Vella will be a point of contact for owners and trainers relating to race conditions, backstretch maintenance, and more.
A new two-year deal commits to $62M in purses for the 2023-2024 thoroughbred racing meets; season set to open on April 22.
Not run in 2022 due to pandemic issues, the 84th International will take place on Sunday, Oct. 8, at a new distance of a mile and a quarter.
In recognition of Canada's great Sovereign Award-winning sprinter, the renamed $100,000 race will be run on Sunday, June 4 at Woodbine.
Canadian horsepeople look forward to spring as the backstretches open; Moon Landing moves to the top of the charts for the King's Plate.
In this week’s report, trainer Minshall and jock Carroll speak about 2022 and their hopes for the upcoming 2023 Woodbine season.
Saturday at Woodbine will determine if Hal can keep the winning ball rolling, plus a large field contests the Glorious Song.
Emma-Jayne Wilson guided the Mark Casse trainee to victory – the gelding's third in as many outings at Woodbine.
The 85th edition of the 1 1/16-mile event for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds runs over the E.P. Taylor Turf Course.
Moira headlines the international list of 23 fillies and mares for the Grade 1 event October 8 at Woodbine Racetrack.
Sunday's $150,000 feature race at Woodbine has attracted a field of nine for the 6-furlong main track sprint.
A pair of Ontario-sired stakes for two-year-olds, the Bull Page and Victorian Queen, are featured on Woodbine's Saturday card.
This marks the 9th time that trainer Roger Attfield has won this event, thanks to a brilliant ride by Emma-Jayne Wilson.
Gail Cox sends out the Sam-Son duo of Whimsical Dance and Swoop to Finish to meet four rivals on Sunday at Woodbine.
Ontario-sired and bred Lorena adds another stake win and Treason powers to stunning win with 101 Beyer figure after one year layoff.
“He just needs a little luck” says trainer Rodney Barrow of the chestnut's chances after a couple of tough trips.
The daughter of Silent Name bred, co-owned and trained by Shelley Fitzgerald, will test the stakes waters for the first time on Sunday.
The Elgin, Algoma, Muskoka, and Simcoe Stakes showcase Canadian-bred sale graduates ahead of the CTHS yearling sale on August 31.
The new standings show the Mark Casse-trained Irish-bred on top with just one race to go, the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes on October 8.
The King Edward and Canadian Stakes were on the Queen's Plate undercard at Woodbine and didn't lack in the excitement factor.
The Soaring Free for colts and Catch a Glimpse Stakes for fillies are featured on Saturday's card at Woodbine.
Carrothers makes his Canadian debut in the Grade 3 Seagram Cup, while five fillies will chase top prize the Bison City Stakes.
The Grade 3 Bold Venture and Trillium Stakes featuring $150,000 purses have attracted some impressive rivals.
The Sam-Son Farm homebred trained by Gail Cox will take on nine rivals in the Grade 3 event at Woodbine on Saturday.
The Breeders' Stakes-winning son of English Channel will take on 10 rivals, including Mighty Heart, in the Niagara Stakes.
The veteran jockey, whose career spans 35 years, is the 2022 recipient of the award named for one of the sport’s most successful riders.
Sunday's Ballade Stakes will include a homebred daughter of Court Vision with an interesting connection between baseball and horse racing.
Woodbine Entertainment has teamed up with You Can Play to increase inclusion of 2SLGBTQ+ athletes, administrators, horse people and fans.
The Backstretch Baseball Tournament takes place on Monday, June 20, to raise money for the injured jockey's road to recovery.
The well-known shipper and equine ambulance driver received an Industry Service Award trophy and a race named in his honour.
Eight hopefuls will meet on Saturday in this key prep for the July 24th $500,000 feature at Woodbine Racetrack.
Selection is based off stats, wins, notable accomplishments and milestones; this month Arzak, Josie Carroll and Kazushi Kimura get the nod.
Meet the equine stars of Woodbine Racetrack: this week, Rondure, who broke his maiden in style on May 14, steps into the spotlight.
The daughter of Munnings arrives at the 1 1/16-mile main track Belle Mahone on a two-race win streak and with a Sovereign Award crown.
The Woodbine series consists of three premier turf races for fillies and mares plus a $250,000 bonus for the horse that wins all three legs.
The first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown is Sunday, August 21 and will feature live entertainment, dining and world-class racing.
