08/28/2012 12:30PM

Woodbine requests permission to drop 11 Thursday race cards

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Woodbine has applied to the Ontario Racing Commission for permission to eliminate 11 of the 13 remaining Thursday racing dates scheduled for the 2012 meeting, which concludes Dec. 16.

Thursday racing, which has been on hiatus since July 12, was scheduled to resume on Sept. 13. But, the Woodbine Entertainment Group now would prefer to conduct Thursday racing only during the last two weeks of the meeting when the entry box traditionally has been extremely busy.

Woodbine’s request was submitted by Steve Koch, vice president of Thoroughbred racing. His letter points out that 88 overnight races would be eliminated and lead to an approximately $3 million reduction in purse account expenditures. Currently, a purse overpayment of $3.4 million is projected for the season.

Woodbine Entertainment Group’s letter of application is open to public comment. Input can be e-mailed to bill.fines@ontarioracingcommission.ca or faxed to (416) 213-7827.