This Thursday, Ontario’s horse racing leader, Woodbine Entertainment, gave an update and information on its upcoming Winter Series. Contested at its Woodbine Mohawk Park in Campbellville, four series events will be held from December 2022 through February 2023. All of them are set to include two preliminary legs and an added money final.
According to the horse racing operator, nominations for the Winter Series close on Thursday, December 1, 2022. They can be paid online on the company’s website at www.woodbine.com/mohawk/standardbred-nomination. Additionally, the track informed that they can be paid in person at the track’s race office by downloading a form from its website and submitting it at the location.
Niagara Pace for three-year-old pacing fillies is the first event on the schedule and it applies for non-winners of CA$60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2022. The first leg will have a purse of CA$18,000 and it will be held on December 9, 2022. The second leg comes on December 16, 2022, also with a CA$18,000 purse. The final has CA$30,000 added money and is on December 26, 2022.
Next is the Valedictory Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings who have not won more than CA$60,000 in their careers prior to October 31, 2022. The first leg is on December 10, 2022, with a CA$18,000 purse. The second leg is on December 17, 2022, again with CA$18,000. While the final is a week later on December 26, 2022, with CA$30,000 added money.
Then there is the Blizzard Pace for three and four-year-old pacing fillies and mares for non-winner of two races or CA$30,000 lifetime earnings as of October 31, 2022. The first leg is scheduled for January 26, 2023, while the second leg is on February 2, 2023. Both come with CA$18,000 purses. The final is on February 10, 2023, and comes with CA$30,000 added money.
The last one is the Snowshoe Pace for three and four-year-old pacing colts, horses, and geldings, who have earnings no more than CA$30,000 or are non-winner of two races as of October 31, 2022. The first and second legs are on January 27, 2023, and February 3, 2023. Both with CA$18k in purses. The Final is slated for February 10, 2023, with added money of CA$30,000.
Record-Setting Breeders Crown
In October Woodbine Mohawk Park hosted finals for the 2022 Breeder Crown. According to the CEO of Woodbine Entertainment, Jim Lawson, this year’s edition of the series was the most successful one until now. The track reported an impressive handle of CA$8,945,779 for both online and on-track wagers, which broke its previous records for the prestigious event.
Update on Online Horse Racing
Additionally in October, the horse racing leader hinted that it may not be a while until online sportsbooks in the province start to offer bets on horse racing. Currently, the group is pushing for the change, but it would need approval from the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency. The organization is hopeful that it can get it by the end of the year.
Source: “Winter Series Nominations” Woodbine Entertainment, November 10, 2022