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MILTON, JULY 6, 2019 - Twenty-one harness racing freshman pacing colts launched their Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series careers at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday night and it was Bettor At Hightide and YS Mathis who emerged triumphant. In the first $108,000 division Bettor At Hightide got a confident steer from trainer-driver Paul MacDonell to secure the victory. Starting from Post 2 MacDonell and Bettor At Hightide got away fourth and watched Sylvain Filion and Denali Seelster grab the early lead. When the fan favourites put up a tepid :28.1 first quarter MacDonell opted to take command of the race and Bettor At Hightide rang up a :56.4 half and 1:25.3 three-quarters. Denali Seelster launched an attack in the stretch, but went briefly off-stride, leaving Bettor At Hightide to cruise home a one and three-quarter length winner in 1:53.1. Velocity Rukkus finished second and Noch Ten edged out Lottery Winner for third. "We've been happy with his progress so far. He's come along the right way," said MacDonell. "He's the kind of colt that learns quick, and it makes your job easier when you've got a good pupil like that. He learns and aims to please, I guess is the main thing he wants to do. Guelph, ON resident MacDonell trains and drives Bettor At Hightide for owner-breeders Schooner II Stable of Truro, NS. Saturday's outing was the Bettors Delight son's second lifetime, he finished third in a June 29 two-year-old race at Woodbine Mohawk Park after a pair of qualifying outings at the Campbellville oval. "I thought he qualified really well two weeks ago and then he raced exceptional last week, I thought. He got a little check around the last turn and still came a pretty nice last half," noted MacDonell, who also drove the colt's mother, Queensland Beach, and his grand-sire, the great Somebeachsomewhere. "Brent MacGrath and Schooner Stables, they had the mare and they had the grandmother," MacDonell told Woodbine Mohawk Park's Chad Rozema in the winner's circle. "This colt, he was trained in Florida by Brent, he did a great job. I just got him in May so I've got to give a lot of credit to what he's done with him." Bettor At Hightide While Bettor At Hightide did his racing on the front end, YS Mathis took a radically different path in the second division. Starting from Post 5 with Louis-Philippe Roy in the race bike, the Sportswriter colt got away fourth as Southwind Dredge hustled out to a :26.4 quarter. Southwind Dredge soon handed the lead over to Sports Obsession and MacDonell, who dialed things back to a :56.3 half and 1:26.3 three-quarters. While Sports Obsession did the work up front, YS Mathis continued to sit on the rail in mid-pack and appeared to be locked in tight as a parade of horses powered up the outer lane. However, as the field squared up in the stretch the horses directly in front of YS Mathis found a bit of racing room to the right and pacesetter Sports Obsession started to drift off the rail. The opening was small, but Roy was able to squeeze YS Mathis through and after bursting into open space the colt sprinted off to a one and one-half length victory in 1:54. The Amazingsando and Aneta also closed hard from the back of the pack to claim the second and third-place share of the $108,000 purse. "He doesn't need a lot of racetrack to show his talent. He's pretty quick for a little piece," said Roy, who drives the colt for trainer Jacques Dupont and owner-breeder Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation, QC. "I just hope he keeps on improving and turns into a really nice colt." Saturday's outing was the second for YS Mathis, who also finished third in his debut, a June 27 two-year-old race at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Prior to that he made two appearances in qualifying action at the Campbellville racetrack, a third on June 14 and a win on June 22. "Last week he was a little too aggressive and he wouldn't relax during the mile," noted Roy. "Jacques did a few adjustments on him and he was way more relaxed this week." YS Mathis Bettor At Hightide, YS Mathis and their freshman pacing colt peers will be back at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 15 for their second Gold Series event. On Monday, July 8 the two-year-old pacing fillies take over the spotlight at Woodbine Mohawk Park, competing in a trio of Gold Series divisions. The evening's first race goes postward at 7:10 pm and the fillies will be showcased in Races 3, 4 and 6. Complete results for Saturday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0706wbsbsn.dat. Ontario Racing  

MILTON, JULY 5, 2019 - It was the two-year-old pacing colts' turn to shine at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday evening and the novices impressed harness racing fans in five $23,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots divisions. The two quickest miles came in the first and last splits as Hes Watching sons Tattoo Artist and One For Julius delivered 1:54 and 1:52.4 victories for their connections. With Milton resident Sylvain Filion in the race bike, Tattoo Artist left sharply from Post 2 and took command of the tempo before the :57.2 half. Without seeing a challenge, Tattoo Artist sailed by the three-quarters in 1:26 and down the stretch to a one and one-quarter length win in 1:54. Quick Tour closed well to be second, getting by pocket-sitter Day Delight, who settled for third. "It's always very gratifying and satisfying to take a baby from scratch and go out and win the first race There's no other feeling in harness racing I don't think," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore. "Especially this guy, because when we got him we couldn't catch him in the stall, we couldn't get a halter on him, he was half wild. And I didn't see him until December the tenth, he was late, and he had a pretty dramatic injury there about mid-May." While training, Tattoo Artist spooked and stepped on his left front ankle, slicing it up enough to require several staples. Fortunately, the injury was largely superficial and the colt was soon back training. After