Day At The Track

MILTON, May 4, 2019 - Sintra continued his Woodbine harness racing Preferred dominance with a strong 1:50.2 victory on Saturday night at Mohawk Park. Entering undefeated in six starts this season, Sintra and driver Jody Jamieson came first-up from third on the far turn to engage leader Dr J Hanover and powered by at the head of the lane to collect a 1¾ length score in the $34,000 feature event. Jimmy Freight followed Sintra's path and finished a solid second in his four-year-old debut. P L Jackson finished third, while Go West Go Fast was fourth. Dr J Hanover cut the mile in his Woodbine return, posting sensible fractions of :27, :55.4 and 1:23.4. The Tony Alagna trainee faded in his first start following the trip to north to finish seventh, beat 5¼ lengths. Sintra now has back-to-back victories after a layoff, which saw him move into the barn of trainer Stephanie Jamieson for the new ownership group of Michael Guerriero, Kelly Waxman, Nunzio Vena and Frank Cirillo. The six-year-old gelding is now a 25-time winner with over $1.1 million in career earnings. A $2 win ticket on Sintra returned $2.80. Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The 'Doctor' was on call Saturday evening in the harness racing Preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Doctor Royal was sent off as the heavy post time favourite in the race 12 top event for a $2,900 purse as the Mainland invader was on top at every call to win in 1:56.1. Gilles Barrieau left off the gate with the Dawn Ellis Abbott owned and trained pacer fresh off a 1:55 win in the top event at the horse's home oval of Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia. Hes Marvalous (Driven by Myless Heffernan) applied some early pressure to Doctor Royal in the Saturday evening preferred as he stretched him to the quarter in 27.4. Doctor Royal then made front and cruised at every station to win by six lengths in 1:56.1 over Mick Dundee (Don MacNeill) and Hes Marvalous. Barrieau was in town for the opening program of the Summer racing season and won three dashes on the card in total including a pair for trainer Ellis Abbott. The pair also teamed up to win with Nomatterwhen in 2:00 in a $2,100 fillies and mares pace, while Barrieau's other victory was with newcomer Er Quinn in 1:57.2 for trainer Jeff Holmes and new owners Orwell Bay Stable of Orwell. Soccer Hanover tied for the fastest trip of the night as he closed out the 13-dash program with a 1:56.1 victory for driver Corey MacPherson and owner Leith Waite of Summerside. Live racing continues next Saturday (May 11) with a 6 P.M. post time. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores    

GUELPH, ON -- TheStable.ca, harness racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership operation, will welcome special guest Daniel Dube to its Open House on May 12. Dube will join a collection of top drivers showcasing TheStable.ca's two-year-old hopefuls. The Quebec native celebrated his 9,000th win on March 17 at Yonkers Raceway. Having driven horses to more than $121,000,000 (CDN), Dube is one of the top 20 all-time money winning drivers in harness racing. Among the many standout horses he has steered are Horse Of The Year winners Gallo Blue Chip (2000) and Rock N Roll Heaven (2010). "I've known Anthony for a long time, said Dube. "When he approached me about attending their Open House, I was intrigued. Driving in the stakes program in New York I was impressed with what I saw from TheStable.ca's videos of their New York eligible horses," he said. "Another good friend of mine, Scott Di Domenico, owns a piece of one of them and will be training all four this summer, so I am looking forward to going with the babies. Its going to be a lots of fun," said Dube. Clients of TheStable.ca and newcomers of all ages are welcome to attend the event at Tomiko Training Centre (210 Campbellville Rd., Hamilton) and drop-in any time from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is free but an RSVP is requested. During the Open House, guests are invited to meet the horses of TheStable.ca and chat with owners Anthony and Amy MacDonald, their staff, clients, and industry professionals. The event will showcase many of the engaging features of TheStable.ca, including its bi-weekly live streaming video broadcasts of TheStable.ca horses in training. The Open House broadcast kicks off at 10:00 a.m., when the horses will train on the racetrack. Dube and fellow drivers will steer the young colts and fillies, while TV commentators preview the horses' pedigrees. The broadcast will include live interviews and video features and be streamed at TheStable.ca starting at 10:00 a.m. EST A catalogue will be available on The Stable.ca on May 10, detailing all horses for which fractions are available for purchase. The catalogue will include a schedule of when each horse will be showcased on the broadcast during the Open House. Several prizes will be awarded throughout the event, including