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MILTON, ON - November 7, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park has unveiled its 2019-20 Winter Series Late Closer lineup, consisting of six harness racing events over the months of December, January and February. This year's Winter Series includes the returning Niagara, Valedictory, Blizzard and Snowshoe, plus the additions of the new Wine & Roses and Pepsi Series. The Niagara and Valedictory Series for three-year-old pacers will take place over the month of December, concluding on the annual Boxing Day matinee program. The other four series will be held in the New Year, offering racing opportunities for three and four-year-old pacers and trotters. Each series will consist of two $17,000 guaranteed preliminary legs and a $30,000 added money final. Nominations close on Monday, December 2, 2019. The nomination fee for each event is $200 ($165 USD). Niagara 3-Year-Old Pacing Fillies in 2019, Non-Winners of $60,000 lifetime as of midnight October 31, 2019. No allowances. Valedictory 3-Year-Old Pacing Colts & Geldings in 2019, Non-Winners of $60,000 lifetime as of midnight October 31, 2019. No allowances. Blizzard 3 & 4-Year-Old Pacing Fillies & Mares in 2020, Non-Winners of 2 Races or $30,000 lifetime as of midnight October 31, 2019. No allowances. Snowshoe 3 & 4-Year-Old Pacing Colts & Geldings in 2020, Non-Winners of 2 Races or $30,000 lifetime as of midnight October 31, 2019. No allowances. Wine & Roses 3 & 4-Year-Old Trotting Fillies & Mares in 2020, Non-Winners of $60,000 lifetime as of midnight October 31, 2019. No allowances. Pepsi 3 & 4-Year-Old Trotting Colts, Horses & Geldings, Non-Winners of $60,0000 lifetime as of midnight October 31, 2019. No allowances. To view the nomination form, click here. Online payments can be made by visiting www.Woodbine.com/Mohawk/Standardbred-Nomination. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than December 2, 2019 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie, Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, ON -  November 5, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to remind all harness racing horsepeople of a change to the draw schedule for live racing and a new date for qualifiers. Starting this week, the draw for Saturday cards will now take place on Wednesdays with the entry box closing at 10:30 a.m. Qualifiers have now been moved to Thursday afternoons at 4 p.m. The entry box for qualifiers also closes every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. Below is the new draw schedule for live racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Enter Monday for Thursday Enter Tuesday for Friday Enter Wednesday for Saturday Enter Thursday for Monday Horsepeople are also reminded that anyone coming to train this week at Woodbine Mohawk Park is to use Barn 5. The paddock will not be open during the mornings this week. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, October 31, 2019 - It was all treats and no tricks for harness racing driver Jody Jamieson in Thursday evening's Harvest Series finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Jamieson took the gold in both series finals for Ontario sired two-year-old colts and geldings. Sportswriter colt Beaumond Hanover completed a series sweep in the $47,800 pacing colts and geldings final with a convincing _ length victory, grabbing command in the second-quarter and posting fractions of :57.2 and 1:25.1 before a :28.1 kicker to win in 1:53.2. The strong performance came despite a post-nine starting spot and a stiff headwind in the stretch. Sundown Kid finished second, while Rockin Roll Beach and Sixfingerfreddie completed the Superfecta. Owned and trained by Jack Darling, Beaumond Hanover is now four for five with $23,900 earned. The Sportswriter colt made his career debut on September 30 and was a $45,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase. Beaumond Hanover paid $2.30 to win. Sitting behind another heavy-favourite, Jamieson guided Simsalabim to a blowout 7 ½ lengths score in the $48,400 final for trotting colts and geldings. A son of Kadabra, Simsalabim got a two-hole trip behind Beyond Ordinary, who set fractions of :29.3, :59.3 and 1:29.3. The 1/5 favourite stormed by at the head of the lane and pulled away for the big victory in 1:59.3.   Beyond Ordinary finished second, while I Got The Looks and Lmc Hope completed the top-four. Trained by Rene Dion, Simsalabim is now three for eight with $65,446 earned for owners Susie Kerwood, Dion and Martin Leveillee. He paid $2.70 to win. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired two-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 as of September 30, 2019. Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications & Content

