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Standardbred Canada reports that So Much More, sent off as the 7-5 favourite, fired off cover to land first at the finish in the $36,000 Preferred Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday (Feb. 15). Kendall Seelster led the field to a :27.2 first quarter with Easy Lover Hanover sitting in the pocket. Driver James MacDonald lagged So Much More off the gate and sat seventh around the first turn, but caught cover to race third over into a :56.1 half. Fixed Idea led the overland charge around the final turn, drawing on near-equal terms with Kendall Seelster past three-quarters in 1:23.1 and taking a narrow lead into the stretch. MacDonald angled So Much More off cover and dashed down the centre of the track to the lead in the final stages, winning by a length over pocket-popper Easy Lover Hanover. Fixed Idea settled for third. A four-year-old mare by Big Jim, So Much More won her 22nd race from 40 starts, surpassing $300,000 in earnings. Trainer Don Beatson co-owns the $4.90 winner with Kenneth Beatson and Cole England. Trainer Richard Moreau claimed victory five times during the 11-race card. He began with back-to-back victories midway through the card, with Blu Crew ($6.00) winning in near wire-to-wire fashion and Legion Seelster ($3.30) winning in wire-to-wire fashion. Two races later, Sylph Hanover ($15.50) won in near gate-to-wire style while Wheels On Fire ($5.30) capped Moreau’s evening with a first-over grind to victory. The finale on the program, giving Moreau his fifth win on the night, featured a mandatory payout to the Jackpot Hi-5. Moreau trainee Peace Out Posse ($30.20) ripped off cover to win, with Play Jet Ray finishing second, 66-1 shot Ramblingamblinman closing for third, Foot Soldier finishing fourth and Freddy Bear rounding the ticket. With over $300,000 bet into a $150,000 carryover, the ticket combo of 9-4-2-8-3 returned $41,354.03 on a $.20 ticket. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Woodbine Mohawk Park.

Standardbred Canada reports that race favourite Northern Royale swept to command after the opening quarter and closed out the Wine & Roses Trotting Series a winner during the Valentine's Day harness racing card at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Northern Royale left sharply from post six in the $33,000 series finale for driver Sylvain Filion before 52-1 shot Kinderunbelievable, firing to her outside, crossed in front through a :27.4 opening quarter. The favourite then looped the longshot leaver down the backstretch and posted middle splits of :56.4 and 1:26.3 en route to a three-length victory in 1:55.4. Second-place went to 3-1 second choice Club Belvedere (James MacDonald), who made a bold rush out of the four-hole in tandem with Northern Royale's winning move during the second quarter and dropped into the pocket to follow the rest of the way. Delilah Seelster (Bob McClure), the longest shot on the board, was last at the half and closed late to finish third at nearly 75-1. Northern Royale, who endured a parked out trip to win the January 30 first leg, was just a head shy of a series sweep as rival Club Belvedere had collared her in their last match up on February 6. Sent postward as the favourite in the finale, she paid $3.30 to win as the 3-5 bettors' choice. Northern Royale's bankroll swelledd to six figures as she improved her career record to 9-5-1 from 26 starts. Julie Walker trains the four-year-old Royalty For Life-Dover Miss mare for owners Brenda Walker, Barry Klages and Nancy Holmes. The series was for three and four-year-old fillies and mares that were non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2019. To view Friday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Friday Results - Mohawk Park.

