October 4, 2015

Woodbine Fall-Winter Meet Underway

October 1, 2015 - Two-year-old trotter Moonlight Cocktail crossed the wire first in Thursday night’s opening race at Woodbine Racetrack to kick off the Fall-Winter meet.

Trained by John Bax, Moonlight Cocktail and driver Steve Byron stopped the timer in 2:00 to capture the $14,000 two-year-old trotting event.

The first race Thursday was not only the opening race of the meet, but also the first leg of the brand new Pick-5 wager.

A new addition to the Woodbine Standardbred wagering menu, the Pick-5 starts each evening in the first race and requires horseplayers to select the winner of the evening’s first five races. The wager features a $0.20 minimum and a 15 per cent takeout.

The inaugural Pick-5 Thursday generated a pool of $16,950 and a five out of five ticket returned $125.83 for a $0.20 wager.

Live harness racing will take place every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the Woodbine Fall-Winter meet. Post time is 7:25 p.m.


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

Turf Lounge To Close Its Doors

August 24, 2015 - On Monday, August 24, the Woodbine Entertainment Group announced that it is closing its Turf Lounge operation in downtown Toronto, effective Saturday, September 5.

Turf Lounge, located at 330 Bay Street, opened in 2003 with the objective of offering horse racing and off-track betting in the financial district in an upscale atmosphere while providing a fine dining experience.

“Turf Lounge was a concept that a great number of people worked hard to develop and sustain,” said Sean Pinsonneault, WEG’s chief operating officer. “We sincerely thank all of those individuals for their efforts and support over the last 12 years.”

The decision to close the restaurant was made after a careful deliberation of strategic priorities at WEG.

“Consistent with our evolving strategy and recent announcements, the focus is to continue building our world-class horse racing and entertainment business,” said Pinsonneault. “We are leveraging our tremendous assets and, with our aggressive expansion of the Champions network throughout the province and the strong customer appeal of our live racing products, wagering trends are exceeding our expectations.”

The release states that WEG is working with its loyal racing customers and will be offering an enhanced wagering experience at the Shoeless Joe’s Sports Grill, a Champions location at 276 King Street, just a short walk west from Turf Lounge. There will be expanded floor space dedicated to racing, and more terminals, televisions and racetracks available to watch and wager.

In addition, there are several other Champions Off-Track Betting locations in the downtown core, as well as the newly redesigned HPIbet internet and mobile offerings, ready to serve passionate racing fans. WEG will be working with them to ensure that they are comfortable exploring the other available options to continue playing their favourite tracks.

(With files from WEG)
(Standardbred Canada)

Woodbine Adds Two Directors

August 19, 2015 - On Wednesday, August 19, the Woodbine Entertainment Group announced that it has added two members to its Board of Directors.

Via release, WEG announced that Christine Magee, the co-founder of Sleep Country Canada, and Hugh Mitchell, the president and CEO of the Western Fair District in London, Ont., have joined its Board of Directors.

“Ms. Magee and Mr. Mitchell are tremendous additions to our board,” WEG Chairman of the Board Clay Horner was quoted as saying in the release.

“Christine has a strong track record in marketing and building an iconic brand, while Hugh is a broadly respected leader in horse racing and breeding circles. Both will be key figures in Woodbine Entertainment Group’s pursuit of a secure horse racing and breeding industry in Ontario in the short term and a thriving entity into the future.”

The contents of the release appear below.

Two Added To Woodbine Entertainment Group Board Of Directors

Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced the appointment of Ms. Christine Magee and Mr. Hugh Mitchell to its Board of Directors.

Ms. Magee is the co-founder of Sleep Country Canada, the largest retailer of mattresses in the country. She has spent the majority of her professional life effectively building Sleep Country Canada into a prominent, much-admired brand.

A community leader, Ms. Magee is a champion of the many charitable initiatives through Sleep Country Canada’s C.A.R.E. platform, including the Donated Bed Program, Give a Kid a Coat, Backpack for Kids. Ms. Magee is an active Mentor for the WXN (Women’s Executive Network) and Ivey School of Business and is working directly with Covenant House Toronto to support the newest awareness /intervention program for girls at risk.

