Crowds at Marquis Downs in Saskatchewan (pre-pandemic)
Licensed horse racing is scheduled to return in Saskatchewan, Canada, in 2022, according to the Saskatoon Star Phoenix. Moosomin Downs and Entertainment Limited Partnership (MD&E) plans to run 10 days of events from Aug. 27 to Sept. 25 at Marquis Downs.
Marquis Downs is the only Thoroughbred racing track in Saskatchewan. There was no racing in the Canadian province in 2020 or 2021 due to COVID-19. and last year, the racing operator, the Board of Directors of Prairieland Park, opted to permanently cancel Thoroughbred racing at Marquis Downs after a 50-year relationship with the sport, instead introducing a professional soccer league.
The new racing operator is a joint venture between Ontario-based Pan Am Horse Racing and the Moosomin First Nation Economic Development Corporation.
“Acquiring this license and going through the rigorous application process is the first milestone on a path to building to the long-term vision of Moosomin Downs and for our participation in the economy of our First Nation,” said Chief Cheryl Kahpeaysewat of Moosomin First Nation in a news release.
In addition, MD&E plans to build its own racetrack called Moosomin Downs to replace Marquis Downs, which is set to close operations at the end of 2022. Construction on Moosomin Downs is expected to begin after the 2022 live racing season at Marquis Downs.
Read more at the Saskatoon Star Phoenix.
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