Day At The Track

MILTON, December 21, 2018 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to extend condolences toharness racing trainer Mark Steacy and the connections of the five Standardbreds lost in Friday morning's tragic barn fire at nearby First Line Training Centre. In this time of emergency, Woodbine Mohawk Park has made available its backstretch barn area for the surviving horses. As of Friday morning, a total of 26 horses trained by Mark Steacy are currently being stabled in Mohawk Park's Barn Eight. "Everyone at Woodbine Entertainment was devastated to wake up Friday to the news of the barn fire at First Line Training Centre," said Jessica Buckley, President of Woodbine Mohawk Park. "We're grateful that so many horses survived the fire and that we can make our barn area available for the horses and the Steacy stable during this difficult time. "Woodbine offers our sincerest condolences to all the connections of the horses lost and everyone impacted by this tragic event." The five horses lost in Friday's barn fire were Pearl Blue Chip (three-year-old pacing filly), Mademoiselle Tammy (two-year-old pacing filly), Rap Royalty (two-year-old gelded trotter), Miss Wheely (yearling filly) and Irma (yearling filly). Woodbine Mohawk Park will hold a moment of silence in memory of the horses lost ahead of Friday evening's card of live racing. Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment

Amid fears the loss of a proposed $140-million hotel-casino complex could cripple it, London's Western Fair District is already banking on other money —  not all of it certain — to keep the 150-year-old organization alive. Winded, but not down. Amid fears the loss of a proposed $140-million hotel-casino complex could cripple it, London’s Western Fair District is already banking on other money —  not all of it certain — to keep the 150-year-old organization alive. Part of that hope rests on the Ontario government, which the chief executive is counting on to extend a helping hand to the Western Fair’s horse-racing track, as it has done elsewhere in the province, even though Doug Ford’s government is battling a huge budget shortfall. Hugh Mitchell, president of the Western Fair District, said the organization asked the government seven weeks ago to shore up horse racing in London if the private casino operator that runs the slots pulls out of the site. Gateway Casinos and Entertainment, which had been locked in long-running negotiations to get a better lease deal at Western Fair, this week confirmed it has signed a lease in southwest London that will take it out of the fair district, planning instead to build a new casino complex along Wonderland Road near Wharncliffe Road.   Casino giant inks site deal to leave Western Fair District Canada’s largest private casino operator has ditched plans for a new hotel, restaurant and casino complex at the Western Fair grounds in London, instead inking a deal at a site in the city's south... Under the existing lease for the slots casino at the fairgrounds, Western Fair District rakes in $6.2 million a year — money that may be gone for good after the lease expires in March 2020 unless the Progressive Conservative government steps in to help fill the loss. “There’s a silver lining in every cloud, and we’ll find it,” Mitchell said Thursday, after issuing a news release that stressed Gateway’s move puts the fair’s horse racing “in jeopardy.” “The important thing is that we’re not asking for any more than the current lease than was negotiated with government for racing,” Mitchell said. But whether that help will come is far from a sure thing. The Ford government faces huge hurdles trying to whip Ontario’s budget red ink, which the province’s fiscal watchdog says will rise to $12.3 billion this year — half a billion dollars more than originally forecast. Asked by The Free Press whether the province plans to support horse racing at Western Fair, one London-area MPP in Ford’s cabinet was sparse on details. “The PC government understands the importance of live racing in Ontario, including here in London.  We will continue to support the industry moving forward,” Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek wrote in an emailed response. “However, this is a matter between Gateway, the City of London and the Western Fair. We’ll continue to monitor the situation closely,” added Yurek, the Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP. Support for horse racing, meaning help to pay racing purses that support the industry, was one of the reasons Ontario first located its mini-casinos with slot machines, like London’s, at racing locations. RELATED Casino giant inks site deal to leave Western Fair District City hall moves on rezoning for Gateway casino and hotel Is price paid for Southwestern Ontario casinos still a secret? You bet Western Fair boss focusing on big-ticket plans as departure nears Politicians endorse expanded gambling in London Ontario has since moved to get out of directly running gambling operations, hiving off big chunks of the business to private operators like Gateway, which was awarded gambling rights for much of Southwestern Ontario. The government announced this fall that slots will remain in a number of communities where the racing industry depends on the revenue, including in Hiawatha in Sarnia — just minutes away from a new casino opened by Gateway in Point Edward. That’s a good sign, politicians said Thursday. “Both the Western Fair and the city and the province seem to be committed to a vibrant harness racing industry,” said Coun. Josh Morgan, who also sits on the Western Fair board, but spoke in his capacity as a city politician. “Aside from harness racing, I’m not concerned about the viability of the Western Fair as an organization,” he said, adding it continues to diversify and add other business attractions, including its hockey arena, animal and trade shows and its farmers’ market. Morgan added Gateway’s southwest location will be a “benefit for taxpayers” because it’s a fully-taxable site. “The business units still stand on their own merits,” Mitchell said, adding there are events at the fairgrounds every weekend from September through June. Mayor Ed Holder weighed in on Gateway’s move, saying he has “a lot of confidence” in leadership at Western Fair to keep the organization profitable. “Western Fair has been around for 150 years, and part of the strength is that it continues to reinvent itself. I’ve lived in London long enough to see them make great strides,” he said, citing the slots, market, arena and Agriplex. Horse racing has had a “see-saw” relationship with provincial governments, Holder said, noting Gateway’s move could be a challenge but that it’s still early to figure out next steps for the Western Fair. Keeping Gateway’s investment — “hundreds of millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs” — in London is good for the city, he added. “Businesses have the right to choose their own location, what works best, and I have to applaud Gateway for their strong financial commitments to the city,” Holder said. The British Columbia-based company needs rezoning for its new southwestern site before it can build a casino along Wonderland Road. “Councillors want to keep the jobs in London, have the direct investment in London. Gateway, to their credit, wants to be in London,” Holder said. “My feeling is that council will look at one of two choices: Either they’ll (Gateway) be in London at a place of their choosing, or not. To me, that’s the clear thing. I’m not sure that it’s government’s place to tell business where they should do their business.” Megan Stacey, The London Free Press Reprinted with permission of The London Free Press

