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Province-wide shutdown temporarily suspends live horse racing in Ontario

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Province-wide shutdown temporarily suspends live horse racing in Ontario

April 1, 2021
Province-wide shutdown temporarily suspends live horse racing in Ontario

TORONTO, April 1, 2021 – As a result of today’s Government of Ontario announcement imposing a Province-wide shutdown for a period of four weeks starting on Saturday, April 3, due to COVID-19, live horse racing throughout Ontario will temporarily be suspended.

“Although we are disappointed that we must temporarily cease live racing in Ontario, we continue to be supportive of the Government’s efforts to manage the COVID-19 pandemic,” said John Hayes, Independent Chair, Ontario Racing. “The welfare of our horsepeople and horses continues to be our top priority. We look forward to the day when we can safely resume live racing, which supports thousands of hardworking people and their families.”

As with the previous shutdowns, Ontario Racing will assess the situation internally, as well as with industry partners, health officials, and racetrack operators, and share any pertinent information with the horse racing community.

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