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Harness racing to resume in Southwestern Ontario this weekend in Phase One of reopening

Reference: CTV News

ST. THOMAS, ONT. -- Scott Wray is tired of only training his horses at his Dorchester, Ont. stable, he wants to compete.

"We're pretty excited, Our first night back is Saturday night that's Hiawatha Horse Park in Sarnia," says Wray, a harness driver and horse owner.

Phase One of the province's roadmap to reopening includes outdoor horse racing and motor speedways. That means as of this weekend, harness racing will resume at small town tracks across Ontario.

"There's been a lot of uncertainty and no one really knew when it was going to continue, or at what capacity," says Wray.

"It's going to be interesting to see how this weekend goes and how many horses are ready to race."

Condition sheets have been posted for the majority of Ontario's racetracks that plan to conduct live harness racing this weekend. Southwestern Ontario tracks in Sarnia, Dresden, Hanover and Clinton will open this weekend.

Clinton Raceway, which would normally open May 24 weekend, will host its first card of the season Sunday. They'll race right through until Labour Day.

"It's an exciting time for us that things are starting to open up," says Ian Fleming, general manager of Clinton Raceway.

The industry, which employs tens of thousands of people has taken a hit.

"It's been a trying time for everybody but the government was in a no win situation they want to keep everybody healthy and man everybody to get out and do things so it's hard to match those things up," says Fleming... Read More