MILTON, December 20, 2018 - Harvest Series winner Lyons Hedgeabet charged off cover in the lane to win Thursday's $17,000 second leg of the harness racing Niagara Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A field of 10 sophomore pacing fillies clashed in the second and final preliminary leg ahead of the $32,600 series final on Boxing Day. Round one winner Shadow World left hard to claim the early lead, posting an opening-quarter of :27.2. Odds On Stephanie, 2-1 favourite, rushed from fifth to first in the second-quarter and carried the lead through middle-half fractions of :57.4 and 1:28. Lyons Hedgeabet and driver Bob McClure sat seventh racing up the half and caught cover from stablemate Protect Blue Chip, who came first-up to within less than three-lengths of the lead at three-quarters. In the stretch, Odds On Stephanie was quickly surrounded by rivals. The quickest of all the fillies in the lane was a charging Lyons Hedgeabet, who stormed home to win by a length in 1:56. Shadow World shot up the inside to finish second, while Thrillonthebeach followed the winner to grab third. Odds On Stephanie was fourth. A daughter of Mach Three, Lyons Hedgeabet is trained by Jeff Gillis for owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound. The sophomore filly broke her maiden on November 12 in the final of the Harvest Series and has now won three of her last five starts. Lyons Hedgeabet will head towards next week's final with three wins, 10 top-three finishes and $61,400 earned in 11 starts. She paid $17.70 to win. Sophomore pacing fillies, who were non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2018, were eligible for nomination to the Niagara Series. Thursday's 10-race card was also highlighted by the $34,000 Preferred Trot. A fresh Dunbar Hall rallied from sixth and last turning for home to win in 1:54.2 for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Stephanie Jamieson. The four-year-old gelding was making his first start since finishing fourth on November 26. Cue Hall cut the mile, posting fractions of :27.2, :57.2 and 1:26.3. Dancer Hall, the most recent winner of the Preferred, got a two-hole trip, but had to settle for a second when Dunbar Hall charged by rivals in the stretch. B Yoyo finished third, while Cue Hall was fourth. Owned by Carl Jamieson and George Harrison, Dunbar Hall has now won nine of 25 starts this season. The four-year-old has banked an impressive $237,650 during his four-year-old campaign to bring his career earnings to $350,904. A $2 win ticket on Dunbar Hall returned $6.80. Dunbar Hall Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Replays available at www.YouTube.com/WoodbineReplays (Races 3 & 5) Mark McKelvie

MILTON, December 20, 2018 - The $6 million Breeders Crown, harness racing's richest and most prestigious year-end divisional championship series, will be raced over two nights when the events return to the newly renovated Woodbine Mohawk Park in Campbellville, Ontario, Canada. The Hambletonian Society and Woodbine Entertainment management have chosen the last weekend in October for the Crown showcase, with the four freshman Crown races held Friday, October 25 and the eight three-year-old and open events raced Saturday, October 26. Crown eliminations, if necessary would be raced the prior weekend, with two-year-olds on Friday, October 18 and sophomore and opens eliminations scheduled for Saturday, October 19. "We're thrilled to officially be on the road to the 2019 Breeders Crown at Woodbine Mohawk Park," said Jessica Buckley, President of Woodbine Mohawk Park. "Hosting the Breeders Crown over two nights allows us to provide all participants and fans with a highly memorable weekend experience showcasing our upgraded facility and providing an expanded spotlight on the very best in harness racing." In addition, Woodbine Mohawk Park announced their first sponsorship for the Breeders Crown, which will be presented by the Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership. "Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz are two of the most well-respected and successful owner/breeders in our industry. Bringing in the Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership as our presenting sponsor for the 2019 Breeders Crown delivers an enormous boost to our event." The Breeders Crown was held at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto in 2015. The $5,758,950 handle was the highest Crown handle in the last 10 years and a Canadian handle record. "Woodbine Entertainment has been an excellent host partner for more than 30 years," said John Campbell, president of the Hambletonian Society, which owns and administers the events. "We look forward to working with the new management team in making this weekend of events a world-class experience for horsemen, owners, fans and sponsors." The Mohawk Park seven-eighths mile oval last staged four Breeders Crown Open divisions in 2008. For news and updates on the Breeders Crown at Woodbine Mohawk Park, visit www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com and follow @WoodbineSB on Social Media. Mark McKelvie

