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Andrew: In support of OHHA's position on Flamboro Downs

Published: August 26, 2019 9:57 pm ET

Last Comment: August 29, 2019 10:59 pm ET | 4 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

On behalf of the Alberta Standardbred Horse Association I am writing to support OHHA in their effort to bring Great Canadian Gaming to their senses regarding the imposition of restrictive admission practices at Flamboro Downs.

The heart of any sports franchise is the fan base. Most sports put extra effort into accommodating and growing attendance for families and young people who represent the future fan base. Great Canadian's decision to make racing accessible to adults only destroys this effort and signals a lack of interest in the future of live racing and fans who enjoy live racing.

We believe that AGCO and the Government of Ontario should act in the best interests of racing and support Ontario families and young people who enjoy an afternoon or evening at the horse races.

Great Canadian, who benefit from what was originally the SAR program, believes they can arbitrarily block families from attending the races in any degree of comfort. What is next except the inevitable conclusion from the push that Great Canadian continues to make to downplay live racing and racing fans while focussing almost solely on the racetrack casinos.

Bill Andrew


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August 29, 2019 - 10:59 pmStrongly concur. As I stated

Strongly concur.
As I stated in my reply to Anthony MacDonald:
There is absolutely nothing to be gained by disallowing families to the races.

August 29, 2019 - 5:04 pmThe other existing tracks

Jim Brown SAID...

The other existing tracks that young fans are allowed to attend to should encourage them by awarding each and everyone of them with a back to school helpful hand by giving them a nearby Walmart gift card for $10~$20 in which would also give them something to talk about going back to school.

August 27, 2019 - 1:50 pmThank you Mr. Andrew. We

Thank you Mr. Andrew. We will need all the support we can get. You're comments are much appreciated.

August 27, 2019 - 10:01 amThis letter also forwarded to

Carolyn Rae SAID...

This letter also forwarded to my MPP, Laurie Scott, PC HKLB
Urging all horsemen & women & fans of Horse Racing to forward to your local MPP. Again, if you are not sure how to get in touch with your MPP, contact OHHA, 1-800-774-6442 or locally 905-854-6442. They have said, they will be happy to provide you with this information.

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