Racing at Western Fair District resumes this Saturday for their annual fall-winter meet. Whereas most Ontario tracks have battened down the hatches hoping to get through this year and future years now that racing learns how to survive without slot revenue, Western Fair District is bucking the trend and making some changes.
First of all, as a credit to their handle, WFD is hoping to keep the same purse structure as last meet, roughly $65,000 per day. Other minor tracks have had to cut their pursers due to lack of funding.
In their dining room, changes were made there as well, by hiring a new executive chef Ted Dodd. Their menu has been updated with new pricing of $25.99 per person. They also redesigned the dining room by putting in all new flat screen televisions. They also added a new lounge with big screens so game day action.
On the racing side, given ORC permission, there will be a second nine horse field on the race card and WFD will introduce the Super High Five nightly after being successful on closing day.
Granted, these are not major changes but at least they are doing something to improve the racing experience.