June 1, 2016

North America Cup-Date: May 30

May 30, 2016 - With the entry box for the 2016 Pepsi North America Cup eliminations closing in eight days, the eligible three-year-old pacers continue to prepare and impress on the road to Canadian harness racing’s biggest prize.

For the past several years, Trot Magazine‘s Pepsi North America Cup Spring Book has served as an initial barometer for the colts and geldings that may be in the running for the sophomore pacing set’s single biggest payday.

This year’s edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup will be contested on Saturday, June 18 at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ontario.

Listed by the Spring Book odds as featured in the April 2016 edition of Trot Magazine, here are the horses that are still Cup-eligible as of the April 15 sustaining payment and have raced or are in-to-go as of May 30, 2016.

Look for a number of colts to be in action this Saturday. Mohawk Racetrack will card divisions of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, while The Meadows hosts the sophomores for divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes.

• Control The Moment // 3-1 — qualified on May 23 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished second, individually timed in 1:51.1

• Boston Red Rocks // 5-1 — raced on May 28 at The Meadowlands, finished third, individually timed in 1:49.1

• Betting Line // 8-1 — raced on May 21 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished first, timed in 1:49.4

• Big Top Hanover // 10-1 — raced on May 22 at Mohegan Sun Pocono, finished second, individually timed in 1:51.2

• Nvestment Bluechip // 14-1 — raced on May 28 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished fourth, individually timed in 1:50.1

• Racing Hill // 15-1 — raced on May 21 at The Meadowlands, finished second, individually timed in 1:49.2

• American Passport // 16-1 — raced on May 21 at The Meadowlands, finished seventh, individually timed in 1:49.4

• Travel Playlist // 18-1 — qualified on May 25 at Mohegan Sun Pocono, finished first, timed in 1:52.3

• Katies Rocker // 20-1 — raced on May 28 at The Meadowlands, finished second, individually timed in 1:49.1

• Ideal Rocky // 22-1 — raced on May 28 at The Meadowlands, finished fifth, individually timed in 1:50.2

• Nocturnal Bluechip // 24-1 — raced on May 28 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished third, individually timed in 1:50.1

• Voracity // 25-1 — raced on May 27 at Western Fair, finished sixth, individually timed in 1:54.3

• Im Some Graduate // 30-1 — raced on May 23 at Mohegan Sun Pocono, finished first, timed in 1:51.4

• Pretty Boy Hill // 30-1 — raced on May 21 at The Meadowlands, finished second, individually timed in 1:51.1

• Check Six // 32-1 — raced on May 22 at Mohegan Sun Pocono, finished first, timed in 1:52.3

• All The Cookies // 35-1 — scratched (vet) on May 28 at The Meadowlands; last raced on May 21 at The Meadowlands, finished seventh, individually timed in 1:51.3

• Mystical Rock // 35-1 — raced on May 28 at Hoosier Park, finished sixth, individually timed in 1:52.3

• Rollaroundtheworld // 38-1 — raced on May 21 at The Meadowlands, finished eighth after making a break

• Inspiration View // 40-1 — raced on May 26 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished fourth, individually timed in 1:51.4

• JDs Chancey Design // 40-1 — raced on May 29 at Hawthorne Race Course, finished first, timed in 1:53.3

• Easy Lover Hanover // 40-1 — last raced on May 15 at Flamboro Downs, finished ninth, individually timed in 1:58.4

• Magnum J // 42-1 — raced on May 27 at Western Fair, finished first, timed in 1:53.2

• Kokanee Seelster // 45-1 — raced on May 29 at Flamboro Downs, finished eighth, individually timed in 1:57.2

• The Catamount Kid // 45-1 — raced on May 22 at Mohegan Sun Pocono, finished fourth, individually timed in 1:53

• Mindtrip // 48-1 — last raced on May 14 at The Meadowlands, finished first, timed in 1:52

• Tom Hill // 50-1 — raced on May 21 at The Meadowlands, finished third, individually timed in 1:51.1

• Manhattan Beach // 50-1 — raced on May 22 at Mohegan Sun Pocono, finished third, individually timed in 1:53

• Arsenic // 50-1 — raced on May 27 at Western Fair, finished fourth in a dead-heat, individually timed in 1:55.3

• New Talent // 50-1 — raced on May 23 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished fourth, individually timed in 1:52.3

