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TORONTO, April 6 - The 2015-16 - The Woodbine Fall/Winter Standardbred meet, which concluded Monday, showed a sharp increase in wagering over the 2014-15 season. The average nightly handle over the course of the 102-date meet was $1,587,601. The 2015-16 average handle was up eight per cent in comparison to the 2014-15 Woodbine Fall/Winter meet (94 cards). An average of $149,801 was wagered per race during the meet, registering a 14.2 per cent increase over the 2014-15 average race handle. The highlight of the Woodbine Fall/Winter meet was a Canadian record handle on Breeders Crown night in October. A total of $5,748,950 was wagered on the card, including over $1.6 million in the mandatory Jackpot Hi-5 pool. The 2015 Breeders Crown handle surpassed the former Canadian record of $5.2 million set at Woodbine in 2001 on Breeders Crown night. A Pick-5 was introduced at the start of the meet and quickly gained popularity among horseplayers. The average Pick-5 pool throughout the meet was $32,626. A guaranteed pool of $30,000 was implemented to the Pick-5 on February 29 and the average pool subsequently spiked to $41,530 over the final five-weeks of the meet, including a meet-high $56,849 on Monday's final card. The all-sources wagering total for the 2015-16 Woodbine meet was $161,935,370 Woodbine Entertainment Group will now look to carry the momentum from the Woodbine Fall/Winter meet to Mohawk Racetrack. The 144-date Mohawk meet begins Thursday (April 7) with post time set for 7:30 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG Communications  

The Youthful, Preferred Pace and a milestone highlighted the final Saturday night card of the 2015-16 Woodbine Fall/Winter harness racing meet. The action-packed 10-race card was contested under chilly temperatures and a light snowfall. Easy Lover Hanover extended his win-streak to six in a row with a 1:53.1 score in the $17,000 second leg of the Youthful for three-year-old pacers. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Easy Lover Hanover sprinted out from post-seven and cleared to the front just after a :27 opening-quarter. After posting middle-fractions of :56 and 1:24.1, Easy Lover Hanover extended his lead to more than three-lengths with an eighth of a mile to go. The Catamount Kid, who was a 2/1 co-favourite, turned in a solid stretch-rally to close in on the leader, but the Wallace trainee didn't fold and won by head. Sporty Mercedes finished third, while Flaherty, the other 2/1 choice, rallied from seventh at the half to finish fourth. A son of Somebeachsomewhere, Easy Lover Hanover is now a perfect six for six since joining the Wallace barn earlier this year. Saturday's victory was the colt's seventh career victory. Owned by Brad Grant, Easy Lover Hanover has now earned $55,000 this season. He paid $7.20 to win. Earlier on the card, Boomboom Ballykeel scored a 5/1 mild-upset in the $34,000 Preferred Pace. Nirvana Seelster, who was aiming for a second consecutive Preferred victory and third in a row overall, cut the mile and posted panels of :26.4, :55 and 1:23.2 to lead the field into the stretch. Boomboom Ballykeel and driver Sylvain Filion sat second-over around the final turn, while the favourite Nickle Bag followed in behind. In the stretch, Boomboom Ballykeel battled by Nirvana Seelster in the final-eighth to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:51.2. Nickle Bag finished third. A five-year-old son of Mach Three, Boomboom Ballykeel now has four wins this season for trainer Richard Moreau and owners Ballykeel Racing Inc. Saturday's victory was the first career WEG Preferred victory for the Moreau trainee, who won the 2013 Metro Pace. Filion's winning drive behind Boomboom Ballykeel was one of four victories on the evening for Woodbine's leading driver. Boomboom Ballykeel paid $13.50 to win. Also on Saturday's card, driver Jonathan Drury surpassed $10 million in career earnings. The young reinsman reached the career milestone by guiding six-year-old pacing mare D Gs Pesquero to victory in the evening's opening race for trainer Carmen Auciello. Drury, who won 142 races last year, has driven 34 winners this season for earnings nearing $600,000. Last season was a career best for Drury, as he drove the winners of over $2.1 million. The next milestone on the horizon for Drury is the 1,000 win mark. He currently sits at 928 career wins. D Gs Pesquero - A career milestone for Jonathan Drury The 2015-16 Woodbine Winter/Fall meet wraps up Monday night with a 10-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

