Thoroughbreds are finally off and running at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto
|Toronto Star 06 Jun 2020 at 15:12|
The 2020 thoroughbred racing season opened Saturday, roughly six weeks after Woodbine Entertainment was forced to postpone the start due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Woodbine’s thoroughbred card was originally scheduled to begin April 18.
Prior to the start of racing, the jockey colony at Woodbine all took a knee in support of anti-racism.
Darryll P. Holland rode Majestic Fever, a 14/1 longshot to victory in the first race of the day, a $23,500 claiming event on Woodbine’s tapeta track.
Majestic Fever, a seven-year-old gelding, covered the five-furlong event in 59.34 seconds, finishing a length ahead of Gasconade, a 5/2 pick.
Although racing finally started at the Toronto oval with an 11-race program featuring 118 entries, it was conducted without spectators.
The same applied Friday night when harness racing resumed at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
Live horse racing marked the first sporting action in Toronto since March 10 when the Maple Leafs edged the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 at Scotiabank Arena.