Woodbine Entertainment has been working on its 2020 live season schedule over the past few days and the horse racing leader gave some sneak peeks this week. Wednesday managed to shed more light on the stakes for the Woodbine Racetrack. There will be 75 stakes and they will amount to some CA$13.8 million, including some of the most riveting horse racing events.
Ontario’s horse racing fans are already bracing for a riveting live schedule that would make the summer and fall months more exciting than ever. Some of the bigger events, such as the GI Pattison Canadian International would not take place within this year’s live schedule but they will return in 2021. Live races are expected to commence on June 6.
Woodbine Entertainment made it clear that the change of plans mandates a later final date for the live races. December 13 is about to see the last live race of the 2020 stakes schedule. Projections are that the fall months would see live events welcome back spectators on the premises of Woodbine Racetrack and Woodbine Mohawk Park. For the time being, the summer months would see races without spectators.
Horse racing enthusiasts would have the chance to watch the live race online and even place wagers on them, making for a well-rounded experience very much resembling a day at the racetrack. Woodbine Entertainment took its time to work on the live schedule for the upcoming months and it is ready to unveil everything up for grabs. September 19 is about to see the CA$1-million GI Ricoh Woodbine Mile.
It is one of the highlights of this year’s stakes schedule. Jim Lawson, Chief Executive Officer of Woodbine Entertainment, said that the special circumstances call for more flexibility, but the horse racing leader is ready to greenlight the riveting period of time and reward the winners of the upcoming races. Horse people would also be happy to participate in live races.
Generous Stakes Unveiled
They rely on the income provided by the live events and they have expressed their gratitude that Ontario’s government included racetracks in the first phase of the business reopening plan for the province. Canada’s Triple Crown is among the highlights of the live schedule and many horse racing enthusiasts look forward to it. September 12 is about to see the official start of the CA$1-million Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Racetrack.
Fort Erie Racetrack is then expected to welcome the CA$400,000 Prince of Wales Stakes taking place on September 29 and exciting fans with the second phase of the Triple Crown. The Prince of Wales Stakes is a 1 3/16-mile dirt race that is expected to attract many wagers and as many eyeballs as possible, even if it is in the comfort of their home.
The last phase of the Triple Crown bonanza would be the CA$400,000 Breeders’ Stakes that would mark the end of this special racing period for many Thoroughbred horses. The 1 1/2-mile turf event is scheduled to take place on October 24 at Woodbine Racetrack. Projections are for a riveting live season across Ontario’s racetracks.