A horseplayer scored the return of a lifetime with a $0.20 wager on the harness racing Jackpot Hi-5 Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A California horseplayer made a $0.20 straight wager on the Jackpot Hi-5 and connected with the only winning ticket for a $134,624.99 (USD) return. The Jackpot Hi-5 race was won by the 2/1 favourite Sir Machalot, but longshots were close behind. Comeonandgetsome, 13/1, finished second, while Machapelo, 88/1, finished third. Single White Sock, 6/1, and Sunny Beach Day, 5/2, rounded out the top five. The California horseplayer made a $0.20 straight wager with these five horses and connected for the huge return. Here are the official results of the Jackpot Hi-5 race with horse numbers and drivers. 1st: #7 Sir Machalot (2/1) - Mike Saftic 2nd: #5 Comeonandgetsome (13/1) - Phil Hudon 3rd: #8 Machapelo (88/1) - James MacDonald 4th: #2 Single White Sock (6/1) - Doug McNair 5th: #3 Sunny Beach Day (5/2) - Trevor Henry The Jackpot Hi-5 pool had been growing since mid-February after a horseplayer won the Jackpot of $189,970 with a $252 wager. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover entering Monday was $158,536.93 (CAD). The $134,624.99 (USD) winning ticket was just $0.20 of the $22,550 in new money wagered into the Jackpot Hi-5 pool Monday. The Jackpot Hi-5 will now start from scratch on Thursday's card of racing. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Fearless Man went to the front and never looked back en route to winning the $34,000 Preferred Trot Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of six older trotters competed in Monday's feature harness racing event. Lindys Tru Grit was looking to repeat after winning last week's Preferred, while Fearless Man was looking to bounce back after failing to secure victories in his last two outings despite front-end trips. Sent off as the 8/5 favourite, Fearless Man flashed his tremendous gate speed and sprinted to the front for trainer/driver Rick Zeron. The public's choice posted an openinq-quarter of :27.2. There was no movement in the middle-half, as Fearless Man kept the tempo honest with fractions of :56 and 1:24. Lindys Tru Grit, who was 9/5, was situated fourth through the opening three-quarters. In the stretch, Zeron and Fearless Man waved goodbye to their rivals and trotted home comfortably to win by 4¼ lengths in 1:53.3. Charlie Is A Joker and Hldontghttoyurdrms held their positions to round out the top-three finishers. Lindys Tru Grit was unable to make a final-quarter challenge, as he made a break in the stretch. A six-year-old son of Elegant Man, Fearless Man is owned by Rick Zeron Stables, Noblock Racing Stable, Murray Greenfield and Cool Cat Racing Inc. The veteran trotter now has three wins in eight starts this season for earnings of over $72,000. Fearless Man's victory Monday was his 25th career visit to the winner's circle. The six-year-old gelding has banked $444,891 over the course of his career. The Zeron trainee paid $5.50 to win. Live racing resumes Thursday at Woodbine with another 10-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

The WEGZ and HPIBET.com series finals highlighted harness racing action Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Just a field of five went postward in the $55,800 WEGZ for four-year-old pacers, while a full field of ten four-year-old pacing mares competed in the $54,400 HPIBET.com. All eyes were on Mohawk Warrior in the WEGZ, as the Richard Moreau trainee aimed for a series sweep and he did not disappoint. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Mohawk Warrior got away third, while Shades Of Bay and Legion Of Boom battled for the early lead. Shades Of Bay posted an opening-quarter of :27, but was quickly overtaken by the heavy favourite. Mohawk Warrior, the 1/5 choice, put up middle-fractions of :55.4 and 1:24.3 to lead the field into the stretch. The Moreau trainee sealed the victory with a :26.3 final-quarter to win by a length and a quarter in 1:51.1. Cajon Lightning finished second, while Shades Of Bay was third. A four-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover, Mohawk Warrior has now won five of eight starts in 2016 for 13 career victories. The WEGZ Series sweep pushes his seasonal earnings to over $75,000. Owned by Brad Grant, Mohawk Warrior missed his career-mark by a fifth of a second Saturday, but paced his final-quarter in :27.1 or faster for the fifth consecutive start. His career earnings now sit at $176,461. Mohawk Warrior paid $2.40 to win. Mohawk Warrior Wanda Bayama followed up her leg two victory with a 1:51.4 score in the HPIBET.com final. