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MILTON, ON - February 8, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to issue a reminder to all owners and trainers of the new conditions for the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage ahead of the February 15 deadline for nominations. The events for three-year-old trotters will no longer require eliminations, as the top ten (10) highest lifetime money-earners entered will contest the finals on Saturday, September 14 at Mohawk Park. Woodbine Entertainment will recognize Canadian and American earnings as equal. (Example: A horse with $100,000 earned in the US and a horse with $100,000 earned in Canada will be recognized as having the same earnings) Trotters entered that fall outside the top ten (10) in earnings will be eligible for a consolation. The consolation will be contested for 10 per cent of the event's purse pool (before entry fees) and requires a minimum of eight starters. If a declared trotter fails to be among the top ten (10) lifetime money earners and a consolation does not fill, or a trotter falls outside the top twenty (20) earners, all stakes payments will be refunded to the owner of the horse, provided the horse meets the current qualifying standards at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The estimated purse for the Canadian Trotting Classic is $665,000, while the Elegantimage is $350,000. To review the stakes conditions for all Woodbine administrated events, click here. Nominations are due no later than Friday, February 15. To make payments online, click here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than February 15, 2019 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, ON - February 6, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all horsepeople of a change to this week's qualifying and training schedule. Qualifiers originally scheduled for Thursday afternoon have been moved to Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. A total of five qualifying-races will be contested. The racing surface and paddock at Mohawk Park will not be open for training on Thursday morning to allow the track crew time to perform maintenance ahead of Thursday evening's card of racing. Post time for Thursday's card is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, ON - February 4, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all horsepeople that the track and paddock will not be open for training on Tuesday morning (February 5). The closure is to allow for the track crew to perform maintenance on the racing surface. The track and paddock are scheduled to reopen for training on Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment        

MILTON, ON - February 1, 2019 - Legal Bettor and Springbridgevision brought the heat Friday night to Woodbine Mohawk Park to win the finals of the Snowshoe and Blizzard Series. The $40,800 Snowshoe for three and four-year-old pacer and the $36,400 Blizzard for three and four-year-old pacing fillies and mares featured full fields of 10. Legal Bettor rallied from tenth and last at three-quarters to win the Snowshoe final in thrilling fashion for driver Travis Cullen and trainer Jodie Cullen. Fiesty Fireball led the field to the opening-quarter in :28.3 before Barbados circled from second to the top in the second-quarter and posted fractions of :57.4 and 1:26.2. Legal Bettor got away ninth and angled off the pylons nearing the half, but didn't gain much ground initially and ended up three-wide and last at the third-marker. In the stretch, Barbados attempted to get away from rivals and held a lead of just over two-lengths with an eighth of a mile remaining. Legal Bettor and Cullen unleashed a furious rally, tracking down and nailing Barbados at the wire to win by a neck in 1:55.4. R Bazingga finished third, while Between The Sheets was fourth. A four-year-old gelding, Legal Bettor came into Friday's final off a second-place finish in round two after an opening-leg victory. The Cullen trainee has now won two of five starts this season to bring his career numbers to five wins and $55,955 earned. Owned by Gestion J Y Blais Inc, Legal Bettor paid $7.60 to win. Sophomore pacing filly Springbridgevision completed her dominance of the Blizzard Series with a sweeping victory for driver James MacDonald and trainer Andrew Moore. Springbridgevision got away eighth and would sit close to last nearing the half while waiting for outer-flow to develop. Bidforahug made a second-quarter move to the top and led through middle-half panels of :57.4 and 1:27.4. Sand Artist pressured the leader first-up, while Springbridgevision was third-over and just three-lengths from the top turning for home. In the stretch, Springbridgevision shot to the top spot and had the jump on rival Lyonshedgeabet, who followed the winner around the final turn. Springbridgevision stopped the clock in 1:56.2 to win by half a length over Lyons Hedgeabet. Sand Artist was third, while Charms Little Sis was fourth. A daughter of Shadow Play, Springbridgevision is now undefeated in four starts this season and has won five of 11 career starts. The Blizzard final victory brings her career earnings to $51,933 for owners Andrew Moore, Allan Moore, Tommy Godfrey and Charles Farrell. A $2 win ticket on Springbridgevision returned $4.90. The Snowshoe and Blizzard Series were open to three and four-year-old pacers who were non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2018. Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, ON - January 31, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all horsepeople that tonight's card (January 31) of live racing will take place as scheduled. Post time for tonight's 10-race card is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKevile, for Woodbine Entertainment Group  

