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MILTON, August 15, 2019 - The harness racing team of driver Bob McClure, trainer Luc Blais and owner Serge Godin's Determination continued their success with a sweep of Thursday's Define The World and Pure Ivory second leg divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The two-year-old trot series each featured a single $15,000 division. The events took a week hiatus following their first-legs on August 1. Royalty For Life colt Threefiftytwo took a break from Ontario Sires Stakes Gold action to defeat eight colts and geldings in the Define The World. Driven by McClure, Threefiftytwo was a coast-to-coast winner in 1:56.1 (:28.3 final-quarter) to lower his career-mark by two-fifths. The victory was nearly spoiled, as the rookie was inside a pair of pylons in the first-turn, but was not disqualified because no rivals were within a length at the finish line. Jula Uppercut finished 2 ¾ lengths back in second, while Sebastian Ray was third. Threefiftytwo was making his third start for owner Determination and trainer Blais following a private purchase. He now holds a record of two wins in four starts and $100,880 earned. Round one winner Horse Trader did not compete in the second-leg. A $2 win ticket on Threefiftytwo returned $6.90. Cantab Hall filly Whose Blues will have an opportunity to sweep the Pure Ivory following a 1:57 victory over eight-rivals on Thursday. The Blais trainee and driver McClure powered out to the top and were on even-terms with outside rival Panem at the opening-quarter of :28.3. The parked rival cleared and would show the way through middle-half fractions of :59 and 1:29. After following in the two-hole, McClure was able to find room to angle Whose Blues to the far outside for clear racetrack in the final-eighth and the Blais trainee stormed by rivals powerfully to win by a length and a quarter over Panem. Alyvia Deo finished third, while Svf Blushingbride was fourth. A $300,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Whose Blues is now undefeated in three starts and has banked $22,500 for owner Determination. She paid $2.70 to win. The $50,000 finals of the Define The World and Pure Ivory Series will take place next Thursday (August 22). Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

MILTON, August 15, 2019 - The Race Office at Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform horsepeople that a redraw for this Monday's (August 19) Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots event has taken place. The original entries released Thursday afternoon displayed 29 horses competing in this Monday's Grassroots event for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. However, a total of 30 sophomore trotters were in fact entered, forcing the event to be redrawn Thursday evening to include the omitted horse. The OSS Grassroots races are carded as Races 1, 3 and 7 on Monday's card. The entries for Monday's card can be viewed by clicking here.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

TORONTO, August 14, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment, home of world class Thoroughbred and Standardbred horse racing, will launch a dual-breed Crossover Pick 4 wager for the first time ever this Friday, Aug. 16. The Woodbine Crossover Pick 4 is a new wager where horseplayers must pick the winners of the last two Thoroughbred races at Woodbine Racetrack and the first two Standardbred races at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The wager will be offered every Friday. The Crossover Pick 4 will have a 20-cent minimum bet. The sequence, which has an approximate runtime of an hour and a half, will be as follows: Leg 1: Woodbine Thoroughbred Race 6 Leg 2: Woodbine Thoroughbred Race 7 Leg 3: Woodbine Standardbred Race 1 Leg 4: Woodbine Standardbred Race 2 First race post time on Fridays is 4:05 p.m. at Woodbine Racetrack and 7:50 p.m. at Woodbine Mohawk Park. For more information, including free Woodbine Standardbred past performances (uploaded every Wednesday), visit Woodbine.com/pick4 or Woodbine.com/mohawk/pick4.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

MILTON, AUG. 12, 2019 - Hambletonian champion Forbidden Trade returned to Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing action at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening and pushed his lifetime earnings over $1 million with his second Gold Series win of the season. In their first start since the two-heat Hambletonian on Aug. 3, Forbidden Trade and driver Bob McClure lined up at Post 1 in Monday's $105,600 Gold Series division and got away third as All Wrapped Up and Cool Clifford battled to a :27.3 opening quarter. McClure sent Forbidden Trade after the leaders heading for the :57 half, but All Wrapped Up and driver Louis-Philippe Roy had no interest in yielding to the heavy favourites. The pair matched strides past the 1:24.3 three-quarters and on down the stretch until Forbidden Trade got a head in front of All Wrapped Up to claim the 1:53 victory. Cool Clifford finished three and three-quarter lengths behind the duelling leaders in third. "In the Hambletonian he got two nice trips and well, tonight I drove him absolutely terrible and he still won, so it just shows how nice a horse he is," said McClure. "All class, heart, whatever, he's the whole package." "He's a special horse for sure," added trainer Luc Blais. "It was a tough mile, he came first over and he battled until the wire. The horse of Mr. (Rob) Fellows (All Wrapped Up) was good tonight, he fought at the wire too. That was a good race." The win was Forbidden Trade's second on the three-year-old trotting colt Gold Series circuit and his sixth of the season. Through his nine sophomore starts the Kadabra colt has earned $724,441, and with the $300,436 he earned in his division leading two-year-old season, he has now banked $1,024,877 for owner Determination of Montreal, QC. "Me and Luc (Blais) were looking at him after the race and I made a joke to Luc, I said, 'Geez he's getting a little fat Luc,'" said McClure with a laugh. "He looks great. He doesn't look like a horse that's been through what he has, he looks fresh and happy and healthy and he's got a nice belly on him. It's amazing how well he came out of that race (Hambletonian). "He gets a well-deserved break now," the Rockwood, ON resident added. Forbidden Trade will enjoy some time in the paddock at Blais' Campbellville farm before resuming his stakes schedule in September. Woodbine Mohawk Park hosts the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts on Sept. 6 and the Canadian Trotting Classic on Sept. 13, followed by the last regular season Gold Series event on Sept. 26. The top 10 point earners from the regular season will then wrap up their Ontario Sires Stakes careers in the Oct. 12 Super Final. "We're going to concentrate on the end of the year, it will be a very intense couple of months," said Blais, adding that Forbidden Trade has the advantage of not having to travel for the Canadian Trotting Classic or the Breeders Crown, which Woodbine Mohawk Park will host on Oct. 26. "He's got his own paddock and he loves that you know. When we came back from New Jersey, he was happy to come back home." After scoring his first Gold Series win of the sophomore campaign in Monday's other $105,600 division, trainer Shane Arsenault is hoping that Knight Angel will have enough points to join Forbidden Trade in the season-ending Super Final. Starting from Post 2, Knight Angel and driver Doug McNair stalked fan favourite Southwind Avenger through fractions of :28, :57.2 and 1:26 before finding an opening in the stretch and sprinting home to a neck victory in 1:54.4. Southwind Avenger settled for second and While Your Up was two lengths back in third. "My dad (Lou Arsenault) once told me, he said, 'There's nothing like winning a horse race to make you feel good,' and that's so true," said Freelton resident Arsenault, who celebrated in the winner's circle with his co-owners Justin Fisher of Cambridge, Gary Leeming of Simcoe and Giuseppe Mascia of Mississauga, ON. "Tonight we're pretty ecstatic." Arsenault added that the win, Knight Angel's fifth of the season, might even be enough to erase the memory of the hospital stay he endured courtesy of the Archangel son in the fall of 2017. "It's been quite a road with Knight Angel. I bought him out of London and I brought him home, was working with him the next day and everything was fine, and then I went to work with him again and he put the boots to me and I ended up in the hospital for a couple days with a broken pelvis," Arsenault recalled. "I think after tonight he's redeemed himself. "It was a bumpy start and now - it took us almost two full years - but I'm going to forgive him now," said Arsenault with a chuckle. The trainer noted that Knight Angel still has his feisty moments, but has largely settled into a steady routine. He has also been fairly steady in Gold Series action, recording one third, one fourth and one fifth in addition to Monday's win for a total of 75 points, good enough for sixth spot in the standings heading into the last regular season event. Complete results from Monday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0812wbsbsn.dat. Next up on Woodbine Mohawk Park's Ontario Sires Stakes schedule are the two-year-old pacing colts, who will compete in five Grassroots divisions on Thursday, Aug. 15. The freshman pacing colts will open the evening at 7:10 pm in the first race and also compete in Races 3, 4, 5, and 9.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

