Woodbine Entertainment

Woodbine Reveals Purse Increases For Both Overnight Races, Bonus Programs

Woodbine Entertainment is pleased to announce purse increases for its overnight and Ontario bonus programs effective for this year’s Thoroughbred season which begins on Saturday, April 18. The 2020 Woodbine meet features 133 race dates, 87 stakes and total purses of $61 million highlighted by three $1 million races including The Queen’s Plate (Saturday, June […]

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‘We Remain Very Optimistic’: Woodbine Announces Changes To Senior Leadership Team

Woodbine Entertainment announced today changes to its senior leadership team as part of a strategic re-alignment that positions the organization to best fulfill its mission in leading the growth and sustainability of the horse racing industry in Ontario. “Our industry and business have changed significantly over the last few years and this re-alignment of our […]

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Turfway Park, Woodbine Collaborate On All-Weather Winners Challenge Series

Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., and Woodbine Entertainment in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, have teamed up to create the All-Weather Winners Challenge series, with winners of designated stakes at each track earning automatic entry with nomination and entry fees paid to stakes across the border. The new series begins in 2020, with the first eligible winners […]

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Despite Challenges, Total Woodbine Wagering Surpasses $500 Million For Third Consecutive Year

Woodbine Entertainment has announced that the 2019 Thoroughbred meet produced an all-sources handle of $516,189,880.80 which is the second largest handle in its history and the third straight year it has exceeded half a billion dollars. The 131-date (two cancellations) meet included 1,212 races, 45 fewer than last year, which contributed to the all-sources handle […]

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Woodbine CEO Pledges Support For LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society

As a long time racehorse owner and CEO of Woodbine Entertainment, Jim Lawson knows how important it is to provide Ontario’s Thoroughbreds with a dignified retirement after their careers at the track are over. Lawson is a proud supporter of LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society, a charitable organization that evaluates and cares for retired racehorses and […]

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Woodbine Adjusts Post Time For Breeders’ Cup Friday Card

Woodbine Entertainment has announced a special post time for this Friday’s Thoroughbred racing program at Woodbine Racetrack. To avoid overlap with the Breeders’ Cup championship races from Santa Anita Park, Woodbine’s Friday, Nov. 1 race card will start earlier than usual with the first race set to go postward at 3:25 p.m. ET. First race […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: On The Surface, Woodbine Deserves Another Breeders’ Cup

It’s been 23 years since the Breeders’ Cup was held at Woodbine in Toronto, Canada, the first and only time the world championships were conducted outside of the United States. What I remember the most about that 1996 Breeders’ Cup was Alphabet Soup’s upset of Allen Paulson’s Cigar in the Classic, with Chris McCarron guiding […]

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Woodbine Launching ‘Power Pick 6,’ Featuring Low Takeout, Jackpot, 20-Cent Base

Woodbine Entertainment in Toronto, Canada, will launch a new wager called the Power Pick 6, featuring a low 15 per cent pari-mutuel takeout rate and 20-cent minimum, this Friday, Oct. 4. The Power Pick 6 is a Jackpot-style wager where horseplayers must pick the winners of six consecutive races on the program. The Jackpot proviso […]

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Woodbine To Test New Whip Rule, Allowing Only ‘Underhand Use’

As part of its ongoing commitment and leadership in the safety of horse racing, Woodbine Entertainment is proud to partner with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario (HBPA) and the Jockey’s Benevolent Association of Canada (JBAC) on the new urging rule test period at Woodbine […]

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