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Simulcast Award Goes to Del Mar

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club received the 2005 Simulcast Award Tuesday at the annual International Simulcast Conference being held this week in La Jolla, Calif., near San Diego.

Lacerated Liver Sidelines Canadian Rider King

Jockey Robert King, Jr., who was injured in a walking ring incident at Woodbine on Sept. 21, will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2005 campaign after being diagnosed with a lacerated liver.

Woodbine to Build Entertainment Complex

Woodbine Entertainment Group enters a new era in horse racing and entertainment with its announcement today that, in partnership with American-based The Cordish Co., the Toronto track will build a $310 million, 25-acre entertainment district on the track's property.

Woodbine Gains Limited Access to U.S. Pools

Woodbine Entertainment Group announced July 2 that Canadian wagers on Balmoral Park, a Chicago-based harness track, will for the first time be combined with the U.S. host track's pools, giving customers in both countries the same winning payout prices.

Woodbine Tote Failure Forces Refunds

Due to a serious tote system failure Saturday night, Woodbine Entertainment refunded all wagers from the final eight live standardbred races from Woodbine and over 60 races from the evening's simulcast menu.

Sam Krasner Named Gomez Award Winner

Sam Krasner was named the 2005 Avelino Gomez Memorial Award winner. The award is given to the person, Canadian-born, Canadian-raised or regular rider in the country for more than five years, who has made significant contributions to the sport.

Bahen, Ramirez Hit 1,000 Wins at Woodbine

Jockey Steve Bahen collected his 1,000th lifetime score aboard Queen's Plate hopeful Dave The Knave in Woodbine's second race on Friday afternoon, one day after fellow rider Martin Ramirez reached the same milestone at the Toronto oval.

Woodbine Looks To Commingle With U.S. Pools

Woodbine Entertainment Group, owner of Canada's largest racetrack, has filed applications that would allow its customers to place wagers directly into common pools at two tracks in the United States--The Meadowlands in New Jersey, and Calder Race Course in Florida. Similar applications for New York and California are slated to follow, said Steve Mitchell, WEG senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Management Changes Announced at Woodbine

John Whitson, vice president of Thoroughbred racing for Woodbine, where he has worked for 31 years, will retire at the end of the year. Whitson will remain a consultant for Woodbine Entertainment Group on its stakes program.

Woodbine Purse Cuts to Average 5%

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Woodbine Entertainment Group, blaming a decline in slot machine business at both Mohawk and Woodbine as a result of recent implementation of government no smoking laws, announced July 15 an overall 5% cut in purses for Thoroughbred racing.

Win No. 2,500 for Canadian Rider David Clark

Hours after hearing that his hot Labatt Woodbine Oaks prospect, Nashinda, would not be entered in Sunday's key 3-year-old filly race, jockey David Clark made up for some of the disappointment by winning his 2,500th career race Friday at Woodbine.

Woodbine to Sell Hastings Park

Hastings Park is for sale. The Vancouver racetrack that was purchased by Woodbine Entertainment Group in 2002 apparently isn't performing as well as its parent company had hoped, even though attendance and wagering have increased since it changed hands.

Graded Stakes Schedule Set for Canada

The Jockey Club of Canada's Canadian Graded Stakes Committee has released its 2004 list of graded stakes, which numbers 38 races, with three graded I events, the Pattison Canadian International, Atto Mile, and E.P. Taylor, all of which are contested at Woodbine.

Field Set For Pattison Canadian International

The defection of Sam-Son Farm's Strut the Stage from Sunday's $1.5-million Pattison Canadian International (Can-I) at Woodbine did nothing to diminish the field. Instead it opened the door for a field of 11 talented runners, including two additional Sam-Son runners, Portcullis, and the up-and-coming Shoal Water. Sam-Son Farmwon the Canadian International in 1991 with Sky Classic and the 1997 edition with Chief Bearheart.

Eleven Horses Eying Atto Mile

Eleven horses are expected for Sunday's $1-million Atto Mile (Can-IT) at Woodbine, but the filly First Quarter will not be among them. Still expected are Perfect Soul and Freefourinternet, who had their last works before the race.

Report: Woodbine Interested in Meadowlands

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Woodbine Entertainment Group, which operates Thoroughbred and Standardbred meets, is considering a purchase or lease of Meadowlands, another dual-breed facility, according to a published report.

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