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Woodbine backstretch now open

March 1, 2013

​TORONTO, March 1 – It’s a sure sign the 2013 thoroughbred racing season is fast approaching, as the doors opened to the Woodbine backstretch area on Friday morning.

"It’s a pleasure to see horses and horsemen alike back in action after their winter break," said Steve Koch, vice-president of thoroughbred racing for Woodbine Entertainment Group. "This is a special time of year when hope and anticipation are at their seasonal peak throughout the racing community."

Nearly 200 trainers will put over 2,100 stalls in use throughout the eight-month meet, which sees live racing burst from the gate on April 20.

The following is the schedule for Woodbine’s training track which opens on Sunday, March 3:

Training Track:
7:00 to 11:00 a.m., daily, weather permitting.

Sand Ring:
6:00 to 12:00 noon, daily

The 154th edition of the Queen’s Plate, first jewel in Canada’s Triple Crown of Racing, will be run on Sunday, July 7 this year.

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