Playing the Ponies

For those who like to “play the ponies,” the Ajax Downs Racetrack fits the bill nicely.

Over the summer racing season, it hosts Live Quarter horse races and for those given to taking an occasional flutter, Ajax Downs has other diversions as well. Back in 2006 the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation initially approved placing 260 slot machines at the track; today there are 800. Since its opening OLG gaming has generated $46-million in revenue for the town, much of it devoted to expanding Ajax’s recreational facilities. Recently, town council approved the expansion of the Ajax Downs site into a full-scale Casino Rama-style complex with 2,500 slots, 129 gaming tables and a proposed 5,000-seat auditorium for big-ticket Vegas-style acts. A final decision is pending.