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Mohawk Million To Return In 2021

Published: October 27, 2020 10:18 am ET

Last Comment: October 27, 2020 4:39 pm ET | 2 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

After a successful inaugural edition, Woodbine Entertainment confirmed on Tuesday, October 27 that the Mohawk Million for two-year-old trotters will return in 2021.

“We were very pleased with the support and execution of the inaugural Mohawk Million,” said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. “It is important for us to continue evolving, and based on the results of the first Mohawk Million we’re confident that we can start to build a legacy for this race that can have an immediate impact on many aspects of our industry.”

The 2021 Mohawk Million will continue to follow a 'buy-in' formula with a few minor changes made to the conditions.

A total of nine slots will be available for purchase, with the cost of each slot reduced from $110,000 USD to $100,000 CAD. The tenth and final slot will again be awarded to the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial.

The purse for the 2021 Mohawk Million will be $1 million CAD.

'Team Determination,' who raced Donna Soprano and On A Streak in the inaugural Mohawk Million, has confirmed their intent to purchase a slot for the 2021 race.

“We are very pleased to support this initiative as it contributes to elevate our industry standards,” said Team Determination in a statement to Woodbine Entertainment. “It encourages all of us, as industry stakeholders, to lead the way in Canadian horse breeding to achieve world-class level.”

The deadline to purchase a slot is February 15, 2021 and $50,000 (CAD) will be required with the submission of a slot contract. The remaining $50,000 (CAD) is due June 1, 2021.

The inaugural Mohawk Million was recently contested on September 26. Venerate, a son of French stallion Love You, won the inaugural edition for owners Pinkse Stables and Andy Miller Stable. The connections of the Julie Miller-trained trotter negotiated a private deal to race Venerate in the slot of owner Brad Grant.

The date for the 2021 Mohawk Million will be confirmed and announced later this year.

(Woodbine Entertainment)

October 27, 2020 - 4:39 pmGord Brown, I agree with you,

Mike Mobley SAID...

Gord Brown, I agree with you, and I have a suggestion for future Mohawk Millions: How many of us would love to see Tall Dark Stranger come back and race again at age 4? Unfortunately, it's too late for that to happen, but there's a way we can make it happen for other top 3yo's in the future: The Mohawk Million is presently for 2yo male trotters. I can't see how a race in which nearly 1/3 of the horses broke stride gained the sport any new fans. Why not make The Mohawk Million a race for aged pacers instead? If there's a race on the calendar for older horses with a 7-figure purse, I think a lot of owners would think twice before sending their horse to the breeding shed at age 4. If the race is held in warm weather, perhaps in August after The Meadowlands shuts down, we could very possibly see a world record set for the fastest mile in harness racing history. Yes, Mohawk already has the Canadian Pacing Derby for older pacers, but it also already has The Wellwood for 2yo trotters. Which race attracts far more interest, The CPD or The Wellwood? If The Mohawk Million becomes a race for aged pacers, I think the sport would benefit tremendously.

October 27, 2020 - 12:11 pmWouldn't it be wise to have

Gord Brown SAID...

Wouldn't it be wise to have different ages and gait every year?

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