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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

MILTON, March 7, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment is proud to recognize the women of harness racing on International Women's Day this Friday at Mohawk Park. The sport of harness racing is filled with amazing female talent, including prominent trainers, racetrack executives and the unsung heroes known as caretakers. Woodbine will celebrate the contribution of women to harness racing by naming Friday's second-race after International Women's Day. All female industry participants are invited to take part in the second-race winner's circle presentation to celebrate International Women's Day. Woodbine's award-winning Broadcast Department is preparing a special video tribute to the women of harness racing that will air on Friday's simulcast show and through Woodbine's social media channels. Fans on track can celebrate International Women's Day with a special price on all Lindeman's Wines, while all female patrons will receive a free program for Friday's card. Stay tuned to Woodbine Mohawk Park's social media channels (@WoodbineSB) for more on International Women's Day. Post time for Friday's card is 7:10 p.m.  

TORONTO —Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation, along with Kinga Surma, MPP for Etobicoke Centre and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation, and Phil Verster, President and CEO of Metrolinx, announced our government’s plan to build a new GO station at Woodbine at no cost to taxpayers. The Ontario Government and Metrolinx are partnering with Woodbine Entertainment to build the station along Highway 27, on the Kitchener GO rail line. “Our government is putting Ontario’s transit users and taxpayers first by delivering a modern GO station at Woodbine,” said Minister Yurek. “We are moving quickly to address transit needs and get relief to people who rely on the GO network.” As part of Ontario’s broader strategy to deliver more transit solutions in the GTHA, the province is pursuing a transit-oriented development approach to the delivery of transit infrastructure to reduce the cost to taxpayers. Woodbine Entertainment has development plans that will bring new jobs, housing and entertainment opportunities to the area around the station. “The new station is terrific news for everyone in Etobicoke and the surrounding area,” said PA Surma. “Our government came into office with a clear mandate to help people and this will better connect Etobicoke residents to the GO line.” “A new GO station at Woodbine will offer opportunities to live and work near a major employer and entertainment destination, as well as better access to the local community and jobs in this employment mega zone,” said Phil Verster, President and CEO of Metrolinx. “This is a wonderful announcement for our customers. We look forward to working with Woodbine Entertainment on this exciting venture.” “This is an exciting day for Woodbine Entertainment and the entire community,” said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. “Bringing mass transit to the Woodbine property is a big part of a larger vision to develop and unlock the value of our land to create new revenue streams that will help grow and sustain the horse racing industry for decades, attract millions of visitors to our site annually, and serve the surrounding community. It will be a major commercial and employment hub that will include mixed-use residential, commercial space, sports and recreations facilities, parks and public space.” QUICK FACTS The new GO station at Woodbine will also feature fully accessible and barrier-free facilities, and direct road, bicycle, and sidewalk access. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Metrolinx – 2018 Woodbine GO Station Initial Business Case   Andrew Buttigieg                                                                       Press Secretary, Minister’s Office                                                                        Andrew.buttigieg@ontario.ca 437-224-4599   Bob Nichols Communications Branch 416-327-1158 MTO.media@ontario.ca  

