Day At The Track

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Sunday (Nov. 10) is closing day for the 2019 harness racing season at the Hippodrome 3R. Honored during the 11-race program will be the race meets leading driver, Stephane Gendron and leading trainer Francis Richard. Both Gendron and Richard have enough of a lead in their respective categories that no one can catch them on closing day. For Gendron, 50, from Quebec City, it Is his first driving title at H3R. He kept his lead up from early in the season and goes into Sunday's program with 62 wins, nine more than rival Pascal Berube (53). Gendron also has a great Universal Driving Rating (Baseball average) of .355. He is scheduled to compete in seven of the eleven races on the program. Mathematically, Breube has a very minimal chance to tie Gendron for the driving title on closing day. As for trainer Francis Richard, he will be winning his third straight training title at H3R and the resident of Cambridge, Ontario is just 29 years old. Richard holds a nine-win lead (32 wins) over his nearest rivals, Yves Tessier and Maxime Velaye, each at 23 wins. "I might have seemed quiet this season," Richard explained. "but we were just out of luck on the day of the rich finals. We won multiples legs of the different Quebec sires stakes in the summer but when the draw came out for the finals, we drew a horrible bunch of 8 posts, and still got 6/7 cheques, it's racing. "You need luck and it just wasn't there for us that day," Richard added. "We did win the Quebec Final with Lucky Promesses for the older trotting mares." Richard also added about the people he works with. "I'm really proud of our team winning the training title," Richard said. "Three times in a row is something special, and we work hard and it's paying off in the end! I can't thank my crew enough; they are dedicated to their work and we are all having fun doing it!" This season there were two horses that Richard had from his stable that kept a smile on his face all season long. "My two best horses this season has to be Major Bay," Richard said. "He had not been worse than 2nd in all of his starts before drawing post 8 in the final and unfortunately hit a wheel, but he went on to Toronto to continue his season where he did very good. "My friend Ben Baillargeon and his team took the training duties for my partners and I," Richard explained. "And he made over $80,000 his season. I am very proud of him. "My second favorite horse would be HP Napoleon," Richard said. "If you remember this spring in an interview, I said he could be a nice horse if he puts it all together, which he did. So far, he has bankrolled over $85,000. Francis Richard says he is somewhat set for this winter. "We plan on having around 5 babies this fall to break," Richard said. "And we got some homebreds and got a few from sales. We will be very busy all winter." The third race co-feature Preferred Trot features the return battle between Seeyou Men (post 5) and Capteur De Reve (post 4). Seeyou Men won the battle last week. He will again be driven by Francis Picard. Capteur De Reve will be handled by Stephane Gendron. These two top contenders have been facing each other all season long in some great trotting matchups. Also entered are Missionoftheheart (post 3), Sir Chopin (post 2) and Precieuse CC (post 1). Then after the sixth race trot, win, lose or draw, the 14-year-old Chinnys Wings will receive a retirement blanket in the winner's circle. He will bow out for owner Nancy Lord and her husband, trainer/driver Jean Lord of Trois-Rivieres. All horses must retire from pari-mutuel racing at age 15. But don't count Chinnys Wings out as he will still be able to compete next season in the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit. The final feature race of the season takes place in the ninth with the Preferred Pace. The field features the mainstay of the top pacers who raced at H3R all season long. Surf Report (post 1), Mister Big Top (post 2), Appleby Hanover (post 3), Maracasso (post 4) and Hooter Shooter (post 5). Maracaso leads the way for trainer/driver Carol Voyer with ten wins this year. Both Hooter Shooter and Appleby Hanover have nine wins each. It will again be a classic matchup as it has been all season long. First race post time is 1:00 pm. For a free race program or to view the races live via the internet, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The top harness rcing mares on the East Coast will again meet for the Saturday afternoon feature event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Saturday card gets underway at 12:30 P.M. with the $2,400 top class lining up in race 11. Collective Wisdom is pegged as the morning line favourite from post 4 with Gilles Barrieau in the driver's seat for trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Woodmere Farms of Marshfield. The daughter of American Ideal has made six trips to the winner's circle this season for $11,408 in earnings. Maritime champion Arc Light will leave from post 5 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell