John (Jack) H. Kenney, a longtime executive of Woodbine Entertainment Group (formerly Ontario Jockey Club), died March 14 at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, at the age of 79.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced March 12 that Steve Koch has been named executive director of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.
Woodbine will make a change to its primary Thoroughbred racing surface, but it will remain synthetic. Officials said a Tapeta surface will replace the Polytrack surface for the 2016 Thoroughbred meet.
Woodbine Entertainment Group announced president and chief executive officer Nick Eaves will leave the company, effective March 31, 2015.
The 2014 Woodbine Thoroughbred meet ended with a slight decrease in all-sources handle, the Woodbine Entertainment Group reported Dec. 11.
Stuart Slagle, currently racing secretary at Hastings Racecourse, has been named new Thoroughbred racing secretary at Woodbine, effective Nov. 10.
Woodbine Entertainment Group and the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame announced July 3 the grandfathering of five winners of the Triple Crown series.
Woodbine Entertainment Group announced that the Woodbine Thoroughbred simulcast feed is being produced in high definition in a new production control room located on the fourth floor of the Woodbine grandstand.
An exercise rider at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto was killed during training hours June 24 after a horse collapsed on him.
TSN announced a multi-year deal with Woodbine Entertainment Group June 6 that will see the Canadian sports network broadcast every race from the nation's Triple Crown series.
Woodbine Entertainment Group and the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association Feb. 27 jointly announced restructuring of the Ontario-sired Thoroughbred racing overnight program at Woodbine.
Steve Lym, director of Thoroughbred racing and racing secretary at Woodbine, will have his role expanded to include operational responsibilities for the Woodbine backstretch.
Michelle E. DiEmanuele, president and CEO of Trillium Health Partners, has been named to the Woodbine Entertainment Group's board of directors.
Blake Tohana, a former executive with defunct Magna Entertainment Corp., has been appointed to the Woodbine Entertainment Group board of directors while David S. Willmot, Mark Frostad, and William Graham will leave the board.
Woodbine Entertainment Group has announced it is lowering the takeout on win wagers to 14.95% for the 133-day Thoroughbred meet at Woodbine that begins April 20.
TVG has announced that in partnership with Woodbine Entertainment Group, the horse racing network is expanding its live coverage of racing from Japan in 2013.
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.
A two-year funding agreement reached with the government of Ontario will see Woodbine reduce Thoroughbred race dates by 14.7% in 2013 but will allow the track near Toronto to offer average daily purses comparable to 2012.
Woodbine officials say an agreement in place with the province of Ontario will ensure live racing and industry stability for the next two years.
Woodbine Entertainment Group announced Dec. 20 that handle on the Woodbine 2012 live Thoroughbred meet, which concluded Dec. 16, showed impressive growth over the 2011 season.
Keeneland and Woodbine Entertainment Group were declared co-winners of this year's Simulcast Award at the International Simulcast Conference in Clearwater Beach, Fla.
Woodbine Entertainment Group received Ontario Racing Commission approval Sept. 7 to drop 11 Thursday afternoon cards from the Toronto track's 2012 live Thoroughbred racing calendar.
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.
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.
An executive with Woodbine Entertainment Group has told local officials its Woodbine racetrack will not survive if slot machines are removed from the facility in March of next year.
A poll commissioned by Woodbine Entertainment Group indicates a majority of the Toronto, Ontario, residents surveyed oppose locating a casino downtown, and that slightly more than half support a full-scale casino at Woodbine.
Just two days after the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. announced it will end the slots-at-racetracks program in the province in March 2013, it acted swiftly by revealing that slots parlors at three tracks will close.
The Ontario provincial government said March 12 it will be ending payments to racetracks through the slots-at-racetracks program in March 2013. The result could mean potential closures for many of the province's 17 tracks.
A top government official in Ontario Feb. 14 questioned the $345 million horse racing gets from province-operated slot machines given a $16 billion budget deficit.
The Jockey Club of Canada will host its 37th Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony to honor the Canadian Champions of 2011 April 5, 2012, on the third floor of Woodbine.
Woodbine Entertainment Group announced that its 2011 live Thoroughbred racing season saw a significant increase in handle over the previous year.
Woodbine Entertainment Group reported all-source betting on the live Woodbine Racecourse meet increased 11.82% on wagering handle of $206,056,400 at the halfway mark of the 167-day meet.
Woodbine Entertainment Group announced that the takeout on its triactor (trifecta) wager by 2% for the upcoming live Thoroughbred meet that begins April 2 at the Toronto, Canada track.
Woodbine Racecourse has released a 2011 schedule consisting of 102 stakes offering nearly $22 million in purses, including cuts to two of its major races.
Woodbine Entertainment Group and the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario have entered into an agreement ensuring 167 dates of Thoroughbred racing at Woodbine each year for the next five years.
Woodbine Entertainment Group has announced that one of its premier races will be sponsored by technology company Ricoh Canada under a two-year agreement.
As they go about the tasks of showing horses and leading them to the sales ring at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale, the team at Anderson Farms does it with an emotional tug.
For the fourth time in seven years, Woodbine Entertainment Group was named the winner of the 2010 Simulcast Award at the International Simulcasting Conference in Clearwater, Florida.
On June 4, Nick Eaves assumed the title of chief executive officer of Woodbine Entertainment Group, succeeding David Willmot, who has served in the position since 1995.
Woodbine Entertainment Group has announced the hosts for its redesigned TV programming offerings in 2010.
Woodbine Entertainment Group, which operates Woodbine Racetrack, announced that David S. Willmot plans to leave the post of CEO, effective with the board of directors next meeting June 4, 2010. Willmot announced his intentions during the WEG directors meeting Dec. 4.
Woodbine Entertainment Group announced July 8 it is suspending its "Turbo-charged Pick 6" wager promotion, while leaving open the option of bringing it back later in the season or for special events.
Betting on Woodbine's 2008 live Thoroughbred meet, which concluded Dec. 7, remained steady over last year, Woodbine Entertainment Group announced Dec. 10.
Woodbine Entertainment Group announced March 12 personnel changes in its Thoroughbred racing operations.
The board of directors of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario has unanimously approved the extension of its current contract with Woodbine Entertainment Group for an additional three years, the organization announced Jan. 18.
Horsemen are calling for an end to the stalemate over account wagering; and even though providers say they want it to end as well, there doesn't appear to be a resolution in sight.
AmTote, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Magna Entertainment Corp., has entered into a tote service agreement with Woodbine Entertainment Group in Canada.
The Ontario division of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society has announced the release of the 2007 Thoroughbred Improvement Program. The program comes after negotiations with Woodbine Entertainment Group, Fort Erie Racetrack, the Horsemen's Benevolent Protective Association, and the approval of the Ontario Racing Commission.
A racetrack operator is calling on tracks to take control of simulcasts, which now produce about 85% of pari-mutuel handle in North America.
Woodbine's all-source handle fell 8.6% in 2006, but a rebound in wagering and field size after installation of an all-weather main track has officials for the Woodbine Entertainment Group looking forward to next year.
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