one-percent fractions of the horses. Onsite purchasing will be available for horses and merchandise. Payment can be made with credit card, PayPal, cash, cheque and e-transfer. The facility offers a heated viewing area with limited seating. Hot and cold drinks will be sold as a fundraising effort by Racing Under Saddle Ontario. Lunch is available to purchase from the Gastro Grub Food Truck. Now in its fourth year, TheStable.ca is an award-winning fractional racehorse ownership operation based in Guelph, ON. There are currently 130 Standardbred horses owned by nearly 700 people from 11 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 easy, accessible and affordable. The MacDonalds built this fractional ownership stable as a bridge -- a way to welcome non-horse-people to racehorse ownership with a very modest investment (as low as $100), low-risk, and completely accessible and transparent operations. Complete Open House event details and the RSVP form are available here. For more information, contact Kelly at kelly@thestable.ca or (519) 465-7908.   Kelly Spencer

Trois-Rivieres, QC - When the Hippodrome 3R harness racing track opens on Sunday, May 5 for the start of its 2019 race season, fans and horseman will be in for some different driving tactics with the new whipping rules. "Many will remember that we featured no whips at all on the last two days of the 2018 race meet," said Director of Racing Murielle Thomassin. "We learned a lot from those two days and have worked with our horsemen to come up with these new harsher rules for use of the whip at the Hippodrome 3R." Starting this season drivers must keep both hands in the handholds at all times. Drivers must limit the use of the whip at all times while on the racetrack. Drivers can never reach back to whip a horse. All whipping movement must be done from the wrist. The forearm must remain perpendicular to the track when the whip is used. For any infractions of the new rules, a driver can receive demerit points. The point system will not go into effect until the third race program at H3R. Once a driver has accumulated more than three points, that driver is suspended from driving on the next race card. After a driver receives their first suspension, they will be put on probation and suspended from the next race card each time they receive an additional demerit point. Any driver who receives any demerit points during the last month of racing at H3R, those points will carry over to the 2020 race season. The demerit points will be awarded by a committee of three people who will be appointed by the Director of the Quebec Jockey Club. There will be no appeal mechanism. Neither the Director General nor the Director of the track and no members of the Board of Directors at the QJC will be able to reverse a decision of the committee. "We realized last season that drivers need to carry a whip with them at all times on the racetrack," Thomassin explained. "It is a tool they need to control the horse, but any abuse of the whip will no longer be tolerated." With the start of the new meet there are also changes in post times and race days. Sunday afternoon will remain the same only with a new post time of 1:00 pm. Starting May 24, the Hippodrome 3R will feature Friday evening racing this season with first race post time at 7:00 pm. "We have tried mid-week racing in the past," Said Thomassin. "But the Tuesday and Wednesday night were not working out and now we are trying Friday evenings. We also one Thursday evening program on August 8." There will be a new on-track TV show called The Winner's Circle, that will begin at noon on live race days Sunday and Friday's at 6:00 pm. It is a new format, new content, new presentation too. The show will be broadcast exclusively in the betting rooms and on the usual sites of HPI and H3R. Track announcer Guy Lafontaine will continue to assume his role as descriptor and main animator, Ghislain Paquet will have the heavy task, essential however, the analysis of races and Daniel Delisle will be bringing everyone up on the latest news from the industry.   The team at H3R has Ms. Murielle Thomassin in the lead for the new TV show. The Summer Prize on the stakes schedule at H3R is none other than the $200,000 Prix D'Ete for four-year-old pacers set on Sunday, August 18. The richest racing card of the season will take place on Sunday, September 8 with the finals of the Breeders Cup and Future Stars Series for two and three-year-old pacers and trotters. The leading drivers and trainers at H3R will be back on opening. Stephane Brosseau goes for this third straight driving title and faces rivals Stephane Gendron, Guy Gagnon, Pascal Berube, Pierre Luc Roy and Francis Picard. The two-time leading trainer, Francis Richard, will be back to defend his title against Maxime Velaye, Isabelle Bineti, Kevin Maquire, Yves Tessier and Michel Allard. The classic Ben Hur Challenge, pitting two of the top drivers in the sport in head-to-head competition will again take