Fort Erie, Known By Some As Lazarus, Starts Meet on Sunday

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Ontario’s Fort Erie Race Track was scheduled to shutter December 31, but will begin a new lease on life thanks to an unspecified amount of funding from the Ontario government.

The meet will open on Sunday, and run through September 24, spanning about half the number of race dates it had last year.

“The reduction in racing days was a serious blow,” track operations manager Rick Cowan told the Daily Racing Form. “But we have adapted our program so that the purses will be similar to last season and the heart of the season, from June through September.”

There are 300 horses at the track now, with more arriving daily.

The late opening date allowed the track to add turf races to daily race cards beginning immediately. The Prince of Wales Stakes, the second jewel in Canada’s Triple Crown, will be the track’s biggest day, and will switch from a Sunday afternoon post to a Tuesday evening start time on a date to be determined.

Read more at the Daily Racing Form

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  • Michael Ellman

    I will be there tomorrow, haven’t missed an opening day at the fort since 1973…..i hope they can keep it going…

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