Following Friday’s designation of the London-Middlesex Region being placed in the ‘Red-Control’ zone by the Government of Ontario, The Raceway at Western Fair District has announced plans to resume live racing, without spectators, at the London oval on Tuesday, February 16.
London-Middlesex will officially enter the ‘Red-Control’ zone as of 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16. Live horse racing, without spectators, is permitted in all phases of the province’s current COVID-19 Response Framework except for ‘Grey-Lockdown’.
With the resumption of racing on February 16, The Raceway will proceed with its regular schedule of live racing every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. and Friday at 4:50 p.m.
Training will be offered every Thursday from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. followed by qualifiers, beginning on February 18.
As per the Government of Ontario’s restrictions, spectators are not permitted at The Raceway at this time. Only those performing essential duties relating to the operating of live horse racing are currently permitted onsite.
Here’s what customers can expect:
- Effective this Tuesday, Feb 16 at 12:01 a.m., as part of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework, Middlesex-London will be moving into the Red-Control zone. As a result, the Grandstand facility will be temporarily closed to the public until restrictions are lifted.
- Racing will continue but only essential workers will be permitted at the facility on designated race days.
- Please note the Top Of The Fair dining room will be temporarily closed. We thank you for your understanding and will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available.
Here’s what horse people can expect:
- When horse people enter the race paddock, they will be subject to a full screening process. This includes temperature checks and a questionnaire. Trainers are encouraged to allow themselves extra time when commuting to the track. Face masks are mandatory and physical distancing of 2metres/6 feet must be maintained.
- The Raceway will offer a new paddock layout to ensure safety of all participants. Management has repositioned each race accordingly to offer the best experience with social distancing at the half-mile oval.
Below is a sitemap of the new layout.
Welcome to The Raceway in the Western Fair District.
The Raceway in the Western Fair District has been officially hosting Harness Racing in London, Ontario for over 50 years!
Since 1961, we are proud to be South Western Ontario’s place to play! Featuring harness racing at its best - live on our half-mile track, October through May. Simulcast racing is available all year round, broadcasting races from all over North America!
Our Live Racing season runs October through May and we race 3-4 times a week depending on the time of year! We are open 7 days a week for simulcast racing! You can bet on many different tracks all over North America.
Harness racing is a sport where a special breed of horses, called Standardbreds, race around a track while pulling a driver in a two wheeled cart called a “sulky.” The horses reach speeds of more than 30 mph
The name “Standardbred” originated because the early trotters (pacers would not come into the picture until much later) were required to reach a certain time standard for the mile distance in order to be registered as part of the new breed. The mile is still the standard distance covered in nearly every harness race. The Raceway is a ½ mile track and because of that you will see the horse’s race twice around the oval in a race.