Toronto, ON – November 26, 2020 – Woodbine Entertainment provided the following update on the 2020 Thoroughbred meet:
Despite efforts to gain approval from the Government of Ontario to safely complete the 2020 Thoroughbred meet, we have made the decision to officially cancel the remainder of the season.
“While I am extremely disappointed we are not able to complete the 2020 Thoroughbred meet, what we achieved this year in face of significant adversity is quite remarkable,” said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. “I have been around horse racing my entire life and I can proudly say that I have never seen the industry come together as it did throughout this year.
“Together, we were able to develop, implement and follow strict COVID-19 Prevention Protocols that allowed us to be the first sport to return to competition in Canada since the shutdowns in March,” said Lawson. “We safely resumed racing in early June and ran almost 100 racing cards, more than 900 races, and the majority of our stakes schedule, including the 161st running of The Queen’s Plate.
“We hope the Government of Ontario has gained a better understanding of our business and appreciation of our safety record in operating live racing without spectators.”
For Immediate Release
November 25, 2020
WOODBINE ENTERTAINMENT UPDATE ON THE 2020 THOROUGHBRED MEET
Toronto, ON – November 25, 2020 – Woodbine Entertainment provided the following update on the 2020 Thoroughbred meet:
We are continuing our efforts to gain approval from the Government of Ontario to safely complete the 2020 Thoroughbred meet.
Based on the timing of these ongoing efforts, live racing on Saturday, November 28 has been cancelled.
Should Government permit us to safely resume live racing, Sunday, November 29 would be the earliest date. The Race Office would open on Friday, November 27 at 6 a.m. for entries.
Furthermore, if Woodbine Entertainment is permitted to complete the 2020 Thoroughbred meet, it will endeavour to reschedule the cancelled races.
Woodbine Entertainment has committed to make a final decision on the status of the season by 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 26. We sincerely appreciate the patience from our community.
As per the Grey (Lockdown) phase of the Government’s COVID-19 restrictions which went into effect on Monday, November 23 at 12:01 a.m., the stabling and training of horses is permitted at Woodbine Racetrack, but live horse racing is not.
Since being permitted to race without spectators in early June, Woodbine Entertainment has demonstrated that live racing poses no greater health risk to participants than training. Furthermore, it believes it has clearly demonstrated an ability to safely operate live racing without spectators during that time.
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One or more races at Woodbine on Sunday, November 22, 2020 have been cancelled.
Race(s) cancelled: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
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