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Due to the shutdown of Ontario harness racing, one of the top Canadian harness driving stars, Jody Jamieson ,will spend his weekends at Tioga Downs this May. Jamieson 44, has won over 8,000 races in his illustrious career. He captured the World Championship for Canada in 2001. In 2007 and 2009 he won the Obrien Award as Canada's driver of the year. He also won the North American dash crown with 796 wins in 2009. Jamieson will get to trade blows with Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey. Hennessey is the two-time defending Tioga Downs dash champion. Tioga fans will get the opportunity to witness two of the all-time greats of the sport go at it. Tioga Downs opens for the 2021 season on May 1st. For more information go to by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Sintra flew home at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday, Mar. 27 in his second harness racing Preferred Pace victory in a row and fifth from his last six attempts.   Jody Jamieson kept the gelding off the pace, settling him into fifth through the quarter in 27.2 and continuing in that spot to the half in 57.1. He rolled first-up before three quarters in 1:25.4 but quickly got cover from Points North (James MacDonald) as they turned for home.   Sintra discarded his cover coming down the stretch and hustled coming into the last eighth, getting by leader Wheels On Fire (Doug McNair) just in time to win by a neck in a 25.3 final quarter and mile in 1:52.   Wheels On Fire was second, and Points North (James MacDonald) kept on after being outkicked to snag the show spot.   SINTRA REPLAY       Sintra is an eight-year-old pacing gelding by Mach Three. He's now 35-for-82 lifetime with more than $1.4 million in earnings. The Mar. 27 victory was his second of 2021 in three tries for trainer Anthony Beaton and the ownership group of Michael A Guerriero of Brampton, Kelly Waxman of Carlisle, Nunzio Vena of Bolton, and Frank Cirillo of Kleinburg.   Also on the card, Sylvain Fillion recorded a driving triple with wins behind Real Surreal in the second, Hp Napoleon in the fifth, and Captain Video in the ninth. The track's highly-touted mandatory payout Jackpot Hi-5 came in 7-5-4-1-3 and paid $6,394.61 for a 20-cent base.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Millionaire gelding Sintra scored his first harness racing Preferred pace of the new year at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday, Mar. 21 after dominating the class in 2020.   Jody Jamieson procured the four-hole for his charge on the trip to turn one. Sintra followed on the inside through the quarter in 26.4 and half in 55.1 before Points North (James MacDonald) pressured him into leaving the rail.   The former Canadian Pacing Derby champion responded willingly, picking up ground and separating from the second-over horse going to three-quarters in 1:23.3. He came to terms with leader Wheels On Fire (Doug McNair), the previous week's Preferred title holder, entering the lane and got past with only mild asking from Jamieson. Sintra drew away to win by two and a quarter lengths in 1:50.4.   Nocturnal Bluechip (Bob McClure) was second, and Rockme Rollme took third. The winner paid $3.30.   SINTRA REPLAY     Sintra is now 34-for-81 lifetime with earnings of $1,383,467. Michael Guerriero of Brampton, Kelly Waxman of Carlisle, Nunzio Vena of Bolton, and Frank Cirillo of Kleinburg all own a stake in the horse. Tony Beaton conditions the son of Mach Three that won nine Preferred events in the prior season.   Woodbine Mohawk Park's next race date is Monday, Mar. 22; it will have 11 contests and begin at 7:00 p.m. EST.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Woodbine Mohawk Park continued its early-season harness racing stakes schedule with three competitive divisions of the Snowshoe Pacing Series on Friday, Mar. 12.   Noch Ten went all the way in the first split, fighting off three different challengers to capture half of the $17,000 purse.   Driver Jody Jamieson sent the four-year-old out quickest of all, forcing fellow leaver Yankee Litigator (Louis-Philippe Roy) to accept the pocket. Jamieson carved out fractions of 27.2, 57.2, and 1:27.1 and dispatched first-over attacker Captain Ray (Robert Shepherd) coming around the turn.   Dragon Roars Again (Chris Christoforou) had the last -- and most convincing -- bid, kicking off cover at the head of the lane. He closed on the leader all the way to the wire, but Noch Ten was a nose better and hung on to win in 1:56.2. Dragon Roars again was second, and Captain Ray was third best.       Noch Ten is now two-for-seven lifetime with earnings in excess of $30,000. Carmen Auciello trains the son of Warrawee Needy for the coalition of his own Auciello Stables, James Downer of Langley, and regular Mohawk reinsman Jonathan Drury of Guelph. Two-dollar win tickets on Noch Ten paid $4.90.   Make it Come True went from last to first with an eighth to go in the second division.   Ed Hensley dropped the Captaintreacherous gelding into sixth headed to the first turn, with Major Makover (Doug McNair) throwing down a 28.2 opening panel on the engine. That leader went uncontested to the half in 57.2 before McNair chased him to a 1:26.2 three-quarters.   