TORONTO, November 20 - Ontario sired three-year-old fillies returned to Woodbine Racetrack Thursday night for the second leg of the Autumn Series. Two $15,000 divisions for both gaits took place in the second round of the three-week series. In the first division for the trotters, Meadowview Vicky returned to victory lane for the second week in a row. The daughter of Muscle Mass was sent to straight to the lead by driver Mario Baillargeon and never looked back. Meadowview Vicky posted fractions of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:28.2 before trotting home in :29.1 to win by a length and a half in 1:57.3. Wings Of Ballykeel finished second after sitting in that position the entire mile, while Oho Diamond took the show spot. Trained by Mark Etsell, Meadowview Vicky has now won a division of the first two legs of the Autumn Series and will have a chance at the series sweep next week. Meadowview Vicky has now won six of 13 career starts for over $50,000 in earnings. She is owned by Meadowview Farms Inc. Meadowview Vicky returned $2.70 to win. Osprey Impact converted off a perfect second over trip from driver Dave Boughton to win the second division. The daughter of Federal Flex was able to pick up the cover of Cs Afternoondelite in the second quarter and followed that filly up to the front. Situated second over and less than two lengths from the lead at the top of the stretch, Osprey Impact tipped off cover and trotted by to score a 1 Â¾ length victory in a career best 1:58.1. Acapulco Hall, who was third along the rail at the top of the lane, got up for second, while Serendipitous, who got a two-hole trip, finished third. Trained by Mario Macri, Osprey Impact finished third in last week's opening leg. The three-year-old filly has now won four of 13 starts this season and banked over $27,000 for owner Paul Larrabee. Osprey Impact returned $32.70 to win. Mach Some Noise recorded her fourth consecutive victory to take the first division for the pacing fillies. The daughter of Mach Three would take control of the race in the second quarter and leave her rivals behind. Mach Some Noise and driver James MacDonald posted a half of :57 and a three-quarter time of 1:25.2, before pacing home in :28.1 to win by 4 lengths in 1:53.3. Artistic Fusion got up for second, while Thrill Chaser finished third. Trained by Tony O'Sullivan, Mach Some Noise will take her four-race win streak into next week's final with an opportunity to record the series sweep. Owned by O'Sullivan Racing Inc, Kirk McKinnon and David Goodrow Stable, Mach Some Noise has now won four of nine career starts and banked over $37,000. The clocking of 1:53.3 is a new lifetime best for the three-year-old filly. A $2 win ticket returned $2.50. In the second division for the pacing fillies, Catlea Seelster never saw the rail, but still got the job done in 1:56.3. Driven by Anthony Macdonald, Catlea Seelster was parked around the first turn in mid-pack. The daughter of Stonebridge Regal would continue her outside journey down the backstretch and was first up at the leader's wheel as they rounded the far turn. In the stretch, Catlea Seelster showed her grit and wore down Debbies Mach to win by a neck. Performing Art took the show spot. Trained by Anthony Montini, Catalea Seelster entered the second leg of the Autumn Series off a seventh place finish in the opening leg. The round two victory is her second win in 15 starts this season and the third win of her career. Owned by Albina Montini and Teresa Davidson, Catlea Seelster has now banked over $33,000 in her career. She paid $14.90 to win. The top ten money earners to enter the final leg will contest next Friday night's final. Leg two action of the Autumn Series continues tomorrow night with the second round for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
The Ontario Racing Commission on Monday, November 17, 2014 ordered an indefinite full suspension for harness racing trainer Corey Johnson and five of his horses scheduled to race Monday at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto were scratched from competing. According to sources, one of Johnson’s horses tested positive for a TCO2 (blood gas or “milk shaking”) level higher than allowed in a horses natural system. It was also reported that this is a second time offence for Johnson. He also had horses scheduled to race at Woodbine this Thursday and they have been scratched from the program. The positive test results could not have come at a worse time as Johnson, 24, of Rockwood, Ontario, Canada, has two horses scheduled to race this weekend at the Meadowlands in the Breeders Crown Championship Finals. Volez Hanover is scheduled to race Friday in the $281,000 Breeders Crown for Older Pacing Mares and Traceur Hanover is in to go on Saturday in the $500,000 final for two-year-old pacing colts. While both Woodbine Racetrack in Ontario and the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey have had reciprocal agreements in the past concerning