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MILTON, June 3, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced a mandatory payout for the harness racing Jackpot Hi-5 will be held this Saturday (June 6) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Live racing, without spectators, is set to resume this weekend (June 5) at Mohawk Park following the suspension of live racing on March 19. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover has been sitting at $236,338.67 since live racing was last held. Jackpot Hi-5 wagering will be suspended for Friday's (June 5) opening card of racing in preparation for Saturday's (June 6) mandatory payout. The Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout will be Race 10 on Saturday's program and as is tradition, the race will feature an overflow field of 11 overnight pacers competing for a boosted purse of $30,000. The most recent Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payouts at Mohawk Park were offered on February 15, 2020 and December 21, 2019. Each payout saw the 'new money' wagered more than double the carryover amount. This Saturday's carryover of $236,338.67 is the highest carryover entering a mandatory payout at Mohawk Park in over a year. The record for highest handle on a Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout is $2.8 million, which was wagered on the March 30, 2019 payout. The carryover for that payout was $525,140. Post time for Saturday's Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout race is 10:45 p.m. (Race 10). Horseplayers can start studying for the Jackpot Hi-5 by downloading an early-program (without final changes) for Saturday's card. Live racing, without spectators, will be held every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park beginning on June 5. Post time is 7 p.m. For more information, visit Mark McKelvie        

MILTON, June 1, 2020 - Woodbine Mohawk Park's Race Office would like to inform harness racing horsepeople that sign-up to train this week at Mohawk Park opens later today (June 1) at 3 p.m. Training at Woodbine Mohawk Park is available on Wednesday (June 3) and Saturday (June 6) from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Training hours will be allotted by signing up on a first-come, first serve-basis. Sign-ups will start at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 1. Trainers are limited to no more than 10 horses per day. A limit of 50 horses are permitted in the paddock during a training time slot. Training time slots will be in 2.5 hour increments (6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.). All paddock COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place for training hours, including the requirement to have all personnel wearing a face mask. Only trainers and essential licensed personnel over the age of 16 will be permitted through the Security check point. The link to sign-up for training is available here: Sign-Up for Training at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Please contact Dylan Allain with any questions at Mark McKelvie

MILTON, May 29, 2020 - Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh came ready to play for Friday's qualifying session at Woodbine Mohawk Park, sending out four impressive harness racing winners. The McIntosh quartet was headlined by the four-year-old season debut from star Sunny Dee. The O'Brien Award winner clashed with her rival and Ontario Sires Stakes champion Bodicea in the tenth-qualifier of the session. Boadicea and driver Doug McNair shot out to grab early control, posting fractions of :27.4, :56.3 and 1:25.3. Sunny Dee and driver Trevor Henry stalked their rival from the two-hole throughout, which set up a stretch showdown. Sunny Dee angled out with an eighth of a mile to go and would reach up in the final stride for a photo finish, prevailing by a small nose in 1:53. Sunny Dee's final-quarter was charted in :27, while Boadicea was home in :27.2 for a solid performance in her season debut. A daughter of Sunshine Beach, Sunny Dee's award-winning three-year-old campaign saw her post 13 wins, 21 top-three finishes and $601,617 earned in 23 starts. She capped off her season with strong performances in Grand Circuit contests, including a victory in the USS Indianapolis Memorial and a runner-up finish in the Matron. Sunny Dee is owned by Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings. Boadicea heads into her four-year-old season off a tremendous 2019. The Bill Budd trainee won eight of 14 starts and earned $417,652. She posted several sub-1:50 miles, holding a mark of 1:49 for owners C E Lawrence Stable Inc and G A Lawrence Stable Inc. Sunny Dee's victory capped off four consecutive wins for McIntosh on the morning, as a trio of his three-year-old pacing fillies also impressed. Bettors Delight filly Sex Appeal took the morning's seventh-qualifier in 1:55.3, shooting to the front for driver Henry and pacing home in :27.4. She won two of nine starts as a rookie with both wins coming in preliminary legs of the Ontario Sired Harvest Series. The next qualifiers saw So Delightful and