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Mohawk Million set to return in 2021

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  

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WEG adds PayPal to HPIbet system

Toronto, ON - October 27, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment (Woodbine), Canada's horse racing and wagering leader has added PayPal, one of the world's leading digital payments providers on their HPIbet.com platform. This update provides their customers a fast, private, safe, and reliable method for online transactions. HPIbet is the leading Canadian wagering application that allows users to easily place bets and view races on hundreds of tracks across the globe. HPIbet is available across Canada through HPIbet.com. "We are thrilled to team up with PayPal, a payment processing global leader, to bring our customers their trusted and popular funding mechanism to our platform," said Kevin Maharaj, Director, Business and Product Development at Woodbine. "We are constantly looking for new ways to enrich the customer experience on HPIbet. Allowing our customers from across Canada to fund their accounts using PayPal is a huge step forward in achieving this goal." As of today, HPIbet customers are now able to fund their account using PayPal. Benefits of the PayPal platform for HPIbet members include adding another seamless way to privately and securely deposit money into accounts from their bank account, credit card and debit card attached to their PayPal account or their PayPal balance. From the Woodbine Entertainment Group

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Hippodrome 3R to add race dates

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Following a meeting of the board of directors of the Quebec Jockey Club, the Hippodrome 3R Director of Racing, Murielle Thomassin, was happy to make the following announcement: the current harness racing season will be extended by two additional race days on Sunday, November 15 and Sunday, November 22. These programs will be held provided there are a sufficient number of horses entered and if the weather permits it. "I think that the members of the Board are really aware of the difficulties encountered by our horsemen in this very different year," said Thomassin. "Consequently, these two additional programs are seen by the authorities first and foremost as help for our horse people. The two race days will help our people get through the coming winter. " The official schedule will therefore be modified over the next few days. There will therefore be a race program at 1 p.m. on Sundays, November 1, 8, 15 and 22. Authorization has been received from the Quebec Racing Commission and the Quebec Jockey Club directors hopes wholeheartedly that people will continue to strictly observe Public Health guidelines during these programs. From the Quebec Jockey Club        

Nathan Bain on left, in grey jacket, and Nicholas Barnsdale on right, in blue jacket, accept their prize money cheques from USHWA Canada chapter president Garnet Barnsdale, then share a congratulatory elbow-bump trackside,Harness racing

Two winners in Youth Handicapping Challenge

Nathan Bain withstood a late surge from Nicholas “Ace” Barnsdale on the final day of the Leamington Raceway meet to come out on top in the $500 Leamington Raceway Youth Handicapping Challenge. By reaching the wire with the highest point total on Sunday, October 25, track announcer Bain took home the lion’s share of the $500 purse, collecting top prize of $300. Runner-up Barnsdale, who provided Leamington "Tips from the Pros" selections for the Ontario Racing site, received $200 for his efforts. Bain entered the final 2020 card with a commanding 42-point lead, but by race four, Barnsdale had narrowed the gap to 28 points, picking up 10 of them in race 4, where he selected $11.50 winner Mach Shark on top while Bain’s top choice finished off the board. But by day’s end, Barnsdale closed only slightly more and Bain came away with a 20-point victory, winning with a total of 882 points to his rival’s 862. The two young handicappers fared extremely well in the scoring, which was based on a 10-5-3 system for each top pick finishing first, second or third, with an extra five points available for each successful Best Bet. Considering that there were 1375 points available for a perfect score of picking every winner of the meet, the 882 and 862 point scores were excellent.   Nathan Bain on left, in grey jacket, and Nicholas Barnsdale on right, in blue jacket, accept their prize money cheques from USHWA Canada chapter president Garnet Barnsdale All of the prize money for the Handicapping Challenge was provided by two co-sponsors: the Canadian chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) and online Standardbred marketplace HoofBid. The competition took place every week during the 2020 Leamington Raceway meet.   Garnet Barnsdale, for USHWA Canada chapter

