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TORONTO, March 21 - A field of nine three-year-old pacing colts and geldings squared off in the WEGZ final including first leg winner Dialamara and J Js Delivery who impressed in the second leg while making his seasonal debut. Dialamara, trained by Pat Fletcher for owner John Lamers, spoiled his two-hole trip a week ago by making a break at the three-quarter pole. This week, however, the Lis Mara colt made no mistakes tracking the early pace of J Js Delivery from third position through a half in :57, advancing confidently into second position through the turn. James Macdonald allowed Dialamara a quick breather at the top of the lane before digging in with a powerful closing kick to reel in J Js Delivery in the final stride.  Dialamara stopped the clock in 1:54.1. Dialamara The WEGZ Series is for Ontario-sired three-year-olds that were non-winners of $50,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2014. Maplelea completed a sweep of the Horseplayer Interactive series on Saturday night capturing the $39,400 Final with ease as the harness racing 1-9 mutuel favourite in 1:55.3. Maplelea, owned and trained by Andrew Moore, now has five wins from seven starts in 2015. The Sportswriter filly won the opening leg of the HorsePlayer Interactive series by five lengths on March 6 and nearly doubled that margin of victory a week later to take the second leg by 9 1/4-lengths.   Rick Zeron steered Maplelea into third position in the HPI final as Mega Machsy notched the opening quarter in :28.2 with Missy Tap Tina chasing her early pace. Maplelea took command down the backstretch marking the half in :57.3 and three-quarters in 1:25.2. War Filly, runner-up in the second leg, advanced through the turn to take a run at Maplelea but had to settle for place. Wake N Bake closed to complete the triactor. Maplelea paid $2.10 to win.   Maplelea     In order to be eligible to the Horseplayer Interactive, the Ontario sired sophomore pacing fillies had to be non-winners of $50,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2014. Dialamara arrived in the nick of time to collar favoured J Js Delivery and win the $42,400 WEGZ Final on Saturday night at Woodbine. Woodbine Communications Office

TORONTO, March 16 - The second leg of the Lifetime Dream took centre stage Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of ten four- and five-year-old trotting mares contested the $20,000 second leg of the three-week harness racing trotting event. Seawind Pascale improved off her second-place effort in the first leg to come away with a gate-to-wire score Monday night in 1:54. Driven by Rick Zeron, Seawind Pascale sprinted out to the lead and would set honest opening fractions of :27 and :56.1. Around the final turn, the leader was challenged first up by Samira Hanover and the two mares squared off past the three-quarter pole in 1:24.4. In the stretch, Seawind Pascale put away Samira Hanover early, but got tested in deep stretch by an outside push from Her Name Is Lola. At the wire, Seawind Pascale held on to prevail by a neck over Her Name Is Lola. Standing My Ground, who got a two-hole trip, finished third, while Samira Hanover had to settle for fourth. Kate Smith, the winner of leg one, made a break around the final turn and finished ninth. A five-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Seawind Pascale is trained by Ted MacDonnell and now has three wins from five starts in 2015. MacDonnell co-owns the trotting mare with Seawind Amg Stbs 2005 Inc. Monday's victory was the ninth career-win for Seawind Pascale and pushes her career earnings to $117,800. The clocking of 1:54 establishes a new lifetime best for Seawind Pascale. She paid $7.30 to win. The $44,400 final of the Lifetime Dream will take place next Monday (March 23). Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, March 14 – J Js Delivery and Chris Christoforou went gate-to-wire to win the second leg the WEGZ series Saturday night at Woodbine. A compact group of seven three-year-old pacing colts and geldings squared off in the $17,000 second round of the WEGZ. However, only four of the seven horses were returning from last week’s first leg. One of the new faces to the series made an immediate impact, as J Js Delivery picked up the victory in his first start of 2015. A son of Jeremes Jet, J Js Delivery got his cue to sprint off the gate from driver Christoforou and grabbed the early lead. Dialamara, the first leg winner, got away in second and would tag along in the pocket. Around the final turn, Dialamara spoiled his two-hole trip by making a break at the three-quarter pole. The costly break by the leg one winner allowed J Js Delivery to create plenty of separation on his rivals in the stretch and draw clear for a 4 ¼ length victory in 1:54. Halton Hurricane took second, while Jet Settin Mitt finished third. Trained by Bill Robinson, J Js Delivery was making his season debut Saturday night off a sharp qualifier on March 5. The sophomore pacer, who made his last start of 2014 on December 15, recorded two wins from nine starts and banked just over $30,000 in his rookie season. The clocking of 1:54 matched J Js Delivery speed-mark from last year. A $2 win ticket on J Js Delivery returned $4.10 to win. The WEGZ series will come to a close next Saturday (March 21) with the $42,400 series finale. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, March 13 - Maplelea crushed her rivals for the second consecutive week in the Horseplayer Interactive harness racing series Friday night at Woodbine. Headlining a field of seven three-year-old pacing fillies, Maplelea was sent off as the 1/9 choice and performed just like her odds would indicate. Driven by Rick Zeron, Maplelea made a second-quarter brush to the lead from third and reached the half in :57.2. After taking the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:26.3, Maplelea paced away from her rivals with ease down the lane to score a dominant 9 ¼ length victory in 1:53.4. War Filly finished second, while Wake N Bake took third. A three-year-old daughter of Sportswriter, Maplelea is owned and trained by Andrew Moore. The sophomore pacing filly now has four wins from six starts in 2015 and seasonal earnings of over $46,000. The clocking of 1:53.4 knocks more than two-seconds off Maplelea's previous career mark of 1:56. A $2 win ticket on Maplelea returned $2.20. The Moore trainee will now have a chance at the Horseplayer Interactive series sweep in the $39,400 final next Saturday night (March 21). Mark McKelvie

The Toronto casino debate is set to reignite, this time focused solely on expanded gaming at Woodbine racetrack, the Star has learned. Woodbine Entertainment Group, the company that operates the northwest Etobicoke track, has in recent months lobbied Mayor John Tory (open John Tory's policard), councillors and city officials to reconsider council’s May 2013 vote. To read the article written by David Rider of the City Hall Bureau Chief click here.  

TORONTO, March 9 - Kate Smith scored an upset harness racing victory to get the Lifetime Dream series underway with a bang Monday night at Woodbine. A field of eight four- and five-year-old trotting mares, including defending series winner Samira Hanover, contested the $20,000 first leg of the Lifetime Dream. Sent off as the heavy 3/5 favourite, Samira Hanover made a costly break before the start and spotted the field many lengths. Seawind Pascale left the quickest off the gate to the front and posted an opening quarter of :27.1. Down the backstretch, a pair of breakers in mid-pack allowed Kate Smith and driver James MacDonald to slide up into fourth. Around the final turn, Seawind Pascale was confronted first up by Standing My Ground, while Meadowview Vicky and Kate Smith followed closely in behind. In the stretch, Seawind Pascale turned aside the first up challenger, but MacDonald showed Kate Smith open racetrack on the far outside and the 50/1 longshot powered past the leader to score the upset win by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.3. Meadowview Vicky got up for third, while Standing My Ground took fourth. Following the race, Kate Smith's 50/1 shocker became a 25/1 upset victory, as the favourite Samira Hanover did not reach the fair start pole and was refunded. A four-year-old daughter of Cornaro Dasolo, Kate Smith was making her first start of 2015 for trainer Herb Holland and owner Carolyn Mac Issac. Last year, she won four of 18 starts and banked just over $106,000, while taking a mark of 1:55.2 in her first season on the track. Kate Smith paid $54.90 to win. In order to be eligible to the Lifetime Dream, the trotting mares had to be non-winners of $200,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2014. The second round of the Lifetime Dream is set for next Monday (March 16). Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, March 6 - Maplelea scored an impressive victory Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack in the first leg of the harness racing Horseplayer Interactive series. Just one $17,000 division featuring seven horses was needed for the first leg of the three-week series for Ontario sired three-year-old pacing fillies. Maplelea and driver Rick Zeron sent a strong message to their six rivals with a five-length victory in 1:56. Sent off as the heavy 2/5 favourite, Maplelea got away fifth in the early stages and Zeron would wait until just past the midway point to bring the public's choice to the outside. Around the final turn, Maplelea made a powerful charge first up and took over command from Wake N Bake heading into the stretch. Maplelea immediately created separation from her rivals in the lane and would pace home in :28 to take the first leg of the Horseplayer Interactive. Wake N Bake held on to finish second, while third went to War Filly. A daughter of Sportswriter, Maplelea was coming off a second-place finish in the Miss Vera Bars series final last week. She is owned and trained by Andrew Moore and now has three wins from five starts in 2015. Friday's victory pushes Maplelea's career earnings over $39,000. She returned $2.80 to win. In order to be eligible to the Horseplayer Interactive, the Ontario sired sophomore pacing fillies had to be non-winners of $50,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2014. The second leg of the Horseplayer Interactive is scheduled to take place next Friday (March 13). Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, February 28 - Sylvain Filion closed out the month of February in style with a five-win performance Saturday night at Woodbine. The veteran reinsman scored his first victory of the night in the first of ten-races on the card with pacer Hit And Giggle A. Filion would then get on a roll by winning three-races in a row. Spark Marky in the fifth, Power Move in the sixth and Nickle Bag in the seventh-race gave Filion a grand slam on the evening. Filion's fourth victory of the night with Nickle Bag in the Preferred pace came from a disqualification to the original winner Avatartist. The Milton, Ontario resident would record his fifth victory of the evening in the ninth race with pacer Urbana Bayama. Filion's last drive of the night would finish out of the money. Filion was not the only driver to have a solid night at the office, as Simon Allard completed a three-win night by capturing the last race in upset fashion with Push Back at 30/1. The five-win night for Filion gives him 43 this season at Woodbine and extends his lead in the driver's standings to nine wins ahead of Trevor Henry. Filion will be back in action with five drives on Monday night's card. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG

TORONTO, February 26 - A few weeks off didn't bother Nippy W Hanover as she was razor-sharp in winning the harness racing $41,200 Miss Vera Bars series final Thursday night at Woodbine. Originally set for two preliminary legs and a final, Mother Nature caused the second-leg of the Miss Vera Bars to be cancelled twice, forcing officials to scrap the second-leg and send the series directly to a final Thursday night. All nine three-year-old pacing fillies that competed in the first leg on February 5 returned for the final. Maplelea, the winner of leg one, took most of the support at the windows and was sent off as the 4/5 favourite. However, she would have to settle for second-best, as Nippy W Hanover got the job done in 1:57.1. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Nippy W Hanover got away in second from her rail starting spot. Down the backstretch, Baillargeon opted to circle around to the lead and never looked back. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:28 with Maplelea first up at her wheel, Nippy W Hanover turned aside the favourite's challenge in the lane and paced home in :29.1 to win by 2 ½ lengths. Wake N Bake closed well to finish third, while Docs Hollywood took fourth. A daughter of American Ideal, Nippy W Hanover is trained by Blair Burgess for owners Karin Olsson Burgess and Mac Nichol. The sophomore pacing filly finished second in the first leg after winning her 2015 debut the week before. The series final victory improves Nippy W Hanover's career record to four wins from 12 starts and earnings exceeding $50,000. A $2 win ticket on Nippy W Hanover returned $6.90. Nippy W Hanover In order to be eligible to the Miss Vera Bars series, the three-year-old fillies had to be non-winners of three races or $40,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2014. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, February 21 - Ontario sired four-year-olds were the main attraction Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack in a pair of harness racing winter series finals. The $45,000 Ontario Boys final for four-year-old pacers and the 44,600 Ontario Girls final for four-year-old pacing mares were co-main events on Saturday night's 11-race card. All eyes were on heavy favourite Nirvana Seelster in the Ontario Boys final, as he went for the series sweep. Driven by Phil Hudon, Nirvana Seelster sprinted out quickly to the front to grab his usual spot on the lead and would cruise along in control cutting out fractions of :27, :56 and 1:24.4 In the stretch, Nirvana Seelster continued to pace strong and was never in any danger of surrendering his lead. He posted a final-quarter of :27.4 to score a length and a quarter victory in 1:52.3. Ideal Jet got up to finish second, while Kindofabigdeal took the show spot. A son of Camluck, Nirvana Seelster is trained by Bill Budd for owner Bruce Davy. The four-year-old pacer swept the Ontario Boys series by winning each leg on the front-end. Nirvana Seelster now has three wins from seven starts this year and ten career victories overall. The winner's share of the purse pushes his career bankroll over $145,000. Nirvana Seelster returned $2.80 to win. Nirvana Seelster In the Ontario Girls final, Artistic Fusion was sent off as the heavy 2/5 favourite and did not disappoint winning in 1:53.4. A first-half battle saw a parked out Regally Ready finally clear to the front before the half ahead of Performing Art. However, Jack Moiseyev wasted no time charging Bet Ya up from fourth to overtake the lead from Regally Ready at the half in :55. Meanwhile, Artistic