honoring suspensions of harness racing trainers, drivers and owners, this situation presents a unique scenario. As of press time of this story, the New Jersey Racing Commission has not called for the scratching of the two horses from Corey Johnson’s stable. Scratch time is at 9:00 am Wednesday morning at the Meadowlands. Because the horses were entered for the Breeders Crown races well in advance of the positive test result for Johnson, the New Jersey Racing Commission and the Meadowlands may have no choice but to allow the two horses to compete. That final decision will not be known until 9:00 am Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, Corey Johnson has been having his greatest season as a trainer in 2014. The youngster first started officially training horses in 2010 and has amassed 339 wins from his stable and just over $5 million in purses won by his horses. In 2014 alone his horses have already earned over $2 million. According to the United States Trotting Association, Johnson had a post-race positive test back on March 29, 2014 for the presences of Pyrilamine, a Class 3 illegal drug and was given a 15-day suspension and a $500 fine that he has appealed. Attempts to contact Corey Johnson for a statement were unanswered. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com
Three-time O’Brien Award winning driver Randy Waples has told Trot Insider that he will be taking a short break from the race bike, effective immediately, and he will not be at Woodbine this evening (Monday, November 17). Waples, who has driven his charges to 6,129 victories and over $118-million in purse earnings, is taking the brief hiatus to rest up and overcome a few minor ailments he has been battling. “I’ve just been run down as of late and have been fighting some small issues as well as some battles with the flu,” said Waples, who was crowned Canada’s top driver in 1998, 2001 and 2010. To view the rest of this story click here. Apple Pie Angel failed to win in the first seven starts of her career, but she’s been unstoppable ever since. The three-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Darling Angel toted a four-race winning streak into her Monday evening assignment at Woodbine Racetrack, and she pushed her magic number to five thanks to a 1:55.1 victory in the card’s curtain closer. Apple Pie Angel was hustled to the lead from Post 7 by driver Chris Christoforou, who carved out panels of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:24.3 with the filly before using a :30.3 closing quarter to seal the deal by three-quarters of a length over A Fearless Affair. Third prize went to Deuces For Charity. The winning time was 1:55.1 for Apple Pie Angel. To view the rest of this story click here. Preferred Pace at the Raceway to Lawmen Reign Lawmen Reign was treated to a second-over trip in Monday’s $7,000 Preferred 3 at The Raceway at Western Fair District, and the pacer made the most of the opportunity. In rein to trainer Ross Battin, Lawmen Reign got away fourth before finding a friend to follow in the middle stages of the mile. Race favourite Apaches Cam, who supplied splits of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:27.4, came under attack on the way to the half by first-over prompter Pacific Oak. The battle took its toll on both pacers, and it left the door wide-open for the tripped-out Lawmen Reign. When Battin pulled the trigger, Lawmen Reign unleashed a :29.2 closing kick to win by 1-1/4 lengths over Machness in 1:57.3. Taking home third prize was Pacific Oak. To view the rest of this story click here.
TORONTO, November 15 - Riveting Rosie wasn't messing around Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack in preparation for next Friday's Breeders Crown final. The three-year-old daughter of Muscle Mass won a $20,000 conditioned trot in 1:53 to set a new Woodbine track record for three-year-old trotting fillies. Driven by Paul Macdonell for trainer John Bax, Riveting Rosie got away in third, but was quickly sent to the lead in the second quarter. Once on the lead, Riveting Rosie kept the tempo honest with fractions of :56.3 and 1:24.4 before trotting home in :28.1 to establish the new track record. The clocking of 1:53 shaved a fifth of a second off One More Ginny's track record from November of 2012. Last year's O'Brien Award winner as two-year-old filly trotter of the year, Riveting Rosie has now won five of 16 starts this season to increase her career bankroll to over $880,000. Her biggest victory this season was in the $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final at Mohawk on October 11th. The Bax trainee is now set for next Friday's $500,000 three-year-old filly trot Breeders Crown final at the Meadowlands. Eliminations were not required for the three-year-old filly trot division because only nine fillies entered. Riveting Rosie has drawn post position eight in next Friday's final. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
