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MILTON, March 25, 2020 - Due to the suspension of live harness racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Woodbine Entertainment has made the decision to suspend the upcoming April 15, 2020 Standardbred stakes payments. "It's important for us to recognize the challenges facing everyone in the horse business at this time, and we want to help where we can," said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. "We want to thank all of the owners that have staked their horses for 2020." Woodbine will reevaluate all stakes purses and sustaining payments in May. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, March 24, 2020 - In light of the Government of Ontario's decision to mandate all non-essential business be closed by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, Woodbine Entertainment would like to inform all horsepeople that the Bookkeeper's office is open today (Tuesday, March 24) until 5 p.m. to handle request for fund withdrawals. The Bookkeeper's office will be able to handle and process requests for funds either by cheque or by wire transfer that are either called in or e-mailed. All cheque requests will be delivered via regular mail service. Pickup at the Grandstand is not available, as the facility is closed to the public given the COVID-19 pandemic isolation procedures. If requesting a cheque, please ensure that the Bookkeeper's office has your most up to date mailing address. As of 5 p.m today (Tuesday, March 24), the Bookkeeper's office will be closed until further notice and will not be processing any transactions. The Woodbine Standardbred Bookkeeper can be reached at 416-675-3993 x 1 + 4315. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, March 19, 2020 -- Woodbine Entertainment announced today that following tonight's harness racing card it will be temporarily suspending live standardbred racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park effective Friday, March 20, until further notice due to the ongoing efforts in limiting the spread of Covid-19. "We have made the decision to suspend live racing in the best interests of the health and wellbeing of our employees, horsepeople and the larger community," said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. "Throughout these uncertain times, we were always prepared to take this step but implemented many precautionary measures to provide horsepeople with the opportunity to race for as long as possible. We will now shift our focus towards working with provincial agencies to provide the standardbred horse community with financial assistance in order to support horsepeople and the essential care needed for their horses while we are not racing at Mohawk Park." Mark McKelvie

Harness racing driver Doug McNair remains eternally grateful to still be working, even if it's under somewhat bizarre circumstances. The Guelph, Ont., resident continues to race at Woodbine Mohawk Park despite all other major sports — and even some racetracks — shutting down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But events at the Campbellville, Ont., track are being conducted without fans in the stands. McNair understands why the measure is in place. But he admits looking into the bare grandstands is surreal and emphatically drives home the point that these are indeed unique times. "It's not terrible, but it's definitely different," he said. "You look over (to grandstand) and everything is dark. People might say there's no crowds there, especially in the winter, but even if there's 50 to 100 people at Mohawk, it's a lot different having none ... and the casino is empty as well." And McNair, Canada's top driver in 2018, said it's something he's reminded of daily. "When you go (to Mohawk), it's funny, you don't see any traffic," he said. "It's absurd, definitely, it's different. "We're really lucky just to be racing, but things change day today, hour to hour. I just hope it continues." Some tracks suspend racing Racetracks across North America have reacted differently to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Kentucky Derby organizers announced Tuesday the first jewel of the U.S. Triple Crown was being shifted from May 2 to Sept. 5 due to COVID-19. But the $1-million Grade 2 Louisiana Derby will run Saturday without spectators in the stands. Among the American tracks to suspend racing are Yonkers, Dover Downs, Freehold Raceway, The Meadowlands, The Downs at Mohegan Sun, and Pocono. Facilities in Europe, Denmark and Italy have followed suit. In Canada, Horse Racing Alberta temporarily suspended racing. But Century Downs, in southern Alberta, is holding events without spectators, as are harness tracks in Ontario. Union representing workers at Casino Woodbine calls for its closure amid COVID-19 outbreak All Ontario casinos to close temporarily amid COVID-19 outbreak "We've spoken to government officials about Mohawk regarding what we're doing," said Jim Lawson, the chief executive officer of Woodbine Entertainment Group. "We're changing post times as of Friday night to spread out the races. "We don't want any more than 50 people in the paddock, probably 40 people. We're going to start to use more of the new portion of the paddock to make sure there's more social distancing. "We're (continuing to race) for horse people more than anything. But we won't hesitate to close down if what I'd call the very strict policies and protocols we have in place aren't working and this thing gets beyond us." Wagering continues Empty stands haven't seemed to dampened fan interest. Wagering at Mohawk on Friday and Saturday was up 10 per cent, while Sunday's handle remained steady