TORONTO, May 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The commitment of the Ontario government to
fully integrate horse racing into the overall provincial gaming
strategy - announced on March 8 by Premier Kathleen Wynne and confirmed
by Finance Minister Charles Sousa in yesterday's Budget - is a very
important step toward safeguarding and enhancing the future of the
horse racing and breeding industry which forms the economic backbone in
many rural areas and is an important source of employment and
prosperity in our province
In anticipation of the question "What does integrating horse racing into
the overall provincial gaming strategy actually mean in practice?",
Racing Future has prepared a submission of specific suggestions that
incorporate input from our discussions with various people and
organizations around the globe with leading-edge expertise in this
This submission is intended to suggest potential key elements of
integration and to demonstrate that the process of integration can be
launched quickly on the basis of readily available information, thereby
enabling the Ontario government to significantly increase its revenue
streams from gaming at a time of pressing financial challenges.
The specific suggestions detailed on our submission include renaming and
rebranding OLG as the Ontario Lottery, Gaming and Horse Racing
Commission (OLGH) with a proposed new logo to reflect its expanded
mandate; creating a new lottery based on horse racing; providing
betting on horse racing through current and future OLGH retail
terminals; making online betting part of the new online gaming presence
to which OLG is already committed; expanding access to
teletheatre/offtrack race watching and wagering; and including horse
racing in all OLGH promotion and marketing activities.
We have provided our submission to the Horse Racing Transition Panel
The full text of the Racing Future submission is available online on our
website at http://www.racingfuture.com/sites/default/files/Racing%20Future%20Horse%20Racing%20Integration%20Paper.pdf.
SOURCE: Racing Future Inc.
For further information:
President and CEO, Racing Future