An application for 133 thoroughbred race days in 2013 at Woodbine will be made by the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG). The announcement comes one day after an agreement was reached between WEG and the province of Ontario.
"I am delighted that at long last, we have been able to provide our fans, industry partners and the horsemen and women of Ontario with more clarity about our 2013 schedule," said Nick Eaves, President and CEO of Woodbine Entertainment Group. "We will continue to work hard to achieve an industry model that will sustain and grow our industry, and this sport, for the long haul."
WEG and the provincial government came to a two-year transitional funding agreement along with an agreement-in-principle with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. over leases for continuing slots operations at Woodbine and Mohawk Racetracks.
In addition to thoroughbred racing at Woodbine, there will be a total of 183 days of harness racing between Mohawk and Woodbine. The 2013 thoroughbred racing season at Woodbine begins April 20.