Purses To Be Released For Track Push?

Published: December 20, 2012 01:16 pm EST

More information has come out regarding the push to race more at Leamington Raceway in the next couple of years in order to potentially build a new track in the Greater Windsor Area.

An article by The Windsor Star has quoted Lakeshore Mayor Tom Bain as saying that his group is planning on applying to use $7 million in purse money left in limbo by Windsor Raceway.

The group is looking to race 10 times more dates a year at Leamington Raceway in 2013 and 2014 in order to put itself in a position to apply to build a new racetrack. Although, in order to upgrade Leamington to be able to host 10 live race cards in 2013 and 2014, there would have to be a new paddock erected.

"We want to get approval to get the $7 million from purse structure moved into a capital pool where we could use it for capital," said Bain. "We're certainly moving forward and fast because we want to open Leamington Raceway possibly in April or May."

To see Bain and Ontario Harness Horse Association Director Mark Williams speak about the plans, click here.

(With files from The Windsor Star)