CANADA: Classic venue Fort Erie set to close

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By NICHOLAS GODFREY
Racing Post

Canada: Fort Erie, historic home to the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, looks set to close at the end of 2012 after more than 115 years.

The track is scheduled to host 81 days of racing this year ending in October, with its showpiece race, the Prince of Wales Stakes on July 15.

But a track official said the racecourse would have to close down owing to funding issues in the wake of the province of Ontario’s decision that slots operations would be shut down on its racetracks by March 2013.

Fort Erie failed in its attempt to secure a private licence to continue its slots operation.

The Queen’s Plate and the Breeders’ Stakes, the other two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown, are held at the nation’s premier track Woodbine.

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