Racing Over At Kawartha Downs
Published: March 11, 2013 7:32 pm ET
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After 40 years of harness racing, Peterborough, Ont.-area racetrack Kawartha Downs will finish hosting racing at the end of this month.
Last June, Kawartha Downs representatives stated that the track would close without alternative funding. On Monday, Harvey "Skip" Ambrose told CHEX TV that a deal could not be reached with the OMAFRA Panel to continue racing.
“We at Kawartha Downs are not able to meet those terms. At this point there’s no transition funding that can be secured.”
Ambrose could not disclose any financial terms due to confidentiality clauses. He took over Kawartha Downs in 1988.
“My goal since I’ve been in charge at Kawartha Downs for the last 25 years has always been to race horses as long as we can and, sad to say, ‘as long as we can’ is coming to an end.”
"It's tough," stated trainer Terry Heffernan, who is selling five of his six horses as well as his 50-acre farm. "It's even tough to come down here and clean stalls because I know what I love to do is coming to an abrupt end."