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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 26....read 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 season....read 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 staff....read 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 Walling....read 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 province....read 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 owner....read 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 gala....read 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 Ontario....read 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.”...read 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."...read 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 agreement....read on

Kawartha Discussed At Queen's Park

March 25, 2015:

On Wednesday, March 25, Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, asked the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Jeff Leal, to make a commitment to Kawartha Downs and finalize a long-term transfer payment agreement....read on

$12 Million More For Breeders

January 12, 2015:

The Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association (SBOA) is pleased to announce that it has officially signed an agreement with the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) for a $12 million enhancement of the current breeders rewards program....read on

Ontario Getting $12 Million Bonus?

October 28, 2014:

A letter issued by the Ontario Racing Commission on Tuesday states that the province's Standardbred racing industry is about to get a substantial infusion to its program....read on

Kawartha Ends Season On High Note

October 26, 2014:

More than 2,000 fans flocked to Kawartha Downs to send the track’s 2014 season out on a high note on Saturday night (Oct. 25)....read on


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