A difference of opinion and lack of a permit(?) are the causes for the stoppage. From the Sarnia Observer-
Simulcast operations at Hiawatha Horse Park in Sarnia have been shut down while contract negotiations with the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA) continue.
A notice posted Saturday on the Standardbred Canada website states that Hiawatha’s management has been unable to secure a contract with its horsemen.
“Due to the unsigned agreement, OHHA has decided to close down all simulcast and HPI wagering through Hiawatha Horse Park,” the statement reads.
“Effective January 1, 2010, Hiawatha Horse Park will not be permitted to simulcast and will have to close its doors to wagering on horse racing.”
OHHA President Darryl MacArhtur said the issue stems from “a difference in opinions.”
A difference of opinions that will lead many track employees to lose their jobs till racing begins again in May. Doesn’t the North America horse racing industry have enough problems? Lack of racing will even further bettors to stop betting on the ponies.
Note- Hiawatha, which is about one hour from Detroit, has live horse racing from May to October and other forms of gambling all year long.
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