Live racing and simulcast wagering at Fraser Downs were within minutes of being cancelled last Saturday because of problems receiving an in-coming signal. 

The Downs, unable to show odds and payoffs on its tote board Friday and Saturday, also was without the signal on Saturday to bring in any track’s odds and results. 

“We were extremely disappointed with the tote failure on Saturday for two reasons,” said Chuck Keeling, Downs’ general manager. “Telus was aware we had a problem with our connection to Hastings on Tuesday, and that it took four hours to fix the failure that occurred Saturday morning. 

“Another five minutes, and we were preparing to cancel Saturday afternoon's live card of racing. 

 “Obviously we take this issue very seriously and we will be pursuing our concerns with Telus throughout the week,” Keeling added.

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