Casse trainees Join the Dance, Mrs. Barbara and Summertime Magic will take on Saturday’s $100,000 Ruling Angel Stakes at Woodbine.
The Sunday headliner at Woodbine will include the winner of last year's Thunder Bay and Ashbridges Bay Stakes.
The winner of the Grade 3 Canadian Derby at Century Mile in Alberta will get a free entry for the Grade 3 Ontario Derby at Woodbine.
The first condition book of 2022 is to be released Friday for the racing season which is scheduled to begin on Saturday, April 16.
The lucrative 2022 program offers more than $16.9 million in stakes events, including 37 graded stakes and two $1 million classics.
The good news is, wagering on Woodbine racing in 2021 will be up marginally but that growth has come from the U.S.
The 163rd running of the first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown will be held on Sunday, August 21, 2022 at Woodbine Racetrack.
The six-year-old mare will then be on her way to greener pastures in Ireland to begin a new life as a broodmare.
This year's catalogue includes a diversified group of horses of racing age, yearlings, broodmares and weanlings.
The son of Old Forester heads into his seventh stakes engagement, a race for Ontario-sired three-year-olds and up, in good order.
Trainer Phil Serpe believes she holds the key to victory in the $400,000 Breeders’ Stakes on Sunday at Woodbine.
The huge stakes-packed weekend was topped by a record Ricoh Woodbine Mile handle; Woodbine Mohawk Park also saw an increase.
Kayla Sanchez will serve as post position drawmaster while Penny Oleksiak will perform the ceremonial ‘Riders Up’ announcement.
As of August 9, Canada will allow entry to American citizens who are fully vaccinated without the need for a 14-day quarantine.
The Canadian Horse of the Year returns to Woodbine Racetrack on Canada Day, Thursday July 1st, to face six challengers.
The 2021 Thoroughbred season at Woodbine Racetrack will commence on Friday, June 18 through June 20 for the opening weekend.
Jockey Stein talks about his 2021 goals, trainer Vassilieva on the promising Jilli Marie, Julia Carey is one to watch, and more.
Woodbine released the following letter to Ontario horse people regarding the eligibility of farm workers to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
All Grade 3 stakes purses have been increased by 20% to $150,000 as the Thoroughbred racing season is set to open April 17th.
Woodbine is in discussions with government officials and noted that November 28th would be the earliest date that racing could resume.
Toronto ‘Lockdown’ prohibits live racing although training can continue, but is expected to wind down this week.
To combat the spread of COVID-19 and help protect live racing in Ontario, Woodbine is updating their best practices and protocols.
Originally slated to run on Sunday, Nov. 15, all racing was cancelled due to high winds; now part of Friday's Racing Night Live broadcast.
Although Woodbine can't welcome fans to this year’s event, the longstanding traditions of top racing, fashion, food, and more will still be available.
Woodbine will now offer owners and a guest the opportunity to watch their horses train in the morning from the Grandstand apron starting Aug 15, 2020.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins hopes to score at Woodbine as his star filly targets the Fury Stakes on July 5th - the NHLer's first horse to run at the Toronto oval.
Weekly show to debut on TSN Thursday night; music video recorded at Woodbine and local breeding farm will help raise money for racehorse aftercare programs.
Re-testing and containment measures are key to containing the recent neuropathogenic EHV-1 outbreak at Woodbine Racetrack.
Among the changes to the abbreviated 2020 stakes season at the Etobicoke track is the cancellation of the Grade 1 Canadian International.
Stage 1, scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 19, allows for horse racing without spectators and physical distancing measures in place.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Woodbine Mohawk Park and Woodbine Racetrack will be closed to the general public for a minimum of two weeks.
Visitors and horsepeople will be screened at the east stable gate at Woodbine with regards to COVID-19 until further notice.
There will be one more yearling sale at the famed CTHS Ontario sales grounds; organization seeks new office and sales site
Yorkton, under a smart ride from Patrick Husbands, made it back-to-back wins in the $125,000 Grade 3 Bold Venture Stakes, at Woodbine on Saturday.
El Tormenta found clear sailing under jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva and rallied for a victory at 44-1 in Saturday’s $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Grade 1).
It wasn’t the smoothest of starts, but Godolphin homebred Old Persian finished in style to win the $300,000 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes at Woodbine.
