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TORONTO, December 9, 2017 - Windsun Gotham and Better B Rolling drew first blood in Saturday evening's opening leg of the harness racing Valedictory Series at Woodbine Racetrack. A group of 16 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into two $17,000 divisions for the first leg of the three-week Valedictory Series. Making just his second start since the end of July, Windsun Gotham rallied off cover in the stretch to win the first division in 1:51.2. The Tony O'Sullivan trainee was steered to victory by Sylvain Filion. Windsun Gotham got away fifth and would eventually get into the outer-flow at the half to sit second-over. Following the cover of eventual third-place finisher and race-favourite Jk Pridenjoy, Windsun Gotham shot home in :27.3 to win by a length and a half over Brave World. A gelded son of American Ideal, Windsun Gotham is now five for 17 this season and has earned over $58,000 for owners Thomas Pollack and O'Sullivan Racing Inc. The clocking of 1:51.2 was a lifetime best for the O'Sullivan student. Windsun Gotham paid $16.4o to win. Windsun Gotham The second division saw Better B Rolling extend his current win streak to three with a four and a half length score in 1:52.1. Driven by Louis Philippe Roy for trainer Ciaran Morrison, Better B Rolling went coast to coast, pacing home in :27.4, to pick up his eighth win of the season. The gelded son of Roll With Joe is owned and bred by W Donovan and has earned $56,650 in his first season of racing. Hes A Popper finished second, while Artofficial Flavor was third. Better B Rolling paid $5.80. Better B Rolling Sophomore pacing colts and geldings, who were non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2017, were eligible for nomination to the Valedictory. The second leg of the series takes place next Saturday (December 16). The series finale is scheduled for Boxing Day (December 26). Also on Saturday, 10-year-old Casimir Jitterbug went out a winner in his final start. The Andrew Harris trainee captured a $22,000 overnight in 1:50.4 to cap off a career that saw him win 60 times, earn over $1 million and take a mark of 1:49.3 at Mohawk. Originally trained by Mario Rivest, Casimir Jitterbug raced in his early career in Sudbury before moving onto the Woodbine circuit and racing for trainers Gregg McNair and O'Sullivan. The son of Sir Luck moved south of the border for O'Sullivan in the spring of 2014 and would eventually join the Harris barn in the summer of 2016. Harris brought Casimir Jitterbug back to Woodbine for the final two starts of his career and the classy veteran will now rejoin original trainer Rivest for his retirement. Casimir Jitterbug Live racing resumes Monday night at Woodbine. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Patience can be a key ingredient for success and Red Shores' leading harness racing driver used it to his advantage with Rose Run Quest in the Saturday afternoon featured pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Driver Marc Campbell was unhurried at the start of the $2,550 preferred pace, laying fifth with Rose Run Quest while Winter Blast (Driven by Adam Merner) put down stiff fractions of 27.4 and 57.1. Winter Blast then gave way to the first over advance of Heart And Soul (Walter Cheverie) with Rose Run Quest in the second-over position until the three-quarters of 1:27.2. Rose Run Quest then gobbled up group to finish the mile in 1:56.3 with a three-and-three-quarter length victory over second place Heart And Soul and Forever Paradise (Ken Murphy) completing the $244.90 triactor. Campbell trains Rose Run Quest for owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. Rose Run Quest's trip to the winner's circle was one of three for driver Campbell as he now sits at 149 wins on the season at Charlottetown with three programs left in the calendar year. Prettyndangerous won the $2,000 top mares class with a 1:58.1 victory for driver Merner and co-owner and trainer Bo Ford with co-owner Arnold Myers of Charlottetown. Jason Hughes had a pair of wins from his own stable. The Stratford reinsman won with Narragansett in 1:58.3 and Doublejacknaces in 2:01.2 and was joined in the winner's circle by son Justin Hughes who was celebrating his 11th birthday. Czar Seelster won the $2,100 back-up pace in 1:56.3 for trainer-driver Todd Weatherbee and owner Tammy Johnston of Stratford. Live racing continues Saturday Dec. 16 at Red Shores Charlottetown with a 12:30 P.M. scheduled post time. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

TORONTO, December 8, 2017 - Sophomore pacing fillies grabbed the harness racing spotlight Friday evening at Woodbine Racetrack for the start of the Niagara Series. A group of 18 three-year-old pacing fillies were split into two $17,000 divisions for the first leg of the three-week event. The series wraps up on Boxing Day with an added-money final. Jazzy Image seized the lead after the opening-quarter and never looked back to win the first division in a career-best 1:53.1. Doug McNair steered the Aaron Lambert trainee to her second consecutive victory. The daughter of Rockin Image is now two for two for new owner Trent Stohler Stable Inc. Jazzy Image paced home in :28 to win by half a length over Cloud Diva, while Party Beach finished a pair of lengths back in third. Friday's victory was the fourth in 30 starts this season for Jazzy Image and her fifth overall. She has now earned $46,085 this season to bring her career