September 2, 2014

Open Letter From Ontario Racing Commission Chair Rod Seiling

 

From Chair Rod Seiling
Ontario Racing Commission

The announcement by the government on February 13, 2012, ending the Slots at Racetracks Program, has created uncertainty for the industry including the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC). As was announced, however, the status quo does remain until March 31, 2013, when the slots program expires.

During this time the ORC will continue to enforce the Rules of Racing, protect the health and welfare of the horse and the racing participants, oversee racing through the Ontario Racing Program and administer industry programs such as the Ontario Sires Stakes and the Quarter Horse Program.

With respect to the Horse Improvement Programs and the Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program, there will be no structural changes to the programs for 2012. Stakes races will be run as advertised, purses and rewards will be paid, and development programs, particularly in the area of developing the wagering product, will go ahead. Moving forward, the ORC will be working with each breed group to help them shape their programs for the future. The ORC understands the uncertainty and the need for clarity, and will work with the industry to identify the immediate needs of the breeding community, as well as the future of these important programs. The long term viability of horse racing in Ontario, it goes without saying, is dependent on a reliable supply of quality horses.

The ORC will continue to provide the same high standard of regulation the industry both expects and demands. As to the future, the ORC will, as it has in the past, structure itself to meet the demands that the new Ontario horse racing industry will require of its regulator. The government has made it clear in communications to the ORC that it will require this commission to provide regulatory oversight for horse racing in Ontario.

Sincerely,
Rod Seiling

Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Unveils 2012 Honourees

 

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame has announced its 2012 inductees. This year’s honour roll includes three horses and  two people representing the Standardbred industry, as well as three horses and two people from the Thoroughbred ranks.

The 2012 Standardbred Inductees are:

Astreos – Male Horse Category

Kadabra – Male Horse Category

Mystic Mistress – Female Horse Category

Dave Wall – Trainer/Driver Category

Charles Juravinski – Builder Category

Astreos, a son of Artsplace, won several stakes  events, including the 2000 Little Brown Jug during his million dollar race  career and took a record of 1:49.3. In his second career, as a stallion, he has  produced winners of over $50 million to date, and many top performers including  Zooka, Astronomical, To Helen Back and Voelz Hanover.

As a racehorse, Kadabra enjoyed incredible  success, winning 25 of 36 lifetime starts for earnings in excess of $2.1  million.  In the years since his entrance to the breeding shed, he has  sired the winners of more than $26.5 million including stars Poof Shes Gone and Daylon Magician; and in 2011 he was No. 1 in Canada for his progeny’s all-age  earnings of $8,408,950.

Mystic Mistress has established herself as a top  broodmare in the sport, producing the winners of more than $3.8 million,  including Mystician, the 2010 Metro Pace Champion and a winner of over $1.6  million, and Camystic, a proven sire and a winner of over $779,000 on the  track. Mystic Mistress, now owned by Warrawee Farm, received the Standardbred  Breeders of Ontario Association’s award as Broodmare of the Year for 2011.

Dave Wall, 65, of Komoka, Ontario, and a former top campaigner on the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit, has driven 7,117 winners and horses to earnings in excess of $59.6 million during his career. He has also dabbled in training, sending 518 winners postward and horses with over $2.4 million in earnings. Two outstanding horses that he drove were pacing filly Odies Fame, a winner of $1.4 million, and Hall of Fame trotter Goodtimes, a winner of more than $2.2 million.

Charles Juravinski, 82, of Dundas, Ontario, was involved in harness racing as a racetrack operator and owner-breeder. With no prior knowledge of racetracks or horse racing, Charles took a chance and turned a farmer’s field into Flamboro Downs, a multi-million dollar half-mile racetrack, which opened in 1975 and soon became one of Canada’s premier racetracks and home to the Confederation Cup. He raced horses and ran the racetrack devotedly for the next 30 years until 2003. He also raced two world champion horses who are also members of the Hall of Fame – the top pacing mare Ellamony, which he also bred, and pacing horse Matts Scooter.

The five Thoroughbred representatives in the Hall of Fame class of 2012 include:

Jambalaya – Male Horse Category

Arravale – Female Horse Category

L’Alezane – Veteran Horse Category

Russell Baze – Jockey/Trainer Category

Aubrey Minshall – Builder Category

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is a Not-For-Profit organization founded in 1976.  For 20 years this was a Hall of Fame without a “home”. In 1997, the dream of the founders finally became a reality when the Ontario Jockey Club provided a permanent site at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is a dual hall representing both Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds.

Inductees are added annually to build an ever-growing honour roll in the category of Builders, Drivers/Trainers, Jockeys/Trainers and Veterans. The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is located by the West Entrance of Woodbine Racetrack.

The Induction Ceremony will be hosted at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Thursday, August 16, 2012.

For more information, including the purchase of tickets to attend the induction ceremony, please contact:

Linda Rainey

Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

Linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com

416-417-9404