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Mohawk Warrior will aim for a WEGZ Series sweep following a 1:51.3 harness racing victory Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of five met up for the second leg of the three-week series. Trainer Richard Moreau sent out a trio of starters, including Mohawk Warrior. Moreau trainee Rafa cut the mile with Mohawk Warrior and Jody Jamieson sitting on his back. After fractions of :27.4, :56.2, Jamieson pulled the pocket entering the final turn and sat just a neck away from the front. The stablemates were nearly on even-terms at the three-quarter pole in 1:24.3. In the stretch, Rafa continued to pace strong down, but Mohawk Warrior powered by in deep stretch to win in 1:51.3. Moreau trainee Cajon Lightning got up for third. A four-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover, Mohawk Warrior now has four wins in seven starts this season and has finished no worse than third for earnings of over $55,000. The four-year-old has 12 wins in 34 career starts and earnings exceeding $148,000. Mohawk Warrior is owned by Brad Grant. He paid $3.40 to win. In order to be eligible to the WEGZ Series, the four-year-old pacers had to be non-winners of $100,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Mohawk Warrior Also on Saturday, Nickle Bag extended his current win streak to six with a 1:50 victory. The Bill Robinson trainee was put on the front-end Saturday and never looked back. Driven by Trevor Henry, Nickle Bag posted solid fractions of :26.4, :54.3 and 1:21.4, before pacing home in :28.1 for a 3¼ length victory. Owned by Linda and Harry Loyens, Nickle Bag has now won six consecutive starts to sport a 2016 record of six wins in 8 starts. Saturday's victory was his 26th career score and pushes his career earnings to over $575,000. Nickle Bag paid $2.60 to win. Nickle Bag Live racing resumes Monday night at Woodbine. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Wanda Bayama turned in a career best effort to the win the $20,000 second leg of the HPIBET.com Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A big field of 11 harness racing four-year-old pacing mares squared off Friday, but the clear horse to beat was Rick Zeron trainee Our Hot Majorette. The Zeron trainee captured one of two first leg divisions and with Much Adoo, the other first leg winner, skipping leg two, Friday's second leg looked like Our Hot Majorette's for the taking. Aniston Seelster flashed early speed to grab command, but Zeron pushed the 3/5 favourite off the wings to get away second. After an opening-quarter of :27, Zeron circled around Aniston Seelster to put Our Hot Majorette on top. The public's choice put up solid middle-fractions of :56 and 1:24.2. Meanwhile, Sylvain Filion sent Wanda Bayama first up from fifth around the final turn and pulled to within a couple lengths of the leader turning for home. In the stretch, Our Hot Majorette was all out trying to hold off her rival, but Wanda Bayama showed plenty of grit and surged by to win in 1:51.4. Yes You Can, who paced along third the for the majority of the mile, finished up strong to take second away from the favourite, while Aniston Seelster finished fourth. A daughter of Western Ideal, Wanda Bayama is trained by Stephane Larocque for owners Bayama Farms Inc. The four-year-old old finished second in a round one division last week. Friday's victory gives Wanda Bayama her first win in two starts this year and eight career victories overall. The Larocque trainee increased her earnings to over $87,000 with the win. A $2 win ticket on Wanda Bayama returned $6.50. In order to be eligible to the HPIBET.com, the four-year-old pacing mares had to be non-winners of $100,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. The $54,400 final of the HPIBET.com will take place next Saturday, March 19. Mark McKelvie

Musical Rhythm has been the hottest trotter around over the last few months and Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack he continued his harness racing dominance. The Ben Baillargeon trainee stepped up to tackle Preferred trotters Monday. Musical Rhythm entered the Preferred on a six-race win streak, including a sweep of the General Brock Series. Mild temperatures and a 'Fast' track set the stage for the six-horse $34,000 Preferred. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Musical Rhythm, the 3/5 favourtie, used his tremendous gate speed and sprinted to an early lead. After an opening-quarter of :27.1, Fearless Man circled around from second to grab command for Rick Zeron entering the backstretch. Zeus Lightning was parked around the first turn and came charging up looking for the lead heading to the half, but Zeron refused to surrender the front. The two trotters waged war throughout the middle-half and set solid fractions of :55.2 and 1:23.2. Meanwhile, Baillargeon and Musical Rhythm waited patiently in behind the lead pair. In the stretch, Musical Rhythm was angled wide and powered by the leaders. The Baillargeon trainee trotted strongly through the wire for a four-length victory in an eye-catching 1:52. Zeus Lightning battled hard to finish second, while Burnin Money got up for third. Musical Rhythm has now won seven in a row and nine of 10 starts since joining the Baillargeon barn. The four-year-old son of Cantab Hall was purchased in November by owners Baillargeon, Santo & Nunzio Vena and Claude Hamel. Musical Rhythm's clocking of 1:52 was not only a new career mark, but also North America's fastest trotting mile this season. The Baillargeon trainee has banked $61,000 in five starts this year. Monday's victory was the 14th career score for Musical Rhythm and pushes his career earnings over $167,000. A $2 win ticket on Musical Rhythm returned $3.30. Musical Rhythm Mark McKelvie