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Wanda Bayama left hard from post nine and made the front at the opening-quarter in :26.1. The 8/5 second choice, Wanda Bayama continued to call the shots in the middle-half. She posted back-to-back panels of :29 to lead the field into the stretch. Our Hot Majorette, the even-money favourite, paced along fourth and was one of several horses looking to made a stretch bid at the leader. However, Wanda Bayama was clearly the best and paced home in :27.3 to win by a length and a half in 1:51.4. Much Adoo, who won leg one, finished second, while Aniston Seelster and Our Hot Majorette rounded out the top-four. Trained by Stephane Larocque, Wanda Bayama has now won two of three starts in 2016. The four-year-old pacing mare now has nine career victories and over $111,000 in career earnings for owners Bayama Farms Inc. Wanda Bayama equaled her career-mark of 1:51.4 with the victory. She paid $5.40 to win. Wanda Bayama In order to be eligible to the WEGZ and HPIBET.com, the four-year-old pacers had to be non-winners of $100,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Mark McKelvie

Sylvain Filion started his weekend in style with a five-win harness racing performance Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The veteran reinsman closed out Friday's 10-race card with four victories in the final five-races to complete a solid night on the track. Filion got his first victory of the night behind pacing mare I C Anastro in the evening's third-race. Eight-year-old pacing mare Boat House Row gave Filion his second-win in race-six, while he completed the hat-trick in the seventh-race behind trotting mare Missys GaGa. The Milton, Ontario resident scored his fourth victory behind four-year-old trotter Big Rich in the ninth-race. Filion finished off his fantastic night by capturing the tenth-race finale with four-year-old pacing mare Pop Goes Theweasel. Filion, who drove in nine of the 10 races Friday, scored three of his victories with Richard Moreau trainees. The five-win night puts Filion in a tie with Jody Jamieson for second in the 2016 Woodbine driver standings with 48 wins a piece. Trevor Henry, who was kept off the board Friday, leads all drivers with 49 wins. Filion will aim to keep his momentum rolling on Saturday night, as he is scheduled to drive in all 10-races. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Lindys Tru Grit and harness racing driver Paul MacDonell took advantage of a tiring front-end to win the $34,000 Preferred Trot Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of seven trotters competed in the weekly feature event. Fearless Man and trainer/driver Rick Zeron were looking to rebound following a disappointing sixth-place finish in last week's event. Zeron pushed the gas pedal early and Fearless Man out sprinted Etruscan Hanover, the 3/2 favourite, to lead the field into the first turn. In order to grab the front, Fearless Man trotted a massive :25.4 opening-quarter. The Zeron trainee, who was 5/2, went unchallenged in the second-quarter and reached the midway point in :55.3. The final three in the field began to move up on the outside entering the final turn. Lindys Tru Grit and MacDonell got away seventh and last, but entered the outer-flow to sit third-over and sixth around the final turn. After a three-quarter time of 1:24.4, Fearless Man looked to finish the job with several challengers ready to strike. Lindys Tru Grit, who was 8/1, had plenty of trot and powered by his rivals to score a three-quarter length victory in 1:53.4. Hldontghttourdrms split horses to finish second, while Fearless Man had to settle for third. A six-year-old son of Cantab Hall, Lindys Tru Grit entered Monday's contest off a fourth-place finish in the February 29th Preferred. The Ben Wallace trainee has now won two of four starts since being purchased by Brad Grant in January. Lindys Tru Grit surpassed $500,000 in earnings with Monday's 12th career victory. He paid $18.90 to win. Live racing resumes Thursday at Woodbine Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Mohawk Warrior will aim for a WEGZ Series sweep following a 1:51.3 harness racing victory Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of five met up for the second leg of the three-week series. Trainer Richard Moreau sent out a trio of starters, including Mohawk Warrior. Moreau trainee Rafa cut the mile with Mohawk Warrior and Jody Jamieson sitting on his back. After fractions of :27.4, :56.2, Jamieson pulled the pocket entering the final turn and sat just a neck away from