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MILTON, ON - October 23, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park has announced a change to the harness racing training schedule for this weekend. There will be no training available at Mohawk Park this Friday (October 25) or Saturday (October 26). The track will only be open for Breeders Crown horses in retention to use from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - October 22, 2019 - Today's post position draw and press conference for the 2019 Breeders Crown, presented by Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, will be live streamed at www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com. The press conference is slated to begin shortly after Noon. A direct link to the live stream is available at https://woodbine.com/mohawk/events/breeders-crown-post-position-draw-live-stream/. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - October 15, 2019 - Harness racing divisional supremacy and international glory will be on the line in the eight Breeders Crown events for three-year-olds and up at Woodbine Mohawk Park. All four sophomore divisions will require eliminations this Saturday (October 19), while only the Mare Trot from the older ranks will need eliminations. The three-year-old colt pace (15 entrants) and three-year-old filly trot (16 entrants) will have two eliminations each on Saturday's card, while the sophomore trotting colts (12 entrants) and pacing fillies (12 entrants) will each feature just a single elimination after two byes were issued in each event. The Mare Trot attracted 15 ladies and will need two eliminations to determine its final field. The Open Trot (11 entrants), Open Pace (10 entrants) and Mare Pace (7 entrants) will all headline directly to a final on October 26. A total of eight elimination races will take place on this Saturday's (October 19) card at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Saturday battles for Crown spots Trainer Marcus Melander will send his three-headed monster of sophomore trotting colts Greenshoe, Green Manalishi S and Gimpanzee to Woodbine Mohawk Park for the Breeders Crown. Only a single ten-horse elimination is needed in the 3-Year-Old Colt Trot division, as 12 horses were entered. The top-two earners in 2019 received byes, while the other ten entered will compete to eliminate two ahead of the $500,000 (USD) final. Melander opted to take the bye with the division-leader Greenshoe, who has banked over $1.1 million this season. Hambletonian champion Forbidden Trade received the second bye, which was accepted by trainer Luc Blais. The Ontario Sires Stakes champion is eight for 13 with $1 million earned. Green Manalishi S headlines Saturday's elimination from post-two. The son of Muscle Hill is undefeated in four starts at Woodbine Mohawk Park, capturing this year's Canadian Trotting Classic and last year's William Wellwood Memorial. Gimpanzee has drawn post-four for the elimination, as the son of Chapter Seven attempts to become a two-time Breeders Crown champion. The New York Sires Stakes champion won last year's 2-Year-Old Colt Trot final in convincing fashion and enters this year's event having won 15 of 19 career starts. The elimination field for the 3-Year-Old Colt Trot Breeders Crown also includes Dont Letem (post-five), Marseille (post-nine) and Pilot Discretion (post-ten). All three trotters have posted strong results in marquee events this season. The single-elimination for sophomore trotting colts and geldings has been carded as Race 5 on Saturday's card. The 3-Year-Old-Colt Pace division is a wide-open affair with a group of 15 separated into a pair of eliminations. Pepsi North America Cup winner Captain Crunch has won just two of seven starts since his classic victory in June at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Nancy Johansson trained son of Captaintreacherous has been knocking on the door in his last two starts, posting runner-up finishes in each. The defending Breeders Crown champion has drawn post-two in the first elimination. Captain Crunch will tackle the likes of Meadowlands Pace winner Best In Show (post-eight), Tattersalls winner Dancin Lou (post-three) and multiple Grand Circuit stakes winner Century Farroh (post-one), who was supplemented Monday by his connections for $62,500 (USD). The ultra-consistent Bettors Wish (post-one) will square-off with Little Brown Jug champion Southwind Ozzi (post-three) in the second elimination. Chris Ryder trainee Bettors Wish has won 11 of 15 starts this season, including the Art Rooney, Milstein Memorial, Kentucky Sires Stakes championship and Tattersalls. The son of Bettors Delight has finished in the runner-up spot in all four of his defeats this season. Southwind Ozzi rose to stardom this summer for trainer Bill MacKenzie by posting victories in marquee events such as the Adios and Little Brown Jug. The son of Somebeachsomewhere has won nine of 12 starts and earned the confidence from his connections to put up $62,500 (USD) to supplement to the Breeders Crown. The top-five finishers from each 3-Year-Old Pacing Colt elimination will advance to the $600,000 (USD) final. Trainer