London, December 19, 2018 -- The Foiled Again farewell tour will make one final stop at The Raceway at Western Fair District on Friday, November 21. The 14-year-old, 108-time career winner is the richest Standardbred of all-time with more than $7.6 million in earnings. The Standardbed icon will lead a post parade and enjoy a meet-and-greet with fans. Customers and horse people are also encouraged to participate in a winner's circle photo with Foiled Again which will take place during a special ceremony during the race card. A giant 'Happy Retirement' greeting card will also be available for horse people to sign in the paddock and will be presented to the connections that night. The Raceway will also offer an exclusive giveaway featuring commemorative Foiled Again hockey pucks. A limited edition of 150 of the pucks will be given away trackside that night. Foiled Again has been travelling North America in recent months making stops at various tracks giving fans one final glimpse of the champion. The son of Dragon Again is set to retire at the end of this season following stops at Woodbine, Mohawk Park on December 22 along with The Meadows on New Year's Eve. Owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stable, Foiled Again raced in London's Molson Pace six times, winning the event back-to-back in 2011 and 2012.   Greg Gangle

MILTON, December 17, 2018 - Phantom Seelster's Christmas wish list may include a new broom following another harness racing victory in the Valedictory Series on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Richard Moreau trainee powered to a 1:52.1 triumph in the second of two $17,000 second leg Valedictory divisions and will now have an opportunity at a series sweep on Boxing Day. Driven by Bob McClure, Phantom Seelster came first up on the far turn from fifth and grinded away to sit a pair of lengths from the leader Legal Power at three-quarters in 1:24.2. R Bazingga followed Phantom Seelster second-over to set up a stretch showdown. In the lane, Phantom Seelster charged home in the centre of rivals Legal Power and R Bazingga to win by a length. Legal Power just edged out R Bazingga for second, while Larrys Petrock, who won a first leg division, finished fourth. A gelded son of Mach Three, Phantom Seelster extended his current win streak to five with Monday's score. The Moreau trainee swept the Harvest Series to start his current run of victories. Phantom Seelster now has five wins and $72,270 earned in 19 starts this season for owners Gestion Mastel Inc, Conrad Leber and Marcel Barrieau. The roan gelding sports career numbers of eight wins and $115,935 heading into the series final. A $2 win ticket on Phantom Seelster returned $5.20. Phantom Seelster The evening's first split saw Beachin Lindy get the job done despite drifting out late once again. The Steve Charlton trainee and driver Doug McNair got pulled up towards the top on the far turn by following Rocky J Squirrel second-over. Rocky J Squirrel claimed the top spot in the lane, but gave it up late to finish second by a neck to Beachin Lindy in 1:53.4. Ivegotagirlcrush finished third, while Bit Of Luck crossed the line fourth. Owned by Larocque Racing Stable, Beachin Lindy collected his seventh win in 25 starts this season. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere picked up his ninth career victory to bring his career earnings to $71,244. Beachin Lindy, who finished fourth in his first leg division, paid $6.60 to win. Beachin Lindy Sophomore pacing colts and geldings, who were non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2018, were eligible for nomination to the Valedictory Series. The $34,400 Valedictory Series final is scheduled to take place on Boxing Day (December 26). Post time for Woodbine Mohawk Park's Boxing Day card is 1 p.m. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Mark McKelvie Replays: www.YouTube.com/WoodbineReplays (Race 4 and 7)    

MILTON, December 17, 2018 - Woodbine Entertainment is set to welcome Foiled Again, the richest harness racing Standardbred of all-time, to Mohawk Park this Saturday (December 22) for the penultimate stop on his farewell tour. A winner of $7.6 million, Foiled Again has been visiting racetracks and fairs throughout North America on his farewell tour for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Mark Weaver, Michael Bruscemi, Joe Koury and Kevin Koury. Foiled Again is set to compete in a race this Saturday at Mohawk Park. The 14-year-old gelding's richest career victory came at Mohawk Park in 2012 when he captured the $787,000 Canadian Pacing Derby. Racing fans will have an opportunity to say farewell to Foiled Again during a special meet and greet in the winner's circle starting at 6:30 p.m. Fans can take a photo with Foiled Again during the meet and greet. Woodbine will have a Guest Experience Representative available to take the photos on fans mobile devices and cameras. Fans can also fill out a ballot at the meet and greet for the chance to sit behind Foiled Again on Saturday evening. A name will be drawn from the ballot box at 7 p.m. and the winner will receive the opportunity to visit Foiled Again in the paddock and sit behind the richest Standardbred in a double-seat jog cart. Foiled Again will compete in a race later in the evening, which will be followed by a special post-race presentation for the 14-year-old and his connections. Woodbine will also air a special tribute video during Saturday's races. Fans can stay warm Saturday by purchasing a hot beverage served in a special commemorative Foiled Again mug. The mugs feature an image of the legendary pacer with the date of his final Canadian start. Mugs can also be purchased without a beverage in the Mohawk Gift Shop. Foiled Again will be making his 330th career start on Saturday. His career numbers currently sit at 108 wins, 70 runner-up finishes, 46 third-place finishes, $7,667,397 earned and a mark of 1:48. Post time for Saturday's card is 7:10 p.m. Visit www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com for more information and follow @WoodbineSB for live updates. Mark McKelvie

Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Announces Changes to Nomination and Election Committees, Updates Standardbred Driver/Trainer Category. 2019 Nominations now being accepted.   At a recent meeting of the CHRHF Board of Directors, the following changes to the Hall’s Nomination and Election Committees were approved.   Standardbred Committee Chairs   Long-time Standardbred Election Committee Chair Kathy Wade Vlaar, Manager of Member and Stakeholder Relations, Standardbred Canada will move to the position of Chair, Standardbred Nomination Committee, to fill the position previously held by Darryl Kaplan, now CHRHF President. Jeff Porchak, Director of Digital Communications, Standardbred Canada was named Chair, Standardbred Election Committee.   Standardbred Nomination Committee   Jamie Martin, Director of Operations, Grand River Raceway joins the Standardbred Nomination Committee, replacing Brian Webster who has served the CHRHF in various capacities over many years. The CHRHF thanks Brian for his valuable knowledge and contributions during his time volunteering with the organization.   Thoroughbred Nomination Committee   Kris Platts, Manager, Broadcast/Simulcast Operations, Woodbine Entertainment Group Broadcast Department, joins the Thoroughbred Nomination Committee, following Jim Bannon, Thoroughbred Racing Analyst and Handicapper, being named Vice-President of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.   A complete list of all Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame committees and members can be found here   Additonally, as part of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame’s continuing efforts to honour the most deserving people and horses who have made a significant contribution to Canadian Standardbred and Thoroughbred horse racing, a change has been made to recognize Standardbred drivers and trainers as two separate categories. Historically Standardbred driver/trainers have been considered one category by the CHRHF. The changing landscape of harness racing now includes more people who specialize either as a trainer or driver. While there will still be individuals who succeed as both drivers and trainers, for the purpose of evaluating nominees, these people will be assigned to the category where their career has been the strongest, while still recognizing the total body of their work. The purpose of this change is to provide a more balanced comparison to their peers.   The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is now accepting public nominations to be considered for the CHRHF Class of 2019.   The public is invited to participate in the nomination of horses and people who have made a significant contribution to Canadian Standardbred and Thoroughbred horse racing, for induction to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2019.   Nominations for the following will be considered:   MALE HORSE: Stallions or geldings whose contribution to Canadian racing occurred in the past 20 years.   FEMALE HORSE: Mares whose contribution to Canadian racing occurred in the past 20 years.   VETERAN HORSE: Horses whose careers have been concluded for 20 years, but less than 50 years.   PERSON: Trainers, Drivers, Jockeys   BUILDERS: Includes, but not limited to Breeders, Owners, Officials, and others.   COMMUNICATORS: Includes, but not limited to writers, broadcasters, photographers, announcers.   VETERAN PERSON: Trainers, Drivers, Jockeys whose careers have been concluded for 20 years, but less than 50 years.     All nomination submissions to be made using the form available on the CHRHF website . A PDF version of the form is also attached, or may be obtained by contacting admin@horseracinghalloffame.com. Complete eligibility criteria may be found here.     For further information, or to submit a completed nomination form, contact:   Standardbred Nominations:   Kathy Wade Vlaar, Standardbred Nomination Chair, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 1-2150 Meadowvale Blvd., Mississauga, ON L5N 6R6 P: (905) 858-3060 ext. 207 F: (905) 858-3089 E: kwvlaar@standardbredcanada.ca   Thoroughbred Nominations:   Tom Cosgrove, Thoroughbred Nomination Chair, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 555 Rexdale Blvd., P.O. Box 156 Toronto, ON M9W 5L2 P: (416) 213-2113 E: tmc@woodbineentertainment.com   Nomination forms may also be submitted to: Linda Rainey, Managing Director Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame P: (416) 417-9404 E: Linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com   All submissions will be carefully considered by the Nominating Committee of the applicable breed. Three finalists in five categories for Standardbreds and five categories for Thoroughbreds will be presented to the Election Committee for final voting by secret ballot.     NOMINATION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019 5:00 pm EST.   The list of nominees selected for consideration by the Election Committee for each breed will be announced Monday, March 25, 2019. The Inductees for the 2019 class of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will be announced Tuesday, April 9, 2019.   We invite you to visit the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame located at the West Entrance of Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. Additional information about the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is available at www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com or by contacting admin@horseracinghalloffame.com or 416-417-9404     Linda Rainey Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame   Linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com 416-417-9404

