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The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) announced that the results of two days of additional testing indicate that containment and mitigation measures are working to contain the neuropathogeniclogical form of EHV-1 to a single barn at Woodbine Racetrack. On May 19, testing conducted on horses stabled a new round of testing on May 20 in all Woodbine barns revealed no positive cases. Testing conducted on May 19 in Barn 12 returned 5 new positive cases, bringing the total to 25 of the 59 horses residing there. The affected horses are in isolation or have been sent to the Ontario Veterinary College for treatment. On May 20, testing was conducted on horses residing in adjacent barns and a small number of horses from other barns showing potential symptoms of EHV-1, such as fever. This additional round of testing revealed no positives of the neuropathogenic form of EHV-1. In order to minimize the spread of this outbreak, the AGCO has reached out to all trainers at Woodbine and provided advice on the importance of quick reporting of horses with any fever, respiratory and neurological disease. Recognizing the importance of maintaining a balance between containing the disease and keeping horses in training for their wellbeing, non-isolated horses will be permitted to train. They must be segregated from other horses. Testing and Mitigation The testing of other horses on May 20 in Barns 9, 10, 11, 33 and 35 has identified the following results, and led to the introduction of mitigation strategies for these Barns, in addition to those already in place for Barn 12: Barn 9 - Four horses tested due to symptoms. Each horse tested negative for the neuropathogenic form of EHV-1. Barn 9 horses will be permitted to train, segregated from other horses. Barn 10 - All horses tested due to proximity to Barn 12. Each horse tested negative for the neuropathogenic form of EHV-1. Barn 10 horses will be permitted to train, segregated from other horses. Barns 11 - All horses tested due to proximity to Barn 12. Each horse tested negative for the neuropathogenic form of EHV-1. Barn 11 horses will be permitted to train, segregated from other horses. Barn 12 - Each horse that tested positive has been removed. The remaining horses are isolated in the barn and are not permitted to train at this time. Barn 33 - Two horses tested due to symptoms. Each horse tested negative for the neuropathogenic form of EHV-1. Barn 33 horses will be permitted to train, segregated from other horses. Barn 35 - One horse tested due to symptoms. The horse tested negative for the neuropathogenic form of EHV-1. Barn 35 horses will be permitted to train, segregated from other horses.   All other infectious disease protocols ordered by the AGCO on May 17 remain in place. The AGCO has also been in touch with Fort Erie Race Track. They are putting precautionary measures in place to ensure horses already on the ground, those coming in and those leaving are checked for any symptoms of fever, nasal discharge, etc. The track already has a barn ready for isolation should it be needed. The AGCO shares the collective concern for the well-being of all equine athletes and would like to recognize the continued efforts of staff at Woodbine, the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario, the University of Guelph and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs for their collaboration and diligence in addressing this situation. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and further developments will be reported. EHV-1 cannot be spread to humans and is unrelated to the current COVID-19 pandemic. For more information Horse People: Dr. Adam Chambers Senior Manager of Veterinary Services (289) 237-3922 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES HBPA Memo to Members: Practices to limit the spread of EHV-1    

MILTON, ON - May 19, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment is excited to announce that the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup for harness racing three-year-old pacers is scheduled for Saturday, August 29 at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Milton, Ontario. The eliminations will be held the week prior on Saturday, August 22. Originally scheduled for June 20, the 37th Pepsi North America Cup was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 Woodbine Mohawk Park season was suspended on March 19 and is now set to resume without spectators on Friday, June 5. "Mohawk Park in the fall is always packed full of action and now we are adding our signature event, the Pepsi North America Cup, to the end of the summer schedule which will only add even more excitement heading into the fall stakes season," said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. Woodbine Entertainment will continue to follow the most updated direction from Government and public health officials as it relates to spectators attending events. For the latest regarding fan participation with the 37th Pepsi North America Cup, stay tuned to Woodbine.com/mohawk for updates. Jamie Dykstra Woodbine Entertainment

