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Leal Discussing Kawartha’s Future

February 8, 2018:

Horsepeople that race at Kawartha Downs have been awaiting an update in regard to the future of the Peterborough-area harness raceway, and Jeff Leal, Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, has intimated that an announcement could be coming on

Leal To Apologize To Legislature

October 29, 2017:

Jeff Leal, Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, was involved in a passionate exchange in the provincial legislature this past Thursday (October 26) in regard to the horse racing industry. He was ultimately ejected from the rest of the day’s proceedings. Minister Leal has said that he plans to offer an apology to the legislature on Monday (October 30) on

Fireworks At Queen's Park

October 27, 2017:

Ontario's horse racing industry was the root cause of a heated discussion at Queen's Park on Thursday (October 25) prompting the ejection of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Jeff on

Extra Dates Denied At Kawartha

October 24, 2017:

An application submitted by officials from Kawartha Downs to host 40 race dates in 2018 has been on

Ontario Racing Pleased With Queen’s Park Reception

October 11, 2017:

Ontario Racing has commented on its second annual Horse Racing Industry Reception at Queen’s Park, which took place on September on

Kawartha Looking To Double Dates

October 2, 2017:

Officials with Kawartha Downs, the five-eighths-mile harness raceway located near Peterborough, Ont., have submitted an application for 2018 race dates at the track. If Kawartha officials get their wish, the track will host more than double the amount of dates that it did this on

A Strong Message At Queen's Park

September 26, 2017:

On Tuesday (September 26), Ontario Racing hosted a reception at Queen's Park for racing industry stakeholders, members of provincial parliament and government on

Statement From Minister Leal

September 8, 2017:

Jeff Leal, Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, has issued a statement following the recent resignation of Greg on

Walling Resigns As Racing Advisor

September 6, 2017:

Trot Insider has learned that Greg Walling has stepped down from an advisory position to Ontario Minister of Agriculture Jeff Leal with respect to the horse racing industry in the on

Leal Comments On Kawartha Downs

June 27, 2017:

Kawartha Downs, which moved away from Harvey ‘Skip’ Ambrose’s control in May, has started fresh. General manger Orazio Valente has already began to put some of his touches on the popular Peterborough-area facility. Ontario Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal has said that he will do what he can to help the track find a new on

O'Briens Affirm Industry Importance

January 31, 2017:

A number of officials from across Ontario were on hand for the 2016 O'Brien Awards, and had nothing but praise for the industry and the black tie awards on

Walling Appointed Leal’s Racing Advisor

August 5, 2016:

Greg Walling, the managing director of the Sullivan Group, and one of the main proponents behind the success of Kawartha Downs racetrack over the past two years, has been appointed a special advisor to Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal regarding the horse racing industry in on

Leal, McCagherty On Kawartha's Future

May 30, 2016:

“Skip's goal from the outset has been to race as long as we can. There is no reason as long as we continue to enjoy the support of the public, the horsemen and, particularly, the Ontario government, horse racing can't continue at Kawartha Downs.” on

Casino Relocation Hits Queen's Park

April 13, 2016:

Today during Question Period, Ontario MPP Laurie Scott asked the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Jeff Leal why, in her opinion, the Liberal government "is no longer committed to the sustainability of the horse racing industry at Kawartha Downs." on

Leal Pleased With Kawartha’s Progress

November 4, 2015:

Ontario’s Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal was instrumental in resurrecting harness racing at Kawartha Downs last season when it appeared to be finished. A five-year deal was brokered and Leal was on hand at the racetrack on closing night of the 2015 season, October 24, to usher out the second season of the on

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