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March 26, 2019 - Milton, ON - Woodbine Entertainment and Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) jointly announced today that both parties have ratified the new five-year agreement that was announced in January. "We remain committed to our vision in being the leader in harness racing in North America and having a long term agreement with our horsepople is paramount in making that happen," said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. "Our commitment is further demonstrated by a significant increase in purses and continued investment in Mohawk Park. We look forward to a great 2019 and beyond." Highlights of the agreement include a $15 million increase in guaranteed purses and a commitment of $5 million in capital investments to support racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park over the course of the agreement. "We are thrilled to finalize this new agreement with our partners at COSA and look forward to growing Standardbred horse racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park," said Jessica Buckley, President of Woodbine Mohawk Park. "This season is going to be an exciting year at Mohawk Park with the paddock expansion that is well underway, our exciting stakes schedule, the Pepsi North America Cup and to cap it all off, the Breeders' Crown in October." "COSA is excited to finalize our new agreement with Woodbine Entertainment as it provides our horsepeople with certainty over the next five years," said Bill O'Donnell, President of COSA. "We look forward to working with our partners at Woodbine Entertainment to collectively reach our goals of growing harness racing and offering a first-class product." Woodbine Mohawk Park reopened for the 2019 harness racing season on January 5. A total of 221 live race dates are scheduled for this season, highlighted by the Pepsi North America Cup and the 2019 Breeders' Crown.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications C: 905-864-9110            

MILTON, March 23, 2019 - Veteran harness racing trainer Rob Fellows reached a major career milestone during Saturday evening's 10-race card at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Fellows, 56, sent out eight-year-old pacer Velocity Driven to a third-place finish in Saturday's $15,000 fourth-race. The top-three finish was good enough to vault Fellows' over an impressive $20 million in career earnings. The Rockwood, Ontario resident has been a mainstay on the Woodbine Entertainment circuit for more than three decades and is a winner 1,319 races. Fellows has had seven $1 million seasons during his training career and holds a strong career UTRS of .300. The veteran trainer most recently won 40 races and sent out the winners of $791,710 last season. Woodbine Entertainment recognized Fellows' accomplishment with a presentation Saturday evening. Fellows' family and friends joined him in the winner's circle to receive a sign acknowledging his accomplishment from Scott McKelvie, Racing Secretary for Woodbine Standardbred. Saturday evening's card was the last chance for horseplayers to score the entire Jackpot Hi-5 ahead of next Saturday's mandatory payout. A total of $42,494 in new money was wagered Saturday on the Hi-5. There were multiple winning Jackpot Hi-5 tickets, which finalized a huge carryover of $525,140.23 for next Saturday's mandatory payout. Jackpot Hi-5 wagering is now suspended until next Saturday's mandatory payout. Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, ONTARIO & EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - Anticipation continues to grow among harness racing horseplayers in North America for Friday's inaugural 'Can-Am Pick 4' at Woodbine Mohawk Park and The Meadowlands. The 'Can-Am Pick 4' requires horseplayers to select the winners of two races at Woodbine Mohawk Park and two races at The Meadowlands. The 'Can-Am Pick 4' will have a $0.20 minimum and low 15 per cent takeout. The 'Can-Am Pick 4' sequence is as follows: Leg One: Woodbine Mohawk Park - Race 10 (Post Time: 10:40 p.m.) Leg Two: The Meadowlands - Race 10 (Post Time: 10:52 p.m.) Leg Three: Woodbine Mohawk Park - Race 11 (Post Time: 11:04 p.m.) Leg Four: The Meadowlands - Race 11 (Post Time: 11:16 p.m.)   To help prepare horseplayers for the inaugural 'Can-Am Pick 4', Woodbine and The Meadowlands' team of announcers, hosts and racing analysts have done their homework and provided tickets for Friday's action. Click here to Download free program pages for the 'Can-Am Pick 4'.   Team Woodbine Ken Middleton Leg One: 1,2,3,4,6 Leg Two: 4,7,10 Leg Three: 1,6,7 Leg Four: 1,2,4 Cost: $27   Mark McKelvie Leg One: 1,2,3,9 Leg Two: 4,7,10 Leg Three: 1,6,9 Leg Four: 1,4,5,6 Cost: $28.80   Jason Portuondo Leg One: 1,2,5 Leg Two: 4,7,10 Leg Three: 1,5,6 Leg Four: 1,5 Cost: $10.80   Chad Rozema Leg One: 1,2,8 Leg Two: 7,9,10 Leg Three: 1,6 Leg Four: 4,5,6 Cost: $10.80   Team Big M Dave Brower Leg One: 1,2,3,9 Leg Two: 1,4,5,7 Leg Three: 1,2,5,7 Leg Four: 2,5 Cost: $25.60   Dave Little Leg One: 1.3.6.8 Leg Two: 5,7 Leg Three: 1,6,7,9 Leg Four: 1,2,4,6 Cost: $25.60   Bob Hollywood Heyden Leg One: 2,4,7 Leg Two: 2,4,9 Leg Three: 4,7,8 Leg Four: 1,6,9 Cost: $20.20   Ken Warkentin Leg One: 2,3,4,8 Leg Two: 4,7,10 Leg Three: 1,2,3,6 Leg Four: 2,4,6 Cost: $28.80   Jessica Otten Leg One: 2,3,6,10 Leg Two: 1,4,7,10 Leg Three: 1,6,7 Leg Four: 1,4,6 Cost: $28.80     Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications C: 905-864-9110

