August 26, 2016

Woodbine Unveils Expansion Plans

February 16, 2016 – On Tuesday, February 16, the Woodbine Entertainment Group and Trinity Development Group Inc. announced that the companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the purpose of developing an integrated entertainment venue at Woodbine Racetrack.

The WEG-Trinity proposal calls for an entertainment venue of approximately 165,000 square feet and seating for up to 5,000 patrons. It would reside adjacent to the current Woodbine Racetrack facility and occupy three to four acres of the Woodbine property. The collaboration is the next step in WEG’s property development vision of an integrated district with multiple forms of gaming, entertainment and horse racing.

“This is an exciting day for Woodbine Entertainment Group and the city of Toronto,” said Jim Lawson, CEO of WEG. “To partner with a trusted, well-respected property development company like Trinity allows the citizens of Toronto, and frankly the entire province, to start to see the possibilities of what we can develop on one of the most attractive pieces of real estate in the GTA.”

Together WEG and Trinity will conduct a procurement process to bring in a world-class third party entertainment company to be the manager and operator of the venue. The venue is expected to be used for live performances (i.e. music, theatre, dance) and other forms of live entertainment.

“Trinity Development Group is looking forward to working with an iconic brand like Woodbine Entertainment Group to develop a portion of the 680 acres of prime land on the Woodbine Racetrack property,” said John Ruddy, executive chairman of Trinity. “Trinity has a deep history in developing real estate of this quality in high profile locations.”

Trinity is responsible for the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park in Ottawa. After a revitalization project that opened in November of 2014, Lansdowne is a hotbed for businesses and restaurants that drew 1.5 million visitors in its first year of operations.

(WEG – images courtesy BBB Architects)

 

Hi-5 Helps Christmas Come Early For Lucky Horseplayer

December 18, 2015 – It was like dreaming…I wasn’t sure if it was true or not.”

Every horseplayer dreams of hitting The Big One. Horseplayers study daily looking for value and hoping to put together the perfect ticket in search of that big payday.

The possibility of striking it big can seem expensive and out of reach, but a longtime Toronto horseplayer recently proved sometimes all it takes is less than $5 and a lot of luck.

A Toronto horseplayer, who asked to remain anonymous, crafted together the only winning ticket on last Friday’s Jackpot Hi-5 at Woodbine Racetrack to take home the entire $242,409.44 pool. His ticket cost just $4.80.

The Jackpot Hi-5 pool had been growing since October 26, as multiple winning tickets on each card caused the pool to carryover. The only way for a horseplayer to take home the entire pool is to have the only ticket with the correct combination.

The chances of having the only winning ticket have proved to be relatively low when the favourite finishes in the top five, but Friday evening the public’s choice finished out of the money and longshots took over.

“I knew if I wanted to get the Hi-5, I would never get it by studying the program,” said the Toronto horseplayer. “I know if all the favourites come in, I can’t get the Jackpot.”

To try and win the Jackpot, the horseplayer, who relayed he is around the age of 65, went to his lucky combination costing just $4.80.

“I just put 9 on top and then 1,5 for second, 1,5 for third, 3,8 for fourth and all (for fifth).”

The $4.80 combination came through, as Shez A Gold Mine (PP9) won the race at 17-1 followed by Kassaras Song (PP1) at 25-1, Weekly Special (PP5) at 50-1, Black Widow Baby (PP8) at 2-1 and Boozer Bruiser (PP6) at 6-1.

The veteran horseplayer watched the race live at a Toronto Champions Off-Track Betting location and said he knew immediately he had won the Jackpot.

The Jackpot winner continuously plays the same numbers for his $4.80 Jackpot Hi-5 ticket at various tracks, but has kept his focus on Woodbine after missing out on a prior Jackpot.

“One day I bet another track with these same numbers. At exactly the same time that Woodbine was on the last race with the Hi-5,” explained the Toronto horseplayer. “(Woodbine) comes out with the same numbers as I bet, but I didn’t bet the Woodbine Hi-5. At that time Woodbine had about a $70,000 Hi-5 Jackpot, so if I had bet the same numbers I would have got the Jackpot for $70,000.”

As fate would have it, his numbers came through again to give him a winning ticket horseplayers play an entire lifetime for.

The longtime horseplayer and has been a member of HPIbet since Day One. Although he regularly plays Jackpot wagers, hitting one never seemed like a possibility until Friday.

