Training To Resume At Woodbine Mohawk Park
Despite the ongoing struggle against lockdown restrictions in Ontario, Woodbine Entertainment has now announced that training will soon resume at the leading horse racing facility. The racing leader said late last week that limited operations could resume as early as the start of May, with jockeys and trainers permitted to resume their activities under strict health and safety measures and safeguards so as to ensure their safety as well as the industry’s survival.
The local horse racing industry is a major industry and employer in the province but has suffered severely under the burden of ongoing stay-at-home orders and travel and other restrictions. Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson has on several recent occasions expressed grave concern over the long-term effect the on-again, off-again lockdown orders can be expected to have on Ontario’s horse racing sector.
The hope is now that the upcoming in-part resumption of activities are a sign of more freedom to come.
Tight Restrictions Will Apply
While Woodbine Mohawk Park will resume limited activities from May 6, training will happen on a much more controlled and tighter schedule than what had been the want and way in the past. The venue will be open for only 5 days of training per week, and from Tuesday to Saturday between the hours of 7a.m. and 7p.m. What’s more, each individual training session will come with a 50-horse limit.
Trainers will be expected to register for their sessions in advance, the venue announced on Thursday. Also, each trainer will only be permitted to train a maximum count of 10 horses per day, so as to allow as many trainers as possible to have access to a session across the new and limited weekly schedule.
Lawson’s Plight To Government
Training will furthermore be divided into three daily sessions, with the first commencing at 7a.m. and lasting until 9:30a.m. The second will start at 9:45a.m. and will finish at 12:15p.m, with the final session of the day set to get underway at 12:30p.m. and to last until 2p.m.
All members of staff will be required to undergo a health-and-safety screening session before entering the facility, Woodbine has said.
CEO Jim Lawson has in the meantime been pushing hard for he resumption of training and races at the popular Ontario facility. According to Lawson, government must take into account not only the effect that the crisis has had on the horse racing industry as a whole, but also the immaculate safety record achieved by the industry itself as the world continues to grapple with the effects of infections.