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MILTON, July 7, 2018 - Physicallyinclined came from last to first to prevail in a thrilling finish to Saturday's $34,000 Preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A talented field of six older pacers squared off in the weekly top-class harness racing event. Easy Lover Hanover and driver Trevor Henry wanted control and shot out to the early lead, turning aside a fired up Ellis Park and driver James MacDonald. The opening-quarter was paced in :26, while positions were unchanged to the half in :54.2. The field of six bunched up going to three-quarters, as American Virgin came first up, supplying cover for Traceur Hanover. Physicallyinclined and driver Jonathan Drury dropped back from fourth to sixth on the far turn, but angled out at the third station. Easy Lover Hanover led by three-quarters in 1:22.3 and attempted to create separation on his rivals in the lane. American Virgin, Traceur Hanover and Physicallyinclined were all pacing up a storm on the outside of the leader. 'Easy Lover' couldn't finish the job, hitting a wall late, creating a four-across the track finish. The four-across finish saw Physicallyinclined prevail on the far outside in 1:50.2. Traceur Hanover finished second by a head, while American Virgin and Easy Lover Hanover were beat just half a length, finishing third and fourth, respectively. A six-year-old, Physicallyinclined was stepping up to the Preferred Saturday after a victory on June 30. The Carmen Auciello trainee had finished in the top-two in each of his last three starts coming into Saturday's contest. The former Ontario Sires Stakes standout was purchased in April by Robert Watson, Armando Cappuccitti, Mike Bartram and Auciello Stables. Physicallyinclined improved his 2018 statistics to four wins and $97,920 earned in 18 starts. The 2015 Pepsi North America Cup Consolation winner now has career numbers of 13 wins and $389,630 earned. A $2 win ticket on Physicallyinclined returned $24.80. Physicallyinclined  Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie    

MILTON, ON - July 7, 2018 - The popular pacer Nickle Bag surpassed $1 million in career earnings with his 38th career victory Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Known for his gritty performances, Nickle Bag did it all on the front to score a 1:52.2 victory in a $13,000 event. James MacDonald guided the classy pacer, who was just $2,120 shy of $1 million, for trainer Bill Robinson. A gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover, Nickle Bag was making his 198th career start Saturday with his racing debut coming back all the way back on August 24, 2012 at Mohawk Park. All 198 starts have taken place at Woodbine Racetrack and Mohawk Park. Nickle Bag has spent a large portion of his career racing in the Preferred and took on the sport's heavyweights in the 2016 Canadian Pacing Derby, finishing fifth. A true warrior, Nickle Bag has hit the board in 118 of his 198 starts. His career-mark is 1:49, taken on April 30, 2016 at Mohawk Park. Nickle Bag continues to grind away at the age of eight and now has four wins and nine "on the board" finishes in 23 starts this season. The Robinson trainee paid $2.60 to win Saturday. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, ON - July 6, 2018 - Witch Dali and driver Jody Jamieson capitalized off a third-quarter tilt at the front to win the $30,000 Mares Preferred on Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A field of seven pacing mares squared off in the Friday feature with Richard Moreau trainees Witch Dali and Sandbetweenurtoes playing an important role. Sandbetweenurtoes fired out to the lead at the beginning and posted opening fractions of :27.2 and :55.2. Firebby, the 7/5 favourite, started first-up from fourth nearing the half and engaged in a big third-quarter battle with the leader. A third-quarter of :26.3 took a bite out of Sandbetweenurtoes and Firebby, as the mares slugged it out from the half into the lane. Witch Dali was able to benefit from the battle, as she had been situated fifth in the early stages and driver Jamieson followed Firebby's move around the far turn, sitting third on the outside, but a few lengths back of the top pair's battle. Witch Dali powered by the leaders in deep stretch, but was not the only mare passing rivals on the outside. American Sara and Sylvain Filion had tracked Witch Dali from the far turn and got up in the last stride to make it a photo finish. The photo finish camera determined that Witch Dali held on by a head to win at odds of 5/2. Firebby finished third, while Sandbetweenurtoes was fourth. A seven-year-old daughter of Dali, Witch Dali surpassed $100,000 in seasonal earnings with her fifth victory of 2018. The Moreau trainee now has five wins and nine "on the board" finishes in 12 starts this season. Owned by Brad Grant, Witch Dali is now a 28-time winner with career earnings of $582,668. She paid $7.70 to win. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - June 30, 2018 - The Woodbine Standardbred Race Office has announced details for the inaugural "Hard Rock Claiming Series" to take place at Rideau Carleton Raceway during the months of July and August. The "Hard Rock Claiming Series" will consist of two events for $7,000 claiming level pacing horses and mares. Each event will feature three preliminary legs and an added money final. The purse for the preliminary legs will grow each week from $5,500 to $6,000 and the final will race for $12,000 (Added). Horses that do not qualify for the added money final will be eligible for an $8,000 consolation, to be raced the same night as the final. Claiming is allowed during the preliminary legs, with the claiming price set at $7,000 for the opening-two legs and $8,500 for the third-leg. The "Hard Rocking Gals" event for pacing mares will start Thursday, July 26 and conclude on Thursday, August 16. The "Hard Rocking Gents" event will launch on Sunday, July 22 and conclude on Sunday, August 12. Nominations to the "Hard Rock Claiming Series" close Monday, July 16. To view the conditions and nomination form, click here. All draws for Rideau Carleton Raceway are conducted at Woodbine Mohawk Park and stakes administration of the series is coordinated by Woodbine Entertainment. Nominations to the "Hard Rock Claiming Series" can be made online by clicking here. If sending stakes payments by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than July 16, 2018 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - June 29, 2018 - Woodbine Mohawk Park has issued a reminder to horsepeople and racing fans regarding Saturday's live racing card and two-year-old qualifiers. Post time for Saturday's live racing card has been pushed back to 7:55 p.m. due to the Queen's Plate at Woodbine Racetrack. Doors will be opening at 5 p.m. to allow fans attending Saturday evening's card to watch and wager on the Queen's Plate. The Plate will be shown on the infield screen. Full-card wagering for Saturday's 13-race Queen's Plate card at Woodbine Racetrack is available inside the Mohawk RaceBook. Post time is Noon. Woodbine Mohawk Park will also be hosting 11 Baby Races on Saturday morning for two-year-old colts and geldings. There will be live stream available for Saturday's two-year-old qualifiers and the only way to view them will be at the track. The qualifying action begins at 10 a.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - June 25, 2018 - Captaintreacherous, the two-time US Pacer of the Year and winner of $3.1 million, sired his first pari-mutuel harness racing winner on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Capitano Italiano, a $77,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, delivered as the public's betting choice in 1:54.3 for owner Bruno Comegna, trainer Nicky Comegna and driver Chris Christoforou. The sixth-foal from Pro Bono Best mare On The Catwalk, Capitano Italiano was bred by Riverview Breeding LLC, Steve Stewart and The Bays Stable LLC. He is a half-brother to past New York Sires Stakes champions Social Scene and It Was Fascination. Capitano Italiano left from the rail and got away second in the early stages of Monday's contest. Driver Christoforou circled the Comegna trainee to the front in the second-quarter to lead by the half in :58.4 and three-quarters in 1:27.2. In the stretch, Capitano Italiano sealed the deal with a final-quarter of :27.1 for the 1:54.3 victory. Monday's start was the first-time Capitano Italiano was paired with driver Christoforou. "Well-bred colt, very quick, very efficient, very professional and he raced great," said Christoforou. "I picked up the program and saw I was driving him and was very happy about that." Capitano Italiano is eligible to Woodbine's Grand Circuit events for rookie pacing colts, including the Metro Pace. A superstar on the racetrack, Captaintreacherous is wasting little time making noise as a sire. As of June 25, 2018, a total of 19 Captaintreacherous two-year-olds have taken a mark in a qualifier or race with eight of the 19 posting a mile of 1:55 or better. De Los Cielos Deo is currently the fastest son or daughter of Captaintreacherous. The Ron Burke trainee posted a 1:52.3 mile on June 18 at Gaitway Farm. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - June 22, 2018 - The classy Sandbetweenurtoes registered her first harness racing win of 2018 in impressive fashion Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The seven-year-old winner of more than $1 million powered to a 1:49.3 victory in this week's edition of the $30,000 Mares Preferred. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Sandbetweenurtoes made a second-quarter rush to the lead from fourth and led a field of six by the half in :54.4. Jamieson kept the foot down on the Richard Moreau trained pacing mare and smoked a :27.3 third-quarter to lead by four lengths turning for home. Sandbetweenurtoes wasn't going to be denied her first win of the season and paced home in :27.1 for the sub-1:50 score. Witch Dali, also from the Moreau barn, charged through rivals to finish second, beat three-quarters of a length. American Sara and P L Hurricane finished third and fourth, respectively. Owned by Brad Grant, Sandbetweenurtoes was making her fifth start of the season Friday and was coming in off a third-place finish, her best result of the season. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere won 12 of 30 starts and banked over $243,000 last season en route to winning an O'Brien Award. Friday's victory increases Sandbetweenurtoes career numbers to 34 wins and $1,047,782 earned. She paid $6.40 to win. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with an 11-race card highlighted by a trio of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for three-year-old pacers. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON -  June 22, 2018 - Woodbine Mohawk Park has announced the postponement of Saturday morning's (June 23) two-year-old qualifiers due to significant rainfall expected Friday night and throughout Saturday. The 14-race two-year-old qualifying session has been moved to Monday morning (June 25) and will be carded as originally drawn. Post time is 10 a.m. A live stream of the baby races is available at www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, ON - June 21, 2018 - The future officially arrived Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park, as a pair of two-year-old races were contested. A field of seven rookie trotters met in the evening's second-race, while 10 freshmen pacers clashed in the seventh-race. Each race went for a purse of $14,000. Track Announcer Ken Middleton won't forget the first two-year-old pace of the season, as his student Shadowofthenorth was victorious in 1:56.2. The Shadow Play colt rushed to the lead from third in the second-quarter and after reaching three-quarters in 1:28.4, paced home in :27.3 to fight off rivals for a half-length score. Middleton, who is regarded as one of the top announcers in the sport, was sending out his first starter as a trainer on Thursday and kicked off his training career in style. An $18,000 London Yearling Sale purchase, Shadowofthenorth is owned by Middleton, Jeffrey Seibel and Michael Schaffer. See You In Tuscany (We Will See) finished second, while Do Ya Think (Ponder) was third. A $2 win ticket on Shadowofthenorth paid $13. Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh is certainly no stranger to success with young horses, but the betting public overlooked his trainee Only Take Cash in the two-year-old trotting event. A daughter of Cash Hall, Only Take Cash came first-up on the far turn and kept on trotting all the way to a 27-1 upset with driver Bob McClure in the bike. Royaltys Pearl (Royalty For Life), who cut an opening-quarter of :29.1, was slowing things down in the second-quarter when Westfiftysecond (My Mvp) made a backstretch rush from fifth to lead at the half in 1:00.1. Only Take Cash got away third and was sitting fourth entering the far turn. The McIntosh trainee was brought to the outside and moved first-up to within two-lengths of leader Westfiftysecond, who reached the third marker in 1:30.4. In the stretch, Only Take Cash marched right on by the fading leader and trotted home impressively in :27.4 to win by two-lengths in 1:59. Judge Ken (Justice Hall) followed the winner on the far turn to a runner-up finish, while Jumpshot (E L Titan) tracked third-over and trotted into a third-place finish. Only Take Cash is a homebred for Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Dave Boyle. She is the fifth foal from Armbro Affair, who made over $450,000 in 30 starts from 2003 to 2005. A $2 win ticket on Only Take Cash paid $56.80. Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON June 19, 2018 - Will Take Charge stormed home to win Tuesday's $34,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park in 1:51.3 for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Jeff Gillis. The eye-catching mile of 1:51.3 is the fastest trotting mile this season in Canada. Returning to Canadian soil after a successful stint in the United States, Will Take Charge was sent off as the even-money choice against six rivals. The Gillis trainee got away fifth in the early-stages and watched a game of musical chairs take place up front. Big Rich had to work hard to clear rail starter Dancer Hall to lead at the opening-quarter in :27.2. Dancer Hall quickly circled around entering the backstretch, but was overtaken immediately by Warrawee Roo, who was parked around the first turn. The new leader reached the half in :56. Around the final turn, Achille Duharas came first-up from fourth and supplied cover for a perfectly placed Will Take Charge. Warrawee Roo led by a pair of lengths at three-quarters in 1:24.1. Will Take Charge was fourth lengths from the lead turning for home, but the five-year-old had plenty of fight in him. The Gillis trainee unleashed a :26.3 final-quarter to powerfully track down the leader and prevail in deep stretch for the 1:51.3 score. Dancer Hall got up the inside to finish second, beat three-quarters of a length, while Warrawee Roo had to settle for third. Owned by Mac Nichol, Will Take Charge is now seven for 13 this season. The five-year-old gelding made six starts south of the border from April 14 to June 9, winning three of them, including the $150,000 Maxie Lee Memorial. Will Take Charge boosted his 2018 earnings to $236,511 and career earnings to $796,761 with his 19th career victory Monday. The clocking of 1:51.3 also established a new North American season's best for an older gelding trotter on a seven-eighths of a mile track or bigger. Will Take Charge paid $4 to win. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

