ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway has redesigned its website to feature a sleek homepage, easy navigation and a better representation of the wide array of offerings at the Elora track.
The new homepage features a web launch contest with prize options including a dinner for two in the signature tiered dining room, the Captain’s Quarters, or a Grand River Raceway swag package.
In the contest, user of the new website search for the racetrack’s hidden horse mascot, cleverly named Grandy. Once he’s found, simply click on his image to be taken to the contest page where users will be asked to enter their contact information. Those who play the contest will be automatically entered into a draw and the winner will be announced via Grand River Raceway’s Facebook page on Monday, June 8.
The new website has been designed for better navigation and to showcase what the facility has to offer. Some additions include comprehensive FAQ pages, a designated Meetings & Events section, and highlights of the facility’s three restaurants.
The new website launch coincides with a new guest care program, including a custom built Guest Care Counter, comprehensive research, development and staff training — all in effort to consistently provide exceptional care for the guests of Grand River Raceway.
A new Industry Day microsite has also been embedded into the new website, showcasing the 25th anniversary edition of the track’s marquee event.
The track’s live racing season opens this Monday.
Upcoming Events at the track include:
OPENING NIGHT – JUNE 1
Opening Night on June 1 marks the sixth annual Local Biz Night, presented in cooperation with the Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce. The event hosts more than 100 local businesspeople paired with a horse in the Local Biz Night Race. Prior to the dash, guests are treated to a cocktail reception hosted by the OLG Slots At Grand River Raceway, followed by dinner and a trip to the paddock to meet their horse.
JUNE 3 – BETTING CONTESTS BEGIN
The Grand Betting Contest will be offered each Monday and Wednesday race night (34 total) starting June 3, when the first 100 players to register will receive a complimentary HPIbet t-shirt. Each nightly contest challenges players to select the top two finishers in four races. Players finishing second and third win $25 apiece. The crowned winners will be featured on the Tarmac Show later that evening where they will choose from three boxes to win $50, $75 or $100.
JUNE 5 – 2ND ANNUAL MEDIA RACE
Kelly Waterhouse, News Director of The Grand 92.9 FM, returns to defend her title in the second annual Media Race. Waterhouse will face-off against three fellow media personalities as they take to the track in double-seated race bikes, accompanied by a pro driver, to compete in a half-mile dash.
FUN & FRIVOLITY FRIDAY NIGHTS
The crew from 107.5 DAVE FM returns to broadcast live from the tarmac every Friday race night all summer long.
Kids will enjoy the NEIGHbourhood, a free interactive horse education program held under the Tarmac Tent from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Programming includes a barn tour and photo in the Winners Circle with the winning horse of The NEIGHbourhood Race.
INDUSTRY DAY CELEBRATION
Grand River Raceway features its 25th anniversary Industry Day Celebration on Monday, August 3 at 1:30 p.m. The popular afternoon card features the 18th annual Battle Of Waterloo and the 7th annual Battle Of The Belles.
RACE NIGHT BUFFET
Grand River Raceway’s popular $16.99 buffet will be featured every race night in the Captain’s Quarters tiered dining room overlooking the racetrack. Some dates are already sold-out and others filling quickly with group bookings. Reservations are always highly recommended by calling (519) 846-5455 ext. 247.
Other special events at Grand River Raceway this race season include the Giddy Up & Gallop Fun Run for kids (June 12), Doors Open (June 20), national Bring A Friend Night (July 10), Racing Under Saddle (July 24 and August 3), the return of the Horse Name Costume Game (August 14) and Wanna Drive (September 4).
Post time for the season-opener on June 1 is 6:30 p.m.