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PEI Track Names Issue In News Again

Published: November 20, 2009 10:28 am ET

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According to an article by The Guardian, the issue of the recent name change of PEI racetracks raised its touchy head again yesterday. Conservative Mike Currie said an apology was still needed, while provincial treasurer Wes Sheridan cited one of the track handles as being a "worn-out moniker."

Currie said that he thought the industry wasn't behind the name change of the Charlottetown Driving Park and Entertainment Centre and the Summerside Raceway "because they (the harness racing industry) read about it in the newspaper, about this backroom deal that you guys had done." He went on to say, “I think you owe them an apology for not coming forward and discussing this with the industry stakeholders.”

After the initial issues surrounding the name change, both sides settled for the renaming of the Charlottetown Driving Park and Entertainment Centre to 'Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park,' and Summerside Raceway to 'Red Shores at Summerside Raceway.'

In the article, Sheridan stated that Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park is now making money after having lost money since opening its doors in 2007.

“As we know, the Charlottetown Driving Park and the Summerside Raceway are legendary names right across the industry,” The Guardian article quoted Sheridan as saying, “but we do have to move into the 21st century.”

Click here to the read The Guardian article in its entirety.

(With files from The Guardian)

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