After a surprising announcement last November by Woodbine CEO Jim Lawson, we at long last get to see the fruits of both daring and precise planning. Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto today ran a first-of-its-kind EuroTurf Trial today before a sizable crowd of curious Horsepeople, Fans and Media mid-morning.
To those who don’t follow Horse Racing, thoroughbred races in North America traditionally are run counter-clockwise, unlike European, Australian and Asian racing. To change it up a bit and invigorate a bit of intrigue in the Sport of Kings, Woodbine this Summer will host a series of approximately 40 races on its lush E.P. Taylor turf course in the opposite direction. The first clockwise turf race as part of the EuroTurf series, is to take place Friday, June 10th.
After cautious maintenance over the winter, the turf course, among the top of its class in North America, is ready for racing with the season’s first official turf race (non-clockwise) carded for this Wednesday, May 18, 2016.
See today’s Trial race, won by Emma-Jayne Wilson aboard Hall of Famer Roger Attfield trainee INTERNAL BOURBON:
Post-race, Wilson compared her experience riding in Hong Kong to EuroTurf. See some Clips below:
See some Snaps from earlier today at the EuroTurf Preview:
Gary Boulanger shares his EuroTurf experience
Trainer Krista Cole + Jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan
Woodbine CEO Jim Lawson + Jesse Campbell
Emma-Jayne Wilson on EuroTurf Trial winner Internal Bourbon
CTV‘s Talkin’ Horses host Maddie-Jo Tilley
Photographer David Landry + Woodbine‘s John Siscos
Emile Ramsammy talks to his EuroTurf experience
Trainer Kevin Attard + Jockey Luis Contreras
Carmen Day, VP Guest Experience at Woodbine
Dawn Kay, Woodbine‘s Social Media Wiz
Handicapper Sheri Riddoch (@GoFilly)
Internal Bourbon under Emma-Jayne Wilson leading opponents home in EuroTurf Trial
(Photo/video credit: Mr. Will Wong/Woodbine Entertainment)