• Highlandbeachycove // 55-1 — raced on May 21 at The Meadowlands, finished first, timed in 1:51.1

• Michaels Victory // 60-1 — raced on May 28 at The Meadowlands, finished first, timed in 1:49.1

• Tap Into Power // 60-1 — raced on May 28 at Yonkers Raceway, finished eighth after making a break

• Cruise Patrol // 60-1 — raced on May 27 at Western Fair, finished sixth after making a break

• Dreamfair Mesa // 60-1 — raced on May 26 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished fourth, individually timed in 1:51.1

• Flaherty // 60-1 — raced on May 27 at Western Fair, finished third, individually timed in 1:54.1

• Bettor Memories // 65-1 — raced on May 27 at Western Fair, finished third, individually timed in 1:54.1

• Stonebridge Beach // 65-1 — raced on May 27 at Western Fair, finished fifth, individually timed in 1:54.2

• Think On It // 65-1 — last raced on April 21 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished fourth, individually timed in 1:53.2

• Good Living // 65-1 — raced on May 23 at Mohegan Sun Pocono, finished second, individually timed in 1:53.1

• Dr J Hanover // 70-1 — raced on May 23 at Yonkers Raceway, finished fourth, individually timed in 1:57

• Lyons Snyder // 70-1 — raced on May 22 at Mohegan Sun Pocono, finished first, timed in 1:49.4

• Some Gold // 70-1 — raced on May 26 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished third, individually timed in 1:51

• Max Is Back // 70-1 — raced on May 23 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished fifth, individually timed in 1:53.1; entered to race on May 30 at Mohawk

• Rock Power // 75-1 — raced on May 28 at The Meadowlands, finished sixth, individually timed in 1:53.2

• Major Hill // 75-1 — raced on May 26 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished first, timed in 1:50.4

• Sutton Seelster // 90-1 — raced on May 27 at Western Fair, finished fourth in a dead-heat, individually timed in 1:55.3

• Beast Mode // 100-1 — last raced on May 16 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished first, timed in 1:53.3

• Brookdale Sonny // 100-1 — raced on May 27 at Western Fair, finished second, individually timed in 1:53.4

• Totally Great // 110-1 — raced on May 23 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished eighth, individually timed in 1:56.4; entered to race on May 30 at Mohawk

(Standardbred Canada)

No Training At Mohawk Saturday

May 24, 2016 - The Mohawk Racetrack race office would like to inform horsepeople that the track will be closed this Saturday morning (May 28).

Training will not be available on Saturday at Mohawk due to the Warrior Dash event that will be held on the property throughout the day.

The track and paddock will be open for training on Sunday (May 29) from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to make up for the missed day.

(WEG)

Stathis: Mohawk Put On Superb Show

May 23, 2016 - “From great harness racing action, plus fun and educational activities for both kids and adults, this is what harness racing is all about and should be,” said Celebrity Farms’ Sam Stathis about Mohawk Racetrack’s Family Fun Night Saturday. “What a great job WEG did on this night.”

“From the race paddock to the track apron and the clubhouse, it was nothing but big smiles and thousands of people having fun,” Stathis said. “It did my heart good to see so many people exposed to harness racing the way it should be and having my horse win her [elimination] of the SBOA Stakes was icing on the cake!”

Stathis’ Celebrity Eventsy brought him from South Florida to Ontario to watch his top three-year-old trotting filly win her 2016 debut at Mohawk. She won her $25,000elimination of the SBOA Stakes by three and one-half lengths in 1:54.1.

“Coming up here to Ontario and seeing my filly win her first start of the year was overwhelming,” Stathis said, “But to have witnessed the show that the management and staff at Mohawk Raceway did was even more impressive.”

It was Family Fun Night at the track and in addition to free parking and admission, there was live music throughout the night, exotic animal demonstrations, a mini carnival and arcade games, children decorating horse cookies, a photo booth, mini horses on the track with children and leading Mohawk drivers, a mare and foal on display, balloon art by clowns, and to conclude the night, a fantastic fireworks show at the end of the races.

“And from what I could see,” Stathis said, “the betting pools were doing very well and that is important too.

“I was in the race paddock and got to meet with some of the kids who were going out on the track with mini horses,” Stathis said, “and each child had one of the track’s top drivers with them. This is what we need to have our young kids be able to experience the thrill of sitting behind a horse, whether it be a mini horse or a racehorse.