El Tormenta hoping for smoother currents In Ricoh Woodbine Mile; American Guru primed for stakes debut in next Saturday's contest..
Woodbine Entertainment will honour multiple graded stakes champion Melmich with a retirement ceremony on Ricoh Woodbine Mile day, Saturday, Sept. 14.
Fan favourite Kingsport kicked off his seven-year-old campaign with a victory in the $100,000 Steady Growth Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack.
Woodbine Entertainment has released the official logo for this summer’s iconic Queen’s Plate Racing Festival, which runs June 28-29 at Woodbine Racetrack.
Trainer Catherine Day Phillips won the $125,000 Ontario Lassie Stakes for the second consecutive year as Artilena prevailed on Sunday afternoon at Woodbine.
Tickets are on sale now for the 2019 Queen’s Plate Racing Festival, which will run from Friday, June 28 to Saturday, June 29 at Woodbine Racetrack.
Tiz Breathtaking is favoured in a field of two-year-old Canadian-bred fillies in the $225,000 Princess Elizabeth Stakes on Sunday at Woodbine Racetrack.
Zilli Racing Stable’s Code Warrior is among a dozen distaffers set to contest this Sunday’s $125,000 Ontario Fashion Stakes (Grade 3) at Woodbine Racetrack.
Desert Encounter ran down favourite Thundering Blue in the closing yards to score in Saturday’s $800,000 Pattison Canadian International at Woodbine.
Red Cabernet will be looking to run her winning streak to three when she takes on males in Monday’s Bunty Lawless Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack.
Olympic medalist Andre De Grasse will assist with the post-position draw for the $800,000 Ricoh Woodbine Mile at Woodbine Racetrack on Wednesday afternoon.
Chiefswood Stable’s homebred Tiz a Slam lasted on the lead in the $175,000 Nijinsky Stakes to win his second straight graded stakes at Woodbine Racetrack.
Hall of Fame horseman Sid Attard celebrated a significant milestone on Sunday at Woodbine Racetrack as he earned his 2,000th career training win.
Endeavor Bloodstock’s Big Drink of Water floated to his first stakes victory in the $100,000 Victoria Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack.
Kingsport, sent to post at odds of 18-1, put an end to the win streak of Pink Lloyd in Sunday’s $100,000 Shepperton Stakes at Woodbine.
Stifling stayed on gamely for second and was elevated to the win following the disqualification of My Gal Betty in the $100,000 My Dear Stakes at Woodbine.
My Gal Betty, an impressive four-length winner on debut, headlines a talented field of eight in Saturday’s $100,000 My Dear Stakes at Woodbine.
Pink Lloyd sets his sights on an unparalleled 12th straight stakes score in Sunday’s $100,000 Shepperton Stakes at Woodbine.
Tiz a Slam, trained by Roger Attfield and cleverly ridden by jockey Steven Bahen, takes Sunday’s Grade 3 Dominion Day Stakes at Woodbine.
Eskiminzin held safe the late rally of 7-5 favorite Be Vewy Vewy Quiet to take Sunday’s $100,000 Bold Ruckus Stakes by three-quarters of a length.
Shahroze rallied from last place for a powerful two-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 3 $125,000 Singspiel Stakes at Woodbine.
The highly-regarded stakes winner Mr Havercamp will make the first start of his four-year-old campaign in the $100,000 Steady Growth Stakes at Woodbine.
On Sunday, the Bruno Schickedanz-owned homebred Scotty’s Model could be in line for graded stakes success in the $125,000 Hendrie Stakes.
Caribou Club captured the $175,000 Connaught Cup at at Woodbine Racetrack in his Canadian debut, out-running defending champion Tower of Texas.
Venerable turf titan Tower of Texas will look to defend his title in Saturday's Grade 2 $175,000 Connaught Cup at Woodbine.
Chiefswood Stable homebred Niigon's Eclipse took command down the back straight en route to winning Sunday's $196,350 Grade 2 Nassau Stakes at Woodbine.
Are You Kidding Me earned his third Eclipse Stakes title, winning the 2018 edition of the stakes event on Saturday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack.
Progress is well underway on the installation of the Woodbine Racetrack’s second turf track, with plans to be racing on it by the 2019 Queen’s Plate.
The well-travelled Gianna’s Dream will get her first test on Canadian turf in Saturday’s $175,000 Grade 2 Nassau Stakes at Woodbine.
