Located in the Rexdale district of Toronto, the Woodbine race track boasts a remarkable range of gambling action. It is the only horse racing venue in North America that offers Thoroughbred and Standardbred horse racing concurrently. With the inclusion of a 1700 slot machine casino and a variety of dining options, the Woodbine race track has become a premier entertainment and leisure destination and shows us what "a day at the track" really means.
Woodbine Track layout
Woodbine race track consists of three racetracks. It has an outermost track – known as the E.P Taylor turf course – which measures a distance 1.5 miles. It is connected to a chute that allows one-turn races of 1.125 miles. With its irregular shape, the Taylor differs from the conventional North American oval. Its backstretch is also about 3 feet higher than the homestretch.
A Grade 1-C stakes for three-year-old Canadian-bred Thoroughbreds, first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.
Northern Dancer Turf Stakes
A Turf mile-and-one-half Grade 1 stakes run in early fall as the final prep for the Canadian International.
A Grade 1-C turf stakes for three-year-old Canadian-bred Thoroughbreds, third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown
a grade 1 Thoroughbred turf stakes
History of Woodbine Race Track
The current Woodbine race track has the name initially given to a racetrack that existed in east Toronto, from 1874 through 1993. On June 12, 1956 that race track's name was officially bestowed upon the new racetrack and it carried the name "New Woodbine Racetrack" until 1963. The first thoroughbred race took place on June 12, 1956 while it wasn't until January 1, 1994 that harness racing was introduced to the track. The old track was changed to a combined thoroughbred and Standardbred track known afterwards as Old Woodbine or, for most of the rest of its history, as Greenwood Raceway (during Standardbred meets) and Greenwood Race Track (during thoroughbred meets).
The two thoroughbred and two Standardbred races conducted at Greenwood moved to the new Woodbine in 1994, which was until then only devoted to thoroughbred racing. The Racetrack received a visit from Queen Elizabeth on July 4, 2010 as part of her state visit to Canada, viewing the 151st running of The Queen’s Plate Stakes, as well as taking part in the presentation of trophies.
The largest crowd ever recorded at Woodbine was 42, 243 for thoroughbred racing, and 7,266 for harness racing.