Ron Burke turned down a bye and will race defending Breeders Crown champion Warrawee Ubeaut in Saturday's single-elimination for the 3-Year-Old Filly Pace event. Tony Alagna's Treacherous Reign and Bob McIntosh's Sunny Dee received byes from the group of 12 entered, which sets up a ten-horse division to eliminate two for the $550,000 (USD) final. Warrawee Ubeaut (post-six) powers into her elimination on a six-race win streak, which includes scores in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship, Jugette and Glen Garnsey Memorial. The daughter of Sweet Lou has won 10 of 15 this season and is a 13-time winner with over $1.3 million earned. The sophomore pacing filly elimination will also feature Ontario Sires Stakes champion Boadicea (post-nine). The Bill Budd trained daughter of Big Jim was supplemented on Monday to the event by her owners for a fee of $62,500 (USD). Standouts Stonebridge Soul (post-two), Tall Drink Hanover (post-five) and Queen Of The Pride (post-eight) will also compete. The elimination for three-year-old pacing fillies has been carded as Race 8. A competitive group of 16 has been split into a pair of eliminations for the 3-Year-Old Filly Trot Crown event. The top-five finishers from each division will advance to the $500,000 (USD) final. Elegantimage winner Evident Beauty (post-one) for trainer 'Nifty' Norman, Zweig Memorial winner The Ice Dutchess (post-two) for trainer Johansson and Ohio Sires Stakes champion Only Take Cash (post-three) for trainer McIntosh will all meet in the first elimination. The second elimination will feature a matchup between Hambletonian Oaks champion When Dovescry (post-two) for trainer Rene Allard and Kentucky Filly Futurity winner Beautiful Sin (post-eight) for trainer Ake Svanstedt. Those two will also have to deal with Millies Possesion (post-three), who has won 10 of 13 starts for trainer Jim Campbell. The sophomore trotting fillies will clash in Races 2 and 3 on Saturday's card. A strong turnout of 15 older trotting mares will allow fans the opportunity to see several superstars in action during this weekend's eliminations for the $325,000 (USD) Mare Trot. Four-year-old Manchego storms into Woodbine Mohawk Park on a three-race win streak, highlighted by a World Record 1:49 victory in the Allerage. The Nancy Johansson trainee is a 24-time winner and captured the Breeders Crown at age two in 2017. She'll line up from post-eight in Saturday's second elimination. A pair of two-time Crown champions will compete in the deep Mare Trot division. Emoticon Hanover is going for a three-peat in the event after victories last year at Pocono and in 2017 at Hoosier. The Luc Blais trained six-year-old has won 24 of 68 career starts, hitting the board in 51 of those outings. She tackles Manchego from post-three in the second split. Former Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover returns to the Mare Trot Crown division for the first time since 2016. The Ron Burke trained seven-year-old captured the Open Trot division in 2017 and the Mare Trot division in 2016. She is a 46-time winner with over $3.2 million (CAD) in career earnings. Hannelore Hanover lines up from post-six in the first elimination, which also features local standout Dream Together (post-one), supplement entry Custom Cantab (post-three) and the Svanstedt duo of Darling Mearas S (post-two) and Plunge Blue Chip (post-seven). The Mare Trot Breeders Crown eliminations have been carded as Races 6 and 9. Harness Racing Heavyweights head straight to Crown Finals A trio of events for older competitors will not require eliminations this weekend. Foreign classic invitee Bold Eagle will star in the $500,000 (USD) Open Trot. The eight-year-old son of Ready Cash will take on 10 rivals in his North American debut, seeking to add a Crown title to his incredible legacy. Hall of Fame driver Brian Sears will steer the winner of over $5 million for trainer Sebastien Guarato. France's Bold Eagle is the first foreign classic winner to accept a Breeders Crown invitation since Commander Crowe in 2014, who won the Open Trot at The Meadowlands. Four-year-old mare Atlanta has earned the confidence of her connections to take another crack at the boys in a classic event. The 2018 Hambletonian champion and winner of nearly $2 million will attempt to steal the attention of the trotting world from Bold Eagle and claim the Open Trot title for a 20th career victory. This season's highest earner in the Open Trot is Anette Lorentzon trainee Guardian Angel As, who scored the biggest victory of his career earlier this season at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The five-year-old stallion captured the Maple Leaf Trot on August 31 and most recently finished fourth in the Yonkers International Trot. The Open Trot star power also includes World champion Six Pack, 2016 Hambletonian champion Marion Marauder and 2017 Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill. The event is completed by Dunbar Hall, Mission Accepted, Southwind Chrome and Will Take Charge. Reigning Horse of the Year McWicked is back to defend his title in the $500,000 (USD) Open Pace and is seeking a third Breeders Crown victory. The