CHARLOTTETOWN – It was a day to remember for a Tyne Valley couple. The special moment took place following Race 6 of a 15-dash harness racing card at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Saturday afternoon. Driver Dale Spence and owner-trainer MacKenzie MacInnis teamed up to win with Casimir Nunzio in a 2:01.3 score, but there would be much more than just a race win to celebrate. When the connections made their way to the winner’s circle, Spence got down on one knee and asked MacInnis to marry him. She said “yes” while the camera was focussed on them for Red Shores’ worldwide broadcast. Featured race Marc Campbell engineered the winning trip in the $2,400 featured pace with Eagle Jolt in a 2:00 score over a sloppy track from his own stable for owners Wilbur and Marie MacDonald of Stratford. Second went to the Spence-driven Confident Fella while Winter Blast (Jason Hughes) was third. The Campbell stable had two winners as Jetster won in 1:59.4 for owner Jamie Struthers of Glace Bay, N.S. Killean Finale captured the $2,350 Open Mares Pace in 2:00.4 for driver Ken Murphy, trainer Clifford Murphy and owners Dr. Mary McNiven and Pacemaker Stable of Nine Mile Creek. Driving triple Mike McGuigan scored a driving triple on the Saturday program. Prince Galaxy, driven by McGuigan shed his maiden status with a 19-length romp in 2:02.2 for trainer Len McGuigan, then IC True Grit was a winner in 2:01.4 for trainer Jackie Matheson of Stratford and Casimir Obama, from the Todd Walsh Stable of Charlottetown, completed McGuigan’s hat trick by winning in 2:01.1. Matheson celebrated a pair of wins as a trainer as Drew Neill guided Howmacs Dragonator to a 2:02.4 win for owners Tracy Conway of Summerside and Lynn Livingstone of Kensington. Trainer Melissa Rennie had two victories from her stable as Innocent Kiss and All Out both won in identical times of 2:03.1. Adam Merner was in the bike for both victories. The total wager was $44,090. With files from Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores. Reprinted with permission of The Journal Pioneer Summary of Saturday afternoon’s harness racing card in Charlottetown: Race 1 Pictonian Sareta (A. Sorrie) 12.40 5.30 2.90 Selfie (A. Merner) 7.50 6.00 Vintage Winner (C. MacPherson) 5.40 Times: 29.1, 1:00.1, 1:30.4, 2:01.2. Also ran: Goodmorning Ky, Sports Highlights, Bettim Vicky, Royal Native. Winning horse owned by Tammy Collings, Hazel Brook, and Austin Sorrie, Montague. Exactor 4-2 – $116.20 Triactor 4-2-3 – $403.90 Superfecta 4-2-3-5 – $302.88   Race 2 Prince Galaxy (M. McGuigan) 2.10 2.10 2.20 Atlantic Drive (M. Bradley) 4.60 3.60  I Can Do It (K. Ford) 9.50 Times: 30.4, 1:02.1, 1:32.4, 2:02.2. Also ran: The Captain Jack, Lilbootsinparadise, J J Antinio, Lyndale Coco, Camco Willow. Winning horse owned by Janice Whalen, Vernon River. Exactor 1-5 – $9.80 Triactor 1-5-9 – $201.50 Superfecta 1-5-9-3 – $416.90 Daily Double 4-1 – $43.90   Race 3 Shadows In Town (K. Arsenault) 11.40 4.30 3.60 Oceanview Magnum (D. Dowling) 9.60 3.80 Political Crisis (A. Merner) 2.60 Times: 29.3, 1:01.1, 1:31.2, 2:02.2. Also ran: Chevalier Semalu, Smart Official, Medoland Bobcat, Sports Royalty. Winning horse owned by James Kennedy, Charlottetown. Exactor 3-4 – $106.80 Triactor 3-4-1 – $124.10 Superfecta 3-4-1-7 – $188.80   Race 4 All Out (A. Merner) 6.20 2.80 2.40 Rockys World (M. Campbell) 4.40 2.80 Lincoln Seelster (D. Neil) 2.40 Times: 31.0, 1:02.3, 1:32.2, 2:03.1. Also ran: Thebestofme, Dees Boy, Top of the Morning, C J Bluefin. Winning horse owned by Dale Rennie, Ronnie Rennie, Elmsdale. Exactor 3-4 – $21.80 Triactor 3-4-1 – $45.80 Superfecta 3-4-1-7 – $68.35   Race 5 Sendmeasign (C. MacPherson) 3.00 2.40 2.70 Bad Silver (M. McGuigan) 3.40 2.60 Delcie Hanover (D. Spence) 15.40 Times: 30.1, 1:03.1, 1:34.1, 2:04.2. Also ran: Anzula, Sandhill Star, Sir Native, Badlands Giovanna. Winning horse owned by Alex Sobey, Kensington. Exactor 4-1 – $9.20 Triactor 4-1-8 – $170.30 Superfecta 4-1-8-2 – $68.76 Race 6 Casimir Nunzio (D. Spence) 8.40 3.80 4.80 L Weather B (M. Campbell) 2.10 2.10 Cyrax (B. Leblanc) 5.40 Times: 29.1, 59.4, 1:30.2, 2:01.3. Also ran: Miramonttogo, Fly With Max, Rockstar Drums, Dilans Mustang, Four Corners. Winning horse owned by Mackenzie MacInnis, Tyne Valley. Exactor 1-3 – $15.40 Triactor 1-3-4 – $69.80 Superfecta 1-3-4-2 – $126.10   Race 7 Innocent Kiss (A. Merner) 3.80 2.80 2.10 Howmac Blaze (C. MacPherson) 4.10 3.70 Superfecta 5-2-4-6 $61.45 Times: 29.1, 1:00.2, 1:32.3, 2:03.1. Also ran: Mach An Angel, Giogolos Rose, Kinross Kate. Winning horse owned by Max Roderick Sehl, N.S., Adam Merner, P.E.I. Exactor 5-2 – $7.70 Triactor 5-2-4 – $15.40 Superfecta 5-2-4-6 – $61.45   Race 8 Jetster (M. Campbell) 7.10 4.50 3.40 All Turain (D. Dowling) 12.50 5.80 Narragansett (J. Hughes) 7.30 Times: 28.4, 59.1, 1:29.2, 1:59.4. Also ran: My Lucky Killean, Prince Adair, Painted Pony, Woodmere Soul. Winning horse owned by James Struthers, Glace Bay, N.S. Exactor 2-3 – $82.00 Triactor 2-3-4 – $337.00   Race 9 Killean Finale (K. Murphy) 3.70 4.60 2.20 Drivingthedragon N (J. Hughes) 16.10 5.90 Prettyndangerous (D. Dowling) 2.20 Times: 29.2, 1:00.3, 1:31.1, 2:00.4. Also ran: Outrageous Spirit, Collective Wisdom, Julep Hanover, Malabrigo, Dustylanemissmolly. Winning horse owned by Dr. Mary McNiven, Pacemaker Stable, Nine Mile Creek. Exactor 4-1 – $35.80 Triactor 4-1-8 – $230.20 Superfecta 4-1-8-2 – $144.37.   Race 10 I C True Grit (M. McGuigan) 10.80 3.60 3.00 Pictonian Storm (A. Sorrie) 19.80 18.20 Rockin Indy (D. Dowling) 4.20 Times: 30.0, 1:00.1, 1:31.1, 2:01.4. Also ran: Tempo Seelster, Oh To Be Me, Red Magician, Mr Irresistible, Jackson K Down, Mach Of Ballykeel. Winning horse owned by Joey Gallant, Ingham Jenkins, Charlottetown. Exactor 7-9 – $85.80 Triactor 7-9-8 – $235.90   Race 11 Casimir Obama (M. McGuigan) 24.70 11.80 4.00 Silverhill Buddy (A. Sorrie) 7.00 8.20 Harbourlite Jerry (S. Shepherd) 4.20 Times: 28.1, 58.1, 1:29.4, 2:01.1. Also ran: Desired Treasure, Rash B Havior, Three Truths, Jetta Flys, Windemerenightlife. Winning horse owned by J. Darin MacKenzie, Charlottetown. Exactor 1-2 – $226.20 Triactor 1-2-4 – $697.50   Race 12 Howmacs Dragonator (D. Neill) 13.10 8.50 3.40 Prince Adam (M. Campbell) 10.20 5.90 Lincoln Blues (K. Arsenault) 3.10 Times: 28.4, 59.2, 1:31.1, 2:02.4. Also ran: Hemingway, Starcastic, HP Bushido Dragjet, Windsun Rebel, JDS Double Dose. Winning horse owned by Tracy Conway, Summerside, Lynn Livingstone, Kensington. Exactor 1-All – $9.00 Triactor 1-All-All – $11.20 Superfecta 1-6-4-7 – $1,612.35   Race 13 Elektra Express (J. Hughes) 6.40 3.10 3.00 Traces of Purple (K. Murphy) 4.10 2.10 Caught Me Speeding (K. Arsenault) 7.30 Times: 29.4, 1:01.1, 1:32.0, 2:02.1. Also ran: Southfield Sassy, Dancers Pass, Cougar Gal, What A Babe, Tell Me Why, Bet Er All.  Winning horse owned by Danny Birt, Jennifer Doyle, Vernon Bridge. Exactor 1-2 – $6.00 Triactor 1-2-4 – $53.70   Race 14 Eagle Jolt (M. Campbell) 8.00 5.70 3.10 Confident Fella (D. Spence) 5.50 3.50 Winter Blast (J. Hughes) 2.70 Times: 29.2, 1:00.3, 1:30.1, 2:00.0. Also ran: Likely To win, Burn Out Hanover, Rollwithitharry, The Big Bite. Winning horse owned by Wilbur MacDonald, Marie MacDonald, Stratford. Exactor 2-1 – $56.60 Triactor 2-1-7 – $90.30 Superfecta 2-1-7-3 – $412.00   Race 15 Charlottes Western (D. Neill) 20.90 12.20 5.50 Dusty Lane Zendaya (D. Spence) 7.20 3.60 Swingirl (C. MacPherson) 3.00 Times: 30.2, 1:00.4, 1:32.1, 2:02.3. Also ran: Modern Best, Miss Sangria, Silverhill Misty, Good Luck Kathy, Windemere Nancy. Winning horse owned by Henry Smallwood, Cooks Brook, Cyril Harvey, Elmsdale, N.S. Exactor 1-3 – $45.60 Triactor 1-3-6 – $663.90 Superfecta 1-3-6-7 – $110.86 Daily double 2-6 – $21.40 Total wager – $44,090