TORONTO, ON - May 14, 2020 - The return of live horse racing in the Province of Ontario just got one step closer. Earlier today, the Ontario government announced a framework to gradually reopen the Province in stages. Stage 1, which is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 19, allows for horse racing without spectators and physical distancing measures in place. "This is great news for the sport of horse racing and the tens of thousands of people it employs throughout the Province," said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. "With this news, our plans to resume Standardbred racing at Mohawk Park on June 5 and Thoroughbred racing on June 6 at Woodbine remain on track. We appreciate the government's recognition that we can operate spectator-free horse racing safely by following strict physical distancing protocols. "I would also like to thank the entire horse racing community for their patience, understanding and commitment in following health guidelines during this time. In doing so, it has put the entire industry in the position to resume live horse racing in the coming weeks." Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, harness racing at Mohawk Park was suspended on March 19, while the opening of Woodbine's Thoroughbred season, originally scheduled for April 18, was postponed. Jamie Dykstra Woodbine Entertainment

Woodbine Entertainment is ready to give its fans the premium live harness racing they have been looking forward to for months now. Chief Executive Officer Jim Lawson recently announced that Woodbine Mohawk Park could commence live racing on June 5 without spectators. Woodbine Racetrack is expected to commence live racing on the following day if everything goes according to plan. Both Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing are expected to commence at the beginning of next month, according to a recent statement coming from Woodbine Entertainment. Ontario’s horse racing leader is ready to revive the racing industry and support local horse people that have been through a couple of months of no racing. The recently announced plan would strive to set the tone for the 2020 live racing season. Woodbine Mohawk Park is expected to be the first racetrack in the region to greenlight live racing without spectators and pave the way for a successful live racing season. The live races are expected to continue without live spectators until at least September, depending on the recommendations of the provincial health officer. Regardless of that, horse racing enthusiasts would still have the chance to watch the races online. Woodbine Ent. Postpones Pepsi North America Cup In the comfort of their home, they would enjoy the thrill of live racing of both Thoroughbred and Standardbred horses and this is an opportunity many individuals have been looking forward to. Woodbine Entertainment is serious in its efforts to get back on its feet and support the local horse people relying on the racing purses and more. Being responsible is crucial during these trying times. Woodbine Ent. Projects Horse Racing sans Spectators Mr. Lawson also pointed out that those dates are not set in stone for the time being, and the alternative ones are June 12 for harness racing and June 13 for Thoroughbred live racing. Players should be ready for riveting upcoming weeks ether way, as Woodbine Entertainment confirmed. Right now, the horse racing leader is making the plan for the first weeks of live racing. June 5 and 6 Chief Executive Officer Lawson made it clear that the provincial government and the health authorities have to give their nod to the plan for action and the return of live horse racing without spectators. Mr. Lawson also made it clear that the past few weeks have been hard for the horse racing industry and the horse people relying on the income it provides. Woodbine Queen’s Plate Postponed, Backstretch Continues Work He also made it clear during the online question and answers session that the declaration of emergency extended by the government would be respected at all costs, as the health of horse people is of utmost importance. This includes jockeys, groomers, and trainers of the racehorses. Preparation for the launch of live horse racing on both racetracks includes a frank conversation with the government making it clear that social distancing would continue. Woodbine Entertainment Bids Farewell to April 18 Live Racing May 13 brings more clarity regarding the allowed actions on the backstretch. Horse breezing is once again allowed on the premises of Woodbine Racetrack, as this would keep horses in good shape and prepare them for the live races. Jockeys are advised to avoid contact with the trainers and grooms, as to protect all parties. Horse owners are also not allowed to see their horses yet. Author: Daniel Thompson  Daniel had previously worked as a correpsondent and editor for several local Canadian news websites. He developed true interest in the ways of the gambling industry after several accidental visits to casinos with friends. Reprinted with permission of Casino Reports

