Woodbine Entertainment, HBPA reach agreement on two-year contract

The ’23 season begins April 22.

“We are pleased to reach this new agreement with the HBPA so we can now collectively focus our energy on the incredible season of thoroughbred racing that lies ahead,” Woodbine chief executive officer Jim Lawson said in the statement. “Over the last few years, our industry came together through difficult times and put forward a world-class racing product that continues to grow globally.”

The deal also calls for Woodbine Entertainment to continue contributing $300,000 annually to the HBPA to improve working benefits and conditions for those on Woodbine’s backstretch.

“We are also pleased to come to an agreement with Woodbine Entertainment so we can work together and in partnership for the betterment of horse people and the industry,” said HBPA president Sue Leslie. “There is a tremendous amount of opportunity to grow our sport in the coming years and that is best achieved by working together, shoulder to shoulder.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 17, 2023.

The Canadian Press

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