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MILTON, ON - November 16, 2018 - The inaugural Harvest Series wrapped up Friday with sensational performances from Ontario sired sophomores Phantom Seelster and Johnny Bravo. A pair of series finales for colts and geldings took place on Friday's 10-race card with a full field of 10 clashing on the pacing side and a field of six battling on the trot. Phantom Seelster completed the sweep of the Harvest Series with a strong 2¾ lengths victory in the $47,500 final for pacing colts and geldings. Driven by Louis Philippe Roy, Phantom Seelster got away second and enjoyed a two-hole ride behind Westslucky Terror, who cut out fractions of :27.3, :57.1 and 1:26. Shadow Moon made a first-up bid in the middle-half to apply some pressure, but began to fade nearing three-quarters, which forced a cover-riding Mission Three and Foot Solider three-wide. Phantom Seelster and Roy had room to slide out of the two-hole at the top of the lane, surged by Westslucky Terror to claim the lead and pulled away from his rivals for a 1:54.2 victory. Mission Three finished second, while Foot Solider was third and Westslucky Terror fourth. Trained by Richard Moreau, Phantom Seelster entered the Harvest Series winless in 14 starts this season and now exits with three wins in 17 outings. The gelded son of Mach Three teamed up with a different driver in each of the three Harvest Series legs, partnering with Bob McClure and Trevor Henry in the preliminary legs. Phantom Seelster has now earned $55,270 this season following the series sweep, while his career numbers now sit at six wins and $98,935 earned for owners Gestion Mastel Inc, Conrad Leber and Marcel Barrieau. A $2 win ticket on Phantom Seelster returned $3. Johnny Bravo continued his winning ways with a 1:58.2 victory in the $43,900 final for trotting colts and geldings. Driven by Jean Bernard Renaud, Johnny Bravo was parked around the first turn and had to be pushed to clear Charlie Ona Harley for the top spot. Once in command, Johnny Bravo posted fractions of :57 and 1:27.4. In the stretch, Johnny Bravo was able to seal the deal by holding off a late push from Draft Year, who sat fourth for most of the mile, for a length victory. Charlie Ona Harley finished third, while Master Switch was fourth. A gelded son of Johnny William, Johnny Bravo entered Friday's final off a victory in the second leg and a runner-up finish in the first leg. The Paul Walker trainee has now won three of his last four starts to improve his record to four wins in 12 starts. Unraced as a two-year-old, Johnny Bravo has now earned $59,400 for owner/breeders Paul Walker and Julie Walker. He paid $4.20 to win. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2018 as of September 30. Friday evening's card also saw another edition of the $30,000 Fillies and Mares Preferred Pace. Seven-year-old Exhilarated put an end to Kendall Seeslster's winning streak by muscling by in the final strides for a thrilling victory. Kendall Seelster got things her own way, posting fractions of :28, :57.1 and 1:24.2. Exhilarated enjoyed a two-hole ride behind the heavy-favourite and took her shot in the lane along with the other four mares in the field. A six-across finish developed with Exhilarated just getting by in the final stride for a 1:53.3 victory. Kendall Seelster finished second, beat a head, while P L Hurricane was third. Trained by Carmen Auciello, Exhilarated and driver Jonathan Drury went off at odds of 12-1 and were entering Friday's contest off back-to-back fourth-place finishes. The veteran mare now has 11 wins and $198,620 earned in 41 starts this season for owner Auciello Stables. Exhilarated pushed her career numbers to 36 wins and $589,130 earned with the upset victory. She paid $27 to win. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON,ON -  November 12, 2018 - Sophomore fillies Lyons Hedgeabet and Shotgun Sally captured finals of the Ontario sired Harvest Series on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A field of six clashed in the $43,000 final for trotting fillies, while a full field of 10 battled in the $49,900 final for pacing fillies. Mach Three filly Lyons Hedgeabet picked the perfect time to break her maiden by winning the $49,900 final for pacing fillies in 1:52.3. Driven by Bob McClure, Lyons Hedgeabet got away eighth from post position four. Race favourite Miss Rockadali, seeking a series sweep, shot out to the lead and posted a :26.4 opening-quarter. D Gs Shadowsbell, also going for the sweep, was parked second and had to grind things out the entire mile on the outside. Miss Rockadali rolled the field to the half in :55.