Day At The Track

MILTON, ON -  February 15, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to issue a final reminder of today's (February 15) deadline for nominations to its 2019 stakes program at Mohawk Park. Nominations are due for all major stakes, including the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup for three-year-old pacers, Canada's richest Standardbred race. Below is the full list of events with nominations closing today (February 15): Pepsi North America Cup (3-year-old pace) Armbro Flight (3-year-olds & older, fillies & mares trot) Canadian Pacing Derby (3-year-olds & older pace) Canadian Trotting Classic (3-year-old trot) Casual Breeze (3-year-old filly trot) Elegantimage (3-year-old filly trot) Eternal Camnation (2-year-old filly pace) Fan Hanover (3-year-old filly pace) Goodtimes (3-year-old trot) Maple Leaf Trot (3-year-olds & older trot) Metro Pace (2-year-old pace) Milton (3-year-olds & older, fillies & mares pace) Nassagaweya (2-year-old pace) Peaceful Way (2-year-old filly trot) Roses Are Red (3-year-olds & older, fillies & mares pace) Shes A Great Lady (2-year-old filly pace) Somebeachsomewhere (3-year-old pace) William Wellwood Memorial (2-year-old trot) Woodbine also handles the administration of stakes events contested at various tracks across Ontario. Nominations are due today for the following events: Grand River Raceway: Battle of Waterloo (Ontario Sired 2-year-old pace) Battle of the Belles (Ontario Sired 2-year-old filly pace) Flamboro Downs: Confederation Cup (4-year-old pace) Hanover Raceway: Balanced Image (Ontario Sired 2-year-old trot) Dream Of Glory (Ontario Sired 3-year-old trot, non-winners of $75,000, fillies $100,000, in 2018) Clinton Raceway: Kin Pace (Ontario Sired 3-year-old filly pace, non-winners of $50,000 in 2018) The 2019 Woodbine Stakes Booklet can be viewed by clicking here. To view the nomination form for today's closing, click here. Stakes payments can be made online by clicking here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than February 15, 2019 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

Officials with The Raceway at Western Fair District have announced that the track has been forced to cancel its harness racing live card that was scheduled for Wednesday (February 13). The cancellation has come due to unexpected heavy snow and snow squalls in the region along with treacherous travelling conditions for racing participants. The next card of live racing at Western Fair is scheduled for Friday, February 15. First-race post time for the card has been slated for 6:55 p.m. By Greg Gangle, for The Raceway      

MILTON, February 11, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all horsepeople that the track and paddock will be unavailable for training on Tuesday (February 12) and Wednesday (February 13). The cancellation of training is due to impending snowstorm hitting Milton and surrounding areas. The track is tentatively scheduled to reopen Thursday morning at 7 a.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

Standardbred Canada is calling for entries for the 2019 International Media Awards competition which is a component of the World Trotting Conference to be held in Sweden this May. No cash prizes are associated with the awards and no entry fees are required. Competition will be held in nine categories, and the programs, advertisements, or photos must have been published, originally broadcast or otherwise distributed between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018 on a broadcast station, cable system, website, newspaper or magazine in Canada during that time. A single submission per entrant will be eligible in a category. Entries should be received at Standardbred Canada not later than noon (EST) on Friday, March 8. All entries should include a cover letter with the name, address, phone number, and email address of the producer, author or photographer, and the name of the station, cable system, or publication on or in which it appeared, along with the date of broadcast/publication. Send entries to: Kathy Wade Vlaar Standardbred Canada 2150 Meadowvale Blvd. Mississauga, ON L5N 6R6 Please direct any questions, via email, to kwvlaar@standardbredcanada.ca. The categories are as follows: BEST NEWS ARTICLE For articles written 'on deadline' about 'breaking' events, including reporting about races, racing industry happenings and so forth, and published in daily or weekly newspapers or online publications. Please send an electronic word doc or pdf version of the article. BEST MAGAZINE ARTICLE For 'long-form' articles written as 'features' and published online or in magazines. Please send an electronic word doc or pdf version of the article. BEST PHOTOGRAPHY Photos, not enhanced by any computer-aided special effects, other than those used to clarify the subject matter contained in the photograph; must be submitted as an 8-inch by 10-inch print, and / or a high resolution digital version of the photo (minimum 300 dpi jpeg file). BEST PRINTED OR WEB-BASED ADVERTISEMENT For advertisements promoting races, breeding services and any other product, service or activity related to the sport of harness racing or Standardbred horses. Please send an electronic pdf version of the ad. BEST VIDEO OR FILM (ONLINE VIDEO INCLUDED) ADVERTISEMENT Video or film-based advertisements for racing, breeding or any other product or service related to the standardbred industry. Please send a DVD or provide a link via email to the video/film and provide a short summary of what the submission is about. BEST TELEVISION PROGRAM OR DOCUMENTARY (ONLINE OR BROADCAST) For programs that air on broadcast or the internet, whether long or short-form that do not include advertising content. Please send a DVD or provide a link via email to the program and provide a short summary of what the submission is about. BEST POSTER For printed posters used to promote racing, breeding or any other industry-related activity, product or service. Please mail the actual poster and email an electronic pdf version. BEST WEBSITE For publications, organizations or non-commercial entities that appear on the internet. Please provide the url and jpeg of a screen shot from the home page. BEST SOCIAL MEDIA For demonstrated excellence in social media usage and innovation. Please include date of broadcast / publishing for your country’s entry if not visible on the file. From Standardbred Canada

