Optimism For Kawartha's Future

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Published: September 30, 2019 09:55 am EDT

While the recently-concluded 2019 summer meeting at Kawartha Downs was far from a certainty until late into the winter, a strong showing from horsepeople and fans alike has yielded much optimism surrounding the return of racing at the Fraserville, Ont. plant in 2020.

"The message from our patrons and our local horse community is quite clear," Kawartha Downs general manager Orazio Valente told the Peterborough Examiner.

Valente also indicated that horsepeople based east of Toronto seek growth in the schedule in 2020, in part to alleviate shipping expenses to race in the southwestern part of the province through the winter months.

"I see the potential for growth in the summer months, possibly going to two races (per week)," Valente continued. "The other strategy is to carry on the calendar further into the fall."

After most of Kawartha's betting turnover in 2019 came from fans on-track, improvements are planned for next season — including high-definition cameras, a new tote board, and up-to-date betting technology — in an attempt to create a better experience for players both on- and off-track.

Noting plans for other capital improvements in time for the 2020 meeting, along with on-site wagering and casino revenues, Valente believes that the track is on target to satisfy both Ontario Racing and Great Canadian Gaming — who operates the casino on site — that both entities are viable, according to the Examiner. Kawartha's current agreement with Ontario Racing concludes at the end of next season.

(with files from the Peterborough Examiner)

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Bravo to the team at Kawartha Downs and to the horsemen and women that support it.. Although I have horses that race at Mohawk I live near Kawartha Downs and have been a frequent patron most Saturday nights. The team at KD has made it a family friendly atmosphere with fan interaction and there is always some extra added entertainment from live music between races to draws for fans ride along on the jog carts. Jim Huck does an outstanding job and everyone who works there makes fans feel welcome.
The early 7pm start makes it that much more attractive for families and our next generation of young adults and children to watch and fall in love with the sport much the same as I did growing up . I like the idea of more Kawartha dates . I think an extended season would be an advantage over two nights per week as through the week attendance wouldn't have the same positive attendance draw from weekend cottage goers and work force that Saturdays benefit from .
Well done Kawartha Downs.....well done

One thing Kawartha needs to do is stream their product over Hpibet.
Currently you can bet Kawartha on Hpibet but you can’t stream them.
In my opinion, they need to get Hpi streaming setup for their 2020 season to be successful.