Henry take the same route to victory. The daughter of Bettors Delight fronted the field to a 1:53.4 score, pacing her final-quarter in :27.4. She won two of 10 as a rookie and was the runner-up in the OSS Grassroots Championship. McIntosh's third sophomore to taste victory could be poised for a big season in Grand Circuit action. Somebeachsomewhere filly Perfect Storm did the heavy-lifting to post a 1:53.3 victory with Henry in the sulky. She capped off her mile in :27.4 to just miss her career-best by a fifth of a second. Perfect Storm posted two wins and five top-three finishes in eight starts as a rookie. Her best performance at two was a runner-up finish in the Matron Stakes, which was her first taste of stakes action. Here is a breakdown of the other winners on Friday morning. Q1: Southwind Maritime (1:58)...this Jim Ritchie trained three-year-old filly, who was one for five as a rookie, got to the lead early from an outside starting spot and never looked back. The daughter of Sportswriter and driver Doug McNair ramped up the tempo in the back-half, posting splits of :28.4 and :27.4 to win easily. Q2: Highland Salsa (1:56.4)...saw a big lead shrink late, but just held on for a narrow victory with driver Sylvain Filion. The Amanda Fine trainee opened up a big lead on the far turn with a :28.1 third-quarter, before pacing home in :29.3 to win. The daughter of Sportswriter just held off Marcel Barrieau trainee Preeminence and Ritchie trainee Zephyr Seelster. Q3: Watchful Eye (1:56.1)...shot up the inside in the final-eighth to power by leader Temagami Seelster for a well-calculated score. The Tony Alagna trained daughter of Hes Watching followed from second throughout, before pacing home in :28.1 with McNair for the win. She was winless in eight starts at two. Q4: Queso Relleno (1:57)...called all the shots for a confident looking win. The Blake MacIntosh trainee and driver Jody Jamieson paced home in :27.4 for the win. A daughter of Betterthancheddar, Queso Relleno capped off her rookie season (4 for 9) with a victory in the OSS Grassroots Final. Q5: Martinis Place (1:58.1)...circled to the top for driver McNair after the opening-quarter and never looked back. The Scott McEneny trainee paced her final-quarter in :28.4. The daughter of Betterthancheddar was one for nine as a rookie. Q6: Dreamadreamforme (1:56.4)...paced out strong to the lead and never surrendered the top spot for driver Jamieson and trainer Jack Darling. Daughter of Betterthancheddar, who was two for seven last season, paced home in :28.1. Q11: Swifty Ally (1:53.2)...shot by rivals in the stretch after a trip in fifth for a victory in her season debut. The Greg McNair trained four-year-old mare was guided by Doug McNair and capped off her mile with a :27.2 kicker. Swift Ally won nine of 16 last season, including multiple OSS Grassroots events. Qualifiers are set to resume on Monday morning at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A total of 11-races will be contested with three-year-old trotting fillies primarily in the spotlight. Post time is 9:30 a.m. To watch all the qualifiers click on this link. For full results of todays qualifiers click here. Entries due Monday for Mohawk Park qualifiers MILTON, May 29, 2020 – Woodbine Mohawk Park’s Race Office would like to remind all horsepeople that the entry box for qualifiers on Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5 will close on Monday (June 1) at 10:30 a.m. Preference will be given to Ontario sired three-year-olds and horses needing a charted line for eligibility to race. Mark McKelvie    

MILTON, May 28, 2020 - The first of several upcoming qualifying session at Woodbine Mohawk Park took place Thursday, as a total of 11-races were contested. All of Thursday's action saw male pacers primarily in the spotlight with trainer Blake MacIntosh's students grabbing most of the glory. MacIntosh sent out four sophomore winners during the session, with two of his winners eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup eligible. On the heels of a standout rookie campaign, Groovy Joe delivered a strong 2020 debut with a 1:53 victory in the seventh-qualifiers for the duo of MacIntosh and driver James MacDonald. The son of Roll With Joe circled to the lead heading to the half and proceeded to finish off his mile with a :26.2 final-quarter (:54.4 back-half) to win. Groovy Joe had a tremendous rookie season, racing primarily in the New York Sires Stakes program. The MacIntosh student won seven of 10 starts and never finished outside the top-two. His final start of the season was a runner-up finish in the NYSS Championship to complete his campaign with $230,845 earned. He is eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. The other 'Cup' eligible of MacIntosh's to win was Beach Blanket Book, who successfully converted off a two-hole trip from driver Doug McNair to win in 1:52.3. The son of Sportswriter was charted with a :26 final-quarter. Beach Blanklet Book won two of 12 starts as a rookie, including a leg of the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division. He also won an