Racing Night Live Makes A Comeback
Live harness racing has made its official comeback in Ontario and Woodbine Entertainment will be broadcasting Standardbred and Thoroughbred races on television. All of the racing action from Woodbine Mohawk Park and Woodbine Racetrack will be broadcast again on TSN. This comes as ‘Racing Night Live’, the fan favourite, will be presented by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission come Friday.
The show first came into existence thanks to Jim Lawson, the Chief Executive Officer of Woodbine Entertainment, and Christina Litz, a former employee of the company. Back then, the two had originally wanted to broadcast live horse racing every Thursday evening. This was during a time when there was a severe lack of other live sporting events on TSN.
Fans Can Watch Events Live
After being on pause for several months due to the global health crisis, Woodbine Entertainment’s Thoroughbred season is back. It officially began on 12 June and was hosted at Woodbine Racetrack. While fans are still unable to attend the live harness races in person, they can watch each competition live on the company’s official website or through the Dark Horse app.
Because of the delayed start of the thoroughbred season, Woodbine Racetrack has had to reveal some changes to its calendar. The Woodbine Oaks event that carries a CA$500,000 tag and is sponsored by Budweiser has been rescheduled to 1 August. However, the biggest events of the season remain on their initial dates, with The Queen’s Plate starting on 22 August.
Production Needs Sponsors
Mr Lawson said that thanks to the great relationship that he and Ms Litz have with TSN, as well as the lack of another sport for broadcasting, the live program was able to come to life. However, the production is in need of sponsors if it is to continue. Sponsors within the industry, such as COSA, OLG and HBPA, were able to help with sponsorships immediately. Additionally, other sponsors such as Budweiser, Pepsi and Kraft-Heinz were able to step in.
Following several obstacles prior to its first official airtime, the show was able to debut on TSN on 11 June of last year. It became the country’s first live sporting event to be held since the start of the global health crisis. The lack of other broadcasts of live sporting events contributed greatly to the success of ‘Racing Night Live’. Furthermore, the horse racing industry was also able to attract a new wave of fans through this television show.