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MILTON, January 24, 2020 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all harness racing people that training has been cancelled for Saturday morning due to expected heavy rain and snow. The cancellation will allow the Mohawk Park track crew to prepare the racing surface for Saturday evening's card of live racing. Post time Friday and Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park is 7:10 p.m. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, January 24, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment would to issue a reminder to all interested parties of its upcoming stakes nomination deadline on February 18, with a focus on the Mohawk Million and its major two-year-old trotting events. The Mohawk Million follows a buy-in formula with nine slots available for purchase at a cost of $110,000. The tenth and final spot will be awarded to the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial. The William Wellwood Memorial has received a purse increase in 2020 with the final estimated at $610,000. Any two-year-old trotting fillies eligible to the Peaceful Way will be able to enter the William Wellwood Memorial by paying a $5,000 starting fee. The William Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way will take place on Saturday, September 12. The Mohawk Million is scheduled for Saturday, September 26. The deadline to nominate to each event is Tuesday, February 18, 2020. The Mohawk Million requires a $55,000 nomination fee by February 18, 2020 to be eligible for a slot in the $1 million (USD) race. The other $55,000 is due June 1, 2020. If more than nine nominations are received, a draw will be held to determine the slot recipients. To view the full conditions for all Woodbine stakes, click here.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

MILTON, January 21, 2020 - Fresh off a career-best season, harness racing driver Bob McClure will appear at the 18th annual Milton Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction on Tuesday, February 4 at RattleSnake Point Golf Club. A finalist for Driver of the Year at the upcoming O'Brien Awards, McClure will join sports celebrities Eric Lindros, Alvin Williams, Jack Armstrong, Tessa Bonhomme and Tyler McGregor as the stars for the 18th annual Milton Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction. McClure posted the highest earnings of his career in 2019, driving the winners of $5.9 million. He reached the top of the sport in August when he steered Forbidden Trade to an upset victory in the $1 million Hambletonian. Bob McClure and Forbidden Trade in September at Woodbine Mohawk Park (Michael Burns Photo) The Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction is presented by the Milton Chamber of Commerce and proceeds go towards the Chamber Scholarship Program, which funds local students in their post-secondary education. The evening's program includes an autograph session with the celebrities, a cocktail reception, gourmet meal, silent and live auction. Auction items include golf packages, spa packages and exclusive sports memorabilia. The finale of the evening will be an opportunity to hear stories and learn more from the sports celebrities, as they join Master of Ceremonies Ken Reid of Rogers Sportsnet on stage. Woodbine Entertainment is a member of the Milton Chamber of Commerce and proud sponsor of the event. Tickets for the 18th annual Milton Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction can be purchased by visiting the official event page.   Mark McKelvie        

MILTON, January 20, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced the 2020 schedule for its harness racing industry-leading Standardbred stakes program at Woodbine Mohawk Park. More than $20 million in stakes races will be contested over the Mohawk Park racing surface in 2020, including $12 million-plus in Woodbine administrated events. The 2020 stakes season is headlined by a pair of $1 million events (Pepsi North America Cup and Mohawk Million). The 37th Pepsi North America Cup for three-year-old pacers is scheduled for Saturday, June 20, while the inaugural Mohawk Million for two-year-old trotters is slated for Saturday, September 26. Woodbine Mohawk Park will be the only Standardbred track in North America to host multiple million-dollar races in 2020. The Pepsi North America Cup card (June 20) will again feature five additional marquee stakes to go with the nation's most prestigious race for Standardbreds. 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 make up the stacked undercard. Total purses for the evening will exceed $2.5 million. Mohawk Park will provide the setting for harness racing's largest showcase of elite two-year-old talent on Saturday, September 26. The $1 million (USD) Mohawk Million, $850,000 Metro Pace and $550,000 Shes A Great Lady will feature the finest two-year-old trotters and pacers competing in the sport's richest races for rookies. The Mohawk Million for two-year-old trotters follows a buy-in formula, with nine of ten slots in the race available for purchase ($110,000). The tenth and final spot in the Mohawk Million will be awarded to the winner of the $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial, which will be contested on Saturday, September 12. The earlier date for this year's Wellwood provides a clear week prior to the Mohawk Million. New in 2020, Woodbine Entertainment has changed the format of the $650,000 Maple Leaf Trot and the $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby to remove eliminations and instead proceed to directly to the rich final with the highest lifetime earners (limited to 10) competing on Saturday, September 5. The $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic and $350,000 Elegantimage follow the same format of highest earners competing for the second consecutive season. They are scheduled for Saturday, September 19. In total, the month of September will feature more than $7 million in stakes races. Woodbine Mohawk Park will again play host to legs of the Miss Versatility and Graduate Series in 2020. The Miss Versatility for older trotting mares takes place on Friday, May 29, while the Graduate Series for four-year-old pacers and trotters will be held on Saturday, June 6. The province's best will compete all-season at Mohawk Park building up to the Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals and Grassroots Championships. The Grassroots Championships are scheduled for Saturday, October 3, while the Super Finals will be held on Saturday, October 17. Woodbine will again distribute money to all finishers in major stakes finals during the 2020 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 Tuesday, February 18. Woodbine continues to administrate stakes for Ontario Racetracks in 2020, including Grand River Raceway, Flamboro Downs, Clinton Raceway and Hanover Raceway. 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 2020 Woodbine Standardbred Stakes schedule, click here. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, ON - January 11, 2020 - Harness racing pacers Sintra battled through rainy and windy conditions to reach up at the wire for a second consecutive Preferred score on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The seven-year-old gelding and driver Jody Jamieson rallied from fifth at the head of the lane to win the $36,000 Preferred Handicap by a neck over Nirvana Seelster, who cut the mile, and the same margin over East End in 1:53.2. Competing on a 'Sloppy' track with rain and high winds, the field of six older pacers were led by Nirvana Seelster through fractions of :27., :57.1 and 1:25.3. Real Surreal angled out from fourth to come first-up going to three-quarters. Sintra sat fifth and followed the cover loosely, while Youaremycandygirl, the lone mare in the field, followed from sixth. After facing little pressure, Nirvana Seelster attempted to close out the victory with a final-quarter sprint, aided by the wind at his back. Sintra was able to make up a little more than four-lengths with a :27 final-quarter to snag the victory. Youaremycandygirl finished fourth on the far outside, with Rockin In Heaven and Real Surreal rounding out the field. Trained by Dave Menary, Sintra is now two for two since returning from injury. The seven-year-old gelding had his 2019 season end last May after starting the campaign six for eight. He's now banked $36,000 in two victories this season for owners Michael Guerriero, Kelly Waxman, Nunzio Vena and Frank Cirillo. Sintra's latest victory improves his career numbers to 26 wins and $1,144,436 earned. He paid $2.50 to win. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