Legion of Boom lowered the boom with a 42/1 harness racing upset in the Ontario Boys Series final Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A compact field of six competed in the $45,000 final of the three week series event for Ontario sired four-year-olds. Headlining the group of six was a pair of Richard Moreau trainees. Cajon Lightning entered the final off a victory in leg one and a third in leg two, while Rafa looked to turn the tables after finishing second in both preliminary legs. Legion Of Boom and driver Doug McNair left hard off the gate, but Rafa and Sylvain Filion also had the same strategy. McNair opted to drop in behind Rafa and take the two-hole trip. Rafa, who was 8/5, posted an opening-quarter of :27.1 and a half of :56. Outside challengers developed around the final turn with Mach Code first up and Cajon Lightning, the 4/5 favourite, second over. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:24, Rafa led the field into the stretch looking for the gate-to-wire victory. In the stretch, McNair came off the pylons with Legion Of Boom and the 42/1 longshot grinded away at Rafa. Cajon Lightning also came charging with late speed and Half A Billion was flying from the back to make it a four-across finish. Legion Of Boom hit the wire first in 1:53.1 to win by a head over Cajon Lightning. Half A Billion finished a neck back in third, while Rafa was defeated by just a half a length, but finished fourth. A four-year-old son of Artistic Fella, Legion Of Boom had just one win in six starts this season entering the Ontario Boys final. He finished sixth in both preliminary legs. Legion Of Boom is co-owned by driver Doug McNair, who shares ownership of the gelding with Equus Standardbreds Inc. Gregg McNair is the conditioner of the four-year-old. Saturday's victory was the sixth career win for Legion Of Boom and it increases his career earnings to over $92,000. The clocking of 1:53.1 also established a new career mark for the son of Artistic Fella. Legion Of Boom paid $86.20 to win. Legion Of Boom In order to be eligible to the Ontario Boys, the Ontario sired four-year-olds had to be non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Mark McKelvie

Musical Rhythm continued his win streak with his most impressive harness racing victory to date in Monday's $50,000 General Brock Series Final at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of ten four-year-old trotters met up for the final of the General Brock, but all the focus surrounded Ben Baillargeon trainee Musical Rhythm. The son of Cantab Hall entered the series final on a four-race win streak, while also winning eight of his last nine starts. The public sent the Baillargeon trainee off at odds of 3/5 from post nine. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Musical Rhythm sprinted off the wings of the gate searching for the front. Hillsonator, who won a leg one division, also left hard from post two, but the public's choice had the most trot and grabbed the front to post an opening-quarter of :26.4. Musical Rhythm caught a breather in the second-quarter of :30.1, before stepping it up to trot by the three-quarter pole in 1:26.2. At the top of the stretch, Baillargeon let his charge loose and the son of Cantab Hall responded by quickly leaving his rivals far behind. Musical Rhythm stormed home in :27.2 to score an 8½ length blowout victory in a series record time of 1:53.4. Hillsonator finished second, while Five Below grabbed third. The clocking of 1:53.4 erased the previous series record of 1:54.2 set by E W Fisher in 2011. Owned by Santo and Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and Baillargeon, Musical Rhythm's series sweeping victory improves him to four for four in 2016. He has also now won eight of nine starts since joining the Baillargeon barn in November. Musical Rhythm's career record now sits at 13 wins from 27 starts, while his career bankroll has exceeded $150,000. A $2 win ticket on the Baillargeon trainee returned $3.20 In order to be eligible to the General Brock, the three and four-year-old trotters had to be non-winners of $50,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Mark McKelvie

Much Adoo overcame post ten to capture the $44,600 Ontario Girls Series Final Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of ten Ontario sired four-year-old pacing mares competed in the finale of the three-week harness racing series event. Much Adoo was made the even-money favourite despite starting from post-ten. Debuting for trainer Nick Gallucci, Much Adoo captured a first leg division before skipping round two. Driven by Doug McNair, Much Adoo sprinted off the wings of the gate from the extreme outside and got the lead ahead of leg two winner Ainsleynoelle. The aggressive tactics forced the favourite to pace a :26.1 opening-quarter. After reaching the half in :55.1, Much Adoo was confronted around the final turn by a first-over Mach Magic. The public's choice carried a narrow lead at the three-quarter pole in 1:24.2. In the stretch, McNair called upon his charge for all she had and the four-year-old pacing mare responded. Much Adoo held off her challengers to win by a length in 1:53.2. Show Some Leg, who was fourth turning for home, got