People in the harness racing industry on P.E.I. are in shock after learning the last race at the Truro Raceway will be held this Sunday.
Colleen Dickie, president of the P.E.I. Standard Bred Horseowners Association told CBC News the closure is terrible news for the industry. Dickie, who is also a veterinarian who worked one day a week at Truro Raceway, said it was an important part of the circuit in the Maritimes.
"It's a huge blow to the industry. It's never a good thing to see a facility that has been around for close to 130 years suddenly close," said Dickie.
"From our community, Truro Raceway has always been a very central location. There are people that race there every week."
Dickie said the P.E.I. community is ready to help however it can. She expects horses from the Truro area will be coming to the Charlottetown and Summerside tracks to race. While that would mean growth for the P.E.I. industry, she said the best outcome would be for the Truro facility to continue.