MILTON, ON - January 9, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park is set to cap off its first week of the new decade with Preferred action and the Can-Am Pick 4 highlighting Friday and Saturday's harness racing cards. A 10-race card will take place Friday evening, while an 11-race card is on tap for Saturday night. The $32,000 Mares Preferred Handicap Pace will headline Friday's card and a new winner is guaranteed, as last week's winner Youaremycandygirl will tackle the boys in Saturday's $36,000 Preferred Handicap. Kendall Seelster, who was runner-up last week, starts from the outside post-seven and is working towards millionaire status, entering Friday's contested with $952,446. Jody Jamieson will sit behind the five-year-old for trainer Isabelle Darveau. Always well-represented, Richard Moreau sends out a strong duo from the side-by-side positions of posts four and five. Four-year-old Sylph Hanover is three for three since joining the Moreau barn and will make her Preferred debut. Double A Mint, who scored 10 Preferred victories last season, will search for her first top-level score since August. The Mares Preferred Handicap field is completed by (in post position order) Cousin Mary, Inverse Hanover, Better Be Donna N and So Much More. Saturday evening's Preferred Handicap will feature a showdown between the mare Youaremycandygirl and 2017 Canadian Pacing Derby winner Sintra. Moreau trainee Youaremycandygirl was an easy-winner last week in the Mares top-class, making her first start since the TVG Final in late-November at The Meadowlands. The five-year-old has competed and had success at this level, defeating the boys in the Woodbine Preferred on November 9. Dave Menary trainee Sintra had his 2019 campaign cut short due to injury, but the now seven-year-old made a dominant return last week with a 2/14 length score in the Preferred Handicap. The 25-time winner with $1.1 million in career earnings was on pace for a huge season last year, as he won six of eight starts prior to suffering an injury in May. Youaremycandygirl starts from post-four with driver Louis Philippe Roy, while Sintra has post-six in the field of six with Jamieson in the sulky. The Preferred Handicap is completed by (in post position order) Rockin In Heaven, East End, Real Surreal and Nirvana Seelster. Can-Am Pick 4 returns Saturday Saturday evening's card also features the return of the Can-Am Pick 4, a multi-leg wager consisting of two-races at Woodbine Mohawk Park (Race 10 & 11) and two-races at The Meadowlands (Race 10 & 11). The Can-Am Pick 4 sports a $0.20 minimum and low 15 per cent takeout. The sequence starts on Race 10 at Woodbine Mohawk Park and alternates between tracks, finishing on Race 11 at The Meadowlands. The entire program, including past performances for the Can-Am Pick 4 at The Meadowlands, can be downloaded for free at www.Woodbine.com/Mohawk/FreePrograms/. Adriano Sorella to join WRL Owner Adriano Sorella will swing by to join Woodbine's Chad Rozema for an interview on Saturday's edition of Woodbine Racing Live. Sorella has been making noise with his marketing efforts for stallion Jimmy Freight and earlier this week was named a recipient of the USHWA President's Award. Woodbine Racing Live starts at 6:30 p.m. Post time for Friday and Saturday's cards is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, ON - January 3, 2020 - The 2020 live harness racing season at Woodbine Mohawk Park is set to kick-off Saturday (January 4) with an 11-race program. The season-opener is the first of 222 cards of racing scheduled for 2020 at Mohawk Park, which has played host to live harness racing since April of 1963 and became the permanent year-round home of Woodbine Standardbreds in April of 2018. This Saturday's card is headlined by a $36,000 Preferred Handicap Pace (Race 6) and a $32,000 Mares Preferred Handicap Pace (Race 10). Post-10 Second Tier Horsepeople and horseplayers are reminded that Post Position 10 at Woodbine Mohawk Park will continue to start from the second-tier. Post 10 moved to the trailing position at the start of November and this will continue until further notice. New Wagers Starting Saturday, Woodbine Mohawk Park will introduce Rolling Doubles and a Late Pick-5 for every card of live racing. The Rolling Doubles start with the traditional Daily Double on Race 1 and continue with a new Double starting in every race until the Late Double. The regular Double minimums and takeout apply. The Late Pick 5 will start every night on Race 6 and features a $0.20 minimum and a 15 per cent takeout. The Late Pick 5 joins the popular Early Pick 5, which will continue to start every night on Race 1. The Can-Am Pick 4 also returns in 2020. The multi-leg wager featuring two-races from Mohawk Park and two-races from The Meadowlands will be held every Saturday night, beginning January 11. Live Racing Schedule Live Racing takes place every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout the Winter months at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time for each card is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - January 3, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced that the 2019 Standardbred season produced a record all-sources harness racing handle of $364,639,490, the highest in Woodbine Standardbred history. "This was our first full year of harness racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park and it proved to be very successful," said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. "We look forward to building off of our successes in 2019 as we fulfill our vision of being the top standardbred racetrack in the world." The 216-date season (five cancellations) saw the all-sources handle rise 9.2 per cent and a record per-race handle of $161,990, up 11.2 per cent from the previous year. A total of 2,251 races were contested, 41 fewer than the year prior. Foreign wagering (outside Canada) on Woodbine Standardbred races in 2019 was as strong as ever with a record total of $243,095,740 wagered, up 15.2 per cent from 2018. Home Market Area wagering held steady by coming in at $88 million for the second consecutive year. The 2019 racing season at Mohawk Park was highlighted by the 36th Pepsi North America Cup on June 15 and the return of the Breeders Crown on October 25 and 26. The Pepsi North America Cup saw a new stakes and Canadian record of 1:47.2 established by Captain Crunch, who gave driver Scott Zeron and trainer Nancy Johansson each their first North America Cup title. Handle on the $1 million race increased 3.5 per cent from 2018. The $6 million (USD) Breeders Crown, presented by Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, brought the best in harness racing to Mohawk Park for 12 championship races. The two-day event generated a total-handle of $6.6 million, a new record for a Breeders Crown held in Canada. The past year also saw the completion of a $6 million paddock expansion project in October. The 2020 season at Woodbine Mohawk Park will be headlined by a pair of $1 million races, with the 37th Pepsi North America Cup slated for June 20 and the inaugural Mohawk Million set for September 26. A total of 222 race dates are scheduled for 2020 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The season kicks off Saturday evening with an 11-race program. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

MILTON, ON - December 26, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park concluded its 2019 harness racing season with the traditional Boxing Day matinee on a foggy Thursday. The $35,000 Valedictory and $35,000 Niagara for three-year-old pacers headlined the 12-race program along with presentations to the season's leading owner, trainer and driver. Cheddar Bay prevailed by a nose over Jknr Liketell in a thrilling finish to the Valedictory Series. Driven by J Harris, Cheddar Bay got away ninth and would pick up cover racing towards the half, eventually sitting second-over and just two-lengths from the top at three-quarters. Virgin Storm blasted from the rail and posted an opening-quarter of :26.4 before releasing Windsun Ricky and retaking the lead before a half of :56. Conboyville grinded away first-up pressuring the leader at three-quarters in 1:25.1. In the stretch, Virgin Storm gave a valiant effort, but surrendered the lead in the final-eighth. Cheddar Bay and Jknr Liketell, who had a ground saving trip in fourth, paced by the lead and would hit the line together with Cheddar Bay prevailing in 1:53.4. Virgin Storm held on for third, while Windsun Ricky was fourth. A gelded son of Betterthancheddar, Cheddar Bay finished second in last week's second-leg after a sixth-place finish in the series opener. The Peter Core trainee is now three for 29 this season with $66,924 earned for owners Donald and Heather McGregor. Cheddar Bay now sports career numbers of four wins and $75,809 in earnings. He paid $23.40 to win. Cheddar Bay Arya Stark completed the sweep of the Niagara Series in fitting fashion by rallying from seventh at the head of the line to reach up for a length and a quarter victory in 1:55.4. Trained by Melissa Lamoureux, Arya Stark got away seventh and would move to the outside at the midway point, but still sat nearly 10 lengths from the lead turning for home. The daughter of Royal Mattjesty and driver Chris Christoforou swept by their rivals to defeat Trip Aces Hanover, Cranberry Brie and Dreamfair Zenfire, who had nearly five on her rivals at three-quarters. Arya Stark is now seven for 36 in 2019 for Lamoureux, Jeffrey Boyd and Jefferson Davis. The sophomore now sits with $89,662 in earnings this season and career numbers of eight wins and $94,537 in earnings. A $2 win ticket on Arya Stark returned $4. Arya Stark Owner Brad