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Prominent equine veterinarian and harness racing breeder, owner and trainer, Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton, saw his mare, Wild River Swan, return to winning form at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. Driven by Francis Picard, Wild River Swan started from the rail in the third race Preferred Pace for fillies and mares. Once the seven-year-old mare by Sportswriter left out of the gate, the race was pretty much over. Godiva Mackiavelyc (Carol Voyer) left from post five and dropped right into the two-hole and sat tight as Wild River Swan cut the mile to the quarter in :27.4. Wild River Swan was full of herself as went by the half mile marker in :58.1. Race favorite Sieras Rose (Pascal Berube) sat in third place as Kiss Me Bad (Steeven Genois) came first-over but could gain no ground before breaking stride. Past the three-quarters in 1:27.1, Picard and Wild River Swan was already pulling away from the field, going on to win by four open lengths in 1:57.3. Sieras Rose was second with Sophies Cam (Stephane Brosseau) closing for third place. It was the fourth win this year for Wild River Swan. She paid $7.20 to win. The biggest upset mile of the day came in the eighth race Preferred-Handicap Pace for the horse as Somewhere Bettor and driver Jocelyn Gendron upset the field at odds of 36-1. The race saw an early dogfight for the led between Famers Tan (Carol Voyer) the race favorite and Wrangler Cash (Pascal Berube) as those two sped to an opening quarter mile in :26.4 before Berube backed up with Wrangler Cash. Farmers Tan continue to cut the mile, going to the half in :55.1 with Mickeymaksomespeed (Steeven Genois) sitting the two-hole spot. In the backstretch, Stephane Brosseau came three-wide with Hooter Shooter and by the three-quarters in 1:25.1, had collared Farmers Tan. And following the outside flow of the race was the longest shot on the board, Somewhere Bettor. Coming down the stretch, Somewhere Bettor gained ground with every stride, caught Hooter Shooter in deep stretch to win by half a length in 1:55. DJ Power (Samuel Fillion) was third. It was the lifetime mark for Somewhere Bettor. The four-year-old gelding by Bettor's Delight is trained and owned by Yannick Martel of L'Assomption and paid $74.50 to win. In the fifth race Preferred-Handicap Trot, Sir Chopin (Carol Voyer) went to the lead with Voodoo Man (Jocelyn Gendron) and Wildwild Men (Steeven Genois) all in a battle. Then Wildwild Men went off-stride and scattered the back of the pack. Race favorite, Severus Hanover (Stephane Brosseau) then charged right to the lead at the half mile in :59.1 and three-quarters in 1:29.1 and it was then that Capteur De Reve and driver Stephane Gendron came after Severus Hanover, catching him on the final turn and then coasting to the wire by three lengths in 1:59.2. Severus Hanover held for second with Sir Chopin third. It was the fifth win this year for Capteur De Reve, the four-time Quebec-bred Champion. The six-year-old gelded by Muscle Mass is trained by Maxime Velaye for the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, who also bred the horse. He paid $8.60 to win. Track Notes: Francis Picard had the hot hands with a driving triple Sunday. Serge Houde led the trainers with a double. With no more Friday live racing this season, racing will resume next Sunday at H3R with first race post time at 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

SUMMERSIDE, PE - The exceptional harness racing season continues for Heart And Soul as he defeated his Sunday afternoon featured foes for his seventh win of the season at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Jason Hughes pointed the son of Western Paradise to the lead in the $2,900 preferred pace and was virtually unchallenged on his way to a 1:57.1 front end score for trainer George Riley and owner Riley Farms Ltd., of Summerside. Pictonian Storm (Driven by Ken Murphy) snuck up the rail to deliver a second place finish at 44-1 odds while Woodmere Chella (Gilles Barrieau) completed the $445.75 triactor. Corey MacPherson celebrated a pair of winner's on the card to extend his lead in the driver's standings to 30 seasonal victories. MacPherson scored with Badlands Giovanna (2:02.1) for trainer Brady Sweet and with Private Dancer (2:00.4) from the Paul Conway barn. Adam Merner found the wire first in three races of the day aboard Best Brew (2:01.2) in a 17-length maiden breaking romp for trainer Ricky Armstrong, Windmerenoharmdone (1:59.4) for trainer Travis Wilkie and Diamond Call (1:58.1) from