack (Milton), host of the storied Pepsi North America Cup. At 684 acres, the Woodbine Racetrack site is the largest, contiguously owned parcel of land remaining largely undeveloped in the City of Toronto. It is comparable in size to Toronto's downtown core stretching from Spadina Ave. to Church St. and from the waterfront north to Queen St. Woodbine Entertainment is designated as a Caring Company with Imagine Canada, and gives back through the WEGcares Community Investment Program.   John Siscos Woodbine Entertainment Group

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 13 - The next round of harness racing sustaining payments for Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Alliance stakes events are due this Saturday (April 15). The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup attracted 60 nominees in February and 56 of the nominated three-year-old pacers were kept eligible by their connections following the March sustaining payment. The Pepsi North America Cup is scheduled for Saturday, June 17 at Mohawk Racetrack. The full list of WEG stakes requiring a April 15th sustaining payment is available below. Pepsi North America Cup (Pace: 3-Year-Olds) Canadian Pacing Derby (Pace: 3-Year-Olds and Up) Canadian Trotting Classic (Trot: 3-Year-Olds) Maple Leaf Trot (Trot: 3-Year-Olds and Up) Fan Hanover (Pace: 3-Year-Old Fillies) Elegantimage (Trot: 3-Year-Old Fillies) Casual Breeze (Trot: 3-Year-Old Fillies) Goodtimes (Trot: 3-Year-Olds) Somebeachsomewhere (Pace: 3-Year-Olds) Metro Pace (Pace: 2-Year-Olds) Shes A Great Lady (Pace: 2-Year-Old Fillies) William Wellwood Memorial (Trot: 2-Year-Olds) Peaceful Way (Trot: 2-Year-Old Fillies) Nassagaweya (Pace: 2-Year-Olds) Eternal Camnation (Pace: 2-Year-Old Fillies) Roses Are Red (Pace: Mares) Milton (Pace: Mares) Armbro Flight (Trot: Mares)   The following Alliance stakes require an April 15th sustaining payment. Battle of Waterloo (Pace: 2-Year-Olds) Battle of the Belles (Pace: 2-Year-Old Fillies) Confederation Cup (Pace: 4-Year-Olds)   A sustaining payments is also due Saturday for the 2017 WEG/SBOA Filly Stakes for Ontario sired three-year-olds. To view full information regarding each stakes event and payments, click here. To make sustaining payments online, click here. If sending payments by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than April 15, 2017 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. Any questions or concerns regarding stakes payments can be directed to the Mohawk Race Office, 905-854-7805.   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 11 - It's easy to forget harness racing driver Doug McNair is only 27. The young reinsman has been a regular face on the Woodbine Entertainment circuit for several years and has been winning races since the day he hopped in a sulky. But this winter, McNair took his game to new heights and accomplished a feat that not many drivers in their 20's have been able to do. Capture a driving title at Woodbine "It's huge," McNair shared about winning the driving title for the Woodbine Fall-Winter meet. "I remember being a kid and wanting to race here and to win the driver's title is huge, especially at a young age." McNair, a winner of over 2,600 races in his young career, led all drivers in victories and earnings during the recently concluded Woodbine meet. The Guelph, Ontario resident finished the meet with 126 wins, 37 more than his nearest rival. Coming into the Woodbine portion of the season off a solid summer meet at Mohawk, which saw him win 125 races, McNair was poised to post good numbers, but even he didn't expect to jump right to the top. "No, I didn't think I would be rolling like I am, it just started as soon as we got back (to Woodbine)," McNair said. "You got to have the horses and I got lucky that I got the horses this winter. Any top guy will tell you that you can't win races unless you have the horses." Driving for power is always a key to success, but a driver still needs to make the most of the opportunity. That's exactly what McNair did with the chance to drive for the circuit's top owner and trainers. "Brad Grant has really helped me out with a lot of Preferred horses and driving for top trainers Richard Moreau and Carmen Auciello this winter makes a big difference." McNair's top charge this winter has been the Grant owned, Moreau trained American Virgin, who's won the Preferred seven-times since the new year. Success in the top classes has pushed McNair to the top of the earnings category on the circuit, having driven the winner's of over $1.2 million this season. The 27-year-old's hot streak wasn't restricted to the WEG Circuit this winter, as he also took his talents to Ohio to capture Miami Valley's inaugural North American Driving Championship in January. "That set me off