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Winnipeg developer wants new harness track

01:36 PM 20 Feb 2021 NZDT
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Garth Rogerson, harness racing
Garth Rogerson

Standardbred Canada reports that a Winnipeg developer has plans in the works to put the Standardbred harness racing sport on the map in Manitoba's largest city within the next year — and there's nothing standard about his approach or his vision.

Garth Rogerson, CEO of the not-for-profit Red River Exhibition Association, is leading the charge to expand harness racing in Manitoba beyond its current rural footprint. And while many existing facilities either feature racing as the lone attraction or relegate it to a mere afterthought, Rogerson envisions a setup where the races aren't necessarily alone in the spotlight, but still an integral element of a greater entertainment experience — much in the same vein as minor league sports.

"I played baseball ... and I really enjoyed it," Rogerson told Trot Insider. "But watching it? It's not for me."

Yet, on the occasion he is invited to attend a Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball game, he finds himself enjoying the total experience — despite the game being less satisfying for him as a spectator than a participant.

"I go there and I have a fantastic time, and I sit back and go, 'Why did I have a fantastic time watching baseball?'" he explained. "It's not because of the baseball. It's because of all the other stuff going on — there's great food, great activities, and — oh, by the way — there's a baseball game on.

"So, I took a little bit of that back, and I said, 'You know, we can do that same kind of thing with harness racing.' Harness racing has a bit of a bad rep here in Manitoba, which I don’t think is justified. Those that enjoy it love it, but others are maybe not as willing to give it a shot, right? So what we have to do is reintroduce the public to the sport, and the only way to do that is to draw an audience. And so, if we can draw an audience, I think they’ll buy into it like I have and enjoy it."

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