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TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 7, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment announced today changes to its senior leadership team as part of a strategic re-alignment that positions the organization to best fulfil its mission in leading the growth and sustainability of the horse racing industry in Ontario. "Our industry and business have changed significantly over the last few years and this re-alignment of our senior leadership team is the right structure to take advantage of our opportunities and tackle our challenges," said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. "Our sole mandate at Woodbine is to grow and sustain the horse racing industry in our province. We are entirely focused on that mission and these changes reflect our commitment in achieving that goal." The strategic re-alignment involves several senior executives taking on new roles and responsibilities across Woodbine, Woodbine Mohawk Park, and Ontario Racing Management. Joe Aschaiek, previously the Senior Vice President, Finance is now the Chief Financial Officer and will continue to lead all areas of finance for Woodbine Entertainment and play a significant role in driving the organization's strategic imperatives while reporting directly to Lawson. Jonathan Zammit, who has served as the Vice President of Thoroughbred Racing for the last three years, will transition to Vice President, Racing Finance / Associate Executive Director for Ontario Racing Management (ORM) where he will utilize his expertise in strategic finance and experience in horse racing and purse management to maximize wagering handle and optimize race cards working alongside key stakeholders. Zammit, who will report to Aschaiek, will also work alongside Katherine Curry, Executive Director of ORM, to support the entire provincial horse racing industry with respect to the Long-Term Funding Agreement and other strategic financial matters. Jessica Buckley, who was most recently President, Woodbine Mohawk Park and has held several different positions throughout her career in the US and at Woodbine including in wagering, broadcast, government relations and stakeholder relations, is now the Senior Vice President of Standardbred Racing and Thoroughbred Racing. With an extensive background in horse racing that spans more than two decades, Buckley will lead both breeds of world-class racing and report to Lawson, while both the Standardbred and Thoroughbred Racing Operations will report directly into her. Spencer Parazader, who joined Woodbine Entertainment in 2019 and has significant experience in the gaming industry, will take on the role of General Manager for Woodbine Mohawk Park and report into Chief Operating Officer Tom Via. Bill McLinchey will continue in his role of Director of Standardbred Racing reporting to Buckley. "As we enter into a new decade, we remain very optimistic about the horse racing industry, but also recognize that we are not without challenges," said Lawson. "These changes to our senior leadership, along with working closely with our many stakeholders, will ensure a bright future for the great sport of horse racing for decades to come." by Jamie Dykstra, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - January 3, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced that the 2019 Standardbred season produced a record all-sources harness racing handle of $364,639,490, the highest in Woodbine Standardbred history. "This was our first full year of harness racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park and it proved to be very successful," said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. "We look forward to building off of our successes in 2019 as we fulfill our vision of being the top standardbred racetrack in the world." The 216-date season (five cancellations) saw the all-sources handle rise 9.2 per cent and a record per-race handle of $161,990, up 11.2 per cent from the previous year. A total of 2,251 races were contested, 41 fewer than the year prior. Foreign wagering (outside Canada) on Woodbine Standardbred races in 2019 was as strong as ever with a record total of $243,095,740 wagered, up 15.2 per cent from 2018. Home Market Area wagering held steady by coming in at $88 million for the second consecutive year. The 2019 racing season at Mohawk Park was highlighted by the 36th Pepsi North America Cup on June 15 and the return of the Breeders Crown on October 25 and 26. The Pepsi North America Cup saw a new stakes and Canadian record of 1:47.2 established by Captain Crunch, who gave driver Scott Zeron and trainer Nancy Johansson each their first North America Cup title. Handle on the $1 million race increased 3.5 per cent from 2018. The $6 million (USD) Breeders Crown, presented by Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, brought the best in harness racing to Mohawk Park for 12 championship races. The two-day event generated a total-handle of $6.6 million, a new record for a Breeders Crown held in Canada. The past year also saw the completion of a $6 million paddock expansion project in October. The 2020 season at Woodbine Mohawk Park will be headlined by a pair of $1 million races, with the 37th Pepsi North America Cup slated for June 20 and the inaugural Mohawk Million set for September 26. A total of 222 race dates are scheduled for 2020 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The season kicks off Saturday evening with an 11-race program. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