earnings north of $52,000. The Lambert trainee paid $8.30 to win. McNair returned to the winner's circle in the second division with race-favourite Teachers Vet. The Richard Moreau trainee was put on the front, fought off a rival at the half and went on to win in 1:54. A daughter of Yankee Cruiser, Teachers Vet was recently purchased at the Harrisburg Mixed Sale for $55,000 by leading owner Brad Grant. The sophomore pacing filly is now two for two for her new connections. Nasty Rumor finished second by half a length, while Mach The Cut edged Manhattan Again for third. Teachers Vet, who is in her first season on the track, now has six wins in 21 starts and earnings of $75,180. She paid $3.80 to win. Sophomore pacing fillies, who were non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, were eligible for nomination to the Niagara. The second leg will take place next Friday (December 15). Winter Series action continues Saturday night at Woodbine with the opening round of the Valedictory for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Canadian World Champion harness racing driver James MacDonald took out the third heat of the 2017 Perth International Driver Series at Gloucester Park in Perth on Friday night with a superb exhibition. Drawn the pole with the $7.70 change Skippy Rascal, MacDonald didn’t panic when he was crossed in the early battle for the lead and show his great skill and patience when he extracted the horse from the pocket turning for home and hit the line strongly to win from the $4.50 favourite Simba Bromac. American reinsman Marcus Miller was close up in third place with the $12.70 chance Wrappers Delight which had worked hard three wide over the final 900 metres of the race and fought on strongly in the straight. “It was an amazing buzz to win a race in Perth, not as good as the World Driving Championship but pretty close to it,” an ebullient Miller said post-race. “I have had an amazing stay in Perth and everybody involved in the Inter Dominion carnival has been so friendly and welcoming and the racing here is tight and exciting.” “Mick Radley and his staff here at Gloucester Park have done a superb job and the crowds have been great”. There were some 9,000 fans on-course on Friday night. James MacDonald enters the record books as the first Canadian reinsman to drive a winner at Gloucester Park. American Pat Iovine is the only other Northern Hemisphere driver to win a race at Gloucester Park and he achieved the feat in May 1976 behind a horse called Main Morris. MacDonald is the 1854th individual to drive a winner in Perth in the 53,062 races held in the city since harness racing began in Western Australia in 1910. The second of last night’s two Drivers Series heats was taken out by the $114.50 chance Courage Tells which his driver Ryan Warwick got up in the last stride to down Johnny Disco $8.70 and Three Blind Mice $17.10. With the $2.50 favourite Argyle Red finishing out of a place the first three horses home paid a trifecta dividend of $14,559. Local tipster Pat Harding, renowned for his tipping skill in terms of value selections, had selected Courage Tells as the winner on his Friday morning radio programme. MacDonald finished sixth in the final leg of the Drivers Series on the $73.70 chance Jaxon Fella while Marcus Miller, sitting in a perfect position on the leaders back had his drive Ohoka Darcy go out of its gear and break just as he was about to make a winning move. Local ace Gary Hall Jnr won the Drivers Series, sponsored by Sky Racing and Slater Gartrell Sports, with an overall points score total of 36 ahead of Ryan Warwick and Chris Lewis who each finished with 32 points. Hall failed to win a heat but was placed in three of the four races. MacDonald finished fifth with 27 points and Miller was in tenth place with 19 points. American reinswoman Hannah Miller drove the $17.50 chance Parisian Partygirl in the Retravision Invitation Lady Drivers Challenge which was won by the $1.50 favourite Dior Mia More which was driven by Kiara Davies. Miller finished in seventh place. Alan Parker

CHARLOTTTETOWN, PE - A full field of top tier harness racing pacers are set to collide in the Saturday afternoon preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 12:30 P.M. for the 16-dash program as the capital oval shifts to racing once a week for the winter meet. Heart And Soul rides a two-race win streak into the race 16 preferred finale for a $2,550 purse for trainer-driver Walter Cheverie. The son of Western Paradise will leave from post 4 in the afternoon feature for owner Riley Farms Ltd., of Summerside, while race favorite Adkins Hanover is saddled with post 7 for driver Corey MacPherson and trainer Trevor Hicken. Jeb was a winner in last two outings and gets rail control for trainer-driver Jason Hughes in the top class and the ultra-consistent Winter Blast has post 2 for conditioner Jennifer Trainor with Adam Merner picking up the catch driving call. Other entries include Cartoon Daddy (Vaughan Doyle), Rose Run Quest (Marc Campbell), Woggy Rocks (Gary Chappell), and Forever Paradise (Ken Murphy). The top mares on the Island will meet in race 12 for a $2,000 purse with Drivingthedragon N the morning line favorite from post 4 for trainer-driver Hughes and owner Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge. Formerly the top mare on the Eastern Seaboard, Drivingthedragon N was racing in the U.S. when she suffered an injury earlier in the year. She made her first start back in