up for second, while Ainsleynoelle's pocket journey ended in a third-place finish. Double Olives, who won the Blizzard Series final in January, rallied from tenth at the top of the stretch to finish fourth. A daughter of Classic Card Shark, Much Adoo extended her current win streak to three Saturday. She is owned by Aaron Waxman and Alan Alber. With Saturday's win, Much Adoo now has eight career victories and $119,746 in earnings. This season, she has won three of five starts and banked over $45,000. Much Adoo paid $4.10 to win. Much Adoo The Ontario Boys second leg was also contested Saturday night. The second round was delayed a week after last Saturday's card was cancelled due to extreme cold temperatures. Leg one winner Cajon Lightning was sent off as the even-money favourite, while stablemate Rafa was a close second choice. The Richard Moreau trainees controlled the front-end throughout the mile. Rafa posted an opening-quarter of :27.3, but Cajon Lightning, who was parked to the quarter, swept by to grab command entering the backstretch. Sylvain Filion was not content to sit the pocket and retook the lead with Rafa at the half in :55.2. Around the final turn, Sports Lightning came first-up to within a length of the leader, while Half A Billion, who originally got away last, sat second-over and Cajon Lightning backed away in the two-hole. Rafa kept the tempo honest by posting a three-quarter time of 1:23.2. In the stretch, Rafa dug in trying to maintain the lead, but he could not fight off Half A Billion, who surged by late for driver Jody Jamieson at odds of 21/1. The upset winner stopped the clock in a career-best 1:52.3 for a half length victory. Rafa finished second, while Cajon Lightning came back on in the stretch to grab third. A son of Sportswriter, Half A Billion is trained by Corey Giles for owners Michel & Francois Letarte, Jean Allaire and Germain Chabot. The four-year-old came into the second leg off a third-place finish in round one. Half A Billion now has two wins in six starts this season and seven career victories overall. The Giles trainee pushed his career bankroll over $81,000 with Saturday's victory. Half A Billion paid $45.10 to win. Half A Billion In order to be eligible to the Ontario Boys and Girls series, the Ontario sired four-year-olds had to be non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Saturday's card also featured another edition of the $34,000 Preferred Pace. Nickle Bag came into Saturday's Preferred riding a three-race win streak and exited with that streak still intact. The Bill Robinson trainee was driven to victory by Trevor Henry. Nickle Bag got away fifth in the field of six and would eventually pick up cover from Nirvana Seelster entering the final turn to sit second-over turning for home. In the stretch, Nickle Bag powered by his rivals on the outside to win by a length and a half in 1:50.4. Nirvana Seelster finished second, while Erle Dale N was third. A six-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover, Nickle Bag has now won five of seven starts in 2016. The Robinson trainee has 24 career victories and earnings exceeding $541,000 for owners Linda Loyens and Harry Loyens. Nickle Bag paid $3.10 to win. Nickle Bag Live racing resumes Monday night at Woodbine with the $50,000 General Brock series final highlighting the card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

The harness racing series finals of The Count B and Miss Vera Bars were in the spotlight Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of nine three-year-old pacers competed in the $42,200 The Count B final, while a field of eight three-year-old pacing fillies squared off in the $41,600 Ontario Girls final. All eyes were on Carmen Auciello trainee War N Munn, who aimed for a series sweep in The Count B Final, and the sophomore lived up to the hype. Driven by Jonathan Drury, War N Munn, the 2/5 favourite, sprinted off the wings of the gate from post-eight. Gotti and Trevor Henry also left hard and dueled by the opening-quarter with War N Munn in :26.1. War N Munn cleared to the front midway around the first turn and Drury was able to catch a second-quarter breather, as the favourite paced by the half in :56. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:24.4, War N Munn said goodbye to his challengers and sprinted home comfortably in :28 to win by an impressive 7½ lengths in 1:52.4. Gotti help his position to finish second, while New Standard rallied from near the back to finish third at odds of 50/1. A son of Stonebridge Regal, War N Munn is owned by George Munniksma of Washington, New Jersey. The sophomore pacing colt shipped into the barn of conditioner Auciello from trainer Kerin Warner for the start of The Count B series. War N Munn is now three for three in 2016 and sports a career record of five wins in 12 starts. The Count B final victory established a new career-mark for the three-year-old and pushes his career earnings over $81,000. War N Munn paid $2.90 to win. War N Munn Preliminary leg winners Cracklin Rosie and Bad As Leader headlined the Miss VeraBars final. Cracklin Rosie, the 8/5 favourite, got away sixth for driver Phil Hudon, while Bad As Leader, the 2/1 second choice, was placed closer in third by driver Trevor Henry. Arizona Seelster cut out an opening-quarter of :27.2 and also led the field by the half in :57.1. Henry opted to pull from third nearing the half and quickly cleared to the front with Bad As Leader before the final turn. Meanwhile, Cracklin Rosie was moving up