Milton, ON — While we navigate through these unprecedented times, you’re invited to take part in an interactive, live, online Stronger Together video session with Woodbine CEO Jim Lawson. The session will take place on Tuesday (May 12) at 2 p.m. (EDT) and is available to be viewed at Woodbine.com/events/Stronger-Together. Hosted by on-air personality Jason Portuondo, Lawson will provide various updates, including the latest on efforts to resume live racing in June, while also answering your questions live. The audience is encouraged to ask questions by submitting them through the chat window next to the video. A recorded version of the session will be available after the broadcast. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to racing at Woodbine and we hope you can join us Tuesday. from Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - May 6, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to inform all harness racing owners and trainers that stakes payments for May will proceed as a precautionary measure should live racing resume in June. The Stakes payments are due on Friday, May 15. April 15th's stake payments have been waived completely and the list of horses remaining eligible to our stakes after the March 15 payment can be found here. Payment for the May 15 Stakes Payment can be made here. A revised Standardbred Stakes schedule will be announced shortly. This will include the new date for the Pepsi North America Cup and the undercard Stakes, along with the qualifying schedule and first conditions sheets. The following stakes have payments due: Summer Series Nominations: MILLARD FARMS PURE IVORY DREAM MAKER WHENUWISHUPONASTAR Yearling Nominations: 2021 CHAMPLAIN OPEN 2021 CHAMPLAIN FILLY 2022 SIMCOE OPEN 2022 SIMCOE FILLY 2022 SBOA FILLY Sustaining Payments: PEPSI NORTH AMERICA CUP ARMBRO FLIGHT BATTLE OF THE BELLES BATTLE OF WATERLOO CANADIAN PACING DERBY CANADIAN TROTTING CLASSIC CASUAL BREEZE CHAMPLAIN FILLY CHAMPLAIN OPEN ELEGANTIMAGE ETERNAL CAMNATION FAN HANOVER GOODTIMES MAPLE LEAF TROT METRO PACE MILTON NASSAGAWEYA PEACEFUL WAY ROSES ARE RED SHES A GREAT LADY WILLIAM WELLWOOD MEMORIAL Jamie Dykstra Woodbine Entertainment Director, Communications & Content O: 416-675-3993 x 3531 C: 647-400-6235            

The impact of COVID-19 on the world of sports has shown no limit to what it can affect. Horse racing is faced with many of the same issues as major sporting leagues, but industry leaders say the business is also in a unique position to bounce back quicker than other sports. “We have a big advantage in the sports and entertainment properties because we do not need spectators,” says Woodbine Entertainment Group CEO Jim Lawson. “Since we’re largely driven by our simulcast and our broadcasting features, we have those opportunities available to us, we can operate our sport.” Since horse racing is not facing questions surrounding gate revenue upon resumption of racing, the business does not have to address the same questions the NHL, NBA and MLB will face upon the resumption of their sports. Horse racing is, instead, looking ahead to a quick launch once governments loosen physical distancing measures. There were four tracks racing in Ontario, all without spectators, before operations were halted in March. Since then, the racing community has been preparing and anticipating a return in the summer, buoyed by the fact that no one in the Ontario racing community has tested positive for the virus. “There is not one case of COVID in Ontario,” says John Hayes, Ontario Racing Chair. “The precautions that the industry is taking seem to be working. As we get into May, and if the good news both in the province and in the industry continues, we should be able to get back racing hopefully sometime in June.” Horse racing will also not require a pre-season or warm-up period as many horses continue to train in isolation. Racehorses could theoretically line up at the post before the first sound of the starting trumpet is even played. “None of the trainers stopped, they’re training their horses every day,” says Howard Pearce, owner and operator of LandMark Racing Stables. “If they announced harness racing was starting next week, these horses are ready. That’s a big difference from any of the other sports.” In fact, the readiness of horse racing could prove to be a financially prosperous opportunity. Fonner Park in Grand Island, Neb., is one of approximately six racetracks currently operating in America. Despite the absence of spectators, the racetrack has been taking in record amounts of gambling money. Fonner Park CEO Chris Kotulak told Sportsnet that “what we wager on a normal Saturday is in the neighbourhood of $300,000. Now we’re handing either side of $3 million, sometimes greater than $3 million.” Over a near three-week period in April, Gulfstream Park, Oaklawn Park, Tampa Bay Downs, Fonner Park and Will Rogers