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MILTON, November 20, 2020 - Beyond Better and Northern Sultan rallied to harness racing victories in Friday evening's Harvest Series finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Harvest Series for three-year-old colts and geldings wrapped up with the $51,400 final for pacers and $50,500 final for trotters. Each final saw full fields of ten compete. Beyond Better capitalized on wicked fractions up front rally from fifth and seven lengths off at the head of the lane to score a career-best 1:52 win. Trevor Henry guided the Bob McIntosh trainee to his fifth win in 13 starts this season. Beach Demon did the heavy lifting early, posting sizzling fractions of :27.2, :54.2 and 1:22.2. The torrid pace did in Beach Demon, who gamely hung in for a fourth-place finish. Beyond Better sat fifth throughout and swept by rivals on the far outside with a :28.1 final-quarter to win by a length and a half. Delightful Terror sat fairly close to the hot tempo in third and split through to finish second. Heart On My Sleeve followed Beyond Better's path to a third-place finish. A gelded son of Bettors Delight, Beyond Better moves up to $71,810 in earnings for owners Robert McIntosh Stables, Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables. Unraced at age two, Beyond Better now has back-to-back victories to go along with a pair of runner-up finishes in the two starts prior. Beyond Better returned $5.80 to win. Northern Sultan and driver Chris Christoforou had a similar path to victory, coming from sixth at the top of the stretch for a career-best 1:55.3 victory. The Murray Brethour trainee came into Friday's final off a victory in round two, but was overlooked, scoring a 10-1 upset. Heavy-favourite Moon Bridge had a tough journey from post nine, spending just over the first half of the race parked before touching down on the lead. The public's top choice took the field down to three-quarters in 1:25.2 with pressure being applied. The back field came to life in the lane with Northern Sultan powering up to the victory of three-quarters of a length. Lexus Markus came from well-back in ninth to finish second, extending his unlucky streak of second-place finishes to four in a row. Magics Wizard rallied from seventh to finish third, while Moon Bridge had to settle for fourth. A homebred for Northfields Farm, Northern Sultan is now three for 11 on the season with $57,272 earned. The gelded son of Royalty For Life made just two starts as a rookie. Those that backed the Brethour trained Northern Sultan got back $22.40 for a $2 win ticket. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired three-year-olds that were non-winners of $30,000 in 2020 as of September 30, 2020. Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

MILTON, ON - November 20, 2020 - Woodbine Mohawk Park is pleased to offer horseplayers the opportunity to purchase programs and place wagers during each day of live racing through Quick Cash Stop Betting. Quick Cash Stop Betting allows horseplayers to stop by the main entrance and complete quick transactions, including purchasing programs and placing bets through the wagering terminals. All customers are asked to make their transactions in a timely manner and then exit. Customers will not be able to stay for live racing or watch simulcast coverage. The Quick Cash Stop Betting is open during each night of live racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park and all day on Saturdays. The hours of operation are listed below: Monday: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Woodbine Mohawk Park is currently closed to spectators while Halton Region is in the Red "control" zone. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

LONDON, ON - November 18, 2020 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District is teaming up with some of the province’s best harness racing drivers to spread added Christmas cheer this holiday season. The London oval will play host to the first ever Drivers’ Holiday Challenge in support of Toys for Tots on Sunday, December 20th . Post time for the special program will be 4:45 p.m. (ET). Four top drivers from Woodbine Mohawk Park will take on four of the leading drivers from The Raceway with all driving commissions being generously donated to the charity which will be used to purchase Christmas Toys for children in need. The Raceway will also be matching the driver’s donations. “Toys for Tots is extremely happy to partner with The Raceway at Western Fair District this year. This will be a great opportunity for both our organizations to make a significant impact in our local community,” said Toys For Tots President Robert Krizanec. “It is because of organizations such as The Raceway that will allow children to have a gift under the tree this holiday season.” The inaugural edition of the Drivers’ Holiday Challenge features Woodbine Mohawk Park’s leading drivers Bob