elimination of the Battle of Waterloo and competed in the final of the $750,000 Metro Pace, earning $116,028 on the season. MacIntosh's quickest win of the morning came from three-year-old colt A Positive Hanover, who stopped the clock in 1:51.4. The son of Captaintreacherous and reinsman MacDonald were coast-to-coast winners, posting a :54.3 back-half and :27.1 final-quarter. A Positive Hanover went two for eight last season, testing the Grand Circuit waters at the end of the year, which included finishing third in a division of the Bluegrass at The Red Mile. He made $25,334. Not to be left out, Bettors Delight colt Sixfingerfreddie won the first qualifier of the day for McNair and MacIntosh. The sophomore colt won convincingly by over seven-lengths in 1:56.2 (final-quarter :27.3). The season debut is a strong start following a winless rookie campaign, in which he earned $16,714 in 11 starts. Here is a breakdown of the other winners on Thursday morning. Q2: Day Delight (1:55)...three-year-old son of Bettors Delight was a coast-to-coast winner for driver Trevor Henry and trainer Victor Puddy, just holding off a late-push by Rob Fellows trainee Lous Delight. Q3: Unique Beach (1:55.4)...three-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere brushed to the lead in the second-quarter and left his rivals behind to win confidently for driver Chris Christoforou and trainer Tony O'Sullivan. Q4: Better Take It (1:54.4)...the best finish of the morning saw Bob McIntosh trained three-year-old Better Take move to the outside from sixth at the half, grind up on the far turn and dig in down the lane for driver Henry to muscle by multiple rivals. Matt Dupuis trainee Poseidon Seelster just missed pulling off the wire-to-wire score, finishing second by a neck. The top-five were separated by just under two-lengths. Q5: Captivate Hanover (1:54.3)...the Shawn Steacy trained three-year-old posted a strong :26.3 final-quarter to come from third at the head of the lane for a narrow victory over McIntosh trainee Sundown Kid. MacDonald guided the winner. Q9: Beaumond Hanover (1:54.1)...last year's Harvest Series winner delivered a strong three-year-old debut by going coast-to-coast on top for a two-length score over OSS Gold winner Aneto. Jack Darling trains Beaumond Hanover, who was four for five as a rookie. He delivered an easy-looking :26.2 final-quarter for driver Jody Jamieson. Q10: Muscle Mach A (1:51.4)...the new Carmen Auciello student and driver Jonathan Drury posted a 10-length score in his North America debut. The seven-year-old gelding last raced in mid-February in Australia. Q11: Uptown Funk (1:52.4)...another Auciello trainee to post a 10-length score. The five-year-old gelding and Drury took off on rivals early, opening up a 20-length lead and pacing :26.4 third-quarter before coming home in :30. Qualifiers continue Friday morning at Woodbine Mohawk Park with three-year-old pacing fillies and older pacing mares in taking over. Post time is 9:30 a.m. The qualifiers can be streamed live on Mark McKelvie          

MILTON, May 26, 2020 - Fans, horseplayers and harness racing participants will be able to catch all the upcoming qualifiers at Woodbine Mohawk Park on a variety of platforms starting Thursday (May 28). Woodbine Entertainment will be live streaming the qualifiers from Mohawk Park on its YouTube channel and official website at HPItv customers that subscribe to the HPItv Canada channel will also be able to watch the qualifiers live. Woodbine Mohawk Park will play host to qualifiers on Thursday (May 28), Friday (May 29), Monday (June 1) and Tuesday (June 2). Post Time each morning is 9:30 a.m. Mark McKelvie will announce the qualifiers Thursday, which will start streaming approximately 10-15 minutes prior to 9:30 a.m. Program pages for the upcoming qualifiers can be downloaded below. Qualifiers - Thursday, May 28 Qualifiers - Friday, May 29 Qualifiers - Monday, June 1 Qualifiers - Tuesday, June 2 Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications & Content O: 416-675-7223 x4305 C: 905-864-9110            

MILTON, May 26, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment today released its Phase One protocols applicable for all harness racing operations at Woodbine Mohawk Park, including race nights, qualifiers and training. All racing participants and staff are required to familiarize with and practice the protocols. Woodbine Mohawk Park opens for training on Wednesday, May 27. The first qualifying day is Thursday, May 28. Live racing resumes on Friday, June 5. All live racing, qualifiers and training will be held without spectators. Woodbine Mohawk Park - Protocols Applicable to all operations including Race Nights, Qualifiers and Training Mornings - Phase 1 Effective May 27, 2020 We are working hard to keep our racing participants safe and healthy. Please help us all keep racing operations going safely by following the protocols set out in this document. Every essential staff person and racing participant must follow the safest practices on-site and off-site: please try to limit exposure outside of the racetrack, stay 6 feet/2m