Friday, October 14, marks the debut of The Raceway at The Western Fair District, a rebranding of Western Fair Raceway. To commemorate the rebranding, t-shirts will be given to the first 500 customers which will feature the new name and logo, The Raceway at The Western Fair District. In addition, three lucky customers will have their chance to participate in 'money machine madness' where they will have a chance to enter the money machine and walk away with as much cash as they can grab in 30 seconds.
What is in a name, you may ask? A lot. Go visit their new website and see what Western Fair District is all about; it's entertainment and racing is one component of it. This is how you appeal to new people, you provide them with more than just racing.
But there are other changes at The Raceway. On the wagering side, a new Pick 5 will be introduced on races 3-7 with a 15% take out with a carryover feature. If no one selects all five winners, 75% of the pool gets carried over to the next racing day. This wager replaces the early Pick-4 (the late Pick 4 remains with a 15% takeout and a $4,000 guaranteed pool on Mondays and Tuesdays). The Pick 5 has a $1 minimum which should interest the serious gambler as the chance of a large carryover building up is more likely when you eliminate fractional wagering.
This fall, The Raceway at Western Fair District is hosting the Trot Canada National Handicapping Championship on November 12, with $25,000 up for grabs. For those who focus on the racing stars, the top older pacing mares will be facing off in the $200,000 (estimated) Forest City Pace on November 26.
All in all, there should be something for someone at The Raceway at Western Fair District. Even if you are South of the Border, many ADWs offer wagering on their racing product. Post time on Fridays and Saturdays is 7:05pm with a 3:35pm post time on Mondays and Tuesdays. Even better, race programs are always free at The Raceway.