pari-mutuel action last week in Charlottetown finishing second to Best Risque and driver Gilles Barrieau. This week, Barrieau returned to his hometown of Saint John, N.B., for the winter with Ken Murphy picking up the driving duties on Best Risque from post 9 on Saturday. Old Buck has been quietly amassing a solid season of racing on P.E.I. in 2017 and rides a two-race win streak into post 5 in race 15 with Hughes in the bike for owner-trainer Alan MacDonald of Summerisde. The four-year-old son of Ameripan Gigolo has had seven wins from 26 starts this year, racing primarily at Red Shores Summerside and is installed at 3-1 morning line odds Saturday afternoon. The $1,800 event has Painted Desert as the early favorite from post 6 for driver MacPherson. Bad Silver is a newcomer to Island racing, making her debut in race 6 for trainer-driver Todd Walsh of Charlottetown. The four-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover had been racing at Dover Downs in Delaware. Bad Silver gets post 5 in the $900 class at 8-1 odds. For more information including promotions, race programs and live video go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

TORONTO, December 7, 2017 - The holiday season for harness racing at Woodbine Racetrack will have its unofficial start this weekend with the Niagara and Valedictory Series kicking off. Both events for three-year-old pacers feature two preliminary legs and an added money final. Non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2017, were eligible for nomination to the Niagara and Valedictory. The finals of the Niagara and Valedictory Series are annually the feature events on Woodbine's Boxing Day matinee card (December 26, Post time 1 p.m.). The Niagara Series for sophomore pacing fillies starts Friday evening with 18 ladies split into two $17,000 divisions. The opening division is highlighted by a pair of fillies coming from south of the border. Rockin Image filly Jazzy Image (PP6, Doug McNair) is the 3-1 morning line favourite for trainer Aaron Lambert and owner Trent Stohler Stable Inc. Racing primarily throughout her career at HoosierPark in Indiana, Jazzy Image was recently purchased by Stohler and moved into the care of Lambert, where she won her debut on November 27 at Yonkers Raceway. Jazzy Image has the most experience in the Niagara Series with 35 career starts under her belt, 29 of those taking place this season. On the year, she has three wins and six runner-up finishes for $37,585 earned. Cloud Diva (PP5, Louis Philippe Roy) also appears to be a strong contender in the opening split. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere has been shipped up from the Tony Alagna barn to the care of Richard Moreau to compete in the Niagara. Owned by Robert LeBlanc, Cloud Diva is one for 13 this season, but has six third-place finishes to her name. Her last four starts have taken place at Yonkers and The Meadowlands, but she did pick up her lone victory at Mohawk back on September 22. Cloud Diva, who has banked $23,120 this season, finished third in her last start against older mares on December 1 at "The Big M". The locals looking to stop the invaders from the south include Traffic Jam (PP3, Jody Jamieson), who has won two of her last four starts for Martin Lachance, and Kloof Street (PP2, Trevor Henry), who has a win and a second in her last three outings for Eric Adams. The second division is headlined by Teachers Vet (PP2, Doug McNair), who won her Woodbine debut last Friday in 1:53.1. The daughter of Yankee Cruiser was purchased for $55,000 at last month's Harrisburg Mixed Sale by leading owner Brad Grant. Teachers Vet is now trained by Richard Moreau and made an immediate impact with her victory last Friday as the public's choice. Teachers Vet is five for 20 in her first season of racing for $66,680 in earnings and is listed as the 2-1 morning line choice for Friday's contest. Tony O'Sullivan trainee Mach The Cut (PP4, Sylvain Filion) is the 3-1 second-choice. The daughter of Mach Three is coming in off a 1:53.2 score on November 24 at Woodbine. Mach The Cut, who was unraced at age two, is four for 13 this season with $43,515 earned for owners Let It Ride Stables Inc. and O'Sullivan Racing Inc. The Niagara Series divisions are carded as Races 6 and 9 on Friday's program. Sophomore pacing colts and geldings will get their series action underway on Saturday with a pair of eight-horse Valedictory splits. The opening division is a wide-open contest and should challenge for race of the night on Saturday's 10-race card. Roger Mayotte trainee Penzance Hanover (PP6, Mayotte) sports the fastest mark in the field of eight at 1:50.4. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere came up just a neck short in his most recent outing on November 23 at Woodbine. Earlier this season, Penzance Hanover posted back to back victories in August at Mohawk, including his career-best 1:50.4 performance on August 10. The Mayotte trainee has tackled Grand Circuit company in the past, finishing sixth in September's Simcoe Stakes. 