TORONTO, November 14 - Round one action of the Autumn Series for three-year-olds continued Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Three $15,000 divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts and geldings and two $15,000 splits for the sophomore pacing colts and geldings were contested. In the first division on the trotting side, Warrawee Prince went gate to wire for a 1:57.1 victory. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Warrawee Prince went straight to the front and posted fractions of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:27 before trotting home in :30.1 and just holding off Sas Warkentin by half a length. Lexus Rocky took the show spot. A son of Angus Hall, Warrawee Prince is trained by Richard Moreau for owners Daniel Plouffe and Jean Dessureault. The leg one victory was his fifth win in 15 starts this season for earnings of over $30,000. Warrawee Prince paid $9.70 to win. Dontcheatonmenow and Phil Hudon delivered as the public's choice in the second division. The son of Deweycheatumnhowe made a first up move from fourth along the backstretch and would eventually clear to the front in the third quarter. In the stretch, Dontcheatonmenow would trot home in :29.4 for a length and three-quarter victory in 1:56.3. Me The Boss finished second, while Valorscross finished third. Trained by Corey Johnson, Dontcheatonmenow now has two victories in 15 starts this season for earnings of over $26,000. The three-year-old trotter is owned by Rolling Hills Racing Stables. He returned $4.90 to win. In the final division, Totally Ripped rallied from far back to win in 1:56.2. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Totally Ripped trotted along near the back of the pack for the majority of the mile and was seventh and almost nine lengths off the lead at three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Totally Ripped flew by his rivals to win by half a length. Headsaregonna Turn, who cut the mile, held on for second over Windsn Cobra. A son of Muscle Mass, Totally Ripped is trained by Jeff Byron for owner Donald Leschied and has now won five times in 16 starts this season for earnings of over $56,000. A $2 win ticket on Totally Ripped retuned $4.30. Kindofabigdeal turned in a big mile to win the first Autumn Series division for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Driven by Filion, the son of No Pan Intended was first up around the final turn and pressing the leader and favourite Eveil Dun Champion. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:23.4, Kindofabigdeal powered by Eveil Dun Champion at the top of the lane and pulled away to a length and a quarter victory in a career best 1:51.4. Bugger Bruiser finished third. Kindofabigdeal has now won three of five career starts and has earned over $23,000 for owner Hudson Standardbrd Stb Inc. He returned $7.00 to win. In the second division for the pacers, Vip Bayama gave Filion his third leg one victory of the night. The son of Mach Three got away second, made a second-quarter move to the lead and never looked back en route to recording his second win of the season. Vip Bayama took the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:24.4 and paced a final quarter of :27.2 to win by a pair of lengths. Rural Art took the place spot, while So Bad Im Good finished third. Vip Bayama is trained by Stephane Larocque for owners Dan Mogridge, Jeffrey O'Borne and Pat Lachance. The three-year-old pacer has now earned over $36,000 in 16 starts this season and lowered his career mark by two fifths of a second. Vip Bayama paid $5.50 to win. The second round of the Autumn Series for the three-year-old colts and geldings will take place next Friday, November 21. Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
TORONTO, November 14 - Driver Chris Christoforou surpassed $100 million in career earnings Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Christoforou, 43, entered the evening just $4,119 shy of the $100 million mark and didn't waste anytime in achieving the milestone. The Campbellville resident guided American In Paris to victory in the $30,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred to become the newest member of the $100 million club. Christoforou began his driving career in 1990 and has achieved some of harness racing's top honours throughout his career. Christoforou and his father, trainer Charalambos Christoforou, teamed up to win the 1993 Breeders Crown Open Trot with Earl and the 2000 Little Brown Jug with Astreos. Along with Earl and Astreos, Christoforou has driven many great standardbreds including Grinfromeartoear, Peaceful Way and Remember When. Christoforou is also a three-time O'Brien Award winner as Canada's Driver of the Year. This season, Christoforou is in the midst of his best year since 2006 with 217 wins and earnings of more than $5 million. Christoforou has recently been racking up the achievements. On November 3rd, he recorded his 6,000th career win at Woodbine and in October was recognized as the leading driver of the 2014 Mohawk meet. The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to congratulate Chris on his accomplishment and wish him continued success. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
