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Hamilton, Ont. Can.--The CKG Billings Harness Driving Series moved north of the border on Sunday, May 26, for a harness racing contest at Flamboro Downs in Hamilton, Ont. There only two Americans who ventured to Canada for the $6000(C) pacing event there which was dominated by the hometowners, who drove six of the eight pacers in the contest. But there was no stopping Frederick "Frenchy" Bourgault when he put his charge,Sly Baran, in high gear as the field approached the three-quarters and they drew-off to a comfortable four-length victory in 1:58.4 over Mr Yokassippi, driven by T. 'Marielle" Enberg. When the starter said "go" Isaac "Izzy" Waxman sent Bettors Mark to the lead but he was challenged on the outside by A Yankee Feeling and driver "Fast Phillipe" Trudeau and the two leaders zipped by the quarter in :28. They kept the pedal to the metal as they passed the halfway point in :57.2. At that point the eventual winner was some six lengths in the rears but up the backside Bourgault wheeled his charge three -deep and they circled all in front of them and rolled home an easy winner. Bettors Mark, after constant pressure, tired in the lane and was overtaken for second money by Ms Enberg's Mr Yokassippi, a 26-1 shot. Owned by Frederick and Richard Bourgault, Sly Baran, a the 6-year altered son of Rambaran , is trained by his driver. He paid $7.80. Last year Bourgault won a Billlings contest at Grand River Raceway. On Monday, May 27, the Canadian Billings action moves north to Woodbine Mohawk for a 10-horse trot later this evening.   by John Manzi for the Billings Series

MAY 25, 2019 – There are developmental milestones in every young horse’s career and Saturday night’s Gold Series season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park was a significant one for the province’s best harness racing three-year-old pacing colts. Over the next three weeks the top colts in North America will gather at the Campbellville, ON oval for the Somebeachsomewhere stake and the Pepsi North America Cup. An impressive effort in the Gold Series opener will often launch a local colt into those prestigious open stake events, and on Saturday the winners of both $108,800 Gold divisions proved to their connections that they have the talent to battle the best. In the first division driver Bob McClure sent Best In Show to the front from Post 6 and the colt cruised through fractions of :27, :55.3 and 1:23.2 on his way to a three-quarter length victory in 1:50.3. Bronx Seelster made a valiant late charge but could not reel in the pacesetter, settling for second, and fan favourite Stag Party was three lengths back in third. “I was very happy (to be asked to drive), and have been watching him for a few weeks,” said Elora, ON resident McClure, who had some time on his hands to watch Best In Show while recovering from a broken pelvis suffered in a qualifying race at Woodbine Mohawk Park on April 25. “He’s a very strong, powerful horse and will only get better with experience.” It was the second straight win for Best In Show, who is trained by Linda Toscano for owner-breeders Richard Young of Boca Raton, FL and Joanne Young of Coconut Creek, FL. The Bettors Delight son now has three starts under his belt this season to go along with three freshman starts. Toscano said the plan is to send the lightly raced colt to the June 1 Somebeachsomewhere and then re-evaluate before the June 8 Pepsi North America Cup eliminations. Trainer Dr. Ian Moore of Cambridge, ON is taking the same approach with Century Farroh, who delivered an uncontested 1:50.2 effort in the second Gold division Saturday. “He’s really pleased us so far, that’s for sure,” said Dr. Moore, who trains the colt for Ratchford Stable NS of North Sydney, NS. “He’s super, so they’re hopeful for a good season. They hope he can compete with the big boys next week. That’s what our plan is for now.” Also starting from Post 6, driver Sylvain Filion of Milton, ON put Century Farroh on the front just after the :26.2 opening quarter and the colt simply paced away from the field, sailing through a :54.2 half and 1:23 three-quarters on his way to an eight length victory. Better Up and No Ordinary Man battled through the wire for second and third. Century Farroh has not been bested in a race since last August. The Mach Three son finished his freshman season with four straight victories, including his Grassroots Semi-final and the Championship, and then kicked off his sophomore campaign with a pair of wins earlier this month. “He finished his year very well last year. He wasn’t raced real hard, reasonably lightly, and he grew and filled out and matured quite a bit over the winter,” said Dr. Moore. “He grew a lot. I let his hopples out three inches and his head out five holes. A lot of the gear that he had on last year, he doesn’t wear it anymore, I took it all off. All he’s got is a head pole now on the inside, that’s it.” Dr. Moore expects Best In Show and Century Farroh will be joined in the Somebeachsomewhere by a number of their peers, including Bronx Seelster and Stag Party, who both made their first start of the season in the first Gold division. Following the open stake events in the coming weeks, the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will return to Ontario Sires Stakes action, competing in their second Gold Series Leg at Woodbine Mohawk Park on June 29. Complete results from Saturday’s Gold Series event are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0525wbsbsn.dat.   Ontario Racing c/o Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, May 25, 2019 - Lather Up returned to the scene of his biggest harness racing victory to win Saturday's $34,000 Preferred in 1:49 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The 2018 Pepsi North America Cup champion headlined a field of seven for the top-class event and was sent off as the 2/5 favourite with Jody Jamieson steering for the first-time. Physicallyinclined took the early-battle to seize the lead and post solid opening fractions of :26 and :53.4. Lather Up and Jamieson angled out from fourth at the half and came first-up on the far turn to lead by a neck at three-quarters in 1:21.4. Lather Up stormed home effortlessly in :27.1 to win by just under five-lengths in 1:49 with the ear plugs still in. Go West Go Fast finished second, while Traceur Hanover was third and Physicallyinclined fourth. A four-year-old son of Im Gorgeous, Lather Up provided his connections with a strong bounce-back performance after failing to make the final of the Confederation Cup in his most recent start. The Clyde Francis trainee now has two victories and $40,250 earned in three starts this season. Lather Up is a homebred for Gary and Barbara Iles and now sports career numbers of 17 wins and $1.1 million earned. The Francis trainee is now expected to compete in next Saturday's Graduate Series leg at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