MILTON, December 15, 2018 - Easy Lover Hanover extended his win streak to four with a harness racing victory in Saturday's $34,000 Preferred Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Ben Wallace trained five-year-old gelding defeated nine rivals in this week's edition of the Preferred. Driven by Doug McNair, Easy Lover Hanover got away fifth and sat in mid-pack until approaching the half. Nirvana Seelster blasted to the lead to post a :27.1 opening-quarter before getting a soft second-quarter of :30.3. Easy Lover Hanover worked his way up to Nirvana Seelster's wheel on the far turn with the original leader holding a lead of just over a length at three-quarters in 1:26.2. In the stretch, Easy Lover Hanover was too much for his rival to handle and powered home in :26.4 for a 1:53.2 victory. Nocturnal Bluechip finished second by a length, while Pointomygranson was third. Owned by Brad Grant, Easy Lover Hanover collected his eighth win of the season and 33rd of his career. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere has earned $211,940 this season to bring his career earnings to $793,449. A $2 win ticket on Easy Lover Hanover returned $3.70. McNair's victory behind Easy Lover Hanover was one of four for Canada's reigning Driver of the Year on the Saturday card. He also scored victories with Superficial ($45.80), Winning Lyric ($5.90) and Bills Fella ($4.80). The team of driver Jonathan Drury and trainer Carmen Auciello also had a big night, as they combined to win the final three-races on the card. The Drury/Auciello 'Hat-Trick' consisted of Big Bang Boom ($4), Always A Hotshot ($6.60) and Major Hill ($4). Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Woodbine Mohawk Park. Mark McKelvie        