“Seeing them on the track for everyone to check out was tremendous and very emotional for me,” Stathis said. “These are experiences these children will never forget and when they go back to school on Tuesday, they will be telling all their friends about it.”

Stathis, with his World Chariot Racing Federation (WCRF), is embarking on the WCRF pre-Olympic road to Rio world tour with the WCRF again this coming week as he is heading over to Sweden for the Elitloppet. Stathis has already been to both Greece and Italy this month, setting the stage to help reintroduce chariot racing back into the Olympics.

“It was chariot racing,” Stathis said, “that was the founding father of harness racing, and was the main attraction of the first Olympics ever held in Greece. With the WCRF we are working to bring racing back to the Olympics.

“We will be bringing our special exotic chariots to Solvalla Racetrack in Sweden,” Stathis said. “To not just show them off, but educate race fans around the world. We are also raising funds for two major charities, the Special Olympics and Horses Healing Hearts, and the WCRF is designing special chariots for the Paralympics too.

“It is important for every track in harness racing around the globe to see what they did at Mohawk Raceway Saturday,” Stathis added. “If we all can work together on projects like this night and what the WCRF is doing, our sport can come back from being in a declining recession and rebound to where it was 50 years ago as one of the leading sports world-wide.”

(With files from World Chariot Racing Federation)
(Standardbred Canada)

North America Cup-Date: May 23

May 23, 2016 - With the 2016 Pepsi North America Cup eliminations just a few weeks away, every eligible three-year-old pacer aiming for Canadian harness racing’s biggest prize has made an on-track appearance as those colts and geldings aim to displace the reigning divisional kingpins.

For the past several years, Trot Magazine‘s Pepsi North America Cup Spring Book has served as an initial barometer for the colts and geldings that may be in the running for the sophomore pacing set’s single biggest payday.

This year’s edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup will be contested on Saturday, June 18 at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ontario.

Listed by the Spring Book odds as featured in the April 2016 edition of Trot Magazine, here are the horses that are still Cup-eligible as of the April 15 sustaining payment and have raced or are in-to-go as of May 23, 2016. (► indicates a horse not listed last week)

• Control The Moment // 3-1 — qualified on May 16 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished second, individually timed in 1:53.4; entered to qualify on May 23 at Mohawk

• Boston Red Rocks // 5-1 — raced on May 21 at The Meadowlands, finished first, timed in 1:50.3

• Betting Line // 8-1 — last raced on May 21 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished first, timed in 1:49.4

• Big Top Hanover // 10-1 — raced on May 22 at Mohegan Sun Pocono, finished second, individually timed in 1:51.2

• Nvestment Bluechip // 14-1 — qualified on May 20 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished first, timed in 1:53.3

• Racing Hill // 15-1 — raced on May 21 at The Meadowlands, finished second, individually timed in 1:49.2

• American Passport // 16-1 — – raced on May 21 at The Meadowlands, finished seventh, individually timed in 1:49.4

► Travel Playlist // 18-1 — qualified on May 18 at Mohegan Sun Pocono, finished first, timed in 1:53.2

• Katies Rocker // 20-1 — raced on May 21 at The Meadowlands, finished third, individually timed in 1:51

• Ideal Rocky // 22-1 — raced on May 21 at The Meadowlands, finished second, individually timed in 1:50.3

• Nocturnal Bluechip // 24-1 — raced on May 20 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished seventh, timed in 1:51.2

• Voracity // 25-1 — qualified on May 20 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished second, individually timed in 1:54.1

• Im Some Graduate // 30-1 — last qualified on May 10 at Harrah’s Philadelphia, finished second, individually timed in 1:54; entered to race on May 23 at Harrah’s Philadelphia

• Pretty Boy Hill // 30-1 — raced on May 21 at The Meadowlands, finished second, individually timed in 1:51.1

• Check Six // 32-1 — last raced on May 22 at Mohegan Sun Pocono, finished first, timed in 1:52.3

• All The Cookies // 35-1 — raced on May 21 at The Meadowlands, finished seventh, individually timed in 1:51.3

• Mystical Rock // 35-1 — raced on May 21 at The Meadowlands, finished sixth, individually timed in 1:50

• Rollaroundtheworld // 38-1 — raced on May 21 at The Meadowlands, finished eighth after making a break

• Inspiration View // 40-1 — raced on May 16 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished fifth, individually timed in 1:54.4

