Randall Comments On Sandown's Future

Published: May 12, 2010 01:44 pm EDT

Bill Randall, whose well-known harness racing family owns Sandown Park in North Saanich, BC, has commented on the future of the track

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"With the decline of horse racing generally, I don't see anybody stepping up and wanting to run horses at Sandown," Randall was quoted as saying yesterday in an article by the Times Colonist. "That being the case, I think the facilities will probably come down."

It was announced earlier this week that there will be no live racing at the track this year and that simulcasting will not be taking place, either.

The report explains that Randall and North Saanich officials have a tentative plan to meet in June to have a preliminary meeting about the 37-hectare property. The entire site is within B.C.'s Agricultural Land Reserve and North Saanich Mayor Alice Finall said this week that she wants that status to continue.

Great Canadian Gaming Corp. currently leases the site the track sits on, but that lease expires in February, 2011.

(With files from Times Colonist)

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