Grant and trainer Richard Moreau once again led their respective categories, while Sylvain Filion made a return to the top of the driving ranks. Brad Grant enjoyed another tremendous season by capturing numerous stakes events, while also winning many Preferred and high-level overnights. The Milton, Ontario resident saw horses he owns win 66 races and earn over $1.6 million during 2019 at Mohawk Park. 1187422 Ontario Inc. finished second in wins with 45, while Robert Key finished with 42 wins. Serge Godin's Determination had the second highest earnings in 2019 with $1.3 million, highlighted by 37 victories. Trainer Richard Moreau again led all conditioners in victories and earnings. The Puslinch, Ontario resident posted 181 wins and $3.6 million in earnings. His stable sent out just over 1,300 starters. Carmen Auciello finished in the runner-up spot with 137 wins, while the top-five was rounded out by Ben Baillargeon (87), Rod Boyd (86) and Shawn Steacy (52). Tony Alagna finished second to Moreau in earnings with $3 million, while Auciello ($2.6 million), Nancy Johansson ($2.3 million) and Baillargeon ($2 million) were the only other trainers to surpass $2 million in earnings. There was no final day drama for leading driver, as Sylvain Filion finished with 267 wins, 42 more than nearest rival Louis Philippe Roy. Bob McClure finished third with 205 wins, while Trevor Henry had 193 and Jonathan Drury 177. A resident of Milton, Filion also led all drivers in earnings with $5.4 million. Roy also topped $5 million with $5.1 million, while McClure ($4.7 million) and Henry ($4.2 million) were the other drivers to surpass $4 million on the season. Live racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park now takes a holiday break prior to launching the 2020 season on Saturday, January 4. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

MILTON, ON - December 23, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced a pair of new multi-leg wagers and the return of the Can-Am Pick-4 for the 2020 live racing season at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Starting January 4, 2020, Woodbine Mohawk Park will introduce Rolling Doubles and a Late Pick 5 for every card of live racing. The Rolling Doubles start with the traditional Daily Double on Race 1 and continue with a new Double starting in every race until the Late Double. The regular Double minimums and takeout apply. The Late Pick 5 will start every night on Race 6 and features a $0.20 minimum and a 15 per cent takeout. The Late Pick 5 joins the popular Early Pick 5, which will continue to start every night on Race 1. Woodbine Mohawk Park and The Meadowlands will again team up to offer the Can-Am Pick 4. The multi-leg wager will now be offered every Saturday night beginning January 11 and consists of the final two races at Woodbine Mohawk Park plus two races at The Meadowlands. The Can-Am Pick 4 has a $0.20 minimum and 15 per cent takeout. Woodbine Mohawk Park has two cards of live racing (December 23 and 26) remaining for the 2019 season. The Campbellville oval will take a break following the traditional Boxing Day matinee card before launching the 2020 live racing season on Saturday, January 4 at 7:10 p.m. Free Christmas dinner for horsepeople at Mohawk Park Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all horsepeople of a complimentary Christmas dinner being served in the paddock kitchen tonight (December 23). The paddock kitchen will also be serving a free brunch on Boxing Day in the paddock kitchen as a thank you to the horsepeople from Woodbine Entertainment. Post time on Boxing Day is 1 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - December 21, 2019 - Traceur Hanover became harness racing's newest millionaire with a runner-up finish in Saturday's seventh-race at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The seven-year-old pacer needed a win or runner-up finish in the $21,000 event to surpass $1 million. 'Traceur' delivered a game effort, battling Islandspecialmajor right to the wire to finish second by three-quarters of a length. Traceur Hanover was purchased by owner Richard Berthiaume for $100,000 as a yearling in 2013. The son of Western Ideal won the Breeders Crown as a two-year-old in 2014 and has since became a mainstay on the Woodbine circuit, competing in top-level classes for several seasons. The Baillargeon trainee has nine wins and 19 top-three finishes in 37 starts this season for $185,030 in earnings. His career numbers now sit at 35 wins and $1,002,379 earned to go with a mark of 1:49.2. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - December 21, 2019 - Nirvana Seelster displayed the determination that's helped him earn over $1 million in his harness racing career to give trainer Bill Budd a milestone victory Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Budd entered Saturday's card just a win shy of 2,000 for his career and his longtime stable star Nirvana Seelster fittingly came through with a game victory in the $34,000 Preferred Pace. Driven by Bob McClure, Nirvana Seelster shot to the lead and went unchallenged through solid fractions of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:22.4. East End angled from the two-hole at the head of the lane and took a short lead with an eighth of a mile remaining. Nirvana Seelster refused to give up and battled back at the inside to regain the lead late, winning a wild finish in 1:51. East End finished second by a head, while Ellis Park was third by a neck. Owned by Bruce Davy, Nirvana Seelster scored his fourth win in 30 starts this season and 45th of his career. The eight-year-old gelding has earned over $1.2 million lifetime. This was his first Preferred level victory since September 15, 2018. Budd, 68, has been a fixture on the Woodbine and Ontario racing scene for decades. The Waterdown, Ontario resident started working for Bill Wellwood in 1969 and has made over 10,000 starts as a trainer with his horses earning more than $19 million. Sir Luck and Boulder Creek are two of Budd's most notable students during his training career. Budd's stable is enjoying a strong season, posting 52 wins and earning more than $1.1 million. This marks the third season his stable has surpassed $1 million. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment              

MILTON, ON - December 20, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced the date for the inaugural Mohawk Million, to be contested in 2020 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The $1 million (USD) race for two-year-old trotters will headline a $2.5 million-plus card on Saturday, September 26, 2020. The $850,000 (estimated) Metro Pace and $540,000 (estimated) She's A Great Lady will also take place on September 26 to showcase harness racing's finest two-year-olds. The Mohawk Million follows a buy-in formula with nine of 10 slots in the race available for purchase. The tenth and final spot will be awarded to the connections of the 2020 William Wellwood Memorial winner at no cost. The William Wellwood Memorial is scheduled for Saturday, September 12, 2020, two-weeks prior to the Mohawk Million. A slot in the Mohawk Million costs $110,000 (USD) and is considered an entity, which may be sold, traded or leased. Slot payments have been split into two $55,000 installments. The first payment is due February 18, 2020 with the second payment due June 1, 2020. Any interested parties seeking more information on the Mohawk Million may contact Bill McLinchey, Director of Racing, at bmclinchey@woodbine.com. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - December 20, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park is happy to offer any AGCO Racing License holders a 25 per cent discount on its Boxing Day (December 26) brunch in the Terrace Trackside Buffet. The Boxing Day brunch will feature Prime Rib and Ham along with a variety of hot items, salads and desserts. Any owners and horsepeople who present their AGCO Racing License to their sever will be able to acquire 25 per cent off the buffet price for their entire table. (Max table of six). The regular buffet price before discount is $49.95. The Terrace Trackside Buffet opens at Noon on Boxing Day. Post time for the matinee card is 1 p.m. To make a reservation, call 1-888-341-0207 + 2 +1 or visit www.Woodbine.com/Mohawk/Dining/Terrace-Dining-Room. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - December 19, 2019 - The preliminary rounds of the Valedictory and Niagara Series for three-year-old pacers concluded on a very cold Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Valedictory for colts and geldings and Niagara for fillies each required a pair of $17,000 second leg divisions ahead of next week's finals. Lyons Pegasus took advantage of hot early fractions to shoot up the rail by tiring foes for a 1:52.2 victory in the first Valedictory division. Jody Jamieson steered the Mark Goddard trainee to his sixth win in 14 starts this season. The opening half of the race saw Silver Beast and Mc Pat duel to the midway point in :54.4. Race-favourite Windsun Ricky was left first-up for the final turn grind, pacing alongside Mc Pat to three-quarters in 1:23.1. Lyons Pegasus stayed along the rail in sixth at the head of the lane, but with just under four-lengths to make up, the gelded son of Well Said had a clear lane at the inside to shoot through for a length and a half score. To watch race replay, click here.  