Ontario Breeders Say Government Deal ‘Too Little, Too Late’
Although Woodbine Entertainment Group announced its support for the five-year plan handed down from a government panel on Friday, Standardbred breeders in Ontario say the deal is “too little, too late” to repair the damage to their businesses.
After the end of the Slots At Racetrack program, many horsemen moved their operations elsewhere and while the plan provides $400 million to the racing industry, the amount of cash headed to the Standardbred industry is down by more than half, according to reporting by The Hamilton Spectator.
Standardbred breeder Jim Whelan said that the plan to concentrate full-time Thoroughbred racing at Woodbine does little to reverse the tides that set in after the industry was left reeling from uncertainty. These days, he said horsemen shipping horses of both breeds to the United States for breeding and racing–which also means their money is flowing out of the province.
“I can’t sustain a livelihood in Ontario based on this program,” Whelan told the Spectator. “Literally, at 57 years old, I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
Read more at The Hamilton Spectator