the front. The stablemates were nearly on even-terms at the three-quarter pole in 1:24.3. In the stretch, Rafa continued to pace strong down, but Mohawk Warrior powered by in deep stretch to win in 1:51.3. Moreau trainee Cajon Lightning got up for third. A four-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover, Mohawk Warrior now has four wins in seven starts this season and has finished no worse than third for earnings of over $55,000. The four-year-old has 12 wins in 34 career starts and earnings exceeding $148,000. Mohawk Warrior is owned by Brad Grant. He paid $3.40 to win. In order to be eligible to the WEGZ Series, the four-year-old pacers had to be non-winners of $100,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Mohawk Warrior Also on Saturday, Nickle Bag extended his current win streak to six with a 1:50 victory. The Bill Robinson trainee was put on the front-end Saturday and never looked back. Driven by Trevor Henry, Nickle Bag posted solid fractions of :26.4, :54.3 and 1:21.4, before pacing home in :28.1 for a 3¼ length victory. Owned by Linda and Harry Loyens, Nickle Bag has now won six consecutive starts to sport a 2016 record of six wins in 8 starts. Saturday's victory was his 26th career score and pushes his career earnings to over $575,000. Nickle Bag paid $2.60 to win. Nickle Bag Live racing resumes Monday night at Woodbine. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Wanda Bayama turned in a career best effort to the win the $20,000 second leg of the HPIBET.com Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A big field of 11 harness racing four-year-old pacing mares squared off Friday, but the clear horse to beat was Rick Zeron trainee Our Hot Majorette. The Zeron trainee captured one of two first leg divisions and with Much Adoo, the other first leg winner, skipping leg two, Friday's second leg looked like Our Hot Majorette's for the taking. Aniston Seelster flashed early speed to grab command, but Zeron pushed the 3/5 favourite off the wings to get away second. After an opening-quarter of :27, Zeron circled around Aniston Seelster to put Our Hot Majorette on top. The public's choice put up solid middle-fractions of :56 and 1:24.2. Meanwhile, Sylvain Filion sent Wanda Bayama first up from fifth around the final turn and pulled to within a couple lengths of the leader turning for home. In the stretch, Our Hot Majorette was all out trying to hold off her rival, but Wanda Bayama showed plenty of grit and surged by to win in 1:51.4. Yes You Can, who paced along third the for the majority of the mile, finished up strong to take second away from the favourite, while Aniston Seelster finished fourth. A daughter of Western Ideal, Wanda Bayama is trained by Stephane Larocque for owners Bayama Farms Inc. The four-year-old old finished second in a round one division last week. Friday's victory gives Wanda Bayama her first win in two starts this year and eight career victories overall. The Larocque trainee increased her earnings to over $87,000 with the win. A $2 win ticket on Wanda Bayama returned $6.50. In order to be eligible to the HPIBET.com, the four-year-old pacing mares had to be non-winners of $100,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. The $54,400 final of the HPIBET.com will take place next Saturday, March 19. Mark McKelvie

Musical Rhythm has been the hottest trotter around over the last few months and Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack he continued his harness racing dominance. The Ben Baillargeon trainee stepped up to tackle Preferred trotters Monday. Musical Rhythm entered the Preferred on a six-race win streak, including a sweep of the General Brock Series. Mild temperatures and a 'Fast' track set the stage for the six-horse $34,000 Preferred. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Musical Rhythm, the 3/5 favourtie, used his tremendous gate speed and sprinted to an early lead. After an opening-quarter of :27.1, Fearless Man circled around from second to grab command for Rick Zeron entering the backstretch. Zeus Lightning was parked around the first turn and came charging up looking for the lead heading to the half, but Zeron refused to surrender the front. The two trotters waged war throughout the middle-half and set solid fractions of :55.2 and 1:23.2. Meanwhile, Baillargeon and Musical Rhythm waited patiently in behind the lead pair. In the stretch, Musical Rhythm was angled wide and powered by the leaders. The Baillargeon trainee trotted strongly through the wire for a four-length victory in an eye-catching 1:52. Zeus Lightning battled hard to finish second, while Burnin Money got up for third. Musical Rhythm has now won seven in a row and nine of 10 starts since joining the Baillargeon barn. The four-year-old son of Cantab Hall was purchased in November by owners Baillargeon, Santo & Nunzio Vena and Claude Hamel. Musical Rhythm's clocking of 1:52 was not only a new career mark, but also North America's fastest trotting mile this season. The Baillargeon trainee has banked $61,000 in five starts this year. Monday's victory was the 14th career score for Musical Rhythm and pushes his career earnings over $167,000. A $2 win ticket on Musical Rhythm returned $3.30. Musical Rhythm Mark McKelvie

