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Celebrate with us

Our Industry Day Celebration is the hallmark event of the race season. Held annually on Civic Holiday Monday (the first Monday in August) there is a special afternoon race card highlighted by two major races, The Battle of Waterloo presented by Winbak Farm and the Battle of the Belles.

Post time: 12:30 pm


On Aug 5, 2024 you and the whole family can enjoy the horse races for FREE!

We are excited for the following…

  • The Neighbourhood Kids Area set up with face painting, glitter tattoos, inflatable axe throwing, patio games, live on-location radio and music…annnnd more!
  • Food trucks on-site at the East Gate
  • VIP tickets to watch the races in the Captain’s Quarters in our indoor tiered seating. See details HERE.
  • A fun afternoon!

Get VIP tickets for a front-row seat to all the action!  

Get the best view in the house by reserving a private VIP table in the Captain’s Quarters tiered-seating dining room that directly overlooks the track. They are the best seats to watch the races see what’s included below (with a bonus of a reserved seat (for the whole day), TV, and A/C).

Your VIP Ticket Includes:

  • Free Parking
  • Reserved indoor seating from 11:30 am-5:00 pm
  • A Grand River Raceway harness horseracing program
  • Access to a cash bar
  • Access to a beverage station that includes soft drinks, coffee, and tea (no additional charge)
  • An Individual Picnic Pack


Premium Seating:
Adults = $40
Children = $27.50

General Seating:
Adults = $30
Children = $17.50

Battle of Waterloo

The Battle Of Waterloo presented by Winbak Farm is Grand River Raceway’s signature race and is showcased during Industry Day by Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colts. The Battle of Waterloo was raced annually at Elmira Raceway from 1998 through 2003. In 2004, the race debuted at its new home at Grand River Raceway in Elora.

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Battle of the Belles

The Battle of the Belles is Grand River Raceway’s companion race to its signature dash, (the Battle Of Waterloo), and is showcased during Industry Day. The Battle Of The Belles is contested by Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing fillies.

people leaning against fence watching 8 standardbred horses with start car in front of them
group of people in the winner's circle standing behind dark brown horse and cart
man in red sweatshirt kissing nose of dark brown horse