September 3, 2014

Changes To Mohawk Morning Schedule For Cup Week

Mohawk Racetrack would like to remind all horsemen that rookie qualifiers will occur this Friday, June 15, instead of Saturday, June 15 due to the Pepsi North America Cup.

For this week only, Mohawk will open its doors for horsemen Thursday morning for training between 7 a.m. until noon, as no training will be allowed on Friday.

Also, horsemen are advised that no training is allowed on mornings of baby races.

(WEG)

Thirty-five Still Eligible For $1 Million Pepsi North America Cup

The connections of 35 colts made the final May 15th sustaining payment to this year’s $1 million Pepsi North America Cup and remain eligible to North America’s richest race for pacers.

The one-mile pace for 3-year-olds, set for Mohawk Racetrack, is scheduled for Saturday, June 15.

Headlining the group is O’Brien Award winner and Metro Pace champion Captaintreacherous.

Rockin Amadeus ($449,607), who scored the upset victory in the last years Breeders Crown and Apprentice Hanover, who finished third in the Metro Pace, are also being pointed to the ‘Cup.’

Odds On Equuleus, who recently qualified for a third time, winning in 1:50.3, is also pointed to the ‘Cup.’

The Pepsi North America Cup eliminations, worth $50,000 each, are set for Saturday, June 8.

The list of nominees follows:

APPRENTICE HANOVER

BEACH MEMORIES

CAPTAINTREACHEROUS

CAPTIVE AUDIENCE

COUGAR HALL

DEDIS DRAGON

DOUBLE THE DRAGON

DOVUTO HANOVER

DRESS THE PART

EDDIE SWEAT

EVENIN OF PLEASURE

FOOL ME ONCE

GOOD DAY MATE

JOHNY ROCK

LEX VEGAS

LUCAN HANOVER

MACH PRIDE

MARTINI HANOVER

MOONLITEONTHEBEACH

ODDS ON EQUULEUS

RESISTANCE FUTILE

ROCKIN AMADEUS

SEE AND SKI

SOMEPLACE SPECIAL

SOURCE OF PRIDE

SOUTHWIND TERROR

SUNSHINE BEACH

SWEET TALKIN SATIN

TARPON HANOVER

TWILIGHT BONFIRE

UP UP AND OUT

URBANITE HANOVER

VARADERO HANOVER

VEGAS VACATION

WAKE UP PETER

Total Horses after the following payments:

May – 35

Apr 15 – 45

Mar 15 – 59

 

Pepsi North America Cup Website Relaunched For 2013

Woodbine Entertainment Group today (May 27) relaunched the official Pepsi North America Cup website.

All the information surrounding the 30th edition of the $1 million classic for the continent’s top three-year-old pacers, set for June 15 at Mohawk will be available at NorthAmericaCup.com.

Feature videos, news and notes, event details, promotions and history plus much more will be included on the website.

Last year’s Breeders Crown winner, Rockin Amadeus has emerged as a top contender for this year’s top prize.

Driven by Yannick Gingras, the son of Rocknroll Hanover scored a convincing win in his first start of the season. The bay got under the wire first in 1:49.4 at The Meadowlands on May 18 in his division of the New Jersey Sires Stakes.

“He was very good Saturday,” Gingras said. “[He was] a little bit lazy once he cleared, but then I kicked the ear plugs and he gave me another gear. He likes to chase horses, there’s no doubt about that, but he won in (1):49.4 and he was just playing out there.”

Trained by Jim Takter for owner/breeder Lothlorien, Rockin Amadeus holds a record of 4-3-1 from 11 career starts and $462,107 in earnings.

Also, the ‘Cup’ will be televised during a one-hour broadcast from 9-10 p.m. on Sportsnet’s The Score.

A joint production between WEG and Sportsnet will make the ‘Cup’ the first ever standardbred race that will be shot and aired live in high-definition (HD) in Canada.

First-race post time on Pepsi North America Cup night is 7:05 p.m.

To view the website and the feature video with Yannick Gingras, follow the link below.

www.NorthAmericaCup.com

Pepsi North America Cup Will Air in HD on The Score, June 15

Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) has signed a deal with Sportsnet to air the 30th edition of the Pepsi North America Cup, slated for Saturday, June 15 at Mohawk, on Sportsnet’s The Score.

The one-hour broadcast, a joint production of WEG and Sportsnet, is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. (EDT), with the race set for 9:42 p.m.

It will be the first time that a Standardbred race will be shot and aired live in high-definition (HD) in Canada.

The Cup, which carries a $1 million purse, spotlights the best three-year-old pacers on the continent.

“We are very pleased to partner with Sportsnet and have the Pepsi North America Cup aired in high-definition,” said Jamie Martin, WEG’s Executive Vice-President of Racing.  “Standardbred racing is an exciting sport and Mohawk – in its 50th year – is a terrific venue.  Both will really shine in HD.”