MILTON, ON - December 17, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced a partnership with owner Adriano Sorella to launch the Jimmy Freight Stakes in 2023, an event restricted to two-year-olds sired by Jimmy Freight. The new event will have a purse of $100,000, posted by Sorella, and be held at Woodbine Mohawk Park in 2023 on a date to be determined. Foals from mares bred to Jimmy Freight, who stands at Winbak Farm of Ontario, during the upcoming 2020 breeding season will be eligible. Along with founding this new race for offspring of his stallion, Sorella will be a sponsor of World Class Standardbred racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park during the 2020 season. "I am very pleased to be working with Woodbine Entertainment in regards to this new Stake race named after Jimmy Freight," said Sorella. "Working with Jessica Buckley and her team at Woodbine Mohawk Park, and seeing their excitement, it made this decision an easy one." The Jimmy Freight Stakes will have no staking payments. Only two-year-old sons or daughters of Jimmy Freight that have made a minimum of two starts at Woodbine Mohawk Park will be eligible to enter. The field shall be limited to ten (10) starters. Should more than ten (10) enter, the ten (10) horses with the highest earnings will be selected to race. "This is unique thinking by Mr. Sorella, and we commend his enthusiasm in supporting his stallion and the Standardbred industry with this type of investment," said Jessica Buckley, President of Woodbine Mohawk Park. "With Winbak Farm as an existing partner, we are pleased to add Jimmy Freight to our sponsorship group." Jimmy Freight, an O'Brien Award winner with 21 wins, $1.4 million in earnings and a mark of 1:48.1, is heading into his first season of stallion duty at Winbak Farm of Ontario. His first crop will sell at the 2022 yearling sales prior to debuting on the racetrack in 2023. "I have been buying horses for years, and I understand that there is a big commitment when buying a yearling," said Sorella. "I wanted to add an incentive for not only the buyers, but also the breeders who are breeding to Jimmy Freight. With this race for $100,000 it gives a breeder and a buyer just another edge as there is no risk to either. No stakes payments, no entry fees." Adriano Sorella and driver Louis Philippe Roy Jimmy Freight was one of the most consistent performers in recent memory, posting 21 wins and 43 top-three finishes in 52 career starts. The richest and fastest son of Sportswriter finished outside the top-five only twice during his outstanding racing career. The list of accomplishments for Jimmy Freight includes multiple OSS Gold wins at age two, victories in the Somebeachsomewhere and OSS Super Final at age three and triumphs over harness racing's heavyweights in the Mohawk Gold Cup and Dayton Pacing Derby at age four. The Jimmy Freight Stakes becomes North American harness racing's only race restricted to the offspring of one stallion. "I truly believe this is something that is needed," said Sorella. "Taking the initiative to move forward with a race like this shows my commitment to the sport. I really do believe we have some forward thinkers within the industry, I'm just trying to support my stallion, my partners, and Winbak Farm who have been great to work with." Jimmy Freight stands at Winbak Farm of Ontario for $5,000 (CAD). by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment            

MILTON, ON - October 7, 2019 - On October 18, join industry leaders John Hayes (Independent Chair, Ontario Racing), Brent Stone (Director, AGCO Regulatory Compliance Branch), Jessica Buckley (President, Woodbine Mohawk Park) and Jim Lawson (CEO, Woodbine Entertainment) for a panel discussion on topics and issues central to securing a sustainable future for horse racing in Ontario. This event is by invitation only and has limited capacity. Attendees are strongly encouraged to RSVP as soon as possible to secure a seat. Attendees must RSVP by Friday, October 11, 2019. The event will take place in the COSA Premium Lounge, a temporary structure on the Woodbine Mohawk Park apron that will be used throughout Breeders Crown week. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. The panel discussion begins promptly at 5:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. The panel will be answering attendee questions which you can submit in advance by sending your query to InTouch@Woodbine.com before Monday October 14, 2019. Please click here or to go https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/stronger-together-wmp-uniting-ontario-horse-racing-for-a-sustainable-future-tickets-73333060157 to register. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment        