Downs have seen a US$150 million-plus (129 per cent) increase in handles from a year ago, according to horseracingnation.com. The Canadian horse racing industry had already seen an uptick in betting handles prior to the COVID-19 shutdown, and are ready to get back to work when appropriate. “We’d already been racing without spectators and it was going over fairly good,” says horse trainer Mark Steacy, owner and operator of Mark Steacy Stables. “It was the only gambling in town, so the bet was really good, too, and it was working quite well.” “We can go on without a public. We’re not like hockey or baseball, we don’t need people in the stands.” Photo: Woodbine Entertainment Group When racing does resume in Ontario, and across Canada, Woodbine Entertainment also hopes to be ready with a new app, Dark Horse, which will more easily assist horse racing fans in placing wagers within Canada. A soft launch is planned for May, provided racing resumes by then, with a wider launch targeted for later this year. Whenever restrictions are lifted, the horse racing industry appears to have a plan to resume its operations. “Our goal is to resume live racing,” notes Lawson. “I hesitate to say a date, but if we can put a lot of this behind us, maybe we can look forward to racing in June or July.” The Queen’s Plate and North American Cup, the largest horse racing events in Canada, have been postponed for the near future. However, Lawson has said he expects both to eventually run later in the year. By Kevin Michie Reprinted with permission of Sportsnet

MILTON, March 26, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment announced Wednesday (March 25) the suspension of all Standardbred stakes payments due on April 15, 2020. The suspension of payments is for all Woodbine administrated stakes event. This includes the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs and the Battle of Waterloo & Belles at Grand River Raceway. Woodbine will reevaluate all stakes purses and sustaining payments in May. Mark McKelvie  

MILTON, March 24, 2020 - In light of the Government of Ontario's decision to mandate all non-essential business be closed by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, Woodbine Entertainment would like to inform all horsepeople that the Bookkeeper's office is open today (Tuesday, March 24) until 5 p.m. to handle request for fund withdrawals. The Bookkeeper's office will be able to handle and process requests for funds either by cheque or by wire transfer that are either called in or e-mailed. All cheque requests will be delivered via regular mail service. Pickup at the Grandstand is not available, as the facility is closed to the public given the COVID-19 pandemic isolation procedures. If requesting a cheque, please ensure that the Bookkeeper's office has your most up to date mailing address. As of 5 p.m today (Tuesday, March 24), the Bookkeeper's office will be closed until further notice and will not be processing any transactions. The Woodbine Standardbred Bookkeeper can be reached at 416-675-3993 x 1 + 4315. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, ON - March 10, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment and the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) would like to immediately inform all harness racing horsepeople of reasonable precautions and steps being taken in the interest of health and safety. Due to the growing public concerns about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and as a safety precaution, training has been cancelled for Wednesday morning (March 11) to allow for the paddock to be fully disinfected. The paddock is scheduled to reopen Thursday morning (March 12) for qualifiers, which are slated to begin at 10 a.m. The disinfecting of the paddock is a safety precaution and there have been no known cases of COVID-19 on the Woodbine Mohawk Park property. An enhanced cleaning protocol will be implemented in the paddock areas until further notice. It is of great importance to Woodbine Entertainment and COSA to keep all our horse people safe and healthy so that the horses can continue to be well cared for. Woodbine and COSA are committed to taking reasonable precautions and steps required to protect the safety of our racing participants and are continuing to keep up-to date with information provided by the Toronto Public Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Toronto Public Health have confirmed risks to COVID-19 continues to remain low, however, there are isolated cases in the Greater Toronto Area. The biggest risk remains coming in direct contact with family of friends that have travelled to Coronavirus hot-zones around the globe. Please see additional information below on best practices: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.Avoid close contact with people who are ill.Stay home when you are ill and immediately inform your employer if you are experiencing the following symptoms: Fever, Dry Cough, Muscle Aches, Tiredness and Difficulty Breathing.Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands.If you don't have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. We require all participants to notify their employer immediately, if they or someone they live with has recently travelled to/from a designated affected area, such as China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Singapore or Iran. It is strongly recommended at this time that you remain home, seek medical attention and/or self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Please use the handwashing stations and/or hand sanitizer outside the following key common areas in at Woodbine Mohawk Park during training and racing: Paddock Kitchen (everyone should wash their hands before and after eating)Race OfficeAll Paddock Areas Coronavirus FAQ Q. What countries have been impacted by the COVID-19 and what should employees do if they have travelled to the designated affected areas? There has been an increase in cases of COVID-19 in China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Singapore and Iran. The direction from Toronto Public Health for people who have travelled to Iran or the Hubei Province in China, is that they should self-isolate for a period of 14 days after your last day in the country. Returning travelers returning from the listed countries are asked to call Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600. Additionally, if you have travelled to any of these affected areas, please monitor for symptoms for 14 days after leaving and report it to your employer immediately. Q. If I have symptoms of COVID-19, what should I do? If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, please call your family doctor or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 and report it to your employer ASAP. If you are on-site at Woodbine, notify Security immediately and we will help you seek medical attention. Q. How many confirmed active cases of COVID-19 are in Ontario? A. As of March 10, 2020, there have been 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario. Q. What happens in the event that the COVID-19 situation escalates in our workplace, in the municipalities that we operate in and worldwide? Woodbine and COSA continue to monitor the situation closely and will follow direction and guidance from Toronto Public Health and relevant municipal/provincial authorities. Additionally, Woodbine has a working Task Force in place who are dedicated to developing and activating a preparedness and response plan according to the severity and impact level. Thank you for your continued cooperation in maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and paddock area, and we will continue to update you as pertinent information becomes available. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 7, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment announced today changes to its senior leadership team as part of a strategic re-alignment that positions the organization to best fulfil its mission in leading the growth and sustainability of the horse racing industry in Ontario. "Our industry and business have changed significantly over the last few years and this re-alignment of our senior leadership team is the right structure to take advantage of our opportunities and tackle our challenges," said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. "Our sole mandate at Woodbine is to grow and sustain the horse racing industry in our province. We are entirely focused on that mission and these changes reflect our commitment in achieving that goal." The strategic re-alignment involves several senior executives taking on new roles and responsibilities across Woodbine, Woodbine Mohawk Park, and Ontario Racing Management. Joe Aschaiek, previously the Senior Vice President, Finance is now the Chief Financial Officer and will continue to lead all areas of finance for Woodbine Entertainment and play a significant role in driving the organization's strategic imperatives while reporting directly to Lawson. Jonathan Zammit, who has served as the Vice President of Thoroughbred Racing for the last three years, will transition to Vice President, Racing Finance / Associate Executive Director for Ontario Racing Management (ORM) where he will utilize his expertise in strategic finance and experience in horse racing and purse management to maximize wagering handle and optimize race cards working alongside key stakeholders. Zammit, who will report to Aschaiek, will also work alongside Katherine Curry, Executive Director of ORM, to support the entire provincial horse racing industry with respect to the Long-Term Funding Agreement and other strategic financial matters. Jessica Buckley, who was most recently President, Woodbine Mohawk Park and has held several different positions throughout her career in the US and at Woodbine including in wagering, broadcast, government relations and stakeholder relations, is now the Senior Vice President of Standardbred Racing and Thoroughbred Racing. With an extensive background in horse racing that spans more than two