In addition to her charitable work, Ms. Magee is on the Board of Directors of Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc., SiriusXM Canada, and Trillium Health Partners. Ms. Magee is also a member of the Mentoring Council of the Province of Ontario Innovation Fund, the Women’s President Organization, the Advisory Council for the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and recently appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.

Mr. Mitchell is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Western Fair District in London, Ontario.

Mr. Mitchell has served in many capacities in horse racing throughout his life including a term as WEG’s Senior Vice President of Racing from 1999 to 2003. He is the Chairman of the Board of Harness Tracks of America (HTA) and the past president of the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA).

Mr. Mitchell currently serves as President of Tourism London and is the Vice-Chair of Board of Governors at Fanshawe College. He is a past Director of both the London Chamber of Commerce and Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions.

“Ms. Magee and Mr. Mitchell are tremendous additions to our board,” said WEG Chairman of the Board, Mr. Clay Horner. “Christine has a strong track record in marketing and building an iconic brand, while Hugh is a broadly respected leader in horse racing and breeding circles. Both will be key figures in Woodbine Entertainment Group’s pursuit of a secure horse racing and breeding industry in Ontario in the short term and a thriving entity into the future.”

The appointments come at a vital time for the province’s horse racing industry.

“We will continue to work with the Government of Ontario on its plan to integrate horse racing into the province’s gaming strategy,” said WEG Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Jim Lawson. “We are committed to ensuring Woodbine Entertainment Group fulfills its mandate as a provider of high quality horse racing and strengthen our stature as a progressive, innovative, world-class sports and entertainment industry leader.”

(Standardbred Canada)


Nassagaweya, Eternal Camnation Drawn

August 18, 2015 - A strong group of juvenile pacers will arrive at Mohawk Racetrack this Saturday (August 22) to contest the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation Stakes.

The Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation serve as final preps for the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady Stakes eliminations on Saturday, August 29.

A total of 21 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings have been split into three $78,334 divisions of the Nassagaweya.

The first division features Ontario Sires Stakes standout Voracity (PP2, Randy Waples). The Tony Alagna trainee recently suffered his first defeat (by a nose), but brings a record of two wins from three starts into Saturday’s contest.

A son of Sportswriter, Voracity scored both of his victories in OSS Gold action and is the richest horse in this year’s Nassagaweya with $113,750 banked.

Also in the first split is the speedy Steve Elliott trainee Talk Show (PP1, Jack Moiseyev). The son of Art Major also has two wins from three starts and sports a mark of 1:52.1 taken in his career debut at The Meadowlands.

The second division features the undefeated colt Control The Moment (PP5, Randy Waples). The Brad Maxwell trainee will be making his first start since winning the Dream Maker Series final on August 3 and improving to a perfect four for four to start his career.

Control The Moment is a son of 2009 Pepsi North America Cup winner Well Said.

The third and final split will be highlighted by New Jersey Sires Stakes champion Ideal Rocky (PP1, Andrew McCarthy). The son of Rocknroll Hanover is trained by John Butenschoen and has a record of three wins from five starts for earnings of $75,000. Ideal Rocky won his most recent start on August 7 at the Meadowlands Racetrack in 1:52.4 with a :26.1 final quarter.

The Nassagaweya has an impressive list of past winners, including Artsplace, Presidential Ball, Real Desire, Mach Three, Sportswriter, Big Jim and Captaintreacherous. Artspeak, who won a division last year, went on to win the 2014 Metro Pace.

The Nassagaweya divisions will be contested as Races 2, 4 and 10 on Saturday’s 12-race card.

A group of 15 rookie pacing fillies have been split into two divisions of the Eternal Camnation Stakes.

The $110,631 first division will see a field of seven line up and features three OSS Gold winners.

Twin B Thong (PP1, Steve Condren), Thatsoveryverynice (PP3, Jody Jamieson) and Thisorthat Hanover (PP4, Randy Waples) have all tasted success at the top level locally and will look for their first Grand Circuit victory.

Blue Moon Stride (PP2, Andrew McCarthy), the New Jersey Sires Stakes champion, will also line up in the first split. The Mark Harder trainee enters the Eternal Camnation with a record of four wins from five starts and earnings of just under $110,000. Blue Moon Stride suffered her only loss in her career debut.

