October 18 – Live harness racing returns to Woodbine Racetrack on Thursday,
October 17 for the 2017-18 Woodbine Fall-Winter meet.
The Fall-Winter meet will feature live racing every Monday,
Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. The lone exception is a
special matinee card on Boxing Day (December 26) at 1 p.m. The final number of
race dates for the meet is pending regulatory approval.
The upcoming meet will be the last for harness racing at
Woodbine, as Mohawk Racetrack will become the home of year-round Woodbine
harness racing beginning in April of 2018.
Doug McNair captured the driving title last season at
Woodbine and while he carried that momentum over to post leading numbers during
the Mohawk meet, the Guelph,
Ontario reinsman feels he is a
perfect match for racing at Woodbine.
“It’s good for my style, I like to be aggressive and it’s
more of a front end track,” noted McNair. “They’re going such big speed now a
days, especially back-halves, you can come a half in :53 and not get a cheque,
so you got to be up in the hunt especially going back to Woodbine
“The front end is a real good spot to be and first-over is not that bad either
if you have the right horse.”
As always, Horseplayers can expect competitive racing and
strong pool sizes throughout the Woodbine Fall-Winter meet.
The wagering menu for Woodbine Standardbreds remains the
same and continues to feature the popular multi-leg wagers, including the
$50,000 guaranteed Pick-5 and $50,000 guaranteed Early Pick-4.
The popularity of the Pick-5 wager reached new heights
during the recently concluded Mohawk meet. The average Pick-5 pool for the Mohawk meet was $73,437 and horseplayers can expect much of the same this
season at Woodbine.
Thursday’s opening card features 10-races. A free program can
be downloaded by clicking