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‘Amazing Feeling’: Trainer Mark Casse Reflects On Hall Of Fame Election

Trainer Mark Casse was one of seven new members elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame last week. Heading into this weekend’s racing, Casse has won 2,867 races from 17,840 starts in North America, according to Equibase. “It’s an amazing feeling,” said Casse. “Training horses is all I ever wanted to […]

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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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Woodbine To Mandate Wearing Of Masks, Face Coverings On Backstretch

Woodbine Entertainment announced today that effective Wednesday, May 13 all restricted personnel accessing its backstretch will be mandated to wear a mask or face covering as a further precautionary measure against COVID-19. The only exception to wearing a mask or face covering will be when a rider is actively breezing or actively galloping a horse, […]

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Woodbine Advocates For Historical Horse Racing To Aid Racing Industry Cashflow

Woodbine Entertainment, Ontario Racing and Racetracks of Canada have approached the Federal Government requesting the legalization of Historical Horse Racing (HHR) which would provide much needed financial relief to the Canadian horse industry without requiring government funding.  As a result of COVID-19, many sporting events including horse racing are no longer taking place across the […]

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Woodbine CEO Lawson Reveals Timeline For Reopening Racetrack

The faucet of racetracks making firmer plans for their spring and summer meets through the COVID-19 pandemic continues to open, and Woodbine is one of the latest to lay the groundwork for a return, as discussed by CEO Jim Lawson in the Toronto Sun. With 1,100 horses stabled on the backside, and strict protocols in […]

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Harness Racing’s North America Cup At Woodbine Postponed Indefinitely Due To COVID-19

Woodbine Entertainment announced today that the 37th running of the Pepsi North America Cup will be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, June 20. While a new date has not been confirmed, Woodbine Entertainment intends to host the North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park, subject to recommendations […]

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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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