Fort Erie Race Track took cash offer to keep horse racing running

In the aftermath of the announcement from the province that slot machines would not be returning to Fort Erie Race Track, more details have begun to emerge that paint a clearer picture of what happened.

According to Jim Thibert, CEO of Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium (FELRC), the driving force behind the decision to turn down the slots deal was that, as presented, the deal didn’t secure the long-term viability of horse racing in town. Without that, Thibert said the entire slots deal was moot.

“The Ford government reinforced the No. 1 caveat being: No horse racing, then no slots,” said Thibert, who noted the entire horse racing operation in town would have been in jeopardy of collapsing after …

Fort Erie Race Track took cash offer to keep horse racing running.

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