'Penzance' is three for 17 this season and has earned $37,580 for owners Just In Time Stable and R A W Equine Inc. He is 7-2 on the morning line. Beach Pro (PP3) is the 3-1 morning-line favourite in the first division for trainer-driver Aaron Byron. The son of Somebeachsomewhere sold for $35,000 at the Harrisburg Sale last month and now races for owners Paul Kelly and Icr Racing. The Byron trainee has made two starts for his new connections, finishing fourth in his debut and third in his most recent. The third-place effort saw Beach Pro defeated by a length and a half and pace his mile 1:52.2. Beach Pro is four for 17 this season with $45,600 earned. Other notables in the first Valedictory split include, Mark MacQuarrie's Homey Joe (PP5), who has hit the board in seven of 20 starts this season, and Nick Surick's Jk Pridenjoy (PP7, McNair), who ships up to Woodbine off a win and a second in his last two starts at Yonkers. The second division features several three-year-olds with momentum on their side. Better B Rolling (PP2, Roy) is the 5-2 morning-line choice and is coming in off a career-best 1:52.1 victory in his Woodbine debut last week. Owned and bred by W J Donovan, Better B Rolling is seven for 10 on the season with $48,150 earned. The gelded son of Roll With Joe raced throughout New York this season for Kyle Spagnola before recently moving into the Ciaran Morrison barn. Artofficial Flavor (PP3, Bob McClure) seems to always be in the mix at the wire and sports a record of seven wins, five runner-ups and two third-place finishes in 18 starts this season. Recently purchased by trainer Dean Nixon and company, Artofficial Flavor has three wins in six starts on the Mohawk/Woodbine and has finished no worse than fourth. The gelded son of Art Official took his mark of 1:51.4 at Mohawk and has earned $42,900 this season. The second split also includes Victor Puddy trainee Twomacsoneshadow, who has won two of his last three starts, Mark Steacy trainee Tuxedo Bay, who has won three of his last four, and Pennsylvania invader Commentariat, who won two-back at Pocono on November 7. The Valedictory Series divisions are carded as Race 3 and 6 on Saturday's program. The Niagara and Valedictory Series have been used as launching pads to success in four-year-old seasons and beyond by many late-bloomers over the years. Below are the last five winners of each event with their number of career wins, career earnings and career mark. Valedictory Series: 2016: Senior K (4 wins, $99,770, 1:53 - Mohawk) 2015: Shades Of Bay (12 wins, $192,397, 1:50.2 - Mohawk) 2014: Company Man (20 wins, $278,124, 1:50.3 - Mohawk) 2013: Yucatan (15 wins, $194,152, 1:51 - Mohawk) 2012: Jj Shark (24 wins, $326,376, 1:49.2 - Pocono) Niagara Series: 2016: Jimbelina (13 wins, $119,590, 1:52.2 - Woodbine) 2015: Wanda Bayama (14 wins, $214,434, 1:50 - Mohawk) 2014: Witch Dali (23 wins, $460,668, 1:49.1 - Mohawk) 2013: Lyonssweetie (23 wins, $198,787, 1:52.3 - Woodbine) 2012: Oceanview Bindi (30 wins, $326,310, 1:51.1 - Mohawk) Post time Friday and Saturday is 7:30 p.m. A free program for each card can be downloaded by clicking here. Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment

“I am thrilled to be picked as the recipient of the inaugural Roger L’Heureux Award,” says harness racing Standardbred groom, Cameron Lago. “I am looking forward to another two courses, as my experience taking Equine Guelph courses has been amazing.” Lago was first introduced to Equine Guelph online courses when he won the Stuart Stocks Memorial Tuition Award in 2016 – an award that is currently accepting applicants to find the 2017 recipient. “Having the opportunity to take Equine Genetics and Equine Exercise Physiology in the first quarter of 2017 was an educational experience second to none,” says Lago. “The two courses I completed gave me lots of opportunity within the racing industry; such as, allowing me to teach others knowledge that I gained, in addition to allowing myself to implement innovative practices on my families breeding farm. Furthermore with these next two courses, I am certain there will be an increased amount of opportunities arise within the industry by talking to colleagues regarding animal welfare and methods of care to ensure the racing industries athletes are always cared for to the highest degree.” In 2016 Lago was part of the Wannadrive team, a Hands on Horses Program, offering a unique horse racing experience to fans that would otherwise not have the opportunity to interact with horses. Described as a calm and professional role model by his supervisors, Lago’s talent for working with horses and educating newcomers to the world of horses was apparent. Lago certainly fulfills the criteria for both of these award received, demonstrating a love of horses, commitment to horse welfare and the Standardbred racing sector, and a desire not only to learn more but also to share that knowledge. Equine Guelph thanks the L’Heureux family, David L’Heureux and Crystal Fountains Inc., for establishing this memorial award in loving memory of Standardbred driver, trainer and groom Roger L’Heureux. Roger was the son of Ephraim L'Heureux, a Standardbred driver, who won the first Maple Leaf Trot at Woodbine in 1950. Equine Guelph would like to remind grooms there is still time to apply for the Stewart Stocks Memorial Award. The next offering of Equine Guelph 12-week online courses begins January 15th. Will you join Cameron in his commitment to equine welfare and see what doors it will open for you in the racing industry? Details at Tuition Awards Equine Guelph is the horse owners' and care givers' Centre at the University of Guelph. It is a unique partnership dedicated to the health and well-being of horses, supported and overseen by equine industry groups. Equine Guelph is the epicentre for academia, industry and government – for the good of the equine industry as a whole. For further information, visit EquineGuelph.ca.

