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MILTON, December 11, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced a mandatory payout for the harness racing Jackpot Hi-5 will be offered on Saturday, December 19 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. With the carryover currently sitting at $293,196.71, horseplayers will have two more opportunities to try and hit the Jackpot Hi-5 ahead of the mandatory payout, as the wager and carryover will be frozen following this Saturday's (December 12) card in preparation for the mandatory payout on December 19. Woodbine Entertainment has offered a Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout ahead of the holidays in each of the last several years. The Jackpot Hi-5 requires horseplayers to select the top-five finishers in order. A horseplayer can only win the entire jackpot if they hold the only winning ticket for that evening's wager. If there are multiple winning tickets, half the pool is paid out, while the other half is added to the carryover. The entire carryover will be paid out, plus new money wagered, during the mandatory payout on December 19. The Jackpot Hi-5 has a $0.20 minimum and a 15 per cent takeout. Post time for live racing on Friday and Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park is 7 p.m. Mark McKelvie

On Thursday, Jessica Buckley, Senior Vice-President of Standardbred & Thoroughbred Racing, issued the following message to the harness racing horsepeople of Woodbine Mohawk Park. The message to the harness racing industry was issued shortly before the official announcement came from Woodbine that the 2020 Thoroughbred meet would be cancelled. Subject: Important Message about Operating Safely Woodbine Mohawk Park Horsepeople, As you may have seen in the news, the Thoroughbred racing season at Woodbine Racetrack may abruptly end as a result of the Government of Ontario’s announcement last Friday that Toronto has entered the province’s Grey Level (Lockdown) phase of coronavirus-related restrictions. These new ‘Lockdown’ measures do not permit live horse racing in Toronto. Woodbine Entertainment is continuing efforts to get permission from the Government to complete the season and a final decision will be made later today. Currently, Halton, the region where Woodbine Mohawk Park is located, is in the Red Level (Control) of the province’s COVID-19 Response Framework which allows for live horse racing without spectators. However, we can all appreciate how quickly this can change. To that end, we have been in discussions with the Government to explain the significant impact their decision to shut down Thoroughbred horse racing will have on our business, horsepeople and the industry in Ontario. Our hope is that with a better understanding of the industry and our operations, as well as an appreciation of our safety record at Woodbine Racetrack and Woodbine Mohawk Park, the Government will further consider these impacts moving forward and especially if they begin considering moving Halton into the Grey Level (Lockdown). You may also be aware of a jockey testing positive for COVID-19 at Woodbine Racetrack last week. While this is currently being managed well by our COVID-19 Health and Safety Committee and the protocols that we implemented for this very purpose, it also serves as a very important reminder that we all have to do our part to protect each other and our live racing. We cannot stress enough the importance of operating safely by adhering to our strict COVID-19 Prevention Protocols. If a COVID-19 outbreak occurred at Woodbine Mohawk Park and we were forced to suspend racing, it would have very significant impacts to Woodbine Entertainment’s business and the industry. As a reminder, here are the COVID-19 Prevention Protocols that must be followed at all times: Anyone attending Woodbine Mohawk Park must complete the Daily Screening form prior to their arrival which can be found here; While on the property, it is mandatory to wear a face mask or face covering; Wash or sanitize your hands frequently and avoid touching your face; Stay six feet or two metres from others at all times; If you are not feeling well, or are showing any symptoms, be honest and do not access Woodbine Mohawk Park; Limit exposure to others while outside of the racetrack. In addition to following these protocols at Woodbine Mohawk Park, we request that trainers who operate training centres please implement, follow and enforce similar protocols at their facilities. Anyone found not to be adhering to these requirements at Woodbine Mohawk Park may face disciplinary action. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and recognition of its importance. Stay safe everyone, Jessica Buckley Senior Vice President, Standardbred and Thoroughbred Racing Woodbine Entertainment

TORONTO, ON - Tuesday, November 26, 2020 - In response to the Federal Government introducing a Bill that proposes to legalize single event sports wagering in Canada, Woodbine Entertainment would like to congratulate the Government of Canada for considering the potential impacts to the horse racing industry. While the proposed Bill to Amend the Criminal Code would permit single event sports betting on most sports, Woodbine Entertainment is pleased that under the new proposed legislation, fixed odds wagering will not be permitted on horse racing. "On behalf of the entire horse racing industry and the more than 50,000 jobs it represents throughout Canada, I would like to congratulate the Government of Canada and Minister Lametti for clearly considering the interests of horse racing as related to the potential legalization of single event sports wagering," said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. "We look forward to continuing to represent the views of the horse racing industry throughout the legislative process in the House of Commons and the Senate of Canada to ensure that our role continues to be supported and strengthened where possible," said Lawson. "This includes collaborating with the Federal and Provincial Government in future discussions regarding the impacts sports betting may have on horse racing while looking to enhance opportunities that would benefit the industry and the tens of thousands of people it employs." Woodbine Entertainment also offered its support for the legalization of fixed odds single event sports betting so long as it is provided an opportunity to be involved in a meaningful way. "For many decades, Woodbine Entertainment has legally operated single event wagering through a pari-mutuel