MILTON, ON - October 30, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all harness racing horsepeople that this week's qualifying session has been moved to Friday afternoon (November 1) at 4 p.m. Originally scheduled for Thursday, officials at Woodbine Mohawk Park made the decision to move qualifiers to Friday afternoon due to the wet weather in the forecast for Thursday and into Friday morning. The entry box for Friday's qualifiers closes today (October 30) at 10:30 a.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

Andy McCarthy was looking for his first Breeders Crown trophy when he arrived at Woodbine Mohawk Park this past Friday. By the time the weekend was completed, he had put himself among a small group of drivers to win four or more finals in a year. He set himself apart by doing it without the benefit of a favorite. McCarthy became the eighth driver with at least four Crowns in a year, joining record-holder David Miller (five in 2015), John Campbell, Yannick Gingras, Mike Lachance, Ron Pierce, Brian Sears, and Tim Tetrick. Campbell, Gingras, Pierce, and Sears accomplished the feat twice. But none sans chalk until McCarthy scored with 2-year-old filly trotter Ramona Hill (14-1), 2-year-old filly pacer Reflect With Me (27-1), pacing mare Caviart Ally (5-2), and 3-year-old male pacer Dancin Lou (5-1). "It's surreal," the 33-year-old McCarthy said. "It makes me feel pretty good about where I'm at right now. You want to give yourself a little pat on the back after hearing something like that. It's a pretty nice little niche to be in." McCarthy, a native of Australia who has raced regularly in North America since 2007, has seen his purse earnings increase annually since the start of 2013, reaching a career-best $6.56 million this season. For his career, he has won $44 million in purses and nearly 2,400 races. He got Breeders Crown triumph No. 1 in the first of the event's 12 races, capturing the 2-year-old filly trot from post 10 with Tony Alagna-trained Ramona Hill. "I was quietly confident going into the weekend; I didn't expect four, but I knew I had four or five decent chances," McCarthy said. "Ramona Hill, even though she had the 10-hole, I still considered her one of the better shots I had throughout the weekend because I know how talented she is. She wasn't herself the week before, but I knew Tony would get on top of that and have that figured out. I hold her in high regard as one of the better horses I've ever driven. I think she's that talented." McCarthy was happy to get his first trophy quickly. "It's always really nice to break the ice," he said. "Winning the first of anything, it's always nice to get that out of the way, then you can kind of relax and move on and not have that monkey on your shoulder. Just being able to concentrate on your job without any added pressure as the weekend goes on is definitely nice." He was back in the winner's circle again in the very next race with another Alagna trainee, Reflect With Me. Then on Saturday night, he again got off to a fast start when Brett Pelling-trained Caviart Ally upended her nemesis, Shartin N, in the mare pace. Caviart Ally had finished second to Shartin N on five occasions this season before winning their most recent two outings. "She's been terrific all year, I just haven't been able to get the better of Shartin until now," McCarthy said. "It does feel good. That rivalry, I think it's a good rivalry as much as any rivalry. Even though Shartin has had the better of us all year, it still is a rivalry. When people turn on that race, they're wondering how it's going to go down. I think we put on good racing. I think it's very good for racing. It's very cool to watch and even more to be a part of it." McCarthy wrapped up his four wins with Dancin Lou, trained by another Aussie import (and first-time Crown winner) Tahnee Camilleri. "That was special because I'm good friends with Tahnee," McCarthy said. "She's a special person. She's so happy and emotional. She was crying in the winner's circle and couldn't stop hugging the horse and I just love to see that. That worked out really cool. It was a lot of fun." The weekend was also cool because McCarthy's younger brother Todd, an accomplished driver in Australia, came to visit for the Breeders Crown. The two spent the week together and got to hang out in Toronto the day prior to the Breeders Crown's opening night. "I had a quiet week back home, so I thought I'd jump on a plane and come over and cheer him on," Todd said. "It's pretty awesome to be here and experience it with him. These races are so hard to win. I think that's what we're all here for, to try to win these sorts of races. To be here is pretty special. I called home and mom and dad were buzzing. It's great." Also cheering on Andy was his wife Katrina. "It was even more special having her there as well," Andy said. McCarthy was grateful to all the trainers and owners that gave him the chance to drive horses in the Breeders Crown. "Without them, none of this would be possible," McCarthy said. "Everybody always remembers these nights. As far as winning big races, this is right up there. I know there's a lot of them, but still it's nice to have at least one of those trophies on your cabinets." After a moment, he said with a laugh, "I might even have to buy a trophy cabinet now." * * * * * * McCarthy was not the only driver from Down Under to get his first Breeders Crown at Mohawk. New Zealand native Dexter Dunn, in his first full season of racing in North America, got two trophies. His first came with 2-year-old male trotter Amigo Volo for trainer Nifty Norman and the second with trotting mare Manchego for trainer Nancy Johansson. "I probably have to pinch myself a little; really, it's hard to believe," Dunn said in a winner's circle interview. "Back in New Zealand, I followed the American races, like (Hambletonian) Day and Breeders Crown, and I'd be back in New Zealand watching them on TV and now I'm here. It's pretty cool. It's very exciting. "I've been extremely lucky with the support I've gotten since I've been here. I have a lot of people to thank. It's been a great ride and I'm enjoying it thoroughly." Dunn has won 336 races and $10 million in purses this year. His earnings rank third in North America. "It's been a great year," Dunn said. "(Trainers) Chris Ryder and Nifty Norman were two of the first ones to jump on me and supported me when I got over here and got me kickstarted. Without their huge support I wouldn't be here. "I've been very fortunate this year with the horses I've gotten to sit behind. It's been a pleasure." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