despite the absence of spectators. "We have the benefit of a robust and sophisticated system, which is good and it does help bring in some revenue," Lawson said. "The wagering revenue, though, is less than the purse money you pay out to do this. "Our only mandate as a corporation is to support horse racing and that's what we're doing as best we can. We're effectively not-for-profit mandate ... anything we earn goes back into horse racing." McNair and fellow driver Jody Jamieson both gave back last week, each donating a night's earnings to the Red Cross. McNair bequeathed $1,350, while Jamieson chipped in with $1,050. "I figured we were fortunate enough to be racing and what could we do to help a little bit," McNair said. "I definitely think little things like that aren't going to hurt." Paddock, announcer booth disinfected Woodbine Entertainment has also implemented temperature screening for all people entering the paddock at both Mohawk Park and Woodbine Racetrack. Although the thoroughbred season doesn't open until April 18, horses are in barns there and, like at Mohawk, require daily attention and care. At Mohawk Park, both the paddock and announcer's booth are disinfected nightly after racing is completed. "It's fundamental for these people to exist, to continue to have commerce and a livelihood," Lawson said. "We're prepared to do it on the basis of respecting government direction and protocols. "But we're not in the business of risks. We moved first and quicker than anyone to shut down our grandstand, to send our employees home, to shut our bars and restaurants immediately off-site. We're closely monitoring this. We have a very strong board that's involved, we're speaking to government officials and trying to help by creating some commerce." Many living paycheque to paycheque A fact not lost upon driver Bob McClure, who drove 15/1 pick Forbidden Trade to an upset win in last year's US$1-Hambletonian. "The biggest fear I have for this whole thing is there's a large majority of this industry that's still living paycheque to paycheque," said the Rockwood, Ont., resident. "And I don't know how they're going to be able to weather this storm if we have to shut down racing. "I think owners, all of a sudden, are expected to pay the bills without any money coming in. That's more than I'd want asked of me. Trainers having to pay grooms when they're not racing either. The money stops at the top and at some point it's the people at the bottom who need it the most. I really worry about that because there are people who simply can't take weeks off work." McClure said he's barely noticed the empty Woodbine Mohawk Park grandstands because once a race begins, he's focused entirely on driving. Ditto for the tarmac traffic. "If this was summer and this was going on, you'd definitely notice," he said. Racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park is scheduled to resume Thursday night. Both McNair and McClure agree that until told differently, drivers are intent on continuing to work. "Obviously one day at a time," McNair said. "But I'm happy with what Woodbine is doing and hopefully no one gets sick." Added McClure: "I think there's going to be a lot of pressure from Health Canada and the government going forward. But obviously we want to race and track officials want to race so long as it's safe." By Dan Ralph  Reprinted with permission of The Canadian Press

MILTON, March 19, 2020 - As an added precautionary measure being taken to help flatten the COVID-19 curve and maintain live harness racing, Woodbine Entertainment would like to inform all horsepeople that training at Woodbine Mohawk Park has been cancelled until further notice. Qualifiers will continue to be offered each Thursday morning. Live racing continues every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Post time is 6:40 p.m. Mark McKelvie      

As things continue to change hour by hour, I would like to issue all of our announcements from today in one piece. We have a lot of information we need to pass to our harness racing horsepeople and obviously avoiding confusion and getting the messages out is my number one priority.   At the moment, we have no other announcements to make for the day.   Woodbine Mohawk Park updates for horsepeople MILTON, March 18, 2020 - In an effort to avoid confusion, Woodbine Mohawk Park has compiled all notices and procedures that have been issued in the last 24 hours. Horsepeople are urged to review all announcements and adhere to all procedures in order to maintain live racing.   QUALIFIERS FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 18 Woodbine Mohawk Park has adjusted the start time and order of qualifiers to limit traffic in the paddock. Qualifiers will begin at 9:30 a.m. with four qualifying races for trotters contested. A one-hour break will commence following the trot qualifiers. At approximately 11 a.m., qualifiers will resume with six qualifying races for pacers. Trotters will race out of the old paddock, while pacers will race out of the new paddock expansion. Training and Schooling is not available on Thursday morning. Only horses qualifying will be permitted on the property. Horsepeople coming to qualify at Woodbine Mohawk Park are reminded to review all paddock procedures listed below.   