It’s not exactly good-news Monday today on Thoroughblog – some contentious issues are brewing – ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION, HORSES POST-RACING, AND CASINOS – there are lots of stories out there that are important to the industry we love.
These are the stories.
ECLIPSE AWARDS TONIGHT!
Havre de Grace a shoo-in for Horse of the Year
WATCH on DRF.COM at 8 p.m.
Havre de Grace – by Vanessa Ng
CASINO IN T.O. COULD BE TROUBLE FOR TRACKS
“One thing that is clear, is that the main economic losers would be these neighbouring
casinos and racetrack casinos, as Torontonians redirect their spending locally.” – Dr. Robert Williams, gambling researacher on the propsed casino in downtown Toronto
ORIGINAL STORY IN GLOBE & MAIL:
Ontario mulls cashing in with a new Toronto casino
karen howlett AND elizabeth church
Ontario’s lottery corporation is pushing for a casino in Canada’s largest city, a move that would make downtown Toronto home to the country’s most lucrative gaming licence.
Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. is a key source of revenue for the province – in fiscal 2011, the agency contributed $1.9-billion to its coffers. But this proposal comes at a time of great economic uncertainty for Ontario. With the province in deficit, the government is under mounting pressure to find new sources of revenue and cut program spending.
Australia – ARTIFICAL INSEMINATION DECISION COMING SOON!
Decision awaited on challenge to TB breeding rules
by Neil Clarkson
The Christmas-New Year period is when most Australians and New Zealanders enjoy a few days off in the
sunshine to enjoy the trappings of summer at its height.
People put the worries of the year behind them and look forward to a new year.
One can only wonder how Australia’s Justice Alan Robertson enjoyed the holiday break. In the days before Christmas, he wrapped up a trial in the Sydney Federal Court which has put the very foundations of the thoroughbred racing industry under scrutiny
PAULICK REPORT ON THE BIZARRE KELSEY LEFEVER STORY
ITALIAN RACING DECLINE ENDANGERS HORSES
Racehorses face butcher’s axe as recession forces courses to close
Owners find it cheaper to sell their thoroughbreds as racegoers abandon the sport in their droves
by MICHAEL DAY
It is not a good time to be a racehorse in Italy. Many Italians already had a taste for cavallo, but with the economy dipping and people staying away from the races, horse steaks, stews and cutlets are a set feature on many more menus.