MILTON, ON - February 8, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to issue a reminder to all owners and trainers of the new conditions for the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage ahead of the February 15 deadline for nominations. The events for three-year-old trotters will no longer require eliminations, as the top ten (10) highest lifetime money-earners entered will contest the finals on Saturday, September 14 at Mohawk Park. Woodbine Entertainment will recognize Canadian and American earnings as equal. (Example: A horse with $100,000 earned in the US and a horse with $100,000 earned in Canada will be recognized as having the same earnings) Trotters entered that fall outside the top ten (10) in earnings will be eligible for a consolation. The consolation will be contested for 10 per cent of the event's purse pool (before entry fees) and requires a minimum of eight starters. If a declared trotter fails to be among the top ten (10) lifetime money earners and a consolation does not fill, or a trotter falls outside the top twenty (20) earners, all stakes payments will be refunded to the owner of the horse, provided the horse meets the current qualifying standards at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The estimated purse for the Canadian Trotting Classic is $665,000, while the Elegantimage is $350,000. To review the stakes conditions for all Woodbine administrated events, click here. Nominations are due no later than Friday, February 15. To make payments online, click here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than February 15, 2019 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

Winbak Farm has announced that the newest member of its stallion roster at Winbak of Canada, My MVP, is going to a “bogo” stud fee for the upcoming harness racing breeding season. The “buy one get one free” offer means that one mare can be bred to My MVP this year at his stud fee of $4,000 Cdn., with a second mare bred at no charge. Or, breeders may contract to breed one mare this year, and the same or another mare next year. According to Winbak of Canada manager Pat Woods, the offer is being made to ensure that the stallion gets the numbers he deserves in his first Ontario crop to showcase his siring ability. “He’s already proven--with just his small first crop--that he can get you sire stakes winners and trotters that can compete in the major open stakes,” Woods said. “We think he’s a great fit for the program here and we think it won’t take him long to prove he’s one of the best,” he added. My MVP’s first crop of 29 starters, eligible in Ohio, included 2018 Goodtimes winner Wolfgang 3,1:51.2 ($578,560) along with four other $100,000-plus winners and multiple Ohio Sire Stakes winners. That crop ranked the son of Cantab Hall as one of North America’s leading percentage sires in the categories of 1:55 trotters and average earnings per foal. Interested breeders may visit winbakfarm.com for more information or call the Winbak of Canada office at (905) 838-2145. From Winbak Farm

MILTON, ON - February 6, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all horsepeople of a change to this week's qualifying and training schedule. Qualifiers originally scheduled for Thursday afternoon have been moved to Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. A total of five qualifying-races will be contested. The racing surface and paddock at Mohawk Park will not be open for training on Thursday morning to allow the track crew time to perform maintenance ahead of Thursday evening's card of racing. Post time for Thursday's card is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie Woodbine Communications  

Standardbred Canada is a non-profit association incorporated under the Animal Pedigree Act and is the National Registry for Canada. We are seeking an individual to fill an important part time role of SC Field Representative at Truro Raceway. Core Functions: To represent Standardbred Canada at Truro Raceway and ensure that all racelines and pertinent data are accurately and timely recorded on the SC database To assist members, Judges and Racetrack Personnel Various duties will include, but are not limited to, entering all race results, collection of memberships (SC and APHRC), eligibility fees, invoices, transfers, leases and claims, and recording on the SC database and remitting to Standardbred Canada on a regular basis. Successful candidate must: Have a good knowledge of the Standardbred industry Have strong customer focus Have good analytical and organizational skills Be able to work in a co-operative environment with others Be able to type accurately Be willing to travel to train at a track designated for training Be able to meet deadlines for all responsibilities Correspond with head office in a timely manner Be able to work well under little or no supervision Interested applicants are asked to email your resume and cover letter to vboom@standardbredcanada.ca and put ‘TRURO’ in the subject line, or fax it to Valerie Boom at 905-858-8047 by Friday, March 8, 2019. No phone calls, please.

