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MILTON, May 19, 2018 - The first stakes event of the 2018 harness racing season at Woodbine Mohawk Park highlighted Saturday's Fireworks and Family Fun Night card. The $113,792 SBOA Trot and $115,792 SBOA Pace featured some of the top Ontario sired three-year-old fillies in the game. O'Brien Award winner Percy Blue Chip didn't let a little stinging in the early-going get in the way of adding another trophy to her collection. The Dr. Ian Moore trained pacing filly made a statement with a 1:51.4 victory in her season debut. Driver Sylvain Filion was sitting behind Percy Blue Chip for the first-time ever in Saturday's SBOA Stakes and he fired her out from post-six towards the lead. Quite A Sight and driver Trevor Henry also blasted from the rail and didn't let 'Percy' clear without a fight. Parked by the opening-quarter in :26.2, Percy Blue Chip finally cleared at three-eighths and kept on motoring up to the half in :54.1. A :29.3 breather on the final-turn sealed the deal, as Percy Blue Chip pulled away from rivals in the lane with a :28 kicker to win by 3¼ lengths. Sudden Passing finished second, while Quite A Sight and Play The Bell finished third and fourth, respectively. "I can tell you right now I like her very much," said Filion post-race. "It was her first start of the year and we got stung a bit to the quarter, but when she cleared she felt very good and when I asked her around the last turn she just took off." A daughter of Shadow Play, Percy Blue Chip won five of nine starts last season, including the Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final, and banked $440,795 for owners Shadow Two Stable, James & Wilma MacKenzie and Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. Saturday's season-debut victory pushes Percy Blue Chip over $500,000 in career earnings. She paid $3 to win. Percy Blue Chip The landscape of the SBOA Trot changed drastically prior to the evening's first-race, as Ontario Sires Stakes champion Kadabra Queen was scratched due to sickness. Per Henriksen trainee Illusioneesta took full advantage of the absence, defeating five rivals in 1:58.1. Chris Christoforou steered the daughter of Kadabra to victory, making a second-quarter leap from second to first and never looking back. Illusioneesta trotted home in :28.2 to win by two-lengths over Miss Mimi, Apprentice M and Magics Lucky Charm. Owned by Harbor Racing Stable LLC and Asa Farm, Illusioneesta was winless in 10 starts last season, but did compete in major stakes and banked over $100,000. The Kadabra filly has discovered the taste of victory this season with now two wins in four starts. Illusioneesta's career earnings climb to $178,568 following Saturday's victory. She paid $3.70 to win. Illusioneesta Saturday's card also saw a lengthy win streak snapped in the $34,000 Preferred Pace. Casie Coleman trainee McWicked was large in his season debut, coming first up to win in 1:50.1. Bob McClure was in the bike behind the Casie Coleman trainee. Easy Lover Hanover, who had won nine in a row, got away second and made a quick second-quarter move to the lead. McWicked charged up to confront 'Easy Lover' at three-quarters and eventually muscled by in the stretch for the victory. Isitfridayyet got up for second, while Nirvana Seelster just edged out Easy Lover Hanover for third. Owned by S S G Stables, McWicked came into his season debut off a pair of qualifiers, including a 1:50.3 mile last Friday. The Coleman trainee went 7 for 27 last season and banked nearly $600,000. Saturday's victory was the 23rd overall for the winner of $2.4 million. McWicked paid $6.70 to win. McWicked Live racing resumes Monday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, May 18, 2018 - The team of owner Carl Kuepfer and harness racing trainer Patrick Shepherd had a memorable Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The duo sent out four starters on the 12-race program and made four-trips to the winner's circle. Reinsman Doug McNair sat behind three of the winners, while Louis Philippe Roy had the other winning drive. Shepherd and Kuepfer started the evening off by sweeping the opening three-races on the card. Claiming pacer Fern Hill Breeze ($4.20) got things rolling by registering his third win in five starts. The second-half of the 'Daily Double' was won by six-year-old trotting mare Talbotcreek Suzie ($3.90), who won her second straight for the Shepherd stable and fourth-overall. The third win of the evening was the biggest price of the four-victories, as pacing mare E R Rhonda prevailed by a head in a $10,000 claiming event. The seven-year-old paid $10.50 to win. Trotting mare Stirling Boudica ($3.50) went coast-to-coast in the evening's eighth-race to cap off the memorable evening for Kuepfer and Shepherd. The eight-year-old was returning to the Shepherd barn after a week away and has now won three consecutive starts in his barn. Shepherd now has 10 wins in 27 starts this season at Woodbine Mohawk Park for an eye-catching winning percentage of 37 per cent. He currently sits third in the Trainer Standings. The $30,000 Mares Preferred was Friday's feature race with a wide-open field of nine battling from start to finish. P L Hurricane and driver Sylvain Filion came from third-over on the far turn to sweep by rivals and score a 27-1 upset in 1:52.3. Artistic Madison, who was 51-1, split between rivals to grab second. Circle The Page finished third despite making a first-turn break for the third-straight start, while Clear Idea, who won last week's edition and was the 3-2 favourite, finished fourth. P L Hurricane rarely misses a cheque and Friday's 27th career victory pushed her over $500,000 in career earnings. The seven-year-old is owned and trained by Dave Brown and now has back to back wins to bring her 2018 record to three wins and 12 top-three finishes in 18 starts. A $2 win ticket on P L Hurricane returned $57.40, while the $2 Exacta with Artistic Madison paid $847.90. Live racing continues Saturday evening with the annual Fireworks and Family Fun Night. A special post-time of 6:45 p.m. has been issued. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, May 18, 2018 - Canadian Pacing Derby champion Sintra returned to the track Friday morning at Woodbine Mohawk Park for his first harness racing qualifier of 2018. The sun was shining and the track was 'Fast' for the nine-race qualifying session. However, a strong wind played a big factor by helping the horses through the lane and making the backstretch journey a challenge. The first-qualifier of the morning saw Sintra make his five-year-old debut. The Dave Menary trainee got away third with driver Jody Jamieson and would sit in that position until angling out just before three-quarters. In the stretch, Sintra immediately surged by his rivals and paced home strong in :25.2 for a 1:53.4 victory. Five-year-old Magnum J, a winner of nearly $400,000, finished a little over a length back in second. Wind or no wind, Sintra was going to pace a big final-quarter and looked fantastic in his return. The Menary student won nine of 19 starts last season and banked over $600,000. Owned by Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc, Sintra comes into his 2018 season with 17 wins and $921,425 in career earnings. The duo of Jamieson and Menary teamed up for two-more victories during Friday's qualifiers with a pair of Pepsi North America Cup eligible three-year-olds. The third-qualifier saw the duo connect with Trump That, who went coast-to-coast in 1:55.1. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere was qualifying for the first-time this season and is owned by Menary Racing Inc, Guerriero, Kenneth Ewen and Bruce Norris. Trump That had one win in eight starts last season, but did finish in the runner-up spot five-times. His most notable runner-up finishes came in divisions of the Nassagaweya and Champlain Stakes. Topville Olympian gave Jamieson and Menary their third win of the morning in the sixth-qualifier. A gelded son of American Ideal, Topville Olympian leapfrogged from second to first in the second-quarter and never looked back en route to a 1:55.3 score, pacing home in :26.2. The Menary trainee had a strong rookie campaign with two wins and eight top-three finishes in 10 starts. He finished his season with a third-place finish in the New York Sires Stakes Championship. Topville Olympian now has two-qualifying wins this season. He is owned by Menary Racing Inc, Billy Joe Timmins, Anthony Timmins and Crawford Farms Racing. Sticking with sophomore pacers, the eighth-qualifier saw Kendall Seelster turn in a solid 1:54 victory for driver Randy Waples and trainer Paul Reid. A daughter of Shadow Play, Kendall Seelster was qualifying for the second-consecutive week. Her first outing was an easy mile along the pylons, but today she did it all on the front-end and finished up in :27.2 for the victory. Owned by 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, Kendall Seelster had an incredible rookie season, winning four of 11 starts, finishing top-three in 10 starts and earning $453,985. Kendall Seelster could make her season debut in next Saturday's (May 26) first Ontario Sires Stakes Gold leg at Western Fair. Here is the complete list of Friday's qualifying winners. For the full charted results, click here. Q1 (Pace): Sintra - Jamieson/Menary - 1:53.4 Q2 (Trot): Levitation - McNair/Alagna - 1:58.3 Q3 (Pace): Trump That - Jamieson/Menary - 1:55.1 Q4 (Trot): Heineken Seelster - McClure/Lindsey - 1:58.4 Q5 (Pace): Kloof Street - Saftic/Adams - 1:56.3 Q6 (Pace): Topville Olympian - Jamieson/Menary - 1:55.3 Q7 (Trot): Wanna Hall - Roy/Coleman - 1:59.1 Q8 (Pace): Kendall Seelster - Waples/Reid - 1:54 Q9 (Trot): Sorceress Seelster - S. Wray/J. Wray - 1:57.4 Mark McKelvie

HAMILTON, May 16, 2018 - The stage is set for a memorable 40th edition of the harness racing Confederation Cup this Sunday (May 20) at Flamboro Downs. The $182,500 event for four-year-old pacers is the highlight of a 12-race card with over $475,000 in purses up for grabs. The Confederation Cup undercard features a trio of $65,000-plus Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings and a pair of $18,000 OSS Grassroots divisions for sophomore trotting colts and geldings. Elimination winners Filibuster Hanover and Western Joe are the horses to beat in Sunday's Confederation Cup. Filibuster Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras will start from post-three in the rich final after capturing their elimination in 1:51.4. The Ron Burke trainee is the richest horse in the field with $894,068 in career-earnings. 'Filibuster's' biggest victory came in last year's Little Brown Jug. Trainer Burke captured the Confederation Cup in 2016 with Rockin Ron. He will also send out Eddard Hanover (PP4, Louis Philippe Roy) and Maroma Beach (PP8, Trevor Henry) in Sunday's final. Western Joe did not have the luck of the draw on his side after posting a speedy 1:51.3 elimination score. The Christopher Choate trainee will start from post-seven with driver Doug McNair. A career-earner of $262,173, Western Joe has the most-wins in the field with 16 in a little more than two-seasons on the track. Driver McNair won the 2010 edition with Aracache Hanover. The Confederation Cup is carded as Race 12. Flamboro Downs has put together an activity-filled evening for their signature event with activities and entertainment for everyone. A special dedication to the late-Somebeachsomewhere, 2008 Confederation Cup champion, will take place with his driver Paul MacDonell