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TORONTO, February 6 - The deadline to nominate your harness racing horse to the Woodbine Entertainment Group's (WEG) lucrative stakes program in 2017 is quickly approaching. New in 2017, the closing date for nominations to all WEG and Alliance Stakes is February 15. In past years, nomination deadlines varied from event to event, but in an effort to make the process more convenient, WEG has implemented an across the board due date for all stakes. Under the new format, the following stakes now require nominations by February 15. Canadian Pacing Derby (Pace: 3-year-olds and up) Maple Leaf Trot (Trot: 3-year-olds and up) 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 Stakes (Pace: Mares) Armbro Flight (Trot: Mares) Nominations are also due on February 15 for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup for three-year-old pacers. North America's richest race for pacers will take place on Saturday, June 17 at Mohawk Racetrack. Other events to require nominations by February 15 include the $650,000 Canadian Trotting Classic (3-year-olds), $400,000 Elegantimage (3-year-old trotting fillies), $400,000 Fan Hanover (3-year-old pacing fillies), $265,000 Goodtimes (3-year-old trotters), $160,000 Casual Breeze (3-year-old trotting fillies) and the $130,000 Somebeachsomewhere (3-year-old pacers). Similar to recent years, WEG continues to handle all administration duties for Alliance racetrack stakes. Nominations are due on February 15 for Grand Rivers Raceway's Battle of Waterloo and Battle of the Belles (Ontario sired 2-year-old pacers), Flamboro Downs' Confederation Cup (4-year-old pacers), Clinton Raceway's Kin Pace (Ontario sired 3-year-old pacing fillies) and Hanover Raceway's Dream of Glory (Ontario sired 3-year-old trotters) and Balanced Image (Ontario sired 2-year-old trotters). The nomination form for the events closing on February 15 can be viewed by clicking here. Nomination fees for all events can be paid online by clicking here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than February 15, 2017 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. All inquires regarding the February 15 closing date can be directed to the Mohawk Race Office, 905-854-7805. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, January 5 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today revealed its $10 million-plus Standardbred stakes lineup for 2017. The 2017 stakes schedule is highlighted by the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup for harness racing three-year-old pacers on Saturday, June 17 at Mohawk Racetrack. Several changes have been made to the stakes calendar for 2017 to allow horsemen the opportunity to maximize opportunities both in Sires Stakes and Grand Circuit events. Beginning in 2017, the $700,000 Metro Pace and $500,000 Shes A Great Lady for two-year-old pacers will be moved from their usual position on Labour Day weekend to Saturday, September 23. The $350,000 William Wellwood and $350,000 Peaceful Way for two-year-old trotters also find new spots on the calendar and will take place on Monday, September 18. The $550,000 Canadian Pacing Derby remains in the Labour Day weekend slot and will be the feature event on Saturday, September 2, while the $650,000 Canadian Trotting Classic and $600,000 Maple Leaf Trot hold their same spot on the calendar on Saturday, September 16. Along with adjustments to the stakes calendar, WEG has also altered the stakes payment schedule for 2017. For many years, nominations have closed in both February and March for different events, but beginning in 2017 all nominations to WEG Stakes will now close on February 15, 2017. All nomination and sustaining payment details can be found in the 2017 Stakes Booklet, which can be viewed by clicking here. WEG will continue to distribute purse money to all finishers in major stakes events during the 2017 season. The winner of the finals will receive the traditional 50% of the total purse, while those finishing sixth through last will take home 1% of the purse. The horses finishing second through fifth will receive 50%-24%-16%-10% of the remaining purse. All Alliance stakes events will continue to be administrated by WEG during 2017. The entire 2017 Stakes Schedule can be viewed by clicking here. Stakes payments to WEG and Alliance events are payable to the Woodbine Entertainment Group. Payments can be made through the race office, by mail or online. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, November 29 - The Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Alliance would like to remind harness racing people that Winter Series nominations are due Thursday (December 1). Woodbine Racetrack is pleased to offer the Niagara and Valedictory Series for three-year-old pacers during December and the Blizzard and Snowshoe Series for three and four-year-old pacers during January. Each series features two preliminary legs and a final. The preliminary leg purses are guaranteed at $17,000, while each final will have $30,000 in added money. The nomination fee for each series is $200 CAD ($160 USD) and the nomination form can be viewed by clicking here. Nominations also close Thursday for the Alliance Holiday Claiming Series to be contested at Flamboro Downs and Western Fair. A total of six claiming series events will be contested over the month of December. The nomination fee for each series is $100 CAD ($75 USD) and the nomination form can be viewed by clicking here. Nomination fees can be paid for the Woodbine and Alliance series online by clicking here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than December 1, 2016 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended.

CAMPBELLVILLE, November 17 - The Woodbine Entertainment Group and Alliance today revealed a group of  harness racing Winter Series to be contested in the month of December at Flamboro Downs and Western Fair. The Alliance Holiday Claiming Series will have six categories with three events at Flamboro and three events at Western Fair. Each series will have two preliminaries legs and an added money final. The conditions for each series are as follows. Event A: Trot, Claiming $12,500 for Non-Winners of $50,000 (FM $62,500) lifetime as of midnight December 1, 2016 Event B: Pace, Horses & Geldings, Claiming $6,500 Event C: Pace, Horses & Geldings, Claiming $12,500 for Non-Winners of $30,000 lifetime as of midnight December 1, 2016 Event D: Pace, Fillies & Mares, Claiming $6,500 Event E: Pace, Fillies & Mares, Claiming $12,500 for Non-Winners of $30,000 lifetime as of midnight December 1, 2016 Event F: Trot, Claiming $7,500 (Note: Events A,B,C will be raced at Flamboro and Events D,E,F will be raced at Western Fair) The nomination fee for each series is $100 CAD ($75 USD) and nominations are due Thursday, December 1st. Payments to the Alliance Holiday Claiming Series will be accepted at the Flamboro, Western Fair, Clinton and Woodbine race offices. Payments can also be made online at www.woodbineentertainment.com/sbpayments. The nomination form can be viewed by clicking here. Mark McKelvie

August 16, 2016 - Toronto, ON - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG), iBoost and Ryerson University's Office of the Vice President, Research and Innovation today announced that they are partnering to launch a new initiative that will challenge Canadian start-ups, entrepreneurs, developers and students to use technology to help bring the traditional sport of Horse Racing to the next level. The program, called Horse Racing 3.0: Changing the Game, will seek new and innovative product solutions, to help drive sustainable growth and revenue within the horse racing industry.   "At Woodbine, we are continuously looking for ways to modernize our industry to ensure a sustainable future for Horse Racing in Ontario and gaming is a key piece of the equation," said Jim Lawson, CEO of WEG. "Our plan in leading the industry is to develop ways to reach and engage a younger demographic. We are excited to partner with Ryerson and work with Canadians pushing the boundaries of technology in traditional industries that help transform our sport for generations to come."   Kicking off on September 23, participants will engage in a 1.5 day long "Design Jam" where they will work with WEG staff and mentors to develop their initial ideas. Teams will then have three months to refine their idea into a commercially viable Proof of Concept. During this stage, teams will be asked to participate in bi-weekly workshops to meet with mentors and set growth milestones. Teams that meet their milestones will be invited to present their solutions to a panel of judges for a chance to be selected as the top team.   During the program participants will receive dedicated workspace and work alongside mentors, as well as WEG's innovation team to help drive their product forward. Teams will be given access to data from Woodbine to help prototype their developments, as well as briefings to understand the industry, challenges and opportunities.   "This is a unique opportunity for people to innovate the traditional sport of Horse Racing and work with mentors over an extended period of time to develop their ideas, as opposed to the typical 1-3 day hackathon," said John MacRitchie, Senior Director, Business Development and Strategic Planning at Ryerson. "Horse Racing 3.0: Changing the Game is a program dedicated to providing the time and support required in the prototyping phase to set people up for optimal success. We are excited to be working with Woodbine to bring this program to life."   A total of $21,000 in cash prizes will be divided among the top three teams along with an eight-month enrollment in Ryerson's iBoost incubation zone. Teams will also have the opportunity to make connections with prospective customers, partners, industry experts and investors and potentially enter into a pilot agreement with WEG.   "Our goal at iBoost is to connect the best talent with industry challenges," said Dr. Rafik Loutfy, Director of the Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Ryerson. "This opportunity will help entrepreneurs develop creative solutions that would be relevant for the horse-racing industry and accelerate their time to market."   More information, including application details and eligibility, is available at www.hr3.ca. The deadline for applications is September 24, 2016.   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. WEG is the leading member of the Standardbred Alliance and the single operator of Teletheatres and Account Wagering, available through www.HPIbet.com, in Ontario. WEG also operates HPItv, a CRTC licensed digital television channel that broadcasts racing into homes across Canada. Woodbine Entertainment is designated as a Caring Company with Imagine Canada, and gives back through WEGcares Community Investment Program.   About Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation at Ryerson University   Ryerson University' Office of the Vice President, Research and Innovation supports scholarly, research and creative (SRC) activity and innovation across Ryerson. With nearly 200 local, national and global academic, community and industry partners, our faculty work to drive economic growth and improve the lives of Canadians in areas including digital media and technology, energy and sustainability, and technological and industrial innovation, to name a few. In the last two years, the university has experienced dramatic growth in research and innovation, with almost 40 per cent increase in funding and was named the top undergraduate research university of the year by Research InfoSource in 2014. With innovation at the core of its research mandate, Ryerson houses over 125 centres, institutes and innovation zones including the DMZ, the top-rated university-based incubator in North America.   About iBoost   Established in 2015 by the Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science at Ryerson University, iBoost is a customer centric technology startup incubator at Ryerson University that focuses on capacity building at the entrepreneurial, venture investor and policy levels of the innovation ecosystem. iBoost provides a collaborative environment dedicated to educating and supporting entrepreneurs throughout their journey from incubation to acceleration and beyond.         John Siscos

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 29 - Veteran harness racing conditioner Anthony Montini sent out a pair of winners Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack to reach a career milestone. Hope For Paddy's eighth race victory gave Montini his 1,000th career training victory. Montini, 47, entered Friday's card two victories away from the milestone with two horses racing on the card. The Acton, Ontario resident's first starter, Goldies Mach, scored an 8-1 upset in the evening's first race for career win 999. In the eighth race, seven-year-old pacing mare Hope For Paddy used her back-class to pick up her sixth victory of the season at 6-1 and score her trainer his 1,000th career win. Hope For Paddy has been a consistent performer for Montini over the last few years and fittingly was able to give her trainer his milestone victory. Montini has been a regular on the WEG Circuit since starting his training career in 1999. His stable has earned at least $500,000 in 14 of the last 15 racing seasons. Montini's career best season came in 2006, when his stable won 115 races and earned $2.5 million. His career earnings total currently sits at over $16 million. This season, Montini has won 16 races and earned over $186,000 from 96 starts. All of his victories this season have been recorded on the WEG Circuit. The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to congratulate Anthony on reaching 1,000 career training victories. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 30 - Due to a looming postal service disruption, the Woodbine Entertainment Group and Ontario Standardbred Alliance has issued the following plan for purse cheque distribution. In the event of a postal strike on Monday (July 4), WEG will courier all owners' cheques to the track in which the money was earned. These cheques will be made available for pick up on race days/nights. Monthly driver and trainer cheques will also be sent to the track in which the money was earned and made available for pick up. This practice will continue for the length of the postal disruption. Once the issue is resolved, WEG will return to its regular process of distributing cheques via postal service. For the cheques that are not picked up during the postal disruption, they will be returned to Mohawk Racetrack and sent out via postal service to the appropriate parties. by Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

TORONTO, June 16, 2016 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced that it has selected SWA Group, a leading landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm, to create the master plan to guide the long-term vision for Woodbine's overall development and expanded entertainment offering across its 680 acres of largely undeveloped land. SWA Group was chosen from a short list of international firms with expertise in the master planning of large-scale urban destinations, through an invitation-only Request for Proposals process lead by LiveWorkLearnPlay (LWLP), WEG's development consultants. Assisting SWA will be BCV Architects and Nelson Nygaard.   "This is a big step forward in our plan to transform Woodbine into a leading entertainment destination in Toronto. We know SWA is the right partner for the job," said Jim Lawson, CEO of WEG. "Most people don't realize that we have the largest piece of privately owned, undeveloped land in Toronto here at Woodbine. Our vision is to unlock the value of the property by creating a city within a city that brings a range of dynamic offerings to people within the GTA, with the goal of building a sustainable foundation and economic future for horseracing in Ontario."   Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) is in the midst of a selection process for an operator to oversee expanded gaming operations at the Woodbine site, which will bring live table games, expanded and modernized slots and a greatly enhanced gaming environment to what is already Canada's most popular gaming facility. In conjunction with the anticipated expansion of the gaming operations, WEG is embarking on a large-scale redevelopment of the adjacent lands to create a dynamic mixed-use district that integrates entertainment, recreation, racing, gaming, dining, education, employment, residential living and more. The redevelopment plans are subject to meeting a number of conditions established by Toronto City Council in 2015 when it approved expanded gaming as a willing host municipality at Woodbine Racetrack.   The master plan, once finalized, will bring to life Woodbine's vision of a vibrant gaming, entertainment and horse racing destination, all integrated into a diverse new district that responsibly contributes to its surrounding community. The mixed-use development is expected to create new jobs and bring further economic vibrancy to northwest Toronto, attract a broad range of Torontonians and visitors, and spark a renewed interest in horseracing and gaming in the province.   Woodbine, LWLP and SWA will continue to work closely with the City of Toronto and OLG to determine the exact components of this new district, but can confirm that an initial phase of development will include the previously announced 165,000 square-foot entertainment venue seating 5,000 people, in partnership with Trinity Development Group Inc.   "At SWA, we have had the privilege to work on many high-profile, large-scale projects around the world and are proud to be able to contribute to crafting Woodbine's future," said Sean O'Malley, Managing Principal of SWA's Laguna Beach studio. "By bringing together an appreciation for nature and a strong commitment to design and sustainability, we look for the intrinsic value in every site that will best meet the needs of our client and the communities they serve. Woodbine has so much opportunity and we are excited to get started."   SWA is a world leader in planning creative communities which integrate multiple uses. Among many projects, it has worked on the master plan for Disney World; the groundscape for the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai; the Long Beach, California, shoreline redevelopment plan; and the master plan and landscape concepts for the 2018 Olympic Nordic complex in PyeongChang, Korea.   "Bringing this vision to life is an important milestone for us and we are lucky to have great partners like SWA, LWLP, Trinity Development Group Inc. and the OLG to work with along the way," added Lawson. "We are excited to get down to work and can't wait to share our final plans with the community."   "WEG has an ambitious vision for Woodbine's redevelopment, and we are honoured to be working with them and SWA to realize it," said Richard Martz, Partner and Principal of LWLP. "It is a once-in-a-lifetime, city-building opportunity to become the heart of, and transform, northwest Toronto by delivering something that has never been seen in the GTA. We have the potential to create not just a project, but a world-famous place that celebrates the rich history of horse racing in Ontario and integrates it into the fabric of a vibrant, dynamic complete community."   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. WEG is the leading member of the Standardbred Alliance and the single operator of Teletheatres and Account Wagering, available through www.HPIbet.com, in Ontario. WEG also operates HPItv, a CRTC licensed digital television channel that broadcasts racing into homes across Canada. Woodbine Entertainment is designated as a Caring Company with Imagine Canada, and gives back through WEGcares Community Investment Program.   About SWA Group   Established in 1957, SWA is an international landscape architecture, planning, and urban design firm with eight studio-based offices in the United States, China and the United Arab Emirates. They are committed to design that results in beauty, sustainability and social well-being. Their projects, spanning more than 60 countries, have garnered more than 800 awards, and many of their principals are widely acknowledged as among the industry's most innovative and experienced designers and planners. Their master planning initiatives have helped create new neighbourhoods, towns and cities all over the world. SWA's efforts at Woodbine are being led by Sean O'Malley, Managing Principal of their studio in Laguna Beach, California, who has over 27 years of broad-based international experience in all aspects of large-scale planning and construction.   John Siscos