London, November 30, 2017 -- Do you think your Standardbred has what it takes to be a cover boy or cover girl? The Raceway at Western Fair District hopes to find out this holiday season. In conjunction with an already busy month of live racing over the holidays in December, The Raceway is launching its first ever online Christmas Photo contest with the winning submission to be featured on the 2018 Boxing Day program cover. Horse people are invited to get into the Christmas spirit by submitting their best ‘horse themed’ Christmas photo on or before December 26th. A panel of judges will then select the Grand Prize winner to be announced during The Raceway’s New Year’s Eve program on Sunday, December 31st. Fans will also have a chance to vote for the ‘People’s Choice’ on the The Raceway’s Facebook contest page with the winner to receive a Raceway prize package.  The photos will be judged on creativity, originality, humour and the seasonal theme. The contest will open this Friday, December 8th and there are a variety of ways to submit your photo including: a)       Submit your photo to our contest page on Facebook to be considered for the People’s choice slot. Raceway fans will be able to vote on their favourite photos and you will be able to share your photo to your Facebook friends to encourage voting! b)      Post your photo on your Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and use the hashtag #Racewaycover c)    Submit your photo (or scan of your photo) via email to aotoole@westernfairdistrict.com d)      Mail your photo to: a.    Attention: Raceway Marketing b.    316 Rectory St. c.     N5W 3V9 d.    London, Ontario The Raceway will also team up with long time industry partner Wilson Tack to present Christmas In The Paddock on Saturday, December 23rd, which is the final program prior to Christmas, featuring a special 1:15 p.m. post time. All horse people racing that week (December 18, 19, 22 and 23) will have a chance to fill out a ballot for one of the many prizes to be drawn on the December 23rd program. Fans are reminded that in addition to that program, The Raceway also features live racing on December 26 (Boxing Day) at 1:15 p.m., December 29 at 7:05 p.m., December 31 (New Year’s Eve) at 7:05 p.m. and January 1 (New Year’s Day) at 6:15 p.m. Seats at the Top Of The Fair are going quickly for both the Boxing Day Brunch and New Year’s Eve Buffet. To make reservations, call (519)-438-7203 (ext. 239) or email topofthefair@westernfairdistrict.com. The dining room will also be open on January 1st featuring the regular Pub Night menu. For full details on what’s happening at The Raceway in December, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com. Greg Blanchard

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - In a mild harness racing upset, Heart And Soul showed he can beat all comers even when saddled with the worst post position in the race Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Walter Cheverie trained and driven pacer left from post 6 in the $2,250 Preferred 2 pace Saturday afternoon and power straight to the front in a 28.3 first quarter. Race favourite Silverinyourpocket (Driven by Jason Hughes) then secured the lead with middle splits of 58.3 and 1:28.3 before Heart And Soul abandoned the pocket spot to win by one-length in 1:58.3. Goliath Reigns (Dale Spence) got up for second with fellow Nova Scotia invader Weather Hanover (Gilles Barrieau) finishing third for the $792.85 triactor payout. Silverinyourpocket finished fourth with a flat tire. Heart And Soul is owned by Riley Farms Ltd., of Summerside. Dusty Lane Jacob and driver Ken Murphy teamed up to win the $1,700 Open trot in 2:02.1 for trainer Cindy MacDonald of Montague, who co-owns the son of Nureyev with Tanya MacKinnon of Souris. Corey MacPherson had three driving wins on the program including Southfield Sassy in 2:00.3 for trainer Tom Weatherbie of Charlottetown, Hop Up in 2:03.1 for trainer Keith Campbell of Tyne Valley and Hurricane Hill in 1:59.4 for Joe MacDonald of Breadalbane. Kenny Arsenault had two driving wins on the card. Nogreatmischief Upsets Sunday Preferred Pace If it is preferred pacing action you are watching you want to have a win ticket on driver Walter Cheverie as he captured both top events on the weekend at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. After winning the Saturday afternoon top class with Heart And Should from his own stable, Cheverie came back Sunday afternoon to win the $2,550 preferred pace with another member from his Nine Mile Creek outfit. Nogreatmischief won the top event at 5-1 odds in 1:56.4 rallying from off-the-pace. Cheverie owns the son of Bettor's Delight with the Estate of John Thompson of Charlottetown. Adkins Hanover finished second for driver Corey MacPherson, while race favourite Rose Run Quest (Marc Campbell) completed the $1,55.30 triactor. Gilles Barrieau made three trips to the historic Red Shores Charlottetown winner's circle winning with Perfect Escape in 1:58.1 for trainer Jackie Matheson of Stratford, Best Risque in 1:59.4 for Brian Ladner of Charlottetown and Dilans Mustang in 2:00.4 for trainer Robert Phillips of Pinette. Ken Murphy, Kenny Arsenault and Dale Spence scored driving doubles on the 12-dash card.. Live racing goes down to once a week on Prince Edward Island for the rest of the season, with the action resuming Saturday afternoon with a 12:30 P.M. post time. For more information, including race replays, go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CAMPBELLVILLE, November 28, 2017 - The Mohawk Race Office would like to remind all harness racing horsepeople that nominations to the Woodbine Winter Series and Alliance Holiday Claiming Series are due this Friday (December 1). Woodbine is pleased to once again offer the Niagara and Valedictory Series during December and the Blizzard and Snowshoe Series during January. The nomination fee for each series is $200 and full conditions and details can be found by clicking here. The Alliance Holiday Claiming Series will feature six events split between Flamboro Downs and The Raceway at Western Fair District during the month of December. The nomination fee for each series is $100 and full conditions and details can be found by clicking here. Nomination payments for all Woodbine and Alliance Series can be made online by clicking here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than December 1, 2017 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. Mark McKelvie

November 28, 2017 -- Tuesday's live harness racing program at The Raceway at Western Fair District will be bolstered by a $20,000 guaranteed pool on the early Super Hi-5 wager in race 6. The late Super Hi-5 on Monday went unsolved when 5-1 shot Clever Thing scored a mild upset in the 10th race triggering a carryover of more than $5,700 into Tuesday's action. The 15% takeout wager has become very popular at the London oval and is offered twice daily. Through the first two months of the season, the .20 cent payouts on the Super Hi-5 have averaged more than $1,000 including a $5,318 return in last Tuesday's 10th race. Free past performance programs, ticket selections, live streaming video and more are all available at www.westernfairdistrict.com. First post for Tuesday's 10-race program is 6:15 p.m.  

