If members of the Quebec racing industry aren't satisfied with how the Quebec Jockey Club (QJC) is managing the sport in the province, then it will shut down, chairman Tony Infilise said in a statement posted today on its website
He said the jockey club, which resuscitated standardbred racing and internet betting in Quebec in 2010, will canvass the industry to determine the level of support for its programs and initiatives and "without support from a large majority of members in each division of ATAQ (the provincial horsemen's and owners' association), there'd be no reason to continue our activities."
Infilise's statement is a response to the fact some breeders have decided to try negotiating directly with the Quebec government for subsidies, rather than in conjunction with the QJC. He said the breeders' actions "affirm dissatisfaction with regard to the orientations and the manner the Quebec Jockey Club is managing the industry's relaunch."
"Members of the Quebec Jockey Club will accept the judgment (of ATAQ members)," Infilise said. "In the event of a lack of support, the Jockey Club will be dissolved at year's end and if there's a surplus, it will be returned to the industry in the first quarter of 2012, once year-end financial statements are finalized."
(Trot Insider exclusive by Paul Delean)