MILTON, ON -  February 14, 2020 - Harness racing horseplayers will look to cap off Saturday night (February 15) with a big score by taking home a piece of Woodbine Mohawk Park's Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout. A carryover of $152,060.29 will be brought into the Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout and past results show that the total pool is expected to be large. The most recent Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout took place less than two months ago on December 21. On that occasion, a total of $544,793.76 in new money was wagered to go with a carryover of $180,992.59. The new money total has tripled that of the carryover in three of the past five mandatory payouts, including a record $2.8 million in new money wagered on the March 30, 2019 mandatory payout that had a carryover of $525,140. The Jackpot Hi-5 race is Race 11 on Saturday's card at Woodbine Mohawk Park. As usual, the mandatory payout race will have an overflow field of 11 going for a purse of $25,000. The horses competing in Saturday's Hi-5 race are Non-Winners of $8,600 last five starts or $17,200 last 10 pacers. This level would typically compete for a purse of $17,000, but with an extra horse added to the Hi-5 race, the purse has been bumped and all starters will receive money. Horseplayers can start studying for Saturday's card and the Jackpot Hi-5 by visiting www.Woodbine.com/Mohawk/Free-Programs/ to download the official Woodbine Standardbred program. Saturday's card will also feature a $36,000 Preferred Pace (Race 9). Mares Kendall Seelster and So Much More are two of the seven competitors in the top-level event. Millionaire Easy Lover Hanover headlines the male competitors. Kendall Seelster comes into Saturday's contest just $11,154 away from reaching $1 million in career earnings. The five-year-old Rod Boyd trainee would need a victory to accomplish the milestone this weekend. Post time for Saturday's card is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - February 14, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to issue a final reminder to all harness racing owners and horsepeople of Tuesday's (February 18) deadline for nominations to all major stakes in 2020 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Nominations close on February 18 for all major events, including the 37th Pepsi North America Cup (three-year-old pacers), Metro Pace (two-year-old pacers), and William Wellwood Memorial (two-year-old trotters). The opportunity to purchase a slot in the inaugural Mohawk Million for two-year-old trotters also closes on February 18, as a purchase contract and $55,000 payment must be submitted. The full list of events closing on February 18 is listed below. Purses are all estimated except for $1 million guarantees on Pepsi North America Cup and Mohawk Million. Event Age, Sex, Gait Purse Pepsi North America Cup 3-Year-Old Pace $1 Million Mohawk Million 2-Year-Old Trot $1 Million USD Armbro Flight Filly & Mare Trot $250,000 Canadian Pacing Derby Open Pace $600,000 Canadian Trotting Classic 3-Year-Old Trot $600,000 Casual Breeze 3-Year-Old Filly Trot $180,000 Elegantimage 3-Year-Old Filly Trot $375,000 Eternal Camnation 2-Year-Old Filly Pace $240,000 Fan Hanover 3-Year-Old Filly Pace $450,000 Goodtimes 3-Year-Old Trot $250,000 Maple Leaf Trot Open Trot $650,000 Metro Pace 2-Year-Old Pace $850,000 Milton Filly & Mare Pace $250,000 Nassagaweya 2-Year-Old Pace $225,000 Peaceful Way 2-Year-Old Filly Trot $400,000 Roses Are Red Filly & Mare Pace $330,000 Shes A Great Lady 2-Year-Old Filly Pace $540,000 Somebeachsomewhere 3-Year-Old Pace $190,000 William Wellwood Memorial 2-Year-Old Trot $610,000 (winner receives slot in Mohawk Million) To download the 2020 Woodbine Stakes Booklet (including full conditions), click here. Woodbine Entertainment also handles the administration of stakes races contested at various tracks across Ontario. Nominations are also due February 18 for the following events. Grand River Raceway: Battle of Waterloo (Ontario Sired 2-Year-Old Pace) Battle of the Belles (Ontario Sired 2-Year-Old Filly Pace) Flamboro Downs: Confederation Cup (4-Year-Old Pace) Hanover Raceway: Balanced Image (Ontario Sired 2-Year-Old Trot) Dream Of Glory (Ontario Sired 3-Year-Old Trot) Clinton Raceway Kin Pace (Ontario Sired 3-Year-Old Filly Pace) Sustaining payments are also due February 18 for the following stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. 2020 Simcoe Open (foals of 2017) 2020 Simcoe Filly (foals of 2017) 2020 WEG SBOA Filly (foals of 2017) (NOTE: A late nomination fee for the 2021 WEG SBOA Filly (foals of 2018) is also due if horse was not nominated in May of 2019.) Visit www.Woodbine.com/Mohawk/Horsepeople/ for full information. To make stakes payments online, click here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than February 18, 2020 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - February 12, 2020 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all harness racing horsepeople that training has been cancelled for Thursday morning (February 13). With winter weather expected overnight and into Thursday morning, the cancellation is to allow the track crew an opportunity to prepare the racing surface for Thursday's qualifiers (beginning at 4 p.m.) and live races (beginning at 7:10 p.m.). The track is expected to be open for training on Friday morning. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, February 10, 2020 - The photo finish camera couldn't separate On The Ropes and Perfetto leaving Monday's $36,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park with two harness racing winners. The dead heat finish came as Perfetto and trainer-driver Dagfin Henriksen were able to reach up in the final strides to hit the wire at the exact same moment as On The Ropes and driver Jonathan Drury. The duo trotted the mile in 1:54.1, finishing nearly two-lengths ahead of B Yoyo in third, while Odds On Amethyst rallied for fourth ahead of Hemi Seelster. Perfetto cut an opening-quarter of :28.1, before On The Ropes made a second-quarter rush from fourth to the top. The new leader proceeded to post fractions of :57.2 and 1:26.2 prior to the thrilling stretch drive. Both five-year-olds, On The Ropes and Perfetto had each never won the Preferred level at Woodbine Mohawk Park prior to Monday's contest. On The Ropes is trained by Carmen Auciello and now has three wins in six starts this season for owner Percy Elkins. The Preferred victory 13th career score for the winner of over $238,000. Perfetto improved to two for five this season for conditioner Henriksen and owner Gerald Haggerty. His latest triumph gives him 11 for his career and pushes his lifetime earnings over $277,000. Perfetto (3) reaches up in the final stride to finish in a dead heat for win with On The Ropes (2) A large portion of the wagering public put their support behind On The Ropes, who paid $3.20 to win as the top-choice. Perfetto returned $8.50 to win. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, ON - February 10, 2020 - The deadline to enter for a slot in the inaugural Mohawk Million at Woodbine Mohawk Park is approaching and several of the industry's most prominent harness racing owners have submitted for a slot. "From the moment I learned of the Mohawk Million, I was immediately interested in participating," said award-winning owner John Fielding, who signed his purchase agreement on Wednesday. "The Mohawk Million has the potential to make an impact in many areas of our sport and I'm hopeful this will be the start of a great new event." A payment of $55,000 (USD) is due February 18, 2020 to be entered for one of nine slots in the Mohawk Million for two-year-old trotters. The owners who receive the slots in the Mohawk Million will then be required to submit a $55,000 payment by June 1, 2020. If more than nine slots are purchased by the deadline, Mohawk Million slots will be determined by draw. The owners who are not selected in the draw for a slot in the 2020 event will receive first opportunity to purchase a slot in the 2021 event. To help media and horsepeople fully understand the details of participating in the Mohawk Million, Woodbine Entertainment has provided answers to the questions below. WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR OBTAINING A SLOT IN THE MOHAWK MILLION? A purchase contract and payment of $55,000 must be submitted to Woodbine Entertainment by February 18, 2020 to be entered for one of nine slots in the Mohawk Million. Following the deadline, one of three scenarios will take place. If less than nine slots are sold, the race will be cancelled.If exactly nine slots are sold, each purchaser will receive a slot in the race.If more than nine slots are purchased, a live streamed draw will take place to determine the recipients of the slots. HOW WOULD THE MOHAWK MILLION "SLOT DRAW" WORK IF MORE THAN NINE ENTRIES ARE RECEIVED? All the purchase contracts received will be entered in a live streamed draw with nine contracts pulled to determine the slot recipients. Those outdrawn for a slot in the 2020 Mohawk Million will receive the first right of refusal to purchase a slot in the 2021 Mohawk Million. Owners interested in submitting for a slot or learning more information about the Mohawk Million should contact Bill McLinchey, Director of Standardbred Racing, at bmclinchey@woodbine.com. The Mohawk Million purchase contract can be downloaded by clicking here. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - February 10, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced a mandatory payout for the Woodbine Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 will be held this Saturday (February 15) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Jackpot Hi-5 wagering has been suspended for the remainder of the week until Saturday's mandatory payout. The carryover heading into the mandatory payout is $152,060.29. The most recent Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout at Woodbine Mohawk Park took place on Saturday, December 21, 2019. The carryover heading into the evening was just over $180,000 and a total of $544,793 in new money was wagered. The $1 payout returned $2,905.45. The draw for this Saturday's card of racing will take place on Wednesday. The Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout race will be the final race on the card, which has a first-race post time of 7:10 p.m. Free program pages will be available at www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment        

MILTON, ON - February 5, 2020 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all horsepeople that training has been cancelled for Thursday morning. With winter weather expected overnight and into Thursday morning, the cancellation is to allow the track crew an opportunity to prepare the racing surface for Thursday's qualifiers (beginning at 4 p.m.) and live races (beginning at 7:10 p.m.). The track is expected to be open for training on Friday morning. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment            

