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MILTON, December 31, 2020 - The recently concluded 2020 Woodbine Standardbred meet saw no changing of the guard, as the harness racing titles of leading owner, trainer and driver remained with their previous holders. Brad Grant, Richard Moreau and Sylvain Filion led their respective categories once again in 2020, adding to their already impressive collection of Woodbine titles. Richard Moreau won his fifth consecutive and ninth overall Woodbine training title. The Puslinch, Ontario resident posted 156 wins in 2020, 36 more than runner-up Carmen Auciello. Moreau, who also led all trainers in earnings with $3 million, won his first Woodbine training title in 2010 and has won the title in every year since, except for 2011 and 2014. Sylvain Filion won his sixth Woodbine driving title with a runaway total of 245 wins. Bob McClure finished second with 208 wins, while Doug McNair was third with 206. McClure led all drivers in earnings with $6 million. A resident of Milton, Ontario, Filion has now won the Woodbine driving title in back-to-back years. He first won the title in 2012, sharing it with Jody Jamieson, and then was a solo winner in 2013, 2015 and 2016 prior to this recent double. Brad Grant led all owners at Woodbine in 2020 with 58 wins to collect his fifth consecutive leading owner title. The Milton, Ontario resident, who was again prominent on the Grand Circuit scene, has won the leading owner award in each year since Woodbine revived the award in 2016. Millar Farms finished runner-up with 37 wins, while Determination led all owners in earnings with $2.1 million and scored 36 wins. The Woodbine Standardbred season for 2020 concluded on December 23 due to the current province lockdown imposed by the Government of Ontario. The start of the 2021 Standardbred season is to be determined. Mark McKelvie        

MILTON, December 23, 2020 – Woodbine Entertainment has announced the cancellation of this afternoons harness racing card at Woodbine Mohawk Park due to deteriorating track conditions caused by mild temperatures.  This evening’s 12-race card will proceed as scheduled. Post time is 7 p.m.    Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

Milton, ON – December 21, 2020 – Woodbine Entertainment announced today that live Standardbred Racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park will be temporarily suspended as a result of the Government of Ontario imposing a Provincewide Shutdown for at least 28 days starting on Saturday, December 26 at 12:01 a.m.  In an effort to provide horsepeople with additional harness racing opportunities prior to the mandated shutdown, Woodbine has received approval from the AGCO to add two cards of live racing to its schedule for this Wednesday, December 23. The doubleheader will begin with an afternoon card at 2 p.m. followed by an evening card at 7 p.m.  The afternoon card is the previously drawn Tuesday, December 22 card for Flamboro Downs.  “While we are disappointed that we must temporarily suspend live racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park, we continue to be supportive of the Government’s efforts to manage the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. “The safety of our employees, horsepeople, customers and communities will always be our highest priority. As we have demonstrated throughout the pandemic, we will continue to be leaders in health and safety and look forward to when we can safely resume live racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park that supports thousands of people in the region who depend on it.”  Standardbred racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park will be temporarily suspended following the two race cards scheduled for Wednesday, December 23.  As a result of the suspension of racing, Woodbine Mohawk Park will be closed and not available for training as of Thursday, December 24  Woodbine Entertainment will provide updates as necessary.    Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

MILTON, December 19, 2020 – Horseplayers from all around took their shot at Saturday’s harness racing Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout at Woodbine Mohawk Park, wagering over $1.3 million in new money.  A total of $1,367,889 was wagered on Saturday’s Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory, joining a carryover of $335,940. The winning combination of 5-7-3-8-4 was popular, returning $808.73 for a $0.20 winning ticket.  Veteran pacer Rockin In Heaven moved to the lead in the second-quarter and never looked backed for 1:52.1 score in the Jackpot Hi-5 race. The eight-year-old went off as 9/5 favourite for driver J Harris and trainer Teesha Symes.  The top-five finishers from the Jackpot Hi-5 race are listed below:  1st: #5 Rockin In Heaven – 9/5 2nd: #7 Sams A Champ A – 5/1 3rd: #8 Dreamfair Moxy – 12/1 4th: #3 Rootin Tootin – 4/1 5th: #4 Heavenly Sound – 8/1  Saturday evening’s total handle for the 11-race card was $3.4 million.  Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7 p.m.    Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park  

