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External Review Coming In Manitoba

Published: March 18, 2018 9:57 am ET

Last Comment: March 19, 2018 8:02 am ET | 1 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

The Manitoba government recently announced that it will be conducting an external review of the province’s horse racing industry, and Manitoba Great Western Harness Racing Circuit President Darryl Mason is optimistic about the process.

In a press release earlier this week, Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler said that the well-established industry provides economic benefits and entertainment opportunities across the province.

“While the industry has faced financial challenges, our government wants to find a sustainable future for horse racing in Manitoba,” said Eichler. “It is our hope that this external review will reveal new opportunities for growth and long-term sustainability.”

As an article by explains, a 2008 economic assessment of Manitoba’s horse racing industry determined that Standardbred and Thoroughbred racing in the province generated roughly $28 million in various economic activity. The industry accounted for 500 full-time positions, and Assiniboia Downs also produced positive economic benefits for rural tracks that host racing.

“From what I’ve heard, they are looking to make the industry more sustainable,” Mason has been quoted as saying, “and I think they are working in the right direction and hopefully it will help the industry survive and prosper moving into the future.”

(With files from and the Winnipeg Sun)

March 19, 2018 - 8:02 amEncouraging news for Manitoba

terry gudz SAID...

Encouraging news for Manitoba race industry with an external review to explore new opportunities for growth and long term sustainability, with the industry survival dependent on more than government grants and slot revenue. The last economic assessment done in 2008 like Alberta's 2007, is long overdue due to changing gaming dynamics and patron choices.

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