Woodbine racing teeters amid new Ontario lockdown

Woodbine racing teeters amid new Ontario lockdown
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The immediate future of racing at Woodbine Race Course remains unclear following a lockdown order issued on Friday by provincial government in Ontario, Canada.

The directive comes as Woodbine is scheduled to host a highlight weekend with five graded stakes including another matchup between Canadian Triple Crown rivals Mighty Heart and Belichick in the Ontario Derby.

Following the lockdown announcement, Woodbine issued a statement noting it was unclear of its effect on operations at the track:

"Since the beginning of our province’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year, our commitment to public safety has not wavered. We are extremely supportive of the Government’s efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 throughout our community. Furthermore, we are very proud of our safety record at Woodbine Racetrack and Woodbine Mohawk Park in this regard.

"To that end, we are currently working to understand the implications this recent news will have on Thoroughbred racing at Woodbine Racetrack and the thousands of people it supports throughout the province. 

"We will provide further updates at the appropriate time."

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