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Wheels On Fire went wire-to-wire against harness racing Preferred regulars in Woodbine Mohawk Park's top condition race Saturday night Feb. 20.   The six-year-old has been a mainstay in high-level overnights, winning three Preferred harness racing events at Mohawk last summer. His Feb. 20 score in the N/W $22,000L5 class was his first since Oct. 10, 2020.   Bob McClure, Canada's 2020 Driver of the Year, sent Wheels on Fire to the engine with ease. The pair hit the quarter in 27.3, and McClure gave the son of Somebeachsomewhere a breather going to the half in 56.3. Odds-on first choice So Much More left the single file formation first, coming off the rail near five-eighths. That mare forced the hand of Jody Jamieson and East End, who left the pocket to assume first-up duties. The field finished the third panel in 1:25, and Wheels on Fire seemed to put away both So Much More and East End at the head of the stretch. So Much More, however, had more, and she launched a late rally. Wheels on Fire had just enough though, and he survived to win by a neck at 7-1.   So Much More's charge amounted to a second-place check, and East End was game to finish third. The winner paid $16.80.     Wheels on Fire approaches $400,000 in lifetime earnings with this 23rd win from 67 total. The older pacing gelding competed in stakes events at two and three, and he's transformed into a reliable condition performer with age. He's owned by Brad Grant and trained by Richard Moreau, Canada's 2020 Trainer of the Year. The latter won three of the ten on the Feb. 20 card.   Mohawk's next race date will be Feb. 22.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Standardbred Canada announced the winners of 2020 O’Brien Awards, which honour Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season, during a Virtual Gala videostreamed on standardbredcanada.ca on Sunday, January 31. Held virtually due to the provincial lockdown in Ontario, this year marked the 32nd edition of the O’Brien Awards, named in honour of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding horseman and member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Richard Moreau added a record eighth O’Brien trophy to his mantle in the Trainer of the Year Category after a season which saw him top the earnings and win charts for Canadian trainers. Based in Puslinch, Ont., Moreau is one of the country’s busiest trainers, sending postward 1,604 starters that made 237 trips to the winner’s circle and earned more than $3.6 million in purses. Bob McClure of Rockwood, Ont., won his first O’Brien trophy as Canada’s Driver of the Year following a career-best season for earnings. McClure was the country’s leading money winning driver and he also reached several major milestones last year -- eclipsing the $7 million mark in earnings, winning his first Breeders Crown Championship and capturing the Lampman Cup as the Ontario Sires Stakes’ leading driver. Some of the horses he regularly drove who contributed to his earnings milestone and 233 trips to the winner’s circle included divisional champions Donna Soprano, Lauras Love, Lawless Shadow and Tattoo Artist while sharing the driving duties aboard On A Streak. Kelly Hoerdt of Beaumont, Alta., won his second O’Brien Award of Horsemanship following a year that saw the Alberta-based trainer-driver condition 157 winners and horses to more than $877,000 in earnings, while driving 163 winners and horses to purse earnings in excess of $895,000. Scarlett Hanover was crowned champion in the Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly division following a stellar season which saw her post 11 top-three finishes from 14 starts and bank more than $449,000 in earnings. She won two Ontario Sires Stakes events including the OSS Super Final and also competed against Grand Circuit company, scoring a season’s best 1:51.3 victory in the Champlain Stakes while also winning an elimination of the Shes A Great Lady. Lawless Shadow was voted Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year after an ultra-consistent season that saw him hit the board in eight of nine races, including four victories, while earning more than $307,000. He scored two victories in Ontario Sires Stakes events, a win in the Nassagaweya, runner-up finishes in his Metro elimination and OSS Super Final and a third-place finish in the Metro Final. In the Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly division, Lauras Love took O’Brien honours. The Betterthancheddar filly was a model of consistency in 2020, scoring 16 top-three finishes, including eight victories from 20 races, and earning $331,000 for her connections. In addition to a victory in an Ontario Sires Stakes event, she scored multiple victories in overnight competition and also won a division of the Simcoe Stakes against Grand Circuit company. Tattoo Artist was voted Canada’s Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year. The son of Hes Watching was a winner of eight of 17 starts and more than $666,000 last season with victories in five Ontario Sires Stakes events and a division of the Simcoe Stakes. One of his biggest efforts was a runner-up finish in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. So Much More, a dominant competitor in the Fillies & Mares Preferred Ranks at Woodbine Mohawk Park, took Older Pacing Mare honours. She won 12 of 30 starts and eclipsed $300,000 in earnings last year while winning in a career best 1:49.3 at Mohawk. Century Farroh took home two O’Brien Awards; one as Older Pacing Horse of the Year and the other as the Somebeachsomewhere Horse of The Year. Competing as a four-year-old, the son of Mach Three scored 12 top-three finishes in 16 starts and accrued more than $637,000 in earnings in 2020. His stakes victories included the Breeders Crown and the Dan Patch, both at Hoosier Park. Donna Soprano was voted Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the year. The Donato Hanover filly won five of seven races and more than $575,000 for her connections in a season that included sweeps of the Pure Ivory and Peaceful Way Stakes, a win in a Champlain division and an impressive runner-up finish in the inaugural edition of the Mohawk Million. In the Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt division, On A Streak beat out stablemate Macho Martini. On A Streak had only two wins in 10 starts, but they were both very lucrative ones. His maiden-breaking effort came in the $525,000 William Wellwood Stakes, which was worth $267,500 and a coveted spot in the inaugural Mohawk Million where he finished a solid third. His second victory came in the Breeders Crown, and was worth $300,000. In total the Cantab Hall colt earned in excess of $850,000 for his season which also included a runner-up finish in the Valley Victory. Sorella took divisional honours as Canada’s Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year for a season which saw her win eight of 15 races and $737,000. The Muscle Hill filly posted victories in multiple stakes events including the Hambletonian Oaks, the Reynolds, the Casual Breeze, the Bluegrass and the Matron. Pemberton, a son of Wheeling N Dealin, was voted Canada’s Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year. A winner of eight of 10 races, he earned more than $363,000 during his sophomore season. Four of his victories came in Ontario Sires Stakes events including the season-ending Super Final. In the Older Trotting Mare category, Hey Livvy won O’Brien honours for her season which included nine wins and more than $283,000 in 23 trips postward, highlighted by her richest payday, an impressive victory in the Armbro Flight. Perfetto was voted Older Trotting Horse of the Year after winning seven of 25 races and more than $151,000 while making all but one start at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The son of Majestic Son posted a career best effort of 1:52.3 on December 14 at Mohawk. Austin Sorrie of Freelton, Ont., was recognized with the Future Star Award. The Prince Edward Island native was in demand on the Ontario B Track circuit in 2020, driving in more than 1,200 races, scoring 151 wins and driving horses to more than $923,000 in purse earnings. In the Armstrong Breeder of the Year category, Seelster Farms added a fourth O’Brien bronze to their trophy case. In 2020, horses bred by Seelster won 260 races and earned more than $3.5 million. Top performers included O’Brien divisional winner Lawless Shadow, O’Brien finalist Karma Seelster along with Tokyo Seelster. The complete list of winners follows below. 2020 O'BRIEN AWARD WINNERS PACERS TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACER Scarlett Hanover Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Fredericktown, PA – Frank Baldachino, Clarksburg, NJ – JandT Silva Purnel & Libby, Delray Beach, FL – Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Canonsburg, PA TWO-YEAR-OLD COLT PACER Lawless Shadow Owned by Dr. Ian Moore, Cambridge, ON – R G McGroup Ltd., Bathurst, NB - Serge Savard, St-Bruno, QC – Frank Cannon, Sanford, FL THREE-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACER Lauras Love Owned by John Pentland, London, ON – Gracie Mae Barr, Thamesford, ON THREE-YEAR-OLD COLT PACER Tattoo Artist Owned by Frank Cannon, Sanford – Let It Ride Stables Inc., Boca Raton, FL OLDER PACING MARE So Much More Owned by Don Beatson, Granton – Ken Beatson, Palgrave – Cole England, Exeter, ON OLDER PACING HORSE Century Farroh Owned by Ratchford Stable NS, North Sydney, NS TROTTERS TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROTTER Donna Soprano Owned by Determination, Montreal, QC TWO-YEAR-OLD COLT TROTTER On A Streak Owned by Determination, Montreal, QC THREE-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROTTER Sorella Owned by Elmer Fannin, Lincoln, DE – Crawford Farms Racing, Syracuse, NY – Brent Fannin, Milford, DE THREE-YEAR-OLD COLT TROTTER Pemberton Owned by Brenda Walker, Owen Sound – Christine Walker, Tara, ON OLDER TROTTING MARE Hey Livvy Owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc., Wallkill – Ellen Ott, Buffalo, NY- Trevor Henry, Arthur, ON OLDER TROTTING HORSE Perfetto Owned by Gerry Haggerty, Camden East, ON SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE HORSE OF THE YEAR Century Farroh Owned by Ratchford Stable NS, North Sydney, NS PEOPLE AWARDS O'BRIEN AWARD OF HORSEMANSHIP Kelly Hoerdt, Beaumont, AB ARMSTRONG BREEDER OF THE YEAR Seelster Farms, Lucan, ON DRIVER OF THE YEAR Bob McClure, Rockwood, ON TRAINER OF THE YEAR Richard Moreau, Puslinch, ON FUTURE STAR AWARD Austin Sorrie, Freelton, ON Oustanding Groom Award Brady Jackson, Sunderland, ON Media Excellence Awards Outstanding Written Work – Garnet Barnsdale Outstanding Photography – Clive Cohen Outstanding Broadcast – Woodbine Entertainment