“I never dreamed it would come true, except when it came true,” he laughed, noting his biggest winning ticket before Friday was $5,000. “I’m going to keep on playing for fun, same as previously.”

The Jackpot winner hasn’t decided what he will do with his winnings, but mentioned he will be sharing it with his family.

The Jackpot Hi-5 has now started from scratch, but you can bet the Jackpot winner will be playing his numbers hoping lightning strikes again.

(with files from WEG)
(Standardbred Canada)

Hi 5 Carryover Climbs Over $200K

December 8, 2015 – Despite a 37-1 winner clicking in Monday evening’s finale at Woodbine Racetrack, multiple winning tickets were sold thus forcing another Jackpot Hi 5 carryover at the Rexdale oval.

Steve Byron guided Andreios Kardia to a come-from-behind tally in the $12,000 conditioned affair, and that was a dream come true for longshot players. The gelding drew clear to win by three lengths in a career-best clocking of 1:51.3.

The winning combination of 7-5-6-4-8 kicked back $3,659.36 for each $.20-based wager. Because there were multiple winning tickets, the overall carryover going into Thursday evening’s card of racing swelled to $202,641.64.

To view results for Monday’s card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – Woodbine Racetrack.

(Standardbred Canada)

Hi 5 Carryover Climbs To $158K

December 4, 2015 – Fans on the lookout for the place to find some last minute, holiday season spending money need look no further than Woodbine Racetrack on Friday evening.

The Rexdale oval will feature an 11-race program, and if you’re willing to wait around for the final dash you’ll have a chance to hit a windfall that would certainly stuff some stockings.

The carryover for Friday’s Jackpot Hi 5 wager in Race 11 will be $158,652.66 after multiple winning tickets were sold on Thursday’s wager. Fans that successfully came up with the winning combination of 5-6-1-8-9 on Thursday evening took home a solid return of $10,313.55.

To get a head start on handicapping Friday’s card of racing, click here to download a free program.

To view results for Thursday’s card of harness racing, click the following link: Thursday Results – Woodbine Racetrack.

(WEG)
(Standardbred Canada)

Mohawk-Woodbine Qualifying Schedule

November 25, 2015 – Officials in the race office at Mohawk Racetrack would like to inform horsepeople of the qualifying schedule for the remainder of 2015 and into the New Year.

Qualifying sessions will continue to be held at Mohawk through December. Beginning in the New Year, qualifiers will move over to Woodbine Racetrack and will take place before live racing.

The Mohawk qualifying schedule appears below.

• Thursday, November 26
• Thursday, December 3
• Thursday, December 10
• Thursday, December 17
• Monday, December 21

All qualifying sessions at Mohawk will begin at 10 a.m.

The Woodbine qualifying schedule appears below.

• Monday, January 4
• Thursday, January 7
• Thursday, January 14
• Thursday, January 21
• Thursday, January 28

All qualifying sessions at Woodbine will begin at 4 p.m.

The entry box for Thursday qualifiers will close on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

(WEG)
(Standardbred Canada)

Last Call: Woodbine Series Nominations

November 24, 2015 – Officials in the Mohawk Racetrack race office would like to remind horsepeople that nominations to the Woodbine Winter Series close on Tuesday, December 1.

A total of 12 events will be offered over the months of December, January, February and March. The series finals will feature nearly $500,000 in added money over the course of the winter.

The Niagara for three-year-old pacing fillies and the Valedictory for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will kick off Winter Series action in December. Both series will wrap up with their finals on the special afternoon Boxing Day card.

New in 2016, the HPIbet.com and WEGZ series are now four-year-old pacing events.

The HPIbet.com will be offered for four-year-old pacing mares, who are non-winners of $100,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. The WEGZ series carries the same conditions and is for four-year-old pacing horses and geldings.

Other Winter Series events include the Blizzard, Snowshoe, Miss Vera Bars, The Count B, Ontario Girls, Ontario Boys, Lifetime Dream and General Brock.

To view the nomination form and details for all 12 events, click here.

Each series carries a nomination fee of $200 and will feature two preliminary legs and added money final.

To pay the $200 nomination fee online, click here.

If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than December 1, 2015 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended.

Stakes payments to these stakes can also be made through SC Stakes Online. Click here for more info on how to get started.