model, earning the trust of bettors and government agencies, while developing safe and secure technologies that could also benefit single event sports wagering," said Lawson. "Throughout our future discussions with government authorities, we look forward to demonstrating how we can play a meaningful role in the execution of the legalization of sports betting that leverages our industry-leading experience and technology in single event wagering, while also offering a solution that would ensure any profits derived from sports betting remain in our economy." Operating without share capital, Woodbine Entertainment's sole mission as an organization is to sustain the Ontario horse racing industry and the tens of thousands of jobs it supports. About Woodbine Entertainment Woodbine Entertainment is the largest horse racing operator in Canada offering world-class horse racing at both Woodbine (Toronto) and Woodbine Mohawk Park (Milton) racetracks. Woodbine Entertainment also operates off-track wagering through its Champions teletheatre network, which includes WEGZ Stadium Bar in Vaughan and Greenwood in the Beach area of Toronto. Remote wagering is also available to customers through HPIbet (formerly HorsePlayer Interactive), the company's telephone, internet and mobile account wagering service, and Dark Horse, the company's innovative wagering app that uses artificial intelligence to help users make smarter bets right out of the gate. For More Information: Jamie Dykstra Director, Communications 647-400-6235

Toronto, ON - November 18, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment (Woodbine) announced today the appointment of Mr. Michael Lay, Mr. Mark Saunders and Ms. Ann Straatman to its Board of Directors. "Woodbine is proud to announce the appointment of three new members to our Board of Directors," said Christine Magee, Chair, Woodbine Entertainment Board of Directors. "The Board is excited to work with such outstanding leaders to help fulfil Woodbine's mission to grow the sport of horse racing in Ontario while making a positive impact on the communities that we operate in." Mr. Michael Lay is a Managing Partner and Co-Head of ONCAP, the middle market private equity platform of Onex, who invests and manages capital on behalf of shareholders, institutional investors and high net worth clients from around the world. Prior to joining ONCAP in 2000, Mr. Lay was Head of the Private Equity Group at Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. Additionally, Mr. Lay is an experienced Board member having served on numerous corporate and not for profit Boards. Mr. Lay is passionate about Thoroughbred racing and has owned and raced horses at Woodbine since 2013. He has a strong interest in working with the Board and Management Team at Woodbine to grow horse racing throughout the province. "As Woodbine continues to unlock the value of the lands that surrounds our racetracks, Michael's leadership experience will greatly benefit our efforts as we continue to take the prudent steps on our pathway towards self-sustainability," said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. Mr. Saunders is a retired police officer and most recently, the Chief of Police for the Toronto Police Service. As Chief of Police, Mr. Saunders successfully led the largest municipal Police Service in Canada and fourth largest in North America, helping to keep Toronto safe. As Deputy Chief, Mr. Saunders created and operationalized the "C3" Unit, a unit whose mandate is to investigate cybercrime and provide technology based investigative support throughout the Service. As a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for Outstanding Community Contributions recipient, Mr. Saunders impact within Toronto communities was immense and includes serving on the Board of Directors at Covenant House Toronto, as a Co-Chair of the United Way Campaign Cabinet, Vice-patron of Haven Toronto (formerly The Good Neighbours' Club) and the Honourary Chair of the 2019 Special Olympics Ontario Invitational Youth Games. "Mark 's passion for creating safe, inclusive spaces, along with his leadership and community engagement expertise will help Woodbine continue to be an active, responsible and valued member of the communities in which we operate," commented Lawson. Ms. Ann Straatman is one of the most prominent people involved in Canadian standardbred racing. As Reproduction Manager at Seelster Farms, the largest Standardbred breeding farm in Canada, Ms. Straatman uses her 25 years of industry experience to skillfully guide the highly successful operation including directly overseeing stallion acquisition, syndication and management; mare reproductive management, mare contracts and client liaison. Additionally, she is the current Sales Manager of London Selected Yearling Sale and President of Forest City Standardbred Sales Inc. since 2006. Ms. Straatman additionally provides leadership to the industry as Chair of the Board of Directors at Standardbred Canada, Chair of the Board of Governors at Western Fair District; Director of The Hambletonian Society, a member of the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association and a member of the Central Ontario Standardbred Association. "Few people contribute to the horse racing industry to the degree that Ann does," said Lawson. "Having her broad expertise on our Board of Directors will greatly benefit our organization by having another industry leader offer her expertise and experience to our strategic planning and decisions." From Woodbine Entertainment          

MILTON, ON - November 12, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to issue a reminder to the Standardbred racing community of its policies for participants who have recently traveled outside the country and seek to race at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Participants arriving from an outside country or permanent residents returning to Canada will be allowed access to race at Woodbine Mohawk Park under the following conditions: 1) Complete a successful 14-day isolation period before 6 p.m. on race night and pass the COVID-19 screening process at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Proof of date of arrival into Canada is required to be presented to the Director of Standardbred Racing in advance of race night. Day 1 of the isolation period is the day of arrival into Canada. 2) Receipt and proof of "Quarantine Exemption" (e-mail or paper notice) at the Canadian Border AND results of a negative COVID-19 test conducted in Canada upon arrival to be presented to the Director of Standardbred Racing. It is highly recommended that foreign participants or permanent residents returning to Canada not attend Training Centres until the results of a negative COVID-19 test are received, thereby not putting the racing community at risk. Any participants with questions or concerns are asked to contact Bill McLinchey, Director of Standardbred Racing, at by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

