Day At The Track

Mississauga, ON – Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2020 O’Brien Awards, which honor Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season. There are two finalists in each category which includes 12 divisional horse categories and five people awards. Horse of the Year will be one of the divisional champions. Winners will be announced at the Virtual O’Brien Awards Gala on Sunday, Jan. 31 on standardbredcanada.ca. This will mark the 32nd edition of the O’Brien Awards, named in honor of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding horseman and member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Richard Moreau will be looking to add a record eighth O’Brien trophy to his mantle in the Trainer of the Year Category and is up against Ben Baillargeon of Guelph, Ont., a first-time nominee. Baillargeon is enjoying a career-best season, training horses to 123 victories and more than C$2.9 million in earnings including O’Brien finalist P L Jill in the Older Trotting Mare category. Richard Moreau of Puslinch, Ont. has earned seven consecutive titles as Canada’s Trainer of the Year. To date in 2020, he has sent 236 winners postward and trained horses to more than C$3.6 million in earnings including O’Brien finalist Lit De Rose in the Older Pacing Mare Category. Moreau, one of the country’s busiest trainers with more than 1,580 races to his credit, has topped the Canadian earnings charts for trainers for several years and was the leading money earning trainer at Woodbine Mohawk Park and Georgian Downs during 2020. Bob McClure and Doug McNair, the top two money-earning drivers in the country are the Driver of the Year finalists. Bob McClure of Rockwood, Ont., is en route to a career-best season in the earnings column, and is the leading money winning driver in Canada. He recently eclipsed the C$7 million mark, an impressive addition to his resume, and has also made 229 trips to the winner’s circle. McClure, a finalist in this category in 2016, 2018 and 2019, was the regular driver for five O’Brien finalists – Donna Soprano, Lauras Love, Lawless Shadow, Macho Martini and Tattoo Artist. McClure was also the winner of the prestigious Lampman Cup as the Ontario Sires Stakes’ leading driver this past season. The winner of Driver of the Year honors in 2017, Doug McNair of Guelph, Ont. is having one of his best years with 283 winners and more than C$6.2 million in earnings. He was the regular reinsman for two O’Brien finalists – Karma Seelster and Warrawee Vicky. Gilles Barrieau and Kelly Hoerdt are the finalists for the O’Brien Award of Horsemanship and are both past winners in this category. Two-time Horsemanship winner and defending champion, Gilles Barrieau of Saint John, N.B., competes on the Atlantic Provinces circuit and to date this season, he’s trained 44 winners and horses to more than C$227,000 in purse earnings while boasting a UTRS of .552. On the driving side, he has 170 winners and more than C$485,000 in earnings, giving him a .411 UDRS. Kelly Hoerdt of Beaumont, Alta., won the Horsemanship Award in 2013. This year, the Alberta-based trainer-driver has trained 152 winners and horses to more than C$860,000 in earnings, while driving 163 winners and horses that earned more than C$895,000. Caviart Audrey and Scarlett Hanover, both daughters of Bettors Delight, are the nominees in the 2-Year-Old Pacing Filly division. Caviart Audrey won five of nine races and more than C$372,000 in her rookie campaign, which included victories in the Eternal Camnation, Champlain, an elimination and final of the Shes A Great Lady. Scarlett Hanover posted 11 top-three finishes from 14 starts and earned more than C$449,000. She won two Ontario Sires Stakes events including the Super Final and also competed against Grand Circuit company, scoring a season’s best 1:51.3 victory in the Champlain Stakes and winning an elimination of the Shes A Great Lady. A pair of Shadow Play colts, Bulldog Hanover and Lawless Shadow, are the finalists in the 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt division. Bulldog Hanover won four of six races, all Ontario Sires Stakes events including the season ending Super Final and more than C$248,000 in 2020. Lawless Shadow hit the board in eight of nine races, including four wins in his rookie campaign and topped C$307,000 in purse earnings. He scored two victories in Ontario Sires Stakes events, a win in the Nassagaweya, runner-up finishes in his Metro elim and OSS Super Final and a third-place finish in the Metro Final. In the 3-Year-Old Pacing Filly division, Ontario-breds Lauras Love and Karma Seelster will compete for O’Brien honors. Unraced as a 2-year-old, the Betterthancheddar filly Lauras Love was a model of consistency in 2020, scoring 16 top-three finishes, including eight victories from 20 races, and earning C$331,000 for her connections. In addition to a victory in an Ontario Sires Stakes event, she scored multiple victories in overnight competition and also won a division of the Simcoe against Grand Circuit company. The Sportswriter filly Karma Seelster had three wins and nine top three finishes in 15 races and earned more than C$277,000. She added a win in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event and a sweep of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association Stake to her resume. Major Custard and Tattoo Artist are the 3-Year-Old Pacing Colt finalists. Major Custard was almost invincible this season, winning 15 of 16 races and earning more than C$237,000 while competing on the Western Provinces Circuit which included Fraser Downs in B.C. and Century Downs and Century Mile in Alberta. The Alberta-bred son of Custard The Dragon scored victories in the Alberta Sires Stakes, the Ralph Klein, the Maverick, the Robert Murphy Stakes, the Western Canada Pacing Derby and the Brad Gunn Stake. Tattoo Artist, a son of Hes Watching, won eight of 17 starts and more than C$666,000 this season with victories in five Ontario Sires Stakes events, and a division of the Simcoe Stakes. One of his biggest efforts was a runner-up finish in the C$1 million North America Cup. Lit De Rose and So Much More are finalists in the Older Pacing Mare category. Lit De Rose boasted 14 top-three finishes from 18 starts and earned more than C$169,000. Primarily a Fillies & Mares Preferred campaigner, the daughter of Leader Bayama scored an impressive runner-up finish in the Milton Stake Final. So Much More dominated the Fillies & Mares Preferred ranks at Woodbine Mohawk Park, winning 12 of 30 starts and eclipsing C$300,000 in earnings during her season. On July 25, she scored a career best 1:49.3 lifetime best at Woodbine Mohawk Park and put together a three-race win streak in October. Century Farroh and Sintra are the Older Pacing Horse finalists. Century