A field of eight will contest the $112,130 second division and the Bob McIntosh trainee L A Delight (PP5, Randy Waples) will put her five-race win streak on the line.

A daughter of Bettors Delight, L A Delight has built up an impressive resume with victories in two OSS Gold events and the final of the Whenuwishuponastar series. The McIntosh trainee, who suffered her only loss in her career debut, has compiled a bankroll of $105,080.

Similar to the Nassagaweya, the Eternal Camnation Stakes has a strong group of past winners, including last year’s Horse of the Year JK Shesalady.

The Eternal Camnation splits have been carded as Races 3 and 9.

Post time Saturday evening is 7:25 p.m.

To view the harness racing entries for Saturday at Summerside, click the following link:Saturday Entries – Mohawk Racetrack.

The full fields for the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation Stakes appear below.


Nassagaweya – Division 1 – Race 2

1. Talk Show (Art Major) – J. Moiseyev – S. Elliott
2. Voracity (Sportswriter) – Ra. Waples – T. Alagna
3. Heavymetal Hanover (Up The Credit) – M. Saftic – J. Darling
4. Blayde Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere) – S. Filion – T. O’Sullivan
5. Bottom Deals (American Ideal) – S. Condren – L. Toscano
6. Carter Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) – J. Jamieson – C. Jamieson
7. Adrian Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere) – L. Ouellette – W. Cass

Nassagaweya – Division 2 – Race 4

1. Rock Power (Rocknroll Hanover) – S. Filion – T. O’Sullivan
2. Inspiration View (Shadow Play) – A. McCarthy – M. Harder
3. Racing Hill (Roll With Joe) – Ra. Waples – T. Alagna
4. Manny (American Ideal) – J. Jamieson – H. Okusko Jr.
5. Control The Moment (Well Said) – Ra. Waples – B. Maxwell
6. Real Kid (Real Desire) – D. McNair – L. Ainsworth
7. American Passport (American Ideal) – J. Jamieson – T. Alagna

Nassagaweya – Division 3 – Race 10

1. Ideal Rocky (Rocknroll Hanover) – A. McCarthy – J. Butenschoen
2. Rodeo Rock (Rock N Roll Heaven) – Ra. Waples – D. Swick
3. Mindtrip (American Ideal) – J. Jamieson – T. Alagna
4. Sossys King Kong (Dragon Again) – D. McNair – R. Norman
5. The Catamount Kid (Well Said) – J. Jamieson – C. Jamieson
6. Cruise Patrol (Bettors Delight) – S. Filion – J. Takter
7. Max Is Back (Somebeachsomewhere) – P. MacDonell – P. MacDonell

Eternal Camnation – Division 1 – Race 3

1. Twin B Thong (Sportswriter) – S. Condren – C. Coleman
2. Blue Moon Stride (Rocknroll Hanover) – A. McCarthy – M. Harder
3. Thatsoveryverynice (Vintage Master) – J. Jamieson – T. Alagna
4. Thisorthat Hanover (Sportswriter) – Ra. Waples – J. Dean
5. Three Dreams (Mach Three) – J. MacDonald – J. Bamond Jr.
6. Betty Hill (Bettors Delight) – J. MacDonald – C. Auciello
7. JK Fannie (Rocknroll Hanover) – S. Filion – N. Johansson

Eternal Camnation – Division 2 – Race 9

1. Darlinonthebeach (Somebeachsomewhere) – S. Filion – N. Johansson
2. Peg (Dragon Again) – Ph. Hudon – J. Dean
3. Stonebridge Pearl (Mach Three) – TBA – G. McNair
4. Shes Lights Out (Somebeachsomewhere) – P. MacDonell – K. Sucee
5. L A Delight (Bettors Delight) – Ra. Waples – R. McIntosh
6. Keystone Paula (Bettors Delight) – S. Filion – E. Miller
7. Show Time Hill (Rocknroll Hanover) – Ra. Waples – T. Alagna
8. Bernadette (Big Jim) – J. Jamieson – M. Steacy

(Standardbred Canada)

Toronto To Craft Expansion Report

Published: March 25, 2015 -

On Wednesday, March 25, the City of Toronto’s executive committee voted in favour of allowing city manager Joseph P. Pennachetti to assemble a report in regard to a potential gaming expansion at Woodbine Racetrack.

