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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.)






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)

Somebeachsomewhere 2008 Woodbine $300,000 OSS FINAL 1:50.3

This was the first time I had seen this race.  This was the Ontario Super Final and Somebeachsomewhere looked like he was racing against maidens.  Wow, what a horse.


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.

Woodbine accident update

Two Woodbine drivers remain hospitalized

Update On Woodbine Accident
March 3, 2009, 9:17 am
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Update On Woodbine Accident

Standardbred Canada brings us this update – “Trot Insider has learned that three drivers were sent to hospital following a horrible accident which occurred in Monday night’s Ontario Boys Pacing Series at Woodbine Racetrack.

Drivers Roger Mayotte and Robert Shepherd were taken to nearby hospital. Early reports indicate Mayotte suffered a broken shoulder, while Shepherd is believed to have a broken leg.

Mario Baillargeon was taken to a Milton hospital with an ankle injury. Chris Christoforou was shaken up in the accident and booked off the remainder of his drives. Rick Zeron competed in the next two races before booking off the remainder of his drives, as well.

The attending ORC vet, Dr. Jack McCall, indicated that all of the horses came out of the accident with no serious injuries. Many had cuts and scrapes, but that was the extent of the injuries.

Additional updates will be posted when more details are released on the condition of the various drivers.”


D M Marion



Attached photo of D M Marion courtesy New Image Media

WEG Media
TORONTO, ON, February 27, 2009 – A front-end trip proved too much for favourite The Three Of Us tonight at Woodbine, in the first of two $20,000 splits of the Ontario Girls Pacing Series second leg, as she let 9-2 choice D M Marion squeeze by in the stretch for the win.  

The Three Of Us, with Roger Mayotte at the controls, won the scrimmage for the early lead and took the short field through fractions of :28.0 and :57.4. Awesum Best (Rick Zeron) tucked into the pocket spot while D M Marion (Jason Brewer) bided her time in fourth.  At the 5/8 mile marker, Jody Jamieson moved Windsong Experanza up to challenge The Three Of Us on the outside, wearing the leader down and catching her in the final strides.  Both mares, however, failed to register the impressive late rush of D M Marion, who came two-wide to seize the win by two lengths, in a new lifetime best of 1:54.4.

It was the fourth consecutive victory for D M Marion and set the daughter of Rambaran up for a series sweep.  In a repeat of last week’s opener, Windsong Experanza was second, while The Three Of Us hung on for

D M Marion is a homebred four-year-old owned by the Glory B Stables and Connie Baker of London, and trained by Ronnie MacLean.   In the second of the two Ontario Girls splits, Slomotion used tactics befitting her name to outlast her competition and produce a wire-to-wire win in a relatively pedestrian 1:57.2.

Sylvain Filion sent Slomotion to the front off the gate with April Three and Jason Brewer quickly duelling for the lead.  By the :27.3 quarter pole, Slomotion had regained her front-end dominance, then backed up the pace by producing glacial middle fractions of :58.1 and 1:28.0, giving herself a valuable breather.  She fended off a confrontation from
Onehotvett (Jack Moiseyev) and held on for a three-quarter-length victory, with April Three grabbing the show spot.

Scott Barr trains the four-year-old daughter of Camotion, who is another homebred sent out by Mervin and Darlene Smith of Dorchester, Ontario.  This was her first win in four tries in 2009. 

The $53,000 final of the Ontario Girls series is slated for Friday, March 6 at Woodbine.