on the outside in mid-pack, but was pushed out three-wide and took the long way around the final turn. After a three-quarter clocking of 1:25.2, Bad As Leader would not surrender the lead and paced home strongly to win the Miss VeraBars final by a length and a half in 1:53.4. Im In Luv finished second, while Windsun Glory grabbed third. Cracklin Rosie was just nosed out for fourth by Party In Rome. A daughter of Badlands Hanover, Bad As Leader is trained by Victor Puddy for owners Bill Manes and William Cripps. The sophomore pacing filly now has four wins in six attempts this season and six victories in ten career starts. The MissVeraBars final victory pushes Bad As Leader's career earnings to over $69,000. She paid $6.70 to win. Bad As Leader Both series carried the same conditions, as Non-Winners of Three Races or $40,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015 were eligible to The Count B and Miss VeraBars. Winter series action continues Saturday night at Woodbine with the final of the Ontario Girls and second leg of the Ontario Boys. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

A single winning ticket correctly hit the harness racing Jackpot Hi-5 Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack to score the winning horseplayer a massive $189,970.16 payout. The winning ticket was constructed by an HPIBet customer from Nova Scotia, who made a $252 wager to correctly hit the Jackpot Hi-5. The winning horseplayer keyed race-winner #4 Princess Katie on top and used several others underneath. Princess Katie came through and won the Jackpot Hi-5 race, a Fillies & Mares Non-Winners of Two Pace, at odds of 9/2. The top-five was completed by #1 Queenofthejungle (16/1), #3 Money Magic (5/1), #7 In The Shadows (60/1) and #9 Sodwana Bay (13/1). Ambrosia Seelster, the 3/5 favourite, finished outside the money in eighth. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover was $161,715.16 heading into Thursday night's card of racing. A total of $33,241 of new money was wagered into the Jackpot Hi-5. The last significant Jackpot Hi-5 payout occurred in December, when a horseplayer connected for a $242,409 payout. The Jackpot Hi-5 will now start from scratch Friday night. Post time for the 10-race card is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Trinity Development Group Inc. (Trinity) today announced the companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the purpose of developing an integrated entertainment venue at Woodbine Racetrack. The WEG-Trinity proposal calls for an entertainment venue of approximately 165,000 square feet and seating for up to 5,000 patrons. It would reside adjacent to the current Woodbine Racetrack facility and occupy three to four acres of the Woodbine property. The collaboration is the next step in WEG's property development vision of an integrated district with multiple forms of gaming, entertainment and horse racing. "This is an exciting day for Woodbine Entertainment Group and the city of Toronto," said Jim Lawson, CEO of WEG. "To partner with a trusted, well-respected property development company like Trinity allows the citizens of Toronto, and frankly the entire province, to start to see the possibilities of what we can develop on one of the most attractive pieces of real estate in the GTA." Together WEG and Trinity will conduct a procurement process to bring in a world class third party entertainment company to be the manager and operator of the venue. The venue is expected to be used for live performances (i.e. music, theatre, dance) and other forms of live entertainment. "Trinity Development Group is looking forward to working with an iconic brand like Woodbine Entertainment Group to develop a portion of the 680 acres of prime land on the Woodbine Racetrack property," said John Ruddy, Executive Chairman of Trinity. "Trinity has a deep history in developing real estate of this quality in high profile locations." Trinity is responsible for the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park in Ottawa. After a revitalization project that opened in November of 2014, Lansdowne is a hotbed for businesses and restaurants that drew 1.5 million visitors in its first year of operations. About Woodbine Entertainment Group (www.woodbineentertainment.com): With roots dating back to 1881, Woodbine Entertainment Group is the largest horse racing operator in Canada, showcasing world-renowned horse racing at Woodbine Racetrack (Toronto), home of the iconic Queen's Plate, and Mohawk Racetrack (Milton), host of the storied Pepsi North America Cup. WEG is the leading member of the Standardbred Alliance and the single operator of Teletheatres and Account Wagering, available through www.HPIbet.com, in Ontario. WEG also operates HPItv, a CRTC licensed digital television channel that broadcasts racing into homes across Canada. Trinity Development Group Inc.:   Since inception in 1991, Trinity has become a leading real estate developer in Canada. Trinity has developed, or is actively developing over 25 million square feet of shopping centres and mixed use developments throughout Canada. Trinity has extensive expertise in both large retail projects and mixed-use developments. In recent years, Trinity has refocused its strategic direction to include large, mixed-use developments. In Ottawa, Trinity in partnership with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group developed Lansdowne Park and TD Place, the Nation's Capital exciting new urban sports and entertainment destination featuring a spectacular 24,000 seat outdoor stadium and newly refurbished 10,000 seat indoor arena. TD Place is the home to the Ottawa REDBLACKS of the CFL, the NASL's Ottawa Fury FC and the Ottawa 67's of the OHL. It hosts concerts and performances by industry-leading acts and entertainers year round. It includes restaurants, movie theatres, shops, services, office and residential, creating the exciting all-new Lansdowne community. In Calgary, their Trinity Hills development adjacent to the Canadian Olympic Park lands will provide a business campus, various residential formats, entertainment and retail uses. Further information on Trinity's projects may be found on its website (www.trinity-group.com).   