away from others, recommended to wear a mask outside the home if possible, do not touch your face, and wash hands/sanitize frequently. The health of our horse people is of paramount importance, but the group that post the greatest risk to continue racing, are the drivers and the Start Car driver and Starter. Please handle these groups with great care and respect and encourage others to do so too. Always wear your mask, keep your hands sanitized, and wear gloves when coming into contact with frequently touched areas such as water taps, crossties and stall door latches. As per Government guidelines the Woodbine Mohawk Park site will be closed to all spectators. Owners and Media are not permitted at this time. Only Essential Personnel will be granted access. General Rules of Paddock Operation: The Paddock shall be disinfected after each racing, qualifying & training day. Sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the Paddock. Entry into the Paddock shall be limited to Essential Personnel only. Non-essential personnel will not be granted access to the site. Every person entering the Paddock shall undergo screening and temperature checks at the Security Check Point. This will be the ONLY point of entry for all Woodbine Staff, Regulatory Officials and Racing Participants. All Communications should be carried out electronically where possible to limit in person contact. There shall be no loitering in or around the entrance to the paddock, as all COVID-19 protocols on physical distancing shall be adhered to. The Paddock Kitchen shall remain closed. All essential personnel must bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages until further notice. There will be no microwave in the Paddock. Racing participants are encouraged to bring their own supply of drinking water during the extreme warm temperatures. Masks (or face covering nose and mouth) are mandatory at all times for Racing Participants. It is strongly recommended Racing Participants also wear gloves when coming into contact with frequently touched areas such as water taps, cross ties and door latches. Essential Paddock Personnel Includes: Paddock Judge, Horse Identifier, Saddle Pad Attendant, Parking Lot Attendant, Outrider, two Starting Car Persons, Security, Blacksmith, Veterinarians, TC02 Tech, Test barn Techs, Property Services Labourer, Trainers, Grooms, Drivers, Judges, Official Racetrack Photographer.Owners are not permitted at this time as per Provincial guidelines for sports without spectators. Only Trainers with an entry will be permitted, unless entering a claim that night.No one under the age of 16 shall be permitted onsite until further notice.Only the Paddock Judge & Equipment Inspector will have access to the Paddock Office.The Grandstand will remain closed, other than the Race Office and Bookkeeper. There are NO food or beverage operations in the Grandstand until further notice.Grandstand washrooms are closed. Paddock facilities will be cleaned as per protocols. Hand cleaning and sanitization stations have been added to all key areas. Race Night Operations: Post times to be communicated from Race Office. Races will be spaced at 25 minute intervals. All horses must report to the Paddock as per their 1 hour retention time. Physical Distancing: Racing participants are instructed to get in and get out quickly and efficiently. Horses in the old portion of the Paddock shall be placed in every other stall to ensure physical distancing is being practiced. Horses racing out of the new paddock expansion shall be placed in stalls side by side, as these stalls are much wider, and the wall between stalls raises over 8ft high. Handlers of all horses must ensure they are keeping the appropriate distance from the handler of the horse beside them and wear a face mask and gloves at all times. Horses shall only be allowed to go 1 warm up trip. Trainers wishing to go 2 warm trips must go 1st warm-up at home/training center. There shall be no extra warm up people in the paddock. Trainers must warm up their own horses. Each horse racing shall have a maximum of 1 handler. Trainers racing multiple horses must have grooms taking care of multiple horses. All horses and their handlers must leave the paddock half an hour following their race, unless the handler is tending to horses in a later race. Horses who have been post race tested may leave the Paddock 45 minutes following their race. The Drivers locker room, lounge and showers shall remain closed at this time. Drivers are to wear face masks and gloves at all times, except when driving during the race. While waiting between races, drivers should maintain physical distancing protocols. Upon the driver's last race of the day, he/she should leave the paddock immediately after notifying the Paddock Judge. Lasix and CPMA Test Barn Procedures: Lasix shall be administered in the 2 stalls at the southwest corner of the old Paddock. These stalls will be fenced off, so that non-lasix horses do not have access to these stalls. Trainers shall unload their horses at the southwest door, and their horse will be administered its Lasix. Once it