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Officials at harness racing circuit Flamboro Downs today (Apr. 12) announced the cancellation of the 2021 Confederation Cup due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The race for four-year-old pacers was scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 23. This will mark the second consecutive year the Confederation Cup has been cancelled due to COVID-19.    All nomination fees and sustaining payments submitted for this year’s Confederation Cup will be refunded.    Live harness racing is currently suspended at Flamboro Downs and all tracks across Ontario due to the provincewide stay-at-home order.  Officials with Flamboro indicated that they are currently in discussions to add an invitational for four-year-olds at Georgian Downs during its summer meet. From Standardbred Canada

Mississauga, ON — On Friday (July 31), officials with Flamboro Downs announced that the 2020 edition of the Confederation Cup has been canceled. The event for 4-year-old pacers was scheduled to be contested in May, but Flamboro officials made the announcement in April that the race would be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and possibly rescheduled to the fall. “Management at Flamboro Downs have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 running of the Confederation Cup, which was originally scheduled to be contested in May and then re-scheduled to September 2020,” said the track’s general manager Chad Gates in a statement. “This was a difficult decision for management, but we felt that under the current operating protocols we could not present such a prestigious event in the manner it deserves. “We look forward to once again hosting the Confederation Cup in May 2021.” From Standardbred Canada

As the harness racing world anticipates the return of racing, Sunday evening's episode of COSA TV honoured Flamboro Downs' signature event -- the Confederation Cup, which due to COVID-19 is postponed to a later date in the season. Host Greg Blanchard was joined by guests Ken Middleton and Ken Warkentin, and together the trio discussed the history behind the race created by the founder of Flamboro Downs, Charles Juravinski, who built the half-mile oval in Dundas, Ont. in the 1970’s. The episode also included a virtual Confederation Cup race which featured eight of the greatest past champions. The Farm Games team, headed by Ryan Clements, developed the simulated race. Track announcer Ken Middleton was first to offer up some insight behind the experience of the coveted event. “The paddock and grandstand were flooding with people. In the early days of this race, people would be lined up 20 deep. It will always be a race that holds a lot of stature. The afternoon cards to me, were the best because the undercard of the day featured many Ontario Sires Stakes events and then you had three straight races of the Confederation Cup -- two eliminations and a final. There was always an Invitation type of race and for any race fan it was just a very enjoyable experience.” Warkentin also shared similar feelings on the event. “We had a lot of coverage, back then the Confederation Cup was covered by TSN, they would bring in a live crew and the quality of the card was just incomparable. You had the best three-year-olds and the best drivers were always there to drive in the race as well. John Campbell, Bill O’Donnell, those are drivers that would show up at Flamboro Downs to drive in the Cup.” The duo of announcers answered questions from viewers while giving a special honour to the founding father of the Confederation Cup, and revisited some of their most favourite memories of the race. “Charles was always very supportive of me, he always was the first one to give you a pat on the back and rarely ever got mad about anything, he could always come up with great zingers,” noted Warkentin. “Aside from my father, one of my biggest supporters was Charlie. I think he took a great sense of pride in knowing that he helped us all become successful. He’s a role model and an inspiration to anyone. He came from such humble beginnings and worked hard for every nickel he made and then when he had all those nickels, he gave them all away to a great cause. The biggest thing about Charlie was that he gave everyone opportunity. He is someone who means a great deal to me,” Middleton said with a smile. Middleton and Warkentin also entertained viewers with an insightful outlook as to what it takes to prepare for a major race card such as the Confederation Cup. “You vacuum up all the articles that are written and you get all the background information on all the horses in the race, For a race like the Hambletonian, I have a separate binder where I keep all my notes and press kits. A lot of it is in your head but you have to have it in front of you because there are a lot of distractions and there is a lot going on. You can get easily distracted because in your heart you are a racing fan, but you still have to work, pay attention and do your job. So, that's why I find it very handy to have all that information in front of you. I do a lot of preparation prior to big events,” said Warkentin. “Everybody does things different, sometimes there is a lot of preparation work that goes into the big races. For me, it's the records -- speed records. I try to be cognizant of race records, track records, Canadian records. After that, I just watch the race, if there's a 1-9 shot, everyone is going to expect that horse to win, but there are times where there is an upset horse that you need to be watching for. There have been many horses who have upset race favourites. I think the best way to do it as an announcer is not worry about having scripted lines but just go with the flow, stay relative with what you are saying in front of you -- be spontaneous and just call the race," Middleton added. The virtual running of the Confederation Cup, which consisted of the greatest past champions, was won by none other than one of the greatest horses to ever step foot on a racetrack, Somebeachsomewhere -- who nosed out another of the greatest equine athletes to step foot on a racetrack, Cam Fella. The virtual race consisted of: ► Abercrombie – Glen Garnsey ► American Ideal – Mark MacDonald ► Art Major – John Campbell ► Cam Fella – Pat Crowe ► Jate Lobell – Mark O'Mara ► Matts Scooter – Mike Lachance ► On The Road Again – Buddy Gilmour ► Somebeachsomewhere – Paul MacDonell The interactive feature is produced by Curtis MacDonald’s CUJO Entertainment and is available for viewing below.  

