Woodbine Thoroughbred Racing & Incentives

Condition Books & Indexes

Racing Surfaces

E.P Taylor Turf Course
(The Longest Stretch Run in North America)

Racing Distances: 6F, 6 1/2 F, 7F, Mile, Mile 1/16, Mile 1/8, Mile 1/4, Mile 3/8, Mile 1/2
*Distances from 6F to Mile 1/8 are one turn races.

Inner Turf Course
(New to 2019)

Racing Distances: 5F, 7 1/2 F, Mile, Mile 1/16, Mile 3/8, Mile ½

All Weather Tapeta Main Track

Racing Distances from 4 1/2 F to Mile 7/8

Training Surfaces

Dirt Training Track – One Mile

Turf Training Track – Seven Furlongs

Sand Ring – Two Furlongs

European Jogging Path – Half-Mile

“There isn’t a better training facility and racing facility in North America than Woodbine and Woodbine plays a big part in our success.”

Mark Casse, Trainer

“1st class facility (Woodbine Racetrack) with likely the best surfaces in North America. (We have) seen at Woodbine a commitment not only to the sport but an investment in safety. Others would do well to take note.”

H. Graham Motion, Trainer

”Woodbine now has two excellent turf courses and a very good Tapeta 10 track. There are many really good jockeys in the colony and it is always easy to find a good one. There are some really good horsemen among the trainers and it is never easy to win a race there.“

Michael Dickinson, Trainer

Horse Acquisition Incentive

New for 2020! The incentive program noted below is intended to help local horsemen acquire new, race ready horses over the offseason for the start of the 2020 season at Woodbine:

  • Open to all local horsemen (Owners) who stabled at Woodbine during the 2019 season for at least 3 consecutive months and have submitted a stall application for the 2020 season at Woodbine.
  • Race ready horses (3 YO and upward) acquired that have never raced or stabled at Woodbine before, and have made a start in the last 6 months ending April 1, 2020 in a race at the $25,000 claiming level or higher in a jurisdiction other than Ontario, the following incentive is available:
    • $1,000 shipping allowance per horse, payable upon the horse entering an allocated stall on Woodbine’s backstretch on or before April 18th, 2020 and makes at least one start on or before June 6th, 2020.
    • $1,500/per start the new horse makes at Woodbine between the dates of April 18th and June 6th, 2020, up to a maximum of three starts including the start noted above.
      Total available incentive value per horse: $5,500

Note: Transfers of horses already owned that are stabled outside of Ontario which have not stabled or raced at Woodbine before, do not qualify for the incentive.
Note: All incentives subject to approval by the Woodbine race office staff. 

*All dollar amounts are in CAD

Spring Into Action Incentive

From April 18th to May 18th 2020

  • Participation bonus increased from $400 to $800 for horses finishing 6th through last in overnight races ($5,000 up to $40,000 Claiming only).

Note: All incentives subject to approval by the Woodbine race office staff. 

*All dollar amounts are in CAD

Graded Stakes Incentive Plan

The 2020 Graded Stakes Bonus Program offers bonuses up to $75,000 for incoming graded stakes winners.

  • Horses that have won a Grade 1 or Grade 2 Stakes Race in 2020 will receive:
    • $50,000 bonus for winning a Grade 2 Stakes Race at Woodbine
    • $75,000 bonus for winning a Grade 1 Stakes Race at Woodbine

Note: All incentives subject to approval by the Woodbine race office staff. 

*All dollar amounts are in CAD

International Horsepeople

Julia Bell
Stakes Manager
1.800.268.9967 ext. 1+2440

Local Horsepeople

Martha Wakely
Manager of Racing Operations & Horsepeople Concierge Services
416.675.3993 ext. 1+2577

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For more information on Thoroughbred Racing

Please contact
Julia Bell,
Stakes Manager,
Email: jab@woodbine.com or
Phone: 1-800-268-9967 Ext. 2440