MILTON, December 19, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced the addition of two cards of live harness racing, to be held as a doubleheader, for this Wednesday (December 23) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. With the City of Hamilton entering the Grey-Lockdown category as of Monday, December 21 at 12:01 a.m., Flamboro Downs will not be permitted to host their previously drawn card for Tuesday, December 22. Following discussions with all appropriate parties and pending final approval on Monday, the card slated for Tuesday at Flamboro Downs will now take place on Wednesday afternoon at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time for the 11-race card, which will be contested under the Woodbine Standardbred brand, is 2 p.m. In an effort to continue providing racing opportunities, Woodbine Mohawk Park applied and received approval to also add a card of live racing for Wednesday night. A condition sheet has been established and the entry box for Wednesday night's card will close on Monday (December 21) at 10:30 am. Final changes will be done immediately following the draw. Post time for Wednesday night's card of live racing will be 7:30 p.m. All horsepeople competing on either of Wednesday's cards at Woodbine Mohawk Park are required to complete Woodbine's COVID-19 daily screening form prior to arriving at the racetrack. Full live racing schedules and race handicapping resources, including free programs, are available at www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com. Horseplayers can watch and wager on both cards of live racing through www.HPIbet.com. Woodbine Entertainment would like to acknowledge all the parties involved, including the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA), for their immediate action and support. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, December 17, 2020 - It's the time for giving and Woodbine Mohawk Park is treating harness racing horseplayers to a Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout this Saturday night (December 19).   The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover sits at $335,940.32 heading into the mandatory payout. An overflow field of 11 overnight pacers will clash in the Jackpot Hi-5 race, which is set as Race 11 (post time approximately 11:10 p.m.) The field for the Non-Winners of $5,200 last five or $10,000 last 10 starts event is a collection of the "weekly warriors" that can be seen regularly at the Campbellville oval. Eight-year-old Rockin In Heaven has been installed as the 3-1 morning-line choice in the $18,000 race. The Teesha Symes trainee is nearing $1 million in career earnings and comes in off a narrow defeat. J Harris will drive. The Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout field is stacked with back-class. The field includes multiple Preferred winners, two horses with over $820,000 in career earnings, seven with over $250,000 in career earnings and six with a career-mark of sub-1:50. Woodbine Mohawk Park has hosted several Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payouts this season, including $1.1 million in "new money" wagered on an August 29 payout. Just a month later, horseplayers wagered $736,188 on a September 26 payout. The record amount for "new money" wagered on Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout at Woodbine Mohawk Park is $2.8 million, set in May of 2019. The Jackpot Hi-5 wager requires horseplayers to select the top-five finishers in order. The wager has a 15 per cent takeout and $0.20 minimum. Race handicapping resources, including free programs, can be found by visiting www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com. Horseplayers can watch and wager on the action through www.HPIBet.com. Post time for Saturday's 11-race card is 7 p.m. The full field for the Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout race is listed below: Race 11 - Saturday, December 19, 2020 - Purse: $18,000 NW $5,200 LAST 5 STARTS OR NW $10,000 LAST 10 STARTS. AE: NOT AVERAGING $1,100 PER START IN 2020. (MIN 10 STARTS) (Post - Horse - Driver - Trainer - Morning Line) 1 Dreamy Fella - Jonathan Drury - Carmen Auciello - 15-1 2 Mach Code - Scott Young - Jeffrey Thomson - 10-1 3 Rootin Tootin - Bob McClure - Blake MacIntosh - 9-2 4 Heavenly Sound - Sylvain Filion - Stephane Larocque - 6-1 5 Rockin In Heaven - J Harris - Teesha Symes - 3-1 6 Tigers Way - James MacDonald - Martin Lachance - 8-1 7 Sams A Champ A - Louis-Philippe Roy - Taylor Fritz - 7-2 8 Dreamfair Moxy - Travis Cullen - Jodie Cullen - 4-1 9 Osborne Seelster - Jody Jamieson - Ted MacDonnell - 15-1 10 Casimir Richie P - Trevor Henry - Teesha Symes - 15-1 11 American Virgin - Doug McNair - Richard Moreau - 8-1 Mark McKelvie