Bruno Schickedanz’s homebred mare Scotty’s Model earned her first stakes victory in the $100,000 Ballade Stakes on Sunday afternoon at Woodbine.
Miss Mo Mentum chased down 8-5 favourite Dixie Moon in the stretch to win the $125,000 Selene Stakes by a neck on Saturday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack.
Blurricane will seek a repeat victory in the $100,000 Ballade Stakes for Ontario-sired fillies and mares this Sunday at Woodbine Racetrack.
Entourage Stable’s Pink Lloyd earned an unprecedented 10th straight stakes victory at Woodbine Racetrack in the $100,000 New Providence Stakes.
Sly Beauty and stablemate Closer Still swept the top two spots in the $100,000 Star Shoot Stakes for trainer Mark Casse at the Woodbine meet.
Canada’s reigning Horse of the Year Pink Lloyd aims for 10th straight win in Sunday’s $100,000 New Providence Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack.
Curlin’s Honor out-sprinted his sophomore rivals winning the $100,000 Woodstock Stakes impressively on Saturday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack.
Summer Sunday persevered in the featured $125,000 Fury Stakes for Canadian-foaled three-year-old fillies on Sunday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack.
Live Oak Plantation’s Let It Ride Mom edged out favourite Moonlit Promise at the wire to win the $125,000 Whimsical Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack.
Pink Lloyd sets track record in Jacques Cartier Stakes; Inge promoted in eventful Wando as Woodbine's 2018 meet kicks off.
Woodbine Racetrack has announced two new competition incentive programs with bonuses up to $50,000 for horses shipping in to race at the Toronto track.
Woodbine Entertainment and the Japan Racing Association have partnered on a sponsorship agreement for the Canadian Stakes and Paradise Stakes.
Mark Casse, Woodbine’s leading trainer for more than a decade, has put together another chart-topping campaign at the 2017 Thoroughbred meet.
Be Vewy Vewy Quiet delivered on his pari-mutuel promise, winning the $125,000 Frost King Stakes in a photo finish over Silent Sting at Woodbine Racetrack.
The 2017 season has been filled with winner’s circle photo ops and memorable experiences for trainer Catherine Day Phillips, and this weekend of racing at Woodbine Racetrack marks another opportunity for the third generation horsewoman to see the progress of her trainees and watch her team’s hard work play out on the racetrack. Day Phillips […]
Aheadbyacentury pulled ahead of his rivals by two lengths in an impressive stretch run to close out his two-year-old campaign with a victory in the 114th running of the $225,000 Coronation Futurity for Canadian-breds on Sunday at Woodbine Racetrack. As Wedgewood crossed to command before the first turn over even-money favourite Kitten’s Boy, jockey Rafael […]
Entourage Stable’s rock star Pink Lloyd played another winning tune in Sunday’s $125,000 Overskate Stakes, and Clickity Clack upsets in Princess Elizabeth
Three-year-old Mr Havercamp schooled his older rivals in the $125,000 Bunty Lawless Stakes to a seven and a half length victory
Heavy favourite Mr Havercamp, with Eurico Rosa Da Silva up, rallied to notch his first added-money win in taking Saturday’s $125,000 Vice Regent Stakes, at Woodbine. The three-year-old son of Court Vision came into the one-mile feature off a difficult trip in the Grade 3 Saranac Stakes, an effort that saw him finish fifth over […]
It’s usually the sport of horse racing that bring brothers Brent and Russell McLellan together and Ricoh Woodbine Mile contender Dragon Bay has taken them on a thrilling ride to some of their bucket list racetracks they never thought was possible as kids growing up watching the races at Stampede Park with their father. A […]
Enstone chased down her three-year-old filly foes to earn her first graded stakes victory in $125,000 Ontario Colleen Stakes (Gr. 3) with Patrick Husbands aboard on Sunday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack. R Naja (Jesse Campbell) led the way through quarter panels of :23.59, :47.11 and 1:11.18 before being swarmed by the rest of the field. […]
Ami’s Mesa and jockey Luis Contreras dominated the featured $125,000 Seaway (Gr. 3) Stakes winning by open lengths on Saturday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack. Ami’s Mesa was one of three Josie Carroll trainees in the seven furlong sprint for fillies and mares three years old and up contested on the Woodbine main. Following back-to-back wins […]
Undefeated this season in five stakes events, Pink Lloyd is among the stars headlining the lucrative Canadian Millions Stakes Night