TORONTO, November 13 - Three-year-old fillies were in the spotlight Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack for round one of the Autumn Series. Three $15,000 divisions on both the pacing and trotting side took place. A three-week series, the Autumn Series is for three-year-old fillies who are non-winners of $50,000 lifetime or $30,000 in 2014 as of September 30, 2014. In the opening division for the trotting fillies, it took just one move for Acapulco Hall to sweep to the front and cruise to a 1:56.2 victory. Trained and driven by Rick Zeron, Acapulco Hall, who was sent off as the 2-1 second choice, got away in second behind Jayport Princess. As the field reached the half, Zeron brought Acapulco Hall to the outside and trotted right by to the lead. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:26.3, Acapulco Hall would trot home without any danger of surrendering the lead for a 2 ½ victory over Jayport Princess. Missys Ga Ga, the 4/5 favourite, would rally from sixth to finish third. Unraced as a two-year-old, Acapulco Hall has now won three times in nine career starts for earnings of over $34,000. The daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe is owned by Walnut Hall Limited and lowered him career mark by a full second. She returned $6.80 to win. Serendipitous blew out her rivals in the evening's second division. Driven by Chris Christoforou, Serendipitous sprinted off the gate from post one and never looked back. The daughter of Majestic Son posted fractions of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:27.3 before leaving the rest of the fillies far behind to win by 5 lengths in 1:58. Wawona finished second, while Nickange Two took the show spot. Trained by John Mungillo for owner Guy Polillo, Serendipitous came into Thursday night's race off a pair of victories at Batavia Downs. The leg one victory was the fifth win in 21 starts this season for Serendipitous and boosts her seasonal earnings to over $41,000. She returned $3 to win. In the final division, Meadowview Vicky had to dig in deep stretch, but got the job done as the 1/5 favourite. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Meadowview Vicky got away fourth, while Watch Her Dangle got the lead at the quarter pole and led the field down the backstretch. Meadowview Vicky would come first up in the third-quarter to challenge Watch Her Dangle and the fillies were on even terms at the third panel in 1:27.1. In the stretch, Meadowview Vicky would overtake the lead and had to dig deep to fight off Wings Of Ballykeel, who got a two-hole trip, and a late rally from Osprey Impact to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:57.3. A daughter of Muscle Mass, Meadowview Vicky is trained by Mark Etsell for owner Meadowview Farms Inc. She has now won won five of 12 starts this season for earnings of over $43,000. Meadowview Vicky returned $2.70 to win. In the first of three divisions for the filly pacers, Mach Some Noise came from off the pace to win in 1:55. Performing Art took the lead early in the backstretch and would bring the field into the stretch after reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:25.4. Mach Some Noise and driver James MacDonald got away in eighth and would be situated seventh and three-wide as the field came off the final turn. In the stretch, Mach Some Noise would kick home in :28.1 to overtake Performing Art and score a 2 Â½ length victory. Performing Art held on to second over Thrill Chaser. A daughter of Mach Three, Mach Some Noise is trained by Tony O'Sullivan for owners O'Sullivan Racing Inc, Kirk McKinnon and David Goodrow Stable. The victory for Mach Some Noise extends her win streak to three in a row and improves her record to three wins in eight starts for earnings of $30,500. She returned $4.90 to win. Artistic Fusion pulled off a 24-1 upset in the second division. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Artistic Fusion got away eighth in the field of nine and would be ninth on the outside when the field reached the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Artistic Fusion went from last to first in the blink of an eye with a powerful last quarter kick to win by 2 Â½ lengths in 1:54. Shellysilvermoon, who was first over on the final turn and appeared to poised for victory at the top of the lane, had to settle for second, while Royal Mama finished third. A daughter of Artistic Fella, Artistic Fusion has now won four of 14 starts this season for earnings of over $31,000. The round one victory was the fifth win of her career. Artistic Fusion is trained by Joe Agostino for owner Mike Foote. She paid a generous $51.70 to win. An Angel Shes Not and Paul Macdonell converted off a two-hole trip to take the final division. Double