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Horsemen's Update On BC Stalemate

January 21, 2014:

On Monday, January 20, a joint update issued by the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of British Columbia (HBPA of BC) brought the provincial horse racing industry up to speed in regard to the ongoing discussion surrounding race dates and funding issues in BC....read on

BC Racing Heading For Impass

January 18, 2014:

Jackson Wittup, executive director of Harness Racing B.C. says talks between his organization and Great Canadian Gaming, operators of Fraser Downs have hit a snag and again it’s over the issue of race dates....read on

BC Extends Funding...For Now

January 17, 2014:

British Columbia Horse Racing Industry Management Committee Chair Doug Scott stated this week that, on an interim basis, the provincial industry will continue to use the income-sharing arrangements that have been in place since 2012 until a more permanent solution can be achieved....read on

B.C. Race Dates Conditionally Approved

December 14, 2013:

The B.C. Horse Racing Industry Management Committee has conditionally approved in principle a 34-day schedule of standardbred racing at Fraser Downs, covering the months of January through April 2014....read on

Blank, Mutti Comment On BC Challenges

April 16, 2013:

On the heels of the recently released report on how to both revitalize and make BC's horse racing industry sustainable, Hastings Racecourse General Manager Raj Mutti and Great Canadian Gaming Corp. Vice President Howard Blank have each commented on what has to be done to keep racetracks viable....read on

BC Racing Consultation Report

April 13, 2013:

Late Friday, the B.C. Horse Racing Industry Management Committee’s draft report recommending ways to make B.C. horse racing financially stable and sustainable was released....read on

BC Gives Racing Bigger Slot Cut

December 22, 2012:

On Friday, the horse racing industry received an additional allotment of funding designed to ensure the successful revitalization of the industry....read on

Smooth Sailing Reported In BC

December 5, 2012:

When the announcement of a planned south Surrey casino came to light this past summer in BC, local businesses loyal to Fraser Downs let it be known that they were against the expansion due to the assumed detrimental affect on the raceway and their businesses. Now, showing that it is possible to have different enterprises coexist in a fair and civil manner, the raceway, business community and casino interests all seem to have found a symbiotic arrangement....read on

Live Sports Betting At Fraser Downs?

September 17, 2012:

It has been reported that on Tuesday, September 11 at the Cloverdale and District Chamber of Commerce's luncheon, Jim Lightbody, the BC Lottery Corporation's VP of casino and community gaming, told the crowd that the BCLC has a 'commitment' to bringing live sports betting to Fraser Downs....read on

Civil Racing/Government Relationship Helping BC Racing

August 3, 2012:

As the Ontario standardbred racing industry currently faces an uphill climb for survival, the situation is dripping with irony when you consider what is now occurring in British Columbia. Canada's westernmost harness racing jurisdiction has been fighting for survival for years in the shadow of the world-renowned Ontario industry. Now, as Ontario finds itself in peril, many say an industry phoenix is rising on the 'left coast.'...read on

GCGC Extends Operating Agreement For Hastings

July 27, 2012:

Great Canadian Gaming Corporation announced today that it has reached an agreement for a two-year extension to the operating agreement for its Hastings Racecourse property located on the Pacific National Exhibition grounds in Vancouver, British Columbia....read on

BC Management To Become Breed Specific?

July 26, 2012:

In an article discussing the current state of both Fraser Downs and the Hastings Park Racecourse, Rich Coleman, British Columbia's minister responsible for gaming, explained that he expects an August report to recommend that the current management body that runs thoroughbred and standardbred racing in the province be split....read on

Concerns Remain Over Proposed South Surrey Casino Expansion

July 23, 2012:

Meetings that took place last week between the Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce and the BC Lottery Corporation have eased some of the concerns business owners close to Fraser Downs have in regard to talk of a new casino coming to South Surrey, but the question of why the location was chosen in the first place still remains unanswered for the most part....read on

BC's 2013 Race Schedule Approved

July 17, 2012:

The B.C. Horse Racing Industry Management Committee has approved in principle a 2013 racing calendar for Standardbred racing at Fraser Downs racetrack that will be similar in duration to the schedule being conducted in 2012....read on

“We’re Not Taking This Lying Down”

July 11, 2012:

The Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce, according to a report, has reiterated its concern in regard to apparent BC Lottery Corporation plan which would see another full-fledged casino come into competition with Fraser Downs....read on


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