It took a photo finish to decide the winner, but Melmich and jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva defeated two-time Sovereign Award winner Are You Kidding Me by a nose in the $125,000 Seagram Cup (Gr. 3) for horses three years old and up on Sunday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack. Despite a rough start out of […]
It’s decision time for the $400,000 Breeders’ Stakes, the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, at Woodbine Racetrack Sunday, Aug. 20
Woodbine Racetrack’s top sprinter Pink Lloyd extended his win streak to five in Saturday’s featured $125,000 Shepperton Stakes
The inaugural Woodbine Ribfest, presented by Budweiser, will feature mouthwatering BBQ from multiple North American award-winning rib teams
Even-money favourite Be Vewy Vewy Quiet and jockey Sheena Ryan were victorious in the $125,000 Clarendon Stakes for Ontario-bred two-year-olds
Pink Lloyd, under regular rider Eurico Rosa da Silva, earned his fourth consecutive added-money crown after taking Sunday’s $140,000 Grade 3 Vigil Stakes, at Woodbine. Trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Robert Tiller for owner Entourage Stable, Pink Lloyd, a five-year-old son of Old Forester, came into the seven-furlong stake off triumphs in this year’s […]
Woodbine Racetrack will be the presenting sponsor of Fasig-Tipton’s inaugural Turf Showcase Sale to be held on September 10 in Lexington, Kentucky. The Turf Showcase, Presented by Woodbine Racetrack, is the first North American yearling sale exclusively for horses with “turf appeal.” Woodbine recently announced the construction of a second turf course to compliment its […]
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) is advising employees and members of the public that a labour disruption may take place on Friday, July 14, 2017.
Blueblood, confidently piloted by Patrick Husbands, wore down a stubborn rival to take Saturday’s $112,000 Victoria Stakes, at Woodbine.
Woodbine has amended its stall policy to allow Thoroughbred owners/trainers to seek additional racing opportunities at tracks other than Woodbine Racetrack
Locked out OLG workers, members of Unifor working at Sudbury Downs, Casino Brantford and Woodbine Racetrack, voted overwhelmingly in support of a new collective agreement on October 13th, officially putting an end to a lockout that lasted three weeks. “Our members are certainly relieved,” said Anne-Marie MacInnis, president of Mine Mill Local 598 Unifor which […]
Workers at Woodbine Racetrack and Sudbury Racetrack Slots have been locked out by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) since 12:01 a.m. on September 19th. The labour dispute is affecting more than 1,000 members of the Unifor union. In an emailed statement, OLG spokesperson Tony Bitonti stated “OLG has informed all unions during bargaining, […]
Toronto Mayor John Tory’s executive committee has voted to expand gaming at Woodbine Racetrack by a 10-3 majority. Just two years ago, Toronto City council struck down similar expansion plans on the site and rejected proposals to build a major casino in downtown Toronto. The approved proposal would allow the installation of 2,000 more slot […]
Toronto City Council has tasked the City Manager with seeking public input on expanded gaming at Woodbine Racetrack. The public consultation will include: a public meeting in Etobicoke; an online questionnaire promoted on the City’s website and via social media; a city-wide public opinion poll; and a presentation at Executive Committee. The City Manager will […]
September 2014 saw the HBPA of Ontario introduce the T.V. show Talkin’ Horses. Pleased with the success of last year’s show, the Board of the HBPA is excited to announce that Talkin’ Horses will be back for another season, expanding from 10 to 21 episodes. Talkin’ Horses was created by executive producer Joe Tilley who […]
The Jockey Club of Canada’s Graded Stakes Committee held its annual review of the Graded and Listed Stakes in Canada and while the number of Graded Stakes in Canada remains unchanged at 43 there is one notable downgrade for 2014. The Graded Stakes Committee meeting, conducted by Committee Chair, Jeff Begg with all Committee Members […]
Canyon Farms’ homebred Strait of Dover, ridden confidently by Justin Stein, made every pole a winning one while taking the $1 million Queen’s Plate, Canada’s most famous horse race, in record time Sunday at Woodbine Racetrack. At the finish of the mile and one-quarter classic for Canadian-bred three-year-olds, Strait of Dover held a one and […]