Horse racing returns to Saskatoon as Marquis Downs, but not out |

at the gates marquis downs Back up for well-bred horses will open for 10 days on August 27 in Saskatoon race planning.

Moosamin Downs and Entertainment (MD&E) said it will organize the Elite Indian Relay Championship and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) Chiefs Mile Race after receiving a racetrack operator license from the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority.

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“Obtaining this license and going through a rigorous application process is the first milestone in building Moosomin Downs’ long-term vision and our involvement in the economy of our First Nation,” said Cheryl Kahpaysewat, Chief of Moosomin First Nation.

He added that this is a huge key to the success of the Moomin First Nation, and helps to create opportunities for their children in the future.

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Bets for upcoming races will be available on the site or on the HPIbet network.

“When it was announced that horse racing would end at the Marquis Downs last year, many people were impressed by the spirit of the horse drawn to families who have continued generations of tradition and horse expertise. Moosomin took the opportunity that many people said would not happen, he did and is unanimously supported by our Chiefs in Assembly on this effort,” said FSIN chief Bobby Cameron.

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MD&E said it is developing a racetrack in Corman Park Rural Municipality, and expects to break ground next year.

The new track will replace the Marquis Downs, which closes with a proposed multi-purpose arena for the area later this year.

Rob Woods, CEO of Moosomin Economic Development, said he owns about 980 acres of land near the Saskatoon Shine Sign, just outside Saskatoon.

“This is where we have allotted 140 acres of land for this project. So this is one of the many projects that will be built on those lands.”

He said 10 days at Marquis Downs ushered in the nation’s ability to participate in the industry as an operator.

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