LONDON...The field for this year's $157,000 Camluck Classic has now been finalized. Back to defend his Camluck Classic title in the Ron Burke trainee Rockin Ron. The $1.7 million harness racing winner put together a sizzling performance last year when he set a new track record of 1:50.1. The seven-year-old gelding will have Louis Roy aboard. Rockin Speed, trained by Jared & Joe Seekman, is the final starter for this years rich classic. The son of Rockin Image is fresh off a fourth place finish in the Confederation Cup after finishing second in his elimination. The Indiana Sires Stakes graduate had a mark of 1:50.2 taken this year at Miami Valley. Billy Davis is expected to drive. Rockin Ron                                                    --Jake MacDonald photo Also confirmed starters and drivers this year are: Done Well (Dexter Dunn) Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland) The Wall (Joe Bongiorno) Trump Nation (Jason Bartlett) Sinta (Jody Jamieson) Southwind Amazon (Dave Palone) The post position draw for this year's Camluck Classic will be held live this Monday afternoon on The Raceway pre-game show, which airs at 5:45 p.m. (E.T.). Race fans can tune into a special online broadcast of the Camluck Classic from The Raceway beginning at 10:30 p.m. The one-hour broadcast is part of a three-race series sponsored by the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA). The broadcast will be streamed on the Standardbred Canada website and aired via the Flamboro Downs, Grand River Raceway and Raceway at Western Fair District Facebook pages. Camluck Classic night will also offer a powerful undercard that will include the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, a quartet of City Of London Series finals and several Preferred races. Visitors will once again have a chance to enjoy the action from the confines of the giant Infield Tent, which was a hit with guests last year. It offers a unique vantage point and entertainment experience with fantastic food and beverage offerings for just $50 plus tax. Tickets to the Infield Event are currently on sale with limited tickets available. The Party on the Patio will be back this year, and bigger and better than ever. Along with the delicious food and beverage offerings that will be available, popular local entertainers Sarina Haggarty and Connor Morand will be on hand performing their unique mix of new material and cover songs throughout the evening. There will be many other contests and giveaways that night with more details to come. To stay up to date on the Camluck Classic and everything happening at The Raceway, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com.   Greg Gangle

MILTON, May 23, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced the Milton District Hospital Foundation as the official charity partner for the Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 15 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Milton District Hospital Foundation (MDHF) raises funds to purchase essential medical equipment and services at Milton District Hospital by building awareness and inspiring giving in the local community. Woodbine Cares and the MDHF will team to run a 50/50 draw during this year's Pepsi North America Cup. Proceeds from the draw will go towards the MDHF. The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is Canada's richest harness race. The event began in 1984 at Greenwood Raceway in Toronto and moved to Woodbine Mohawk Park in 2007. This year's event features live racing, live music, food trucks, a beer garden and more. Admission to the Pepsi North America Cup is $10 and tickets can only be purchased in advance onsite. Full event details can be found by visiting www.Woodbine.com/MohawkPark.   ABOUT THE MILTON DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION Transforming Giving. Transforming Care. It may surprise you to know that government funding does not support equipment purchases. That means 100% of essential medical equipment required for Milton District Hospital must be funded through donations from our community. The Milton District Hospital Foundation (MDHF) is proud to work with the community of Milton to support Milton District Hospital. MDHF raises funds to help purchase essential medical equipment and technology, and improve the facilities through annual fundraising initiatives, community events and a combination of various other programs. Together, we are transforming healthcare in Milton now, and for generations to come.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