a June 28 qualifier at Woodbine Mohawk Park, where Tattoo Artist was a two length winner in 1:56.3, Moore and owners Frank Cannon of Sanford, FL and Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL briefly considered starting the colt at the Gold Series level before deciding on Friday's Grassroots event. "We opted to start him in the Grassroots, no harm doing that, and we'll just see how much they go tomorrow (in the Gold Series)," said Moore. "I think the track was off a little bit tonight. It rained hard about an hour or so before we got there and it certainly wasn't fast, that's for sure. So it was a pretty good mile." Tattoo Artist By the time One For Julius paraded onto the racetrack for the last division in Race 8, the track was a bit drier and the tempo of the race was faster from the start. Morneau led the field to a :27.2 opening quarter and then handed off to Journalistic before the :55.4 half. Driver Chris Christoforou had watched the early lead changes from third, where he and One For Julius landed after getting off the gate well from Post 3, and heading toward the 1:25.1 three-quarters he sent the colt after the pacesetters. Once One For Julius got rolling he quickly pulled away from his peers, hitting the top of the stretch with a three and one-half length lead. After sailing down the lane he stopped the teletimer at 1:52.4, one and one-quarter lengths ahead of hard-closing favourite Mayhem Seelster. Dontblvmejustwatch was two more lengths back in third. Campbellville resident Christoforou crafted the win for trainer Dustin Jones of Waterdown and owner-breeder Andrea Lea Racing Stables Inc. of Lakefield Gore, QC. One For Julius Christoforou also guided Sirjamesthegreat to victory in the third Grassroots division. From Post 2, the Big Jim colt went straight to the front and never relinquished control, cruising home a one and three-quarter length winner in 1:56. Gentry Seelster and Century Gigalo rounded out the top three. Guelph resident Dagfin Henriksen trains Sirjamesthegreat for his co-owner Gary Volpe of St. Thomas. Sirjamesthegreat Bettor Focus captured the second division in 1:56 for driver Bob McClure of Elora, trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge and her partners West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Brad Grant of Milton, McKinlay & Fielding of Toronto and Teresa Davidson of Milton. Twin B Frenchtoast and Usurper did their best to catch Bettor Focus, but the winner fought back in the stretch to secure a neck victory. "I was very happy with him. He's still green and learning," said Coleman of the Bettors Delight son. "It's not often one gets passed and comes back on to win. He showed some guts and grit tonight." Bettor Focus The other division went to Captivate Hanover and driver James MacDonald who used a late sprint to secure the 1:56.2 victory, one-half length ahead of Social Theories. Giddy Up Max was another length back in third. All three colts are by sire Bettors Delight. "That was a pleasant surprise," said Guelph resident Shawn Steacy, who conditions Captivate Hanover for Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC, Stephen Klunowski of North York, ON and James Feeley of Pine Bush, NY. "We always knew he was quick, but didn't know how moving up to the big track for the first time, and a race situation, would work out." Captivate Hanover The two-year-old pacing colts will make their second Grassroots start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 16. Their Gold Series peers take centre stage on the Campbellville oval Saturday night, squaring off in a pair of $108,000 divisions, slated as Races 5 and 8 on the 7:10 pm program. Complete results from Friday's program can be found here. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

MILTON, JULY 4, 2019 - The Ontario Sires Stakes two-year-old season got under way on Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a pair of $108,000 Gold Series divisions for the freshman trotting colts, and harness racing driver Bob McClure was in the race bike of both winners. "Those are two nice colts right there," said McClure of young trotters Threefiftytwo and Port Perry. Making his first appearance at the helm of Threefiftytwo, McClure moved the colt smartly away from Post 8 in the first division and was on top just after the :29.3 opening quarter. Tuckers Out soon moved to the front, followed by Built Strong, which put Threefiftytwo in third as the field reached the 1:00 half. Fans who had selected Threefiftytwo had a moment of worry as a parade of rivals rolled up the outer lane heading into the final turn, but McClure was able to slide the colt out before the 1:29.1 three-quarters and once Threefiftytwo had an open look at the wire, the young trotter found a big gear and was able to reel in fan favourite Crossfit Mouse by a head. A pair of sharp last quarters - :27 and :27.1 - saw Threefiftytwo and Crossfit Mouse hit the wire in 1:56.3, four lengths ahead of third-place finisher Built Strong. "He left out good and cleared to the front and let one go and then let two go, and then all of a sudden he was sitting pretty well fourth over, and that's a horrible spot to be," said McClure. "He made up for it, so he was really impressive." Threefiftytwo McClure drove Threefiftytwo to the win for trainer George Ducharme of Norfolk, MA and his co-owner Michelle Larson of Rochester, MA. A homebred out of Royalty For Life and Four Damsals, Threefiftytwo was making his first start in Ontario after doing his qualifying at Vernon Downs in New York, where he was a 1:58.3 winner on June 28. Threefiftytwo "I talked to George before we went out just quick. He told me that the colt hadn't done anything wrong, he was pretty high on him, and looking at him in the paddock, I mean he's a very impressive looking horse," said McClure of his introduction to Threefiftytwo. "He's flashy, got an athletic build, he's tall, he's real nice to look at and his qualifiers looked pretty good. "George told me he was having slight hiccups with the gate, but he's done a good job because he was over it, he was perfect tonight," the Elora resident added. Unlike Threefiftytwo, McClure