About BBB Architects:   The internationally renowned firm of BBB Architects has been chosen to design the masterplan and buildings for the Woodbine-Trinity retail/entertainment complex. Partner Brian Brisbin, in creating this design, states "it will be the most provocative performance venue in Canada, anchoring a new regional retail/entertainment destination while giving exposure to a new audience for horse racing." With offices in Toronto and New York, the firm's projects include Madison Square Garden in New York, the L.A. Forum in Los Angeles as well as the largest retail/entertainment project in Europe, the Moscow City Center. Further details about BBB's projects are available at www.bbb.ca.   John Siscos

TORONTO, February 15 - After impressive harness racing victories in last week's first leg, Musical Rhythm and Hillsonator met up in a second round division of the General Brock Series Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A group of 15 three and four-year-old trotters were split into a pair of $18,000 second leg divisions. Last week's first leg winners, Musical Rhythm, a two and a half length winner in 1:56, and Hillsonator, a four-length winner in 1:56.3, crossed paths in the second division. Musical Rhythm blasted out from post three for driver Mario Baillargeon, while Hillsonator left from post seven and got away second for driver Rick Zeron. The public's top choices sat first and second through opening fractions of :27.2 and :57. Musical Rhythm, who was the 1/2 favourite, picked up the tempo around the final turn and posted a three-quarter time of 1:25.3. In the stretch, Musical Rhythm hit top gear and trotted strongly through the lane, while Hillsonator was all out in second. Musical Rhythm stopped the clock in 1:54, 2¼ lengths ahead of Hillsonator. Amityville Lindy finished third, while All B Over was fourth. A four-year-old son of Cantab Hall, Musical Rhythm stretched his current win streak to five with Monday's victory. The Ben Baillargeon trainee is three for three in 2016 and will have a chance at a series sweep in next week's final. Musical Rhythm is owned by Santo and Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and Baillargeon. The son of Cantab Hall now has 12 career victories and earnings exceeding $125,000. A $2 win ticket on Musical Rhythm returned $3. Musical Rhythm In the first division, Demand An Answer took full advantage of avoiding the round one winners. The Shane Arsenault trainee went gate-to-wire for driver Sylvain Filion in 1:56.2. A four-year-old son of Angus Hall, Demand An Answer sprinted off the wings of the gate and by the opening-quarter in :26.2. The 4/5 favourite was too much handle for his opponents and cruised to a length and a half victory. Five Below, who trotted along third for the majority of the mile, trotted by Love Hunter in the stretch to finish second. Fleet Bumblebee, who got away eighth, came on late and almost nabbed third away from Love Hunter. Demand An Answer picked up his first win of 2016 with his career-best 1:56.2 mile Monday. The Arsenault trainee now has four career victories and earnings exceeding $62,000. Demand An Answer paid $3.60 to win. Demand An Answer The $50,000 General Brock Final will take place next Monday (February 22). Also on Monday, a field of six older trotters squared off in the $34,000 Preferred Trot. A week after getting beat in the final stride, Fearless Man rebounded strongly for trainer/driver Rick Zeron. The six-year-old son of Elegant Man sprinted to the front and never looked back. Fearless Man posted fractions of :27, :56 and 1:24.2 to lead the field into the stretch. Zeus Lightning came out from second to try and take down the leader, but the Zeron trainee held him off and trotted confidently through the wire in 1:53 for a half-length victory. Windsun Revenge finished third, while Etruscan Hanover was fourth. Fearless Man's clocking of 1:53 is the fastest trotting mile this season at Woodbine. Owned by Rick Zeron Stables, Noblock Racing Stable, MurrayGreenfield and Cool Cat Racing Inc., Fearless Man now has two wins from five starts this year, 24 victories overall and career earnings of over $423,000. Fearless Man paid $3.30 to win. Fearless Man Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Racetrack. Post time for the 10-race card is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Second leg harness racing action of the Ontario Girls and The Count B Series took place under frigid conditions Friday at Woodbine Racetrack. Just a single division was necessary for each series with their finals scheduled for next Friday (February 19). Ainsleynoelle pulled off a mini upset against seven rivals in the $18,000 Ontario Girls second leg. Driven by Randy Waples, Ainsleynoelle got a pocket trip and was able to convert in the lane