March 29, 2017

Jackpot Hi-5 Mandatory Payout Saturday

March 9, 2017 – Horseplayers can start studying immediately, as the draw is out for this Saturday’s (March 11) Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout race at Woodbine Racetrack.

A carryover of $578,231.58 is being brought into the Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout, which is offered on Race 10 this Saturday.

A 12-horse field has been put together for the Jackpot Hi-5 race. Overnight pacers meeting the conditions of Non-Winners of $10,500 last five or $18,000 last 10 will battle for an increased purse of $25,000.

All starters in Saturday’s Jackpot Hi-5 race will receive money. The winner of the race will receive 50 per cent of the purse, while horses finishing sixth through 12th will receive one per cent. The remainder of the purse will be split up as usual to the horses finishing second through fifth.

The current Jackpot Hi-5 carryover has been growing since the last mandatory payout on December 23.

On that evening, a carryover of $548,396 was brought into the mandatory payout and horseplayers wagered $2,081,441 of new money into the Jackpot Hi-5 pool.

Gregg McNair trainee The Rev won the Jackpot Hi-5 race on December 23 and once again will be competing in Saturday’s mandatory payout race, starting from Post 9. Dialamara (PP6) and Half A Billion (PP7) join The Rev as the only three horses from the most recent mandatory payout race to compete in Saturday’s event.

A $0.20 winning ticket on the December 23rd mandatory payout returned $4,842.70.

If previous mandatory payouts are any indication, a total pool well over $2 million is very likely on Saturday’s mandatory payout.

This Saturday will be the seventh major mandatory payout on WEG Standardbred racing since the Jackpot Hi-5 was introduced to the wagering menu in the fall of 2013.

An average of $1.7 million in new money has been wagered on each of the previous six major mandatory payouts.

The Jackpot Hi-5 requires horseplayers to select the top-five finishers in order. The minimum wager is $0.20, while the takeout is 15 per cent.

To view early program pages for Saturday’s card, click here.

Post time for Saturday’s card at Woodbine is 7:30 p.m.

Below is the field for Saturday’s Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout race.

Race 10 – Saturday, March 11 – Purse: $25,000

PP/Horse/Driver/Trainer

1. Machal Jordan (Roger Mayotte – Kenneth Switzer)
2. Casimir Overdrive (Doug McNair – Carmen Auciello)
3. Panedictine (Colin Kelly – Laurie Bako)
4. Single White Sock (James MacDonald – Ted MacDonnell)
5. Erle Dale N (Doug McNair – Ron Adams)
6. Dialamara (James MacDonald – Pat Fletcher)
7. Half A Billion (Louis Philippe Roy – Corey Giles)
8. Champagne Phil (Paul MacDonell – Dean Nixon)
9. The Rev (Doug McNair – Gregg McNair)
10. Mach On The Beach (Louis Philippe Roy – Richard Moreau)
11. Darcee N (Travis Cullen – Travis Cullen)
12. Bank Shot Hanover (Trevor Henry – Victor Puddy)

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Jackpot Hi-5 Mandatory Payout Date

March 1, 2017 – The Woodbine Entertainment Group has announced a mandatory payout date of Saturday, March 11 for the current Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5.

Horseplayers will have three more opportunities to wager on the Woodbine Racetrack Jackpot Hi-5, which currently has a carryover of $476,469, before the wager is suspended following this Saturday’s card (March 4) in preparation for the mandatory payout.

The current Jackpot Hi-5 carryover has been growing since January 7, which was the first card to offer Hi-5 wagering following a mandatory payout on December 23.

The most recent mandatory payout (December 23) had more than $2 million of new money wagered into the pool, which featured a carryover of $548,396, to create a total pool of $2.6 million.

A winning 20-cent ticket on the December 23 Jackpot Hi-5 returned $4,842.70.

The December 23 mandatory payout was not the first time the total pool exceeded $2 million.

A mandatory payout on October 24, 2015 at Woodbine generated a total pool of more than $2.2 million, with $1.6 million of new money wagered into the Hi-5 that evening. The 20-cent payout was $12,746.60

On August 30, 2014 at Mohawk, the Jackpot Hi-5 total pool was $2.5 million, while a mandatory payout on May 17, 2014 at Woodbine had a total pool of $2 million.

The Jackpot Hi-5 requires horseplayers to select the top-five finishers in order and features a $0.20 minimum wager with a 15 per cent takeout.

