How Can Someone Get a Horse Into Woodbine Racing?

To enter a horse, whether standardbred or thoroughbred, in a race at the Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario, the owner must apply for a post position, file a safety waiver, have the horse examined by racetrack veterinarians, and pay the nomination fee. The Woodbine Racetrack holds a wide variety of races during the racing season, and entry prequalifications differ depending on the grade of the race and the sex, age or experience of the horse.

Woodbine Racetrack hosts over 50 non-restricted stakes races and up to 40 graded stakes races from April to December. The most prestigious include the Grade I Ricoh Woodbine Mile, which is held on turf for thoroughbreds three years of age or older. Entry into this particular race requires a $1,000 submission fee and an additional $10,000 entry fee. Horses receive preference first based on their graded victories for that season, then on graded earnings for that season, and finally on lifetime earnings.

However, the racetrack hosts many claiming, allowance, and non-graded races that are more accessible to the average horse owner. Woodbine Racetrack publishes a Condition book on a regular basis detailing how to qualify for each race on its schedule, though other considerations to entry may apply such as boarding the horse at the Woodbine stable or scheduling time slots to exercise on the track prior to a race.