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Red Shores' top driver made his way to the winner's circle with the veteran Eagle Jolt in the featured harness racing event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell engineered the winning trip in the $2,400 featured pace with Eagle Jolt in a 2:00 score over a sloppy track from his own stable for owners Wilbur and Marie MacDonald of Stratford, P.E.I. Second went to Confident Fella (Driven by Dale Spence) while Winter Blast (Jason Hughes) was third. The Campbell stable had two winners as Jetster was a winner in 1:59.4 for owner Jamie Struthers of Glace Bay, N.S. Killean Finale captured the $2,350 Open Mares pace with a 2:00.4 decision for driver Ken Murphy, trainer Clifford Murphy and owners Dr. Mary McNiven and Pacemaker Stable of Nine Mile Creek, P.E.I. Mike McGuigan scored a driving triple on the Saturday program with Prince Galaxy shedding his maiden status with a 19-length romp in 2:02.2 for trainer Len McGuigan, then IC True Grit was a winner in 2:01.4 later in the card for trainer Jackie Matheson of Stratford. Casimir Obama completed the hat-trick for McGuigan winning in 2:01.1 from the Todd Walsh Stable of Charlottetown, P.E.I. Matheson celebrated a pair of wins as a trainer with Drew Neill guiding Howmacs Dragonator to a 2:02.4 win for owners Tracy Conway of Summerisde and Lynn Livingstone of Kensington, P.E.I. Trainer Melissa Rennie had two victories from her stable as Innocent Kiss and All Out both won in identical times of 2:03.1 with Adam Merner in the race bike. Race 6 on the program was a special moment in the lives of driver Dale Spence and owner-trainer MacKenzie MacInnis. The Tyne Valley couple teamed up to win with Casimir Nunzio in a 2:01.3 score but when the connections made their way to the winner's circle, Spence got down on one knee and asked MacInnis to marry him. She said "yes" while the camera was focussed on them for Red Shores' worldwide broadcast. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

ELORA, ON -- TheStable.ca is pleased to welcome Kelly Spencer to its harness racing team. After 22 years leading the marketing efforts for Grand River Raceway and Elmira Raceway, Spencer has created her own communications agency (True Nature Communications). TheStable.ca will be her principal client where she will serve as the Director Of Business Development. In this role, Spencer will work alongside TheStable.ca founders Anthony and Amy MacDonald to further develop the award-winning fractional harness racing outfit. The operation has grown quickly since its inception in 2015 and currently boasts 147 horses and 600 clients from 11 countries worldwide. Clients of TheStable.ca can own as little as one percent of a horse and pay a fixed monthly fee. The ownership experience is enhanced with bi-weekly training broadcasts delivered via livestream, weekly commentary and update videos, webinars, open houses and social events. Since its launch, Spencer has worked casually with TheStable.ca, helping define its value for clients. "TheStable.ca is the most exciting initiative currently in play in North American horse racing," said Spencer. "I'm itching to dedicate more time to this business because, frankly, I can see the value we bring to our clients, and the potential we offer for the industry at large, as clearly as I can see the nose on my face. And if that sounds over-the-top, it isn't," she said. "I see demonstrative proof every day. We're delivering a unique, ongoing entertainment experience that is accessible, affordable and chock full of engagement. We're delivering new and lapsed audiences to harness racing, contributing to the bottom line and filling a very real need in the market." "Kelly shares our drive and enthusiasm, and fully recognizes that we are reshaping horse racing, and paving the way forward," said Anthony MacDonald. "Most importantly, she is customer-focused and understands the experience we are delivering to our valued clients. She gets it and we're incredibly lucky to have her fire and expertise." Spencer is a past recipient of the Lloyd Chisholm Award (presented by the Ontario Sires Stakes, for meritorious service to the industry) and of the Golden Pen Award, awarded by the Standardbred Media and Marketing Association (SMMA) for outstanding contributions to harness racing publicity and marketing. Spencer's role with TheStable.ca officially begins mid-January. Anthony MacDonald