MILTON, ON - October 29, 2019 -- The 36th Breeders Crown, presented by Libfeld/Katz Breeding Partnership, was held this past weekend at Woodbine Mohawk Park and was a huge harness racing success according to John Campbell, President of the Hambletonian Society. "We couldn't be happier with this year's Breeders Crown at Woodbine Mohawk Park," he said. "Feedback from everyone was extremely positive. From the hospitality, to the facility, to the attention to detail, the event was a huge success." The two-day event generated a Canadian-record total handle of $6.6 million wagered on the Breeders Crown. In addition to the Canadian-record handle, strong attendance, full dining rooms, a sold-out COSA Premium Lounge, the event also gave back to the community in a significant way through the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge, raising $282,997 for five local charities. Cancer Society of Canada, Pinball Clemons Foundation and Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation all received significant donations from the Charity Challenge. Woodbine Cares Foundation also made a donation in honour of presenting sponsor Marvin Katz to the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. "We were honoured to host this prestigious event and we are very proud of the results," said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. "Staging event of this magnitude wouldn't have been possible without contributions from our many partners, and specifically the Hambletonian Society and the Libfeld/Katz Breeding Partnership. We look forward to hosting this event again in the future." The Breeders Crown weekend featured 12 championship races and was truly an International affair. The weekend concluded with French trotting sensation Bold Eagle scoring a convincing victory in the $657,895 (CAD) Open Trot, his first start ever outside Europe. The Sébastien Guarato trained eight-year-old can add a Crown trophy to his accomplishments of more than $5 million earned and 46 victories. Driver Andrew McCarthy of Australia won four Crown trophies over the weekend. Along with McCarthy, three other drivers visited the winner's circle on multiple occasions, as Canadian-born Yannick Gingras, American Brian Sears and New Zealand's Dexter Dunn each won two Crown races. American and Woodbine Mohawk Park regular Tony Alagna led all trainers with three Crown victories. Swedish-American conditioner Nancy Johansson was the only other trainer with multiple victories, capturing two Crown trophies. This year's Breeders Crown marked the first visit of the annual harness racing championship series to Woodbine Mohawk Park since 2008 and the first-time ever the Campbellville oval hosted all 12 finals in the same year. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, October 28, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced plans for added distance races and a change to the post-ten starting spot as part of pilot harness racing projects beginning November 1 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Beginning Friday (November 1), all races at Woodbine Mohawk Park will now score nine across the gate with post-ten starting in the second-tier. The start of November will also launch a project to contest a race nightly at the distance of a mile and three-eighths (1 3/8) with 11 starters. The mile and three-eighths races will receive a purse increase and all starters will receive money. Posts ten and 11 for the added distance races will start from the second-tier. These pilot projects are scheduled to run through the remainder of the calendar year. An update on the projects will be given prior to the start of the 2020 live racing season.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications & Content