place at H3R. Sunday's opening day card features ten races and both a Preferred Trot in the second race and a Preferred Pace in the eighth race. The trot is headlined by former track record holder and Quebec champion, Wildwild Men, taking on former champion, Holiday Party. While on the pacing side, Quebec Champions Stock and HP Patriote go against the top pacing mare the last two seasons at H3R, Rainbow Palace. For a free race program and other information, please visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Double A Mint was the hottest thing since sliced bread in the harness racing Fillies & Mares Preferred class at Woodbine Mohawk thanks in large part to six straight score in the class, but Friday night she turned over her tiara to a newcomer named Seaswift Joy N. Sent out by trainer Tony Alagna, Seaswift Joy N got away third in Friday’s $30,000 affair, but she didn’t sit for very long. After Sandbetweenurtoes threw down an opening quarter clocked in :27.2, Doug McNair had Seaswift Joy N in gear as the field entered the backstretch. Seaswift Joy N stole middle splits of :56.2 and 1:26 before roaring home in :26.4 to win by 2-3/4 lengths over the pocket-sitting Sandbetweenurtoes. Outlaw Fireball fended off Double A Mint in the race for the show dough. The 1:52.4 triumph was the sixth of the season from 11 attempts for the six-year-old daughter of Bettors Delight-Swift Belle. Brad Grant of Milton, Ont. owns the career winner of $223,989. To view results for Friday's card of harness racing, click this link. Courtesy of Standardbred Canada

MILTON, May 3, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment today released that latest update of eligible harness racing horses for this year's $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. A total of 68 three-year-old pacers remain eligible to Canada's richest harness race following the April 15 sustaining payment. Award-winners Stag Party and Captain Crunch continue to headline the list of eligible sophomores. A son of Bettors Delight, Stag Party turned in his season-debut qualifier Friday morning at Woodbine Mohawk Park, winning in 1:56.3 over a sloppy track. The Casie Coleman trainee won six of nine starts and made $669,489 during his rookie campaign, which included a victory in the $890,000 Metro Pace. Nancy Johansson trainee Captain Crunch is entered to qualify for the second-time this season on Saturday morning at The Meadowlands. The son of Captaintreacherous won a qualifier on April 20 in a stunning 1:50.1, pacing a :25.2 final-quarter. Captain Crunch won six of 10 starts and made $628,642 during his two-year-old season, which included victories in the Breeders Crown and Governor's Cup. The third and final sustaining payment for the Pepsi North America Cup is due May 15. The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 15. Eliminations will take place a week prior on Saturday, June 8. Woodbine Entertainment will be releasing more event details for this year's Pepsi North America Cup at the start of next week. Below is the full list of remaining eligible horses to this year's Pepsi North America Cup. AFLAME HANOVER by Russell Hanover AIR FORCE HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere ARTIES IDEAL by American Ideal AUTHENTIC HANOVER by Western Vintage BEST IN SHOW by Bettors Delight BETTORS WISH by Bettors Delight BLACKLIGHT by Somebeachsomewhere BLANK CANVAS by Art Major BLOOD MONEY by Sweet Lou BRONX SEELSTER by Big Jim BUDDY HILL by Roll With Joe CALVERY HILL by Roll With Joe CAPITANO ITALIANO by Captaintreacherous CAPTAIN AHAB by Captaintreacherous CAPTAIN CRUNCH by Captaintreacherous CAPTAIN NASH by Captaintreacherous CAPTAIN TREVOR by Captaintreacherous CAPTAIN VICTORIOUS  by Captaintreacherous CAVIART ROCKLAND by Sportswriter CAVIART STETSON by Well Said CENTURY FARROH by Mach Three CHINATOWN BEACH by Somebeachsomewhere COVERED BRIDGE by America Ideal CRIMSON AND CHROME by Sweet Lou CRUISE CAPTAIN by Captaintreacherous CRUSHER Q by Mach Three DANCIN LOU by Sweet Lou DE LOS CIELOS DEO by Captaintreacherous FABRICE HANOVER by Captaintreacherous FAST N FIRST by Bettor's Delight FIXED IDEA by Big Jim GOLDBERG by Mr Wiggles HURRIKANE EMPEROR by Hurrikane Kingcole JESSICAS BEACH BOY by Somebeachsomewhere JOHN MAC by Ponder LATISSIMUS HANOVER  by Captaintreacherous LIVINONTHEBEACH by Somebeachsomewhere LOVE ME SOME LOU by Sweet Lou LYONS JOHNNYJNR by Well Said LYONS NIGHT HAWK by Sweet Lou LYONS PEGASUS by Well Said MACS POWER by Somebeachsomewhere MAJOR DECEPTION by Captaintreacherous MELODIES MAJOR by Art Major MOHAWK SEELSTER by Sportswriter MONEY NEVER RESTS by Somebeachsomewhere NO MAS AMOR by Sweet Lou PERKINS by Sportswriter PROOF by A Rocknroll Dance PYRO by Sweet Lou QUATRAIN BLUE CHIP by Somebeachsomewhere QUICKSTAR BLUECHIP by Bettor's Delight RADLEY HANOVER by Art Major SEMI TOUGH by Somebeachsomewhere SHADOW OF A DAUT by Shadow Play SHAKE THAT HOUSE by American Ideal SPORTS JACKET by Sportswriter STAG PARTY by Bettor's Delight STIENAMS BEACH by Somebeachsomewhere SUGAR FACTORY by Sweet Lou THE REGULATOR by Bettor's Delight TWIN B JAYS by Betterthancheddar TYGA HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere VAN DIESEL by Dragon Again VOLLEY BALL BEACH by Somebeachsomewhere WORKIN ONA MYSTERY by Captaintreacherous WORLD ON EDGE by Roll With Joe YACHT WEEK by Somebeachsomewhere Total Nominations: 82 Sustaining Payment #1: 78 Sustaining Payment #2: 68   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications C: 905-864-9110            

