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Woodbine Ent. Posts Thoroughbred Schedule

On Friday, Ontario’s horse racing leader Woodbine Entertainment revealed its exciting Thoroughbred schedule for the 2022 live racing season. The season is on track to start off on April 16, 2022, which will be featuring the highly-anticipated and prestigious CA$1 million Queen’s Plate event. According to the schedule, the season will conclude on December 11, 2022.

With this year’s season, Woodbine Entertainment is hopeful to have it at its full schedule. Previously, due to the unprecedented situation and its related lockdowns, the 2020 and the 2021 seasons’ durations were either delayed or cut short. However, the current one lines to be an exciting one with one more edition of the Queen’s Plate and more.

Exciting Season Ahead

Once again, this year’s Queen’s Plate will be the opening jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown, and it is scheduled to take place on August 21, 2022. Shortly after that Woodbine Racetrack will host the Prince of Wales Stakes on September 13, 2022, at Fort Erie Racetrack, and the final jewel, the Breeders’ Stakes, on October 2, 2022, at Woodbine Racetrack.

President and CEO of Woodbine Entertainment, Jim Lawson, released a statement in which he expressed his optimism about the 2022 live racing season. In his words, the horse racing industry is on the right track to return to normality, and the company’s racing team has done a tremendous job on the creation of this year’s schedule full of thrill and excitement.

According to the horse racing leader, the Canadian Triple Tiara for three-year-old fillies will be hosted on July 24, 2022. The event will be followed by the CA$500,000 Woodbine Oaks, the CA$125,000 Queen’s Plate Trial will also be on the same card. In addition to that, the CA$1-million Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile is scheduled for September 17, 2022, at Woodbine Racetrack.

The company has also informed that the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor is slated for October 8, 2022, while also increasing its purse from CA$600,000 all the way through CA$750,000. However, once again the Grade 1 Canadian International will not be hosted due to the almost impossible international travel challenges. Previously, the event was put on hold in 2020 again but ran in 2021.

2021 Performance

At the end of 2021, Woodbine Entertainment released its annual report for its financial performance during the 2021 Thoroughbred and Standardbred seasons. For its Thoroughbred meet that ended on December 5, 2021, the company reported an all-source handle of CA$505,348,339. This is its third-highest for a season in its history of operations, mainly boosted by foreign wagering handle of CA$420,666,755

And when it comes to its Standardbred season, the horse racing leader recorded an all-source handle of CA$324 million. The amount was the highest one among any other Standardbred track in North America last year. The per-race handle for the 1,693 races in 2021, was CA$191,398.92, while the average nightly handle of CA$2 million for the second year in a row.

Source: “Woodbine’s 2022 thoroughbred racing season is scheduled to open April 16”, SaskToday, February 11, 2022

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