North American Cup Night Proves Interest In Ontario Harness Racing Growing

The 2015 Pepsi North America Cup not only set a Canadian record on the track, it was also the highlight of a record-setting evening Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack.

A handle of $4,292,777 on Saturday’s 15-race card broke the previous North America Cup card handle record of $3,820,598 set in 2005 at Woodbine. Saturday night’s wager was up 24.9 per cent over the all source wager of $3,437,076 in 2014.

A total of $681,716 was wagered on the Pepsi North America Cup race, a 43.8 per cent increase over the race handle on the 2014 edition.

On track, Mohawk Racetrack was packed from wall to wall with an attendance of approximately 12,000 people, which helped elevate the on track handle 20.6 per cent in comparison to last year’s Cup.

Wakizashi Hanover’s victory in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup was also a Canadian record for a three-year-old pacing gelding on a seven-eighths mile track, one tick better than Michaels Power’s 1:48.1 mark.

Fans and horseplayers were entertained all evening with a fantastic card of harness racing, live music, food trucks and giveaways.

The hashtag #NACup was a top trend on social media in the Toronto area Saturday evening and was also trending across Canada.

Live harness racing continues at Mohawk every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday all summer long. Post time each night is 7:25 p.m.

(Standardbred Canada with files from WEG)

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