MILTON, May 21, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment today released the final list of eligible horses for this year's $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. A total of 50 three-year-old pacers remain eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup following the final sustaining payment on May 15. Canada's richest harness race is scheduled for Saturday, June 15 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Eliminations will take place a week prior on June 8. Dan Patch Award winner Captain Crunch delivered a major statement to the other 49 eligible horses with a stunning 1:49.1 victory over a sloppy track on Sunday night at Pocono. The Nancy Johansson trainee was making his season debut and is scheduled to compete again this Sunday in another Pennsylvania Sires Stakes division at Harrah's Philadelphia. O'Brien Award winner Stag Party will make his season debut this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division. The Casie Coleman trainee has qualified three-times this season, most recently winning in 1:53 on May 17 at Mohawk Park. Fans can check out full event details for the 36th Pepsi North America Cup by visiting www.Woodbine.com/Mohawk. Below is the full list of remaining eligible horses to this year's Pepsi North America Cup.   AFLAME HANOVER AIR FORCE HANOVER ARTIES IDEAL BEST IN SHOW BETTORS WISH BLANK CANVAS BLOOD MONEY BRONX SEELSTER BUDDY HILL CAPITANO ITALIANO CAPTAIN AHAB CAPTAIN CRUNCH CAPTAIN TREVOR CAPTAIN VICTORIOUS CAVIART ROCKLAND CAVIART STETSON CENTURY FARROH CHINATOWN BEACH COVERED BRIDGE CRUISE CAPTAIN CRUSHER Q DE LOS CIELOS DEO FABRICE HANOVER FAST N FIRST FIXED IDEA GOLDBERG HURRIKANE EMPEROR LOVE ME SOME LOU LYONS JOHNNYJNR LYONS NIGHT HAWK MAJOR DECEPTION MELODIES MAJOR NO MAS AMOR PERKINS PROOF PYRO QUATRAIN BLUE CHIP SEMI TOUGH SHADOW OF A DAUT SHAKE THAT HOUSE STAG PARTY STIENAMS BEACH SUGAR FACTORY TWIN B JAYS TYGA HANOVER VAN DIESEL VOLLEY BALL BEACH WORKIN ONA MYSTERY WORLD ON EDGE YACHT WEEK   Total Nominations: 82 Sustaining Payment #1: 78 Sustaining Payment #2: 68 Sustaining Payment #3: 50     Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

London, May 20, 2019 -- Less than 24 hours after capturing the 41st edition of the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs, trainer Ron Burke has confirmed that Done Well will participate in this year's Camluck Classic on closing night, May 31st at The Raceway at Western Fair District. The son of Well Said has now posted back-to-back harness racing wins following a 1:50.2 lifetime best over Flamboro and is sure to be a major threat in this year's $157,000 contest. The gelding has more than $583,000 earned in his career and has started off his four-year-old campaign with a record of 2-1-0 from a trio of starts. The Raceway is also proud to announce that the connections of Trump Nation and The Wall have accepted invitations to the Camluck Classic. Trump Nation, who captured the 2018 edition of the Art Rooney, is fresh off a sizzling 1:49.3 winning effort at The Meadowlands. He will line up in the Camluck Classic for trainer Andrew Harris, himself a native of Ontario who now operates a large stable in New Jersey. The pacer's sire, Betterthancheddar, competed in what was then the Molson Pace at Western Fair in 2013 finishing a strong second behind State Treasurer. Trump Nation has a 10-3-3 record from 22 starts in his career with $322,000 in the bank. The Wall, trained by Nick Surick, is also confirmed for this year's Camluck Classic. The son of Somebeachsomewhere captured two legs of this year's George Morton Levy Series at Yonkers Raceway and has nearly $340,000 banked in his young career. The five-year-old boasts a record of 1:51.2 taken earlier this year at Yonkers Raceway and will be handled by his regular pilot Joe Bongiorno on May 31st. The other big news is that harness racing's winningest driver Dave Palone will make the trip to Ontario to drive Southwind Amazon in the Camluck Classic. Palone has put up amazing numbers during his career including more than 18,800 trips to the winner's circle. Perhaps the most impressive statistic is 29 consecutive seasons of at least 400 wins or more. Below are the six confirmed starters at this point in alphabetical order. The other two starters will be confirmed this week. Done Well Ideal Jimmy Sintra Southwind Amazon The Wall Trump Nation   Camluck Classic night will also offer a powerful undercard that will include the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, a quartet of City Of London Series finals and several Preferred races. Visitors will once again have a chance to enjoy the action from the confines of the giant Infield Tent, which was a hit with guests last year. It offers a unique vantage point and entertainment experience with fantastic food and beverage offerings for just $50 plus tax. Tickets to the Infield Event are currently on sale with limited tickets available. The Party on the Patio will be back this year bigger and better than ever. Along with the delicious food and beverage offerings that will be available, popular local entertainers Sarina Haggarty and Connor Morand will be on hand performing their unique mix of new material and cover songs throughout the evening. There will be many other contests and giveaways that night with more details to come. To stay up to date on the Camluck Classic and everything happening at The Raceway, visit www.westernfairdistrict.com.   Western Fair District