January 29, 2019 - A group of Ontario's signature race tracks - Flamboro Downs, Georgian Downs, Grand River Raceway and The Raceway at Western Fair District - have jointly announced a new ownership integrity stakes condition which will take effect on February 15, 2019 and will apply to some of the province's most high profile races. Those races include the Confederation Cup, Earl Rowe Memorial, Battle of Waterloo, Battle of the Belles and Camluck Classic, all administered by the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) which implemented a similar stakes condition on January 1st of this year. The new stakes condition, which has received the approval of both the AGCO and COSA, is listed below in its entirety: The Tracks Any owner who participates in an added money or invitational event with a purse greater than $50,000 and administered by Woodbine Entertainment Group on behalf of Flamboro Downs, Georgian Downs, The Raceway at Western Fair District, and/or Grand River Raceway with a trainer who has an outstanding Class 1, Class 2 or TC02 positive test under appeal in any jurisdiction, shall be ineligible to participate as an owner in any of the below added money or invitational events for 12 months following the trainer's conviction, if such trainer is later found guilty relating to the Class 1, Class 2 or TC02 positive test. (The above condition is only applicable to a positive test occurring on or after February 15, 2019.) The Races Confederation Cup conducted at Flamboro Downs Earl Rowe conducted at Georgian Downs Camluck Classic conducted at the Raceway at Western Fair District Battle of Waterloo conducted at Grand River Raceway Battle of the Belles conducted at Grand River Raceway by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

MILTON, January 24, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced a harness racing $6 million expansion project for the Standardbred Race Paddock at Woodbine Mohawk Park is now underway. The expansion project is part of Woodbine Entertainment's commitment to horse racing and Woodbine Mohawk Park as the year-round home of World Class Standardbred racing. "Our vision for Woodbine Mohawk Park is to be recognized as the leading Standardbred racetrack in North America," said Jessica Buckley, President of Woodbine Mohawk Park. "The paddock expansion is a big part of that vision as it will improve the experience for horsepeople on race days while also allowing us to host major events like the Breeders Crown." The expansion project will feature a new 22,000 square-foot addition built onto the current Standardbred paddock. The new addition will have 57 large box stalls, a new women's driver-trainer locker room to go with the recently updated men's locker room and a viewing area for fans. Additionally, the expansion will include on-site offices for the Central Ontario Standardbred Association for the convenience of the horsepeople. "We are thrilled to see ground broken on the paddock expansion after collaborating with Woodbine for several months on design concepts to meet the needs of our horsepeople," said Bill O'Donnell, President of the Central Ontario Standardbred Association. "The paddock is home for our horsepeople and the new expanded paddock will provide full comfort for our horses and all participants during year-round racing." The new paddock addition will also include expanded trailer parking following the completion of the project. The introduction of box stalls to the Standardbred paddock offers more room for horses compared to the current standing stalls and will eliminate shuttling between the paddock and backstretch for horses treated with Lasix. The new box stalls can also be used for retention and will have doors to segregate the extension from the main paddock. Work on the paddock expansion has started and is scheduled to be completed ahead of October's Breeders Crown at Mohawk Park. "This major investment is another demonstration of Woodbine Entertainment's commitment to growing the sport of horse racing throughout Ontario," said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. "With this project now underway, winter harness racing in full swing, and the Breeders Crown scheduled for next Fall, 2019 is going to be an exciting year at Mohawk Park." The $6 million paddock expansion is the latest investment from Woodbine Entertainment towards the Mohawk Park property now totaling $16 million. A $10 million investment was announced in June of 2017 and upgrades were completed earlier this year to enhance the facility for capabilities of hosting year-round live harness racing. About Woodbine Entertainment Woodbine Entertainment is the largest horse racing operator in Canada offering world-class horse racing at Woodbine Racetrack (Toronto) and Woodbine Mohawk Park (Milton) as well as operating off-track wagering (Champions teletheatre network) and remote wagering (HPIbet). Woodbine Mohawk Park operates year-round Standardbred racing and is the home of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup and host of the 2019 Breeders Crown. Along with live racing, Mohawk Park's privately owned 434-acre site will be transformed into a mixed-use future entertainment and community destination in support of Standardbred racing in Ontario. The projected development could include commercial, hospitality, office, and recreational aspects within the site, creating new employment opportunities in the Halton Region. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, January 17, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment today revealed its harness racing industry-leading $16 million-plus Standardbred stakes lineup for 2019. The 2019 stakes schedule is headlined by the 36th edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 15 and the return of the $6 million (USD) Breeders Crown to Mohawk Park on October 25 and 26. This year's Pepsi North America Cup, Canada's richest race for Standardbreds, will showcase the continent's finest three-year-old pacers and will be the 13th consecutive edition contested at Mohawk Park. The Pepsi North America Cup undercard will again feature harness racing's best across various divisions. The $425,000 Fan Hanover for three-year-old pacing fillies, $370,000 Roses Are Red for pacing fillies and mares, $260,000 Goodtimes for three-year-old trotters, $250,000 Armbro Flight for trotting fillies and mares and $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational will make up the stacked Cup undercard on June 15. Woodbine Entertainment is pleased to host the 2019 Breeders Crown, presented by Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, at Mohawk Park. The $6 million (USD) Breeders Crown will feature 12 championship races contested over two-nights. The four Breeders Crown finals for two-year-olds will take place on Friday, October 25 with the eight finals for three-year-olds and up to be held the following evening on Saturday, October 26. Woodbine Entertainment reminds all owners and trainers of the new Standardbred Integrity and Accountability Initiative conditions in effect for the 2019 season. Any owner who participates in a Woodbine Standardbred Stake Race (added money $50,000 or greater) with a trainer who has an outstanding Class 1, Class 2 or TCO2 positive test under appeal in any jurisdiction, shall be ineligible to participate as an owner in any Woodbine Standardbred Stakes for 12 months following the trainer's conviction, if such trainer is later found guilt to the Class 1, Class 2 or TCO2 positive test. (The new conditions are only applicable to the a positive test occurring on or after January 1, 2019). New in 2019, Woodbine Entertainment has changed the format of the $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic and $350,000 Elegantimage Stakes for three-year-old trotters. These events will no longer require eliminations and instead the final will be limited to the ten (10) highest lifetime money earners among the horses entered at draw time. Consolations may be contested depending on the number of horses entered for each event. Following a strong stakes season in 2018, Woodbine Entertainment has kept all stakes in the same position on the calendar for 2019. The $650,000 Maple Leaf Trot and $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby remain on Labour Day weekend (Saturday, August 31). The $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial and $380,000 Peaceful Way for two-year-old trotters join the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage on Saturday, September 14. The $850,000 Metro Pace, harness racing's richest race for two-year-olds, and $550,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes will be contested on Saturday, September 21. The $250,000 Milton Stakes for pacing fillies and mares will also take place on this date. Woodbine Mohawk Park will again play host to a leg of the Miss Versatility and Graduate Series in 2019. The Miss Versatility for trotting mares will visit on Monday, May 20, while the Graduate Series for four-year-old pacers and trotters joins the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes for a stakes-filled card on Saturday, June 1. The Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots and Super Finals will be held at Mohawk Park in October. The Grassroots Finals will take place on Saturday, October 5 with the Semi-Finals scheduled for September 27 and 28. The Super Finals will be held on Saturday, October 12. Woodbine will again distribute money to all finishers in major stakes finals during the 2019 season. The winner of the finals will receive the traditional 50% of the total purse, while those finishing sixth through last will take home 1% of the purse. The horses finishing second through fifth will receive 50%-24%-16%-10% of the remaining purse. Nominations for all Woodbine Standardbred Stakes close on Friday, February 15. Conditions and payment details can be bound in the 2019 Woodbine Stakes Booklet. Woodbine continues to administrate stakes for Ontario Racetracks, including Grand River Raceway, Flamboro Downs, Clinton Raceway and Hanover Raceway. Details of their 2019 stakes can be found in the Stakes Booklet. Stakes payments for all Woodbine administrated events can be made payable to Woodbine Entertainment. Payments can be made through the Race Office, by mail or online. To view the 2019 Woodbine Standardbred Stakes schedule, click here. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, January 15, 2019 - The 2018 season was a very busy and exciting year on and off the track for Woodbine Entertainment. "Reflecting back on the year that was, it's remarkable to think of all that was accomplished and started in 2018," said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. "Our efforts have positioned us well to continue to tackle our challenges head on as we remain laser-focused on our sole mandate of sustaining and growing the horse racing industry in Ontario." Here's a look at the past 12 months: Off the Track Off the racetrack, Woodbine Entertainment made significant investment in the sport, executed its single breed strategy by moving harness racing to Mohawk Park exclusively, secured real estate opportunities that will sustain the horse racing industry for decades, continued its focus on people and culture at Woodbine Entertainment, unveiled a new logo and brand identity and so much more. Here are a few key highlights: In 2018, Woodbine transitioned all Standardbred racing to Woodbine Mohawk Park for year-round harness racing. The 2019 season, which just started on January 5, will mark the first time in its history that the Standardbred meet will be held exclusively at Mohawk Park. To accommodate year-round racing at Mohawk Park, Woodbine invested $10 million to winterize the facilities. It has also committed another $6 million to expand the paddock to improve the experience for horsepeople while also being able to host premier harness racing events like the 2019 Breeders Crown. In Toronto, Woodbine invested $9 million to install a state-of-the-art, 7-furlong inner turf track that will open in Spring 2019. For the second consecutive year, Woodbine Entertainment was certified as a Great Place to Work®. Woodbine also hired 713 new employees, more than double from the previous year. Woodbine welcomed new casino operation partners at both of its racetracks. At Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, construction has started to pave the way for the full construction project that will see a casino resort developed, which will include a brand-new gaming pavilion, a concert venue and trackside hotel on 33 acres of Woodbine property. In 2018, Woodbine Entertainment acted on its commitment to be industry leaders to ensure the long-term viability, sustainability and growth of horse racing in Ontario. One example of that was Woodbine Entertainment undertaking the need to operate Ontario Racing Management, the execution arm of Ontario Racing, which is the independent governing body of horse racing throughout the Province. This required an investment of nearly $5 million in 2018 and will require an ongoing financial commitment and dedicated resources moving forward. New Deals with Associations At the end of the 2018 Thoroughbred meet, the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario (HBPA) and Woodbine Entertainment jointly announced a new four-year agreement in principle that includes an additional $18 million in guaranteed purses and a minimum commitment of $4 million in capital investment in Thoroughbred racing over the course of the agreement. That was followed by an agreement in principle between the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) and Woodbine Entertainment on a new five-year racing deal that provides an additional $15 million in purses and commits a minimum of $5 million in capital investment in Standardbred racing over the course of the agreement. "Reaching new deals with both HBPA and COSA provides the industry, and especially breeders, with the certainty and confidence moving forward to invest in the breeding of horses in Ontario," said Lawson. "This is particularly important to our industry as increasing local horse supply and labour remain key factors in successfully growing horse racing at Woodbine and throughout the entire industry." Thoroughbred Racing and Wagering Despite the Thoroughbred season producing a record "all-sources" handle of $533,268,900, marking a 5.8 per cent increase over the previous year's total, home market wagering was down 3 per cent in 2018. The record handle was largely driven by strong growth of 9.2 per cent in the U.S. markets. There were 132 race cards in 2018 with one cancellation. That amounted to 1,257 races and an average field size of 8.25.The 2018 Thoroughbred meet was highlighted by record-breaking race days for its signature events, The Queen's Plate, Ricoh Woodbine Mile and Pattison Canadian International. Standardbred Racing and Wagering Woodbine's 2018 Standardbred season, contested between Woodbine Racetrack and Mohawk Park, produced a steady and industry-leading "all-sources" handle of $332,208,097.41.The 2018 season consisted of 219 cards and 2,282 races. The average per-race handle came in at $145,577.61.The average field size per race was 8.7. Woodbine Entertainment secured a deal