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Owners Try To Revive Quebec Racing

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Published: November 25, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Last Comment: December 14, 2009 8:29 pm ET | 5 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

The horseracing industry in Quebec is down but maybe not out.

A group of owners who bid unsuccessfully for the racing assets of racetrack operator Attractions Hippiques before it ceased operations last month now is trying to revive live racing next year at an unspecified location in the Montreal area. It wouldn’t be one of the four Attractions Hippiques tracks. The objective is 50 live dates.

Purses would be modest “but we’re starting from scratch, with no outside help,” spokesman and group member Joe Faucher said. “We’ve got a five-year plan because we think it’ll take that long to bring it back.”

The group has talked to the Woodbine Entertainment Group about securing its expertise to revive off-track and internet betting in advance of the resumption of live racing.

The group, consisting of 10 people for whom racing is not the primary income source, has no permits in hand yet, but remains optimistic it will get them, Faucher said. “It’s just very complex.”

(Trot Insider exclusive by Paul Delean)

December 14, 2009 - 8:29 pmMarc, One way to go it is

Marc, One way to go it is Forward.

Are you trying to cover your mistake when you and others refused the Quebec Government offer of $9 million and keeping 3 Quebec racetracks in operation (Quebec, Aylmer and Trois-Rivieres)?

You are completely wrong, now with project like this, WE ARE ONLY GOING BACKWARD!

November 27, 2009 - 7:55 amGreed ruined the one place

Greed ruined the one place that could still be racing and owned by private citizens, Hippodrome D'Aylmer.

November 26, 2009 - 2:47 pmwow, what a deal, said it a

wow, what a deal,
said it a while ago that they had missed the boat when the refused the deal,
they got what they wanted which was bankrupcy for AH, and that is the great plan they come up with,!!!!
could have been racing in all 3 small tracks since Januray if the deal would have been accepted, and worse comes to worse if they woudl have accepted and it was not what it was cut out to be it could not have ended in a worse way than it did now anyways,...

November 26, 2009 - 11:46 amIt all starts with one step,

It all starts with one step, good luck. Governments have got to understand that racing creates employment, and that's needed in all provinces.

November 26, 2009 - 11:04 amThere is only one way to go

There is only one way to go and it is FORWARD.

Bravo à tous les participants du Jockey Club du Québec.

Marc.


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