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Windsor Raceway Track History
 
  Windsor Raceway officially opened on October 22, 1965 for its first season of harness racing. This date was just one week later than the projected opening date of October 15th. Castle Direct driven by Fred Roloson was the first horse to win a parimutuel race at Windsor Raceway in a time of 2:10. The attendance for our opening day was 5,136 for a 9 race card. The handle was $194,204.
 

 
  The all-weather Tartan surface, new to the industry and allowing for winter racing, performed according to the best of expectations. It enabled racing in inclement weather (read snow, ice and cold) and earned the approval of horsemen. The Tartan surface remained until the late seventies when it was converted to a spiral graded limestone surface, which continues today.
 
  For the first twenty-nine years, live harness racing at Windsor was contested during the six month season of October through April. Proudly during our 30th Anniversary year in 1995, we continued past April and will have our first of year round live racing. With the 1990's came simulcasting -- the ability to bet on races being held at other racetracks.
 
  Windsor Raceway was quick to pick up on this new technology. Live racing brought patrons to the track for only an evening of wagering entertainment up to five nights a week. Simulcasting has expanded exponentially to the point where Windsor Raceway is now open 364 days a year, from noon to midnight with continuous betting action available on up to ten different tracks each day. Windsor is looked upon as the leader of simulcasting in Canada.
 
  The Provincial Cup is Windsor Raceway's annual premier event with horses vying for a purse of $200,000. This tradition laden pacing event provides a past winners list including Cardigan Bay, Armbro Nesbit, Cam Fella, On the Road Again, Falcon Seelster, Frugal Gourmet, Camluck and Western Hanover. A virtual Who's Who of harness racing. Both Presidential Ball and Pacific Rocket, the 1993 and 1994 winners respectively, matched Windsor's standing record for 3 year old colts and geldings with a time of 1:52:3.
 
Changing With The Times
 

 
  Over recent years many things have changed at Windsor Raceway. With the addition of Casino gambling and Lotteries over the years racetracks were suffering as a result. Something had to be done.
 
  In January of 1999, the Ontario Lottery Corporation introduced SLOTS at all participating racetracks in Ontario. Windsor Raceway was the first racetrack in Ontario to implement them. Since then slots have boosted purses and quality of racing. Profits from the Slots also meant more for Windsor Raceway enabling for an overall better experience when you visit us. With a complete makeover of our clubhouse in the year 2000 and investment in the latest in computerized betting with our new Tote System Windsor Raceway continues to stay on the cutting edge.
 
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