Farroh is looking for his second consecutive O’Brien trophy, after being voted Canada’s 3-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year in 2019. Competing as a 4-year-old, the son of Mach Three scored 12 top-three finishes in 16 starts and more than C$637,000 in earnings. His stakes victories included the Breeders Crown and the Dan Patch. Sintra is also looking to secure his second O’Brien trophy in this category after winning it in 2017. In 2020 the son of Mach Three scored 15 top-three finishes, including nine wins, in 22 starts and bankrolled C$249,531 for his connections. Competing primarily in the Preferred ranks at Woodbine Mohawk Park, he most recently scored three consecutive wins at Mohawk. Donna Soprano and Imextraspecial will compete for 2-Year-Old Trotting Filly honors. Donna Soprano won five of seven races and more than $575,000 for her connections, which included sweeps of the Pure Ivory and Peaceful Way Stakes, a win in a Champlain division and an impressive runner-up finish in the inaugural edition of the Mohawk Million. Imextraspecial won five of 10 races and more than C$223,000 in her rookie campaign, which was highlighted by five victories in Ontario Sires Stakes events. In the 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt division, stablemates Macho Martini and On A Streak are the finalists. Trained by Luc Blais for Determination of Montreal, Que., these two colts topped the rookie trotting colt charts in 2020. The Muscle Mass colt Macho Martini was a winner of eight of 11 starts and C$454,000, scoring victories in four Ontario Sires Stakes events, the Millard Farm elimination and final, a Champlain division and an elimination of the William Wellwood Memorial Stake. On A Streak had only two wins in 10 starts, but they were both very lucrative ones. His maiden-breaking effort came in the C$525,000 William Wellwood Stakes, which was worth C$267,500 and a spot in the inaugural Mohawk Million, where he finished a solid third. His second victory came in the Breeders Crown, and was worth C$300,000. In total, the Cantab Hall colt earned in excess of C$850,000 for his season which also included a runner-up finish in the Valley Victory. Sorella and Warrawee Vicky are the finalists in the 3-Year-Old Trotting Filly division. Sorella won eight of 15 races and C$737,000 including victories in the Reynolds, the Hambletonian Oaks, the Casual Breeze, the Bluegrass and the Matron. Warrawee Vicky scored four wins in 12 starts and banked more than C$230,000. Three of those wins came in the Ontario Sires Stakes events and the fourth was in a Simcoe division. Pemberton and Ready For Moni will compete for 3-Year-Old Trotting Colt honors. Pemberton, a son of Wheeling N Dealin, won eight of 10 races and earned more than C$363,000 for his sophomore season. Four of his victories came in Ontario Sires Stakes events including the season-ending Super Final. The aptly-named Ready For Moni boasted a bankroll in excess of C$646,000 for his sophomore season, which included five wins in 11 starts. His season was highlighted by a sweep of the Goodtimes, victories in the Zweig Memorial and Stanley Dancer, and a runner-up finish in the Hambletonian. In the Older Trotting Mare category, Hey Livvy and P L Jill are the finalists. Hey Livvy won nine races and more than C$278,000 in 22 trips postward, highlighted by her richest payday, an impressive victory in the Armbro Flight. P L Jill was a consistent performer in the Preferred trotting ranks at Woodbine Mohawk Park, winning nine of 25 starts and banking more than C$241,000. Her biggest payday came in the Earl Rowe Stake where she got up for a head victory. On The Ropes and Perfetto are finalists in the Older Trotting Horse Category. On The Ropes won six races and C$142,000 during his 5-year-old campaign and all of his 34 starts took place at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Perfetto won seven of 24 races and C$149,000 while also making all but one start at Mohawk. P.E.I. natives Rachel Andrew and Austin Sorrie are the Future Star Award finalists. This year marks the eighth year for the Future Star Award, with two P.E.I. natives competing as finalists. Rachel Andrew, who now resides in Dundas, Ont., and Austin Sorrie who resides in Freelton, Ont., both posted some impressive stats this season. Andrew trained 51 winners and horses to more than C$438,000 in earnings in just her third year of full-time training. This marks the second consecutive year that Sorrie is a finalist in this category. The young reinsman has been in demand on the Ontario B Track circuit in 2020, driving in more than 1,192 races, scoring 146 wins and driving horses to more than C$905,000 in purse earnings. Seelster Farms and Warrawee Farm are finalists in the Armstrong Breeder of the Year category. Three-time Breeder of the Year Seelster Farms of Lucan, Ont. won this award in 2006, 2013, and 2018. In 2020, horses bred by Seelster won 260 races and earned more than C$3.5 million. Top performers included O’Brien finalists Lawless Shadow and Karma Seelster along with Tokyo Seelster. Horses bred by Rockwood, Ont.-based Warrawee Farm won 44 races and earned more than C$1 million in 2020, including O’Brien finalist Warrawee Vicky. Other top performers included Warrawee Vital and Warrawee Ubeaut. One of the winners in the divisional categories will be awarded the Somebeachsomewhere Horse of the Year title. The winners will be announced at the 2020 Virtual O’Brien Awards Gala on Sunday, Jan.31, 2021, which will be video streamed on standardbredcanada.ca. For a complete list of O’Brien Award finalists, click here. from Standardbred Canada

Milton, ON – December 21, 2020 – Woodbine Entertainment announced today that live Standardbred Racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park will be temporarily suspended as a result of the Government of Ontario imposing a Provincewide Shutdown for at least 28 days starting on Saturday, December 26 at 12:01 a.m.  In an effort to provide horsepeople with additional harness racing opportunities prior to the mandated shutdown, Woodbine has received approval from the AGCO to add two cards of live racing to its schedule for this Wednesday, December 23. The doubleheader will begin with an afternoon card at 2 p.m. followed by an evening card at 7 p.m.  The afternoon card is the previously drawn Tuesday, December 22 card for Flamboro Downs.  “While we are disappointed that we must temporarily suspend live racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park, we continue to be supportive of the Government’s efforts to manage the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. “The safety of our employees, horsepeople, customers and communities will always be our highest priority. As we have demonstrated throughout the pandemic, we will continue to be leaders in health and safety and look forward to when we can safely resume live racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park that supports thousands of people in the region who depend on it.”  