On Tuesday, September 11, Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, who recently lost out to Rideau Carleton Raceway in the controversial Ottawa casino expansion issue, took to Toronto airwaves and fired off a series of shots directed at the five-eighths-mile harness racetrack.
Speaking with Bob McCown during ‘Primetime Sports’ on Sportsnet Radio The Fan 590, Melnyk described Rideau Carleton Raceway as “a little, tiny ‘C’ track that wouldn’t even make it at the Idaho State Fair.”
When asked by McCown whether he had ever been to Rideau Carleton Raceway, Melnyk went on to say, “I’ve got to be honest with you, I was there about 15 years ago just to lay down a quick bet for a horse and watch a race, and then I was out of there.”
Melnyk later went on to say, “I wouldn’t go there without an army.”
McCown later asked if Melnyk’s quest to land an Ottawa casino was over. He responded by saying, “No. You kidding? We’re just getting warmed up.”
(With files from the Ottawa Citizen)