Trois-Rivieres, PQ --- The revival of horse racing of Standardbreds in Quebec has again reached another milestone. At its meeting of Oct. 11, the Board of Directors of the Quebec Jockey Club has approved an increase of more than 50 percent for purses in the 2014 racing season at the Hippodrome 3R.
The increase of pari-mutuel wagering recorded by QJC at the track, as well as on the internet through the website Horseplayer Interactive and in the eight OTBs in 2013 allows the industry to be more optimistic and move forward strongly. Assuming the continuation of this betting trend over the coming months, QJC announced that the total purses for 2014 will reach C$3 million.
At the end of October, the “Comité de Liaison,” comprised of representatives from Quebec Jockey Club and the Horsemen's Association, ATAQ, will define some key elements for the next racing season that will be announced at the end of the month. It is important to mention that the minimum purse level for overnights will be raised to around C$3,000, purse levels for “Quebec series” will also be increased, at least four special races per week will be scheduled with purses of C$6,000 and C$8,000, not to mention purses of around C$4,000 for the maiden classes.
In the meantime, Quebec Jockey Club will continue its efforts to persuade the government of the importance of the racing industry in terms of job creation in the region and its major economic impacts. The QJC business plan for the creation of more than 5,000 jobs and benefits of more than C$150 million in five years fits very well in the new Government of Quebec’s economic plan whose main priority is to create jobs.