MILTON, JULY 30, 2019 - A shift from the Gold Series to the Grassroots saw two-year-old trotting filly Jula Shes Magic cruise to her first-ever harness racing victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday evening. "I think, deep down, she is a Gold filly," said trainer Susanne Kerwood of Rockwood, ON. "She's just really green, that's pretty much it. Obviously, she's a very, very fast filly, we've just got to be able to maybe control her speed a little bit." Starting from the outside Post 10 Jula Shes Magic rocketed away from the starting gate to an eight length lead by the quarter-mile marker, which she reached in :27.3. The filly, in rein to Campbellville, ON resident Mike Saftic, carried on to a :57.1 half, 12 lengths ahead of the field, and a 1:27.3 three-quarters, one and one-half lengths ahead of fast-moving challenger Canadian Titan. In the stretch Jula Shes Magic held off Canadian Titan's advance and hit the wire one and three-quarter lengths the best in 1:57.4. Alpina was six lengths behind the leaders in third. Kerwood conditions the daughter of Kadabra and $1.2 million winner Windsong Soprano for Jula Racing Inc. of Delray Beach, FL who offered up $100,000 for the filly at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Tuesday's outing was the filly's third lifetime. She finished seventh in the July 11 Gold Series season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park and second in a two-year-old trotting filly conditioned event at the Milton oval on July 23. "Tommy Andersson trained her in Florida and he kept telling me 'This is one of the nicest fillies I've ever sat behind'," said Kerwood. "And she's definitely right there, that's for sure. "She's kind of a, she's a pretty opinionated lady. She kind of wants it a little bit her way," the trainer continued. "I just think a couple starts, she's not a dummy, she's going to learn to be able to rate her (speed), but right now she just wants to go." So long as Jula Shes Magic bounces back well from Tuesday's effort Kerwood expects she will return to the Gold Series for her fourth lifetime start. The Gold fillies will compete at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 9 while the Grassroots lasses head to Hiawatha Horse Park on August 10. "I think she's going to learn to control her speed and she'll be fine. I am happy to have her in my barn, that's for sure," said Kerwood. Driver Bob McClure of Rockwood won two of the $23,500 Grassroots divisions, kicking things off in Race 1 with Yen and wrapping them up eight races later with Fluff. From Post 7, McClure was able to settle Yen in second as Brinys A Flirt took the field to a :28.3 opening quarter. The pair continued to sit on the rail as the lead changed hands heading for the 1:00 half and by the 1:30.3 three-quarters they were hemmed in by the fillies rolling up the outer lane. In the stretch McClure angled Yen out four wide and the filly showed off an impressive turn off foot, reeling in the leaders to get her first win in 1:59.2. Fan favourite Bra In The Wind finished one and one-quarter lengths back in second, just ahead of Scorched Romance. "She is a nice gaited, mature filly. She should get stronger and improve through the year," said McClure of the E L Titan daughter trained by Carlisle, ON resident Julie Walker. "With Julie and Bert (Jean Bernard Renaud), you know they'll take their time with her." Overseas Farms Ltd. of Cambridge, ON bred and own Yen, who finished third in the July 14 Grassroots season opener at Georgian Downs. In the last division McClure and Fluff were saddled with the outside Post 10 and landed in seventh heading for the :28.2 opening quarter. McClure continued to sit on the rail as pacesetter Moana progressed to a :59.1 half and then tipped Fluff into the outer lane behind Warrawee Vulcan and Barnum heading for the 1:30 three-quarters. Coming off the final turn McClure showed Fluff a clear lane and the fan favourite powered past the leaders to a three and one-quarter length victory in 1:58.4. Aphrodite Duke squeaked through on the rail to be second and Kads Kiss closed late for third. McClure crafted Fluff's second straight win for trainer Pat Hunt of Cambridge, breeder Glengate Farms of Erin and their partner Goldfinger Stables of Hamilton, ON. The Royalty For Life daughter was also a winner in her first lifetime start with a 2:00 clocking in an overnight event at Georgian Downs on July 21. "Fluff is a little silly, but she has a real good turn of foot," said McClure of the youngster. "I think she's a nice filly in the making." The other three Grassroots divisions went to GP Dreamin, Princesspartypants and Mag N Roses. Campbellville resident Chris Christoforou piloted Cornaro Dasolo daughter GP Dreamin to a 1:59.4 score in her first lifetime start for his father, trainer Charalambos Christoforou of Campbellville, and owner Carolyn Polillo of Brantford, ON. Pier Ho Kado was four and one-quarter lengths back in second and St Helens rounded out the top three. Fan favourites Princesspartypants and trainer-driver Roger Mayotte went straight to the front in the fourth division and never looked back, sailing home to a one and one-half length victory over Goddess De Vie in 1:59.4. Cute Accountant was nine lengths back in third. Mississauga resident Mayotte conditions the Muscle Mass filly for Just In Time Stable of Mississauga, R A W Equine Inc. of Burlington and Big Als Stables Inc. of Woodbridge, ON. Also sent off as the fan's top choice, Mag N Roses and driver Louis-Philippe Roy of Guelph, ON cruised to a four and one-quarter length victory in the fifth division. Craving You and Expelliarmus finished second and third. Roy engineered the Royalty For Life daughter's first win for trainer Jean Francois Maguire of Carlisle and his partners Julie Malenfant of Carlisle, ON and Richard Legris of St-Charles-Borromee, QC. On Friday Woodbine Mohawk Park will host the three-year-old pacing colts for their third Gold Series leg, featuring Meadowlands Pace winner Best In Show, who will start from Post 10 in the $158,000 contest. The pacing colts will square off in the seventh race on Friday's card, which gets under way at 7:50 pm.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