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.2. McClure moved Lyons Hedgeabet ahead of the half into the outer-flow and sat third-over sixth, just four lengths from the lead turning for home. In the stretch, Lyons Hedgeabet stormed by rivals to the top and paced a :27.2 final-quarter to score a convincing 4 ¼ lengths victory. D Gs Shadowsbell showed plenty of grit to finish second, while I Shadow U was third and Oxford Comma fourth. Trained by Jeff Gillis, Lyons Hedgeabet finished third in last week's second leg after a runner-up finish in a first leg division. The Mach Three filly was making her seventh career start Monday and entered with a trio of runner-up finishes and trio of third-place finishes. Owned by Geoffrey Lyons Mound, Lyons Hedgeabet increased her earnings to $39,800 with the maiden-breaking score. She paid $12 to win. Johnny William filly Shotgun Sally and driver Paul MacKenzie showed plenty of patience in capturing Monday's $43,000 Harvest Series final for trotting fillies in a career-best 1:56.4. Power And Grace hustled off the wings of the gate to grab the top spot with last week's second leg winner Miss Adam T getting away second before circling to the top early in the second-quarter. Shotgun Sally got away fifth and sat in that same spot when Miss Adam T led the field by a half of :57.1. McKenzie gave Shotgun Sally her cue to go entering the far turn and the 6/5 favourite trotted up into third, just over two lengths from Miss Adam T at the third-marker. In the stretch, Shotgun Sally immediately powered by Miss Adam T and pulled away to a 5 ¼ lengths victory in 1:56.4. Miss Adam T finished second, while Gradabra rallied for third. Trained by Todd Clements, Shotgun Sally won the opening leg of the series before being scratched from last week's second leg due to transportation issues. She now has four wins in 26 starts this season. Owned by Trisha Barsby, Shotgun Sally, who made just two starts as a rookie, has now earned $52,588 in her career. She paid $4.60 to win. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2018 as of September 30, 2018. Dunbar Hall and driver Jody Jamieson got things their own way in Monday's $34,000 Preferred Handicap trot and turned it into a second consecutive victory at the top-level. A group of six battled in the weekly feature with star trotting mare Dream Together having issues before the start and never joining her rivals in the contest. The removal of a key contender allowed Dunbar Hall and Jamieson to claim the top spot in the early stages. Dunbar Hall posted a :27.2 opening-quarter before stealing away with a :59.3 middle-half, while 6/5 favourite Dancer Hall sat in the two-hole. In the stretch, Dunbar Hall sprinted home in :27 to win by two-lengths in 1:54, the same clocking as his victory last week. Dancer Hall had to settle for second, while Big Rich was third and Catch The Dream fourth. A four-year-old gelding, Dunbar Hall picked up his eighth win in 23 starts this season. He has now earned $217,930 in 2018 to bring his career numbers to 13 wins and $331,184 earned for owners Carl Jamieson and George Harrison. A $2 win ticket on Dunbar Hall returned $4.80. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

Racing participants from both Woodbine, Mohawk Park along with The Raceway at Western Fair District are stepping up in support of Kristy Dustin. Kristy, the daughter of long-time horsemen Greg and his wife Doreen Dustin, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer this past summer and is currently undergoing treatment. The 33-year-old and husband Matt, share two young daughters, Abbigael, 9, and Kamryn, 3. Kristy along with her mother began The Raceway's Harness The Hope in support of Breast Cancer 13 years ago after Doreen was diagnosed. Doreen is cancer free, while Kristy begins her own fight. Kristy has already began treatment which will continue for the next six to eight months followed by another surgery. Driver Natasha Day along with trainer Shannon Henry spearheaded the idea of horse people stepping up in support. "Our industry is one of a kind and we always seem to support people in need," said Shannon Henry. "Natasha and I spoke about this idea and thought it would be a great idea to have a night that trainers/driver/owners could donate a portion of their winnings to a great cause." Day echoed Henry's thoughts. "I mentioned the idea to a few of our drivers at Western Fair and there wasn't any hesitation. People want to help," she said. "That snowballed into the Mohawk drivers room and the whole idea quickly came to fruition. It's really great to see the industry coming together." Monday, November 19 both Woodbine, Mohawk Park and The Raceway at Western Fair District will host an evening to support Kristy Dustin. Drivers/trainers and owners on that evening that are willing to donate a portion of their earnings are encouraged to contact Natasha Day and/or Shannon Henry. "Everyone is encouraged to participate in their own way as well," Henry said. "We've started a conversation on social media and it's gone viral. We have people participating as far as south Florida. What a wonderful gesture as we begin the holiday season." Day will be a special guest with track announcer Shannon 'Sugar' Doyle on Tuesday evening at The Raceway. The pregame show is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. For more information please contact Shannon Henry (519-831-6921) or Natasha Day (519-498-3203). From The Raceway at Western Fair District      

