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New GM At Kawartha Downs

February 4, 2020:

There will be a new face on the tarmac and in the grandstand at Kawartha Downs this year, as Orazio Valente, the general manager of track for the last three seasons, has moved on and been replaced at the Peterborough-area on

Optimism For Kawartha's Future

September 30, 2019:

While the recently-concluded 2019 summer meeting at Kawartha Downs was far from a certainty until late into the winter, a strong showing from horsepeople and fans alike has yielded much optimism surrounding the return of racing at the Fraserville, Ont. plant in on

Kawartha Downs Sold

June 6, 2019:

Toronto-based Romspen Investment Corp. has purchased Kawartha Downs and is expecting to keep live horse racing at the Peterborough-area facility, according to the track’s new president, Richard on

Valente Confident For Kawartha Dates

December 16, 2018:

According to a report, Kawartha Downs General Manager Orazio Valente has stated that he fully expects his track’s licence to be approved by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, which could allow the Peterborough-area oval to offer up to 21 race dates in on

Local Reaction To Kawartha Deal

October 8, 2018:

After negotiations stretched late into Saturday, Kawartha Downs and the Ontario government reached an agreement to keep the Fraserville racino on

Kawartha Downs To Stay Open

October 6, 2018:

Reports indicate that a deal has been reached that will keep both slots and harness racing alive at Kawartha on

Kawartha To Host Racing In 2018

May 13, 2018:

Management at Kawartha Downs has reported that live harness racing will return to the Peterborough area track in on

Update On Kawartha Downs

May 6, 2018:

Late last week, Kawartha Downs General Manager Orazio Valente and Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Jeff Leal offered some comments in regard to the Peterborough-area on

Ontario Funding Plan In The News

April 30, 2018:

Last week during question period at Queen’s Park, Ontario Minister of Finance Charles Sousa responded to questions about how rural racetracks and rural horsepeople are represented in the new long-term funding plan for the Ontario horse racing on

Kawartha Not Committing To Meet

April 22, 2018:

Management at Kawartha Downs will not conduct their 2018 harness racing meet if they cannot secure a funding agreement with Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) and Ontario Racing in the light of Shorelines Slots relocating from the on

Kawartha To Meet Regarding Future

April 1, 2018:

The management team at Kawartha Downs expects to have a clearer picture regarding the track's future in a few on

Extra Dates Denied At Kawartha

October 24, 2017:

An application submitted by officials from Kawartha Downs to host 40 race dates in 2018 has been on

Optimism For Additional Kawartha Dates

October 16, 2017:

Officials with Kawartha Downs have applied for the track to host 40 race dates in 2018 – more than double the amount of dates that the track conducted this year. The deadline for feedback on the application was this past Friday, but some local horsepeople have let their feelings about the application be on

Leal Comments On Kawartha Downs

June 27, 2017:

Kawartha Downs, which moved away from Harvey ‘Skip’ Ambrose’s control in May, has started fresh. General manger Orazio Valente has already began to put some of his touches on the popular Peterborough-area facility. Ontario Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal has said that he will do what he can to help the track find a new on

Great Night At Kawartha Despite Weather

June 18, 2017:

The weather was kind to Kawartha Downs on Saturday night (June 17) as despite a torrential downpour prior to the races and some rough weather afterwards, the skies cleared and the weather was warm for the 10-race on

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