TORONTO, July 9, 2020 — With Environment Canada issuing a heat warning for the City of Toronto, Woodbine Entertainment will implement extra precautions for Thursday’s Thoroughbred race card at Woodbine Racetrack in accordance with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s Temperature Standards-Based Rule Cancellation Process for Racetracks.
The extra measures include additional veterinarians to monitor temperature, pulse and respiration rate of equine athletes pre-race and post-race; extra hosing stations or mobile cooling stations with trained attendant; access to water for horses at all times; shaded areas provided for unsaddling horses; ice made available in numerous locations; and Racing Officials to minimize post parade times.
Woodbine is actively monitoring the weather forecasts for extreme heat in the Toronto area. The current forecasted temperatures fall within the AGCO’s guidelines for Tier 1 (31 to 37.9 degrees Celsius).
Post time for Thursday’s first race is scheduled for 3:45 p.m.