Day At The Track


05:14 AM 15 Sep 2007 NZST
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The Ontario Racing Commission today (September 14) released the applications for 2008 race dates and is soliciting comments from members of the industry.

Comments must be received by the ORC by Friday, October 5, 2007.

The only submissions being circulated at this time are those applications for change where a business case to substantiate the change was included as part of the application.

The submissions, which are available in the document below, are Woodbine Thoroughbred, Woodbine Standardbred, Mohawk Standardbred, Georgian Downs, Kawartha Downs, and Windsor Raceway.



The Woodbine Entertainment Group has applied for a reduction in its standardbred race schedule from a five-day week to a four-day week, by way of the elimination of 16 Sunday cards.

WEG has also applied for an extension of the Mohawk meet, with racing to begin at the Campbellville oval on May 1, 2008. In 2007 the track opened its standardbred meet on May 20 and for the first time ever staged the $1.5-million Pepsi North America Cup at that venue.

eorgian Downs

Georgian's race date application included an increase of four race dates for 2008, for a total of 108 dates. The increase was a provision in the agreement reached between the track and the Ontario Harness Horse Association, which was solidified in March of this year.

awartha Downs

Kawartha has applied for an overall reduction of 12 race dates for 2008. In its rational for race date selection, the track stated that it was making "a much needed re-alignment of our race dates to fit both our business goals and needs and equally importantly address the customer demand."

indsor Raceway

Windsor Raceway Inc. has applied for a total of 100 race dates in 2008, a reduction of 11 days from 2007. In its application to the ORC, WRI says, "the crux of the 2008 request for reduction is a continuing need to increase average purses per race day at the Windsor Raceway towards the average in Ontario. It is expected that this will improve both wagering per card and quality horse supply."

All other racetrack submissions were reviewed and are considered not to have varied from the 2007 schedule, except for some minor variations for calendar changes such as holiday Mondays.

Final decisions on the race date submission will be made by the Executive Director as part of the process for issuing racetrack licences by the end of October.

Upon application, one exemption was provided to Fort Erie Racetrack. Racetrack management and the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association requested an extension to the requirement for the submission of an application for 2008 race date change to accommodate the ongoing discussion to develop a schedule for 2008 satisfactory to all parties.

Input, comments or concerns must be received by October 5, 2007 to be considered and can be forwarded to the Ontario Racing Commission as follows:

Attention: 2008 Race Date Amendment Process – Public Comment

Facsimile: (416) 213-7827


View the complete 2008 Race Date Applications being circulated by the ORC.

Courtesy Of Standardbred Canada

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