the Ron Gass stable. The three victories put Merner in second place amongst reinsman at 29 wins at Red Shores Summerside in 2020 while David Dowling sits third with 28 driving wins with two programs left to go on the season. For more information check out Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Go With Her had never been able to defeat both divisional titans at the same time but the harness racing trotting princess reached up to unseat the boys and win the Maritime Breeders Final Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. With a hard first-over move heading to three-quarters, Go With Her and driver Brodie MacPhee cleared to the lead on the front stepping Tequila Tuesday (Driven by Myles Heffernan Sr.) and kicked to a one-and-a-half length victory in 1:59.4 in the $11,000 Maritime Breeders three-year-old trot final. Favoured colt Mabou Ridge (Clare MacDonald) was second while Terrible Ted (Dale Spence) was third. Kuri White trains Go With Her for owner East Coast Captains of Cornwall. A Little Go scored an upset in the $11,500 Maritime Breeders two-year-old trot final in 2:01.4 as part of a four win day for the Marc Campbell stable. Campbell was at the lines of his trainee for owner Grayland Farm of Gulf Shore, N.S. Mr Finlay Ridge (MacDonald) was second while Dusty Lane Milo (Adam Merner) completed the triactor. Another of Campbell's wins was in the $6,000 Cecil Ladner Memorial as Time To Dance won his eighth straight for owners Brent Campbell of Charlottetown and Matt McDonald of Ontario. Streakazana also hit the wire on top in her $4,000 Maritime Breeders three-year-old pacing filly elimination in 1:56.4 for trainer-driver Campbell. Red Dirt Star (Gilles Barrieau) was second with Gotta Love Cabot (MacDonald) third and Ubettimagoodone (Kenny Arsenault) finishing fourth to punch her ticket to the final. Adam Merner drove the other Campbell trained winner in the opener with Sports Bliss in a 1:59.1 maiden breaking score. Watch Me Dance (Jason Hughes) overcame a heavily favoured Woodmere Skyroller (David Dowling) in the other $4,000 filly elimination in 1:56.1. Bellafornow (MacDonald) and Saulsbrook Ocean (Spence) also made the final. Woodmere Rollnpop and trainer-driver MacDonald hit the wire first in a $4,000 Maritime Breeders three-year-old pacing colt elimination in a 1:56.3 over The Big Chase (Corey MacPherson), Windemere Ryan (Merner) and Theycallmedude (Ken Murphy). Mr Kelly prevailed in a head decision in the other $4,000 colt elimination in 1:56.4 for driver Adam Merner with Little Manny (Stephen Trites) finishing second, Windemere Albert (Campbell) third and JJ Patrick (MacPherson) advancing to next Saturday's final. Merner also won with Whims Drop Off as part of a driving triple in a 1:58.1 mile for trainer Ken Wilkie. Ken Murphy notched a driving double while Brett Clow won a division of the Young Guns series with Bold N Bad in 2:01.2. The series is presented by the PEI Harness Racing Industry Association. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca. Wager was $60,2017 by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - It was a beautiful fall afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R for its final Friday race card of the 2020 season and it was also a big day for the rookie harness racing driver Samuel Fillion. Fillion, 23, from Monti-Joli, is in his first season as a professional harness racing driver and is having a super season at the Hippodrome 3R. Including his two victories Friday, he has 23 wins this year. Fillion's most impressive victory came in the sixth race pace. Driving the 6/5 favorite Dreydl Hanover, Fillion left from post seven but there was no spot for him on the lead as City Of The Year (Stephane Brosseau) was also stinging Spider Man Hanover (Stephane Gendron) to the opening quarter mile in :27.4. Dreydl Hanover had to settle for fourth place. Spider Man Hanover was going for his fourth straight win and cut the mile to the half in :58.2. Fillion came first-over with Dreydl Hanover and following their outside cover was Prairie Mystic (Jocelyn Gendron). As the field reached the backstretch, it was a head and head dogfight between Spider Man Hanover and Dreydl Hanover to the three-quarters in 1:27.2 and around the final turn. As they started down the stretch, Spider Man Hanover began to fade. Prairie Mystic tipped three-wide to challenge but Dreydl Hanover would have nothing to do with them, pulling away at the wire to win by two lengths in 1:57.2. Jeffs Journey (Sylvain Lacaille) closed for second with Prairie Mystic third. It was the fourth win this year for Dreydl Hanover. The 10-year-old gelded son of Cam's Card Shark is trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $4.70 to win. Track Notes: Joining Samuel Fillion with a driving