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Opening day delayed at Fort Erie Race Track due to COVID-19 lockdown extension

FORT ERIE, May 13, 2021 - Opening day at Fort Erie Race Track will be postponed due to today’s provincial announcement that stay-at-home orders will continue across Ontario through to June 2. The 2021 racing season was originally scheduled to begin on June 1, but will now be rescheduled for a later date. Racing will commence when the province ends the lockdown and gives approval for horse racing to resume in Ontario. Fort Erie’s backstretch will remain open in order to provide essential care for horses. Nikki Alderson riding to the wire

“Following the government’s announcement and keeping in line with the province’s COVID-19 guidelines, the track will remain closed for racing at this time,” said Drew Cady, general manager of the Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium. “We are ready to begin our racing season and will continue to work with Ontario Racing and the province to safely commence live racing as quickly as possible.”

When the season begins, live racing will run on Mondays at 1 p.m. and Tuesdays at 4 p.m. For updates on the upcoming season visit



Photo: Nikki Alderson riding to the wire. Michael Burns Photography.

Hayley Morrison
Manager of Media & Communications
Fort Erie Race Track