Moosomin Downs Announces New Race Track ‘Saving’ the Province’s Horse Racing Industry

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SASKATOON – On Friday, the Moosomin First Nation Economic Development Corporation announced plans to build a racetrack northwest of Saskatoon, bringing new life to the sport in the province. The racetrack will be called Moosomin Downs.

“Overall, it’s good to see that there is an interest in reviving… or saving the horse racing industry from its demise here in Saskatchewan,” said apprentice jockey Nicole Hein.

Moosomin Downs will include 124 acres of land northwest of the city, off Highway 16, in the RM of Corman Park.

Neil Sasakamoose, a project member for Moosomin Downs, estimates the project costs will be $ 40 million.

“Horseback riding is part of Saskatchewan. We are an agriculture-based company, horses and cattle go hand in hand. It would be just a shame for people if there was no room for people to have their horses, ”Sasakamoose said.

He said he believed there was a void to be filled since Praaireland Park decided to shut down Marquis Downs. The project is currently in its feasibility study phase.

“We’re also finishing some engineering work, in terms of access to water and sewers,” Sasakamoose said. “Much of the design is after Bottom Assiniboia in Winnipeg.

One of the next steps for the group is to seek partners to help fund the $ 40 million project. Organizers hope to start work on the project from fall and be completed by fall 2023. However, Hein believes that not having a trail for jockeys to use now will affect the sport.

“In the short term, I guess (for the future) of horse racing, there is no horse racing until a track is built,” said Hein. “The interest in building a new track shows that there is an appetite for horse racing.”

She said she felt with no place to run until the Moosomin Downs project was over, the sport could still fade away. Sasakamoose gave the potential for horse racing next summer at Moosomin Downs, but without a grandstand.


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