Waking up this morning was almost like just any other Monday morning... But on this Februrary 4th 'World Cancer Day' Monday - I was determined to help in adding to the numbers for Team To The Moon - an idea brought to fruition, a few years ago, by the husband-wife team of Lou and Maria Sorella of Mississauga, Ontario.   "On a day when all tracks in Ontario cancelled live racing, due to unseasonably warm winter weather that has caused unsafe track conditions, TEAM TO THE MOON had been busy recruiting members to help raise funds in support of Breast Cancer Awareness," says Team Director Lou Sorella.   I saw a Facebook video clip, early Monday morning, of Brendan Curran training THE FOX down in Charlottetown, PEI and I enjoyed what I was watching... A childhood friend of mine, Joey Blacquire, was very excited to show me his brand-new ownership licence while I had been home for my Christmas holiday in PEI. That licence now has him involved as part of the fractional ownership group behind THE FOX.   I reached out to Brendan and he was happy to hear that we'd be looking after THE FOX in terms of his role with Team To The Moon. Another call here and there, a few more Facebook and Twitter posts throughout the day and before we knew it Lou Sorella was in beast mode taking on new recruits.   "Today had to have been my busiest day in the last four years," mentions Sorella. "As the saying goes if you blinked - you missed it. I could barely keep up with the multiple requests that came in from social media pages both on Twitter and Facebook."   "Today we added trainers Dain Pearson and '2018 O'Brien Award Future Star' winner Chris Lancaster," beamed Lou. "On the equine side we have a fan favourite and horse loved by everyone around in FORK, owned by Sarah Lauren Scott, a long time supporter of Team To The Moon... Sarah has been the best from day-one! She's been there with brow-bands and other Team To the Moon apparel that some of our horses wear and we love her for that."   Also added today were the following horses from east of Ontario... THE FOX (Brendan Curran/SugarDoyle), MUZZYSENGLISHBABY (Joe Poirier) and ELECTRIC SYL (The Rennison Family). Out west top class pacing mare BIG SHIR (Gilbert, Lambie & Lancaster) was added to the fold.   "Today will go down, in our books, as one of the best days, ever, for new members joining our group" explains Sorella. "I never wish to see them cancel racing, but because of today's cancellations our Team was able to do something special - it was an open day that brought some new people and faces together as one - to TEAM up and fight for this very important cause."   Monday morning the Team had consisted of just five horses, one realtor and one driver.   "Right now Team To The Moon has ten horses listed, one driver and two trainers - plus we have Tom McPhail - a well known realtor from the Milton and surrounding area. Together we are now a bigger and better Team To The Moon - all with the same goal. And that is to have fun and raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness," concluded Sorella. Feel free to contact Lou Sorella via Facebook or Twitter anytime - to discuss details on joining up to race - in part - for Team To The Moon and Breast Cancer Awareness. By Shannon 'Sugar' Doyle                

Please find below a Statement from The Raceway in regards to the CPMA's investigation into an unusually low exactor payout which occurred on January 16th at The Raceway at Western Fair District. STATEMENT An unusually low exactor payout in 7th race on January 16th, 2019, at The Raceway at Western Fair District, prompted management to contact AGCO officials along with the local CPMA (The national regulator responsible for oversight of Pari-Mutuel wagering) rep in order to investigate the wagering patterns for that race and the origin of the winning tickets. Our tote provider immediately provided us with wagering information which showed that the bulk of the winning tickets were sold at a tote hub in Kentucky. The CPMA investigation into the race in question has concluded that the bets were placed in accordance with the regulations. The investigation found no evidence of any wrongdoing and found that all protocols were properly adhered to. In response to this occurrence, The Raceway has instituted a new 'stop betting' protocol whereby wagering will be closed earlier to reduce the chances of a similar situation happening in the future. From Greg Blanchard, for the Raceway  

MILTON, ON - February 4, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all horsepeople that the track and paddock will not be open for training on Tuesday morning (February 5). The closure is to allow for the track crew to perform maintenance on the racing surface. The track and paddock are scheduled to reopen for training on Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment        