INCREASED PADDOCK PROCEDURES In order to maintain live racing and follow the best practices for health and safety, Woodbine Entertainment has issued the following updated paddock procedures for Woodbine Mohawk Park. Effective Friday (March 20) and until further notice, post time for Live Racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park will move to 6:40 p.m. Post time for Thursday evening's card of live racing will remain at 7:10 p.m. The following procedures for the paddock at Woodbine Mohawk Park will be implemented until further notice. All horsepeople will be screened upon arrival, with their temperature taken at the stable gate.All trainers should bring only essential employees for live racing, training or qualifying.Unless tending to their horse, owners will not be permitted in the paddock.No one under the age of 16 will be permitted in the paddock. All horses will enter the paddock through the regular entrance.All horses on Lasix will receive their medication in the Old Paddock and then move to Barn 8 until their retention time in the paddock.Races 1 through 5 will race out of the Old Paddock (standing stalls).Races 6 through 10 will race out of the New Paddock (box stalls).Horsepeople are required to adhere to the paddock retention schedule.Please limit foot traffic between the two paddocks.Do not congregate to socialize.Practice social distancing. Text and call within the paddock, versus face to face.Following each race, horsepeople should bath and load their horses as quickly as possible and exit the paddock within 30 minutes. Woodbine thanks our horsepeople for their cooperation during this period and will continue to issue updates regularly. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, March 18, 2020 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to issue a reminder and update to all harness racing horsepeople.   All trainers are reminded to bring only essential employees to the racetrack during live racing, training and qualifying. Only owners tending to their horses will be permitted to the paddock. Anyone under the age of 16 will not receive access to enter the paddock.   In order to reduce the traffic in the paddock area, training and schoolers for Thursday morning (March 19) have been cancelled. Only horses entered to qualify will be permitted and will need to be checked in.   Qualifiers begin at 10 a.m.   Training continues to be offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings from 7 a.m. to Noon. Mark McKelvie      

MILTON, ON - March 14, 2020 - Harness racing driver  Doug McNair, the leading driver at Woodbine Mohawk Park, has informed track officials that he will be donating all his earnings from tonight's (March 14) card of racing to the Canadian Red Cross in support of COVID-19 response efforts. McNair would like to invite other horsepeople racing tonight to join him in helping. Any individuals racing tonight that would like to donate should visit the Mohawk Park Race Office to inform the Bookkeeper. McNair is listed to drive in eight of this evening's 10-races. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

TORONTO - In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and in the interest of the safety of customers, employees, horsepeople and the larger community, Woodbine Entertainment announced today that it will be closing Woodbine Mohawk Park and Woodbine Racetrack to the general public for a minimum of two weeks. Preparations to close both facilities to the general public are well underway and will be closed starting tomorrow, Sunday, March 15. Woodbine Entertainment will continue to monitor the situation closely and stay in contact with public health officials to determine when it is safe to fully reopen its operations and facilities to the public. "We strongly believe that closing our racetracks to the public is the right thing to do for the wellbeing of our employees, customers and horsepeople," said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. "We also recognize that we all have a role to play in slowing down the spread of this virus to protect the larger community. We will continue to work closely with public health officials and make decisions that are consistent with health and safety being our highest priority." The decision to close these facilities follows the recommendation of Ontario's Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Williams for the suspension of all large events and public gatherings due to Covid-19. Woodbine Entertainment's live harness racing at Mohawk Park will continue as scheduled but without spectators and only essential staff, licensed horsepeople and regulators permitted in the facility. As an additional precaution, Woodbine Entertainment is screening all horsepeople entering the paddock, which will also have highly restricted access for licensed personnel only. Plans to open the Thoroughbred season remain scheduled for Saturday, April 18 but are subject to an ongoing assessment of the situation. Currently, the training facilities at Woodbine Racetrack will remain open with screening for all horsepeople entering the backstretch and restricted access to licensed personnel only. Woodbine Entertainment does not operate the casinos in either of its properties. Currently, Elements Casino at Woodbine Mohawk Park and Casino Woodbine at Woodbine Racetrack remain open and any updates will be provided directly from the operators of the casinos. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, ON - March 11, 2020 - Due to the growing public concerns about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and as part of precautionary measures being taken in the interest of health and safety, Woodbine Mohawk Park and the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) today announced a new screening process for entry into the paddock. Effective Thursday, March 12, anyone entering the paddock will be subject to several questions as a screening by security. Once cleared, the person entering the paddock will receive a sticker on their AGCO license that will excuse them from the screening process for seven days. At the conclusion of the seven days, the person entering will then go through the screening process again. Woodbine and COSA strongly encourages horsepeople to give extra time when travelling to Woodbine Mohawk Park for live racing and qualifiers. The screening process may create wait times when checking in. There will be no exceptions given by the AGCO for horses arriving late to the paddock for Lasix or racing. Factoring in additional time for arrival is highly recommended. Woodbine Mohawk Park will also be limiting paddock access to only participants, officials and staff. There will be no group tours or non-licensed guests allowed in the paddock until further notice. While there have been no known cases of COVID-19 on the Woodbine Mohawk Park property, it is of great importance to Woodbine Entertainment and COSA to keep all our horse people, employees and guests safe and healthy. Woodbine and COSA are committed to taking reasonable precautions and steps required to protect the safety of our racing participants and are continuing to keep up-to date with information provided by the Toronto Public Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Toronto Public Health have confirmed risks to COVID-19 continues to remain low, however, there are isolated cases in the Greater Toronto Area. The biggest risk remains coming in direct contact with family of friends that have travelled to Coronavirus hot-zones around the globe. Please see additional information below on best practices: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.Avoid close contact with people who are ill.Stay home when you are ill and immediately inform your employer if you are experiencing the following symptoms: Fever, Dry Cough, Muscle Aches, Tiredness and Difficulty Breathing.Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands.If you don't have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. We require all participants to notify their employer immediately, if they or someone they live with has recently travelled to/from a designated affected area, such as China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Singapore or Iran. It is strongly recommended at this time that you remain home, seek medical attention and/or self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Please use the handwashing stations and/or hand sanitizer outside the following key common areas in at Woodbine Mohawk Park during training and racing: Paddock Kitchen (everyone should wash their hands before and after eating)Race OfficeAll Paddock Areas Coronavirus FAQ What countries have been impacted by the COVID-19 and what should employees do if they have travelled to the designated affected areas? There has been an increase in cases of COVID-19 in China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Singapore and Iran. The direction from Toronto Public Health for people who have travelled to Iran or the Hubei Province in China, is that they should self-isolate for a period of 14 days after your last day in the country. Returning travelers returning from the listed countries are asked to call Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600. Additionally, if you have travelled to any of these affected areas, please monitor for symptoms for 14 days after leaving and report it to your employer immediately. If I have symptoms of COVID-19, what should I do? If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, please call your family doctor or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 and report it to your employer ASAP. If you are on-site at Woodbine, notify Security immediately and we will help you seek medical attention. How many confirmed active cases of COVID-19 are in Ontario? As of March 10, 2020, there have been 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario. What happens in the event that the COVID-19 situation escalates in our workplace, in the municipalities that we operate in and worldwide? Woodbine and COSA continue to monitor the situation closely and will follow direction and guidance from Toronto Public Health and relevant municipal/provincial authorities. Additionally, Woodbine has a working Task Force in place who are dedicated to developing and activating a preparedness and response plan according to the severity and impact level. Thank you for your continued cooperation in maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and paddock area, and we will continue to update you as pertinent information becomes available. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

MILTON, ON - March 10, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment and the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) would like to immediately inform all harness racing horsepeople of reasonable precautions and steps being taken in the interest of health and safety. Due to the growing public concerns about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and as a safety precaution, training has been cancelled for Wednesday morning (March 11) to allow for the paddock to be fully disinfected. The paddock is scheduled to reopen Thursday morning (March 12) for qualifiers, which are slated to begin at 10 a.m. The disinfecting of the paddock is a safety precaution and there have been no known cases of COVID-19 on the Woodbine Mohawk Park property. An enhanced cleaning protocol will be implemented in the paddock areas until further notice. It is of great importance to Woodbine Entertainment and COSA to keep all our horse people safe and healthy so that the horses can continue to be well cared for. Woodbine and COSA are committed to taking reasonable precautions and steps required to protect the safety of our racing participants and are continuing to keep up-to date with information provided by the Toronto Public Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Toronto Public Health have confirmed risks to COVID-19 continues to remain low, however, there are isolated cases in the Greater Toronto Area. The biggest risk remains coming in direct contact with family of friends that have travelled to Coronavirus hot-zones around the globe. Please see additional information below on best practices: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.Avoid close contact with people who are ill.Stay home when you are ill and immediately inform your employer if you are experiencing the following symptoms: Fever, Dry Cough, Muscle Aches, Tiredness and Difficulty Breathing.Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands.If you don't have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. We require all participants to notify their employer immediately, if they or someone they live with has recently travelled to/from a designated affected area, such as China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Singapore or Iran. It is strongly recommended at this time that you remain home, seek medical attention and/or self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Please use the handwashing stations and/or hand sanitizer outside the following key common areas in at Woodbine Mohawk Park during training and racing: Paddock Kitchen (everyone should wash their hands before and after eating)Race OfficeAll Paddock Areas Coronavirus FAQ Q. What countries have been impacted by the COVID-19 and what should employees do if they have travelled to the designated affected areas? There has been an increase in cases of COVID-19 in China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Singapore and Iran. The direction from Toronto Public Health for people who have travelled to Iran or the Hubei Province in China, is that they should self-isolate for a period of 14 days after your last day in the country. Returning travelers returning from the listed countries are asked to call Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600. Additionally, if you have travelled to any of these affected areas, please monitor for symptoms for 14 days after leaving and report it to your employer immediately. Q. If I have symptoms of COVID-19, what should I do? If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, please call your family doctor or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 and report it to your employer ASAP. If you are on-site at Woodbine, notify Security immediately and we will help you seek medical attention. Q. How many confirmed active cases of COVID-19 are in Ontario? A. As of March 10, 2020, there have been 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario. Q. What happens in the event that the COVID-19 situation escalates in our workplace, in the municipalities that we operate in and worldwide? Woodbine and COSA continue to monitor the situation closely and will follow direction and guidance from Toronto Public Health and relevant municipal/provincial authorities. Additionally, Woodbine has a working Task Force in place who are dedicated to developing and activating a preparedness and response plan according to the severity and impact level. Thank you for your continued cooperation in maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and paddock area, and we will continue to update you as pertinent information becomes available. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, ON -  March 10, 2020 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to remind all harness racing horsepeople of the upcoming nomination deadline (March 16) for the new Ontario Sired Spring Series. The Ontario Sired Spring Series will debut for three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2019. There will be an event for each three-year-old division, with each event consisting of two preliminary legs and a $40,000 added money final. The series starts on Thursday, April 16 with fillies competing, while the colts and geldings series will get underway the following night. All four $40,000 added money finals will take place on Saturday, May 2. Nominations close Monday, March 16, 2020. To view the nomination form, click here. To make a payment online, click here. If sending payments by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than March 16, 2020 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

Standardbred Canada reports that the odds-on harness racing favourite So Much More landed on the lead late in the mile and withstood a late charge from Sly Eleanor N to win the $32,000 Fillies and Mares Preferred Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday (March 7). Sly Eleanor N launched to the lead with Reclamation ducking into the pocket and So Much More venturing first over from third for the front. Past the first quarter in :26.4, the four-year-old Big Jim mare edged towards the front and cleared command past a :55.4 half. Reclamation angled out of third around the final turn and drew within a length of the leader passing three-quarters in 1:24.3. So Much More turned away Reclamation’s challenge into the stretch and faced a pocket-popping rally from Sly Eleanor N nearing the finish, but held off the lunge by a head in 1:52.1. Kendall Seelster swept from last for third. Co-owned by trainer Don Beatson with Kenneth Beatson and Cole England, So Much More won her fourth race from eight starts this season and her 23rd from 42 overall, earning $326,850. James MacDonald drove the $2.90 winner. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Woodbine Mohawk Park.

