As the horse racing community continues its struggle to come to terms with the loss of 43 horses following a fire at Classy Lane Stables near Guelph on Monday night, Woodbine is planning a tribute to honour the fallen horses.
In a media release issued on Wednesday evening, Woodbine announced that it is to dedicate the card of racing on Thursday, January 7th to the animals who perished in the fire.
It states that the tribute will begin at 6:50pm with a video presentation of the fallen horses which will be followed by a minutes silence.
Flags at the racecourse will also be flown at half mast on Thursday night through the conclusion of the Saturday night programme of racing.
Many of the racehorses who were in the barn when it caught fire had previously raced at the course with owners and trainers describing the loss as devastating not just financially but also personally, a sentiment echoed by CEO of Woodbine Entertainment Group Jim Lawson who is quoted in the release as saying “as a horseperson, I can imagine how difficult a time it is for those that lost horses, who are like members of the family. It is heartbreaking.”
Former Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) announcer Frank Salive will be the guest race caller for the evening.