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CAMPBELLVILLE, December 14, 2017 - The Woodbine Standardbred Race Office would like to inform horsepeople of the upcoming holiday draw and harness racing schedule. Live Standardbred racing at Woodbine will continue on its regular schedule through Saturday, December 23. There will be no live racing on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Racing resumes on Boxing Day (Tuesday, December 26) for the traditional matinee card. The Boxing Day program will be the final card of 2017, as the Standardbreds will then take a break until Saturday, January 6, 2018. There will be no qualifiers during the break at Woodbine. The first opportunity to qualify following the break will be Monday, January 8. The Woodbine track and paddock will not be available for training on Tuesday, December 26, but will be open for training on Tuesday, January 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Below is the full holiday schedule (with draw dates) for Woodbine. Live Racing: Tuesday, December 26 (Post Time 1 p.m.) - Draw Date: Thursday, December 21 (Box Closes 10:30 a.m.) - Scratch Time: Friday, December 22 at 9 a.m. Live Racing: Saturday, January 6 (Post Time 7:30 p.m.) - Draw Date: Wednesday, January 3 (Box Closes 10:30 a.m.) - Scratch Time: Thursday, January 4 at 9 a.m. Live Racing: Monday, January 8 (Post Time 7:30 p.m.) - Draw Date: Thursday, January 4 (Box Closes 10:30 a.m.) - Scratch Time: Friday, January 5 at 9 a.m. Qualifiers: Monday, January 8 (Post Time 4 p.m.) - Draw Date: Friday, January 5 (Box Closes at 10:30 a.m.) The Woodbine Standardbred Race Office also conducts all draws for Rideau Carleton Raceway. Below is the holiday racing and draw schedule for Rideau. Live Racing: Thursday, December 28 (Post Time 6:30 p.m.) - Draw Date: Friday, December 22 (Box Closes at 10 a.m.) - Scratch Time: Friday, December 22 at 3 p.m. Live Racing: Sunday, December 31 (Post Time 4:00 p.m.) - Draw Date: Wednesday, December 27 (Box Closes at 10 a.m.) - Scratch Time: Wednesday, December 27 at 3 p.m. The Woodbine Standardbred Race Office would like to wish all horsepeople happy holidays and best of racing luck in 2018.   Woodbine announces Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout Christmas will come a few days early for horseplayers, as Woodbine Racetrack has announced a mandatory payout on the Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 for Saturday, December 23. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover currently sits at $153,104.77 with six-cards remaining ahead of December 23. There will be no freezing of the pool ahead of the mandatory payout. This will be the second consecutive year that Woodbine has offered a Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout on the final card before Christmas. A mandatory payout on December 23, 2016, which had a carryover of $548,396, saw more than $2 million of new money wagered into the pool. Horseplayers that correctly selected the top-five finishers in order scored a Holiday bonus of $4,842.70 for a $0.20 ticket. The most recent mandatory payout offered on the Woodbine Standardbred product was on October 14 at Mohawk. The carryover that evening was a record $978,779 and horseplayers wagered an additional $2.3 million on the Hi-5. Winning horseplayers on October 14 got back $2,446.33 for a $0.20 ticket. The Jackpot Hi-5 requires horseplayers to select the top-five finishers in order and features a $0.20 minimum wager with a 15 per cent takeout. The wager is offered nightly on the final-race of each card. Live racing continues at Woodbine Racetrack every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Post time is 7:30 p.m. For more information leading up to the Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout, follow @WoodbineSB on Twitter. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, December 13, 2017 - Woodbine Racetrack will host members of the Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts this Friday (December 15) to celebrate and honour their recent championship victory. The Argonauts will be bringing the Grey Cup to Woodbine for this special evening of live Standardbred racing. The Grey Cup champions will be dropping by the Standardbred paddock prior to the start of Friday's card to visit and pose for photos with participants and staff. The Argonauts will then head over to the Grandstand to enjoy dinner and live racing in the Clubhouse. The Argonauts will also be making an appearance in the winner's circle to perform a special race presentation, while some members will have the opportunity to get up close with the racing by enjoying a ride in the start car. The Toronto Argonauts captured the 105th Grey Cup on November 26 in Ottawa at TD Place Stadium. The Double Blue edged the Calgary Stampeders 27-24 in a thrilling contest to secure a record 17th Grey Cup. Make sure to follow @WoodbineSB on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to view photos and videos from the Grey Cup champions visit to Woodbine. Fans can stay up to date with all things Toronto Argonauts by following their official Twitter page or by visiting www.argonauts.ca. Mark McKelvie

