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Woodbine, Mohawk announce 2008 stakes schedule

January 22, 2008

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Woodbine Entertainment Group has announced its lucrative 2008 Standardbred stakes schedule, which includes the 25th renewal of the $1.5 million(C) Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk. The stakes calendar, worth more than $20 million in stakes finals this year, is the richest on the continent.
The Pepsi North America Cup, WEG\'s signature harness race, will be held for just the second time at Mohawk on Saturday, June 14. The card will offer more than $3 million(C) in stakes action. Also featured are the $720,000 Fan Hanover Stakes, the $532,000 Elegantimage Stakes and the $335,000 Goodtimes Stakes.

WEG has two other seven-figure events slated for 2008. The $1 million Metro Pace is set for Saturday, August 30 and the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic on Saturday, September 13. Both races are at Mohawk.

The organization is also proud to host $1.5 million Breeders Crown for older trotters and pacers as part of the Metro Pace card, which includes the $780,000 She\'s A Great Lady Pace.

\"Once again we\'re pleased to offer what we believe is the finest stakes program in harness racing,\" said Bruce Murray, WEG\'s vice president of Standardbred racing. \"We sincerely appreciate the support that owners and trainers have shown in supporting these terrific events.\"

In addition to the \"Big Three\"\' stakes, Mohawk will play host to several other major events including the $750,000 Canadian Pacing Derby (Saturday, Aug. 16) and the $700,000 Maple Leaf Trot (Saturday, Sept. 20).

The $535,000 William Wellwood Memorial and the $575,000 Peaceful Way Stakes, formerly known as the Oakville, re-named in honor of the great champion, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 14, at Mohawk.

Both the $2.5 million Fall Four card (Saturday, Oct. 25) and the $2.4 million OSS Super Finals (Saturday, Nov. 15), will once again be contested at Woodbine. (WEG)

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