Legion of Boom lowered the boom with a 42/1 harness racing upset in the Ontario Boys Series final Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A compact field of six competed in the $45,000 final of the three week series event for Ontario sired four-year-olds. Headlining the group of six was a pair of Richard Moreau trainees. Cajon Lightning entered the final off a victory in leg one and a third in leg two, while Rafa looked to turn the tables after finishing second in both preliminary legs. Legion Of Boom and driver Doug McNair left hard off the gate, but Rafa and Sylvain Filion also had the same strategy. McNair opted to drop in behind Rafa and take the two-hole trip. Rafa, who was 8/5, posted an opening-quarter of :27.1 and a half of :56. Outside challengers developed around the final turn with Mach Code first up and Cajon Lightning, the 4/5 favourite, second over. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:24, Rafa led the field into the stretch looking for the gate-to-wire victory. In the stretch, McNair came off the pylons with Legion Of Boom and the 42/1 longshot grinded away at Rafa. Cajon Lightning also came charging with late speed and Half A Billion was flying from the back to make it a four-across finish. Legion Of Boom hit the wire first in 1:53.1 to win by a head over Cajon Lightning. Half A Billion finished a neck back in third, while Rafa was defeated by just a half a length, but finished fourth. A four-year-old son of Artistic Fella, Legion Of Boom had just one win in six starts this season entering the Ontario Boys final. He finished sixth in both preliminary legs. Legion Of Boom is co-owned by driver Doug McNair, who shares ownership of the gelding with Equus Standardbreds Inc. Gregg McNair is the conditioner of the four-year-old. Saturday's victory was the sixth career win for Legion Of Boom and it increases his career earnings to over $92,000. The clocking of 1:53.1 also established a new career mark for the son of Artistic Fella. Legion Of Boom paid $86.20 to win. Legion Of Boom In order to be eligible to the Ontario Boys, the Ontario sired four-year-olds had to be non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Mark McKelvie

Musical Rhythm continued his win streak with his most impressive harness racing victory to date in Monday's $50,000 General Brock Series Final at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of ten four-year-old trotters met up for the final of the General Brock, but all the focus surrounded Ben Baillargeon trainee Musical Rhythm. The son of Cantab Hall entered the series final on a four-race win streak, while also winning eight of his last nine starts. The public sent the Baillargeon trainee off at odds of 3/5 from post nine. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Musical Rhythm sprinted off the wings of the gate searching for the front. Hillsonator, who won a leg one division, also left hard from post two, but the public's choice had the most trot and grabbed the front to post an opening-quarter of :26.4. Musical Rhythm caught a breather in the second-quarter of :30.1, before stepping it up to trot by the three-quarter pole in 1:26.2. At the top of the stretch, Baillargeon let his charge loose and the son of Cantab Hall responded by quickly leaving his rivals far behind. Musical Rhythm stormed home in :27.2 to score an 8½ length blowout victory in a series record time of 1:53.4. Hillsonator finished second, while Five Below grabbed third. The clocking of 1:53.4 erased the previous series record of 1:54.2 set by E W Fisher in 2011. Owned by Santo and Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and Baillargeon, Musical Rhythm's series sweeping victory improves him to four for four in 2016. He has also now won eight of nine starts since joining the Baillargeon barn in November. Musical Rhythm's career record now sits at 13 wins from 27 starts, while his career bankroll has exceeded $150,000. A $2 win ticket on the Baillargeon trainee returned $3.20 In order to be eligible to the General Brock, the three and four-year-old trotters had to be non-winners of $50,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Mark McKelvie

