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MILTON, May 25, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced new dates for several harness racing stakes to be held this season at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The stakes rescheduling only impacts events that were originally slated for May or June. All other races remain the same on the 2020 stakes calendar. As previously announced, the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup for three-year-old pacers has been rescheduled to Saturday, August 29. The Fan Hanover (3-Year-Old Filly Pace), Roses Are Red (Mare Pace) and Armbro Flight (Mare Trot) have all been rescheduled to join the Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, August 29. Eliminations (if necessary) for all four events will take place on Saturday, August 22. The Goodtimes for three-year-old trotting colts has been rescheduled to Saturday, September 5. Eliminations (if necessary) will be held on Friday, August 28. The Somebeachsomewhere for three-year-old pacers has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 12. The final event to be rescheduled is the SBOA Stakes for Ontario sired three-year-old fillies. The SBOA will now take place on Saturday, November 14 with eliminations (if necessary) scheduled for Saturday, November 7. Woodbine Mohawk Park will no longer play host to a leg of The Meadowlands administrated Miss Versatility Series (originally scheduled May 29) or Graduate Series (originally scheduled June 6) in 2020. The Meadowlands has confirmed with Woodbine their intentions to reschedule the Mohawk Park leg of the Miss Versatility for later this season at the New Jersey track, while the Graduate Series leg has been cancelled due to scheduling constraints. Live Racing, without spectators, is scheduled to resume on Friday, June 5 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The revised 2020 stakes schedule for Woodbine Mohawk Park. Stake Previous Date New Date SBOA 3FT Elims Saturday, May 9 Saturday, November 7 SBOA 3FP Elims Saturday, May 9 Saturday, November 7 SBOA 3FT Final Saturday, May 16 Saturday, November 14 SBOA 3FP Final Saturday, May 16 Saturday, November 14 North America Cup Elims Saturday, June 13 Saturday, August 22 Armbro Flight Elims Friday, June 12 Saturday, August 22 Fan Hanover Elims Saturday, June 13 Saturday, August 22 Roses Are Red Elims Saturday, June 13 Saturday, August 22 North America Cup Final Saturday, June 20 Saturday, August 29 Armbro Flight Final Saturday, June 20 Saturday, August 29 Fan Hanover Final Saturday, June 20 Saturday, August 29 Roses Are Red Final Saturday, June 20 Saturday, August 29 Goodtimes Elims Friday, June 12 Friday, August 28 Goodtimes Final Saturday, June 20 Saturday, September 5 Somebeachsomewhere Saturday, June 6 Saturday, September 12 Mark McKelvie        

MILTON, March 25, 2020 - Due to the suspension of live harness racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Woodbine Entertainment has made the decision to suspend the upcoming April 15, 2020 Standardbred stakes payments. "It's important for us to recognize the challenges facing everyone in the horse business at this time, and we want to help where we can," said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. "We want to thank all of the owners that have staked their horses for 2020." Woodbine will reevaluate all stakes purses and sustaining payments in May. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, March 24, 2020 - In light of the Government of Ontario's decision to mandate all non-essential business be closed by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, Woodbine Entertainment would like to inform all horsepeople that the Bookkeeper's office is open today (Tuesday, March 24) until 5 p.m. to handle request for fund withdrawals. The Bookkeeper's office will be able to handle and process requests for funds either by cheque or by wire transfer that are either called in or e-mailed. All cheque requests will be delivered via regular mail service. Pickup at the Grandstand is not available, as the facility is closed to the public given the COVID-19 pandemic isolation procedures. If requesting a cheque, please ensure that the Bookkeeper's office has your most up to date mailing address. As of 5 p.m today (Tuesday, March 24), the Bookkeeper's office will be closed until further notice and will not be processing any transactions. The Woodbine Standardbred Bookkeeper can be reached at 416-675-3993 x 1 + 4315. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, March 19, 2020 -- Woodbine Entertainment announced today that following tonight's harness racing card it will be temporarily suspending live standardbred racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park effective Friday, March 20, until further notice due to the ongoing efforts in limiting the spread of Covid-19. "We have made the decision to suspend live racing in the best interests of the health and wellbeing of our employees, horsepeople and the larger community," said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. "Throughout these uncertain times, we were always prepared to take this step but implemented many precautionary measures to provide horsepeople with the opportunity to race for as long as possible. We will now shift our focus towards working with provincial agencies to provide the standardbred horse community with financial assistance in order to support horsepeople and the essential care needed for their horses while we are not racing at Mohawk Park." Mark McKelvie