Toronto -- Woodbine Entertainment (Woodbine) proudly released its 2018 /19 Corporate Responsibility Report which highlights the company's recent achievements towards its long-term commitment to the communities in which it operates, philanthropy, industry leadership, property development and innovation, all while fulfilling its core mandate of sustaining the horse racing industry. "We appreciate the opportunity to demonstrate our full capabilities within the communities we proudly operate in," said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine. "We profoundly believe that we can ensure the long-term sustainability of the world-class horse racing at Woodbine and Mohawk Park while we create jobs, both directly and indirectly, strengthen and build communities, support our neighbours, and provide leadership and innovation for the entire industry." The report focuses on the period from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019 and highlights contributions to three broad areas that encapsulates Woodbine's charitable initiatives including Vibrant & Connected Communities, For the Love of Horses, and Environment & Sustainability. Additionally, the report provides an update on the status of key endeavours such as industry leadership, optimal land development, world-class racing, people and culture, and more. Through its commitment, Woodbine has achieved designations that affirm its corporate social responsibility such as Great Place to Work certification, NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance accreditation for operating one of the safest racetracks in North America, Imagine Canada's Caring Company Status, and are founding members of Partners in Project Green. Woodbine is also embarking on the most exciting development project in Canada. Woodbine Districts, located at Woodbine Racetrack in North-West Toronto, will be a major commercial and employment hub that will include mixed-use residential, commercial space, sports and recreations facilities, parks and public space, a new casino, hotel, restaurants and live entertainment venue. The company continued to invest heavily in the Woodbine Mohawk Park property which completed its first season of winter racing earlier this year and prepares to host the 2019 Breeders Crown, one of harness racing's biggest events on the calendar. "As we strategically develop our land to generate new revenue streams to support the horse racing industry and allow us to become fully self-sustained in the future, we are also building a new entertainment and lifestyle destinations in rural Milton and North-West Toronto that will reinvigorate the surrounding neighbourhoods, create thousands of new jobs, and all be done in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way," said Lawson. Charitable highlights within the 2018 / 19 Corporate Responsibility Report include: Supported more than 100 community-based organizations and charitable causes. Continued to invest in the aftercare and transition of retired race horses and supported organizations that connect our communities with horses.Continued to operate one of the largest corporate community gardens in Canada at 20,000 square feet and provided more than 3,000 lbs of fresh produce to local charitable organization addressing food security.Hosted the fourth annual Rexdale Summer Games at Woodbine Racetrack bringing together over 400 local youth for a spirited day of sport and camaraderie. Hosted Road Hockey to Cancer for the fourth straight year, attracting over 1,700 participants and 150 teams to raise a record $2.7 million for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. Supported Toys for Tots, Holiday Helpers, and Miracle on Main Street toy drives to ensure more than 1,000 children unwrapped a gift during the holiday season. Raised over $25,000 for charitable causes through 50/50 raffles during major events at Woodbine and Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Business highlights within the 2018 / 19 Corporate Responsibility Report include: Announced plans for a new Go Station to be built at Woodbine Racetrack in partnership with the Government of Ontario and Metrolinx.Developed a best-in-class standardbred paddock as part of Woodbine's commitment to make Mohawk Park the year-round home of World Class Standardbred racing. Achieved certification as a Great Place to Work for its nearly 2,000 employees for a second consecutive year.Achieved Zero Waste to Landfill at all our facilities and provided sufficient electricity back to the grid to power up to 11,500 homes.Committed $4.5-million in capital and human resources to Ontario Racing Management to help achieve long-term sustainability for horse racing in Ontario.Signed important new agreements that included increased guaranteed purses with the Central Standardbred Association and Horsemen's Benevolent Protective Association of Ontario to help provide industry-wide economic certainty and confidence.Opened a new, locally sourced and inspired dining experience at Woodbine Mohawk Park called the Mohawk Harvest Kitchen.Completed prototype for Dark Horse, a new innovative app designed to help new customers enjoy racing and gaming.Opened a state-of-the-art brand-new inner turf course that exemplifies Woodbine's commitment to safety.   "We are very proud of our efforts over the last year, but more than anything, we are motivated and excited about our future, the future of our communities, and the positive impact we will have on our neighbours, the horse racing industry and the provincial economy," said Lawson. As a responsible corporate citizen, Woodbine Entertainment has produced a Corporate Responsibility Report every year since 2006. The 2018 / 19 report is publicly accessible and is available for download or online viewing at WoodbineCares.ca. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