May 15, 2020 -- This was to the be the weekend of the Confederation Cup final at Flamboro Downs but due to COVID-19 the race has been pushed back to later in the harness racing season. To mark the event, COSA TV will present a Confederation Cup edition of its Facebook Live show this Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. Ken Warkentin and Ken Middleton - two of the best announcers in the business, who started their careers at Flamboro Downs - will join Greg Blanchard for the broadcast. The Confederation Cup was the brainchild of the legendary Charles Juravinski who built the half-mile oval in the mid 1970's and many of harness racing's greatest pacers have competed in that time. Governor Skipper, driven by John Chapman, was the winner of the inaugural edition in 1977. Sunday's show will also feature a virtual Camluck Classic race featuring eight of the greatest past champions. The Farm Games team, headed by Ryan Clements, has developed the simulated race which will be aired live during the broadcast. The star studded field will include: Cam Fella - Pat Crowe Matts Scooter - Mike Lachance Somebeachsomewhere - Paul MacDonell Art Major - John Campbell American Ideal - Mark MacDonald Abercrombie - Glen Garnsey On The Road Again - Buddy Gilmour Jate Lobell - Mark Omara Viewers can submit questions ahead of time or during the show on the COSA TV Facebook page where they will also have the chance to play along with virtual trivia and take part in poll questions. In addition to the COSA TV Facebook page, the show can be seen by visiting the Standardbred Canada website. Greg Blanchard

Mississauga, ON — On Thursday (April 23), officials with Flamboro Downs announced that the 2020 edition of the Confederation Cup has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event for 4-year-old pacers was scheduled to be contested in May, but Flamboro officials have stated that, at this point, they are now considering presenting the annual stakes event this fall. “It is difficult at this time to announce an alternative date for the Confederation Cup without knowing what other tracks are doing with their own stakes schedules,” Flamboro Downs General Manager Chad Gates was quoted as saying via release. Gates went on to say, “Flamboro will be exploring possible dates in September that will best align with stakes schedules within the industry.” Trot Insider will convey all updates in regard to the rescheduling of the Confederation Cup when they become available. from Standardbred Canada

When it comes to earning a paycheck, Rockin Ron has never needed to worry about the harness racing venue. The 8-year-old pacer has a history of collecting money no matter the size of the racetrack, banking $1.65 million lifetime on his travels throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Ron Burke-trained gelding makes his 2020 debut Saturday at The Meadowlands in a $30,000 preferred handicap. It will be his first start since last August, when he was given time off to recuperate from small ailments that accumulated over time. "He's coming back great," said Mark Weaver, one of the horse's owners. "Ronnie trained him about a month ago and said he's as good as he's ever been. We're hoping he'll be a top, top overnight horse for us this year." Rockin Ron has won multiple stakes on the Grand Circuit during his career, including the Confederation Cup, Prix d'Ete, and Dayton Pacing Derby, but that is not what has most impressed Weaver. "To put it bluntly, it's his ability to earn money, which I think a lot of times people underestimate," Weaver said. "Twenty years ago, you just needed the biggest, most powerful horse and raced at The Meadowlands or mile tracks because that's where the money was. "The Meadowlands is still great, but there are plenty other tracks where you have to be able to go around three or four turns and a lot of horses can't do that. We definitely factor that in when we're buying horses. When a horse can get around the smaller tracks it really increases their earning power. It really is a big thing. It's a great quality to have." Rockin Ron is the second-richest offspring of stallion Real Desire, sandwiched between two Canadian Horse of the Year Award winners, State Treasurer ($1.90 million) and Tell All ($1.50 million). He has earned a paycheck in 83 percent of his 120 starts, with purses of $594,757 on half-mile tracks, $615,005 on five-eighths-mile ovals, and $428,766 on seven-eighths or mile tracks. "He's versatile," Weaver said. "He can leave the gate or come from behind; whatever the race situation calls for, he can do it." The gelding began his career in Indiana, where he won nine of 30 races at ages 2 and 3. He was purchased by the Burke Brigade near the end of his 3-year-old season and won his first 10 starts at age 4, capped by his victory over returning Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Confederation Cup. "He's on a long list of Indiana-breds that we've bought and brought east that have done so well," said Weaver, who owns Rockin Ron with Mike Bruscemi (as Weaver Bruscemi), Burke Racing Stable, RTC Stables and J&T Silva Stables. "If you can do well in Indiana, I'll take my chances; you can usually do well anywhere." Rockin Ron was not staked in 2020, but Weaver is looking forward to watching the horse compete and, hopefully, continuing to do what he's done so well. "He's just a tough horse," he said. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