TORONTO - November 3, 2020 - Racetracks of Canada, Ontario Racing and Woodbine Entertainment are raising significant concerns with Private Member's Bill C-218. The bill is currently being debated by Members of Parliament in the Canadian House of Commons. PMB C-218 seeks to legalize Single-Event Sports Betting in Canada, but damage to the horseracing industry may end up being an unintended consequence of the legislation. It creates an opening for international companies and others to offer wagering on horseraces in Canada at the expense of the local industry. Canada's horseracing industry is sustainable because of the carefully constructed agreements between betting establishments, horsepeople groups and others in the industry, to ensure that a fair portion of the revenue generated by wagering is circulated back into the horse racing ecosystem. C-218 legalizes wagering on horseracing outside of this framework, jeopardizing the industry support model that serves as the basis of more than 50,000 jobs and $5.7 billion in economic activity across Canada, in both rural areas and in cities. "We recognize there is an opportunity for the Canadian economy to benefit from the legalization of sports wagering," said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. "However, we want to ensure it does not come at the cost of the horse racing industry which has been an important part of the economy for decades. We would be supportive of the legalization of sports betting in Canada if our concerns were addressed through a legislative process." The horseracing industry is calling for the Trudeau Government to take over the sports betting initiative and proceed with a legislative package in the upcoming Fall Economic Statement or the 2021 Budget that legalizes Single-Event Sports Betting with measures that ensure the local horseracing industry is not an unintended casualty. This can be done by ensuring only horse racing establishments can offer wagering on horse races. A new revenue source, Historical Horse Racing, should also be provided to the industry to offset any revenue loss to the new competitive product of single-event betting on other sports. These measures will ensure horse racing can remain sustainable in Canada along with the more than 50,000 jobs it supports across the country. by Jamie Dykstra, for Woodbine Entertainment

Toronto, ON - November 3, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment (Woodbine) proudly released its 2019/20 Corporate Responsibility Report that summarizes the company's recent achievements during the April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020 fiscal year. While the report focuses on this period, it also includes information on how Woodbine's operations were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Titled Breaking New Ground, the 2019/20 Woodbine Corporate Responsibility Report focuses on the company's commitment to the communities in which it operates, philanthropy, industry leadership, property development and sustaining the horse racing industry. "While this year has been extremely difficult for so many, including those in horse racing, we have been highly focused on strengthening our foundation to prepare us for a future of prosperity across the industry," said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. "Through this preparation, and despite the ongoing uncertainty caused by the global pandemic, we are optimistic about our future based on the quality of our racing, strength of our brand and efficient management of our operation." The report highlights contributions to three broad areas that encapsulates Woodbine's charitable initiatives including Supporting Community Health, For the Love of Horses, and Our Footprint. 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. COVID-19 Response Highlights: Backstretch remained open as an essential service to provide stabling and care for upwards of 1,700 horses. Frequent communications with Standardbred and Thoroughbred stakeholders via new weekly updates. Developed "Woodbine's Guide to Working and Racing Safely" that documents policies and procedures created to operate and race in the safest way possible. Responsive and comprehensive planning contributed to being the first professional sport in Canada allowed to return to competition since pandemic closures. Rigorous health and safety protocols saw screening of 500-1,000 essential workers per day on site. Pivoted to safely hosting spectator-free premier races, including The Queen's Plate, Pepsi North America Cup, Ricoh Woodbine Mile and Mohawk Million. Charitable highlights within the 2019/20 Corporate Responsibility Report include: Supported more than 100 community-based organizations and charitable causes. Created the Breeders' Crown Charity Challenge which had a record one-time donation of $282,996.00 to five local charities including $109,484.00 won by the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. Hosted six 50/50 draws at Woodbine Racetrack and Woodbine Mohawk Park raising more than $27,500.00 for five different charities. Received the Osler Award for Philanthropic Leadership for being a long-term supporter of the Etobicoke General Hospital. Hosted (2019) for the third time, the Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer event that saw more than 1,900 participants raise a record-breaking $3.1 million for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. Addressed food insecurity through the production and distribution of hundreds of pounds of food from the Woodbine Cares Community Garden to local community organizations. Honoured to receive naming rights of the emegency waiting rooms at Etobicoke General Hospital and Milton District Hospital as acknowledgement of Woodbine's long-term and sustained financial support of both medical centres. Business highlights within the 2019/20 Corporate Responsibility Report include: Hosted three industry summits called "Stronger Together" to increase communication to industry stakeholders in order to educate them on the workings of the industry, our operations and policies