Saturday, September 28 is the final race date of the year at Sarnia’s Hiawatha Horse Park, and the track’s owner, Jim Henderson, has said that he is unsure how much longer the raceway can stay open.
In a recent CTV News report by Cristina Howorun, Henderson explains that there is enough money in the purse pool to support live racing for the next two years, but he does not know if he can afford to keep the track open.
In the report, Henderson cites the fact that he has been forced to close the track’s restaurant that once brought in more than $2-million in revenue. The Ontario Liberal Party, via the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp., removed its slot machines from the Hiawatha Horse Park in 2012. Henderson has also stated that his combined monthly bill for hydro and water at the track rings in at $25,000.
“We don’t know how Hiawatha itself can survive for two years,” Henderson told Howorun.
Henderson also commented on the fine the Hiawatha Horse Park was handed by the Ontario Racing Commission for not having sufficient funds in its purse account at a specified time. He said that the issue arose due to an accounting error which has since been fixed.
To view the harness racing entries for Saturday at Hiawatha, click the following link: Saturday Entries – Hiawatha Horse Park.
First-race post time is 6:30 p.m.
(With files from CTV News)