Make It Come True started rolling third-over, but he lost a position in the stretch before truly igniting. The four-year-old gelding found another gear in the last eighth, going by five foes with a blistering charge to win by a neck in 1:55.2. Lyons Liberty (James MacDonald), whose cover the leader used, finished second. Major Makover fought admirably but had to settle for show.       Ashleigh Hensley trains the pacing gelding that has won three races from 19 tries and earned more than $40,000. Brad Maxwell of Guelph, Fred Kruszelnicki of Brooks, and Kenneth Frieder of Devon own the horse. Make It Come True paid $7.70.   Bettors Donttell grinded down his rivals in the final Snowshoe showing, pacing the leader into submission for a 1:55.2 score.   Victory Move (Jody Jamieson) commanded the lead going to the quarter in 28.1, but Hes Swift was not content with the pocket, and James Macdonald moved him to acquire the lead going by three-eighths. Hes Swift set fractions of 57.2 and 1:26.2, and Bettors Donttell (Doug McNair) came after him as they turned for home.   Bettors Donttell advanced uncovered and appeared on even footing with the leader for some time, but he eventually broke through and drew away to win by a length and three quarters in 1:54.4. Hes Swift held place, and Bettor in Cash (Sylvain Fillion) reached up for third.       That was the three-year-old Bettors Delight gelding's fourth win on 11 races lifetime, and it improved his earnings total to more than $45,000. Troy Mark of Simcoe owns and bred the horse that paid $4; Jean Guy Belliveau does the training.   Also on the card, both McNair and MacDonald returned to action following an accident in the previous night's opener. Both booked off their drives that evening, and MacDonald went to the hospital as a precaution.   Woodbine Mohawk Park will host 11 more races on Saturday, Mar. 13.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Rockme Rollme handled a step up in class with distinction in Woodbine Mohawk Park's feature harness racing condition pace on Saturday, Mar. 6. He is now undefeated after two starts this season.   The five-year-old gelding tucked into third from post four going into the turn, but driver Jody Jamieson reactivated him immediately. The pair went back to the outside and assumed command past the quarter in 27.1. Jamieson gave her a breather going to the half in 56.2 and accelerated mildly to the three-quarters in 1:24.3. East End (James Macdonald) was the first to hurry Rockme Rollme, but that one came up flat-footed in the lane.   Rockme Rollme carved out a length-and-a-half advantage going into the stretch. Legion Seelster (Sylvain Fillion) found room on the inside and attacked in deep-stretch, and Nocturnal Blue Chip (Bob McClure) charged from third over, but Rockme Rollme was too good and refused to be defeated. Nocturnal Blue Chip was a head short in second, and Legion Seelster finished neck behind in third.       That was Rockme Rollme's 14th win from 51 starts lifetime. He nears $300,000 in earnings with the Mar. 6 1:52 win. Tony Montini trains the five-year-old son of A Rocknroll Dance for Albina Montini of Acton, Kwong Sum Low of Etobicoke, Vincent Albanese of Maple, and Joseph Rogers of Aurora.   Trainer Carmen Auciello had four winners on the night: Lady Rocknrolla A in the opener, Ivana Flybye N in the sixth, Military Secret in the 7th, and Points North in the 10th.   Woodbine Mohawk Park will return on Monday, Mar. 8 with 10 races starting at 7 p.m. EST.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

MILTON, ON - OCT. 16, 2020 - Harness racing trainer Bob McIntosh started his first horse in the Ontario Sires Stakes program in 1983 and has won a total of 11 Super Finals since they were introduced in 2000. On Saturday, Oct. 17 at Woodbine Mohawk Park the Hall of Fame horseman will be looking to make it an even dozen when he sends out Sex Appeal and So Delightful in the $250,000 three-year-old pacing filly showdown and Best Head West in the two-year-old pacing filly battle. "Sex Appeal's had a big year and trained up good this week, I'm hoping for some racing luck. So Delightful's no slouch either," said McIntosh of the sophomore fillies who will start from Posts 7 and 10, respectively. "The two-year-old drew the dreaded nine-hole; that kind of rained on my parade. She's a good filly, I mean who knows, Trevor (Henry) is a good driver. I was talking to him today and I only gave him one piece of advice; it was don't get away last going for $250,000. John Campbell and I used to have that little joke between us, I said, 'All you need to know is don't get away last', and he says, 'I didn't plan on it'. When you're going for that kind of money you want to go down swinging." Hall of Famer Campbell was part of one of McIntosh's biggest Super Final nights and one of his favourite memories of the season finale. The pair had been in Lexington, KY for the annual yearling sale and Grand Circuit races the week before the 2015 Super Final and barely made it back to Woodbine Racetrack for Campbell's winning drive aboard two-year-old trotting colt Tony Soprano in the sixth race. "We flew in on a private plane from Lexington and got held up at customs and I didn't know whether he was going to make it there in time to drive him. So that was a nail biter, but it turned out well," said McIntosh, whose L A Delight had already