More details regarding the mandatory payout on March 11 will be distributed following this Saturday’s card. Post time for live racing Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Woodbine is 7:30 p.m.

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HPItv To Remain In TV Lineup

February 27, 2017 – On Monday, February 27, the Woodbine Entertainment Group announced that HPItv, the Woodbine Entertainment Group’s CRTC licensed digital television channel, will remain on the air.

“After receiving feedback from horseplayers and racing fans expressing their desire to find a way to keep the channel on the air, we started to explore more alternative solutions,” said Sean Pinsonneault, WEG’s executive vice-president of strategy and wagering. “We believe we have come up with a practical solution that will work and as a result, have decided to continue with the main HPItv channel without disruption under an exciting new model.”

Last month, WEG announced plans to shut down the HPItv multi-track channel in April.

A new version of HPItv will launch on March 1, 2017. The live feed of up to four tracks will be displayed simultaneously on a new quad-split screen format throughout the racing day and evening. The audio will be offered on race calls.

“HPItv’s new quad display, which will provide a teletheatre style view of the racetracks, has received positive feedback when tested with customers,” said Pinsonneault.

Fans can continue to enjoy one track at a time via HPItv’s Pay-Per-View (PPV) channels, HPItv Canada, HPItv International and HPItv West, on select cable and satellite platforms, while the odds channel, which offers similar betting information as the multi-track channel, will go off the air on May 1.

WEG has been broadcasting racing to homes across Canada though HPItv and its predecessor, The Racing Network (TRN), since 2001.

“We have had to be strategic in addressing the economic realities of this, but our customers have been reasonable and clearly just want HPItv to remain in their TV lineup,” said Pinsonneault. “We believe we have found a practical solution that meets the core needs of our players and we’re excited to launch the fresh look and technologies of our new format.”

HPIbet.com, WEG’s online betting platform, will continue to service all of the wagering and handicapping needs for customers using HPItv at home.

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WEG Stakes Noms Due Wednesday

February 13 – The due date for nominations to all Woodbine Entertainment Group’s (WEG) stakes events in 2017 is this Wednesday (February 15).

WEG has moved to an across-the-board closing date of February 15 for all stakes in 2017.

The new format has pushed the closing date up to February 15 for WEG’s signature two-year-old stakes (Metro Pace, Shes A Great Lady, Wellwood Memorial, Peaceful Way) and older horse stakes (Canadian Pacing Derby, Maple Leaf Trot, Roses Are Red, Milton, Armbro Flight).

Nominations are also due on February 15 for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup for three-year-old pacers. North America’s richest race for pacers will take place on Saturday, June 17 at Mohawk Racetrack.

Other events to require nominations by February 15 include the $650,000 Canadian Trotting Classic (three-year-olds), $400,000 Elegantimage (three-year-old trotting fillies), $400,000 Fan Hanover (three-year-old pacing fillies), $265,000 Goodtimes (three-year-old trotters), $160,000 Casual Breeze (three-year-old trotting fillies) and the $130,000 Somebeachsomewhere (three-year-old pacers).

Sustaining payments are also due Wednesday for this year’s Simcoe and SBOA Stakes.

A fee of $500 ($360 USD) is due Wednesday to keep three-year-olds (foals of 2014) eligible to this year’s Simcoe Open and Simcoe Filly Stakes. The SBOA Stakes for Ontario Sired three-year-old fillies requires a sustaining payment of $300 ($215).

To view the sustaining payment information, click here.

Similar to recent years, WEG continues to handle all administration duties for Alliance racetrack stakes.

Nominations are due on February 15 for Grand Rivers Raceway’s Battle of Waterloo and Battle of the Belles (Ontario Sired two-year-old pacers), Flamboro Downs’ Confederation Cup (four-year-old pacers), Clinton Raceway’s Kin Pace (Ontario Sired three-year-old pacing fillies) and Hanover Raceway’s Dream of Glory (Ontario Sired three-year-old trotters) and Balanced Image (Ontario Sired two-year-old trotters).

The nomination form for all the events closing on February 15 can be viewed by clicking here.

Nomination fees for all events can be paid online by clicking here.

If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than February 15, 2017 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended.

All inquires regarding the February 15 closing date can be directed to the Mohawk Racetrack race office, 905-854-7805.

Stakes payments to these stakes can also be made through SC Stakes Online. Click here for more info on how to get started.

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No Woodbine Training This Saturday

February 10, 2017 – The Mohawk Racetrack race office would like to inform horsepeople of a change to the training schedule at Woodbine.