double on Friday was Sylvain Lacaille. This was the last Friday afternoon race card for the 2020 season. Live racing continues Sunday at 1:00 pm. The Sunday program features three Preferred races. The pacing mares goes in the 3rd race where last week's return winner, Sieras Rose (post 2) heads the field for driver Pascal Berube. The 5th race is the trotters and returning to H3R is track record holder Wildwild Man (post 1). He still holds the track record for 2yo in 1:58.2 back in 2015. He ships in from Rideau Carleton and faces return winners Severus Hanover (post 6) and Voodoo Man (post 4). The Preferred Pace for the horses features return winner Farmers Tan (post 6) taking on Wrangler Cash (post 4) and Mickeymaksomespeed (post 1). For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - One of the greatest harness racing trotting rivalries in the history of Atlantic Canadian harness racing will come to a close on Saturday afternoon in the Maritime Breeder's Final at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash Saturday program has a 12:30 P.M. opening post time featuring a smattering of Maritime Breeders Action. The $11,000 three-year-old trot final lines up in race 6 of the day with Tequila Tuesday and Mabou Ridge meeting for the final time in stakes action after trading blows every week the past two years. Post 2 has Mabou Ridge and trainer-driver Clare MacDonald, who have been victorious more times than his rival the past two seasons but Tequila Tuesday has bounced up both years to crown himself Atlantic Sires Stakes champion. Myles Heffernan Sr., holds the lines of Tequila Tuesday from the coveted post 1 on Saturday in the final Atlantic trot stake of their careers. Trotting filly Go With Her (To be driven by Brodie MacPhee) has knocked on the door every week all year, beating both Tequila Tuesday and Mabou Ridge on occasion, but has never gotten the best of both colts at the same time. This will be her final crack to defeat them both. Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks has Mabou Ridge in position to get the final say in the divisional rivalry. "Mabou Ridge has put together a tidy season with six wins, over $33,000 in earnings, and a record of 1:58.1. He could be set up for a pocket ride today and if that's the case there's a good chance he reaches up and wins again." Race 2 has the Maritime Breeders two-year-old trot final for an $11,500 pot. Mr Finlay Ridge is the morning line favourite from post 6 for trainer-driver MacDonald while his main rival, Dusty Lane Milo, has post 5 for driver Adam Merner. The day also features Maritime Breeders elimination for the three-year-old pacing colts and fillies. The colts have eliminations in races 9 and 11, while the fillies have eliminations in races 4 and 8. The top four in each elimination will advance to next week's final. The Cecil Ladner Memorial lines up in race 12 for a $6,000 purse. Time To Dance is the top choice from post 6 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell as the horse looks for his eighth straight victory. For race programs and more go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. Top Pacers Square Off In Summerside SUMMERSIDE, PE - Dropping out of preferred 1 company, Mantario will look to rule the roost Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. With 13-dashes on tap Sunday afternoon in Summerside, the program will kick off at 1 P.M. The $2,900 Preferred 2 pace hits the track as the feature in race 12 with Mantario the morning line favourite from post 2. David Dowling drives the son of Sportswriter for trainer Jennifer Doyle, who co-owns the pacer with Danny Birt of Earnscliffe. Mantario attacked first-over in his latest outing but fell short in with top notch company like Rose Run Quest and Screen Test. Heart And Soul has been superb all season and gets Jason Hughes back at the lines on Sunday from post 4 for trainer George Riley as the Atlantic Champion looks for win number seven of the season. Cowboy Logic (Driven by Steven Shepherd) was victorious his last start at this level and gets post 5 on Sunday. The Backstretch Beat in Sunday's race program pegs Mantario for the top spot. "Admittedly there is no real standout in this group, it's just a field of six very nice horses where anything is possible. With Mantario having just came first up in the preferred 1 and hanging for a spot on the board we think he can get it all today." Also in the featured field are Pictonian Storm (Ken Murphy), Woodmere Chella (Gilles Barrieau) and Soccer Hanover (Corey MacPherson). The driver's race at the Prince County oval remains tight with MacPherson currently clinging to a one-race lead with 28 wins on the season. Dowling is in second place at 27 wins while Adam Merner is just two races back of the lead