was very familiar with his mount in the second Gold division. The reinsman had piloted Port Perry in two qualifying starts at Woodbine Mohawk Park and several schooling miles for trainer Luc Blais and was hopeful the lanky youngster could hold his own in top class company. Starting from Post 2 McClure settled Port Perry into fifth as Hetalkstoangels led the field to a :29 quarter. Fan favourite Magics Wizard took over top spot and reached the half in :59.3, where McClure tipped Port Perry off the rail and started up the outer lane. Heading into the last turn Kenogami Coco and driver Trevor Henry moved off the rail and provided cover for McClure and Port Perry, putting them just three lengths back at the 1:29.1 three-quarters. Squaring up in the stretch McClure simply pointed Port Perry at the wire and the big colt accelerated away from the field with every stride, reaching the wire four and one-half lengths the best in 1:57.3. Blue Cupertino also closed hard to be second, with Hetalkstoangels completing the top three. Port Perry                                                                                             --New Image media "I always liked him. He was always really professional, but he's big, he's very, very big, a big, strong, thick horse. If you looked at him in the stall, you'd say, 'There's no way he's going to be a good two-year-old, he'll probably be a nice three-year-old,'" said McClure. "And he is built like he's going to be a better three-year-old, but if he stays sound this year he's got a wicked engine. The big thing about him is how strong he is. He's the type that could really overpower a field." Campbellville resident Blais conditions the son of Kadabra and former Gold Series winner Danica Hall for Determination of Montreal, QC. Danica Hall's third foal, Port Perry was an $85,000 acquisition from last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. McClure started driving the Blais-trained, Determination-owned totters last spring and the partnership has proven fruitful; Forbidden Trade was the top two-year-old trotting colt last season and with one freshman event complete they appear to have another strong contender for the role in 2019. "I really enjoy it," said McClure. "And Luc - I mean we've got really nice horses to work with, Serge Godin, he buys some really nice horses - but he does a good job maintaining them and I just try to do my part." Port Perry Threefiftytwo and Port Perry will make their second Gold Series start on July 23 over the Georgian Downs oval in Innisfil, ON, where McClure will hope they once again draw into different divisions. Two-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Woodbine Mohawk Park this weekend as the Milton oval welcomes the pacing colts for Grassroots action on Friday night and Gold Series action Saturday. The Grassroots colts will compete in Races 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8 on Friday's program, which gets under way at 7:50 pm. The Gold colts will battle in Races 5 and 8 on Saturday, with the first race going postward at 7:10 pm. Complete results for Thursday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0704wbsbsn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

MILTON, July 4, 2019 - The 'Can-Am Pick 4' harness racing wager between Woodbine Mohawk Park and The Meadowlands resumes this Friday (July 5) evening with an alteration to the sequence. The 'Can-Am Pick 4' will continue to alternate between races at Woodbine Mohawk Park and The Meadowlands. However, a new Friday post time of 7:50 p.m. at Mohawk Park will change the race numbers at The Meadowlands for the multi-leg wager.   The new sequence is as follows: Leg 1: Woodbine Mohawk Park - Race 10 Leg 2: The Meadowlands - Race 12 Leg 3: Woodbine Mohawk Park - Race 11 Leg 4: The Meadowlands - Race 13   The 'Can-Am Pick 4' features a low 15 per cent takeout and a $0.20 minimum. The wager, which began in March, will continue each Friday until the end of the The Meadowlands current meet (August 3). A free program for Friday's card at Woodbine Mohawk Park, including the program pages for all legs of the 'Can-Am Pick 4', can be downloaded by clicking here.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

MILTON, July 1, 2019 - Trotters provided fireworks of a different kind on Monday's Canada Day card at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A trio of sub-1:52 trotting miles stole the show on the 10-race card, including a pair from harness racing trainer Ben Baillargeon. Four-year-old Run Director returned to Mohawk Park to capture the $34,000 Preferred Trot in a career-best 1:51.2. The Baillargeon trainee was one for three on the season and coming in off a fourth-place finish in a leg of the Graduate at The Meadowlands. Hemi Seelster cut the mile and opened a lead of 3 ½ lengths with a :27.3 third-quarter to reach the marker in 1:22.4. Run Director and Sylvain Filion got away fourth, avoided a second-quarter breaker and moved to the outside into second at three-quarters. In the stretch, Hemi Seelster drifted out badly to hurt his chances at maintaining the lead. Run Director trotted home straight with a :28 final-quarter to win by three-quarters of a length over O Narutac Perfetto. Hemi Seelster finished third, while Dancer Hall was fourth. A homebred for Tom and Elizabeth Rankin, Run Director's career-best performance gives him eight wins and bumps his career earnings to $469,505. The Baillargeon trainee was last year's Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final champion. Run Director paid $3.20 to win. The fastest trotting mile of the evening came from Baillargeon trainee Royal Witch in the $22,000 fourth-race. A five-year-old mare, Royal Witch and driver Trevor Henry stormed out to the lead and never looked back to win in a career-best 1:51, equaling Canada's third-fastest trotting mile ever by a mare. The daughter of Kadabra posted fractions of :27.1, :55.1 and 1:22.4 to lead by just over four-lengths turning for home. A :28.1 final-quarter completed the lifetime best mile for a victory of 2 ¼ lengths. Royal Witch is also owned by Tom and Elizabeth Rankin and now has two wins in five starts this season to bring her career numbers to 13 wins and $252,863 earned. The clocking of 1:51 would've matched the Track Record a month ago, but that mark has recently been broken twice by Hannelore Hanover (1:50.3) and most recently Atlanta (1:50.2). Royal Witch paid $6.70 to win. Four-year-old Treasured Tee set the tone for the evening by trotting to a career-best 1:51.3 victory in the $20,000 first-race. The John Cecchin trained son of Yankee Glide was also driven by Henry, who owns the trotter, and rallied from fourth at three-quarters to win by three-quarters of a length over four-year-old mare Kadabra Queen. Treasured Tee had just one win in seven starts this season entering Monday and now sports career numbers of seven-wins and $110,596 earned. He paid $21.80 to win. Live racing continues Tuesday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