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

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

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

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

CAMPBELLVILLE, November 21, 2017 - The Standardbred Alliance today released details regarding a group of harness racing claiming series to take place during the month of December at Flamboro Downs and The Raceway at Western Fair District. The Alliance Holiday Claiming Series will have six events with three held at Flamboro and three at Western Fair. Each series will have two preliminary legs and an added-money final. The conditions for each series are as follows: Event A: Trot, Claiming $8,500. Allowances for Age & Sex. Event B: Pace, Horses & Geldings, Claiming $7,000. Allowances for Age & Sex. Event C: Pace, Horses & Geldings, Claiming $15,000 for Non-Winners of $30,000 lifetime, as of midnight, December 1, 2017. No allowances on earnings. Event D: Pace, Fillies & Mares, Claiming $7,000. Plus Allowances. Event E: Pace, Fillies & Mares, Claiming $15,000 for Non-Winners of $30,000 lifetime, as of midnight, December 1, 2017. No allowances on earnings. Event F: Trot, Claiming $15,000 for Non-Winners of $30,000 (Fillies & Mares $37,500) lifetime, as of midnight, December 1, 2017. No allowances on earnings. (Note: Events A, B, C will be raced at Western Fair and Events D, E, F will be raced at Flamboro) The nomination fee for each event is $100 ($80 USD) and nominations close Friday, December 1. The nomination form can be viewed by clicking here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than December 1, 2017 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. Alliance Holiday Claiming Series payments can also be made online at www.woodbineentertainment.com/sbpayments.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Media Communications

TORONTO, November 18 -Leading owner Brad Grant and leading harness racing driver Doug McNair teamed up to once again sweep the Preferred paces on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack,. It was a rainy Saturday evening at the Toronto oval, but that didn't slow down the momentum of last week's Preferred winners Easy Lover Hanover and Witch Dali. Easy Lover Hanover was the 2/5 favourite in the $34,000 Preferred and picked up his third consecutive victory with an easy-looking 1:53 score. Driver Doug McNair got away third with the Ben Wallace trainee and made a backstretch brush to the lead before the half. 'Easy Lover' proceeded to post fractions of :56.1 and 1:25, before stepping home in :28 for the victory. Nirvana Seelster was second, while Ellis Park was third. Saturday's victory gives Easy Lover Hanover six wins in 21 starts this season. The four-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere has banked over $164,000 this season to bring his career totals to 22 wins and $530,509 earned. McNair's victory with 'Easy Lover' gave him four on the card. The Wallace trainee paid $2.90 to win. Easy Lover Hanover Witch Dali went coast to coast to win the $30,000 Mares Preferred in 1:53.3. The Richard Moreau trained six-year-old cut out fractions of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:25.2, before kicking home in :28.1 to win by a length and a half. Moreau's other student Ms Mac N Cheese finished second, while L A Delight was third. Witch Dali is now three for 20 this season with $97,320 banked. The daughter of Dali is now a 22-time winner and her career earnings now sit at $445,668. The Moreau trainee paid $7.70 to win. Witch Dali Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, November 14 - A Toronto area couple enjoying a Friday night movie at home got a surprise ending that seemingly only Hollywood writers could manufacture. However, the harness racing shocker didn't come on the small screen they were expecting. A female HPIbet customer, who asked not to be identified, and her husband took down the entire Woodbine Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 last Friday for a $146,937.92 pay day. While many horseplayers were left scratching their heads when the payouts on Friday's tenth-race at Woodbine appeared, the Toronto couple was locked in a flick and had no idea of their luck. "We were watching a movie, we didn't see it," said the Toronto HPIbet customer, whose husband placed the wager on their account. "He just ran upstairs did it, noticed it was zero minutes, put it in, ran back downstairs and we finished watching our movie." It wasn't unusual for her husband to make a wager on the Jackpot Hi-5, as he was aware that the carryover was up over the $100,000 mark. The ticket that her husband wagered cost just