OTTAWA — Rideau Carleton Raceway has described as “satisfying” the Ontario Racing Commission’s decision to allow the Gloucester track to continue its Thursday night horsing racing card.
“It looks like confirmation that Premier (Kathleen) Wynne was serious when she said the province was determined to develop a sustainable horse racing industry in the province,” said track manager and handicapper Norm Borg.
“It’s a big component of maintaining our product.”
The commission had previously ordered to limit its racing to Sundays, which race industry officials said would seriously threaten the viability of harness racing at the track.
The City of Ottawa recently confirmed the Rideau Carleton Raceway as the site of a new provincial casino, angering Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, who had been looking to build a casino near the Canadian Tire Centre.
On a Toronto radio show, Melnyk blasted the Gloucester track as “a third-class race track in the middle of nowhere.”
By Norman Provencher for the Ottawa Citizen (www.ottawacitizen.com)