JUNE 29, 2019 - Century Farroh delivered his second Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series victory of the season with an impressive harness racing effort at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday evening. In spite of starting from Post 12 in the second tier, driver Sylvain Filion was able to map out a clear path to the winner's circle for the three-year-old pacing colt. With Stag Party ahead of them at Post 2, Filion and Century Farroh were able to follow the fan favourite off the starting gate and into the flow up the outer lane. When Fast N First tucked onto the rail heading by the :26.4 half and left him an open lane, Milton resident Filion sent Century Farroh after pacesetter Best In Show, reaching the lead by the :54.2 half. No Ordinary Man applied pressure from the outside on the way to the 1:22.1 three-quarters and Best In Show mounted a challenge in the stretch, but Century Farroh battled to a one-half length victory in 1:49.4. Best In Show finished second and No Ordinary Man earned the third-place share of the $159,600 purse. "He got a very masterful driver from Sylvain, there's no doubt about that. That had to happen in order to win that race tonight," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore, who conditions the colt for Ratchford Stable NS of North Sydney, NS. "He was all out at the end - with that kind of trip they're going to be - but he dug in and hung on, so you can't ask for anything more." The win was the Mach Three son's second straight and his sixth in seven sophomore starts. Century Farroh's only off-the board finish came in his June 8 elimination for the North America Cup where he finished seventh, failing to advance to the final. The youngster restarted his win streak in the North America Cup Consolation on June15, but Moore said it may be a while before he attempts to extend that streak to three. "We'll have to race at some point in July, but I'm just not sure where or what," said the Cambridge, ON resident, noting that the lightly staked Century Farroh's next scheduled engagement is the August 2 Gold Series event at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "We'll have to figure out a plan what we're going to do here with him over the next month. There's going to be some time off there somewhere for sure, I'm not too sure where. It's a shame he doesn't have any stake races, but that's the way it goes." Following the August 2 Gold event, Century Farroh has been invited to the Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park on August 10, then it would be back to Gold Series action on August 18 at Georgian Downs before wrapping up the month with the Simcoe Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 31. While Century Farroh's schedule will be busy through August, Moore said they do not intend to miss any of the Gold Series events. The trainer is confident the pacer will be able to handle the full slate of races, noting that there is a first-class team working to keep the colt in top physical shape. "He's a tough colt and his groom Dustin Boyd, he's done a great job with him this year," said the trainer. "And Sylvain has done a great job of driving him. It takes a team to put a horse on top, to be good, and we've got a good team going there I think, so it's all worked out." Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday, July 4 with the first two-year-old event of the season. The two-year-old trotting colts will compete in Gold Series action on the Thursday evening program, which gets under way at 7:10 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

JUNE 27, 2019 - Driver James MacDonald and trainer Shawn Steacy teamed up for two wins and two seconds in Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots action at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday night. The duo kicked off the Grassroots program in the fourth race with fan favourite Moonshine Kisses, who took command of the race before the halfway marker and powered home a five length winner in 1:50. Balder Son closed well to finish second and pocket-sitter Silver Beast was third. "I was really pleased with his effort because I think he's got a great attitude. His attitude has come a long way from last year and that's what's made him a better horse. He's more focused, he's more willing to put in a full effort," said Steacy. "And 1:50 was a real big mile. I think that's the fastest Sunshine Beach there is now, if I'm not mistaken." Steacy shares ownership of the Sunshine Beach colt with his mother Katherine Steacy of Lansdowne, ON and Diane Bertrand and Robert Gilhespy of Edmonton, AB. The win was Moonshine Beach's third of the season and, added to his runner-up finish in the May 19 Grassroots opener, gives him a total of 75 points and a share of second-place in the division standings. Guelph, ON residents MacDonald and Steacy were back in the winner's circle one race later with OK Kudo, who reeled off a :27 last quarter to score his first lifetime win in 1:52. Dreamfair Moxy was one-half length back in second and Missile Seelster was one more length back in third. "OK Kudo I was really happy with. He's been waiting to win, he's about three weeks overdue that horse," said the trainer. "So many times I thought tonight was his night, tonight