decades, Buckley will lead both breeds of world-class racing and report to Lawson, while both the Standardbred and Thoroughbred Racing Operations will report directly into her. Spencer Parazader, who joined Woodbine Entertainment in 2019 and has significant experience in the gaming industry, will take on the role of General Manager for Woodbine Mohawk Park and report into Chief Operating Officer Tom Via. Bill McLinchey will continue in his role of Director of Standardbred Racing reporting to Buckley. "As we enter into a new decade, we remain very optimistic about the horse racing industry, but also recognize that we are not without challenges," said Lawson. "These changes to our senior leadership, along with working closely with our many stakeholders, will ensure a bright future for the great sport of horse racing for decades to come." by Jamie Dykstra, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - January 3, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced that the 2019 Standardbred season produced a record all-sources harness racing handle of $364,639,490, the highest in Woodbine Standardbred history. "This was our first full year of harness racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park and it proved to be very successful," said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. "We look forward to building off of our successes in 2019 as we fulfill our vision of being the top standardbred racetrack in the world." The 216-date season (five cancellations) saw the all-sources handle rise 9.2 per cent and a record per-race handle of $161,990, up 11.2 per cent from the previous year. A total of 2,251 races were contested, 41 fewer than the year prior. Foreign wagering (outside Canada) on Woodbine Standardbred races in 2019 was as strong as ever with a record total of $243,095,740 wagered, up 15.2 per cent from 2018. Home Market Area wagering held steady by coming in at $88 million for the second consecutive year. The 2019 racing season at Mohawk Park was highlighted by the 36th Pepsi North America Cup on June 15 and the return of the Breeders Crown on October 25 and 26. The Pepsi North America Cup saw a new stakes and Canadian record of 1:47.2 established by Captain Crunch, who gave driver Scott Zeron and trainer Nancy Johansson each their first North America Cup title. Handle on the $1 million race increased 3.5 per cent from 2018. The $6 million (USD) Breeders Crown, presented by Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, brought the best in harness racing to Mohawk Park for 12 championship races. The two-day event generated a total-handle of $6.6 million, a new record for a Breeders Crown held in Canada. The past year also saw the completion of a $6 million paddock expansion project in October. The 2020 season at Woodbine Mohawk Park will be headlined by a pair of $1 million races, with the 37th Pepsi North America Cup slated for June 20 and the inaugural Mohawk Million set for September 26. A total of 222 race dates are scheduled for 2020 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The season kicks off Saturday evening with an 11-race program. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

MILTON, ON - December 17, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced a partnership with owner Adriano Sorella to launch the Jimmy Freight Stakes in 2023, an event restricted to two-year-olds sired by Jimmy Freight. The new event will have a purse of $100,000, posted by Sorella, and be held at Woodbine Mohawk Park in 2023 on a date to be determined. Foals from mares bred to Jimmy Freight, who stands at Winbak Farm of Ontario, during the upcoming 2020 breeding season will be eligible. Along with founding this new race for offspring of his stallion, Sorella will be a sponsor of World Class Standardbred racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park during the 2020 season. "I am very pleased to be working with Woodbine Entertainment in regards to this new Stake race named after Jimmy Freight," said Sorella. "Working with Jessica Buckley and her team at Woodbine Mohawk Park, and seeing their excitement, it made this decision an easy one." The Jimmy Freight Stakes will have no staking payments. Only two-year-old sons or daughters of Jimmy Freight that have made a minimum of two starts at Woodbine Mohawk Park will be eligible to enter. The field shall be limited to ten (10) starters. Should more than ten (10) enter, the ten (10) horses with the highest earnings will be selected to race. "This is unique thinking by Mr. Sorella, and we commend his enthusiasm in supporting his stallion and the Standardbred industry with this type of investment," said Jessica Buckley, President of Woodbine Mohawk Park. "With Winbak Farm as an existing partner, we are pleased to add Jimmy Freight to our sponsorship group." Jimmy Freight, an O'Brien Award winner with 21 wins, $1.4 million in earnings and a mark of 1:48.1, is heading into his first season of stallion duty at Winbak Farm of Ontario. His first crop will sell at the 