McClure, Doug McNair, Louis Phillippe Roy and Trevor Henry as well as top local reinsmen Marc St Louis Jr., Colin Kelly, Tyler Borth and Scott Wray. “Given the current climate we wanted to host an event that was both safe to conduct and would support families during these troubling times,” said Racing Manager Greg Gangle. “We are pleased to team up with Toys for Tots and support their initiative around the holiday season. Also, without the commitment of the drivers this event would not be possible. We applaud their support.” COSA TV, presented by CUJO Entertainment, will provide live coverage of the Drivers’ Charity Challenge program. The broadcast will be available on the COSA TV’s social media platforms, the Facebook pages of both CUJO Entertainment and Harness Racing Update (HRU), as well as the Standardbred Canada website. Toys For Tots (Canada) is a Canadian charity based on local partnerships between Canadian Armed Forces, businesses, and concerned citizenry whose sole focus as an organization is to provide toys for children who are in need. Toys For Tots works to address and prevent specific problems faced by families and their supporting charity organizations by providing toys to children who would otherwise go without during a major religious holiday and provide toys throughout the calendar year to local emergency and social agencies to distribute to children during catastrophic circumstances. From The Raceway

MILTON, ON - November 18, 2020 - With Halton Region currently in the red "control" zone, Woodbine Entertainment has released updated protocols for harness racing owners attending the races at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Starting Thursday (November 19), Woodbine will permit one owner, plus one guest, access to the Woodbine Mohawk Park apron for only the race their horse is competing in. The owner and guest will not be allowed entry to the Grandstand until 10 minutes prior to the race and must exit five minutes after the race. If an owner has another horse racing that evening, the owner and guest must return to their vehicles until 10 minutes prior to their next race. Access to the apron will be gained through the employee entrance (located on the West End beside the Paddock). At the point of entry, each owner shall present their AGCO Licence and undergo screening and a temperature check. Physical distancing must be practiced at all times. When exiting, owners shall exit through the front doors of the grandstand. Access to the grandstand is only for the purpose of traveling to the apron and exiting. Owners must sign-up online prior to attending their race. The sign-up forms for the next four days of racing are listed below. Thursday, November 19, 2020 Friday, November 20, 2020 Saturday, November 21, 2020 Monday, November 23, 2020 by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment            

MILTON, ON - November 17, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment has unveiled the lineup for its upcoming Winter Series to be raced at Woodbine Mohawk Park. There are no changes from last year's harness racing Winter Series lineup. Woodbine Mohawk Park will offer six events over the months of December, January and February. The conditions and dates for each series are listed below: Niagara Series 3-Year-Old Pacing Fillies in 2020, Non-Winners of $60,000 Life as of October 31, 2020 Leg 1: Saturday, December 12, 2020 Leg 2: Saturday, December 19, 2020 Final: Saturday, December 26, 2020 Valedictory Pacing Series 3-Year-Old Pacing Colts/Geldings in 2020, Non-Winners of $60,000 Life as of October 31, 2020 Leg 1: Friday, December 11, 2020 Leg 2: Friday, December 18, 2020 Final: Saturday, December 26, 2020 Blizzard Pacing Series 3 & 4-Year-Old Pacing Fillies/Mares in 2021, Non-Winners of 2 Races or $30,000 Life as of October 31, 2020 Leg 1: Thursday, January 14, 2021 Leg 2: Thursday, January 21, 2021 Final: Friday, January 29, 2021 Snowshoe Pacing Series 3 & 4-Year-Old Pacing Colts/Horses/Geldings in 2021, Non-Winners of 2 Races or $30,000 Life as of October 31, 2020 Leg 1: Friday, January 15, 2021 Leg 2: Friday, January 22, 2021 Final: Friday, January 29, 2021 Wine & Roses Trotting Series 3 & 4-Year-Old Trotting Fillies/Mares in 2021, Non-Winners of $60,000 Life as of October 31, 2020 Leg 1: Thursday, January 28, 2021 Leg 2: Thursday, February 4, 2021 Final: Friday, February 12, 2021 Family Day Trotting Series 3 & 4-Year-Old Trotting Colts/Horses/Geldings in 2021, Non-Winners of $60,000 Life as of October 31, 2020 Leg 1: Monday, February 1, 2021 Leg 2: Monday, February 8, 2021 Final: Monday, February 15, 2021 All preliminary legs will be raced for a purse of $17,000, while all finals will have $30,000 in added money. Nominations close on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. The nomination fee for each event is $200 ($160 USD). To view the nomination form and conditions, click here. Nominations can be paid online at If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than December 1, 2020 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, November 14, 2020 – Karma Seelster and Lmc Bumble Bee captured SBOA Stakes glory to wrap up the 2020 stakes season on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  With the temperature sitting at the freezing mark, the SBOA’s saw full fields of ten Ontario sired fillies clash in the $138,518 pacing final and $141,518 trotting final.  