at 26 wins. Hughes chimes in fourth at 24 wins with Marc Campbell in fifth at 20 wins. Catch all the action on the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Standardbred Canada's Trot Insider has learned that 2016 Triple Crown winner and triple millionaire trotter Marion Marauder has been retired from racing. The decision was announced on Friday (Oct. 23) by his connections, trainers Paula Wellwood & Mike Keeling, and owners Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling. "After consultation with some top equine veterinarians, we have accepted that he will not be able to compete at the elite level. We have also during this period of time explored the possibility of him standing stud, unfortunately his lack of fertility worsened with age and he his not able to breed. "He is a member of the family and will have a home for life. We have reached out to the Kentucky Horse Park in hopes that he may live out his days in their Stable of Champions, he certainly has earned it," said the connections. "It is not without some emotion we make this announcement but we have been so proud and thankful for his accomplishments. He truly is the Horse of a lifetime." With $3.5 million-plus in the bank -- more than any other active Standardbred -- and 21 trips to the winner's circle, Marion Marauder boasts the resume of a racehorse that few can match. He won the Hambletonian, Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity in 2016 to become just the ninth trotter to win trotting's Triple Crown. The son of Muscle Hill - Spellbound Hanover also won the Goodtimes Stakes and a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial at three en route to a season that amassed more than $1.5 million in purses, topping the North American earnings charts for all trotters. As an older competitor, his stakes scores included the 2017 Graduate Final and the Hambletonian Maturity, the Cleveland Trotting Classic, 2018 John Cashman Memorial and the 2018 Caesars Trotting Classic. The majority of those wins came with regular driver Scott Zeron. Marion Marauder was also named the 2016 O'Brien Award winner for Three-Year-Old Trotting Colts/Geldings and 2016 USHWA Dan Patch Award winner for Three-Year-Old Trotting Colts before repeating that honour stateside as the 2017 USHWA Dan Patch Award winner for Older Trotting Horses. He retires with a mark of 1:50.2, taken this year at the age of seven, and sits as the eighth richest North American-based trotter in harness racing history. From Standardbred Canada's Trot Insider

GUELPH, ON -- Golfing legend John Daly is the newest harness racing member of TheStable.ca, Canada's largest harness racing stable, and horse racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership operation in North America. Daly turned pro in 1987, when he captured his first pro victory in the Missouri Open. In 1991, he joined the PGA TOUR, won the PGA Championship and earned PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year honors. He won the British Open in 1995 and the Buick Invitational in 2004, when he was also named the PGA TOUR Comeback Player of the Year. Best known for his driving distance off the tee (earning him the nickname Long John) Daly is noted for his free-wheeling attitude, multiple business ventures, and his involvement with many charities, including several in his home state of Arkansas. Daly's horses within TheStable.ca include two yearlings bred in Pennsylvania and Ohio (which are poised to begin their racing careers in the summer of 2021). He'll also join 20 other clients of TheStable.ca who share in the ownership of three-year-old trotting filly Globetrotting -- a winner of seven races from 17 starts and $211,519. The golfer is among 800+ clients from 12 countries who #ownalittleloveitalot with TheStable.ca. "I've always been intrigued by horse racing, but didn't really know how to get involved," said Daly. "I heard about TheStable.ca from a friend and when Anthony (MacDonald) reached out to me, it became clear this was something I wanted to do," he said. "The folks at TheStable.ca made it so easy to get involved; there really was no reason not to. "When I'm not on the golf course, I'm pretty excited to sit back and watch my horses race. It's gonna be fun!" While Daly is the first pro golfer, he is not the lone pro athlete among the award-winning operation's clientele. NHL alumni Doug Gilmour, Rick Vaive and Eddie Olczyk have been clients since 2018 and Shayne Corson joined earlier this year when the yearling trotter U Gotta Be Leaf was added to the roster as part of a fundraising effort for McMaster Children's Hospital Foundation. TheStable.ca was created by Anthony and Amy MacDonald in 2015. Based in Guelph, ON, the harness racing operation typically owns and trains 100 - 150 horses which race in several jurisdictions throughout Canada, the U.S. and Australia. Clients can purchase as little as one percent of a horse, making the thrill of harness racing and racehorse ownership easy, accessible and affordable. In addition to weekly video commentary updates about each horse, TheStable.ca uses innovative video production to present bi-weekly drone broadcasts delivered via livestream to show the horses in training. Clients are always welcome to visit their horses at Tomiko Training Centre (near Hamilton, ON). For information about what to expect as a client of TheStable.ca, start here. Contact kelly@thestable.ca with questions. From TheStable.ca

