There is uncertainty in the future of racing in Alberta as the province has not yet renewed the memo of understanding which allocates slot revenue to racing. The MOU expires in March. Failure to have a MOU will bring racing to a halt at Northlands Park for both breeds as well as the relatively new Alberta Downs.
Another year, another story on how Scarborough Downs is on the ropes. There is an attempt underway for a referendum to allow another casino in Maine. There is talk of a potential buyer who may wish to by Scarborough to have a racino attached to it while there is speculation the person who wishes to have the casino may press for a stand alone casino which would have no connection to the track, putting it out of business.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
I really haven't talked about the tragic fire at Classy Lane Training Centre because there is little to be said. It is great the racing community comes together to support those impacted by the fire, but one has to wonder if a greater effort was spent towards fireproofing barns (as well as one can), we can avoid the need to fundraise for those effected. If you haven't yet made a donation and wish to do so, there are GoFundMe fundraisers to benefit those who lost their racing stock at Classy Lane.