Thursday, April 02 2009


Safety first in new (old) starting gate


TORONTO, April 2 - Woodbine Entertainment Group has always believed that safety of horse and rider is paramount in the sport of Thoroughbred racing.

In 2007, the company installed Polytrack, a partially synthetic, all-weather surface at Woodbine. It was an important step in saluting that mandate.

The track's starting gate is also well-regarded by horsepeople across the continent for its high quality, durability and safety features for human and equine athletes.





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Wednesday, April 01 2009


Woodbine opener just days away


TORONTO, April 1 - The jockeys are ready to get a leg up and the trainers are set to saddle their horses, as the start of the 2009 Thoroughbred season at Woodbine draws ever closer.

The first step toward track announcer Dan Loiselle's first call of the campaign came on Wednesday when the track's Opening Day card, Saturday, April 4, was assembled with 88 horses scheduled to compete in 10 races.





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New season draws several new trainers to Woodbine


TORONTO, March 31 - The entry box for the first program of the 2009 Thoroughbred season will close in less than 24 hours and Woodbine racing secretary Steve Lym is excited to see the curtain rise on the new year.

If the strength of this past weekend's workout tabs is any indication, racing fans will have plenty from which to choose on Saturday's expected 10-race card.

Lym said a greater number of horses have been on the Woodbine backstretch for a longer time this Spring, perhaps explaining the frequency of morning time trials.





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Thursday, March 26 2009


Celebrate Community Day at Woodbine


TORONTO, March 26 - Woodbine Racetrack will host its annual Community Day on Saturday, April 4 starting at 11:00 am. This year the event coincides with the return of thoroughbred racing to the Toronto oval.

"These two events happening on the same day is a great fit for our organization," says Jane Holmes, Woodbine Entertainment Group's (WEG) Vice President of Corporate Affairs. "WEG is committed to being a leader within the horse racing industry, a good corporate citizen and a strong community partner. Community Day helps us demonstrate our commitment on one day, under one roof."





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Thursday, March 19 2009


Square Eddie tops Queen’s Plate Winterbook


Toronto, March 19 - Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Square Eddie was today installed as the early favourite for the 150th edition of the Queen's Plate.

Last year, Not Bourbon staved off a determined deep-stretch bid from Woodbine Oaks winner Ginger Brew to win the $600,000 winner's share of the Plate purse. The son of Not Impossible was 30-1 in the Winterbook.





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Thursday, March 12 2009


Woodbine main track open for business


TORONTO, March 12 - Woodbine's main track opened for training on Thursday morning, a key sign that the start of the 2009 thoroughbred season is just around the corner.

The 167-day meet opens in less than a month, on Saturday, April 4.

Since the backstretch opened in early February, training has taken place on the quarter-mile sand ring and the one-mile dirt training track.





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Friday, March 06 2009


Beckon set to make move to Woodbine


From the moment he embarked on his career as a jockey, Chad Beckon set his sights on making it a success story. Some six years later, the 28-year-old could be on track for his most memorable season.

Things haven’t always come easy for Beckon, son of the late Toronto-based jockey Dan Beckon.

Yet regardless of the hurdle, injuries or otherwise, he’s rarely not fashioning a big smile or sounding like a wide-eyed kid ready to take on the world.





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Tuesday, March 03 2009


Update on Monday’s Ontario Boys Series Final accident


Toronto, March 3, 2009 - Two drivers remain in hospital after the eight-horse accident that marred Monday night’s $55,400 Ontario Boys Pacing Series Final for four-year-olds at Woodbine Racetrack.

Veteran reinsman Roger Mayotte (driving Shiny Mach) and Robert Sheppard (in the sulky of Rust Belt) are in Etobicoke Hospital. Mayotte, native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, has three breaks in his right arm, a dislocated right shoulder and a hairline fracture in his pelvic bone. Sheppard reportedly has two broken bones in his left leg.





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Sunday, February 08 2009


Woodbine announces 2009 Thoroughbred stakes schedule


TORONTO, February 6 - Woodbine's 2009 Thoroughbred stakes schedule, released today by Woodbine Entertainment Group, spotlights 103 races, worth over $22 million in purses.

The 2009 season will feature an historic moment in the history of Canadian racing. The highly-anticipated Sunday, June 21 renewal of the Queen's Plate will mark the 150th consecutive edition of the grand race.





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Thursday, February 05 2009


‘JOCKEYS’ to premiere in Canada on Saturday


TORONTO, February 5 - Horse racing fans have an opportunity to see a side of thoroughbred racing they may have never seen before with the debut of ‘JOCKEYS,’ a 12-part docudrama that chronicles the lives and careers of seven riders, including Canadian champion Chantal Sutherland.

The show, which premieres in Canada on Saturday, February 7 at 9 p.m. ET on Animal Planet, will focus on the work and lives of jockeys Jon Court, Aaron Gryder, Mike Smith, Alex Solis, Kayla Stra, Joe Talamo and Sutherland.





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