TORONTO, ON - August 9, 2019 - Live streaming will be available for this afternoon's Ontario horse racing panel discussion, "Stronger Together: Uniting Horse Racing for a Sustainable Future." Moderated by host Jason Portuondo, the panel will feature industry leaders John Hayes (Independent Chair, Ontario Racing), Stephen Rigby (President and Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.), Jean Major (Chief Executive Officer, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario) and Jim Lawson (Chief Executive Officer, Woodbine Entertainment). The panelists will discuss topics and issues central to securing a sustainable future for horse racing in Ontario and will also answer questions that have been submitted by industry stakeholders. Live streaming of the panel discussion will be available on Woodbine's website, beginning at approximately 1:30 p.m. ET. The live stream can be viewed here: https://woodbine.com/events/live-stream-stronger-together-uniting-ontario-horse-racing-for-a-sustainable-future-event/ Members of the horse racing industry have been invited to the event, which is being held in the newly opened Trackside Clubhouse (previously known as the Standardbred Paddock) at Woodbine Racetrack. From Brittany Mayotte, for Woodbine Entertainment  

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, May 31, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment and the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) have announced their support for the Alcohol Gaming Commission of Ontario's (AGCO) revision and enhanced enforcement of the urging rule for Standardbred Racing. The revised urging rules will take effect beginning Monday, June 3 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, and will be gradually phased in to all Standardbred tracks across the province. The revisions to the urging rule align with the commitment of Woodbine Entertainment and COSA to protect the health and safety of the equine athletes and integrity of racing. "Woodbine Entertainment fully supports the AGCO's revisions to the urging rule after requests were made to review in the best interests of our horses and sport," said Jessica Buckley, President of Woodbine Mohawk Park. "We are committed to upholding the highest standards and practices for the integrity of racing to best position our industry for a stable future." "We recognize the need for our industry to evolve and are pleased by the efficient progress made by the AGCO to revise the urging rule," said Bill O'Donnell, President of COSA. "Placing the welfare of our animals first will always be the top priority and our drivers understand that moving to wrist action only urging is best for the integrity of our sport." Woodbine Mohawk Park offers a world class Standardbred racing product with the best horses and drivers competing regularly. The enforcement of the revised rules at Woodbine Mohawk Park and during the upcoming $1 million Pepsi North America Cup will provide an example to racetracks and jurisdictions across the continent for the need to be proactive and progress with best practices for the safety of equine athletes. Mark McKelvie        

London, May 9 -- The Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) is pleased to announce sponsorship of an exciting three-race series of Facebook Live broadcasts this season which will include the $200,000 (Est) Confederation Cup, $150,000 Camluck Classic and $250,000 (Est) Battle Of Waterloo. The award-winning Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) broadcast team produced the 1-1/2 hour Camluck Classic show in 2018 which was distributed via the Raceway and Woodbine Entertainment Group's Facebook pages as well as Standardbred Canada's website. CUJO Entertainment will produce this season's shows at the three host tracks which include The Raceway, Flamboro Downs and Grand River Raceway. "The COSA board is pleased to support this new series of shows," said President Bill O'Donnell. "We host some of North America's biggest races and feel it's important to help showcase the best of our product to a world wide audience. It's something we hope we can expand on next season." The Confederation Cup will kick off the Facebook Live series on Sunday, May 19th. The race, which is restricted to four-year-old pacers has attracted one of the most impressive crops including a quartet of the leading money-winning three-year-olds from 2018 - Jimmy Freight, Dorsoduro Hanover, Lather Up and Courtly Choice. The Camluck Classic (formerly the Molson Pace), sponsored by Seelster Farms, is back for its second season on Friday, May 31st. Some of the expected starters for this year's race include this year's runner-up in the Levy Series, Rodeo Rock, along with Southwind Amazon, himself a son of Camluck, and millionaire Sintra who holds the track record for three-year-old pacing colts at The Raceway. The Battle Of Waterloo returns in its traditional time slot on Monday, August 5th, which is the Civic holiday. The race features many of the best Ontario-sired two-year-old pacers and has been a starting point for several future champions including the great Somebeachsomewhere. "It is exciting and tremendously positive to see the expansion of this type of initiative through the partnership of these various organizations," said The Raceway's Director of Racing Greg Blanchard. "This is a relatively cost effective way to reach a new, younger audience while putting the spotlight on our biggest races." The three shows will all be available for viewing at each of the track's Facebook pages as well as Standardbred Canada's website.   Greg Blanchard

