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Quebec Opens Sunday; ATAQ Meeting Wed.

Published: March 29, 2012 12:26 pm ET

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The start of the 2012 racing season at Hippodrome de Quebec has been delayed.

A shortage of entries has forced cancellation of the kickoff program Saturday. It’s been rescheduled for Sunday, April 1.

The Quebec Jockey Club has also issued a release regarding the cancellation. It also contains times and dates of upcoming qualifying sessions, box times and race dates. To view the release, click here.

Qualifying races recently took place in preparation for the meet. To read a brief recap about one of the sessions, click here.

Special Meeting Wednesday, April 4

The Quebec horsemen’s association, ATAQ, is holding a special meeting Wednesday, April 4 in Montreal to present, discuss and vote on a proposed 15-year contract with the Quebec Jockey Club.

The unusual length of the deal stems from the fact the QJC, a non-profit corporation, is in the process of buying Hippodrome Trois-Rivieres and wants some assurance of long-term collaboration with its partners, the horsemen.

ATAQ’s board will meet Monday to determine its recommendation to members.

The association is down to about 500 members, a tenth of the number from the boom years of standardbred racing in Quebec.

The meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Ruby Foo’s, 7655 Decarie Blvd., in Montreal.

(A Trot Insider exclusive by Paul Delean)

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