As the London-Middlesex Region moves into the ‘Red-Control’ zone by the Government of Ontario, The Raceway at Western Fair District will continue racing but simulcast will be closed.
We will be closing the first-floor simulcast area as of 10pm this evening (Monday, March 29) until further notice. We will continue to monitor any updates from the Province and look forward to re-opening when deemed permissible.
Here’s what customers can expect:
- Patrons will be screened prior to accessing any of these spaces, and contact information will be recorded and kept for 30 days.
- Patrons that fail the screening questions will be refused entry.
- Alcohol sales stop at 9pm, consumption stops at 10pm. Alcohol sales will be at the homestretch concession, bar will remain closed until further notice.
- Entry is through the main lobby of the grandstand only.
- Patrons must wear a mask when not seated for food and beverage consumption.
- Mutuel tellers will be available during most time frames first floor Simulcast is open, including all live periods for The Raceway.
- Simulcast hours are 5pm-11pm Monday through Thursday, 12 noon – 11pm Friday through Sunday.
- Simulcast will operate on a first come, first served basis to a maximum of 50 patrons at any given time.
Here’s what horse people can expect:
- When horse people enter the race paddock, they will be subject to a full screening process. This includes temperature checks and a questionnaire. Trainers are encouraged to allow themselves extra time when commuting to the track. Face masks are mandatory and physical distancing of 2metres/6 feet must be maintained.
- The Raceway will offer a new paddock layout to ensure safety of all participants. Management has repositioned each race accordingly to offer the best experience with social distancing at the half-mile oval.
Below is a sitemap of the new layout.
Welcome to The Raceway in the Western Fair District.
The Raceway in the Western Fair District has been officially hosting Harness Racing in London, Ontario for over 50 years!
Since 1961, we are proud to be South Western Ontario’s place to play! Featuring harness racing at its best - live on our half-mile track, October through May. Simulcast racing is available all year round, broadcasting races from all over North America!
Our Live Racing season runs October through May and we race 3-4 times a week depending on the time of year! We are open 7 days a week for simulcast racing! You can bet on many different tracks all over North America.
Harness racing is a sport where a special breed of horses, called Standardbreds, race around a track while pulling a driver in a two wheeled cart called a “sulky.” The horses reach speeds of more than 30 mph
The name “Standardbred” originated because the early trotters (pacers would not come into the picture until much later) were required to reach a certain time standard for the mile distance in order to be registered as part of the new breed. The mile is still the standard distance covered in nearly every harness race. The Raceway is a ½ mile track and because of that you will see the horse’s race twice around the oval in a race.