Lakeshore Horse Racing Association is seeking ways in which it could reach horse racing enthusiasts across Ontario, despite the unprecedented situation we are in right now. Tom Bain, a board member with the LHRA, recently made it clear that Leamington Raceway live events will soon be available online and people will have the chance to watch them in real-time.
Things are changing in the horse racing field, as many of Ontario’s racetracks are preparing for the official launch of their 2020 live schedule. They will commence without spectators on the premises of the racetracks, but individuals will have the chance to follow everything happening online. However, the association would not be part of the TSN prime-time horse racing slot.
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Watching live horse races in the comfort of your home is something many individuals are about to appreciate, especially if they also have the chance to place wagers on the action happening. Woodbine Entertainment inked an arrangement with TSN for the broadcast of both Thoroughbred and Standardbred races. June 11 is expected to see the official start of this new slot.
It should be taken into account that Lakeshore Horse Racing Association does not have a similar arrangement with a television, but this only motivates the people associated with it. Mr. Bain stated that horse racing being televised in real-time is projected to attract new fans and increase its popularity on a provincial level. This is an opportunity the association is not going to miss. He said that capitalizing on it is essential right now.
Mr. Bain thinks that now is the time to act and pave the way for Leamington Raceway online streaming of events. The racetracks is currently working on putting its live races online so that horse racing enthusiasts have the chance to watch and rewatch them. In addition to that, the association is working on ways in which it could enhance the content posted online.
This includes more information about the drivers, interviews with them before and after the live events, more interactions with the trainers and horse owners. People interested in horse racing are going to explore a plethora of content related to their favorite sport and get an insider’s perspective of it. The beginning of August might see people returning to the stands on the premises of the racetrack.
Ontario Racing is also at a milestone point in its operation. The Purse Reallocation Program affecting the local horse racing field is about to come to an end. The Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario, Central Ontario Standardbred Association, and Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario Inc. were all supportive of the reallocation program aiming to make horse people’s lives easier.
The eligibility of individuals applying for this program was also determined with the help of the aforementioned associations. Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, as well as the provincial government, outlined the guidelines for participation in the program. Only horses taken care of an Ontario-based AGCO licensed trainer were deemed eligible for the support program.