on hand to sign portrait cards (while supplies last) and discuss "The Beach". Fans on track could go home with more than they expected. Flamboro has teamed up with to give away 10 shares in a racehorse with the track paying all the fees for the rest of the year. Drawings for five of the shares will take place Sunday, while the other five will be given away this week on Fresh 95.3. Sports fans have plenty to look forward to on Confederation Cup night. Flamboro is pleased to welcome Canadian Women's Olympic Hockey team members Renata Fast, Sarah Nurse and Laura Fortino with a mix of Gold and Silver medals. There will also be a sports memorabilia auction with all proceeds going to the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. Entertainment on Cup night also includes a pair of races from "Flamboro's Famous Minis", a Rodney Dangerfield impersonator, stilt walker, sulky rides from Wanna Drive, T-Shirt tosses, sampling stations and more. Industry booths from Racing Under Saddle (RUS) and mobile app 'Off And Pacing' will also be set up. All the fun takes place Sunday evening with the first-race going to post at 6 p.m. For more information about the 40th Confederation Cup and all the event details, visit Here is the full field for the $182,500 Confederation Cup: 1. Daiymir (Jonathan Drury/Clyde Francis) 2. Bags To Riches (Jody Jamieson/Jason Skinner) 3. Filibuster Hanover (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) 4. Eddard Hanover (Louis Philippe Roy/Ron Burke) 5. Boogie Shuffle (Randy Waples/Murray Brethour) 6. Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan/John Butenschoen) 7. Western Joe (Doug McNair/Christopher Choate) 8. Maroma Beach (Trevor Henry/Ron Burke) 9. Odds On Delray (TBA/Tony Alagna) AE: Rock N Tony (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke) Mark McKelvie

MILTON, May 15, 2018 - Woodbine Entertainment is set to debut a new Facebook Live harness racing series titled 'Capturing The Cup' this Thursday. The five-episode series will feature past champions of the Pepsi North America Cup reflecting on their victories, close calls and other memorable moments from Canada's richest harness race. 'Capturing The Cup' will air each Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on the Woodbine Mohawk Park Facebook Page from May 17 until the 35th edition of the Pepsi North America Cup on June 16. Mark McKelvie of Woodbine's Communications Team will host the series and sit down with some of the sport's biggest names for a one-on-one interview in a casual setting. The Woodbine Broadcast Department will produce the series, while Woodbine's Social Media Team will interact with fans and viewers through the comment section to field questions for the guests. Jody Jamieson, a two-time Pepsi North America Cup champion with Tell All (2007) and Up The Credit (2011), will be the first guest on 'Capturing The Cup' this Thursday. Fans can head to Woodbine Mohawk Park's Facebook Page to start submitting questions for Jamieson. To live stream 'Capturing The Cup', visit Woodbine Mohawk Park on Facebook each Thursday at 5:30 p.m. For those unable to catch the show live, each episode will be archived and available on Facebook. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, May 15, 2018 - A new era at Woodbine Mohawk Park will officially open with a bang this Saturday evening (May 19). The 55-year-old harness racing racetrack will host its annual Fireworks and Family Fun Night in conjunction with its 'Grand Re-Opening' following $10 million in upgrades to the facility. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place in the winner's circle around 10 p.m. ahead of the spectacular fireworks show. A special group of dignitaries, including Mayor Gord Krantz of Milton, will be on hand for the ceremony. Fireworks and Family Fun Night is a must-attend event each season and there will be plenty of activities for all-ages this Saturday. Outdoor activities include a special 'Kids' Zone' featuring bouncy castles and pony rides. Admittance to the 'Kids' Zone' is $5 and includes unlimited bouncy castle access. The always popular face-painters will return and work their magic inside the Grandstand on the main floor. Each face-painting cost just $2. Crafts and games for kids will also be set up inside the Grandstand. The concession stands will feature a 'Kids' Combo' meal on Saturday. The $5.99 meal includes a choice of hot dog or pizza slice, juice box, chips and a glow bracelet. Powerhouse vocalist Elyse Saunders and country band Ole Fashion will have fans entertained throughout the evening with live music both inside and outside the Grandstand. Live racing gets underway at 6:45 p.m. and is scheduled to conclude at approximately 10 p.m. The 10-race card features a pair of $113,000-plus SBOA Stakes Finals. The always-spectacular fireworks show will take place at approximately 10:30 p.m. For full details about Saturday's 'Grand Re-Opening' and Family Fun Night, visit Mark McKelvie

