FRASERVILLE, ON – According to a report in Monday’s Peterborough Examiner, horse racing will come to an end at Kawartha Downs on March 30. The story quotes facility owner Harvey ‘Skip’ Ambrose as telling CHEX-TV, “Horse racing will end. We at Kawartha Downs are unable to meet those terms. At this point, there is no transition funding that can be secured.”
Like all of Ontario’s horse tracks, the Peterborough area facility was thrown into limbo when the provincial government announced the end of the OLG’s slot machine revenue sharing program. Recently, the Liberal government has announced agreements with several tracks to keep horse racing at some facilities, but it’s now clear that Kawartha won’t be one of them. The looming demise of the horse track likely played a role in Kawartha’s decision to end its weekly stock car racing program following the 2012 season.
In 2013, the track has announced just two stock car events for the Fraserville, Ontario oval.
The full Peterborough Examiner piece is here.