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A Call For Action From Jim Lawson

January 8, 2021:

As Ontario's harness racing industry enters its third week of inactivity as a result of the province's lockdown, questions remain as to whether harness racing will resume after that 28-day suspension of activity. In the eyes of some, like Woodbine Entertainment's CEO Jim Lawson, there's still a question of why it ever stopped....read on

Single Game Sports Betting Legislation Introduced In Canada

November 26, 2020:

On Thursday, Canada’s Justice Minister David Lametti unveiled proposed legislation to legalize single-event sports betting across the country while keeping horse racing in a separate system....read on

Reaction To Woodbine's COVID Closure

November 24, 2020:

“They didn’t do enough due diligence and homework to understand what we’re doing. The decision was made without enough understanding of the Woodbine situation and the thousands of people that worked there in a COVID-free environment.”...read on

Woodbine Statement On Toronto Lockdown

November 21, 2020:

On Friday (Nov. 20) Woodbine Entertainment issued a statement in response to the Government of Ontario’s announcement regarding Toronto and Peel regions moving to ‘Lockdown’....read on

COVID-19 Forcing Woodbine To Pivot

November 4, 2020:

"I'd talked quite positively about (the prospect of) Woodbine not having any government support by 2023 or 2024, but now, quite frankly, I don't see that happening."...read on

'Racing Night Live' A Welcome Sight

October 12, 2020:

For fans of live sports and fans of horse racing, there will be a lot to be thankful for on Friday nights starting October 16 with the return of Racing Night Live to TSN....read on

Navigating Racing Post-Pandemic

September 16, 2020:

In Wednesday's (Sept. 16) "Stronger Together" session, Woodbine CEO Jim Lawson indicated that he is "confident that racing is in a good place in Ontario," and that its footprint in the global wagering marketplace can only improve despite some significant challenges in the past six months....read on

Mohawk Tops In North America

August 28, 2020:

“While our work towards fulfilling that vision will never be complete as we will always strive to grow our racing and brand, we are proud of what we have achieved, especially given the difficult circumstances we have faced this year in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.”...read on

Lawson Seeks Safe, World-Class Racing

July 26, 2020:

Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson is resolute is his drive to make both Woodbine Racetrack and Woodbine Mohawk Park world-class racing destinations with world-class horse racing. In order for that to happen, however, the tracks need to safely host the world's best....read on

'Racing Night Live' Seizes The Moment

June 17, 2020:

"We had an opportunity, and we lived up to that opportunity to show racing to new sports fans in a way that was top-level."...read on

Lawson Discusses Racing's Return

June 3, 2020:

Woodbine Entertainment's most recent ‘Stronger Together’ interactive video segment took place this afternoon (Wednesday, June 3). During the session, Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson discussed Woodbine Mohawk Park and Woodbine Racetrack in advance of both tracks' return to racing....read on

'Stronger Together' Session On June 3

May 29, 2020:

In his most recent industry update, Woodbine CEO Jim Lawson announced to Ontario's horse racing industry that he would be conducting another 'Stronger Together' virtual session on Wednesday, June 3....read on

Lawson: Optimism, Potential Plans

May 11, 2020:

In Tuesday's (May 12) 'Stronger Together' video stream, Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson expressed optimism that racing in Ontario can resume as early as next month, and outlined some of the plans in place to prepare for horses returning to the starting gates at both Woodbine Racetrack and Woodbine Mohawk Park....read on

Lawson, O'Donnell On Reopening

May 6, 2020:

On Wednesday night's (May 6) edition of COSA TV, Jim Lawson of the Woodbine Entertainment Group indicated optimism toward a return to live racing across Ontario in the near future and outlined some of the preparations that management and horsepeople have made in anticipation of the gates reopening....read on

Lawson, O'Donnell On COSA TV

May 5, 2020:

As optimism begins to grow for the return of live harness racing in the province of Ontario, the Woodbine Entertainment Group’s CEO Jim Lawson along with COSA President Bill O’Donnell will discuss the situation on COSA TV’s live broadcast this Wednesday (May 6) at 7:30 p.m....read on


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