while last week's top class winner, Imagine Speed, will leave from post 8. Adam Merner will drive Imagine Speed this week as regular driver Dale Spence has made the move to Florida for the winter months and will not be back in regular competition on P.E.I. until the spring. MacIsaac also places Collective Wisdom on top of his selections. "Collective Wisdom is reunited with Gilles and it looks like the front could be hers for the taking," MacIsaac said. "There could be nothing to stand in her way." Also in the field are West River Ambyr (Driven by Steven Shepherd), Paythelinebluechip (Ken Murphy), Mrs Dragonfire (Jason Hughes), Julep Hanover (Wade Myers), Private Di (Kenny Arsenault) and Dancers Pass (David Dowling). An early break in stride sealed the fate of Star Photo in last week's Open Trot but he gets another crack at those top trotters in Saturday's Race 6 Open Trot for a $2,250 purse. Jason Hughes is back in the bike behind the post 4 starter for trainer Kevin Gillis and owners Robi Hughes and Eric MacLauchlan of Stratford and Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown. The veteran son of Classic Photo will again face off with Freddie (Campbell) from post 5 and Majian Tango (Jim Ripley) with post 3. Woodmere Ideal Art set take on Red Shores' Best CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After demolishing his foes his last time on P.E.I., Woodmere Ideal Art will look for more of the same in the Sunday afternoon feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash Sunday card has a 12:30 P.M. first race post time with Jason Hughes at the lines of Woodmere Ideal Art from post 4 in the race 13 top-class for a $2,900 purse. The preferred pace has the son of Articulator as the morning line favourite for trainer Sifroi Melanson and owner Ultimate Stable of Greater Lakeburn, N.B. His last start was a three-length victory in the preferred pace at Red Shores Charlottetown on Oct. 26. Well Did draws post 5 in the field for trainer-driver Paul Langille with the horse coming into Sunday's contest with a pair of victories in the top class at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia. Nogreatmischief has rail control for trainer-driver Walter Cheverie after having not seen the pylons behind the starting gate since Aug. 4. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will side with Woodmere Ideal Art as his top pick. "Woodmere Ideal Art has been a top three finisher in 75 per cent of his starts the past two years, 2018 on the tough stakes circuit and this year against the best free for allers on the east coast," MacIsaac said. "It will take a big effort from one of his rivals to knock him off." Also in the preferred field are Mick Dundee (Driven by Don MacNeill), Varadero Hanover (Ken Murphy), Rockin Indy (David Dowling), Burn Out Hanover (Gilles Barrieau) and JJ Powerball (Adam Merner). The Lester Chappell Memorial pace is carded as race 2 of the program for a $1,700 purse. Heart And Soul is the top selection from post 2 for trainer-driver Cheverie and owner Riley Farms Ltd., of Summerside. The champion son of Western Paradise has visited the winner's circle only once this season with a 1:59.2 win over Red Shores Summerside. Other top selections in the race are Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell) and Complete Player (Mark Bradley). For more information visit www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Trois-Rivieres, QC - All harness racing horses must "retire" from pari-mutuel racing when they turn age 15 on January 1. The lone 14-year-old currently racing at the Hippodrome 3R, Chinnys Wings, will get a fond send-off from the Quebec Jockey Club after he competes in his final race (6th race) on Sunday. But Chinnys Wings will not get to sit in a rocking chair in a field and enjoy his senior years. His owners have plenty of plans for him. A gelded son of Armbro Ricochet, Chinny Wings has had but three owners and three trainers during his career. He did not make his racing debut until he was age four. He has $382,333 in career earnings. Nancy Lord from Trois-Rivieres became Chinnys Wings final owner when she bought him from Francois Morin in May 2017. From there, he delighted the family of Nancy and his spouse Richard Bedard, but especially their daughter, Sabrina Lord-Bedard. They say that Chinnys Wings is a perfect horse for children, soft and easily handled. Moreover, the family intends to keep him and maybe continue racing him in 2020 in the events of the Regional Quebec Fair Circuit that allows horses to race after their 15th birthday. For the record, Chinnys Wings had 45 career wins in 234 starts (not counting this Sunday), but 18 of those wins came in his first 25 career starts. He took his lifetime mark of 1:56.2 at Flamboro Downs ten years ago in 2009. In the last six years he has won only twice at pari-mutuel tracks, on December 1, 2016 at Flamboro and on November 12, 2017 at H3R. His only other win since 2013 was at the Bedford regional track on September 14 this year -- in 2:00.2, mighty good for a 14-year-old. It will be a fitting tribute at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, knowing that Chinnys Wings, thanks to the Bedard-Lord family, has a great future ahead of him. Post time on Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program or to view the race live on the internet, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

