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Woodbine to open season as scheduled for first time since 2019

April 12, 2022

TORONTO, April 12, 2022 – For the first time since April 2019, Woodbine Entertainment is set to open its Thoroughbred racing season without delay this Saturday (April 16) at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.

The familiar sounds of the thoroughbreds storming around the Toronto oval has been absent over the past two springs due to COVID-19 restrictions preventing the operation of live racing in Ontario. Both the 2020 and 2021 seasons did not begin until June, nearly two months later than originally planned.

The 2022 season, which opens with live racing this Saturday and Sunday, will run through December 11, and features a total of 133 race dates.

“To have opening day back in its usual position on the calendar is very important to not only our operations at Woodbine, but also the livelihoods of our racing participants,” said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. “Having had so much uncertainty throughout our last two seasons it provides great relief to start our season in mid-April and look ahead at a full racing calendar.”

The 163rd running of The Queen’s Plate on Sunday, August 21 is the crown jewel of the 2022 racing season at Woodbine. More than $16.9 million in stakes races will be contested throughout the new season, including 37 graded stakes.

Other notable dates for the 2022 season include the Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser (July 24), the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (September 17) and the Breeders’ Stakes (October 2).

Post time for Saturday’s opening day is 1:10 p.m.

For more information on live racing at Woodbine, visit


Woodbine Communications

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