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway closed the book on its 2020 harness racing season on September 25, celebrating a 25 per cent bump in handle. All source wagering on Grand River Raceway's live racing for the 2020 meet was $12,953,560 for a daily average of $269,866, an increase of 25 per cent over last season. The average nightly handle was the highest in the history of Grand River Raceway. In 2019, 48 race dates were conducted and $10,382,493 was wagered. A total of 489 races were conducted this year, one less than last year. Total purses paid for all races at Grand River Raceway were $4,747,114 - down marginally from the 2019 season. Scott Coulter won the title as the leading driver at Grand River Raceway. The Brantford, ON resident won 47 races in 271 starts. A long time participant at Grand River Raceway, Coulter has over 5,300 victories and an excess of $35 million in purse earnings throughout a career that began in 1995. Trainer Richard Moreau recorded 17 wins and trained horses to purse earnings of $112,396 to win the dash title in 2020. During the summer, Moreau eclipsed 6,000 wins and $60 million in career purse earnings. He has been named Canada's Trainer of the Year in each of the last seven years. 'In late Spring, with the COVID-19 lockdowns still in place, I did not expect to race a full season, let alone break an all source wagering record. The grooms, trainers, drivers and Grand River Raceway staff were excellent at maintaining pandemic protocols throughout the meet. I want to thank customers throughout North America for supporting our meet with their wagering dollars.' - James Martin, Director of Operations, Grand River Raceway. Dates for Grand River Raceway's 2021 race season will be released in the new year. The facility is in the process of re-opening for simulcast wagering. For information on re-opening plans, refer to www.grandriverraceway.com. From Grand River Raceway        

Standardbred Canada reports that coming into Sunday (July 5) one win shy of reaching a harness racing milestone, trainer Richard Moreau sent out a 10-1 winner at Georgian Downs to collect his 6,000th training victory. The win came in the evening’s third race, a $6,500 conditioned pacing event. Brett MacDonald drove the three-year-old Sunshine Beach colt Rock And Twist to a 1:55.1 victory, besting 6-5 favourite Zebs Sunshine and returning $23.30 to win. Rock And Twist competes for owners Michel and Frederic Baril along with Gabriel Moreau. Moreau—a seven-time O’Brien Award winner for top trainer—became only the third trainer in the recorded history of harness racing to surpass the 6,000-win plateau. The only other trainers to achieve over 6,000 wins are Virgil Morgan Jr. and Ron Burke—the latter nearing 11,000 victories. Since beginning his career in 1988, the horseman now based in Puslinch, ON leads all trainers in the history of Canadian harness racing in wins. Though Moreau just hit a milestone, the nation’s leading trainer is already nearing another. Collecting well over $59-million in career earnings, Moreau sits just under $150,000 shy of surpassing the $60-million plateau. In earnings, Moreau currently ranks 12th all-time among trainers in North America. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Georgian Downs. From Standardbred Canada

Standardbred Canada reports that harness racing trainer Richard Moreau recorded four victories on the 10-race card at Woodbine Mohawk Park Saturday (Feb. 22), one of which came with Wheels On Fire in the $36,000 Preferred Pace. Driver Louis-Philippe Roy landed Wheels On Fire on the front from post 7 in the evening’s feature and faced little challenge. Through opening splits of :27.3 and :57.1, Wheels On Fire cruised on the helm before accelerating the pace towards three-quarters in 1:24.2. At that point Easy Lover Hanover gave first-over pursuit to the pacesetter circling into the stretch but finished two lengths short of victory in a 1:51.2 mile. Pocket-sitter Matticulous Gb finished third. A five-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere, Wheels On Fire won his 17th race from 45 starts, earning $246,983. William Donovan owns the $3.90 winner. Following his win in the feature, Moreau a few races later scored a natural hat trick starting in Race 6 with U Need Stones ($4.20) wiring his competition. Wins from Legion Seelster ($6.10) and Sylph Hanover ($6.70) completed Moreau’s grand slam. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Woodbine Mohawk Park.