MILTON, ONTARIO, October 26 - France's Bold Eagle made the trip to Canada for the $500,000 (US) Breeders Crown Open Trot a winning one as driver Brian Sears guided the 8-year-old son of Ready Cash to a command performance victory in 1:52 over an off surface at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday night. Bold Eagle got away fourth as Lindy The Great jetted to the front in the early stages cutting a :26 2/5 opening quarter while rivals Atlanta and Guardian Angel As settled in behind. Sears wasted little time in going on the offensive with Bold Eagle and turning into the backstretch sent the $5.3 million winning International star on a mission to gain command which he did through a :55 2/5 first half clocking. Six Pack and Ake Svanstedt had left the gate hard from post 10 and waited in the early stages for Bold Eagle to get on the move and then once that happened he was left without cover. Six Pack continued to march forward through three quarters in 1:24 and turning into the stretch was a serious threat. Also looking for a shot was Atlanta and Yannick Gingras as that pair angled out with a shot to track down Bold Eagle. Brian Sears looked confident and comfortable heading into the stretch but he kept asking Bold Eagle to trot and trot he did right through the wire coming a final quarter in :28 flat and scoring in a respectable 1:52 clocking in his first North American appearance. Six Pack was valiant in second with Atlanta up for third. Lindy The Great and Marion Marauder rounded out the top five. Sebastien Guarato trains Bold Eagle who won for the third time this year in just 10 starts. Ecurie P Pilarski owns Bold Eagle who returned $5.70 was the post time favorite. Jean Etienne Dubois bred Bold Eagle. "He was a little tough scoring down. Everything went pretty smooth after that," Sears said. "He dug in down by the wire." "We're very satisfied," said Pierre Pilarski the winning owner. "It was a long trip to come here. I promised John Campbell two years ago and it worked out this year". To watch the race replay, click here. From Woodbine Communications/Hambletonian Society

MILTON, ONTARIO, October 26 - Dancin Lou displayed tremendous determination to track down and nail Bettors Wish at the finish line to win the $786,000 (CAD) Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Pace on Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Driver Andrew McCarthy angled out uncovered from fourth with Dancin Lou entering the far turn, while Bettors Wish rolled the field to three-quarters in 1:23. The stretch drive saw Bettors Wish ahead and with victory in sight, but Dancin Lou and McCarthy came with a final push to make up a couple lengths late and steal the victory by a head in 1:50.2. Captain Crunch finished third, while De Los Cielos Deo was fourth. "I thought I did (win), I had the momentum on the outside and I was hoping I did," said McCarthy. "I had a little trouble in the last turn getting his momentum going, but once I got him rolling there what a tough horse, he digs and digs." The victory gave driver McCarthy his fourth Crown trophy of the weekend. "I was quite confident coming into this weekend," said McCarthy. "I didn't expect four, but I was definitely hoping for a couple." A son of Sweet Lou, Dancin Lou is trained by Tahnee Camilleri for owners David Kryway and 1362313 Ontario Limited. Camilleri was making her Crown debut and was overcome with emotion in the winner's circle. "I just won the Breeders Crown," said Camilleri, "To come here on one of the biggest nights of the year and to be a competitor was such an honour and then to win the race, I'm the luckiest girl in the world." Dancin Lou has now won 11 of 18 this season, earning $677,756. The sophomore paid $12.80 to win. To watch the race replay, click here. From Woodbine Communications/Hambletonian Society