Much Adoo overcame post ten to capture the $44,600 Ontario Girls Series Final Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of ten Ontario sired four-year-old pacing mares competed in the finale of the three-week harness racing series event. Much Adoo was made the even-money favourite despite starting from post-ten. Debuting for trainer Nick Gallucci, Much Adoo captured a first leg division before skipping round two. Driven by Doug McNair, Much Adoo sprinted off the wings of the gate from the extreme outside and got the lead ahead of leg two winner Ainsleynoelle. The aggressive tactics forced the favourite to pace a :26.1 opening-quarter. After reaching the half in :55.1, Much Adoo was confronted around the final turn by a first-over Mach Magic. The public's choice carried a narrow lead at the three-quarter pole in 1:24.2. In the stretch, McNair called upon his charge for all she had and the four-year-old pacing mare responded. Much Adoo held off her challengers to win by a length in 1:53.2. Show Some Leg, who was fourth turning for home, got up for second, while Ainsleynoelle's pocket journey ended in a third-place finish. Double Olives, who won the Blizzard Series final in January, rallied from tenth at the top of the stretch to finish fourth. A daughter of Classic Card Shark, Much Adoo extended her current win streak to three Saturday. She is owned by Aaron Waxman and Alan Alber. With Saturday's win, Much Adoo now has eight career victories and $119,746 in earnings. This season, she has won three of five starts and banked over $45,000. Much Adoo paid $4.10 to win. Much Adoo The Ontario Boys second leg was also contested Saturday night. The second round was delayed a week after last Saturday's card was cancelled due to extreme cold temperatures. Leg one winner Cajon Lightning was sent off as the even-money favourite, while stablemate Rafa was a close second choice. The Richard Moreau trainees controlled the front-end throughout the mile. Rafa posted an opening-quarter of :27.3, but Cajon Lightning, who was parked to the quarter, swept by to grab command entering the backstretch. Sylvain Filion was not content to sit the pocket and retook the lead with Rafa at the half in :55.2. Around the final turn, Sports Lightning came first-up to within a length of the leader, while Half A Billion, who originally got away last, sat second-over and Cajon Lightning backed away in the two-hole. Rafa kept the tempo honest by posting a three-quarter time of 1:23.2. In the stretch, Rafa dug in trying to maintain the lead, but he could not fight off Half A Billion, who surged by late for driver Jody Jamieson at odds of 21/1. The upset winner stopped the clock in a career-best 1:52.3 for a half length victory. Rafa finished second, while Cajon Lightning came back on in the stretch to grab third. A son of Sportswriter, Half A Billion is trained by Corey Giles for owners Michel & Francois Letarte, Jean Allaire and Germain Chabot. The four-year-old came into the second leg off a third-place finish in round one. Half A Billion now has two wins in six starts this season and seven career victories overall. The Giles trainee pushed his career bankroll over $81,000 with Saturday's victory. Half A Billion paid $45.10 to win. Half A Billion In order to be eligible to the Ontario Boys and Girls series, the Ontario sired four-year-olds had to be non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Saturday's card also featured another edition of the $34,000 Preferred Pace. Nickle Bag came into Saturday's Preferred riding a three-race win streak and exited with that streak still intact. The Bill Robinson trainee was driven to victory by Trevor Henry. Nickle Bag got away fifth in the field of six and would eventually pick up cover from Nirvana Seelster entering the final turn to sit second-over turning for home. In the stretch, Nickle Bag powered by his rivals on the outside to win by a length and a half in 1:50.4. Nirvana Seelster finished second, while Erle Dale N was third. A six-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover, Nickle Bag has now won five of seven starts in 2016. The Robinson trainee has 24 career victories and earnings exceeding $541,000 for owners Linda Loyens and Harry Loyens. Nickle Bag paid $3.10 to win. Nickle Bag Live racing resumes Monday night at Woodbine with the $50,000 General Brock series final highlighting the card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

