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Ontario Racing Task Force Unveils Financial Support Program For Standardbred Owners

Ontario Racing has announced financial support in line with existing race cancellation practices aimed at the Canadian province’s Standardbred horsepeople in light of the COVID-19 virus pandemic which has resulted in the cancellation of live Standardbred horse racing in Ontario. Financial relief, a total of $300 per horse, is being offered to those involved with […]

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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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Woodbine Closing Out 2019 Season With Biggest Card In Its History

This Sunday’s Thoroughbred card features 192 horses entered to compete in 16 races, making it the biggest card Woodbine Racetrack has held in its recent history. Post-time for Sunday’s card is 1:05 p.m. ET and will have an average field size of 12 horses. “Our race office has put together an exciting card with strong […]

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‘Nobody Does It By Yourself’: Woodbine Honors Retiring Jockey Da Silva

Six-time Sovereign Award-winning jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva, who is approaching the finish line of his successful racing career with plans to retire at the conclusion of the meet, was feted in a winner’s circle ceremony on Saturday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack. Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment, and Jonathan Zammit, VP of Thoroughbred Racing […]

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$500,000 Bonus Offered For Canadian Triple Crown Sweep

Woodbine Entertainment announced that the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) will be returning as the official partner and title sponsor of Canada’s Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing. As part of the partnership, OLG is offering a new $500,000 bonus for the winner of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown. The OLG Canadian Triple Crown for […]

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Woodbine, Ontario HBPA Announce Four-Year Deal Including $22 Million For Purses, Investment

Woodbine Entertainment and the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario (HBPA) jointly announced on Sunday that they have reached an agreement in principal for a new four-year racing deal which includes an increase of $22 million including guaranteed purses and capital investment in Thoroughbred racing. “Reaching this agreement in principal before the end of […]

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Woodbine Begins Laying Sod On New Inner Turf Course

Woodbine Entertainment celebrated an historic moment on Wednesday as the first section of sod was placed on the new inner turf course. The sod-laying ceremony took place on the front stretch after the first 250-foot section of turf was installed earlier in the day. Irwin Driedger, director of Thoroughbred racing surfaces & fleet, was joined […]

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Woodbine Reaccredited By NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Woodbine Racetrack in Rexdale, Ontario, near Toronto, has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance. Woodbine opened in 1956 bearing a name associated with racing in the area since 1874. The track opens its live Thoroughbred racing season Saturday for a 133-date meet that runs through Dec. 16. Meet highlights […]

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Woodbine, Japan Racing Association Partner On Race Exchange

Woodbine Entertainment and the Japan Racing Association have partnered on a race exchange sponsorship agreement for this year’s Grade 2 Canadian Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack and Paradise Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse. The $500,000 Paradise Stakes, Presented by Woodbine Entertainment, will be held on Sunday, June 24 at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan. Well-regarded horses such as Mitra and […]

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