MAY 19, 2019 - A few raindrops did not put a damper on the 2019 Ontario Sires Stakes season opener Sunday, as the province's top three-year-old colts impressed harness racing fans gathered at Flamboro Downs for the Dundas oval's signature Confederation Cup program. Both the trotting and pacing colts opened their sophomore season Sunday, with the trotters competing in a trio of Gold Series divisions and the pacers duelling in five Grassroots races. Only For Justice set the tempo for the evening in the first race, cruising along on the front end to a 1:56.3 Gold Series victory. Fan favourite, and last year's division champion, Forbidden Trade was three lengths back in second and Archway was well back in third. "That's a big mile here tonight, a real fast back half," said driver Chris Christoforou. "He's very good gaited and good on the turns, he's a nice horse." Campbellville, ON resident Christoforou piloted Only For Justice to the win for trainer Dany Fontaine and owner-breeder Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. of Montreal, QC. The win came in the Justice Hall son's first start of the season and was his second lifetime victory in Gold Series action. The gelding also captured a Gold event on the half-mile track at Grand River Raceway as a two-year-old. "Last year, I'm not sure, but I think he might have had the season record on a half-mile track for a two-year-old gelding," said Christoforou, referring to Only For Justice's 1:57.3 score at Grand River Raceway. "I'd like to see him progress through the year, see what happens. He's got a good gait and he's very easy to manoeuver, he does what you want... so far, so good." The second $72,267 Gold division went to Magical Journey and driver Stephen Byron, who hit the wire one-half length ahead of Northern Cavalier and driver Michiel Vanderkemp, matching Only For Justice's 1:56.3 clocking. Jumpshot and driver Daniel Dube rounded out the top three, all of whom took advantage of an early break by favourite Dream Nation. "He raced great," said Matt Bax, who shares ownership of Magical Journey with his father, trainer John Bax, Gaelic Stable of Sharon, ON and Gordon Wright of Charlotte, MI. "We knew that he was really good in the turns, and he's good off the wings, so Steve was going to probably try to get him closer to the front - half-mile racing, if you have that ability you're going to go for it - and Steve gave him a great drive." The win was the second of the season and the first in Ontario Sires Stakes action for Kadabra son Magical Journey, who made three Gold Series starts and three Grassroots starts at two. "At the end of the year he was really starting to figure it out, when we put him away he was strong, so that's translated into this year," said Campbellville resident Bax. "He's a little taller, a little stronger, a little smarter, a little bit of everything." The third Gold division went to Southwind Avenger, who battled to a one length victory over pacesetter Cool Clifford, hitting the wire in 1:55.4. JMR Pinarello was well behind the leaders in third. Trevor Henry crafted the win, from the outside Post 8, for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and owners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON, David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Little E LLC of New York, NY. The E L Titan son also won a division of the season opener at two and never finished worse than third in six Gold Series starts during his freshman campaign. Henry also captured the first $22,800 Grassroots division, guiding sophomore pacing colt Sportsline to his fourth straight victory for trainer Jim Watt of Clinton and Harry Parrott of Goderich, ON. The fan favourites cruised along on the front end to a 1:51.4 victory, four lengths ahead of Moonshine Kisses. Gambling Terror was third. The other Grassroots divisions went to Priceless Beach in 1:54.3, Sugartown in 1:52.2, Missile Seelster in 1:55.4 and Better Than Cash in 1:55.2. The Ontario Sires Stakes colts served as the opening act for the $188,500 Confederation Cup Final, featuring nine of the best four-year-old pacers in North America. In the main event, Done Well and driver Dexter Dunn reprised their successful front-end trip from the elimination and claimed the historic Cup with a 1:50.2 clocking for trainer Ron Burke of Fredericktown, PA, Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg, PA, Jandt Silva Purnel and Libb of Delray Beach, FL and Wingfield Brothers LLC of Kenton, OH. Last season's OSS champion Jimmy Freight finished second and the other elimination winner, and Done Well's stablemate, Dorsoduro Hanover was third. The sophomore trotting colts will continue their Ontario Sires Stakes Gold season on June 24 and the pacing colts will compete in their second Grassroots event on June 27, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The provincial program makes two more stops at Flamboro Downs in the fall, with the three-year-old pacing fillies and the two-year-old trotting fillies wrapping up their Gold season on Sept. 22 and Oct. 2, respectively. Complete results for Flamboro Downs' May 19 Confederation Cup program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0519flmdn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing

HAMILTON, May 17, 2019 - The eyes of harness racing will be locked on Flamboro Downs this Sunday evening for the 41st edition of the Confederation Cup. The $188,500 event for four-year-old pacers is the highlight of an 11-race card with $538,551 in purses up for grabs. The field for this year's Confederation Cup is arguably the deepest since the race became an event for four-year-olds in 2015. Trainer Ron Burke has won three of the last four editions of the Confederation Cup and enters with a strong one-two punch of eliminations winners Done Well and Dorsoduro Hanover. Done Well (PP5, Dexter Dunn) turned many heads with a stunning 1:51.4 elimination victory over a 'Sloppy' track that was listed two-seconds off. The gelded son of Well Said is one for two this season and sports career numbers of eight wins and nearly $500,000 in earnings over 23 starts. Dorsoduro Hanover (PP1, Matt Kakaley) won a wild and much-talked about second elimination for the Burke brigade. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere is the richest horse in this year's event with over $1.3 million in career earnings. The list of accomplishments for Dorsoduro Hanover includes victories in the Breeders Crown, Adios Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship and a Dan Patch award. The field for the Confederation Cup also includes O'Brien Award winner Jimmy Freight (PP2, Louis Philippe Roy). The Richard Moreau trainee overcame a post-eight starting spot in his elimination to make the final with a fourth-place finish. Jimmy Freight was last year's Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final champion and is an 18-time winner with over $1 million in career earnings. Sunday's Confederation Cup undercard is the start of the 2019 Ontario Sires Stakes season with a trio of Gold divisions for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings and five Grassroots divisions for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings scheduled. Fans attending the Confederation Cup will have an opportunity to win a share of a racehorse. Flamboro Downs is once again teaming with TheStable.ca to giveaway five shares of a racehorse. The track will cover the training expenses of those five shares for the remainder of 2019. Post time for Sunday's card is 6:55 p.m. The Confederation Cup has been carded as Race 10. The full field for the $188,500 Confederation Cup is listed below. 1. Dorsoduro Hanover (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke) 2. Jimmy Freight (Louis Philippe Roy/Richard Moreau) 3. Pretty Handsome (Jonathan Drury/Andrew McCabe) 4. American History (Sylvain Filion/Tony Alagna) 5. Done Well (Dexter Dunn/Ron Burke) 6. The Downtown Bus (Doug McNair/Jeff Gillis) 7. Rockin Speed (Billy Davis Jr/Jared Seekman) 8. This Is The Plan (Joe Bongiorno/Ron Burke) 9. Ghost Dance (Randy Waples/Nick Gallucci) E: Courtly Choice (David Miller/Blake MacIntosh)   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

