Grand River Celebrates Track Expansion

Cutting the ceremonial ribbon for the grand opening of Grand River raceway's new track configuration
Published: June 13, 2024 12:19 am EDT

Grand River Raceway announced the official opening of its new five-eighths of a mile racetrack, marking a significant milestone in the facility’s history. The ribbon-cutting ceremony, held on Wednesday, June 12, was attended by key stakeholders, community members and racing enthusiasts, celebrating the culmination of a transformative project that began in the winter of 2023.

The expansion, completed on time and within budget, showcases the commitment and collaboration of everyone involved. This ambitious project was made possible through the generous support of Ontario Racing and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG). The track's design, credited to the renowned Greg and Dan Coon, reflects the latest advancements in racetrack engineering, ensuring a premier racing experience.

Opening night on June 5 set a new benchmark for Grand River Raceway, with record-breaking wagering of $404,000 across a thrilling 10-race card. This remarkable achievement underscores the track’s potential to enhance the local racing scene and attract significant attention from the wider racing community.

The new track is already receiving rave reviews from drivers and trainers alike, who commend its fast surface and modern design.

"The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive," said Facilities Manager Doug McCaig, who played an instrumental role in overseeing the day-to-day progress of the construction. "It's rewarding to see the hard work of our team and contractors pay off in such a significant way."

In addition to elevating the racing experience, the five-eighths mile track provides a valuable training ground for local horsemen, many of whom previously traveled to Woodbine Mohawk Park for training, broadening the facilities accessible to the racing community.

Grand River Raceway extends heartfelt thanks to all the contractors and workers whose dedication and expertise brought this project to fruition. Special recognition goes to Doug McCaig for his exemplary leadership throughout the construction phase.

As Grand River looks to the future, it remains committed to providing top-tier racing and training facilities, fostering a vibrant and competitive environment for all.

(with files from Grand River Raceway)

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