MILTON, March 21, 2018 – Woodbine Entertainment today announced a mandatory payout for the Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 on Saturday, March 30 at Mohawk Park. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover currently sits at $443,868.29 and horseplayers will have just three more opportunities to win the entire Jackpot, as Hi-5 wagering will be suspended ahead of the mandatory payout following this Saturday’s card (March 23). The most recent Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout was conducted on December 22, 2018. Horseplayers wagered more than $619,026 of new money on the Hi-5, which had a carryover of $352,873. Past mandatory payouts have topped more than $1 million in new money wagered and returned large payouts. A mandatory payout in December of 2016 saw more than $2 million in new money wagered, while in December of 2017 the payout was $49,437.10 for a $0.20 winning ticket. The Jackpot Hi-5 requires horseplayers to select the top-five finishers in order and features a $0.20 minimum wager with a 15 per cent takeout. The wager is offered nightly on the final-race of each card. Live racing continues Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.     Mark McKelvie Woodbine Communications

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Two giants of harness racing are not only introducing a new wager that combines their considerable assets this Friday (March 22) but are also tackling an industry-wide source of frustration in the hopes of pleasing the customer. The "Can-Am Pick-4" will make its debut and requires a player to correctly select the winners of two races at the Meadowlands and two more at Woodbine Entertainment's Woodbine Mohawk Park. The bet will have a 20-Cent minimum, so players who are accustomed to a 50-Cent wager will have the option to increase their base bet or use more horses in the hopes of catching several longshots during the sequence. It will also sport a low 15 percent takeout. Leg One of the CAP4 will be Woodbine Mohawk Park's 10th race (post time, 10:40 p.m.), followed by the Meadowlands' 10th (10:52 p.m.), WMP's 11th (11:04 p.m.) is the third leg before the wager concludes with the 11th (11:16 p.m.) at the Big M. If all goes according to plan, the entire bet from start to finish will take 36 minutes, which is certain to be a hit with horseplayers. "For us, it's important to get things done in a timely fashion," said Klaus Ebner, Senior Manager of Simulcast Services for Woodbine. "The Can-Am Pick-4 locks up the customer's funds for a short span, allowing them to churn winning money into more wagering opportunities." But harness racing's two biggest tracks in terms of visibility and handle have more up their sleeves. The subject of post-time "drag" will be addressed by both tracks beginning with the Friday races. "As industry leaders, one of our goals - as well as our friends at Woodbine Entertainment - is to shorten the post-time drag before our races go to the gate," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "We will both be doing this as the leaders of this industry. We want to move the needle back on these outlandish drags but it will take an industry-wide initiative to make it happen. We will be taking the first step in doing so and are hoping that our fans will continue to wager the same or more." Both tracks are aiming for the following: -At three minutes past zero minutes to post, countdown clock starts -At four minutes, call to post -At five minutes, race goes off "This will allow the customer to understand when the race is going off," said Ebner. "It will have some certainty for them. Our main goal is we don't want our customers having to choose between wagering on Woodbine Mohawk Park and the Meadowlands. The coordination of post times will allow them access to the best two harness racing products in the world. We have worked together to stay off one another (not race at the same time) to the best of our abilities and, for the most part, the staffs at both tracks do a great job of doing that."   GET READY FOR MAYHEM: The NCAA college basketball tournament will be on overload this week with a full slate of games scheduled for Thursday through Sunday (March 21-24). Also on overload will be college basketball fans who will be watching and wagering on all of the hoops action in the Meadowlands' FanDuel Sportsbook, where there is plenty of comfortable seating with many food and drink options from which to choose. The action begins at noon, with 16 games on Thursday and Friday, before eight more matchups on Saturday and Sunday.   ORANGE CRUSHES: Driver Andy Miller, aka The Orange Crush, hot the hot hand last weekend (March 15-16) at the Big M, piloting seven horses to victory lane. Jenn Bongiorno paced the trainer's colony, winning three times from only five starts.   CALLING ALL T-BRED 'CAPPERS: On Saturday (March 23), the Meadowlands is hosting a National Horseplayers Championship qualifying event with a pair of seats to the NHC Final in Las Vegas (Feb. 7-9, 2020) on the line. The qualifier has a $400 entry fee. Pre-registration is recommended but walk-ups on the day of will be accepted. Need more information? Contact Rachel Ryan at raryan@playmeadowlands.com or go to www.playmeadowlands.com.   Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations  