Jknr Liketell came from third over to finish second, while Legion Seelster and Mc Pat rounded out the Superfecta. Owned by Threelyonsracing, Lyons Pegasus heads towards next week's final with a win and runner-up finish in the preliminary legs. His sixth career score brings his earnings up to $65,200. Lyons Pegasus paid $7.40 to win. Jamieson used the rail again in the second split to win with Captain Cash at 8-1 in 1:52.4. A son of Captaintreacherous, Captain Cash left well and enjoyed a two-hole ride after Virgin Storm cleared following a :26.4 opening-quarter. Virgin Storm got an easy second-quarter before being confronted by What Up Mo, as the first-up challenger held a short lead at three-quarters in 1:25. In the stretch, What Up Mo was swarmed in the final-eighth by several rivals, including Captain Cash up the rail. Cheddar Bay finished second by a length, while Conboyville and Grand Poobah completed the top-four. What Up Mo finished fifth. To watch the race replay, click here. Captain Cash, who was seventh in last week's first leg, is now one for four since being acquired by Mardon Stables and debuting for trainer Bruce MacDonald. The sophomore pacer is four for 15 this season and five for 22 overall. He now has $46,510 banked this season and $52,270 overall. A $2 win ticket on Captain Cash returned $19.50. Trip Aces Hanover wore down Cranberry Brie to win the first division of the Niagara in 1:54.4. Doug McNair guided the Herb Holland trainee to her third win in 22 starts this season. Race-favourite Cranberry Brie circled to the lead in the second-quarter and would hold the lead until deep stretch. Trip Aces Hanover got underway from fifth at the half, following cover for most of the final turn before being left uncovered nearing three-quarters. In the stretch, Trip Aces Hanover proved to be too much for Cranberry Brie to fight off, as the outside challenger muscled by for the score. Giggle Hanover came through late for second, beat a length. Cranberry Brie was third, while Fresh Eyes was fourth. To watch race replay, click here. A daughter of Bettors Delight, Trip Aces Hanover has now earned $59,740 this season for owner James Avritt Jr. She heads towards next week's final with a win in round two following a third-place finish in last week's series opener. Trip Aces Hanover paid $5.90 to win. Arya Stark won the showdown of first leg winners in Thursday's second division, converting off a two-hole ride to defeat 6/5 favourite Dreamfair Zenfire. Driven by Chris Christoforou, Arya Stark left well and settled for second, allowing Dreamfair Zenfire to show the way. The week one winners sat one-two through fractions of :27.3, :57 and 1:26.2. In the stretch, Arya Stark angled to the outside and powered by for a 3 ¾ length victory over Dreamfair Zenfire in 1:54. Passport Hanover was third, while Erikas Shadow was fourth. To watch race replay, click here. Trained by Melissa Lamoureux, Arya Stark is now six for 35 on the campaign and seven for 37 overall. The daughter of Royal Mattjesty has now earned $72,162 this season for owners Lamoureux, Jeffrey Boyd and Jefferson Davis. Arya Stark, who returned $6.90 to win, will now have an opportunity to sweep the Niagara Series in next week's final. The Valedictory and Niagara Series were open to three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2019. Both series will conclude next Thursday (December 26) with $35,000 finals on Woodbine Mohawk Park's annual Boxing Day matinee program. Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - December 19, 2019 - The Race Office at Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to issue a reminder to all horsepeople of its holiday harness racing draw schedule. The entry box for the annual Boxing Day (December 26) matinee program closes Friday morning (December 20) at 10:30 a.m. Live racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park takes a holiday break following the Boxing Day card. The first card of 2020 is scheduled for Saturday, January 4. The draw for January 4 will be held on Tuesday, December 31. Entry box closes at 10:30 a.m. The entire draw schedule for the coming weeks is available below: Enter Friday (Dec 20) for Thursday (Dec 26) Enter Tuesday (Dec 31) for Saturday (Jan 4) Enter Thursday (Jan 2) for Monday (January 6) by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

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