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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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Could Ontario’s Racing Future Turn on Today’s Election?

The $1-million North America Cup at Mohawk Raceway on Saturday night is Canada’s richest harness race – and Tuesday at the draw for post positions, it felt like old times. The tables were set with white cloths. The chefs explained their delights. Smiles were everywhere. Yet there is gloom in the near distance, because horse […]

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Fort Erie Officials Call For Release of Audit Results

While a recent audit of Ontario’s slots-at-racetracks program looked bleak for Fort Erie Racetrack, it seems the track’s officials may not learn why they received a negative report. A report on the panel’s audit will not be disclosed to the public, according to Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath and Jim Thibert, CEO of the Fort […]

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Ontario Breeders Say Government Deal ‘Too Little, Too Late’

Although Woodbine Entertainment Group announced its support for the five-year plan handed down from a government panel on Friday, Standardbred breeders in Ontario say the deal is “too little, too late” to repair the damage to their businesses. After the end of the Slots At Racetrack program, many horsemen moved their operations elsewhere and while […]

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Ontario: Racing to Receive $400M from Provincial Government

The racing industry in Ontario will receive a $400 million cash infusion from the provincial government in a new plan set to be announced on Friday morning. The Toronto Star reports that Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will announce details of  the new “five-year partnership plan”, which is based on recommendations from the Horse Racing Industry […]

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