a mere $1.20 and was the only ticket in the $27,048 pool to correctly select the top-five finishers in order. Long shots filled the top-five, while the public's top choices failed to make an appearance. The average horseplayer couldn't have predicted the results of the bizarre Jackpot Hi-5 race, but the winning couple wasn't playing by the program page, but rather by numbers that had a special meaning. "Part of the numbers were my husband's dad's room numbers from when he was in the hospital - six, five, two, nine - and then he just took 'all' after that and it came in." The winner's husband's father passed away three years ago. The special numbers ended up leading to the Toronto couple winning the $146,937.92 jackpot. The couple didn't get a chance to react in the moment, instead finding out as they went to bed. "He went back upstairs just before bed and he hit refresh and that number came up," recalls the Toronto woman. "I was still watching TV and he yelled at me to go upstairs and I thought something was wrong because he had a heart attack a couple of years ago...and then I went upstairs and I didn't believe it until I actually got the cheque in hand." The Toronto couple visited Woodbine the following afternoon to receive their winnings and proceeded to have lunch while enjoying some Thoroughbred racing. "It was the most relaxing lunch we've had." Ironically enough, the couple first signed up for their HPIbet account when having dinner at the track just a few years ago. "One time we went to Woodbine and we had dinner there at the buffet and sat at the front and watched the horses, so we just signed up." Winning $146,937.92 doesn't happen every day and the couple has a few ideas for what they plan to do with their winnings. "We are going to put some money aside for the kids for school and we could do a nice trip and pay our bills." With the weather now on the chilly side, it wasn't lost on the couple the timing of their luck. "It's making things a little more comfortable and helpful especially with Christmas right around the corner." Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, November 10 - The Woodbine harness racing Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 had just a single winning ticket Friday evening for a $146,937.92 payout. Long shots filled the top-five finishers in the Jackpot Hi-5 event (Race 10). Three-year-old pacing filly Kloof Street (#6) pulled off a 16-1 upset, while being followed in the top-three by a pair of fillies at double-digit odds. The two favourites finished outside the top-five, which opened the door for a potential huge payout. The only ticket to correctly select the top-five finishers in order was purchased by a Woodbine HPI customer and cost $1.20. The winning ticket combination was 6/5/2/9/1,3,4,7,8,10. Here are the top-five finishers from the Jackpot Hi-5 race. 1st: #6 Kloof Street - 16/1 2nd: #5 Osprey Blue Chip - 21/1 3rd: #2 Village Jamie - 15/1 4th: #9 American Cheer - 5/1 5th: #8 Diamondtoothgertie - 9/1 The Jackpot Hi-5 pool Friday was $27,048, which joined the carryover of $123,946.84 to make up the payout. The Jackpot Hi-5 will now start from scratch on Saturday evening's program. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, November 6 - Doug McNair has been posting big numbers all season long and Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack was no different for the Woodbine Entertainment Group's leading harness racing driver. McNair participated in eight-races on Monday's card and posted an impressive four victories and four runner-up finishes. The evening started off well for the Guelph, Ontario resident, as he swept the "Early-Double" with claiming pacer Four Card Major and veteran trotter Wild And Crazy Guy. McNair would then finish second in the evening's fourth and fifth-races before steering claiming trotter The Power Of Many to a 7-1 upset in the sixth-race. After once again posting back-to-back runner-up finishes in races-seven and eight, McNair would pick up his "Grand Slam" victory with claiming pacer Think On It in the ninth-race to complete his successful evening. A leading candidate for Canada's Driver of the Year, McNair leads all drivers on the WEG Circuit in wins and dollars this season with 254 victories and over $5 million in earnings. Over the weekend while driving in stakes action at HoosierPark, McNair surpassed his previous season's best for earnings set in 2012 and Monday evening he added to that career high total by raising it to $5.9 million. Following Monday's card, McNair now holds a 26-win lead over nearest rival Louis Philippe Roy for top spot in the 2017 WEG driver's standings. Live racing continues Thursday at Woodbine Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. McNair's four winners; Four Card Major Wild And Crazy Guy The Power Of Many Think On It Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, October 27 - Witch Dali was able to get the