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame announces today it will recognize a harness racing world champion, world record holder, and household name of over 100 years ago - pacer Dan Patch as its 2019 Legend. The most famous pacer of the early 1900’s he won all 73 races he contested and attracted large crowds of fans at his appearances in both the US and Canada. Dan Patch was a horse for the ages and much admired. He set records in races and time trials throughout the US, earning the titles “The greatest harness horse in the history of the two-wheeled sulky” and “World Champion Harness Horse”.  In the fall of 1906, Dan Patch paced a time-trial mile in 1:55 ¼ in Lexington, an almost unbelievable record that would stand for several decades.  To place his record in perspective, the first Canadian horse to go faster than two minutes flat in a race (2:00.00) was Mighty Dudley in 1959. The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame’s decision to honour Dan Patch’s exploits is a result of the Canadian portion of his career and the role he played in Canadian harness racing history.  The Hall of Fame continues to expand its reach to honour all race horses and people who have brought honour to Canadian racing and to Canada as a nation. With great anticipation, many Canadian racing enthusiasts gathered from near and far to watch Dan Patch compete four times in Canada, the first being in Windsor, Ontario on July 10, 1901 in preparation for upcoming Grand Circuit races. In 97 degree heat (Fahrenheit) Dan Patch defeated five challengers in three straight heats.  Racing publications of the day declared it “A grand performance, Dan Patch cleverly defeated his field with a reserve of speed at the finish.” On August 8th that same year, 118 years ago, Dan Patch faced three challengers, this time in Fort Erie, Ontario, and was again victorious in three straight heats, despite being taken to the back of the field in the first heat before exploding past his competition down the stretch for the win. The following year in June of 1902,  Dan Patch returned to Windsor for a much publicized match race against Harold H, the best Canadian pacing horse of the time, defeating the Canadian challenger handily in front of thousands of admiring fans. Dan Patch made his final Canadian appearance at Toronto’s Exhibition Park October 21, 1905, two weeks after setting his world record in Lexington.  He was then owned by Mr. Marion W. Savage, a Minnesota businessman and founder of International Stock Foods, a company that also had a Canadian operation located in Toronto.  The Toronto time-trial garnered a Canadian record for a mile on a half-mile track of 2:06, breaking the previous record by three full seconds. Today, that record is acknowledged with a granite bench engraved with the words “World Champion horse ‘Dan Patch’ broke the Canadian record here in 1905”, located outside the north end of BMO Field at Exhibition Place. Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, Canadian restaurants, banquet halls, theatres and homes displayed memorabilia celebrating the exploits of Dan Patch. Canadians in all walks of life proudly recognized his exploits on Canadian soil. In many ways, he was an adopted son.  During the teens-30’s of the 20th century it was difficult to find a Canadian youngster who didn’t know about Dan Patch and his exploits on the racetrack. For his time, he was as famous as any superhero and as well-known as the top celebrities of the day; truly the stuff of legends. Movies were made and books were written to chronicle his life and his on track achievements.  There were few like him. The CHRHF first recognized Legend honourees in the year 2000 as a millennium project to acknowledge the contribution of people and horses to Canadian horse racing at least 50 years before the year of recognition.  Activities relating to the honours bestowed on Dan Patch by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame are currently in the planning stages and will be announced in the coming weeks.  The CHRHF reminds racing fans and participants that nominations for induction in 2019 to the following categories are still being accepted.  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 whose contribution to Canadian racing occurred in the past 20 years BUILDERS:  Including, 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, or may be obtained by contacting admin@horseracinghalloffame.com.  Complete eligibility criteria may be found at http://horseracinghalloffame.com/inductees/eligibility/ For further information, or to submit a completed nomination form, contact:    by Linda Rainey, for the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

Woodbine Entertainment has announced that tonight’s card (February 4) of live Standardbred racing at Mohawk Park has been cancelled due to unsafe track conditions caused by mild temperatures. Live ​harness racing is scheduled to resume Thursday evening (February 7) at 7:10 p.m. The Raceway at Western Fair District has been forced to cancel its live harness racing program which was scheduled for this evening due to deteriorating track conditions caused by unseasonably warm temperatures. The thawing conditions are a result sunshine and temperature of plus-10 degrees Celsius while coming on the heels of a deep freeze which gripped Ontario last week. The track will be closed for training on Tuesday morning and live racing is scheduled again for Tuesday night at 6:15 p.m. Track officials will monitor the track overnight and into Tuesday and will update the status of the program at that time.      

