TORONTO, November 24, 2020 – Woodbine Entertainment confirmed this evening that it continues to have productive conversations with senior levels of the Government of Ontario regarding the possibility of being permitted to complete the 2020 Thoroughbred meet at Woodbine Racetrack.
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.
Based on the timing of these ongoing conversations, live racing on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 has been cancelled. Should Government make the decision that live racing is permitted to safely resume, Saturday, November 28 would be the earliest date. This would require entries to be submitted on Thursday morning.
Furthermore, if Woodbine Entertainment is permitted to complete the 2020 Thoroughbred meet, it will endeavour to reschedule the cancelled races.
Woodbine Entertainment will continue to provide updates as they become available.