Karma Seelster finally got her big win, shooting up the rail after a two-hole trip to win in 1:53 for driver Doug McNair and trainer Gregg McNair. The daughter of Sportswriter entered the evening with over $200,000 earned this season, despite having just found the winner’s circle twice in 14 starts.  “She finishes second, third quite a bit and I mean going for money like that it adds up,” said McNair of Karma Seelster. “It’s a little frustrating sometimes as a driver when you get a trip like that and sometimes she’ll shoot through and just kind of hang around and finish second and third, but she really put out tonight and raced great.”  Karma Seelster blasted to the front, posting a :27.2 opening-quarter. Rose Run Victory also flashed early speed and made the front early in the second-quarter after being parked around the first turn.   The middle-half saw little action, as Rose Run Victory got to the half in a comfortable :56.3 and three-quarters in 1:26. Lauras Love angled out from third to sit first-up on the far turn, while Rose Run Vantage followed that cover.  In the stretch, Karma Seelster found daylight up the rail and shot through to the lead, holding off Rose Run Vantage in the centre by a head in 1:53. Lauras Love finished third, while Rose Run Victory was fourth.  “I figured the way Hensley’s filly (Rose Run Victory) raced last week she was probably the one to follow and as soon as I made the front he was on the move right away,” said McNair. “In the last turn I just thought we were racing for second or third off those fractions, but things opened up and she raced great.”  Karma Seelster’s win is a family affair, as she is owned by Hall of Famer Keith Waples, his wife Eileen Waples and their daughter Karen Hauver. The pacing filly now has three wins and $277,570 earned this season to bring her career totals to seven wins and $539,775.  A $2 win ticket on Karma Seelster returned $5.70.  The SBOA Filly Trot final delivered a thrilling finish, with Lmc Bumble Bee capitalizing off some nifty stickhandling from driver James MacDonald to win at odds of 9-1.  “I was in an awful spot with nowhere to go,” said MacDonald about his position at three-quarters. “They kind of hooked wheels for a second in front of me and I got a seam to get out and at the top of the stretch I was just dying for some daylight because I had all kinds of trot.”  Lmc Bumble Bee hustled off the wings of the gate to lead into the first-turn just before Shape Shifter cleared to command at a :27.1 opening-quarter. Princesspartypants, who was parked around the first turn, got a rough ride in the second-quarter on her way to the top, finally clearing at a huge :55.2 half.  Race-favourite P L Notsonice was out and moving going to the half, taking over the top spot racing to three-quarters in 1:25.1.  Second-choice Susies Lady was left uncovered first-up, while Lmc Bumble Bee was pinned at the rail and shuffled back to seventh turning for home.  The stretch drive saw P L Notsonice and Susies Lady square off for a good chunk, but neither filly had enough in the tank to hold off the back field.   Jula Shes Magic and Yen were marching strong in the centre, but the strongest of all was Lmc Bumble Bee. The Nick Gallucci trainee and MacDonald were flying up behind rivals before diving down to the rail and maintaining momentum to pull off the thrilling victory by three-quarters of a length over Jula Shes Magic.  Yen grabbed third, while Susies Lady and P L Notsonice settled for fourth and fifth, respectively.  A daughter of Muscle Mass, Lmc Bumble Bee has found her best stride late in the season after some setbacks.  “When we trained her down, we thought she was the best trotting filly we had ever owned,” said owner Frank Cirillo, who shares ownership with his daughter Loredana. “She got two surgeries last year, she had two surgeries this year after the first Gold and we never thought she’d make it back, but (Nick) Gallucci did just an amazing job bringing her back, so it’s just unbelievable to be standing here right now.”  The Gallucci trained Lmc Bumble Bee is now four for nine with $121,975 earned on the season. Her clocking of 1:55 on Saturday established a new career best.  Lmc Bumble Bee will be racing in the upcoming Harvest Series, as she had little money on her card prior to October and met the eligibility. She paid $20 to win.  Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7 p.m.    Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications & Content

