Woodbine Entertainment and the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario (HBPA) have reached an agreement for a new two-year deal that commits to $62m in purses for the 2023 and 2024 Thoroughbred racing meets, both released in a statement Friday.
The deal also includes a 133-race day meet in 2023 and 129 race dates in 2024. Despite the fewer race days next year, the track expects the number of races offered to be substantially the same as 2023 through more optimized scheduling during the meet.
As part of the agreement, Woodbine Entertainment will continue to contribute $300,000 to the HBPA in each year of the deal for improving working benefits and conditions for those working on the Woodbine backstretch.
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