won the two-year-old pacing filly Super Final four races earlier. "I think he was putting his colours on in the car on the way there." McIntosh won his first Super Final the year they were introduced to the provincial program, taking the three-year-old pacing colt division with Intrepid Seelster and also had a two-win night in 2003 when Please Me Please took the three-year-old pacing filly final and In Conchnito captured the three-year-old trotting colt battle. L A Delight was a Super Final winner at both two and three, as was trotting colt Text Me in 2009 and 2010. "I still stay it's the best program in North America, I'd stand by that," said the Windsor, ON resident. "I guess the most rewarding part is I bred most of my winners myself, and it's a little extra satisfying when you go back in pedigrees two or three generations. The homebreds have been awfully good to me, that's for sure." Since the current record keeping system was introduced in 1997, McIntosh leads all trainers in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program with 472 victories and $18.1 million in earnings. On the driver's side of the stats column, Jody Jamieson boasts 532 wins and $22 million in earnings and will be looking for Super Final win number six on Saturday. "I tell you what, if I had half the luck I've had in the Sires Stakes in general on Super Final night I'd have a way bigger lead because I think I've only won like five Super Finals in my career," said Jamieson. "I hadn't won a super Final in years until last year." Jamieson piloted Jula Shes Magic to victory in the two-year-old trotting filly division last fall. Prior to that his Super Final wins came in 2014 with two-year-old trotting filly Danielle Hall, 2012 with two-year-old pacing filly Love Canal, 2011 with two-year-old pacing colt Warrawee Needy and 2006 with two-year-old pacing colt Doonbeg. The Moffat, ON resident will appear in seven of the eight Super Finals on Saturday and said all of his mounts have a legitimate shot at taking home the title. "Hot Wheelz (Post 5), obviously I own him, so I'm hoping he does really well. Beaumond Hanover (Post 4) is in a spot where hopefully he'll be able to maybe beat everybody this time instead of just everybody except for Tattoo Artist. Rose Run Victoria (Post 8) drew a tough spot, but she's going to be closing, so she might have a shot that way too. She's won a couple Golds this year already," said the driver of his three-year-old trotting gelding, three-year-old pacing colt and three-year-old pacing filly prospects. "Tokyo Seelster's been a good colt all along. I've never driven him, but he's got a shot. Bulldog Hanover, he made an uncharacteristic break at Flamboro, but he should be really good at Mohawk, it's where he's had all his wins and he's been awesome there so I'm expecting him to be really good." Two-year-old trotting colt Tokyo Seelster will start from Post 6 and two-year-old pacing colt Bulldog Hanover gets Post 7. "When the OSS rolls around it's the real fun time of year," Jamieson added. "The money is great and you get racing young horses, and that's my favourite thing to do in the world is race young horses." Ontario's top young horses will face off in Races 1 through 4 and 6 through 9 at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday, Oct. 17, with the action getting under way at 7 pm. Although on-track attendance is limited to registered guests, fans can download a program and watch the live stream on the Woodbine Mohawk Park website. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

TORONTO/MILTON, ON - August 6, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment, in partnership with Kraft-Heinz Canada, today announced the launch of the Heinz Challenge, a six-week series to be contested during Racing Night Live on TSN. The Heinz Challenge pairs a top Woodbine Racetrack jockey with a top Woodbine Mohawk Park driver to create four teams competing for a $5,000 charitable donation from Woodbine. Every time one of the participating jockeys or drivers competes during a race aired on Racing Night Live, they have the opportunity to earn points towards their team's challenge score. All eight participating athletes are ranked among the best in their sport and are well-known personalities at Woodbine Racetrack and Woodbine Mohawk Park. The four competing jockeys are Rafael Hernandez, Kazushi Kimura, Justin Stein and Emma-Jayne Wilson, while the participating drivers are Jody Jamieson, Bob McClure, Doug McNair and Louis-Philippe Roy. The team with the best 'Points Per Race' average at the end of six-weeks will win the challenge. The point system is as follows: 10 points for a Win, 5 points for a second-place finish and 2 points for a third-place finish. (Example: Team A earns 50 points over 10 races: Team A's Points Per Race is 5) Each member of the winning team will select a charity and Woodbine Entertainment will make a $2,500 donation on their behalf to make up the $5,000 winning prize. Woodbine Mohawk Park driver James MacDonald was originally scheduled to participate in the Heinz Challenge. MacDonald unfortunately suffered an injury in a racing accident on August 1 and will be unable to participate. Louis-Philippe Roy has been selected to replace MacDonald and the two will split the donation should their team win. Here are the teams for