Council believes Ajax Downs will still close despite province announcing millions in funding for horse racing

Ontario announced $105-million a year for horse racing over the next 19 years, but Ajax council isn’t buying it.

In a statement, council believes the funding announcement is part of larger strategy to close slots facilities like Ajax Downs.

They welcome the money for the industry, but say the casino is needed to keep quarter horse racing in Durham.

In a statement, council says Minister Jeff Leal’s leak of a pending closure and MPP Joe Dickson’s promise letter, point to what they call the “bad faith” of the government.

Ajax continues to call for a fair and transparent third-party review of the government’s decision to close the Ajax Casino.