MILTON, ON - March 6, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment today released the lists of eligible harness racing horses for its 2020 major stakes, including the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. The Pepsi North America Cup, harness racing's richest race for three-year-old pacers, has attracted 77 nominations, holding steady to last year's 82. Metro Pace and Breeders Crown champion Tall Dark Stranger leads the list of eligible sophomores on the heels of his O'Brien and Dan Patch Award winning two-year-old season. The Pepsi North America Cup list also includes standouts Capt Midnight, Elver Hanover and Papi Rob Hanover. Eliminations for the Pepsi North America Cup are scheduled for Saturday, June 13 and the $1 million final will take place the following week on Saturday, June 20. The stakes have been increased for this year's William Wellwood Memorial, which led to a major spike in nominations. A total of 195 rookie trotters have been made eligible, up from 154 in 2019. The purse for this year's Wellwood Memorial has been increased to $610,000 (estimated) and the winner will also receive a slot in the inaugural Mohawk Million (valued at $110,000). The rich event for two-year-old trotters will take place on Saturday, September 12, two-weeks prior to the Mohawk Million on Saturday, September 26. The Metro Pace, harness racing's richest race for two-year-old pacers, will also take place on Saturday, September 26. The marquee race for rookies has attracted 191 nominations, the same number as 2019. Another event that saw a notable increase is the Canadian Pacing Derby. A total of 56 older pacers have been nominated to Canada's oldest Standardbred stakes race, up from 37 a year ago. The Maple Leaf Trot received 46 nominations, headlined by international superstar Bold Eagle. The legendary French-trotter captured the Breeders Crown last October and could be poised for a return to Woodbine Mohawk Park in 2020. To view the full lists of eligible horses for all 2020 major stakes, click here. A sustaining payment for all major stakes is due March 16, 2020. Full information regarding stakes payments and eligible horses can be found by visiting www.Woodbine.com/Mohawk/Horsepeople/. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment    

MILTON, ON - March 5, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment today proudly revealed the names of the nine slot owners for the inaugural Mohawk Million on Saturday, September 26 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A total of nine slots were available for purchase at the cost of $110,000 (USD) for entry in the Mohawk Million. The deadline to purchase a slot passed on February 18, 2020 with all slots sold. The tenth and final slot in the $1 million (USD) race for two-year-old trotters will be awarded to the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial on September 12, 2020. The Mohawk Million will become harness racing's richest race for two-year-olds. The nine slot owners for the inaugural Mohawk Million are listed below. Brad Grant Courant Inc. (Anders Strom) Determination (Serge Godin) Diamond Creek Racing (Adam Bowden) Dreamland Farms (Gina Ghent) Fashion Farms (Jules Siegel) Glengate Farms (Jim Bullock) Jeffrey Snyder John Fielding The owners of the slots are not required to declare a two-year-old trotter for the race until entry time (September 22, 2020) and the slot is an entity that may be sold, traded or subject to lease. "As a racetrack operator and industry leader, we can create the opportunity, but without the investment and commitment from leading owners, this exciting event wouldn't be possible," said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. "Thanks again to all of the owners who purchased a slot." The Mohawk Million will take place along with the $850,000 Metro Pace for two-year-old pacers on September 26, 2020, putting the sport's two richest races for freshmen on the same card. "The month of September at Woodbine Mohawk Park will be must-see racing as we reach the height of our lucrative stakes program," said Lawson. "We take pride in being able to offer industry-leading events and look forward to hosting the best young Standardbreds at our facility." The $550,000 Shes A Great Lady for two-year-old pacing fillies will also take place on the Mohawk Million card, which will feature total purses of more than $2.7 million. Fans can track the march to the Mohawk Million by following @WoodbineSB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The official hashtag of harness racing's newest million-dollar event is #MohawkMillion. A profile of each Mohawk Million slot owner is available below. Brad Grant It's been a tremendous run of success in recent years for Canadian trucking magnate Brad Grant. The Milton, Ontario resident has led all Woodbine owners in wins since 2016 and has become one of the most prominent and successful owners in the entire sport. Grant was introduced to harness racing by his father John, a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, who