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Woodbine Racetrack

Woodbine Racetrack is a horse-racing track in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It opened in 1874, at Queen Street East and Kingston Road.

History of Woodbine Racetrack

1874 to 1993 – The original location of the track was in East Toronto, at Queen Street East and Kingston Road, from 1874 through 1993. 

1951 –The racetrack was operated by the Ontario Jockey Club (OJC) (currently called Woodbine Entertainment Group) and held the prestigious King’s Plate.

1952 – The racetrack’s new location (555 Rexdale Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario M9W 5L2, at Highway 27, east of the Toronto airport) was identified.

1955 – The “super track” building commenced in 1955, with a plan designed for a 40,000 capacity for spectators, gigantic parking space, three racecourses, two training tracks, a stable for 1,000 horses, and rooms for 700 employees. Taylor also acquired the Dufferin Park Racetrack and Long Branch Racetracks, and the Orpen race charters were shifted to the OJC. Due to this, it enabled the OJC to run 196 days of racing, more than its permitted 84 days in 1952.

1956 – The first thoroughbred race on the track was inaugurated on June 12, 1956, initially called the New Woodbine Racetrack.

1959 – Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the 100th running of the Queen’s Plate on June 30. 

1963 – The word “New” of the New Woodbine Racetrack was eradicated. The original track was converted to a combined thoroughbred and standardbred track known as Old Woodbine or Greenwood Raceway (during standardbred meets) and Greenwood Race Track (during thoroughbred meets). 

1994 – The two thoroughbreds and two standardbred meets conducted at Greenwood were transferred to the new Woodbine. In the same year, the first harness race was held at the track on January 1, and the outermost E. P. Taylor turf course for thoroughbreds was completed.

2010 – Queen Elizabeth II visited the track again during the 151st running of the Queen’s Plate Stakes and presented trophies on July 4.

2018 –  The track began using a GPS-based timing system, and all standardbred races were moved to Woodbine Mohawk Park as the standardbred or harness track has been converted to be the second Turf Course.

2022 – Woodbine publicized their plans to add an 8,000-seat soccer-specific stadium and combine the training facilities in the northeast corner of the property. It will be York United FC’s new home and a possible house of the future professional women’s soccer club.

Home of Many Events

  • Opening venue of the 1976 Summer Paralympics
  • Home to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame
  • The Arlington Million was held at Woodbine in 1988. 
  • The Breeders’ Cup was held at Woodbine in 1996.

Track Details and other Facilities​

Track Details

  • E.P. Taylor Turf Course (Outermost)
      • Thoroughbred
      • Turf (Kentucky Bluegrass)
      • Irregularly Shaped
      • Track Length measures 1-1/2 miles with a 1 1/8 mile chute
      • Homestretch Width measures 100 feet
      • Backstretch Width measures 120 feet
      • The homestretch Length measures 1,440 feet
  • Main Track (Inside the Taylor course)
  • Harness Track (Inside the Polytrack course)
    • Standardbred
    • Consists of crushed limestone
    • Oval
    • Length measures 7 furlongs or 0.875 miles
    • The homestretch Width measures 85 feet
    • The homestretch Length measures 976 Feet
    • Standing Start Positions: 10
    • Converted to 2nd Turf Course
 
  • The total seating capacity is 13,000
  • Stables can accommodate 2,175 stalls
  • Free parking spaces 
  • Valet Parking
  • Electric vehicle charging 

Other Facilities

Dining

  • 🐎Woodbine Club Restaurant
    • 4th floor 
    • features Rich cherry-wood paneling and fine oil paintings on horse-racing themes
    • Hours of Operation
      • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 12:30 pm to  6 pm, and the kitchen closes at 4 pm
      • Thursday: 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm, and kitchen closes at 7:30 pm
  • 🐎Woodbine Club Bar
    • 4th floor 
    • With glossy cherry wood paneling, forest green leather sofas, traditional armchairs, and gold-trimmed fireplaces
    • Hours of Operation
      • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 12:30 pm to  6 pm, and the kitchen closes at 4 pm
      • Thursday: 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm, and kitchen closes at 7:30 pm
  • 🐎Post Parade Dining Room
    • Tables feature HD TV monitors 
    • Hours of Operation
      • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 12:30 pm to  6 pm, and the kitchen closes at 4 pm
  • 🐎Champions Bar
    • Hours of Operation
      • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 12:30 pm to  6 pm
      • The bar opens at 11 am
      • Food service starts  at 12:30 noon
      • The kitchen closes at 4 pm
  • 🐎Hoofbeats Lounge
    • Situated right across from the casino’s main entrance
    • Open 24 hours
  • 🐎Willows Dining Room
    • West side of the slots floor, 
    • Hours of Operation
      • Sunday to Thursday: 11 am to 12 noon
      • Friday and Saturday: 11 am to 1 pm
  • 🐎Willows Noodle Bar
    • Hours of Operation
      • Sunday to Thursday: 11 am to 12 noon
      • Friday and Saturday: 11 am to 1 pm
  • 🐎Food Court
    • Near the wagering stations on the second floor, beside the Guest Experience Central desk
    • Hours of Operation
      • Thursday and Sunday: 12 noon to 8 pm
      • Friday and Saturday: 12 noon to 9 pm
  • 🐎Tim Hortons
    • Situated right near the rails 
    • Hours of Operation
      • Thursday: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
      • Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.
      • Sunday: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • 🐎Finish Line O & T Lounge
      • Exclusive lounge for owners, trainers, and assistant trainers 
      • The second level of the Grandstand is right at the wire.
      • Hours of Operation
        • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 12:30 pm to  6 pm, and the kitchen closes at 4 pm

Venue

  • Northern Dancer (Private Space – 20 to 200)
  • Woodbine Club Suite (Private Space 15 to 40)
  • Woodbine Club Lounge (Private Space 38 to 75)
  • Woodbine Club (Private Space 100 to 128; Share Space 20 to 100)
  • Trackside Clubhouse (Private Space 350 to 1000)
  • Post-Parade North (Private Space 30 to 150)
  • Post Parade Dining Room (Private Space 200 to 380; Shared Space 20 to 380)
  • Favourites Dining Room (Private Space 200 to 240; Shared Space 20 to 240)
  • Champions Bar and Patio (Private Space 300 to 400; Shared Space 20 to 300)
  • Munnings Room (Private Space 20 to 50)

Casino

  • Opened in 1999
  • Offered a slots parlor and expanded to table games in 2018 and an art venue started in 2019
  • 100+ table games
  • 3,500+ slot machines
  • 220+ electronic table games
  • 100+ dealer assist stadium gaming
  • Table games include blackjack, roulette, and baccarat
  • Open 24 hours a day

Major Events and Schedule

Major Stakes Races

  • 🐴Queen’s Plate
      • Exclusive for three-year-old Canadian-bred thoroughbreds
      • The first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown
  • 🐴Northern Dancer Turf Stakes
      • A turf mile-and-one-half Grade 1 stakes run in early fall as the final prep for the Canadian International or Breeders’ Cup Turf
  • 🐴Breeders’ Stakes
      • Exclusive for three-year-old Canadian-bred thoroughbreds
      • The third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown
  • 🐴Woodbine Mile
  • 🐴Canadian International
  • 🐴E. P. Taylor Stakes

Overnight Stakes

  • 🐴Alywow Stakes
  • 🐴Belle Mahone Stakes
  • 🐴Charlie Barley Stakes

Woodbine Racetrack Schedule

  • 🐴 Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Graded Events

  • Grade I
      • 🐴Canadian International Stakes
      • 🐴Highlander Stakes
      • 🐴E. P. Taylor Stakes
      • 🐴Natalma Stakes
      • 🐴Northern Dancer Turf Stakes
      • 🐴Summer Stakes
      • 🐴Woodbine Mile
  • Grade II
      • 🐴Autumn Stakes
      • 🐴Bessarabian Stakes
      • 🐴Canadian Stakes
      • 🐴Connaught Cup Stakes
      • 🐴Dance Smartly Stakes
      • 🐴Eclipse Stakes
      • 🐴Kennedy Road Stakes
      • 🐴King Edward Stakes
      • 🐴Nassau Stakes
      • 🐴Nearctic Stakes
      • 🐴Nijinsky Stakes
      • 🐴Play The King Stakes
      • 🐴Royal North Stakes
      • 🐴Sky Classic Stakes

Location and Access to the Racecourse

  • It is located at 555 Rexdale Boulevard, Toronto, ON, M9W 5L2, Canada, 2km North of the Airport, exiting east at Derry Rd / Rexdale Blvd.
  • Public Transit (Bus)
    • Pick up and drop off area near the main entrance doors.
      • To and from the Islington Subway station (on the Bloor-Danforth line)
    • Pick up and drop off area at Hwy 27 and Queens Plate Drive (5 to 10-minute walk to the racetrack)
      • To and from the Kipling Subway Station (on the Bloor-Danforth line)

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