Standardbred racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park will be temporarily suspended following the two race cards scheduled for Wednesday, December 23.  As a result of the suspension of racing, Woodbine Mohawk Park will be closed and not available for training as of Thursday, December 24  Woodbine Entertainment will provide updates as necessary.    Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Pillage And Burn has not been spotted out of the top two places in months and will attempt to keep his miraculous feat moving forward on a special Tuesday evening harness racing card at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.  The 10-dash Tuesday card has a 6 P.M. opening post time with the featured pace lining up in race 9 of the evening for a $2,300 purse. Pillage And Burn has been one-two in all of his outings since September 26 and the Trevor Hicken trained pacer receives the honour of morning line favourite in Tuesday’s top event. Ken Murphy will steer the nine-year-old son of Cams Card Shark for owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Quebec. Known to make front no matter where he leaves on the starting gate, Pillage And Burn has post 5 in Tuesday’s contest. Young Drunk Punk moves into the Ron Gass stable for this start as the son of Bettors Delight ships in from Nova Scotia’s Truro Raceway where he was facing the top class. Adam Merner will drive the 17-time winner from post 1 on Tuesday. Sports Royalty has been enjoying a breakout season in 2020 for trainer Wendy MacRae, as the son of Sportswriter has visited the winner’s circle seven times this year and will retain the driving services of Gilles Barrieau from post 3.  Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks pegs Pillage And Burn in the top spot. “Pillage And Burn may be the sharpest horse in the Maritimes right now and has been first or second in his last nine starts,” MacPhee said. “We think Kenny will be aiming for the front again and if they do clear could get win number ten on the season.” Also in the featured field are Painted Pony (To be driven by Marc Campbell), Creepin (David Dowling), and Winter Blast (Jason Hughes).  Race 5 is the evening trot class with $2,050 at stake. Labero is the top choice from post 4 in the compact field of five. Barrieau drives the Kadabra gelding for trainer Randy Van Meer of Mount Herbert.  Race 3 of the evening has a solid group of pacing mares including Howmacrivercruiser, who provided her co-owner and trainer Brad Smith with a thrilling return to victory her last start. Smith was in the race bike for the Articulator’s mare’s 2:00.4 score and must contend with post 8 to find their way there again Tuesday. Formerly one of the bright young talents in Island racing, Smith’s last driving win was in January of 2015 before he took a hiatus from racing.  For more information go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com.    By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores 

It has been announced by the owners of Shartin N, the 2019 USA Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year and the fastest pacing mare in history, has been retired from racing and has been sold. In a glittering harness racing career, the world champion mare won 46 of her 68 lifetime starts and $2,667,563 in purses- an average of $39,228 per start - and took a world record lifetime mark of 1:46.4. She clocked an amazing 20 winning miles in 1:50 or better. Bred in New Zealand, Shartin N did not race at age two and commenced her career in Australia as a three-year-old, winning seven races and $105,718 in purses including the Queensland and Tasmanian Oaks. Following her defeating Victorian Horse of the Year, Jilliby Kung Fu 1:48.4 ($529,710), at Melton in 2017, when Shartin N sat parked out the entire trip and won in a class record 1:52.5 mile rate over 1720 meters, Shartin N was bought by leading New Zealand bloodstock agent John Curtin on behalf of USA owner Richard Poillucci of South Easton, MA. Poillucci would then take on partners JoAnn Looney King of Delaware and later down the road, driver Tim Tetrick of Delaware. "In my wildest dreams I never thought I would have a mare like Shartin," said owner Richard Poillucci. "It does not happen very often in our industry or in a lifetime for an owner. "It was a hard decision to be made," Poillucci added. "We talked about it for the past few months and decided it would be in her best interest to become a broodmare. "It has been so surreal having Shartin these past few years. Poillucci said. "If you are into harness racing there is no greater feeling than owning a world champion like her. When she was good no one could beat her and when she was not good, she was still great." "She would not have been possible for her to do all that she did if it wasn't for trainer Jim King, Jr.'s tutelage and driver Tim Tetrick's patience," Poillucci said. "They, along with my co-owner JoAnn King, did such a superb job with her. When she first came into their barn, she was not a well-mannered mare and they made her the world champion she is today. "I can't thank my agent and friend John Curtin enough," Poillucci added. "He did not just find and purchase this mare for us, but he has been one of her biggest fans too, following every start she has made in North America. He does that with every horse I get with him." Shartin N took the North American racing scene by storm in 2018 for trainer Jim King, Jr., winning 19 of her 24 appearances and earning $1,053,236 - the highest total by a pacing mare ever in one season. She was named the Dan Patch Pacer of the Year and was second in the balloting for Harness Horse of the Year. She completed almost a clean sweep of the major races for mares in 2018, including the $373,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker Final, $370,000 Roses Are Red, $270,000 Breeders Crown, $197,400 Lady Liberty, $175,000 TVG Free-for-all, $161,000 Artiscape Pace, $150,000 Betsy Ross Invitation, $102,200 Chip Noble Memorial and the $98,500 Allerage Farm Pace in a season's record 1:48.2. Shartin N put an exclamation mark on her 2019 career in August last year when she produced a jaw-dropping world record performance to win the $183,500 Lady Liberty at The Meadowlands, carving out the mile in 1:46.4 - 0.6 faster than the prior world mark. She also became the fastest Standardbred horse ever bred in New Zealand.   