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Temagami Seelster was intent on playing spoiler as she cruised to her seventh harness racing win of the season in the Thursday evening feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Leaving sharply from post 4, Temagami Seelster secured the lead in the $2,350 feature for driver Brodie MacPhee and led through fractions of 28.1, 57.2, 1:27.2 and 1:56.3 while snapping the win streak of the pocket sitting favourite, The Time To Win, at three races. Tom Weatherbie trains Temagami Seelster for owners David Mercer and Joseph Lewis of Sydney and Wayne Mcgean of Sydney Mines, N.S. The Time To Win (Marc Campbell) was second while Private Di (Kenny Arsenault) was third. Mile Hill Willie renewed his profitable partnership with driver Gilles Barrieau in winning the $2,400 Open trot class in 1:57.2 for co-owner and trainer Paul Morrison of Cardigan and New Brunswick co-owner John Breau of Shediac Cape. Freddie (Campbell) rallied for second with Glider Man (David Dowling) third. It was one of three wins on the card for Barrieau who also visited the historic winner's circle with Ill Tell Me Ma (1:58.2) for trainer Scott Dunn and Outrageous Spirit (1:59.1) from the Kevin Peters barn. Dowling was the most popular pilot of the night with four wins on the evening program. The reinsman kicked off the action in race 2 with an easy 1:57.2 victory aboard Gia Diamond for trainer Toby MacDonald. Rollwithitannie gave him win number two in race 3 in 1:58.3 from the Jeff Holmes stable followed by a 2:01.4 trot score with Scary Good in race 6 for trainer Randy Van Meer. Dancers Pass took a new lifetime best in the evening finale in 1:57.1 for Dowling and trainer Philip Kelly. Driver Adam Merner and trainer Ron Gass came together for a pair of front end victories with Miss Sangria (1:58.1) and Likely To Win (1:57.2). For more information go to Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The least that can be said is that harness racing owner and trainer Marc Lemay had a happy hand when he set his sights on the Spider Man Hanover at the end of June. Since then, the son of Western Ideal continues to impress and accumulate victories. But as it often happens, under appearances which seem without history, hide several tests to arrive at the current results. Northside Downs, Nova Scotia. A different place to look for a quality horse to race at the Hippodrome 3R. Let's listen to Marc Lemay. "We were at the start of the 2020 race season," Lemay explained. "And I was looking for a horse to race at H3R. I regularly checked the horses for sale on the Standardbred Canada (SC) website and a certain Spider Man Hanover caught my attention. I had already noticed the horse in 2019 while racing in Ontario. But Mr. Kennedy, the owner of Spider Man Hanover who had put it up for sale on SC, was asking too much money for me. At one point however, the horse was doing pretty badly and it was this gentleman who contacted me to see if I was still interested. At my price, I said yes! "The first thing we realized was that the horse was very 'hot';" Lemay said. "We have to make him train with a rope and just as he is perfect and pleasant in the stable, he almost goes crazy on the track. It was Pierre-Luc Roy, with his legendary calmness, who managed to understand him and calm him down a bit. "Then, in the daily routine of caring for Spider Man Hanover," Lemay added. "His caretaker, Mélanie Gaudreault, quietly discovered what worked best with him. It didn't happen overnight, but through trial and error she came to the conclusion that we don't harness him. We just tow him and he spends his days outside. "She (Melanie) also fixed several small problems common to crazy horses,"Lemay explained. "Such as breathing. In short, at the present time, the joint efforts of Melanie and Pierre-Luc were leading us to his current successes. And things are also going well with Stéphane (Gendron) his current driver since Pierre-Luc's retirement." When a horse bears the name Hanover, from America's most prestigious breeding farm, it is because the horse by conformation