receives its Lasix the horse shall be taken back to Barn 8. There shall be no loitering in or at the entrance of Barn 8. All Handlers must either be outside in an open area practicing physical distancing or waiting in their vehicle until it is time for their horse to report to the Paddock. Post Race testing: Following each race, 2 horses shall be tested. Blood shall be drawn on all test horses after 30 minutes if the horse is unable to provide a urine sample. A Woodbine Security guard shall be stationed outside of the test area to ensure all horses and their handlers are entering and exiting the test area in an appropriate fashion. The Security guard will also supply anyone entering the test barn a new mask and gloves. Physical distancing to be practiced at all times. when entering the test barn with a horse. Attend the opposite side of the horse, from the technician. Remain vigilant and respectful of the Racing Forensic Technicians at all times.Hands sanitized on the way in and way out.Masks and gloves mandatory Start Car: All Start Car Driver, and Starter will wear medical masks at all times.The Start Car shall be sanitized and cleaned daily.   Racing Offices and Bookkeeper Racing Finance: Race Office Staff must ensure physical distancing is practiced. An extreme push shall be made to have trainers make their entries online. No more than 1 person shall be at the counter at 1 time. All others must wait outside of office doors with appropriate distance between each person. There shall be Plexi glass or plastic sheet between employees and horsepeople at counter. Bookkeepers Office shall only have 1 person in addition to the Bookkeeper at any time. All Others must wait outside office doors with appropriate distance between each person. There shall be a Plexi-glass window around desk. Bookkeeper will only be open for business during LIVE racing hours only. The protocols above apply to all Qualifying Races. Training Mornings - Wednesday and Saturdays 7:00 am - 1:00 pm Training slots will be limited to 50 horses per 2 hour block. Trainers must sign-up in advance online using the online sign-up tool on a first come first serve basis. Contact Dylan Allain, Assistant Race Secretary with any questions All protocols listed in the document are in effect for Morning Training hours.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, May 25, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced new dates for several harness racing stakes to be held this season at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The stakes rescheduling only impacts events that were originally slated for May or June. All other races remain the same on the 2020 stakes calendar. As previously announced, the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup for three-year-old pacers has been rescheduled to Saturday, August 29. The Fan Hanover (3-Year-Old Filly Pace), Roses Are Red (Mare Pace) and Armbro Flight (Mare Trot) have all been rescheduled to join the Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, August 29. Eliminations (if necessary) for all four events will take place on Saturday, August 22. The Goodtimes for three-year-old trotting colts has been rescheduled to Saturday, September 5. Eliminations (if necessary) will be held on Friday, August 28. The Somebeachsomewhere for three-year-old pacers has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 12. The final event to be rescheduled is the SBOA Stakes for Ontario sired three-year-old fillies. The SBOA will now take place on Saturday, November 14 with eliminations (if necessary) scheduled for Saturday, November 7. Woodbine Mohawk Park will no longer play host to a leg of The Meadowlands administrated Miss Versatility Series (originally scheduled May 29) or Graduate Series (originally scheduled June 6) in 2020. The Meadowlands has confirmed with Woodbine their intentions to reschedule the Mohawk Park leg of the Miss Versatility for later this season at the New Jersey track, while the Graduate Series leg has been cancelled due to scheduling constraints. Live Racing, without spectators, is scheduled to resume on Friday, June 5 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The revised 2020 stakes schedule for Woodbine Mohawk Park. Stake Previous Date New Date SBOA 3FT Elims Saturday, May 9 Saturday, November 7 SBOA 3FP Elims Saturday, May 9 Saturday, November 7 SBOA 3FT Final Saturday, May 16 Saturday, November 14 SBOA 3FP Final Saturday, May 16 Saturday, November 14 North America Cup Elims Saturday, June 13 Saturday, August 22 Armbro Flight Elims Friday, June 12 Saturday, August 22 Fan Hanover Elims Saturday, June 13 Saturday, August 22 Roses Are Red Elims Saturday, June 13 Saturday, August 22 North America Cup Final Saturday, June 20 Saturday, August 29 Armbro Flight Final Saturday, June 20 Saturday, August 29 Fan Hanover Final Saturday, June 20 Saturday, August 29 Roses Are Red Final Saturday, June 20 Saturday, August 29 Goodtimes Elims Friday, June 12 Friday, August 28 Goodtimes Final Saturday, June 20 Saturday, September 5 Somebeachsomewhere Saturday, June 6 Saturday, September 12 Mark McKelvie        