MAY 19, 2019 - A few raindrops did not put a damper on the 2019 Ontario Sires Stakes season opener Sunday, as the province's top three-year-old colts impressed harness racing fans gathered at Flamboro Downs for the Dundas oval's signature Confederation Cup program. Both the trotting and pacing colts opened their sophomore season Sunday, with the trotters competing in a trio of Gold Series divisions and the pacers duelling in five Grassroots races. Only For Justice set the tempo for the evening in the first race, cruising along on the front end to a 1:56.3 Gold Series victory. Fan favourite, and last year's division champion, Forbidden Trade was three lengths back in second and Archway was well back in third. "That's a big mile here tonight, a real fast back half," said driver Chris Christoforou. "He's very good gaited and good on the turns, he's a nice horse." Campbellville, ON resident Christoforou piloted Only For Justice to the win for trainer Dany Fontaine and owner-breeder Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. of Montreal, QC. The win came in the Justice Hall son's first start of the season and was his second lifetime victory in Gold Series action. The gelding also captured a Gold event on the half-mile track at Grand River Raceway as a two-year-old. "Last year, I'm not sure, but I think he might have had the season record on a half-mile track for a two-year-old gelding," said Christoforou, referring to Only For Justice's 1:57.3 score at Grand River Raceway. "I'd like to see him progress through the year, see what happens. He's got a good gait and he's very easy to manoeuver, he does what you want... so far, so good." The second $72,267 Gold division went to Magical Journey and driver Stephen Byron, who hit the wire one-half length ahead of Northern Cavalier and driver Michiel Vanderkemp, matching Only For Justice's 1:56.3 clocking. Jumpshot and driver Daniel Dube rounded out the top three, all of whom took advantage of an early break by favourite Dream Nation. "He raced great," said Matt Bax, who shares ownership of Magical Journey with his father, trainer John Bax, Gaelic Stable of Sharon, ON and Gordon Wright of Charlotte, MI. "We knew that he was really good in the turns, and he's good off the wings, so Steve was going to probably try to get him closer to the front - half-mile racing, if you have that ability you're going to go for it - and Steve gave him a great drive." The win was the second of the season and the first in Ontario Sires Stakes action for Kadabra son Magical Journey, who made three Gold Series starts and three Grassroots starts at two. "At the end of the year he was really starting to figure it out, when we put him away he was strong, so that's translated into this year," said Campbellville resident Bax. "He's a little taller, a little stronger, a little smarter, a little bit of everything." The third Gold division went to Southwind Avenger, who battled to a one length victory over pacesetter Cool Clifford, hitting the wire in 1:55.4. JMR Pinarello was well behind the leaders in third. Trevor Henry crafted the win, from the outside Post 8, for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and owners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON, David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Little E LLC of New York, NY. The E L Titan son also won a division of the season opener at two and never finished worse than third in six Gold Series starts during his freshman campaign. Henry also captured the first $22,800 Grassroots division, guiding sophomore pacing colt Sportsline to his fourth straight victory for trainer Jim Watt of Clinton and Harry Parrott of Goderich, ON. The fan favourites cruised along on the front end to a 1:51.4 victory, four lengths ahead of Moonshine Kisses. Gambling Terror was third. The other Grassroots divisions went to Priceless Beach in 1:54.3, Sugartown in 1:52.2, Missile Seelster in 1:55.4 and Better Than Cash in 1:55.2. The Ontario Sires Stakes colts served as the opening act for the $188,500 Confederation Cup Final, featuring nine of the best four-year-old pacers in North America. In the main event, Done Well and driver Dexter Dunn reprised their successful front-end trip from the elimination and claimed the historic Cup with a 1:50.2 clocking for trainer Ron Burke of Fredericktown, PA, Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg, PA, Jandt Silva Purnel and Libb of Delray Beach, FL and Wingfield Brothers LLC of Kenton, OH. Last season's OSS champion Jimmy Freight finished second and the other elimination winner, and Done Well's stablemate, Dorsoduro Hanover was third. The sophomore trotting colts will continue their Ontario Sires Stakes Gold season on June 24 and the pacing colts will compete in their second Grassroots event on June 27, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The provincial program makes two more stops at Flamboro Downs in the fall, with the three-year-old pacing fillies and the two-year-old trotting fillies wrapping up their Gold season on Sept. 22 and Oct. 2, respectively. Complete results for Flamboro Downs' May 19 Confederation Cup program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0519flmdn.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