ELORA, ON - A total of five elimination dashes contested on Monday, July 29 will determine the harness racing finalists for Grand River Raceway's two feature races during its 29th Industry Day event. BATTLE OF WATERLOO Thirteen rookie pacing colts and geldings will compete in two $15,000 elimination divisions to earn a berth in the 22nd annual Battle Of Waterloo. The top four finishers and one of the fifth-place finishers (as drawn by lot) will advance to the $238,940 final. The first elimination division is carded as Race 2. Denali Seelster will start from the rail. He's a winner of $27,000 in two career starts in the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series. But the Sunshine Beach colt is still hunting for his maiden win. He won both of his qualifying starts over Woodbine-Mohawk Park but broke stride in his first pari-mutuel start. On July 15 he finished second by a length in his own time of 1:52.2. Dr. Ian Moore trains Denali Seelster for Ratchford Stable who paid $34,000 for him as a yearling. Moore won the Battle Of Waterloo in 2009 with Wellthereyougo. Trainer Scott McEneny won the 2017 Battle Of Waterloo with Simple Kinda Man and looks to earn a berth in this year's final with Better B Swift starting from post position four in the first division. He's the most recent winner in the field of six with a half-length maiden victory on July 23 at Woodbine-Mohawk Park in 1:53.4. The Bettors Delight colt was a $27,000 yearling buy for McEneny who co-owns with Teresa Davidson, Martwest Racing Stable and Cora Marshall. He's a winner of $13,962 in two starts. The second division will be contested by seven pacers. Bettorbuckleup is the most expensive and the richest of the bunch. The Eric Adams trainee was an $85,000 yearling purchase for owner Millar Farms. He has banked $34,500 in three starts and was most recently second by four lengths in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event at Woodbine-Mohawk Park, pacing his mile in 1:53. He starts from post six on Monday night.   BATTLE OF THE BELLES Elimination dashes for the 11th annual Battle Of The Belles spotlight 22 two-year-old pacing fillies in three $10,000 divisions. They must finish in the top three to earn a berth in the $157,257 final. Alicorn is sure to attract much attention from post three in the first elimination division (Race 1) as last week's record-breaker at Woodbine-Mohawk Park. The Bettors Delight daughter set a new Ontario Sires Stakes record and a North American season's record with a jaw-dropping one-and-three-quarter length maiden win in 1:51 with Louis Philippe Roy in the $106,400 Gold event. Chantal Mitchell trains Alicorn for owners Windermere Stable and Robert Muscara, who paid $30,000 for her last fall. She has banked $62,795 in three starts. All Day Sunshine leaves from post three in division two (Race 4) and is already a rags-to-riches story in just four career starts. The Sunshine Beach miss has earned $60,551 but was a humble $6,000 yearling sale purchase. Richard Moreau trains the filly for owners Dan Lagace, Anthony Timmins, Billy Joe Timmins and Brad Gray. Her most recent of two wins was in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event on July 8 in 1:53 over Woodbine-Mohawk Park. Local trainer Gregg McNair (of Guelph, ON) is seeking his second Battle Of The Belles victory and Karma Seelster is his most pronounced shot at earning a spot in the final. The Sportswriter daughter starts from post position two in the third and final division (Race 8). At $127,000, the regally bred filly was the second-highest priced horse in the 2018 London Selected Yearling Sale. She is a Sportswriter sister to Ontario Sires Stakes record holder Kendall Seelster, a (current) winner of $813,000. Karma Seelster is owned by Hall Of Famer Keith Waples, his wife Eileen and daughter Karen Hauver. Gregg McNair trains the filly. She's a winner of $35,368. Martinis Place is the richest of the field with $71,466 banked in just two starts and a mark of 1:53 taken at Woodbine-Mohawk Park in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event on July 19. John Pentland trains the Betterthancheddar filly for co-owner Ellie Bale. Post time for July 29 is 6:30 p.m. EST. Post positions for the finals of the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles will be drawn after Race 9. Both finals will be contested on Monday, August 5. Post time for #industryday29 is 12:30 p.m. Festivities and the broadcast begin at 12:00 noon. Complete event details are available here. Kelly Spencer Co-Owner, True Nature Communications Inc.

ELORA, JULY 24, 2019 - The favourites in Wednesday's two-year-old trotting filly event at Grand River Raceway made winning $70,000 Gold Series harness races look as easy as taking an evening stroll. With a flawless record of three wins in three starts, fans made Warrawee Vicky a heavy favourite in the first division and driver Sylvain Filion never gave them cause to doubt their judgement. Leaving from Post 5 the reinsman eased Warrawee Vicky around the first turn and took control just after the :28.4 quarter. After leading the field of seven through a :59.2 half and a 1:31.1 three-quarters, Filion opened up the throttle slightly in the stretch and Warrawee Vicky pulled away to a two and three-quarter length victory in 2:01.1. Pocket-sitter P L Nikita finished second, three lengths ahead of Highland Foxytrotr. "We brought her over here actually last Wednesday and schooled her and took her off the gate no problem," said trainer Scott McEneny, who had been mildly worried that the filly was getting a little aggressive after her fist Gold Series win on July 11. "Sylvain said she was really good in the first turn, he took her out of the way then moved her back to the front, kind of a training mile he said. He got a nice third quarter into her and she was well in hand at the wire." McEneny trains Warrawee Vicky for Brad Grant of Milton, ON, who purchased the daughter of Royalty For Life and The Tall Poppy following her June 25 racing debut. Since then the filly has added three more wins and $80,566 to her resume. "She's pretty good. I'm pretty happy with her anyways right now. Robbie (Robinson) did a great job with her and I've got to respect Brad Grant for stepping up and buying her. He's not afraid to do that," said Puslinch, ON resident McEneny. "She looks the part and hopefully we keep going." In the second $72,266 division fans selected She Rocks Kemp and Paul MacDonell as their top choice from Post 1. The pair got away third as Emily Antoinette led the field to a :29 opening quarter and MacDonell moved She Rocks Kemp into the outer lane heading for the 1:00.1 half rung up by Shape Shifter. She Rocks Kemp made steady progress forward and had the edge on the pacesetter at the 1:31.1 three-quarters. A strong finish saw She Rocks Kemp open up a one and one-half length margin on Shape Shifter, with Emily Antoinette two more lengths back in third. "I don't think the half-mile track is her forte, but she was very good. I was very pleased with the way she stuck to it," said trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman. "She got a little rough a couple times, but Mac (MacDonell) did a good job with her and she's a good strong filly and finished up good, so I was really thrilled with the way she raced." New Jersey-based Norman trains the Kadabra daughter for Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Pinske Stables of Plato, MN. Wednesday's outing was the filly's first victory, but Norman expects the youngster will continue to progress through the three remaining Gold Series events. "She's really nice, I think she's going to improve as she goes along," said the trainer. "She's got a good head on her and trots good, and I know Mac likes her, so we're looking forward to the next leg." She Rocks Kemp and her freshman trotting filly peers will make their third Gold Series start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 9. In spite of starting from Post 6, Intense Justice led from start to finish in the last division, cruising home a four and one-quarter length winner in 2:04.2. Zebs Flur finished second and SOS Playhard rounded out the top three. Chris Christoforou engineered the victory for trainer Dany Fontaine and owner-breeder Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. of Montreal, QC. The win was the Justice Hall daughter's second, but her first in Gold Series action. "I can say nothing about her wrong, because she likes to go, she likes her job," said Fontaine. "She's like her brother, she's the sister to Only For Justice, so she's like him, they like their job and they like to work." Fontaine noted that Christoforou, who has piloted the filly's three-year-old brother Only For Justice to two Gold Series wins this season, liked Intense Justice the first time he sat behind her. "The first time when he qualified her, he said to me, 'Dany listen, the colt is a very nice colt, but this one, she's better'. I said, 'You serious?' He said, 'Yes. This one she can trot. She has a lot of speed'," recalled Fontaine. "She is good and she does everything right. You can't complain about her." Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Grand River Raceway on Monday, Aug. 5 when the three-year-old pacing colts will compete in their third Grassroots events on the track's popular Industry Day program. Complete results for Wednesday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0724grvrn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