MILTON, January 31, 2020 - Bettor B Going and Sugar Dance took home the gold in Friday's harness racing Winter Series finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The four-year-old Bettors Delight gelding Better B Going grabbed the front early and wired his competition in the $40,000 Snowshoe Final. Driver Chris Christoforou cleared command with Bettor B Going before a :27.2 first quarter. The Wilford Perrault trainee continued uncontested towards a :55.2 half and only faced minor first-over pressure from Warrawee Vital approaching three-quarters in 1:23.2. Warrawee Vital gained slight ground on Bettor B Going through the stretch but finished two-and-a-half lengths behind the winner in a 1:50.3 stakes record mile. Bernie, riding the pylons throughout, took third. Owned by Grant and Joanne Curnow, Bettor B Going won his seventh race from 21 starts, earning $85,399. He paid $6.00 to win. Completing a series sweep, Sugar Dance darted off cover to capture the $36,000 Blizzard Series final. Positioned in the middle of the pack from her second-tier post, Sugar Dance sat sixth while Betsea led the field passed a :28.4 first quarter. Driver Jody Jamieson then angled Sugar Dance to track cover from first-over Playa Duharas into a :58.3 half. Playa Duharas stalled into the final turn, prompting Sugar Dance to tip off cover heading to three-quarters in 1:27.2. The four-year-old Ghees House mare swept to the front spinning into the stretch and maintained control in progress to a 1:54.4 victory. Vintage Whey rallied from near-last to snag second with Betsea faltering to third. Winning her seventh race from 14 starts, Sugar Dance has collected $51,010 in earnings for owners Sandra Hennessey and Paula Sugars. Edward Hennessey conditions the $3.80 winner. Sugar Dance The Snowshoe Series and Blizzard were each open to three and four-year-old pacers (fillies & mares for the Blizzard) that were non-winners of two-races or $30,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2019. Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. By RAY COTOLO for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, ON -  January 28, 2020 - Woodbine Mohawk Park will play host to a new harness racing series for Ontario Sired three-year-old pacers and trotters this April and May. The Ontario Sired Spring Series will debut for three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2019. There will be an event for each three-year-old division, with each event consisting of two preliminary legs and a $40,000 added money final. The series starts on Thursday, April 16 with fillies competing, while the next night colts and geldings will contest their first leg. All four $40,000 added money finals will take place on Saturday, May 2. Nominations close Monday, March 16, 2020. To view the nomination form, click here. To make a payment online, click here. If sending payments by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than March 16, 2020 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, January 25, 2020 – Sintra completed a perfect January with his fourth consecutive harness racing Preferred victory on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The winner of $1.1 million and driver Jody Jamieson were assigned post-seven in the $36,000 feature event, taking on six-rivals over a track rated ‘Good’. Nirvana Seelster shot out to the lead and cut the mile, posting fractions of :28.1, :58. And 1:26. Sintra was able to settle in third and Jamieson showed plenty of patience, not angling to the outside until just near the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Sintra powered to the lead and held off a push from Points North to secure his 28th career victory in 1:53.4. Points North finished second by three-quarters of a length, while Easy Lover Hanover and Islandspecialmajor completed the Superfecta. Trained by Dave Menary, Sintra is now four for four since returning from an injury that sidelined him for seven months. The 2017 Canadian Pacing Derby winner has now banked $72,000 this season for owners Michael Guerriero, Kelly Waxman, Nunzio Vena and Frank Cirillo. Sintra paid $2.20 to win. Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Sintra Scott Young on achieving his 1,000th victory. Mark McKelvie  

MILTON, January 24, 2020 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all harness racing people that training has been cancelled for Saturday morning due to expected heavy rain and snow. The cancellation will allow the Mohawk Park track crew to prepare the racing surface for Saturday evening's card of live racing. Post time Friday and Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park is 7:10 p.m. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, January 24, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment would to issue a reminder to all interested parties of its upcoming stakes nomination deadline on February 18, with a focus on the Mohawk Million and its major two-year-old trotting events. The Mohawk Million follows a buy-in formula with nine slots available for purchase at a cost of $110,000. The tenth and final spot will be awarded to the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial. The William Wellwood Memorial has received a purse increase in 2020 with the final estimated at $610,000. Any two-year-old trotting fillies eligible to the Peaceful Way will be able to enter the William Wellwood Memorial by paying a $5,000 starting fee. The William Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way will take place on Saturday, September 12. The Mohawk Million is scheduled for Saturday, September 26. The deadline to nominate to each event is Tuesday, February 18, 2020. The Mohawk Million requires a $55,000 nomination fee by February 18, 2020 to be eligible for a slot in the $1 million (USD) race. The other $55,000 is due June 1, 2020. If more than nine nominations are received, a draw will be held to determine the slot recipients. To view the full conditions for all Woodbine stakes, click here.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

