Woodbine has a long and prestigious history in horse racing and has been in existence in one form or another since 1874.
Since then it’s moved to a different part of Toronto but is still the centrepiece of Canadian horse racing.
In its current form, it’s located on the east of the city and is also known as Greenwood Racetrack. It hosts some of the biggest meets in the country and is always a track worth looking to in order to place a wager.
We’re big fans of the racetrack here at OnlineSportsBetting.ca and always bring you the latest odds and tips from the latest meets.
Below you’ll find all you need to know about Woodbine betting…
Woodbine Betting Sites
Woodbine is one of the biggest tracks in North America so it’s perhaps no surprise that all the biggest sportsbooks offer odds on all the racecourse’s meets.
We work with some of the best bookmakers in the country and you can find full reviews of each one right here. Simply head over to our Online Bookmakers Page and you’ll find in-depth information on each bookmaker to choose the right one for you before placing your Woodbine bets.
Woodbine Thoroughbred Betting Odds
You’ll find Woodbine thoroughbred odds throughout the season, with some of the biggest races in the country taking place at the track.
We always strive to bring you the odds for the latest meets and you’ll find them in the widget below.
All the odds we bring you will be the best value currently available, as our experts scour all sportsbooks to ensure you get the best return for your winning picks.
Woodbine Betting Tips & Picks
Like all horse racing there are many things you should consider when placing your bets on Woodbine meets.
Picking a horse is never easy, but you can improve your chances of a winner taking into account the following:
- Form: Naturally, checking the racecard for recent form can be a good indicator of how a horse is likely to run in their next race. Like any race, the fitness, form and confidence of a horse and jockey is the single most important thing.
- Course & Distance: How a horse has performed over the same course or/and distance is also a good place to analyse before betting. Some horses thrive over a certain distance and enjoy particular courses, so checking how they’ve done at Woodbine before can prove a good move.
- Type of Ground: Again, certain horses perform better on different types of ground. Some horses are faster over hard ground, while others thrive on the soft, with that extra bit of stamina to see them over the line.
We take into account this and a number of other factors when making our Woodbine picks. Below you’ll find some of our top picks for upcoming races at the track…
Woodbine Racetrack Schedule
Woodbine racecourse has a full-on schedule throughout the thoroughbred season, with a good number of major events taking place.
Some of the biggest meets within the schedule include:
The oldest thoroughbred race in the country takes place every June or July and is the first race in the Canadian Triple Crown. Ran over one and a quarter miles, it holds a purse of $1million and welcomes some of the finest horses and jockeys to race it.
Northern Dancer Turf Stakes
This Grade I race takes place in mid-September and is a trial for the E.P. Taylor Stakes meet later in the year, ran over the same course and distance.
Named after the great Northern Dancer, it’s been won by Johnny Bear the last two years over the one and a half mile distance.
First run in 1889, the Breeders’ Stakes is the third and final race of the Triple Crown in Canada, ran over one and a half miles. Most recently won by Neepawa, the race continues to provide a thrilling end to the Triple Crown meets, taking place in August each year.
It’s the only one of the three raced on turf, and is the longest of the three.
As you’d likely expect, the Woodbine Mile is a mile long race that has been in existence for just over 30 years. It’s held annually in mid-September and offers a large purse of $800,000. Always a good race to bet on, it’s fast and furious with winners automatically qualifying for the Breeders’ Cup Mile.
This Grade I meet takes place in October and has changed dramatically since its inauguration in 1938. Today it’s ran over a mile and a half turf track and since 1954 has been open to international riders and runners, having initially been exclusive to Canada residents.
The international side brings the likes of Frankie Dettori and Ryan Moore to the course, both of whom have won the race three times previously.
E.P. Taylor Stakes
E.P. Taylor is one of the most influential figures in Canadian horse racing and this race was named in his honour back in 1981. It’s ran over one and a quarter miles and is often considered the final stepping stone to the Breeders Cup for many owners and trainers.
It enjoys a $500,000 purse and has seen winners from all over North America and Europe, with UK and Irish based horses having picked up a number of wins in recent years.
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Woodbine Live Stream
There’s always the opportunity to get a Woodbine live stream, with many sportsbooks now offering this as a feature.
Horse racing is one of the most streamed sports from bookmaker sites and you can usually do this by simply registering and placing a qualifying bet on the race you wish to watch.