big time this year," McNair explained. "I went down there and wasn't expecting anything, was just going to have some fun and got lucky." While luck is a part of racing, McNair's confidence could easily be keyed as a factor for his ability to best 29 other drivers in the driving tournament at Miami Valley. McNair's driving style has always fit racing at Woodbine, but he feels it also translates well for the way harness racing has developed over the years. "You have to be aggressive (at Woodbine), it's always been more of a front-end place and Mohawk is kind of turning into that too," McNair said. "They're going so fast nowadays, going such big first half speed and coming home so fast, that it's tough to win from off the pace." With racing set to return to Mohawk on Thursday, McNair will attempt to hold onto his top spot throughout the summer meet. While the prospects of continuing to drive the top weekly warriors at WEG has McNair pumped for Mohawk, he is also eager for the return of the stakes horses. "Easy Lover Hanover is four now and he's got a few stakes this season and hopefully it turns out good like it did at the end of last year," McNair noted about last year's Progress Pace winner. "Solar Sister's five now so I mean four-year-old year is tough and she competed well. Hopefully she comes back good at five and obviously it would be great to have a few nice two-year-olds." McNair's Mohawk meet will start off in style, as he will be recognized for leading the Woodbine meet with a winner's circle presentation on Saturday evening. Getting off to a great start is important and McNair knows that all so well after starting 2017 with 27 wins in the month of January. Another flying start could lead to a second meet title for McNair this summer. "I've had the right horses and hopefully my career is just starting to take off." Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, March 13 – The first round of sustaining payments for Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Alliance harness racing stakes events are due this Wednesday (March 15). The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup attracted 60 nominees in February and the connections of those three-year-old pacers are required to make a March 15th sustaining payment in order to remain eligible toCanada’s richest harness race on Saturday, June 17 at Mohawk Racetrack. The full list of WEG stakes requiring a March 15th sustaining payment is available below. Pepsi North America Cup (Pace: 3-Year-Olds) Canadian Pacing Derby (Pace: 3-Year-Olds and Up) Canadian Trotting Classic (Trot: 3-Year-Olds) Maple Leaf Trot (Trot: 3-Year-Olds and Up) Fan Hanover (Pace: 3-Year-Old Fillies) Elegantimage (Trot: 3-Year-Old Fillies) Casual Breeze (Trot: 3-Year-Old Fillies) Goodtimes (Trot: 3-Year-Olds) Somebeachsomewhere (Pace: 3-Year-Olds) Metro Pace (Pace: 2-Year-Olds) Shes A Great Lady (Pace: 2-Year-Old Fillies) William Wellwood Memorial (Trot: 2-Year-Olds) Peaceful Way (Trot: 2-Year-Old Fillies) Nassagaweya (Pace: 2-Year-Olds) Eternal Camnation (Pace: 2-Year-Old Fillies) Roses Are Red (Pace: Mares) Milton (Pace: Mares) Armbro Flight (Trot: Mares) The following Alliance stakes require a March 15th sustaining payment. Battle of Waterloo (Pace: 2-Year-Olds) Battle of the Belles (Pace: 2-Year-Old Fillies) Confederation Cup (Pace: 4-Year-Olds) Sustaining payments are also due Wednesday for the 2017 WEG/SBOA Filly Stakes for Ontario sired three-year-olds and the 2017 Champlain Stakes for two-year-olds of both sexes (foals of 2015). To view full information regarding each stakes event and payments, click here. To make sustaining payments online, click here. If sending payments by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than March 15, 2017 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. Any questions or concerns regarding stakes payments can be directed to the Mohawk Race Office, 905-854-7805. Mark McKelvie WEG Communications - Standardbred

CAMPBELLVILLE, March 7 - The lists of eligible harness racing horses for all Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Alliance stakes in 2017 has been released by the Mohawk Race Office. Nominations for most stakes events were due on February 15 and with a sustaining payment quickly approaching on March 15, the full lists of nominees to each event are now available for public viewing. As announced last week, the Pepsi North America Cup attracted 60 nominees, up from 58 in 2016. Many events saw numbers hold steady, while several marquee events saw a jump in nominees. The $650,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for three-year-old trotters attracted 89 nominees, up from 78 in 2016. Dan Patch Award winner Walner is among the nominees to Canada's feature race for sophomore trotters. The son of Chapter Seven won seven of eight starts as a rookie and trotted a World Record mile of 1:51.3 at The Red Mile for trainer Linda Toscano. O'Brien Award winner Mass Production, Wellwood Memorial winner Seven And Seven and Valley Victory winner Snowstorm Hanover are also among the eligible trotters. 