Meeting this morning to discuss future of horse racing in Fort Erie
The head of Fort Erie's Live Racing Consortium will begin the fight today to save the track, a day after the last horses ran around the historic oval for the season.
Jim Thibert will meet this morning with one of the members of the Horse Racing Transition Panel, John Snobelen.
It is the panel's recommendation that Fort Erie be used as a "festival meet track" which would mean a few select races would be held there next year as opposed to a full racing schedule.
CKTB's Tom McConnell caught up with Snobelen ahead of today's meeting.
Snobelen says splitting thoroughbred racing between Fort Erie and Woodbine doesn't make business sense, because the Woodbine name attracts more international betting.
But he insists Fort Erie would be an ideal location for so called festival meets.
He points out the three U-S triple crown races are short festival meets held at historical tracks for a week or two week period.
Snobelmen adding historically Fort Erie was the summer track for thoroughbred racing and the oval only opened for the month of August.
He admits the challenge is "how do we take that beautiful venue, and make it fit within the system to have it help racing in Ontario?"