Inverness Raceway holds the fort in tough economic times
The spirit of volunteerism is alive and well at Inverness Raceway, where Melanie LeBlanc helped raise enough money over the winter to buy a complete set of saddle pads for this year’s harness racing season.
-by Bill Dunphy
In its first full year of operating without simulcasting revenue, the Inverness Raceway is in good shape heading into the 2018 harness racing season.
The Inverness Playground and Recreation Association, a volunteer board which oversees the operation of the raceway, held its annual general meeting on Thursday of last week.
There were 23 people in attendance, like last year; and the financial statement for the year ending Dec. 31, 2017, showed a deficit of $16,000, like last year.
The meeting began with a moment’s silence for people from the racing community who passed away in 2017, as well as for the victims of the bus crash in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, that killed 16 players and staff from the Humboldt Broncos hockey team and sent 13 others to hospital.
Association president Malcolm MacEachen noted that all of its revenue streams showed a profit last year, though those associated with simulcast wagering made less than in previous years.