2016 Canadian Pacing Derby winner Wiggle It Jiggleit is eligible to defend his title, as he is one of 42 older pacers nominated to the 2017 event. George Teague's stable star won 15 of 24 starts in his four-year-old season to improve his career record to 38 wins in 51 starts. The $600,000 Maple Leaf Trot has attracted 45 nominees, up from 36 in 2016. Defending champion Resolve is on the list once again. The Ake Svanstedt trainee won a thrilling 2016 Maple Leaf Trot over superstar mare Hannelore Hanover, who is also nominated to this year's event. 2016 Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder will jump up to the older ranks this season and is eligible to the Maple Leaf Trot. The group of 45 nominees also includes a pair of European trotters. Tuonoblu Rex, a five-year-old son of Cantab Hall, and Pasithea Face, a five-year-old trotting mare by Muscle Hill, have both been nominated to the Maple Leaf Trot. Tuonoblu Rex is owned by Stable Why Not from the Netherlands. The son of Cantab Hall has won six of 14 career starts with his most recent start taking place in Germany during October. Pasithea Face is owned by CourantAB of Sweden and trained by Lutfi Kolgjini. The five-year-old trotting mare recently won her 2017 debut on February 25 to give her seven wins in 27 career starts. Nomination numbers for WEG's marquee two-year-old events saw increases for the colts, while the fillies held steady. The $700,000 Metro Pace for two-year-old pacing colts saw the biggest leap, as 205 rookies have been nominated to the 2017 event, up from 169 in 2016. The $350,000 William Wellwood Memorial for two-year-old trotting colts jumped from 162 nominees in 2016 to 174 nominees for this year's edition. The $500,000 Shes A Great Lady for two-year-old pacing fillies attracted 159 nominees for the 2017 edition, down just slightly from 162 in 2016. The $350,000 Peaceful Way for two-year-old trotting fillies saw neither an increase nor decrease in nominees, as 164 trotting fillies were nominated for the second consecutive year. The rest of the nomination totals for WEG stakes are listed below. Armbro Flight (Trotting Mares) - 31 Casual Breeze (3YO Trotting Fillies) - 83 Elegantimage (3YO Trotting Fillies) - 79 Eternal Camnation (2YO Pacing Fillies) - 142 Fan Hanover (3YO Pacing Fillies) - 69 Goodtimes (3YO Trotters) - 74 Milton (Pacing Mares) - 48 Nassagaweya (2YO Pacers) - 164 Roses Are Red (Pacing Mares) - 47 Somebeachsomewhere (3YO Pacers) - 52 To view the lists of eligible horses for each stakes event, click here. The first round of sustaining payments for these events is quickly approaching. Sustaining payments are due next Wednesday (March 15). For more information, click here. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, March 1 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced a mandatory payout date of Saturday, March 11 for the current Standardbred harness racing Jackpot Hi-5. Horseplayers will have three more opportunities to wager on the Woodbine Racetrack Jackpot Hi-5, which currently has a carryover of $476,469, before the wager is suspended following this Saturday's card (March 4th) in preparation for the mandatory payout. The current Jackpot Hi-5 carryover has been growing since January 7, which was the first card to offer Hi-5 wagering following a mandatory payout on December 23. The most recent mandatory payout (December 23) had more than $2 million of new money wagered into the pool, which featured a carryover of $548,396, to create a total pool of $2.6 million. A winning $0.20 ticket on the December 23 Jackpot Hi-5 returned $4,842.70. The December 23 mandatory payout was not the first time the total pool exceeded $2 million. A mandatory payout on October 24, 2015 at Woodbine generated a total pool of more than $2.2 million, with $1.6 million of new money wagered into the Hi-5 that evening. The $0.20 payout was $12,746.60 On August 30, 2014 at Mohawk, the Jackpot Hi-5 total pool was $2.5 million, while a mandatory payout on May 17, 2014 at Woodbine had a total pool of $2 million. The Jackpot Hi-5 requires horseplayers to select the top-five finishers in order and features a $0.20 minimum wager with a 15 per cent takeout. More details regarding the mandatory payout on March 11 will be distributed following this Saturday's card. Post time for live racing Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Woodbine is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

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