better of harness racing stablemate Ms Mac N Cheese to capture Friday's $30,000 Mares Preferred Pace at Woodbine Racetrack. The Richard Moreau trained pacing mares finished first and second, with Witch Dali edging by in deep stretch to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:52. It was just the second win of the season for the six-year-old pacing mare, who was making her 18th start of 2017. Driven for the first-time by Bob McClure, Witch Dali was blasted to the lead in a field of seven and posted a :26.4 opening-panel. Ms Mac N Cheese made a second-quarter move to the lead from third, but didn't clear until reaching the half in :56.1. The leaders did not change positions on the far turn, which set up a stretch duel between the Moreau trainees. Witch Dali powered by on the outside for the victory, which also snapped a three-race win streak for Ms Mac N Cheese. Owned by Brad Grant, Witch Dali has now banked $74,820 this season to bring her career earnings to $423,168. Friday's victory was her 21st career score. A $2 win ticket on Witch Dali returned $6.80. Live harness racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Racetrack with the $34,000 Preferred Pace headlining a 10-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, October 23 - Woodbine Racetrack will offer a quartet of winter series in the coming months for harness racing three and four-year-old pacers. The Niagara and Valedictory Series will take place during the month of December, while the Blizzard and Snowshoe Series will start in January. Each series consists of two preliminary legs (guaranteed purse of $17,000) and a final ($30,000 added). The nomination fee for each series is $200 and nominations close December 1, 2017. The conditions and dates for the four series are listed below. Niagara (To be raced December 8, 15 and 26): Three-year-old pacing fillies in 2017, non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of midnight October 31, 2017. No allowances. Valedictory (To be raced December 9, 16 and 26): Three-year-old pacing colts and geldings in 2017, non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of midnight October 31, 2017. No allowances. Blizzard (To be raced January 18, 25 and February 2): Three and Four-year-old pacing fillies & mares in 2018, non-winners of two races or $30,000 lifetime as of midnight October 31, 2017. No allowances. Snowshoe (To be raced January 19, 26 and February 2): Three and Four-year-old pacing colts, horses & geldings in 2018, non-winners of two races or $30,000 lifetime as of midnight October 31, 2017. No allowances. Full conditions and details for the series can be found by clicking here. Stakes payments can be made online by clicking here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than December 1, 2017 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, October 19 - The 2017-18 Woodbine Standardbred Fall-Winter meet got underway Thursday evening with an exciting 10-race harness racing card. The meet got off to an intriguing start, as two-year-old pacing filly Quite A Sight scored a 12-1 upset in the opening race for driver Randy Waples and breeder/owner/trainer Bob McIntosh. The daughter of Camluck stopped the timer in 1:54.4 to improve to two for three to start her career. Quite A Sight was not the only rookie to grab the opening night spotlight, as Wind Blast and You Said It brought the heat on Thursday. Mach Three gelding Wind Blast blew the doors off his rivals with a front-end score in 1:53 for Waples at 3-1. The Jack Darling trained rookie was able to knock almost a full-second off his previous mark of 1:53.4, which was established in his most recent outing on October 2 at Mohawk. Wind Blast, who competed earlier this season in Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots action, is now two for five and has banked $25,087 for Jack Darling Stables Ltd. The evening's seventh-race saw Well Said colt You Said It overcome an interference break early to rally and win in impressive fashion. The Ben Wallace trained rookie was knocked off-stride by a breaking rival an eighth of a mile into the race and had to reset for driver Doug McNair in eighth. You Said It would move to the outside nearing the half and ended up fourth-over and eighth in the field turning for home. You Said It unleashed a :27 final-quarter to zoom late and score a victory by a neck in 1:55.2. It was the first win in 11 outings for the son of Well Said, who was purchased privately in August by Brad Grant. Driver Sylvain Filion led the way Thursday by each picking up three victories, including a 29-1 upset with five-year-old claiming pacer Er Quinn in the finale. Leading trainer Richard Moreau wasted no time adding to his strong numbers, as he sent out two winners on Thursday. Horseplayers were ready to jump in and play on opening night at Woodbine. The Pick-5 pool attracted $66,088 and paid $1,345.50 for a $0.20 winning ticket, while the Early Pick-4 had a pool of $56,660 and returned $138.65 for a $1 ticket. Live racing continues Friday night at Woodbine. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Quite A Sight Wind Blast You Said It Er Quinn Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 19 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced that per-race handle for the recently concluded harness racing meet at Mohawk Racetrack was up eight per cent. The 2017 Mohawk meet, which began on April 13, featured 127 race cards, 17 less than 2016, and had an "all-sources" wagering total of $202,145,413. The average per-race handle during the 2017 Mohawk meet was $152,908.78, up $12,279.27 from the 2016 meet. Support from U.S. horseplayers saw a per-race increase during the 2017 season, as they wagered an average of $94,231.14 per-race, up 9.8% from 2016. The nightly Pick-5 wager rose to new heights in popularity during the meet, as the first-race multi-leg wager had an average pool size of $73,437. The Jackpot Hi-5 wager continued to be a staple of the Mohawk wagering menu. A mandatory payout on October 14, featuring a record carryover of $978,779, saw $2.3 million wagered into the pool. Several top racing and community events were highlights for the 2017 season at Mohawk. On Tuesday, June 13, Woodbine Entertainment announced a $10 million investment and new branding for Mohawk Racetrack. Mohawk will become the home of year-round harness racing beginning in April of 2018 under the name Woodbine, Mohawk Park. The $10 million investment will upgrade the facility in multiple areas with the intent on continuing to be a leader in World Class Horse Racing. The 34th Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 17 once again attracted strong wagering and a large crowd to the Campbellville oval. Fear The Dragon captured the $1 million race for three-year-old pacers, while country star Kira Isabella rocked the house with a pre-race concert. The RCMP Musical Ride made a stop at Mohawk on August 1 and 2 for the first-time ever. Near-capacity crowds packed the Mohawk grandstand to watch the legendary Musical Ride performance in celebration of Canada 150. The Canadian Pacing Derby on September 2, Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic on September 16 and Metro Pace on September 23 brought the finest pacers and trotters to Mohawk for a sensational month of Grand Circuit racing. Doug McNair of Guelph, Ontario led all drivers during the Mohawk meet in wins with 155, while Trevor Henry of Arthur, Ontario was the top earning driver at $3.8 million. Trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, Ontario was the top conditioner for the 2017 season, as his stable recorded 78 wins and earned $1.4 million. Brad Grant of Milton, Ontario led all owners in victories with 30, while Serge Godin's Determination stable of Montreal, Quebec led all owners in earnings with $839,604. Live Standardbred racing now shifts to Woodbine Racetrack for the Fall-Winter meet starting Thursday, October 19. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, October 18 - Live harness racing returns to Woodbine Racetrack on Thursday, October 17 for the 2017-18 Woodbine Fall-Winter meet. The Fall-Winter meet will feature live racing every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. The lone exception is a special matinee card on Boxing Day (December 26) at 1 p.m. The final number of race dates for the meet is pending regulatory approval. The upcoming meet will be the last for harness racing at Woodbine, as Mohawk Racetrack will become the home of year-round Woodbine harness racing beginning in April of 2018. Doug McNair captured the driving title last season at Woodbine and while he carried that momentum over to post leading numbers during the Mohawk meet, the Guelph, Ontario reinsman feels he is a perfect match for racing at Woodbine. "It's good for my style, I like to be aggressive and it's more of a front end track," noted McNair. "They're going such big speed now a days, especially back-halves, you can come a half in :53 and not get a cheque, so you got to be up in the hunt especially going back to Woodbine. "The front end is a real good spot to be and first-over is not that bad either if you have the right horse." As always, Horseplayers can expect competitive racing and strong pool sizes throughout the Woodbine Fall-Winter meet. The wagering menu for Woodbine Standardbreds remains the same and continues to feature the popular multi-leg wagers, including the $50,000 guaranteed Pick-5 and $50,000 guaranteed Early Pick-4. The popularity of the Pick-5 wager reached new heights during the recently concluded Mohawk meet. The average Pick-5 pool for the Mohawk meet was $73,437 and horseplayers can expect much of the same this season at Woodbine. Thursday's opening card features 10-races. A free program can be downloaded by clicking here. Mark McKelvie

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