MILTON, May 18, 2019 - The SBOA Stakes finals and a season debut victory by McWicked highlighted a busy Fireworks and Family Fun Night on Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Reigning harness racing Horse of the Year McWicked made a statement in his season debut by winning the $34,000 Preferred in 1:49.4. The Casie Coleman trainee came first up on the far turn from mid-pack and used the entire length of the stretch to wear down Sintra for a thrilling victory. Sintra made a second-quarter move to the top and led by the half in :55.2. The Stephanie Jamieson trainee and driver Jody Jamieson created separation on their rivals by pacing a :27.3 third-quarter. McWicked was more than four lengths from Sintra turning for home and delivered a stunning performance in the lane to track down and pace by Sintra in the final strides for a victory of just over a length. McWicked season debut victory snapped Sintra's win streak at seven. P L Jackson finished third, while American Virgin was fourth. Now eight-years-old, McWicked is back to defend his Canadian and American Horse of the Year title. He won 12 of 19 starts and earned $1.6 million last season to bring his career earnings to over $4 million for owner S S G Stables. The 35th career victory for McWicked saw him return $3 for a $2 win ticket. Sunny Dee And Haveoneforme captured their respective SBOA Stakes finals for Ontario sired three-year-old fillies. Bob McIntosh trainee Sunny Dee went to the front and never looked back to collect a 1:53 victory. The daughter of Sunshine Beach and driver Trevor Henry muscled to the top and posted fractions of :27.2, :57.1 and 1:24.4 before pacing home in :28.1 to win by 3 ½ lengths over fellow McIntosh student Thats Incredible. Better Single finished third, while Village Joules was fourth. Sunny Dee                                               --New Image Media photo        Sunny Dee is now undefeated in seven career starts for owner/breeders Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. Her career earnings now sit at $135,645. A $2 win ticket on Sunny Dee returned $3.30. Richard 'Nifty' Norman trainee Haveoneforme delivered another powerful performance to win the $164,290 final for three-year-old trotting fillies. Driver Paul MacDonell had the daughter of Kadabra placed mid-pack and sat second-over turning for home. Bright Eyes M, who came first-up, claimed the lead at the top of the lane and trotted home strong in attempt to hold the lead. However, Haveoneforme was too much and stormed by in the final sixteenth to win by a length and a quarter in 1:56.1. Mattys Smilin finished third, while Presto Change O was fourth. Haveoneforme has now won five of seven starts in her first season on the track. The SBOA final victory increased her earnings to $118,742 for owners Enzed Racing Stable Inc, Mel Hartman and Little E LLC. Haveoneforme                                  --New Image Media photo A $2 win ticket on Haveoneforme returned $2.50. Saturday evening's card kicked off the 2019 Championship meet at Mohawk Park. Reinsman Louis Philippe Roy and trainer Richard Moreau were recognized for leading their respective categories during the Winter/Spring meet. Roy led all drivers with 141 wins, which was 17 more than nearest rival Sylvain Filion. Moreau finished the Winter/Spring meet with 119 wins, 59 more than runner-up Rod Boyd. Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. REPLAYS: www.YouTube.com/WoodbineReplays   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

London, May 17, 2019 -- Veteran harness racing horseman Larry Fitzsimmons was inducted into The Raceway at Western Fair District's Wall of Fame on Friday night. With dozens of friends and family on hand, the career winner of more than 1,100 races and $7 million was honoured during a trackside ceremony which was followed by the unveiling of the photo that will go up on The Raceway's prestigious wall. Fitzsimmons is a native of Hanover, Ontario but has called London home since the 1970's and has won numerous training titles at the London oval over his career. Some of his more notable performers include Stonebridge Celest, Angels Uprising and Laurstar. Friday night's $12,700 Wall of Fame Pace went to National Debt in line to Rob Shepherd in 1:54.2. It was the sixth win in just 10 trips postward this season for the Colin Johnson trainee who is quickly approaching the $500,000 mark in career earnings. The Raceway is entering its final two weeks of the 2019 Spring meet which will wrap up with the Camluck Classic program on Friday, May 31st. For details on the entire evening, visit www.camluckclassic.com.   WFD Media