MILTON, December 16, 2020 - The Race Office at Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to remind all horsepeople of the upcoming holiday harness racing and draw schedule. Live racing will be held at Woodbine Mohawk Park over the holiday season with several cards added to the original schedule, including a special Tuesday card coming up next week on December 22. The full list of race dates over the holidays are listed below along with the draw date for each card: Monday, December 21 - Draw: Thursday, December 17 Tuesday, December 22 - Draw: Friday, December 18 Saturday, December 26 - Draw: Monday, December 21 Monday, December 28 - Draw: Tuesday, December 22 Thursday, December 31 - Draw: Monday, December 28 Friday, January 1 - Draw: Tuesday, December 29 Saturday, January 2 - Draw: Wednesday, December 30 Monday, January 3 - Draw: Thursday, December 31   Entry box closes each day at 10:30 a.m. Qualifiers will take place on the morning of Monday, December 28. Entries for qualifiers are due by 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 23. Horsepeople are reminded that the Boxing Day card (December 26) is a matinee with a 1 p.m. post time. All other cards, including New Year's Eve, will begin at 7 p.m. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, December 14, 2020 - Woodbine Mohawk Park's Race Office would like to inform harness racing people that sign-up for training this Wednesday (December 16) at Mohawk Park opens today at 3 p.m. This week's training day will run from 7 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., with two training sessions open from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Each slot will allow for 60 horses, with a limit of 10 horses per trainer. Training hours will be allotted by signing up on a first-come, first serve-basis. Registration will start today at 3:00 p.m. The sign-up for training will close at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. All paddock COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place for training hours, including the requirement to have all personnel wearing a face mask. Only trainers and essential licensed personnel over the age of 16 will be permitted through the Security check point. The link to sign-up for training is available here. Mark McKelvie        

MILTON, December 11, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced a mandatory payout for the harness racing Jackpot Hi-5 will be offered on Saturday, December 19 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. With the carryover currently sitting at $293,196.71, horseplayers will have two more opportunities to try and hit the Jackpot Hi-5 ahead of the mandatory payout, as the wager and carryover will be frozen following this Saturday's (December 12) card in preparation for the mandatory payout on December 19. Woodbine Entertainment has offered a Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout ahead of the holidays in each of the last several years. The Jackpot Hi-5 requires horseplayers to select the top-five finishers in order. A horseplayer can only win the entire jackpot if they hold the only winning ticket for that evening's wager. If there are multiple winning tickets, half the pool is paid out, while the other half is added to the carryover. The entire carryover will be paid out, plus new money wagered, during the mandatory payout on December 19. The Jackpot Hi-5 has a $0.20 minimum and a 15 per cent takeout. Post time for live racing on Friday and Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park is 7 p.m. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, December 10, 2020 – Horseplayers experienced an eventful ride from start to finish on Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park thanks to big harness racing upsets and the Pick-5 wager.  The Early Pick-5 started the evening in its usual slot of Race 1 and set the tone for a night of upsets and big payouts that hooked horseplayers for the duration of the 10-race card.  After a pair of mild upsets and a 5/2 shot came through in the first three-races on the card, claiming pacer Mossies Art and driver Jonathan Drury threw the night for a spin by scoring an 86-1 upset victory.   After the shocking upset, just $0.40 in “live money” remained in the Pick-5 with one leg to go. The remaining money sat on 4/5 favourite Leader Tonight, who with a victory would allow the only two tickets left to cash for $49,000 each. The race-favourite was parked every step and finished fifth by a length, as Mission Three won at 13-1.  With no five of five winning tickets, a carryover of $98,641.20 from the Early Pick-5 was brought to the Late Pick-5.   Word spread quickly of the big carryover and horseplayers wagered $227,741 in “new money” on the Late Pick-5.  The Late Pick-5 started with a 2-1 winner, but then followed the trend of the evening with a 30-1 upset by claiming pacer Unprecedented and driver James MacDonald. The back and forth game continued with a 3-1 winner in the third leg followed by a 16-1 winner in the fourth leg.  The final race saw live tickets on seven of the 10 horses, meaning either a huge payout or double carryover.  Giddy Up Max and driver Sylvain Filion were sent off at odds of 3-1 and crushed their rivals by several lengths to cap off the Late Pick-5, which returned $82,084.70 for a $0.20 winning ticket.  Woodbine Entertainment recently received approval from the CPMA to offer a carryover on the Pick-5 should there be no five of five winning tickets. CPMA rules require the carryover to be offered on the next available Pick-5 wager.  Another significant payout on Thursday’s card was the Early Pick-4, which returned $31,779.97 for a $0.20 ticket. The Early Pick-4 was caught in the middle of the Early and Late Pick-5.  Filion led the way for drivers on Thursday’s card, posting a three-win evening. Drury was the only other driver to score multiple wins on the card with two. Richard Moreau was the only trainer to a pair of wins on the card.  Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Friday’s feature is the Leg One of the Valedictory Series for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The 11-race card starts with the $100,000 Early Pick-5 in Race 1. Post time is 7 p.m.    Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

