The Raceway at Western Fair District announced on Friday (Dec. 28) purse decrease of approximately 12 percent, effective in January. This decrease is necessary to ensure that a sufficient amount of purse money remains available through the end of the current meet in May.
"Our industry will face unprecedented funding challenges come April 1, 2013. And although I remain optimistic that the OMAFRA panel will produce a funding framework for racing shortly, it would be fiscally irresponsible of us to treat the first quarter of our year as business as usual,” explained Hugh Mitchell, CEO at Western Fair.
"With the uncertainty regarding any funding arrangements post March 31, 2013, we feel that it is prudent to make adjustments in order to ensure that there will be sufficient money to fund racing purses until the end of the winter meet which ends on May 31, 2013. We will continue to monitor the situation along with Western Fair District management and will make further adjustments as we gain more clarity on future funding arrangements,” stated Ontario Harness Horse Association President Ken Hardy. (Western Fair Raceway)