was night, and he'd let me down. Tonight he just had to prove that he could do it." Another son of Sunshine Beach, OK Kudo had recorded one second, two thirds and two fourths in overnight action and a seventh in the Grassroots season opener since making his sophomore debut in early May. Breeder Oak Knoll Stables of Campbellcroft, ON and Stephen Downey of Quispamsis, NB share ownership of the colt. Steacy and MacDonald's other two Grassroots starters, also sons of Sunshine Beach, finished second in their divisions. Phils Sun battled Sportsline down the stretch, but was unable to reel in the heavy favourite. Sportsline stopped the Woodbine Mohawk Park teletimer at 1:50.3, reaching the wire three-quarters of a length ahead of Phils Sun, with Jay Eye Em another length back in third. Trevor Henry piloted Sportsline to his eighth win in nine sophomore starts for trainer Jim Watt of Clinton and his co-owner Harry Parrott of Goderich, ON. With two wins in Grassroots action the Sportswriter son currently shares top spot in the division standings with 100 points. "Phils Sun, he raced a huge mile and only got tired in the last couple steps and got beat by a horse that's, in my mind, a super horse for a Grassroots horse," said Steacy of Sportsline. In the last division fans sent MacDonald and Priceless Beach off as the top choice, but the pair was unable to catch pacesetter The Regulator in the stretch. After moving to the front at the :54.1 half, The Regulator reeled off a 1:22.1 three-quarters and then sprinted home to a 1:49.4 victory. Priceless Beach was two and three-quarter lengths behind in second, one-half length ahead of third-place finisher Better Moonon Over. Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry picked up his second Grassroots win aboard The Regulator, steering the Bettors Delight son to victory for trainer Victor Puddy of Mountain, Dale Towle of Leamington and Michael Horwood of Tecumseh, ON. The win was the first in Ontario Sires Stakes action for The Regulator, who dropped down from the Gold Series level for Thursday's test. "Sportsline's a nice colt. He's got a quick turn of foot. Jim just has to figure out how to stop him from drifting in the stretch. The Regulator is just a nice colt. I can't believe he paid as much as he did his first time in the Grassroots," said Henry of his winning mounts. The other $23,850 Grassroots division went to Sugartown, who also recorded a personal best with his 1:51.2 victory. Sugartown finished three-quarters of a length ahead of fan favourite Cliffhanger and that much more ahead of third-place finisher Carlisimo. Doug McNair piloted Sugartown to his second straight Grassroots win for trainer Richard Moreau and owner W J Donovan of Delray Beach, FL. With two Grassroots wins under his belt, the Sportswriter son shares top spot in the division standings with Sportsline. The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will make their third Grassroots start on August 5 at Grand River Raceway, where MacDonald and Steacy will attempt to replicate Thursday's success. "We had a real good night," said Steacy. "We can always think about Golds maybe later on with some of them, but they seem to be very comfortable where they are, so we'll probably just race some overnights and prepare for the next one." The Gold Series three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will square off in their second event on Saturday, June 29 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The $159,600 Gold division is slated as Race 5 on Saturday's program, which gets under way at 7:55 pm.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, June 25, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to inform all harness racing horseplayers that the 'Can-Am Pick 4' wager between Woodbine Mohawk Park and The Meadowlands has been suspended for this Friday (June 28). The one-week suspension of the wager is due to a change to this Friday's post time at Woodbine Mohawk Park and a 14-race card at The Meadowlands. The wager is scheduled to resume the following week on Friday, July 5.   Mark McKelvie

MILTON, June 24, 2019 – Woodbine Entertainment has announced post time changes for this upcoming harness racing weekend at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time for this Friday (June 28) and Saturday (June 29) at Woodbine Mohawk Park has been pushed back to 7:55 p.m. Horsepeople are reminded to double check paddock and Lasix times.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

JUNE 22, 2019 - A beautiful summer night greeted the three-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday as they assembled at Woodbine Mohawk Park for their second Gold Series harness racing event, and the clear skies and fast track resulted in a record setting performance by division leader Boadicea. Starting from Post 6 in the second $106,400 Gold Series division, driver Jonathan Drury opted to send Boadicea after the lead early and the filly reached the front just before the :26.3 opening quarter. From there Boadicea simply kept on rolling, pacing to a :54.2 half and 1:21.4 three-quarters before accelerating down the stretch to the 1:49 victory. Pocket-sitter Sunny Dee finished two and one-half lengths back in second, followed across the wire by Premier Cabernet. "She is a wonderful filly. She's just got better every start," said trainer Bill Budd. "I figured she'd pace in 1:50 tonight, but 1:49 is even better." Boadicea's 1:49 clocking took four-fifths of a second off the former Ontario Sires Stakes record of 1:49.4 set by Kendall Seelster in Gold Series action at the Campbellville oval last summer. With three more Gold Series events and the season-ending Super Final on the filly's schedule, Budd said he would not be surprised if Boadicea goes even faster before her sophomore season comes to a close. "She is a big filly and the farther they go, the better she is. That's the way you want it," said the Waterdown, ON resident. "(There's) another gear there still. I think so." Budd trains the daughter of Big Jim and Rose Seelster for owner-breeders Charles and Gordon Lawrence of Blenheim, ON, who were on hand to see the filly record