Hundreds show up to watch horses race on last day of racing in Fort Erie
The leader of Ontario's NDP has rejected the government's view there is no future for horse racing in Fort Erie.
Andrea Horwath says her party will stand united with track and town officials to fight in order to keep horse racing alive at the historical track.
She says the Liberal government has done a great amount of damage to the horse racing industry in the province, especially in Fort Erie.
Horwath says her party will put pressure on Kathleen Wynne's Liberals as soon as they get back to work at Queen's Park next week, and is urging the people of Niagara to do the same.
Jim Thibert, CEO Fort Erie Horse Racing Consortium, says not putting the track on the province's overall racing plan is not acceptable, especially after a successful 2013 shortened season that saw a 30 per cent increase in revenue.
Horse people in the region are frustrated with the latest report by the Horse Racing Transitional Panel stating there is no path to sustainability for a full race calendar season.
Chris Blake, owner of Ascot Stud horse ranch in Port Colborne, says his breeding numbers are drastically down.
Blake says he depends on the farm to make a living and is not sure what to expect if the Fort Erie Racetrack closes for good.
After a slow start to the day, the crowd started to build dramatically following the first race.
Hundreds of people gathered to take in the final day of racing for the 2013 season including Andrea Horwath, ex Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor, and Niagara Falls city councillor Wayne Gates.