In light of the announcement made by British Columbia Government's Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch of the Ministry of Housing and Social Development that places the future of harness racing in question, members of BC's racing community are up in arms
Bill Boden, the standardbred owner who was serving on the BC Horse Racing Industry Management Committee, told Trot Insider that resigned from the Committee on August 12, 2010.
Brett Currie, Vice-President of Harness BC, issued the following statement in reaction to Friday's GPEB news release.
In another attempt to further harm harness racing in the Province of B.C., Mr. Sturko in my opinion made yet another ill informed decision to slash dates for Fraser Downs at probably the Most CRITICAL time of our Season; due to the fact the bulk of our Breeder's Stakes races are in the Fall. As Vice President of Harness B.C., I cannot help but feel VIOLATED at this turn of Events.
As of August 13th 2010, at 12:00 PM Trainer's and Participants were feeding lunch after a day's training session programmed for an October 1st start. Less than Six Hours Later, in an after Business Hours e-mail forwarded to me, I find out that Mr. Sturko in his un-educated capacity towards Horse Racing made a decision based on Great Canadian's view, cancelling more than 30 per cent of remaining dates and moved the start date to October 15th, 2010 at Fraser Downs.
The many negative issues created by this decision AFFECT ALL PARTICIPANTS, but mostly effect the poor horses that are expected to be qualified and raced through three Stake Series in 10 weeks !!! I think this finally shows once and for all Mr. Sturko's complete lack of knowledge and or worse lack of respect for the animals and many people involved in this great Heritage Business.
At this time, I would like to thank the many Organizations that have e-mailed in support of our many issues with Great Canadian Gaming and the Gaming Enforcement Policy Branch in the Province of B.C.
I have called an EMERGENCY MEETING for Monday morning August 16th at 9 AM and URGE all members to be ready for a General Meeting TBA at that time....