MILTON, December 7, 2020 - The Race Office at Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all horsepeople of a change to the draw schedule and new process for entering schoolers. Starting this week, the entry box for Saturdays will now close on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. The updated draw schedule is listed below:   Enter Monday for Thursday Enter Tuesday for Friday Enter Wednesday for Saturday Enter Thursday for Monday The entry box closes each morning at 10:30 a.m. Qualifiers will continue to be held on Friday mornings. The entry box for qualifiers also closes on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Also starting this week, Woodbine Mohawk Park has now created a sign-up for trainers looking to school a horse following qualifiers. Only one schooler will be offered with 10 spots available. Sign-up for schoolers will open Wednesday at 3 p.m. There will be a two-horse limit per trainer to start. Sign-up is available here.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

MILTON, December 7, 2020 – Woodbine Mohawk Park’s Race Office would like to inform horsepeople that sign–up for training this Wednesday (December 9) at Mohawk Park opens today at 3 p.m.      This week’s training day will run from 7 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., with two training sessions open from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Each slot will allow for 60 horses, with a limit of 10 horses per trainer.             Training hours will be allotted by signing up on a first-come, first serve-basis. Registration will start today at 3:00 p.m.            The sign-up for training will close at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.                All paddock COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place for training hours, including the requirement to have all personnel wearing a face mask. Only trainers and essential licensed personnel over the age of 16 will be permitted through the Security check point.                   The link to sign–up for training is available here.    Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park  

MILTON, December 1, 2020 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to remind all harness racing horsepeople that nominations close today (December 1) for its upcoming Winter Series. There are no changes from last year's Winter Series lineup. Woodbine Mohawk Park will offer six events over the months of December, January and February. The conditions and dates for each series are listed below: Niagara Series 3-Year-Old Pacing Fillies in 2020, Non-Winners of $60,000 Life as of October 31, 2020 Leg 1: Saturday, December 12, 2020 Leg 2: Saturday, December 19, 2020 Final: Saturday, December 26, 2020   Valedictory Pacing Series 3-Year-Old Pacing Colts/Geldings in 2020, Non-Winners of $60,000 Life as of October 31, 2020 Leg 1: Friday, December 11, 2020 Leg 2: Friday, December 18, 2020 Final: Saturday, December 26, 2020   Blizzard Pacing Series 3 & 4-Year-Old Pacing Fillies/Mares in 2021, Non-Winners of 2 Races or $30,000 Life as of October 31, 2020 Leg 1: Thursday, January 14, 2021 Leg 2: Thursday, January 21, 2021 Final: Friday, January 29, 2021   Snowshoe Pacing Series 3 & 4-Year-Old Pacing Colts/Horses/Geldings in 2021, Non-Winners of 2 Races or $30,000 Life as of October 31, 2020 Leg 1: Friday, January 15, 2021 Leg 2: Friday, January 22, 2021 Final: Friday, January 29, 2021   Wine & Roses Trotting Series 3 & 4-Year-Old Trotting Fillies/Mares in 2021, Non-Winners of $60,000 Life as of October 31, 2020 Leg 1: Thursday, January 28, 2021 Leg 2: Thursday, February 4, 2021 Final: Friday, February 12, 2021   Family Day Trotting Series 3 & 4-Year-Old Trotting Colts/Horses/Geldings in 2021, Non-Winners of $60,000 Life as of October 31, 2020 Leg 1: Monday, February 1, 2021 Leg 2: Monday, February 8, 2021 Final: Monday, February 15, 2021   All preliminary legs will be raced for a purse of $17,000, while all finals will have $30,000 in added money. Nominations close on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. The nomination fee for each event is $200 ($160 USD). To view the nomination form and conditions, click here. Online payment of nominations is the preferred method. Nominations can be paid online at www.Woodbine.com/Mohawk/Standardbred-Nomination/. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, November 30, 2020 – Woodbine Mohawk Park’s Race Office would like to inform horsepeople that this week’s harness racing training day has been moved from Wednesday to Thursday due to inclement weather expected for the Mohawk area.  Sign-up for training this Thursday (December 3) at Mohawk Park opens today at 3 p.m. and will close on Wednesday (December 2) at Noon.        This week’s training day will run from 7 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., with two training sessions open from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Each slot will allow for 60 horses, with a limit of 10 horses per trainer.              Training hours will be allotted by signing up on a first-come, first serve-basis. Signups will start today at 3:00 p.m.                   All paddock COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place for training hours, including the requirement to have all personnel wearing a face mask. Only trainers and essential licensed personnel over the age of 16 will be permitted through the Security check point.            The link to sign–up for training is available here.    Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park  

