In consideration of the ongoing poor weather conditions noted in the 14-day forecast, and to enable our loyal horse people to finalize their plans, Woodbine Entertainment announced today that all remaining races scheduled for turf in the 2018 season will be shifted to the main track and run on Tapeta.
As previously stated, Woodbine Management has continued to closely monitor all factors and conditions associated with running thoroughbred races on both Tapeta and turf racing surfaces.
Earlier in the week, Woodbine Entertainment made the decision to cancel turf racing scheduled for Friday, November 16 to Sunday, November 18, shifting those races to the main track on Tapeta.
Despite unseasonable cold temperatures and snow in Toronto on Thursday, highly experienced Woodbine Track Surfaces team had the Tapeta track race ready in time for our 1 p.m. Friday post time.
Woodbine Entertainment received a note of appreciation from Sue Leslie, President of the HBPA, stating, “Irwin Driedger and the Woodbine track surface team did a great job preparing the main track today after the snowfall. On behalf of the horse people, please extend our thanks to Irwin and his team for enabling today’s racing card.”
Furthermore, Woodbine Thoroughbred Racing executives continually review a suite of environmental and race day factors that assist in determining the suitability and safety of carding races on either the Tapeta or turf surfaces.
Woodbine Entertainment strives to deliver decisions within a time frame that supports the operating needs of our horse people including the paramount consideration of the safety of our riders, drivers and horses.