Flamborough, May 17, 2019 - Race fans are reminded that this Sunday night the Confederation Cup from Flamboro Downs will be broadcast live on Facebook beginning at 9:30 p.m. (ET). The one-hour broadcast, part of a three-race series sponsored by the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA), will cover the $188,500 Confederation Cup in race 10 along with the 9th race which is a $23,150 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots division for three-year-old filly pacers. Mark McKelvie and Greg Blanchard will be on the desk while Jaimi MacDonald will provide paddock coverage during the show which will be aired via the Flamboro Downs , Grand River Raceway and Raceway at Western Fair District Facebook pages and streamed over the Standardbred Canada website. The next stop in the series will be the $157,000 Camluck Classic on Friday, May 31 at The Raceway with the final show covering the $250,000 (Est) Battle Of Waterloo on Monday, August 5 at Grand River. The Confederation Cup field is a stellar one led by the powerful Ron Burke-trained duo of Dorsoduro Hanover and Done Well, with the latter being installed as the 7-5 morning line choice by virtue of his powerful 1:51.4 elimination victory last Sunday night over an 'off' track. Jimmy Freight, Canada's three-year-old pacing colt of the year in 2018, overcame post 8 in his elimination with a fourth-place finish and has drawn much more favourably in the final, leaving from post position two. Post time for the Confederation Cup program is 6:55 p.m. (ET).   Greg Blanchard

MAY 20, 2018 - Ontario's three-year-old trotting and pacing colts served up five impressive performances on the $425,000 Confederation Cup program at Flamboro Downs on Sunday, May 20. Super Final champion Western Passage picked up where he left off at the end of last season with a gritty 1:53.4 victory in the second $66,400 Gold Series division. Parked outside pacesetter Levis Day from just before the :58.1 half right through to the finish, Western Passage got a nose in front to claim the third Ontario Sires Stakes victory of his career. Levis Day settled for second and Shadow Moon was two lengths back in third. "That was a big back-half first-over," said trainer Casie Coleman from the winner's circle. "I was really happy with him tonight." Cambridge resident Coleman shares ownership of the Sportswriter gelding with her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge, John and McKinlay Fielding of Toronto and Calhoun Racing Ltd. of Chatham, Ontario. The win bumped the fan favourite's lifetime earnings to $244,680. Driver Doug McNair's appearance in the winner's circle with Western Passage was his fourth of the evening and his second straight in Gold Series action. The Guelph, Ontario resident captured the first Gold division with Backstreet Shadow for his father, trainer Gregg McNair, and owners Lindsey and Connie Rankin of Lexington, Kentucky. Starting from Post 2, McNair sent Backstreet Shadow to the front and the Shadow Play gelding cruised home a one length winner in 1:52.3. Favourite St Lads Neptune was second and Wind Blast was third. Sunday's win was the second of the 2018 campaign for Backstreet Shadow, who was unplaced in two Gold Series starts as a two-year-old. "Backstreet was a fast horse last year, just a little immature," McNair noted. "He's really matured and seems like he's on the right track to being a real nice horse." The fastest of the three Gold divisions, and the fastest mile of the evening, was clocked by Jimmy Freight and driver Louis Philippe Roy in Race 11. The fan favourites hit the wire six and one-quarter lengths ahead of Chocolate Swirl and Burning Midnight in 1:51.3. It was the second win of the sophomore campaign for Sportswriter son Jimmy Freight, who was a two-time Gold winner at two and the runner-up to Western Passage in the Super Final. "I don't know what his limit is," said Roy from the winner's circle. "So far I don't see - how he raced tonight - I don't see much that can beat him." Roy engineered the win for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch and owner Adriano Sorella of Milton, Ontario. Trainer John Bax and driver Steve Byron opened the Confederation Cup program with a sweep of the $18,800 three-year-old trotting colt Grassroots divisions. The pair graced the winner's circle for the first time with Delcrest Holiday in Race 1. Starting from Post 2, Delcrest Holiday went gate-to-wire in 2:00.3, fending off Nobodynosjustice and Leaderofthepack to secure the one-half length victory. The win was the first of the season for Delcrest Holiday and marked a new personal best for the gelding, who was also victorious in the first Grassroots event of the season as a two-year-old. The son of Holiday Road is owned by Bax Stable of Campbellville, Gaelic Stable of Sharon, Ken Bax of Cavan Monaghan and John Houston of Cobourg, Ontario. Byron employed the same tactics in the second Grassroots division, sending favourite Sicario directly to the front from Post 5 and reaching the 1:58.2 finish without facing a challenge. Sicario sailed home one and three-quarter lengths ahead of Bigboy Roscoe and Northern Ruler. Sunday's outing was Sicario's first appearance in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, but not his first in the winner's circle. The son of Holiday Road is now a four-time winner in 10 sophomore starts for Bax Stable and breeder Dave Hudson of Dallas, Texas. "We are pleasantly surprised and grateful," said Bax. "That was a good start to the year, hopefully it will carry on. "It's Matt's birthday today, so it was a nice birthday present," added the horseman, who shares training duties and ownership in the Bax Stable with his son Matt. The evening's finale, the $182,500 Confederation Cup was captured by Filibuster Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras in 1:51.4. Ron Burke trains the son of the late Ontario Sired superstar Somebeachsomewhere for Burke Racing Stable LLC of Fredericktown, PA, Joseph Di Scala Jr. of Katonah, NY, J And T Silva Stables LLC of Long Beach, NY and Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg, PA. For complete results from Sunday's Confederation Cup program visit http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0520flmdn.dat. For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