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The 2019 Summer harness racing season is about to swing into full gear with opening day Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash card kicks off at 6 P.M. featuring special promotions for Kentucky Derby Day. The first leg of the Thoroughbred Triple Crown has a 7:50 AST estimated post time with Red Shores Charlottetown holding a Derby hat contest with an official photo booth set up for Ladies and Gentlemen who arrive in the front entrance. Patrons will also receive a ticket on the live product, the Kentucky Derby and a ballot for a chance to win prizes. All photos will be uploaded to the Red Shores web site for a fan-voting contest later. Doctor Royal marches into town as the heavy favourite in the race 12 featured event carrying a $2,900 purse. The mainland pacer ships in from Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia for trainer Dawn Ellis Abbott after annihilating his foes by 15 open lengths in 1:55 in his East Coast debut at the Bible Hill half-miler. Gilles Barrieau will be back on the Island to drive Doctor Royal from post 6 in the field of eight horses. Hes Marvalous makes his Island debut from post 2 in the event with Myles Heffernan Sr., in the bike for owner Jackie Heffernan of Summerville. The six-year-old son of Delmarvalous was racing in the $10,000 claiming class at Plainridge Raceway in Massachusetts. Midnight Matt is another newcomer in the Saturday evening preferred class with Adam Merner in the bike from post 7 for trainer Jennifer Doyle of Earnescliffe. A four-year-old son of Royal Mattjesty, Midnight Matt was claimed from the Ontario circuit in February for $18,750. With most of the field fresh off of qualifier in the 2:00 range, Doctor Royal's chart line of 1:55 is more than enough for race analyst Les MacIsaac to plug him into the top spot of his selections. "Doctor Royal made his Maritime debut at Truro last week and had it been a fight, it would have been stopped early," MacIsaac said. "That's quite a trip for this time of year and it sure makes this one look like a race for place." Also in the field is Confident Fella (Driven by Marc Campbell), Mick Dundee (Don MacNeill), Burn Out Hanover (Kenny Arsenault), Tobinator (Corey MacPherson) and Adkins Hanover (David Dowling). Red Shores is launching a new show called Inside Track on Saturdays. Race Day broadcast hosts will interview members of the harness racing community prior to first race post parade. Vance Cameron, who received an honor for Canada's best race call recently, will join Lee Drake on the segment scheduled to air at 5:35pm AST. For race programs, promotional information and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes

MILTON, May 2, 2019 - Stakes season at Woodbine Mohawk Park is just around the corner and harness racing fans will get an opportunity to whet their appetite with this Saturday's edition of the $34,000 Preferred Pace. Millionaire pacer Sintra (PP5, Jody Jamieson ) increased his current win streak to six with an impressive 1:50.1 score in last week's Preferred, his first start since late-February. The six-year-old gelding has been rolling in the Preferred this season, but with a new month comes new challengers. Stars Jimmy Freight, last year's O'Brien Award winner, and Dr J Hanover, the fastest Standardbred in Canadian racing history, join Sintra and four other rivals to make up this week's edition of the $34,000 Preferred. Richard Moreau trainee Jimmy Freight (PP1, Louis Philippe Roy) will be making his four-year-old debut in Saturday's contest and comes in off a sharp 1:52.4 qualifying effort last Thursday. The Ontario Sires Stakes champion is prepping for next weekend's Confederation Cup eliminations. Jimmy Freight is no stranger to facing older company, having faced aged competitors on multiple occasions last season. The son of Sportswriter grabbed headlines with a third-place effort in last year's Mohawk Gold Cup, which was part of an incredible season that saw him win 11 of 21 starts and earn $834,489 for owner Adriano Sorella. Dr J Hanover (PP2, Doug McNair) comes to town after battling in the Levy Series at Yonkers Raceway. The Tony Alagna trainee most recently captured a $50,000 Levy Eligible contest on April 20 for his first win in seven starts this season. Dr J Hanover - Winning a leg of the Graduate at Mohawk Park on June 3, 2017   - New Image Media Now six-years-old, Dr J Hanover scored six wins and made $227,980 in 23 starts last season, which included appearances in the Canadian Pacing Derby and TVG Open. He races for owners Brad Grant, Robert LeBlanc, Steven Wienick and ISFT. Saturday's Preferred also includes recent winners Traceur Hanover (PP3, Chris Christoforou) and Physicallyinclined (PP7, Jonathan Drury). The field is rounded out by Go West Go Fast (PP4, Sylvain Filion) and P L Jackson (Travis Cullen). The Preferred is carded as Race 6 on Saturday's 11-race card. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Woodbine Mohawk Park has horseplayers covered this Saturday for the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby. Fans can watch and wager on all the action from Churchill Downs by visiting the main floor simulcast area. Carrels in the Racebook have been sold out for two weeks, but plenty of seating and screens are available throughout the facility. Trackside Bar will be opening early at 4 p.m. for food and drink service ahead of the Derby and Saturday evening's live racing program. For more information, follow @WoodbineSB on Facebook and Twitter.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

Guelph, ON May, 2, 2019 - Have an older horse? Take a minute this May to learn about the management and health of your loyal companion during their golden years with Equine Guelph's Senior Horse Tool (www.equineguelph.ca/seniorhorsetool), developed in partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim.   There is no standard age to determine when a horse becomes a senior. Instead, factors like breed, health conditions, previous use, and history of care can all affect when your horse is considered senior. Changes that might make your horse a senior can creep up slowly over time and this makes it important to continually assess your older horses.   Equine Guelph's Senior Horse Tool (www.equineguelph.ca/seniorhorsetool) can help you learn more about the management of senior horses and conditions that may affect them. Take the Senior Horse Challenge quiz to test your knowledge on issues related to the health and management of senior horses. Then, try out the Click and Reveal Activity and see if you can pick out which horses have Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID), a condition that can affect 15-30% of senior horses. Finally, check out the lists of additional resources that feature links to helpful videos and fact sheets on senior horse issues, like nutrition and PPID.   Most horse owners realize that every horse should be treated as an individual when developing a diet to meet their nutritional needs. However, there are four main groups that senior horses can be divided into when categorizing their needs. Check out the Senior Horse Nutrition Fact sheet (under the PDF Resources list) for more information on the category that your senior fits into:   1) The Healthy Senior 2) The Overweight/Obese Senior 3) The Senior that is Losing Condition 4) The Senior with Health Issues (the Geriatric horse)   Some of the horses that fall into the final 'Senior with Health Issues' category may be affected by PPID. You can find a video of horses with PPID before and after treatment and more information on PPID under the Additional Resources list on the Senior Horse Tool (www.equineguelph.ca/seniorhorsetool).   "Every fall Boehringer Ingelheim sponsors a PPID testing campaign in partnership with Animal Health Laboratory." says Doug Myers, DVM, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health. "Over the past 5 years more than 1700 horses have been tested and 62% were positive for PPID."   Have an older horse that means the world to you? Let us know by sharing this article and telling us about your horse! Let’s thank the senior horses that have spent their years making ours better by spreading the word about the Senior Horse Tool (www.equineguelph.ca/seniorhorsetool) and educating fellow horse lovers on how to give senior horses the best care possible.   Story by: Nicole Weidner

INVERNESS, N.S. — The Inverness Raceway held its annual awards banquet last Friday in Inverness, handing out the Cape Breton track’s prestigious harness racing awards from the 2018 race season. Doubleshotofscotch was named the horse of the year, while mare of the year was given to Modern Best and Makes Me Stupid and Bonny Mac were chosen for the iron horse award. Tipperback Jack was the most improved horse for 2018, while Intended Royalty took home the fastest mile for a local horse award. Claimer of the year was Shanghai BG. Red Doucet Jr., who also had the most drives during the year, took home the top driver over the age of 50 with 44 wins, followed by Rodney Gillis with 28 wins and Ryan Campbell with 24 victories. The top trainer over 50 was John MacDonald with 13 wins, followed closely by Lennan MacIsaac with 12 wins and DF Beaton and Wendall Harper with 11 wins each. Shawn MacDonald and Lanny Hanscombe were the top drivers in the 20-49 category while Alex