MILTON, March 19, 2020 - As an added precautionary measure being taken to help flatten the COVID-19 curve and maintain live harness racing, Woodbine Entertainment would like to inform all horsepeople that training at Woodbine Mohawk Park has been cancelled until further notice. Qualifiers will continue to be offered each Thursday morning. Live racing continues every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Post time is 6:40 p.m. Mark McKelvie      

As things continue to change hour by hour, I would like to issue all of our announcements from today in one piece. We have a lot of information we need to pass to our harness racing horsepeople and obviously avoiding confusion and getting the messages out is my number one priority.   At the moment, we have no other announcements to make for the day.   Woodbine Mohawk Park updates for horsepeople MILTON, March 18, 2020 - In an effort to avoid confusion, Woodbine Mohawk Park has compiled all notices and procedures that have been issued in the last 24 hours. Horsepeople are urged to review all announcements and adhere to all procedures in order to maintain live racing.   QUALIFIERS FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 18 Woodbine Mohawk Park has adjusted the start time and order of qualifiers to limit traffic in the paddock. Qualifiers will begin at 9:30 a.m. with four qualifying races for trotters contested. A one-hour break will commence following the trot qualifiers. At approximately 11 a.m., qualifiers will resume with six qualifying races for pacers. Trotters will race out of the old paddock, while pacers will race out of the new paddock expansion. Training and Schooling is not available on Thursday morning. Only horses qualifying will be permitted on the property. Horsepeople coming to qualify at Woodbine Mohawk Park are reminded to review all paddock procedures listed below.   INCREASED PADDOCK PROCEDURES In order to maintain live racing and follow the best practices for health and safety, Woodbine Entertainment has issued the following updated paddock procedures for Woodbine Mohawk Park. Effective Friday (March 20) and until further notice, post time for Live Racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park will move to 6:40 p.m. Post time for Thursday evening's card of live racing will remain at 7:10 p.m. The following procedures for the paddock at Woodbine Mohawk Park will be implemented until further notice. All horsepeople will be screened upon arrival, with their temperature taken at the stable gate.All trainers should bring only essential employees for live racing, training or qualifying.Unless tending to their horse, owners will not be permitted in the paddock.No one under the age of 16 will be permitted in the paddock. All horses will enter the paddock through the regular entrance.All horses on Lasix will receive their medication in the Old Paddock and then move to Barn 8 until their retention time in the paddock.Races 1 through 5 will race out of the Old Paddock (standing stalls).Races 6 through 10 will race out of the New Paddock (box stalls).Horsepeople are required to adhere to the paddock retention schedule.Please limit foot traffic between the two paddocks.Do not congregate to socialize.Practice social distancing. Text and call within the paddock, versus face to face.Following each race, horsepeople should bath and load their horses as quickly as possible and exit the paddock within 30 minutes. Woodbine thanks our horsepeople for their cooperation during this period and will continue to issue updates regularly. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, March 18, 2020 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to issue a reminder and update to all harness racing horsepeople.   All trainers are reminded to bring only essential employees to the racetrack during live racing, training and qualifying. Only owners tending to their horses will be permitted to the paddock. Anyone under the age of 16 will not receive access to enter the paddock.   In order to reduce the traffic in the paddock area, training and schoolers for Thursday morning (March 19) have been cancelled. Only horses entered to qualify will be permitted and will need to be checked in.   Qualifiers begin at 10 a.m.   Training continues to be offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings from 7 a.m. to Noon. Mark McKelvie      