2022 yearling sales prior to debuting on the racetrack in 2023. "I have been buying horses for years, and I understand that there is a big commitment when buying a yearling," said Sorella. "I wanted to add an incentive for not only the buyers, but also the breeders who are breeding to Jimmy Freight. With this race for $100,000 it gives a breeder and a buyer just another edge as there is no risk to either. No stakes payments, no entry fees." Adriano Sorella and driver Louis Philippe Roy Jimmy Freight was one of the most consistent performers in recent memory, posting 21 wins and 43 top-three finishes in 52 career starts. The richest and fastest son of Sportswriter finished outside the top-five only twice during his outstanding racing career. The list of accomplishments for Jimmy Freight includes multiple OSS Gold wins at age two, victories in the Somebeachsomewhere and OSS Super Final at age three and triumphs over harness racing's heavyweights in the Mohawk Gold Cup and Dayton Pacing Derby at age four. The Jimmy Freight Stakes becomes North American harness racing's only race restricted to the offspring of one stallion. "I truly believe this is something that is needed," said Sorella. "Taking the initiative to move forward with a race like this shows my commitment to the sport. I really do believe we have some forward thinkers within the industry, I'm just trying to support my stallion, my partners, and Winbak Farm who have been great to work with." Jimmy Freight stands at Winbak Farm of Ontario for $5,000 (CAD). by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment            

MILTON, ON - October 7, 2019 - On October 18, join industry leaders John Hayes (Independent Chair, Ontario Racing), Brent Stone (Director, AGCO Regulatory Compliance Branch), Jessica Buckley (President, Woodbine Mohawk Park) and Jim Lawson (CEO, Woodbine Entertainment) for a panel discussion on topics and issues central to securing a sustainable future for horse racing in Ontario. This event is by invitation only and has limited capacity. Attendees are strongly encouraged to RSVP as soon as possible to secure a seat. Attendees must RSVP by Friday, October 11, 2019. The event will take place in the COSA Premium Lounge, a temporary structure on the Woodbine Mohawk Park apron that will be used throughout Breeders Crown week. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. The panel discussion begins promptly at 5:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. The panel will be answering attendee questions which you can submit in advance by sending your query to InTouch@Woodbine.com before Monday October 14, 2019. Please click here or to go https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/stronger-together-wmp-uniting-ontario-horse-racing-for-a-sustainable-future-tickets-73333060157 to register. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment        

Toronto -- Woodbine Entertainment (Woodbine) proudly released its 2018 /19 Corporate Responsibility Report which highlights the company's recent achievements towards its long-term commitment to the communities in which it operates, philanthropy, industry leadership, property development and innovation, all while fulfilling its core mandate of sustaining the horse racing industry. "We appreciate the opportunity to demonstrate our full capabilities within the communities we proudly operate in," said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine. "We profoundly believe that we can ensure the long-term sustainability of the world-class horse racing at Woodbine and Mohawk Park while we create jobs, both directly and indirectly, strengthen and build communities, support our neighbours, and provide leadership and innovation for the entire industry." The report focuses on the period from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019 and highlights contributions to three broad areas that encapsulates Woodbine's charitable initiatives including Vibrant & Connected Communities, For the Love of Horses, and Environment & Sustainability. Additionally, the report provides an update on the status of key endeavours such as industry leadership, optimal land development, world-class racing, people and culture, and more. Through its commitment, Woodbine has achieved designations that affirm its corporate social responsibility such as Great Place to Work certification, NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance accreditation for operating one of the safest racetracks in North America, Imagine Canada's Caring Company Status, and are founding members of Partners in Project Green. Woodbine is also embarking on the most exciting development project in Canada. Woodbine Districts, located at Woodbine Racetrack in North-West Toronto, will be a major commercial and employment hub that will include mixed-use residential, commercial space, sports and recreations facilities, parks and public space, a new casino, hotel, restaurants and live entertainment venue. The company continued to invest heavily in the Woodbine