MILTON, ON - November 9, 2018 - Kendall Seelster delivered another stunning performance to defeat older harness racing rivals for the second consecutive week in Friday's $30,000 Mares Preferred Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The three-year-old daughter of Shadow Play and driver Sylvain Filion shot off cover in the lane and stormed home to a 1:52.4 victory over five older mares. Trained by Rod Boyd, Kendall Seelster rallied last week from seventh to record his first win over older mares and Friday she took all the support, going off at odds of 2/5. The daughter of Shadow Play got away fifth and caught the cover of P L Hurricane heading to three-quarters. Windsongmagnifique cut out fractions of :27.3, :55.4 and 1:24.1 to lead into the lane. Kendall Seelster swelled up on cover and powered by rivals for a victory of three-quarters of a length. Request For Parole followed the favourite to a second-place finish, while Windsongmagnifique held on for third over Exhilarated. Kendall Seelster now has seven wins and $231,165 earned in 18 starts this season. Her career numbers now sit at 11 wins and $695,150 earned for owner 1187422 Ontario Inc. A $2 win ticket on Kendall Seelster returned $2.90. Round two of the Harvest Series wrapped up Friday with two $17,000 divisions for Ontario sired three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Phantom Seelster will have an opportunity for a series sweep following a convincing 1:53.3 victory in Friday's second division. Trevor Henry steered the Richard Moreau trainee to his second consecutive victory. A gelded son of Mach Three, Phantom Seelster left from the far outside and was parked around the first turn, while even-money choice Mission Three posted a :28.1 opening-quarter. Phantom Seelster cleared to the top in the second-quarter and posted a :57 half. Mission Three popped the two-hole on the far-turn to challenge Phantom Seelster, who reached three-quarters in 1:25.2. In the stretch, Phantom Seelster turned aside his rival and charged home in :28.1 to prevail by a length and a half over Mission Three. Foot Solider crossed the line third, while Stratosphere was fourth. Phantom Seelster entered last week's opening-leg winless in 14 starts this season. The Moreau trainee captured a division of last week's first leg by five lengths and was driven by Bob McClure, who drove Mission Three on Friday. Owned by Gestion Mastel Inc, Conrad Leber and Marcel Barrieau, Phantom Seelster increased his career numbers to five wins and $75,185 earned with Friday's score. He paid $4.50 to win. Shadow Play colt Shadow Moon prevailed in a tight Win Photo over round-one winner Westslucky Terror in the evening's first division. Driven by Doug McNair, Shadow Moon got away third in the field of seven to follow a pocket-sitting Westslucky Terror, while Bit Of Luck did the heavy-lifting on the front. Shadow Moon got his cue to go on the far turn and pulled up alongside Bit Of Luck at three-quarters in 1:24.4. In the stretch, Shadow Moon powered by Bit Of Luck, but then had to deal with a patient Westslucky Terror and a closing Hes Got Swagger. Shadow Moon held off Westslucky Terror by a nose for the 1:53.2 victory. Hes Got Swagger finished third, beat half a length, while Delorean Seelster was fourth. Trained by Kyle Fellows, Shadow Moon picked up his second win of 2018 and has now earned $39,335 in 19 starts this season. The sophomore colt's career numbers jump to seven wins and $234,672 earned for owners Fellows, Arpad Szabo and Daniel Knechtel. A $2 win ticket on Shadow Moon returned $5.10. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2018 as of September 30. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - November 8, 2018 - Harvest Series action continued Thursday at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a sophomore trotting colts and geldings in action. Johnny Bravo went coast-to-coast on the front end to score the victory over six rivals in lone $17,000 division. Jean Bernard Renaud steered the gelded son of Johnny William to victory for trainer Paul Walker. All seven competitors in Thursday's second leg had competed in last week's first-round and many were looking to rebound after miscues and poor performances. Johnny Bravo posted fractions of :29, :59.1 and 1:28.3 before trotting home in :29 for a 1:57.3 victory. Eddy finished second by a length and a quarter after a two-hole trip, while leg one winner Charlie Ona Harley was third. Owned and bred by Paul Walker and Julie Walker, Johnny Bravo is now three for 11 in his first season on the track and has earned $37,450. The clocking of 1:57.3 shaved a fifth of a second off his previous best. Johnny Bravo paid $5.50 to win. Renaud and Walker teamed up for a second win on the card in the evening's sixth-race with four-year-old gelding Just Jewel, who trotted to a 1:57.2 victory at odds of 6-1. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2018 as of September 30, 2018. The $43,900 Harvest Series final for sophomore trotting colts and geldings will take place on Friday, November 16. Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - November 5, 2018 - Dunbar Hall returned to Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday and turned in a strong performance in the $34,000 Preferred Trot. The four-year-old trotter was making his first start since a break in the $500,000 Breeders Crown final on October 25 and shot off cover to track down leader Dancer Hall for a 1:54 victory. Trained by Stephanie Jamieson, Dunbar Hall and driver Jody Jamieson were able to flush out cover from fifth and sat in a nice second-over spot turning for home. Dancer Hall left from post-nine and made the lead after being parked around the first-turn. Dancer Hall reached three-quarters in 1:25 and had a few lengths on separation his rivals coming into the lane. Dunbar Hall unleashed a strong final-quarter to shoot off cover and storm by the leader for a 1 ¾ lengths score. Dancer Hall just held off Free Willy Hanover for second. Dunbar Hall's victory snapped a five-race losing streak. The Jamieson trainee finished second in his Crown elimination before making an early break in the rich final. Owned by Carl Jamieson and George Harrison, Dunbar Hall now has seven wins and $200,930 earned in 22 starts this season. His career numbers improved to 12 wins and $314,184 earned with the Preferred score. Dunbar Hall paid $16.90 to win. Round two of the Harvest Series for Ontario sired three-year-old fillies also took place on Monday. Just a single seven-horse division was needed for the trotters, while 21 pacers were split into a pair of divisions. Miss Adam T came through for her backers in the second-leg, scoring a coast-to-coast victory in 1:59.1 as the public's choice. The Ben Baillargeon trainee finished third in the first leg after going off as the favourite. Leg one winner Shotgun Sally was scratched due to transportation, which brought the field down to six. Gradabra finished second by 2½ lengths, while Power And Grace was third. Trevor Henry steered Miss Adam T to her second win in 13 starts. The sophomore trotting filly, who was unraced at age two, has now earned $26,296 for owners/breeders Tom & Elizabeth Rankin. Miss Adam T paid $4.10 to win. D Gs Shadowsbell pulled off her second consecutive upset victory in the first of two divisions for pacing fillies. James MacDonald gave the Chantal Mitchell trainee a two-hole ride and shot through in the lane to win by a head over Grand Bay in a career-best 1:54. Lyons Hedgeabet and Shadow World were in the mix for the exciting finish and crossed the line third and fourth, each beat half a length. A daughter of Shadow Play, D Gs Shadowsbell went off at odds of 13-1 in Monday's second leg after pulling off a 27-1 upset in last week's first leg. She now has three wins in 18 starts this season. Owned and bred by Daniel Surprenant, D Gs Shadowsbell now has $32,204 earned this season to bring her career numbers to six wins and $63,669. She paid $29.60 to win. Miss Rockadali repeated in Monday's second leg, posting a coast-to-coast victory for driver Louis Philippe Roy and trainer Richard Moreau. The daughter of Dali held off Lady Grande by a head for a career-best 1:55.1 victory. Bidforahug finished third, while Oxford Comma was fourth. Owned by Andre St Laurent, Miss Rockadali is now nine for 20 this season with $44,751 earned. Her career earnings jumped to $48,634 with Monday's score. A $2 win ticket on Miss Rockadali returned $4.10. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2018 as of September 30, 2018. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications -

MILTON, ON - November 3, 2018 - Nocturnal Bluechip scored his third Woodbine Preferred win of the season by the narrowest of margins on Saturday night at Mohawk Park. A field of eight pacers, including three-year-old The Downtown Bus, clashed in the weekly $34,000 top-class event. The Preferred opened with Always A Hotshot making the top and posting a :26.1 opening-quarter before Easy Lover Hanover found the pylons and the top spot entering the backstretch. Nirvana Seelster moved out from fourth ahead of the half and charged up to poke a neck in front at a :54.4 half. Nirvana Seelster cleared to the top and led around the far turn. Physicallyinclined pressed first-up with a trio of followers in the outer-flow, including Nocturnal Bluechip and driver Sylvain Filion, who were fourth-over and six-lengths from the top turning for home. Nirvana Seelster attempted to grind out the victory on the front after reaching three-quarters in 1:22. In the stretch, American Wiggle came charging from second-over with Jeff Gillis' duo of The Downtown Bus and Nocturnal Bluechip rallying on the far outside. Nocturnal Bluechip would reach up in the shadow of the line to win by a nose over American Wiggle, while The Downtown Bus finished third. A five-year-old gelding, Nocturnal Bluechip now has three wins in his last five starts with all coming at the Preferred level. The Gillis trainee now has 10 wins and $132,350 earned in 27 starts this season for owner Nlg Racing Stable. Nocturnal Bluechip improved his career numbers to 17 wins and $427,551 earned with his victory Saturday. He paid $11.40 to win. Saturday evening's card also saw Woodbine Mohawk Park recognize driver Louis Philippe Roy and trainer Carmen Auciello for recently capturing the Championship Meet driving and training titles. A gift and sign presentation was conducted for Roy and Auciello in the winner's circle. Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications                  