and generally introduce a new level of transparency. Invested in our industry through opening a new seven-furlong Kentucky Bluegrass inner turf course and new Standardbred paddock. Commenced the first phase of land development at Woodbine Racetrack including a planned Metrolinx train station and municipal infrastructure necessary for the development of a world-class casino resort. The economic impact of horse racing continues to be significant with the industry contributing more than $2.3 billion annually to Ontario's gross domestic product. Additionally, the horse racing industry employees more than 60,000 people or 45,433 full-time equivalent jobs. "Every year, we work to build relationships," said Zenia Wadhwani, Woodbine's Director, Community Relations and Corporate Affairs. "To be a good neighbour and give with the intent of making an impact in the lives of individuals, families and communities. To bring our employees together and foster the value of caring for each other and those around us. To make decisions that will be good for the environment and to be a better corporate citizen. Each year, we aim to improve upon what we have accomplished the previous year. This report is a glimpse into how we do that."     As a responsible corporate citizen, Woodbine Entertainment has produced a Corporate Responsibility Report every year since 2006. The 2019/20 report is publicly accessible and is available for download or online viewing at by Jamie Dykstra, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - October 27, 2020 - After a successful inaugural edition, Woodbine Entertainment today confirmed that the Mohawk Million for two-year-old harness racing trotters will return in 2021. "We were very pleased with the support and execution of the inaugural Mohawk Million," said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. "It is important for us to continue evolving and based on the results of the first Mohawk Million we're confident that we can start to build a legacy for this race that can have an immediate impact on many aspects of our industry." The 2021 Mohawk Million will continue to follow a "buy-in" formula with a few minor changes made to the conditions. A total of nine slots will be available for purchase, with the cost of each slot reduced from $110,000 USD to $100,000 CAD. The tenth and final slot will again be awarded to the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial. The purse for the 2021 Mohawk Million will be $1 million CAD. Team Determination, who raced Donna Soprano and On A Streak in the inaugural Mohawk Million, has confirmed their intent to purchase a slot for the 2021 race. "We are very pleased to support this initiative as it contributes to elevate our industry standards," said Team Determination in a statement to Woodbine Entertainment. "It encourages all of us, as industry stakeholders, to lead the way in Canadian horse breeding to achieve World Class level." The deadline to purchase a slot is February 15, 2021 and $50,000 (CAD) will be required with the submission of a slot contract. The remaining $50,000 (CAD) is due June 1, 2021. The inaugural Mohawk Million was recently contested on September 26. Venerate, a son of French stallion Love You, won the inaugural edition for owners Pinkse Stables and Andy Miller Stable. The connections of the Julie Miller trained trotter negotiated a private deal to race Venerate in the slot of owner Brad Grant. The date for the 2021 Mohawk Million will be confirmed and announced later this year. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

Toronto, ON - October 27, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment (Woodbine), Canada's horse racing and wagering leader has added PayPal, one of the world's leading digital payments providers on their platform. This update provides their customers a fast, private, safe, and reliable method for online transactions. HPIbet is the leading Canadian wagering application that allows users to easily place bets and view races on hundreds of tracks across the globe. HPIbet is available across Canada through "We are thrilled to team up with PayPal, a payment processing global leader, to bring our customers their trusted and popular funding mechanism to our platform," said Kevin Maharaj, Director, Business and Product Development at Woodbine. "We are constantly looking for new ways to enrich the customer experience on HPIbet. Allowing our customers from across Canada to fund their accounts using PayPal is a huge step forward in achieving this goal." As of today, HPIbet customers are now able to fund their account using PayPal. Benefits of the PayPal platform for HPIbet members include adding another seamless way to privately and securely deposit money into accounts from their bank account, credit card and debit card attached to their PayPal account or their PayPal balance. From the Woodbine Entertainment Group

MILTON, ON - October 13, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment will be hosting a remote, virtual Stronger Together session on Thursday, October 15 starting at 2:00 p.m. ET on The Stronger Together online panel will be hosted by Jason Portuondo and feature Ann Straatman (Reproduction Manager at Seelster Farms, Sale Manager of London Select Yearling Sale & Chair, Standardbred Canada), owner Brad Grant and Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson. The panel will discuss how the industry managed the COVID-19 pandemic, how its positioned for the future coming out of the pandemic, and innovation in the sport and industry. Please join us virtually at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 15 on for the next edition of Woodbine's Stronger Together. No RSVP or media credentials are required for the online events but media with questions are invited to please contact Mark McKelvie, Manager of Communications, for more information or to request race day credentials. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