On Saturday, February 2, Standardbred Canada announced the harness racing winners for the 2018 O’Brien Awards, at the 30th edition of the annual O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala held at the Hilton Mississauga / Meadowvale hotel in Mississauga, Ont. The O’Brien Awards honour Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season and are named in honour of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding horseman and member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Richard Moreau of Puslinch, Ont. won his sixth consecutive title as Canada’s Trainer of the Year. He put up some incredible numbers in the 2018 season, sending 315 winners postward and training horses to more than $4.6 million in earnings, a new personal best. He was the leading trainer in both wins and earnings at Woodbine Racetrack’s final meet and at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Moreau trained O’Brien Award winner Jimmy Freight for part of the sophomore season including his victories in the Ontario Sires Stakes and Somebeachsomewhere. Other top performers from the Moreau Stable in 2018 included pacing colt Backstreet Shadow, trotting horse Big Rich, and pacing mare Witch Dali. To read the rest of this story, click here. 

MILTON, ON - February 1, 2019 - Legal Bettor and Springbridgevision brought the heat Friday night to Woodbine Mohawk Park to win the finals of the Snowshoe and Blizzard Series. The $40,800 Snowshoe for three and four-year-old pacer and the $36,400 Blizzard for three and four-year-old pacing fillies and mares featured full fields of 10. Legal Bettor rallied from tenth and last at three-quarters to win the Snowshoe final in thrilling fashion for driver Travis Cullen and trainer Jodie Cullen. Fiesty Fireball led the field to the opening-quarter in :28.3 before Barbados circled from second to the top in the second-quarter and posted fractions of :57.4 and 1:26.2. Legal Bettor got away ninth and angled off the pylons nearing the half, but didn't gain much ground initially and ended up three-wide and last at the third-marker. In the stretch, Barbados attempted to get away from rivals and held a lead of just over two-lengths with an eighth of a mile remaining. Legal Bettor and Cullen unleashed a furious rally, tracking down and nailing Barbados at the wire to win by a neck in 1:55.4. R Bazingga finished third, while Between The Sheets was fourth. A four-year-old gelding, Legal Bettor came into Friday's final off a second-place finish in round two after an opening-leg victory. The Cullen trainee has now won two of five starts this season to bring his career numbers to five wins and $55,955 earned. Owned by Gestion J Y Blais Inc, Legal Bettor paid $7.60 to win. Sophomore pacing filly Springbridgevision completed her dominance of the Blizzard Series with a sweeping victory for driver James MacDonald and trainer Andrew Moore. Springbridgevision got away eighth and would sit close to last nearing the half while waiting for outer-flow to develop. Bidforahug made a second-quarter move to the top and led through middle-half panels of :57.4 and 1:27.4. Sand Artist pressured the leader first-up, while Springbridgevision was third-over and just three-lengths from the top turning for home. In the stretch, Springbridgevision shot to the top spot and had the jump on rival Lyonshedgeabet, who followed the winner around the final turn. Springbridgevision stopped the clock in 1:56.2 to win by half a length over Lyons Hedgeabet. Sand Artist was third, while Charms Little Sis was fourth. A daughter of Shadow Play, Springbridgevision is now undefeated in four starts this season and has won five of 11 career starts. The Blizzard final victory brings her career earnings to $51,933 for owners Andrew Moore, Allan Moore, Tommy Godfrey and Charles Farrell. A $2 win ticket on Springbridgevision returned $4.90. The Snowshoe and Blizzard Series were open to three and four-year-old pacers who were non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2018. Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

World Champion racehorse and sire Crazed, who stood at Tara Hills Stud in Ontario the last two years, has been sold to Newport Breeding (Peter and Jesse ter Borgh) of The Netherlands. Crazed is expected to stand at stud in Sweden in 2019. Crazed, himself a winner of $1,063,059, has sired the winners of more than $23-million. He has produced 47 trotters with sub-1:55 records and 55 $100,000-plus earners during his career in North America. He is the sire of a pair of millionaires in World Champion Crazy Wow 3,1:51.1 ($2,532,143) and JL Cruze 4,1:49.4 ($1,340,452) and three others whose earnings surpass $850,000. In Europe, Crazed has multiple stakes winners including Tumble Dust, with earnings of nearly 5,000,000 SEK ($530,000 U.S.) and a record of 1:53.2. From the Crazed Syndicate