MILTON, ONTARIO, October 26 - Trainer Marcus Melander brought three high profile harness racing colts into the $500,000 (US) Breeders Crown for sophomores on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park and Gimpanzee emerged as the best of the lot capturing his second consecutive Crown title at the expense of heavy favorite Greenshoe who suffered from a difficult overland journey in a 1:52 3/5 mile. The race contested during a driving rain and high winds saw plenty of early action with Gimpanzee one of a host of outsiders leaving the gate. He was joined by Hambletonian winner Forbidden Trade as well as Soul Strong and Super Schissel. Forbidden Trade would need a pair of moves to secure the lead following the :26 4/5 opening quarter and he continued in control into the wind through the :56 2/5 half. Gimpanzee and driver David Miller came to challenge with authority on the turn and looked to tow elimination winner Don't Let Em and Greenshoe into contention. Don't Let Em struggled to keep up with Gimpanzee eventually made a break compromising Greenshoe's chances considerably in the process. Gimpanzee drove powerfully past the leader after a 1:25 3/5 three quarters clocking and the son of Chapter Seven took off to a convincing score. Greenshoe once into the stretch made up a huge chunk of ground to gain the place spot with early leader Soul Strong coming on late for third. Chin Chin Hall and Goes Down Smooth earned the final two checks. Gimpanzee undefeated last year as a freshman has now won seven times in 12 starts this year winning the Yonkers Trot and finishing third in the other two Triple Crown legs. Bred by Order By Stable Gimpanzee is co-owned by Courant Inc and S R F Stable. Sent off as a 5-1 offering Gimpanzee returned $13.10 for the victory. "I was planning on leaving," said Miller. "I gave him a rough trip but he's so tough." Melander suggested the horse could go under any conditions. "I don't think it would matter if it was a snowstorm and minus 20," said Melander. "He wouldn't have a problem with it." To watch the race replay, click here. From Woodbine Communications/Hambletonian Society

MILTON, ONTARIO, October 26 - Joe Bongiorno took a route up the rail late to win the $655,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace Final on Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The time for the harness racing win was 1:48.3. This Is The Plan stormed to the top from post 10 off the gate, passing American Hisoty, who also showed some early foot, and taking the top. Dorsoduro Hanover took a spot on the rail third in front of McWicked. American History, bred by Brittany Farms, sat patiently through a swift quarter in :25.4 before taking the lead from This Is The Plan, with Dorsoduro Hanover poised to attack. Taking to the outside, Dorsoduro Hanover brushed to aim for an all-out charge as he had done in the elim. The half was sizzling in :53.4 as McWicked staged a challenging route near Jimmy Freight, passing him for a chase at Dorsoduro Hanover at three-quarters in 1:21.3. Into the stretch, Dorsoduro Hanover began to struggle as Always A Prince was using saved ground to get to McWicked, but on the inside, Bongiorno had a winning path before him and his charge as he passed Dorsoduro Hanover and won in 1:48.3. Always A Prince passed McWicked for third. "No words can describe how I feel winning," said Bongiorno. "I'm grateful for all the help from Tony [trainer Tony Alagna]." Alagna said he was confident about American History. "He's matured and now he is able to go with these guys." Co-owner Marvin Katz was joyful for the win and said hello to his partner George Segal, who was watching from out of town. Myron Bell of Brittany Farms said they liked American History as a yearling so much they, "bought him for a hundred-fifty thousand with one bid." American History (American Ideal--Perfect Touch) paid $12.10 to win. To watch the race replay, click here. From Woodbine Communications/Hambletonian Society  

