The countdown is on to the 1st Saturday in May, as Hanover Raceway opens its 48th season of pari-mutuel harness racing.
GM Gord Dougan says although the Government has announced the end of the Slots at Racetrack program next April, we will continue has per normal for 2012.
Dougan says that means Hanover will feature a promotion packed season starting on Saturday with 300 free Hanover Raceway ballcaps with the purchase of a program on site. Hanover Raceway’s simulcast restaurant will feature the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs all afternoon, and then you can enjoy the All you can eat Buffet starting at 5:00pm.
Saturday May 12th is Ladies night in celebration of Mothers Day. Dougan says ladies can enter to win 1 of 6 prizes courtesy of the Dolce Vita Spa and The Flower Shoppe and Greenhouses in Hanover.
And Saturday May 19th is Hockeyville night, when kids can enter to win 1 of 4 Bicycles courtesy of Hanover Raceway and Hanover Canadian Tire.
Hanover Raceway calendar of events are free and available on site.
Dougan says with the government announcement this spring, it’s more important than ever for local Horse Racing fans to support our local horsemen. Horse racing contributes 2 billion dollars to the Ontario economy each year, and Dougan says it’s a very important part of the local economy.
Whether it’s the local pizza shop that see’s business increase on Saturday’s, to the local electrican and plumber who service our site, or the local farmer who grows hay and straw for our horses....Dougan says Horseracing means Millions of dollars to Midwestern Ontario.
If we were to lose Horse Racing, says Dougan, it would not only impact the 100 staff that work at the track, but over 200 horse people who race here, as well as their employee’s at their home farms, their families income, farmer’s income, and the business’s that service us, or receive spinoff income from the tourism draw.
Dougan stresses, this decision will impact our entire tax base.
He urges Racing fans and local business people to sign the OHRIA petition, and to call upon our Liberal MP’s to voice your concerns. More information on the Slots at Racetrack program is available at www.value4money.ca
by Gord DOUGAN