the Heinz Challenge: Team E=MC ² Jockey: Emma-Jayne Wilson Driver: Bob McClure #TeamEMC2 Team Club DJ Jockey: Justin Stein Driver: Doug McNair #TeamClubDJ Team Island Boyz Jockey: Rafael Hernandez Driver: James MacDonald (unable to participate due to injury) Driver: Louis-Philippe Roy #TeamIslandBoyz Team Double Double Jockey: Kazushi Kimura Driver: Jody Jamieson #TeamDoubleDouble The Heinz Challenge is the latest feature on the weekly Racing Night Live program on TSN. Racing Night Live, which airs every Thursday at 6 p.m. ET on TSN, showcases the world-class racing from the Thoroughbreds at Woodbine Racetrack and Standardbreds at Woodbine Mohawk Park over an action-packed two-hours. The Heinz Challenge will run from August 6 to September 10. Fans can join the conversation, track the leaderboard and cheer on their favourite team through Social Media by using the hashtag #HeinzChallenge. All eight of the participating athletes can be found on various social media platforms and will be engaging with fans over the course of the six-week event. Who To Follow: Woodbine Racetrack: @WoodbineTB (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) Woodbine Mohawk Park: @WoodbineSB (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) Heinz Canada: @heinz_ca (Instagram) Rafael Hernandez: @hernandezrafii (Twitter) Jody Jamieson: @Jodyjamracing (Twitter) Kazushi Kimura: @kazushi0096 (Twitter), @k.kimura0906 (Instagram) James MacDonald: @jamesomac26 (Twitter) Bob McClure: @BobMcClure2 (Twitter) Louis-Philippe Roy: louisphilippe.roy.12 (Facebook) Justin Stein: @justin_steinjockey (Instagram) Emma-Jayne Wilson: @EJWilson81 (Twitter) by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - JULY 16, 2020 - The three-year-old trotting colts returned to Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots action Thursday, July 16 and all five winners matched or bettered their personal best efforts, in spite of competing over a rain soaked Woodbine Mohawk Park oval. Ripped And Ready led off in the first $23,150 division and delivered an impressive effort from Post 9 to score his second straight Grassroots victory. In rein to Jody Jamieson the fan favourite eased away from the starting gate into sixth heading for the :27 quarter, then circled out to close the gap on the early leaders, dropping briefly into fifth heading by the :56.4 half. Confident in his mount, Jamieson soon had Ripped And Ready on the move and the colt had a clear path to the front by the 1:26.1 three-quarters. Halfway down the stretch Jamieson took a look over both shoulders and sat back to enjoy the rest of the ride. Ripped And Ready trotted under the wire two and one-half lengths the best in a personal best 1:56.2. Pacesetter Archies Star finished second and Dart Guy was third. "It worked out that a couple made breaks, but he really looked on paper that he was as good as any in the program, so I wasn't surprised that he won, just the ease with which he did it," said Jamieson, who engineered the trip for trainer Thierry Vandenplas and owner-breeder Dr. Ruth Irving of Russell, ON. The win gives Kadabra son Ripped And Ready a sophomore record of three wins and one second in four starts and a share of top spot in the three-year-old trotting colt Grassroots point standings with a perfect 100 through two legs. Among the colts sharing top spot in the standings with Ripped And Ready is Remember Titans, who battled to a 1:56.1 personal best in the second $23,500 division. After leading the field for most of the mile, Remember Titans held off a charging Aussie Lover and Kenogami Coco in the stretch to score his second Grassroots victory. "He's a nice big horse. Flawless gaited and he is finally starting to figure it all out," said driver James MacDonald of the E L Titan colt. "When he heard the other horse coming he dug in and was able to finish it off." Remember Titans now has a record of two wins and two seconds in four starts for trainer Shawn Steacy and owners Landmark 12 Racing Stable of Lansdowne, A K Malik Stable of Ottawa, ON and Dale Larson of Kent City, MI. The third division saw Freedom Express travel up the outside lane behind the fans' second choice Angel Nation, and then sprint down the stretch to score his first lifetime victory in 1:57. Favourite Mikey Mass finished two and three-quarter lengths back in second and Massman completed the top three. Thursday's outing was just the seventh lifetime for Freedom Express and only the third in which he has stayed on task, one of the others coming in his four race two-year-old campaign and the other in the July 1 Grassroots season opener at Grand River Raceway where he finished fourth. "I thought he had it in him, but it took some time to get him to put it together," said driver Chris Christoforou, who drives the Wheeling N Dealin gelding for his father, owner-trainer Charalambos Christoforou of Campbellville, ON. "He got a nice trip and it worked out great." Christoforou was back in the winner's circle after the fourth $23,150 division, guiding Awesomedabra to a 1:57.3 score for owner-trainer Gary Lance of Port Perry, ON. Pacesetter Crossfit Mouse finished one length behind the fan favourite and Mr Arch was well back in third. The mile equalled the personal best set by the Kadabra gelding winning his Grassroots Semi-final last fall and moved him into a