MILTON, ON - March 14, 2020 - Harness racing driver  Doug McNair, the leading driver at Woodbine Mohawk Park, has informed track officials that he will be donating all his earnings from tonight's (March 14) card of racing to the Canadian Red Cross in support of COVID-19 response efforts. McNair would like to invite other horsepeople racing tonight to join him in helping. Any individuals racing tonight that would like to donate should visit the Mohawk Park Race Office to inform the Bookkeeper. McNair is listed to drive in eight of this evening's 10-races. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

TORONTO - In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and in the interest of the safety of customers, employees, horsepeople and the larger community, Woodbine Entertainment announced today that it will be closing Woodbine Mohawk Park and Woodbine Racetrack to the general public for a minimum of two weeks. Preparations to close both facilities to the general public are well underway and will be closed starting tomorrow, Sunday, March 15. Woodbine Entertainment will continue to monitor the situation closely and stay in contact with public health officials to determine when it is safe to fully reopen its operations and facilities to the public. "We strongly believe that closing our racetracks to the public is the right thing to do for the wellbeing of our employees, customers and horsepeople," said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. "We also recognize that we all have a role to play in slowing down the spread of this virus to protect the larger community. We will continue to work closely with public health officials and make decisions that are consistent with health and safety being our highest priority." The decision to close these facilities follows the recommendation of Ontario's Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Williams for the suspension of all large events and public gatherings due to Covid-19. Woodbine Entertainment's live harness racing at Mohawk Park will continue as scheduled but without spectators and only essential staff, licensed horsepeople and regulators permitted in the facility. As an additional precaution, Woodbine Entertainment is screening all horsepeople entering the paddock, which will also have highly restricted access for licensed personnel only. Plans to open the Thoroughbred season remain scheduled for Saturday, April 18 but are subject to an ongoing assessment of the situation. Currently, the training facilities at Woodbine Racetrack will remain open with screening for all horsepeople entering the backstretch and restricted access to licensed personnel only. Woodbine Entertainment does not operate the casinos in either of its properties. Currently, Elements Casino at Woodbine Mohawk Park and Casino Woodbine at Woodbine Racetrack remain open and any updates will be provided directly from the operators of the casinos. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, ON - March 11, 2020 - Due to the growing public concerns about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and as part of precautionary measures being taken in the interest of health and safety, Woodbine Mohawk Park and the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) today announced a new screening process for entry into the paddock. Effective Thursday, March 12, anyone entering the paddock will be subject to several questions as a screening by security. Once cleared, the person entering the paddock will receive a sticker on their AGCO license that will excuse them from the screening process for seven days. At the conclusion of the seven days, the person entering will then go through the screening process again. Woodbine and COSA strongly encourages horsepeople to give extra time when travelling to Woodbine Mohawk Park for live racing and qualifiers. The screening process may create wait times when checking in. There will be no exceptions given by the AGCO for horses arriving late to the paddock for Lasix or racing. Factoring in additional time for arrival is highly recommended. Woodbine Mohawk Park will also be limiting paddock access to only participants, officials and staff. There will be no group tours or non-licensed guests allowed in the paddock until further notice. While there have been no known cases of COVID-19 on the Woodbine Mohawk Park property, it is of great importance to Woodbine Entertainment and COSA to keep all our horse people, employees and guests safe and healthy. Woodbine and COSA are committed to taking reasonable precautions and steps required to protect the safety of our racing participants and are continuing to keep up-to date with information provided by the Toronto Public Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Toronto Public Health have confirmed risks to COVID-19 continues to remain low, however, there are isolated cases in the Greater Toronto Area. The biggest risk remains coming in direct contact with family of friends that have travelled to Coronavirus hot-zones around the globe. Please see additional information below on best practices: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.Avoid close contact with people who are ill.Stay home when you are ill and immediately inform your employer if you are experiencing the following symptoms: Fever, Dry Cough, Muscle Aches, Tiredness and Difficulty Breathing.Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands.If you don't have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. We require all participants to notify their employer immediately, if they or someone they live with has recently travelled to/from a designated affected area, such as China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Singapore or Iran. It is strongly recommended at this time that you remain home, seek medical attention and/or self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Please use the handwashing stations and/or hand sanitizer outside the following key common areas in at Woodbine Mohawk Park during training and racing: Paddock Kitchen (everyone should wash their hands before and after eating)Race OfficeAll Paddock Areas Coronavirus FAQ What countries have been impacted by the COVID-19 and what should employees do if they have travelled to the designated affected areas? There has been an increase in cases of COVID-19 in China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Singapore and Iran. The direction from Toronto Public Health for people who have travelled to Iran or the Hubei Province in China, is that they should self-isolate for a period of 14 days after your last day in the country. Returning travelers returning from the listed countries are asked to call Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600. Additionally, if you have travelled to any of these affected areas, please monitor for symptoms for 14 days after leaving and report it to your employer immediately. If I have symptoms of COVID-19, what should I do? If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, please call your family doctor or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 and report it to your employer ASAP. If you are on-site at Woodbine, notify Security immediately and we will help you seek medical attention. How many confirmed active cases of COVID-19 are in Ontario? As of March 10, 2020, there have been 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario. What happens in the event that the COVID-19 situation escalates in our workplace, in the municipalities that we operate in and worldwide? Woodbine and COSA continue to monitor the situation closely and will follow direction and guidance from Toronto Public Health and relevant municipal/provincial authorities. Additionally, Woodbine has a working Task Force in place who are dedicated to developing and activating a preparedness and response plan according to the severity and impact level. Thank you for your continued cooperation in maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and paddock area, and we will continue to update you as pertinent information becomes available. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

