Woodbine Entertainment Introduces Enhanced Free for All

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Woodbine Entertainment will host an enhanced version of its brand new Free for All class at the Woodbine Mohawk Park.

Woodbine Entertainment announced on 29 April that it plans to hold an improved version of its Free for All at the Woodbine Mohawk Park. The new event will carry a purse for each week’s top class, calculated at CA$6,500 per horse, meaning the total prize could soar up to CA$65,000 with ten participating horses.

Woodbine Mohawk Park is set to host a thrilling standardbred season with over CA$21 million in stakes. And for the first time since 2019, the season opener was not delayed due to the ongoing pandemic and related health and safety restrictions, like capacity limits and social distancing.

Keeping Horses Active

Woodbine Entertainment standardbred race secretary, Tony O’Sullivan, reassured local owners and trainers that the priority of the racecourse is to host local top-level horses as often as possible. With the stakes schedule getting busy in May, O’Sullivan added that he is optimistic that the new Free for All will also be enticing for horses from the US.

According to Woodbine, the Free for All will have two variants; one for trotters and one for pacers. The event for pacers is scheduled on 7, 14, and 21 May, as well as 4 June. The Free for All for trotter races will be held on 9, 16, 23, and 30 May.

Some of the upcoming stakes to look forward to include the Charles Juravinski Memorial Cup. The competition, previously known as the Confederation Cup, is scheduled for 22 May at Flamboro Downs. There is also the Camluck Classic on 27 May at The Raceway at Western Fair District.

Additionally, Woodbine Mohawk Park’s Grand Circuit stakes will commence on the first weekend of June. Graduate Series will be the first race of the stakes for four-year-olds, followed by the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes for three-year-old pacers. Live racing at the track takes place each Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with a post time of 7 pm.

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