Thoroughbred Racing Returns to Fort Erie
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Mon 13/05/2013 - 05:16 EDT
All but given up on last fall, southern Ontario thoroughbred racing fans are breathing a sigh of relief over the fact live racing will be held at Fort Erie Racetrack this summer. Although there will be a reduction in race dates – from 76 in 2012 to 50 for 2013 – the fact the track will open at all comes as welcome news to the horse racing community, as well as the entire Niagara Region, as it’s estimated the track contributes $151 million to the local economy every year.
Ontario Government provides one-year funding
Faced with declining revenues, along with cuts to government funding through other forms of gambling revenue, operators of the Fort Erie track had made the decision to close the facility for live racing. However, a deal was reached last month between the operators and the Ontario provincial government that has allowed for an injection of “transition funding” to allow the track to operate this season while new ownership and/or investment opportunities are pursued.
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Training at the Fort Erie track is scheduled to begin April 26, and the first race card will run on May 26, 2013. Racing will be held on Sundays and Mondays with a 1:15 PM ET post time, and Tuesdays with post time at 4:15 PM ET. Although the 2013 Fort Erie stakes schedule hasn’t been released yet, the track is most well known for hosting the Grade I $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. It’s time to let the ponies run!
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