MILTON, ON - November 12, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to issue a reminder to the Standardbred racing community of its policies for participants who have recently traveled outside the country and seek to race at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Participants arriving from an outside country or permanent residents returning to Canada will be allowed access to race at Woodbine Mohawk Park under the following conditions: 1) Complete a successful 14-day isolation period before 6 p.m. on race night and pass the COVID-19 screening process at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Proof of date of arrival into Canada is required to be presented to the Director of Standardbred Racing in advance of race night. Day 1 of the isolation period is the day of arrival into Canada. 2) Receipt and proof of "Quarantine Exemption" (e-mail or paper notice) at the Canadian Border AND results of a negative COVID-19 test conducted in Canada upon arrival to be presented to the Director of Standardbred Racing. It is highly recommended that foreign participants or permanent residents returning to Canada not attend Training Centres until the results of a negative COVID-19 test are received, thereby not putting the racing community at risk. Any participants with questions or concerns are asked to contact Bill McLinchey, Director of Standardbred Racing, at by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, November 10, 2020 – Ontario sired three-year-old fillies will cap off the 2020 stakes season at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a pair of SBOA Stakes finals this Saturday.  Full fields of ten will clash in the $141,518 trotting filly final and $138,518 pacing filly final. The SBOA Stakes were rescheduled to this Saturday from their usual position in May. Last Saturday’s card saw a pair of eliminations contested for each event and the elimination winners will look to carry that momentum into Saturday’s finals.  Susies Lady and P L Notsonice were the eliminations winners on the trotting side. Susies Lady dusted her rivals by nearly five lengths for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Susie Kerwood, while P L Notsonice overcame an outside starting spot to win for driver Jonathan Drury and trainer Joseph Skowyra.  Just a fifth of a second separated the elimination winners, with Susies Lady the fastest at 1:55.1.  The elimination winners are two of five fillies returning from last month’s Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final. Shape Shifter, who has drawn post-nine in Saturday’s final, was part of a dead-heat for win in the Super Final at odds of 107-1.   Modern Mass is the other filly from the Super Final competing. She joins stablemate Princesspartypants as a one-two punch in Saturday’s final for trainer Roger Mayotte.  The $141,518 SBOA Filly Trot final is carded as Race 5 (8:40 p.m.).  The SBOA Filly Pace final is the latest clash between a strong group of sophomores that have waged war all season long. Rose Run Victory and Karma Seelster came through with winning performances in last weekend’s eliminations.  Rose Run Victory unleashed a vicious :26.3 kicker to sweep rivals in her elimination score. She’s now won two in a row since joining the Hensley barn where Ashleigh trains and her husband, Ed, drives.  Burke Racing is part of the new connections of Rose Run Victory, who is now three for 16 on the season.  Karma Seelster has danced all the big dances locally over the last couple of seasons. The Gregg McNair trainee converted off a two-hole trip from driver Doug McNair in her elimination to collect her second win in 14 starts this season.  A daughter of Sportswriter, Karma Seelster has earned $208,311 this season to bring her career earnings to $470,516.  The top earner in the field this season is Lauras Love, who has earned $315,231 in 19 starts for trainer John Pentland. She is one of the headliners along with O’Brien Award winner Alicorn.  The $138,518 SBOA Filly Pace final is carded as Race 7 (9:30 p.m.).  Saturday evening’s card will also feature a $36,000 Preferred Pace and $32,000 Mares Preferred Handicap Pace.  Star three-year-old Beaumond Hanover from the Jack Darling barn will leap up to take on Preferred rivals for the first time. The field also includes the return of 2017 Canadian Pacing Derby champion Sintra, who last raced in the Breeders Crown on October 31.  The Mares Preferred Handicap sees So Much More go back in against the ladies after posting a win and third-place finish in her last two starts against the boys in the Preferred. Lit De Rose will be looking to double up after she won the most recent Mares Preferred back on October 31.  Post time for Saturday’s 11-race card is 7 p.m. Early program pages for the card can be downloaded by clicking here.    Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