MILTON, January 20, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced the 2020 schedule for its harness racing industry-leading Standardbred stakes program at Woodbine Mohawk Park. More than $20 million in stakes races will be contested over the Mohawk Park racing surface in 2020, including $12 million-plus in Woodbine administrated events. The 2020 stakes season is headlined by a pair of $1 million events (Pepsi North America Cup and Mohawk Million). The 37th Pepsi North America Cup for three-year-old pacers is scheduled for Saturday, June 20, while the inaugural Mohawk Million for two-year-old trotters is slated for Saturday, September 26. Woodbine Mohawk Park will be the only Standardbred track in North America to host multiple million-dollar races in 2020. The Pepsi North America Cup card (June 20) will again feature five additional marquee stakes to go with the nation's most prestigious race for Standardbreds. The $425,000 Fan Hanover for three-year-old pacing fillies, $370,000 Roses Are Red for pacing fillies and mares, $260,000 Goodtimes for three-year-old trotters, $250,000 Armbro Flight for trotting fillies and mares and $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational make up the stacked undercard. Total purses for the evening will exceed $2.5 million. Mohawk Park will provide the setting for harness racing's largest showcase of elite two-year-old talent on Saturday, September 26. The $1 million (USD) Mohawk Million, $850,000 Metro Pace and $550,000 Shes A Great Lady will feature the finest two-year-old trotters and pacers competing in the sport's richest races for rookies. The Mohawk Million for two-year-old trotters follows a buy-in formula, with nine of ten slots in the race available for purchase ($110,000). The tenth and final spot in the Mohawk Million will be awarded to the winner of the $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial, which will be contested on Saturday, September 12. The earlier date for this year's Wellwood provides a clear week prior to the Mohawk Million. New in 2020, Woodbine Entertainment has changed the format of the $650,000 Maple Leaf Trot and the $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby to remove eliminations and instead proceed to directly to the rich final with the highest lifetime earners (limited to 10) competing on Saturday, September 5. The $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic and $350,000 Elegantimage follow the same format of highest earners competing for the second consecutive season. They are scheduled for Saturday, September 19. In total, the month of September will feature more than $7 million in stakes races. Woodbine Mohawk Park will again play host to legs of the Miss Versatility and Graduate Series in 2020. The Miss Versatility for older trotting mares takes place on Friday, May 29, while the Graduate Series for four-year-old pacers and trotters will be held on Saturday, June 6. The province's best will compete all-season at Mohawk Park building up to the Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals and Grassroots Championships. The Grassroots Championships are scheduled for Saturday, October 3, while the Super Finals will be held on Saturday, October 17. Woodbine will again distribute money to all finishers in major stakes finals during the 2020 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. Nominations for all Woodbine Standardbred Stakes close on Tuesday, February 18. Woodbine continues to administrate stakes for Ontario Racetracks in 2020, including Grand River Raceway, Flamboro Downs, Clinton Raceway and Hanover Raceway. Stakes payments for all Woodbine administrated events can be made payable to Woodbine Entertainment. Payments can be made through the Race Office, by mail or online. To view the 2020 Woodbine Standardbred Stakes schedule, click here. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, ON - January 11, 2020 - Harness racing pacers Sintra battled through rainy and windy conditions to reach up at the wire for a second consecutive Preferred score on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The seven-year-old gelding and driver Jody Jamieson rallied from fifth at the head of the lane to win the $36,000 Preferred Handicap by a neck over Nirvana Seelster, who cut the mile, and the same margin over East End in 1:53.2. Competing on a 'Sloppy' track with rain and high winds, the field of six older pacers were led by Nirvana Seelster through fractions of :27., :57.1 and 1:25.3. Real Surreal angled out from fourth to come first-up going to three-quarters. Sintra sat fifth and followed the cover loosely, while Youaremycandygirl, the lone mare in the field, followed from sixth. After facing little pressure, Nirvana Seelster attempted to close out the victory with a final-quarter sprint, aided by the wind at his back. Sintra was able to make up a little more than four-lengths with a :27 final-quarter to snag the victory. Youaremycandygirl finished fourth on the far outside, with Rockin In Heaven and Real Surreal rounding out the field. Trained by Dave Menary, Sintra is now two for two since returning from injury. The seven-year-old gelding had his 2019 season end last May after starting the campaign six for eight. He's now banked $36,000 in two victories this season for owners Michael Guerriero, Kelly Waxman, Nunzio Vena and Frank Cirillo. Sintra's latest victory improves his career numbers to 26 wins and $1,144,436 earned. He paid $2.50 to win. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

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