Woodbine Entertainment still revels in the recently concluded 36th edition of the Breeders Crown transforming an entire weekend. John Campbell, President of the Hambletonian Society, made it clear that this year’s edition of the harness racing event was an excellent opportunity for locals to attend premium racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Locals were ecstatic to witness their favorites race for the win and place wagers on the eventual outcome of the multiple races.
Mr. Campbell confirmed that the feedback received has been nothing but positive after the end of the two-day event that transformed the racetrack for the first time in 11 years. Libfeld/Katz Breeding Partnership, a leading force in the field, powered the special event. Ontario racing enthusiasts were delighted by the organization on the racetrack and the area.
Harness Racing Galore
When it comes to major multiple-day events such as the Breeders Crown at Woodbine Mohawk Park, organization is key for the pleasant experience of all attendants. Locals reported their contentment with the service Woodbine Entertainment provided during the two days of live races. At the end of it all, it was time for performance evaluation. Harness racing fans wagered some $6.6 million during the past weekend.
Exclusive bets with generous prize pools were added during the two days of live racing, making the racetrack even more attractive for betting enthusiasts. Race 6 on October 25 greenlighted the $100,000 Pick-5 pool, keeping harness racing enthusiasts as involved as possible. This was the new addition to the program, bringing together races across the two days.
This performance marked a record on a national scale, showing that locals are eager to wager on a regular basis. Moreover, this year’s Breeders Crown managed to sell out the COSA Premium Lounge available on site, as well as keep the dining rooms as busy as possible. Reservations for the Terrace Buffet, Mohawk Harvest Kitchen and Trackside Bar had weekend passes up for grabs, ranging from CA$150 to CA$300.
Woodbine Announces Hefty Donations
Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment, was honored to welcome the loved by many Breeders Crown for the first time in 11 years. As many as 12 championship races transformed the harness racing field only to praise Bold Eagle, the French leader defeating all rivals during the CA$657,895 Open Trot. The 8-year-old had his first race outside Europe and emerged victorious.
Local charity organizations also received a fair boost amounting to some CA$282,997. Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society, Breast Cancer Society of Canada, Pinball Clemons Foundation, and Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation benefitted from the Charity Challenge prompting people to donate more while enjoying live harness racing. This was yet another record-breaking amount for Woodbine Cares.
It should be taken into account that the giant has been working on its offerings and making them as diversified as possible. The year 2022 is projected to see the completion of its CA$1.5-billion expansion focusing on its hospitality offerings. A brand new hotel, restaurants, as well as a music amphitheater seating 5,000 would welcome their first guests.