Vokey, Fredericton Respond

After Horse Racing New Brunswick (HRNB) issued a statement questioning its future at Fredericton Raceway, the owner/operator of the racetrack has issued a response to the HRNB letter.

Mike Vokey, Executive Director of the Fredericton Exhibition told Trot Insider that the President of Fredericton Exhibition Limited (FEL), Gus Mazzuca sent a letter to HRNB President Kathy MacLean requesting a meeting "to discuss a long-term lease on July 22 and there was never an official response received."

According to Vokey, FEL leased the racetrack facility including the bars, out buildings, racetrack, grandstands, parking lot, and lounge to HRNB for $1. FEL "has taken action against HRNB as a result of; the inability of HRNB to race the agreed race schedule at the facility, the inability of HRNB to provide financial records to show how the revenue generated at the facility is spent if not for racing, and prove the facility is properly managed."

Vokey went on to say that "FEL has always and continues to support harness racing in Fredericton" and that they have requested a meeting with HRNB to discuss the future of harness racing at the facility.