The executive committee voted on the issue Wednesday after a motion had been tabledby Ward 1 Councillor Vincent Crisanti.

Toronto Mayor John Tory stated on Wednesday that he supports Crisanti’s motion asking for Pennachetti to prepare report for council by June 30. The mayor stated that the idea of expansion at Woodbine “is worth looking at” and that “there is obviously no secret plan” regarding expansion at the track. Additionally, city staffers stated on Wednesday that council’s official position on casino expansion at Woodbine would need to be firm by this fall in order for the process to align with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.’s gaming modernization schedule. When it is complete, the city’s report on the potential gaming expansion at Woodbine will be voted on by full council.

It was announced earlier this month that Mayor John Tory was open for renewed discussions regarding casino expansion at Woodbine, but only if the plans involve an entertainment destination. Mayor Tory’s office has made it clear throughout the process that expanded gaming at the Rexdale, Ont. raceway would have to be in conjunction with a much broader vision that would also drive economic development in the area.

The Woodbine Entertainment Group’s outgoing CEO, Nick Eaves, addressed the committee earlier in the day and outlined why it should be supporting an expanded gaming and an entertainment complex at the track.

“With these three points in mind – the motion applies to the Woodbine site only; there’s already significant gaming at Woodbine; and Woodbine is the employment anchor in one of the most economically-challenged areas of the city and is already a major entertainment centre – I ask you to support Woodbine, to support the horse-racing and breeding industry in this province, and to support the economic and employment benefits that Woodbine brings to Toronto,” Eaves said.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has also weighed in on the idea of expanded gaming at Woodbine, stating “The fact of the horse racing at Woodbine means to me that it’s a different situation (than introducing a new casino complex in downtown Toronto). There’s already gaming there. I’m very interested in seeing the integration of gaming including horse racing. I think that it makes some sense for city council to look at it again.”

Premier Wynne went on to reiterate that decisions on the expansion of gaming should be municipal decisions.

“We always maintained that the municipalities were going to make these decisions, that there wasn’t going to be an imposition of a casino,” said Wynne, who later stated, “having said that, I was surprised at the time of the vote around the downtown casino that the Woodbine casino was part of that. I saw them as different cases.”

(With files from the Toronto Star and CTV News)

Possible Woodbine Expansion Profiled

The possibility of casino and entertainment expansion at Woodbine Racetrack has been profiled in a piece by the Toronto Star.

It was announced last week that Toronto Mayor John Tory is open for renewed discussions regarding casino expansion at Woodbine Racetrack if the plans involve an entertainment destination.

In May of 2013, Toronto City Councillors voted 24-20 against gambling expansion at the Rexdale raceway. Last week, the Woodbine Entertainment Group’s outgoing CEO, Nick Eaves, was quoted as saying that WEG believes that “the way the issue was approached back in the spring 2013 was very much about the unpopular prospect of a casino downtown, and the Woodbine question didn’t get considered fully on its own merits.”

The Toronto Star’s profile piece on the possibility of expansion at Woodbine highlights some of the benefits that would come with the undertaking, but it also states that some people do not think that expansion is in the best interest of the area.

(With files from the Toronto Star)

(Standardbred Canada)

March 15 Stakes Payment Notice

SC’s March 15 Stakes Reminder

Standardbred Canada would like to remind owners/trainers that stakes payments are due on March 15, 2014.

Stakes payments can be paid with debit or credit card using SC Stakes Online. A video tutorial is available to help you get started.

Payment information and stake conditions can be viewed on the Online Stakes Guide by clicking here.

A generic stake form can be used to submit payments by mail. It can be located by clicking here.

