First Nation plans to open new horse racing track northwest of Saskatoon

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SASKATOON – There could still be horse racing in the Saskatoon area despite Prairieland Park’s decision to close Marquis Downs.

A Saskatchewan First Nation plans to fill the void by developing land northwest of Saskatoon to include a horse racing track.

The development is led by the Moosomin First Nation, which owns land near Highway 16, northwest of the city, in the RM of Corman Park.

“The Moosomin First Nation Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of Moosomin Downs,” said a joint press release from the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) and the Moosomin First Nation.

“Moosomin Downs will be the answer to a renewed and diverse equestrian sports industry. The assets of Prairieland Park will be donated in kind to this First Nations initiative, passing the torch from generations of Marquis Downs horse racing to a new generation.

CTV News has contacted Prairieland Park for comment, but has not received a response.

Chief Bradley Swiftwolfe of Moosomin First Nation said materials donated by Prairieland Park could include items such as tracks from the race track, although he said he was not entirely sure. details.

“Since the closure of Marquis Downs, we’ve kind of seen this as an opportunity to really start discussions. Of course, we had a lot of interest. Other First Nations involved in horse racing have contacted us, ”said Swiftwolfe.

Swiftwolfe says they’re still doing a feasibility study, but he thinks the development offers a great opportunity.

Moosomin Downs would host thoroughbred, standard breed, chariot and wagon races, 4-H and rodeo events, equine therapy, industry training and Indian Relay, according to the press release.

He says they are studying business models and ways to generate income and resources to support horse racing.

“We are looking for other ways to generate resources to pay the bills to keep the lights on,” Swiftwolfe said, adding that the project would also create jobs.

Swiftwolfe could not provide a timeline on when the track or the amenities would be built.

A document featuring concept drawings provided by Chief of the Moosomin First Nation describes the site as having live thoroughbred races, daily televised races, video lottery terminals, a licensed gaming lounge, and restaurants.

“It has been months since the first discussions and with impatience we have been looking forward to jointly announcing that the RM of Corman Park can look forward to the development of Moosomin First Nation,” said Corman Park Reeve Judy Harwood in the joint press release. “In the spirit of reconciliation, we support our Treaty partners and our neighbors.


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