Industry Reports

Kawartha Downs Confirms Live Racing Returns Next Month

Kawartha Downs is preparing for the official launch of live racing on June 6 now that the Ontario Government gave its approval to live horse racing without spectators. Horse people were delighted to learn that horse racing is part of the first phase of the business reopening plans for the province. Live races would recommence without spectators.

Last week witnessed Ontario’s government greenlight its efforts towards the reopening of many local businesses and supporting the economy. The first phase of this program included horse racing and racetracks across the province were delighted to hear the news. They received an approval to relaunch operation as soon as they could and for many fo them this would mean a June launch of live races.

June 6

Kawartha Downs announced it is ready to transform the Peterborough region into a horse racing fan’s dream once again, as it would launch live races without spectators. Large crowds should be avoided for the time being and players would have the chance to watch live events online as they are happening. Social distancing is a practice that should still be part of Ontarians’ life.

This mandates some changes to the way horse racing is going to be enjoyed, as people will have the chance to do so in the comfort of their homes. The year 2020 is about to see the 48th live racing season for Kawartha Downs and many horse people and fans are excited to see if commence. June 6 was confirmed to be the date greenlighting live racing events part of the rich schedule.

Online streams are expected to make the experience more inviting, while also allowing players to place their wagers on the horses participating and possibly winning big. Kawartha Downs was supposed to launch its regular operation on May 9, as its schedule pinpointed the date earlier this year. However, the unprecedented situation led to a change of plans for all casino venues and horse racetracks.

Live Racing

The initial plan for action was for Kawartha Downs to have 21 live races taking place this year, but now it has been confirmed that the updates schedule would feature 17 live events sprinkled in the weeks following June 6. Jim Huck, the harness racing supervisor at Kawartha Downs, confirmed that this is the case when it comes to harness racing on the premises of the racetrack.

It should be taken into account that the slot machines adjacent to the racetrack would have to remain closed for the time being. Shorelines Slots overseen by Great Canadian Gaming are among the gaming venues that had to close for business mid-March, as to protect both patrons and the staff members interacting with them. The employees of the gambling venue expect to receive temporary employment in a different area of the racetrack.

Woodbine Entertainment is another horse racing force that made it clear that the first days of June would see its relaunch. Woodbine Mohawk Park would launch operation on June 5 with live harness racing, whereas June 6 is expected to see the return of Woodbine Racetrack. Both tracks would not welcome players in person.