Flamborough, May 17, 2019 - Race fans are reminded that this Sunday night the Confederation Cup from Flamboro Downs will be broadcast live on Facebook beginning at 9:30 p.m. (ET). The one-hour broadcast, part of a three-race series sponsored by the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA), will cover the $188,500 Confederation Cup in race 10 along with the 9th race which is a $23,150 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots division for three-year-old filly pacers. Mark McKelvie and Greg Blanchard will be on the desk while Jaimi MacDonald will provide paddock coverage during the show which will be aired via the Flamboro Downs , Grand River Raceway and Raceway at Western Fair District Facebook pages and streamed over the Standardbred Canada website. The next stop in the series will be the $157,000 Camluck Classic on Friday, May 31 at The Raceway with the final show covering the $250,000 (Est) Battle Of Waterloo on Monday, August 5 at Grand River. The Confederation Cup field is a stellar one led by the powerful Ron Burke-trained duo of Dorsoduro Hanover and Done Well, with the latter being installed as the 7-5 morning line choice by virtue of his powerful 1:51.4 elimination victory last Sunday night over an 'off' track. Jimmy Freight, Canada's three-year-old pacing colt of the year in 2018, overcame post 8 in his elimination with a fourth-place finish and has drawn much more favourably in the final, leaving from post position two. Post time for the Confederation Cup program is 6:55 p.m. (ET).   Greg Blanchard

When Purnel Jones Jr. and his wife Libby were looking to partner with other people to buy horses several years ago, Jones called renowned owner Mark Weaver for advice. Instead, Jones ended up with an invitation. Life has not been the same since. Purnel and Libby, who at the time were recently retired after selling their regional oil-and-gas business, were asked if they wanted to join the ownership groups involved with horses trained by Ron Burke, harness racing's leading conditioner for the past 10 years in a row. Burke Racing and Weaver, with his longtime racing colleague Mike Bruscemi, are two-time winners of the sport's Owner of the Year Award. "The first thing I thought of when we were fortunate enough to retire was how I could get back into the business," said Purnel, who followed his father into the sport and had a license to train and drive horses before stepping away from racing to focus on business. "I called Mark Weaver, who I've known for about 10 years, to ask him to point me in the right direction. He said there was a spot opening up in the ownership group and that I was welcomed if I wanted to get in. It was a no-brainer for me. My goodness gracious, you can't beat those guys. They're smart. It's not by accident that Burke and Weaver are so successful, that I can say." In 2018, the Joneses were among the owners of Dorsoduro Hanover and Warrawee Ubeaut, who both were Breeders Crown champions and divisional Dan Patch Award honorees, as well as a third Breeders Crown winner, Percy Bluechip, and stakes-winners Baron Remy and This Is The Plan. "I can't even imagine having a year like that again," Purnel said. "You talk about fun and traveling to the races, it was fantastic. I'm hoping for continued success, but to hope for that (kind of success again) is a little excessive. But you can't rule out anything with Ronnie. He has a great eye for the horses." On Sunday, the Joneses will watch three of their horses compete in the C$188,500 Confederation Cup for 4-year-old pacers at Flamboro Downs. Dorsoduro Hanover and Done Well were elimination winners last weekend. Those two Burke trainees are joined by stablemate This Is The Plan in the nine-horse field. Done Well and driver Dexter Dunn, who captured their elim in 1:51.4 over a sloppy surface, is the 7-5 morning-line favorite from post five while Dorsoduro Hanover, with regular driver Matt Kakaley, is the 5-2 second choice from post one. Dorsoduro Hanover won his elimination, also over a sloppy track, in 1:53.4. The other owners on Done Well are Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva, and Wingfield Brothers. The group owning Dorsoduro Hanover is the same, with the exception of Wingfield Five rather than Wingfield Brothers. This Is The Plan, who finished fifth in his elimination and starts from post eight, is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Larry Karr. "I thought Done Well was off the hook," Purnel said. "I don't know how much the track changed between the time he raced and Dorsoduro Hanover raced, but you certainly can't be disappointed with (Dorsoduro Hanover's) race either. He's as tough as nails. "We're all excited to see what happens." Done Well                  ---Norm Files photo Among the Burke trio's competition is Jimmy Freight, who earned the O'Brien Award in Canada for last year's best 3-year-old male pacer. He finished fourth in the elimination won by Dorsoduro Hanover after starting from post eight, a spot that has produced only four winners in 185 pacing races this year. Jimmy Freight and driver Louis Philippe Roy will start Sunday from post two. He is 3-1 on the morning line. "I wasn't that much excited when I saw the draw for the elims, being in my mind in the toughest division and starting from the far outside, but one more time Jimmy didn't disappoint," Roy said. "I'm a little more excited about the draw for the final, I think we're among the three or four horses with the best shot to win. "I haven't seen much difference with (Jimmy Freight) between (ages) 3 and 4," the driver added. "He was and still is the perfect horse on the track, you can do whatever you want with him, smart and perfectly gaited." Jimmy Freight                                        ---Mike Lizzi photo Racing begins at 6:55 p.m. Sunday at Flamboro Downs. Following is the field for the Confederation Cup, which is race 10. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Dorsoduro Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-5/2 2-Jimmy Freight-Louis Philippe Roy-Richard Moreau-3/1 3-Pretty Handsome-Jonathan Drury-Andrew McCabe-15/1 4-American History-Sylvain Filion-Tony Alagna-12/1 5-Done Well-Dexter Dunn-Ron Burke-7/5 6-The Downtown Bus-Doug McNair-Jeff Gillis-7/1 7-Rockin Speed-Billy Davis Jr.-Jared Seekman-15/1 8-This Is The Plan-Joe Bongiorno-Ron Burke-20/1 9-Ghost Dance-Randy Waples-Nick Gallucci-4/1   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