A month later Shartin N set another world record for mares on a five-eighths track when she was clocked in 1:48 at Harrah's Philadelphia in a $30,000 Open Pace. She continued her dominance of the distaff pacing ranks throughout the year, winning the $402,600 Blue Chip Matchmaker, $330,000 Roses Are Red, $179,550 Golden Girls, $137,000 Artiscape, $100,000 Clara Barton, $100,000 Betsy Ross and the $100,000 Chip Noble and finishing second in the Breeders Crown. Shartin N won 15 of her 19 outings in 2019 for $982,177 in stakes - a season's high for her gait and sex. As the result of a remarkable season, Shartin N was named 2019 Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year and became only the fifth female pacer and the first horse bred outside of North America to pick up the prestigious award. In the voting she defeated the champion three-year-old's Bettor's Wish 1:47.3 ($2,781,240) and Warrawee Ubeaut 1:48.3 ($1,948,175), the top Free-For-Aller and world record holder Lather Up 1:46 ($1,917,935) and McWicked 1:46.2 ($5,103,271) and world record holders and leading trotters in Manchego 1:49 ($2,857,315) and Atlanta 1:49.1 ($2,859,610) in the end-of-year balloting. Shartin N returned to the track as a seven-year-old this year, winning an additional five races including the $177,100 Lady Liberty and $129,000 Artiscape for the third time each and notching consecutive wins in the $100,000 Clara Barton. "The barn will not be the same without her for sure," Said trainer Jim King, Jr. "Hard to imagine this barn without her and looking forward to her next race. "It's been the driving force for me these past three years. "We knew this day would come so ...it's tough." On the score of bloodlines, Shartin N has a great deal in her favor. Apart from being sired by the champion NZ pacer Tintin In America, a $906,422 winning son of McArdle, she is out of a mare by the Governor's Cup winner Live Or Die, a leading sire in NZ for many years, while her grand-dam, is a daughter of the Bret Hanover foal, Save Fuel, a brother to the glamour American filly of the 1970's, Guiding Beam. The family has produced a host of 'black type' performers including Italian Delight (1:50.2), Donegal Delight (NZ North Island Breeders Stakes), Im Bella Jay (WA Wesbred 2YO Classic) and Kanturk (NZ Celebrity Stakes). "I can't hardly tell you what it's been like to have owned and raced a world champion like Shartin," said co-owner JoAnn Looney King. "She's the dream horse I longed for since I was a young girl in the horse business. She's the dream horse everyone longs for. Imagine owning a horse that North America knows by name seems unreal but it happened and to me and our team I also want people to know that the experience of meeting so many nice people and well-wishers on the road traveling has been one of the high points of owning a horse like Shartin. "People have been so nice everywhere we travelled," King add. "We met so many nice people that I still stay in touch with and I'm so appreciative of their kindness. "For the past few days now that she has been sold," King explained. "When I walk by her stall and speak to her I have some sadness but I know it's best for her and for the team, but damn it's going to be hard to watch her walk out of that barn the final time. "It will be emotional for me, real emotional. It's really been the best three years imaginable. A dream come true and I thank God every day." Bloodstock agent John Curtin also confirmed the sale of Shartin N for an undisclosed sum to Ola Yoder, owner of Kountry Lane Standardbreds, LLC of Indiana. Ola Yoder stunned the harness racing world with a significant investment in buying five sensational broodmares at the 2019 White Birch Farm dispersal sale held at Harrisburg. Since then, he has purchased the Breeders Crown winner Winndevie 1:53 ($863,257) and now Shartin N. Shartin N is scheduled to be bred to Captaintreacherous in 2021 and then Lazarus N in 2022. Plans for a special retirement ceremony will be announced soon. By Steve Wolf  

LONDON…The 1st Annual Drivers’ Holiday Challenge, in support of Toys For Tots, hosted this evening at The Raceway at Western Fair District was an overwhelming success. The point-based challenge was contested over an 11-race card and featured top harness racing drivers from Woodbine Mohawk Park and The Raceway. The group of drivers on today’s card featured Woodbine Mohawk Park’s leading reinsmen Bob McClure, Doug McNair, Louis Phillippe Roy and Trevor Henry as well as top local teamster’s Marc St Louis Jr., Colin Kelly, Tyler Borth and Scott Wray. The battle went right down to the wire, with both Marc St Louis and Bob McClure sharing the victory with 87 points. Colin Kelly finished third with 84 points.   The real winners of the day were the children that are assisted by the Toys For Tots Charity. The drivers donated their fees for the day and The Raceway matched the drivers’ donation. More than $5,700 was raised to support children in need during the holiday season. The harness racing community was also out in full force with plenty of donations coming in supporting Toys For Tots. A special thanks to Shannon and Trevor Henry for organizing a toy drive to support this great initiative.   The Henry’s offered a $100 Keg Gift Card draw to participants who donated a new toy and selected a driver to win the competition. Well over 300 toys were donated which truly shows the kindness and generosity of the harness racing community. The winner was Katie Currie from Guelph, Ontario. The Raceway was also proud to have COSA TV, presented by CUJO Entertainment, providing live coverage of the event. The broadcast was available on the Standardbred Canada website as well as other social media platforms. Toys For Tots (Canada) is a Canadian charity based on local partnerships between Canadian Armed Forces, businesses, and concerned citizens 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.     Greg Gangle

MILTON, December 19, 2020 – Horseplayers from all around took their shot at Saturday’s harness racing Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout at Woodbine Mohawk Park, wagering over $1.3 million in new money.  A total of $1,367,889 was wagered on Saturday’s Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory, joining a carryover of $335,940. The winning combination of 5-7-3-8-4 was popular, returning $808.73 for a $0.20 winning ticket.  Veteran pacer Rockin In Heaven moved to the lead in the second-quarter and never looked backed for 1:52.1 score in the Jackpot Hi-5 race. The eight-year-old went off as 9/5 favourite for driver J Harris and trainer Teesha Symes.  The top-five finishers from the Jackpot Hi-5 race are listed below:  1st: #5 Rockin In Heaven – 9/5 2nd: #7 Sams A Champ A – 5/1 3rd: #8 Dreamfair Moxy – 12/1 4th: #3 Rootin Tootin – 4/1 5th: #4 Heavenly Sound – 8/1  Saturday evening’s total handle for the 11-race card was $3.4 million.  Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7 p.m.    Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Screen Test made short work of his Saturday afternoon preferred harness racing foes with a dazzling 1:55.3 mile at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Corey MacPherson idled his charge from post 8 in the $2,700 top event and settled away fifth while post 1 starter Smart Official (Driven by Jason Hughes) was sent to the lead through splits of 28.2 and 58. Screen Test then began his move first-over and gobbled up ground on his way to a five-length victory in 1:55.3. Smart Official hung on for second with Revenant (Adam Merner) finished third. Ron Gass trains Screen Test for owner Kickin Horse Stable of York and William Andrew of Calgary. Marc Campbell was the hot commodity of the day, winning four races on the 10-dash card including the pacing mare and trotting features. Freddie came back to action on a winning note, stopping the clock in 2:00.4 in the $2,400 Open Trot for trainer-driver Campbell and owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. The $2,900 Fillies and Mares Open pace was more of the same as Dreamfair Zenfire got up for a head decision in 1:57.4 from the Campbell stable for owners Ryan and Everett MacLeod of Souris. The leading reinsman the last 11 seasons at the capital oval, Campbell also won with Zack The Men (1:59.1) for trainer Michael MacDonald and with Here Comes Red (1:59.1) from the Wade Sorrie barn. Live racing continues Tuesday evening for a special 6 P.M. program. For more information go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

MILTON, December 19, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced the addition of two cards of live harness racing, to be held as a doubleheader, for this Wednesday (December 23) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. With the City of Hamilton entering the Grey-Lockdown category as of Monday, December 21 at 12:01 a.m., Flamboro Downs will not be permitted to host their previously drawn card for Tuesday, December 22. Following discussions with all appropriate parties and pending final approval on Monday, the card slated for Tuesday at Flamboro Downs will now take place on Wednesday afternoon at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time for the 11-race card, which will be contested under the Woodbine Standardbred brand, is 2 p.m. In an effort to continue providing racing opportunities, Woodbine Mohawk Park applied and received approval to also add a card of live racing for Wednesday night. A condition sheet has been established and the entry box for Wednesday night's card will close on Monday (December 21) at 10:30 am. Final changes will be done immediately following the draw. Post time for Wednesday night's card of live racing will be 7:30 p.m. All horsepeople competing on either of Wednesday's cards at Woodbine Mohawk Park are required to complete Woodbine's COVID-19 daily screening form prior to arriving at the racetrack. Full live racing schedules and race handicapping resources, including free programs, are available at www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com. Horseplayers can watch and wager on both cards of live racing through www.HPIbet.com. Woodbine Entertainment would like to acknowledge all the parties involved, including the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA), for their immediate action and support. Mark McKelvie

GUELPH, ON -- Viewers of TheStable.ca Virtual Winter Open House on December 18 raised $3,000 for the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society (OSAS). Donations were collected from several of the 500 people who provided an RSVP for the livestream event which featured 45 of TheStable.ca's yearlings training in eight sets. Each winter and spring, TheStable.ca hosts an in-person Open House at its homebase, Tomiko Training Centre, in Puslinch, ON. The event is always streamed online. Removing the in-person element because of the pandemic, the broadcast was enhanced to include hosts Mark McKelvie, Fred MacDonald, and Bill O'Donnell reporting from their respective studios in Guelph, Charlottetown (PEI) and Milton. Anthony MacDonald co-hosted from track-level. NHL alumni (and clients of TheStable.ca) Rick Vaive and Shayne Corson also joined the broadcast. Host Jaimi MacDonald conducted remote interviews with the duo from their homes. Vaive and Corson -- along with Doug Gilmour -- own shares of the yearling colt U Gotta Be Leaf. A one percent stake in the trotter (and free expenses for one year) was the grand prize of the event and was awarded to Thomas Welsh of Clifford, ON. U Gotta Be Leaf at the Virtual Open House The other prize winners were: $100 HPI Gift Card (sponsored by Central Ontario Standardbred Association): Russell Collis of Wasaga Beach, ON $100 Amazon Gift Card (sponsored by Clinton Raceway): Kathryn Reid of Mississauga, ON Breeders Crown Swag Pack (sponsored by the Hambletonian Society): Marcia Harmelink of Perry, KS $100 Amazon Gift Card (sponsored by Ontario Racing): Karen Dallimore of Orton, ON I Love Canadian Harness Racing swag (sponsored by Standardbred Canada): Larry Clarkin of Whitby, ON $100 Amazon Gift Card (sponsored by True Nature Communications Inc.): Sarah Toll Toronto, ON Hambletonian Swag Pack (sponsored by the Hambletonian Society): Kevin Schmiedebusch of Lima, OH An archive of the four-hour livestream event is available on TheStable.ca YouTube channel. TheStable.ca extends its thanks to everyone who contributed to the Virtual Open House, donated to the fundraiser for OSAS, and tuned into the broadcast. About TheStable.ca TheStable.ca is horse racing's fastest growing fractional ownership operation and the largest harness racing stable in Canada. Between 100 - 150 Standardbred horses are part of TheStable.ca at any given time, racing in nine jurisdictions throughout North America and Australia. The horses are owned by 800+ people from 13 countries worldwide. The innovative and engaging model invites people to own a little and love it a lot. Clients can purchase as little as one percent of a horse, making the thrill of harness racing and racehorse ownership accessible and affordable. This award-winning fractional racehorse ownership operation was crafted in 2015 by Anthony and Amy MacDonald of Guelph, ON to remove the traditional barriers to racehorse ownership: cost, access and risk. Communication and customer service are the cornerstones of TheStable.ca. The operation embraces technological solutions to engage audiences, deliver consistent updates about the horses and create an ongoing entertainment experience. For more information, contact Kelly at kelly@thestable.ca Kelly Spencer

