Is there a solution for Ontario’s troubled Horse Racing industry? The Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food says there may be a long-term plan established as soon as this year. The government of Ontario has asked the Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel to put forth a plan to get the ball rolling forward for the future of horse racing in the province. The panel has been asked by the province to propose a clear proposal for modernizing the governance and regulation of the horse racing industry, ideas for growing the fan base and providing more wagering options, providing ongoing government support and ensuring animal welfare.
It is expected that a draft plan will be in the hands of the Ontario government, by June 2013. The final plan is to be completed by October of this year and the industry is gratefully optimistic.
“I know how important this industry is to communities across Ontario and I am confident that the expertise and guidance of this panel will help the horse racing industry move toward a bright, sustainable future,” says Kathleen Wynne, Premier and Minister of Agriculture and Food.
The idea of a path to move forward on is an important set for the horse racing industry.
“Significant strides have been made over the past months to ensure there is horse racing in Ontario for this year and beyond. The panel looks forward to continuing our work with the government and the horse racing industry to ensure a sustainable future for the industry,” says John Snobelen, member, Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel.
In 2013, Ontario Racing Commission has issued race dates for 15 tracks, including Woodbine, Mohawk, Hanover, Western Fair, Clinton, Grand River, Flamboro, Georgian Downs, Fort Erie, Kawartha, Sudbury, Hiawatha, Dresden, Ajax and Rideau Carleton. The Ontario Racing Commission says up to $30 million will be used to develop the Standardbred and Thoroughbred components of the Horse Improvement Program. Learn more and read the report of the Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel Minister’s Letter to the Panel.