The Fort Erie Race Track is done.
A five-year, $1 billion plan for the Ontario horse racing industry does not include Fort Erie.
“The panel can find no path to sustainability for a resident racing program at Fort Erie,” states the final report of the Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel which was released this morning.
“Supporting a racing season at Fort Erie is not consistent with a sustainable horse racing industry. The panel believes the public and the industry are better served with one resident thoroughbred track, Woodbine.”
Premier Kathleen Wynne made the news official in a speech at the Grand River Raceway north of Guelph.
The panel suggests thoroughbreds might race at Fort Erie in a “festival meet” in which horses would ship in for race days but not be stabled.