for a 1:55.2 score at 7/1. Mach Magic cut the mile, but gave way late to finish second by a length. Pinky Tuscadero finished third. Amazing Control, who won a first leg division, finished fourth, while the favourite Double Olives was sixth. A four-year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet, Ainsleynoelle is trained by Colin Johnson for owners Debbie Element, David Heffering and Ecurie JGV Enrg. Friday's victory was her first win in six starts this season and eighth victory overall. Ainsleynoelle, who finished fifth in a first leg division last week, now has over $89,000 in career earnings. She paid $17.40 to win. Ainsleynoelle In order to be eligible to the Ontario Girls, the Ontario sired four-year-old pacing mares had to be non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Despite a first-quarter break, War N Munn scored another impressive victory in the $17,000 second leg of The Count B Series. Driven by Jonathan Drury, War N Munn got away fourth, but made a quick break heading towards the first turn and was brought to the outside. Once off the pylons and back pacing, Drury sent his charge to the lead in the second-quarter. War N Munn was mistake-free in the final three-quarters and cruised to a three-length victory in 1:55. Gotti finished second, while The Loan Ranger was third. Three Truths, who won a first leg division, finished fourth. A three-year-old son of Stonebridge Regal, War N Munn is now two for two in The Count B Series and 2016. He is trained by Carmen Auciello for owner George Munniksma. War N Munn now has four career victories and earnings exceeding $60,000. He paid $3.10 to win. In order to be eligible to The Count B, the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings had to be non-winners of three-races or $40,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. War N Munn Live racing has been cancelled for Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack due to the projected extreme cold temperatures. Live racing resumes Monday night (February 15). Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Winter harness racing action ramped up Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack with round one of The Count B and Ontario Girls Series. Each series featured a pair of divisions for their opening leg. A group of 14 sophomore pacing colts and geldings were split into two $17,000 The Count B divisions, while 15 Ontario sired four-year-old pacing mares competed in two $18,000 Ontario Girls splits. The Count B Series for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings saw the first split go to a newcomer north of the border. War N Munn went gate to wire for a 1:54.1 victory. The son of Stonebridge Regal shipped in from the Kerin Warner barn into the care of trainer Carmen Auciello. Driven by Jonathan Drury, War N Munn fired out to the front and got to dictate the pace. After posting panels of :27.4, :57.1 and 1:25.2, War N Munn opened up several lengths of separation and cruised home in :28.4 for a 6¾ lengths victory. St Lads Charger, who sat fourth for the majority of the mile, finished second, while New Standard came from last to finish third. War N Munn is owned by George Munniksma. The sophomore pacer was making his 2016 debut after winning two of nine starts as a rookie for earnings of $43,011. War N Munn established a new career mark with his 1:54.1 victory. He paid $10.10 to win. War N Munn The combination of Drury and Auciello appeared to have a good shot to sweep The Count B first leg, as they teamed up with the 3/5 favourite Big Bang Boom in the second split. Drury stepped on the accelerator at the start and blasted Big Bang Boom to the lead. The Auciello trainee went untouched through solid fractions of :26.2, :55.3 and 1:24.1 to lead by almost five-lengths turning for home. Three Truths, the 7/2 second choice, came out from fifth around the final turn for driver Sylvain Filion and sat seven-lengths off the lead at the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Big Bang Boom ran out of steam at the eighth-pole and was swallowed up by a hard-charging Three Truths, who stopped the clock in 1:55.1. Gotti finished two-lengths back in second, while Big Bang Boom held on to hit the board in third. A son of Shadow Play, Three Truths is trained by Richard Moreau for owners Ratchford Stable and Brian Shebib. The Count B opening leg victory is the first win in four starts this season for the sophomore pacer. Three Truths won three of eighth starts last season and now has a career bankroll of $23,060. Friday's clocking of 1:55.1 established a new career mark for the son of Shadow Play. Three Truths paid $9.50 to win. Three Truths The Ontario Girls Series kicked off with a fantastic stretch duel in the first division. Much Adoo, the 9/5 favourite, got away second, but was quickly circled to the lead in the second-quarter by driver Doug McNair. Fresh off her Blizzard Series victory, Double Olives found a seat in fourth and sat there until angling out first-over just after the half. Much Adoo posted middle-fractions of :57 and 1:25, while Double Olives pulled to within less than a length of the lead turning for home. In the stretch, the public's top two choices went toe-to-toe with Much Adoo holding off a battling Double Olives to win by a length in 1:54. Pinky Tuscadero, who sat second-over turning for home, finished third. A daughter of Classic Card Shark, Much Adoo picked up her second win in three starts this season for trainer Cody Henry. She is owned by Aaron Waxman and Alan Alber. Much Adoo increased her career earnings to over $97,000 with her seventh career victory Friday. She paid $5.90 to win. Much Adoo In the second division, Amazing Control came through as the even-money favourite for a 1:55.1 victory. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Amazing Control was able to get a pocket trip in behind Twin B Sweetheart. The leader cut out fractions of :27.2, :57.4 and 1:26.3, while Amazing Control was primed to pop the pocket in the lane. In the stretch, Jamieson pulled on the right line and Amazing Control powered by Twin B Sweetheart to win two-lengths. Tilkum finish third. A daughter of Shadow Play, Amazing Control is trained by Meg Crone for owners Hutt Racing Stable. The four-year-old pacing mare now has two wins in four starts this season. Amazing Control increased her career earnings to over $83,000 with her fourth career victory Friday. She paid $4.20 to win. Amazing Control The Count B and Ontario Girls Series resume next Friday (February 12) with round two. In order to be eligible to The Count B, the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings had to be non-winners of three races or $40,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Ontario sired four-year-old pacing mares, who were non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015, were eligible to the Ontario Girls Series. Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine with the opening leg of the Ontario Boys Series. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Cracklin Rosie and harness racing driver Phil Hudon timed a late rally perfectly to win the first leg of the Miss Vera Bars Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of 10 three-year-old pacing fillies competed in the $17,000 opening leg of the Miss VeraBars. Originally a field of 11, Cracklin Rosie started from the second-tier in Thursday's contest. Driven by Phil Hudon, the Luc Ouellette trainee got away eighth in the early stages. Mattjestic Tempo sprinted to the front for driver Doug McNair and posted an opening-quarter of :27.2. The leader was left alone in the second-quarter and reached the half in :56.4. Heading into the final turn, Cracklin Rosie was brought to the outside by Hudon and sat fourth-over, as Mattjestic Tempo continued to march along on the lead and reached the third-station in 1:25.1. In the stretch, Cracklin Rosie was angled to the far outside and took dead aim at the leader. Mattjestic Tempo appeared to have enough of a jump on her rival, but Hudon timed it perfectly and Cracklin Rosie surged by in the final strides to win by half a length in 1:54.2. Windsun Glory finished third, while Arizona Seelster rounded out the Superfecta. Cracklin Rosie was more than six-lengths off the lead turning fpor home and paced a :28 final-quarter to snag the victory at odds of 2/1. The three-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover is owned by Luc Ouellette Incorporated, Anita Ouellette and Alan Alber. Cracklin Rosie entered the MissVeraBars opener off a fourth-place finish in the Blizzard Series Final on January 22. She now has two wins in four starts this season after going winless in five last year. The Ouellette trainee increased her career earnings to over $33,000 with the victory. Cracklin Rosie paid $6.20 to win. Phil Hudon continued his hot start to 2016 with a Grand Slam on a big Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Hudon, who entered Thursday’s card leading all Woodbine drivers in victories, visited the winner’s circle four-times to increase his 2016 wins total to 24. The Guelph, Ontario resident’s four victories were highlighted by three-year-old pacing filly Cracklin Rosie sweeping by her rivals late to win the $17,000 first leg of the Miss Vera Bars Series. Hudon also steered trotter Tymal Wizard to a 30/1 upset in the evening’s sixth-race. His two other victories came with trotter Southwind Alice and pacer Regal Fame in the finale. Hudon was not the only driver to have a big night. Jody Jamieson drove three winners on the card, while Doug McNair and Paul MacDonell also had a pair of victories, respectively. Wagering numbers were strong Thursday night, as a total of $1,888,590 was wagered on the 11-race card. Strong pools carried from start to finish over the course of the night. The evening’s seventh-race led the way with a Win pool exceeding $53,000 and both the Exactor and Triactor pools topping $50,000. The Pick-5 wager continues to gain momentum, as a total of $37,413 was wagered into the pool Thursday. The Pick-5 begins each night on the opening-race. Live racing continues Friday night with The Count B and Ontario Girls Series highlighting another 11-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Thestable.ca held its second information seminar this past weekend at Woodbine Racetrack in Etobicoke, and the turnout was great. We have been optimistic from day one that fractional ownership delivered to the general public would represent a staging point for our industry to finally be headed in the right direction. Every new owner to our game represents an infinite amount of new fans. New fans represent potential future clients for horsemen and also represent potential wagering revenue. There are now over forty investors in thestable.ca, and another 60 who have initialized dialogue and are curious about fractional ownership. These forty people are minority investors in 23 horses for the most part, and we still have plenty of room for more investment. Imagine how many people these investors can bring to the track with them this summer? We aren't just growing interest in our sport, we are breathing life into it. The Toronto Sun also visited thestable last weekend. With a story being written in the coming weeks, and our last seminar of the season being offered at the Meadowlands racetrack in New Jersey, we are likely to run out of shares before investors. This is great news for thestable.ca and even greater news for horse racing. Visit us at www.thestable.ca

