Industry Reports

OLG Encourages Canadian Triple Crown Winners with Additional CA$500,000 Prize

Woodbine Entertainment prepares for an exciting live racing season that is going to become even more exciting with the introduction of the new CA$500,000 bonus for the official winner of the Canadian Triple Crown.

Once again, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation will join as the title sponsor that will grand the major bonus to the horse people associated with the winning horse. The Canadian Triple Crown is renowned as one of the most popular Thoroughbred horse races including three-year-old horses.

This year is going to be a special one for the local horse racing field, as the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation will return as the major engine behind the milestone horse races that will heat up the area over the next three months. June 29 is going to bring the official start of the Canadian Triple Crown with the CA$1 million Queen’s Plate.

Triple Winners Get Everything

Following this first live race, all enthusiasts will have the chance to participate in the second one, taking place on July 23. The CA$400,000 Prince of Wales Stakes race is scheduled to transform the Fort Erie Racetrack with its premium racing experience. As for the last race, it is expected to attract all enthusiasts back to Woodbine Racetrack on August 17.

This is going to be the CA$400,000 Breeder’s Stakes. Once this third live race is over, the winner of the special bonus will be chosen. Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation wants to praise the horse that manages to win all three races of the 2019 Canadian Triple Crown. Its owners are going to bag a generous cheque of CA$500,000 on top of the windfall they had bagged from the three races.

Each and every one of those races is unique on its own because of the individual track length and racing surface. Horses are going to race on Tapeta track and the turf course at Woodbine Racetrack, as well as on a dirt course at the Fort Erie race in July.

June 29 Sees First of Three Races

The motivation for winning all three titles is big, but it should be taken into account that very few horses have succeeded in accomplishing this feat in the 60-year history of this triple race. The last time this happened was in 2003 when the racehorse Wando managed to win all three races. Trainer Mike Keogh took care of horseman Patrick Husbands in order to accomplish this feat.

Adriana Spatzner, OLG’s Director of Product Development & Marketing, stated that Ontario’s horse racing field has to be encouraged and motivated to keep up the good work. This year the bonus is projected to make the Canadian Triple Crown an even more appealing live race for all horse people. Woodbine Racetrack is also expecting more people to make their way in the foreseeable future, thanks, to a new GO station built in the vicinity.

The brand new station is going to cost some CA$75 million and it will guarantee that more individuals from the Greater Toronto Area are going to travel to Woodbine Racetrack. April 2018 saw Woodbine Entertainment receive more freedom when it comes to gambling on site. The management received a green light to welcome a new casino venue, a hotel tower, and an entertainment complex to the area.