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Woodbine

Track Address: 444 Rexdale Blvd., Toronto, Ontario Canada

 

Woodbine Racetrack is Canada's premier horse racing track, located just north of the core of downtown Toronto. It is owned by Woodbine Entertainment Group, formerly known as the Ontario Jockey Club. The track was opened in 1956. It has been extensively remodelled since 1993, and since 1994 has three racecourses. Woodbine is the only horse racing track in North America that is capable of staging, thoroughbred and standardbred horse racing programs on the same day.

The track hosts to two of the three Canadian Triple Crown events: the Queen's Plate and the Breeders' Stakes. In addition to some significant Canadian horse racing stakes schedule, Woodbine has also hosted some popular horse races that are typically run in the United States, the Breeders' Cup was held at Woodbine in 1996 and the Arlington Million was held there in 1988.


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Woodbine Racetrack Schedule

Live Racing: Standard bred Racing: Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Thoroughbred Racing: Wednesday - Sunday

Live Racing Calendar: Thoroughbred Racing: April - December, Standard bred Racing: January- December

Course Type: Flat Thoroughbred/Harness

Notable Races: Canadian International Stakes (GI), Queen's Plate (GI), Woodbine Mile (GI), E.P. Taylor Stakes (GI)

Main Track: 1.5 miles

Distance from last turn to finish line: 975 feet

Turf Course: 7 Furlongs

 

Race Tracks at Woodbine

The outermost turf course for thoroughbreds, called the E. P. Taylor track, is 1.5 miles long with a chute allowing races of 1.125 miles to be run around one turn. The Taylor turf course and the main dirt course at Belmont Park on New York's Long Island are the only mile-and-a-half layouts in North American thoroughbred racing.

Inside the E. P. Taylor course is the main Polytrack course for Thoroughbreds. A left-handed one-mile oval with chutes facilitating races at seven furlongs and at 1.25 miles.

Inside the Polytrack course is an oval Standardbred racecourse seven-eighths of a mile in circumference, made of crushed limestone.

 

Post Times

Thoroughbred Racing Post Times
Wednesday nights: 6:45 pm (June to December)
Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons: 1:00 pm (April to June)
Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons: 12:50pm (starting June to December)

Standardbred Racing Post Times
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights: 7:25pm (January to May, October to December)

 

Graded Stakes Races at Woodbine

Grade I

Canadian International Stakes
E. P. Taylor Stakes
Nearctic Stakes
Northern Dancer Turf Stakes
Woodbine Mile

Grade II

Autumn Stakes
Canadian Stakes
Connaught Cup Stakes
Dance Smartly Stakes
Grey Breeders' Cup Stakes
Highlander Stakes
King Edward Breeders' Cup Stakes
Nassau Stakes
Nijinsky Stakes
Play The King Stakes
Sky Classic Stakes

Grade III

Dominion Day Stakes
Durham Cup Stakes
Eclipse Stakes
Hendrie Stakes
Kennedy Road Stakes
Marine Stakes
Natalma Stakes
Ontario Derby
Royal North Stakes
Seagram Cup Stakes
Seaway Stakes
Selene Stakes
Singspiel Stakes
Summer Stakes
Vigil Stakes
Whimsical Stakes

 

 

 

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