tie for top spot in the sophomore point race through two regular season events. The final $23,150 division saw Jody Jamieson back in the winner's circle with Royaltys Odyssey, who followed Charmbo Prince up the outer lane and then powered down the stretch to catch pacesetter Ongoing Royalty with a 1:58.1 effort. Charmbo Prince finished three-quarters of a length back in second and favourite Ongoing Royalty settled for third. All three trotters are by sire Royalty For Life. The win was Royaltys Odyssey's first since August of his two-year-old season and came as a distinct relief to the driver and his wife Stephanie Jamieson, who trains the gelding for his father Carl Jamieson of Puslinch and breeder Joanne Morrison of Beeton, ON. "He's been a headache his entire career," said Jamieson. "He's always had go, just hasn't put it together since early last year. We're very happy with his effort." Royaltys Odyssey and his peers will have an opportunity to build on Thursday's success in the third Grassroots Leg on August 15 at Kawartha Downs. Complete results from Thursday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. The focus at Woodbine Mohawk Park shifts back to the Gold Series this weekend with the three-year-old pacing fillies arriving at the Milton oval on Friday for two $106,000 divisions, Races 6 and 8, and the two-year-old pacing colts taking their turn on Saturday in a pair of $107,200 divisions, Races 4 and 6. Post time for both Friday and Saturday's program is 7 pm. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, ON - January 11, 2020 - Harness racing pacers Sintra battled through rainy and windy conditions to reach up at the wire for a second consecutive Preferred score on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The seven-year-old gelding and driver Jody Jamieson rallied from fifth at the head of the lane to win the $36,000 Preferred Handicap by a neck over Nirvana Seelster, who cut the mile, and the same margin over East End in 1:53.2. Competing on a 'Sloppy' track with rain and high winds, the field of six older pacers were led by Nirvana Seelster through fractions of :27., :57.1 and 1:25.3. Real Surreal angled out from fourth to come first-up going to three-quarters. Sintra sat fifth and followed the cover loosely, while Youaremycandygirl, the lone mare in the field, followed from sixth. After facing little pressure, Nirvana Seelster attempted to close out the victory with a final-quarter sprint, aided by the wind at his back. Sintra was able to make up a little more than four-lengths with a :27 final-quarter to snag the victory. Youaremycandygirl finished fourth on the far outside, with Rockin In Heaven and Real Surreal rounding out the field. Trained by Dave Menary, Sintra is now two for two since returning from injury. The seven-year-old gelding had his 2019 season end last May after starting the campaign six for eight. He's now banked $36,000 in two victories this season for owners Michael Guerriero, Kelly Waxman, Nunzio Vena and Frank Cirillo. Sintra's latest victory improves his career numbers to 26 wins and $1,144,436 earned. He paid $2.50 to win. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

MILTON, ON - January 9, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park is set to cap off its first week of the new decade with Preferred action and the Can-Am Pick 4 highlighting Friday and Saturday's harness racing cards. A 10-race card will take place Friday evening, while an 11-race card is on tap for Saturday night. The $32,000 Mares Preferred Handicap Pace will headline Friday's card and a new winner is guaranteed, as last week's winner Youaremycandygirl will tackle the boys in Saturday's $36,000 Preferred Handicap. Kendall Seelster, who was runner-up last week, starts from the outside post-seven and is working towards millionaire status, entering Friday's contested with $952,446. Jody Jamieson will sit behind the five-year-old for trainer Isabelle Darveau. Always well-represented, Richard Moreau sends out a strong duo from the side-by-side positions of posts four and five. Four-year-old Sylph Hanover is three for three since joining the Moreau barn and will make her Preferred debut. Double A Mint, who scored 10 Preferred victories last season, will search for her first top-level score since August. The Mares Preferred Handicap field is completed by (in post position order) Cousin Mary, Inverse Hanover, Better Be Donna N and So Much More. Saturday evening's Preferred Handicap will feature a showdown between the mare Youaremycandygirl and 2017 Canadian Pacing Derby winner Sintra. Moreau trainee Youaremycandygirl was an easy-winner last week in the Mares top-class, making her first start since the TVG Final in late-November at The Meadowlands. The five-year-old has competed and had success at this level, defeating the boys in the Woodbine Preferred on November 9. Dave Menary trainee Sintra had his 2019 campaign cut short due to injury, but the now seven-year-old made a dominant return last week with a 2/14 length score in the Preferred Handicap. The 25-time winner with $1.1 million in career earnings was on pace for a huge season last year, as he won six of eight starts prior to suffering an injury in May. Youaremycandygirl starts from post-four with driver Louis Philippe Roy, while Sintra has post-six in the field