MILTON, ON - November 28, 2020 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to urge all harness racing horsepeople to use Standardbred Canada's online self-serve entry system, as the Mohawk Race Office staff will now be working from home. Effective Monday, November 30, the Mohawk Race Office will be working from home and it is extremely important that all horsepeople enter through the online self-serve entry system. Using the online system allows trainer to leave notes regarding their entry, list back up drivers and more. All entries placed come with a confirmation e-mail to confirm the entry has been received. Anyone requiring assistance with the online self-serve entry system is asked to call 905-858-3060 and press "3". Mark McKelvie

On Thursday, Jessica Buckley, Senior Vice-President of Standardbred & Thoroughbred Racing, issued the following message to the harness racing horsepeople of Woodbine Mohawk Park. The message to the harness racing industry was issued shortly before the official announcement came from Woodbine that the 2020 Thoroughbred meet would be cancelled. Subject: Important Message about Operating Safely Woodbine Mohawk Park Horsepeople, As you may have seen in the news, the Thoroughbred racing season at Woodbine Racetrack may abruptly end as a result of the Government of Ontario’s announcement last Friday that Toronto has entered the province’s Grey Level (Lockdown) phase of coronavirus-related restrictions. These new ‘Lockdown’ measures do not permit live horse racing in Toronto. Woodbine Entertainment is continuing efforts to get permission from the Government to complete the season and a final decision will be made later today. Currently, Halton, the region where Woodbine Mohawk Park is located, is in the Red Level (Control) of the province’s COVID-19 Response Framework which allows for live horse racing without spectators. However, we can all appreciate how quickly this can change. To that end, we have been in discussions with the Government to explain the significant impact their decision to shut down Thoroughbred horse racing will have on our business, horsepeople and the industry in Ontario. Our hope is that with a better understanding of the industry and our operations, as well as an appreciation of our safety record at Woodbine Racetrack and Woodbine Mohawk Park, the Government will further consider these impacts moving forward and especially if they begin considering moving Halton into the Grey Level (Lockdown). You may also be aware of a jockey testing positive for COVID-19 at Woodbine Racetrack last week. While this is currently being managed well by our COVID-19 Health and Safety Committee and the protocols that we implemented for this very purpose, it also serves as a very important reminder that we all have to do our part to protect each other and our live racing. We cannot stress enough the importance of operating safely by adhering to our strict COVID-19 Prevention Protocols. If a COVID-19 outbreak occurred at Woodbine Mohawk Park and we were forced to suspend racing, it would have very significant impacts to Woodbine Entertainment’s business and the industry. As a reminder, here are the COVID-19 Prevention Protocols that must be followed at all times: Anyone attending Woodbine Mohawk Park must complete the Daily Screening form prior to their arrival which can be found here; While on the property, it is mandatory to wear a face mask or face covering; Wash or sanitize your hands frequently and avoid touching your face; Stay six feet or two metres from others at all times; If you are not feeling well, or are showing any symptoms, be honest and do not access Woodbine Mohawk Park; Limit exposure to others while outside of the racetrack. In addition to following these protocols at Woodbine Mohawk Park, we request that trainers who operate training centres please implement, follow and enforce similar protocols at their facilities. Anyone found not to be adhering to these requirements at Woodbine Mohawk Park may face disciplinary action. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and recognition of its importance. Stay safe everyone, Jessica Buckley Senior Vice President, Standardbred and Thoroughbred Racing Woodbine Entertainment

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