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Woodbine Ent. Closes Winter Series Nominations on December 1

Recently, Ontario’s premier horse racing operator, Woodbine Entertainment, issued a statement to remind of the looming deadline for its annual Winter Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Those planning to register for the upcoming winter series of events must do so before Friday, December 1, 2023. The operator also provided some conditions for the nominations.

The track’s annual Winter Series features the Niagara Pacing Series and the Valedictory Pacing races scheduled for December 2023, and the Blizzard Pacing Series and Snowshoe Pacing Series for late January 2024. All four series have preliminary legs with a purse of CA$18,000 and a CA$30,000 added money final. Nominations come at CA$200.

Conditions and Schedule

The Niagara Pacing Series is for three-year-old pacing fillies and non-winners of CA$60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2023. The first leg of the event is scheduled for Friday, December 8, 2023. Then the second leg will be a week later on Friday, December 15, 2023. The final for the series will be hosted on Tuesday, December 26, 2023.

According to the horse racing operator, the Valedictory Pacing Series for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings in 2023, will be non-winner of CA$60,000 as of midnight October 31, 2023. The first leg of the event will kick off on Saturday, December 9, 2023. Similarly, its second leg would be a week later on Saturday, December 16, 2023, while the final comes on December 26, 2023.

The Blizzard Pacing Series features three- and four-year-old pacing fillies and mares not winning two races or CA$30,000 lifetime by October 31, 2023. The series consists of the first leg on January 25, 2024. The second leg is on February 1, 2024, and the final is on February 9, 2024, providing opportunities for qualifying participants in a time-bound competition.

Last but not least, the Snowshoe Pacing series apples to three- and four-year-old pacing colts, horses and geldings which are non-winners of two races or CA$30,000 in their lifetime. The first leg is set for January 26, 2024, followed by the second leg on February 2, 2024. The final is held on February 9, 2024. Nominations are accepted until December 1, 2023.

Recapping 2022-23

Last month, Woodbine Entertainment issued its 2022-2023 Corporate Responsibility Report which put the emphasis on several of its highlights for the FY. One of those was exceeding CA$1 billion in all-sources betting handle at its Woodbine Racetrack and Woodbine Mohawk Park for the first time. These funds support its operations while also helping strategic initiatives for the Ontario industry.

Another highlight of the horse racing leader was the partnership with the You Can Play Project. As part of the collaboration, the company will try to bolster inclusion for everyone who participates in the horse racing industry, including 2SLGBTQ+ athletes, administrators, horse people, and fans. It became the first racetrack in North America to join forces with YCP.

Source: “Nominations to Mohawk winter series due December 1HarnessLink, November 22, 2023

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