Joy sprinted off the gate for Billy Davis Jr. and posted a quick opening quarter of :26.4. An Angel Shes Not got away second behind the leader and sat patiently in the two-hole as Double Joy posted fractions of :55.3 and 1:25.4. In the stretch, MacDonell came off the rail with An Angel Shes Not and she powered by Double Joy to win by two lengths in 1:54.2. Champagne Shower, the 4/5 favourite, made a late rally from seventh, but would come up just short of second behind Double Joy. An Angel Shes Not is owned and trained by David Snowden. The leg one victory was only her second win in 26 starts this season and the third win of her career. The daughter of Jeremes Jet has now earned over $43,000 this year and $53,000 in her career. An Angel Shes Not paid $6.10 to win. The second leg of the Autumn Series will take place next Thursday, November 20. The opening leg of the Autumn Series for the three-year-old colts and geldings takes place Friday night at Woodbine. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
With Trevor Henry catch-driving, Nickle Bag pulled off an 18-1 shocker as he claimed his first Preferred victory on the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit on Saturday night. The popular stakes competitor Thinking Out Loud was the 8-5 favourite in Woodbine Racetrack's featured $34,000 Preferred Pace and driver Randy Waples fired him across the track from the outside post seven to establish the lead into the first turn. The millionaire pacer led the way through fractions of :26.3, :55.1 and 1:22.2 before Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson) advanced from third up alongside him down the stretch. To view the rest of the story click here. Junebugs Baby doing fine in November Junebugs Baby is off to a perfect start to November as he picked up his second straight victory this month in the top pacing class at Northside Downs on Saturday afternoon. The pocket-pulling Junebugs Baby poked a head in front of race leader Imbadimnationwide at the third quarter mark in the $1,200 feature race and drew off to score a wide-open win in 1:58.4 for trainer, driver and co-owner Fraser Turnbull. Imbadimnationwide stayed for second while Great Luck finished third over six lengths behind the winner. To view the rest of the story click here. Breeder's Classic Day coming at Fraser Downs With $250,000 in stakes purses up for grabs, the top two and three-year-old pacers in British Columbia will face off on Breeders Classic Day this coming Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Fraser Downs. The two-year-old fillies will kick off the stakes action in the $50,000 Betty Millbank Memorial Breeders Stakes, scheduled as race two. Winner of three of the first four preliminary legs, Millbanks Writer will start from post five in the final with Serge Masse driving for trainer and co-owner Rod Therres. Fast Lane Elektra, who edged out Millbanks Writer in the last Oct. 30 leg, has the outside post six with Kevin Anderson listed to drive for trainer/owner Darren Lupul, who also sends out maiden Fast Lane Firebolt in the event from post four. Fresh off two preliminary wins, two-year-old pacing colt Mister Hat will be looking to continue his win streak in the eighth race final for trainer Marjorie Dumont and her husband J.F. Gagne, who is part of the Westerners Stable. Jim Marino is listed to drive the colt from post two. To view the rest of the story click here.
TORONTO, November 7 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) today announced the live racing schedule for the 2015 Standardbred racing season. The 2015 campaign will feature 221 live race dates in total, with 118 of those taking place at Mohawk, 16 more than last year, through the spring, summer and fall. The other 103 will be offered at Woodbine. Another key change comes in the starting date for the Mohawk meet. The Woodbine winter season will end on Easter Monday, April 6 with Mohawk kicking off Thursday, April 9. The 2014 Mohawk season began on May 23. The 2015 Mohawk meet will come to a close on Tuesday, September 29. Live racing will then return to Woodbine Racetrack for the Fall/Winter meet on Thursday, October 1. The Woodbine Fall/Winter meet will be highlighted by the Breeders Crown on Saturday, October 24. This will be the first time since 2012 that Woodbine has hosted the Breeders Crown. Live racing will be conducted four-days-a-week from January to May and October to December. The schedule will increase to five-days-a-week during the months of June, July, August and September. The 2015 schedule is subject to Ontario Racing Commission approval. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