Sutherland Jr. was the top trainer in the division. Ambrose Gillis was chosen as the rookie driver of the year while Matt Hinkley and Zack Mullins were selected as the rookie trainers of the year. The Gerard Kennedy Financial Award was presented to Mary MacQuarrie, while the Raymond (Slim) Gillis Award was given to Barry Watson. Meanwhile, the Standardbred Canada award went to John MacDonald. Dylan MacLean was the junior groom of the year. The volunteer of the year was awarded to Ed Copley, while the fan of the year was given to Jamie Campbell. The 2019 harness racing season will begin at Inverness Raceway on June 2. Full list of 2018 annual award winners: Horse of the Year: Doubleshotofscotch Mare of the Year: Modern Best Fastest Mile For Local Horse: Intended Royalty Iron Horse: Makes Me Stupid and Bonny Mac Mode of Consistency: Res Aiden Most Improved: Tipperback Jack Claimer of the Year: Shanghai BG Three-year-old Filly: This Old Millie Three-year-old Colt: Windmeredontmatter and Blackriver Ripper Two-year-old Filly: Miss Dynamite D Two-year-old Colt: TQs Charlie Top Trainer (50-plus): .466 with 13 wins John MacDonald, 12 wins Lennan MacIsaac, 11 wins DF Beaton and Wendall Harper, Top Trainer (20-49): .485 Alex Sutherland Jr. Top Driver (50-plus): .466 with 44 wins Red Doucet Jr., Rodney Gillis (28 wins), and Ryan Campbell (24) Top Drivers (20-49): .455 Shawn MacDonald and Lanny Hanscombe with six wins, Sandy MacNeil, Alex MacDonald, Joey Poirier with five wins, and Charles Fraser and Ambrose Gillis with four wins Most Drives: Red Doucet Jr. Rookie Driver: Ambrose Gillis Rookie Trainers: Matt Hinkley and Zack Mullins Junior Groom: Dylan MacLean Gerard Kennedy Financial Award: Mary MacQuarrie Fan of the Year: Jamie Campbell Standardbred Canada Award: John MacDonald Raymond (Slim) Gillis Award: Barry Watson Volunteer of the Year: Ed Copley Recognition Award: Malcolm MacEachern, DF Beaton and Charles Fraser Appreciation Award: Bernie MacDonald, Kevin Deagle and Richie Mullins Reprinted with permission of The Cape Breton Post

Trois-Rivieres, QC - After a brutal winter and now constant springtime rains, harness racing driver Stephane Brosseau is ready for some sunshine and to defend his driving title at the Hippodrome 3R, which opens for their 2019 race season on Sunday, May 5. The weather has been hard for everyone," Brosseau said. "It's a long winter, too much snow and rain. Fortunately, I have been able to drive at Rideau Carleton and that has really kept me in shape for the start of the Hippodrome 3R meet." Brosseau, who hails from L'Assomption, is shooting for his third straight driving title at H3R. The spry reinsman will turn 50 come July 21. He already has had 104 drives, 18 wins and an impressive Universal Driving Rating of .353. "I have some good trainers who have been giving me good horses to drive," Brosseau said. "I am driving for both Matt McDonald and Yves Tessier with some success." On the eve of starting another season of races in Trois-Rivieres, the local champion decided to take a few days of rest under the warm sun of Florida. "It was a Saturday night and raining," Brosseau recalled. "The forecast was for rain all week long, so I told my wife I was going to get someone to take care of my horses and jog them for a few days and we are taking off for Pompano Beach in Florida. I raced at Rideau on Sunday and Monday morning was on the plane to Florida. "I called my good friend Jacques Dupont (we worked together in Pompano a few winters), Brosseau said. "And not only did we get away for some sun for a few days, but Jacques asked me if I would qualify two of his horses at Pompano Park, one of them being his good trotter, Dream Nation. That was a nice bonus." Dream Nation, a son of Archangel, did very well in the Ontario Sire Stakes for Dupont last year, winning six of his ten starts with earnings of $157,000 and a record of 1:55.3. Brosseau not only won the qualifier at Pompano Park in 1:57.3 with Dream Nation, but also won another qualifier for Dupont with the pacer Better Than Cash in 1:57.2. Dream Nation is the property of Jacques Dupont (Orleans stable), Claude Levesque, CSL Stable (Sylvain Descheneaux) and Marc Camirand. "It will be interesting to see what kind of shape the horses are in this Sunday," Brosseau said. "It has been very tough for many horsemen in Quebec with the heavy rains and flooding. Everyone has had a hard time getting their horses ready. "I am happy that the Hippodrome is opening for the season," Brosseau said. "But there is still the problem of both the Hippodrome 3R and Rideau Carleton each racing on Sunday. I have to judge depending on my drives at both tracks, how long I can stay at 3R to drive and then leave for Rideau to drive there. It is tough for me; I want to drive in every race I can." Brosseau was fortunate to get a drive last year in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete aboard Ron Burke's Eddard Hanover and finished a respectable fourth place. "Driving