her second Gold Series and fourth straight victory. With the next event slated for July 27 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Budd said Boadicea will enjoy a week off before getting ready for a prep race one week prior to the Gold event, the same schedule that she followed after her June 1 Gold win. "We just gave her a week off; I'll give her another one now. She really likes that. Keep her fresh," said Budd. "I'll give her 10 days or a week off; long summer." Also heading for a well-deserved break is Powerful Chris, who cruised to a three length victory in the first $107,200 Gold division. The fan favourite took control just past the :54.3 half and romped home to a 1:50.2 score over Lovely Donna and Ideation Hanover. Bob McClure crafted the victory for trainer John Pentland of Dorchester and his co-owners Jack Darling Stables Ltd. of Cambridge and Syllabus Stable of Georgetown, ON, and the Elora resident said the Betterthancheddar daughter was on cruise control. "She was very good. She's come back a very nice filly," said the reinsman. "She can leave, she'll sit, she's two fingers to drive, I couldn't be happier with her." The win was the first of the season for Powerful Chris, who finished third by a neck in the $454,000 Fan Hanover final at Woodbine Mohawk Park last Saturday. That effort, and her fifth-place result in the June 8 Fan Hanover elimination, seem to have boosted the filly's confidence in the speed and ability that earned her three Ontario Sires Stakes wins as a two-year-old. "I think that (Fan Hanover) and the elim - in the elim her last quarter was big (:25.2) - I think she's finding another gear and learning to carry it," noted McClure. Powerful Chris finished second to Boadicea in the June 1 Gold Series season opener, and currently shares second spot in the point standings with Sunny Dee. While the fillies enjoy their break, the three-year-old trotting colts will arrive at Woodbine Mohawk Park for their second Gold Series event on Monday, June 24. The evening's first race goes in behind the gate at 7:10 pm and the trotting colts will square off in Races 3 and 6. Complete results for Saturday night's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0622wbsbsn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

JUNE 20, 2019 - Driver Doug McNair captured a pair of Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots harness racing divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday evening, guiding Swift Ally and Sporty Tori to victory over a rain-soaked oval rated two seconds slower than normal. Both three-year-old pacing fillies were sent off as favourites by Woodbine Mohawk Park fans and McNair opted for come-from-behind tactics in both races. Starting from Post 2 in the third $23,850 Grassroots division, McNair eased Swift Ally off the gate and settled into seventh spot in the outer lane as Manhattan Night rang up fractions of :27.1 and :56. Heading toward the 1:25.3 three-quarters McNair tipped Swift Ally out three-wide and the Big Jim daughter reeled in the leaders, pacing under the wire one and one-quarter lengths on top in 1:54.4. Manhattan Night settled for second and D Gs Fairystars completed the top three. "Swift Ally has been racing good all along. They tried her in the Gold and I think I over raced her early, she didn't like that," said McNair, who finished seventh with the filly in the June 1 Gold Series opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "Last week (June 14) she had a lot of go and just got locked in, so I figured she would be good tonight if we got a decent trip. She's going the right way." McNair engineered the win, the filly's first in provincial stakes action and the fifth of her seven-race career, for his father, trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, and Ian Fleming of Londesborough, ON. The homebred filly is a daughter of McNair and Fleming's former Gold Series competitor Claires Apache, who earned just shy of $400,000 in her career. Two races later McNair lined Sporty Tori up behind the number nine and once again opted to settle in at the back of the pack while Full Moon Fix and Erikas Shadow battled to a :27.1 opening quarter. Eighth at the :56 half, Sporty Tori had advanced to fifth by the 1:25.3 three-quarters, and a smart finishing kick propelled her past the leaders and on to a two and one-half length victory in 1:54.4. Full Moon Fix and Erikas Shadow paced into second and third. London resident Gorden McKnight trains Sporty Tori for owner-breeder M & S Racing Stable Inc. of Rockwood, ON. Thursday's win was the Sportswriter daughter's ninth in 12 starts this season. "Sporty Tori has also been racing good all year. She responded exactly like Gord said she would," said McNair, who was making his first appearance in the filly's race bike. "Looks like he's done a nice job with her and I was just happy to get the call." The Guelph resident also finished third with fan favourite Whitehaven Beach in the second division, getting caught at the wire by Cinderella Delight and Crisp Mane after doing all the hard work up front, and second in the last division to So Much More, who laid down an impressive 1:52.2 effort on the front end "That filly of Beatson's (So Much More) went a serious mile over that track tonight. It drizzled all night," said McNair, who watched So Much More open up six and three-quarter lengths on his mount, fan favourite Kylie Seelster, and third-place finisher Freya Seelster in the stretch. The win was So Much More's second straight in Grassroots action. She was also an impressive winner in the May 31 season opener at The Raceway at Western Fair District for trainer Don Beatson of Granton, Ken Beatson of Palgrave and Cole England of Exeter, ON. The trio acquired the Big Jim daughter from owner-breeder Doug MacPhee of New Haven, PEI just 10 days before her Grassroots debut and she has since added three more wins to the three she accumulated before making the move to Ontario. Trevor Henry engineered Thursday's win and admitted that he had passed up the opportunity to steer the filly in her Ontario debut. Tyler Borth filled in for Henry on May 31 and also piloted