MILTON, November 7, 2020 - Ontario sired fillies were in the harness racing spotlight Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the eliminations of the SBOA Stakes. A total of four $25,000 elimination races, two for pacers and two for trotters, were part of Saturday's 12-race card. The top-five finishers in each elimination advanced to next week's finals. P L Notsonice had an adventurous journey to a 1:55.2 score in the first split for trotting fillies. The Joseph Skowyra trainee and driver Jonathan Drury were briefly four-wide in the second-quarter, eventually settling down on the lead at the half in :57.1. The early-battle did not lead to any in the back-half, as P L Notsonice cruised by three-quarters in 1:26 and trotted home in :29.2 to win by a length and three-quarters. Princesspartypants grabbed second, while Sonadora Deo and Shape Shifter rallied for third and fourth. The fifth-place finisher was Lmc Bumble Bee. A daughter of Kadabra, P L Notsonice is now five for 13 this season after going winless in seven starts as a rookie. Her seasonal earnings now jump to $97,759 and career earnings over $150,000 for owners Prince Less Acres and Renaldo Morales III. P L Notsonice paid $9.70 to win. Susies Lady took command in the second-quarter and trotted off to a 4 ½ length score in 1:55.1. Jody Jamieson steered the Susie Kerwood trainee to fourth win in 14 starts this season, trotting a :28.1 final-quarter to secure the comfortable victory. Chelseas Magic finished second, while Jula Shes Magic, also from the Kerwood barn, was third. Modern Mass and Yen completed the top-five. Susies Lady                        --New Image Media photo Susies Lady has now banked over $125,000 this season and sports career numbers of eight wins and $161,100 for owners M And L of Delaware LLC and Kerwood. She paid $4.20 to win. On the pacing side, Karma Seelster converted off a two-hole trip in the first elimination for driver Doug McNair and trainer Gregg McNair. The daughter of Sportswriter followed Rose Run Vantage into the lane and muscled by with a :28.2 final-quarter to win in 1:51.1. Lauras Love rallied from sixth to finish second, beat three-quarters of a length, while Rose Run Vantage was third. Betalady and Sound Idea rounded out the top-five. Karma Seelster                     --New Image Media photo Karma Seelster had just one win on the season entering Saturday, but was pushing $200,000 in seasonal earnings. The McNair trainees second win of the campaign is her sixth career victory and increases her earnings to $460,516 for owners Eileen & Keith Waples and Karen Hauver. A $2 win ticket on Karma Seelster returned $5.80. Rose Run Victory unleashed a vicious :26.3 final-quarter to rally from seventh and last to win the second elimination in a career best 1:52 for driver Ed Hensley. The Ashleigh Hensley trainee made up nearly seven lengths in the lane to surpass Beach Sports, who cut the mile, and prevail by a length and three-quarters. Alicorn finished third, while Queso Relleno and Preeminence also advanced to the final. A daughter of Shadow Play, Rose Run Victory recently entered the Hensley barn after being purchased by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Phillip Collura. The sophomore pacing filly is now two for two since the barn change and has increased her seasonal numbers to three wins and $44,470 earned in 16 starts. Rose Run Victory paid $7.60 to win. The SBOA finals will take place next Saturday (November 14). The pacing final will go for a purse of $138,518 and the trotting final for $141,518. The post positions for each final were drawn following Saturday's eliminations.   $138,518 - SBOA Filly Pace 1 Lauras Love 2 Beach Sports 3 Sound Idea 4 Rose Run Victory 5 Karma Seelster 6 Queso Relleno 7 Alicorn 8 Preeminence 9 Betalady 10 Rose Run Vantage AE: Mach My Kiss   $141,518 - SBOA Filly Trot 1 Modern Mass 2 Sonadora Deo 3 Jula Shes Magic 4 Susies Lady 5 P L Notsonice 6 Lmc Bumble Bee 7 Chelseas Magic 8 Princesspartypants 9 Shape Shifter 10 Yen AE: Intense Justice Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications & Content

MILTON, November 6, 2020 - A last to first rally with pacing mare Gias Surreal gave harness racing driver Trevor Henry career driving win 7,000 on Friday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Arthur, Ontario resident entered Friday's card three wins shy of the 7,000 mark and recorded the "Hat-Trick" victory in Race 11 in upset fashion, scoring at odds of 12-1. Gias Surreal will go down as winner 7,000 for Henry and it came in style. The four-year-old mare, who is trained by Don Lindsey, was seventh and last turning for home and unleashed a furious stretch rally to sweep by her rivals late and take this week's top class for pacing mares. Henry's other two victories on the card came with five-year-old trotting mare Shes Got Pizazz and five-year-old pacing mare Furiosa. A leading driver across Ontario for many years, Henry has been a top driver at Woodbine Entertainment over the last several seasons and currently ranks fifth for wins (149) at Mohawk Park in 2020. His career best season for wins was 533 in 2012, while his highest earning season was $5.9 million in 2017. Now a member of the 7,000 win club, Henry has driven the winners of $65 million over the course of his more than three-decade career. Woodbine Entertainment would like to congratulate Trevor Henry on his latest career milestone.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