MILTON, May 14, 2018 - Longshots took all the top spots in Monday's final race at Woodbine Mohawk Park and only a single ticket connected on the surprising top-five combination to haul down the harness racing Jackpot Hi-5. The horseplayer with the single winning ticket scored a massive return of $158,459.99. Meadowbranch Memo (#9) and driver Bob McClure captured the evening's final race at odds of 11-1. The next four-horses across the wire were all 11-1 or higher. The race-favourite O Narutac Perfetto (#7), who went off at odds of 4/5, made a break before the start. Here are the top-five finishers from Monday's Jackpot Hi-5 race: 1st: #9 Meadowbranch Memo (Bob McClure) 11-1 2nd: #8 Buzz (Jonathan Drury) 13-1 3rd: #4 Stormont Kate (Bruce Richardson) 11-1 4th: #2 Cloud Nine Hanover (Trevor Henry) 30-1 5th: #1 Ramas Last Son (Mike Saftic) 25-1 The winning ticket was purchased by a horseplayer at Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alberta. The ticket cost $64.80 with the horseplayer making a $0.20 base bet. Here is the breakdown of the winning ticket: 1st: 4,7,9 2nd: 4,7,8,9 3rd: 3,4,7,8,9 4th: 1,2,3,4,7,8,9 5th: 1,2,3,4,7,8,9 The carryover for the Jackpot Hi-5 entering the week's first card was $144,407.91. Horseplayers wagered an additional $16,531 on the Hi-5 Monday. The Jackpot Hi-5 wager requires horseplayers to correctly select the top-five finishers in order. The Jackpot is only paid out when there is a single winning ticket. If there are multiple winning tickets, half of the evening's pool is paid out to the winners, while the other half moves into the carryover Jackpot. The Jackpot Hi-5 features a $0.20 minimum wager and a low 15 per cent takeout. The Hi-5 will now start from scratch on Thursday evening's card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, May 15, 2018 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to remind harness racing owners and trainers of Tuesday's (May 15) Standardbred Stakes payment deadline. The May 15 deadline includes the final round of sustaining payments for all 2018 major stakes, nominations for the 2018 two-year-old Summer Series and yearling nominations for the 2019/2020 Champlain and Simcoe Stakes. The following major stakes require a sustaining fee payment: Armbro Flight (Fillies & Mares Trot) Canadian Pacing Derby (Open Pace) Canadian Trotting Classic (3-year-old Trot) Casual Breeze (3-year-old Filly Trot) Elegantimage (3-year-old Filly Trot) Eternal Camnation (2-year-old Filly Pace) Fan Hanover (3-year-old Filly Pace) Goodtimes (3-year-old Trot) Maple Leaf Trot (Open Trot) Metro Pace (2-year-old Pace) Milton (Fillies & Mares Pace) Nassagaweya (2-year-old Pace) North America Cup (3-year-old Pace) Peaceful Way (2-year-old Filly Trot) Roses Are Red (Fillies & Mares Pace) Shes A Great Lady (2-year-old Filly Pace) Somebeachsomewhere (3-year-old Pace) William Wellwood Memorial (2-year-old Trot) A sustaining fee payment is also due Tuesday (May 15) for the 2018 Champlain (foals of 2016). Woodbine will again host a quartet of Summer Series this season for two-year-olds. Nominations are due May 15 for the Dream Maker (pacers), Whenuwishuponastar (pacing fillies), Define The World (trotters) and Pure Ivory (trotting fillies). Yearling nominations (foals of 2017) are also due May 15 for the 2019/2020 Champlain and Simcoe Stakes. Woodbine continues to handle stakes administration duties for tracks throughout Ontario. A sustaining payment is due May 15 for Grand River Raceway's Battle of Waterloo and Battle of the Belles (Ontario Sired 2-year-old pacers). For full details regarding stakes payments, including sustaining fee amounts, click here. Stakes payments can be made online by clicking here. If sending stakes payments by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than May 15, 2018 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, May 14, 2018 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to notify all harness racing horsepeople of a change to the draw schedule. Effective immediately, draws for Saturday cards will now take place on Tuesdays. The rest of the draw dates remain the same. Here is the new draw schedule for Woodbine Mohawk Park. Enter Monday for Thursday Enter Tuesday for Friday and Saturday Enter Thursday for Monday Tuesday evening cards will be added to the Woodbine Mohawk Park schedule beginning June 5. The draw for Tuesday cards will take place on Fridays. The entry box for each draw closes at 10:30 a.m. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, May 14, 2018 - Alarm Detector, last season's O'Brien Award winner and William Wellwood Memorial champion, headlined a nine-race harness racing qualifying session Monday morning at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The conditions were outstanding Monday with warm temperatures, a slight breeze and 'Fast' track. Turning in his first qualifier of the season, Alarm Detector scored a comfortable 1:57.4 victory in the third-qualifier for driver Trevor Henry and trainer Ben Baillargeon. The son of Chapter Seven left from post-nine and was parked around the first-turn while taking his time getting around the leader, who posted a :30.3 opener. Alarm Detector cleared to the lead before three-eighths and proceeded to post fractions of 1:01.1 and 1:29.4 before kicking home in :28 with ease for an almost dozen-lengths victory. Owned by Tom & Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel and Santo Vena, Alarm Detector won six of seven starts and banked $276,870 during his rookie season. The Chapter Seven colt's biggest victory was a Canadian record 1:52.4 score in the $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial on September 18. The Baillargeon trainee is eligible to next month's Goodtimes Stakes (June 16) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The eliminations, if necessary, are on June 8. Five-year-old trotting mare Emoticon Hanover was also in action Monday. The Luc Blais trained winner of $1.2 million was qualifying for the third-time this season and she was a coast-to-coast winner in 1:56.1. Emoticon Hanover and driver Bob McClure led through relatively easy-fractions of :30.2, :59.4 and 1:28. The tough-veteran Whiskey Tax and trainer/driver Tom Durand sat on the mare's back throughout and applied pressure in the lane, but Emoticon Hanover held off the older rival with a :28.1 kicker to win by a little over a length. Owned by Determination, Emoticon Hanover won five of 13 starts and banked $446,008 last season during her first campaign facing aged opponents. A possible first-start for Emoticon Hanover could come in next Monday's (May 21) Miss Versatility series leg at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Below is the full list of Monday's qualifying winners. To view the charted results, click here. Woodbine Mohawk Park - Monday, May 14, 2018 Q1 (Trot): Magical Glider - D. Jones/D. Jones - 1:59.2 Q2 (Pace): Calvin K - J. MacDonald/T. O'Sullivan - 1:54 Q3 (Trot): Alarm Detector - T. Henry/B. Baillargeon - 1:57.4 Q4 (Pace): Declan Seelster - J. Jamieson/D. Menary - 1:54.3 Q5 (Pace): Saintsbury Lass - T. Henry/B. Budd - 1:58.4 Q6 (Pace): Lucky Sport - J. Jamieson/D. Menary - 1:55 Q7 (Trot): Emoticon Hanover - B. McClure/L. Blais - 1:56.1 Q8 (Pace): Quite A Sight - T. Henry/B. McIntosh - 1:55.1 Q9 (Pace): Sizzling Summer - J. Drury/S. Reinsma - 1:54.3   Mark McKelvie      