Toronto, On - October 9, 2020 - TSN and Woodbine Entertainment announced today that the exciting live horse racing series RACING NIGHT LIVE returns to Canada's Sports Leader this fall. Moving to the network's marquee Friday night timeslot, RACING NIGHT LIVE kicks off Friday, October 16 at 7 p.m. ET on TSN, featuring even more live races each week. A complete schedule of TSN's RACING NIGHT LIVE coverage is available at (schedule subject to change). The two-hour weekly show will now feature at least three Thoroughbred races (depending on the number of races on the card) from Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, and four Standardbred races (up from three) from Woodbine Mohawk Park in Milton, Ontario. Viewers across Canada have been joining in on RACING NIGHT LIVE action and wagering on live races through Woodbine's new easy-to-use horse racing app Dark Horse. Broadcasts have also featured a slate of performances from top Canadian musical artists. "Racing Night Live has been such a tremendous opportunity for horse racing to connect with a new audience in a dynamic way," said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. "We are thrilled to partner with TSN to bring Racing Night Live back in an even bigger way." Weekly editions of RACING NIGHT LIVE are produced through a partnership between Woodbine Entertainment, TSN, and Dome Productions. The show is hosted by TSN's Laura Diakun and Woodbine Entertainment's Jason Portuondo, with Brodie Lawson and Chad Rozema contributing reports from track level. RACING NIGHT LIVE complements TSN's live broadcast coverage of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown. The Queen's Plate champion Mighty Heart won the Prince of Wales Stakes last week and now holds the first two jewels of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown. Should Mighty Heart win the Breeders' Stakes, airing on Saturday, October 24 live on TSN, he would become the first OLG Canadian Triple Crown winner since Wando won it in 2003. Jamie Dykstra Woodbine Entertainment

TORONTO, October 2, 2020 - Although harness racing owner and breeder John Fielding remains modest in speaking of his time on the board at Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG), the contributions he made are quite the opposite. One of horse racing's most passionate supporters, Fielding, who owned his first Standardbred at the age of 16, recently announced he was stepping down from the board he served on for 16 years. "I think any good board needs fresh ideas, fresh faces and younger ideas," said Fielding, who retired as Director and Chair of the Standardbred Racing Committee. "I thought it was a good time to give someone else a kick at the can." Throughout his time on the WEG board, Fielding, one of the highest profile and successful names in harness racing, a two-time owner of the year, whose star Standardbred pupils include Father Patrick and 2018 Hambletonian Oaks winner, $2.2 million earner, Manchego, worked in concert with other board members to navigate the industry through difficult periods. Most notable of all, Fielding recalled the 2012 cancellation of SARP, the Slots At Racetrack Program, that plunged horse racing in Ontario into peril. While plenty of questions surrounded the future of the sport, Fielding felt confident the sport wouldn't simply survive, but would one day thrive. Coming up with the right answers was hardly an easy task, but the board, Fielding included, worked diligently to find them. "After the SARP cancellation, making our way through that was a real challenge," noted Fielding. "It was a challenging time for the horsepeople and everyone connected to the industry because we were all caught so off-guard. The rebuilding to healthiness I think has been a great feat for everyone on the board and for Woodbine, and its management team as a whole. It's been a long road, but I think we're really on the right path now. I thought we'd get to where we are today. There was enough clout in the industry and I thought the industry was strong enough to come together and do the right thing to get to the place where we're at now." Jim Lawson, CEO of WEG, (who shared a story about how his family and the Fieldings share a connection dating back to WWI, see below) has high praise for Fielding's many contributions on the WEG board, and to racing itself. "From my perspective, at the end of the day, what Woodbine is all about is horse racing," said Lawson, chair of the Thoroughbred Racing Committee on the WEG Board, and a member of the Standardbred Racing Committee. "When you have strong, passionate horsepeople on the board, it really helps with the mandate because it brings back into focus that horse racing is what we are. That can manifest itself in a couple of ways. All of the opportunities and different things we look at - we have to be mindful that it's horse racing owners, breeders, and wagering customers that we need to serve. We have this wonderful set of real estate assets and other things we can be pursuing, but at the end of the day, when you have a strong horseperson on your board - as a CEO, I certainly didn't need the reminder - it sure helps when you have people like John who are focused on racing." Lawson also noted Fielding's ability to approach issues in racing with a fair and open mind, someone capable of seeing varying perspectives through a unique lens. "John wore both hats, being a Standardbred owner and being on the board," started Lawson. "He could be objective about things. He could give an objective answer wearing both hats. I truly appreciate that. I've come out of a Thoroughbred background - everyone knows that - and I always remind myself to wear both hats. John naturally wears both hats, which is a great foundation for me looking at things. One critical move was moving the Standardbreds out to Mohawk permanently. Everyone looked at me a little cross-eyed when I first mentioned it. Immediately the question came up, 'So, Jim, you're doing all of this real estate development at Woodbine and you're ultimately going to generate proceeds. Hopefully, as CEO, you're not going to produce all these proceeds for Thoroughbreds, are you?' I don't think that way. Anything we make on real estate is to the benefit of our business, which means both breeds. Having John there as a person who could easily and naturally wear two hats was important for me, someone that I could consult with. Occasionally, as you might expect, conflicts come up between different races, different nights, events, expenditures... it was good to have John as a sounding board. He was kind of my go-to guy when I needed consultation. He knew horse racing. He wore those two hats well. That was important." For Fielding, it was important to play his part in seeing horse racing thrive in Ontario. It was a hallmark of his time on the board, and it remains one to this day. His personal horse racing road to success was forged well before his time on the WEG board. Growing up in Toronto, he rode the streetcar with his brother to Greenwood Raceway where their passion for the sport first began. Introduced to harness racing by his