Finally, a little bit of good news for Ontario's horse-racing industry. The Ontario government announced Monday the province will enter into its COVID-19 reopening plan starting Friday. That's slightly ahead of the target day of Monday.
Even though Bob Baffert isn’t at Pimlico Race Course this week, his shadow hangs over the Preakness, the Triple Crown and horse racing.
Frankie Brothers walked into the grandstand at Pimlico Race Course in the late 1980s and early ’90s with his head on a swivel. “I always made sure I knew where the exit was because if somebody dropped a cigarette or something like that, that place would’ve went up in flames,” the longtime trainer said. “Just an old, historic place.”
Woodbine Entertainment rescheduled the $1-million Pepsi North America Cup until September due to the COVID-19 pandemic Friday. The race was originally scheduled for June 19 at Woodbine Mohawk Park but will now be run Sept. 11.
Horse racing could be in line for another Triple Crown bid and this time the likely candidate is an undefeated horse from a barn other than Bob Baffert’s. Essential Quality brings the most impressive resume into the 1 1/4-mile Kentucky Derby on Saturday (LIVE on TSN5).
It will be another late start for the $1-million Queen's Plate. Woodbine Entertainment announced Tuesday its marquee event will be held Sunday Aug. 22 instead of its traditional date of late June due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A standardbred racing double-header will run on Wednesday at Woodbine Mohawk Park as its final event of the season before COVID-19 restrictions shut down the track.
Mighty Heart sits at 1-1 in the morning odds released Wednesday to lead the 12-horse field for the $400,000 Breeders’ Stakes according to Woodbine Entertainment.
Mighty Heart will start his run for the Triple Crown from the No. 8 post Saturday. The Queen's Plate and Prince of Wales champion was named the even-money favourite in the draw Wednesday for the $400,000 Breeders' Stakes.