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Woodbine’s Jim Lawson 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 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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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 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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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: The Future Of Woodbine?

This week’s Friday Show comes to you from Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, home of the 160th running of the prestigious Queen’s Plate on Saturday. Woodbine is a thriving location these days, with a business plan that includes a variety of compliments to Thoroughbred racing. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray […]

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Woodbine’s New Inner Turf Course Debuts Friday On Opening Of Queen’s Plate Racing Festival

Woodbine Entertainment is elevating its game when it comes to turf racing with the grand opening of its new inner turf course scheduled for the first day of the Queen’s Plate Racing Festival on Friday, June 28. Woodbine will host its first race on the brand new seven-furlong Kentucky Bluegrass course during the Friday afternoon […]

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‘Cornerstone’ Family Carries CEO’s Hopes In 2019 Queen’s Plate

The Queen’s Plate is always a significant occasion for Woodbine Entertainment Chief Executive Officer Jim Lawson because of its rich history, but this year will be more than just ceremonial for him because of a horse that has ties to his family and to Queen Elizabeth II. Federal Law, a horse Jim bred and then […]

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Gustav Schickedanz Dies; Bred And Owned Canadian Triple Crown Winner Wando

The horse racing community mourns the loss of Canadian Hall of Fame builder Gustav Schickedanz, who passed away on June 17. A very successful construction and development entrepreneur, Mr. Schickedanz was inducted into the Canadian Racing Hall of Fame in 2009 and received the E.P. Taylor Award of Merit recognizing life-long dedication and commitment to […]

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Woodbine, Ontario HBPA Finalize 4-Year Agreement

Woodbine Entertainment and the Horsemen’s Benevolent Protective Association Of Ontario (HBPA) jointly announced today that both parties have ratified the new four-year agreement that was agreed to in principle in December, 2018. The new deal, which runs through the 2022 season, increases guaranteed purses by $18 million and commits an additional $4 million in capital […]

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One To One: Q & A With Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson

Jim Lawson in 2015 was named chief executive officer of Woodbine Entertainment – Canada’s largest racetrack company, which owns and operates Woodbine near Toronto and Woodbine Mohawk Park, a harness track 30 miles to the west in Milton. Ontario. Prior to becoming CEO, he served as board chairman of Woodbine Entertainment. Lawson is also chairman […]

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