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WEG Signs Deal With TVG Jun 19 Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) has reached an agreement with TVG, America’s leading horseracing network, to broadcast both its thoroughbred and standardbred live racing products from Woodbine and Mohawk racetracks throughout the United States. As part of the deal, TVG will also offer online wagering on all WEG races through its Web site. “Woodbine offers very competitive racing with both breeds, offering large fields, payouts and purse structures which are very attractive to the American horseplayer,” said Sean Pinsonneault, Vice-President of Wagering Services. “The Woodbine racing products are recognized as being among the best in North America and TVG has proven to be a great spot to showcase them.” Broadcast coverage and online wagering for WEG racing will begin Friday, June 19. TVG customers will now have the opportunity to wager on the longest-continuously run stakes race in North America, the 150 year-old Queen’s Plate, as well as have a chance at the new $150,000 Turbo-charged Pick 6 announced earlier this week. There will be $150,000 added to the June 21st Pick 6 carryover with a guaranteed minimum carryover for the following Sundays of $150,000. TVG is the leading horse racing television network in the United States offering exclusive, live programming from the country’s premier thoroughbred, quarter horse and harness racetracks. In 2008 TVG accepted over $500 million in wagers, making it the largest advance wagering company in the U.S. TVG and were recently acquired by Betfair, the world’s largest, legal online wagering company. “WEG produces exceptional racing at some of the preeminent tracks in North America and we’re thrilled to reach an agreement with such a revered partner,” said Gerard Cunningham, president of Betfair US. “This agreement will allow TVG customers and horseracing fans across America to enjoy the best thoroughbred and standardbred racing in Canada.”

(The story courtesy of WEG marketing.)


Jamieson, Baillargeon Take Woodbine Titles
April 28, 2009, 12:20 pm
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Jamieson, Baillargeon Take Woodbine Titles

Jody Jamieson





Toronto, ON




He only has two starts to his credit, but an unbeaten three-year-old colt named Parlay has already turned some heads at Woodbine racetrack. 

The rookie son of Kadabra is scheduled to make his stakes debut in the Tie Silk Trotting Series this Thursday, April 9, and the morning line handicappers are laying even money odds that he will dominate his field of nine other three-year-olds.  

Ricky McPhee of Cambridge, Ontario trains and co-owns the precocious young trotter, who already has a speed mark of 1:56.4 and will be driven by Jack Moiseyev on Thursday night. To see whether Parlay lives up to his early promise, catch the $20,000 opening round of the Tie Silk series.

Race #4, Post Time 8:27p.m.

(From Karen Briggs/WEG Media – photo courtesy of New Image Media)

Driver beats odds after terrible crash – Robert Shepherd update
Robert Shepherd

Harness driver Robert Shepherd is comforted by Jodi Matheson in his hospital room in Toronto, Wednesday, March 11, 2009. Shepherd was in a harness racing accident and broke bones in his left leg. Aaron Harris/Toronto Star

Driver beats odds after terrible crash

The Comeback Kid!



Courtesy of Dover Downs and Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.— $1.7-million winner JM Vangogh rallied to win the $32,000 Open trot, Go Nano Go led from the start to win the $17,500 sub-feature trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday, March 11. Corey Callahan had a driving quadruple.

After a torrid head-to-head duel that consummated more than the last quarter mile, JM Vangogh came back after being head in mid stretch by Joey The Jet JT to notch a 1:55.2 victory in the top trot of the week. Corey Callahan drove the nine-year-old son of ill-fated Earl-Queen’s Tut to his first win of the year for owners Paul Chambers, his trainer, and Laurieta Mello. Tom Jackson guided Joey The Jet JT to a second with Twelve Seventeen and Jack Parker finishing third in the eight-horse field. JM Vangogh has now banked $1,794,327 in his career. The win was the fourth on the card for Callahan.

Eddie Davis Jr. drove J&E Stable’s Go Nano Go into the lead on the first turn and led the rest of a 1:56 mile to win the $17,500 sub-feature trot. Jon Win (Vic Kirby) shadowed the lead the rest of the way to finish second. Letmetellusumthin (Callahan) took a shot at the leader after the three quarters then held on to finish third. The win was the first of the year for the Janet Davis-conditioned Balanced Image-Cool Reins gelding now a career winner of $313,170.

There were 16 winners on the card. In the 15th race when Deborah And Barak (Tony Morgan) and Fire The Dragon (Roger Plante) could not be separated in the 1:56.3 photo finish. In a $15,500 Delaware 3,4&5-Year-Old pace, Deborah And Barak and Playland Place (Ross Wolfenden) dueled down the lane until the closing strides when Onery Inc’s Fire The Dragon culminated a strong stretch drive to fly up on the outside and deadheat with Michael Mammes’ Deborah And Barak for first place. Playland Place, a head back, had to settle for third.

Red Skull, a recent acquisition by owner Larry Baron, won for the second time for leading trainer Josh Green fashioning a 1:54.2 victory in a $13,000 3,4&5-Year-Old pace.  Sudden Interest (Vic Kirby) third under the wire, was placed second when Dream Job (Jon Roberts), second, was disqualified and placed out of the money, for interference entering the backstretch.  CJ Striker (Frank Milby) was placed third. .

Dirty Devil opened the card with a 1:53 victory in a $10,500 3,4&5-Year-Old pace. Owned by Dave Moffett, Dave Toomey and trainer Billy Moffett, the Real Artist-Ms. Eyes And Thighs sophomore gelding was driven to victory by George Dennis. Freedom Soldier (Jim Morand) came down the passing lane to finish second. Denim Hanover (Jon Roberts) cut out most of the mile held on for third.

Monday through Thursday, 4:30 p.m. is post time. Friday is a dark day. Saturday and Sunday racing starts at 5:30 p.m. There is no charge for admission or parking at Dover Downs. Reservations are suggested for the Winner’s Circle Restaurant. Call 302-674-4600.


The Three of Us
















From WEG Media


TORONTO, ON, Friday, March 6, 2009 – Mach Three daughter, The Three
Of Us, rebounded from defeat last week in the second leg of the Ontario
Girls Pacing series, to take the $54,500 final this evening at

Sent off as the betting third choice, The Three Of Us, with Mike Saftic
in the bike, tucked into the pocket spot behind a rocketing April Three
(Luc Ouellette) as the field got underway, but by the 3/8 marker Saftic
had made a move to reverse their positions, with Onehotvett (Jack
Moiseyev) a few lengths back in third. 

Having delivered a smart :27.3 third quarter, The Three Of Us found
herself under attack at the ¾ pole, as Windsong Experanza and Jody
Jamieson made their move, along with Paper Cut and Phil Hudon.
Meanwhile April Three ran out of steam and backed through the field,
causing traffic problems for several of the stalkers.  6-5 favourite, D
M Marion, who had been well off the pace in eighth through much of the
mile, finally got underway as the field entered the stretch but found
herself with too much ground to make up. 

The Three Of Us dug in and held off Windsong Experanza, crossing the
wire three and three-quarters lengths to the good in a new stakes record
time of 1:51.4, which was also a new best clocking for the Bob Young
trainee.  It was another six lengths back to Paper Cut in third, while D
M Marion was a distant fourth.

This was the third win in four starts this season for The Three Of Us,
who expanded her career bankroll past the $100,000 mark for owner Bruce
Davy of Brockville, Ontario.

Standardbred Weekly Podcast – Brett Sturman on handicaps and weather bias

Harness Link and Standardbred Weekly bring us excellent analysis on 1/2 mile racing versus 5/8 mile and larger track surfaces and various weather issues.

podcastBrett Sturman on handicaps and weather bias