A total of $10,000 in purses were up for grabs Sunday, September 22 at Leamington Raceway, and the large crowd at the half-mile track wagered more than $23,000 on the 10-race card. “We’ve shown we can put the racing card on here in Leamington and that we’ll be going ahead with our next three races and we’re going to be back asking for 20 or 30 days next year,” Essex County Warden and Lakeshore Mayor Tom Bain has said.
Bain, who is also part of the executive of the Lakeshore Horse Racing Association, was among the robust crowd that welcomed live harness racing back to Essex County on Sunday. “We’ve shown that we can do it,” said Bain, whose comments have come in an article by The Windsor Star.
“The Ontario Racing Commission gave us the four days so they could have a look how we do it and if could we pull it off and I think we’re proving that,” Bain said.
The Lakeshore Horse Racing Association is looking to eventually build a not-for-profit harness racetrack in Lakeshore. If Sunday was any indication, the fans are eager to get back watching and supporting the live product.
“Going forward, we have to put on the next three Sundays, and I feel very confident we can do that, and then we approach next year” said Bain. He later went on to say, “we’ll move forward, looking towards a much bigger meet next year.”
“It’s tremendous to be able to have a local track here where it is going to help the economy so much, and it’s great to be able to have that knowledge that you can work with young horses and have a place locally where you can train them, get them ready to race them, hopefully, in the big time.
To view the harness racing results for Sunday at Leamington, click the following link: Sunday Results – Leamington Raceway.
Reprinted with permission from the Windsor Star