Will Fort Erie Race Track survive the removal of slots?

March 13, 2012 Updated Mar 13, 2012 at 8:26 AM EDT

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March 13, 2012 Updated Mar 13, 2012 at 8:26 AM EDT


The future of Fort Erie Race Track could be on the line.

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. announced on Monday that it will be ending its Slots-at-Racetracks programs in 2013, according to the St. Catharines Standard.

The province has told OLG to stop annual payments to the horse-racing industry by March 31, 2013.

Fort Erie Mayor Doug Martin predicted that the track will be devastated.

"It's most disturbing that the government continues to drop these bombshells on us without any sort of debate or dialogue," he said. "They don't even have the courtesy to let us know in advance so we can have some type of preparation to see what is happening here."

Jim Thibert, chief executive officer for the Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium, said that the track can survive without revenue from slots, though not at its current level of operations.

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