By Nick Barnsdale
Horse racing has resumed in Ontario as the provincial government lifted some COVID-19 restrictions in many regions.
Racetracks were closed as part of the restrictions, meaning horsepeople and tracks lost their ability to generate income. Owners not being able to win purse money with their horses led to some taking their horses out of training, which costs trainers money.
Furthermore, an absence of fans at racetracks has removed another revenue stream for establishments and taken away a special part of the sport.
As racing resumes, all of the industry’s stakeholders are trying to make a living again. Owners are collecting purses, drivers are getting their winnings, trainers are receiving fees, and some track workers are able to return to work.
Skedline reporter Nick Barnsdale has the story.