Day At The Track

Grand River Raceway season opens June 5

11:12 AM 01 Jun 2019 NZST
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ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway's 16th harness racing season kicks off Wednesday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Opening night launches with Grand River Raceway's popular Local Biz Night event where 120 guests from 22 local businesses will be wined and dined for the evening. Local Biz Night guests will be also be paired with a horse from Race #7. Guests will meet their horses in the barn and cheer them home to the finish line.

The race card also includes four Grassroots divisions of the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts.

Fun & Frivolity Friday Race Night returns this year with the fan-favourite Drive A Racehorse event included most Friday race nights. Guests of all ages can sign-up the night-of at the Tarmac Booth to experience the thrill of driving a racehorse (accompanied by a professional) on the racetrack.

All Fun & Frivolity Friday Race Nights also include a live trackside broadcast with 107.5 DAVE ROCKS, an extended Tarmac Show between the races and The Neighbourhood kids' activity area in the new Homestretch Tent.

Visitors to Grand River Raceway will notice some changes to the facility as Elements Casino undergoes renovations. The Guest Care Counter, as well as betting windows and TV monitors for viewing the races, have been temporarily relocated to the new 3,200 sq. ft. First Turn Tent, located beside the Lighthouse Restaurant.

During this time, temporary signage and site maps have been installed to help guests find their way around the facility.

Beginning this fall, Grand River Raceway will also be undergoing renovations of its own.

The $4 million project will include an expanded Lighthouse Restaurant and Ship In barn that will house a new simulcast lounge, expanded kitchen and event space, administration offices, and a maintenance shop. Renovations are expected to begin in October and be completed by June, 2020.

Renovation designs for $4 million expansion, slated to begin October 2019

"We are thrilled to begin another season of racing here at Grand River," said Jamie Martin, Director Of Operations. "We look forward to sharing our exciting future plans for the facility with our guests."

Live harness racing is featured on most Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights from June 5 through September 27. Details about dinner reservations for the $20.99 Race Night Buffet can be found online.

Other special racing events include the fifth annual Ren's Pets Wiener Dog Races (July 5) and the 29th Industry Day horse racing celebration featuring the Battle Of Waterloo (August 5).

Grand River Raceway's 10-race program for June 5 will be available here (by June 3) and streaming video will be available starting at 6:00 p.m. Parking and admission are always free.

Kelly Spencer

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