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    September 25 - Kawartha Downs Racing Will Return in 2021

    Despite all the hardships that accompanied any business in 2020 through the COVID-19 pandemic, Kawartha's president Richard Weldon feels the track is in a good position to negotiate a new deal with Ontario Racing for 2021 and beyond.

    Kawartha Downs: Racing in 2021 (SC-Peterborough Examiner, September 2020)

    July 20, 2020 - OHHA Supports Resolution To Ontario Breeders Lawsuit

    In light of a recent court decision, the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA) is calling on the Ontario Provincial Government to engage in meaningful mediation with the breeders of Standardbred racehorses in Ontario to resolve the harm caused by the previous Liberal government, Click here to read more details/info:

    OHHA Statement On Breeders Lawsuit Judgement (SC-OHHA)

    July 1, 2020 - Breeders Win Lawsuit Against Province of Ontario

    On June 29, 2020, Ontario Superior Court Justice Michael Emery ruled in favour of a motion brought forth by a group of Ontario Standardbred breeders against the Province of Ontario in regard to the cancellation of the Slots at Racetracks Program. Justice Emery's Judgment also includes an order that directs a trial on damages. Click here to read more details:

    Ontario Breeders Win Lawsuit (SC, June 30)

    June 3, 2020 - Jim Lawson Discusses The Return Of Racing

    On June 3's edition of ‘Stronger Together’ video Jim Lawson said that he was proud to announce that WEG has signed a deal with TSN to bring Canadians live horse racing every Thursday night throughout the summer with a new show called 'Racing Night Live.' He also talked about how excited he is about the new "Dark Horse" App that uses artifical intelligence to give horse bettors tips and strategies along with race video streaming.

    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Lawson has stressed that members of the Ontario horse racing industry must maintain social distancing procedures in order for racing to return. Click here to read a review of his comments:

    Jim Lawson: June 3 'Stronger Together' Review (WEG-SC)

    May 5, 2020 - Legalized Historical Race Wagering Requested

    It was announced on Tuesday, May 5 that WEG, ON Racing and Racetracks of Canada have approached the Federal Government and have requested that Historical Horse Racing be legalized. Click the link below for more details

    Historical Horse Racing Requested (ON Racing)

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