MILTON, ON - November 5, 2020 - Harvest Series finals for two-year-olds continued Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with male pacers and trotters in the spotlight. A full field of 10 clashed in the $48,100 Harvest Series final for pacing colts and geldings, while over on the trotting side it was a field of seven in a $45,100 contest. Rau Ru powered by No Free Launch in deep stretch to complete the sweep of the pacing colts and geldings series. Driven by Paul MacDonell, Rau Ru quickly brushed from fourth to first in the second-quarter. The lead was short-lived, as 4/5 favourite No Free Lunch got away fifth and followed that move, clearing to command at a :56.1 half. No Free Lunch reached three-quarters in 1:25.1 and looked to sprint home for the victory. Rau Ru angled out of the two-hole with an eighth of a mile to go and muscled by to complete the series sweep, stopping the clock in 1:53.2. No Free Lunch finished second by a length and a half, while Mustang Beach was third. Trained by Clark Beelby, Rau Ru improved his numbers to four wins and $54,008 earned in eight starts with the Harvest Series victory. The son of Bettors Delight was a $105,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale graduate and is owned by Coyote Wynd Farms. A $2 win ticket on Rau Ru $8.20. There was little drama in the trotting final, as Publicity Seeker trotted strongly to the top in the second-quarter and marched to a career-best 1:55.2 score for driver Doug McNair and trainer Stephen Bossence. A gelded son of Muscle Mass, Publicity Seeker made it a Harvest Series sweep with the strong performance and now sits at five wins and $62,410 earned in eight starts for owners Bossence, Richard Thompson and Derek Reid. Publicity Seeker put up solid fractions of :57 and 1:26.4 before a :28.3 final-quarter sealed the victory. Mystic finished 2 ¾ lengths back in second, while Arlanda was third. A $2 win ticket on Publicity Seeker returned $2.50. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired two-year-olds who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2020 as of September 30. Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The first leg of the Harvest Series for Ontario sired three-year-old colts and geldings makes up half of the 12-race card. Post time is 7 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment            

TORONTO - November 3, 2020 - Racetracks of Canada, Ontario Racing and Woodbine Entertainment are raising significant concerns with Private Member's Bill C-218. The bill is currently being debated by Members of Parliament in the Canadian House of Commons. PMB C-218 seeks to legalize Single-Event Sports Betting in Canada, but damage to the horseracing industry may end up being an unintended consequence of the legislation. It creates an opening for international companies and others to offer wagering on horseraces in Canada at the expense of the local industry. Canada's horseracing industry is sustainable because of the carefully constructed agreements between betting establishments, horsepeople groups and others in the industry, to ensure that a fair portion of the revenue generated by wagering is circulated back into the horse racing ecosystem. C-218 legalizes wagering on horseracing outside of this framework, jeopardizing the industry support model that serves as the basis of more than 50,000 jobs and $5.7 billion in economic activity across Canada, in both rural areas and in cities. "We recognize there is an opportunity for the Canadian economy to benefit from the legalization of sports wagering," said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. "However, we want to ensure it does not come at the cost of the horse racing industry which has been an important part of the economy for decades. We would be supportive of the legalization of sports betting in Canada if our concerns were addressed through a legislative process." The horseracing industry is calling for the Trudeau Government to take over the sports betting initiative and proceed with a legislative package in the upcoming Fall Economic Statement or the 2021 Budget that legalizes Single-Event Sports Betting with measures that ensure the local horseracing industry is not an unintended casualty. This can be done by ensuring only horse racing establishments can offer wagering on horse races. A new revenue source, Historical Horse Racing, should also be provided to the industry to offset any revenue loss to the new competitive product of single-event betting on other sports. These measures will ensure horse racing can remain sustainable in Canada along with the more than 50,000 jobs it supports across the country. by Jamie Dykstra, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, November 2, 2020 – The Harvest Series for Ontario sired two-year-old fillies concluded Monday with a pair of harness racing finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  A field of nine squared off in the $46,000 final for pacing fillies, while a compact group of six clashed in the $45,400 final for trotting fillies.  