On Saturday, February 2, Standardbred Canada announced the harness racing winners for the 2018 O’Brien Awards, at the 30th edition of the annual O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala held at the Hilton Mississauga / Meadowvale hotel in Mississauga, Ont. The O’Brien Awards honour Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season and are named in honour of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding horseman and member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Richard Moreau of Puslinch, Ont. won his sixth consecutive title as Canada’s Trainer of the Year. He put up some incredible numbers in the 2018 season, sending 315 winners postward and training horses to more than $4.6 million in earnings, a new personal best. He was the leading trainer in both wins and earnings at Woodbine Racetrack’s final meet and at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Moreau trained O’Brien Award winner Jimmy Freight for part of the sophomore season including his victories in the Ontario Sires Stakes and Somebeachsomewhere. Other top performers from the Moreau Stable in 2018 included pacing colt Backstreet Shadow, trotting horse Big Rich, and pacing mare Witch Dali. To read the rest of this story, click here. 

MILTON, December 1, 2018 - Richard Moreau trainee Isitfridayyet picked up his first harness racing career Preferred victory in Saturday's $34,000 feature at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A field of eight older pacers battled over a 'Sloppy' track for this week's edition of the Preferred. The early-scramble saw Regal Son clear to the top shortly after posting a :27 opening-quarter. Physicallyinclined, who left from the rail, was on the move from third at the first-quarter and rushed up to take the lead well-before reaching the half in :56.3. The son of No Pan Intended and driver Louis Philippe Roy got away sixth from post-eighth. The eventual winner angled out at the half and was situated third-over and a little more than four-lengths from the lead turning for home. Physicallyinclined continued to lead at three-quarters in 1:25.4. The stretch-drive was a wild scene with five-horses within nearly a length of the lead at the seven-eighths pole. Isitfridayyet powered off cover and charged by on the outside to win by a length and a half in 1:53.2. Regal Son came up the inside from the two-hole to finish second, while Rockin In Heaven came from second-over to grab third. Physicallyinclined gave up the lead in the lane but battled to finish fourth. A five-year-old gelding, Isitfridayyet has gone from competing as a $15,000 claimer at Western Fair in January to winning the top-class at Mohawk Park in December. His five-year-old record now sits at 11 wins and $134,830 earned in 23 starts. Isitfridayyet joined the Moreau barn in late-February and is owned by Leonard Rosene of London, Ontario. The Preferred victory increases his career numbers to 20 wins and $176,374 earned. A $2 win ticket on Isitfridayyet returned Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Mark McKelvie - Woodbine Communications          

JULY 22, 2018 - After two weeks spent south of the border taking on the best three-year-old pacing colts in North America, Jimmy Freight returned to the Ontario Sires Stakes program on Sunday and delivered his third straight commanding Gold Series victory, circling the Rideau Carleton Raceway oval in 1:50.3. The clocking was a new track record for three-year-old pacers. Driver Louis Philippe Roy sent Jimmy Freight directly to the front from Post 2 and the heavy favourite cruised through fractions of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:23.3 on his way to the two and three-quarter length victory. Sharp Action Money finished second and JM Jack Of Hearts was four more lengths back in third. "Louis turned around a few times to make sure he was having good control of this race, and it worked out perfect," said trainer Richard Moreau. Puslinch resident Moreau conditions Jimmy Freight for Adriano Sorella of Milton, Ontario. Through 10 starts this season the Sportswriter son has posted six wins, one second and two thirds, banking $258,439. Prior to Sunday's start he had been in New Jersey competing in The Meadowlands Pace where he finished third in his July 7 elimination and fourth in the July 14 final. "I guess he has to get used to travel now," said the trainer with a chuckle. "I think we have Mohawk next, for another Gold (August 4), and then going back to the States on the 11th. It's (Carl Milstein Memorial) an eight horse field and they go for $400,000 US." Sunday's victory made Jimmy Freight the fastest sophomore pacing colt to tour Rideau Carleton Raceway and was just one-fifth of a second shy of the 1:50.2 three-year-old track record set by Camluck gelding Michaels Power in a Gold Final on August 26, 2012. The second $96,400 Gold division was captured by The Downtown Bus, who led the field through fractions of :26.2, :55.2 and 1:23.2, fighting off challenges from Pretty Handsome and favourite St Lads Neptune before pacing away in the stretch to a two and three-quarter length victory in 1:51.1. Taste Of History and Grantmeawish closed well to secure second and third. "He raced