On Sunday, the attention of millions of Canadians and racing fans throughout North America turns to the Queen's Plate, a time-honored race for 3-year-olds bred in Canada that will be having its 153rd running. It is an outstanding day of racing that on many occasions has attracted members of Britain's Royal Family, including Queen Elizabeth and the late Queen Mother, both of them extraordinarily knowledgeable and enthusiastic participants in this great sport.
Queen's Plate Day is normally a celebration for everyone within the industry, but in light of the Ontario government's recent move to end the partnership between racing and gaming, specifically the slots at racetracks program, this year's renewal will be bittersweet. Executives at Woodbine Entertainment said its very future is in serious jeopardy.
Horseman Dennis Mills is a former member of parliament who also served in high-profile positions with racetrack owner and Eclipse Award-winning owner and breeder Frank Stronach. Mills is one of many who is not yet willing to wave the white flag, and he has launched a new initiative called www.racingfuture.com.
The site is a valuable resource for those who want to better understand the importance of Ontario's horse industry and what impact the Ontario government's actions will have on the tens of thousands of people who work in racing and breeding. But it is also a call to action, providing a list of members of parliament, complete with contact information.
I encourage everyone, not just those who know the words to “O Canada,” to visit the www.racingfuture.com website and help ensure Canadian racing and breeding's future.
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