Fusion and driver Sylvain Filion paced along fourth and made a first-over move on the way to the final turn. Artistic Fusion and Bet Ya would slug it out past the three-quarter pole in 1:23.4 to bring the field into the lane. In the stretch, Artistic Fusion powered by Bet Ya and paced on to the win the Ontario Girls final by a length and a half. A hard-closing Jakardez got up for second, while Bet Ya finished third. A daughter of Artistic Fella, Artistic Fusion captured the first leg of the series, but then saw her four-race win streak snapped in last week's second leg by Bet Ya. The series finale victory improves her record to five wins from six starts in 2015. Artistic Fusion is trained by Joe Agostino for owner Mike Foote and now has an Ontario Girls title to go along her Blizzard series triumph a month ago. Artistic Fusion now has 11 career victories and earnings of over $142,000. She paid $2.90 to win. Artistic Fusion In order to be eligible to the Ontario Boys and Girls series, the Ontario sired four-year-olds had to be non-winners of $100,000 lifetime or $50,000 in 2014 as of October 31, 2014. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, February 20 - Legion Of Boom pulled off a mild harness racing upset to win The Count B series final Friday night at Woodbine. A field of ten three-year-old pacing colts and geldings squared off in the $43,800 finale of the three-week series event. Legion Of Boom and driver Doug McNair left from the rail at 9/1 and got away fifth entering the first turn. As the field neared the half, McNair sent Legion Of Boom first up, allowing the 4/5 favourite Conversation Boy to pick up second-over cover. Legion Of Boom wasted no time charging first up and cleared to the front before the final turn. Conversation Boy, who was left without cover first up, made a break around the final turn spoiling his chances. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:25.2, Legion Of Boom had to dig deep in the stretch to hold off several rivals and score a half-length victory in 1:54.4. Dialamara finished second, while Nobettorplacetobe and His Boy Elroy finished third and fourth respectively. A gelding son of Artistic Fella, Legion Of Boom is trained by Gregg McNair and now has two wins in the first five starts of his career. The victory is extra sweet for driver Doug McNair, as he shares ownership of the gelding with Equus Standardbreds Inc. Legion Of Boom now has career earnings of $34,830. The clocking of 1:54.4 knocked close to two-seconds off his previous career mark. Legion Of Boom returned $20.20 to win. In order to be eligible to The Count B series, the three-year-old colts and geldings had to be non-winners of three races or $40,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2014. Legion Of Boom Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, February 16 - Bourbon Bay completed the General Brock series sweep with a dominating harness racing victory Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of nine four-year-old trotters contested the $50,800 final of the three-week series. Bourbon Bay and driver Mike Saftic came into the finale off two impressive victories in the opening two rounds and they lived up to their 3/5 billing with another eye-catching performance. A son of Sand Vic, Bourbon Bay sprinted out to the lead from post position one and posted a speedy opening-quarter of :27. A fired up Bourbon Bay had to be reeled in a bit by Saftic down the backstretch as he had a two-length advantage over Severus Hanover in second and more than ten-lengths on Bags For All in third. The duo would reach the half in :56.1 and continue to roll along around the final turn, while the back of the pack tried to tighten up to the leaders. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:26, Bourbon Bay kicked into another gear and extended his lead back out to several lengths on his opponents in the stretch. When it was all said and done, Bourbon Bay scored an easy-looking 4 ½ length victory over Bags For All in 1:55.1. Meadowview Vicky finished third, while Severus Hanover took fourth. A four-year-old gelding, Bourbon Bay had been racing primarily in New York, but shipped north of the border into the Mike Sinclair barn for the General Brock. Bourbon Bay is leased by John Cummings Jr. of Nichols, New York and now has four wins from six starts in 2015. Monday's victory was the ninth career score for the son of Sand Vic and pushes his career bankroll over $75,000. Bourbon Bay paid $3.20 to win. 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, 2014. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, February 14 - The second leg of the Ontario Boys harness racing series was contested under frosty conditions Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A group of 13 four-year-old pacers were split into two $18,000 divisions for the second leg of the three-week event. Nirvana Seelster took last week's only division and was back to crush his opponents again Saturday night. Driven by Phil Hudon, Nirvana Seelster went straight to the front and never allowed his rivals to get close. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:25.1, Nirvana Seelster separated himself from the pack in the stretch and scored an impressive 6¼ lengths victory in 1:54.3. Ramblingamblinman finished second just ahead of Mittcent Van Gogh in third. A four-year-old son of Camluck, Nirvana Seelster is trained by Bill Budd for owner Bruce Davy. The gelding now has two wins from six starts in 2015 and nine in his career. The round two victory pushes his bankroll over $133,000. Nirvana Seelster returned $6.10 to win and will now have a chance to sweep the series in next week's final. Nirvana Seelster In the first division of the night, Ideal Jet and driver Randy Waples made a second-quarter move to the front and never looked back en route to a 1:55.2 victory. A four-year-old son of Jeremes Jet, Ideal Jet finished eighth in last week's single division. The Craig Barss trainee got away third Saturday night, but was moved before the half by Waples to take the lead. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:26.2, Ideal Jet paced home in :29 to win by a length and a quarter. P L Heavenly finished second, while Regal Babe took the show spot. Saturday's victory was Ideal Jet's first win in 2015 from five starts. The four-year-old now has four career wins and earnings exceeding $96,000 for owners Nurko Sokolovic and Barss. Ideal Jet paid $6.50 to win. Ideal Jet The $45,000 final of the Ontario Boys series is scheduled for next Saturday (February 21) and will be joined by the $44,600 final of the Ontario Girls series. Live racing continues Monday night at Woodbine. Post time is 7:25 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, February 14 - There is no shame in finishing second, but Bags For All and harness racing driver James MacDonald would like to avoid the three-peat in that department Monday night in the $50,800 General Brock series final at Woodbine. The Joe Cirasuola trainee Bags For All came into the General Brock series riding a four-race win streak. Now entering the final, Bags For All has started a new streak, but not one to brag about. The four-year-old trotting mare finished second in both the first and second legs of the three-week event for three- and four-year-old trotters. However, the runner-up finishes have not been for a lack of effort. In the first leg, driver James MacDonald put Bags For All on the front, but she just got beat at the wire by Bourbon Bay. The next week, MacDonald worked out a two-hole trip, but was out-sprinted in the lane by the leader Cash For Gold. MacDonald said he changed his tactics up from the first to second leg, but it just didn't work out. "She kind of goes to sleep on the front and she's not quite as good," said MacDonald. "That's why I let Mike Vanderkemp go easy last week, but then his horse (Cash For Gold) was just really good and we got out-sprinted." Although MacDonald has raced Bags For All near the front over her last three starts and had success, he noted her best performance came from the back. "If you look at her lines, the day (January 16) I raced her from off-the-pace she came home in :27.3 and she was awesome." In the preliminary legs of the General Brock, MacDonald said things just worked out that the front was where he went, but that doesn't mean the final will be the same. "She drew bad and she's got the gate speed and there was no real leavers. Every time I left with her I got there easy, I never really got roughed up too bad, so it was just a case of taking what they were giving me," said MacDonald. "But in the final if I can work out a trip I think she will be better off." The two horses to defeat Bags For All have stamped themselves as the horses to beat in Monday's final and both have good posts to start from. Bourbon Bay will look for the series sweep from post one, while Cash For Gold has drawn post six. Bags For All will start between the two favourites from post three and MacDonald will be keeping a close eye on his top rivals. "Cash For Gold was really good last week. Mike Vanderkemp was just sitting on him down the lane and we were flying right into the wind," said MacDonald. "Saftic's horse (Bourbon Bay) looked awesome in (1):54 last week and looks like definitely the one to beat." MacDonald is confident Bags For All can step out of the bridesmaid's role and into the spotlight Monday night. "She's a nice mare and I think if I can work out a trip, she can win." The General Brock Series final has been carded as race five on Monday evening. Here is the field for the $50,800 final. PP/Horse/Driver/Morning line 1. Bourbon Bay - Mike Saftic (2-1) 2. Severus Hanover - Jody Jamieson (10-1) 3. Bags For All - James MacDonald (7-2) 4. Oaklea Wyatt - J.R. Plante (12-1) 5. Illseeuincourt - Trevor Henry (8-1) 6. Cash For Gold - Michiel Vanderkemp (5-2) 7. Meadowview Vicky - Simon Allard (15-1) 8. Latoka - Phil Hudon (15-1) 9. Tellmehowyoulikeit - Anthony MacDonald (20-1) 10. Stuarts Dynasty - Mario Baillargeon (20-1) AE: Musical Spell - Chris Christoforou (20-1) Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, February 13 - The