In a very interesting special report on the insidehalton.com website by reporters Christina Commisso and Catherine O'Hara, they delved into the local harness racing industry in Off Track.
From horse and buggy contests to a high stakes sport, harness racing has become an economic driving force for Ontario and its agricultural sector. For decades, the sport enjoyed a monopoly in the gambling marketplace, but a three-part exclusive series by Metroland West Media Group, Off Track, reveals that the $2.6-billion industry that employs 65,000 Ontarians is under threat.
Here is part one in the series.
There wasn't a drop of liquor in Nassagaweya when the charge to establish a racetrack began in the 1950s. A few kilometres away, a Flamborough farmer defaulted on his rural property. And so began the journeys of two visionaries who took a gamble on creating a mecca for harness racing in the region.
Harnesslink will continue to bring you the second and third report over the next two weeks at about the same time.