MILTON, May 11, 2018 - The big names continued to hit up Woodbine Mohawk Park for harness racing qualifying action on Friday morning. A total of nine qualifiers were contested over a 'Fast' track with the temperature just in the double digits (Celsius) and a slight breeze. Double millionaire McWicked returned to Ontario and posted a big 1:50.3 mile in the morning's first-qualifier. The seven-year-old did the work himself on the front end, posting fractions of :28.1, :56.2 and 1:24.2, before sprinting home in :26.1. Bob McClure steered the 22-time winner and earner of over $2.3 million to victory for trainer Casie Coleman. McWicked, who won seven of 27 last year and banked nearly $600,000, was qualifying for the second-time this season. His first qualifier came on April 24 at Pompano Park. Moving to star sophomore pacers, a talented group of three-year-old pacing fillies met in the morning's final-qualifier. Coleman trainee Alexis Faith and driver Doug McNair went coast-to-coast on the front to win her third qualifier of the season in 1:53.3. The daughter of American Ideal paced a :26.3 final-quarter to secure the win. Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final champion Percy Bluechip also paced a :26.3 final-quarter to move up from third and finish three-lengths back in second. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee was qualifying for the third-time this season, but for the first-time in Ontario, as her prior two appearances came at Southern Oaks Training Center in Florida. A daughter of Shadow Play, Percy Bluechip used Friday's qualifier as a tune-up for next Saturday's (May 19) SBOA Stakes, as eliminations were not necessary this weekend with only nine-horses entered. Paul Reid trainee Kendall Seelster finished fourth in the same qualifier. The daughter of Shadow Play was qualifying for the first-time this season and never left the pylons, pacing her own mile in 1:55.1 (final-quarter :26.4). Kendall Seelster and Percy Bluechip became rivals last season with several OSS battles and Grand Circuit matchups. Kendall Seelster won four of 11 and banked $453,985 with her best-finishes being a win in the Champlain and second in the $500,000 Shes A Great Lady. Percy Bluechip went five for nine during her rookie season and banked $440,795. Her most notable victory came in the $225,000 OSS Super Final. Not to be overlooked, Shadow Play filly Play The Bell was also a winner on Friday morning. The Coleman trained three-year-old was a wire-to-wire winner in 1:54.1. Similar to Percy Bluechip, Play The Bell was also prepping for next Saturday's $115,792 SBOA Stakes. The Ontario sired filly won three of 11 starts last season and made $192,761. Her most notable victory came in the Battle of the Belles at Grand River Raceway. Switching to trotters, Tom Durand trainee Seven And Seven made his four-year-old debut and scored a 1:56.2 victory (last-quarter :28.2). The 2016 William Wellwood Memorial winner went two for 12 during his three-year-old campaign, banking $120,248. Seven And Seven enters the older ranks with six-wins and $347,016 in career earnings. The next qualifying session at Woodbine Mohawk Park will take place Monday morning (May 14) at 10 a.m. Here is the full list of Friday's winners. To view the charted lines, click here. Q1 (Pace): McWicked - Bob McClure/Casie Coleman - 1:50.3 Q2 (Trot): Veyron - T. Durand/T. Durand - 1:59.4 Q3 (Pace): Circle The Page - T. Henry/V. Puddy - 1:55.2 Q4 (Trot): Seven And Seven - T. Durand/T. Durand - 1:56.2 Q5 (Pace): Play The Bell - B. McClure/C. Coleman - 1:54.1 Q6 (Trot): Fly Fly Selena - D. Brown/D. Jones - 1:58.4 Q7 (Pace): Topville Olympian - J. Jamieson/D. Menary - 1:55.2 Q8 (Trot): Venus Duharas - M. Baillargeon/B. Baillargeon - 2:00 Q9 (Pace): Alexis Faith - D. McNair/C. Coleman - 1:53.3 Mark McKelvie

HAMILTON, May 9, 2018 - A talented group of 15 harness racing four-year-old pacers will convene on Flamboro Downs this Sunday (May 15) for the eliminations of the Confederation Cup. The top four-finishers from each $20,000 elimination, plus a fifth-place finisher drawn by lot, will qualify for the 40th Confederation Cup on Sunday, May 20. The purse for the final is $182,500. The first elimination features a field of seven and is led by O'Brien Award winner Classic Pro (PP2, Trevor Henry), who is making his 2018 Canadian debut. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee won his season debut on April 15 at Pompano Park. Classic Pro captured four of 14 starts last season, but his best performances may have come in defeat. The son of Shadow Play finished fourth in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup and third in The Meadowlands Pace, which helped him bank $293,645 during his sophomore campaign. The highest earner in Sunday's first elimination is Funknwaffles (PP1, Corey Callahan) for trainer John Butenschoen. The gelded son of American Ideal was last season's New York Sires Stakes champion and Little Brown Jug runner-up. Funknwaffles, a career-winner of $856,813, made his season debut last Saturday at The Meadowlands, finishing fourth in a leg of the Graduate Series. The second split is headlined by Little Brown Jug champion Filibuster Hanover (PP2, Yannick Gingras). The Ron Burke trainee comes into his Confederation Cup elimination off a win in his season debut last Saturday at The Meadowlands. Filibuster Hanover won five of 20 starts last season and banked $730,104. Burke, who won the 2016 edition with Rockin Ron, will send out four starters in Sunday's eliminations. Maroma Beach (PP 2, Louis Philippe Roy) and Eddard Hanover (PP6, Louis Philippe Roy) in the first split join Rock N Tony (PP8, Yannick Gingras) and Filibuster Hanover in the second division to make up the Burke quartet. Trainer Jimmy Takter is back in the Confederation Cup and looking for a repeat of last year's victory with Western Fame. The Hall of Fame trainer will send out Blood Line (PP1) in the evening's second elimination and has gone back to what worked in last year's edition by using driver Trevor Henry. Blood Line scored just one win in 19 starts last season, but did hit the board in nine of those starts, earning $169,819 throughout the course of the season. The Confederation Cup eliminations have been carded as Races 10 and 11 on Sunday evening's program. Post time for the eliminations card is 6 p.m. The 40th Confederation Cup takes place Sunday, May 20 and Flamboro Downs has a night of fun planned for all ages. Activities onsite for Confederation Cup night includes an appearance from several members of Canada's Olympic Women's Hockey Team, driver Paul MacDonell signing photos of the late-great Somebeachsomewhere, strolling entertainment acts, live music, a Rodney Dangerfield impersonator, sampling stations and industry booths. A sport memorabilia auction will also take place with all proceeds going to the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. An exhibition race featuring miniature horses and the opportunity to drive a racehorse with the Wanna Drive team is also part of the entertainment on Cup night. The Confederation Cup undercard will include the start of the 2018 Ontario Sires Stakes season with three-year-old pacing colts and geldings battling in Gold Series action. Flamboro Downs is also teaming up with to give away 10 shares of a racehorse. A total of five shares will be given away through radio contests leading up to Confederation Cup night, while the other five will be won by fans onsite for the big race. Fans attending this year's Confederation Cup are encouraged to follow Flamboro Downs on Twitter and Facebook for opportunities to win a VIP experience. Post time for Confederation Cup night on Sunday, May 20 is 6 p.m. Here are the fields for Sunday's (May 13) Confederation Cup eliminations. Race 10 - Confederation Cup, Elimination #1 1. Funknwaffles by American Ideal (Corey Callahan - John Butenschoen) 2. Maroma Beach by Somebeachsomewhere (Louis Philippe Roy - Ron Burke) 3. Classic Pro by Shadow Play (Trevor Henry - Dr. Ian Moore) 4. Hurricane Beach by Somebeachsomewhere (Bob McClure - Luc Blais) 5. Western Joe by Western Ideal (Scott Zeron - Christopher Choate) 6. Eddard Hanover by Dragon Again (Louis Philippe Roy - Ron Burke) 7. Bags To Riches by Roddy Bags Again (TBA - Jason Skinner) Race 11 - Confederation Cup, Elimination #2 1. Blood Line by Somebeachsomewhere (Trevor Henry - Jimmy Takter) 2. Filibuster Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere (Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke) 3. Art Scene by American Ideal (Louis Philippe Roy - Joe Pereira) 4. Red John  by Mach Three (Phil Hudon - Victor Puddy) 5. Daiymir by Mr Wiggles (Montrell Teague - Clyde Francis) 6. Boogie Shuffle by Well Said (Randy Waples - Murray Brethour) 7. Odds On Delray by Somebeachsomewhere (Doug McNair - Tony Alagna) 8. Rock N Tony by Rockin Image (Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke) Mark McKelvie

MILTON, May 7, 2018 - A pair of Blake MacIntosh trained three-year-old pacers stole the show during a qualifying session that included harness racing superstar Marion Marauder on Monday morning at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A total of 10 qualifying races were contested under sunny skies with a nice breeze on the back of the pacers and trotters in the lane. Pepsi North America Cup eligible Courtly Choice made a statement with a sizzling 1:51 victory in the morning's sixth-dash. The Blake MacIntosh trained son of Art Major was making his second qualifying appearance of the season after a strong 1:53.2 victory (last-quarter :26) on April 27. Driven by James MacDonald, Courtly Choice made a leapfrog move from second to first nearing the half and reached the midway marker in :57.4. The son of Art Major proceeded to pace a :27.1 third-quarter and :26 final-quarter to win a career-best 1:51. The dazzling performance by Courtly Choice shouldn't take any marks away from the effort by runner-up St Lads Neptune. The gelded son of Mach Three surrendered the lead to Courtly Choice at the half, but paced a huge mile of his own by finishing just a little over a length behind the winner and pacing a final-quarter of :25.4. Monday's qualifier was the first of the season for the Stephanie Jamieson trained and Jody Jamieson driven St Lads Neptune, who won five of eight during his rookie season. Courtly Choice won two of 12 and banked $54,995 during his rookie season. He is owned by Hutt Racing Stable, MacIntosh, Touch Stone Farms and Daniel Plouffe. MacIntosh's Ubettergo Go followed up her stablemate's monster mile with a huge effort of her own in the eighth-race. The three-year-old daughter of Art Major went coast-to-coast in a career-best 1:51.3. Driven by Jonathan Drury, Ubettergo Go posted opening-fractions of :28 and :57.2 before ramping up the tempo in the back-half. The MacIntosh trainee paced a :27.1 third-quarter followed by a :27 kicker to win by 20 lengths. Owned by MacIntosh, Tony Basile, Reginald Petitpas and Ozzie MacKay, Ubettergo Go was qualifying for the second-time this season. Her first qualifier saw her cross the wire first in 1:54.3, while pacing a :26.2 final-quarter. Ubettergo Go went three for eight during her rookie campaign and banked $90,084. She is eligible to next month's Fan Hanover stakes. While rising stars were the talk of the morning, top performers Marion Marauder and Bettors Up were also victorious. Marion Marauder, the 2016 Triple Crown champion, followed up his season debut winning-qualifier from a week ago with a 1:54.4 score. The five-year-old and driver Roger Mayotte did all the work on the front by posting fractions of :28.4, :58.3 and 1:27.2 before sprinting home in :27.2 for the victory. Four-year-old R First Class, last season's OSS champion, finished second, while star trotting mare Emoticon Hanover was third in her second qualifier of the season. Now five-years-old, Marion Marauder enters his second season in the older ranks with 14 wins and $2.6 million in career earnings for owners Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling. The Mike Keeling and Paula Wellwood trainee went three for 10 last season, earning $770,120. Four-year-old pacing mare Bettors Up rebounded from a fluke break last week to win her second qualifier of the season in 1:53.1. The Scott McEneny trainee made a mid-stretch break in her debut qualifier when a piece of paper or napkin blew across her path. Driven by Doug McNair, Bettors Up made a quick move from third to first at the half and then finished the job with a :27.2 final-quarter. The daughter of Bettors Delight won six of 17 last season and made just over $500,000. She enters the older ranks with 12 wins and $717,955 in career earnings for owners Brad Grant, Teresa Davidson and Michelle McEneny. Below is the full list of Monday's qualifying winners. Click here to view the charted results. The next qualifying session is Friday morning (May 11) at 10 a.m. Woodbine Mohawk Park - Monday, May 7, 2018 Q1 (Pace): Bettors Up - D. McNair/S. McEneny - 1:53.1 Q2 (Trot): Finish Line - L. Roy/R. Moreau - 1:57.3 Q3 (Trot): Marion Marauder - R. Mayotte/M. Keeling - 1:54.4 Q4 (Pace): Kiwi Focus N - D. McNair/A. Montini - 1:55.3 Q5 (Trot): Galary Girl - R. Zeron/R. Zeron - 2:00.1 Q6 (Pace): Courtly Choice - J. MacDonald/B. MacIntosh - 1:51 Q7 (Trot): Mister Magic - P. Henriksen/P. Henriksen - 2:00.4 Q8 (Pace): Ubettergo Go - J. Drury/B. MacIntosh - 1:51.3 Q9 (Trot): Evan Hanover - T. Henry/G. Lance - 1:56.4 Q10 (Pace): Delorean Seelster - R. Holliday/K. Haskell - 1:55.1 Mark McKelvie

MILTON, May 5, 2018 - Easy Lover Hanover extended his win streak to nine and sent a statement to the sport's top older harness racing pacers Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Ben Wallace trained five-year-old came from off the pace to capture Saturday's $34,000 Preferred Pace in a career-best 1:48.1. Driven by Doug McNair, Easy Lover Hanover got away fourth in a field of five. Veteran Nirvana Seelster was sent to the front by driver Trevor Henry and posted hot fractions of :26.2, :54 and 1:21.2. There was no movement from the field until McNair moved 'Easy Lover' to the outside approaching three-quarters. In the lane, Easy Lover Hanover unleashed a furious rally and charged by his rivals in impressive fashion with a :26 kicker to grab his third win of the season and ninth-consecutive overall. Ellis Park, who followed 'Easy Lover' right from the start, also paced a huge final-quarter (:25.3) and stayed on the tail of the winner to finish second, beat three-parts of a length. Nirvana Seelster had to settle for third, while Fine Diamond and Fool Me Once rounded out the field. Owned by Brad Grant, Easy Lover had quickly earned $51,000 in three starts this season, while bringing his career-earnings to north of $630,000. His career-best victory Saturday was the 28th career score for the five-year-old gelding. Easy Lover Hanover's clocking of 1:48.1 established a North American season's best and is the first sub-1:49 mile of the year. His previous career-mark was 1:49. The Wallace trainee battled the sport's top older pacers on a few occasions last season and more than held his own. He finished his four-year-old season with six straight wins in Woodbine's top class and his three wins this season now give him an unheard of nine-consecutive Preferred scores. Easy Lover Hanover is staked to many notable events this season, including the Canadian Pacing Derby. He paid $2.90 to win. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, May 4, 2018 – A powerful wind storm forced Friday night’s card at Woodbine Mohawk Park to be cut short after six-races. The brutal wind storm, which caused power outages and injuries throughout the Halton Region, left Woodbine Mohawk Park without track lights and running on a backup generator. Friday’s 11-race card got underway at 7:30 p.m. and a total of six-races was contested before it became too dark to continue without track lights. Racing Officials waited roughly half an hour following the sixth-race to see if power would be restored before pulling the plug on the remainder of the card. Live racing will resume Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a special post time is 7:05 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment,              

