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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

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

The Queen’s Plate Postponed

April 1, 2020:

Woodbine Entertainment announced on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 that the 161st running of the Queen’s Plate will be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic....read on

Woodbine Backstretch Procedures Set

April 1, 2020:

Woodbine Entertainment has announced the set of procedures it has implemented for the care of Thoroughbreds in the backstretch area of Woodbine Racetrack during the COVID-19 pandemic....read on

Update: Woodbine Suspends April Stakes Payments

March 25, 2020:

Due to impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Woodbine Entertainment has made the decision to suspend the upcoming April 15, 2020 Standardbred stakes payments. The suspension of payments is for all Woodbine-administrated stakes events, which includes Flamboro Downs' Confederation Cup and Grand River Raceway's Battle of Waterloo and Battle of the Belles....read on

Woodbine T-Bred Meet Postponed

March 24, 2020:

Woodbine Entertainment has announced that it has postponed the start of the 2020 Thoroughbred season at Woodbine Racetrack until further notice....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

Lawson Discusses Mohawk Closure

March 22, 2020:

On Sunday, March 22, Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson took part in a live interview to discuss the current state of horse racing at Woodbine Entertainment and in the province of Ontario amid the COVID-19 pandemic....read on

Mohawk Suspends Live Racing

March 19, 2020:

On Thursday, March 19, Woodbine Entertainment announced that live racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park would be temporarily suspended after the track’s evening program of racing....read on

Weighing In On Mohawk Racing

March 19, 2020:

Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson, O’Brien Award winning driver Doug McNair, and reinsman Bob McClure, winner of the 2019 Hambletonian, have each offered comments in regard to Woodbine Mohawk Park currently racing through the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic....read on

Mohawk To Race; Closed To Public

March 14, 2020:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in the interest of the safety of customers, employees, horsepeople and the larger community, Woodbine Entertainment announced on Saturday, March 14 that it will be closing Woodbine Mohawk Park and Woodbine Racetrack to the general public for a minimum of two weeks....read on

2019 O'Brien Winners Announced

February 1, 2020:

On Saturday, February 1, Standardbred Canada announced the winners for the 2019 O’Brien Award at the 31st edition of the annual O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala held at the Hilton Mississauga / Meadowvale hotel in Mississauga, Ont....read on

Lawson’s Single-Event Sports Wagering Call

January 27, 2020:

"Our mindset is not to think of this as a windfall for us. This is a way to do the right thing, which is let an industry participate in a way that will sustain jobs and keep the money in Canada to support the local economies."...read on

Mohawk’s 2020 Stakes Schedule

January 20, 2020:

On Monday, January 16, Woodbine Entertainment announced the 2020 schedule for its industry-leading Standardbred stakes program at Woodbine Mohawk Park....read on


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