MILTON, ONTARIO, October 26 - Warrawee Ubeaut had to work a bit hard to gain the front but the Sweet Lou-sired filly was again much the best in the $550,000 (US) Breeders Crown for her second consecutive harness racing Crown title. Yannick Gingras let others do the work early as he left with purpose with Warrawee Ubeaut and watched as Stonebridge Soul first sprinted to the lead and then released Treacherous Reign through a wicked :25 3/5 opening quarter. Warrawee Ubeaut then made a bold bid on the backstretch into a light wind to secure the front in :54 4/5. From there only Tall Drink Hanover made a race of it attacking at a distance from the winner through three quarters in 1:23 1/5. Gingras took nothing for granted as Warrawee Ubeaut bore out some in the homestretch keeping the Ron Burke-trained filly to task. Without question she was once again up to it in capturing her second straight Breeders Crown trophy while sprinting home in :27 1/5 final quarter. The mile was paced in 1:50 2/5 by Warrawee Ubeaut who was an overwhelming public choice at 1-5 paying $2.40 for the victory. Tall Drink Hanover kept her momentum through the homestretch to gain the place spot with Stonebridge Soul advancing late for third. Sunny Dee and Treacherous Reign completed the top five in the field. Bred in Ontario by Warrawee Farm of Rockwood, it was the 12th win on the season for Warrawee Ubeaut who is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phil Collura, J & T Silva, Purnell & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. "I talked to Ron (Burke) before the race and we didn't want to have to go hard into the wind. It didn't work that way," said Gingras. "She relaxed so good in the third quarter and I think that's what won the race for her." To watch the race replay, click here. From Woodbine Communications/Hambletonian Society  

MILTON, ONTARIO, October 26 - Brian Sears guided race-favorite Winndevie to a late-charging harness racing win in the $655,000 (CAD) Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Filly Trot Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday. The winning mile went in 1:53. Bet down early, Sears was in no hurry to leave quickly with Winndevie as Only Take Cash and When Dovescry sped to line up first and second with The Ice Dutchess following. Only Take Cash cut the first quarter in :26.2 as Asiago broke and galloped on the outside. Only Take Cash was overtaken by When Dovescry, who herself was passed in the shuffle by The Ice Dutchess as the half went in :56.3. Taking to the outside, the Joie De Vie LLC-bred Winndevie began to make up serious ground, going strongly after The Ice Dutchess to three-quarters in 1:25.3. From there, Winndevie was urged on by Sears and got to the wire first in full command of the field. Trained by Trond Smedshammer, Winndevie won in 1:53. When Dovescry took second and The Ice Dutchess held on for third. Winndevie is owned by Purple Haze Stables. The Credit Winner--Vida De Vie was a top performer in the New York Sires Stakes season. With this win, Winndevie has earned a little more than $865,000. To watch the race replay, click here. From Woodbine Communications/Hambletonian Society  

MILTON, ONTARIO, October 26 - Manchego and driver Dexter Dunn put on a  harness racing show in capturing the $325,000 (US) Breeders Crown for Open Mares on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park in a scintillating 1:51 mile. The 4-year-old mare by Muscle Hill won for the fifth straight time in the process as the 1-2 betting choice. Plunge Blue Chip and Ice Attraction left inside Manchego and the early skirmish saw Plunge Blue Chip take control with two-time Breeders Crown champion Emoticon Hanover settling in second after leaving from the outside post. Dunn positioned Manchego in third and after a :26 1/5 quarter cut out by Plunge Blue Chip he sent her to the front. Manchego had control and looked a picture setting the tempo with fractions of :55 3/5 and 1:23 4/5 and upon turning for home the Nancy Johansson-trained mare hit high gear and left Plunge Blue Chip gasping for air. The rest chased in futility as Dunn checked the rear-view mirror and let her mare kick home in an impressive :27 1/5 final quarter. Emoticon Hanover would rally late for the place spot ahead of Plunge Blue Chip. Weslynn Dancer and Hannelore Hanover hit the wire together in a dead-heat for fourth. It was Manchego's seventh win in 15 starts this year for owner Black Horse Racing and the victory boost her career bankroll above the $2 million mark. Bred by Brittany Farms Manchego returned $3.10 as the public choice. "She's just exploded the last half of the season," said Dunn following the victory. "She felt great once again tonight." It was the second Breeders Crown victory for Manchego who captured the juvenile filly trot in 2017 at Hoosier Park.   From Woodbine Communications/Hambletonian Society