MILTON, May 3, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment today released that latest update of eligible harness racing horses for this year's $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. A total of 68 three-year-old pacers remain eligible to Canada's richest harness race following the April 15 sustaining payment. Award-winners Stag Party and Captain Crunch continue to headline the list of eligible sophomores. A son of Bettors Delight, Stag Party turned in his season-debut qualifier Friday morning at Woodbine Mohawk Park, winning in 1:56.3 over a sloppy track. The Casie Coleman trainee won six of nine starts and made $669,489 during his rookie campaign, which included a victory in the $890,000 Metro Pace. Nancy Johansson trainee Captain Crunch is entered to qualify for the second-time this season on Saturday morning at The Meadowlands. The son of Captaintreacherous won a qualifier on April 20 in a stunning 1:50.1, pacing a :25.2 final-quarter. Captain Crunch won six of 10 starts and made $628,642 during his two-year-old season, which included victories in the Breeders Crown and Governor's Cup. The third and final sustaining payment for the Pepsi North America Cup is due May 15. The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 15. Eliminations will take place a week prior on Saturday, June 8. Woodbine Entertainment will be releasing more event details for this year's Pepsi North America Cup at the start of next week. Below is the full list of remaining eligible horses to this year's Pepsi North America Cup. AFLAME HANOVER by Russell Hanover AIR FORCE HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere ARTIES IDEAL by American Ideal AUTHENTIC HANOVER by Western Vintage BEST IN SHOW by Bettors Delight BETTORS WISH by Bettors Delight BLACKLIGHT by Somebeachsomewhere BLANK CANVAS by Art Major BLOOD MONEY by Sweet Lou BRONX SEELSTER by Big Jim BUDDY HILL by Roll With Joe CALVERY HILL by Roll With Joe CAPITANO ITALIANO by Captaintreacherous CAPTAIN AHAB by Captaintreacherous CAPTAIN CRUNCH by Captaintreacherous CAPTAIN NASH by Captaintreacherous CAPTAIN TREVOR by Captaintreacherous CAPTAIN VICTORIOUS  by Captaintreacherous CAVIART ROCKLAND by Sportswriter CAVIART STETSON by Well Said CENTURY FARROH by Mach Three CHINATOWN BEACH by Somebeachsomewhere COVERED BRIDGE by America Ideal CRIMSON AND CHROME by Sweet Lou CRUISE CAPTAIN by Captaintreacherous CRUSHER Q by Mach Three DANCIN LOU by Sweet Lou DE LOS CIELOS DEO by Captaintreacherous FABRICE HANOVER by Captaintreacherous FAST N FIRST by Bettor's Delight FIXED IDEA by Big Jim GOLDBERG by Mr Wiggles HURRIKANE EMPEROR by Hurrikane Kingcole JESSICAS BEACH BOY by Somebeachsomewhere JOHN MAC by Ponder LATISSIMUS HANOVER  by Captaintreacherous LIVINONTHEBEACH by Somebeachsomewhere LOVE ME SOME LOU by Sweet Lou LYONS JOHNNYJNR by Well Said LYONS NIGHT HAWK by Sweet Lou LYONS PEGASUS by Well Said MACS POWER by Somebeachsomewhere MAJOR DECEPTION by Captaintreacherous MELODIES MAJOR by Art Major MOHAWK SEELSTER by Sportswriter MONEY NEVER RESTS by Somebeachsomewhere NO MAS AMOR by Sweet Lou PERKINS by Sportswriter PROOF by A Rocknroll Dance PYRO by Sweet Lou QUATRAIN BLUE CHIP by Somebeachsomewhere QUICKSTAR BLUECHIP by Bettor's Delight RADLEY HANOVER by Art Major SEMI TOUGH by Somebeachsomewhere SHADOW OF A DAUT by Shadow Play SHAKE THAT HOUSE by American Ideal SPORTS JACKET by Sportswriter STAG PARTY by Bettor's Delight STIENAMS BEACH by Somebeachsomewhere SUGAR FACTORY by Sweet Lou THE REGULATOR by Bettor's Delight TWIN B JAYS by Betterthancheddar TYGA HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere VAN DIESEL by Dragon Again VOLLEY BALL BEACH by Somebeachsomewhere WORKIN ONA MYSTERY by Captaintreacherous WORLD ON EDGE by Roll With Joe YACHT WEEK by Somebeachsomewhere Total Nominations: 82 Sustaining Payment #1: 78 Sustaining Payment #2: 68   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications C: 905-864-9110            