Casie Coleman trained eight-year-old went four years between Crown victories after winning at age three and again last season. McWicked enters off back-to-back victories in the Allerage and Rooney Invitational. The ten-horse Open Pace field includes two former Little Brown Jug champions in Courtly Choice and Filibuster Hanover. Blake MacIntosh trained four-year-old Courtly Choice scored an upset win earlier this season at Woodbine Mohawk Park in the Canadian Pacing Derby. Hometown favourite Jimmy Freight will make his Breeders Crown debut in the Open Pace. The five-year-old is a 21-time winner and has finished outside the top-five only once in 50 career starts. The field for the pacing heavyweight clash is completed by Always a Prince, American History, Dorsoduro Hanover, Easy Lover Hanover, Geez Joe and This Is The Plan. Shartin N returns to the $300,000 (USD) Mare Pace with eyes on a second-consecutive Breeders Crown victory. The six-year-old New Zealand bred has won 14 of 16 starts this season, frequently crushing her foes and earning much buzz as potential Horse of the Year. The Jim King Jr. trainee is undefeated in four starts at Woodbine Mohawk Park, sweeping the last two editions of the Roses Are Red. While nearly flawless, Shartin N did taste defeat in her most recent start, finishing second to rival Caviart Ally in the Allerage at The Red Mile. The superstar mares finished in the opposite order in last year's Crown event. A five-year-old, Caviart Ally has seven wins and top-three finishes in all 16 starts this season. The Brett Pelling trainee captured her second-consecutive Milton Stakes last month at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Mare Pace field also includes 2017 Breeders Crown champion Youaremycandygirl, and Dan Patch Award winner Kissin In The Sand. Bettors Up, Kaitlyn N and Kendall Seelster will also compete. Elimination and Draw details set Breeders Crown 2-year-old eliminations will be held Friday (October 18) and the sophomore and open divisions requiring eliminations will race Saturday (October 19). Elimination winners draw for inside post positions 1-5. Post positions will be drawn on Friday and Saturday after the elimination races, except for the 2-year-old Colt Pace, Crown Pace and Crown Trot. Those three events will be drawn at a Press Conference next Tuesday (October 22). Post time for Friday's (October 18) card is 7:50 p.m., while Saturday's (October 19) post time is set for 7:10 p.m. Following are the fields in post-position order for Friday's $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-olds at Woodbine Mohawk Park. 3-Year-Old Filly Trot Elimination 1 (Race 2) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Evident Beauty-David Miller-R. Nifty Norman 2-The Ice Dutchess-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Johansson 3-Only Take Cash-Trevor Henry-Bob McIntosh 4-Seaside Bliss-James MacDonald-Paul Kelley 5-Grimmie Hanover-Corey Callahan-Jeff Cullipher 6-Golden Tricks-Andy Miller-Ake Svanstedt 7-Dark As A Pocket-Jody Jamieson-Mike Keeling 8-Winndevie-Brian Sears-Trond Smedshammer 3-Year-Old Filly Trot Elimination 2 (Race 3) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Sweet Chapter-Tim Tetrick-Blake MacIntosh 2-When Dovescry-Simon Allard-Rene Allard 3-Millies Possesion-Dexter Dunn-Jim Campbell 4-Miss Trixton-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander 5-Go Time-Mike Saftic-Allan McCoy 6-Cambridge Kate-Jody Jamieson-Stephanie Jamieson 7-Asiago-Tim Tetrick-Per Engblom 8-Beautiful Sin-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 3-Year-Old Colt Trot Elimination (Race 5) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Chin Chin Hall-Peter Wrenn-R. Nifty Norman 2-Green Manalishi S-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander 3-Goes Down Smooth-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 4-Gimpanzee-David Miller-Marcus Melander 5-Dont Letem-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Johansson 6-Soul Strong-Dexter Dunn-Ake Svanstedt 7-Only For Justice-Chris Christoforou-Dany Fontaine 8-Super Schissel-Louis Philippe Roy-Per Engblom 9-Marseille-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 10-Pilot Discretion-Andrew McCarthy-Tony Alagna Mare Trot Elimination 1 (Race 6) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Dream Together-Bob McClure-Luc Blais 2-Darling Mearas S-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 3-Custom Cantab-David Miller-Chris Beaver 4-Supergirl Riley-Simon Allard-Rene Allard 5-Top Expectations-Sylvain Filion-Ben Baillargeon 6-Hannelore Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 7-Plunge Blue Chip-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt Mare Trot Elimination 2 (Race 9) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Ice Attraction-Andrew McCarthy-Ake Svanstedt 2-Hey Livvy-Trevor Henry-Jeff Gillis 3-Emoticon Hanover-Bob McClure-Luc Blais 4-Highland Top Hill-Doug McNair-Amanda Fine 5-Weslynn Dancer-Scott Zeron-Richard Banca 6-Royal Witch-Trevor Henry-Ben Baillargeon 7-P L Jill-Mario Baillargeon-Ben Baillargeon 8-Manchego-Dexter Dunn-Nancy Johansson 3-Year-Old Filly Pace Elimination (Race 8) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Ideation Hanover-James MacDonald-Dave Menary 2-Stonebridge Soul-Tim Tetrick-Chris Ryder 3-Bestseller Hanover-Scott Zeron-Scott Blackler 4-Philly Hanover-Brian Sears-Ron Coyne 5-Tall Drink Hanover-Andrew McCarthy-Tony Alagna 6-Warrawee Ubeaut-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 7-Sylph Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 8-Queen Of The Pride-Brian Sears-Kevin Lare 9-Boadicea-Jonathan Drury-Bill Budd 10-Beautyonthebeach-Doug McNair-Gregg McNair 3-Year-Old Colt Pace Elimination 1 (Race 10) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Century Farroh-Sylvain Filion-Dr. Ian Moore 2-Captain Crunch-Scott Zeron-Nancy Johansson 3-Dancin Lou-Dexter Dunn-Tahnee Camilleri 4-Air Force Hanover-Simon Allard-Rene Allard 5-Fixed Idea-Randy Waples-Todd Clements 6-Semi Tough-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 7-Stag Party-Doug McNair-Casie Coleman 8-Best In Show-Bob McClure-Linda Toscano 3-Year-Old Colt Pace Elimination #2 (Race 11) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Bettors Wish-Dexter Dunn-Chris Ryder 2-De Los Cielos Deo-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 3-Southwind Ozzi-Brian Sears-Bill MacKenzie 4-Bronx Seelster-Simon Allard-Rene Allard 5-Covered Bridge-James MacDonald-Blake MacIntosh 6-Blood Money-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Johansson 7-Cant Beach That-David Miller-Brett Pelling For more information go to www.Hambletonian.com or https://woodbine.com/mohawk/events/breeders-crown/. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

CRANBURY, NJ/MILTON, ON, October 15, 2019 - Entries for the $6 million Breeders Crown events saw 161 elite harness racing trotters and pacers fill the entry box to qualify for the rich finals on Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. All purses are US dollars. There were 63 2-year-olds entered, forcing $25,000 eliminations in all divisions for Friday, Oct. 18. Those freshmen who chose to take byes and elimination fields will be available this afternoon. All 2-year-old finals have a purse of $600,000. With 12 entered in the $600,000 2-Year-Old Colt Pace, two colts will be offered byes and a 10-horse elimination will race with the top eight advancing to the final. Post positions for that final will be determined on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the post position draw at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Entries of 13 freshmen trotting colts necessitated three byes and a 10-horse elimination to advance seven to the $600,000 2-Year-Old Colt Trot Final. The $600,000 2-Year-Old Filly Trot (17) and $600,000 2-Year-Old Filly Pace (21) will have full eliminations on Friday to arrive at a field of 10. In the sophomore divisions, both the $500,000 3-Year-Old Colt Trot and the $550,000 (Est) 3-Year-Old Filly Pace drew an even dozen entries each, so two byes will be issued and 10-horse eliminations conducted for both divisions. The $500,000 3-Year-Old Filly Trot will have two eight-horse eliminations on Saturday, Oct. 20 and the $600,000 (Est) 3-Year-Old Colt Pace with 15 entered will also have two splits to arrive at 10-horse final, which will be drawn Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Press Conference. The following races will go straight to Oct. 26 finals: The $500,000 Breeders Crown Trot has 11 entrants including the foreign invitee Bold Eagle and 4-year-old mare Atlanta. This event will go straight to the final. Post positions will be drawn on Tues., Oct. 22 at the post position draw at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The $300,000 Mare Pace attracted seven entries and will go straight to the final. The $500,000 Breeders Crown Pace, with 10 entrants, also goes directly to the final. Two-year-old eliminations will be held Friday, Oct. 18 and the sophomore and open divisions requiring eliminations will race Saturday, Oct. 19. Elimination winners draw for inside post positions 1-5. Post positions will be drawn on Friday and Saturday after the elimination races, with the exception of the 2-year-old Colt Pace, Crown Pace and Crown Trot. Post time is 7:50 p.m. on Friday and 7:10 p.m. for Saturday. Complete elimination and final fields will be available when byes and elimination draws are finalized. From Mark McKelvie and the Breeders Crown  

MILTON, ON - October 15, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to notify all harness racing horsepeople of a change to the training time for this Wednesday (October 16). Training will be available from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Horsepeople are reminded the paddock is unavailable and they are to head to the backstretch and train out of Barn 5. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - October 7, 2019 - On October 18, join industry leaders John Hayes (Independent Chair, Ontario Racing), Brent Stone (Director, AGCO Regulatory Compliance Branch), Jessica Buckley (President, Woodbine Mohawk Park) and Jim Lawson (CEO, Woodbine Entertainment) for a panel discussion on topics and issues central to securing a sustainable future for horse racing in Ontario. This event is by invitation only and has limited capacity. Attendees are strongly encouraged to RSVP as soon as possible to secure a seat. Attendees must RSVP by Friday, October 11, 2019. The event will take place in the COSA Premium Lounge, a temporary structure on the Woodbine Mohawk Park apron that will be used throughout Breeders Crown week. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. The panel discussion begins promptly at 5:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. The panel will be answering attendee questions which you can submit in advance by sending your query to InTouch@Woodbine.com before Monday October 14, 2019. Please click here or to go https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/stronger-together-wmp-uniting-ontario-horse-racing-for-a-sustainable-future-tickets-73333060157 to register. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment        

LEXINGTON, KY - October 2, 2019 - The harness racing breeding auction to raise funds for the 2019 Breeders Crown Charity Challenge, presented by Woodbine Entertainment and Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, was held Wednesday evening at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Lexington, Kentucky.   A total of $205,000 was raised for the Charity Challenge through the sale of seven 2020 season breedings to harness racing's most notable stallions. A breeding to Muscle Hill brought the highest total, selling for $45,000.   Below is list of each breeding auctioned off to raise money for the Charity Challenge:   Always B Miki - $12,000 Captaintreacherous - $36,000 Chapter Seven - $42,000 Father Patrick - $33,000 Muscle Hill - $45,000 Sweet Lou - $15,000 Tactical Landing - $22,000   All the funds raised from the auction will go towards charity to become the single-largest donation by Woodbine Cares.   The Breeders Crown Charity Challenge features four teams consisting of a celebrity, a charity of their choosing and an award-winning three-year-old Standardbred. Each charity is receiving one per cent of their horse's earnings from June 1, 2019 through October 26, 2019.   The challenge portion of the initiative features the teams competing to garner the most votes in a Facebook poll. The poll will close on October 26, 2019 and the team with the most votes will receive the largest portion of the funds raised in Wednesday's breeding auction. Votes can be submitted by visiting www.BCCharityChallenge.com.   The four teams for the Charity Challenge are listed below:   Michael 'Pinball' Clemons - Warrawee Ubeaut - Pinball Clemons Foundation Kim MacDonald - Woodside Charm - Breast Cancer Society of Canada Eddie Olczyk - Gimpanzee - Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation Dan Pleasac - Captain Crunch - Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society   Each charity is guaranteed to receive a minimum of $5,000.   The Breeders Crown Charity Challenge would not be possible without the support and generosity of the following individuals and groups:   Captaintreacherous The Captaintreacherous Syndicate, Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Hanover Shoe Farms   Always B Miki, Father Patrick & Sweet Lou Adam Bowden, Diamond Creek Farms   Muscle Hill Michael Klau, Southwind Farms   Chapter Seven Tom Grossman, Bluechip Farms   Tactical Landing Kevin Greenfield, Southwind Farms   Gimpanzee Courant Inc, S R F Stable, Marcus Melander:   Warrawee Ubeaut Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, J & T Silva Purnel & Libb, Weaver Bruscemi   Captain Crunch 3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables, Caviart Farms, Nancy Johansson   Woodside Charm Verlin Yoder   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment                

MILTON, ON - September 26, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced details for the inaugural 'Mohawk Million', a race for two-year-old harness racing trotters with a $1 million (USD) purse, making it the richest harness race in Canada. Scheduled for late September or early October in 2020 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the 'Mohawk Million' will follow a buy-in formula with nine of 10 slots in the race available for purchase. The tenth and final spot will be given to the connections of the 2020 William Wellwood Memorial winner at no cost. The nine buy-in slots cost $110,000 (USD) and will be sold before February 17, 2020. "We are thrilled to offer horsepeople this exciting opportunity and provide a platform for the finest young trotters in the sport," said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. "With the addition of the Mohawk Million, Woodbine Mohawk Park will host over two full months of top stakes racing for two-year-old trotters potentially exceeding $4 million which will set a new industry standard and further demonstrate our commitment in being a global leader and innovator in harness racing." Each slot in the 'Mohawk Million' is an entity and may be sold, traded or leased. The purchaser of the slot does not have to declare a horse for the 'Mohawk Million' until time of entry. A total of nine purchase contracts must be received by February 17, 2020 or the event will not proceed, and entry fees will be returned. If more than nine purchase contracts are received, a draw for the nine slots will take place before February 28, 2020. Final rules and conditions for the 'Mohawk Million' will be available in the coming weeks. "We appreciate the support we have received from the Central Ontario Standardbred Association towards the Mohawk Million and look forward to making it a reality," said Lawson. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, ON - September 26, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment is pleased to announce the addition of Monique Vag as the newest member of its on-air harness racing broadcast team.   Vag will join Chad Rozema as a full-time host and race analyst at Woodbine Mohawk Park beginning Thursday evening (September 26).   A long-time fan and horseplayer, Vag comes to Woodbine with knowledge of both breeds and has spent several years handicapping professionally. Her work prior to Woodbine includes six-years as a freelance sports journalist, contributing with outlets such as America's Best Racing and Covers.com.   Vag has gained a strong following on social media through her Twitter moniker @ParlayQueen, providing picks for horse racing, NCAA and more.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment            

MILTON, ON - September 23, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to remind all harness racing horsepeople of the upcoming October 1 deadline for nominations to this year's Ontario Sired Harvest and Autumn Series.   The Harvest Series consists of eight events, one for each two and three-year-old division, and will be raced at Mohawk Park. The Autumn Series features four events for two and three-year-olds and is split between Flamboro Downs and The Raceway at Western Fair District.   The Harvest Series is open to Ontario sired two and three-year-olds, who are non-winners of $30,000 in 2019 as of midnight September 30. Each event features two $17,000 guaranteed preliminary legs and a $40,000 added money final. The two-year-old events start the week of Monday, October 14, while the three-year-olds start the week of Monday, October 28. The nomination fee is $300.   The Autumn Series is open to Ontario sired two and three-year-olds, who are non-winners of $10,000 lifetime as of midnight September 30. Each event will have two $8,500 guaranteed preliminary legs and a $20,000 added money final. The series begins November 9. The nomination fee is $200.   Horsepeople can download the nomination forms and full conditions by visiting www.woodbine.com/mohawk/horsepeople. The forms are available under 'Stake Nominations' and nominations can be paid under 'Payments'.   Nominations close Tuesday, October 1.   If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than October 1, 2019 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - September 23, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all horsepeople that there will no training available following this Tuesday morning's qualifiers and schoolers.   The track and paddock will be closed immediately following the final schooler.   Training is available beginning Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. and qualifiers will begin promptly at 10 a.m.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - September 21, 2019 - Undefeated rookie Tall Dark Stranger established a new harness racing stakes record with a 1:49.1 victory in Saturday's $750,000 Metro Pace.   The son of Bettors Delight angled from the two-hole and cruised home in :27, giving his driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Nancy Johansson each their first victory in harness racing's richest race for two-year-olds.   "He's just a great colt," said Johansson. "He looked strong the whole way and still had his plugs in at the wire. If they were coming harder at him I think he still had some left in the tank."   Tall Dark Stranger left from post-four and circled around Easi Hanover, who blasted from the outside, to lead at the opening-quarter in :27. Race-favourite Capt Midnight moved out from third and went after the lead racing up the backstretch, getting stretched out by Tall Dark Stranger before clearing after a :54.1 half.   Capt Midnight carried the lead around the far turn with Tall Dark Stranger and Gingras angling from the two-hole ahead of the three-quarter pole. Ys Mathis was first-up, three-lengths from the lead, with Papi Rob Hanover on his back. The three-quarter time was 1:22.   In the stretch, Tall Dark Stranger powered by Capt Midnight to a clear lead with an eighth of a mile to go. Papi Rob Hanover made things interesting late, ultimately coming up half a length short to a steady Tall Dark Stranger. Capt Midnight finished third, while Seeyou At Thebeach was fourth.   Tall Dark Stranger grinded away to narrowly defeated Papi Rob Hanover in last week's elimination. Gingras felt that performance made a big impact on the colt.   "(Last week) it took him a long time in the stretch, but today I stretched the other colt and in the last turn he knew what it was about this time," said Gingras. "When I came out of the two-hole he went right by Capt Midnight and that was without even me asking him at that point.   "He's got some learning to do, but he's got all the tools to be a great one."   Tall Dark Stranger is owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Marvin Katz, Caviart Farms and Howard Taylor. The son of Bettors Delight is now six for six with $499,533 earned after being purchased for $330,000 at last October's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale.   The clocking of 1:49.1 shaved a fifth of a second off the previous stakes record set by Sportswriter in 2009. It also matches the track record set by A Rocknroll Dance in 2011.   Gingras and Johansson can now scratch the Metro Pace off their bucket list, as the duo teamed up in the 2011 edition to finish second with Western Vintage.   Johansson's victory with Tall Dark Stranger gives her a sweep of Mohawk Park's two richest races of the season, as she captured the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup in June with Captain Crunch.   "Not bad for a girl born in Sweden," laughed Johansson. "I'm very lucky that I have owners that support me with great horses and makes my job a lot easier having the material to perform at the highest level."   Tall Dark Stranger paid $5.40 to win.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - September 21, 2019 - Lyons Sentinel entered the Canadian harness racing record books with a stunning 1:49.3 victory in Saturday's $540,000 Shes A Great Lady for two-year-old pacing fillies.   The daughter of Captaintreacherous converted off a two-hole trip to win for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr. in a Stakes, Track and Canadian Record time.   "She's done things we didn't think could be done," said King Jr. post-race. "About time she walked in my barn I could tell she was really special."   The $540,000 contest carried the storyline of a showdown between impressive elimination winners Alicorn and Lyons Sentinel. The fillies didn't disappoint, sitting one-two from start to finish.   Alicorn and driver Louis Philippe Roy blasted from post-five and hung up an opening-quarter of :26.4, while Lyons Sentinel followed in second. Reflect With Me got away third and hugged the rail for most of the mile.   After a second-quarter breather of :28.4, Alicorn faced pressure from Somebeachsometime, who had been parked every step of the mile after starting from post-nine. Peaky Sneaky failed to stay with the first-up challenger while in a second-over position, which left room for Tetrick to slide off the rail at three-quarters with Lyons Sentinel.   Alicorn went into sprint mode after reaching three-quarters in 1:23.1, but Lyons Sentinel was too much to handle. The King Jr. trainee stormed by powerfully in :26 to win by half a length. Alicorn finished second, while Reflect With Me couldn't find room up the rail in the stretch and settled for third over JK First Lady.   "I just didn't want to give Roy too much space," said Tetrick. "I didn't want to give him three or four lengths and get the half cheap and take off from me, so I put her on the back and I took a chance of getting locked in, but it all worked out."   A $55,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Lyons Sentinel has stamped herself as harness racing's top two-year-old pacing filly for owners Threelyonsracing. The Captaintreacherous filly has now won five in a row and is six for nine on the season with $562,330 earned.   Lyons Sentinel's record mile broke the previous Canadian record of 1:50.1, which she matched in last week's elimination. The now-fastest two-year-old filly in Canadian racing history returned $3.40 for a $2 win ticket.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, ON - September 21, 2019 - Caviart Ally defended her Milton Stakes title with a harness racing stakes record 1:48.3 victory in Saturday's $250,000 event at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The five-year-old pacing mare shot to the front for driver Andrew McCarthy and never looked back, pacing a :53.3 back-half to secure her second Milton Stakes victory.   "I knew in the post parade she was going to be good," said McCarthy of Caviart Ally. "She usually tells me and she was very focused and had her mind on the job."   A model of consistency, Caviart Ally started from post-eight in the nine-horse field and went off at odds of 4/1. She posted opening fractions of :26.4 and :55, before race-favourite Youaremycandygirl started first-up from fourth.   McCarthy stomped on the gas pedal in the third-quarter, posting a :26.3 split. The duo proceeded to say goodnight to their rivals and sprinted home in :27 to win by a length and three-quarters. Kissin In The Sand finished second, while Seaswift Joy N and Apple Bottom Jeans completed the Superfecta. Youaremycandygirl finished eighth.   Owned by Caviart Farms, Caviart Ally joined the barn of trainer Pelling this season after former trainer Noel Daley returned to his home-country of Australia.   "She's so consistent," said Pelling, noting he was confident when his mare turned for home with the lead. "I just didn't think coming first-up on her and it was the favourite first-up and I said 'that's a big ask' and I was pretty confident. He hadn't pulled the plugs and I thought she was doing it tonight."   