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MILTON, ON - June 16, 2018 - Sintra converted off a perfect second-over trip from driver Jody Jamieson to win the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup on Saturday's Pepsi North America Cup undercard at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A strong field of nine pacers, featuring eight older heavyweights and three-year-old Jimmy Freight, battled in the annual Invitational. Nirvana Seelster and driver Trevor Henry did the heavy-lifting early, cutting out fractions of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:21.2. Just after the half, Check Six angled out from third to come first-up and supplied cover for Sintra from fourth. In the stretch, Sintra exploded off cover to rocket by and storm home to a 2¾ lengths victory in 1:48. McWicked, who was fourth-over turning for home, got up for second. Jimmy Freight got an inside trip, racing seventh most of the mile. The son of Sportswriter charged home strong along the rail to finish a very respectable third. A five-year-old gelding, Sintra picked up his first win in three starts with Saturday's sizzling mile. The Dave Menary trainee had finished second in his first two outings this season, which come on the heels of an award-winning season in 2017. Owned by Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc, Sintra is now a 18-time winner with $988,425 in career earnings. He paid $18 to win. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - June 16, 2018 - Hannelore Hanover captured her third consecutive Armbro Flight Stakes on Saturday's Pepsi North America Cup undercard at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The reigning Canadian and American Horse of the Year was untouchable in the $250,000 event for trotting mares, as she completed a front-end mission with a :27.2 final-quarter to win by three and three-quarter lengths in 1:52. "Right now she couldn't be any better," said driver Yannick Gingras following Hannelore Hanover's victory. "She's sound, she's happy, I didn't even kick the plugs the last couple of weeks, she's doing it on her own." A six-year-old daughter of Swan For All, Hannelore Hanover left hard from post-five to secure the lead and proceeded to post fractions of :27, :56.1 and 1:24.3. Emoticon Hanover tracked Hannelore Hanover's every move from the two-hole, but couldn't touch the defending champion, who recorded her 40th career victory. Emoticon Hanover held second, while Caprice Hill and Dream Together rounded out the Superfecta. Trained by Ron Burke, Hannelore Hanover is now perfect in four starts this season. Her three-peat in the Armbro Flight increases her career earnings to over $2.8 million for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and J And T Silva Stables LLC. Hannelore Hanover has defeated male rivals on multiple occasions, including last season's Maple Leaf Trot. Gingras noted how important the easy victory was for the big plans her connections have in mind. "The more easy miles we can put on her now, we have some big races later on and maybe even some big plans over the winter." A $2 win ticket on Hannelore Hanover returned $2.20. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - June 15, 2018 - Every trainers path to the Pepsi North America Cup is an interesting journey. Long hours, tough decisions, fast horses, slow horses and disappointing races is part of the business. But having a dream is what keeps many barns ticking. For most the dream is finding the horse that'll take them to the highest level. A field of 10 three-year-old pacers will line up this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park seeking to fulfill that dream for their connections in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. Each horse in Saturday's million-dollar classic has different traits and a story behind them. Tony Alagna has been to the top of the North America Cup mountain. The Manalapan, New Jersey conditioner won the 2013 edition with Captaintreacherous and nearly captured his second-title with runner-up Racing Hill in 2016. Alagna's barn will send out a pair of starters, Stay Hungry and American History, in Saturday's main event. Stay Hungry (PP2, Doug McNair) was the pick of many during the winter months to win this year's Cup. The son of Somebeachsomewhere had a fantastic two-year-old season that saw him win the $600,000 Breeders Crown and named the O'Brien Award winner as Canada's top two-year-old pacing colt. Alagna's standout makes a ton of noise on the track, but is a calm, cool and collected character when the bright lights are off. "(Stay Hungry) is a very laid-back horse, he's very easy to get along with," Alagna said. "He's very quiet, just a real pleasure to be around. No quirky habits. Walks out of the paddock hooked to the jog cart or walks out of the barn in the morning and stops every morning and just looks around." Stay Hungry could have an opportunity to stop and look at thousands of fans if all