great. I used him up a couple of times and he still held them off," said driver Doug McNair. "It was a huge effort tonight." Guelph resident McNair piloted The Downtown Bus to his first-ever Ontario Sires Stakes win for trainer Jeff Gillis of Mississauga, Ontario and Ellen Ott of Buffalo, New York. Gillis and Ott also bred the son of Mach Three. In 14 sophomore starts The Downtown Bus now has five wins, two seconds and four thirds for earnings of $103,315. In addition to the pair of Gold Series divisions, Rideau Carleton Raceway also hosted three Grassroots splits for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, and after starting their season at the Gold level, both When You Dance and Casimir Richie P found success in their respective Grassroots divisions. Fan favourite When You Dance hit the wire three and one-quarter lengths ahead of Pokerface Bluechip and Stock in 1:52. Guy Gagnon piloted the Mach Three son to the win for trainer Ben Wallace of Puslinch, Ontario, Daniel Plouffe of Bromont, Quebec and Birnam Wood Farms of Boca Raton, FL. Also sent off as the favourite, Casimir Richie P romped home to a six and one-quarter length victory in 1:52.3 for driver Tyler Moore of Campbellville, trainer Dr. Ian Moore of Cambridge and their partner Michael Goldberg of Toronto, Ontario. My Teen Idol was second and Mighty Mach third. The final $18,450 division saw Hudson Phil earn his second Grassroots victory of the season with a pacesetting 1:52.3 effort that saw him hit the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Gold Rush and Luka Shenko. Guelph resident James MacDonald crafted the win for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, Ontario and owner-breeders Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, Quebec. Both a Grassroots and a Gold winner at two, Hudson Phil had made one appearance at each level before Sunday's victory. "Phil's always been a nice colt, but just a touch behind a few of the Gold horses, so we'll try the Grassroots for the time being," said Steacy. "He will go back to Hippodrome 3R for his next start and then return to Mohawk." On July 15 Hudson Phil captured his division of the first leg of the Coupe Des Eleveurs at Hippodrome 3R and will return to the Quebec oval for the July 29 second leg. The Gold Series colts and geldings will compete in their fourth event on August 4 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, while the Grassroots competitors make their fourth start at Clinton Raceway on August 5. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday, August 26 with the fourth Gold and Grassroots legs for the three-year-old trotting colts. From the Ontatio Sire Stakes

MILTON, ON - July 6, 2018 - Witch Dali and driver Jody Jamieson capitalized off a third-quarter tilt at the front to win the $30,000 Mares Preferred on Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A field of seven pacing mares squared off in the Friday feature with Richard Moreau trainees Witch Dali and Sandbetweenurtoes playing an important role. Sandbetweenurtoes fired out to the lead at the beginning and posted opening fractions of :27.2 and :55.2. Firebby, the 7/5 favourite, started first-up from fourth nearing the half and engaged in a big third-quarter battle with the leader. A third-quarter of :26.3 took a bite out of Sandbetweenurtoes and Firebby, as the mares slugged it out from the half into the lane. Witch Dali was able to benefit from the battle, as she had been situated fifth in the early stages and driver Jamieson followed Firebby's move around the far turn, sitting third on the outside, but a few lengths back of the top pair's battle. Witch Dali powered by the leaders in deep stretch, but was not the only mare passing rivals on the outside. American Sara and Sylvain Filion had tracked Witch Dali from the far turn and got up in the last stride to make it a photo finish. The photo finish camera determined that Witch Dali held on by a head to win at odds of 5/2. Firebby finished third, while Sandbetweenurtoes was fourth. A seven-year-old daughter of Dali, Witch Dali surpassed $100,000 in seasonal earnings with her fifth victory of 2018. The Moreau trainee now has five wins and nine "on the board" finishes in 12 starts this season. Owned by Brad Grant, Witch Dali is now a 28-time winner with career earnings of $582,668. She paid $7.70 to win. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - JUNE 23, 2018 - How good is Jimmy Freight? Driver Louis Philippe Roy is not sure; he thought he had seen the best of the colt in his first six starts this season, but the three-year-old pacer stepped it up a notch in Saturday's $96,400 Gold Series win at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "He's always been really good, Jimmy Freight, and tonight I think he was better than he's ever been. He felt so good going down the stretch, could have gone a little bit faster," Roy told Woodbine Mohawk Park's Chad Rozema in the winner's circle. "Like I said, tonight is the best he's ever been, and if you would have asked me how he was a week or two weeks ago I would say he's very good. I didn't know he could be better than what he was actually, so tonight he really impressed me again." Starting from Post 6 Jimmy Freight