Following recent news from Ontario authorities that some lockdown restrictions in the region will be lifted, certain sectors have already begun preparing to resume operations. Last Friday, Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson spoke publicly about the renewal of live harness racing events in the region to be held under the Health and Safety Protocol.
Unfortunately, the 2020 obedience season has been shortened by unprecedented conditions, and the Standard Bread season at Woodbine Mohawk Park has been suspended at some point with races at Western Fair Raceway, Lido Calreton Raceway and Flamboro Downs. Fans haven’t been able to enjoy the live harness competition for a while, but the race is about to resume.
According to Mr Lawson, horse racing leaders have held numerous discussions with local authorities regarding the resumption of the industry. And if another lockdown is in place, we will continue to do so to prevent future race disruptions. The current plan is to continue racing activities at Flamboro Downs, Lido Calreton Raceway, Western Fair Raceway and Woodbine Mohawk Park, but it can be changed with the landscape always changing in mind in relation to unprecedented situations.
A week ago, a backstep at Woodbine Racecourse reopened for some racers and their horses. The industry leaders wanted to remind everyone currently involved in the resumption of operations that health and safety measures should be followed and those who fail to comply could face a fine of C$750 (C$750). In addition, he encouraged everyone to work together to protect the racers.
There are specific rules for travel participants who will participate in upcoming events at the state’s racetrack. For example, if you travel to Ontario from another state, you have 10 days of self-isolation, but you can avoid it by providing a negative test that removes you from unwanted diseases. You will then have to self-isolate for 14 days and if symptoms are not observed, individuals will be allowed into the property on the 15th.
Mr Lawson also had the opportunity to speak out about the Mohawk Million II event. He expressed his special appreciation to all those who purchased seats for the Gala event, and thus contributed to the welfare of the industry during this difficult time. Also, he gave special thanks to Jessica Buckley, Bill McLeanchey, and the entire team that has worked hard on the return of horse racing in the state.
Winter series rescheduling
More news from the horse racing leader is that some of the Winter Series races at Woodbine Mohawk Park will be postponed to a later date due to the changing conditions of the unprecedented situation. The Family Datrotting Series and the Wine & Rose Trotting Series were moved to March 8. Blizzard pacing is scheduled for March 11 and Snowshoe pacing for March 12. Valeditori Pacing Series and Niagara Pacing Series Finals may also change, but no official date is still announced.
Additional Events 슬롯
Most recently, the race track announced that there will be four additional race events at the end of March. The first match was held on Thursday, March 25, and another match was held the next day, March 26, and the next day, Saturday, March 27. And the last game will be held on Monday, March 29. All competitions share the exact start time at 7 p.m.