MILTON, May 4, 2018 - Mother Nature wasn't exactly in a kind mood to provide ideal conditions for Friday morning's harness racing qualifiers at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A thick fog made the first few qualifiers almost impossible to view. Aggressive winds then blew in and sent the fog packing, but didn't let up through the remainder of the eight-race qualifying session. The track was listed as "Good" with a one-second variant. The first qualifier featured Pepsi North America Cup eligibles Western Passage and Burning Midnight in action. The three-year-old pacing geldings had to settle for second and third, as five-year-old pacing mare Lyons River Pride was a wire-to-wire winner in 1:54. The morning fog was at its thickest for the opening qualifier and those on track were only able to see the pacers in deep stretch. Lyons River Pride went to the front, while Western Passage got away third with Burning Midnight not far behind. The winner's final-quarter was clocked in :28 with Western Passage and Burning Midnight finishing side-by-side in second and third, beat half a length. Trained by Casie Coleman, Western Passage was turning in his second qualifier of the season after finishing third a week ago in 1:54.3. Doug McNair was once again in the sulky behind last season's OSS Super Final champion. Burning Midnight was making his season debut Friday morning. The Corey Giles trainee won three of eight starts last season, including an OSS Gold leg. Lyons River Pride was making her second qualifying appearance of the season. The Bruce Goit trainee won six of 32 and banked $110,360 last season. She is once again eligible to the Roses Are Red and Milton Stakes. Coleman trainee and Cup eligible Summer Travel delivered a strong performance in the morning's final qualifier. Summer Travel and McNair went to the front and posted a :29.4 opener. The duo allowed Phantom Seelster to grab the lead entering the backstretch before quickly retaking and pacing off to victory. The speedy son of Western Ideal paced a :27.2 third-quarter before powering through the stiff stretch headwind in :28.2 for a 1:54.3 score. Summer Travel won three of four starts last season. After winning the Dream Maker Series Final, the Coleman trainee was scratched from both the Nassagaweya and Champlain. He would next compete in the Metro Pace eliminations, finishing sixth with broken equipment, to end his rookie season. Friday's qualifier was the second of the season for Summer Travel. He finished second, timed in 1:54.2, seven-days ago. A pair of Friday's qualifiers were for sophomore pacing fillies and they ladies didn't disappoint. Mark Steacy trainee Parisian Blue Chip converted off a two-hole trip to win the fifth-qualifier in 1:54.4 with a last-quarter of :27.3. James MacDonald was sitting behind the daughter of Bettors Delight, who was turning in her second qualifier of the season. Parisian Blue Chip made just two starts as a rookie. Firestorm, who finished fourth in last year's Breeders Crown, led throughout most of the mile, but surrendered the lead late and finished second, beat two lengths. The Ciaran Morrison trained daughter of Shadow Play has now qualified twice this season after winning three of seven last year. Gregg McNair trainee Pleasant Beauty finished just over two-lengths back in third, pacing a final-quarter of :27.3. The Art Major filly and full-sister to champion Precocious Beauty was qualifying for the second-time this season. Play The Bell, who won last year's Battle of the Belles, finished five-lengths back of the winner in fourth. The Casie Coleman trainee sat mid-pack throughout and paced a :27.4 kicker. A daughter of Shadow Play, Play The Bell had won her season debut qualifier a week ago in 1:55.3. She won three of 11 and banked $192,761 during her rookie campaign. The morning's seventh-qualifier saw a tremendous effort from three-year-old pacing filly Neon Moon. The Jack Darling trained daughter of Sportswriter and driver Jody Jamieson rallied from nine-lengths off at three-quarters to split rivals and win in 1:56.2. Neon Moon was qualifying for the second week in a row after winning five of nine and banking $63,507 last season. She wrapped up her rookie season with a runner-up finish in the OSS Grassroots Championship. New York Sires Stakes champion Alexis Faith made a first-turn break while dropping into second during this qualifier. The Coleman trainee dropped to the back, but still finished up with a :26.4 final-quarter to claim fourth. Alexis Faith, who won six of nine and banked $231,960 last season, was qualifying for the second-time this season after finishing second in 1:55.1 last Friday. Over on the trotting side, sophomore filly Kadabra Queen worked hard to win her second qualifier of the season. The Chad Milner trainee left from post-eight with driver Scott Coulter and the duo never saw the rail. Kadabra Queen got away eighth and then made her way towards the front during the middle-half, trotting up to third at three-quarters. In the stretch, the Milner trainee powered by her rivals and finished up in :28.4 for a 1:58.4 victory. A daughter of Kadabra, Kadabra Queen captured last year's OSS Super Final for rookie trotting fillies. Her impressive rookie season saw her win five of 10 starts and bank $328,380. The first OSS Gold leg of the season for three-year-old trotting fillies is June 4 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Here is the full list of winners from Friday's qualifiers. To view the charted results, click here. Q1 (Pace): Lyons River Pride - T. Henry/B. Goit - 1:54 Q2 (Pace): Grantmeawish - S. Coulter/C. Milner - 1:55 Q3 (Trot): Mystery Bet - K. Wiese/K. Anderson - 1:56 Q4 (Trot): Cousin Rickard - T. Henry/H. Holland - 1:59.1 Q5 (Pace): Parisian Blue Chip - J. MacDonald/M. Steacy - 1:54.4 Q6 (Trot): Kadabra Queen - S. Coulter/C. Milner - 1:58.4 Q7 (Pace): Neon Moon - J. Jamieson/J. Darling - 1:56.2 Q8 (Pace): Summer Travel - D. McNair/C. Coleman - 1:54.3 Mark McKelvie

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