Ken Middleton trainee Shes A Sassy Beach and driver Sylvain Filion came out on top in the pacing fillies final to complete a series sweep.  Shes A Sassy Beach blasted off the wings of the gate into a strong headwind and was parked around the first turn as she pushed to the top, clearing to command just after a :27.1 opener. Dabarndawgswatchin, who was also searching for a series sweep, came after the lead in the second-quarter from fourth, touching down on the lead at the half in :55.4.  The 6-5 co-favourites raced one-two around the final turn with Dabarndawgswatchin reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:24.3.  In the stretch, Shes A Sassy Beach angled to the outside and powered by to score a victory of two lengths in 1:55.2. Trouble Brewing rallied for second, while Dabarndawgswatchin was third. Shes Got It All was fourth.  Shes A Sassy Beach vaults her career numbers up to four wins and $65,683 earned. The Sunshine Beach filly is co-owned and bred by Mohawk Park Track Announcer Middleton and the late Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame member Bill Galvin.  A $2 win ticket on Shes A Sassy Beach returned $4.60.  A clear standout, Hawaii took care of business with a 1:59.2 score at odds of 1/9 for driver Trevor Henry and trainer Rick Zeron. The daughter of Justice Hall floated away casually, making the front entering the backstretch, and posted fractions of :59.2 and 1:29 before a :30.2 final-quarter into a stiff headwind.  Hawaii winning in 1:59.2                                     --New Image Media photo Fuzzy Angel, who led early, sat the two-hole and finished a length and a half back in second. Tealicious was third, while A Blue Blood was fourth.  Owned by Rick Zeron Stables, Hawaii’s sweep of the Harvest Series improves her rookie numbers to three wins and $76,325 earned in nine starts. Her second leg victory of 1:56.4 is her current career mark.  Hawaii paid $2.30 to win.  The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired two-year-old fillies who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2020 as of September 30, 2020.  Live racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park resumes Thursday evening. The $48,100 and $45,100 finals for two-year-old colts headline an 11-race card. Post time is 7 p.m.    Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

MILTON, ON - November 2, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment has received approval to swap several race dates from its Standardbred racing calendar to allow Woodbine Mohawk Park to conduct live racing over the upcoming holiday season. The following dates have been added to the Woodbine Mohawk Park racing calendar: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 Monday, December 28, 2020 Thursday, December 31, 2020 Friday, January 1, 2021 The following dates have been removed from the Woodbine Mohawk Park racing calendar: Thursday, March 25, 2021 Friday, March 26, 2021 Saturday, March 27, 2021 Monday, March 29, 2021 Over the past several years, Woodbine has taken a short break from live Standardbred racing following its annual Boxing Day matinee. This year's break was originally scheduled to be nine days over the end of December and start of January. The new break now moves to the end of March with no live racing over the course of March 23, 2021 to March 31, 2021. The break at the end of March will allow for track maintenance to be performed as racing moves into the Spring. Post time for all the added race dates is 7 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertianment

MILTON, ON - October 27, 2020 - After a successful inaugural edition, Woodbine Entertainment today confirmed that the Mohawk Million for two-year-old harness racing trotters will return in 2021. "We were very pleased with the support and execution of the inaugural Mohawk Million," said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. "It is important for us to continue evolving and based on the results of the first Mohawk Million we're confident that we can start to build a legacy for this race that can have an immediate impact on many aspects of our industry." The 2021 Mohawk Million will continue to follow a "buy-in" formula with a few minor changes made to the conditions. A total of nine slots will be available for purchase, with the cost of each slot reduced from $110,000 USD to $100,000 CAD. The tenth and final slot will again be awarded to the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial. The purse for the 2021 Mohawk Million will be $1 million CAD. Team Determination, who raced Donna Soprano and On A Streak in the inaugural Mohawk Million, has confirmed their intent to purchase a slot for the 2021 race. "We are very pleased to support this initiative as it contributes to elevate our industry standards," said Team Determination in a statement to Woodbine Entertainment. "It encourages all of us, as industry stakeholders, to lead the way in Canadian horse breeding to achieve World Class level." The deadline to purchase a slot is February 15, 2021 and $50,000 (CAD) will be required with the submission of a slot contract. The remaining $50,000 (CAD) is due June 1, 2021. The inaugural Mohawk Million was recently contested on September 26. Venerate, a son of French stallion Love You, won the inaugural edition for owners Pinkse Stables and Andy Miller Stable. The connections of the Julie Miller trained trotter negotiated a private deal to race Venerate in the slot of owner Brad Grant. The date for the 2021 Mohawk Million will be confirmed and announced later this year. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, October 19, 2020 – The Harvest Series for Ontario sired two-year-old fillies kicked off Monday on a rainy night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  A total of four $17,000 harness racing divisions were contested with trotting fillies starting the evening before the pacing fillies took their turn later in the card.  Justice Hall filly Hawaii took care of business in the first division for trotting fillies by moving from fourth to first before the half and never looking back for a 1:58 score. The Rick Zeron trainee was driven by to the maiden-breaking score by Trevor Henry.  Hawaii, who was coming in off a runner-up finish in an OSS Gold division, posted fractions of :59.2 and 1:29.2 before a :28.3 final-quarter secured a victory of a length and a half. Tealicious finished second, while A Blue Blood was third.  Sporting multiple top-three finishes in Gold starts, Hawaii was made the heavy-favourite and returned $2.30 to win. She now has $45,125 earned in seven starts for Rick Zeron Stables.  Val Taurus filly Out On A Mission took advantage of an early break by the favourite to break her maiden at odds of 5-1 in 2:00.4.   The Gord Dancetovic trained Out On A Mission was making just her third career start and was leaping up from the Autumn Series at Western Fair. Mike Saftic sent the rookie to the front and never looked backed, posting fractions of :28.2, 1:00 and 1:31 before a :29.4 final-quarter secured a victory of just over two lengths.  Somewhat Sacy finished second, while Waikiki Wave was third.  Out On A Mission’s maiden-breaking win pushes her earnings to $9,520 for owners Bob Dancetovic and Kenneth Albrecht. She paid $12 to win.  Over on the pacing side, Dabarndawgswatchin powered to the lead in the second-quarter and kept on rolling for a 9-1 upset over four other rivals. Jody Jamieson guided the Ron MacDonald trained daughter of Hes Watching to victory.  Moving to the top from third going to the half, Dabarndawgswatchin had to deal with race-favourite Platine Alpha on her outside throughout the middle-half. The MacDonald trainee was not fazed by the pressure and scooted home in :29.3 over the “Good” track to win by five-lengths in 1:56.3.  Platine Alpha finished second, while Control The Thong was third.  Owned by Julie Ferguson and Lloyd Stone, Dabarndawgswatchin now has two wins, eight on the board finishes and $19,386 earned in 10 starts. She paid $20 to win.  Sunshine Beach filly Shes A Sassy Beach powered to the lead in the second-quarter and kept on rolling to a 1:56.4 victory in the final division of the evening.  The Ken Middleton trained Shes A Sassy Beach flashed early speed for driver Sylvain Filion to land in an early pocket spot. Always Watching cleared to the lead entering the backstretch, but the lead was brief as Shes A Sassy Beach powered to the lead from third, posting a :58.1 half.  After securing a :30.2 third-quarter, Shes A Sassy Beach scooted home in :28.1 to win by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:56.4. Carnival Heart rallied for second, while Siri Blue Chip was third.  Shes A Sassy Beach is now has two wins and $34,183 earned in 11 starts for Middleton and the late Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame member Bill Galvin. A $2 win ticket on the rookie pacing filly returned $10.30.  The Harvest Series is for Ontario sired two and three-year-olds that were non-winners of $30,000 in 2020 as of September 30. Rookie colts will have the opportunity for their first leg of the Harvest Series on Thursday.  Post time for Thursday’s card is 7 p.m.    Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment,  

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