As a prelude to the Five Mile - Sulky de Québec officially opens its doors - Spectators will be closer to the horses than ever before



    QUEBEC CITY, Dec. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Horseracing enthusiasts in the Quebec
City area will now be able to enjoy their favourite pastime at the brand new
Sulky de Québec, located at ExpoCité, site of the former racetrack.
    Behind the façade designed early in the 20th century by the architect
responsible for Quebec City's city hall, the facilities have been fully
transformed to offer horseracing fans cutting-edge technology, unequalled
comfort and the opportunity to see these remarkable horses up close.
    Sulky de Québec, in which Attractions Hippiques has invested more than
$23 million, features major innovations on all levels, as well as many
improvements to customer service, primarily on race nights. The designers also
wanted to bring spectators closer to the horses by creating an easily
accessible mezzanine where they can watch activities in the paddock, and the
grooming and care of the horses.
    On the ground floor, visitors can now take advantage of an information
zone, an ultramodern sports bar, open seven days a week, a dining room with
view on the track, another dining room equipped with the latest technology to
present races from around the world, La Verrière bar, as well as lounge areas
and snack bars on each level.
    Sulky users will also appreciate the elevator that gives access to the
entire facility.
    Once the work is completed, the two levels of the racetrack will have an
area of 50,000 square feet, with an indoor seating capacity for more than
1,200. In good weather, there will be seating for another 500 people on the
patios along the track.
    Horse handlers too will benefit from the new facilities: they will have a
reserved entrance that can accommodate horse trailers. The paddock in the
Pavillon du commerce has been fully renovated and now includes 18 holding
stalls that can be converted into standard stalls, 102 standard stalls, a new
area for the drivers, the administrative offices, a snack bar and new offices
for the Régie (RACJ) and Standardbred Canada.
    The Sulky track was fully redesigned by Daniel Coon & Sons, a highly
reputed firm in this field.
    At the official opening, Paul J. Massicotte said he was proud that Quebec
City now has a new, top-quality tourist attraction. "Quebec City's celebrated
race, the Five Mile, will now be held in a world-class facility," he said. The
98th edition of the race will take place on Sunday, December 9. It is Quebec's
oldest horserace, dating back to 1910. It is in some ways the marathon of the
horseracing world and has become a tradition in Quebec City.

    Attractions Hippiques owns and manages racetracks in Aylmer,
Trois-Rivières, Montreal and Quebec City, as well as the network of
horseracing clubs in Quebec. Its mission is to provide horseracing
entertainment of integrity that is competitive and profitable for all those
involved, with determination and effort in its constant quest for success, and
in a context of harmony, respect and responsibility for its audience, its
employees, its drivers and handlers, and the horses.




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For further information: Renée Cardinal, (514) 739-2741 ext.: 2240,
Cell: (514) 978-6313

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