HAMILTON, May 16, 2018 - The stage is set for a memorable 40th edition of the harness racing Confederation Cup this Sunday (May 20) at Flamboro Downs. The $182,500 event for four-year-old pacers is the highlight of a 12-race card with over $475,000 in purses up for grabs. The Confederation Cup undercard features a trio of $65,000-plus Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings and a pair of $18,000 OSS Grassroots divisions for sophomore trotting colts and geldings. Elimination winners Filibuster Hanover and Western Joe are the horses to beat in Sunday's Confederation Cup. Filibuster Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras will start from post-three in the rich final after capturing their elimination in 1:51.4. The Ron Burke trainee is the richest horse in the field with $894,068 in career-earnings. 'Filibuster's' biggest victory came in last year's Little Brown Jug. Trainer Burke captured the Confederation Cup in 2016 with Rockin Ron. He will also send out Eddard Hanover (PP4, Louis Philippe Roy) and Maroma Beach (PP8, Trevor Henry) in Sunday's final. Western Joe did not have the luck of the draw on his side after posting a speedy 1:51.3 elimination score. The Christopher Choate trainee will start from post-seven with driver Doug McNair. A career-earner of $262,173, Western Joe has the most-wins in the field with 16 in a little more than two-seasons on the track. Driver McNair won the 2010 edition with Aracache Hanover. The Confederation Cup is carded as Race 12. Flamboro Downs has put together an activity-filled evening for their signature event with activities and entertainment for everyone. A special dedication to the late-Somebeachsomewhere, 2008 Confederation Cup champion, will take place with his driver Paul MacDonell on hand to sign portrait cards (while supplies last) and discuss "The Beach". Fans on track could go home with more than they expected. Flamboro has teamed up with TheStable.ca to give away 10 shares in a racehorse with the track paying all the fees for the rest of the year. Drawings for five of the shares will take place Sunday, while the other five will be given away this week on Fresh 95.3. Sports fans have plenty to look forward to on Confederation Cup night. Flamboro is pleased to welcome Canadian Women's Olympic Hockey team members Renata Fast, Sarah Nurse and Laura Fortino with a mix of Gold and Silver medals. There will also be a sports memorabilia auction with all proceeds going to the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. Entertainment on Cup night also includes a pair of races from "Flamboro's Famous Minis", a Rodney Dangerfield impersonator, stilt walker, sulky rides from Wanna Drive, T-Shirt tosses, sampling stations and more. Industry booths from Racing Under Saddle (RUS) and mobile app 'Off And Pacing' will also be set up. All the fun takes place Sunday evening with the first-race going to post at 6 p.m. For more information about the 40th Confederation Cup and all the event details, visit www.FlamboroDowns.com. Here is the full field for the $182,500 Confederation Cup: 1. Daiymir (Jonathan Drury/Clyde Francis) 2. Bags To Riches (Jody Jamieson/Jason Skinner) 3. Filibuster Hanover (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) 4. Eddard Hanover (Louis Philippe Roy/Ron Burke) 5. Boogie Shuffle (Randy Waples/Murray Brethour) 6. Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan/John Butenschoen) 7. Western Joe (Doug McNair/Christopher Choate) 8. Maroma Beach (Trevor Henry/Ron Burke) 9. Odds On Delray (TBA/Tony Alagna) AE: Rock N Tony (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) Mark McKelvie

Mississauga, ON --- Favorites Western Joe and Filibuster Hanover came out on top during Sunday night's (May 13) elimination round for the 40th edition of the C$182,500 Confederation Cup, which is scheduled for May 20 at Flamboro Downs. The top four finishers from each C$20,000 elimination, plus a fifth-place finisher drawn by lot (TBA), will advance to the final. Western Joe won his Canadian debut in the first elimination with driver Doug McNair working out the winning front-end trip for trainer Christopher Choate. Leaving from post five, Western Joe set his sights on the lead and worked to clear Maroma Beach (Yannick Gingras) through a :26.4 opening quarter. The 3-5 favorite carved out middle splits of :56.2 and 1:24.1 with even-money Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan) launching his attack out of third down the backstretch and Eddard Hanover (Louis-Philippe Roy) rushing three-wide. However, Western Joe pulled clear of his rivals to score in 1:51.3 by 1-1/4 lengths. Maroma Beach finished second over Eddard Hanover while Funknwaffles ended up fourth. Bags To Riches (Jody Jamieson) was fifth. Owned and bred by New York's Anthony Ruggeri, the 4-year-old son of Western Ideal out of Ante Fay entered the Confederation Cup eliminations off three close runner-up finishes at The Meadowlands. Winning for the seventh time this year in 14 starts, Western Joe returned $3.40 to his backers at the betting windows. Filibuster Hanover was victorious in the second elimination for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke, who previously won back-to-back editions of the Confederation Cup in 2015 and 2016 with All Bets Off and Rockin Ron. Art Scene (Louis-Philippe Roy) charged three-wide into the first turn to take the lead over insiders Blood Line (Trevor Henry) and 1-5 favorite Filibuster Hanover. He was on top by three lengths at the :26.3 quarter mark and raced on to the half in :55.3 before coming under attack. Filibuster Hanover swept by down the backstretch and opened up a quick three length lead past three-quarters in 1:23.1 with Daiymir (Jonathan Drury) in pursuit off his cover. Down the stretch, Odds On Delray closed inside with Doug McNair trying to sweep the eliminations, but came up one length short as Filibuster Hanover prevailed in 1:51.4. Boogie Shuffle (Randy Waples) came on for third over Daiymir. Rock N Tony (Corey Callahan) completed the top five finish order. A judges' inquiry into the start of the race concerning Red John resulted in no change to the order of finish. The judges ruled that Red John's sulky sustained a flat tire after the start and there was no interference caused by Boogle Shuffle or Daiymir relating to equipment issue. Filibuster Hanover, the 2017 Little Brown Jug champion, paid $2.50 to win. He is now two-for-two this year following his Graduate Series win last weekend at The Meadowlands. The Somebeachsomewhere-Fashion Ecstasy gelding is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Joseph Di Scala Jr. and J And T Silva Stables. Courtesy of Standardbred Canada 