owned a farm and breeding operation in nearby Hornby, Ontario. Grant followed his father's footsteps by launching his own trucking company, Active Transport, in the 1980's and later purchased John Grant Haulage from his father. Grant's involvement in sports included a successful 15-year run as owner of the Milton Merchants Jr. Hockey Club, winning multiple championships. Grant investment in harness racing has grown since the devasting 2016 Classy Lane Stables barn fire that took his millionaire-pacer Apprentice Hanover. Grant immediately purchased several horses for his trainer, including eventual-millionaire Easy Lover Hanover. A major player on the Grand Circuit, Grant has owned superstars such as 2018 Hambletonian champion Atlanta and Breeders Crown winner Stay Hungry. A member of the Milton District Hospital Foundation board of directors, Grant was recognized with the 2019 USHWA Humanitarian Award after using his horse's earnings to raise funds for the Humboldt Broncos bus crash victims. Courant Inc. (Anders Strom) The Swedish-born horseman behind Courant Inc. deserves straight A's for his trio of "G's," namely, Gimpanzee (co-owns with SRF Stable), Greenshoe, and Green Manalishi S. Strom's Courant Inc., which teams with individual partners on numerous horses, watched his fearsome threesome trot their way to stardom - with trainer Marcus Melander orchestrating their campaigns - in the three-year-old colt ranks last year, as they combined to earn over $3 million in 2019. The trotting titans were three reasons, albeit big ones, behind Courant Inc. receiving 2019 Owner of the Year honours, as selected by the United States Harness Writers' Association. With just 16 starters, Courant and partners posted $3.9 million in earnings, good enough to place them in the top 10 in the North American rankings. Courant, which recently spent over $1.6 million at the yearling sales in Lexington and Harrisburg, also remains a major force in Sweden and in France. Determination (Serge Godin) Information-technology mogul Serge Godin has enjoyed major success in both the business world and standardbred racing. In 2013, Godin was seeking a private trainer to take over his Determination stable, and opted for conditioner Luc Blais. Last year, the duo celebrated Hambletonian glory when Forbidden Trade took the iconic race, with Bob McClure in the sulky. The son of Kadabra was named Canada's Horse of the Year and Top 3-Year-Old Trotter, both in 2019. The now-retired Intimidate delivered Godin (who co-owned with Judy Farrow) and Blais stirring scores in both the Breeders Crown (2012) and Maple Leaf Trot (2014). Founding the CGI Group in 1976, Godin, in 2016, was elevated from a member of the Order of Canada to an officer. Diamond Creek Racing (Adam Bowden) Adam Bowden established Diamond Creek Farm in 2005 at the age of 24, with the vision of creating a breeding operation that focused on influential bloodlines and producing quality horses for the sales ring and racetrack. Introduced to racing by his father and grandfather at a young age, Bowden pursued his passion immediately following graduation from college. Diamond Creek opened for business in Kentucky during the fall of 2005 and expanded its operation to Pennsylvania in 2012. Diamond Creek's racing side has owned multiple champions, including Creatine and Pure Country. The Diamond Creek stallion roster is an impressive collection of superstars, including World Champion pacer Always B Miki and two-time Breeders Crown champion trotter Father Patrick. Dreamland Farms (Gina Ghent) Gina Ghent has taken the reins of running the day-to-day operation of Dreamland Farms, a picturesque 105-acre property found in Cream Ridge, New Jersey. The farm was built nearly 30 years ago by Ghent's uncle and longtime Standardbred racing figure, David Molski, a hands-on horse owner and breeder who enjoyed a great passion for the sport. When Molski was killed in a single-car accident in 2007, his wife, Clara, took charge of Dreamland. One of the couple's first broodmares was a Big Towner mare, Breeders Crown champion Hardie Hanover, whom the couple bought at the Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg. After Clara's recent passing, Ghent picked up the torch, determined to carry on the traditions and values associated with the farm. "She always told me, 'You'll know what do,'" said Ghent, of her aunt and godmother. "This was her dreamland." Fashion Farms (Jules Siegel) Hall of Famer Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms has been a powerhouse in both racing and breeding for multiple decades. A retired pharmacist who operated a successful chain of drug stores, Jules and his late-wife Arlene established Fashion Farms in New Hope, Pennsylvania in 1984. After selling his drug store chain in 1995, Jules Siegel acquired first-rate broodmares, bred them to top sires to produce successful racehorses, then retained the mares for future breeding, building success upon success. The 1995 Hambletonian champion Tagliabue provided Siegel with his first of many award-winning trotters and pacers, including Galleria, Broadway Hall, Village Jolt, Broadway Schooner and Broadway Donna. Siegel has been recognized with several top honours during his time in racing, including being named the recipient of the United States Harness Writers Association's Owner of the Year award in 2002 and 2009. Siegel became a member of the U.S. Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2017. Glengate Farms (Jim Bullock) It was over 10 years ago when Jim Bullock shuttered the doors on Glengate Farms as a commercial breeding operation. One of the largest of its kind in Ontario, Glengate was home to all-star stallions Angus Hall, Apaches Farm and Balanced Image. While he remained in the sport after the closure of Glengate, Bullock's passion for standardbreds and standardbred racing led him to renovate a thoroughbred farm close to the town of Erin, a spot he purchased a few years back, using it to build up a strong trotting broodmare band (there is room on the farm for nearly 40 broodmares). Friend and racing partner John Bax purchased the original Glengate Farm to be closer to Woodbine Mohawk Park. Bullock was president and CEO of Cadillac Fairview Corporation between 1987 and 1993 and held the same title at Laidlaw Inc. from 1993 to 1999. He is also a former board member at Woodbine Entertainment Group. Jeffrey Snyder Manhattan-based businessman Jeffrey Snyder is one of harness racing's most prolific owners, who holds the record for most wins by an owner in Pepsi North America Cup history with four. Snyder's rise to the top of sport began in 1994 with Horse of the Year Cam's Card Shark. Never afraid to make a statement at the yearling sales, Snyder has had tremendous success with high-priced purchases, such as Rocknroll Hanover, Royalflush Hanover, Village Jolt and Well Said. Snyder has also hit the jackpot on multiple occasions with broodmare Michelles Jackpot, who has provided the New York native with homebred champions Michelles Power and Michaels Power. John Fielding One of horse racing's most impactful and accomplished figures, John Fielding grew up in Toronto riding the streetcar with his brother to Greenwood Raceway where their passion for the sport first began. Fielding was introduced to harness racing by his father and owned his first Standardbred at just 16. Now, he is one of the highest profile and successful names in harness racing, a two-time owner of the year, whose star pupils include Pinkman, Father Patrick, Shake It Cerry, Maven, and 2018 Hambletonian Oaks winner, $2.2 million earner, Manchego. Fielding, who has won over 20 Breeders' Crown races, has also enjoyed success with thoroughbreds. In the late 90's, Fielding met Standardbred and Thoroughbred breeder Fred Hertrich at a Standardbred sale at Woodbine. They recorded their first win as breeders in the 2017 Thoroughbred World Championships when 'TDN Rising Star' Rushing Fall won the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Fielding, founder of Array Marketing, a leading global provider of retail merchandising solutions, has been on the board at Woodbine Entertainment Group since 2004, and as a Director since 2015. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, ON - March 4, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment is proud to celebrate International Women's Day during this Saturday's card of live harness racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Woodbine Racing Live simulcast show will be entirely dedicated to women in harness racing, featuring interviews and selections from prominent females in the sport. Jessica Buckley, Vice-President of Standardbred and Thoroughbred racing, will welcome viewers when the show goes live at 6:30 p.m. Host Monique Vág will then be joined by Joanne Colville (Woodbine outrider, Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society), Nancy Takter (Grand Circuit trainer) and Natasha Day (driver). The show will also include selections from female handicappers and a video tribute to women in harness racing prior to the evening's first-race. Once the races begin, Chad Rozema will be catching up with female participants for interviews between races. The evening's third-race is the $32,000 Mares Preferred Pace and will be the International Women's Day Race. All female racing participants are invited to the winner's circle for the post-race presentation. Woodbine Cares will also be making a presentation to the Halton Women's Place following the third-race. The presentation will feature a cheque and food donation following a month of fundraising, which was led by Woodbine Mohawk Park's Lynn Koprowski and Robin MacKay. Fans can catch the live stream of Woodbine Racing Live by visiting www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com and clicking "Watch Races" in the top-right corner. Woodbine Racing Live begins at 6:30 p.m. and leads into the evening's card beginning at 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

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