Aged Sustaining Payments

• Prix d’Ete $1000

Three-Year-Old Sustaining Payments

• Canadian Breeders Championship $200

Two-Year-Old Sustaining Payments

• Atlantic Sires Stakes $100
• Bill Quigg $75
• Island Breeders Series $200
• Joe O’Brien Memorial $100
• Lady Slipper Pace/Trot $100
• Maritime Breeders $300
• Maritimer $125
• Nova Scotia Stake $100
• Williamson Memorial $100

Two-Year-Old Nomination Payments

• Blair Andrew Memorial $100 or $450 (see conditions for nomination fee details)

Horsemen paying the Atlantic Sires Stakes sustaining payment must also pay the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association membership fee of $50 per-owner per-year. If you have not already paid this fee in 2014, please remit it with your March 15 stakes payments.

Please mail and make cheques payable to:

Standardbred Canada – Stakes Department
2150 Meadowvale Blvd.
Mississauga, ON
L5N 6R6

If not paying by Interac (debit) or with a credit card via SC Stakes Online, please mail and make cheques payable to:

Standardbred Canada – Stakes Department
2150 Meadowvale Blvd.
Mississauga, ON
L5N 6R6

Since the due date falls on a weekend, envelopes must be clearly post-marked on or before Monday, March 17 to be accepted, despite inadequacies of the postal system.

For more information, contact Caren Brown-Stockwell, Stakes Coordinator, at 905-858-3060 (Ext. 258) orcbrown@standardbredcanada.ca.

OSS 2YO Payments Due March 15

Owners of Ontario Sires Stakes-eligible two-year-olds are reminded that March 15 is the deadline for the two-year-old OSS sustaining payment. However, since the 15th falls on a Saturday this year, payments postmarked by Monday, March 17 will be accepted.

Cheques should be made payable and mailed (registered mail is recommended) to:

Ontario Sires Stakes
10 Carlson Court, Suite 400
Toronto, ON
M9W 6L2

Payments can also be made in person at the ORC office at 10 Carlson Court, Suite 14, Toronto, Ont. up until 4 p.m. on Monday, March 17.

Anyone who did not receive the sustaining notice that was mailed mid-February, can download a blank form from the ‘Forms’ section of the OSS website or just print the horse’s name and tattoo number on the front of the cheque.

For more information please contact:

Karen Hauver
OSS Administration Coordinator
519 369-3545


WEG’s March 17 Stakes Payments Approaching

Nominations for Woodbine Entertainment Group’s major stakes events, including the $685,000 (Est.) Metro Pace, $630,000 (Est.) Canadian Pacing Derby and $550,000 (Est.) Maple Leaf Trot close Monday, March 1.

Also, three-year-old Ontario-sired fillies have a sustaining payment for the 2014 WEG SBOA stakes events.

Two-year-olds have sustaining payments due for the 2014 Champlain Open and Champlain Fillies, as well as sustaining payments to be eligible as three-year-olds to the 2015 Simcoe Open, Simcoe Fillies and SBOA.

If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than the said due date or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended.

To view all nomination forms, please click here.

To make an online nomination payment, please click here.


Prix D’Ete Nominations Due March 15

Nominations for the Prix D’Ete, the richest pacing event for four-year-olds in North America this year, are due by March 15.

The Prix D’Ete, sponsored by the Quebec Jockey Club, will be raced September 21 at Hippodrome 3R.

For complete information, click here.

(With files from the QJC)

PASS Payments Due March 15

The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission today reminded standardbred horse owners that 2014 Sire Stakes payments for two-year-old and three-year-old horses are due by March 15.

The first payment of $150 for the Pari Mutuel Division and $25 for the Fair Division is due for two-year-olds. A final payment of $500 for the Pari Mutuel Division is due for three-year-olds.

The Sire Stakes Sustaining Payment form is available at this link or by contacting Gary Heffner atgheffner@pa.gov.

For more information, visit agriculture.state.pa.us.


Changes To Ohio Sire Stakes – Payments Due March 15

After a presentation by program administrator Joe Crugnale during its monthly meeting in Columbus on January 23, the Ohio State Racing Commission approved the Ohio Sire Stakes program for 2014.

Crugnale told the commission it would be a year of change and growth, both in purses and participation. The biggest changes are the movement of the deadline to nominate from February 15 to March 15, and the elimination of the April 15 sustaining payment.

