Update To Race Date Approval

Published: December 19, 2014 09:32 am EST

The Director of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has approved the following applications to amend 2015 race date calendars.

In accordance with Policy Directive 3-2007, the racetracks noted below submitted applications to vary their pre-approved 2015 race date calendar as part of the 2015 racetrack licensing process.

The Director has approved the following:


Woodbine Racetrack - 133 days


Hiawatha Horse Park & Entertainment Centre - 21 days
Leamington Raceway - 14 days
Mohawk Racetrack - 118 days
Woodbine Racetrack - 103 days

The race date schedule for Dresden Raceway has not been approved at this time and is still under review, pending the submission of certain documents.

Please be advised that any aggrieved party has the right to appeal the Director’s decision to the Commission.

To view the updated 2015 race date calendar -- which shows a correction to the 2015 approved race dates for Leamington Raceway -- click here.

(With files from the ORC)



I dont see Georgina Downs or Kawartha on this list as of yet both tracks very important for horsemen that race from the east and nortthern parts of Ontario, Georgina Downs was shut earlier in 2014 which through a lot of horsepeople out in the cold with nowhere to race except Flamborough Downs which is a long trek from say Orillia and Barrie.Kawartha Downs is always a favorite with horsepeople that go way back to the 70's and offer great racing to the public.

My answer might be with any tracks that are facing bankruptcy, is to sell shares to the public and horsemen that are knowlegable in the business.Im sure if you have a share in your own business you will have new ideas about promotions, distribution and the general running of a racetrack.Just keep the harness racing side different from the casino and run as a private entity but still egibile for grants from the casinos.Im sure if horsepeople were more involved in the running of these tracks it would be more profitable

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