frigid temperatures continued Friday night at Woodbine, but the harness racing action was hot in the second legs of The Count B and Ontario Girls series. Round two of The Count B for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings drew 13 horses split into two $17,000 divisions, while the Ontario Girls for four-year-old pacing mares second leg featured a field of ten in a lone $18,000 division. In the first division of The Count B, the talk of the tote-board was the undefeated Camvicted, but a final turn and stretch battle took just enough out of him to suffer his first career defeat. Driven by Trevor Henry, Camvicted got away second early, but was quickly right lined to the front around the first turn. It appeared the favourite was going to get to call all the shots, but Legion Of Boom and driver Doug McNair came first up around the final turn to confront the leader. After a third-quarter of :28.1, Camvicted came into the stretch with Legion Of Boom breathing down his neck. The two geldings went toe-to-toe down the lane, but would be picked off late by the hard-charging His Boy Elroy and Jody Jamieson. Situated fifth and more than five-lengths off the front at the three-quarter pole, His Boy Elroy unleashed a late rally of :27.4 down the centre of the track to score the victory by a length in a career best 1:55.1. Camvicted had to settle for third, as Legion Of Boom edged by him late to finish second. A three-year-old son of Jeremes Jet, His Boy Elroy finished fourth in an opening leg division. He is trained by Jean Guy Belliveau for owner Dan Mac Rae. Friday's second leg victory was His Boy Elroy's first win of 2015 and his second career tally. He now has over $31,000 banked from 15 career starts. His Boy Elroy returned $13 to win. His Boy Elroy The second division of The Count B saw plenty of action down the backstretch, but once Conversation Boy and Sylvain Filion found the front it was game over. Conversation Boy got away in fourth, as Newbie sprinted out to the lead. The lead was short lived, as immediately down the backstretch Nobettorplacetobe moved from second to first. However, leg one winner Dialamara followed from third and circled around to become the third leader by the mid-way point. Filion kept the chain going and rushed Coversation Boy from fourth to first before the final turn and that would be the winning move. Conversation Boy reached the three-quarter pole in 1:26.1 and then paced comfortably down the lane holding off Dialamara to win by three-quarters of a length in a career best 1:54.1. Nobettorplacetobe finished third, while Newbie took fourth. A son of Tell All, Conversation Boy was able to turn the tables on Dialamara, as he had finished second to his counterpart in a first leg division. Conversation Boy is trained by Richard Moreau for owner Robert Key and now has two wins from six starts this season. The second leg victory now gives him four career wins and pushes his career earnings over $47,000. A $2 win ticket on Conversation Boy returned $4.70. Conversation Boy Later on in the evening, it was the ladies turn to shine in the Ontario Girls series. Bet Ya and trainer-driver Jack Moiseyev got to the wire just in time to score the leg two victory. A four-year-old daughter of Jeremes Jet, Bet Ya got away in fifth and made a first-over move down the backstretch. She would eventually clear by the favourite Regally Ready before the final turn and reached the three-quarter pole in 1:25.1. In the stretch, Bet Ya and Moiseyev were able to create some separation on their rivals and appeared to be on their way to victory, but Artistic Fusion made a late rally to make things very tight at the wire and put the photo-finish camera to use. In the photo, Bet Ya prevailed by a nose over Artistic Fusion in 1:54 for her first win in two starts this year and seventh of her career. Jakardez got up to finish third. Bet Ya is owned by Joanne Colville and Nancy Macnevin. Friday night's victory pushes her bankroll over the $100,000 mark to $108,430. The clocking of 1:54 is also a new lifetime best for the Ontario sired mare. Bet Ya paid $7.30 to win. Bet Ya Both series will conclude next week with their respective fianls. The $43,800 final of The Count B will take place next Friday (February 20). The $44,600 Ontario Girls final will take place the next evening (Febraury 21) to go along with the $45,000 Ontario Boys final. The second leg of the Ontario Boys is scheduled for Saturday night. Post time is 7:25 p.m. Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

TORONTO, February 12 - Due to extreme cold temperatures and wind chill, the Thursday, February 12 card of live harness racing at Woodbine has been cancelled.   The Friday, February 13 live card will go as planned at 7:25pm.   The qualifiers scheduled for Thursday afternoon at Woodbine will now move to Friday, February 13 at 3:30pm.   The 2nd leg of the Miss Vera Bars series, scheduled for this evening, will now be raced Thursday, February 19, while the $35,000 final is set for Thursday, February 26.    

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