February 25, 2017

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.



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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


Mohawk Qualifiers Moved To Friday This Week

January 11, 2017 – Due to wet & mild conditions forecasted for Thursday, qualifiers will now move to Friday @ 4pm this week.


McNairs Shine On Boxing Day

December 26, 2016 – The father-son team of Gregg and Doug McNair was the star of the show on Monday’s abbreviated Boxing Day card at Woodbine Racetrack.

Mild temperatures and consistent rain took a toll on the racing surface throughout the card, which forced officials to cancel the final three races due to unsafe track conditions. However, the $35,400 Valedictory and $33,400 Niagara Series finals were both contested before the cancellation.

Senior K delivered a gritty effort to win the Valedictory final for Team McNair. The three-year-old gelded son of Bettors Delight shot off cover in the stretch and paced through the sloppy conditions to score a narrow victory by a head over Awesomeness in 1:54.3.

Owned by Keith Waples, Senior K now has three wins in 13 starts this season and increased his 2016 earnings to $50,650 with the Valedictory score. He paid $13.80 to win.

Senior K’s Valedictory victory added to a big day for the McNairs. Gregg McNair sent out three horses on the card and all three visited the winner’s circle, while Doug McNair recorded a driving grand slam by capturing four of the nine races contested.

The Niagara Series final for three-year-old pacing fillies saw Jimbelina complete a sweep of the series by scoring a four-length victory in Monday’s $33,400 final.

The Rene Bourassa trainee was fired out of the 10-hole and directly to the front by driver Sylvain Filion. It was lights out from there, as Jimbelina scooted around the sloppy oval for an easy 1:57 victory.

Owned by Roland Trudel, Jimbelina is now a 10-time winner this season following her Niagara victory. The Big Jim filly improved her record to 10 wins in 19 starts and her seasonal earnings to $70,580 with Monday’s score. Jimbelina paid $3.30 to win.

Three-year-olds that were non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of Oct. 31, 2016 were eligible for nomination to the Valedictory and Niagara Series.

Monday’s Boxing Day card was the final card of live racing at Woodbine for 2016. Live racing resumes Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

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

(With files from WEG)


Jackpot Hi-5 Mandatory Payout Friday

December 21, 2016 – Christmas will come early for horseplayers on Friday evening at Woodbine Racetrack in the form of a mandatory payout on the Jackpot Hi-5.

The Jackpot Hi-5, which requires horseplayers to select the top-five finishers in order, has a carryover of $548,396.96 heading into Friday’s mandatory payout.

The current Jackpot Hi-5 carryover has been growing since early-October at Mohawk Racetrack.

Horseplayers will have to get creative with their Hi-5 tickets, as the race office has put together a field of 12 overnight pacers for the mandatory event.

The last mandatory payout offered on the WEG Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 was on June 18, 2016 at Mohawk. On that evening, more than $1.2 million of new money was wagered into the Hi-5 pool, bringing the total pool to $1,694,983.

The 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 payout on June 18 was $1,307.60.

Mandatory payouts on the WEG Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 have generated total pools of more than $2 million on multiple occasions.

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.

A $2 million total pool is a strong possibility on Friday’s Jackpot Hi-5.

The Jackpot Hi-5 has a 20-cent minimum and a low takeout of 15 per cent.

The mandatory payout on the ‘Hi-5’ is Race 12 on Friday’s card. First-race post time is 7:30 p.m.

A free program for Friday’s card can be downloaded by clicking here.