Grand River Raceway

Grand River Raceway

Grand River Raceway is a small harness racing facility in Elora, Ontario. The track is 1/2 mile (350 feet homestretch) with granular base and stonedust track cushion with total seating for 1500 (covered area and open grandstand). The track opened December 6, 2003 and features seasonal harness racing and simulcasts races year round. There are 240 slot machines in the gaming room, plus two restaurants, Captain's Quarters Tiered Dining Room and Lighthouse Restaurant.

Grand River Raceway History

Grand River Raceway, Canada's newest racing and gaming destination, is located in the south end of the lovely village of Elora, Ontario and just minutes away from the historic town of Fergus. The area is renowned for its breathtaking scenery, a natural wonderland of towering pines, glacial rock formations and the majestic Grand River.

Grand River Raceway is owned and operated by the Woolwich Agricultural Society (WAS). The WAS is a not-for-profit corporation, incorporated under the Agricultural Societies Act of Ontario and operated by a volunteer board of directors.

Live harness racing is held at Grand River Raceway from June to October. The raceway also offers daily harness and thoroughbred simulcasts through four theaters. Notable races are the Battle Of The Belles and the Battle Of Waterloo on Industry Day.

Industry Day is Grand River Raceway's marquee event of the race season. It's staged annually during a special afternoon race card on each Civic Holiday Monday (the first Monday in August).

Industry Day began at Elmira Raceway in 1990 as a celebration of the harness racing industry. In December of 2003, the track relocated to a new facility in nearby Elora, ON called Grand River Raceway, and the first Industry Day was celebrated at its new home in August 2004.

Industry Day is one of Canadian harness racing's most celebrated events, attracting racing fans province-wide and beyond.

The event features Grand River Raceway's signature race, the Battle Of Waterloo (for 2-year-old Ontario sired pacing colts) which was introduced to Industry Day in 1998. The inaugural winner was Distinctiv Skeeter for trainer/driver Carl Jamieson.

Carl Jamieson and the connections of the inaugural winner of the Battle Of Waterloo, DISTINCTIV SKEETER (1998).

In 2009, Grand River Raceway added a companion race, the Battle Of The Belles (for 2-year-old Ontario sired pacing fillies). FBS Terror became the First Lady of the Battle Of The Belles for trainer Mario Macri and driver Scott Zeron, then 19.

The Grand River Raceway casino has over 230 slot machines ranging from 1¢ to $5, there are many games to choose from for your gaming enjoyment. Games include Electrifying Riches, Pink Diamonds, Fairy Blossom, Adventures Aloft, Fire of the East, Diamond Jubilee, Spartacus - Gladiator of Rome, Hot Hot Habanero, Gaucho's Gold and many more!

Grand River Raceway Live Horse Racing Schedule

June - October

Horse Racing Schedule

Post Time at Grand River Raceway

7:05pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

6:00pm Sundays

Grand River Raceway Track Code



WPS: 16.95%

Exactor: 20.5%

Daily Double, Pick 4, and Super Hi-5: 15%

Grand River Raceway Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Grand River Raceway
7445 County Road 21
Elora, ON N0B 1SO


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