got away fourth as Levis Day led the field of seven to a :26.1 opening quarter, but Roy was not content to sit for long. He had the heavy favourite on the lead before the :54.2 half and by the 1:22.2 three-quarters the pair had opened up a two length gap on the field. Making it look easy, Jimmy Freight extended that margin to six and three-quarter lengths by the finish and clocked a new personal best 1:49.2. St Lads Neptune finished second and Levis Day took home third-place honours. Roy drives the son of Sportswriter and Allamerican Summer for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch and owner Adriano Sorella of Milton, Ontario. Jimmy Freight now boasts a sophomore record of five wins, one second, one third and earnings of $151,900 through seven starts. In addition to Saturday's Gold Series triumph he was also victorious in the Gold Series season opener at Flamboro Downs on May 20 and in his Somebeachsomewhere division at Woodbine Mohawk Park on June 2. "He's a nice horse, I don't know what to tell you, he makes everything so easy," said Moreau. "If he races every week I never get to train him, I just jog him, that's all. "And if you jog him you wouldn't be able to say he is a stake horse or what he is, because all he does is trot out there," added Moreau with a chuckle. "You can't even push him to pace unless you put the hopples on." The easygoing Jimmy Freight will make his next Gold Series start at Rideau Carleton Raceway on July 22 and has been invited to the August 11 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park in Ohio. Roy also captured the $125,000 three-year-old pacing filly Gold division, steering heavy favourite Shower Play to another one of her trademark come-from-behind victories, reaching the wire one length ahead of Big Thong and Write Me A Song in in 1:51.1. "She didn't have a really good trip tonight, because I was kind of shuffled back in the last turn, so I was scared a little bit that I may be a little bit too far," Roy told Rozema. "But once I moved her, she just, just by herself, she switched to sixth gear and rally home." Rockwood resident Rene Dion conditions Shower Play for his partners Susanne Kerwood of Rockwood, Ontario and Martin Leveillee of St-Blaise-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec. The victory bumps the Shadow Play daughter's sophomore record to three wins and one second in four starts. In addition to Saturday's Gold Series victory, her first, the filly was also victorious in the $415,000 Fan Hanover final on June 16 and the Grassroots season opener on May 31, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. She will be back in Gold Series action on July 20 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Like Shower Play, Sharp Action Money used a late sprint to capture the other three-year-old pacing colt Gold division. Starting from Post 6 Sharp Acton Money got away seventh and tipped into the outer lane where he watched as four different horses rotated onto the front end. At the three-quarters, sitting three and one-half lengths off the pace in fifth, driver Sylvain Filion shifted Sharp Action Money into overdrive and the gelding sprinted home in :27.3 to claim a one-half length victory over Sports Legend and Taste Of History. "This horse has been racing really, really good, I wasn't just able to give him the right trip, and tonight fortunately we were able to get the right trip," said Filion from the winner's circle. "When I saw a bunch of leavers I took back, got a third-over, and it worked out pretty good." Milton resident Filion crafted the trip for trainer Murray Brethour of Sunderland and his partners Tony Basile of Toronto and Daniel Sarafian of Unionville, Ontario. The win was the Sportswriter son's second of the season and his first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement continues at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, June 25 with two Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies. The program gets under way at 7:30 pm and the fillies will compete in Races 3 and 8. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, ON - June 22, 2018 - The classy Sandbetweenurtoes registered her first harness racing win of 2018 in impressive fashion Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The seven-year-old winner of more than $1 million powered to a 1:49.3 victory in this week's edition of the $30,000 Mares Preferred. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Sandbetweenurtoes made a second-quarter rush to the lead from fourth and led a field of six by the half in :54.4. Jamieson kept the foot down on the Richard Moreau trained pacing mare and smoked a :27.3 third-quarter to lead by four lengths turning for home. Sandbetweenurtoes wasn't going to be denied her first win of the season and paced home in :27.1 for the sub-1:50 score. Witch Dali, also from the Moreau barn, charged through rivals to finish second, beat three-quarters of a length. American Sara and P L Hurricane finished third and fourth, respectively. Owned by Brad Grant, Sandbetweenurtoes was making her fifth start of the season Friday and was coming in off a third-place finish, her best result of the season. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere won 12 of 30 starts and banked over $243,000 last season en route to winning an O'Brien Award. Friday's victory increases Sandbetweenurtoes career numbers to 34 wins and $1,047,782 earned. She paid $6.40 to win. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with an 11-race card highlighted by a trio of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for three-year-old pacers. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