INNISFIL, JULY 23, 2019 - Ontario's top two-year-old trotting colts made their second Gold Series start at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening and the top two colts from the first leg swapped places in both harness racing divisions. In the first $105,600 division Hetalkstoangels hustled away from the starting gate and led the field of seven trotters to a :28 opening quarter. Favourite Port Perry led the parade up the outer lane heading for the :58.2 half, followed closely by second choice Blue Cupertino. By the 1:27.4 three-quarters the favourites had advanced to within a length of Hetalkstoangels and as the colts turned for home it was clear the pacesetter would not hold off the challengers. Port Perry turned for home with an advantage, but Blue Cupertino trotted hard down the stretch and caught the favourite at the wire, getting a head in front for the 1:57.1 victory. The result was the reverse of the July 4 opening leg, where Port Perry hit the wire first and Blue Cupertino was second. Scamp, who was fifth in the season opener, improved to third. "He's a nice little trotter. He's been a nice horse all winter," said trainer Gregg McNair of Blue Cupertino. "We had the sister (Pink Dandelions) to him last year. I probably wouldn't have bought this one without knowing a little bit about the family, that's why we took a shot at this one." Doug McNair of Guelph drove Blue Cupertino to the win for his father and the elder McNair's partners, McKinlay & Fielding of Toronto, ON and breeder Crawford Farms Racing of Syracuse, NY. The trip was ideal for the son of Kadabra and Rise N Shine, who needs a cautious hand on the lines. "You've got to watch him. He wears trotting hopples, they're on him for a reason," said the trainer. "He can go though, he just, he's a little lazy and then he's got to know you're wanting to ask him to go before you ask. If you just tap him or something he's apt to fly out of gear on you." A $20,000 purchase out of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, Tuesday's win pushed Blue Cupertino's early season earnings to $79,800. "I've had a few horses with Jim (Fielding) before and not much luck, so I'm kind of glad we got a little luck with this guy - a little luck, lots of luck," added Guelph, ON resident McNair. "They're hard to get, the Gold wins, they're real hard to get. It's a good feeling when it happens." The second $106,400 division saw driver Scott Young hustle Crossfit Mouse away from Post 2 and carve out fractions of :29.4, :59.3 and 1:29 on the way to a 1:57.2 victory. Fan favourite Threefiftytwo mounted a late charge, but could not reel in the pacesetter, finishing one length back in second. Horse Trader was two more lengths behind in third. In the season opener both Crossfit Mouse and Threefiftytwo laid down impressive last quarters, with Threefiftytwo prevailing by a head. Horse Trader started his Ontario Sires Stakes career with a win in the Grassroots opener at Georgian Downs on July 7. Guelph resident Young drove Crossfit Mouse for trainer Luc Blais of Campbellville, ON and owner Determination of Montreal, QC, who acquired the Muscle Mass colt after the first Gold event. Blais and Determination also acquired Threefiftytwo following the Gold Series season opener, and purchased Port Perry for $85,000 out of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale last fall, giving them a powerful entry in the freshman trotting colt division this summer. "A little bit nervous you know, with a new horse, but they raced super good," said Blais of Crossfit Mouse and Threefiftytwo. "I think they're going to be two nice horses too. They showed the first start at Mohawk that they were nice horses, but that was the first time they race for us and everything turned out good. "They're all different, three horses, all different," Blais added. "Port Perry is a big horse, strong, tall. Crossfit is more stocky and low gait, and the other one looks like an athlete, Threefiftytwo. They're all different." Crossfit Mouse's victory was Young's first in Gold Series action and the 27-year-old driver was grateful to Blais and Determination principal Serge Godin for giving him the opportunity. "He's a complete professional and a beautiful colt. I was very fortunate to drive a colt like this, I'm grateful to Luc and the owner for the opportunity," said Young. "I grew up wanting to win stake races some day and to win a Gold is fantastic and completely rewarding, a dream come true." The Blais trio and their freshman trotting colt peers will make their third Gold Series start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 8. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Georgian Downs on Tuesday, August 13 with the fourth Gold Series Leg for the three-year-old trotting fillies. Complete results for Tuesday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0723geodfn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

MILTON, July 22, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park is calling on all dog owners to register their best friend in its inaugural Doggy Derby on Saturday, August 3. The Doggy Derby is open to Beagles, Bull Dogs, Boston Terriers and Dachshunds. The entry fee is just $30 and the dogs will be competing for a grand prize of $500. Dogs will compete against their own breed in qualifying heats. The top-three dogs from each breed will advance to the championship race, which will take place on the main racetrack. Participants and their dogs will be able to relax and enjoy the evening in the 'Puppy Parlour', which will include food and beverage, lounge and seating area, doggy bowls, doggy treats and a photo booth. All participants will take home a 'Doggy Gift Bag'. Sign in will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. and the races will take place throughout the evening. Participants can view the full details and register their dog for the Doggy Derby by visiting www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

