Frustration is mounting among local horse racing supporters.

A local group is trying to revive harness racing at the Leamington Fairgrounds.

The group has asked to increase the number of race days there, from one to 11.

The Ontario Horse Racing Commission has not given its approval of the increase.

Organizers fear time is running out for a 2013 season. The racing season starts in June.

Some say a demonstration of some sort is in the planning stages, unless the province comes through and approves a proposal for more racing in Leamington.

Essex County Warden Tom Bain trains and races horses. He just had one of them qualify at Mohawk racing grounds.

Bain claims there is at least $4 million in purse money available, left behind when Windsor Raceway closed last year:

"We've had our lawyer fire off a letter of protest," Bain said.

Supporters of the industry say there are 2,000 local jobs on the line.

"Our group is frustrated. We've done everything the ORC has asked of us," Bain said. "It will be a couple of weeks before the application is dealt with."

The long-term goal is to build a new track in Lakeshore in a few years.