goes well in Saturday's North America Cup. The chill-individual is coming in off a victory in his elimination. American History (PP5, Yannick Gingras) is the second-representative from the Alagna barn and a perfect example that just like in any sport, every team has different characters. "He is always on go and he's just the opposite of Stay Hungry," said Alagna about American History. "Where Stay Hungry is very relaxed, (American History) goes to the track and is ready to work. He's (got a) totally different mindset and mentality than the other horse but nothing out of the ordinary, he likes to work." A son of American Ideal, American History has shown big speed and holds a mark of 1:49.1, tied for the fastest in the field. Brian Brown realized his million-dollar classic dream last year when he won the Cup with Fear The Dragon. The Ohio-based trainer is back looking for a repeat with a talented son of Well Said named Done Well (PP7, Tim Tetrick), who suffered his first loss in six-career starts last week, losing by a head to Stay Hungry. Done Well is a tough individual that battled back from injury last year, but grit doesn't make a horse exempt from having fears. "He used to be really scared of tractors," Brown shared about his rising star. "He's gotten over that mainly, still looks at them but he's pretty good that way." Luckily for Done Well, there will be no tractors on the track when the field lines up at approximately 10:40 p.m. Saturday. Like Done Well, Hitman Hill (PP10, Brett Miller) knows a thing about winning streaks. The Chris Oakes trainee started his career by winning six-consecutive starts and dominating the New York Sires Stakes last season. Hitman Hill won his second-lifetime start in 1:50.4, showing incredible speed and superstar potential. However, the American Ideal colt became a little too charged up during his run of victories and big speed as a rookie. "I drove him last year and raced him three starts where I thought he was the best colt in the country," driver Brett Miller said. "But he got really hot where we couldn't control him and it kind of ruined the rest of his year." Settling down Hitman Hill became the focus for the Oakes team. The American Ideal gelding has been raced much differently in three starts this season with Miller admitting he's been hesitant to send him to the front. "So far he's been very calm and I can do anything I want with him. Last year his game was he was best on the front, but I'm afraid to put him there again." Hitman Hill unleashed a :26.2 final-quarter to rally from eighth and finish third in his Cup elimination. Miller is hopeful the relaxed nature continues for the Oakes trainee. "I just hope we can keep him calm because in my opinion, he can go with any horse in here." The field of ten for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is comprised of eight colts and two geldings. All ten are writing different stories, but only one will have a fairytale ending to their current chapter this Saturday The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is carded as Race 12 on Saturday's program from Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time for the stakes-filled card is 6:30 p.m. To download a free program for Saturday's card, click here. Here is the full field for Saturday's race. #1 St Lads Neptune - Jody Jamieson/Stephanie Jamieson - 8/1 #2 Stay Hungry - Doug McNair/Tony Alagna - 5/2 #3 Wes Delight - Corey Callahan/Mark Harder - 9/2 #4 Lather Up - Montrell Teague/Clyde Francis - 2/1 #5 American History - Yannick Gingras/Tony Alagna - 10/1 #6 Lost In Time - Scott Zeron/Jimmy Takter - 8/1 #7 Done Well - Tim Tetrick/Brian Brown - 4/1 #8 Nutcracker Sweet - David Miller/Jimmy Takter - 15/1 #9 Hayden Hanover - Andy Miller/Julie Miller - 20/1 #10 Hitman Hill - Brett Miller/Chris Oakes - 20/1 AE: Burning Midnight - Trevor Henry/Corey Giles - 20/1 by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, ON - June 11, 2018 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced a mandatory payout for the Woodbine Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 on Saturday, June 16. The Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout adds to an already stacked card, which is headline by the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. Horseplayers will be flooded with big pools and competitive racing all evening leading up to the Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout on the card's 15th and final-race. Several previous Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payouts have topped more than $2 million in new money. The most recent mandatory payout at Woodbine Mohawk Park on October 14, 2017 had $2.3 million in new money wagered. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover is currently $138,793.89. Horseplayers can expect to play into larger Hi-5 pools this week leading up to the mandatory payout. This Friday's (June 15), which is the final night to play ahead of the mandatory payout, could see a Hi-5 pool of over $100,000. Free program pages and handicapping tools are available at www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

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