MILTON, ON -  March 10, 2020 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to remind all harness racing horsepeople of the upcoming nomination deadline (March 16) for the new Ontario Sired Spring Series. The Ontario Sired Spring Series will debut for three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2019. There will be an event for each three-year-old division, with each event consisting of two preliminary legs and a $40,000 added money final. The series starts on Thursday, April 16 with fillies competing, while the colts and geldings series will get underway the following night. All four $40,000 added money finals will take place on Saturday, May 2. Nominations close Monday, March 16, 2020. To view the nomination form, click here. To make a payment online, click here. If sending payments by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than March 16, 2020 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - March 6, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment today released the lists of eligible harness racing horses for its 2020 major stakes, including the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. The Pepsi North America Cup, harness racing's richest race for three-year-old pacers, has attracted 77 nominations, holding steady to last year's 82. Metro Pace and Breeders Crown champion Tall Dark Stranger leads the list of eligible sophomores on the heels of his O'Brien and Dan Patch Award winning two-year-old season. The Pepsi North America Cup list also includes standouts Capt Midnight, Elver Hanover and Papi Rob Hanover. Eliminations for the Pepsi North America Cup are scheduled for Saturday, June 13 and the $1 million final will take place the following week on Saturday, June 20. The stakes have been increased for this year's William Wellwood Memorial, which led to a major spike in nominations. A total of 195 rookie trotters have been made eligible, up from 154 in 2019. The purse for this year's Wellwood Memorial has been increased to $610,000 (estimated) and the winner will also receive a slot in the inaugural Mohawk Million (valued at $110,000). The rich event for two-year-old trotters will take place on Saturday, September 12, two-weeks prior to the Mohawk Million on Saturday, September 26. The Metro Pace, harness racing's richest race for two-year-old pacers, will also take place on Saturday, September 26. The marquee race for rookies has attracted 191 nominations, the same number as 2019. Another event that saw a notable increase is the Canadian Pacing Derby. A total of 56 older pacers have been nominated to Canada's oldest Standardbred stakes race, up from 37 a year ago. The Maple Leaf Trot received 46 nominations, headlined by international superstar Bold Eagle. The legendary French-trotter captured the Breeders Crown last October and could be poised for a return to Woodbine Mohawk Park in 2020. To view the full lists of eligible horses for all 2020 major stakes, click here. A sustaining payment for all major stakes is due March 16, 2020. Full information regarding stakes payments and eligible horses can be found by visiting www.Woodbine.com/Mohawk/Horsepeople/. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment    