GUELPH, ON -- More than 300 people packed into harness racing's Tomiko Training Centre near Puslinch, ON on November 26 to attend The Stable's second annual Christmas Open House.   They came from all across Ontario and the U.S. and brought with them enough non-perishable food donations to fill 110 feed bags -- one for each horse in The Stable and representing a total of 2750 kg in donated items. Many who could not attend donated $2,060 to the #OurHorsesFeedPeople campaign organized by The Stable to support the Guelph Food Bank.   The free Open House welcomed current clients of The Stable and newcomers to meet each other, The Stable staff and horses. A live broadcast of the four-hour event was viewed online by nearly 5,000 people as 56 yearlings were showcased in ten sets on the racetrack. A food truck graciously provided by The Stable client Adriano Sorella kept guests fueled throughout the five-hour event. The Open House welcomed 13 new clients, including 10 first-time racehorse owners.   The Stable congratulates the winners of its Open House contest awarding five one-percent shares of Mr Caper(Guccio - Caper Caillie): two shares were awarded to new and current email list members Paul Williamson of Illinois and Mark Ramsay of Nova Scotia; three shares were awarded to Open House attendees Shirley House, Don Scott and Corey Fraser (all of Ontario)   The Stable now boasts 108 horses and 378 active racehorse owners from 10 countries. Anthony and Amy MacDonald, of Guelph, launched the venture in 2015 as a fractional ownership stable -- a model which welcomes newcomers to horse ownership with a very modest and low-risk investment, and completely accessible and transparent operations.   The Stable would like to thank everyone who supported the Open House and #OurHorsesFeedPeoplecampaign, including its loyal clients and staff.   • Photos from the event. • Replay of the broadcast.   For more information, contact Anthony at anthony@thestable.ca or(519) 400-4263.     Kelly Spencer TheStable.ca  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Paul MacDonald Memorial Driving Championship came right down to the last race Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The championship pitting eight of the track's top drivers was sponsored by the P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owner's Association as part of annual horse person's day celebrations. Corey MacPherson went into the final leg in control of the point standings by a narrow one point lead over Marc Campbell, Jason Hughes and Gilles Barrieau all tied in second place. As fate would have it, MacPherson finished fourth in the final leg with those three drivers finishing in the triactor ticket. Campbell won with Fly With Max in 1:57.2 to put him just one win away from his overall Red Shores Charlottetown wins record, after winning a race earlier in the competition. The victory secured the MacDonald Memorial trophy for Campbell with 61 points, over Jason Hughes who finished second with 60 points and MacPherson and Barrieau in a tie for third with 59 points each. Kenny Arsenault came in fifth with 53 points in the eight race championship, followed by Adam Merner in sixth with 50 points, Earl Smith in seventh at 40 points and Don MacNeill eighth with 34 points. Nogreatmischief captured the Saturday afternoon feature in 1:57.1 for co-owner, trainer and driver Walter Cheverie and co-owner the Estate of John Thompson of Charlottetown, who passed away recently. The $2,250 event saw newcomer Silverinyourpocket (Driven by Hughes) finish second and Weather Hanover (Dale Spence) in third. Merner, Hughes and Barrieau also had driving doubles on the program, while Hughes' wins both came from his own stable for the training double. Adkins Hanover dominated the preferred pace again Sunday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park but all eyes were on Marc Campbell as the Winsloe reinsman continued his historic season of East Coast racing. The 'King' of Island racing, Campbell had two winners on the program as he slid past his all-time driving win record at Red Shores Charlottetown winning with Female Finesse in 2:02.2 to tie his 144 single season win record at the capital oval. Later in the card, Campbell teamed up with Best Risque for win 145 of the season as he continues his march towards a new win standard. Adkins Hanover had the fastest win of the day, capturing the $2,550 preferred pace in 1:55.4 for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Que. Czar Seelster (Steven Shepherd) finished second but was placed back to sixth for interference while on a break during the stretch drive. Rose Run Quest (Campbell) was third and placed second, while Red Magician (Adam Merner) was placed up to third. Kyle Gillis of Charlottetown had a moment he will never forget as he scored his first lifetime driving win. The 20-year-old Truro, Nova Scotia native steered veteran pacer Top Of The Morning to a 1:59.4 victory off a two-hole ride. Gillis trains and leases the now 29-time winner. Jason Hughes had three wins on the 12-dash card winning with Mr Irresistible in 1:58.3 for conditioner Jennifer Trainor of Earnescliffe, Ultimatelyhandsome for trainer Sifroi Melanson of New Brunswick and Old Buck in 1:58.4 for Alan MacDonald of Summerside. Norris Rogers and MacPherson both had driving doubles on the program. For more information and race replays go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Tomorrow is TheStable.ca's third Open House. We'll host 300 people on-site tomorrow (and hundreds via our live broadcast) to watch harness racing yearlings