With news Wednesday that the province is closing its racetrack slots in border cities, officials at Western Fair were cautiously optimistic.
I get the sense that the government isn’t telling anyone what’s coming next or how their plans to increase gambling in the province will unfold.
The program will get a massive overhaul and who knows what comes out on the other side?
The horse racing community is also nervous as the government changes the profit formula at the tracks.
At Hiawatha Horse Park, owner Jim Henderson, was stunned the slots on his property are closing. I have talked to Henderson in the past and he put his heart into that operation.
On Wednesday he told The Sarnia Observer that 140 employees will be out of work and the racetrack probably won’t survive. He said the local economy will take a hit.
In the same story, Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley was aghast that the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation hadn’t invited Henderson to the meeting to announce the closing of the slots. Bradley asked Henderson to attend.
The Hiawatha race meet begins in May. Who knows what happens from here on in, in Sarnia, London, or in any other city that has racetrack slots.