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Kawartha cancels press conference

08:36 AM 23 Feb 2018 NZDT
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Kawartha Downs in Fraserville
Kawartha Downs in Fraserville

A press conference outlining plans for the future of Kawartha Downs was cancelled at the last minute on Thursday morning. Officials with the harness racing track in Fraserville said a “major development” within the last 24 hours is unfolding but wouldn’t elaborate, only saying it would mean good news.

Cavan Monaghan Township Mayor Scott McFadden also would not comment.

The cancellation caught some area harness racers by surprise as they were eager to learn about the viability of the facility which opened in July 1972 along on Highway 28, about 18 kilometres south of Peterborough.

Last fall, the Ontario Racing Association rejected an application for funding to double the length of the racing season at Kawartha Downs.

Track officials argue they will be losing significant revenue once the Shoreline Slots relocates to the new casino in Peterborough which is expected to open later this year. They fear without additional races, the track’s future could be jeopardized.

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