of six with Jamieson in the sulky. The Preferred Handicap is completed by (in post position order) Rockin In Heaven, East End, Real Surreal and Nirvana Seelster. Can-Am Pick 4 returns Saturday Saturday evening's card also features the return of the Can-Am Pick 4, a multi-leg wager consisting of two-races at Woodbine Mohawk Park (Race 10 & 11) and two-races at The Meadowlands (Race 10 & 11). The Can-Am Pick 4 sports a $0.20 minimum and low 15 per cent takeout. The sequence starts on Race 10 at Woodbine Mohawk Park and alternates between tracks, finishing on Race 11 at The Meadowlands. The entire program, including past performances for the Can-Am Pick 4 at The Meadowlands, can be downloaded for free at Adriano Sorella to join WRL Owner Adriano Sorella will swing by to join Woodbine's Chad Rozema for an interview on Saturday's edition of Woodbine Racing Live. Sorella has been making noise with his marketing efforts for stallion Jimmy Freight and earlier this week was named a recipient of the USHWA President's Award. Woodbine Racing Live starts at 6:30 p.m. Post time for Friday and Saturday's cards is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

Away since scratching lame seven months ago from the $157,000 Camluck Classic, Sintra returned to the harness racing track a winner in the $36,000 Preferred Handicap Pace on the opening card of the year Saturday (Jan. 4) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Driver Jody Jamieson positioned the seven-year-old Mach Three gelding in fourth while Nirvana Seelster led to the first quarter in :27.3. Pocket-sitter East End soon circled to the front into the backside as Easy Lover Hanover floated first over, carrying Sintra second over into a :56.2 half. Nirvana Seelster faltered around the final turn, leaving a seam for Easy Lover Hanover to duck into the pocket. Sintra raced uncovered to three-quarters in 1:24 and drew closer to East End through the stretch. At the finish the 1-2 favourite finished two-and-a-quarter lengths in front of Real Surreal snagging second from East End in a 1:52.1 mile. Owned by Michael Guerriero, Kelly Waxman, Nunzio Vena and Frank Cirillo, Sintra won his 25th race from 58 starts, earning $1,126,436. Dave Menary conditions the $3.00 winner. Youaremycandygirl rolled from off the pace to take the $32,000 Fillies and Mares Preferred Handicap Pace in 1:53.1. Double A Mint took command towards a :28 first quarter as Cousin Mary made a break, interfering with So Much More and Youaremycandygirl. Double A Mint continued on the front unchallenged into a :57 half but faced pressure around the far turn from 9-5 favourite Kendall Seelster. Youaremycandygirl launched wide to catch cover from Kendall Seelster past three-quarters in 1:25 but swooped to the lead in the stretch. The Richard Moreau trainee strolled two-and-a-half lengths clear of Kendall Seelster heading to the finish to win while So Much More closed for third. A five-year-old mare by American Ideal, Youaremycandygirl won her 23rd race from 45 starts, earning $1,644,349. Sylvain Filion steered the $6.40 winner for owner William Donovan. Trainer Carmen Auciello sent three winners on the 11-race card. He began the evening with Dreamfair B J ($8.40) coming from second over to win a $21,000 conditioned pace and, a few races later, took a $20,000 conditioned pace with High Rolling A ($19.70) popping pocket to win by a neck. Auciello completed the hat trick with Points North ($4.60) holding on by a neck to win the $21,000 nightcap. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Woodbine Mohawk Park. From Standardbred Canada

MILTON, ON - December 13, 2019 - Harness racing driver Jody Jamieson became the newest member of the 8,000 win club on Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The two-time World Driving Champion entered the weekend opener just a win shy of 8,000 for his career and found the winner's circle in the evening's fourth race with sophomore pacing filly Highmoon Sunshine ($11.20) for trainer Isabelle Darveau. Jamieson, 43, has enjoyed tremendous success during his racing career, having won prestigious events such as the Pepsi North America (twice), Maple Leaf Trot (twice) and Little Brown Jug. The Moffat, Ontario resident made his debut in 1994 and is currently on pace to post his 16th consecutive $4 million-plus season. Jamieson's highest single-season win total came in 2009 when he won 796 races. The latest milestone adds to Jamieson's incredible career resume, which includes having driven the winners of more than $130 million. A three-time O'Brien Award winner as Canada's Driver of the Year (2007, 2009, 2011), Jamieson is a fan-favourite at Mohawk Park and across the country, known for his signature post-race high-fives with fans along the rail. Jamieson currently ranks seventh in the Woodbine driver standings and sports 2019 numbers of 174 wins and $3.9 million earned. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Jody Jamieson notches 8,000th win by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment            