OTTAWA, JULY 21, 2019 - Six divisions of three-year-old trotting colts battled over the Rideau Carleton Raceway oval on Sunday evening and All Wrapped Up saved the best for last - a 1:54.1 track record in the final Gold Series harness racing split. All Wrapped Up and driver Louis-Philippe Roy charged away from Post 5 and as they rolled through fractions of :28.4, :58.1 and 1:26.1 two lengths in front of their peers there was little doubt about the eventual outcome of the race. The only question was how fast the fan favourites would go and whether the Rideau Carleton track record was in jeopardy. Down the stretch Roy kept his foot on the accelerator and when All Wrapped Up powered across the finish line almost four lengths ahead of Jumpshot and Gold Edition, the teletimer delivered the news - 1:54.1, a new track record. "I always thought he was one of the best of his division, if he behaves," said Roy, who drives All Wrapped Up for trainer Robert Fellows. "Tonight Robert made a few changes on his equipment, adding trotting hopples, and he was all business. He was still very strong at the wire." All Wrapped Up's impressive mile took three-fifths of a second off the former 1:54.4 track record set by Try Try Again in August 2017 and matched by Dream Nation in the second Gold division on Sunday. Rockwood, ON resident Fellows shares ownership of the Archangel gelding with Arpad Szabo of Bradford, ON and Blair Corbeil and Mike McAllister of Beaumont, AB. Sunday's victory was All Wrapped Up's first in Gold Series action. In his three previous Gold Series appearances, one as a two-year-old and two this season, the gelding had made breaks and finished well back of the leaders. When the fractious youngster made his fourth miscue of eight starts in a July 12 overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park Fellows decided it was time to try the trotting hopples and the decision paid immediate dividends, giving All Wrapped Up his sixth career win and pushing his earnings to $83,313. All Wrapped Up's record setting mile came on the heels of Dream Nation's track record equalling performance in the second $71,467 Gold division. Unlike his record-setting peer, Dream Nation stalked fan favourite Southwind Avenger through fractions of :28.4, :57.4 and 1:26.4 before sprinting down the stretch to a head victory in 1:54.4. Southwind Avenger settled for second and Esa was three lengths back in third. Sylvain Filion drove Archangel son Dream Nation to his first Gold Series win of the season for trainer Jacques Dupont and owners Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc. of Repentigny, Ecurie CSL of Sorel-Tracy, Gestion C. Levesque 2005 Inc., St-Hyacinthe and Marc Camirand of Montreal, QC. The other Gold Series division went to Only For Justice and driver Chris Christoforou, who cruised through fractions of :29.2, :58.3 and 1:28.1 on their way to a one and three-quarter length win in 1:56. Manatlas finished second and JMR Pinarello was well back in third. It was the second Gold Series win, and third of the season for Only For Justice, who also captured his division of the Gold Series opener at Flamboro Downs before running into his own early season hiccups. "He win at Flamboro, easy, so we think he can be all right in the (June 15) Goodtimes and the next (June 24) Gold, but he make a mistake in the Gold and he was sick in the Goodtimes Final," said Dany Fontaine, who trains Only For Justice for Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. of Montreal, QC. "But after that he had a rest for two weeks and we go to Three Rivers (July 12), and at Three Rivers the competition is not very strong, you know, so he have a good training," said Fontaine of the Justice Hall son's win in the July 12 leg of the Breeders Cup Series. "And tonight, you know a short field like that and this horse he likes to leave the gate, he was good. He's a nice horse." Sunday's win moves Only For Justice into second spot in the three-year-old trotting colt Gold Series standings with 100 points, 25 behind leader Southwind Avenger. In addition to the Gold Series divisions, Rideau Carleton Raceway also hosted three Grassroots divisions with CT Conabra, Royale Elite and Cool Clifford emerging victorious. Sunday's start marked CT Conabra's sophomore debut. The Kadabra colt and driver Doug McNair led through all stations before trotting under the wire one length in front of fan favourite Southwind Frost in 1:56.1. Archway rounded out the top three. Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON trains CT Conabra for Brad Grant of Milton and Jason Badder of Thamesville, ON. Fan favourite Royale Elite and driver Jonathan Drury took command heading for the half and held off a closing Fitzgibbons to secure a three-quarter length victory in 1:57 in the second division. Lifetime Royalty finished three lengths back in third. Shawn Steacy of Guelph, ON trains Royalty For Life son Royale Elite for owner-breeder Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. Cool Clifford went gate-to-wire from Post 3 in the third $22,800 Grassroots division. The Kadabra gelding and driver Sylvain Filion hit the wire in 1:56, three-quarters of a length ahead of Isnt He An Angel and four ahead of Judge Ken. Scott McEneny of Waterdown, ON trains Cool Clifford, who started his season at the Gold Series level, for Brad Grant of Milton and Martwest Racing Stable of Mississauga, ON. The three-year-old trotting colts and geldings will make their next Ontario Sires Stakes starts at Woodbine Mohawk Park, August 12 for the Gold colts and August 19 for the Grassroots contenders. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday, August 25 with Gold and Grassroots action for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Complete results from Sunday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0721ridcfn.dat.   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