(With files from WEG)
(Standardbred Canada)

Woodbine Post Time Change Reminder

November 5, 2015 – The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to remind all horsepeople and horseplayers of the upcoming post time change for live Standardbred racing at Woodbine Racetrack.

Beginning this coming Monday (November 9), first-race post time for each night of live racing at Woodbine will be 7:30 p.m.

Horsepeople are reminded to double check lasix and paddock times.

The 7:30 p.m. start time will be used for each card of live racing during Woodbine’s fall-winter meet, except for the special Boxing Day matinee card (on Saturday, December 26). First-race post time for the December 26 card will be 1 p.m.

(WEG)

Change To Woodbine Draw Schedule

November 2, 2015 – Officials in the race office at Mohawk Racetrack would like to inform horsepeople of a change to the draw schedule for Woodbine Racetrack’s current fall-winter meet.

Effective immediately, the draw for Saturdays will now take place on Wednesdays.

The up-to-date Woodbine draw schedule appears below.

• Draw Monday for Thursday
• Draw Tuesday for Friday
• Draw Wednesday for Saturday
• Draw Thursday for Monday

The entry box for each draw will close at 10:30 a.m.

(WEG)

Woodbine Winter Series Details Announced

October 30, 2015 – The Woodbine Entertainment Group has announced that it will once again be offering a wide range of winter series events for the upcoming months.

A total of 12 events will be raced over the months of December, January, February and March. The series finals will feature nearly $500,000 in added money over the course of the winter.

The Niagara for three-year-old pacing fillies and the Valedictory for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will kick off winter series action in December. Both series will wrap up with their finals on Woodbine Racetrack’s special afternoon Boxing Day card (December 26).

New in 2015, the HPIbet.com and WEGZ series are now four-year-old pacing events.

The HPIbet.com will be offered for four-year-old pacing mares who are non-winners of $100,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. The WEGZ series carries the same conditions and is for four-year-old pacing horses and geldings.

Other winter series events include the Blizzard, Snowshoe, Miss Vera Bars, The Count B, Ontario Girls, Ontario Boys, Lifetime Dream and General Brock.

To view the nomination form and details for all 12 events, click here.

Each series carries a nomination fee of $200 and will feature two preliminary legs and an added-money final. All series will be raced at Woodbine Racetrack.

Nominations for each event close on December 1.

To pay the $200 nomination fee online, click here.

If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than December 1, 2015 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended.

Stakes payments to these stakes can also be made through SC Stakes Online. Click here for more info on how to get started.

(With files from, WEG)
(Standardbred Canada)

Crown Finals Produce Record Handle

October 27, 2015 – Woodbine Racetrack hosted all 12 of the Breeders Crown Finals during its program of live racing this past Saturday night (October 24). Even though rain affected track conditions, the 13-race card still produced the largest handle for a single live program in the history of Canadian harness racing.

The Woodbine Entertainment Group has announced that Woodbine Racetrack’s $5,748,950 handle on Saturday broke the previous Woodbine handle record – which was also Canada’s Standardbred record handle – of $5,243,109, which had been set on October 19, 2001.

A total of $3,835,642 was wagered on the 12 Breeders Crown championship races on Saturday.

The evening’s final race was not a Breeders Crown Final, but it did feature a mandatory payout on the track’s Jackpot Hi-5 wager. Horseplayers wagered $1,670,263 of new money into the Jackpot Hi-5 to bring the gross pool, including a carryover of $557,274, to over $2.2 million.

A total of 155 winning tickets correctly selected the top five finishers, including 25-1 upset winner Grin For Money, to score a return of $12,746.60 for a 20-cent wager.

The race handle for the 13th and final race Saturday was $1,913,354.

Other wagering highlights from Saturday, included $52,919 wagered into the new Pick-5 and a Late Pick-4 pool of $146,720.

For a complete recap of Saturday’s Breeders Crown Final program from Woodbine, click here.

On Saturday night, Jimmy Takter was asked if his stable’s six-win performance in the Breeders Crown was his career highlight, and he answered in the affirmative. A look at the numbers shows that his night was not only the biggest of his career, but the biggest single card for any participant in harness racing history.

Live racing continues at Woodbine every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night all fall and winter. First-race post time is 7:25 p.m.

(With files from WEG)
(Standardbred Canada)