Ripping off cover came Easy Lover Hanover through the stretch with a :26 final quarter to cross the line first in the $34,000 Preferred Handicap Pace on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, one of five harness racing victories on the card for driver Jody Jamieson as he continues to grind towards 8,000 wins. Nirvana Seelster led the field to the first quarter in :27.3 while 4-5 favourite B Stoney sat in the pocket. Easy Lover Hanover raced fifth up the backstretch but Jamieson angled him second over as East End tipped uncovered into a :56.2 half. East End stalled rounding the final turn, leaving Nirvana Seelster to hold off B Stoney pulling pocket towards three-quarters in 1:24. B Stoney faltered through the stretch as Nirvana Seelster maintained command, but Easy Lover Hanover slung to the center of the course and swept towards the pacesetter, nailing him by a neck in 1:51. East End finished third. A six-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere, Easy Lover Hanover won his 10th race from 25 starts this season and his 44th from 109 overall, earning $1,041,023. Ben Wallace trains the $6.00 winner for owner Brad Grant. The win in the Preferred was the penultimate of Jamieson’s evening. He won his first two of the evening back-to-back when launching A Boy Named Suuzz ($30.40) off a helmet to a two-and-a-quarter length victory followed by Rockin In Heaven ($4.50) with a near-wire-to-wire mile in 1:49.4. Nocturnal Blue Chip ($6.70) gave Jamieson his third victory of the evening with his final win coming from Ideal Jet ($7.20) in a coast-to-coast 1:51.2 mile. Jamieson goes into the Monday, Dec. 9 card at Woodbine Mohawk Park just one win away from 8,000. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Woodbine Mohawk Park. From 

MILTON, October 31, 2019 - It was all treats and no tricks for harness racing driver Jody Jamieson in Thursday evening's Harvest Series finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Jamieson took the gold in both series finals for Ontario sired two-year-old colts and geldings. Sportswriter colt Beaumond Hanover completed a series sweep in the $47,800 pacing colts and geldings final with a convincing _ length victory, grabbing command in the second-quarter and posting fractions of :57.2 and 1:25.1 before a :28.1 kicker to win in 1:53.2. The strong performance came despite a post-nine starting spot and a stiff headwind in the stretch. Sundown Kid finished second, while Rockin Roll Beach and Sixfingerfreddie completed the Superfecta. Owned and trained by Jack Darling, Beaumond Hanover is now four for five with $23,900 earned. The Sportswriter colt made his career debut on September 30 and was a $45,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase. Beaumond Hanover paid $2.30 to win. Sitting behind another heavy-favourite, Jamieson guided Simsalabim to a blowout 7 ½ lengths score in the $48,400 final for trotting colts and geldings. A son of Kadabra, Simsalabim got a two-hole trip behind Beyond Ordinary, who set fractions of :29.3, :59.3 and 1:29.3. The 1/5 favourite stormed by at the head of the lane and pulled away for the big victory in 1:59.3.   Beyond Ordinary finished second, while I Got The Looks and Lmc Hope completed the top-four. Trained by Rene Dion, Simsalabim is now three for eight with $65,446 earned for owners Susie Kerwood, Dion and Martin Leveillee. He paid $2.70 to win. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired two-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 as of September 30, 2019. Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications & Content

MILTON, ON - August 6, 2019 - Somebeachsometime stormed by rivals in the stretch to win Tuesday's second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The two-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere paced home in :26.3, part of a :53.3 back-half, to come from sixth for the stunning victory in the second leg of the three-week event. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Somebeachsometime got away last in the field of seventh and remained in that position at the midway point. Even-money choice Caviart Jane moved to the top from third in the second-quarter and led the field by the half in :56. Caviart Jane paced a solid :28.1 third-quarter to lead the field into the stretch. Meanwhile, Jamieson moved to the outside approaching three-quarters to sit just over seven-lengths from the top. The stretch drive saw Caviart Jane hold a clear lead at the eighth-pole, but the far outside saw a pair of fillies charging. Lady Lou, who was second-over and five-lengths off at three-quarters, was making up ground late, but Somebeachsometime was storming up just a bit quicker. Caviart Jane surrendered the lead late and watched Somebeachsometime prevail by a head over Lady Lou in 1:52.1. Libspeak finished fourth. Trained by Dave Menary, Somebeachsometime was a $65,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase and is the first foal out of Well Said mare Talk Time. She finished fourth in her debut last week, pacing home in :26 and now has a victory and $8,700 earned for owners Menary Racing Inc, Michael Guerriero, Kenneth Ewen and Bruce Norris. A $2 win ticket on Somebeachsometime returned $4.80. Round one winners Alexa Skye and Reflect With Me did not compete in the second leg. The $50,000 series final will take place next Tuesday (August 13). Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment    