HAMILTON, May 9, 2018 - A talented group of 15 harness racing four-year-old pacers will convene on Flamboro Downs this Sunday (May 15) for the eliminations of the Confederation Cup. The top four-finishers from each $20,000 elimination, plus a fifth-place finisher drawn by lot, will qualify for the 40th Confederation Cup on Sunday, May 20. The purse for the final is $182,500. The first elimination features a field of seven and is led by O'Brien Award winner Classic Pro (PP2, Trevor Henry), who is making his 2018 Canadian debut. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee won his season debut on April 15 at Pompano Park. Classic Pro captured four of 14 starts last season, but his best performances may have come in defeat. The son of Shadow Play finished fourth in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup and third in The Meadowlands Pace, which helped him bank $293,645 during his sophomore campaign. The highest earner in Sunday's first elimination is Funknwaffles (PP1, Corey Callahan) for trainer John Butenschoen. The gelded son of American Ideal was last season's New York Sires Stakes champion and Little Brown Jug runner-up. Funknwaffles, a career-winner of $856,813, made his season debut last Saturday at The Meadowlands, finishing fourth in a leg of the Graduate Series. The second split is headlined by Little Brown Jug champion Filibuster Hanover (PP2, Yannick Gingras). The Ron Burke trainee comes into his Confederation Cup elimination off a win in his season debut last Saturday at The Meadowlands. Filibuster Hanover won five of 20 starts last season and banked $730,104. Burke, who won the 2016 edition with Rockin Ron, will send out four starters in Sunday's eliminations. Maroma Beach (PP 2, Louis Philippe Roy) and Eddard Hanover (PP6, Louis Philippe Roy) in the first split join Rock N Tony (PP8, Yannick Gingras) and Filibuster Hanover in the second division to make up the Burke quartet. Trainer Jimmy Takter is back in the Confederation Cup and looking for a repeat of last year's victory with Western Fame. The Hall of Fame trainer will send out Blood Line (PP1) in the evening's second elimination and has gone back to what worked in last year's edition by using driver Trevor Henry. Blood Line scored just one win in 19 starts last season, but did hit the board in nine of those starts, earning $169,819 throughout the course of the season. The Confederation Cup eliminations have been carded as Races 10 and 11 on Sunday evening's program. Post time for the eliminations card is 6 p.m. The 40th Confederation Cup takes place Sunday, May 20 and Flamboro Downs has a night of fun planned for all ages. Activities onsite for Confederation Cup night includes an appearance from several members of Canada's Olympic Women's Hockey Team, driver Paul MacDonell signing photos of the late-great Somebeachsomewhere, strolling entertainment acts, live music, a Rodney Dangerfield impersonator, sampling stations and industry booths. A sport memorabilia auction will also take place with all proceeds going to the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. An exhibition race featuring miniature horses and the opportunity to drive a racehorse with the Wanna Drive team is also part of the entertainment on Cup night. The Confederation Cup undercard will include the start of the 2018 Ontario Sires Stakes season with three-year-old pacing colts and geldings battling in Gold Series action. Flamboro Downs is also teaming up with TheStable.ca to give away 10 shares of a racehorse. A total of five shares will be given away through radio contests leading up to Confederation Cup night, while the other five will be won by fans onsite for the big race. Fans attending this year's Confederation Cup are encouraged to follow Flamboro Downs on Twitter and Facebook for opportunities to win a VIP experience. Post time for Confederation Cup night on Sunday, May 20 is 6 p.m. Here are the fields for Sunday's (May 13) Confederation Cup eliminations. Race 10 - Confederation Cup, Elimination #1 1. Funknwaffles by American Ideal (Corey Callahan - John Butenschoen) 2. Maroma Beach by Somebeachsomewhere (Louis Philippe Roy - Ron Burke) 3. Classic Pro by Shadow Play (Trevor Henry - Dr. Ian Moore) 4. Hurricane Beach by Somebeachsomewhere (Bob McClure - Luc Blais) 5. Western Joe by Western Ideal (Scott Zeron - Christopher Choate) 6. Eddard Hanover by Dragon Again (Louis Philippe Roy - Ron Burke) 7. Bags To Riches by Roddy Bags Again (TBA - Jason Skinner) Race 11 - Confederation Cup, Elimination #2 1. Blood Line by Somebeachsomewhere (Trevor Henry - Jimmy Takter) 2. Filibuster Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere (Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke) 3. Art Scene by American Ideal (Louis Philippe Roy - Joe Pereira) 4. Red John  by Mach Three (Phil Hudon - Victor Puddy) 5. Daiymir by Mr Wiggles (Montrell Teague - Clyde Francis) 6. Boogie Shuffle by Well Said (Randy Waples - Murray Brethour) 7. Odds On Delray by Somebeachsomewhere (Doug McNair - Tony Alagna) 8. Rock N Tony by Rockin Image (Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke) Mark McKelvie