MILTON, ON - March 4, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment is proud to celebrate International Women's Day during this Saturday's card of live harness racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Woodbine Racing Live simulcast show will be entirely dedicated to women in harness racing, featuring interviews and selections from prominent females in the sport. Jessica Buckley, Vice-President of Standardbred and Thoroughbred racing, will welcome viewers when the show goes live at 6:30 p.m. Host Monique Vág will then be joined by Joanne Colville (Woodbine outrider, Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society), Nancy Takter (Grand Circuit trainer) and Natasha Day (driver). The show will also include selections from female handicappers and a video tribute to women in harness racing prior to the evening's first-race. Once the races begin, Chad Rozema will be catching up with female participants for interviews between races. The evening's third-race is the $32,000 Mares Preferred Pace and will be the International Women's Day Race. All female racing participants are invited to the winner's circle for the post-race presentation. Woodbine Cares will also be making a presentation to the Halton Women's Place following the third-race. The presentation will feature a cheque and food donation following a month of fundraising, which was led by Woodbine Mohawk Park's Lynn Koprowski and Robin MacKay. Fans can catch the live stream of Woodbine Racing Live by visiting www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com and clicking "Watch Races" in the top-right corner. Woodbine Racing Live begins at 6:30 p.m. and leads into the evening's card beginning at 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA, is excited to announce the harness racing line-up for Thursday morning (February 27th, 2019) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Dave Briggs, Jazmin Arnold, and Mark McKelvie. Briggs, who is the Managing Editor of Harness Racing Update, explained in an article on February 16th of nine ways horse racing can retain slot revenue. Briggs has won multiple awards for excellence in journalism. Arnold, the 2019 Dan Patch Amateur Driver of the Year, will talk about what it meant to her to win the award. She'll also touch on what the future holds in harness racing. McKelvie, the Communications and Content Manager at Woodbine Mohawk, will talk about the recently filled Mohawk Millions. The first of its kind race in harness racing is a $1 million event for 2-year-old trotters. It will take place on September 26th at Woodbine Mohawk Raceway. McKelvie will also talk about his team winning the McKee Broadcasting Award this past Sunday in Florida. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on archive on their website as well. From the Mike and Mike Show

MILTON, ON - February 20, 2020 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all harness racing horspeople that training has been cancelled for this Saturday morning (February 22). The cancellation is to allow the track crew an opportunity to prepare the racing surface for live racing on Saturday night. Horsepeople are reminded that track is regularly open for training Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to Noon. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - February 20, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced that the inaugural Mohawk Million for two-year-old harness racing trotters will officially be contested on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The deadline to purchase one of nine slots in the Mohawk Million was February 18, 2020 and Woodbine has received purchase contracts to fill all slots. A $55,000 payment was required by the February 18, 2020 deadline and those that receive slots will be required to submit a second $55,000 payment by June 1. "We are thrilled to announce that the inaugural Mohawk Million is officially moving ahead," said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. "On behalf of our board of directors and our fans, thank you to the owners who are helping make this innovative event a reality. We are confident that this race is going to be a huge success and we hope that it will become a staple on the Woodbine Mohawk Park stakes calendar." Woodbine will not be releasing the final number of purchasers or names at this time, in order to allow any additional purchase contracts and cheques submitted by mail to arrive. Woodbine asks that any owners who have mailed a purchase contract and have not received confirmation of its arrival to immediately contact Bill McLinchey, Director of Racing, at bmclinchey@woodbine.com. The final number of purchasers and next steps regarding slot distribution will be announced in the coming week. The Mohawk Million is a $1 million (USD) harness race for two-year-old trotters that follows a buy-in formula. The race has ten slots with nine available for purchase at a cost of $110,000. The tenth and final slot will be awarded to the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial, which will be contested on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The Mohawk Million will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Milton, Ontario and will become Canadian harness racing's richest race of the season. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

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