ELORA, ON -- Grand River Raceway marked its 29th annual Industry Day celebration on August 5. The afternoon featured 11 races totaling $540,850 in purses, including the track's feature dashes, the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles. It was a homecoming of sorts for two families who have previously dominated these jewel races in the Elora, ON track's marquee event. 22nd annual Battle Of Waterloo Nine rookie two-year-old pacing colts vied for glory in the 22nd edition of the $239,000 Battle Of Waterloo. Trainer Carl Jamieson and his son, driver Jody Jamieson, teamed up to win with Sports Obsession, their 7-1 starter from post five. Jamieson maneuvered traffic trouble past the halfway marker when Bettorbuckleup and Beach Blanket Book hooked wheels and were taken out of contention. Soon after, the winning pair cleared to the lead and remained on top to clinch the win. The 1:54 score was the Sportswriter son's second career win in five starts. Betting favourite Wind Blown with J Harris was second for trainer Teesha Symes. Aneto with Bob McClure rounded out the top three. Carl Jamieson co-owns Sports Obsession with George Harrison. "I told everyone that the horse had a good shot. We just needed a little luck," said Jamieson. Carl Jamieson trained and drove the first-ever Battle Of Waterloo winner Distinctiv Skeeter in 1998. He also piloted and trained CT Rocket in 2000 and went on to win three more editions with son Jody in the bike in 2002, 2004 and 2006. Neither has won the race since. "Dad and I did it again," Jody Jamieson beamed. "I think it was a special omen today, us teaming up again in the Battle of Waterloo after those victories in the past." 11th annual Battle Of The Belles A field of talented two-year-old pacing fillies contested the 11th edition of the $157,500 Battle Of The Belles. Doug McNair and Karma Seelster capitalized on early action to capture the win at 27-1 in 1:54.4, which matches the stake record set by Play The Bell in 2017. Karma Seelster scored her maiden win in her elimination division last week but drew the outside starting post (#8) in the final. She took to the top as heavy-favourite Alicorn (post four) and Louis Philippe Roy made a break at the first quarter. Alicorn matched the divisional track record in her elimination win last week in 1:54.2. She also holds an OSS speed record earned earlier this year. After her miscue, Roy quickly regrouped Alicorn and she came on strong to finish second for trainer Chantal Mitchell. Temagami Seelster and J Harris were third. This was the second Battle Of The Belles title for the father-son duo of driver Doug McNair and trainer Gregg McNair, both of Guelph, ON. The pair won the 2013 edition with Lady Shadow. They also paired up to win the Batlle Of Waterloo in 2008, 2013 and 2015. "I haven't been in the winner's circle for a while for one of these races," said Doug McNair. "I remember when I was 18 standing here. Time flies. It feels pretty good to be here today. And nice to get one for Keith (Waples)." Hall Of Fame horseman Keith Waples co-owns the Sportswriter filly with his wife Eileen and their daughter Karen Hauver. Karma Seelster was a $127,000 yearling purchase in 2018 at the London Select Sale. "We had a little trouble with her gait this winter (in Florida) but she has really come along since we've been back in Ontario," said Gregg McNair. "It's great to win at Grand River Raceway. It's our home track and we're here quite a bit in the spring training these horses down and I really like it here," he said. Undercard The Industry Day undercard included five divisions of Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) for three-year-old colt pacers. Division leader Sugartown sweetened his hold on the year-end Grassroots title. The Sportswriter son held off Fast N First (James MacDonald) to win his third sophomore OSS race (and sixth season win) by a neck in 1:53.1 with Louis Philippe Roy for trainer Richard Moreau. That 1:53.1 clocking was the quickest of OSS action on Industry Day and matched the first division of the day when Travis Cullen steered Dreamfair Moxy to his sixth career win for owner John Lamers and trainer Jodie Cullen. The final division featured HP Napoleon in his fourth consecutive win from nine starts this season. Mario Baillargeon drove the Big Jim gelding for brother Ben Baillargeon to a three-quarter-length finish in 1:54.3. The quickest mile of the afternoon went to Ghost Dance in the Preferred pace (Race 9). Bob McClure piloted the Nick Gallucci student to a front-end win by 13 lengths in 1:51.1 for owner Millar Farms. It was the first win of the season for the four-year-old gelding. He has banked $166,000 in career earnings. Record Handle Today's handle of $488,696 is a new Industry Day record, besting the previous record of $481,239 set in 2016. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway   • Video: Battle of Waterloo       • Video: Battle Of Belles           Attached Photos: • Doug McNair winning with Karma Seelster in the $157,500 Battle Of The Belles (Emma Ongman/AG Photography)     • Sports Obsession captures the $239,00 Battle Of Waterloo with Jody Jamieson (Emma Ongman/AG Photography)         FFI: Contact Jenna Knox at (519) 846-5455 ext. 247 or               --   Kelly Spencer Co-Owner, True Nature Communications Inc.   Cell: 519-465-7908   >>> Explorers tell the best stories and the best stories win hearts.      

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