in the Prix D'Ete is something very special to me," Brosseau explained. "Growing up in Quebec and going to see the world's best horses come to Montreal for the Prix D'Ete was always exciting. I thank Ron Burke for giving me the drive and I can only hope he will call upon me to drive one of his top horses this year again." The $200,000 Prix D'Ete takes place on Sunday, August 18 this season. It is the top stakes event of the season at H3R and annually has drawn the best four-year-old pacers in racing to Trois-Rivieres. "I love racing at the Hippodrome 3R," Brosseau stated. "Five years ago, I was just racing here and doing OK. These last two years, driving at both the Hippodrome and at Rideau Carleton have really worked out well for me. I can only hope it will continue to be good again this season." Track Notes: There are new post times at H3R this season. Sunday post time will be 1:00 pm. This season H3R will be racing on Friday evenings beginning May 24 with post time at 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

After a long off-season, harness racing in Saint John, N.B gets back into full swing on Saturday afternoon at Exhibition Park Raceway at 1:00 P.M. Horse Racing New Brunswick will showcase a total of six races on the season opener including a $ 1500 winners over event. Bugger Max, one of the most consistent pacers in Saint John last season, will have post-one for owner's Gordon White and Dale Orr. Mark Haig will be in the drivers seat on the nine-year-old gelding. Newcomer to New Brunswick, Team Edward will see his first action in Saint John on Saturday. Owned by Mallory Davies of Geary, N.B the veteran son of Bettors Delight will be under the guidance of Todd Trites. Rounding out the top-class are the Ellen Stevenson trained Father Ofthe Year for Mike Downey and City Of The Year for driver Dr. Mitch Downey. Also available on Saturday, is off-track wagering on the 2019 Kentucky Derby from Lexington. Horse Racing New Brunswick will offer wagering on the prestigious race at all it's simulcast venues, including in Saint John at the Sulky Room Lounge. Horse Racing New Brunswick extends a big thank-you to all of the horse people involved in Saturday's race card, and best wishes to all on a successful 2019 in racing to everyone. For more information, please visit the official site of H.R.N.B at http://www.horseracingnb.com Scott Waddell

GUELPH, ON -- Horse racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership stable is hosting its third annual Spring Open House on Sunday, May 12. TheStable.ca welcomes clients and newcomers of all ages to Tomiko Training Centre (210 Campbellville Rd., Hamilton) to drop-in any time from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is free but an RSVP is requested. During the Open House, guests are invited to meet the horses of TheStable.ca and chat with owners Anthony and Amy MacDonald, their staff, clients, and industry professionals. The event will showcase many of the engaging features of TheStable.ca, including its bi-weekly live streaming video broadcasts of TheStable.ca horses in training. The Open House broadcast kicks off at 10:00 a.m., when the horses will train on the racetrack. Some of North America's top racehorse drivers will steer the young colts and fillies, while TV commentators preview the horses' pedigrees. The broadcast will include live interviews and video features and be streamed at TheStable.ca starting at 10:00 a.m. EST A catalogue will be available on The Stable.ca on May 10, detailing all horses for which fractions are available for purchase. The catalogue will include a schedule of when each horse will be showcased on the broadcast during the Open House. Several prizes will be awarded throughout the event, including one-percent fractions of the horses. Onsite purchasing will be available for horses and merchandise. Payment can be made with credit card, PayPal, cash, cheque and e-transfer. The facility offers a heated viewing area with limited seating. Hot and cold drinks will be sold as a fundraising effort by Racing Under Saddle Ontario. Lunch is available to purchase from the Gastro Grub Food Truck. Now in its fourth year, TheStable.ca is an award-winning fractional racehorse ownership operation based in Guelph, ON. There are currently 130 Standardbred horses owned by nearly 700 people from 11 countries worldwide. Tomiko Training Centre: site of the Open House (Photo: Curtis MacDonald) 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 easy, accessible and affordable. The MacDonalds built this fractional ownership stable as a bridge -- a way to welcome non-horse-people to racehorse ownership with a very modest investment (as low as $100), low-risk, and completely accessible and transparent operations. Complete Open House event details and the RSVP form are available here. For more information, contact Kelly at kelly@thestable.ca or (519) 465-7908.   Kelly Spencer Director Of Business Development    