father, Fielding rose up the ranks to become one of its most celebrated owners. He has over 20 Breeders' Crown titles to his name, and has also enjoyed success with Thoroughbreds. In the late '90s, Fielding met Standardbred and Thoroughbred breeder Fred Hertrich at a Standardbred sale at Woodbine. They recorded their first win as breeders in the 2017 Thoroughbred World Championships when 'TDN Rising Star' Rushing Fall won the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Just the type of person - and horseperson - tailor-made to sit on the WEG board. "John led the Standardbred Committee for years and he did that in a very balanced way," said Lawson. "Even as chair of the committee, he knew he had a larger fiduciary duty. I think that stands out for me, the manner in which he led that Standardbred Committee. He never forgot that he had a larger responsibility to the corporation, and I admired him for that. "Secondly, much like [accomplished Thoroughbred trainer] Mark Casse - I'll throw that out there - they're great ambassadors for the Woodbine brand, internationally, and in particular, North America. John is very much in the mix, given the level of his investment in both breeds. Thirdly, I'm reminded of the recent Mohawk Million. He stepped up and bought a slot himself, but he was, in no small way, in that ambassador role, letting people know about the race. He encouraged people to buy slots. We need to thank him for his involvement in the Mohawk Million, too." Fielding, founder of Array Marketing, a leading global provider of retail merchandising solutions, is thankful himself, appreciative of his time on the board and for the friendships he made because of that role. "I've met some wonderful, wonderful people and made some fantastic friendships that will last the rest of my life. I'm proud of what we've accomplished thus far. I'm proud to have been associated with it, and I'm proud of both breeds. We still have a ways to go, but we're on real level footing now. It's been a pleasure working with the different chairs I have, including Jim Lawson, and the different management teams. I think the management team we have now is the strongest I've ever seen it. It's a great team and I think we're in good hands." While he'll be dedicating more time to his business interests and family, one thing that won't change is Fielding's enduring bond with horse racing. "I'm so busy with my business interests that you have to try juggle your life around this business. I'm involved in horse racing quite extensively, in both breeds, but that, in addition to all of the other business interests I have, you kind of run short of time when you want family time, and other things. You have to simplify things the older you get. "But this sport, it gets into your blood and it got into my blood at a very young age. I always dreamt of being involved in the industry, both Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds. I was a huge fan of E.P. Taylor, and I think the board and everyone involved in horse racing could always look at him as the key figure, the one who bought all the land where we are at Woodbine today. He had the vision. The job of the board is to be the custodian of that property and those wishes. And I think we've done a very good of that. Horse racing is alive and well." Another big reason why Fielding believes the board, and industry, is in good hands. "As we move into the next phase of trying to make horse racing fully self-sustainable, I think we're doing all the right moves. I think the future is going to be very bright for horse racing in Ontario." Thanks, in no small part, to the efforts of John Fielding. From Jim Lawson: "My great uncle, who my dad [Mel] was named after, went to war in World War I, and died on the battlefield right near the end of the war. Ultimately, what was recovered was his diary, and then after that, some letters, when my dad did some family tree searching. It turned out that my great uncle had been corresponding and had intended to marry a woman named Grace Fielding. That wasn't her maiden name, but that was John's grandmother. When my dad found out that his great uncle who he was named after - my dad and I visited his gravesite in France and followed his battle route form his diary - he tracked down Grace Fielding who was in a nursing home in Hagersville [ON]. Starting around 1985, my dad started visiting Grace and talking with her. She had saved those letters from my great uncle from Word War I in the battlefields. Early on, the Fielding family became aware of this man - who was in the horse racing business - that was visiting their mother and grandmother. Around that time, John was becoming a big investor in horse racing. When my dad had some good horses like Eternal Search and Let's Go Blue, John's grandmother was cutting out clippings from the newspaper and sending them to John. We have this family connection going back to then. Going back 35-40 years, I found out that John was a huge fan of racing through this unusual connection between the Lawsons and the Fieldings, a story that dates back to World War I. I knew about John and John knew my dad. He approached my dad back in the 1980s. I was asked to join the board of Woodbine and John was already on the board. I had heard about him, and when I walked into the first board meeting, he gave me a hug. He said, 'I know you! We should have been relatives.' Then we both recounted the stories of my great uncle and his grandmother." By Chris Lomon

MILTON, ON - October 1, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment is excited to announce today that through a new partnership with Infotrac - The Hazmat Solution Company and the Worldwide Leader In Emergency Response Services - the expansion of the popular MIC'D UP segment from Woodbine Mohawk Park. MIC'D UP offered horseplayers and fans an opportunity to get closer to the action by attaching a microphone to a driver at Woodbine Mohawk Park and having the driver explain their thoughts and moves in live play-by-play form during a race. Debuting earlier this season during the Woodbine Racing Live simulcast, MIC'D UP and was an immediate hit, drawing positive reactions from horseplayers and racing participants, while also catching the eye of those outside horse racing. MIC'D UP segments drew large views and share numbers on social media along with interest from around the sporting world. The segment was also featured during TSN's Racing Night Live. In one of the segments, driver Doug McNair wore a mic and it can be viewed here. "No matter