Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Toronto, ON – November 24, 2020 – Woodbine Entertainment confirmed this evening that it continues to have productive conversations with senior levels of the Government of Ontario regarding the possibility of being permitted to complete the 2020 Thoroughbred meet at Woodbine Racetrack.

As per the Grey (Lockdown) phase of the Government’s COVID-19 restrictions which went into effect on Monday, November 23 at 12:01 a.m., the stabling and training of horses is permitted at Woodbine Racetrack, but live horse racing is not.

Since being permitted to race without spectators in early June, Woodbine Entertainment has demonstrated that live racing poses no greater health risk to participants than training. Furthermore, it believes it has clearly demonstrated an ability to safely operate live racing without spectators during that time.

Based on the timing of these ongoing conversations, live racing on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 has been cancelled. Should Government make the decision that live racing is permitted to safely resume, Saturday, November 28 would be the earliest date. This would require entries to be submitted on Thursday morning.

Furthermore, if Woodbine Entertainment is permitted to complete the 2020 Thoroughbred meet, it will endeavour to reschedule the cancelled races.

Woodbine Entertainment will continue to provide updates as they become available.


About Woodbine Entertainment

Woodbine Entertainment is the largest horse racing operator in Canada offering world-class horse racing at both Woodbine (Toronto) and Woodbine Mohawk Park (Milton) racetracks. Woodbine Entertainment also operates off-track wagering through its Champions teletheatre network, which includes WEGZ Stadium Bar in Vaughan and Greenwood in the Beach area of Toronto. Remote wagering is also available to customers through HPIbet (formerly HorsePlayer Interactive), the company’s telephone, internet and mobile account wagering service, and Dark Horse, the company’s innovative wagering app that uses artificial intelligence to help users make smarter bets right out of the gate.

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Jamie Dykstra

Director, Communications



Jamie Dykstra

Woodbine Entertainment

Director, Communications & Content

O: 416-675-3993 x 3531

C: 647-400-6235