TORONTO, March 9, 2018 - Just a month after capturing his fifth consecutive O'Brien Award, harness racing trainer Richard Moreau reached an impressive career milestone on Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Moreau, 53, entered Friday's card just $10,120 shy of $50 million in career earnings with five students set to compete. Nine-year-old pacing mare Barockey started the night off in style for Team Moreau with a victory in the $18,000 third-race to pull Moreau to within $1,120 of the milestone. After the next two Moreau trainees missed earning a cheque, seven-year-old pacing mare Bad Night Mare earned $1,440 with a fourth-place finish in the $18,000 ninth-race to push her conditioner over the career milestone. Five-year-old pacing mare Every Time was the final Moreau trainee to compete Friday and she earned $800 with a fourth-place finish to start the march towards $100 million. Moreau's stable has earned over $2 million in eight consecutive seasons, while also topping $1 million in every year since 2000. The Puslinch, Ontario resident has also led all Woodbine Circuit trainers in wins in each of the last three seasons. The five-time O'Brien Award winner has topped 200 wins in seven of the last eight seasons. Moreau's career-best season for wins and earnings came in 2012 when his trainees posted 344 wins and earned $3.6 million. The Moreau barn has been as consistent as any operation in the sport and to no surprise the trend has continued in 2018. Woodbine's leading trainer has seen his students accumulate more than $800,000 in earnings in just over two months of racing. Woodbine Entertainment would like to congratulate Richard Moreau on surpassing $50 million in career earnings. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, January 12, 2018 - Richard Moreau trainees Ms Mac N Cheese and Witch Dali finished one-two in Friday evening's harness racing $30,000 Mares Preferred at Woodbine Racetrack. Snowy and freezing conditions made traveling to Woodbine difficult on Friday and led to the scratch of more than a dozen horses, including millionaire L A Delight. The removal of the Bob McIntosh trained superstar, who had won the last two editions of the Mares Preferred, opened the door for one of five mares to find the winner's circle. Ms Mac N Cheese, who finished second to L A Delight on December 15, went coast to coast for her 23rd career score. The now six-year-old pacing mare was sent to the front by driver Louis Philippe Roy and got things her own way through fractions of :27.4, :57.4 and 1:27. Stablemate Witch Dali was a handful for Doug McNair, who fought to keep the winner of nearly half a million in the pocket spot until the top of the lane. In the stretch, Witch Dali took her best shot and tried to surge by, but Ms Mac N Cheese denied that bid and held her off to win by half a length in 1:55.2. Exhilarated finished third, while Request For Parole was fourth and Buttermilk Hanover fifth. Owned by Ratchford Stable Ns, Ms Mac N Cheese won five of 28 starts in 2017, finding her best stride in the later stages of the season. The Moreau trainee banked $112,880 last season and starts 2018 with $15,000 earned to bring her career earnings to $702,992. The public was behind Ms Mac N Cheese in the short field, as she paid $4.60 to win. Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Race 9 - Ms Mac N Cheese 1st Ms Mac N Cheese (b,m,6 - Badlands Hanover-Mr Delis Filly-Artiscape) 2nd Witch Dali (br,m,7 - Dali-Whitesand Gem-Blissfull Hall) 3rd Exhilarated (b,m,7 - Mach Three-Animated Art-Artsplace) Race 1 - Every Time 1st Every Time (b,m,5 - Camystic-Eternal Optimism-Artsplace) 2nd Larjon Lachlan (b,m,6 - Artistic Fella-Alerts Big Girl-Albert Albert) 3rd Sodwana Bay (br,m,5 - No Pan Intended-Paradise Cove-No Nukes) Race 2 - Summit City Nate 1st Summit City Nate (b,g,6 - Justice Hall-Even Dozen-Program Speed) 2nd Natural Kemp (blk,g,6 - Muscles Yankee-Impressive Kemp-Credit Winner) 3rd Amityville Lindy (b,g,6 - Deweycheatumnhowe-Possessed By Lindy-Self Possessed) Race 3 - Mego Moss 1st Mego Moss (b,g,9 - Amigo Hall-Taras Terror-Brisco Hanover) 2nd Class Me Nice (b,g,7 - Angus Hall-Please Be Nice-Self Possessed) 3rd Lexus Rocky (b,g,7 - Amigo Hall-Conway Connie-Conway Hall) Race 4 - Rubis Prescott  1st Rubis Prescott (b,m,8 - Mach Three-Reunion-Cams Card Shark) 2nd Art Angel Baby (b,m,5 - Sagebrush-Sandys Art Angel-Artsplace) 3rd Lights Go Out (b,m,8 - Western Ideal-Lola-Artsplace) Race 5 - Warrawee Shipshape 1st Warrawee Shipshape (b,g,4 - Muscle Mass-U Can Cruise-Malabar Man) 2nd Muscle Ave (b,g,5 - Muscle Mass-Third Avenue-Ken Warkentin) 3rd Justasmalltowngirl (b,m,9 - Kadabra-Armbro Exuberant-Angus Hall) Race 6 - Emma Ivy 1st Emma Ivy (b,m,4 - Jennas Beach Boy-Empty Promises-Electric Yankee) 2nd Ok