MEDIA RELEASE For May 26, 2003

Pari-mutual Horse Racing Events

Date:  September 13 to October 19, 2003

Place: Melville Agri-Park Downs
Agri-Park Road, Melville, SK

Pari-mutual Horse Racing is returning to Melville Agri-Park Downs in the fall of 2003.   The Melville Agri-Park will host 12 days of live pari-mutuel horse racing over a span of six weekends.  The racing is scheduled for every Saturday and Sunday beginning September 13 and ending on October 19, 2003 with a daily post time of 2:30pm.

Horses and Horsemen from all over Western Canada and the northern United States will be traveling to Melville to compete for over $130,000 in purses throughout the 12 days.  Race fans can bet on their favorite Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, or Paint racehorses as the jockeys guide them around the half-mile racetrack and down the 440 yard straightway.

In addition, the Agri-Park Committees are busy organizing other activities to be held in conjunction with the Melville Fall Race Meet:
Homecrafts Competition, Horseshoe Tournament, Agricultural Information Sessions, Agricultural Displays, and much more will be happening at the Melville Agri-Park.

The Pari-mutuel Horse Racing has already brought new life to the Melville Agri-Park and community as an exciting tourist attraction, a great economic development opportunity and new source of employment opportunity for the area.  We hosted gate approvals and timed workouts on May 17, 2003.

New partnerships have been formed as the Saskatchewan First Nation Racing Association and the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority will both be assisting the Melville & District Agri-Park Association in this new and exciting Pari-mutuel Horse Racing venture in rural Saskatchewan!  We invite everyone out to Melville this fall to enjoy this new annual Horse Racing event.

For more information call the Melville Agri-Park at (306)728-5277 or fax (306)728-4544.

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