MILTON, JULY 18, 2019 - Fillies of both the pacing and trotting persuasion invaded Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday night for six Grassroots and two Gold Series divisions and sophomore trotting filly Bright Eyes M delivered a standout harness racing performance in the first $105,600 Gold contest, romping to a four length victory in 1:53. Sent off as the heavy favourites, regular reinsman Stephen Byron and Bright Eyes M went straight to the front from Post 7 and reached the quarter pole in :27.1. Byron eased off the accelerator in the second quarter, reaching the half in :57.2, which allowed Royal Esteem to catch Bright Eyes M and lead the field to a 1:25 three-quarters. Royal Esteem's lead was short lived however, as Bright Eyes M powered down the stretch to her third straight Gold Series victory. Royal Esteem was a comfortable second, one length ahead of Mercedes Talma. "You get a little nervous when that happens, but I was always worried about her being on the front end because she can stop up on you. She's getting a little more manageable all the time, but she's certainly got her own mind," said trainer John Bax of Royal Esteem rolling past the fan favourite. "She's got the desire, you can't teach that," the Campbellville resident continued. "She digs in and she says, 'I'm taking this, get the heck out of my way'." In her seven sophomore starts Bright Eyes M has posted five wins and two seconds, banking $208,505 for owners Menhammar Stuteri AB of Paris, KY. Her next Gold Series start is on August 13 at Georgian Downs and Bax says the Kadabra filly will likely make one overnight start before then. "I've got to decide what to do on that, but so far it's been like every two weeks and that's pretty nice," said the trainer. "I think she could use it and I think it's good for her mental state as much as her physical state. I'll play it by ear, give her a week off and then see where we go from there." The other $105,600 Gold Series split saw Teddys Littleangel catch fan favourite Haveoneforme in the stretch to record her second straight Gold win. Driver Doug McNair moved Teddys Littleangel smartly away from Post 6 and the filly led the field to a :28.2 quarter before yielding to the heavily favoured Haveoneforme. Haveoneforme marched on to a :57.4 half and 1:26.1 three-quarters and turned for home one and one-half lengths in front, but Teddys Littleangel had something in reserve and got a neck in front at the wire to claim the 1:54.4 victory. Haveoneforme settled for second and Angies Luckeylady closed hard for third. "She was really good tonight, nice easy fractions and she kicked home when she had too," said Ted MacDonnell, who trains Teddys Littleangel for owner-breeder Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke, ON. Teddys Littleangel was also a narrow winner in the July 3 Gold Series event at Grand River Raceway and MacDonnell is relieved to see the winner of $266,893 getting back on track after a shaky start to the sophomore campaign. "It's just been a work in progress. Her blood kind of got out of kilter on me and just a few little things," said Allenford, ON resident MacDonnell. "I think we've got her back now, she seems back to her hold self." Like Bax, MacDonnell will be looking for one start for the Archangel daughter before the August 13 Gold Series event. Flanking the Gold Series divisions were six Grassroots splits for the two-year-old pacing fillies and fractional ownership venture TheStable.ca captured two of them with Capistrano and Wiggle Delight. Capistrano made it back-to-back Grassroots victories with an impressive effort in the first $23,150 division. The Warrawee Needy daughter and driver Phil Hudon controlled the tempo from Post 1, rolling through fractions of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:25.1, but appeared to be bested in the stretch before clawing their way back to a head victory in 1:53.4. Challenger Landry Seelster settled for second and Look N Fabulous finished third. "Capistrano clearly has no quit in her. From Day 1, being a smaller filly, everyone cheered for her in the barn," said TheStable.ca founder and president Anthony MacDonald of Guelph. "Her popularity has only grown with the addition of Doug Gilmour to the ownership and her hard fought victory tonight." NHL Hall of Famer Gilmour joined TheStable Capistrano Group after the filly won her division of the July 9 Grassroots season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a commanding effort from Post 9. Phil Hudon drove Capistrano for the first time in her debut and has clearly hit it off with the filly, who is trained for TheStable.ca by Harry Poulton of Milton, ON. Wiggle Delight won the fifth division with a 1:54 effort over fan favourite Got Power and No Where To Hide. It was the Bettors Delight daughter's first lifetime win after starting her career with a seventh-place result in the July 8 Gold Series opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Acton, ON resident Mario Baillargeon trains and drives Wiggle Delight for TheStable.ca clients Panic Stable LLC of Itasca, IL. "Wiggle Delight found some class relief to her liking tonight," noted MacDonald. "Mario and James (MacDonald) have always thought very highly of her and she certainly looked good tonight." The other Grassroots winners were Sportswriter fillies Coqui Coqui and Preeminence who both stopped the clock at 1:54.2, Sunshine Beach daughter Sunshine Hall in 1:55.1 and Shadow Play filly Scotians Shadow in 1:54.4. The two-year-old pacing fillies will make their third Grassroots start at Hanover Raceway on August 24. Woodbine Mohawk Park fans will be treated to a second round of two-year-old pacing filly action on Friday, July 19 as the Campbellville oval hosts a pair of $106,400 Gold Series divisions. Friday's program gets under way at 7:50 pm and the fillies will be featured in Races 3 and 8. Complete results from Thursday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0718wbsbsn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

INNISFIL, JULY 16, 2019 - Thirty-nine of Ontario's talented three-year-old trotting fillies took a star turn at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening, highlighting a harness racing card that was dedicated to fillies and mares. In the first $23,500 Grassroots division fans sent Halo Its Me off as their top choice and the Archangel daughter did not disappoint. In rein to Robert Shepherd the filly got away fifth from Post 2, watching as Blue Magic and Checkmate Titan battled through the :27.4 quarter and :56.4 half. Heading for the 1:25.4 three-quarters Shepherd sent Halo Its Me after embattled pacesetter Blue Magic and the favourite cruised down the stretch to a two length victory in 1:56.3. Blue Magic stayed game for second and Petro Hall was third. It was the third win of the season, and the first in Ontario Sires Stakes action, for Halo Its Me, who is trained by Connie Chisholm. Brighton residents Connie and David Chisholm also bred and own the filly, who lowered her personal best by three seconds and boosted her lifetime earnings to $28,045 with the win. The second split saw Splurge On Me capture her sixth straight win with a front-end effort for local reinsman Stephen Byron of Thornton. The fan favourites took command just after the :27.4 quarter and cruised through fractions of :58.1 and 1:27.2 on their way to the 1:56.3 victory. Champagne Jane trotted into second and P L Molly rounded out the top three. Splurge On Me has not been defeated since a third-place result in the June 4 Grassroots season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Kadabra daughter won her second Grassroots start at Dresden Raceway on July 1 and has captured four overnight events at Woodbine Mohawk Park in the last five weeks. Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh trains the winner of $90,612 and the Windsor, ON resident also bred and owns the filly in partnership with C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. Scott Young drove both Blue Magic and Champagne Jane to their runner-up results in the first two divisions, but the reinsman found the winner's circle in the third. Starting from Post 1 with Absynthe Hanover, Young settled the fan favourite in third early as Magically Hip rang up fractions of :28 and :57.3 then went after the pacesetter heading for the 1:26.3 three-quarters. Absynthe Hanover easily gained control and sailed down the stretch to a three length victory in 1:56.4. Mattys Smilin finished second and Byron and Royal Rhythm closed well to claim third. "She raced great. She's been very good to me, winning the City of London and now a Grassroots," said Young of Absynthe Hanover. "I was very happy with her tonight." Young steers the Kadabra daughter for trainer Luc Blais of Campbellville, ON and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. In addition to the May 31 City of London Final at The Raceway at Western Fair District and Tuesday's Grassroots division, the pair also has a trio of overnight wins to their credit. Young doubled his on-the-board finishes in Ontario Sires Stakes action with Tuesday's results and was grateful to trainers Blais, Susanne Kerwood and Shane Weber for the opportunity to add to his provincial point tally. "It was an excellent night for sure," said the reinsman. "Very thankful for the opportunity from the trainers to be able to drive some nice fillies." The last Grassroots division saw Order Mattie go gate-to-wire from Post 6, holding off a hard-closing Madam Shazam for a one-half length victory in 1:59.1. Victoriahasasecret completed the top three. Bowmanville resident Doug Brown drives and trains Order Mattie for Todd Coleman of Paris, ON and Jackson Wittup of Calgary, AB. Tuesday's win was the Angus Hall daughter's third of the season and her first of the sophomore Grassroots campaign. The three-year-old trotting fillies will make their fourth Grassroots start at Clinton Raceway on August 11. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Georgian Downs next Tuesday, July 23 with the second Gold event for the two-year-old trotting colts. Complete results for Tuesday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0716geodfn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