• JDs Chancey Design // 40-1 — raced on May 22 at Hawthorne Race Course, finished first, timed in 1:54

• Easy Lover Hanover // 40-1 — last raced on May 15 at Flamboro Downs, finished ninth, individually timed in 1:58.4

• Magnum J // 42-1 — last raced on May 14 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished seventh, individually timed in 1:55.3

• Kokanee Seelster // 45-1 — last raced on April 30 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished sixth, individually timed in 1:54.2

• The Catamount Kid // 45-1 — raced on May 22 at Mohegan Sun Pocono, finished fourth, timed in 1:53

• Mindtrip // 48-1 — last raced on May 14 at The Meadowlands, finished first, timed in 1:52

• Tom Hill // 50-1 — raced on May 21 at The Meadowlands, finished third, individually timed in 1:51.1

• Manhattan Beach // 50-1 — raced on May 22 at Mohegan Sun Pocono, finished third, individually timed in 1:53

• Arsenic // 50-1 — raced on May 20 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished third, individually timed in 1:50.1

• New Talent // 50-1 — raced on May 16 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished third, individually timed in 1:53.4; entered to race on May 23 at Mohawk

• Highlandbeachycove // 55-1 — raced on May 21 at The Meadowlands, finished first in 1:51.1

• Michaels Victory // 60-1 — raced on May 21 at The Meadowlands, finished fourth, individually timed in 1:51

• Tap Into Power // 60-1 — raced on May 21 at Yonkers Raceway, finished eighth, individually timed in 1:55.3

• Cruise Patrol // 60-1 — raced on May 21 at The Meadowlands, finished fifth, individually timed in 1:51.2

• Dreamfair Mesa // 60-1 — raced on May 16 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished second, individually timed in 1:53.4

• Flaherty // 60-1 — raced on May 20 at Westerrn Fair, finished first, timed in 1:54.4

• Bettor Memories // 65-1 — last raced on May 20 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished fifth, individually timed in 1:51.1

• Stonebridge Beach // 65-1 — raced on May 15 at Rideau Carleton Raceway, finished third, individually timed in 1:56.1

• Think On It // 65-1 — last raced on April 21 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished fourth, individually timed in 1:53.2

• Good Living // 65-1 — qualified on May 10 at Harrah’s Philadelphia, finished second, individually timed in 1:53.3; entered to race on May 23 at Mohegan Sun Pocono

• Dr J Hanover // 70-1 — last raced on May 16 at Yonkers, finished first in 1:57.1; entered to race on May 23 at Yonkers

• Lyons Snyder // 70-1 — last raced on May 22 at Mohegan Sun Pocono, finished first in 1:49.4

• Some Gold // 70-1 — last raced on May 16 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished fourth, individually timed in 1:54

• Max Is Back // 70-1 — last qualified on May 16 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished third, individually timed in 1:54.1; entered to race on May 23 at Mohawk

• Rock Power // 75-1 — last raced on May 21 at The Meadowlands, finished fourth, individually timed in 1:52.3

• Major Hill // 75-1 — last raced on May 19 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished second, individually timed in 1:52

• Sutton Seelster // 90-1 — raced on May 16 at Western Fair, finished first in 1:55.3

• Beast Mode // 100-1 — last raced on May 16 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished first in 1:53.3

• Brookdale Sonny // 100-1 — raced on May 16 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished first in 1:53.3

• Totally Great // 110-1 — last qualified on May 16 at Mohawk Racetrack, finished third, individually timed in 1:58.1; entered to race on May 23 at Mohawk

(Standardbred Canada)

Mohawk Fireworks, Family Night On Sat.

May 20, 2016 - Mohawk Racetrack’s annual May long weekend Fireworks and Family Fun Night is set to return this Saturday evening.

A fun-filled night of entertainment for all ages will rock the Campbellville oval Saturday.

Doors open to the Mohawk grandstand at 5 p.m. and fans will be welcomed to the facility by live music from singer Gillian Nicola. The Brian McIntyre Trio will be performing throughout the evening on the outdoor stage located at the east end of the grandstand.

Live racing will get underway 45 minutes earlier than usual, as there is a special first-race post time of 6:45 p.m. on Saturday. Fans will be able to enjoy ten dashes of some of the world’s finest harness racing.

