Leamington Harness Racing Sees Growth

The horses are prepped and watered in thr paddock at Leamington Raceway on 24 September 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The horses are prepped and watered in thr paddock at Leamington Raceway on 24 September 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(LEAMINGTON, ON) – Racing has wrapped up on the fourth season at Leamington Raceway and by all accounts its been the most successful so far. Leading the way has been the wagering on the standard bred races at the ticket windows.

According to Tom Bain, the Essex County Warden and member of the Lakeshore Horse Racing Association, betting at half-mile track enjoyed a 30 per cent increase based on the crowds on site with attendance up 25 to 30 per cent as well.

Yesterday, the unofficial total handle was $40,818 exchanging hands during Leamington’s 10 races.

During the off season, organizers will plan for next year with the hopes of continuing the trend upward. Bain said that he would like to see a few more days added to the race schedule, currently between August and October.

The leaders round the final turn and head down the backstretch at Leamington Raceway on 24 September 2017.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The leaders round the final turn and head down the backstretch at Leamington Raceway on 24 September 2017.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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