MILTON, December 14, 2018 - Harness racing sophomore pacing filly Kendall Seelster took home the top prize for the second consecutive week in Friday's $30,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Rod Boyd trainee and driver Sylvain Filion took their by coming from sixth and third-over to charge by rivals for a 1:53.4 victory. A deep field of seven was led by Obvious Blue Chip through opening fractions of :28, :57 and 1:25.4. Request For Parole came first up on the far turn and followed on the outside by Double A Mint, Kendall Seelster and Darlinonthebeach. In the stretch, Double A Mint charged by to take the lead briefly before Kendall Seelster overtook the top spot with an eighth of a mile to go. Kendall Seelster stormed home in :27.1 and hit the wire first, defeating a strong Darlinonthebeach by three-quarters of a length. Double A Mint finished third. The Trifecta of Kendall Seelster, Darlinonthebeach and Double A Mint was the same as last week's Fillies & Mares Preferred. The $2 Trifecta paid $27 Friday after returning $39.70 a week ago. A daughter of Shadow Play, Kendall Seelster scored her ninth win of the season and fourth at the Preferred level. Her seasonal earnings increase to $273,465 with Friday's score, while her career numbers now sit at an impressive 13 wins and $737,450 for owners 1187422 Ontario Inc. Kendall Seelster, who is a strong contender for an O'Brien Award as this season's top sophomore pacing filly, paid $5.80 to win. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The more from Central Canada to the East Coast can be good for the soul and in case of Burn Out Hanover it is also good for his confidence as he heads into the Saturday afternoon harness racing feature undefeated at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 15-dash program kicks off at 12:30 P.M. with Burn Out Hanover leaving from post 5 in the race 14 top class for a $2,400 purse. Corey MacPherson picks up the catch driving call for owner-trainer Jeff Holmes of Orwell, P.E.I., after the three-year-old son of Well Said has prevailed in both East Coast tries. Winter Blast is the morning line favourite from post 7 with Jason Hughes at the lines for conditioner Jennifer Doyle, while stallion Rollwithitharry has post 6 with promising rookie driver Drew Neill picking up the mount from the Jackie Matheson stable. Race analyst Les MacIsaac chooses to take an inside route with post 2 starter Eagle Jolt as his top choice to hit the winner's circle with trainer-driver Marc Campbell. "Eagle Jolt is a versatile type with enough gate speed to get well spotted and a pretty good late kick and that can be a dangerous combination," MacIsaac said. "With many of his rivals moving up in class there could be nothing to stand in his way." Also in the field is Confident Fella (Driven by Dale Spence), Likely To Win (Adam Merner) and The Big Bite (Kenny Arsenault). The Open mares clash bridles again this week in race 9 carrying a $2,350 purse. Collective Wisdom will look to keep her momentum going after beating this group last week. The Jackie Matheson trainee has post 7 with Neill again picking up the drive for owner Bruce Wood of Marshfield, P.E.I. Other top entries include Killean Finale (Ken Murphy) and Prettyndangerous (David Dowling). Catch the action live at the track or go to www.Redshores.ca for live video, race programs, promotional plays and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

MILTON, December 13, 2018 - Shadow World emerged from thick fog in deep stretch with a narrow lead and held on for a 22-1 upset in Thursday's opening leg of the harness racing Niagara Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A full field of 10 three-year-old pacing fillies clashed in the $17,000 first round of the three-week series event. Foggy conditions made it hard to see what transpired over the course of the contest, but how the race was won doesn't matter to the connections collecting the winner's share of the purse. Shadow World and driver Sylvain Filion left hard from post-eight and were able to settle in second behind Miss Rockadali, who cut out fractions of :27.4, :58.1 and 1:26.3. Odds On Stephanie challenged first up on the far turn, which towed Thrillonthebeach into a perfect second-over spot. In the stretch, Shadow World was able to split between rivals after the two-hole trip and powered home to defeat Odds On Stephanie by a neck in 1:54.2. Thrillonthebeach finished third, while Protect Blue Chip was fourth. A daughter of Shadow Play, Shadow World collected her third win in 25 starts this season and her fourth career victory. The Colin Johnson trainee has now banked $52,136 in 25 starts this season for owners Johnson and Jean Mondoux. Shadow World's career earnings jumped to $63,937 with Thursday's score, while the clocking of 1:54.2 was just a fifth off her career best. She paid $46 to win. Sophomore pacing fillies, who were non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2018, were eligible for nomination to the Niagara Series. The final of the series will take place on a special Boxing Day matinee program. Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Replay available at www.YouTube.com/WoodbineReplays (Race 8) Mark McKelvie  

MILTON, December 13, 2018 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced a mandatory payout for the harness racing Jackpot Hi-5 on Saturday, December 22 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover currently sits at $269,858.26 with six-cards remaining ahead of the December 22 mandatory payout date. There will be no freezing of the pool ahead of the mandatory payout. This will be the third consecutive year that Woodbine has offered a Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout on the final Standardbred card before Christmas. A mandatory payout on the Jackpot Hi-5 in December of 2016 saw more than $2 million of new money wagered into the pool. Horseplayers that connected on last December's mandatory payout took home $49,437.10 for a $0.20 winning ticket. The Jackpot Hi-5 requires horseplayers to select the top-five finishers in order and features a $0.20 minimum wager with a 15 per cent takeout. The wager is offered nightly on the final-race of each card. Live racing continues Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Mark McKelvie