After a series of constructive conversations, representatives of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association are ready to sit down to decide the specifics of how horse racing can best be integrated into the province’s overall gaming strategy.
Sue Leslie, president of OHRIA, made the announcement on Monday.
“The last couple of years have been challenging ones both for the OLG and the Ontario racing industry,” Leslie said. “We are at a point now, though, where we can all begin to take a serious look at some of the intriguing ideas and possibilities that have been put forward by the OLG, OHRIA and the racing industry, at large,” stated Leslie.
According to Leslie, the two groups will review, analyze and recommend innovative products and programs with the ability to further the business and economic objectives of both parties. “We are more than confident that, with the right products in place, horse racing can make a real contribution to the OLG’s bottom line. And, that, in turn, racing will benefit significantly from such a strategic partnership,” Leslie said.
“We need to be mindful that, whatever programs we decide to go forward with, must represent a ‘win/win’ proposition for both entities. That is what a successful partnership is all about.”