HAMILTON, April 20, 2018 - The best four-year-old pacers in harness racing will display their talents at Flamboro Downs on Sunday, May 20 for the 40th edition of the Confederation Cup. The 2018 edition of Flamboro Downs' signature event marks the fourth consecutive year that four-year-old pacers will battle for the prestigious Cup. The inaugural Confederation Cup took place in 1977 and this year's winner will join an impressive list of past champions, including Cam Fella, On The Road Again, Matts Scooter, Art Major, American Ideal and Somebeachsomewhere. A total of 30 four-year-old pacers remain eligible to this year's $150,000 added race. An exciting lineup of activities has been planned for this year's Confederation Cup Night. Racing fans will not want to miss out on a special tribute to the late-great Somebeachsomewhere. The legendary pacer's driver Paul MacDonell, a record five-time winner of the Cup, will be on hand to sign photos from Somebeachsomewhere's 2008 Cup victory. Fans attending this year's event could walk away with more than a casual interest in the sport. Flamboro Downs and The Stable have teamed up to giveaway 10 shares of a racehorse, five on Cup Night and five through radio contests leading up to May 20. The racing fun won't be restricted to the slightly less than two minutes for each pace or trot. The Wanna Drive team will be onsite to take fans for sulky rides, while the always popular miniature horses will strut their stuff in an exhibition race. Sports fans have plenty to be excited about for at this year's event. Several Canadian women's hockey Olympic Gold and Silver medalist will be taking in Cup Night and making an appearance. A Sports Memorabilia Auction will also happening on Cup Night with all proceeds going to the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society (OSAS). The competition on the track will be fierce throughout the entire evening, as the 2018 Ontario Sires Stakes season kicks off with a Gold Event for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings to make up a strong Cup undercard. The activities off the track will keep fans busy with live entertainment, a stilt walker and balloon artist, a Rodney Dangerfield impersonator, sampling stations and industry booths as just some of the various items fans can check out. This year's Confederation Cup promises to be another memorable event, but that experience could be taken to new heights for some lucky fans. Flamboro Downs will be giving away 70 passes for a Molson VIP Experience at the 40th Confederation Cup. To learn more and win a Molson VIP Experience pass, follow Flamboro Downs on Facebook and check back regularly for more details. First-race post time for Confederation Cup Night is 6 p.m. Make sure to visit www.flamborodowns.com for more details in the coming weeks. Below is the list of eligible horses to this year's Confederation Cup. AIR STRIKE by Always A Virgin ART SCENE by American Ideal BAGS TO RICHES by Roddys Bags Again BECKHAMS Z TAM by Always A Virgin BET ON BRETT by Sportswriter BEYOND DELIGHT by Bettors Delight BLOOD LINE by Somebeachsomewhere BOOGIE SHUFFLE by Well Said CALVIN K by Classic Card Shark CLASSIC PRO by Shadow Play DAIYMIR by Mr Wiggles DREAMFAIR B J by Big Jim EDDARD HANOVER by Drgon Again FILIBUSTER HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere FUNKNWAFFLES by American Ideal HENRY HILL by Roll With Joe HURRICANE BEACH by Somebeachsomewhere LAWRENCETOWN BEACH by Somebeachsomewhere MAROMA BEACH by Somebeachsomewhere MODERN REFLECTION by Rockin Image NASCAR SEELSTER by Mach Three NORMANDY BEACH by Somebeachsomewhere ODDS ON DELRAY by Somebeachsomewhere PENZANCE HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere R J P by Somebeachsomewhere RED JOHN by Mach Three ROCK N TONY by Rockin Image SPORTS COLUMN by Sportswriter WESTERN HILL by Western Ideal WESTERN JOE by Western Ideal Mark McKelvie

May 21, 2017 - Three-year-old trotting colt Rosberg won the first Ontario Sires Stakes event of the season at Flamboro Downs on Sunday and was immediately promoted to the head of the class in harness racing trainer Julie Walker's stable. "He is now; if he wasn't, he is now," said the Carlisle resident with a laugh. Rosberg and driver Louis-Philippe Roy left smartly from Post 2 in the first $64,800 Gold Series division and had opened up a 10 length lead by the quarter-mile mark, which they reached in :29. The pair continued to sail along well ahead of the field through a :57.4 half and 1:27.3 three-quarters, and although favourite Tycoon Seelster mounted an impressive late charge, Rosberg and Roy reached the finish line one length the best in 1:58. Tycoon Seelster settled for second and Resita finished third. "The reason I came to Flamboro is because he's a handy horse, and it showed," explained Walker. "He likes to trot a half, and some of the horses don't that are faster, so it worked out good." Walker shares ownership of the son of Manofmanymissions with Ronald Piers of Georgetown and Layhoon Chan Brunner of Etobicoke, ON. A two-time Grassroots winner as a freshman, Rosberg now boasts a lifetime record of four wins, two seconds and one third in nine starts for earnings of $115,200. "He's done everything right, right from day one," said Walker. "He can go on any size of track, that's the nicest thing about him." Rosberg The second Gold Series division went to Dream Massive and driver James MacDonald of Guelph, ON. Starting from Post 3, the pair sat behind pacesetter Scene A Magician through fractions of :29.1, :59.1 and 1:28.2 before reaching up at the wire to record the half-length victory in 1:58.1. Scene A Magician finished second and Mister Muscle completed the top three. Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON conditions Dream Massive for Michael Soehnlen of Dalton, OH and the trainer is looking forward to another productive season with the Muscle Mass colt. At two, Dream Massive was a Gold Series winner in early August and finished third in the season ending Super Final in October. "It's kind of an open division I think, so hopefully we can have some fun with him this summer," said Steacy of the three-year-old trotting colt class. Dream Massive The final Gold Series contest went to On First, who went gate-to-wire from Post 6 for driver Trevor Henry. The 1:58.1 victory was the Holiday Road gelding's first, coming in his fifth lifetime start. Shannon Henry conditions On First and the Henry's, who call Arthur home, share ownership of the trotter with David Darocy of Windsor and James Fleming of Bayfield, ON. Speedycrest finished second and favourite Lmc Mass Gem was third. On First Also featured on Flamboro Downs' Confederation Cup program were three Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts and owner-trainer Jack Darling of Cambridge and driver Jody Jamieson of Moffat, ON teamed up to win two. Both Southwind General and Frontier Seelster delivered impressive front end performances in their sophomore debuts, halting the teletimer in 1:54.3 and 154:4, respectively. "I am hoping they're going to be Golds," said Darling of his victorious pacing colts. "They are both nice big horses, great strides on them, and we'll just see how they mature." Sunday's win, which saw him best Heza Big Dealer and Beach Volley Ball by three and one-half lengths, was Southwind General's second lifetime. The Sportswriter son also made a victorious debut in the Grassroots program last season before moving up to the Gold Series and earning $53,850 through seven freshman starts. Frontier Seelster hit the wire four and three-quarter lengths ahead of Rodeo Sports and co-favourite Osborne Seelster. Sunday marked the Artistic Fella son's debut in the Ontario Sires Stakes program and was his third lifetime victory in six starts. Darling also sent out a starter in the other $18,450 Grassroots division, with Jamieson guiding The Dark Shadow to a fifth-place result behind Blackjack Seelster, Makasi, Dial The Bossman and Vintage Grand. Blackjack Seelster hit the wire three-quarters of a length on top in 1:55.2, giving driver Louis-Philippe Roy his second Ontario Sires Stakes win of the evening. Trainer Colin Johnson of Repentigny, QC shares ownership of Artistic Fella son Blackjack Seelster with Thomas Kyron of Toronto and Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON. In the evening's finale, the $176,000 Confederation Cup, Trevor Henry returned to the winner's circle with a triumphant steer aboard elimination winner Western Fame. The pair led the field from start to finish, rolling through fractions of :26.2, :55.2 and 1:23.4 before holding off a charging Check Six for the 1:51.4 win. The other elimination winner, Sintra, finished third. Henry engineered the win for trainer Jimmy Takter and owner Brittany Farms of Versailles, KY. Western Fame The three-year-old trotting colts return to Gold Series action on June 27 at Mohawk Racetrack, while the three-year-old pacing colts make their second Grassroots start at Mohawk on June 22. Ontario Sires Stakes action will return to Flamboro Downs on Sept. 2 with the fifth Grassroots event for the two-year-old trotting colts. For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