jog. Jog in the cold. On a Sunday. People will come from all over Ontario and the U.S. just to see something that they could see anywhere at any time. Why is that? That's a question that every member of this industry should ask themselves, and then do your very best to answer it. People wonder why I'm optimistic about the future of horse racing. Truthfully, the vast majority of our industry does not believe there is enough room for growth to support the remaining struggling stables. Although we have nearly 400 clients from 10 countries, I'm certain TheStable.ca hasn't snatched up every single person interested in horse racing from England, Norway, Italy, Belgium, Ireland, The United States, Malta, France, Scotland, or Canada. Last I checked, there are still 195 countries and 7.6 billion people on earth. There's 13.6 million people living right here in Ontario. TheStable.ca has proven growth is achievable, and there is no lack of room or potential owners. Racing has a tough time making a business plan based solely on ROI. I'll give you that. But, you're not accounting for the entertainment value this industry possesses. (Neither did we, until we began TheStable.ca.) Whether you live in Milton, Ontario or Milan, Italy, there is something for you here in horse racing. This industry has a powerful message, one that resonates with people. The affordable participation in this sport that we all love is an intriguing proposition to many people from all walks of life, one that this industry has not explored, let alone exploited. To be clear, what TheStable.ca has built is a proven avenue to millions of people all over the world that may not know how affordable it is to own a Standardbred racehorse. And this industry certainly has no idea of the true value of the entertainment component associated with Standardbred racehorse ownership. One of our own mental hurdles in horse racing is we believe we are alone. We believe what has happened to us is unfair. You're only half right. Many people and many industries have been run-over by neglectful governments before us, and the truth is we won't be the last ones it happens to. When I was campaigning in Guelph, Ontario, I saw the anger in the eyes, and crackling in the voices of many people from many walks of life who went through as much, or worse. Manufacturing topped the list in 2014. It was decimated by this, and the past governments, and as hydro rates were on the rise, so too was unemployment. Resiliency only erodes when people begin to give up. Well, I'm not giving up, and many other people aren't either. Adaptation is as much a hurdle for this industry as any government policy. We need to stop believing we are in such a unique situation, because we are not. Many people have traveled this road before us. Some made it through the tough times, others have not. Our future is far from written, but we do have the chance to pick the writers. Horse racing is full of hard workers, we just need to move in the proper direction. Anthony MacDonald  

TORONTO, November 14 - Carmen Auciello has been racking up victories and making an impact on the Woodbine harness racing trainer standings for many seasons and Friday night at the Toronto oval he reached a career milestone. Four-year-old pacing mare SodwanaBay captured the evening's sixth-race to give Auciello 1,000 career training victories. The 37-year-old trainer from Stouffville, Ontario came into the night just a win shy of the milestone. Driver Jonathan Drury steered Sodwana Bay to the victory to give Auciello the milestone victory. Auciello recorded his first-training victory in 2005 and has gone on to send out the winners of over $14 million. He is currently in the midst of his sixth-consecutive 100-plus win and $1 million season. A special presentation from Woodbine Entertainment was made to Auciello following Sodwana Bay's sixth-race victory. Friday evening's card also featured one of the top pacing mares in the sport competing. It may comes as a surprise, but L A Delight, a winner of over $1.5 million, was winless this season coming into Friday's action at Woodbine. The losing streak came to end Friday, as the Bob McIntosh trained four-year-old pacing mare scored a decisive six and a half length victory in a $25,000 overnight event. A champion at both two and three, L A Delight has been dealing with the typical struggles any four-year-old will face when moving up to face the top older horses. Despite not getting into the winner's circle until Friday, the daughter of Camluck had been holding her own in her division's biggest races, including posting a runner-up finish in September's Milton Stakes. Trainer McIntosh handed the lines to driver Trevor Henry for the first-time Friday and L A Delight was blasted to the front by her new reinsman. The four-year-old cut out fractions of :26.2, :56 and 1:23.3, before kicking home in :27.3 for the 1:51.1 victory. Friday's start was the 13th outing of the season for L A Delight and her 21st victory overall for owners Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. L A Delight has now banked $101,400 this season to bring her career earnings to $1,593,633. The McIntosh trainee paid $2.80 to win. Live racing resumes Saturday night at Woodbine. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Members of the St. Catharines Sports Wall of Fame’s 27th induction class had all bases covered, except the one that uses bases. No, that was touched on, too. Before going on to be enshrined in five and, now, six sports halls of fame, Diane Hilko played softball in Manitoba as well as in her native St. Catharines. Baseball was very much on Mark Johnston’s mind when he was 13 and had to make the difficult decision of one sport on which to focus his attention. Broad shouldered, Johnston could blaze a fastball across the plate but those same shoulders gave him a swimmer’s build. He took the plunge. To say the least, 14 national champions, a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games, two bronze medals at the world swimming championships and advancing to the final at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics proved that baseball’s loss was swimming’s gain. Johnston, 38, pointed out he was never alone in the pool. He was always supported by family, friends, teammates and coaches. “Swimming is definitely a team sport,” said the Denis Morris Catholic High School Hall of Famer who now lives in Vancouver. “You can’t achieve anything in life without a support group.” He said one of his proudest memories was competing along with his brother at the Ontario Summer Games when the swimming events were held at Brock University. “That’s a moment I will always remember.” Dave Gorman also took swings at the plate, tearing around the bases for the Grantham Optimists while playing in the Ontario Hockey League with the St. Catharines Blackhawks. Veteran St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley, one of the speakers at Thursday night’s induction ceremony at Meridian Centre, recalled being the Optimists’ first base coach at the time. He would hold up his hand signalling Gorman to stop, but the fleet-footed Gorman always kept going and going. “When he got a hit out of the infield, he would be on second base,” Bradley said. Gorman kept going and going in hockey, too. After leading OHL right wingers in scoring with 53 goals and 76 assists with the Blackhawks in 1973-74, Gorman went on to play six seasons in the World Hockey Association and briefly with the then Atlanta Flames in the National Hockey League. Tim Twaddle was part of an entirely different team when he, like Gorman, made a living competing in sports. Twaddle, now 55 and living in Canonsburg, Pa., southwest of Pittsburgh, began gravitating toward the former Garden City Raceway. “I did whatever I could do to be around a horse,” said Twaddle, who since suffering nerve damage in his hand has trained trotters. Because Thursday was Thanksgiving in the U.S., Twaddle, at times choking back tears, touched on everything he was thankful for in his remarks, such as the support of family and friends. “No. 1, I’m thankful there was a racetrack in this town called Garden City Raceway,” he said. “The highs were extremely high, but there were a lot of lows, too. “I would hit the ground a lot of times, and I didn’t bounce very good. “I’m grateful for the Niagara Rehab Centre. I’m sure they don’t remember me, but I remember all of them very well.” Now 58 and still very much involved in sports coaching boys basketball in Calgary, where she teaches high school, Hilko was being inducted for her achievements in basketball and track. A two-time athlete of the year at the former Grantham High School and also Brock University, Hilko was a four-time conference all-star in basketball, when she wasn’t winning gold medals in discus. No one achievement stands out above the rest in a lifetime of competing and coaching. “I did so many things, and I loved everything I did that it’s hard to choose,” she said when asked if only one achievement could be on her plaque, what would it be.” She won a national championship in 2001 as an assistant coach with the University of Regina women’s basketball team. Gorman called getting to play professional hockey and representing Canada at the Spengler Cup in Switzerland was “living the dream.” In his case, seeds for that dream were planted when he was growing up in Oshawa watching Bobby Orr playing for the Generals. He also remembered seeing Bobby Hull taking part in a parade and getting the Golden Jet’s autograph afterwards. “That’s what I always imagined a hockey player would look like,” said Gorman, 62, who now lives in Niagara Falls. In his very first game with the Blackhawks, he played with future hall of famer Marcel Dionne. With the Birmingham, Ala., Bulls in the WHA, he played with another future hall of famer, Frank Mahovlich, and against Hull as well as the legendary Gordie Howe. Each member of the Class of 2017 made a name for himself or herself on the national and international stage, but St. Catharines MP Chris Bittle’s constituency aide, Zach Dadson, pointed out the roots all go back to St. Catharines. “Even our biggest national stars are hometown heroes somewhere,” he said bringing greetings from Bittle. St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik thanked the inductees for representing the community well as they competed in their respective sports. “You brought pride to our community through your sport,” he said. “Today’s honourees are part of who we are.” Hank Cielsa, who won a Memorial Cup with the St. Catharines Teepees in 1954 and played four years in the NHL, was inducted posthumously. Induction of the Class of 2017 brings to 168 the number of people enshrined since the St. Catharines Sports Wall of Fame was established in 1990. It was founded to recognize the accomplishments of athletes and builders who have either made a significant contribution to sports at the community level or who have gone on to enjoy success provincially, nationally as well as internationally. By Bernd Franke, Postmedia News Reprinted with permission of The St Catharines Standard

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