GUELPH, ON -- Among its 680 clients, TheStable.ca has three esteemed NHL alumni: Eddie Olczyk who joined the fractional horse racing ownership stable earlier this year, and Rick Vaive and Doug Gilmour who joined in 2018. Gilmour doubled-down on his fractional ownership play after a three-length win by rookie pacing filly Capistrano in Ontario Sires Stakes action on July 9 at Woodbine-Mohawk Park. Phil Hudon piloted the Warrawee Needy daughter in her career debut in 1:54.2 for trainer Harry Poulton. Shortly thereafter, Gilmour added five one-percent shares of the filly to his roster. Capistrano will be shooting for her second consecutive win for the NHL Hall Of Famer and 11 fellow owners on Thursday (July 18) when she starts from the rail in the first Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots division at Woodbine-Mohawk Park. "The essential happiness of being amongst the horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare and unique elements of grace, beauty, spirit and freedom," said Gilmour. While Gilmour will be in Sault Ste Marie, ON for a speaking engagement during Capistrano's second start, he'll be watching online and is looking forward to attending future starts in-person later this summer. "It's an opportunity to have a fun and action-packed evening and to be able to do that with our family and friends at the same time," he said. TheStable.ca is horse racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership outfit and the largest harness racing stable in Canada with clients across 11 countries currently sharing ownership in 100 horses. The award-winning operation is based in Guelph, ON and offers the opportunity for clients to own as little as one percent of a racehorse.   Kelly Spencer Director Of Business Development

MILTON, JULY 15, 2019 - Ontario's top two-year-old pacing colts stepped up their harness racing game at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening as both Gold Series divisions were clocked in 1:52.1, a full second faster than the quickest split in the Gold Series opener nine days ago. Velocity Rukkus captured the first $108,000 division with an impressive late rush that saw him reel in pacesetter Denali Seelster in the stretch for a one length victory. Starting from Post 6 Velocity Rukkus left smartly and then yielded to Denali Seelster, who in turn handed off to YS Mathis just after the :28.2 quarter. Velocity Rukkus continued to sit third on the rail as Denali Seelster circled back to the front heading for the :56.3 half and seemed to be locked in when the pacesetter reached the three-quarters in 1:24.4. Fortunately, driver Randy Waples was able to find a sliver of room and the slick-gaited Velocity Rukkus hit the opening at full speed and paced home to the win. Denali Seelster stayed game for second, just ahead of the hard closing One For Julius. Velocity Rukkus                                          --New Image Media "He's a very handy horse, quick when he needs to be and very smart," said Waples. "He's a real nice horse and pulled me out of a hopeless spot." Milton, ON resident Waples drove Velocity Rukkus to the win for trainer Mark Evers and Velocity Standardbreds of Lebanon, OH. The Sportswriter son was a hard-closing second to winner Bettor At Hightide in the July 6 Gold Series opener and now has $81,000 on his card through two lifetime starts, more than double the $40,000 bid that saw him hammered down at last fall's Blooded Horse Sale. The second division went to Tattoo Artist, who made his debut with a win in the July 5 Grassroots season opener. With Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion back in the race bike, Tattoo Artist got away third from Post 6 and watched Noch Ten lead the field to a sharp :26.3 opening quarter. As Noch Ten started to slow the pace Filion sent Tattoo Artist after the lead and the colt was comfortably in control before the :55.2 half. Tattoo Artist continued to lead at the 1:24 three-quarters and pulled away to a four length victory in the stretch. Fan favourite Bettorbuckleup finished second, just ahead of third-place finisher Choir Master. "We were sort of on the fence a little bit, humming and hawing, but then when we jogged him back, his first time jogging back he was right on the bit all proud of himself and everything and I just thought ah, we'll give him a shot," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore of the decision to move Tattoo Artist from the Grassroots up to the Gold Series. "And the way the draw worked out, I thought the other race was a little tougher on paper than this one and I thought, you know, if he's all right he'll handle them. We figured he'd step up another second or two so we're obviously very pleased." Moore trains Tattoo Artist for Frank Cannon of Sanford, FL and Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL and the partners have not yet worked out where the Hes Watching son will make his third start. "I'm going to look everything over tomorrow, including the dates for all the upcoming races, and we're going to decide on the Battle of Waterloo. I won that race in '09 and haven't had much luck with that since," said Moore. "We'll consider it all and go from there. I'd kind of like to see this fellow go a little longer into the year because he is very young and all that sort of thing, so we'll come up with a plan over the next couple of days for him." Moore also trains Denali Seelster and said while the Sunshine Beach colt improved on his effort in the Gold Series opener, where he made a break turning for home and finished eighth, he still has not demonstrated his full potential. "We made a few changes and we're going to have to make one more I guess. He wasn't 100 per cent perfect, but he was a lot better than last time," said Moore of Denali Seelster. "That was a pretty good colt, the other one that beat him, too." In addition to a win and a second in Gold Series action, Moore and his team also captured a two-year-old filly race with Alexa Skye, a daughter of the late Ontario Sired superstar Somebeachsomewhere. The Cambridge, ON resident tipped his hat to the role his staff played in the evening's success. "I've got good help this year, good grooms. That's been a major influence on the early success that we've been having so far this year, especially with all the babies, because they're all getting looked after well and treated properly and they respond to that, young horses do, and it's been great," said the trainer. "Giselle Loder looks after Tattoo (Artist). Cheryl Johnson looks after Alexa Skye and she's looking after Denali Seelster too actually, but Dustin Boyd paddocked him tonight, he looks after (three-year-old pacing colt) Century Farroh, that's his primary horse, so they're all here tonight working away." The two-year-old pacing colts will make their third Gold Series start on August 16 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, while their Grassroots peers are back in action at the Campbellville oval Tuesday night (July 16). The colts will compete in Races 2, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 10 on Tuesday's program, which gets under way at 7:10 pm. Complete results for Monday's program are available at http://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0715wbsbsn.dat. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