Eclipse Award winner Rob Platts will produce the show. Jason Portuondo will host, while Chad Rozema and Dawn Lupul will report on all the action and offer expert analysis. Ken Middleton Jr. will call the race.

The 84-date Mohawk meet, which kicks off Thursday, May 23, will offer racing Thursday through Saturday, and Mondays.  Post-time is 7:25 p.m.

First race post-time on Pepsi North America Cup night is 7:05 p.m.

(WEG)

Captain Treacherous Tops List Of 59 Nominated To Pepsi North America Cup, June 15 At Mohawk

On Thursday, April 4, the Woodbine Entertainment Group announced that 59 horses have been nominated to the 30th edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, Canada’s richest harness racing event.

The one-mile pace for three-year-olds, which will take place at Mohawk Racetrack, is scheduled for Saturday, June 15.

Headlining the 2013 crop of nominees is Captaintreacherous (eight wins and career earnings of $911,687), champion two-year-old in both Canada and the United States last year for trainer Tony Alagna.

The bay son of 2008 Pepsi North America Cup champion Somebeachsomewhere captured both the Metro Pace at Mohawk and the Woodrow Wilson at the Meadowlands Racetrack before finishing third in the Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack.

Rockin Amadeus, who delivered the ‘Crown’ upset, and Wake Up Peter, who finished second in the race, are also being pointed to the ‘Cup.’

Others named to the race that may be noted on a Top 10 list of contenders include Odds On Equuleus and Apprentice Hanover.

Two sustaining payments for the race are due on April 15 and May 15.

The Pepsi North America Cup eliminations, worth $50,000 each, are scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 8 at Mohawk.

The list of nominees follows:

APPRENTICE HANOVER

BEACH MEMORIES

BEAMER BLUE CHIP

BIG BAD GEORGE

BIGRISK

CAPTAINTREACHEROUS

CAPTIVE AUDIENCE

COUGAR HALL

CRAVEN THE BEACH

DEDIS DRAGON

DOUBLE THE DRAGON

DOVUTO HANOVER

DRESS THE PART

DUEL IN THE SUN

EDDIE SWEAT

EVENIN OF PLEASURE

FOOL ME ONCE

GOOD DAY MATE

HERE COMES SWIFTY

I C D MOOLAH

JOEYTHEWARHORSE

JOHNY ROCK

KG DRAGONATOR

LEX VEGAS

LUCAN HANOVER

LYONSPARKHAVENLAKE

MACH PRIDE

MANCHESTER

MARTINI HANOVER

MICA HANOVER

MOONLITEONTHEBEACH

OCCULT MASTER

ODDS ON EQUULEUS

OK FANTASTIC

ORILLIA JOE

RESISTANCE FUTILE

ROCKIN AMADEUS

ROCKIN ROMEO

ROCKNMYJEANS

ROWLOCK HANOVER

SANTA FE BEACHBOY

SEE AND SKI

SKY IS THE LIMIT

SMART IDEA

SOMEPLACE SPECIAL

SOURCE OF PRIDE

SOUTHWIND TERROR

SUNFIRE BLUE CHIP

SUNSHINE BEACH

SWEET TALKIN SATIN

TARPON HANOVER

TWILIGHT BONFIRE

UP UP AND OUT

URBANITE HANOVER

VARADERO HANOVER

VEGAS VACATION

WAKE UP PETER

WINDSUN CHEYENNE

ZARK

(WEG)

WEG Confirms Standardardbred Purses To Stay At Existing 2013 Levels

Coinciding with the Woodbine Entertainment Group’s Thursday, January 24 press conference regarding its agreement in principle with the Ontario Government’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs which ensures the continuation of live horse racing at Mohawk Racetrack and Woodbine Racetrack for the next two years, WEG has issued a release with some details for its planned racing activities for the near future.

Although the WEG release carries a headline of ‘Woodbine Announces 2013 Thoroughbred Racing Events Including Queen’s Plate’, the report does state that WEG will be making an application for a total of 183 standardbred race days at Woodbine (99 dates) and Mohawk (84 dates). The Canadian racing giant will also be applying for 133 thoroughbred racing days at Woodbine.

The WEG release did not make mention of whether the Mohawk backstretch will open or not, but it did state that the Woodbine backstretch will re-open on March 1.

In regard to standardbred purses on the WEG circuit, the release states that purses will continue at existing 2013 rates.

In terms of WEG’s major standardbred stakes events, not much is mentioned, outside of the fact that the Pepsi North America Cup for three-year-old pacers will take place at Mohawk Racetrack for the upcoming race season. There was no mention of the amounts of purses that will be offered for the NA Cup.

