06/19/2017 9:40AM

Woodbine announces turf endurance series

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Woodbine’s racing office announced a new turf endurance series last Friday.

The four-race series will begin July 22 at 1 3/8 miles, followed by races at 1 1/2 miles on Aug. 19, 1 5/8 miles on Sept. 23, and 2 1/4 miles on Oct. 22. Horses will accumulate points based on their finishing position in the races, and the horse with the most points at the end of the series will be named the Woodbine Turf Endurance Series Champion and receive a $15,000 bonus.

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Horses will receive 10 points for finishing first in any series race, 7 points for finishing second, 5 for third, 3 for fourth, and 2 for fifth. All other horses in each race will receive one point.

The races will be open to 3-year-olds and up who have started for a claiming price of $25,000 or less in 2016 or 2017, or horses can enter for a $40,000 claiming tag. Horses eligible for the conditions can run in any of the series races, but preference will be given to those horses who have earned points.

Woodbine will offer a $45,000 purse for each race, and bonuses will be available for Ontario-bred and Ontario-sired horses.