Panel Discusses Racing On TVO

Published: January 24, 2020 04:28 pm EST

On Thursday, public broadcaster TVO featured the horse racing industry on its current affairs program The Agenda with Steve Paikin.

The discussion revolved around the province's horse racing industry and involved Paikin and four participants.

  • Scott Stinson, national sports columnist, Postmedia

  • Jessica Buckley, Sr. Vice President, Standardbred & Thoroughbred Racing, Woodbine Entertainment

  • Nick Coukos, resident handicapper, Ajax Downs

  • John Snobelen, Strategic Counsel, MK&A

TVO's description of the horse racing episode is as follows:

In the last five years, the struggling Ontario horse racing industry has received $500 million from Queen's Park so that it could stay afloat. However, the industry also employs thousands of Ontarians. What are the challenges facing the world's oldest spectator sport, what value does it provides to rural communities, and why is its relationship with the provincial government so fraught?