The contents of the WEG release appear below.


Woodbine Announces 2013 Thoroughbred Racing Events Including Queen’s Plate

Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today confirmed that it will once again be the home of the iconic Queen’s Plate as part of Woodbine’s 2013 thoroughbred racing season, which opens on April 20.

WEG will be making an application for 133 thoroughbred racing days at Woodbine, along with a total of 183 standardbred race days at Woodbine (99 dates) and Mohawk (84 dates).

The Woodbine backstretch will re-open on March 1.

The announcement followed a two-year transitional funding agreement reached this week with the government of Ontario, and an agreement-in-principle with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. over leases for continuing slots operations at Woodbine and Mohawk Racetracks.

“I am delighted that at long last, we have been able to provide our fans, industry partners and the horsemen and women of Ontario with more clarity about our 2013 schedule,” said Nick Eaves, President and CEO of Woodbine Entertainment Group. “We will continue to work hard to achieve an industry model that will sustain and grow our industry, and this sport, for the long haul.”

Major events for the upcoming racing season include:

    • The 154th running of the Queen’s Plate: The first jewel in Canada’s Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing and the longest continuously run stakes race in North America.
    • The Pattison Canadian International: Traditionally, competitors from all over the world have competed in Woodbine’s famed 1 1/2–mile turf classic and 2013 will be no different. All-time greats, including Secretariat, Youth, Chief Bearhart and Sulamani captured the autumn time event.
    • The Ricoh Woodbine Mile: Has featured star-stacked international fields of older horses including the 2012 edition, which spotlighted eventual multiple Eclipse Award-winning Horse of the Year, Wise Dan. Launched in 1997, the race is contested over Woodbine’s world-renowned E.P. Taylor Turf Course.
    • The Pepsi North America Cup (Mohawk): Staged for the first time in 1984, it has become one of the standards of excellence in harness racing. The continent’s finest three year-old pacers and dramatic finishes have factored into establishing the Pepsi North America Cup as a world-class sporting event.
    • Mohawk will also host the traditional standardbred Summer Meet from late spring through to the fall.

These agreements ensure the continuation of live horse racing at Woodbine and Mohawk Racetracks for the next two years. They take effect after the Slots-at-Racetracks program ends on March 31, 2013.

While the agreements will result in significant changes to WEG’s operating model, the average daily purses for thoroughbred will be comparable to those of 2012, and standardbred purses will be continue at existing 2013 rates.

“The uncertainty around racing this year has been very difficult,” said Sue Leslie, President of the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. “Confirmation of a 2013 racing season and a commitment to the long-term sustainability of horse racing is critical for horsemen.”

Eaves noted that while the agreements provide short-term stability, a long-term, sustainable model for WEG and the Ontario horse racing industry could only be achieved by integrating horse racing into the province’s overall gaming strategy. He added that a core element of that strategy must be permanent, expanded casinos at Woodbine and Mohawk Racetracks.


(Courtesy of Standardbred Canada)

Sweet Lou Tops Hopefuls For Pepsi North America Cup

The connections of 53 three-year-old pacing colts made the April 15
sustaining payment to this year’s $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup to
remain eligible to contest North America’s richest race for pacers.

Headlining this year’s talented group is Sweet Lou, who became the fastest
two-year-old in history with his 1:49 world-record performance in last year’s
Breeders Crown.

The son of Yankee Cruiser has lifetime earnings of $688,117 for trainer Ron
Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phillip
Collura.

The Pepsi North America Cup eliminations are set for Saturday, June 9, with
the final slated for Saturday, June 16 at Mohawk.

Remaining NA Cup Eligibles

A Rocknroll Dance
Aahm A Gesture
Adkins Hanover
Allstar
Legend
American Gi
Atta Boy Dan
Bettors Edge
Coach Cal
Cold
Hearted Shark
College Major
D Terminata
Dapper Dude
Easy
Again
Escape The News
Future Plans
Gable Blue Chip
Hillbilly
Hanover
Hope Blue Chip
Hurrikane Kingcole
I Fought Dalaw
I Like
Dreamin
Ideal Romance
Lucky Lime
Major Bombay
Mcerlean
Mel
Mara
Michaels Power
Mudslide
Mybrothergeorge
One Lucky
Dragon
Ontheclock Hanover
Pansational
Panther Hanover
Papa
Ray
Pet Rock
Private Jet
Racing
Rocky
Rockweiller
Secretsoftheknight
Shakerattlenrock
Simply
Business
Sing For Me George
Special Blend
Speed
Again
Spinarama
State Treasurer
Sweet Lou
Terrorist
Alert
Thinking Out Loud
Time To Roll
Warrawee Needy
Windsun
Cointreau
Zall Good