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 8 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced that a mandatory payout for the Mohawk Jackpot Hi-5 is currently scheduled for the upcoming Pepsi North America Cup harness racing card. The Mohawk Jackpot Hi-5 carryover currently sits at $443,142 and horseplayers will only have three more chances at taking down the pool before a mandatory payout night. If the Jackpot Hi-5 does not have a single winner over the course of the next three cards of live racing at Mohawk, the pool will be suspended after Saturday, June 11 and a mandatory payout will be offered on Saturday, June 18, Pepsi North America Cup night. There will be no Jackpot Hi-5 wager available on June 13, 14, 16 and 17 at Mohawk. The current Jackpot Hi-5 carryover began building on Thursday, March 31 at Woodbine Racetrack. In order to win the entire Jackpot Hi-5 pool, a horseplayer must have the only winning ticket for that evening's Hi-5. If there are multiple winning tickets, the winners share half of the evening's pool and the remaining half is carried over to the following card. The Jackpot Hi-5 offers a 20-cent minimum wager and a 15 per cent takeout. The three remaining cards this week to play the Jackpot Hi-5 at Mohawk are Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Post time for each card is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 2 - Harness racing six-year-old trotting mare Charmed Life reached the $1 million earnings mark in style Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Dave Menary trainee was able to convert off a three-hole trip from driver Jody Jamieson to score her first win of the season and reach the $1 million mark. Charmed Life entered Thursday's race less than $5,000 away from the milestone and picked the perfect time to win in a $24,000 Fillies & Mares Trot. The daughter of Majestic Son is owned by Menary Racing Inc., Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero. Charmed Life has been a standout on the WEG circuit since her Ontario Sires Stakes days. Trained by John Bax until 2014, the classy trotting mare has tackled and defeated her male counterparts on multiple occasions in the Preferred. Charmed Life has also had success on the Grand Circuit with a victory in the Miss Versatility and runner-up finishes in the Armbro Flight and Miami Valley Distaff. The Menary trainee banked over $209,000 last season and finished third in the Breeders Crown Mare Trot at Woodbine. Thursday's 1:54.1 victory was the 19th career win for Charmed Life, who sports a career-mark of 1:52.2. The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to congratulate Charmed Life and all her connections on becoming harness racing's newest millionaire. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 2 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced Mitch Marner, Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Player of the Year and Toronto Maple Leafs top prospect, as the guest drawmaster for the 2016 harness racing $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. The Pepsi North America Cup post position draw will be held on Tuesday, June 14 at Mohawk Racetrack and Marner, 19, will be on hand to assist with the festivities. The media event will get underway at noon. Marner just wrapped up a memorable and historic championship season with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). The Thornhill, Ontario native led the Knights to the 2016 OHL Championship with 44 points in 18 games and followed it up by scoring 14 points in four games to help his squad capture the Memorial Cup in Red Deer, Alberta. Marner's tremendous season was recognized with multiple awards, including CHL Player of the Year, OHL Player of the Year, OHL Playoffs MVP and Memorial Cup MVP. Last June, Marner was selected fourth overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 5'11 right-winger is considered one of the Maple Leafs top prospects and key pieces heading into the future. Along with his outstanding play in the OHL this season (116 points in 57 regular season games), Marner also represented Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Marner is active on social media and can be followed on Twitter @Marner93. The 33rd edition of the Pepsi North America Cup will be held on Saturday, June 18 at Mohawk Racetrack. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, ONT - April 14 - Another round of stakes payments for WEG and Alliance events, including the Pepsi North America Cup, are due this Friday (April 15). A group of 53 three-year-old pacers remain eligible to make the second sustaining payment to the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. The sustaining fee for the Cup is $1,000 ($745 USD) A second sustaining payment is also due Friday for the Canadian Trotting Classic, Fan Hanover, Elegantimage, Goodtimes, Somebeachsomewhere and Casual Breeze. The "Fall Four" events for two-year-olds will be held at Woodbine Racetrack in November. The Governor's Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid all have a sustaining payment due Friday. Following last month's nominations, the Metro Pace, Canadian Pacing Derby and Maple Leaf Trot are several events with a first sustaining payment due Friday. Two-year-old events the Shes A Great Lady, William Wellwood Memorial, Peaceful Way, Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation have a sustaining payment owed Friday. The Roses Are Red and Milton Stakes for older pacing mares and the Armbro Flight for older trotting mares also have a first sustaining payment due Friday. The final sustaining payment for the 2016 WEG-SBOA Filly events is owed Friday. The eliminations for the three-year-old filly pace and trot stakes are scheduled for Saturday, May 21 at Mohawk. The Woodbine Entertainment Group continues to handle all stakes administration for Alliance Racetracks. A second sustaining payment is due Friday for the Battle of Waterloo, Battle of the Belles at Grand River Raceway and the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. A sustaining fee is also due for the Dream Of Glory Trot at Hanover Raceway. All stakes payments can be made online by clicking here. All stakes conditions and details can be found in the WEG Stakes Booklet, which can be accessed by clicking here. If sending payments by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than April 15 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. Any questions or concerns regarding the April 15 deadline can be directed to the Mohawk Race Office, 905-854-7805. by Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today released updated lists of eligible harness racing horses to their impressive stakes program. The March 15 stakes deadline featured sustaining payments for several events, including the Pepsi North America Cup, and nomination payments for many big events, including the Metro Pace and Canadian Pacing Derby. The Pepsi North America Cup, Canada's richest harness race, has 53 horses remaining eligible following March's sustaining payment. Originally 58 three-year-old pacers were nominated to the $1 million event. The $700,000 Canadian Trotting Classic, $400,000 Fan Hanover, $400,000 Elegantimage and $250,000 Goodtimes all had a sustaining payment due on March 15. Each event saw at least 88 per cent of their nominees make the first sustaining payment. A total of 168 two-year-old pacers have been nominated to the Metro Pace. The $685,000 event is the richest race for two-year-olds and has been captured by many greats including Artsplace, Rocknroll Hanover, Somebeachsomewhere and Captaintreacherous. The $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby, Canada's oldest stakes race, has attracted 47 nominees. The list of older pacers nominated to the 'Derby' includes last year's champion and Canadian Horse of the Year State Treasurer, U.S Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit, 2015 Pepsi North America Cup champion Wakizashi Hanover and Breeders Crown champion Always B Miki. Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred of all-time, is also nominated to the Canadian Pacing Derby. The winner of over $7.3 million has appeared in the 'Pacing Derby' five-times, including winning the event in 2012. A group of 36 older trotters have been nominated to the $680,000 Maple Leaf Trot. Last year's winner Bee A Magician has once again been made eligible to the event and is one of four mares (D One, Mission Brief, Shake It Cerry) nominated. A trio of WEG's signature events for two-year-olds all featured a close number of nominees. The $455,000 Shes A Great Lady for pacing fillies has 161 nominees, while the $370,000 William Wellwood for rookie trotters and the $410,000 Peaceful Way for trotting fillies attracted 162 and 164 nominees, respectively. A full list of nominees and eligible horses for all WEG stakes events can be found by clicking here. Below are the signature dates for the 2016 WEG racing season. Saturday, June 18: Pepsi North America Cup, Fan Hanover, Goodtimes, Roses Are Red, Armbro Flight Saturday, September 3: Metro Pace, Canadian Pacing Derby, Shes A Great Lady Saturday, September 17: Canadian Trotting Classic, Maple Leaf Trot, Elegantimage, William Wellwood, Peaceful Way Saturday, September 24: Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Championships Saturday, October 15: Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals Saturday, November 19: "Fall Four" Governor's Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamond, Goldsmith Maid (at Woodbine) Mark McKelvie

Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced that 58 harness racing three-year-old pacers have been nominated to the 33rd edition of the Pepsi North America Cup. The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, the richest race in Canadian harness racing, will be contested on Saturday, June 18 at Mohawk Racetrack. The group of 58 eligible three-year-olds is led by O'Brien Award winner Control The Moment. The Brad Maxwell trainee won eight of nine starts as a rookie, including the $685,000 Metro Pace, for earnings of $461,457. Control The Moment sports a sub-1:50 lifetime mark, as he captured the Metro Pace in 1:49.4. Dan Patch Award winner Boston Red Rocks also headlines the list of nominees. The Steve Elliott trainee finished off his two-year-old campaign with victories in the Breeders Crown at Woodbine and the Governor's Cup at The Meadowlands. Boston Red Rocks won four of nine starts, while never finishing off the board, for earnings of $669,918. Ontario Sires Stakes stars Betting Line (1:51.4 - $540,422), Nvestment Bluechip (1:51.1 - $367,153) and Voracity (1:51.2 - $298,769) are all eligible to the 'Cup', while New York Sire Stakes champion Travel Playlist (1:49.2 - $252,868) is also one of the 58 nominees. Sustaining payments to the Pepsi North America Cup are due March 15, April 15 and May 16. Eliminations for the Pepsi North America Cup are scheduled for Saturday, June 11. Nominations have also been collected for several major WEG stakes events. World champion Southwind Frank headlines a group of 77 three-year-old trotters nominated to the $700,000 Canadian Trotting Classic. O'Brien Award winner Caprice Hill and Dan Patch Award winner Broadway Donna are two of 98 three-year-old trotting fillies nominated to the $400,000 Elegantimage. Superstar pacing fillies L A Delight and Pure Country lead a group of 63 nominees to the $480,000 Fan Hanover for three-year-old pacing fillies. The nominations are also in for the two-year-old Fall Four Stakes. The $565,000 Governor's Cup for two-year-old pacers has attracted 199 nominees, while 200 two-year-old pacing fillies have been nominated to the $425,000 Three Diamonds. The $525,000 Valley Victory for two-year-old trotters received 185 nominations, while 184 two-year-old trotting fillies compile the list of nominees to the $465,000 Goldsmith Maid. To view the full list of nominees to these WEG stakes events and more, click here. The list of nominees to the Alliance Racetrack stakes events, including the Confederation Cup and Battle of Waterloo, can also be found by clicking the above link. Here is the full list of nominees to the Pepsi North America Cup. ALL THE COOKIES AMERICAN PASSPORT ARSENIC BEAST MODE BETTING LINE BETTOR MEMORIES BIG TOP HANOVER BOSTON RED ROCKS BROOKDALE SONNY CHECK SIX CONTROL THE MOMENT CRUISE PATROL DO OVER HANOVER DR J HANOVER DREAMFAIR MESA EASY LOVER HANOVER FANCOURT FLAHERTY GOOD LIVING HIGHLANDBEACHYCOVE IDEAL ROCKY IM SOME GRADUATE INSPIRATION VIEW JDS CHANCEY DESIGN KATIES ROCKER KOKANEE SEELSTER LYONS SNYDER MACS STAR MAGNUM J MAJOR HILL MANHATTANBEACH MAX IS BACK MICHAELS VICTORY MINDTRIP MYSTICAL ROCK NEW TALENT NOCTURNAL BLUECHIP NVESTMENT BLUECHIP PERSEVERANT PRETTY BOY HILL RACING HILL REAL KID ROCK POWER ROLLAROUNDTHEWORLD SANTAFES PRINCE SOME GOLD STONEBRIDGEBEACH SUTTON SEELSTER TAP INTO POWER THE CATAMOUNT KID THINK ON IT TOM HILL TOTALLY GREAT TRAVEL PLAYLIST UNCLE NICKY VORACITY WICHITA LINEMAN WORTHY ART Number of nominees: 58 Mark McKelvie

Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Trinity Development Group Inc. (Trinity) today announced the companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the purpose of developing an integrated entertainment venue at Woodbine Racetrack. The WEG-Trinity proposal calls for an entertainment venue of approximately 165,000 square feet and seating for up to 5,000 patrons. It would reside adjacent to the current Woodbine Racetrack facility and occupy three to four acres of the Woodbine property. The collaboration is the next step in WEG's property development vision of an integrated district with multiple forms of gaming, entertainment and horse racing. "This is an exciting day for Woodbine Entertainment Group and the city of Toronto," said Jim Lawson, CEO of WEG. "To partner with a trusted, well-respected property development company like Trinity allows the citizens of Toronto, and frankly the entire province, to start to see the possibilities of what we can develop on one of the most attractive pieces of real estate in the GTA." Together WEG and Trinity will conduct a procurement process to bring in a world class third party entertainment company to be the manager and operator of the venue. The venue is expected to be used for live performances (i.e. music, theatre, dance) and other forms of live entertainment. "Trinity Development Group is looking forward to working with an iconic brand like Woodbine Entertainment Group to develop a portion of the 680 acres of prime land on