So Much More to an overnight win at Grand River Raceway on June 10. "She raced great. She's a nice filly. I booked off of her in London and I don't think that will happen again anytime soon," said the Arthur, ON resident. Fan favourites Summer Charm and driver Louis-Philippe Roy won the first division, besting Behavenmyself and Family First by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:55.2. Richard Moreau trains the Bettors Delight daughter, who won the 2018 two-year-old pacing filly Super Final, for Thomas and Scott Dillon of Anson, ME. Cinderella Delight halted the teletimer at 1:54.4 in the second division, getting a head in front of Crisp Mane and Whitehaven Beach. Jody Jamieson piloted the Bettors Delight daughter to her first sophomore win for trainer Bill Budd and owners Bruce Norris of Caledon East, Michael Guerriero of Brampton and Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown, ON. The fifth division went to fan favourite Springbridgevision and driver James MacDonald, who battled to a three-quarter length victory over pacesetter Arya Stark in 1:55.2. Saulsbrook Jessie completed the top three. Andrew Moore of Russell trains the Shadow Play daughter for his partners Allan Moore of Stratford, Charles Farrell of Spencerville, ON and Tommy Godfrey of Charlottetown, PEI. The three-year-old pacing fillies will return to Woodbine Mohawk Park for their third Grassroots start on July 25. On Saturday evening (June 22), the Gold Series sophomore pacing fillies will return to Campbellville for the second event of their season. Post time for Saturday's program is 7:10 pm and the fillies will compete in Races 6 and 8. Photo attached: Three-year-old pacing filly Swift Ally earned her first Grassroots victory with a 1:54.4 effort at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday, June 20. Guelph resident Doug McNair drove the filly to the win for his father, trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, and Ian Fleming of Londesborough, ON. (New Image Media photo) For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

MILTON, June 17, 2019 - Musical Rhythm extended his harness racing win streak to six in a row with a Track Record equaling mile of 1:50.4 on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Ben Baillargeon trained seven-year-old bested five rivals in the $34,000 Preferred Trot to match the record set by Mister Herbie in the 2012 Maple Leaf Trot. Musical Rhythm and driver Mario Baillargeon left out from post-three and got away second behind stablemate Bautista, who cut an opening-quarter of :26.4. B Yoyo moved up from third to first in the backstretch and posted a sizzling half o :54.4. The tempo didn't let up in the third-quarter, as Musical Rhythm rushed to the top from third and reached the third-station in 1:22.4 to carry a lead of over two-lengths in the lane. Musical Rhythm completed his mile with a :28 final-quarter and dug in to hold off a late-push from Free Willy Hanover to win by half a length. Eleven-year-old Catch The Dream trotted the fastest final-quarter of :27.2 to finish third, while Monopoly was fourth. The Track Record equaling performance gives Musical Rhythm six-consecutive victories and seven wins in 15 starts this season. The Baillargeon trainee is now a 36-time winner in his career. A bankroll of $156,060 in 2019 for owners Santo & Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and Ben Baillargeon brings Musical Rhythm's career earnings to $837,988. He paid $2.70 to win. Live racing continues Tuesday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

MILTON, ON -- Sent the 1-5 harness racing favourite, Shartin N strolled to the lead and faced little challenge when winning the $330,000 Roses Are Red final in 1:49 on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Driver Tim Tetrick sent the six-year-old Tintin In America mare to the top while Caviart Ally sat second into a :25.4 opening quarter. Tequila Monday sat third into the backstretch with Seaswift Joy N stalking fourth before getting flushed first over by Shartin N's stablemate Bettor Joy N. Shartin N continued on the front uncontested into a :54.4 half and passed three-quarters in 1:22.2 with Seaswift Joy N not advancing wide of pocket-sitter Caviart Ally. Through the stretch Shartin N kept course and cruised to a length-and-a-quarter victory over Tequila Monday sliding through the cones for second and Caviart Ally chasing in third. "I had a spot where I wanted to go in and get control, and she does the rest," Tetrick said after the race. "She's pretty easy to drive now; she'll let me relax on the lead and she just keeps going until somebody comes up on her she really likes to fight." Shartin N Now compiling $1,726,155 in earnings, Shartin N collected her 34th victory. The Jim King Jr. trainee races for owners Richard Poillucci, Joann Looney King and Tim Tetrick LLC. She paid $2.50 to win. By Ray Cotolo, for Woodbine Mohawk Park  

MILTON, June 15, 2019 - Captain Crunch delivered a stunning Canadian Record 1:47.2 harness racing performance to win the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Trained by Nancy Johansson, Captain Crunch and driver Scott Zeron blasted off the wings of the gate from post-eight and claimed the top spot through a :26 opening-quarter. Bettors Wish overtook the lead quickly entering the backstretch before Workin Ona Mystery, the 7/5 favourite, surged up to take control at the half in :52.4. Captain Crunch was removed by Zeron going into the far turn and confronted Workin Ona Mystery at three-quarters in 1:20. In the stretch, Captain Crunch powered by to take the lead and held off a late push from Bettors Wish to win by three-quarters of a length in a Track and Canadian Record 1:47.2. Workin Ona Mystery finished third. Aflame Hanover, the longest shot in the race at 136-1, finished fourth. "It feels unbelievable," said Zeron following his first Pepsi North America Cup victory. "This has been the end-all, be-all for me. It's completed my entire bucket list. "We've got a lot of racing left to do, but I can't say enough about how amazing this animal is. I didn't want to be in that spot I was in in that race but at