The final race of the evening is scheduled for roughly 10 p.m. and the fantastic fireworks show is set for approximately 10:30 p.m. An LED show will entertain fans between the final race and the start of the fireworks.

There will be an abundance of entertainment options for families throughout the evening, including an exotic animal demonstration, decorate a horse cookie craft station, carnival and arcade games, a photo booth, glitter tattoo station and balloon twisting clowns.

The always popular strolling acts will be back and features an acro-contortion dancer, illusionist and stilt walker.

A special kid’s meal will be offered Saturday evening. The $5.99 meal includes a kid’s pizza or hot dog, juice, chips and a glow-in-the-dark wristband.

Racing fans will be able to enjoy live racing and coverage of Saturday’s Preakness Stakes. The second leg of the Triple Crown will be shown on the infield screen just prior to the evening’s first race.

(WEG)

(Standardbred Canada)

REMINDER: Saturday Post Time – 6:45PM

May 20, 2016 – Just a reminder that post time for Saturday night at Mohawk will be 6:45pm.  Also, the Mohawk track will be closed for training at 11am on Saturday.

Ontario Animal Health Network Update

May 20, 2016 - The Ontario Animal Health Network has issued an update on the health of horses in Ontario for the period dating January – March 2016.

The OAHN is a new program focusing on early disease detection in animals to identify trends in animal health issues and direct the appropriate action when necessary.

The program has created expert veterinary networks for each species or commodity. The Equine Expert Network is comprised of eight veterinarians with four representing the Ontario Veterinary College, OMAFRA, and the Animal Health Laboratory at the University of Guelph and four representing private practice from different geographical regions and disciplines.

Veterinarians who provide services to horse owners are surveyed quarterly about the diseases and issues seen in practice. Results from this survey, along with a summary of laboratory results, are discussed by the Network to detect important trends and emerging horse health issues. The overall goal of the network is to improve the health of the Ontario’s equine herd.

An update is available here.

(Standardbred Canada)

Jackpot Hi 5 Carryover To $280K

May 19, 2016 - Lindwood Beachgirl won as she pleased in the Thursday evening finale at Mohawk Racetrack, and her popular score forced yet another carryover for the track’s popular Jackpot Hi 5 wager.

Sent off at odds of 3-5, Lindwood Beachgirl prevailed over Killean Finale (58-1), Collective Wisdom (7-2), Queen Ideal (11-1) and In The Shadows (16-1).

The winning combination of 3-8-2-4-6 returned $8,140.90 for a $1 wager.

The Jackpot Hi 5 resumes in Race 12 during Friday evening’s card at Mohawk Racetrack. Click here for Friday’s past performance program.

To view results for Thursday’s card of harness racing, click the following link: Thursday Results – Mohawk Racetrack.

(Standardbred Canada)

Mohawk Draw Schedule Altered

May 16, 2016 - Officials in the race office at Mohawk Racetrack would like to remind horsepeople of an immediate change to the Mohawk draw schedule.

Effective Tuesday, May 17, the race office will conduct a double draw for Friday and Saturday cards each Tuesday. The double draw will remain in effect throughout the summer.

The Mohawk draw schedule, which is now in effect, is as follows.

• Draw Monday for Thursday
• Draw Tuesday for Friday
• Draw Tuesday for Saturday
• Draw Thursday for Monday

The entry box will close on each draw day at 10:30 a.m.

(With files from WEG)
(Standardbred Canada)

Jackpot Carryover Just Shy Of $230K

May 13, 2016 - Multiple winners nabbed Thursday’s Jackpot Hi 5 combination at Mohawk Racetrack, and as a result a massive carryover will spill into Friday evening’s final race at the Campbellville, Ont. oval.

Lindwood Beachgirl, who was sent off at odds of 5-2, captured Thursday’s finale in 1:54. Following her under the finish line were Itallaboutthebass (10-1), Queen Ideal (27-1), Rosy Outlook (2-1) and Kays Shadow (19-1).

The winning combination of 2-5-7-6-8 was worth $10,100.55 for a $1-based wager.

Earlier on the Thursday evening card a massive Pick-4 payout checked in with a return of $20,192.05 for a $1-based wager. The winning combination on the four-legged exotic offered on Races 4 thru 7 was 5-5-4-5.

To view results for Thursday’s card of harness racing, click the following link: Thursday Results – Mohawk Racetrack.

(Standardbred Canada)