MILTON, ON - November 7, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park has unveiled its 2019-20 Winter Series Late Closer lineup, consisting of six harness racing events over the months of December, January and February. This year's Winter Series includes the returning Niagara, Valedictory, Blizzard and Snowshoe, plus the additions of the new Wine & Roses and Pepsi Series. The Niagara and Valedictory Series for three-year-old pacers will take place over the month of December, concluding on the annual Boxing Day matinee program. The other four series will be held in the New Year, offering racing opportunities for three and four-year-old pacers and trotters. Each series will consist of two $17,000 guaranteed preliminary legs and a $30,000 added money final. Nominations close on Monday, December 2, 2019. The nomination fee for each event is $200 ($165 USD). Niagara 3-Year-Old Pacing Fillies in 2019, Non-Winners of $60,000 lifetime as of midnight October 31, 2019. No allowances. Valedictory 3-Year-Old Pacing Colts & Geldings in 2019, Non-Winners of $60,000 lifetime as of midnight October 31, 2019. No allowances. Blizzard 3 & 4-Year-Old Pacing Fillies & Mares in 2020, Non-Winners of 2 Races or $30,000 lifetime as of midnight October 31, 2019. No allowances. Snowshoe 3 & 4-Year-Old Pacing Colts & Geldings in 2020, Non-Winners of 2 Races or $30,000 lifetime as of midnight October 31, 2019. No allowances. Wine & Roses 3 & 4-Year-Old Trotting Fillies & Mares in 2020, Non-Winners of $60,000 lifetime as of midnight October 31, 2019. No allowances. Pepsi 3 & 4-Year-Old Trotting Colts, Horses & Geldings, Non-Winners of $60,0000 lifetime as of midnight October 31, 2019. No allowances. To view the nomination form, click here. Online payments can be made by visiting www.Woodbine.com/Mohawk/Standardbred-Nomination. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than December 2, 2019 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie, Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, ON -  November 5, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to remind all harness racing horsepeople of a change to the draw schedule for live racing and a new date for qualifiers. Starting this week, the draw for Saturday cards will now take place on Wednesdays with the entry box closing at 10:30 a.m. Qualifiers have now been moved to Thursday afternoons at 4 p.m. The entry box for qualifiers also closes every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. Below is the new draw schedule for live racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Enter Monday for Thursday Enter Tuesday for Friday Enter Wednesday for Saturday Enter Thursday for Monday Horsepeople are also reminded that anyone coming to train this week at Woodbine Mohawk Park is to use Barn 5. The paddock will not be open during the mornings this week. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Last week Seeyou Men was unable to collar race winner Capteur De Reve, but this Sunday Seeyou Men was able to grind it out again, this time for an impressive harness racing victory over Capteur De Reve in the Preferred Trot at the Hippodrome 3R. Volare (Jocelyn Gendron) went off-stride right at the start of the race and that enabled race favorite Capteur De Reve (Stephane Gendron) to take control of the third race feature right from the start. Talbotcreek Suzie (Pascal Berube) grabbed the pocket-trip as they went to the opening quarter mile in :29.1. Then Stephane Gendron backed Capteur De Reve to an easy half mile clocking in 1:00.4. That was when driver Francis Picard came first-over with Seeyou Men with Missionoftheheart (Tyler Jones) following their outside cover. Picard rated Seeyou Men perfectly on the outside, collaring Capteur De Reve by the three-quarters in 1:30 and then by the top of the stretch, grabbed the lead and held off Capteur De Reve to win by one length in 2:00. Missionoftheheart was third. It was the fourth win this year for Seeyou Men. The seven-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass is a former Quebec-bred champion and former track record holder at H3R. He is trained by Daniel Martin, bred by Chantal Gravel of St-Cyrille-De-Wendover who co-owns Seeyou Men with Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel. He paid $8.00 to win. National Debt scored the fastest mile on the day as he overpowered a field of five rivals in the seventh race Preferred Pace. Driven by Pascal Berube, National Debt had to grind it out early in the mile as a stubborn Histoire Enchantee (Stephane Gendron) parked them out to the opening quarter mile in :27.1, then to the half in :56. It was then that National Debut finally cleared to the lead. They started to pull away by the three-quarters