Woodstock Raceway and Slots
Woodstock Raceway and Slots is a 1/2 mile harness racing track and slots gaming facility located in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada. The track has over 100 slot machines in $0.05, $0.25 and $1.00 denominations.
Woodstock Raceway Facts
- Spectators - 2,000
- Parking - 600
- Surface: Size of Track - 1/2 mile
- Tote System: United Tote
- Film Patrol/Photo: Telephoto Technology
- Program Print: Windsor Raceway
- Average Attendance: 950
Woodstock Raceway History
The 1950's saw the resurfacing of several issues for the Woodstock Fairgrounds, most important being the debate over horse racing. Interested city residents had raised the topic in 1948, but the directors did not discuss it in detail until May 16th, 1950. Gordon Dent said "horse racing is coming back"; L.M. Gardner said that "we're losing by not having a track".
On June 20th, 1950 the Woodstock Construction Company won the bid to build Woodstock Raceway. A year later it was completed. It was decided to hold horse races for three days during the fair. The success of this venture brought increased support from the local Turf Club.
Other improvements to the Fairgrounds included the construction of a double fence, chain link and wood, around the race track in 1950, the placement of wind insurance on all buildings in 1951 and the construction of a 30'x80' second horse barn in 1958.
After a enjoying much success with horse racing, a race committee was put in place for the first time in 1969 and immediately applied for 10 days of summer harness racing. The number of racing nights increased from 10 in 1970 to 16 in 1971 to 31 in 1975. By that time, average nightly attendance was up over 1300.
In 1999, Woodstock Raceway was taken under the wing of Windsor Raceway. With the addition of Slots run by the Ontario Lottery Corporation, the purses have increased and with it, the quality of racing.
Woodstock Raceway Contact Information
875 Nellis Street
Woodstock, ON N4S 7W8
|Phone:||+1 (519) 537-5717|
|Fax:||+1 (519) 421-7374|