Due to poor weather conditions in the Greater Toronto Area, training has been cancelled for Saturday (February 11) at Woodbine Racetrack.

The next training day is scheduled for Saturday, February 18.

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Jackpot Hi 5 Carryover Soars To $208K

February 9, 2017 – The Jackpot Hi 5 carryover has climbed to over $200,000 after the popular Casimir Overdrive came through with a front-stepping score in Thursday’s finale at Woodbine Racetrack.

Sent off as the 8-5 favourite, the Victory Puddy trainee and driver Trevor Henry staved off late pressure to win for the favourite players. Casimir Overdrive defeated Highpoint Chip (9-2), Sierra Madre (8-1), Two Of Clubs (11-1) and House Of Terror (5-1).

Multiple winning tickets were sold on the combination of 8-1-5-6-7, with the $1-based ticket returning $1,102.95. The exact carryover number going info Friday evening’s Jackpot Hi 5 wager is $208,464.85.

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

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Woodbine Changes Training Schedule

The Mohawk Racetrack race office would like to inform horsepeople of a change to the current training schedule for the month of February at Woodbine Racetrack.

Starting next week, training will no longer be available at Woodbine on Tuesday mornings in February, but instead will be available on Saturday mornings.

The racing surface and paddock will be available each Saturday morning during the month of February (starting February 11) from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

An update with the training schedule for the month of March will be issued later in the month.

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No Woodbine Training This Week

January 23, 2017 – The Mohawk Racetrack race office would like to inform horsepeople that there will be no training available at Woodbine Racetrack this week.

Training is not available on Tuesday morning or prior to the races this week at Woodbine.

Due to mild January temperatures and rain, the decision was made to postpone training for a week and allow the track crew an opportunity to perform maintenance on the racing surface.

Training will be available at Woodbine on Tuesday, January 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Modern Legend A Millionaire

January 14, 2017 – Modern Legend became harness racing’s newest millionaire with a victory in the $34,000 Preferred Pace on Saturday night (January 14) at Woodbine Racetrack.

Rebounding from a fifth-place finish in his 2017 debut last week, Modern Legend prevailed off cover as the post time favourite in rein to James MacDonald and survived a judge’s inquiry.

American Virgin (Doug McNair) left from the outside post position for the lead over insider Alexas Jackpot (Sylvain Filion), with Nirvana Seelster (Rick Zeron) parked to the turn before settling into third.

American Virgin sprinted the first quarter in :26 and proceeded to the half in :55.2. Meanwhile, 52-1 longshot Company Man (Louis Philippe Roy) went first-up from mid-pack, with Modern Legend following to the outside second-over and the oncoming Prescotts Hope (Phil Hudon) moved three-wide.

American Virgin continued to lead the field of seven past three-quarters in 1:23.2, but Modern Legend rallied off cover down the stretch to defeat the pacesetter by a neck in 1:50.4. Company Man finished over two lengths behind in third with Nickle Bag (Jody Jamieson) closing from the back of the pack for fourth. Prescotts Hope completed the top five finish order.

Following the race, there was a judges’ inquiry into whether Modern Legend had sufficient clearance when tipping outside approaching the half. Judges ruled there were no violations of the rules of racing and the results were made official.

In a special winner’s circle presentation, Modern Legend and his owner, trainer and breeder, Dave Drew, of Grimsby, Ont., were honoured for the career milestone.

The millionaire son of Modern Art and Ruby Cam has won 23 races from 71 starts lifetime, including the 2014 Canadian Pacing Derby in a career-best 1:47.2 at Mohawk Racetrack as part of an O’Brien Award-winning campaign that year.

After a shortened 2015 season and being sidelined for more than 18 months, Modern Legend won his return race on December 17 in sub-1:50 fashion against Woodbine’s Preferred pacers. Despite a fifth-place finish in his next outing on January 7, the betting public maintained their faith in the talented nine-year-old gelding, who returned $5.80 to win on Saturday night as the 9-5 favourite.

To view Saturday’s harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results – Woodbine Racetrack.

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Woodbine Cancels Thursday Card

Due to deteriorating track conditions caused by rain and mild temperatures, the Woodbine Entertainment Group has cancelled tonight’s (January 12) card of live harness racing at Woodbine Racetrack.

Live racing will resume on Friday (January 13) evening at 7:30 p.m. with qualifiers scheduled to take place earlier in the day at 4 p.m.

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