TORONTO, November 6 - It was not a good night to be a favourite in the Autumn Series finals Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The Autumn Series for Ontario sired two-year-olds came to a close with the finals for two-year-old colts and geldings. Full fields of ten contested both the $33,600 final for the trotters and the $35,800 final for the pacers. In the trotting final, a break by One Direction, the 3/5 favourite, opened the door for Baudron and Riina Rekila to pull of a 70-1 shocker. Leaving from post one, Baudron was taken back early by Rekila and trotted by the opening quarter in ninth. A couple of breakers in the second quarter allowed Baudron to pick up second over cover behind Olympic Son and trot up closer to the leaders. After following that cover to the top of the stretch, Rekila showed Baudron open racetrack and he trotted by the leaders and on to a length and three-quarters victory in 1:58. Olympic Son took the place spot, while Rubber Duck got up for third. A son of Infinitif, Baudron, who is also trained by Rekila, entered the Autumn Series final having yet to taste victory in ten career starts. The rookie trotter had finished second in the opening leg and seventh in the second leg. The Autumn Series final victory increases Baudron's bankroll to $23,890 for owner Overseas Farm Limited. A $2 win ticket on Baudron returned a generous $160.00. Baudron On the pacing side, Robert Hill completed the Autumn Series sweep with a 1:54 victory. Driven by James MacDonald, Robert Hill left hard from post two to take the early lead, but would quickly get shuffled back to third in the second quarter, as Frankie Boy and J Js Delivery battled on the front end. Meanwhile, Sugarsam, the even-money favourite, was able to find second over cover behind The Battle Begins at the half, while pacing along in sixth. Around the final turn, Sugarsam failed to keep up with The Battle Begins and drifted out towards the centre of the track. He would eventually finish ninth. At the top of the lane, J Js Delivery had a narrow lead on The Battle Begins, while Frankie Boy, who was in the two-hole, made break. Frankie Boy's break would clear space for Robert Hill to get out into the three-wide path and take his shot at the leaders. It took to nearly the final stride, but Robert Hill got up just in time to defeat The Battle Begins by half a length and J Js Delivery by a length and a quarter. The final leg victory was an Autumn Series sweep for Robert Hill and he did it with a flare for the dramatics. The son of Jeremes Jet never won an Autumn Series leg by more than half a length and won last week's second leg by only a nose. Trained by Tony Alagna for owner Tom Hill, Robert Hill has now won five of 12 career starts and has earnings of $64,050. He returned $10.50 to win. Robert Hill Live racing continues Friday night at Woodbine. Post time is 7:25 p.m. Qualifiers to stay at Mohawk until end of the month TORONTO, November 6 – The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to advise horsepeople that qualifiers will continue to be held at Mohawk Racetrack until the end of the month. Weather permitting, qualifying sessions will be held each Friday morning at 10 a.m. for the remainder of November. Horses must be entered by 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays to qualify on Fridays. Along with qualifiers remaining at Mohawk, the track will also remain open for training until the end of the month. Training is available at Mohawk on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The track closes on training days at 12:30 p.m. Here is a full schedule of qualifying dates at Mohawk. Friday, November 7 Friday, November 14 Friday, November 21 Friday, November 28 Mark McKelvie
TORONTO, November 3 - The Woodbine Entertainment Group is now accepting nominations for ten stakes series scheduled for the winter months. Each series carries a nomination fee of $200 and will feature two preliminary legs and a final. All series will be raced at Woodbine Racetrack. The Horseplayer Interactive, WEGZ, Ontario Girls and Ontario Boys are for Ontario sired horses, while the six other events on the winter series schedule are the Blizzard, Snowshoe, Miss Vera Bars, The Count B, Lifetime Dream and General Brock. To view the nomination form, please click here. Nominations for each event are due by Monday, December 15. To pay the $200 nomination online, please click here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than December 15, 2014 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
TORONTO, November 3 - Driver Chris Christoforou joined the 6,000 win club Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Christoforou, 43, steered pacer World Away to victory in the evening's seventh race for career driving victory 6,000. Christoforou entered Monday's card one win shy of the 6,000 win mark. Although he was not listed in the program to drive World Away, Christoforou picked up the drive because of a late driver change. The Campbellville resident is currently in the midst of his best season since 2006. Christoforou is currently the leading driver on the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit and recently captured the Mohawk meet driving title. In total this season, Christoforou has 209 victories and earnings of just under $5 million. A three-time O'Brien Award winner as Canada's driver of the year, Christoforou is also approaching another milestone, as he is less than $150,000 away from reaching $100 million in career earnings. The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to congratulate Chris on his accomplishment and wish him continued success. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
