Ontario horse racing down 9,000 jobs after slots decision, industry estimates

Guelph Mercury StandieFrom the Guelph Mercury

Aug 15, 2013

Anecdotally, anyone in the Ontario’s horse-racing sector knows the end of the Slots at Racetracks Program has dealt a devastating blow to the industry. Now there are numbers to prove it, and they are staggering.

The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association has collected the data and reports that compared to the last full year of the slots program (2011), approximately 9,000 jobs have already left the horse racing industry as a whole, most of those in rural Ontario.

Meanwhile, more than 3,000 horse owners have left the industry, taking with them nearly $850 million in investment, according to the racing industry’s research.

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  1. Donikash · ·

    I don’t cry for this industry. How many of the standardbreds at OLEX this week came directly for their last race at Grand River?

    1. Jo-Anne Ward · ·

      Uh yes, Grand River… probably quite a few. Dunnville area, Pro-Slaughter boys take
      Fort Erie throwaways from the likes of Larry Cappuccitti and Chris Jolin etc

  2. Barbara Griffith · ·

    According to the number and breed of horses that was sent to slaughter in Canada every list had Standardbreds on it. One month had 22 the next month had 6 or 7 the next month 10. All of these horses came from the owners that had quit the business. The horses would have ended up slaughtered when they started losing anyway but this goes to show you that these and all horses that are used to make the owner money are considered a commodity to be used, abused and thrown away when the money stops coming in.

  3. Anne Streeter · ·

    No reference to the dreadful suffering of thousands of horses – racing lame, pumped full of drugs, shunted from pillar to post and eventually ending up at the slaughter house! Horse racing is a cruel business and deserves to fail. This is good news.

  4. devastating blow… huh. This is good news. The slot subsidy only enables all the overbreeding and abuse of these creatures.

    1. Jo-Anne Ward · ·

      Yes, your absolutely right…press exclusive mare that made $475,000 and produced 8 foals after as well for the race industry is heading to a new york farm, I understand, for permanent retirement. Her last foal sold for 16,000 at tues.cths yearling sale. problem is her buyer six brothers racing stable has sent horses off track to kill auction after running.

  5. What happened to the leftover or excess horses? They are in trouble too due to this devastating blow to the racing industry.

  6. It should come as no surprise that when the financial plug is pulled on any industry there are going to be some that fall by the wayside. The good news is that thousands of race horses will no longer be slaughtered as when millions of dollars went into greedy pockets at the expense of the horses lives. The racing industry, like any industry that has lost public confidence, needs to completely revamp its very existence or raison d’etre – the public is fed up with the abuse that the equine athletes endure and don’t attend the sport anymore, don’t care anymore and don’t want to place their hard-earned wages in a few unscrupulous horse owner’s hands.

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