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After being bested in his last three starts by the now absent The Rev, the draw was not kind to Screen Test as he takes on the Saturday afternoon harness racing Preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 10-dash Saturday presentation starts up at 12:30 P.M. with the $2,700 preferred pace hitting the track in race 9. The city track received permission from the Chief Public Health office to host the program with a 50 person maximum cohort in the grandstand. Reservations will be required for the Top of the Park and Turf's Bar & Grill in order to follow capacity restrictions. Corey MacPherson will steer Screen Test in the top event for trainer Ron Gass and owner Kickin Horse Stable of York from the grandstand side of the starting gate. The five-year-old son of Vertical Horizon was second in this class three-weeks straight as he could not get the best of Atlantic champion The Rev. With that top foe out of the picture, the onus is on Screen Test to stick his nose out at the finish but he will have to overcome post 8 to get there. Legendary Ron is second choice on the morning line from post 5 sporting a two-race win streak for driver Myles Heffernan Sr., and owner Doug Matheson of Cornwall. Third choice is Revenant with post 7 for the duo of trainer Gass and driver Adam Merner. Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks puts Screen Test on top. "Screen Test has put together an excellent season and gets to avoid the bearcats today," MacPhee said. "This is a good group and he'll have to be on his game but we predict Corey works out a trip and they land on the line first." Race 7 is the Fillies and Mares Open pace for a $2,900 pot. Woodmere Skyroller defeated this group last time out but now is shouldered with post 8 for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. David Dowling remains in the driver's seat of the filly, who boasts the most money ever earned in a season strictly on the Eastern Seaboard of Canada with $87,076 in earnings. Dreamfair Zenfire is top choice from post 6 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell while Back In The Game returning from competition in Ontario to land in the Clifford Murphy stable with Ken Murphy in the seat from post 5. Race 6 has the Open trot with Freddie coming back to action from post 6 for trainer-driver Campbell and owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. Other top entries in the $2,400 event are Windmeredontuworry (Heffernan) and Glider Man (Dowling). Sign up to wager online through HPIBET.Com. The Race Day broadcast, race programs, entries and results can be found at redshores.ca By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Matt Bax - I've always said that you can't be in harness racing if you don't love it. Each morning and every night, I am reminded of just how much I love it. And the thought of it being taken away from us again - worries me so much. Both in the short term and how a shutdown may impact the industry in the long term. We totally appreciate that many other industries are being impacted by the pandemic too. When people say 'buy local' - that's us. Everything we do to run our racing operation is supported locally. We buy feed and equipment and use veterinarian and blacksmith services. When you look at those big manufacturing plants that employ thousands of people and are an engine for the locally economy - that's us too. Without spectators, we are merely working the craft we love and providing a product to the public. We have our health and safety protocols that we all follow and none of us want to be the one person who is responsible for a COVID-19 outbreak, so we take those protocols very seriously. We are so extremely thankful to be racing during these difficult times. I'm so thankful and grateful for the opportunity to be a Standardbred trainer -and to do something I love. I'm grateful to work with some of the finest equine athletes in the world. I'm fortunate to be able to provide my family. I take great pride in being in an industry that employs thousands of hard-working people, and I'm proud to be part of something that contributes significantly to the economy, locally and provincially. Through good times and bad, the horse racing community has always been bound together by a passion for our craft. The amount of hours and dedication required to be successful is unlike any other industry. Even when you're not working, you're watching the races or reading stories about racing - it's something you live and breathe. The first thing I do when I wake up - 5:30 every morning, seven days a week - is to go down to the barn on our farm and feed all the horses. The horses, they always come first. Then I'll come home, get a coffee, have breakfast and get the kids ready. My wife and I get one on the bus, and then I take my three-year-old son down to the barn, and start the day there. The horses are always happy to see you when you come out every morning, and I'm just as happy to see them. It gives you a great feeling every morning that you're connecting with the horses, seeing what's going on with each one, and knowing that they are all okay. The longer you go in the business, the more you understand the little things can go wrong each day. When you get that baseline off of feeding them, it helps relieve any anxiety you might have. You worry about them because in every way, they are your family - all 24 that we have with us, plus the broodmares, the young ones and the retired ones that are on our farm. In many ways, the horses are just like people, just like your family and friends. You want to make sure they are happy, healthy and loved. Like any business, you also need to have a strategy in place, both short and long term. With horses, it takes meticulous planning to ensure each one is given the best opportunity to succeed. We have a board where it maps out when each horse is racing, their pre-race training and routines. You set that up each week. I sit down with my dad [longtime successful trainer and owner John Bax] and we talk about what we want to do with the horses. Some have ended their 2-year-old season, so then you start having to map when they're going to come back. From there, it changes day-to-day for every horse. If the horse isn't feeling well, or is feeling sore, it's critical that you are able to care for them. You have to be able to adapt to every situation that comes your way. Every day is different. Every day has its challenges and every day has its rewards. There is always running around to do, whether you have to go to the tack shop or the bank to do all the books. You have little jobs to do in the afternoon. I pick my daughter up when the bus drops her off and then her and her brother get half an hour of quiet time, whether that's reading or schoolwork. Then it's on to bringing in all the horses from outside, and feeding them. Being able to share my love of horses with my family is one of the most cherished things I have in my life. My kids are pretty well-versed in the barn because they've been able to spend a lot of time there the past while because of the pandemic. They have a little pony named Licorice that they take care of. At night, they'll run out to the paddock and bring her inside. It's nice that they have an animal to take care of. It teaches them responsibility. They learn those tough lessons too, like taking care of her, feeding her and things like that. Then there's joy of it. They dressed Licorice up for Christmas and they jogged her outside. That's pretty cute to see and I hope to be able to see much more of that for years to come. It's one of many reasons why I hope that live horse racing continues on at Woodbine Mohawk Park and other racetracks across Ontario. In a business where so much goes into the animal, us, as well as the majority of horsepeople, are on a shoestring budget as it is. To be shut down again would really hurt us all, as it's such an unscheduled stoppage of income. There are no corners to cut. Horse racing isn't simply a source of joy for all of us - it's also our livelihood. The pandemic has had a devastating effect on so many industries in Ontario, across Canada, and around the world, horse racing included. Woodbine Entertainment has done a fantastic job in establishing strict COVID-19 protocols at racetracks throughout the pandemic, as have the other racetracks in the province. Everyone has done an outstanding job to ensure the safety and welfare of the horses and horsepeople. The racetracks have adapted so well throughout the pandemic, in establishing new protocols and also making it a top priority that everyone adheres to them, so that we can keep racing. They know how vital it is for people in this industry to have racing continue. We cannot afford to shut down again. People in the horse racing industry, they don't take sick days. If you're not at the barn taking care of the horses, there aren't a lot of people to pick up the slack. And if we don't have racing, then it would be devastating for all of us. For those who work in the industry, and for the love of animal, we need racing to continue. What we do is tremendously impactful in terms of contributing to the economy. You think about how many time the dollar changes hands coming from horse racing. It's a very economically diverse industry. There aren't too many like it. A lot of people don't see the economic plusses from horse racing, just how wide and diverse it is in the economic sense. You have farms, farriers, feed people, harness racing equipment makers - this industry supports and is supported by so many other businesses and sectors. We're very lucky to have such a vibrant horse racing industry in Ontario, with thousands of people working hard every day to make it a world-class sport. When I made the decision to have a career in horse racing, I knew I was going to be part of something special. Many years later, I know I still am. You have to be all-in with horse racing. And that's why people are in it. You fall in love with the horses, the people and everyone that contributes to it. It's something I think of the moment I open my eyes each morning, right before I fall asleep, and every time I watch one my horses line up behind the starting gate. Mark McKelvie

Charlottetown, PE - Live harness racing returns to Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park Saturday. Post time is 12:30pm. The city track received permission from the Chief Public Health office to host the program with a 50 person maximum cohort in the grandstand. Reservations will be required for the Top of the Park and Turf's Bar & Grill in order to follow capacity restrictions. Red Shores will also present a card on Tuesday night December 22nd. Post time is 6pm. The draw will be conducted on Friday December 18th. The winter meet schedule has also been finalized and scheduled for December 26th (Boxing Day) at 12:30pm and New Year's Eve Thursday December 31st with a special 6:30pm post time. The winter race schedule includes January 9, 16, 23 and 30th. The meet will officially wrap up on Saturday February 6th. All post times at 12:30pm. Sign up to wager online through HPIBET.Com. The Race Day broadcast, race programs, entries and results at redshores.ca Lee A Drake   

MILTON, December 17, 2020 - It's the time for giving and Woodbine Mohawk Park is treating harness racing horseplayers to a Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout this Saturday night (December 19).   The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover sits at $335,940.32 heading into the mandatory payout. An overflow field of 11 overnight pacers will clash in the Jackpot Hi-5 race, which is set as Race 11 (post time approximately 11:10 p.m.) The field for the Non-Winners of $5,200 last five or $10,000 last 10 starts event is a collection of the "weekly warriors" that can be seen regularly at the Campbellville oval. Eight-year-old Rockin In Heaven has been installed as the 3-1 morning-line choice in the $18,000 race. The Teesha Symes trainee is nearing $1 million in career earnings and comes in off a narrow defeat. J Harris will drive. The Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout field is stacked with back-class. The field includes multiple Preferred winners, two horses with over $820,000 in career earnings, seven with over $250,000 in career earnings and six with a career-mark of sub-1:50. Woodbine Mohawk Park has hosted several Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payouts this season, including $1.1 million in "new money" wagered on an August 29 payout. Just a month later, horseplayers wagered $736,188 on a September 26 payout. The record amount for "new money" wagered on Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout at Woodbine Mohawk Park is $2.8 million, set in May of 2019. The Jackpot Hi-5 wager requires horseplayers to select the top-five finishers in order. The wager has a 15 per cent takeout and $0.20 minimum. Race handicapping resources, including free programs, can be found by visiting www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com. Horseplayers can watch and wager on the action through www.HPIBet.com. Post time for Saturday's 11-race card is 7 p.m. The full field for the Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout race is listed below: Race 11 - Saturday, December 19, 2020 - Purse: $18,000 NW $5,200 LAST 5 STARTS OR NW $10,000 LAST 10 STARTS. AE: NOT AVERAGING $1,100 PER START IN 2020. (MIN 10 STARTS) (Post - Horse - Driver - Trainer - Morning Line) 1 Dreamy Fella - Jonathan Drury - Carmen Auciello - 15-1 2 Mach Code - Scott Young - Jeffrey Thomson - 10-1 3 Rootin Tootin - Bob McClure - Blake MacIntosh - 9-2 4 Heavenly Sound - Sylvain Filion - Stephane Larocque - 6-1 5 Rockin In Heaven - J Harris - Teesha Symes - 3-1 6 Tigers Way - James MacDonald - Martin Lachance - 8-1 7 Sams A Champ A - Louis-Philippe Roy - Taylor Fritz - 7-2 8 Dreamfair Moxy - Travis Cullen - Jodie Cullen - 4-1 9 Osborne Seelster - Jody Jamieson - Ted MacDonnell - 15-1 10 Casimir Richie P - Trevor Henry - Teesha Symes - 15-1 11 American Virgin - Doug McNair - Richard Moreau - 8-1 Mark McKelvie