the sport, fans are always looking to get behind the scenes and closer to the action," said Daniel Caufield, Head of Partnerships for Woodbine Entertainment. "The MIC'D UP segment at Woodbine Mohawk Park is content that pulls you in and provides fans and horseplayers with an unprecedented perspective. We are thrilled to partner with Infotrac, an innovative company, to continue offering this content on a regular basis and even expanding it to bring fans perspectives from trainers and other racing participants." Relaunching October 1, MIC'D UP PRESENTED BY INFOTRAC will continue to give fans and horseplayers an entertaining and expanded behind the scenes look into harness racing, while exploring new opportunities to provide viewers unprecedented access. "As big fans and Owners in harness racing, we absolutely love this content and commend Woodbine Entertainment for being one of the most innovative organizations in sports," said Randy B. Lee, Director of Global Marketing and Branding for Infotrac. "Whether you are a horse racing fan or just a sports fan, the MIC'D UP segment is compelling, must see content. We are proud to partner with Woodbine Entertainment and look forward to see how they expand this content even further." During the coming months, MIC'D UP PRESENTED BY INFOTRAC will not only include access to drivers, but also expand to include trainers and other participants. The expanded plans also include potential live segments, broadcast on Woodbine's social media channels, to give horseplayers and viewers new and immediate information. Robert Reid Jr, the author of the Horseplayer's Journal for Woodbine Mohawk Park has been around harness racing his entire life and dubbed the MIC'D UP segment as "the greatest segment in all of #HarnessRacing." A new edition of MIC'D UP PRESENTED BY INFOTRAC will debut every Thursday starting October 1 during the Woodbine Racing Live simulcast. The segments will also be uploaded every Thursday evening to Woodbine's YouTube channel and various social media platforms (@WoodbineSB). ABOUT INFOTRAC INFOTRAC is the largest Chemical Emergency Response Center in The World Today. INFOTRAC represents over 9,000 companies in 103 countries with offices in Florida and Germany. INFOTRAC operates a state-of-the-art emergency response command center to fulfill DOT, WHMIS, OSHA and EU requirements when shipping hazardous materials. The command center is operational 24/7/365. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

Toronto, On - September 18, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Christine Magee as Chair effective immediately. As Chair of the Board of Directors, Magee will provide leadership, guidance and governance as Woodbine Entertainment fulfills its mandate to sustain and grow horse racing in Ontario. This includes advancing its master plan to develop the surrounding lands at Woodbine Racetrack and Woodbine Mohawk Park to be world-class entertainment destinations while creating new revenue streams that will support the horse racing industry and the tens of thousands of jobs it directly and indirectly supports throughout the province. "We are thrilled to have someone with Christine's business acumen, experience and leadership be the Chair of our Board of Directors while we continue to grow the sport of horse racing, support and sustain the entire industry in this province, and fulfill our vision of being the top horse racing destination in North America," said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. "As we continue to advance our plans to diversify our business model to sustain the horse racing industry for decades to come, Christine's knowledge, experience and leadership will be invaluable to our efforts." Magee, who has been on Woodbine Entertainment's Board of Directors since 2015, is the Chair of Sleep Country, the company she co-founded in 1994 and served as its President until 2014. The resident of Oakville, Ontario is also the Chair of the Talent Fund Advisory Council and serves on the Board of Directors of TELUS, Metro Inc., Trillium Health Partners and Plan International Canada, and is a Member of the Morrissette Entrepreneurship Advisory Board of University Western Ontario. On July 1, 2015, Magee was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada in recognition of her significant contributions to the Canadian business community. "It's an absolute honour and privilege to step into this role for an organization that has such a rich history and bright future," said Magee. "It's also humbling as I have come to appreciate how important Woodbine Entertainment is to an entire industry that is the way of life for so many Ontarians and a passion for horse racing fans throughout the world." Magee replaces Clay Horner who is retiring from the organization following a successful tenure as Chair of Woodbine Entertainment since 2015 and a Director since 2002. As a member of the Board, Horner helped lead Woodbine Entertainment to become one of the top destinations in North America for both Standardbred and Thoroughbred racing. "Over the years, Clay's contributions to Woodbine Entertainment are significant and widely appreciated by the entire horse racing industry in Ontario," commented Lawson. "His passion for the sport of horse racing and his experience in business and law has served the organization well. On behalf of our Board of Directors, and our entire horse racing community, I would like to thank Clay for everything he did." "My service on the Board has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life," said Horner. "I have been fortunate to work with so many excellent board members and employees, and three terrific CEOs in David Willmot, Nick Eaves and Jim Lawson who are also cherished friends. Woodbine is an industry leader in all aspects and is wonderfully positioned for further growth and success in horse racing and development initiatives. I am proud of the commitments and involvement of Woodbine and our employees to our broader communities. As I retire from the Board, I look forward to watching Woodbine deliver in spades on its mandate to further the best interests of racing in Ontario." Long-time board member John Fielding also announced he is retiring from the organization as Director and Chair of the Standardbred Racing Committee. Current Woodbine Entertainment Director and former President of Western Fair District Hugh Mitchell has been appointed to Chair of the Standardbred Racing Committee. From Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, July 27, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment has released the protocols and procedures for owners to start attending Live Harness Racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Starting Tuesday (July 28), an owner (plus one guest) will be allowed to attend the races at Woodbine Mohawk Park during a card in which they have a horse competing. The owner and their guest must be 16 years of age or older. All owners will be required to pre-register prior to attending, as only 100 spots are available due to current COVID-19 capacity limits. Every owner and guest attending live racing will undergo screening and a temperature check prior to gaining access to the facility. In addition to pre-registering, all owners and their guest are asked to fill out Woodbine's online daily COVID-19 screening questionnaire prior to attending live racing. Completion of the questionnaire will avoid lineups at the entrance. Owners and their guest will only have access to the apron for viewing the races and will not be permitted in the paddock, race office or Level 2 of the grandstand. Self-serve wagering terminals will be available for use on the apron. There will be no food and beverage service at this time. All owners are asked to review and comply with the following protocols for attending live racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Owners are to access the property through the second laneway off Guelph Line and park on the west side of the parking lot. Owners are to enter the Grandstand through the employee entrance, which is located at the West end (Paddock side) of the building. All owners and their guest must be pre-registered in order to gain access to the facility. Owners must accompany their guest into the facility.Each person entering will undergo screening and a temperature check. Owners are to go directly to the apron upon completion of screening process. A mask must be worn at all times while on the property, including on the apron. Owners may access the Winner's Circle, but physical distancing must be maintained from the racing participants. Owners may arrive starting at 6 p.m. and are required to leave following completion of the last race. Owners are to exit the facility through the doors at the Main Entrance. To register for Tuesday, click here. A link to the screening questionnaire can be found on the registration page. Completing the screening questionnaire does not register an owner for a spot and should only be done once they have completed registration through the Sign-Up Genius platform. Registration for Thursday's card will open Tuesday at 4 p.m., while registration for Friday and Saturday's cards will open Wednesday at 4 p.m. A link to each day's registration form can be found at Owners are reminded to regularly check and @WoodbineSB social media platforms for the latest updates. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO (June 3, 2020) - TSN and Woodbine Entertainment announced today they are expanding their successful broadcast partnership to bring Canadians live horse racing every Thursday night throughout the summer with RACING NIGHT LIVE. The action begins Thursday, June 11 at 6 p.m. ET on TSN and features a mix of live Thoroughbred races from Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto and Standardbred races from Mohawk Park in Milton, Ont. "We're thrilled to partner with Woodbine Entertainment to bring Canadians exclusive access to live, weekly horse racing action," said Shawn Redmond, Vice-President, TSN and Discovery. "Horse racing fans can enjoy live races throughout the summer in the lead-up to the great sports tradition that is the Canadian Triple Crown, airing live on TSN this fall." "It's exciting to be one of the first live sports events to return to Canadian soil after a long and difficult shutdown for all of us," said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. "Working with TSN on RACING NIGHT LIVE will help to open up horse racing to a new generation of Canadian sport fans." Woodbine Entertainment will partner with Dome Productions to produce the weekly editions of RACING NIGHT LIVE, hosted by TSN's Laura Diakun and Woodbine Entertainment's Jason Portuondo, with Brodie Lawson and Chad Rozema contributing reports from track level. For the premiere broadcast, TSN's Brian Williams sits down with Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the horse racing industry and how Woodbine Entertainment will operate live racing to ensure the safety of all participants. The weekly broadcasts lead up to TSN's broadcast of all three legs of the Canadian Triple Crown, including the 161st running of the Queen's Plate, which has been rescheduled for September 12. SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS Click here for a list of all TSN Twitter accounts @TSN_Sports @TSN_PR About Woodbine Entertainment Woodbine Entertainment is the largest horse racing operator in Canada offering world-class horse racing at both Woodbine (Toronto) and Woodbine Mohawk Park (Milton) racetracks. Woodbine Entertainment also operates off-track wagering through its Champions teletheatre network, which includes WEGZ Stadium Bar in Vaughan and Greenwood in the Beach area of Toronto. Remote wagering is also available to customers through HPIbet (formerly HorsePlayer Interactive), the company's telephone, internet and mobile account wagering service. About TSN TSN is Canada's Sports Leader and provides world-class content across its industry-leading platforms including five national television feeds, TSN Direct,, and TSN Radio stations across the country. With a broad portfolio of multimedia sports assets, TSN delivers more championship events than any broadcaster in the country. The network's deep and diverse roster of live sports programming includes the Grey Cup, IIHF World Junior Championship, Spengler Cup, Hockey Canada events, CFL, NFL, NBA, MLS, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens, Winnipeg Jets, Season of Champions Curling, FIFA World Cupâ„¢, UEFA EURO, CONCACAF Champions League, MLB, Golf's Majors, NASCAR, F1, Grand Slam Tennis, UFC, NCAA March Madness, and Skate Canada events. TSN comes from Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. More information about TSN is available at For TSN: Rob Duffy, (w) 416.384.5717, (c) 416.802.3319, Natalie Cole, (w) 416.384.2140, (c) 416.580.7741, Hannah Carver, (w) 416.384.3922, (c) 905.351.2023, Jamie Dykstra, Woodbine Entertainment, (c) 647.400.6235, Jamie Dykstra Woodbine Entertainment

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