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Future of horse racing in Ontario

2012-03-29

Queen’s University law professor emeritus and gambling policy expert Stanley Sadinsky is available to talk about the future of horse racing and breeding in Ontario.

Many in the horse racing/breeding industry are worried after the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation announced it is closing slot machine facilities at the Fort Erie, Windsor and Sarnia racetracks, putting 560 people out of work. In 2008, Professor Sadinsky wrote an 80-page Province of Ontario report on sweeping reforms to Ontario’s horse racing and breeding industry.

“This is major blow for these three facilities and it has implications for the entire horse racing and breeding industry in Ontario. The industry may survive but it will be reconfigured. Some of the smaller tracks may close, but the larger ones -- Woodbine, Mohawk, Flamboro, Western Fair, Georgian Downs – may well survive,” says Prof. Sadinsky, noting there are 17 race tracks in Ontario.

Professor Sadinsky is an expert on gambling law and gambling policy. He is familiar with all aspects of gambling in Ontario (including casinos and Slots at Racetracks program).

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