MILTON, March 25, 2020 - Due to the suspension of live harness racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Woodbine Entertainment has made the decision to suspend the upcoming April 15, 2020 Standardbred stakes payments. "It's important for us to recognize the challenges facing everyone in the horse business at this time, and we want to help where we can," said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. "We want to thank all of the owners that have staked their horses for 2020." Woodbine will reevaluate all stakes purses and sustaining payments in May. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, March 24, 2020 - In light of the Government of Ontario's decision to mandate all non-essential business be closed by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, Woodbine Entertainment would like to inform all horsepeople that the Bookkeeper's office is open today (Tuesday, March 24) until 5 p.m. to handle request for fund withdrawals. The Bookkeeper's office will be able to handle and process requests for funds either by cheque or by wire transfer that are either called in or e-mailed. All cheque requests will be delivered via regular mail service. Pickup at the Grandstand is not available, as the facility is closed to the public given the COVID-19 pandemic isolation procedures. If requesting a cheque, please ensure that the Bookkeeper's office has your most up to date mailing address. As of 5 p.m today (Tuesday, March 24), the Bookkeeper's office will be closed until further notice and will not be processing any transactions. The Woodbine Standardbred Bookkeeper can be reached at 416-675-3993 x 1 + 4315. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, March 19, 2020 -- Woodbine Entertainment announced today that following tonight's harness racing card it will be temporarily suspending live standardbred racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park effective Friday, March 20, until further notice due to the ongoing efforts in limiting the spread of Covid-19. "We have made the decision to suspend live racing in the best interests of the health and wellbeing of our employees, horsepeople and the larger community," said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. "Throughout these uncertain times, we were always prepared to take this step but implemented many precautionary measures to provide horsepeople with the opportunity to race for as long as possible. We will now shift our focus towards working with provincial agencies to provide the standardbred horse community with financial assistance in order to support horsepeople and the essential care needed for their horses while we are not racing at Mohawk Park." Mark McKelvie

MILTON, March 19, 2020 - As an added precautionary measure being taken to help flatten the COVID-19 curve and maintain live harness racing, Woodbine Entertainment would like to inform all horsepeople that training at Woodbine Mohawk Park has been cancelled until further notice. Qualifiers will continue to be offered each Thursday morning. Live racing continues every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Post time is 6:40 p.m. Mark McKelvie      

As things continue to change hour by hour, I would like to issue all of our announcements from today in one piece. We have a lot of information we need to pass to our harness racing horsepeople and obviously avoiding confusion and getting the messages out is my number one priority.   At the moment, we have no other announcements to make for the day.   Woodbine Mohawk Park updates for horsepeople MILTON, March 18, 2020 - In an effort to avoid confusion, Woodbine Mohawk Park has compiled all notices and procedures that have been issued in the last 24 hours. Horsepeople are urged to review all announcements and adhere to all procedures in order to maintain live racing.   QUALIFIERS FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 18 Woodbine Mohawk Park has adjusted the start time and order of qualifiers to limit traffic in the paddock. Qualifiers will begin at 9:30 a.m. with four qualifying races for trotters contested. A one-hour break will commence following the trot qualifiers. At approximately 11 a.m., qualifiers will resume with six qualifying races for pacers. Trotters will race out of the old paddock, while pacers will race out of the new paddock expansion. Training and Schooling is not available on Thursday morning. Only horses qualifying will be permitted on the property. Horsepeople coming to qualify at Woodbine Mohawk Park are reminded to review all paddock procedures listed below.   