Back On Track: Spectators Return To Woodbine Today For Eight-Race Card As Ontario Starts To Re-Open

Written By Robyn McNeil on July 1, 2021 - Last Updated on June 27, 2022
Close up of a thoroughbred galloping down the home stretch. The jockey's jacket is green.

Today, for the first time in 2021, spectators return to Woodbine Racetrack

Earlier this week, Woodbine Entertainment announced plans to welcome a limited number of spectators back for today’s eight-race card. Although capacity is still only 25% of grandstand seating and the trackside apron, the excitement is palpable.

“We are thrilled to be able to open our doors on Canada Day,” said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. “Thursday’s return of fans to Woodbine will be an incredible day for the racing industry and a monumental day for Ontario.”

And we’re more than ready to welcome back our great fans.” 

Beginning next week, spectators can reserve a spot at the Trackside Apron, The Patio at Champions, or Grandstand Seating. Due to Government guidelines, reservations are mandatory. Woodbine is currently developing a reservation system and will share its ins and outs next week.

Today’s race card kicks off at 1:20 p.m. Racing continues tomorrow and over the weekend, with the track opening to the public one hour before post-time. 

Five-figure Pick-5 carryover bolsters race pot

A $66,725.27 carryover for today’s Pick-5 offers a boost to Woodbine’s lineup. 

The carryover comes after no horseplayers predicted a five of five winning ticket on last Sunday’s card. Today’s boost is the second like it in less than a week. Last Friday, the 5-pack (with a similar carryover) netted $531,705. Today’s Pick-5 event starts in Race 2.

But, today’s feature race is Race 7’s  Grade 3 $150,000 Dominion Day Stakes. Headlined by Canadian Horse of the Year, the one-eyed wonder Mighty Heart, horseplayers can watch and wager through

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