MILTON, March 14, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to issue a reminder to all owners and trainers of Friday's (March 15) stakes payment deadline. The first round of sustaining payments are due for all 2019 major stakes. Sustaining payments are also due Friday for the 2019 Champlain (foals of 2017), 2020 Simcoe (foals of 2017) and 2019 SBOA Filly Stakes (foals of 2016). Below is the full list of major stakes with sustaining payments due Friday:   Pepsi North America Cup (3-year-old pace) Armbro Flight (3-year-olds & older, fillies & mares trot) Canadian Pacing Derby (3-year-olds & older pace) Canadian Trotting Classic (3-year-old trot) Casual Breeze (3-year-old filly trot) Elegantimage (3-year-old filly trot) Eternal Camnation (2-year-old filly pace) Fan Hanover (3-year-old filly pace) Goodtimes (3-year-old trot) Maple Leaf Trot (3-year-olds & older trot) Metro Pace (2-year-old pace) Milton (3-year-olds & older, fillies & mares pace) Nassagaweya (2-year-old pace) Peaceful Way (2-year-old filly trot) Roses Are Red (3-year-olds & older, fillies & mares pace) Shes A Great Lady (2-year-old filly pace) Somebeachsomewhere (3-year-old pace) William Wellwood Memorial (2-year-old trot)   Woodbine also handles the administration of stakes events contested at various tracks across Ontario. Nominations and sustaining payments are due Friday for the following events:   Grand River Raceway (Sustaining): Battle of Waterloo (Ontario Sired 2-year-old pace) Battle of the Belles (Ontario Sired 2-year-old filly pace) Flamboro Downs (Sustaining): Confederation Cup (4-year-old pace) The Raceway at Western Fair District (Nominations): City of London Series (Ontario Sired 4-year-olds and younger, pacers and trotters)   All stakes details can be found by visiting www.Woodbine.com/Mohawk/Horsepeople/. Stakes payments can be made online by clicking here. If sending payments by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than March 15, 2019 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended.     Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications C: 905-864-9110  

MILTON, March 14, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment has announced that tonight's card of live racing at Mohawk Park has been cancelled due to deteriorating track conditions caused by mild temperatures. Live racing is scheduled to resume Friday evening. Post time is 7:10 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications  

MILTON, March 13, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to notify all horsepeople of a change to this week's harness racing training and schooling schedule. This week's qualifying session will take place Thursday morning at 10 a.m. Training and schoolers have been cancelled for Thursday morning, as the track will only be used for the qualifying session. Training has also been cancelled for Friday morning. Mild temperatures and rain are the cause for the cancellations, as the track crew will be working to protect the racing surface for live racing on Thursday and Friday evening. Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment            

Mohawk Park qualifiers set for Thursday mornings   MILTON, March 2, 2019 – Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all horsepeople of a change to the qualifying schedule.   Effective immediately, qualifiers will be held each Thursday morning at Mohawk Park beginning at 10 a.m.   The entry box for qualifiers will close on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m.   by Mark McKelvie Woodbine Communications

Mohawk Park qualifiers moved to Friday   MILTON, February 27, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all horsepeople that this week's qualifying session has been moved from Thursday afternoon to Friday morning (March 1) at 10 a.m.   Training for Thursday morning at Mohawk Park has been cancelled to allow for track maintenance following Wednesday's winter storm.   Live racing is scheduled to resume Thursday evening at Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.     Mark McKelvie