MILTON, February 28, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced that 82 three-year-old harness racing pacers have been nominated to the 36th edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. The Pepsi North America Cup is Canada's richest harness race and this year's edition is scheduled for Saturday, June 15 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The eliminations for the $1 million final will take place a week prior on Saturday, June 8. This year's number of nominations to the Pepsi North America Cup is up by three over last year's total of 79. The group of eligible sophomores is headlined by O'Brien Award winner Stag Party and Dan Patch Award winner Captain Crunch. A son of 2001 Cup winner Bettors Delight, Stag Party won six of nine starts as a rookie and earned $669,489 for owners John Fielding, Mac Nichol, McKinlay & Fielding and West Wins Stable. His most notable victory was a dominating score in the $890,000 Metro Pace at Mohawk Park, which was last season's richest two-year-old event in harness racing. Stag Party is trained by Casie Coleman, who is a two-time Pepsi North America Cup winning trainer. A son of 2013 Cup winner Captaintreacherous, Captain Crunch won six of 10 starts during his two-year-old campaign. The Nancy Johansson trainee capped off his rookie season with victories in the $600,000 Breeders Crown and $469,300 Governor's Cup to finish with $628,642 earned for owners 3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables and Caviart Farms. Stag Party and Captain Crunch never crossed paths on the racetrack during the 2018 season. The legendary Somebeachsomewhere is again the leading sire of Pepsi North America Cup nominees. The 2008 Cup winner has 14 sons eligible to this year's edition, one more than Captaintreacherous at 13. A total of 21 Ontario Sires Stakes eligible sophomores have been nominated to this year's event. Bettors Delight leads the way among Ontario stallions with seven eligible. The number of 82 nominated sophomores is the highest number of nominees for the Pepsi North America Cup since 2011 (83). Captain Crunch A total of three sustaining payments are required to remain eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. The first sustaining payment ($1,000 CAD/$815 USD) is due March 15. The final two payments are due April 15 and May 15. Below is the full list of eligible three-year-old pacers to this year's Pepsi North America Cup. AFLAME HANOVER AIR FORCE HANOVER ARTIES IDEAL AUTHENTIC HANOVER BEST IN SHOW BETTORS WISH BLACKLIGHT BLANK CANVAS BLOOD MONEY BRONX SEELSTER BUDDY HILL CALVERY HILL CANT BEACH THAT CAPITANO ITALIANO CAPTAIN AHAB CAPTAIN CRUNCH CAPTAIN NASH CAPTAIN TREVOR CAPTAIN VICTORIOUS CAVIART ROCKLAND CAVIART STETSON CENTURY FARROH CHINATOWN BEACH COVERED BRIDGE CRIMSON AND CHROME CRUISE CAPTAIN CRUSHER Q DANCIN LOU DE LOS CIELOS DEO DO YA THINK FABRICE HANOVER FAST N FIRST FIXED IDEA FLAMEPROOF HANOVER GOLDBERG HURRIKANE EMPEROR JACK NATION JESSICAS BEACH BOY JOHN MAC KEYSTONE CONCRETE LATISSIMUS HANOVER LETS HAVE ANOTHER LIVINONTHEBEACH LOVE ME SOME LOU LYONS JOHNNYJNR LYONS NIGHT HAWK LYONS PEGASUS MACS POWER MAJOR DECEPTION MANGOGH MELODIES MAJOR MOHAWK SEELSTER MONEY NEVER RESTS MOVIE STAR NO MAS AMOR ODE TO GRAY PERKINS PLAY TIMES OVER PROOF PYRO QUATRAIN BLUE CHIP QUICKSTAR BLUECHIP RADLEY HANOVER ROCKIE GOT FRAMED ROGUE CHEDDAR SEMI TOUGH SHADOW OF A DAUT SHAKE THAT HOUSE SHARP WRITER SPORTS JACKET STAG PARTY STIENAMS BEACH SUGAR FACTORY THE REGULATOR TIME TO DANCE TWIN B JAYS TYGA HANOVER VAN DIESEL VOLLEY BALL BEACH WORKIN ONA MYSTERY WORLD ON EDGE YACHT WEEK Total: 82 Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park            

