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Wagering and Simulcasting ‘Back on Track’ at Woodbine Racetrack

July 14, 2021

Racetrack Expands Hours and Amenities as Province Enters Step 3 of Government Plan

TORONTO, ON, June 26 – As Ontario prepares to enter Step 3 of the Government’s Roadmap to Reopen plan, Woodbine Entertainment has announced that limited guests will be welcomed indoors for wagering and simulcasting services as of Friday, July 16. Following provincial Step 3 guidelines, wagering and simulcasting will be restricted initially to 1,000 guests within Woodbine Racetrack’s iconic grandstand as per government capacity limits.

Additionally, expanded outdoor grandstand seating, up to 75 per cent capacity will be available as of July 16, allowing more race fans to experience the thrill of live, world-class racing.

“We are appreciative of the steps adopted by Government that will enable us to expand our offerings and we are excited to welcome back a larger group of our loyal customers to the on-track experience at Woodbine Racetrack,” said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment.

Dining options continue to expand at Woodbine Racetrack. Excellent outdoor dining experiences include the Patio at Champions, which continues to offer the best patio view in Toronto, Thursday through Sunday. Starting on July 22, the heralded Woodbine Club will open for safe, indoor dining experiences featuring a sensational new menu. Additionally, the Tim Hortons is open during live racing hours. As per government guidelines, reservations are required. To reserve a dining experience, please click here.

Simulcasting, wagering and guest areas will be available on Woodbine Racetrack’s second and third floors and allow race fans to watch and wager on live horse racing from tracks across the globe.

The racetrack will be open on live race days one hour before post time to approximately 11:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. on Sundays) for wagering and simulcasting services. As per government guidelines, reservations are required. Guests wishing to attend Woodbine Racetrack for second floor wagering and simulcasting services are asked to register for their spot onsite inside of Gate 10 (Main Entrance) upon arrival. Guest Service staff will be present to help guests with daily registration. To comply with government-imposed capacity limits, a maximum of 1,000 people will be permitted indoors at Woodbine Racetrack and expanded areas outdoors including the apron and outdoor seating will be available.

Thoroughbred Post Times at Woodbine Racetrack

  • Thursday: 1:10 p.m.
  • Friday: 4:50 p.m.
  • Saturday: 1:10 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1:10 p.m.

Additionally, Woodbine Racetrack remains open for Quick Cash Stop services. Quick Cash Stop service allows horseplayers to drop-in to place advance wagers, purchase programs, deposit funds into their HPIbet accounts and any other wagering related transactions.

Woodbine Racetrack Quick Cash Stop Hours:

  • Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Quick Cash Stop customers who would like to extend their stay for simulcasting, to view live racing or enjoy dining are asked to register for their spot onsite inside of Gate 10 (Main Entrance) upon arrival. Guest Service staff will be present to help guests with daily registration.

Guests can continue to reserve their spot to enjoy outdoor amenities including Woodbine Racetrack’s Trackside Apron, The Patio at Champions, or expanded grandstand seating. Please click here to make your reservation.

Here are the details:

  • Free parking is available in lots A, B, and C. All other lots are closed due to ongoing construction. Please click here for construction details.
  • Guests and spectators must enter via the Main Entrance (Gate 10).
  • Wagering terminals will be available indoors and outdoors.
  • Wagering and simulcasting services will be on the second and third floors.
  • Spectators will be required to wear a face mask while on property, indoors and outdoors when there is difficulty in maintain a safe physical distance from others (unless eating or drinking).

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will the casino be open?
    1. As per the Government of Ontario, casinos are slated to open as part of Step 3. The best place to find information relating to Casino Woodbine is https://casinowoodbine.com/
  • Do we need to make reservations?
    1. Reservations are required for all guests to help create a safer experience for everyone. Guest Service staff will be present to help guests with daily registration.
  • Is there an admission charge for the racetrack?
    1. There is no admission charge to attend the races at Woodbine Racetrack.
  • If I reserve a seat in the Woodbine Racetrack grandstand, will I be able to go to the apron?
    1. At this time, to best ensure the safest experience for everyone, guests will be limited to the area they reserved.
  • Is dining available?
    1. Yes! Limited, safe dining experiences are available with reservations. To reserve a dining experience, please click here.
  • How many spectators are permitted to experience live, world-class racing at Woodbine Racetrack?
    1. Woodbine Entertainment is proud to operate expansive, premier, outdoor horse racing venues that allow spectators to safely view live, world-class racing at Woodbine Racetrack where we can safely offer in-person live racing and wagering experiences. Indoors, we have taken special care to ensure our facilities are cleaned and disinfected regularly and are designed to promote a safe, physically distanced experience. A maximum of 1000 guests are permitted indoors. Outdoor seating capacity is based on the provincial guideline of 75%. In addition, guests can enjoy excellent dining experiences during live racing at any of our available restaurants.
  • Will all seating be outside?
    1. While the majority of seating is within our large open-air, outdoor grandstand and / or apron. Some limited and physically distanced seats are available indoors.
  • Can I go inside the Woodbine Racetrack grandstand?
    1. As per Government restrictions and in the interest of everyone’s safety, indoor experiences are limited. Guests who have made a reservation to attend live racing may enter the grandstand to access outdoor areas, use the washrooms, place a bet (outdoor wagering to be available in some locations), purchase food and beverage or other retail or for emergency purposes.
  • What is Woodbine Entertainment doing to ensure the venues are safe?
    1. As part of Step 3 requirements, Woodbine Entertainment will ensure all guests have made reservations with the necessary contact information, follow a robust safety plan, post occupancy limits and ensure that all staff are trained to provide the safest experience possible for all guests. Additionally, Woodbine Entertainment will follow an advanced cleaning and disinfecting schedule in all common areas and screen all guests and staff for COVID-19 symptoms or exposure.
  • Will I be required to wear a mask while at Woodbine Racetrack?
    1. Everyone onsite is required to always wear a mask while at Woodbine Racetrack except for when eating or drinking or when outdoors and when physically distanced from others.
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