Court Ruling Restores Funds to Assiniboia Downs
A Canadian court ruled Monday that the province of Manitoba will not be allowed to cut the budget of the Manitoba Jockey Club for the 2013 meeting, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form.
Manitoba finance minister Stan Struthers had said that the Manitoba Jockey Club, which operates Assiniboia Downs, would no longer receive the $5 million in government funding that the track generates annually through slot-machine revenue. The racetrack also receives a rebate on pari-mutuel taxes.
“We are very pleased to see that the court agreed with our argument,” said Darren Dunn, chief executive officer of Assiniboia Downs. “There is more work to be done, but today is a good day for horse racing in Manitoba.”