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Streakin Rob Named Early Queen's Plate Favorite

Streakin Rob was named the 4-1 Winterbook favorite for the 143rd running of the Queen's Plate. The 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate, Canada's most famous horse race and North America's oldest continuously run stakes event, is set for Sunday, June 23 at Woodbine.

Woodbine: TV Combats Handle Cannibalization

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While California horsemen fret over the risk of customer cannibalization as a result of account wagering, Woodbine Entertainment officials say they have found just the opposite to be true: Televised racing drives wagering.

Woodbine Announces Record Stakes Schedule

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Woodbine Entertainment Group will have a record $18.7 million stakes schedule for its upcoming 2002 Thoroughbred
season. The stakes calendar includes 100 added-money events.

Canada Issues Graded Stakes Slate for 2002

The Canadian Graded Stakes Committee has released a list of 40 graded stakes scheduled at racetracks in Canada this year. There will be five grade I events, 10 grade II events, and 25 grade III events.

Woodbine Lowers Takeout

The betting public will receive larger payoffs when wagering at Woodbine. The Toronto-area track is reducing takeout by 1% for exactor and daily double wagers on foreign race betting.

Woodbine Entertainment Posts Record Handle for 2001

Expanded distribution of Woodbine Entertainment Group's Thoroughbred and harness races and larger fields generated by higher purses helped increase the company's total handle for the year by 11.1%. The all sources handle for Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing was a record $1.36 billion.

Purses, Handle Soar at Canada's Woodbine

The 165-day Thoroughbred meet at Woodbine Racecourse that ended Sunday showed significant increases in purses and wagering. Boosted by revenues from slot machines, Woodbine purses rose 7% to total more than $80-million, for a daily average distribution of $485,000. With higher purses and larger field sizes, handle at Woodbine increased 14% to average $2,085,756 per day from all sources.

Churchill Downs Moving Closer to Slot Advocacy

Churchill Downs executives say they are not advocating slot machines at Kentucky racetracks, but at a meeting Monday track president Alex Waldrop made a strong pitch for alternative gaming. Waldrop said alternative gaming was the best long-term solution to keep the racing industry in Kentucky growing, according to Louisville Courier-Journal.

Fasig-Tipton to Run Canadian Yearling Sale, Again

The Fasig-Tipton Sales Co. is returning to Canada. After a 12-year hiatus, the Lexington-based company has been asked to run the annual yearling sale at Woodbine Racetrack. Canadian Thoroughbred industry leaders hope the change will bring some stability and growth to the breeding and sales markets.

Numerous Times Turns In Sharp Workout

Canada's best Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships hope, Numerous Times, is 100 percent following a slight illness, and is ready to contest the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT). The colt turned in a sharp five-furlong workout over Woodbine's sloppy main strip on Tuesday morning. Regular rider, Patrick Husbands, guided the four-year-old son of Numerous over five furlongs in 1:00 1/5.

Woodbine Race Report: Mutamam Wins Roughly Run International

You have to give the folks at Woodbine credit--their grade I races are never dull. For the second consecutive year, the CAN$1.5-million (about US$950,800) Canadian International provided a thrilling finish and more than its share of drama as four separate claims of foul--including one against the victorious Mutamam--and a dead heat delayed the official posting of the Sept. 30 race for about 20 minutes.

Gross And Average Fall At Canadian Yearling Sale

Gross revenue and average price declined significantly at the Canadian Breeders Sales' select yearling auction at Woodbine on Tuesday. Colts by Sultry Song and Tale of the Cat brought $150,000 apiece to top the auction. (All figures involving money in this story are reported in Canadian dollars.)

Dancethruthedawn Keeps Queen's Plate in the Family

With Dancethruthedawn's half-length Queen's Plate win, the trophy for the opening leg of the Canadian Triple Crown is becoming more like an heirloom. Following in the footsteps of both her Queen's Plate-winning mother and brother, Sam-Son Farms' homebred Dancethruthedawn stalked the early leaders and rallied on the second turn to win Sunday's Queen's Plate Stakes at Woodbine over favored Win City.

Highland Legacy in Final Plate Move

Highland Legacy, Canada's champion 2-year-old colt of 2000 prepped for the June 24 Queen's Plate with a five furlong workout Thursday morning over Woodbine's fast main track in 1:01 1/5 handily, galloping out six furlongs in 1:15 3/5.

Highland Legacy in Final Plate Move

Highland Legacy, Canada's champion 2-year-old colt of 2000 prepped for the June 24 Queen's Plate with a five furlong workout Thursday morning over Woodbine's fast main track in 1:01 1/5 handily, galloping out six furlongs in 1:15 3/5.

OJC Now Woodbine Entertainment Group

The OJC on Friday changed its name to Woodbine Entertainment Group, and also unveilved a new Web site that reflects the change. In a prepared statement, WEG said the new name better reflects the scope of the company and its business.

Horse Race Wagering Soars in Ontario

The Ontario Jockey Club reported today that wagering continued its strong upward trend in 2000. A record $1,221,684,460 in wagers was handled by the company, up 11.6% from $1,094,511,000 in 1999. Total wagering at the two OJC tracks, Woodbine and Mohawk, at 27 off-track wagering sites in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and by telephone account bettors, totalled $854,866,100, an increase of 7.4% over the $795.8 million recorded in 1999. T

Higher Purses Boost Entire Woodbine Meet

Woodbine's purses got a huge boost after 1,700 slot machines began ringing in the spring. The higher purses, in turn, led to substantial increases in on-track and off-track handle for the 160-day Thoroughbred meet.

Fly for Avie Upsets E.P. Taylor

Ivan Dalos' Fly for Avie, ridden by Todd Kabel, won the $330,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes (Can-I) on Sunday, defeating co-favorites Lady Upstage and Innuendo in a blanket finish. The winner surged down the stretch on the outside to win the 1 1/4-mile race on firm turf in 2:02.78.

Scatter the Gold Denied in Breeders' Stakes

Scatter the Gold's bid to follow in his mother's footsteps by sweeping the Canadian Triple Crown fell a little over three lengths short Saturday as the Sam-Son Farm's homebred finished third in the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine. The Todd Pletcher-trained Lodge Hill earned the win, completing the 1 1/2-mile turf race, run over firm turf, in 2:28.97.

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