Published: March 18, 2020 4:50 PM ET
On Wednesday March 18, the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation announced the temporary suspension, until further notice, of the conduct of races and training in its three currently active circuits. This includes Flamboro Downs in Hamilton, Ontario, Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver, BC, and Fraser Downs in Surrey, BC.
The suspension of competitive and training activity is driven by growing concerns in both jurisdictions over the spread and attempt to contain the COVID-19 virus and the recent direction by provincial governments and health authorities of both provinces to limit public meetings of any kind significantly. The great Canadian recently decided to run races on all three tracks without spectators, but the great Canadian believed that this most significant action was necessary to protect the health and well-being of the members of the team of the great Canadian, the participants in the sector who run and train on the track, and industry support staff.
“This was a difficult decision for the company, especially considering that a similar decision was made for the Great Canadian’s gaming properties across the country just a few days ago,” said company COO Matthew Anfinson. . “But since circumstances have changed in the last few days in both B.C. and Ontario, we felt this was the only decision that addressed the current health concerns that are impacting so many other Canadians at the moment. “
Great Canadian will work with race associations representing race participants, as well as regulators, to orderly stop the racing facilities at the three properties.
Furthermore, Trot Insider learned that the arrest of Fraser Downs will cancel the rest of the 2019-2020 meeting in Surrey, BC. Oval. The ride is set to return to Fraser Downs in the fall.
(with file from the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation)