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 Considers Postponing June 27 Queen’s Plate

Following an announcement by Toronto Mayor John Tory that all of the Canadian city’s major events and festivals scheduled between now and June 30 are being cancelled, Woodbine Entertainment said it is evaluating the potential postponement of the Queen’s Plate, the country’s biggest and most important racing event, scheduled for June 27. A post on […]

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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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Woodbine To Postpone Start Of 2020 Thoroughbred Season; Training Not Permitted

Woodbine Entertainment announced today that it is postponing the start of the 2020 Thoroughbred season until further notice. The decision to postpone the start of the season was made following today’s news that the Government of Ontario is mandating that all non-essential businesses be closed by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24. This will limit […]

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Veteran Canadian Conditioner Laurie Silvera Dies

Woodbine Entertainment and the Canadian horse racing industry are mourning the loss of longtime Thoroughbred trainer Laurie Silvera, who passed away on March 2, 2020. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Silvera became a licensed Thoroughbred trainer in Canada in 1975. The graded stakes-winning conditioner earned more than 1,000 wins and nearly $26 million in purses throughout […]

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Woodbine Reveals Purse Increases For Both Overnight Races, Bonus Programs

Woodbine Entertainment is pleased to announce purse increases for its overnight and Ontario bonus programs effective for this year’s Thoroughbred season which begins on Saturday, April 18. The 2020 Woodbine meet features 133 race dates, 87 stakes and total purses of $61 million highlighted by three $1 million races including The Queen’s Plate (Saturday, June […]

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Ontario Racing Announces $5.89-Million Breeders Awards Program

Ontario Racing today announced its $5.89-million Thoroughbred Horse Improvement Program (TIP) Breeders Awards package for 2020-21, including a new Ontario Sired Reward of Excellence program. The TIP Breeders Awards program is meant to offer rewards to the breeders of best performing Ontario-bred horses at Woodbine and Fort Erie, the province’s two Thoroughbred racetracks. The distribution […]

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Additional Tickets Released For 2020 Queen’s Plate Festival

A wide selection of tickets is now on sale for the 2020 Queen’s Plate Festival, Canada’s unrivaled horse racing experience set for Saturday, June 27 at Woodbine Racetrack. The Queen’s Plate Festival will showcase the 161st running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate stakes race, the first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown for the […]

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