or lineage or both, is not an ordinary specimen. Spider Man Hanover took his first lessons from Brian Brown. In this stable as a two-year-old, he earned more than $220,000 and set a record of 1.51.3. The rest is less glorious and the horse passed through several stables, including Ron Burke's (this is where he made his mark at 1.50.3 as a three-year-old old) before arriving to Mr. Kennedy in Nova Scotia. Since joining Marc Lemay's team, he has already won six times and is currently on a three-race winning streak and will be one of the favorites for the sixth race pace on Friday at H3R with Stephane Gendron in the sulky. In two of his last three starts he led from the start in 1:57. Last week on a sloppy track he won again in 2:00.3. Spider Man Hanover (post 2) will be tested in the feature race as he faces other return winners Dreydl Hanover (post 7) for driver Samuel Fillion who last week wired the field in 1:55.4 and Requested (post 6), who also led from start to finish last week over the sloppy track in 2:01.1. Marc Lemay will also start in the first race Friday his maiden trotter, Muscles Forever. "He was in Jacques Beaudoin's stable at Rideau Carleton," Lemay said. "And I owned a part of him. As he was disappointing, I bought back the shares of the other co-owners. It's a mid-term project in my mind, say for the next season, except that he has surprised me pleasantly since I acquired him. "I see him as a pretty good potential," Lemay added. "And the few starts he has left at H3R will be a good indication of the trotter he could become. On October 16, he finished 3rd with a final quarter in 31.3 in a sea of mud. I am curious to see how he will develop." Despite the outside position, his morning odds are 3/1. Stephane Brosseau will pilot the three-year-old gelded son of Muscle Mass. This is the last Friday afternoon race program at H3R this season. First race post time is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. By Daniel Delisle, for the Quebec Jockey Club      

LONDON, ON - Due to the immediate success of the Pick 5 wager, officials at The Raceway at Western Fair District are pleased to introduce a second Pick 5 wager. The wager will begin on Monday, October 26. The Raceway will also shift its Early Super Hi 5 from Race 6 to now begin in Race 5. This will allow the final leg of the Early Pick 5 to offer a nine-horse field. This will also allow the Late Pick 5 to stand alone in Race 6 as a key wager. The wagering menu while offering 12 races will look like the following: Race 1 Early Pick 5 ($2,500) Race 4 Early Pick 4 ($7,500 on Mon. & Weds. - $5,000 on Fridays) Race 5 Early Super Hi5 Race 6 Late Pick 5 ($2,500) Race 8 Late Pick 4 ($7,500 on Mon. & Weds. - $5,000 on Fridays) Race 10 Late Pick 3 Race 12 Late Super Hi 5 The Raceway is pleased to offer seven wagers nightly with a low 15 per cent takeout. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Campbell-Ford partnership has seen The Time To Win unheeded at the wire every week with that team going for four straight harness racing wins in the Thursday evening feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Thursday program has a 6 P.M. opening post time with the pacing feature lining up in race 11 for a $2,350 purse. The Time To Win has won all three outings since joining the Bo Ford stable including taking a 1:56 seasonal record in her latest with Marc Campbell at the controls for owner Shirley Weeks of Fredericton. The six-year-old daughter of Western Ideal will look for win number 18 of her career from post 3 this week. Temagami Seelster will hold down post 4 with Brodie MacPhee driving for trainer Tom Weatherbie. The Sunshine Beach sophomore has recorded six wins since coming to the East Coast this summer. Miss Kabana has rail control for the brotherly combination of driver Vincent Poulton and trainer Gary Poulton fresh off a 1:57.1 front-end victory last week. Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks leans on Temagami Seelster to grab the top spot. "Temagami Seelster is a six time winner this year and just missed at the wire in her last start. She gets a slightly better post and with Brodie back at the controls we think they get it all." Other featured entrants are Private Di (To be driven by Kenny Arsenault), Dustylane Zambucca (Corey MacPherson), Southwind Ion (David Dowling) and Lyons Jennielee (Myles Heffernan Sr.). The top trotters clash again this week in race 10 with Gilles Barrieau returning to the bike behind Mile Hill Willie from post 4 in the $2,400 Open trot. The Paul Morrison trained son of Armbro Barrister boasts six wins, one second and one third from 10 starts this season to put his lifetime record at 18 wins from 34 races. Freddie knocked off the open trotters last week and will leave from post 5 on Thursday for trainer-driver Marc Campbell. Island Ocean Trot Series Champion Daisy River has the outside post 6 with Jason Hughes at the lines for trainer William Lanigan after being the runner-up in this class last week. For race programs and more go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