MILTON, ON - November 2, 2018 - Sophomore pacing filly Kendall Seelster stole the show Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a stunning victory in the $30,000 Mares Preferred. The daughter of Shadow Play defeated eight older rivals by charging home from a third-over seventh to track down Sandebetweenurtoes with a :27.1 final-quarter for a 1:52 victory. Sylvain Filion steered Kendall Seelster to victory for trainer Rod Boyd, who has now taken over the training of the standout three-year-old. Her first-career Preferred score improves her sophomore numbers to six wins and $226,165 earned in 17 starts. Kendall Seelster now has 10 wins and $680,150 in career earnings for owner 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, Ontario. Sandbetweenurtoes finished second after cutting the mile and holding a sizable advantage off a 1:23.1 three-quarter clocking. Windsongmagnifique crossed the wire third, while Exhilarated for fourth. Kendall Seelster paid $16.60 to win. Friday's card also saw the start of the Harvest Series for Ontario Sired three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Mach Three gelding Phantom Seelster was a convincing winner in the evening's first of two $17,000 divisions. Bob McClure steered the sophomore to victory for trainer Richard Moreau. Phantom Seelster and McClure got away second and would stay inside while P H Hippie made a second-quarter move from third to take the lead from Hes Got Swagger. The initial leader made a move back to the top going into the far turn, which gave McClure his cue to make his move and swept to the lead at three-quarters in 1:24.4. The stretch drive saw Phantom Seelster wave goodnight to his rivals and pull away to win by five lengths. Dismissal Slip finished second, while Shadow Moon was third. Phantom Seelster entered the Harvest Series winless in 14 starts this season. The three-year-old gelding has now earned $23,020 this season to bring his career numbers to four wins and $66,685 earned for owners Gestion Mastel Inc., Conrad Leber and Marcel Barrieau. A $2 win ticket on Phantom Seelster returned $6.80. Camluck gelding Westslucky Terror turned in a strong performance to win the second split for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Frank Baker Jr. Westslucky Terror got away second before circling to the lead at the half. Bit Of Luck came charging first-up to battle with the leader on the far turn and the sophomores were on even-terms at three-quarters. In the stretch, Westslucky Terror turned aside his rival to win by a length in 1:55. Bit Of Luck had to settle for second, while Stratosphere was third. The Harvest Series first-leg victory improves Westslucky Terror to six wins and $48,375 earned in 19 starts this season for owners Baker Jr. and Paul Chapman. The Camluck gelding was unraced at age two. Westslucky Terror paid $7.50 to win. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario Sired three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 as of September 30, 2018. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

MILTON, ON - November 1, 2018 - The Woodbine Mohawk Park Fall-Winter harness racing meet began Thursday with driver Chris Christoforou having a big night at the office. Christoforou posted four-wins, including a victory in the lone Harvest Series division, to start the meet in style. Of his four wins, three came in upset fashion. The evening started with Christoforou sweeping the 'Early-Double' with four-year-old trotting mare Moni Justice ($19.30) and three-year-old trotter Charlie Ona Harley ($44.30). Charlie Ona Harley's victory came in the single Harvest Series division for Ontario Sired sophomore trotting colts and geldings. The $17,000 first leg division saw five of the nine trotters break and some confusion early in the mile that led to Christoforou eventually moving out of fourth at the half with Charlie Ona Harley and going three-wide around rivals to take the top spot at three-quarters. The gelded son of Glidemaster trotted away to a 5 ¼ lengths victory in 2:01.2. Charlie Ona Harley, now a five-time winner in his career, is trained by Jack Moiseyev for Joanne Colville and Nancy MacNevin. The Harvest Series victory improves his numbers to three wins and $24,665 earned in 15 starts this season. Christoforou would score the 'Hat Trick' and 'Grand Slam' in back to back races by winning the seventh-race with three-year-old pacer Barn One ($29.60) and five-year-old trotting mare Alona ($6.30). The four-wins recorded by Christoforou came in just five-drives on the 10-race card. Live racing resumes Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by John Manzi, for NAADA

MILTON, ON - October 29, 2018 - The inaugural Championship Meet at Woodbine Mohawk Park concluded with a 10-race card on Monday evening. All eyes were locked to the standings for top driver and top trainer entering the final card of the meet, which began on April 12. Louis Philippe Roy entered the evening with a one-win lead over Sylvain Filion for top driver, while Bob McClure and Trevor Henry trailed by just two and three wins, respectively. The race for the training title saw Carmen Auciello enter the evening up three wins on Richard Moreau with both trainers sending out several starters. Roy and Moreau teamed up to win the evening's first-race with three-year-old pacing filly Miss Rockadali ($5.70) in a first-leg division of the Harvest Series. The victory created separation in one category and tightened up the other. The opening-race win from Roy and lack of production by those