Mississauga, ON ---Western Fame and Sintra will headline the field for next weekend's 39th edition of the Confederation Cup after earning victories in Sunday night's (May 14) harness racing elimination round at Flamboro Downs. Early trailer Western Fame tracked the live cover of 1-9 favorite Check Six then out-sprinted that foe to the finish line to win the first of two C$20,000 eliminations. Trevor Henry drove the Brittany Farms homebred pacer to victory in 1:52.4, defeating Check Six (Yannick Gingras) by a head with pacesetter Mr Wiggle Pants (Doug McNair) finishing third. Dr J Hanover (James MacDonald) finished fourth to earn a spot in the final as well, while Magnum J (Jody Jamieson) was fifth ahead of Daylight Rush (Jonathan Drury) in the field of six. The top four finishers in each elimination advanced to next weekend's final and one fifth-place finisher drew in to join the field. After both eliminations were completed, Magnum J was selected as the final starter in the post draw. Jimmy Takter trains Western Fame, a 4-year-old son of Western Ideal and Shyaway who has banked more than C$485,000 lifetime. Western Fame In the first elimination, Mr Wiggle Pants looped the quick-leaving Daylight Rush to take the lead during a :27 opening quarter. Meanwhile, Western Fame tracked Check Six as the favorite advanced up to second by the :56.2 half and pressured Mr Wiggle Pants, just a half-length behind, into the backstretch to three-quarters in 1:23.4. As Check Six edged ahead, Western Fame fanned wide and then collared that late leader down the stretch with a :28.4 final frame. Western Fame, who hit the board in 15 of his 25 sophomore starts against stakes competition, won his 2017 season's debut at The Meadowlands on April 29 in 1:51 ahead of Check Six and was a runner-up behind the second elimination starter Sintra in the Graduate Series on May 6. Sent postward at odds of 8-1 in his Confederation Cup elim, he returned $19.60 to his backers at the betting windows. In the second elimination, heavy 1-9 favorite Sintra also closed off cover to post a matching win time of 1:52.4 for local connections. After fanning three-wide turning for home, Sintra and driver Jody Jamieson blew by race leader Roll Away Joe (Yannick Gingras), who was just edged out by first-over challenger Seeley Man (James MacDonald) with Stonebridge Beach (Stephane Pouliot) closing inside in the three-across finish for the runner-up honors. First Car (Phil Hudon) was fifth while Easy Lover Hanover (Doug McNair) completed the finish order. Roll Away Joe established the lead off the gate and had the field lined up in single-file fashion through opening panels of :28 and :57.2. At the midway mark, Sintra followed the cover of Seeley Man, who advanced up to second on the way to three-quarters in 1:25, and then the favorite went wide to overpower the pacesetter in the drive to the wire. Sintra sprinted his final quarter in :27.2 for the 2-1/2 length victory. David Menary trains and co-owns the Mach Three-Dancin Barefoot gelding, who is undefeated in his first three starts of his 4-year-old campaign and has lifetime earnings of more than C$352,000. Menary's partners on Sintra are Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero. Sintra The C$176,000 final of Flamboro's signature race (post positions below) will highlight the Sunday (May 21) card of harness racing, which begins at 7 p.m. Confederation Cup Night will be filled with activities and attractions including a miniature horse race, T-shirt toss on the tarmac and grandstand, stilt walkers, and face painters. There will be a 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing In Canada display and merchandise booth and Motorcycle – Flat Track Racing Series booth on site. The I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club will be present as well as the Labatt’s Sampling Team and Pepsi Sampling Team with prizes. In addition, a special round of the Survivor Handicapping Challenge, an online wagering contest, will have a C$250 prize up for grabs. Flamboro Downs will also host a VIP Tent Party, sponsored by Labatts, on the tarmac and a live performance by local band 'SpeakEasy' after race 11. $176,000 Confederation Cup 1. Magnum J 2. Roll Away Joe 3. Seeley Man 4. Western Fame 5. Stonebridge Beach 6. Check Six 7. Mr Wiggle Pants 8. Sintra 9. Dr J Hanover AE1. First Car Courtesy of Standardbred Canada 

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