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Kawartha Downs To Race In 2014

Published: May 22, 2014 4:01 pm ET

Last Comment: May 27, 2014 11:34 am ET | 13 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

After months of uncertainty regarding the future of horse racing at Kawartha Downs, owner Skip Ambrose has announced that live harness racing will take place at the Fraserville five-eighths mile track this summer.

According to a release by Kawartha Downs, live harness racing at the Peterborough-area raceway thanks to an agreement reached with the Ontario Racing Commission.

The tentative schedule calls for racing every Saturday night from June to October. The actual race dates will be confirmed and announced within the next week, pending approval of the track’s license.

“This has taken a great deal of time and effort on behalf of many individuals,” Ambrose was quoted as saying in the release. “I am especially grateful to our local MPP Jeff Leal. Without his intervention this never would have been possible.”

The full schedule for Kawartha Downs’ 2014 season, which will be the 42nd year of harness racing at the facility, will be released shortly.

(With files from KD)

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May 27, 2014 - 11:34 amMr Schumaker.... if the

Will Yamakva SAID...

Mr Schumaker....

if the government gets out of racing you will only have 3 tracks left in Ontario

May 25, 2014 - 7:05 pmAn election year right. Too

ron males SAID...

An election year right. Too little too late. A lot of the horsemen have had to sell or get rid of their horses

May 23, 2014 - 8:40 pmAlthough KD is not part of

Although KD is not part of the Alliance group of tracks, I believe KD is an important track to cater a good geographical area of horse population. We need the 5/8ths tracks to be a bigger part of our racing market as it will help the longevity of our racehorses with the bigger turns. We will encounter a shortage of horses as the breeding sector has been decimated with the numbers of future production of livestock. The final link will be the purse structures which cannot be the grassroots level of $35,000 per card. Potential owners cannot justify racing for $31,500 after driver and trainer commisions. The purse structures need to encourage future activity and these grassroot purses will not do it for potential owners. We truly are better off racing less often for alot more money. I Thank and do congratulate the people behind the push to re-open KD. I sincerely hope it will be a successful racing season

Mike Timpano

May 23, 2014 - 7:36 pmthis is absolutely fantastic

this is absolutely fantastic news,for the livelihood of all who are involved with this sport.

May 23, 2014 - 4:15 pmI really enjoyed racing at

Georg Leber SAID...

I really enjoyed racing at KD. Unfortunately, the purses will be pitiful.

I will say that the fans who attend the races there are among the most loyal and genuinely nice people I have had the pleasure of dealing with in my short tenure in the business.

The track itself and the barn are lacking and this has to be cleaned up. If we are fortunate enough to get a change to the purse structures, I would be pleased to come back and race there.

Georg Leber-ICR Racing

May 23, 2014 - 4:11 pmOh thank you great and

Oh thank you great and magnificent leader Leal !

May 23, 2014 - 7:43 amGreat news - right before

Great news - right before election time. I hope your not going to forget!!!

May 23, 2014 - 7:07 amWhat has taken so long? Is

What has taken so long?
Is the Liberal government looking to make amends and buy votes at this late stage.It certainly sound fishy.
Some of the owners use racing as a hobby.Most as a business.How can a business drop the plans they had and then switch to this track?How can the owners of the track get quality horses in a short time.It is time the government got out of racing.Notice I did not make a capital G for government--they are not worth the respect.It is time they are made to be accountable and those in the racing industry not bow down because they were given some race dates.

May 22, 2014 - 11:10 pmWhoever is responsible. Thank

Whoever is responsible. Thank You !!! What a hole no racing has been in everyone involved lives. Lets all do all we can to make the racing at KD a success !!!

May 22, 2014 - 8:56 pmThis is positive news! - I

This is positive news! - I know my uncle and his buddies from the Havelock coffee shop will be relieved. Great crowds on Saturdays now we just have to get them to bet. Let's do something with our second kick at the can.

May 22, 2014 - 8:42 pmGreat news !

Great news !

May 22, 2014 - 6:50 pmThis is great news

This is great news

May 22, 2014 - 5:06 pmGreat news

Great news

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