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  • Woodbine Implements Personnel Reductions

    Woodbine Entertainment Group announced Feb. 13 it has instituted a significant restructuring of its operating model and will reduce its work force by 109 salaried positions and a significant number of hourly positions.

  • Irish Mission is one of the Sovereign Award finalists for 3-year-old female.

    Sovereign Award Finalists Announced

    The Jockey Club of Canada will host its 38th annual Sovereign Awards ceremony to honor the Canadian champions of 2012 at Woodbine Racetrack on the eve of the start of its live Thoroughbred race meet.

  • Nat Rea (right) is congratulated by consignor Alfred Nuckols after purchasing a $1.45 million yearling at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.

    Industry Newcomer Rea Maintains Low Profile

    Though he spent $1.45 million Jan. 8 on a yearling Street Sense filly at Keeneland's January sale, retired Canadian businessman Nat Rea says he is taking a cautious approach to his investments in the Thoroughbred industry.

  • Avie's Quality One to Watch in Display

    Ten juveniles seek their first stakes score in the $150,000 Display Stakes at Woodbine Dec. 1, including a few who have recently been knocking at the door. But the runner horsemen fear most is Avie's Quality.

  • Dalton McGuinty

    Move by Ontario Premier Blow for Racing

    Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty announced Oct. 15 that he will be stepping down as leader of the province and will also prorogue the government until a new leader for the Liberal party can be named.

  • War Cry Represented by First Winner

    First-crop sire War Cry was represented by his first winner Oct. 7 at Woodbine when homebred filly Jean's a Lady won a $50,000 maiden special weight by a neck for trainer Steve Attard and owners John Curtis and Gino Panza.

  • Stealcase is one of 2 entered by trainer Mark Casse and owner John Oxley in the Ontario Derby.

    Casse Enters Trio, Only Two May Go in Ontario

    Trainer Mark Casse entered Prospective and Stealcase in the $150,000 Ontario Derby at Woodbine Sept. 16, but only expects one to run. Casse will also send out Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gary Barber's Patrioticandproud.

  • Wigmore Hall won the Northern Dancer in 2011.

    Wigmore Hall to Defend Northern Dancer Title

    Defending victor Wigmore Hall, recent grade II winner Forte Dei Marmi, and Woodbine Oaks heroine Irish Mission top a field of eight for the $500,000 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes Presented by Vtech at Woodbine Sept. 16.

  • Big Brown Colt Archer Hill Tops Summer Stakes

    Champion Big Brown could be represented by the second stakes winner of his first juvenile crop if 2-year-old Archer Hill gets the job done in the $250,000 Summer Stakes (gr. IIT) Presented by TVG at Woodbine Sept. 15.

  • CTHS Yearling Sale Opens With Declines

    A cloud of uncertainty hovered over the first session of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's (Ontario division) annual selected yearling sale Sept. 3 at the Woodbine sales pavilion in Rexdale, Ontario.

  • Woodbine is located in Ontario.

    Will Ontario Slots Program Be Revisited?

    Just days before a government panel is set to release recommendations for the future of horse racing in Ontario, the industry is receiving support from politicians questioning the end of the slots-at-racetracks program.

  • Willmot Retires as WEG Chairman

    Woodbine Entertainment Group Aug. 1 announced the retirement of David S. Willmot as the company's chairman of the board. James Lawson has been elected chairman in his place.

  • Plan Offered for Future of Ontario Industry

    In response to the cancellation of the slots-at-racetracks program, the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association has developed a plan for "a viable and sustainable horse racing and breeding industry."

  • Eaves: Closure of Woodbine Possible in 2013

    As Woodbine prepares to hold the 153rd edition of the Queen's Plate June 24, Nick Eaves, the track's president, stunned the crowd at the June 21 post-position draw by revealing that Woodbine may be forced to close next April.

  • Ontario Pledges $50M in Transitional Funding

    The Ontario government announced June 7 it will provide up to $50 million in transitional funding to the province's horse racing industry over the next three years.

  • Ontario Racing Lobbying in Advance of Vote

    The future of the Ontario horse racing industry could be placed in serious peril April 24, when a vote on the 2012 Ontario provincial budget is scheduled.

  • Never Retreat

    Never Retreat Canada's Horse of the Year

    Team Block's Never Retreat narrowly beat out a pair of 3-year old champions in Inglorious and Pender Harbour to be named Canada's Horse of the Year for 2011 at the 37th Sovereign Awards.

  • Woodbine Racetrack

    Worries Ahead as 2012 Woodbine Season Begins

    A 167-day meet at Woodbine in Ontario, Canada, is set to begin April 6, but the lingering slots-at-racetracks issue could make the 2012 meet the last one of its kind.

  • Study Shows Racing's Value in Canada, Ontario

    A recently released study shows horse racing has a $5.7 billion economic impact in Canada, and that racing in the province of Ontario accounts for 26% of total expenditures for the Canadian horse industry.

  • Midwest/Canada Regional: High Flyer

    Mark Casse has referred to his vast Thoroughbred training business at Woodbine racetrack as a "well-oiled machine" that runs smoothly from the early morning hours to late in the day.