in 1:25 as National Debt kept his motoring running, stopping the teletimer in 1:54.2. He won by eight lengths over Maracasso (Carol Voyer) with Hooter Shooter (Francis Picard) third. It was the 14th win this season for National Debt. The eight-year-old stallion by Allamerican Native is trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $2.60 to win. Steven Gagnon, 26, of Sorel Tracy, won his first professional pari-mutuel race Sunday, scoring a three and one-quarter length romp in the second race pace with Kiss Me Bad ($25.00). Gagnon owns and trains Kiss Me Bad, who scored a lifetime mark of 2:02.2. Gagnon had been competing in the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit the past four years. The tote board nearly exploded in the 11th race when Free Proof and owner, trainer, driver Sylvain Fontaine swept five-wide on the final turn and came on to win at odds of 50-1, paying $102.60 to win. Track Notes: Pascal Berube led all drivers on the afternoon with three wins. Trainer Yves Tessier had the hottest stable at H3R sending out three winners on the day. Next Sunday, November 10, will be closing day for the 2019 live harness racing season at the Hippodrome 3R. Presentations will be made to the race meets leading driver and trainer and a special blanket presentation will be made to the 14-year-old trotter, Chinnys Wings, who must retire from racing at the end of the year. For full race results, visit www.qubecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Grabbing control of the race early from post 7, Rose Run Quest eased through the fractions as he delivered as the heavy harness racing favourite in the Sunday afternoon featured pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. As part of a four win performance by leading driver Marc Campbell, Rose Run Quest captured the $2,900 preferred pace at the capital oval on the Sunday card in 1:55.4. The Blair Hansen owned pacer was sent to the front from the outer post 7 and laid down fractions of 28.1, 57.2 and 1:27.1 before a two-and-a-half length victory in 1:55.4. Rockin Indy (Driven by David Dowling) took second while Varadero Hanover (Ken Murphy) was third to complete the $100 triactor ticket. Campbell also won with Eagle Jolt in 1:57.2 from his own stable and with Howmac Magic in 1:59.3 for trainer Paul Biggar of Tyne Valley. Painted Pony and Campbell teamed up to win the afternoon finale in 1:59 for owner-trainer Raymond White of Belfast. Trainer Jackie Matheson had two winners on the card in Outrageous Story (Ron Matheson) in 2:01.2 and Howmacs Dragonator (Mike McGuigan) in 1:58.4. Total wager on the day was $44,105. For complete results and prize payouts go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing trainer Maxime Velaye will try and achieve a training feat not done at all this season at the Hippodrome 3R. That is to send out the winner in both the Preferred Trot and Pace features on Sunday afternoon. Velaye's first opportunity is his best one as he sends out the race favorite, Capteur De Reve, in the third race Preferred Trot. The only trotter ever to win four Quebec-Bred Championship starts again from the rail. It was last week that Capteur De Reve was able to lead from start to finish over a sloppy H3R track to win in 2:03.1. "He (Capteur De Reve) only knows H3R as the only half mile he has ever raced on," Velaye said. "He is versatile and can handle any size track, but he likes H3R the best." It was the sixth win this year for the five-year-old gelded son of Muscle Mass and a far cry from his record of 1:55.1 this season for the Provoquante Stable of Mirabel, who bred and owns the top trotter. Former track record holder and Quebec Champion, Seeyou Men (post four) will try again to defeat Capteur De Reve. Last week with driver Francis Picard, Seeyou Men was a game second after coming first-over again Capteur De Reve. Also entered is Volare (post 2), who nearly took the lead away from Capteur De Reve last week, but made a costly break at the opening quarter mile. Completing the field are two top mares, Missionoftheheart (post 5) and Talbotcreek Suzie (post 3), who is moving up in class after winning the Preferred III class last week. Velaye then sends out the former stake's winner Histoire Enchantee, also from the rail, in the seventh race Preferred Pace. This five-year-old gelding by Shanghai Phil won nearly $100,000 at age 3 before injuring himself and now two years later has come back for Velaye in winning form with three wins, the fastest in 1:56.4. "I am so happy with how he has come back to the races," Veyale said. "I think we will race both of them a few more times after the end of the season here and then give them a nice rest for the winter." It will be a challenge for Histoire Enchantee has he takes on last week's winner, Surf Report (post 2), who led from start to finish on the sloppy track last week in 2:00.1 (four second allowance). He will have Tyler Jones back in the sulky again. The morning line favorite is National Debt (post six), who has done most of his racing this season at Rideau Carleton