the same time he overcame it with just his greatness." A son of 2013 Cup winner Captaintreacherous, Captain Crunch came into the final off a break in his elimination. The sophomore pacer broke in the first-turn after jumping a shadow, forcing him to grind out a fifth-place finish. Trainer Johansson had last year's Breeders Crown champion prepped perfectly for owners 3 Brothers Stable, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables and Caviart Farms. "It was just one of those things that happens last week in the elimination," said Johansson. "I knew that the horse raced really well just to make it to the final so I really wasn't worried. I don't want to sound cocky or anything but I knew he was the best horse going into it and it was just up to him to show everybody." "The last eighth of a mile I must screamed his name like 30 times. My hands actually hurt but it was exciting to watch the race. Obviously he didn't get anything for free. He's just an amazing animal. Johansson is the daughter of trainer Jimmy Takter and captures her first Cup in her first try. The Cup is one of only a few marquee races that Takter did not capture in his Hall of Fame career. "The last eighth of a mile I must screamed his name like 30 times," said Johansson. "My hands actually hurt but it was exciting to watch the race. Obviously he didn't get anything for free. He's just an amazing animal."                                                                                              --New Image Media Captain Crunch now has three wins in four starts this season and has won nine of 14 career outings. The Johansson trainee, who captured last year's Breeders Crown and Governor's Cup, sports impressive career earnings of $1,188,960. The clocking of 1:47.2 smashed the previous mark of 1:47.4, set by Cup winners Thinking Out Loud (2012) and Betting Line (2016). Captain Crunch went off at odds of 4/1 and returned $10.30, $5.10 and $3.30. A $2 Exacta with Bettors Wish paid $41.90. The $1 Trifecta with Workin Ona Mystery in the third-slot returned $59.70, while the $1 Superfecta completed by Aflame Hanover paid $721.80.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Communications

MILTON, June 15, 2019 --A fast pace by Warrawee Ubeaut set up pocket-sitter Treacherous Reign to power past the tiring leader late and win the $454,000 Fan Hanover harness racing final on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Stonebridge Soul surged to the top and yielded command to Powerful Chris moving into the first turn. Driver Dexter Dunn moved Treacherous Reign first over into a :27 opening quarter to take control before letting 1-2 favourite Warrawee Ubeaut brush to the lead. Through a :54.1 half and by three-quarters in 1:21.1, Warrawee Ubeaut clung to command through the stretch as Treacherous Reign popped pocket and room opened for Powerful Chris to slid through the cones. Treacherous Reign edged past Warrawee Ubeaut in the final strides to win by a nose while Powerful Chris finished a neck farther back in third. "I had to come into the race with confidence," Dunn said after the race. "She hasn't done anything wrong on the campaign she's had so far, so I sort of knew the way she was doing her runs before tonight she still had something left. Obviously [when] you go up against a great filly like Warrawee [Ubeaut] you don't know. It probably wasn't until the last hundred feet I might have a chance to get past Yannick [Gingras on Warrawee Ubeaut], so I waited to come out a little bit to keep my momentum up and I still didn't know...but she dug in." A three-year-old filly by Captaintreacherous, Treacherous Reign won her eighth race from 16 starts, earning $517,365 for owners Alagna Racing LLC, Big Als Stables, Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Dana Parham. Tony Alagna conditions the $7.20 winner and collected his second stakes victory on Pepsi North America Cup night.                                                                                             --New Image Media "Last year when we started out at Pennsylvania she actually beat Warrawee Ubeaut at The Meadows," Alagna said after the race. "It wasn't out of her realm that I thought she could talent wise. We over raced her; she was tired [and] we put her away. The good thing about her is you can forgive and forget. She's come back great this year and has just been rock solid."   By Ray Cotolo for Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, ON--Driver Louis-Philippe Roy circled Jimmy Freight to the lead and held off a first-over bid from Mcwicked to coast to a 1:48.1 harness racing victory in the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup on Saturday, June 15 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Nirvana Seelster took the lead while Jimmy Freight tucked into the pocket and forced 1-5 favourite Mcwicked into third approaching a :26.4 opening quarter. Jimmy Freight soon brushed to the top and braced for a first-over move from Mcwicked heading to a :54.4 half. Mcwicked gained slight ground on Jimmy Freight around the final turn and paced by his wheel past three-quarters in 1:21.2 but flattened out through the stretch as Jimmy Freight maintained his speed through the stretch. Nirvana Seelster slipped from the pocket to give chase for second while Mcwicked settled for third. "My strategy was going to go with what Mcwicked did; having him right behind me," Roy said after the race. "I wanted him to come first up on me too. I know that [Mcwicked] is good that way too but that was the trip I imagined [I'd need] to beat him. It wasn't until the middle of the stretch I [thought] we were there. All the credit goes to my horse. On the last turn he wanted to go by himself when he heard that horse coming--he was feeling so strong and never wanted that horse to come to his wheel." An Iowa bred owned by Adriano Sorella, Jimmy Freight paced a lifetime-best mile to collect his 19th victory while pushing his earnings to $1,188,146. Richard Moreau trains the four-year-old son of Sportswriter and returned $11.90 to win.   By Ray Cotolo for Woodbine Mohawk Park

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