Harness racing horses that are entered to race in Ontario which have not been properly enrolled in (or opted out of) the Exercise Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage (EIPH) Program will be ineligible to race. This includes horses coming from out of the province that have been racing on furosemide and are entered to race in Ontario without furosemide. These horses must opt-out of the Ontario EIPH Program by the time of entry. To add a horse to (or remove a horse from) the EIPH Program, the trainer/owner/assistant trainer/veterinarian must submit the EIPH Authorization Form as an online regulatory submission at www.agco.ca/iAGCO. Horses coming from outside the province can opt-out of the EIPH program without the signature of a veterinarian. To learn more about how to make a regulatory submission watch this helpful video. To ensure your horse is eligible to race, you are advised to go online and make your regulatory submission several days before you enter a horse. A regulatory submission must be made to enroll in the EIPH Program by time of entry. Note: A regulatory submission is not required for horses that are already on the Ontario EIPH program and wish to remain on the program. You can use the online Horse Search feature on iAGCO to see if a horse is currently on the EIPH program. All horses coming from outside of Ontario are automatically enrolled in the EIPH program if their last start (outside Ontario) was on an EIPH program. If the trainer wishes to race the horse without furosemide, a regulatory submission must be made by time of entry. A certified horse must remain on the EIPH Program for 100 days calculated from the date of its initial or most recent certification. For all transactions on iAGCO (including regulatory submissions) you will need a one-time access code. This access code is attached to your license and is sent to you in the mail or can be requested through the AGCO Help Desk Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm at 416-326-8700 or toll free at 1-800-522-2876. You may also ask your AGCO licensing agent to help you obtain your access code, in person or via email at racinglicensing@agco.ca. Reminder: New and renewing licenses must be obtained online in 2021. To learn more about how to obtain your AGCO license check out this helpful tip sheet. For more information please contact: vetclerks@agco.ca or a Racing Official from the Race Day Contact List. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES EIPH Program - Add or Remove Horse (Ordinarily Competing in Ontario) Industry Notice: Adding a Horse to the EIPH Program in Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

MILTON, December 16, 2020 - The Race Office at Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to remind all horsepeople of the upcoming holiday harness racing and draw schedule. Live racing will be held at Woodbine Mohawk Park over the holiday season with several cards added to the original schedule, including a special Tuesday card coming up next week on December 22. The full list of race dates over the holidays are listed below along with the draw date for each card: Monday, December 21 - Draw: Thursday, December 17 Tuesday, December 22 - Draw: Friday, December 18 Saturday, December 26 - Draw: Monday, December 21 Monday, December 28 - Draw: Tuesday, December 22 Thursday, December 31 - Draw: Monday, December 28 Friday, January 1 - Draw: Tuesday, December 29 Saturday, January 2 - Draw: Wednesday, December 30 Monday, January 3 - Draw: Thursday, December 31   Entry box closes each day at 10:30 a.m. Qualifiers will take place on the morning of Monday, December 28. Entries for qualifiers are due by 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 23. Horsepeople are reminded that the Boxing Day card (December 26) is a matinee with a 1 p.m. post time. All other cards, including New Year's Eve, will begin at 7 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Program available for TheStable.ca Virtual Winter Open House GUELPH, ON — An 86-page program is now available for TheStable.ca Virtual Winter Open House. The event will be delivered via livestream starting at 10:00 a.m. EST on Friday, December 18. The program is available at www.thestable.ca/openhouse The livestream is available at https://bit.ly/WatchTheStableLive or on TheStable.ca Facebook page or YouTube channel. The Open House will showcase many of the engaging features of the award-winning fractional horse racing ownership operation, including its bi-weekly live streaming video broadcasts of the horses in training. Forty-seven yearlings will be shown jogging in 8 sets throughout the event, captured by drone camera and presented with graphics and commentary. The event is free but an RSVP is requested. Those who RSVP will be eligible to win one of nine prizes awarded between sets. The RSVP form includes an option to provide a donation (of any amount) for the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. The donation unlocks eligibility to win a 10th prize — a one percent share of U Gotta Be Leaf and free monthly fees for one year. Among the yearling colt’s current owners in TheStable.ca are NHL and Toronto Maple leaf alumni Doug Gilmour, Rick Vaive and Shayne Corson. The trio will be featured on the Open House broadcast and will announce the name of the prize winner. About TheStable.ca TheStable.ca is horse racing’s fastest growing fractional ownership operation and the largest harness racing stable in Canada. Between 100 - 150 Standardbred horses are part of TheStable.ca at any given time, racing in nine jurisdictions throughout North America and Australia. The horses are owned by 800+ people from 13 countries worldwide. The innovative and engaging model invites people to own a little and love it a lot. Clients can purchase as little as one percent of a horse, making the thrill of harness racing and racehorse ownership accessible and affordable. This award-winning fractional racehorse ownership operation was crafted in 2015 by Anthony and Amy MacDonald of Guelph, ON to remove the traditional barriers to racehorse ownership: cost, access and risk. Communication and customer service are the cornerstones of TheStable.ca. The operation embraces technological solutions to engage audiences, deliver consistent updates about the horses and create an ongoing entertainment experience.     Kelly Spencer  Director Of Business Development