Raceway for trainer Yves Tessier and driver Pascal Berube. National Debt has done very well again in 2019 with an impressive 13 wins and has won three of his last four starts and has a record of 1:51.4. Return winners in the field include Hooter Shooter (post 5) for driver Francis Picard and Maracasso (post 4) for trainer/driver Carol Voyer and rounding out the field is Abbleby Hanover (post 3). The 11-race program on Sunday starts at 1:00 pm. This is the second to last live race program at H3R before the end of the 2019 race season. Next week on closing day the track will honor the leading Driver and Trainer of the race meet along with a special blanket presentation to Chinnys Wings, who is 14-year-olds and will be retiring from racing come January 1, 2020 when he turns age 15. For more information, a free race program and to watch the H3R races live via the internet, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Battling to the opening quarter, Imagine Speed took control of the front end and never relinquished it in the Saturday afternoon harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Drive Dale Spence hustled the daughter of Ponder off the gate from post 4 in the $2,550 Open Mares pace and was strung to the first fraction by post 3 starter Dancers Pass (Driven by David Dowling). Imagine Speed then cleared to the lead in the 28.1 opening panel and proceeded to cut out splits of 57.4 and 1:27.2 without seeing a challenger then closed out the mile in 1:57.3 for the one-and-a-half length decision over Jordies Hope (Jason Hughes) and West River Ambyr (Steven Shepherd). Nicholas Oakes trains Imagine Speed for owners Jessica Hawkins of Warren Grove and Doug Matheson of Cornwall. The "King" of Island racing was on top of his game during the 12-dash card as Marc Campbell made four trips to the winner’s circle. Campbell captured the $2,300 Open Trot with Freddie in 2:00 from his own stable while stablemate Buckaroo won his trotting assignment in 2:01.1. The Winsloe driver also won with Paythelinebluechip in 1:58.3 for trainer Jay Noye of Pleasant Valley and with Better Be In Love in 1:59.4 for Brendan Mullen of Mount Stewart for the quadruple. For complete results and payouts go to redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Kendall Seelster regained her winning touch in Friday’s $30,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park, while a set of upsetters made headlines in the opening round of the Harvest Series for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Kendall Seelster was a popular winner in the $30,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred for pacers for the tandem of driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Rod Boyd. Sent off as the 3-5 favourite, the four-year-old daughter of Shadow Play-Kiddie Cocktail tracked Double A Mint to the quarter pole in :26.2 before looping past that foe and grabbing the lead. Kendall Seelster whacked out middle panels of :56 and 1:25 before roaring home in :27.3 to win by 1-1/2 lengths over Double A Mint and Better Be Donna N. It was the seventh win of the year and the 20th to date for the OSS graduate who now boasts a bankroll that stands at $899,346. She is owned by 1187422 Ontario Inc of Ottawa, Ont. Lifetime Royalty captured the first of two $17,000 divisions of the Harvest Series for three-year-old trotting fillies, and she did so to the tune of 8-1 for driver Louis Philippe Roy. The son of Royalty For Life-Cha Cha Glide left sharply and dropped into the pocket position while Red Hot Torch rolled the field through first-half fractions of :28 and :57.3. Heavily favoured Okeanos put first-over pressure on the leader at the half, and those two continued their battle to the three-quarter pole in 1:26.3. Okeanos shook loose on the lead in the lane, but he was picked off late by a hard-driving Lifetime Royalty who used a :28.1 final frame to win by three-quarters of a length over Okeanos in 1:55.2. Orlys Pride took home the show dough. Trainer Scott McEneny co-owns the gelding with Brad Grant and Martwest Racing Stable. It was the first win of the season – and the second to date – for the career winner in excess of $75,000. Arcanum, who was sent off at odds of 5-1, used his closing skills to post a 1:57.2 triumph in the second division for driver Scott Young. The son of Archangel-Penetangore got away fifth and watched A Royal Line and race favourite Meeas Dream take turns on the lead through fractions of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:28.1. Meeas Dream dug in late, but couldn’t fend off Arcanum who sped home in :29 to win by three-quarters of a length over Meeas Dream, with Stormont Rare a bang-up third. Trainer Kris Anderson shares ownership on the gelding with partner Ken Wiese of Paisley, Ont. The homebred now owns a 3-0-2 record from 14 starts this season in addition to earnings in excess of $23,000. The four-time winner has stashed away more than $36,000 to date. To view results for Friday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Friday Results – Woodbine Mohawk Park.

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The top  harness racing pacing mares in Eastern Canada will again square off this Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Saturday card kicks off at 12:30 P.M. with the top mares pace of the day lining up in race 11 for a $2,550 purse. The Time To Win comes into the race sporting a win and second in her last two starts with Corey MacPherson subbing in as the driver for trainer Jackie Matheson and owner Woodmere Farms of Marshfield. The five-year-old daughter of Western Ideal is a three-time winner this season racing primarily at Rideau Carleton Raceway outside Ottawa. She won her Open Mares assignment on Oct. 19, and then was second to pacing horse Eagle Jolt in a mixed class in her last start. Maritime Champion Arc Light moves into aged competition in this race but the three-year-old filly has rail control for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Grayland Farm of Gulf Shore, N.S. Dancers Pass (Driven by David Dowling) was a winner in her last two starts but takes on her toughest test to date in this race leaving from post 3. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sides with The Time To Win for the top spot. "The Time To Win was a bang up second last week despite being first up before the half so if she's able to pick up some cover today instead of providing it she'll be hard to deny," MacIsaac said. Also in the field is Mrs Dragonfire (Adam Merner), Imagine Speed (Dale Spence), West River Ambyr (Steven Shepherd), Collective Wisdom (Ron Matheson) and Jordies Hope (Jason Hughes). Freddie and Star Photo are set to tangle in the race 11 Open Trot for a $2,300 pot. Star Photo cruised to victory in his latest with a 28.4 final panel for the team of driver Hughes and trainer Kevin Gillis. The veteran has post 3 to start from this week while Freddie (Campbell) leaves from post 2. Labero has quietly put together a solid season with five wins, fives second and three thirds and has rail control in the class with Walter Cheverie in the seat. Rose Run Quest Looks To Continue Dominance Sunday CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - There has been nothing standing in the way of the winner's circle for Rose Run Quest in the preferred ranks in recent week and he will look for more of the same in the featured event Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The capital oval will host racing Saturday and Sunday for the next four weeks with post time at 12:30 P.M. Sunday's 13-dash program has the preferred pace hitting the track in race 12 for a $2,900 purse. Rose Run Quest has the outside in the field of seven by virtue of his three straight victories at this level. Marc Campbell trains and drives the son of If I Can Dream for owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. Nogreatmischief leaves from post 5 in the Sunday contest after a victory in the top class on closing day at Red Shores Summerside for trainer-driver Walter Cheverie. Screen Test has post 6 with Corey MacPherson at the lines after a third place finish at this level last time out. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees the race as Rose Run Quest's to lose. "Rose Run Quest has been so dominant in his last three starts that you got to believe the road to the winners circle goes through him again, post seven or not," MacIsaac said. Other entries include Varadero Hanover (Driven by Ken Murphy), Best To Hurst (Jason Hughes), IC True Grit (Mike McGuigan) and Rockin Indy (David Dowling). The back-up pace will line up in race 11 as Souverain looks to extend his four-race win streak with rail control for driver MacPherson and owner-trainer Phil Sizer of Kensington. Other top entrants in the $2,400 class are Eagle Jolt (Campbell) and Bank Of Dad (Adam Merner). For more information or to tune into the worldwide broadcast go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

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

MILTON, ON - October 30, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all harness racing horsepeople that this week's qualifying session has been moved to Friday afternoon (November 1) at 4 p.m. Originally scheduled for Thursday, officials at Woodbine Mohawk Park made the decision to move qualifiers to Friday afternoon due to the wet weather in the forecast for Thursday and into Friday morning. The entry box for Friday's qualifiers closes today (October 30) at 10:30 a.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

Andy McCarthy was looking for his first Breeders Crown trophy when he arrived at Woodbine Mohawk Park this past Friday. By the time the weekend was completed, he had put himself among a small group of drivers to win four or more finals in a year. He set himself apart by doing it without the benefit of a favorite. McCarthy became the eighth driver with at least four Crowns in a year, joining record-holder David Miller (five in 2015), John Campbell, Yannick Gingras, Mike Lachance, Ron Pierce, Brian Sears, and Tim Tetrick. Campbell, Gingras, Pierce, and Sears accomplished the feat twice. But none sans chalk until McCarthy scored with 2-year-old filly trotter Ramona Hill (14-1), 2-year-old filly pacer Reflect With Me (27-1), pacing mare Caviart Ally (5-2), and 3-year-old male pacer Dancin Lou (5-1). "It's surreal," the 33-year-old McCarthy said. "It makes me feel pretty good about where I'm at right now. You want to give yourself a little pat on the back after hearing something like that. It's a pretty nice little niche to be in." McCarthy, a native of Australia who has raced regularly in North America since 2007, has seen his purse earnings increase annually since the start of 2013, reaching a career-best $6.56 million this season. For his career, he has won $44 million in purses and nearly 2,400 races. He got Breeders Crown triumph No. 1 in the first of the event's 12 races, capturing the 2-year-old filly trot from post 10 with Tony Alagna-trained Ramona Hill. "I was quietly confident going into the weekend; I didn't expect four, but I knew I had four or five decent chances," McCarthy said. "Ramona Hill, even though she had the 10-hole, I still considered her one of the better shots I had throughout the weekend because I know how talented she is. She wasn't herself the week before, but I knew Tony would get on top of that and have that figured out. I hold her in high regard as one of the better horses I've ever driven. I think she's that talented." McCarthy was happy to get his first trophy quickly. "It's always really nice to break the ice," he said. "Winning the first of anything, it's always nice to get that out of the way, then you can kind of relax and move on and not have that monkey on your shoulder. Just being able to concentrate on your job without any added pressure as the weekend goes on is definitely nice." He was back in the winner's circle again in the very next race with another Alagna trainee, Reflect With Me. Then on Saturday night, he again got off to a fast start when Brett Pelling-trained Caviart Ally upended her nemesis, Shartin N, in the mare pace. Caviart Ally had finished second to Shartin N on five occasions this season before winning their most recent two outings. "She's been terrific all year, I just haven't been able to get the better of Shartin until now," McCarthy said. "It does feel good. That rivalry, I think it's a good rivalry as much as any rivalry. Even though Shartin has had the better of us all year, it still is a rivalry. When people turn on that race, they're wondering how it's going to go down. I think we put on good racing. I think it's very good for racing. It's very cool to watch and even more to be a part of it." McCarthy wrapped up his four wins with Dancin Lou, trained by another Aussie import (and first-time Crown winner) Tahnee Camilleri. "That was special because I'm good friends with Tahnee," McCarthy said. "She's a special person. She's so happy and emotional. She was crying in the winner's circle and couldn't stop hugging the horse and I just love to see that. That worked out really cool. It was a lot of fun." The weekend was also cool because McCarthy's younger brother Todd, an accomplished driver in Australia, came to visit for the Breeders Crown. The two spent the week together and got to hang out in Toronto the day prior to the Breeders Crown's opening night. "I had a quiet week back home, so I thought I'd jump on a plane and come over and cheer him on," Todd said. "It's pretty awesome to be here and experience it with him. These races are so hard to win. I think that's what we're all here for, to try to win these sorts of races. To be here is pretty special. I called home and mom and dad were buzzing. It's great." Also cheering on Andy was his wife Katrina. "It was even more special having her there as well," Andy said. McCarthy was grateful to all the trainers and owners that gave him the chance to drive horses in the Breeders Crown. "Without them, none of this would be possible," McCarthy said. "Everybody always remembers these nights. As far as winning big races, this is right up there. I know there's a lot of them, but still it's nice to have at least one of those trophies on your cabinets." After a moment, he said with a laugh, "I might even have to buy a trophy cabinet now." * * * * * * McCarthy was not the only driver from Down Under to get his first Breeders Crown at Mohawk. New Zealand native Dexter Dunn, in his first full season of racing in North America, got two trophies. His first came with 2-year-old male trotter Amigo Volo for trainer Nifty Norman and the second with trotting mare Manchego for trainer Nancy Johansson. "I probably have to pinch myself a little; really, it's hard to believe," Dunn said in a winner's circle interview. "Back in New Zealand, I followed the American races, like (Hambletonian) Day and Breeders Crown, and I'd be back in New Zealand watching them on TV and now I'm here. It's pretty cool. It's very exciting. "I've been extremely lucky with the support I've gotten since I've been here. I have a lot of people to thank. It's been a great ride and I'm enjoying it thoroughly." Dunn has won 336 races and $10 million in purses this year. His earnings rank third in North America. "It's been a great year," Dunn said. "(Trainers) Chris Ryder and Nifty Norman were two of the first ones to jump on me and supported me when I got over here and got me kickstarted. Without their huge support I wouldn't be here. "I've been very fortunate this year with the horses I've gotten to sit behind. It's been a pleasure." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

