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Dresden Raceway

Dresden Raceway is a 1/2 mile harness racing track and slot machine gaming facility located in Dresden, Ontario, Canada.

The track also has casino that features 100 slot machines in $0.05, $0.25 and $1.00 denominations. Popular slot machine titles include:

  • Blazing 7's
  • Double Double Diamond
  • Reel Gems
  • Jockey Club
  • I dream of Jeannie
  • Frog Prince

From the late 1880s, harness racing has been a consuming interest and wide appeal in the Dresden district. In 1889, there were "Trials of Speed", under sponsorship of "The Dresden Driving Club."

Then, races were held in conjunction with the annual Camden-Dresden Fair. And in 1919, a group of fair board members decided to lay out a new half mile track.

In the early 1950s, a group of men got together and formed "The Dresden Race Association." They put up surety to ensure decent purses, and held a race meet in June, later expanding to three weekends throughout the year, including Labor Day. By this time, a new grandstand had replaced an older one, and was capable of seating 2300 people. There was an overflow crowd of "railbirds" which stretched both ways from the stand, frequently as far back as the barn section at the west end of the grounds.

In the 1980s, the width of the track was enlarged by two feet. Some of the sharper turns were also removed when the track was rebuilt and resurfaced.

In later years, the fair board once again assumed control of the races and named Jack Latimer as racing secretary. The position was later taken over by George Deacon. A new $600,000+ grandstand was built on the north side of the track, complete with pari-mutuel betting windows, and while still in debt as of 1990, racing continues through the spring and summer months and into the fall.

In 1997, Windsor Raceway acquired Dresden Raceway.

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