near him in the standings kept the drama low for most of the card. McClure guided claiming pacer Brickman ($20.80) to an upset score in the sixth-race to join Filion in second-place, two wins back of Roy. The driving title battled ended in the ninth and penultimate race on the card, as Trevor Henry steered eight-year-old millionaire pacer Nickle Bag ($5.10) to his 40th career victory and in turn locked up top driver for Roy. Filion and McClure each needed to sweep the 'Late Double' to tie Roy for top spot. Over on the training side, the quick start for Moreau wouldn't go far, as Auciello's barn got the three-win lead back in the fourth-race with four-year-old pacer Luckslist Bluegrass ($19.10). The battle for the training title officially came to an end in the seventh-race when five-year-old trotter Free Willy Hanover ($12.70) snapped a seven-race winless streak to secure the title for Auciello. Louis Philippe Roy finished the Championship Meet with 128 victories to claim the driving title. The Mont-Joli, Quebec native drove the winners of over $3.5 million. Carmen Auciello concluded the Championship Meet with 81 victories to capture the training title. His barn racked up $1.3 million in earnings. Also on Monday, the Harvest Series for three-year-olds kicked off with four $17,000 divisions, three for pacing fillies and a single for trotting fillies. As mentioned above, Moreau trainee Miss Rockadali took the first split for the pacing fillies with a 1:56 triumph. The daughter of Dali was shipping in from Rideau and debuting for Moreau. Miss Rockadali now has eight wins and $36,251 earned in 19 starts this season for owner Andre St Laurent. Shadow Play filly D Gs Shadowsbell ($56.90) pulled off a 27-1 upset in the second division for pacers. The Chantal Mitchell trainee and driver James MacDonald converted off a two-hole trip to defeat the favourite Shadow World by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.2. D Gs Shadowsbell was also making her Woodbine debut and now has two wins and $23,704 earned in 17 starts this season for owner Daniel Surprenant. Joe Hudon trainee I Shadow U capitalized off a two-hole trip to shoot through for a 1:55.2 victory in the third pacing division. The daughter of Shadow Play picked up her fourth win of the season. Owned by Ross Warriner with trainer/driver Hudon, I Shadow U increased her seasonal earnings to $42,627 with the victory. She paid $7 to win. On the trotting side, Johnny William filly Shotgun Sally turned in a career-best 1:58.4 performance to win by three-lengths for driver Paul MacKenzie. The Todd Clements trainee entered the Harvest Series off a victory and pair of runner-up finishes away from Mohawk Park. Shotgun Sally improved her sophomore numbers to three wins and $30,166 earned in 25 starts this season for owner Trisha Barsby. She paid $23.70 to win. Ontario sired three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2018 as of September 30, 2018, were eligible for nomination to the Harvest Series. Live racing resumes Thursday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park with the first-card of the Fall-Winter meet. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, ON -  October 26, 2018 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced details for a quartet of Winter Series to be raced at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Niagara Series and Valedictory Series will take place during the month of December and conclude on Boxing Day (December 26). The Blizzard Series and Snowshoe Series begin in mid-January and will wrap up on February 1. Each series consists of two $17,000 preliminary legs and a $30,000 added final. The nomination fee for each series is $200 ($160 USD). Nominations close on Monday, December 3. The conditions and dates for each series are listed below: Niagara Series (December 13, 20, 26) Three-Year-Old Pacing Fillies in 2018, Non-Winners of $60,000 lifetime as of midnight, October 31, 2018. No Allowances. Valedictory Series (December 10, 17, 26) Three-Year-Old Pacing Colts & Geldings in 2018, Non-Winners of $60,000 lifetime as of midnight, October 31, 2018. No Allowances. Blizzard Series (January 17, 24, February 1) Three & Four-Year-Old Pacing Fillies & Mares in 2019, Non-Winners of Two Races or $30,000 lifetime as of midnight, October 31, 2018. No Allowances. Snowshoe Series (January 18, 25, February 1) Three & Four-Year-Old Pacing Colts, Horses & Geldings in 2019, Non-Winners of Two Races or $30,000 lifetime as of midnight, October 31, 2018. No Allowances. To view the nomination form for the Winter Series, click here. To submit nomination fees online, click here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than December 3, 2018 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie,, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - October 25, 2018 - Ontario sired rookies were on display Thursday at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the finals of the Harvest Series. A quartet of series finals put on a bow on the three-week event and featured a few upsets. Angus Hall filly Dance Hall Babe muscled by race-favourite P L Molly in the final eighth of a mile to win the $43,300 two-year-old trotting filly final. Driven by Anthony MacDonald, Dance