Purse Decrease At The Raceway

Fri 28 Dec 2012 | Comments (0)

Purse Decrease At The Raceway

LONDON, Ontario . . . The Raceway at Western Fair District announced today a purse decrease of approximately 12 per cent effective in January.
This decrease is necessary to ensure that a sufficient amount of purse money remains available through to the end of the current meet in May.
“Our industry will face unprecedented funding challenges come April 1, 2013. And although I remain optimistic that the OMAFRA panel will produce a funding framework for racing shortly, it would be fiscally irresponsible of us to treat the first quarter of our year as business as usual,” explained Hugh Mitchell CEO at Western Fair.
“With the uncertainty regarding any funding arrangements post March 31, 2013 we feel that it is prudent to make adjustments in order to ensure that there will be sufficient money to fund racing purses until the end of the winter meet which ends on May 31, 2013. We will continue to monitor the situation along with Western Fair District management and will make further adjustments as we gain more clarity on future funding arrangements,” stated Ontario Harness Horse Association President Ken Hardy.

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For further information please contact:
Greg Blanchard
Assistant Raceway Manager
The Raceway at Western Fair District
(519) 438-7203 EX 239
or
Heather Blackwell
Corporate Affairs Manager
Western Fair District
(519) 438-7203 EX 261


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