MILTON, ONTARIO, October 25, 2019 - The $600,000 (US) Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Colt Pace was expected to be a battle between elimination winner Papi Rob Hanover and Metro winner Tall Dark Stranger. That the two crossed the wire that way was just the beginning of a harness racing story that changed radically after the finish. Driver Yannick Gingras placed an objection on behalf of Tall Dark Stranger against David Miller on Papi Rob Hanover and after a long period the judges agreed, placing Tall Dark Stranger first and race-winner Papi Rob Hanover second in the final of four $600,000 juvenile Breeders Crown at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday night. Tall Dark Stranger left alertly going past Cattlewash into the first turn with 6-5 favorite Papi Rob Hanover settling in third for Miller. Tall Dark Stranger cut effective fractions of :27 3/5 and :55 1/5 for the opening half as the field was spread out with passing that station. Miller went on the offensive midway on the final turn with Papi Rob Hanover but by that time it appeared as if Gingras had gotten the fractions he needed crossing three quarters in 1:23 2/5 with Tall Dark Stranger. A bitter battled ensued in the homestretch as the two colts battled head to head right to the wire with Papi Rob Hanover getting his head in front at the wire in the 1:51 mile. The inquiry sign went up quickly and the judges determined that Papi Rob Hanover had made contact with Tall Dark Stranger causing that one to lose his momentum. "My colt was fighting back," said Gingras after the race. "I haven't made an objection since Yonkers in 2002." Sent off as the second choice in the field Tall Dark Stranger returned $5.80 while notching his eighth win in nine career starts for trainer Nancy Johansson. Marvin Katz, Crawford Farms, Caviart Farms and Howard Taylor share ownership in Tall Dark Stranger who was bred by James Avritt Sr. Cattlewash finished third with original fourth place finisher Mayhem Hanover also getting disqualified for getting in the path of Capt Midnight in the late stages and causing that one to break. The judges placed Capt Midnight fourth with Mayhem Hanover revised back to fifth. A disqualification of a Breeders Crown race winner had only happened twice before (That Fabulous Face in 1998 and Corleone Kosmos in 2007) , with both being by trotters that made a break. To watch the race replay, click here. From Woodbine Entertainment/Hambletonian Society        

MILTON, ONTARIO, October 25, 2019 - Harness racing trotter Amigo Volo (Dexter Dunn) was never challenged in a wire-to-wire mile of 1:54.3, taking the the $600,000 (USD) Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt Trot Final on Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A quartet of trotting colts left alertly but Amigo Volo soared to the top around the first turn and led commandingly by 2 lengths to cut the first quarter in :26.4. Leading the rest of the field from second was Third Shift, with Capricornus third. The huge favorite, Real Cool Sam, was rolling in seventh through a record-breaking half of :55.3 by Amigo Volo. Third Shift struggled following as Amigo Volo raided three-quarters in 1:24, drawing away into the stretch. As Amigo Hall put 5 lengths in front of the field, Real Cool Sam's attempt to make up ground was defied by sharp-closing longshot Rome Pays Off, who nipped Chestnut Hill for second. Amigo Volo (Father Patrick--Margarita Momma) crossed the wire 4 lengths the best in 1:54.3 for trainer Richard Norman. It was Dexter Dunn's first Breeders Crown-winning drive. Bred by Kentuckiana Farms, the $42,000 yearling is owned by Pinske Stables and David Miller. Amigo Volo paid $7.10 to win. To watch the race replay, click here. From Woodbine Communications/Hambletonian Society  

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