the Woodbine Racetrack property," said John Ruddy, Executive Chairman of Trinity. "Trinity has a deep history in developing real estate of this quality in high profile locations." Trinity is responsible for the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park in Ottawa. After a revitalization project that opened in November of 2014, Lansdowne is a hotbed for businesses and restaurants that drew 1.5 million visitors in its first year of operations. About Woodbine Entertainment Group (www.woodbineentertainment.com): 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. WEG is the leading member of the Standardbred Alliance and the single operator of Teletheatres and Account Wagering, available through www.HPIbet.com, in Ontario. WEG also operates HPItv, a CRTC licensed digital television channel that broadcasts racing into homes across Canada. Trinity Development Group Inc.:   Since inception in 1991, Trinity has become a leading real estate developer in Canada. Trinity has developed, or is actively developing over 25 million square feet of shopping centres and mixed use developments throughout Canada. Trinity has extensive expertise in both large retail projects and mixed-use developments. In recent years, Trinity has refocused its strategic direction to include large, mixed-use developments. In Ottawa, Trinity in partnership with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group developed Lansdowne Park and TD Place, the Nation's Capital exciting new urban sports and entertainment destination featuring a spectacular 24,000 seat outdoor stadium and newly refurbished 10,000 seat indoor arena. TD Place is the home to the Ottawa REDBLACKS of the CFL, the NASL's Ottawa Fury FC and the Ottawa 67's of the OHL. It hosts concerts and performances by industry-leading acts and entertainers year round. It includes restaurants, movie theatres, shops, services, office and residential, creating the exciting all-new Lansdowne community. In Calgary, their Trinity Hills development adjacent to the Canadian Olympic Park lands will provide a business campus, various residential formats, entertainment and retail uses. Further information on Trinity's projects may be found on its website (www.trinity-group.com).   About BBB Architects:   The internationally renowned firm of BBB Architects has been chosen to design the masterplan and buildings for the Woodbine-Trinity retail/entertainment complex. Partner Brian Brisbin, in creating this design, states "it will be the most provocative performance venue in Canada, anchoring a new regional retail/entertainment destination while giving exposure to a new audience for horse racing." With offices in Toronto and New York, the firm's projects include Madison Square Garden in New York, the L.A. Forum in Los Angeles as well as the largest retail/entertainment project in Europe, the Moscow City Center. Further details about BBB's projects are available at www.bbb.ca.   John Siscos

The deadline to make nomination payments to major Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) harness racing stakes events is just days away. Nominations to several major stakes, including the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, close Tuesday, February 16. The 32nd Pepsi North America Cup for the continent's finest three-year-old pacers will take place on Saturday, June 18 at Mohawk Racetrack. Nominations also close on February 16 for the $700,000 Canadian Trotting Classic, $480,000 Fan Hanover, $400,000 Elegantimage, $235,000 Goodtimes, $225,000 Somebeachsomewhere and $150,000 Casual Breeze. The nomination fee to the Pepsi North America Cup and Canadian Trotting Classic is $500 ($370 USD). The five other events carry a nomination fee of $300 ($225 USD). The "Fall Four" Stakes returns to Woodbine in 2016 and nominations also close on Tuesday. The "Fall Four" Stakes for two-year-olds offer lucrative purses for harness racing's rookies and will take place on Saturday, November 19 at Woodbine Racetrack. The "Fall Four" is made up of the $565,000 Governor's Cup for pacers, $525,000 Valley Victory for trotters, $465,000 Goldsmith Maid for filly trotters and $425,000 Three Diamonds for filly pacers. The nomination fee to the "Fall Four" Stakes is $350 ($260 USD). Several sustaining fee payments are also due on Tuesday. A $500 ($370 USD) sustaining fee is due for the 2016 Simcoe Stakes (foals of 2013) and a $300 ($225 USD) fee is due for the 2016 WEG SBOA Filly Stakes (foals of 2013). To view the nomination sheet for the events closing February 16, click here. To view the 2016 WEG Stakes booklet, click here. To make nomination payments online, click here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than February 16 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. Any questions or concerns regarding the February 16 closing can be directed to the Mohawk Race Office, 905-854-7805. Mark McKelvie

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