Keyword: Woodbine

  • Woodbine Expects Similar Daily Purses in 2013

    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.

  • Mark Casse

    Casse, Contreras Win Repeat Woodbine Titles

    There were familiar names on top of the leader board at the end of the 13-race season-ending card at Woodbine Dec. 16, with Mark Casse taking the training title and Luis Contreras on top of the jockey standings.

  • 9-Year-Old Owner Has Runner in Valedictory

    Joshua Attard, 9-year-old son of trainer Kevin Attard, sends out Get A Grip in the $150,000 Valedictory Stakes (Can-III) Dec. 16, the last stake of the Woodbine campaign on the final card of the 2012 season.

  • Aunt Els wins the Ontario Lassie Stakes.

    Aunt Els Too Tough in Ontario Lassie

    Aunt Els led at every call to turn back odds-on favorite Original Script by one length in the $151,739 Ontario Lassie Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Woodbine.

  • Woodbine Starting Gate

    Woodbine Honored as Entertainment Complex

    Top Choice Awards has named Woodbine the top entertainment complex in the Greater Toronto Area for the fourth straight year and for the second straight year the Stadium Bar has been named Best Sports Bar.

  • Fifty Proof wins the Sir Barton Stakes.

    Fifty Proof Returns With Sharp Sir Barton Win

    Favored Fifty Proof, Canada's champion older male of 2011, returned from 16-month layoff to take the $127,321 Sir Barton Stakes in front-running style at Woodbine Dec. 2.

  • 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.

  • Up With the Birds rolls to the win in the Coronation Futurity at Woodbine.

    Up With the Birds Soars to Coronation Victory

    Up With the Birds, rallying from last, circled the field rounding the far turn and swept past favored Star Contender en route to a convincing win in the $249,576 Coronation Futurity for 2-year-olds at Woodbine Nov. 10.

  • Woodbine

    Ontario Report: Changes Ahead for Racing

    Cutting the number of Thoroughbred race dates in Ontario and reducing purses are some of the recommendations put forth by the government commissioned Horse Racing Transition Panel in a final report released Oct. 30.

  • Pool Play at Santa Anita.
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    Time, Training Give Pool Play Another Chance

    The connections of Pool Play figured last year the horse wouldn't race again because of a tendon injury, but given time and sharp training by Mark Casse, the horse has made it to the Breeders' Cup Classic.

  • Nipissing wins the Princess Elizabeth Stakes.

    Nipissing Stays Perfect in Princess Elizabeth

    Favored Nipissing remained unbeaten in three starts when she ran down outsider Strut the Course in the last few strides to capture the $251,525 Princess Elizabeth Stakes by half a length at Woodbine Oct. 28.

  • Crysta's Court won the Victoria Queen for Canadian-bred fillies on Sept. 29.

    10 Juvenile Fillies to Try Princess Elizabeth

    Ten 2-year-old Canadian-foaled fillies will try to burnish their credentials in the $250,000 Princess Elizabeth Stakes Oct. 28 at Woodbine, an important steppingstone to next year's north-of-the-border classics.

  • Chantal Sutherland

    Sutherland Announces Surprise Retirement

    Jockey Chantal Sutherland surprisingly announced her retirement in a statement released Oct. 21, saying she is ready "to begin a new chapter in my life."

  • Joshua Tree wins the Pattison Canadian International.

    Joshua Tree Reclaims Canadian Int'l Crown

    With a perfect front-running ride from Frankie Dettori, Joshua Tree repelled his challengers to win the $1.5 million Pattison Canadian International (Can-IT) for the second time in three years at Woodbine Oct. 14.

  • Next Question wins the Neartic Stakes.

    Next Question Has Right Answers in Nearctic

    Lightly-raced Next Question, making his stakes debut for trainer Mike Trombetta, had all the answers in producing a 16-1 upset in the Nearctic Stakes (Can-IT) on the Woodbine turf course Oct. 14.

  • Delegation wins the Durham Cup Stakes.

    Delegation Meets For Durham Cup Score

    Favorite Delegation ran like a 6-5 choice should, taking the Durham Cup field wire-to-window to win the grade III Polytrack race over nine furlongs by 1 1/4 lengths over defending champ City Wolf.

  • Big Band Sound is the 3-1 favorite in the Nearctic Stakes.

    Nearctic Draws Euro Fillies, Big Band Sound

    Eleven runners from around the globe line up for the $500,000 Nearctic Stakes (Can-IT) at Woodbine Oct. 14. Local hero Big Band Sound is the 3-1 favorite, but 7-2 second choice Fire Lily could roll.

  • 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.

  • Spring Venture is in control in the Mazarine Stakes at Woodbine.

    Spring Venture Stays On Course in Mazarine

    Spring Venture, trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Patrick Husbands, stayed unbeaten while prevailing under a hand ride Oct. 6 at Woodbine in the featured $205,361 Mazarine Stakes (Can-III).

  • Uncaptured is undefeated in four starts at Woodbine this year.

    Unbeaten Uncaptured Gets Route Test in Grey

    Undefeated in four starts at Woodbine this year including three stakes scores, Uncaptured is a clear standout against six juvenile opponents for the $200,000 Grey Stakes (Can-III) at the Toronto track Oct. 7.

  • Trainer Roger Attfield

    Woodbine to Host Ontario Sports Hall of Fame

    Trainer Roger Attfield is among the newest inductees to the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, to be honored in an induction ceremony set for Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto Sept. 29.

  • La Tia wins the La Lorgnette Stakes.

    La Tia Bangs Rail, Still Wins La Lorgnette

    Seemingly headed for an easy front-running victory in the $157,199 La Lorgnette Stakes at Woodbine Sept. 23, favored La Tia jumped into the rail at the eighth pole. Amazingly, the filly recovered in time to win anyway.

  • After the Wire - 9/17/2012

    Evan Hammonds recaps the weekend races that could impact the 2012 Breeders' Cup races including a performance by Wise Dan in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes.