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On June 8, Woodbine Entertainment announced that live racing at Woodbine Racetrack and Mohawk Park will be canceled indefinitely due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This decision comes as a surprise to many, leaving horse racing enthusiasts saddened and perplexed.
We understand that this decision was not made lightly. The health and safety of the employees, customers, and horses must come first. Woodbine Entertainment is committed to following guidelines from public health officials and government protocols regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are doing our part to manage the spread of this virus.
The horse racing industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 Pandemic. The entire industry, from owners, trainers, jockeys, and workers to fans have been affected in numerous ways. The situation is especially challenging for Woodbine Entertainment since the 2019 season was one of the most successful seasons on record. The industry had great expectations for the 2020 racing season, and we have been waiting patiently to see the horses run once again.
The horse racing community is aware that the decision to cancel live racing is not unique. Other horse racing jurisdictions have had to make similar decisions. Woodbine Entertainment is not alone in this tough situation. The pandemic has impacted the entire world, and the horse racing industry is no exception.
We are aware that this decision has come as a disappointment to many. Our fans have shown great support and passion for horse racing. We are grateful for this support and are committed to keeping the horse racing community informed of any changes and updates.
Although live racing is canceled, we are still committed to the industry. We will continue to provide simulcast wagering opportunities to customers throughout the day. These opportunities will be available at our Woodbine Mile location in Toronto and other participating locations in the area.
The cancellation of live racing will not affect the horse population. We will continue to provide care to approximately 1,200 horses at our facilities in Milton and Toronto. Horses will continue to be trained, and their daily needs will be met. Our team is dedicated to ensuring the health and well-being of all the horses under our care.
The timing of this announcement has come as a surprise to many. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the decision of when to resume live racing is dependent on many factors that are out of our control. We are aware that our fans and the horse racing community are anxious to see live racing return. We are committed to providing them with updates as soon as they become available.
In conclusion, the decision to cancel live racing at Woodbine Racetrack and Mohawk Park is necessary due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. Woodbine Entertainment is committed to the health and safety of our employees, customers, and horses. We will continue to provide simulcast wagering opportunities and care for approximately 1,200 horses at our facilities. We are committed to keeping the horse racing community informed of any updates regarding live racing. We appreciate the support of our fans and the horse racing industry, and we look forward to the day when we can have live racing once again.