Hall Babe led the field of six to the opening-quarter before handing over top spot to P L Molly, who led by just over two lengths at three-quarters in 1:30. Dance Hall Babe regained the lead late in the mile and crossed the wire first in 2:01.1. P L Molly finished second, beat a length. Briarwood Belle and Order Mattie completed the Superfecta. Trained by Jason McGinnis, Dance Hall Babe entered the Harvest Final off sixth and fifth-place finishes in the preliminary legs and with just one win in eight prior starts. The series final victory pushes her earnings to $39,942 for owners MacDonald, Philip Newfeld, Felix Marion and Georgia Dalziel. Dance Hall Babe, who was a $9,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, paid $14.80 to win. Kadabra gelding Cool Clifford split rivals late to win the $45,400 final for trotting colts and geldings. Race-favourite All Wrapped Up was looking for the series sweep and grabbed the lead in the second-quarter. The public's choice led the field into the lane after reaching three-quarters in 1:28.1. All Wrapped Up couldn't seal the deal and was surrounded by several rivals in deep stretch. Cool Clifford and driver Jody Jamieson got away sixth and sat third-over turning for home. The Scott McEneny trainee trotted a :28.3 final-quarter to split rivals and reach up for the 1:57.3 victory. Scarlett Raider almost scored a 14-1 upset, but came up just a neck short in finishing second. Esa finished third, while Sinful was fourth. All Wrapped Up finished fifth, beat a length and a half. Cool Clifford entered the Harvest final off a second-leg victory of nearly 10 lengths. The rookie gelding improved his career numbers to two wins and $66,969 earned in 11 starts with his series final victory. A $60,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Cool Clifford is owned by Brad Grant and Martwest Racing Stable. He paid $4.40 to win. Bettors Delight filly Thats Incredible followed up a convincing second-leg score with another impressive performance to take the $46,300 final for pacing fillies. Driven by Trevor Henry, Thats Incredible left well from the centre of the gate and got situated second behind Salutation, who got to the top from the ten-hole. Salutation led the field by the half in :56.4. Thats Incredible moved to the top on the far turn and it was game over from there. The Bob McIntosh trainee cruised to a 1:54.2 victory for her third win in 11 starts. Salutation dug in and turned in a strong effort to finish second, beat 3 ¼ lengths. Twin B Tipster was third, while Fresh Eyes was fourth. Charmbo Brie, who was going for a series sweep, finished fifth. Thats Incredible increased her earnings to $48,488 with the victory for owner/breeders Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Dave Boyle. She paid $3.50 to win. Shadow Play gelding Shadow Of A Daut delivered his second consecutive upset victory to take the $48,100 final for pacing colts and geldings. Driven by Mike Saftic, Shadow Of A Daut got away seventh in the field of 10, while Shadow Tail posted a :27.2 opener. Crusher Q overtook the lead entering the backstretch, but quickly surrendered it to race-favourite Carlisimo, who left from post 10 and had been parked until claiming the lead. Carlisimo led to three-quarters in 1:25.3 and brought the field into the stretch. Shadow Of A Daut was placed third-over by Saftic and was four-lengths from the top turning for home. In the stretch, Shadow Of A Daut charged by rivals and reached the wire first for a 1:54.3 victory. Better Than Some followed the eventual winner fourth-over and finished second, beat three-quarters of a length. Carlisimo was third, while Joe Mcdude was fourth. Trained by Michel Rivest, Shadow Of A Daut is now two for 10 with $40,105 earned for owner Claude Poirier. The Shadow Play gelding was a $42,000 London Selected Yearling Sale purchase. Shadow Of A Daut paid $24.60 to win. Ontario sired two-year-olds, who were non-winner of $30,000 as of September 30, 2018, were eligible for nomination to the Harvest Series. Live racing continues Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON- October 24, 2018 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to notify horsepeople at Alliance Racetracks of a change to the cheque issuing process due to the Canada Post rotating strike. Due to the rotating strike, cheques have been sent to the various Alliance Racetracks and horsepeople can pick up their cheques at the track in which they raced. Cheques are available for pickup today (October 24) at The Raceway at Western Fair and Flamboro Downs. Cheques for Rideau Carleton will be couriered on Thursday to the Ottawa area racetrack. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications      