INCREASED PADDOCK PROCEDURES In order to maintain live racing and follow the best practices for health and safety, Woodbine Entertainment has issued the following updated paddock procedures for Woodbine Mohawk Park. Effective Friday (March 20) and until further notice, post time for Live Racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park will move to 6:40 p.m. Post time for Thursday evening's card of live racing will remain at 7:10 p.m. The following procedures for the paddock at Woodbine Mohawk Park will be implemented until further notice. All horsepeople will be screened upon arrival, with their temperature taken at the stable gate.All trainers should bring only essential employees for live racing, training or qualifying.Unless tending to their horse, owners will not be permitted in the paddock.No one under the age of 16 will be permitted in the paddock. All horses will enter the paddock through the regular entrance.All horses on Lasix will receive their medication in the Old Paddock and then move to Barn 8 until their retention time in the paddock.Races 1 through 5 will race out of the Old Paddock (standing stalls).Races 6 through 10 will race out of the New Paddock (box stalls).Horsepeople are required to adhere to the paddock retention schedule.Please limit foot traffic between the two paddocks.Do not congregate to socialize.Practice social distancing. Text and call within the paddock, versus face to face.Following each race, horsepeople should bath and load their horses as quickly as possible and exit the paddock within 30 minutes. Woodbine thanks our horsepeople for their cooperation during this period and will continue to issue updates regularly. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, March 18, 2020 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to issue a reminder and update to all harness racing horsepeople.   All trainers are reminded to bring only essential employees to the racetrack during live racing, training and qualifying. Only owners tending to their horses will be permitted to the paddock. Anyone under the age of 16 will not receive access to enter the paddock.   In order to reduce the traffic in the paddock area, training and schoolers for Thursday morning (March 19) have been cancelled. Only horses entered to qualify will be permitted and will need to be checked in.   Qualifiers begin at 10 a.m.   Training continues to be offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings from 7 a.m. to Noon. Mark McKelvie      

MILTON, ON - March 14, 2020 - Harness racing driver  Doug McNair, the leading driver at Woodbine Mohawk Park, has informed track officials that he will be donating all his earnings from tonight's (March 14) card of racing to the Canadian Red Cross in support of COVID-19 response efforts. McNair would like to invite other horsepeople racing tonight to join him in helping. Any individuals racing tonight that would like to donate should visit the Mohawk Park Race Office to inform the Bookkeeper. McNair is listed to drive in eight of this evening's 10-races. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

TORONTO - In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and in the interest of the safety of customers, employees, horsepeople and the larger community, Woodbine Entertainment announced today that it will be closing Woodbine Mohawk Park and Woodbine Racetrack to the general public for a minimum of two weeks. Preparations to close both facilities to the general public are well underway and will be closed starting tomorrow, Sunday, March 15. Woodbine Entertainment will continue to monitor the situation closely and stay in contact with public health officials to determine when it is safe to fully reopen its operations and facilities to the public. "We strongly believe that closing our racetracks to the public is the right thing to do for the wellbeing of our employees, customers and horsepeople," said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. "We also recognize that we all have a role to play in slowing down the spread of this virus to protect the larger community. We will continue to work closely with public health officials and make decisions that are consistent with health and safety being our highest priority." The decision to close these facilities follows the recommendation of Ontario's Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Williams for the suspension of all large events and public gatherings due to Covid-19. Woodbine Entertainment's live harness racing at Mohawk Park will continue as scheduled but without spectators and only essential staff, licensed horsepeople and regulators permitted in the facility. As an additional precaution, Woodbine Entertainment is screening all horsepeople entering the paddock, which will also have highly restricted access for licensed personnel only. Plans to open the Thoroughbred season remain scheduled for Saturday, April 18 but are subject to an ongoing assessment of the situation. Currently, the training facilities at Woodbine Racetrack will remain open with screening for all horsepeople entering the backstretch and restricted access to licensed personnel only. Woodbine Entertainment does not operate the casinos in either of its properties. Currently, Elements Casino at Woodbine Mohawk Park and Casino Woodbine at Woodbine Racetrack remain open and any updates will be provided directly from the operators of the casinos. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, ON - March 11, 2020 - Due to the growing public concerns about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and as part of precautionary measures being taken in the interest of health and safety, Woodbine Mohawk Park and the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) today announced a new screening process for entry into the paddock. Effective Thursday, March 12, anyone entering the paddock will be subject to several questions as a screening by security. Once cleared, the person entering the paddock will receive a sticker on their AGCO license that will excuse them from the screening process for seven days. At the conclusion of the seven days, the person entering will then go through the screening process again. Woodbine and COSA strongly encourages horsepeople to give extra time when travelling to Woodbine Mohawk Park for live racing and qualifiers. The screening process may create wait times when checking in. There will be no exceptions given by the AGCO for horses arriving late to the paddock for Lasix or racing. Factoring in additional time for arrival is highly recommended. Woodbine Mohawk Park will also be limiting paddock access to only participants, officials and staff. There will be no group tours or non-licensed guests allowed in the paddock until further notice. While there have been no known cases of COVID-19 on the Woodbine Mohawk Park property, it is of great importance to Woodbine Entertainment and COSA to keep all our horse people, employees and guests safe and healthy. Woodbine and COSA are committed to taking reasonable precautions and steps required to protect the safety of our racing participants and are continuing to keep up-to date with information provided by the Toronto Public Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Toronto Public Health have confirmed risks to COVID-19 continues to remain low, however, there are isolated cases in the Greater Toronto Area. The biggest risk remains coming in direct contact with family of friends that have travelled to Coronavirus hot-zones around the globe. Please see additional information below on best practices: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.Avoid close contact with people who are ill.Stay home when you are ill and immediately inform your employer if you are experiencing the following symptoms: Fever, Dry Cough, Muscle Aches, Tiredness and Difficulty Breathing.Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands.If you don't have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. We require all participants to notify their employer immediately, if they or someone they live with has recently travelled to/from a designated affected area, such as China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Singapore or Iran. It is strongly recommended at this time that you remain home, seek medical attention and/or self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Please use the handwashing stations and/or hand sanitizer outside the following key common areas in at Woodbine Mohawk Park during training and racing: Paddock Kitchen (everyone should wash their hands before and after eating)Race OfficeAll Paddock Areas Coronavirus FAQ What countries have been impacted by the COVID-19 and what should employees do if they have travelled to the designated affected areas? There has been an increase in cases of COVID-19 in China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Singapore and Iran. The direction from Toronto Public Health for people who have travelled to Iran or the Hubei Province in China, is that they should self-isolate for a period of 14 days after your last day in the country. Returning travelers returning from the listed countries are asked to call Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600. Additionally, if you have travelled to any of these affected areas, please monitor for symptoms for 14 days after leaving and report it to your employer immediately. If I have symptoms of COVID-19, what should I do? If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, please call your family doctor or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 and report it to your employer ASAP. If you are on-site at Woodbine, notify Security immediately and we will help you seek medical attention. How many confirmed active cases of COVID-19 are in Ontario? As of March 10, 2020, there have been 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario. What happens in the event that the COVID-19 situation escalates in our workplace, in the municipalities that we operate in and worldwide? Woodbine and COSA continue to monitor the situation closely and will follow direction and guidance from Toronto Public Health and relevant municipal/provincial authorities. Additionally, Woodbine has a working Task Force in place who are dedicated to developing and activating a preparedness and response plan according to the severity and impact level. Thank you for your continued cooperation in maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and paddock area, and we will continue to update you as pertinent information becomes available. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

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