MILTON, ON - October 29, 2019 - The inaugural Breeders Crown Charity Challenge came to a close this past Friday with the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society taking home $109,484 as part of a Woodbine Cares record one-time donation of $282,996 in donations to five local charities. "We are so humbled by the contributions and donations made by so many people throughout the Standardbred racing community in the US and Canada," said Jessica Buckley, President, Woodbine Mohawk Park. "This all started as a great idea by Marvin Katz and it far surpassed all of our expectations. It truly is a reflection of the great people in our industry and the power of working together. These donations will positively impact many lives." The Breeders Crown Charity Challenge launched in June and featured four teams consisting of a celebrity, a charity of their choosing, and an award-winning three-year-old Standardbred. Each charity is received one per cent of their horse's earnings from June 1 through Oct. 26. Along with the horse's earnings, a breeding auction was held in Lexington, Kentucky in early-October to raise funds for the challenge. Exceeding expectations, more than $200,000 in funds was raised through the auction, allowing Woodbine Cares to make larger donations to each charity. Each team competed to garner the most votes in a Facebook poll, which closed on October 24, with the winning team receiving the largest portion of the funds raised for their charity. A special presentation was held during Friday's Breeders Crown card to recognize the charities and unveil their donation amounts. Marvin Katz, a presenting sponsor for the Breeders Crown, came up with the idea for the Charity Challenge and joined in presenting cheques to each charity. In recognition of Katz, Woodbine Cares Foundation donated $50,000 to the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre in the presenting sponsor's name. The Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society, celebrity Dan Plesac (former MLB pitcher) and their horse Captain Crunch received the most votes to win the Charity Challenge and earn $109,484 ($100,000 + earnings). Kim MacDonald (Weather Network personality) and her horse Woodside Charm finished second in the voting to earn $80,000 for the Breast Cancer Society of Canada. The other two charities in the challenge received a last-minute boost to their earnings courtesy of Breeders Crown victories by their horses. Michael 'Pinball' Clemons (Toronto Argonauts General Manager and former CFL player) teamed up with Warrawee Ubeaut to earn $33,831 ($25,000 + earnings) for the Pinball Clemons Foundation, while Eddie Olczyk (former NHL player) and Gimpanzee collected $9,681 (earnings) for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. A total of $282,996 was donated to five local charities through the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge and this could not have been accomplished without the support and generosity of the following individuals and groups. Captaintreacherous The Captaintreacherous Syndicate, Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Hanover Shoe Farms Always B Miki, Father Patrick and Sweet Lou Adam Bowden, Diamond Creek Farms Muscle Hill Michael Klau, Southwind Farms Chapter Seven Tom Grossman, Blue Chip Farms Tactical Landing Kevin Greenfield, Southwind Farms Gimpanzee Courant Inc, SRF Stable, Marcus Melander Warrawee Ubeaut Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, J & T Silva-Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi Captain Crunch 3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables, Caviart Farms, Nancy Johansson Woodside Charm Verlin Yoder by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, ON - October 29, 2019 -- The 36th Breeders Crown, presented by Libfeld/Katz Breeding Partnership, was held this past weekend at Woodbine Mohawk Park and was a huge harness racing success according to John Campbell, President of the Hambletonian Society. "We couldn't be happier with this year's Breeders Crown at Woodbine Mohawk Park," he said. "Feedback from everyone was extremely positive. From the hospitality, to the facility, to the attention to detail, the event was a huge success." The two-day event generated a Canadian-record total handle of $6.6 million wagered on the Breeders Crown. In addition to the Canadian-record handle, strong attendance, full dining rooms, a sold-out COSA Premium Lounge, the event also gave back to the community in a significant way through the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge, raising $282,997 for five local charities. Cancer Society of Canada, Pinball Clemons Foundation and Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation all received significant donations from the Charity Challenge. Woodbine Cares Foundation also made a donation in honour of presenting sponsor Marvin Katz to the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. "We were honoured to host this prestigious event and we are very proud of the results," said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. "Staging event of this magnitude wouldn't have been possible without contributions from our many partners, and specifically the Hambletonian Society and the Libfeld/Katz Breeding Partnership. We look forward to hosting this event again in the future." The Breeders Crown weekend featured 12 championship races and was truly an International affair. The weekend concluded with French trotting sensation Bold Eagle scoring a convincing victory in the $657,895 (CAD) Open Trot, his first start ever outside Europe. The Sébastien Guarato trained eight-year-old can add a Crown trophy to his accomplishments of more than $5 million earned and 46 victories. Driver Andrew McCarthy of Australia won four Crown trophies over the weekend. Along with McCarthy, three other drivers visited the winner's circle on multiple occasions, as Canadian-born Yannick Gingras, American Brian Sears and New Zealand's Dexter Dunn each won two Crown races. American and Woodbine Mohawk Park regular Tony Alagna led all trainers with three Crown victories. Swedish-American conditioner Nancy Johansson was the only other trainer with multiple victories, capturing two Crown trophies. This year's Breeders Crown marked the first visit of the annual harness racing championship series to Woodbine Mohawk Park since 2008 and the first-time ever the Campbellville oval hosted all 12 finals in the same year. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment