TORONTO — The thoroughbred racing season at Woodbine Racetrack may finish subsequent month in any case.
Woodbine Leisure stated Tuesday it continues to speak with the Ontario authorities concerning its new COVID-19 measures. The group added it has requested that its revamped thoroughbred racing schedule be allowed to conclude Dec. 13, as deliberate.
“We’re persevering with to have discussions with the federal government of Ontario about our request to securely full the steadiness of the season ending Dec. 13,” Woodbine Leisure stated in a press release issued on its Twitter account. “We are going to present an replace as quickly as we are able to.”
On Sunday, Woodbine Leisure introduced that will be the ultimate day of the ’20 season. A number of races that have been deliberate for then have been cancelled resulting from climate, together with snow, fluctuating temperatures and blended precipitation.
Information of the truncated season got here two days after the Ontario authorities revealed its new COVID-19 measures.
On Friday, the federal government moved Toronto and Peel Area — two COVID-19 scorching spots — into lockdown. Which means the shutdown of companies equivalent to salons and gymnasiums, whereas eating places would transfer to takeout solely and retail to curbside pickup.
The brand new restrictions got here into impact at 12:01 a.m. ET on Monday.
Woodbine Leisure has stated it has about 1,300 staff both quickly or completely laid off on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. It added this shutdown would additionally negatively influence the about 2,000 horsepeople on the Woodbine backstretch, placing a lot of them out of labor.
Below the brand new restrictions, horses might practice solely with out spectators and never run in precise races. Whereas there’s been racing at Woodbine since June, all occasions have been performed with out followers within the stands.
The beginning of Woodbine’s 2020 racing seasons — standardbred and thoroughbred — have been delayed for a number of weeks because of the world pandemic earlier than being allowed to start June 5 with harness racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
The ’20 thoroughbred card started June 6 at Woodbine.
Standardbred racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Campbelleville, Ont., will proceed. That observe is positioned roughly 64 kilometres west of Toronto and out of doors of the lockdown boundaries.
This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Nov. 24, 2020.