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Freezing Temperatures Force Hastings Racecourse To Move Meet Start Date

Opening day of the 2019 live racing season at Hastings Racecourse has been moved to Saturday, May 4 after an interruption of training schedules in February and March due to inclement weather. “Excessive February freezing temperatures in Vancouver limited our opportunities to train at Hastings,” said Darren MacDonald, Regional Director, BC Racing. “At the request […]

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Woodbine: Inner Turf Unveiling Kicks Off 2019 Season With $16 Million In Stakes Purses

Woodbine Entertainment has unveiled its stakes schedule for the 2019 Thoroughbred racing season highlighted by the prestigious $1 million Queen’s Plate and the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile, which will kick off Woodbine’s championship fall turf season. The grand opening of Woodbine’s new inner turf course this spring will add a new level of excitement […]

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Canadian Hall Of Fame Breeder Bill Graham Dies At Age 81

The Ontario horse racing community is mourning the loss of Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame member, Thoroughbred breeder, and builder William (Bill) Graham, who passed away on January 15. Mr. Graham was a successful construction entrepreneur who achieved great success within Thoroughbred racing including a Sovereign Award as Canada’s outstanding breeder in 2012. As […]

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Ontario Changes Horse Improvement Purse Distribution Between Thoroughbred, Standardbred

Ontario Racing (OR) today announced a reallocation of the Horse Improvement Program (HIP) purses between the Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing, commencing in April, 2019. The HIP program purse budget, worth approximately $25 million in 2018-19, will be redistributed 51% allocated to Thoroughbred racing and 49% allocated to Standardbred racing in 2019-20, 53% Thoroughbred/47% Standardbred in […]

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Tickets Now On Sale For 2019 Queen’s Plate Racing Festival, Set For June 28-29

Tickets are on sale now for the 2019 Queen’s Plate Racing Festival, which will run from Friday, June 28 to Saturday, June 29 at Woodbine Racetrack. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.ca for Canada’s premier horse racing festival, which culminates with the 160th running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate stakes race on June 29. The Queen’s […]

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Bloodlines: Flatter Will Get You… A 2-Year-Old Canadian Champion?

Could the hulking Claiborne Farm stallion Flatter, the sire of 50 stakes winners to date and a half-dozen winners of $1 million or more, be having a better year? Yes, but only a bit. If the stallion’s 2017 champion 3-year-old star West Coast had lived up to half-expectations, the massive son of A.P. Indy would […]

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Avie’s Flatter Tops Woodbine’s Coronation Futurity For Canadian-Bred Juveniles

Avie’s Flatter heads into the 115th running of $225,000 Coronation Futurity, set for Sunday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack, in top form for owner/breeder Ivan Dalos. A son of Flatter, Avie’s Flatter will look to deliver his connections the biggest win of his career in a significant race on the Woodbine Thoroughbred calendar for Canadian-foaled two-year-olds. […]

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Hastings Racecourse Changes Things Up For 2019 Season

More Friday Night Live cards and earlier start times on two of the biggest days of the year: these are two major changes to the 2019 live Thoroughbred racing schedule announced by Darren MacDonald, general manager, Hastings Racecourse & Director, BC Racing. “We’re excited about the adjustments” MacDonald said. “The 2019 season will encompass 52 live racing […]

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Code Warrior Hopes To Maximize Home Track Advantage In Ontario Fashion

Already a two-time Grade 3 stakes winner this year, Zilli Racing Stable’s Code Warrior is among a dozen distaffers set to contest this Sunday’s $125,000 Ontario Fashion Stakes (Grade 3) at Woodbine Racetrack.  Trained by Mike De Paulo, Code Warrior is back at Woodbine, where she won the Hendrie and Seaway Stakes earlier this year, […]

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Holding Gold Hopes For Firmer Ground In Grade 2 Nearctic

Holding Gold is back in town, hoping for firmer going in Saturday’s Grade 2 Nearctic at six furlongs on the turf course.  The $250,000 Nearctic, a six-furlong race for three-year-olds and upward, is the final leg of Woodbine’s inaugural three-race Turf Sprint Stakes series, which offers a $15,000 bonus to the owner and $10,000 to […]

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