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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ontario Racing Saved for Two Years. How is the Question.

News comes that a press conference will be held tomorrow morning byWEG to discuss an agreement in principle with WEG and OMAFRA to continue racing at Woodbine and Mohawk for the next two years while a 'final' solution towards self-sustainability is developed during that period.  During this two year interim period, the racing industry will be required to meet certain benchmarks.  While this agreement applies only with WEG and the provincial government, it is expected to be the foundation of any agreements with the other tracks in the province.

As part of this agreement, the ORC now reports to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

At this point there is no word whether the number of days of racing will remain the same or be reduced nor the purse levels to be supported.  One would imagine there will be a reduction on both fronts.  Whether all existing tracks will be offered or will want to sign on this agreement also remains to be determined.

People will be listening tomorrow morning.


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