with the Hambletonian Society to host the $6 million (USD) Breeders Crown at Mohawk Park in 2019. "Overall, our wagering metrics remain healthy, but we are not without our challenges," said Lawson. "We need to continue to invest and market our product to drive wagering here at home, while seizing the opportunity we are seeing South of the border with more and more horse players wagering on Woodbine races remotely. This is a testament to the quality of our product and brand." Opening day for the 2019 Thoroughbred racing season, consisting of 133 race dates, is scheduled for April 20. Standardbred racing resumed on January 5 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, which will host race cards four days a week with post times set for 7:10 p.m. each Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

MILTON, January 12, 2018 – Kendall Seelster continued her dominance of the Mares Preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a 1:53.2 harness racing victory Saturday evening. The now four-year-old daughter of Shadow Play converted off a perfect second-over trip from driver Sylvain Filion for her fourth consecutive score in the $30,000 top-class. Exhilarated was the quickest away and led the field of seven to the opening-quarter in :28.1. Request For Parole made a second-quarter move to the lead from fourth and led the field by the half in :58.1. P L Hurricane angled out at the half from third to commit first-up, which provided cover for Kendall Seelster from fifth. Request For Parole led by just under a length at three-quarters in 1:26. In the stretch, Kendall Seelster powered off cover and charged home in :27 to secure her fourth win in a row. Double A Mint rallied from sixth at the head of the lane to edge out Just Her Luck for second, while P L Hurricane was fourth. Kendall Seelster moved up to the Preferred-level in late-October and capped off her sophomore campaign with several victories over aged rivals. The Rod Boyd trainee is now undefeated in two starts this season after winning nine of 23 and earning $283,465 in 2018. Saturday’s victory brings Kendall Seelster’s career stats to 15 wins and $767,450 earned for owners 1187422 Ontario Inc. She paid $2.60 to win. Kendall Seelster Along with Saturday’s $30,000 feature, millionaire pacer Sintra collected his second consecutive win after a layoff with a strong 1:52.1 victory in a $27,000 event. The six-year-old gelding sat second-over turning for home and powered by rivals in the lane for driver Jody Jamieson. Trained by Dave Menary, Sintra returned to the races last week for the first-time in over three-months and won in 1:53.1. The 2017 Canadian Pacing Derby champion was moving up to face tougher company Saturday, including a trio exiting the Preferred, and prevailed for his 20th career victory. Sintra is owned by Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc. Sintra Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.   Mark McKelvie - Woodbine Communications

MILTON, January 11, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment and the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) jointly announced today the agreement in principle of a new five-year harness racing deal that includes an investment in capital upgrades and an increase in purses, further solidifying Woodbine Mohawk Park as one of the leaders in total purses paid for Standardbred racetracks in North America. "The future is bright for Standardbred racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park. We are thrilled to come to terms on a new agreement with COSA representing Woodbine's continued partnership with horse people in the Province," said Jessica Buckley, President, Woodbine Mohawk Park. "We value our partnership with COSA and have successfully collaborated on multiple projects this year, including this new agreement." The new deal is highlighted by $15 million in additional purse money to be distributed over the course of the contract. Woodbine Entertainment has also committed to $1 million in capital upgrades to Woodbine Mohawk Park annually over the five-year period, a further demonstration of its commitment to the Standardbred horse racing industry in Ontario. "This new five-year deal is part of our commitment to Standardbred Racing, and the vision to grow year-round racing at our World Class facility in Milton," said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. "This long term deal gives Standardbred breeders and owners the opportunity to plan and invest with confidence." "COSA is pleased to come to terms on a new five-year deal with Woodbine, providing purse growth each year for the next five years for our members," said Bill O'Donnell, President of COSA. "We have developed a strong working relationship with Woodbine and will continue to work closely with them to reach goals for both sides during this new contract." Woodbine Mohawk Park reopened for the 2019 racing season on January 5. A total of 221 live race dates are scheduled for the upcoming season, highlighted by the Pepsi North America Cup and the 2019 Breeders' Crown. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, January 7, 2018 - Muscial Rhythm pulled off a 12-1 upset in Monday's $34,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park to complete a 'Grand Slam' for harness racing trainer Ben Baillargeon. Freezing rain had no impact on Baillargeon trainees, as four of his five starters on Monday's 10-race card visited the winner's circle. Those that supported the veteran trainer's horses at the windows had a large night, with three of the four going off at odds of 9-1 or higher. Musical Rhythm captured Monday's feature contest by tracking race-favourite Dunbar Hall second-over around the far turn and out battling the previous top-class winner in the lane for a victory of half a length in 1:54.1. The victory gives the gritty seven-year-old 30 for his career and pushes his career earnings to $698,928 for owners Santo & Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and Ben Baillargeon. Musical Rhythm returned $26.10 to win. Musical Rhythm Four-year-old trotter Bautista ($21.60) got the night rolling for Baillargeon in the second-race by picking up his first win in his third start for the barn. Six-year-old pacer Major Legacy ($39.10) collected the second win for Baillargeon by narrowly holding on in the evening's fifth-race. The 'Hat-Trick' for Baillargeon came in the evening's sixth-race with six-year-old trotting mare P L Jill ($4.50) taking care of business as the public's top choice. Sylvain Filion steered Bautista and P L Jill to victory, while Mario Baillargeon drove Major Legacy and Musical Rhythm. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. To view Monday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Monday Results - Mohawk Park. Replays available at www.YouTube.com/WoodbineReplays Mark McKelvie    

MILTON, December 26, 2018 - The 2018 Woodbine Standardbred season concluded Wednesday afternoon with an 11-race harness racing card at Mohawk Park, featuring a pair of series finals for three-year-old pacers and award presentations to the season's top performers. A field of eight colts and geldings battled in the $34,400 Valedictory final, while a field of seven fillies clashed in the $32,600 Niagara final. Phantom Seelster capped off 2018 as the hottest horse at Woodbine Mohawk Park by running his win streak to six in a row with a 1:51.4 victory in the $34,400 Valedictory Series final. Driven by Bob McClure, Phantom Seelster took his time in the beginning and got away fourth. Legal Power and driver Doug McNair wanted control and claimed the top spot to post opening fractions of :27.3 and :56.3. Phantom Seelster committed first up nearing the half and that gave McNair his cue to try and pace away at the top with Legal Power, who paced a :27.2 third-quarter to create a few lengths of separation turning for home. In the stretch, Phantom Seelster put his work boots on to track down and charge by Legal Power to win by 2 ¾ lengths in a career-best equaling 1:51.4. Legal Power held second, while Larrys Petrock was third and R Bazingga fourth. Trained by Richard Moreau, Phantom Seelster six-race win streak came all in series events by sweeping the Harvest Series in November and the Valedictory in December. The gelded son of Mach Three is now six for 20 this season to bring his career numbers to nine wins and $133,135 for owners Gestion Mastel Inc, Conrad Leber and Marcel Barrieau. A $2 win ticket on Phantom Seelster returned $3.40. Phantom Seelster The $32,600 Niagara Series final was filled with drama, as a thrilling stretch battle led to a length inquiry and disqualification of the winner. Odds On Stephanie and driver Doug McNair shot out to the lead and cut the mile, posting fractions of :29.1, :59.1 and 1:27.3. Lyons Hedgeabet and driver Bob McClure came first up from fourth to challenge the leader turning for home. In the stretch, Lyons Hedgeabet pushed forward to take a narrow lead, but Odds On Stephanie wouldn't go away and battled back. The fillies battled side by side to the line with Lyons Hedgeabet winning by a nose. The AGCO Judges posted the inquiry sign and reviewed the stretch battle, determining that Lyons Hedgeabet interfered with Odds On Stephanie at the rail and reversed the top-two finishers. Odds On Stephanie went off as the second-choice at 7/2 behind Lyons Hedgeabet at 3/5. Owned by Odds On Racing, Odds On Stephanie finished fourth in the series' second leg after finishing second in round one. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere picks up her third win 17 starts this season and increases her career earnings to $66,128 after racing just once as a two-year-old. Odds On Stephanie was sent to the barn of Richard Moreau for Niagara Series from trainer Tony Alagna. A $2 win ticket on Odds On Stephanie returned $9.20. Odds On Stephanie Sophomore pacers, who were non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2018, were eligible for nomination to the Valedictory and Niagara Series. Woodbine Entertainment took time during Wednesday's card to recognize its top owner, trainer and driver for the 2018 racing season. Brad Grant led all owners during the 2018 season in wins and earnings on the Woodbine Entertainment circuit. The Milton, Ontario resident finished the year with 51 wins and $1.2 million in earnings. Grant's top horses in 2018 included Hambletonian champion Atlanta, Preferred star Easy Lover Hanover and multiple-stakes winner Captain Ahab. Richard Moreau captured his fourth consecutive Woodbine