MILTON, ON - October 23, 2018 - The Woodbine Standardbred Race Office has announced a change to the draw schedule for Woodbine Mohawk Park. Effective immediately, the draw for Saturday cards will now take place on Wednesdays. The entry box closes at 10:30 a.m. The current Woodbine Mohawk Park draw schedule is listed below: Enter by 10:30 a.m. Monday for Thursday Enter by 10:30 a.m. Tuesday for Friday Enter by 10:30 a.m. Wednesday for Saturday Enter by 10:30 a.m. Thursday for Monday The draw for Thursday afternoon qualifiers will also take place on Wednesdays. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, ON - October 18, 2018 - Preliminary round action of the Harvest Series wrapped up Thursday with two-year-old colts and geldings in action at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 15 pacers and 12 trotters went to battle Thursday evening over four $17,000 second-leg divisions for the Harvest. Shadow Play gelding Shadow Of A Daut launched the evening's festivities with a 12-1 upset in the opening split for pacers. The Michel Rivest trainee and driver Mike Saftic enjoyed a three-hole trip to the half before staying inside behind the leader Mantario, who battled pocket-popper Better Earl to three-quarters in 1:25.2. In the stretch, Shadow Of A Daut had room to come off the rail and powered by to the lead for a 1:54.2 maiden-breaking score. Forever Fav rallied to finish second, beat three-quarters of a length, while Crusher Q was third. Race-favourite and leg-one winner Mantario was fourth. Shadow Of A Daut, a $42,000 London Selected Yearling Sale purchase, maiden-breaking victory comes in his eighth start and pushes his earnings to $16,055 for owner Claude Poirier. He paid $26.10 to win. Shadow Play colt Carlisimo extended his win streak to three with a 1:54.2 score in the second division. The James 'Friday' Dean trainee and driver James MacDonald got a two-hole trip to the far turn before sliding out and sitting on the back of the first-over challenger turning for home. Carlisimo powered by early in the stretch and went on to win by a length. Sugartown finished second, while Joe McDude and Shrimp And Grits completed the Superfecta. A $13,000 Atlantic Classic Sale purchase, Carlisimo improved to five for 11 in his rookie campaign and has now earned $52,148 for owner Reginald MacPherson. The Dean trainee will have an opportunity to sweep the Harvest Series in next week's final. Carlisimo paid $5.40 to win. All Wrapped Up took the evening's first trotting division to situate himself with an opportunity at a series sweep next Thursday. The gelded son of Archangel was a coast to coast winner in 1:58 for driver Trevor Henry and trainer Rob Fellows. Encarnacion followed in second the entire mile and was defeated by 3 ½ lengths. Esa was third, while Mac N Caps was fourth. All Wrapped Up's second consecutive coast to coast victory gives him three wins in his last four starts and three wins in seven starts overall. The $11,000 London Selected Yearling Sale purchase has now earned $25,250 for owners Fellows, Arpad Szabo, Blair Corbeil and Mike McAllister. A $2 win ticket on All Wrapped Up returned $2.60. Cool Clifford put on a show in the evening's second division, delivered a stunning 9 ¼ lengths victory in 1:57 for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Scott McEneny. The gelded son of Kadabra moved out from third nearing the half, took the lead entering the far turn and proceeded to leave his rivals well behind for the career-best victory. Cool Clifford's blowout score was also his first-career victory, coming in his 10th start of the season. Herbs Journey finished second, while Cousin Peter and Clash were third and fourth, respectively. A $60,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Cool Clifford pushed his career earnings to $44,269 for owners Brad Grant and Martwest Racing Stable. He paid $3.70 to win. Ontario sired two-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 as of September 30, 2018, were eligible for nomination to the Harvest Series. All four finals of the Harvest Series for two-year-olds will take place next Thursday (October 25). Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON -  October 16, 2018 - Woodbine Mohawk Park today announced that year-round racing will be split into two meets for Trainer and Driver titles. The current meet of racing, which began on April 12, will conclude on Monday, October 29 and has been classified as the 'Championship Meet'. The leading Trainer and Driver at the end of live racing on October 29 will capture their respective titles for the 'Championship Meet'. A new meet for Fall, Winter and Spring racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park will then begin on Thursday, November 1 and run until mid-May. Next year's 'Championship Meet' will begin in mid-May and conclude with the 2019 Breeders Crown in late-October. The official date for the start of next year's 'Championship Meet' will be announced in the coming weeks. Woodbine will continue to honour the leading Owner, Trainer and Driver for the calendar-year during the final card of the season on Boxing Day. Live racing continues every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Below are the current standings for the Woodbine Mohawk Park 'Championship Meet'. Leading Drivers (Wins) - Championship Meet Sylvain Filion - 124 Bob McClure - 122 Doug McNair - 119 Louis Philippe Roy - 117 Trevor Henry - 116 James MacDonald - 111 Jody Jamieson - 106 Jonathan Drury - 103 Leading Trainers (Wins) - Championship Meet Carmen Auciello - 75 Richard Moreau - 69 Mark Steacy - 52 Paul Reid - 38 Ben Baillargeon - 33 Luc Blais - 33 Casie Coleman - 27 Victor Puddy - 26 by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

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