The premier Canadian racetrack, Woodbine is located in Toronto and was first opened in 1956. The track has been a major player in thoroughbred racing throughout North America. Noted for its sweeping international style turf course synthetic main track, Woodbine hosted the Breeders’ Cup in 1996 and continues to attract worldwide wagering interest.
Woodbine Racetrack Entries
Woodbine annually hosts major races with Canadian, European and American horses often traveling north of the border for its premier events. With the frigid temperatures of the Great White North, betting Woodbine from the comfort of your own home is often a wise choice. Trusted online racebooks offer loyalty programs, bonuses and rebates that put more cash back into your pockets.
Woodbine is noted for several marquee races such as the Queen’s Plate, Breeders’ Stakes, Woodbine Mile, E.P. Taylor Stakes, Nearctic Stakes, and Northern Dancer – all grade 1 events. In recent years, the Woodbine Mile has lured top American talent prepping for the Breeders’ Cup Mile as American Horse of the Year Wise Dan twice pulled off this double in 2012 and 2013. 2015 Breeders’ Cup Mile her Tepin won the 2016 Woodbine Mile before finishing second in the 2016 BC Mile. The Queen’s Plate is Canada’s oldest thoroughbred race. Established in 1860, the event is limited to three-year-old runners that were bred in Canada.
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The physical layout of Woodbine is unique in that the outermost E.P. Taylor turf course encircles the inner synthetic course. At 1.5 miles in length, the E.P. Taylor turf course is gargantuan, which is a novelty for American-based horses and riders, occasionally resulting in mistimed rides from jockeys new to the venue. The main course is a standard one-mile oval consisting of Tapeta footing.
The complexion of many races on this surface tends to lean towards fast finishes with horses often tipping out several paths for a powerful closing effort. While gate-to-wire efforts aren’t impossible, they occur at a much smaller percentage over the Woodbine main track.
Bettors unfamiliar with Woodbine’s wagering menu often delight in finding lower minimum bets on the Pick 4. Woodbine offers a 20-cent minimum play on the bet, which can level the playing field for smaller budgeted players and allow deeper-pocketed players to play for greater increments.
Woodbine Racetrack Results
The Woodbine Mile has featured three different winners of the Breeders’ Cup Mile since 2010 with Court Vision, Wise Dan and Tepin accomplishing the feat. A fourth runner, Turallure, finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Mile in 2010 – a year before his victory in the Woodbine Mile.
Other notable runners to capture the Woodbine Mile include Ventura (2009), Shakespeare (2007), and Leroidesanimaux (2005). Leroidesanimaux sired 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom. Wise Dan holds the course record, stopping the timer in an eye-popping 1:31.75 in 2013 under an effortless ride from jockey John Velazquez.Related articles