East Rutherford, NJ - Due to weather related track conditions, this week's qualifiers have been moved from Friday at 10am to Saturday at 10am.   Here is a proof for those qualifying races.   Here is a link to next week's condition sheet with the purse increase.   MILTON, ON - February 21, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform horsepeople that Thursday's qualifiers have been rescheduled for Friday morning.   This afternoon's 4 p.m. qualifying session at Mohawk has been moved to Friday morning at 10 a.m.    The qualifying session has been rescheduled so that the track crew will have time to prepare the racing surface for Thursday evening's card of live harness racing. First race post time is set for 7:10 p.m.

MILTON, ON - February 15, 2019 - Tajmeallover stopped knocking and busted through to win Friday's $30,000 Mares Preferred Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Jean Francois Gagne trained eight-year-old powered by rivals in the lane for not only her first Preferred victory, but also her first harness racing win at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Kendall Seelster headlined the field of six and was coming in off a win and victories in five of her previous six outings. The Rod Boyd trainee got away fourth and caught cover going into the far turn to sit third and three-lengths from leader Buttermilk Hanover, who cut out fractions of :28.3, :57 and 1:25.2. Tajmeallover followed Kendall Seelster's every move and was fifth and five lengths from the top turning for home. In the stretch, Kendall Seelster grinded away to take the lead for a moment before Tajmeallover surged by on the outside to win in 1:54.4. Double A Mint rallied from last to finish second by half a length. Kendall Seelster finished third, while Buttermilk Hanover was fourth. A daughter of Tajma Hall, Tajmeallover was making her seventh start at Mohawk Park and had finished in the runner-up spot in four of those previous six outings. Friday's victory gives her a win and $32,650 earned in five starts this season. Tajmeallover had been the star pacing mare in Alberta over the last few seasons and is now a 49-time winner with career earnings of $383,033. She is owned by Gagne, Peter Van Seggelen, Carl Warnaar and Tapron Holdings Limited. A $2 win ticket on Tajmeallover returned $13.40. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Saturday is Frosty Fireworks and Family Fun Night. The evening's 10-race card will start at a special early post time of 6:45 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - February 15, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to remind horsepeople, harness racing fans and horseplayers of a special post time for Saturday's (February 16) card of live racing. Post time for Saturday's 10-race card is 6:45 p.m. The earlier post time is for Mohawk Park's Frosty Fireworks & Family Fun Night, which features activities for all-ages, special food items and a spectacular fireworks show following the races. Horsepeople are reminded to double check the paddock and Lasix times for Saturday's card. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

MILTON, ON - February 8, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to issue a reminder to all owners and trainers of the new conditions for the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage ahead of the February 15 deadline for nominations. The events for three-year-old trotters will no longer require eliminations, as the top ten (10) highest lifetime money-earners entered will contest the finals on Saturday, September 14 at Mohawk Park. Woodbine Entertainment will recognize Canadian and American earnings as equal. (Example: A horse with $100,000 earned in the US and a horse with $100,000 earned in Canada will be recognized as having the same earnings) Trotters entered that fall outside the top ten (10) in earnings will be eligible for a consolation. The consolation will be contested for 10 per cent of the event's purse pool (before entry fees) and requires a minimum of eight starters. If a declared trotter fails to be among the top ten (10) lifetime money earners and a consolation does not fill, or a trotter falls outside the top twenty (20) earners, all stakes payments will be refunded to the owner of the horse, provided the horse meets the current qualifying standards at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The estimated purse for the Canadian Trotting Classic is $665,000, while the Elegantimage is $350,000. To review the stakes conditions for all Woodbine administrated events, click here. Nominations are due no later than Friday, February 15. To make payments online, click here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than February 15, 2019 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, ON - February 6, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all horsepeople of a change to this week's qualifying and training schedule. Qualifiers originally scheduled for Thursday afternoon have been moved to Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. A total of five qualifying-races will be contested. The racing surface and paddock at Mohawk Park will not be open for training on Thursday morning to allow the track crew time to perform maintenance ahead of Thursday evening's card of racing. Post time for Thursday's card is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, ON - February 4, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all horsepeople that the track and paddock will not be open for training on Tuesday morning (February 5). The closure is to allow for the track crew to perform maintenance on the racing surface. The track and paddock are scheduled to reopen for training on Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment        

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