The Thursday (April 25) qualifying session at Woodbine Mohawk Park was interrupted by a chain reaction accident that sent multiple drivers to the track. The harness racing accident occurred in race four. The chart from the race states that the Paul MacDonell-driven Prestige Seelster fell to the track in the second quarter of the contest and the rest of the horses in the dash were pulled up. Woodbine Entertainment’s Mark McKelvie, who was calling the qualifier, stated that drivers Phil Hudon, Anthony MacDonald and Bob McClure each hit the track after having been unseated. McKelvie added that Hudon and MacDonald were able to get up under their own power and were walking on the track, but that McClure stayed down longer. McClure was eventually able to sit up and be attended to by the on-track paramedics. After some time passed, McClure and MacDonald were taken to hospital. The nature and severity of any of the drivers’ injuries are currently unknown. McKelvie also stated that all of the horses that were involved in the accident were corralled and returned to the paddock for inspection. Trot Insider has learned that Hudon, who was limping after the ordeal, was able to get changed out of his driving colors and make his way home. Two extra ambulances were brought in to attend to the scene for McClure and MacDonald. Trot Insider was told at the scene that McClure hurt his hip, has a very sore back, and required a stretcher, while MacDonald sustained injuries to his wrist and elbow. Trot Insider will update this story when more information is learned.   from Standardbred Canada

Columbus, OH - On Saturday night (April 6), DerbyWars.com will host a Last Chance World Harness Handicapping Championship Super-Qualifier with up to six spots gaining entry to the $150,000 (est.) WHHC final one week later on Saturday (April 13) at the Meadowlands. The WHHC has a guaranteed first-place prize of $40,000. WHHC entries are $1,300, with $1,000 going to the prize and $300 to each player's real-money bankroll. This Saturday's WHHC Last Chance Super-Qualifier has an entry fee of $300, with one in five players qualifying for the WHHC. Players can also attempt to qualify for the Last Chance Super-Qualifier for only $33 or $86 earlier on Friday (April 5) or Saturday night. The qualifying schedule this week includes: Thursday: Woodbine Mohawk Park Friday: The Meadowlands, Woodbine Mohawk Park Saturday: The Meadowlands, Woodbine Mohawk Park DerbyWars hosts online qualifiers for the WHHC every night. Complete qualifier information can be found at this link. A list of players who qualified for WHHC on DerbyWars can be found here. More WHHC information can be found at this link. For information on how to become a WHHC partner outlet or sponsor, contact Rachel Ryan, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment (rryan@playmeadowlands.com) or 201.842.5015. For online qualifying information, or to have your track participate in online qualifiers, contact support@derbywars.com.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

MILTON, March 29, 2019 - The words 'Mandatory Payout' always spark the attention of horseplayers, which means all eyes will be on Saturday's tenth-race at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Woodbine Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 has a carryover of $525,140.23, which will be distributed through a mandatory payout on Saturday's tenth-race. The total pool, including carryover and new money, is expected to exceed $1.1 million. An overflow field of 12 pacers, who are non-winners of $11,000 last five starts or $22,500 last 10 starts, will compete in the Jackpot Hi-5 race. The purse has been bumped up to $30,000 and all starters will receive at least one per cent of the purse. 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. Outside of the Jackpot Hi-5, Saturday's feature race is the $34,000 Preferred Pace (Race 9). Ben Baillargeon trainee Traceur Hanover (PP1) is the 5-2 favourite and seeking a little revenge on Maroma Beach (PP3), who snapped his two-race win streak last Saturday. Maroma Beach, who is trained by Richard Moreau, is searching for his third consecutive victory and joins Cinnabar Dragon (PP5) and Brodys Scrapper (PP8) as horses entering the contest off a win. Post time for Saturday's card is 7:10 p.m. To download a free program, click here.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications C: 905-864-9110  

