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‘Stronger Together’ Session Recap

April 23, 2021:

On Friday (April 23) Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson sat down virtually with Jason Portuondo for an update on a number of issues, most importantly the status of horse racing in Ontario as the province remains on lockdown....read on

Lawson "Frustrated Beyond Belief"

April 20, 2021:

There's a sense of urgency that has seemingly combined with mixed messages for Ontario's horse racing industry, and the product of those two items is leaving the province's horsepeople in an extremely challenging position....read on

Woodbine Addresses COVID-19 Cases

April 19, 2021:

Reports indicate that more than a dozen people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the backstretch at Woodbine Racetrack....read on

Woodbine Continues Push To Race

April 10, 2021:

"We are now at a critical time where we need to take action to ensure we are permitted to safely operate live horse racing (without spectators) as soon as the stay-at-home order is lifted."...read on

Lawson Discusses Sports Betting Bill

March 27, 2021:

After speaking in favour of fixed odds wagering at the end of 2019 and since, Woodbine Entertainment and its CEO Jim Lawson recently applauded an amendment to Private Member’s Bill C-218 that would restrict fixed odds wagering on horse racing in Canada. Lawson recently clarified the seemingly opposing viewpoints....read on

Woodbine Asks For Clearance To Race

March 20, 2021:

Trot Insider has obtained copies of the letters sent by Woodbine Entertainment to both the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto asking for officials to permit live horse racing while a region is placed under the Grey 'Lockdown' Zone of the province's COVID-19 Response Framework....read on

Industry Update from Jim Lawson

February 26, 2021:

On Friday, Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson posted an update to the horse racing industry on advocating for the ability to race during future lockdowns (should they occur), the resumption of of harness racing at Ontario tracks, opening the backstretch at Woodbine Racetrack, sports betting and more....read on

Lawson Guests On COSA TV

February 11, 2021:

A special Thursday evening edition of COSA TV featured Woodbine Entertainment’s CEO Jim Lawson, who gave an update on where racing stands following a number of recent announcements by health officials and the government....read on

Industry Update From Jim Lawson

February 5, 2021:

On Friday (Feb. 5), Woodbine CEO Jim Lawson issued an update on a variety of topics, including the safe resumption of horse racing in Ontario, equine benefit payments, the 2021 Mohawk Million, training at Woodbine Mohawk Park and sports betting....read on

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


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