US Racing Track Guide: Woodbine

Betfair now offers Exchange markets on a whole host of tracks in the United States. In his latest in-depth guide, US racing handicapper Dean Keppler takes a look at Woodbine...

Woodbine Racetrack

What kind of racecourse is it?

• One-mile Tapeta oval. The E. P. Taylor turf course is 1-1/2 miles with a 1-1/8 mile chute. The layout is unique since the main track is located inside the turf course.

Tell me something I don't know about this track

• Woodbine racetrack is the only track in North America that's capable of running Thoroughbred and Standardbred horse racing programs on the same day.

• On July 4, 2010 Queen Elizabeth II visited the Racetrack as part of her state visit to Canada, viewing the 151st running of The Queen's Plate Stakes.

When do they race?

Mainly Friday through Sunday afternoons & Wednesday evenings April Through December - starting at 4:00 p.m. GMT/& 9:45 p.m. GMT on Wed.

Best Ever Race - The Queen's Plate October 31, 1964

The Canadian-bred Northern Dancer won the 1964 Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and the prestigious Grade 1 Queens Plate of which became his final race before retirement. Northern Dancer was the first non-human to be inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame (1965).

Most Popular Jockeys

Da Silva, Eurico Rosa
Contreras, Luis
Husbands, Patrick

Most Popular Trainers

Casse, Mark E.
McKnight, Norman
Gonzalez, Nicholas

How to find winners at Woodbine...

There are some strong and successful jockey/trainer combos that merit a long look when they show up in the entry box. They include Mark Casse and Patrick Husbands; Norman McKnight and Eurico Da Silva; Ralph Biamonte and Eurico Da Silva; and Michael Doyle and Luis Contreras.

Draw Positions

Post 1 through 3 win above average on the Tapeta surface up to 7 furlongs. The outside posts (12 through 14) are at a strong disadvantage in both sprints and route races. In routes, however, the results are somewhat skewed based on a smaller sample. The same scenario holds true for the grass course.

Running Styles

The main track Tapeta surface usually plays fair and neutral to speed-types, stalkers and closers. The main exception is when the rain arrives. The surface then becomes extremely quick and speed-favoring. On the turf, the further the portable rails are out, the better speed does. The closer the rails are positioned combined with the tracks long stretch run usually favor closers.

When betting Woodbine look out for...

Speed-types ridden by Eurico Da Silva on the turf when the rails are brought all the way out. Jockey Luis Contreras does very well with closers and horses coming from off the pace. Trainers Martin Drexler and Norman McKnight do very well with new barn purchases and recent acquisitions. Look for horses going first or second off the claim from these top barns.