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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Good News - The Ontario Addition and a NJ Road Trip

Add Flamboro Downs, Georgian Downs, and Fort Erie Racetrack as three more tracks which will see the light of day come April 1. In a press release today, it was announced that agreements in principle have been reached with these three tracks.

In a way I was surprised that the two harness tracks would have come to terms. Being for profit racetracks, I didn't think Great Canadian Gaming was interested in running a track just to break even; they would want to see a profit. My guess is they see the possibility of full scale casinos coming to their facilities. Eithe way, it is good news for horsemen looking for places to race. Purses though, are another question....

In a bit of irony, slot workers at Woodbine's casino are preparing to strike, basically over the uncertainty of their jobs and working conditions as the result of the OLG's actions. While no doubt Woodbine's casino is the most valuable to the government, it would be great if all casino workers in the province at racetracks would strike; that would drain the governments coffers. One thing for certain, if the current workers want a say, now is the time for later may be too late.

Just did a little bit of checking and it has been 3 1/2 years since a proposal to introduce the fair start rule to New Jersey has been proposed.  Hard to believe it, the NJRC is still working on it.  Who knows what the final disposition will be but isn't it kind of funny how some proposals get put on the highway while some seem to take a trip between East Rutherford and Trenton via Gris Fjord in Canada?   Take a look at the map below, you'll get the idea.

Gris Fjord, Canada, a slight detour on the road to the fair start rule in NJ.

Imagine that, killbuyers are using forged health certificates to move horses between states on their way to their final destination! Who would ever have thought they would violate regulations? Anyone who doesn't have a job dealing with killing horses would.

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