Grand River Raceway

Race Night FAQ

Below you’ll find answer to common questions we hear regarding the sport itself. There are also some helpful visuals, please email if you have any questions or concerns.

Race programs (the booklets used for wagering/betting) can be purchased in the First Turn Tent,  the Gift Shop (directly across from the guest care counter) & the program booth at the front of the building.

Please see this page for more information on betting. On live race nights one of our guest care representatives will be happy to give you some tips, you’ll find them wandering the facility.

There are many locations where you can place your wager. Visit the tellers on the mutuel line upstairs in the lobby outside of the Captain’s Quarters, inside the Captain’s Quarters, the First Turn Tent & on the tarmac (beside the BBQ). New bettors or bettors who would like to have an intro session with our guest care reps can place bets at the guest care counter. There are also self-serve betting machines placed throughout the facility.

Upon entering the main building through the sliding doors, take the staircase on the left hand side up to the Captain’s Quarters. There is also an elevator located on the right hand side upon entering the main building. Reserving a table is strongly recommended. To reserve a table, please call the bookings department at 519.846.5455 extension 288, or send them an email.

If you arrive without a reservation, you can always check with the hostess in the Captain’s Quarters for availability, they will also be able to help you book your table for your next visit.

Most live race night there is a tarmac BBQ where you can enjoy dinner and an alcoholic beverage trackside right next to the action. If you’re looking for a sit-down experience, visit the Lighthouse Restaurant for a concession style eatery with plenty of seating (and a licensed patio). Or visit the Getaway Restaurant for an a la carte experience.

The barn is strictly for racing industry members who hold an Ontario Racing Commission license. However, groups (12 or more people) who book their evenings in the Captain’s Quarters have the option to include a guided tour of the Paddock in their group package.

Children who participate in the weekly Friday night NEIGHbourhood tent also have the opportunity to partake in a barn tour, so long as a parent or guardian goes with them.

The Lighthouse is located in the Paddock building just steps west of the main building.

The Tarmac Show ballots can be entered in the ballot boxes located in the Captain’s Quarters or The First Turn Tent. These ballots are used for Tarmac Show games, prizes and the famous cheerleaders race participants.

Yes it is true, sometimes there are rides offered. Please visit the Tarmac Show to inquire about whether or not rides are offered on the night you are visiting. There are certain factors that limit the availability of starting car rides.

Slots gaming is operated by Elements Casino Grand River. There are no tables in the slots parlour at this time however, renovations are taking place which will include table games in the near future. Visit the Elements Casino Grand River for more information.

You must be 18+ to bet on the horse races, and 19+ to enter the slots.

There is no dress code in the dining room or the racetrack facility.

Nope, admission is always free.

Yes, always.

Of course! Kids are welcome any race night. There is a youth care coordinator working on Friday race nights who operates the trackside NEIGHbourhood, a free kids activity tent.

Yes. Upon arrival please scan for the network called “GRAND-FREE WIFI”. Once connected, you’ll be taken to a browser window where you’ll select “Free Wifi”, upon selecting you are automatically agreeing to the terms and conditions. If you have issues connecting, please seek a guest care rep for help