The Miss Versatility series for trotting mares gets underway on Monday at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a single $52,800 harness racing division of five led by Serge Godin's pair of starlets in Emoticon Hanover and Dream Together racing under his nom de course of Determination.   Emoticon Hanover (Dan Dube) has won the past two Breeders Crown Open Mare Trot Finals to go with a World Record and nearly $1.5 million on her imposing resume. The Miss Versatility leg will get her 2019 stakes campaign underway after a convincing 1:52.3 win in an overnight.   Dream Together (Randy Waples) burst onto the Grand Circuit scene with a $105 win mutuel in the 2018 Dr John Steele Memorial at The Meadowlands and is but a cheque away from $700,000 in career booty.   Luc Blais has trained both from the first day they had the harness on and continues to have them beautifully prepared for each engagement.   Sorceress Seelster, Pat Matters and The Erm complete the quintet, which is the second race on the Monday night bill.     Nick Salvi

MILTON, May 16, 2019 - The always-popular Fireworks and Family Fun Night returns to Woodbine Mohawk Park this Saturday evening. A big night of activities for all-ages are planned, including live racing, entertainment and a firework spectacular. The evening's activities launch at 5:30 p.m., live racing begins at 6:45 p.m. and the fireworks show will take place shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday's 10-race card is headlined by a pair of SBOA Stakes finals and the season debut of reigning Horse of the Year McWicked. The SBOA Stakes features Ontario sired three-year-old fillies with pacers competing for $165,290 and trotters for $164,290. Undefeated filly Sunny Dee leads the pace final, which is carded as Race 8. The Bob McIntosh trainee won her elimination in 1:52.3 to start her career with six consecutive victories. The daughter of Sunshine Beach will start from post-two with driver Trevor Henry at the controls. The trot final features a showdown between impressive elimination winners Haveoneforme and Bright Eyes M. Both fillies are sired by Kadabra and each won their elimination in 1:56.2. Haveoneforme has won four of six starts to begin her career. The Richard 'Nifty' Norman trainee was unraced as a two-year-old and was making her Mohawk Park debut in last weekend's elimination. Paul MacDonell will drive. Bright Eyes M is now two for two to start her sophomore campaign after going winless in three starts last July. The John Bax trainee won by 2 ¼ lengths last week and will continue to team with driver Steve Byron. The SBOA Filly Trot final is carded as Race 6. Fans waiting for the post-race fireworks could be in for some in the evening's ninth-race, as a pair of pacing heavyweights clash in the $34,000 Preferred. Defending Horse of the Year McWicked will make his season debut after a pair of qualifiers. The Casie Coleman trainee posted 12 wins and earned $1.6 million in 19 starts last season. Louis Philippe Roy will steer the career-earner of $4 million in a race for the first-time since July of 2017. The king of the Preferred this season at Mohawk Park has been Sintra and the six-year-old will look to extend her current win streak to eight. Racing for the team of Stephanie and Jody Jamieson, Sintra most recently posted 1:50.2 score on May 26 to remain undefeated in 2019. Sintra currently sports career numbers of 25 wins and $1.1 million in earnings. The Preferred is carded as Race 9. Racing fans can show up early Saturday for a meet and greet with drivers James MacDonald and Doug McNair. Both drivers will be heading off to Sweden this month to compete in the World Driving Championship. MacDonald captured the 2017 championship and is participating as the defending champion, while McNair won the 2018 Canadian championship to earn the right to wear the red and white at this year's event. The meet and greet will take place from 5:30-6:15 p.m. Fans of all-ages will be able to enjoy activities and entertainment throughout the entire evening. A $5 Kids Zone, featuring inflatables and pony rides, will be set up at the east end of the apron. A crafts zone and Equimania will also be set up inside the Grandstand. There will also be live music from 6-10 p.m. and LED performers at 10 p.m. Fans will have plenty of options for food and beverages during Fireworks and Family Fun Night, including the Woodbine Food Truck, Billy Dee's Nut Stand, pizza and ice cream. Full details for Saturday's Fireworks and Family Fun Night can be found by clicking here.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications  