The 2019 Eastlink Community TV documentary "Somebeachsomewhere: Horse of a Lifetime" makes its big screen debut Saturday, May 4, at the Mohawk Inn and Conference Centre, Milton, Ontario.    Last January, Somebeachsomewhere's battle with cancer left his connections no choice but to euthanize the 13-year-old stallion. In his memory, all funds raised at the film screening will be donated toward equine research at the Ontario Veterinary College, located in Guelph.    "We’re grateful to USHWA Canada for this fundraiser on behalf of OVC equine research. We know from experience that many small donations can make a big difference," said OVC Dean Jeffrey Wichtel, who also shared an unexpected story about how small donations helped a four-legged celebrity of another species. "When Esther the Wonder Pig needed a full-body scan, 11,000 fans got together this time last year and raised $650,000 to purchase and donate to OVC the only CT scanner in the country large enough to scan pigs. We used it to find and remove Esther’s tumours. But since then, we’ve found it really valuable in scanning standing horses and in our cancer research, helping us to do what we do best ― save lives now and develop better ways to save lives in the future."   Keeping with the theme of small donations that create major impact, admission to the screening of "Somebeachsomewhere: Horse of a Lifetime" is $10 at the door for adults, with free admission for children (must be accompanied by parent or guardian). Larger donations for OVC equine research will also be gratefully accepted at the event, which will include a silent auction for an original painting of Somebeachsomewhere by Ontario artist James McQuiggan, kindly contributed by OHHA General Manager Brian Tropea.    Doors open at 3 pm for the 4 pm screening in the Conservation Hall, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session with a special guest (to be announced).     This fundraising event has been made possible through the cooperation and generous support of the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA), Eastlink Community TV, and the USHWA Canada chapter.      Melissa Keith, USHWA Canada 

London, April 29, 2019 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District is gearing up for a busy final month of the 2018/19 season and has some important schedule reminders for horse people and fans. Once again this year, The Raceway will feature live racing on Mother’s Day, which lands on Sunday, May 12. First post for the afternoon program is 12:55 p.m. and seating is going fast for the Mother’s Day brunch. To make reservations, contact 519-438-7203 (ext. 252) or email topofthefair@westernfairdistrict.com. There will be no live racing the following day on Monday, May 13. The Raceway will also be dark on Wednesday, May 29 in preparation for the Camluck Classic program on Friday, May 31. The Raceway’s Annual Wall of Fame Night will take place on Friday, May 17. This year’s inductee is long-time trainer Larry Fitzsimmons. The London, Ontario resident has been a mainstay at The Raceway for more than four decades. Fitzsimmons will be honoured during a trackside ceremony on a night that also features the Wall of Fame Pace. As always, the season will end on a high note when the track hosts its signature event, The Camluck Classic, on Friday, May 31. Many of North America’s best older pacers will square off in the $150,000 contest and the powerful undercard will feature the Ontario Sires Stakes along with a quartet of City of London Series Finals. The Raceway will also be hosting ‘Horsin’ Around The Market’ on Sunday, May 26 at Western Fair’s Farmers Market. Mini horse rides will be offered in conjunction with the Market along with other special kids’ activities. Customers can also enter a draw for a pair of tickets to the Camluck Classic Infield Experience. The event will be taking place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. May Schedule Reminders: May 13 and 29 – NO LIVE RACING May 12 – Mothers Day Racing May 17 – Wall of Fame Night May 26 – Horsing Around At The Market May 31 – Camluck Classic   WFD Media Greg Blanchard

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Due to severe weather throughout the month of April, management at the Quebec Jockey Club has postponed opening day at the Hippodrome 3R from Sunday, April 28 to Sunday, May 5. "This is the second straight year that Mother Nature has forced us to postpone opening day at H3R," Said Murielle Thomasson, Director of Racing at the Hippodrome 3R. "It seems she does not want us to race in April. The weather has been horrendous and we could not start any qualifying races held until last week. Hopefully we will be fine for next Sunday." An additional race program will be added to the schedule later this season. The new post time for opening day May 5 is 1:00 pm. This season H3R will have live racing on Friday evenings starting May 24 with a 7:00 pm post time. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club