Mohawk Park property which completed its first season of winter racing earlier this year and prepares to host the 2019 Breeders Crown, one of harness racing's biggest events on the calendar. "As we strategically develop our land to generate new revenue streams to support the horse racing industry and allow us to become fully self-sustained in the future, we are also building a new entertainment and lifestyle destinations in rural Milton and North-West Toronto that will reinvigorate the surrounding neighbourhoods, create thousands of new jobs, and all be done in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way," said Lawson. Charitable highlights within the 2018 / 19 Corporate Responsibility Report include: Supported more than 100 community-based organizations and charitable causes. Continued to invest in the aftercare and transition of retired race horses and supported organizations that connect our communities with horses.Continued to operate one of the largest corporate community gardens in Canada at 20,000 square feet and provided more than 3,000 lbs of fresh produce to local charitable organization addressing food security.Hosted the fourth annual Rexdale Summer Games at Woodbine Racetrack bringing together over 400 local youth for a spirited day of sport and camaraderie. Hosted Road Hockey to Cancer for the fourth straight year, attracting over 1,700 participants and 150 teams to raise a record $2.7 million for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. Supported Toys for Tots, Holiday Helpers, and Miracle on Main Street toy drives to ensure more than 1,000 children unwrapped a gift during the holiday season. Raised over $25,000 for charitable causes through 50/50 raffles during major events at Woodbine and Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Business highlights within the 2018 / 19 Corporate Responsibility Report include: Announced plans for a new Go Station to be built at Woodbine Racetrack in partnership with the Government of Ontario and Metrolinx.Developed a best-in-class standardbred paddock as part of Woodbine's commitment to make Mohawk Park the year-round home of World Class Standardbred racing. Achieved certification as a Great Place to Work for its nearly 2,000 employees for a second consecutive year.Achieved Zero Waste to Landfill at all our facilities and provided sufficient electricity back to the grid to power up to 11,500 homes.Committed $4.5-million in capital and human resources to Ontario Racing Management to help achieve long-term sustainability for horse racing in Ontario.Signed important new agreements that included increased guaranteed purses with the Central Standardbred Association and Horsemen's Benevolent Protective Association of Ontario to help provide industry-wide economic certainty and confidence.Opened a new, locally sourced and inspired dining experience at Woodbine Mohawk Park called the Mohawk Harvest Kitchen.Completed prototype for Dark Horse, a new innovative app designed to help new customers enjoy racing and gaming.Opened a state-of-the-art brand-new inner turf course that exemplifies Woodbine's commitment to safety.   "We are very proud of our efforts over the last year, but more than anything, we are motivated and excited about our future, the future of our communities, and the positive impact we will have on our neighbours, the horse racing industry and the provincial economy," said Lawson. As a responsible corporate citizen, Woodbine Entertainment has produced a Corporate Responsibility Report every year since 2006. The 2018 / 19 report is publicly accessible and is available for download or online viewing at WoodbineCares.ca. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

TORONTO, ON - August 9, 2019 - Live streaming will be available for this afternoon's Ontario horse racing panel discussion, "Stronger Together: Uniting Horse Racing for a Sustainable Future." Moderated by host Jason Portuondo, the panel will feature industry leaders John Hayes (Independent Chair, Ontario Racing), Stephen Rigby (President and Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.), Jean Major (Chief Executive Officer, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario) and Jim Lawson (Chief Executive Officer, Woodbine Entertainment). The panelists will discuss topics and issues central to securing a sustainable future for horse racing in Ontario and will also answer questions that have been submitted by industry stakeholders. Live streaming of the panel discussion will be available on Woodbine's website, beginning at approximately 1:30 p.m. ET. The live stream can be viewed here: https://woodbine.com/events/live-stream-stronger-together-uniting-ontario-horse-racing-for-a-sustainable-future-event/ Members of the horse racing industry have been invited to the event, which is being held in the newly opened Trackside Clubhouse (previously known as the Standardbred Paddock) at Woodbine Racetrack. From Brittany Mayotte, for Woodbine Entertainment  

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