Better Days Await In ‘21 Says Kawartha Downs

By Ben Hamill - September 28 2020
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Better Days Await In ‘21 Says Kawartha Downs

Better days are coming to Ontario’s horse racing scene – and it’s a future Kawartha Downs is determined to make a bright and successful one. Harness racing, especially, has a promising future in the region, said racetrack president Richard Weldon ahead of the relaunch of Great Canadian Gaming Corporation’s Shorelines Slots at Kawartha Downs - and it’s a future expected to get off to a steady trot come the new 2021 harness racing season.

What’s more, with Great Canadian Gaming Corp.’s popular slots venue at Kawartha Downs now officially welcoming back its first patrons in over six months, horse racing purses can be expected to once again enjoy the desperately needed support of the province’s track-side slot machine gaming venues.

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Slots Support Horseracing Purse

Slot machines offered alongside horse racing action at the popular Ontario racetrack have for many years been a reliable source of income.  Not only is Kawartha Downs a popular horseracing venue, but on account of the superb variety of slots operated by Great Canadian Gaming Corp., also a superb gaming and recreation hotspot.

The financial support made possible not only by local horseracing enthusiasts, but also by fans of gaming entertainment, is according to Weldon the very backbone that keeps Ontario’s horseracing industry going – and going for so many years in the past also. Kawartha Downs in 2018 inked its two-year agreement alongside the local gaming giant – and it’s an alliance that according to Weldon promises only good tidings for the future of the track and the wider industry. 

Positivity Despite Restrictions

As far as local gaming hotspot restrictions go, local Crown corporation and gaming authority the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has enforced a 50-person limit to be adhered to by all gaming locations in the province. This limitation is as a result of the OLG’s decision, now being enforced also at Shorelines Slots at Kawartha Downs.

Food services offered at Shorelines Slots will according to an announcement by Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, remain closed until such time as the province moves on from the current Stage 3 reopening plan now in force.

But even despite in-person limitations in place at Kawartha Downs races, betting has remained a popular pastime among local horseracing enthusiasts. And now that up to 100 individuals are permitted to attend local live races at any given time, judging by the show of support that has resulted from the leniency, it’s easy to agree with the successful 2021 horseracing season predicted by the Kawartha Downs president.

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