For further information, click here.

OBC, Delaware Open Series Payments Due March 15

The Delaware County Fair has announced a change to the payment schedules for the Ohio Breeders Championships and the Delaware Open series.

The $400,000 est. Ohio Breeders Championships now require a single $300 nomination payment due March 15, 2014 with no further sustaining payments required.

The single $300 payment replaces a pair of $200 payments required in previous years. The starting fee of $750 remains in effect.

The Delaware Open series is also going with the single $150 nominating payment due March 15, 2014. The starting fee for the Delaware Open series is $200.

“The landscape of Ohio racing is changing and we thought we should make some changes to the payment schedules as well,” noted Tom Wright, Director of Racing. “The Ohio owners have been very supportive of our race program and this change is a way to thank them for that support.”

The payment changes are in keeping with the recently announced changes to the Ohio Sires Stakes and the Ohio State Fair Stakes.

For information regarding the OBC or Delaware Open series, please contact Tom Wright, Director of Racing at 614-847-1948 or staking@littlebrownjug.com.

(Little Brown Jug)

Northfield Adds Multiple Claiming Series; Payments Due March 15

Northfield Park has announced the dates of six “Hard Rockin’ Claiming Series” set for this spring.

“These new late closers are just part of the increased opportunities offered here at Northfield,” said Dave Bianconi, Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting. “As our purses increase, we would like to fill more straight claiming races. These series will give claimers a real opportunity to race for solid purses in each leg and a big money final.”

Mondays (March 31, April 7 and April 14) will host the Hall Of Fame Series, for $8,000 claiming trotters, and The Legend Series, for $8,000 claiming pacers. Each of the three legs will carry purses of $6,500.

Tuesdays (April 1, April 8 and April 15) will offer the Icon Series for $4,000 claiming pacers. Each leg will be raced for a $4,000 purse.

Wednesdays (April 2, April 9 and April 16) highlight the Juke Box Hero Series, for $4,000 claiming trotters. Each of these legs will also carry a $4,000 purse.

Thursdays (April 3, April 10 and April 17) will feature the Diva Series, for fillies and mares $4,000 claiming pacers, offering purses of $4,000. Also on those nights, The Prima Donna Series, for fillies and mares $8,000 claiming pacers, will offer purses of $6,500.

The finals of all six series will be raced on Friday (April 25) on the undercard of the $100,000 (gtd) Courageous Lady, the first Grand Circuit stakes event of 2014 for three year-old filly pacers. The finals of The Hall of Fame, The Legend and The Prima Donna Series will carry purses of $20,000 (gtd). The Icon, The Juke Box Hero and The Diva Series finals will race for $15,000 (gtd).

A one-time $100 payment will be required of each entrant to be eligible. Payments are due by March 15. Exact conditions for the series are available here.

(Standardbred Canada)

Horseplayer Signup Expedited With HPI Mobile

On Tuesday, July 23 the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) announced that sign-up for HorsePlayer Interactive (HPI), WEG’s online account-wagering platform, is now available through smartphones and other mobile devices.

The sign-up process for new customers is now a simple three-step application which has been specifically designed for mobile platforms. New customers need only touch the ‘Join HPI’ button to get started.

“The response to our mobile HPI service has exceeded our expectations and the usage on it continues to grow, due to mobile devices with fast wireless networks being more available and affordable,” said Kevin Maharaj, WEG’s Senior Manager, HPI & Simulcast Development. “This new sign-up process will enhance the new customer experience on the site and will get them playing faster.”

HPI customers, both online and mobile, already benefit from being able to wager on over 200 tracks around the world, and having access to services such as live video streaming, replays, programs, account funding, results and the HPI Rewards program.

The HPI mobile site is accessible at HorsePlayerInteractive.com.


The Canadian Sportsman Provides Special Handicapping Section For North America Cup Program

The Canadian Sportsman, in conjunction with the Woodbine Entertainment Group is proud to present this special handicapping section which will be inserted in the race program for Saturday’s Pepsi North America Cup card at Mohawk Racetrack.

A pdf of the section has been posted on Pepsi North America Cup website and is available by clicking here.



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.