The harness racing series finals of The Count B and Miss Vera Bars were in the spotlight Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of nine three-year-old pacers competed in the $42,200 The Count B final, while a field of eight three-year-old pacing fillies squared off in the $41,600 Ontario Girls final. All eyes were on Carmen Auciello trainee War N Munn, who aimed for a series sweep in The Count B Final, and the sophomore lived up to the hype. Driven by Jonathan Drury, War N Munn, the 2/5 favourite, sprinted off the wings of the gate from post-eight. Gotti and Trevor Henry also left hard and dueled by the opening-quarter with War N Munn in :26.1. War N Munn cleared to the front midway around the first turn and Drury was able to catch a second-quarter breather, as the favourite paced by the half in :56. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:24.4, War N Munn said goodbye to his challengers and sprinted home comfortably in :28 to win by an impressive 7½ lengths in 1:52.4. Gotti help his position to finish second, while New Standard rallied from near the back to finish third at odds of 50/1. A son of Stonebridge Regal, War N Munn is owned by George Munniksma of Washington, New Jersey. The sophomore pacing colt shipped into the barn of conditioner Auciello from trainer Kerin Warner for the start of The Count B series. War N Munn is now three for three in 2016 and sports a career record of five wins in 12 starts. The Count B final victory established a new career-mark for the three-year-old and pushes his career earnings over $81,000. War N Munn paid $2.90 to win. War N Munn Preliminary leg winners Cracklin Rosie and Bad As Leader headlined the Miss VeraBars final. Cracklin Rosie, the 8/5 favourite, got away sixth for driver Phil Hudon, while Bad As Leader, the 2/1 second choice, was placed closer in third by driver Trevor Henry. Arizona Seelster cut out an opening-quarter of :27.2 and also led the field by the half in :57.1. Henry opted to pull from third nearing the half and quickly cleared to the front with Bad As Leader before the final turn. Meanwhile, Cracklin Rosie was moving up on the outside in mid-pack, but was pushed out three-wide and took the long way around the final turn. After a three-quarter clocking of 1:25.2, Bad As Leader would not surrender the lead and paced home strongly to win the Miss VeraBars final by a length and a half in 1:53.4. Im In Luv finished second, while Windsun Glory grabbed third. Cracklin Rosie was just nosed out for fourth by Party In Rome. A daughter of Badlands Hanover, Bad As Leader is trained by Victor Puddy for owners Bill Manes and William Cripps. The sophomore pacing filly now has four wins in six attempts this season and six victories in ten career starts. The MissVeraBars final victory pushes Bad As Leader's career earnings to over $69,000. She paid $6.70 to win. Bad As Leader Both series carried the same conditions, as Non-Winners of Three Races or $40,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015 were eligible to The Count B and Miss VeraBars. Winter series action continues Saturday night at Woodbine with the final of the Ontario Girls and second leg of the Ontario Boys. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

A single winning ticket correctly hit the harness racing Jackpot Hi-5 Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack to score the winning horseplayer a massive $189,970.16 payout. The winning ticket was constructed by an HPIBet customer from Nova Scotia, who made a $252 wager to correctly hit the Jackpot Hi-5. The winning horseplayer keyed race-winner #4 Princess Katie on top and used several others underneath. Princess Katie came through and won the Jackpot Hi-5 race, a Fillies & Mares Non-Winners of Two Pace, at odds of 9/2. The top-five was completed by #1 Queenofthejungle (16/1), #3 Money Magic (5/1), #7 In The Shadows (60/1) and #9 Sodwana Bay (13/1). Ambrosia Seelster, the 3/5 favourite, finished outside the money in eighth. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover was $161,715.16 heading into Thursday night's card of racing. A total of $33,241 of new money was wagered into the Jackpot Hi-5. The last significant Jackpot Hi-5 payout occurred in December, when a horseplayer connected for a $242,409 payout. The Jackpot Hi-5 will now start from scratch Friday night. Post time for the 10-race card is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Trinity Development Group Inc. (Trinity) today announced the companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the purpose of developing an integrated entertainment venue at Woodbine Racetrack. The WEG-Trinity proposal calls for an entertainment venue of approximately 165,000 square feet and seating for up to 5,000 patrons. It would reside adjacent to the current Woodbine Racetrack facility and occupy three to four acres of the Woodbine property. The collaboration is the next step in WEG's property development vision of an integrated district with multiple forms of gaming, entertainment and horse racing. "This is an exciting day for Woodbine Entertainment Group and the city of Toronto," said Jim Lawson, CEO of WEG. "To partner with a trusted, well-respected property development company like Trinity allows the citizens of Toronto, and frankly the entire province, to start to see the possibilities of what we can develop on one of the most attractive pieces of real estate in the GTA." Together WEG and Trinity will conduct a procurement process to bring in a world class third party entertainment company to be the manager and operator of the venue. The venue is expected to be used for live performances (i.e. music, theatre, dance) and other forms of live entertainment. "Trinity Development Group is looking forward to working with an iconic brand like Woodbine Entertainment Group to develop a portion of the 680 acres of prime land on the Woodbine Racetrack property," said John Ruddy, Executive Chairman of Trinity. "Trinity has a deep history in developing real estate of this quality in high profile locations." Trinity is responsible for the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park in Ottawa. After a revitalization project that opened in November of 2014, Lansdowne is a hotbed for businesses and restaurants that drew 1.5 million visitors in its first year of operations. About Woodbine Entertainment Group (www.woodbineentertainment.com): With roots dating back to 1881, Woodbine Entertainment Group is the largest horse racing operator in Canada, showcasing world-renowned horse racing at Woodbine Racetrack (Toronto), home of the iconic Queen's Plate, and Mohawk Racetrack (Milton), host of the storied Pepsi North America Cup. WEG is the leading member of the Standardbred Alliance and the single operator of Teletheatres and Account Wagering, available through www.HPIbet.com, in Ontario. WEG also operates HPItv, a CRTC licensed digital television channel that broadcasts racing into homes across Canada. Trinity Development Group Inc.:   Since inception in 1991, Trinity has become a leading real estate developer in Canada. Trinity has developed, or is actively developing over 25 million square feet of shopping centres and mixed use developments throughout Canada. Trinity has extensive expertise in both large retail projects and mixed-use developments. In recent years, Trinity has refocused its strategic direction to include large, mixed-use developments. In Ottawa, Trinity in partnership with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group developed Lansdowne Park and TD Place, the Nation's Capital exciting new urban sports and entertainment destination featuring a spectacular 24,000 seat outdoor stadium and newly refurbished 10,000 seat indoor arena. TD Place is the home to the Ottawa REDBLACKS of the CFL, the NASL's Ottawa Fury FC and the Ottawa 67's of the OHL. It hosts concerts and performances by industry-leading acts and entertainers year round. It includes restaurants, movie theatres, shops, services, office and residential, creating the exciting all-new Lansdowne community. In Calgary, their Trinity Hills development adjacent to the Canadian Olympic Park lands will provide a business campus, various residential formats, entertainment and retail uses. Further information on Trinity's projects may be found on its website (www.trinity-group.com).   About BBB Architects:   The internationally renowned firm of BBB Architects has been chosen to design the masterplan and buildings for the Woodbine-Trinity retail/entertainment complex. Partner Brian Brisbin, in creating this design, states "it will be the most provocative performance venue in Canada, anchoring a new regional retail/entertainment destination while giving exposure to a new audience for horse racing." With offices in Toronto and New York, the firm's projects include Madison Square Garden in New York, the L.A. Forum in Los Angeles as well as the largest retail/entertainment project in Europe, the Moscow City Center. Further details about BBB's projects are available at www.bbb.ca.   John Siscos

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