Hanover Raceway Has Questions
Thursday, November 1, 2012 9:05 AMby
Raceway GM wants more answers about number of racing days per season
A final report from the Horse Racing industry transition panel raises a lot of questions according to Hanover Raceway General Manager Gord Dougan.
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural affairs, Ted McMeekin says after nearly five months of consultations the panel concluded the government made the right decision to end the "Slots at Racetrack" program.
That program sees 345-million dollars per year going to the Harness racing industry, but it ends in March.
McMeekin says one idea is a racing-specific lottery.
The panel says racetracks will need government help to survive one way or another -- and this could eliminate the need for direct public funding.
Hanover Raceway GM Gord Dougan says there are a lot of questions to be answered but upon first reading there are both positives in the report and some concerns raised.
The one positive note he says, is the recommendation that Racetracks share in the revenue generated from sports wagering and from Racetrack like gaming machines.
Dougan says they are also concerned that they were not consulted during phase two of the panel’s work, which ultimately resulted in this final report.