Standardbred training title. The Puslinch, Ontario resident sent out more than 1,200 starters in 2018 and led all conditioners with 208 wins and $3.7 million in earnings. Moreau was recently named a finalist for the O'Brien Award as Canada's Trainer of the Year, an award he has won in each of the last five years. Louis Philippe Roy did not compete on Wednesday's program, but the Mont-Joli, Quebec native did claim his first Woodbine Entertainment driving title. Roy made 288 trips to the winner's circle and drove the winners of more than $5.5 million in 2018. Roy's big year could lead to another accomplishment, as he was recently named a finalist for the O'Brien Award as Canada's Driver of the Year. Live racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park now takes a short-break over the holidays before resuming on Saturday, January 5 at 7:10 p.m. The 2019 live racing season will feature 221 race dates. Replays available at www.YouTube.com/WoodbineReplays Mark McKelvie  

MILTON, December 22, 2018 - The legendary Foiled Again delivered a final memorable moment for Canadian harness racing fans with an impressive victory in the penultimate start of his career Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The richest Standardbred of all-time came first-up from third at three-quarters to challenge leader Alexas Jackpot and stormed by in the lane to win by 2¼ lengths in 1:53.2 for driver Louis Philippe Roy and trainer Ron Burke. A large crowd turned out despite freezing temperatures to take a photo with Foiled Again during a pre-race meet and greet session. Fans rushed out to the apron and made plenty of noise cheering Foiled Again home and in the winner's circle. A winner of $7.6 million, Foiled Again now has 109 victories over the course of 13 seasons on the racetrack. The 14-year-old gelding has added $76,540 to his career earnings in his final season for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jjk Stables LLC. Mohawk Park holds a special place in the career of Foiled Again. The richest win of his illustrious career came in the $787,000 Canadian Pacing Derby on September 1, 2012. Foiled Again was making his last start on Canadian soil and the penultimate start of his career on Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Burke trainee will make his final start on New Year's Eve at The Meadows in Pennsylvania before retirement. A $2 win ticket on Foiled Again returned $3.70.   Mark McKelvie

MILTON, December 21, 2018 - A mandatory payout on the Woodbine Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5, featuring a carryover of $352,873.10, is set for Saturday night (December 22) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Multiple-winning tickets on Friday's Jackpot Hi-5 ensured a massive carryover for Saturday's mandatory payout. Woodbine will be offering a Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout for the third consecutive year on the final card before Christmas. A mandatory payout on the Jackpot Hi-5 in December of 2016 saw more than $2 million of new money wagered into the pool. Horseplayers that connected on last December's mandatory payout took home $49,437.10 for a $0.20 winning ticket. The total pool for Saturday's mandatory payout is expected to exceed $1 million. 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. A free program for Saturday's card at Woodbine Mohawk Park can be downloaded at www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com. Saturday evening's card at Woodbine Mohawk Park will also feature an appearance by Foiled Again, as the richest Standardbred of all-time continues his farewell tour. The 14-year-old winner of $7.6 million will meet fans for photos in the winner's circle at 6:30 p.m. and compete in the evening's sixth-race. Post time for Saturday's card is 7:10 p.m.   Mark McKelvie

MILTON, December 21, 2018 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to extend condolences toharness racing trainer Mark Steacy and the connections of the five Standardbreds lost in Friday morning's tragic barn fire at nearby First Line Training Centre. In this time of emergency, Woodbine Mohawk Park has made available its backstretch barn area for the surviving horses. As of Friday morning, a total of 26 horses trained by Mark Steacy are currently being stabled in Mohawk Park's Barn Eight. "Everyone at Woodbine Entertainment was devastated to wake up Friday to the news of the barn fire at First Line Training Centre," said Jessica Buckley, President of Woodbine Mohawk Park. "We're grateful that so many horses survived the fire and that we can make our barn area available for the horses and the Steacy stable during this difficult time. "Woodbine offers our sincerest condolences to all the connections of the horses lost and everyone impacted by this tragic event." The five horses lost in Friday's barn fire were Pearl Blue Chip (three-year-old pacing filly), Mademoiselle Tammy (two-year-old pacing filly), Rap Royalty (two-year-old gelded trotter), Miss Wheely (yearling filly) and Irma (yearling filly). Woodbine Mohawk Park will hold a moment of silence in memory of the horses lost ahead of Friday evening's card of live racing. Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment

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