MILTON, March 28, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all horsepeople of a new temporary entrance to the race paddock. The ongoing construction of the new addition to the race paddock has caused the closure of the regular north entrance. During the closure, horsepeople will unload just inside the current trailer parking lot and walk their horses around to enter through the southwest door at the urine stalls. Temporary fencing will be installed along the roadway to create a safe walkway. Trucks and trailers will continue to park in their current space. Woodbine encourages everyone to drive slowly and with caution when in the area of the paddock and construction.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park        

TORONTO, March 12, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment, operators of the world-class Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, home to the iconic Queen's Plate racing festival, announced today a partnership with internationally-renowned construction experts, EllisDon for the development of the recently announced GO train station that will be built on Woodbine property. EllisDon will lead the design and construction of the new modern integrated transit hub and will assist in securing the financing required for this project as well as the opportunity to participate in future development components of Woodbine Entertainment's larger vision for the property known as Woodbine Districts. Woodbine Districts, the most exciting development project in Canada, will be a major commercial and employment hub that will include mixed-use residential, commercial space, sports and recreations facilities, parks and public space, a new casino, hotel, restaurants and live entertainment venue. "Woodbine is thrilled to have EllisDon as the development partner for the new GO Station and transit hub at Woodbine Racetrack," said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. "Partnering with a global leader like EllisDon is integral in bringing the Woodbine Districts vision to life which will help grow our revenues and sustain the horse racing industry for decades." The approval of the new train station on Woodbine property was announced last week by the Ministry of Transportation and in partnership with Metrolinx and Woodbine Entertainment. The new transit hub will be located on the southeast corner of Woodbine's property and will operate on the GO Kitchener line. "EllisDon is proud to have been selected to build and develop the new Woodbine GO Station transit hub," said Joey Comeau, Senior Vice-President, EllisDon. "The new station will add yet another important link for GO and its commuters." EllisDon is a world-leading construction and building company that has delivered solutions for complex construction developments for more than 65 years. Examples of leading EllisDon projects include the Frank Gehry designed Art Gallery of Ontario, Eglinton Crosstown LRT, RER - Rutherford Station, and the Rogers Centre, among others. Brittney Mayotte

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - A pair of harness racing giants - the Meadowlands and Woodbine Entertainment - are joining forces to create a wager certain to titillate the palate of any punter when the "Can-Am Pick-4" makes its debut on Friday, March 22. As the name suggests, the wager requires players to select the winners of four races from Canada and America. Two of those races will take place at the mile oval in East Rutherford, NJ, with the other pair to be contested at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the seven-eighths track in Milton, ON, Canada. "We are extremely pleased to be working with everybody at Woodbine Entertainment," said Big M Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "They have a great racing product and so do we, and to combine those products to make one wager that's sure to create increased interest for both tracks is great for business as well as the sport. We are optimistic that followers of both the Meadowlands and Woodbine Mohawk Park will jump headlong into the challenge the Can-Am Pick-4 presents." The CAP4 will have a 20-cent minimum bet and a low 15 percent takeout. That's good for the bettor. But the management teams at the industry's top two tracks also want to tackle a source of frustration for racing fans: the drag. Both tracks will work together beginning on Friday nights (effective March 22) to lessen the drags. The plan calls for, at three minutes past zero to post, the countdown clock would start; at four past zero, horses called; and at five past, the race goes off. "We will both be doing this as the leaders of this industry," said Settlemoir. "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." The Can-Am Pick-4 will be made up of the next-to-last race at Woodbine Mohawk Park, with the tracks then alternating until the bet concludes at the Big M. The pools will be separate but both tracks will share equally in revenues. If the bet is a success, it could also be seen on Saturday nights down the road. Both tracks will continue to conduct their usual Pick-4 wagers. "The biggest thing I'm happy about is that we have seen a proliferation of Pick-4 wagers utilizing multiple tracks on the thoroughbred side," said Klaus Ebner, Senior Manager of Simulcast Services for Woodbine. "Both teams have worked hard to make this happen and it will be great to see the harness side get some exposure on bets like this. "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." By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

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