Woodbine Racetrack

Woodbine Racetrack

Canada’s World-Class Trackside Dining and Entertainment Experience

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Woodbine Racetrack’s epic story began nearly a century and a half ago, in 1881, when the now largest operator of professional horse racing in Canada opened as the Ontario Jockey Club. Since then, the world-class entertainment destination has evolved from a picturesque track in east Toronto to a dynamic hub, offering the very best in dining, entertainment, and, of course, racing. In fact, Woodbine’s commitment to preserving and growing the sport that so many Canadians love has spanned generations.

At 684-acres, the Woodbine Racetrack site is the single largest contiguously owned, largely undeveloped, parcel of land remaining in the City of Toronto. The site’s master developer, Woodbine Entertainment, also showcases world-renowned horse racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Milton, home of the prestigious Pepsi North America Cup. With the goal of transforming both sites into renowned entertainment and hospitality destinations, Woodbine is integrating new expanded entertainment options, cultural offerings, and food and dining experiences for visitors. It has also announced The Woodbine Districts, a mixed-use complete community that will include a hotel, shopping, recreation, and urban residential living. The goal is to create an exhilarating place to live, work, and play all within a walkable community framework — a true next-generation neighborhood.

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“We are embarking on the most exciting property development project in Canada and at the center of it all is our world-class Thoroughbred horse racing,” says Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. “Our sole mandate at Woodbine Entertainment is to grow and sustain the horse racing industry for decades to come,” he says.

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Setting it apart from other race destinations around the world, Woodbine prides itself on first-class dining options. Whether you’re casually snacking track side, or enjoying dinner at one of Woodbine’s restaurants or cozy bars, you can count on quality, fresh ingredients. Some of Woodbine’s enhanced dining options include Favourites Restaurant, featuring elegant, tiered seating that overlooks the track. If you’re looking for something casual, there’s Champions Bar and Patio, which offers comfortable indoor seating with plenty of monitors to keep an eye on the action, or tables on a large open-air outdoor patio where guests can watch the races and feel the thunder of hooves all around them. There’s also the popular Traditional Racing Buffet, which includes succulent, slow-roasted meats, market fresh veggies, and decadent desserts. Alternatively, guests may select from an A La Carte Menu while they enjoy premier views of all the thoroughbred racing action.

“We get a lot of great comments from people who come up from the States who are blown away by our food offerings,” says Executive Chef George Correia, who has been at Woodbine since 1992. “In the States, a lot of caterers do the tracks and they’re trying to make money. Here, we’re trying to create an experience, so there’s more pride in what we do from a food perspective. You can see it’s prepared with passion,” he says. Correia oversees a large team of chefs and kitchen staff who execute Woodbine Entertainment’s culinary events, which include everything from casual trackside barbecues to gourmet meals for dignitaries.

“We are embarking on the most exciting property development project in Canada and at the center of it all is our world-class Thoroughbred horse racing”
– Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment

If you’re looking for a meal fit for a king or queen, the Woodbine Club Dining Room is located in a privileged position high atop Woodbine’s fourth floor. Here, guests enjoy magnificent views of all three tracks and exquisite table service for everything from wine to wagering. With rich cherry wood paneling and beautiful oil paintings, this warm and traditional club ambiance will make you feel like you’ve travelled back in time, while at the same time offering the best in contemporary cuisine. It’s a regal way to relish in an exciting day at the races!

Woodbine is constantly evolving and growing. Just this year it opened a state-of-the-art inner turf course at its Toronto racetrack, demonstrating its commitment to the sport. The new turf course positions Woodbine Racetrack as the leader in turf racing in North America and will help attract more horses and more wagering. Currently, Woodbine Racetrack, which includes Casino Woodbine, draws roughly six million visitors annually. However, that number is expected to grow with the addition of a new casino, hotels, a live concert venue, and the addition of mass transit on the property with a new GO Transit stop that will be part of the Kitchener GO rail line . It’s estimated that visitors to Woodbine will more than double to an estimated 14 million, which will expose horse racing to millions of new fans.

Woodbine Racetrack
Woodbine Racetrack

“Bringing mass transit to the Woodbine property is a big part of a larger vision to develop and unlock the value of our land to create new revenue streams that will help grow and sustain the horse racing industry for decades, attract millions of visitors to our site annually, and serve the surrounding community,” says Lawson. “It will be a major commercial and employment hub that will include mixed-use residential, commercial space, sports and recreation facilities, parks and public space.”

Woodbine Entertainment hopes that this expansion, coupled with its exciting signature events, will continue to draw seasoned race enthusiasts, but also those who are new to the sport. This summer, Woodbine celebrated the 160th running of the Queen’s Plate, the oldest continuously run race in North America. It’s even older than the Kentucky Derby! The Queen’s Plate, of course, features world-class thoroughbred racing, but it’s also the place to be for race-day fashion (Get your fascinator ready!) and incredible food and drink pairings. Other signature Woodbine events include the Breeders Stakes, which is the third leg of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown, the Pattison Canadian International, and Ricoh Woodbine Mile. At Woodbine Mohawk Park, the Pepsi North America Cup is the richest harness race in North America. In 2019, it hosted the Breeders Crown, which is the championship races for standardbred racing.

The Woodbine Racetrack has been visited by Queen Elizabeth II, H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh, and the Queen Mother on multiple occasions; however, you don’t need to be royalty to enjoy a day at the races! In fact, you don’t need to be a long-time horse race enthusiast at all to visit the track. Woodbine offers out-of-the-ordinary experiences for all visitors, whether it’s your first time or it’s a monthly ritual with friends, family, or coworkers. Just a short trek from Toronto’s downtown core, Woodbine has an exciting and inclusive year-round schedule of high-energy action that will delight everyone.

Woodbine Racetrack’s epic story began nearly a century and a half ago, in 1881, when the now largest operator of professional horse racing in Canada opened as the Ontario Jockey Club. Since then, the world-class entertainment destination has evolved from a picturesque track in east Toronto to a dynamic hub, offering the very best in dining, entertainment, and, of course, racing. In fact, Woodbine’s commitment to preserving and growing the sport that so many Canadians love has spanned generations.

At 684-acres, the Woodbine Racetrack site is the single largest contiguously owned, largely undeveloped, parcel of land remaining in the City of Toronto. The site’s master developer, Woodbine Entertainment, also showcases world-renowned horse racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Milton, home of the prestigious Pepsi North America Cup. With the goal of transforming both sites into renowned entertainment and hospitality destinations, Woodbine is integrating new expanded entertainment options, cultural offerings, and food and dining experiences for visitors. It has also announced The Woodbine Districts, a mixed-use complete community that will include a hotel, shopping, recreation, and urban residential living. The goal is to create an exhilarating place to live, work, and play all within a walkable community framework — a true next-generation neighborhood.

“We are embarking on the most exciting property development project in Canada and at the center of it all is our world-class Thoroughbred horse racing,” says Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. “Our sole mandate at Woodbine Entertainment is to grow and sustain the horse racing industry for decades to come,” he says.

Setting it apart from other race destinations around the world, Woodbine prides itself on first-class dining options. Whether you’re casually snacking track side, or enjoying dinner at one of Woodbine’s restaurants or cozy bars, you can count on quality, fresh ingredients. Some of Woodbine’s enhanced dining options include Favourites Restaurant, featuring elegant, tiered seating that overlooks the track. If you’re looking for something casual, there’s Champions Bar and Patio, which offers comfortable indoor seating with plenty of monitors to keep an eye on the action, or tables on a large open-air outdoor patio where guests can watch the races and feel the thunder of hooves all around them. There’s also the popular Traditional Racing Buffet, which includes succulent, slow-roasted meats, market fresh veggies, and decadent desserts. Alternatively, guests may select from an A La Carte Menu while they enjoy premier views of all the thoroughbred racing action.

“We get a lot of great comments from people who come up from the States who are blown away by our food offerings,” says Executive Chef George Correia, who has been at Woodbine since 1992. “In the States, a lot of caterers do the tracks and they’re trying to make money. Here, we’re trying to create an experience, so there’s more pride in what we do from a food perspective. You can see it’s prepared with passion,” he says. Correia oversees a large team of chefs and kitchen staff who execute Woodbine Entertainment’s culinary events, which include everything from casual trackside barbecues to gourmet meals for dignitaries.

If you’re looking for a meal fit for a king or queen, the Woodbine Club Dining Room is located in a privileged position high atop Woodbine’s fourth floor. Here, guests enjoy magnificent views of all three tracks and exquisite table service for everything from wine to wagering. With rich cherry wood paneling and beautiful oil paintings, this warm and traditional club ambiance will make you feel like you’ve travelled back in time, while at the same time offering the best in contemporary cuisine. It’s a regal way to relish in an exciting day at the races!

Woodbine Racetrack

Woodbine is constantly evolving and growing. Just this year it opened a state-of-the-art inner turf course at its Toronto racetrack, demonstrating its commitment to the sport. The new turf course positions Woodbine Racetrack as the leader in turf racing in North America and will help attract more horses and more wagering. Currently, Woodbine Racetrack, which includes Casino Woodbine, draws roughly six million visitors annually. However, that number is expected to grow with the addition of a new casino, hotels, a live concert venue, and the addition of mass transit on the property with a new GO Transit stop that will be part of the Kitchener GO rail line . It’s estimated that visitors to Woodbine will more than double to an estimated 14 million, which will expose horse racing to millions of new fans.

“Bringing mass transit to the Woodbine property is a big part of a larger vision to develop and unlock the value of our land to create new revenue streams that will help grow and sustain the horse racing industry for decades, attract millions of visitors to our site annually, and serve the surrounding community,” says Lawson. “It will be a major commercial and employment hub that will include mixed-use residential, commercial space, sports and recreation facilities, parks and public space.”

Woodbine Entertainment hopes that this expansion, coupled with its exciting signature events, will continue to draw seasoned race enthusiasts, but also those who are new to the sport. This summer, Woodbine celebrated the 160th running of the Queen’s Plate, the oldest continuously run race in North America. It’s even older than the Kentucky Derby! The Queen’s Plate, of course, features world-class thoroughbred racing, but it’s also the place to be for race-day fashion (Get your fascinator ready!) and incredible food and drink pairings. Other signature Woodbine events include the Breeders Stakes, which is the third leg of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown, the Pattison Canadian International, and Ricoh Woodbine Mile. At Woodbine Mohawk Park, the Pepsi North America Cup is the richest harness race in North America. In 2019, it hosted the Breeders Crown, which is the championship races for standardbred racing.

The Woodbine Racetrack has been visited by Queen Elizabeth II, H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh, and the Queen Mother on multiple occasions; however, you don’t need to be royalty to enjoy a day at the races! In fact, you don’t need to be a long-time horse race enthusiast at all to visit the track. Woodbine offers out-of-the-ordinary experiences for all visitors, whether it’s your first time or it’s a monthly ritual with friends, family, or coworkers. Just a short trek from Toronto’s downtown core, Woodbine has an exciting and inclusive year-round schedule of high-energy action that will delight everyone.