After a meeting of the Ontario Harness Horse Association Board of Directors on Wednesday, December 1, OHHA has taken the position that it cannot support any further reduction of live racing dates in Ontario for 2011 from their
In taking its position, the Board of Directors took note that every reduction in live race dates has resulted in a drop of standardbred handle, to the detriment of the Ontario industry. To date, there is no evidence that any further reduction of live race dates would provide any benefit.
“OHHA would be willing to look at the individual circumstances of a particular track,” stated OHHA President Don Amos. He further noted, “However, with the closure of tracks in Quebec and Western Canada, as well as the large influx of trainers from jurisdictions such as Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois, it is imperative that Ontario trainers are not squeezed out from racing opportunities.”
OHHA will submit its position to the Ontario Racing Commission in response to the ORC’s request for position statements on this issue to be received by next Monday.