MAY 16, 2019 - The 46th Ontario Sires Stakes season gets under way this Sunday, May 19 with eight exciting races on the $538,551 Confederation Cup program at Flamboro Downs. Ontario's top three-year-old trotting colts will kick off the Dundas oval's signature event at 6:55 pm with the first Gold Series Leg of the season. Race 1 features last year's champion Forbidden Trade, who makes his sophomore debut from Post 4 for US-based driver Daniel Dube, trainer Luc Blais of Campbellville, ON and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. Louis-Philippe Roy, who earned his first Lampman Cup title in 2018 as the top driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program, will steer last season's number two colt, Dream Nation, from Post 1 in the second $72,267 Gold Series division. "Dream Nation was one horse coming back for his three-year-old season that I was excited to drive again, and so far it looks good for him. We schooled him Monday and he was really solid," said Roy, who steers the Archangel gelding for trainer Jacques Dupont of Repentigny and his partners Ecurie CSL of Sorel-Tracy, Gestion C. Levesque 2005 Inc. of St-Hyacinthe and Marc Camirand of Montreal, QC. "He was good sized at two, but he looks even better to me, bigger and stronger. He drew good for Sunday, and that's a big thing on the half-mile." In addition to Dream Nation, Roy will steer trotting colt Tymal Houdini from Post 3 in the first Gold division. The Guelph, ON resident will also be hoping for success in the three-year-old pacing colt Grassroots season opener, piloting Keystone Prestige from Post 1 in the first $22,800 division, Chanting Hanover from Post 1 in the second split, Sugartown from Post 2 in the third of five divisions and Sports Charm from Post 8 in the last Grassroots battle. The Gold Series colts will battle in Races 1, 4 and 6 while the pacing colts square off in Races 3, 5, 7, 8, and 9. All eight races will serve as an opening act for the main event, the $188,500 Confederation Cup Final, which features nine of the best four-year-old pacing colts and geldings in North America. Roy will steer Jimmy Freight from Post 2 in the rich final, and the driver is expecting the son of Sportswriter to deliver the kind of consistent effort that led him to the OSS sophomore pacing colt division title and a year-end O'Brien Award in 2018. "Jimmy Freight got us qualified for the Confederation Cup final last Sunday with a nice effort (fourth) from the eight-hole," said Roy, who steers the pacer for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch and owner Adriano Sorella of Guelph, ON. "I like his chances with the draw; Jimmy never disappointed me." In addition to the thrilling racing, fans will have an opportunity to win one of five shares - including training fees for the remainder of 2019 - in a Thestable.ca racehorse. Complete entries for Flamboro Downs' May 19 Confederation Cup program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0519flmdn.dat. In addition to Sunday's OSS season opener, Flamboro Downs will also host two more Gold events this fall, the three-year-old pacing fillies on Sept. 22 and the two-year-old trotting fillies on Oct. 2. A complete schedule can be found at http://www.ontariosiresstakes.com/schedule/schedule_loc.html#FLMD.   OSS Program Information OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing www.ontarioracing.com For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com

MILTON, May 14, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to issue a final reminder of the stakes payments due Wednesday (May 15). Sustaining payments are due for all major stakes, including the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. The list of payments required for May 15 also include sustaining payments for the 2019/20 Champlain/Simcoe and nominations for the Summer Series (two-year-olds). The full list of events requiring a payment on May 15 are listed below. Sustaining Payments (Woodbine major stakes): Pepsi North America Cup Armbro Flight Canadian Pacing Derby Canadian Trotting Classic Casual Breeze Elegantimage Eternal Camnation Fan Hanover Goodtimes Maple Leaf Trot Metro Pace Milton Nassagaweya Peaceful Way Roses Are Red Shes A Great Lady Somebeachsomewhere William Wellwood Memorial   Sustaining Payments (Foals of 2017) 2019 Champlain Open 2019 Champlain Filly 2020 Simcoe Open 2020 Simcoe Filly   Yearling Nominations (Foals of 2018) 2020 Champlain Open 2020 Champlain Filly 2021 Simcoe Open 2021 Simcoe Filly 2021 SBOA Filly   Nominations (2-year-olds in 2019) Dream Maker Define The World Pure Ivory Whenuwishuponastar   Sustaining Payments (Ontario racetracks) Battle Of Waterloo Battle Of The Belles   For full details on stakes payments, including fee amounts, click here. To make stakes payments online, click here. If sending stakes payments by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than May 15, 2019 or payment will not be accepted.     Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

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