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Friday October 25th, 2013

Posted at 9:37am

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The Government of Ontario released a five-year plan for a sustainable horse racing industry that will provide an opportunity for horse racing to continue here in Windsor-Essex.

The Horse Racing Partnership Plan is based on the final Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel report. It will strengthen the industry and support future growth by providing up to $400 million over five years to sustain a wide range of racing opportunities across the province that are supported by strong business plans.

The plan will integrating horse racing with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) modernization plan, which includes researching potential horse-themed lottery products and leveraging the corporation’s business, marketing and responsible gambling expertise within the horse racing industry.

It also includes the restructuring the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) into two divisions — one that will continue its existing regulatory functions and a separate division that will distribute funding and work with the OLG on industry development to grow the racing fan base.

“By working together with our industry partners, we have charted a course for sustainable horse racing in Windsor-Essex. With a strong business plan in place, I’m confident that Lakeshore Horse Racing Association will be able to run competitive and exciting races for years to come.” remarked Teresa Piruzza, MPP for Windsor West.

You can view the full plan online here.

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