Standardbred horse racing has returned for another summer at Kawartha Downs. You can catch the action every Saturday night throughout the summer until the end of September, with the first race starting at 7 pm and generally running until 10 pm. While horse racing is the main attraction, patrons are often entertained by interactive performances, free draws for prizes and local musical entertainment. The crowd are often made up of a vibrant mix of local residents and weekend cottagers looking for something to do on a Saturday night.
“We work hard at creating an atmosphere that is family friendly and as a result we have seen considerable growth in our live attendance over the last two years. Fans enjoy the atmosphere – and given the free parking and free admission, it is the best entertainment value in the region” stated General Manager Orazio Valente.
While there has been some uncertainty about the future of Kawartha Downs over the last few years, recent announcements signal that there may be some reason for optimism. The slot facility that was scheduled to be closed has received an extension to remain open for a number of years and adds another entertainment option to those that visit the site. As well, the raceway was recently sold to Romspen Investments Corp who have indicated that they are committed to horse racing and are looking at further enhancements to the property.
“If you haven’t spent a night at the track, whether it’s to enjoy our all you can eat buffet or you choose a hot dog or a Kawartha Lakes ice cream cone while you watch the racing action, we encourage you to spend a Saturday night with us. We are confident that you will enjoy the experience” stated Valente.
Kawartha Downs & Speedway
Hwy 28, Fraserville, ON