TORONTO, November 3 - Hape and Dublin Rose turned in career best harness racing performances to win their respective Autumn Series finales Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The three-week Autumn Series for Ontario sired two-year-old fillies wrapped up Monday night with the $31,600 final for the trotters and the $30,200 final for the pacers. The top ten money earners, who entered the final, from the first two legs contested the finales. Hape and trainer/driver Jack Moiseyev got up in deep stretch to win the Autumn Series final for the two-year-old filly trotters. Cum Laude Hall, the 4/5 favourite, got away in second and was sent first up on the way to the half by driver Scott Zeron. Leader Mischief Smile and Trevor Henry didn't allow Cum Laude Hall to clear without a bit of a fight, as the fillies slugged it out to the half in :58.3. Cum Laude Hall posted a third panel of :29 and looked to be in control as the field entered the stretch, but Mischief Smile came off the rail and quickly corralled Cum Laude Hall. However, Hape, who was sitting third the majority of the mile, also took her shot at the leaders and powered by the top two in deep stretch to win by half a length in 1:57.2. Mischief Smile took the place spot over Cum Laude Hall, while Yanks Ball Girl and Meadow Seelster finished fourth and fifth respectively. A daughter of Pilgrims Taj, Hape entered the series finale off a tenth place finish in the opening leg and a second place finish in the second leg. Hape joined the Moiseyev barn only a day before the opening leg, when she was purchased by new owners Joanne Colville and Nancy Macnevin for $23,000 at a mixed sale. The series final victory is the second win in ten starts for the rookie trotter and boosts her career earnings to $27,900. The clocking of 1:57.2 is also a new lifetime best for Hape. She returned $11.90 to win. Dublin Rose made it back-to-back victories capturing the pacing filly final in 1:53.3. Driven by Trevor Henry, Dublin Rose got away third and sat comfortably there, as Tessa Seelster hung up opening panels of :27.1 and 55.4. In the third quarter, Henry sent Dublin Rose first up to challenge Tessa Seelster and the fillies dueled by the three-quarter pole in 1:24.2. In the stretch, Dublin Rose overtook the lead and fought off an outside challenge from Evas Girl, who got a second over trip, to win by three-quarters of a length. Tessa Seelster held on for third, while Marachere and Lady Hill picked up the last two cheques. A daughter of Major In Art, Dublin Rose is owned and trained by Allen Tomlinson and has now hit the board in seven of nine career starts. Dublin Rose entered Monday night's final off a third place effort in round one and a victory in last week's second leg. The two-year-old filly now has three career victories and lowered her career mark by a fifth of a second. The winner's share of the purse increases Dublin Rose's bankroll to $37,970. She returned $5.60 to win. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
Returning to the races after a two month layoff, Maple Leaf Trot champion Intimidate was victorious in the $34,000 Preferred Trot featured on Saturday night's harness racing card at Woodbine Racetrack. With the support of the betting public behind him, Intimidate was sent postward at odds of 8-5 and paid $5.50 to win. Driver Sylvain Filion steered the near-millionaire to the fourth victory of his five-year-old campaign for trainer Luc Blais. Flanagan Memory (Chris Christoforou) left for the lead over Fearless Man (Rick Zeron) with Intimidate crossing into the three-hole from his post nine starting spot. The top two trotters traded turns on the lead through opening fractions of :28.1 and :57.2 before Intimidate brushed by, taking over into the final turn and reaching three-quarters in 1:25.2. To view the rest of this story click here. Alberta Sire Stakes Super FInals held The top performers in the 2014 Alberta Sires Stakes program were featured at Alberta Downs on Saturday afternoon as they faced off in the rich Battle of Alberta Super Finals during one of the province's most anticipated race days of the year. The quartet of $70,000 Super Finals for the pacing divisions highlighted the action-packed card, which also featured four $15,000 consolation races and a pair of Open events on the undercard. Two-year-old pacing filly My Villas On Fire kicked off the Super Finals with a sizzling 1:54 track record performance for trainer and driver Jamie Gray. She eclipsed Blue Star Beauty's divisional record, set in 2011, by four-fifths of a second. To view the rest of this story click here.