Caviart Ally is now six for 15 this season and has hit the board in every start. Her 22nd career victory gives her $432,064 earned this season, bringing her career earnings to $1.5 million for Caviart Farms.   A $2 win ticket on Caviart Ally returned $10.70.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, ON - September 20, 2019 - The $750,000 Metro Pace is harness racing's richest two-year-old race in 2019 and for most of the connections racing, it's exactly the spot they planned on being.   A field of 10 rookie harness racing pacing colts and geldings will line up in the Metro Pace with six of the 10 having been purchased for $100,000 or more at last fall's yearling sales. That number of six is one more than last year's five and potentially the highest ever.   Capt Midnight is the 7/5 favourite in the Metro and was the most expensive purchase in the field at $350,000 (Harrisburg). The Tony Alagna trained son of Captaintreacherous has won five of seven starts for his connections and is the nation's fastest rookie at 1:49.4.   A close second-choice at odds of 9/5 is the undefeated Tall Dark Stranger, who sold for $330,000 at last October's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The Bettors Delight colt is perfect in five career starts for trainer Nancy Johansson and connections.   The most-expensive yearling purchase to ever win the Metro Pace is Simply Business, who pulled off a 20/1 upset in the 2011 edition. The son of Rocknroll Hanover-Cathedra Dot Com sold for $350,000 and went on to make just over a million-dollars in 183 career starts, with $500,000 of those earnings coming from his Metro win.   Since 2000, Simply Business and five other $100,000-plus yearling purchases have won the Metro Pace. Captaintreacherous in 2012 at $250,000 is the second most-expensive followed by Rocknroll Hanover in 2004 ($190,000), Camelot Hall in 2003 ($175,000), Stag Party in last year's race ($125,000) and Artspeak in 2014 ($100,000).   This year's race matches up with the saying "spend money to make money" and that has regularly been the case in the Metro Pace. While the rag to riches stories do happen, the average price of the 16 winners since 2000 that sold at a yearling auction is $102,562.   Sir Luck was the "cheapest" purchase of the winners since 2000 as a $20,000 buy in November 2001 at Harrisburg.   Beach Blanket Book could steal that title away from Sir Luck with an upset win from post-ten. The son of Sportswriter was a $17,000 purchase at last year's Lexington Select sale.   As for the spot where the Metro winners have been purchased, graduates of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale have won seven-times since 2006 with Harrisburg grads winning four during that period. The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale began in 2005 after Tattersalls and Kentucky Standardbred teamed their sales.   The only Metro winner since 2006 not to be sold at either Lexington or Harrisburg was Mystician in 2010. The Canadian Open graduate brought $45,000 as a yearling and scored a 29/1 upset in his Metro victory.   The storyline for this year's race may be the expensive yearling buys, but a pair of homebreds will pace behind the gate in Saturday's $750,000 event.   Sportswriter colt Ys Mathis is owned by Yves Sarrazin, who co-bred the pacer with Carl Duguay. One For Julius is from the first-crop of stallion Hes Watching and races for breeders Andrea Lea Racingstables Inc.   The last homebred to win the Metro Pace was Boomboom Ballykeel in 2010. The 10/1 upset winner was trained by Richard Moreau, who conditions Ys Mathis in this year's race.   The Metro Pace is one of the most anticipated races each season and that anticipation begins for many while inspecting yearlings and purchasing their next great hope.   While it's still early in the careers for the Metro field, on paper and based on early results this group could leave quite the legacy on the racetrack. Only time will tell.   Here is the breakdown of the Metro Pace field by yearling price.   Capt Midnight - $350,000 (Harrisburg) Tall Dark Stranger - $330,000 (Lexington) Captain Kirk - $200,000 (Lexington) Esai Hanover - $155,000 (Harrisburg) Team Best - $150,000 (Lexington) Papi Rob Hanover - $130,000 (Harrisburg) Seeyou At Thebeach - $70,000 (Harrisburg) Beach Blanket Book - $17,000 (Lexington) Ys Mathis - Homebred One For Julius - Homebred   by Mark McKelvie,for Woodbine Entertainment   

MILTON, ON - September 20, 2019 - Harness racing fans will want to arrive early to Woodbine Mohawk Park this Saturday (September 21) to collect the third and final t-shirt in the 'Road to the Breeders Crown' giveaway series.   Sylvain Filion is the next driver to have his racing colours incorporated into a t-shirt. The four-time O'Brien Award winning Driver of the Year will be set up on the main grandstand floor beginning at 6 p.m. this Saturday (September 21) to giveaway t-shirts and sign autographs.   The $750,000 Metro Pace is the main event for this Saturday's stakes-filled card at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment      

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