TORONTO, January 30 - Nickle Bag turned in a tremendous harness racing effort to win a thrilling $34,000 Preferred Pace Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The Bill Robinson trainee got away seventh in the field of eight for driver Trevor Henry, as Nirvana Seelster rejected a two-hole trip to take command for driver Rick Zeron. After a first-quarter of :27.1, Nirvana Seelster marched down the backside to the half in :55.4. Meanwhile, Henry tugged on the right line and blasted Nickle Bag from seventh towards the front to engage with the leader. Nirvana Seelster was forced to pace a :26.4 third-quarter, as the leader slugged it out with the first-over Nickle Bag. Nirvana Seelster held a narrow lead for the majority of the lane, but Nickle Bag refused to lose and grinded by in the final strides to win in 1:50.4. The Rev finished third at 25/1. Sent off as the 1/2 favourite, Nickle Bag now has two consecutive wins and victories in three of five starts this season. The six-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover pushed his career earnings over $500,000 with his 22nd career victory Saturday for owners Linda and Harry Loyens. Nickle Bag paid $3 to win. Nickle Bag Also on Saturday's card, Roger Mayotte made his first visit to the winner's circle since losing several horses in the tragic fire at Classy Lane Stables. The veteran driver steered Kenneth Switzer trainee Machal Jordan to victory in a $22,000 overnight event. The seven-year-old pacer showed his class by digging in to hold on for his 21st career victory in 1:52.2. Mayotte, who has won over 3,500 races and $52 million as a driver, now has two wins in 10 drives this season. He will look for his first training victory since the Classy Lane fire on Monday night with six-year-old trotter Kinetic King. Machal Jordan Post time Monday is 7:30 p.m.   Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, January 29 - Winning is never easy in harness racing, but Betit To Getit and Marquis Volo have been making it look effortless this winter at Woodbine Racetrack. Betit To Getit, a six-year-old pacing mare, and Marquis Volo, a four-year-old trotter, came to Woodbine Friday riding respective win streaks. However, only one was able to head home with their win streak intact. Trained by Rick Zeron, Betit To Getit entered Friday night's $30,000 Mares Preferred on a three-race win streak. The daughter of No Pan Intended had won eight of her last nine starts. Driven by Zeron, Betit To Getit got away third in the early stages, while Ms Mac N Cheese cut out an opening-quarter of :26.3. Waasmula was quickly moved from second to first entering the backstretch, which led to Zeron pulling on the right line to send his mare towards the front. After being parked by the half in :54.4, Betit To Getit cleared to the front and marched the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:23.2. In the stretch, Ms Mac N Cheese came off the pylons from third and was able to power by Betit To Getit to score a neck victory in 1:52.1. Sandbetweenurtoes unleashed a strong final-quarter to edge out Betit To Getit for second. A four-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover, Ms Mac N Cheese is trained by Richard Moreau for owner L David Ratchford. Friday's victory was her first of 2016 and 15th overall. Ms Mac N Cheese pushed her career bankroll over $400,000 with the victory. Although Betit To Getit saw her win streak snapped, the Rick Zeron trainee has now hit the board in 10 consecutive starts. Ms Mac N Cheese Earlier in the card, Per Henriksen trainee Marquis Volo scored his third consecutive victory and 10th in his last 12 starts in a Non-Winners of Three or $75,000 lifetime event. The four-year-old son of Credit Winner got away fourth, but was quickly moved to the front by driver Randy Waples. The second-quarter move was the winning move, as Marquis Volo went on to win comfortably in 1:55.4. Marquis Volo is owned by Tor Jan Larsen, Gerald Stay, Mac Nichol and Big Als Stable Inc. The Henriksen trainee broke his maiden in his fourth career start last August and has since gone on to win 10 of 12 starts. Marquis Volo now has $91,794 in career earnings. Marquis Volo Friday night's card also featured a $114.80 winner. Lucky Cocktail and driver Anthony MacDonald were first to the line in the evening's fifth-race to score a 56/1 shocking upset. The Louie Eftimiadis trainee finished 10th in the same class a week ago, but the four-year-old daughter of Camluck was able to flip the script for the major upset. Co-favourites Badlands Delight and Frosty Delight failed to hit the board adding to the impressive payouts. A $2 Exactor with Lucky Cocktail and Big Tsunami returned $1,173.90, while the $2 Triactor rounded out by Santannas Gal paid $3,660.50. The $0.20 Superfecta paid $8,280.53. Lucky Cocktail Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack with another 10-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

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