Jewel (b,m,4 - Mach Three-Whitesand Jewel-Artiscape) 3rd Reys N A Rocket (b,m,4 - Mattarocket-Allamerican Orchid-Camluck) Race 7 - Buzz 1st Buzz (b,g,6 - Kadabra-Annie Hall-Like A Prayer) 2nd Its Huw You Know (b,g,6 - Holiday Road-Lukes Elvira-American Winner) 3rd Meadowbranch Memo (b,g,5 - Explosive Matter-Wen Mars Memo-Carry The Message) Race 8 - Call It Courage 1st Call It Courage (b,m,8 - Mach Three-Tymal Princess-Grinfromeartoear) 2nd V String (b,m,4 - Somebeachsomewhere-Thong-Western Hanover) 3rd On The Minute Mark (b,m,5 - Rambaran-Nina Seelster-Camluck) Race 10 - Jens Credit 1st Jens Credit (b,m,5 - Up The Credit-Armbro Vertical-Presidential Ball) 2nd Docs Sausalito (br,m,5 - Art Colony-Docs Lioness-Cams Eclipse) 3rd E R Rhonda (b,m,7 - Moon Beam-Cinnamon Punch-Pilgrims Punch) Mark McKelvie        

TORONTO, October 27 - Witch Dali was able to get the better of harness racing stablemate Ms Mac N Cheese to capture Friday's $30,000 Mares Preferred Pace at Woodbine Racetrack. The Richard Moreau trained pacing mares finished first and second, with Witch Dali edging by in deep stretch to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:52. It was just the second win of the season for the six-year-old pacing mare, who was making her 18th start of 2017. Driven for the first-time by Bob McClure, Witch Dali was blasted to the lead in a field of seven and posted a :26.4 opening-panel. Ms Mac N Cheese made a second-quarter move to the lead from third, but didn't clear until reaching the half in :56.1. The leaders did not change positions on the far turn, which set up a stretch duel between the Moreau trainees. Witch Dali powered by on the outside for the victory, which also snapped a three-race win streak for Ms Mac N Cheese. Owned by Brad Grant, Witch Dali has now banked $74,820 this season to bring her career earnings to $423,168. Friday's victory was her 21st career score. A $2 win ticket on Witch Dali returned $6.80. Live harness racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Racetrack with the $34,000 Preferred Pace headlining a 10-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 15 - Driver Doug McNair and trainer Richard Moreau were recognized Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack for their outstanding performances during the 2016-17 Woodbine harness racing winter meet. The Woodbine winter meet, which concluded on Monday, was contested from November 10 to April 10. Doug McNair, 27, led all drivers in victories and earnings. The Guelph, Ontario resident won 126 races during the five-month meet and drove the winners of over $1.7 million. The Woodbine driving title is McNair's first driving title on the Woodbine Entertainment circuit. While McNair took home his first title, Richard Moreau, 52, added another Woodbine training title to his long list of accomplishments. Moreau, who is the four-time reigning Trainer of the Year in Canada, led all conditioners with 62 wins and earnings of over $1.2 million. Moreau's barn has been led this year by older pacer American Virgin, who's won the Preferred at WEG seven-times and banked $140,080 this season. McNair has been the driver behind the Preferred star all-season. McNair and Moreau also teamed up on Friday night to win the $30,000 Mares Preferred with Sandbetweenurtoes. The 2017 Mohawk meet is now in full swing and McNair and Moreau are both off to solid starts. Live racing is held at the Campbellville oval every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, April 8 - Richard Moreau's barn put together a fantastic evening to highlight the final Saturday night harness racing card of the Woodbine Racetrack meet. Canada's reigning Trainer of the Year sent out five winners on Saturday's 10-race card. Leading the way for Moreau's barn was American Virgin, who scored his fifth consecutive victory in the $34,000 Preferred. Driven by Doug McNair, American Virgin made a third to first move in the second-quarter and never looked back to defeat four rivals in 1:50.4. The five-year-old gelded son of Always A Virgin is now 7 for 11 this season and has earned a nation leading $140,080 in 2017. Brad Grant of Milton, Ontario owns American Virgin. Driver Louis Philippe Roy piloted Moreau's four other winners on Saturday evening's card. The young reinsman from Quebec steered overnight pacers Rockin Wizard, Traceur Hanover, Twomacsonemach and Carracci Hanover to victory. Since the start of 2017, Moreau's barn has recorded 44 victories at Woodbine. American Virgin Also on Saturday, five-year-old pacer Luke And Duke and driver Steve Bryon scored a 41-1 upset victory in the Jackpot Hi-5 race. The longshot winner helped wipe all but one of the Hi-5 tickets to allow a horseplayer to hit the Jackpot. The single-winning $0.20 ticket scored a return of $141,059.11. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover, which sat at $118,631 heading into Saturday's card, had been growing since March 13. The 2016-17 Woodbine fall-winter meet comes to a close on Monday (April 10). Moreau will look to finish off the meet in style when he sends out three-starters on the 10-race card. Post time Monday is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

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