For the second straight week I lost money (-$4.10) on win bets but with the cold exactas and trifectas in the Messenger Stakes and Valley Victory, we made decent money for the weekend. This weekend we have super cards Friday at Hoosier Park and Saturday at Vernon Downs plus we travel north of the boarder to Woodbine Racetrack for their good Preferred Trot. Good Luck! $50,000 Pace Monument Circle consolation 3yo colts Hoosier 6th race FRIDAY - May only be the consolation race but still a very good match-up. I am going with Capital Account. Early season sensation has been putting in decent efforts except for his last outing against tougher. Draws well, rested and should be able to regain winning form against this field. Use Somestarsomewhere and Somesizesomestyle in exotic plays. $193,000 Trot Moni Maker 3yo fillies Hoosier Park 8th race FRIDAY - Best fillies in the nation will go out at it in here but the smart money has to go with Shake It Cerry. Won't be a walk in the park as she faces four other return winners in the field but she has beaten most of them throughout the season and can do it again. Use Lifetime Pursuit and Riveting Rosie in exotic plays. $176,500 Pace Nadia Lobell 3yo fillies Hoosier Park 9th race FRIDAY - Since winning the Jugette and rolling through five straight wins, Color's A Virgin has been sensational in Indiana for two years. She really gets tested once against facing the best in the nation. But even from post eight she is rightly the morning line favorite to win it all. Use Precocious Beauty and Katie Said in exotic plays. $230,000 Trot Carl Erskine 3yo colts Hoosier Park 10th race FRIDAY - Will be really interesting to see how Indiana's top colt, Rose Run Parker, who is going for his eighth straight win, will fare against the number one rated colt in the nation, Father Patrick. I am going to have to stick with Father Patrick as has beaten the best all season long. Use Rose Run Parker and Il Sogno Dream in exotic plays. $211,500 Pace Hoosier Park Pacing Derby FFA Hoosier Park 11th race FRIDAY - Half of the field are return winners but I am going with the horse who has lost his last three starts, only by a nose and a head. That's Foiled Again. Game class master can still show his heels to younger rivals and from outside post he might even be able to work out a trip to take this field. Use Sweet Lou and Clear Vision in exotic plays. $275,000 Pace The Monument Circle Final 3yo colts Hoosier 12th race FRIDAY - Wow...Limelight Beach, JK Endofanera, Always B Miki, Let's Drink On It, nearly all the best colts in the country going head and head for big money. I am taking a shot that Always B Miki got a week's rest after his big win at Hoosier where he romped by 8 Â½ lengths and can do it again. Use JK Endofaneara and Limelight Beach in exotic plays. $34,000 Trot Preferred Woodbine Racetrack 5th race SATURDAY - Great matchup here between the return of Intimidate against Daylon Magician. When he is right he can beat any trotter there is and I think that Intimidate is ready to fire it up after good rest and very sharp qualifying win last week. Outside post is only hindrance. Use Daylon Magician and Slip Into Glide in exotic plays. $178,000 Pace Artiscape older mares Vernon Downs 6th race SATURDAY - Trainers PJ Fraley and Ron Burke seem to have the deck stacked, each with a three-horse entry. Doesn't matter because I am going with Joe Holloway's Somwherovrarainbow. She showed her former self last week with impressive win at Harrah's. All she needs is come live cover and she can score again. Use Fraley entry of Krispy Apple, Shelliscape, Anndrovette with Burke entry of Rocklamation, Summertime Lea and Camille in exotic plays. $240,500 Trot Kindergarten Final 2yo colts Vernon Downs 7th race SATURDAY - While the Erv Miller entry of Airman Batten and SS Poseidon are the race favorite, I am going with French Laundry. He has the gate speed to get good position and has shown great closing speed, :27.3 in his last start. Yannick will work his magic to get this one home. Use Airman Batten/SS Poseidon entry and Boots N Chairns/Suit And Tie entry in exotic plays. $251,100 Trot Kindergarten Final 2yo fillies Vernon Downs 8th race SATURDAY - Jimmy Takter's entry of Sarcy and Lil U Hanover have not been world beaters this season but have drawn well and have both shown good trot in recent action and gets a slim call in here over Allerage Star. Use Allerage Star and Queen The Bea in exotic plays. $178,000 Trot Muscle Hill older mares Vernon Downs 9th race SATURDAY - Great field of trotting mares featuring numerous world champions and a Horse of the Year! Who to pick? The class of the field is Bee A Magician, who last week was a game third in the International Trot against the world's best. Despite drawing outside post nine I think she is in a perfect spot for Brian Sears to work out a great trip to score from. Use Classic Martine and Perfect Alliance in exotic plays.
American In Paris overcame her outside post position and went wire-to-wire to win Friday's featured $30,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred Pace at Woodbine Racetrack and help driver Chris Christoforou complete a Halloween hat-trick. Christoforou swept the first three races on the card, beginning with Raymond Larose's streaking sophomore filly Apple Pie Angel ($9.30) from post 10 and trotter Cousin Eddie ($9.80) for trainer Chantal Mitchell. Heavy favourite American In Paris ($2.50) then defeated the top distaffers on the WEG circuit for trainer Murray Brethour. American In Paris fired across the sloppy track to make the lead into the first turn and led her five foes through quarter panels of :26.1, :56.3 and 1:24.4 en route to the two and a half lengths triumph in 1:53 -- marking her second win in a row. Marlee B came from last to place ahead of first over challenger Lights Go Out. To view the rest of this story click here.