MILTON, JULY 11, 2019 - Rounding out the string of two-year-old season openers at Woodbine Mohawk Park in recent weeks, the trotting fillies kicked off their Gold Series campaign on Thursday evening in a trio of harness racing divisions. After two victories in overnight action at the Campbellville oval, Warrawee Vicky was the heavy favourite in the first $73,867 division and the youngster did not disappoint, cruising to a three and one-half length victory in 1:55.4. Starting from Post 5 with driver Sylvain Filion in the race bike, Warrawee Vicky was challenged early by a trio of fillies looking to gain an advantageous position. With Warrawee Vicky under full steam, Filion opted to maintain control and the favourites rolled through fractions of :28.1, :57 and 1:26 before sailing down the stretch to the win over Intense Justice and She Must Be Magic. "She looked like she's getting a little hot," said trainer Scott McEneny of the mile, the fastest by a two-year-old trotter in Canada this season. "He didn't want to fight with her too much because she gets jolting her head a little bit, so he kind of just let her roll and thought she might settle down once they got in a hole, but she got a little wound up." McEneny trains Warrawee Vicky for Milton, ON resident Brad Grant, who purchased the filly from owner-trainer Robert Robinson after she won her June 25 debut. Both men were impressed with that effort, a 1:59.3 mile, and the Royalty For Life daughter has done nothing to dispel their positive first impression. "She's a very nice filly, she's not too big, she's not too small. Clean-legged and everything," said McEneny. "She's just a little sweetheart in the barn. Robbie did a great job with her." Warrawee Vicky made her first start for Grant and McEneny in a July 4 overnight which she won by four lengths in 1:58.2, resulting in her favoured status for Thursday's Gold division. Her next start will come in the second Gold event at Grand River Raceway on July 24 and McEneny expects her to handle the transition to the half-mile track as easily as she has handled everything else in her brief career. "I don't think she'll have a problem, like I say she's just an average sized filly and really clean gaited, she only wears a pair of brace bandages," said the Puslinch, ON resident. "I don't think there's going to be a problem, touch wood. We'll be a little more careful and we won't have to go that speed over that track I don't think." In the second division Massive Flirt also lined up behind Post 5 and was sent off as a heavy favourite after winning her first lifetime start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on June 28 with a 1:57.3 effort. Unlike Warrawee Vicky however, Massive Flirt eased away from the starting gate and was sitting fifth when Instant Karma reached the :29 quarter. Driver Jody Jamieson tipped Massive Flirt off the rail heading for the 1:00.3 half and the favourite was matching strides with pacesetter She Started It at the 1:29.4 three-quarters when that filly skipped off stride. Left all alone at the front, Massive Flirt cruised home a three and one-quarter length winner in 1:58.1. She Rocks Kemp and Shape Shifter picked up the second and third-place share of the $73,867 purse. "So far, so good. I'm very pleased with her," said trainer Jeff Gillis, who bred and owns Massive Flirt with Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON. "She seems to be very honest and really enjoys her work, and those are pretty good attributes when you've got some ability to go along with it." After being trained in Florida all winter by Steve Elliott, Massive Flirt arrived in Gillis' barn in early May and the trainer has been delighted by her development. "She progressed very nicely. She was always a big filly, but didn't always just reek of athleticism the way she does now, so I am very happy with the way she's developed," said the Hillsburgh, ON resident. "I think on top of being well prepared by Steve, she's got a lot of intelligence about her too, and that goes a long way in the early going with early trotters." The daughter of Muscle Mass was the first of two fillies guided to the Gold Series winner's circle by Jamieson. The Moffat, ON resident also drove lightly rated P L Nikita to a 1:59 score in the last $74,666 division. Starting from Post 1 the pair watched from third as Validation and Alakazam Angel tussled over the lead through the :29.2 quarter and :58.3 half. As the pacesetters continued to battle by the 1:28.1 three-quarters, Jamieson edged P L Nikita off the rail and out behind Alakazam Angel and then circled around the tiring combatants and romped home to a one and one-quarter length win in 1:59. Talahasse Seelster and Alexa Blue Chip finished second and third. "Massive Flirt is pretty damn flawless. She went about her business like an aged horse tonight and really didn't get stressed throughout. P L Nikita was a nice surprise. I picked her up at scratch time and got a great trip," said Jamieson of his Gold Series winners. "It's nice when you pick a horse up like her that trots so nice and has a great attitude." Jamieson piloted P L Nikita to the win for owner-breeder Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge, ON. Thursday's outing was the E L Titan daughter's first lifetime start following a pair of qualifiers at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Campbellville oval welcomes back the two-year-old pacing colts on Monday, July 15 for their second Gold Series Leg. The evening gets under way at 7:10 pm and the colts will compete in Races 5 and 7. Complete results for Thursday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0711wbsbsn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

Industry Notice   On May 31, 2019, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) issued Standardbred Directive No. 3 - 2019 - Revision to Urging Provisions which amended the rules related to urging in Standardbred racing. As announced in Information Bulletin 71, the new rules and penalty guidelines became effective on June 3 at Woodbine Mohawk Park with the implementation date at other tracks to be determined.   Effective August 1, 2019, these provisions will be in effect at all Standardbred racetracks in Ontario.   This reform is part of the AGCO's continuing commitment to enhancing the health and safety of horses and participants, and the integrity of racing.   Paddock meetings for industry participants and training for Racing Officials will be held prior to the implementation of the new rules. Inquiries may be directed to AGCO Race Officials at: https://www.agco.ca/race-day-contact-list or submitted online to the AGCO at www.agco.ca/iagco.   Avis à l'industrie Le 31 mai 2019, la Commission des alcools et des jeux de l'Ontario (CAJO) a publié la Directive Standardbred Nº 3- 2019- Révision des dispositions sur la stimulation qui modifie les règles relatives aux courses de chevaux Standardbred. Tel qu'annoncé dans le Bulletin d’information No. 71, les nouvelles règles et lignes directrices sur les pénalités sont entrées en vigueur le 3 juin à l’hippodrome Woodbine Mohawk Park et la date de mise en œuvre reste à déterminer pour les autres hippodromes. À compter du 1er août 2019, ces dispositions entreront en vigueur dans tous les hippodromes Standardbred de l'Ontario. Cette réforme s'inscrit dans l'engagement continu de la CAJO à améliorer la santé et la sécurité des chevaux et des participants, ainsi que l'intégrité des courses. Des réunions d'enclos pour les participants de l'industrie et la formation des officiels de course auront lieu avant la mise en œuvre des nouvelles règles. Les demandes de renseignements peuvent être adressées aux officiels de course de la CAJO à l'adresse suivante : https://www.agco.ca/fr/cajo-en-bref/nous-joindre/horaire-des-officiels-de-courses ou soumises en ligne à la CAJO à l'adresse https://www.agco.ca/icajo. (AGCO)    

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