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Woodbine Unveils New Stakes Conditions

Published: September 27, 2018 10:32 am ET

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On Thursday (Sept. 27), Woodbine Entertainment announced new stakes conditions which will be implemented for the 2019 Standardbred racing season.

The new conditions reflect Woodbine Entertainment’s commitment to strengthening integrity in the sport. The updated rules have been approved by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA).

Effective January 1, 2019, any owner that participates in a Woodbine Standardbred stakes race (added money greater than $50,000) with a trainer who has an outstanding Class 1, Class 2 or TC02 positive test under appeal in any jurisdiction, shall be ineligible to participate in any Woodbine Standardbred Stakes for 12 months following the conviction if such trainer is subsequently found guilty relating to the Class 1, Class 2 or TC02 positive test.

The new conditions are only applicable to a positive test occurring on or after January 1, 2019.

“Woodbine Entertainment continues to hold our racing to the highest of standards and the new conditions demonstrate our commitment to providing a fair racing environment for all participants,” said Woodbine Mohawk Park President Jessica Buckley. “We appreciate the effort and support from the AGCO and COSA in promoting integrity and encouraging responsibility from all owners and trainers.”

The approval and announcement of the new conditions was consciously timed to be released ahead of the upcoming major yearling sales in Lexington and Harrisburg, as part of Woodbine Entertainment’s devotion to transparency in harness racing.

The new conditions will be made available on the website for Woodbine Mohawk Park and in the 2019 stakes conditions book.

The following stakes races are subject to the new conditions:

Pepsi North America Cup
Armbro Flight
Canadian Pacing Derby
Canadian Trotting Classic
Casual Breeze
Eternal Camnation
Fan Hanover
Maple Leaf Trot
Metro Pace
Miss Versatility
Peaceful Way
Roses Are Red
Shes A Great Lady
William Wellwood Memorial

(Woodbine Entertainment)

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