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Sovereign Award-Winning Trainer Dan Vella Joins Woodbine As Horse People Liason

Woodbine Entertainment has announced the addition of Sovereign Award and Queen’s Plate winning trainer Dan Vella as Horse People Liaison. Vella joins Woodbine in this new position following a training career that spanned several decades, compiling over 800 wins and $39 million in earnings. “Dan is a highly regarded figure on our backstretch that has […]

Woodbine Entertainment, Ontario HBPA Agree To New Two-Year Deal

Woodbine Entertainment and the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario (HBPA) jointly announced Friday that they have reached an agreement for a new two-year deal that commits to $62M in purses for the 2023 and 2024 Thoroughbred racing meets. The deal also includes a 133-race day meet in 2023, and 129 race dates in […]

Woodbine: Grade 1 Canadian International Returns At New Distance

One of the most beloved and iconic races on the Woodbine Thoroughbred calendar has a date in the 2023 starting gate. The news spread quickly on social media soon after Woodbine recently unveiled its lucrative stakes schedule for the upcoming season: the Grade 1 Canadian International has returned. Not run in 2022 due to challenges […]

LED The Way: Woodbine Mohawk Park Plans To Replace Track Lighting

Woodbine Mohawk Park has announced its plan to advance its current racetrack lighting system to a new, state-of-the-art LED lighting system that will provide horse people and fans with an exceptional new look and elevated racing experience. In keeping with its mandate to provide world-class racing complemented by a dedication to excellence and innovation as […]

‘This Is So Well Deserved’: Woodbine Unveils Pink Lloyd Stakes In Honor Of Eight-Time Sovereign Award Winner

The Ontario Jockey Club Stakes will now be known as Pink Lloyd Stakes, in recognition of one of Canada’s greatest all-time sprinters. The first edition of the Pink Lloyd, an Ontario-sired stakes for 4-year-olds and upward, contested at six furlongs over the Woodbine Tapeta, is set for Sunday, June 4, with a purse of $100,000. […]

Woodbine Unveils Stakes Schedule Worth Over $17 Million; Canadian International Returns For 2023

Woodbine Entertainment has unveiled the stakes schedule for the 2023 Thoroughbred racing season at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. The lucrative 2023 Thoroughbred stakes program will offer more than $17 million in purses, including 39 graded stakes, five Grade 1 events and two $1 million classics, The King’s Plate and Ricoh Woodbine Mile. “Highlighted by […]

On-Air Personality Chad Rozema Leaving Woodbine For Raceway Manager Role At Grand River Raceway

Woodbine Entertainment has announced that long-time on-air personality Chad Rozema will be leaving the organization to pursue a new opportunity. Rozema originally joined Woodbine in 2007 as a commentator for HPItv before becoming a main stay host and analyst for Woodbine’s Standardbred simulcast coverage. He also served as a backup race caller and has contributed […]

Woodbine Thoroughbred Meet Generates Largest All-Sources Handle In Track History

Woodbine Entertainment announced Wednesday that the 2022 Thoroughbred season produced an all-sources handle of $621,782,346, the largest single-season total in Woodbine history. ​ The $621 million total smashes the previous record of $533 million set in 2018. The 2022 Thoroughbred season was the first full season contested at Woodbine since the 2019 campaign. A total […]

Hall Of Fame Driver Randy Waples Joins Woodbine’s Broadcast Team

Woodbine Entertainment has announced the addition of Hall of Fame driver Randy Waples as a full-time on-air Racing Analyst. Waples, who was part of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame class of 2021, has driven the winners of 6,645 races and $131 million. Waples has won many of Woodbine’s marquee Standardbred races, including the […]