Did I tell you that I’m compiling my own personal bucket list ? It’s not what you might think. It’s a list of things I must do before they disappear, not me.
I plan to live forever, or at least until the Winnipeg Blue Bombers win another Grey Cup.
Believe it or not the Grey Cup was on my imaginary bucket list a couple of decades ago. It looked like the Canadian Football League might not survive thanks to the dull pencils who ran it like Larry Smith who’s now a Senator.
It would be a bit of an exaggeration to say that the Sport of Kings is endangered, but it’s certainly not in good shape. Attendance and wagering at tracks all across North America, including the Canadian prairies, has been slowly declining for years.
The province of Ontario is faced with the demise of more than half of its 13 racetracks within the next 12 months. That could mean the death, quite literally, of thousands of thoroughbred and standard bred horses. These beautiful animals are expensive to feed and house, and racing depends on betting for its survival.
Assiniboia Downs might well have closed its doors years ago, had it not been for that huge room full of VLTs under the grandstand.
Every year governments are becoming more and more addicted to gambling to balance their books, but the return on investment from racing just doesn’t cut it any more.
So, if you enjoy watching the ponies run, don’t wait too long. Who knows ? Next on the list might be boxing.
I’m Roger Currie
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