Consultation Report Makes Suggestions to Maintain Ontario’s Racing Industry
In an attempt to keep Ontario’s horse racing industry alive and viable, Milton council has given support to a report that recommends ways to allocate racing days and enhance gaming activities at horse tracks.A consultation report from the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel makes a number of suggestions including the recommendation that standard-bred racing be centralized at a circuit of five tracks: Mohawk, Flamboro, Georgian, Western Fair and Grand River.
The panel has developed a five-year plan for the industry which suggests creating three divisions with tracks specializing in standard-bred, thoroughbred or quarter horse racing. Each division would have its own coordinated calendar and marketing strategy and focus on creating fewer but more competitive races.
In regards to gambling the panel suggested that “tapping the potential of racetracks as gaming centers should be a top priority in the integration of horse racing into the provincial gaming strategy.”
The panel is now receiving feedback on its report and is expected to issue final recommendations by the end of the month.