MILTON, ON -  February 15, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to issue a final reminder of today's (February 15) deadline for nominations to its 2019 stakes program at Mohawk Park. Nominations are due for all major stakes, including the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup for three-year-old pacers, Canada's richest Standardbred race. Below is the full list of events with nominations closing today (February 15): 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 are due today for the following events: Grand River Raceway: Battle of Waterloo (Ontario Sired 2-year-old pace) Battle of the Belles (Ontario Sired 2-year-old filly pace) Flamboro Downs: Confederation Cup (4-year-old pace) Hanover Raceway: Balanced Image (Ontario Sired 2-year-old trot) Dream Of Glory (Ontario Sired 3-year-old trot, non-winners of $75,000, fillies $100,000, in 2018) Clinton Raceway: Kin Pace (Ontario Sired 3-year-old filly pace, non-winners of $50,000 in 2018) The 2019 Woodbine Stakes Booklet can be viewed by clicking here. To view the nomination form for today's closing, click here. Stakes payments can be made online by clicking 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, January 17, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment today revealed its harness racing industry-leading $16 million-plus Standardbred stakes lineup for 2019. The 2019 stakes schedule is headlined by the 36th edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 15 and the return of the $6 million (USD) Breeders Crown to Mohawk Park on October 25 and 26. This year's Pepsi North America Cup, Canada's richest race for Standardbreds, will showcase the continent's finest three-year-old pacers and will be the 13th consecutive edition contested at Mohawk Park. The Pepsi North America Cup undercard will again feature harness racing's best across various divisions. The $425,000 Fan Hanover for three-year-old pacing fillies, $370,000 Roses Are Red for pacing fillies and mares, $260,000 Goodtimes for three-year-old trotters, $250,000 Armbro Flight for trotting fillies and mares and $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational will make up the stacked Cup undercard on June 15. Woodbine Entertainment is pleased to host the 2019 Breeders Crown, presented by Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, at Mohawk Park. The $6 million (USD) Breeders Crown will feature 12 championship races contested over two-nights. The four Breeders Crown finals for two-year-olds will take place on Friday, October 25 with the eight finals for three-year-olds and up to be held the following evening on Saturday, October 26. Woodbine Entertainment reminds all owners and trainers of the new Standardbred Integrity and Accountability Initiative conditions in effect for the 2019 season. Any owner who participates in a Woodbine Standardbred Stake Race (added money $50,000 or greater) with a trainer who has an outstanding Class 1, Class 2 or TCO2 positive test under appeal in any jurisdiction, shall be ineligible to participate as an owner in any Woodbine Standardbred Stakes for 12 months following the trainer's conviction, if such trainer is later found guilt to the Class 1, Class 2 or TCO2 positive test. (The new conditions are only applicable to the a positive test occurring on or after January 1, 2019). New in 2019, Woodbine Entertainment has changed the format of the $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic and $350,000 Elegantimage Stakes for three-year-old trotters. These events will no longer require eliminations and instead the final will be limited to the ten (10) highest lifetime money earners among the horses entered at draw time. Consolations may be contested depending on the number of horses entered for each event. Following a strong stakes season in 2018, Woodbine Entertainment has kept all stakes in the same position on the calendar for 2019. The $650,000 Maple Leaf Trot and $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby remain on Labour Day weekend (Saturday, August 31). The $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial and $380,000 Peaceful Way for two-year-old trotters join the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage on Saturday, September 14. The $850,000 Metro Pace, harness racing's richest race for two-year-olds, and $550,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes will be contested on Saturday, September 21. The $250,000 Milton Stakes for pacing fillies and mares will also take place on this date. Woodbine Mohawk Park will again play host to a leg of the Miss Versatility and Graduate Series in 2019. The Miss Versatility for trotting mares will visit on Monday, May 20, while the Graduate Series for four-year-old pacers and trotters joins the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes for a stakes-filled card on Saturday, June 1. The Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots and Super Finals will be held at Mohawk Park in October. The Grassroots Finals will take place on Saturday, October 5 with the Semi-Finals scheduled for September 27 and 28. The Super Finals will be held on Saturday, October 12. Woodbine will again distribute money to all finishers in major stakes finals during the 2019 season. The winner of the finals will receive the traditional 50% of the total purse, while those finishing sixth through last will take home 1% of the purse. The horses finishing second through fifth will receive 50%-24%-16%-10% of the remaining purse. Nominations for all Woodbine Standardbred Stakes close on Friday, February 15. Conditions and payment details can be bound in the 2019 Woodbine Stakes Booklet. Woodbine continues to administrate stakes for Ontario Racetracks, including Grand River Raceway, Flamboro Downs, Clinton Raceway and Hanover Raceway. Details of their 2019 stakes can be found in the Stakes Booklet. Stakes payments for all Woodbine administrated events can be made payable to Woodbine Entertainment. Payments can be made through the Race Office, by mail or online. To view the 2019 Woodbine Standardbred Stakes schedule, click here. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, January 11, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment and the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) jointly announced today the agreement in principle of a new five-year harness racing deal that includes an investment in capital upgrades and an increase in purses, further solidifying Woodbine Mohawk Park as one of the leaders in total purses paid for Standardbred racetracks in North America. "The future is bright for Standardbred racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park. We are thrilled to come to terms on a new agreement with COSA representing Woodbine's continued partnership with horse people in the Province," said Jessica Buckley, President, Woodbine Mohawk Park. "We value our partnership with COSA and have successfully collaborated on multiple projects this year, including this new agreement." The new deal is highlighted by $15 million in additional purse money to be distributed over the course of the contract. Woodbine Entertainment has also committed to $1 million in capital upgrades to Woodbine Mohawk Park annually over the five-year period, a further demonstration of its commitment to the Standardbred horse racing industry in Ontario. "This new five-year deal is part of our commitment to Standardbred Racing, and the vision to grow year-round racing at our World Class facility in Milton," said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. "This long term deal gives Standardbred breeders and owners the opportunity to plan and invest with confidence." "COSA is pleased to come to terms on a new five-year deal with Woodbine, providing purse growth each year for the next five years for our members," said Bill O'Donnell, President of COSA. "We have developed a strong working relationship with Woodbine and will continue to work closely with them to reach goals for both sides during this new contract." Woodbine Mohawk Park reopened for the 2019 racing season on January 5. A total of 221 live race dates are scheduled for the upcoming season, highlighted by the Pepsi North America Cup and the 2019 Breeders' Crown. Mark McKelvie

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