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Integration and the OLG Explained

In the first part of an ongoing series on the challenges facing the Ontario horse racing industry – and possible solutions – Cal Bricker

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By: Dave Briggs |

Three years after the Slots at Racetracks Program (SARP) ended, instability in Ontario’s horse racing market is still thought to be a leading cause for declines at the Canadian Premier Yearling Sale in back-to-back years. Despite the provincial government’s commitment of $100 million per year in funding through 2021, there is still confusion about much-promised integration between the horse racing industry and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) corporation. A week after the auction, Cal Bricker, the OLG’s senior vice-president of horse racing, spoke at length with Canadian Thoroughbred to explain what integration means to the OLG and outline where he thinks the industry is headed. “I think there was a lot of confusion amongst people about what integration meant exactly because there was not a lot of clarification given to it,” said Bricker, who recently celebrated his one-year anniversary on the job. “What it really means is putting together…

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