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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  
Toronto, ON - October 27, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment (Woodbine), Canada's horse racing and wagering leader has added PayPal, one of the world's leading digital payments providers on their HPIbet.com platform. This update provides their customers a fast, private, safe, and reliable method for online transactions. HPIbet is the leading Canadian wagering application that allows users to easily place bets and view races on hundreds of tracks across the globe. HPIbet is available across Canada through HPIbet.com. "We are thrilled to team up with PayPal, a payment processing global leader, to bring our customers their trusted and popular funding mechanism to our platform," said Kevin Maharaj, Director, Business and Product Development at Woodbine. "We are constantly looking for new ways to enrich the customer experience on HPIbet. Allowing our customers from across Canada to fund their accounts using PayPal is a huge step forward in achieving this goal." As of today, HPIbet customers are now able to fund their account using PayPal. Benefits of the PayPal platform for HPIbet members include adding another seamless way to privately and securely deposit money into accounts from their bank account, credit card and debit card attached to their PayPal account or their PayPal balance. From the Woodbine Entertainment Group
Trois-Rivieres, QC - Following a meeting of the board of directors of the Quebec Jockey Club, the Hippodrome 3R Director of Racing, Murielle Thomassin, was happy to make the following announcement: the current harness racing season will be extended by two additional race days on Sunday, November 15 and Sunday, November 22. These programs will be held provided there are a sufficient number of horses entered and if the weather permits it. "I think that the members of the Board are really aware of the difficulties encountered by our horsemen in this very different year," said Thomassin. "Consequently, these two additional programs are seen by the authorities first and foremost as help for our horse people. The two race days will help our people get through the coming winter. " The official schedule will therefore be modified over the next few days. There will therefore be a race program at 1 p.m. on Sundays, November 1, 8, 15 and 22. Authorization has been received from the Quebec Racing Commission and the Quebec Jockey Club directors hopes wholeheartedly that people will continue to strictly observe Public Health guidelines during these programs. From the Quebec Jockey Club        
Nathan Bain withstood a late surge from Nicholas “Ace” Barnsdale on the final day of the Leamington Raceway meet to come out on top in the $500 Leamington Raceway Youth Handicapping Challenge. By reaching the wire with the highest point total on Sunday, October 25, track announcer Bain took home the lion’s share of the $500 purse, collecting top prize of $300. Runner-up Barnsdale, who provided Leamington "Tips from the Pros" selections for the Ontario Racing site, received $200 for his efforts. Bain entered the final 2020 card with a commanding 42-point lead, but by race four, Barnsdale had narrowed the gap to 28 points, picking up 10 of them in race 4, where he selected $11.50 winner Mach Shark on top while Bain’s top choice finished off the board. But by day’s end, Barnsdale closed only slightly more and Bain came away with a 20-point victory, winning with a total of 882 points to his rival’s 862. The two young handicappers fared extremely well in the scoring, which was based on a 10-5-3 system for each top pick finishing first, second or third, with an extra five points available for each successful Best Bet. Considering that there were 1375 points available for a perfect score of picking every winner of the meet, the 882 and 862 point scores were excellent.   Nathan Bain on left, in grey jacket, and Nicholas Barnsdale on right, in blue jacket, accept their prize money cheques from USHWA Canada chapter president Garnet Barnsdale All of the prize money for the Handicapping Challenge was provided by two co-sponsors: the Canadian chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) and online Standardbred marketplace HoofBid. The competition took place every week during the 2020 Leamington Raceway meet.   Garnet Barnsdale, for USHWA Canada chapter
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