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Yorkton Will Race In 2013

Published: March 23, 2013 11:59 am ET

Last Comment: March 24, 2013 4:07 am ET | 4 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

The Board of Directors of the Yorkton Exhibition Association has approved a 12-day racing meet for 2013, giving Saskatchewan's harness racing community its only confirmed live racing dates for this year.

Opening day will be Friday, June 7 with post time at 5:45 PM. Races will be held each Friday during June, July and August with a special race card on Father’s Day, Sunday June 16.

YEA has entered into an “Agreement in Principle” with Prairieland Park [Marquis Downs] in Saskatoon to explore “Mutually Beneficial” funding opportunities for Horse Racing on a going forward basis. Prairieland currently conducts a thoroughbred race meet during the summer.

While the traditional grant structure for horse racing in the Province has been eliminated, the provincial Government continues to endorse “self-sustaining race meets” run by Exhibition Associations in Yorkton and Saskatoon.

YEA recognizes that there is considerable work to be done through the Sponsorship Program for racing; however, the Exhibition Association is "confident that the business community and the individuals from Yorkton and surrounding area will continue to endorse this exciting summer event."

(Yorkton Exhibition)

March 24, 2013 - 4:07 amGOD BLESS Shaun Morin still

RICKY MARTIN SAID...

GOD BLESS Shaun Morin still working hard to save Saskatchewan Racing for over a quarter century!!! BEST of LUCK to all the Saskatchewan Horsepeople ....My HEART and PRAYERS will alwas be with you!!!

March 23, 2013 - 8:02 pmThis is great news for racing

Paul Keith SAID...

This is great news for racing in Saskatchewan, hopefully this will be the beginning of great things to come.

March 23, 2013 - 1:59 pmThe Yorkton Exhibition

Shaun Morin SAID...

The Yorkton Exhibition Association will be funding the $190,000 expense through concession/bar profits, mutual income and sponsorships. Anyone wishing information on sponsorship packages should contact me at our office.

The bottom line is if we do not race this year we will lose harness racing for ever and it will make lobbying government through 2013 almost impossible.

Good luck to all the struggling tracks throughout Canada in 2013!

Shaun Morin, GM
Yorkton Exhibition

March 23, 2013 - 12:53 pmWe are half way there for

We are half way there for this year. We need West Meadows to fill out the other half. WMR will be a vital cog in our industry as they attracted many people and good handles during their limited days of racing the first 2 yrs. It will flourish with more racing in the years to come.


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