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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

Lawson Hoping For June Return

May 5, 2020:

In the wake of the Ontario Government announcing the slight loosening of COVID-19 protocols, Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson has been cited as conveying that he is cautiously optimistic that live horse racing could return without fans as early as June....read on

Industry Update From Jim Lawson

April 23, 2020:

"I would like to reassure you that Woodbine Entertainment is doing everything we can to support the owners, breeders, trainers, and support personnel throughout the province."...read on

Ontario Harness Ready And Waiting

April 23, 2020:

“None of the trainers stopped, they’re training their horses every day. If they announced harness racing was starting next week, these horses are ready. That’s a big difference from any of the other sports.”...read on

Purse Funds Re-Allocation Program Update; Lawson Q&A Replay Online

April 20, 2020:

On Monday, April 20, Ontario Racing (OR) communicated a few helpful updates to horsepeople in the provincial industry, given that the purse funds re-allocation program has been announced and that applications have begun to be received by OR....read on

Statement On NA Cup Postponement

April 17, 2020:

On Friday (April 17), Woodbine Entertainment issued its official statement on the postponement of the 2020 Pepsi North America Cup....read on

North America Cup Postponed

April 14, 2020:

On Wednesday, April 15, Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson announced that the 2020 Pepsi North America Cup has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic....read on

Efforts To Secure Relief Continue

March 26, 2020:

“We’re working with the government on a relief fund, but we’re putting so many grooms and hot walkers and everyone else out of work. And despite the perception that horse owners are wealthy, they really aren’t. There’s a very small handful of owners that are wealthy and the rest of them are hard-working people. And they can’t make this work without any sort of funding.”...read on

Lawson, Gural Discuss Indictments

March 23, 2020:

“I think it’s time that people start to change the way we look at the industry, and as you’ve heard me say many times, we just need to change the culture of the industry much like other sports have had to change.”...read on


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