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Woodbine Unveils Revised Stakes Schedule; Canadian International Cancelled For 2020

Woodbine Entertainment unveiled its revised stakes schedule for the 2020 Thoroughbred racing season which is now scheduled to open on Saturday, June 6 and will run through Sunday, December 13 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. The 2020 stakes program includes $13.8 million in purses across 75 stakes and features The Queen’s Plate (Saturday, September […]

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Woodbine Officially ‘On Track’ To Begin Racing On June 6

The return of live horse racing in the Province of Ontario just got one step closer. Earlier today, the Ontario government announced a framework to gradually reopen the Province in stages. Stage 1, which is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 19, allows for horse racing without spectators and physical distancing measures in place. “This […]

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Woodbine Targeting Resumption On June 13, But ‘Green Light’ Could See Racing As Early As June 6

Woodbine CEO Jim Lawson is targeting a return of live Thoroughbred racing on June 13, he told on-air personality Jason Portuondo on Tuesday’s online Stronger Together video session. However, the track could be ready to go as soon as Saturday, June 6, depending on government permission. “We’ve set a target date of June 13, but if […]

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Lawson ‘Optimistic’ Live Racing At Woodbine Will Return In June; Timed Workouts To Resume Soon

Woodbine CEO Jim Lawson sent out the following update on Wednesday, May 5: Late last week, the City of Toronto’s COVID-19 Task Force inspected the Woodbine backstretch. Not only did we pass the inspection, we were complimented for the protocols we have put in place. This is a result of a lot of hard work […]

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Woodbine CEO Lawson Hoping For Resumption Of Horse Racing In Mid-June Or July

Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson said he is hoping live racing will return to Ontario sometime in June or July, though he anticipates it will be without spectators. Lawson made the remarks Wednesday afternoon during an interactive question and answer webcast with horse people, hosted by Woodbine’s on-air personality Jason Portuondo. It was broadcast on […]

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Stronger Together: Woodbine To Host Live Q&A Session With CEO Lawson Wednesday

The Covid-19 pandemic has greatly impacted everything we do. From world economies to going to the store, everything is different right now. What’s the impact on horse racing at Woodbine? Due to the Provincial Declaration of Emergency, Woodbine has temporarily suspended the Standardbred season at Mohawk Park, postponed the start of the Thoroughbred season and […]

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28 Days: Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency Tightens Clenbuterol Restrictions

The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency on April 3 updated its medication elimination guidelines to further restrict the use of clenbuterol, a bronchodilator designed to treat airway obstruction in horses but now called “the most abused drug in our industry” by trainer Mark Casse, perennially the leading trainer at Woodbine and a member of the Canadian Hall […]

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2020 Queen’s Plate Officially Postponed; No New Date Announced

Woodbine Entertainment announced Wednesday that the 161st running of The Queen’s Plate will be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, June 27. While a new date has not been confirmed, Woodbine Entertainment intends to host The Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Racetrack this year, subject to recommendations and restrictions […]

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Woodbine Continues To Provide Stabling, Implements Additional Backstretch Restrictions

With the Government of Ontario extending the Declaration of Provincial Emergency and associated emergency measures due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, Woodbine Entertainment announced Tuesday that it remains committed to stabling horses on its backstretch for the purpose of providing them with the essential care they require. Businesses that provide for the health and welfare […]

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