October 21, 2014

OHRIA: Industry Needs YOUR Financial Support

The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) has released an Open Letter to all industry participants: 

Together we have worked hard to raise awareness about the economic benefits
horse racing and breeding bring to Ontario, while seeking a number of solutions
to protect the industry from the cancellation of the Slots at Racetracks
Program.

I can report progress in working with the government and opposition parties,
but I can’t report success just yet. We know they are beginning to acknowledge
the validity of our arguments and the strength of our industry, but we will
continue to need your help to make our case.

The fight on behalf of all those employed by our industry to date has cost
OHRIA and our members nearly $500,000 and there is still much to do. We have
benefitted greatly from the fact that the Liberals have a minority government,
and as part of our work need to ensure that they don’t win the by-election
coming in Kitchener-Waterloo. With your support, we would have the resources to
hire experts who can strengthen our case with the government officials, and
continue to build the case for maintaining a strong horse racing and breeding
industry in Ontario.

As an industry, we now need the financial support of those who believe in our
cause. If we are to succeed and continue to have the impact we need to, it’s
going to take your help.

Support Your Ontario Horse Racing and Breeding Industry. Donate $50, $100 or
$200 towards OHRIA’s efforts so that we can continue fighting on your behalf.
Click here to donate securely by credit card through  PayPal.

If everyone who receives this email donated, we would be in a strong position
going forward. Knowing that not everyone can or will, please ask yourself what
protecting the horse racing and breeding industry is worth to you when
determining your level of support for our industry.

Donations can be made by Click here credit card through PayPal by clicking here or by
sending cheques payable to “Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association” to OHRIA
at 555 Rexdale Blvd. PO Box 456, Rexdale, Ontario, M9W 5L1.

Thank you again for the support you’ve shown the horse racing and breeding
industry to date, I hope I can count on you to continue supporting our efforts.

Sincerely,

Sue Leslie – President and Chair
Ontario Horse Racing Industry
Association

Amendments To Mohawk Stakes Schedule

Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to inform horsepeople and racing fans of amendments to Mohawk’s stakes schedule.

Any stakes that were originally slated for Tuesdays, before WEG shifted to a four-day-a-week schedule, will now be contested on Thursdays of the same week.

The following stakes affected are:

- Summertime Series (first leg) moves from July 10 to July 12
- In Free Series (first leg) moves from July 17 to July 19
- Simcoe Stakes (3YOFT) moves from September 4 to September 6

ORC Reminder Regarding Hot Weather Effects on Horses

The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) reminds all members of the racing community to be on the alert for any hot weather effects on horses.

ORC Official Veterinarians and racing officials at all racetracks will remind participants to take the necessary precautions and steps to cool horses. Tracks are reminded they need to maintain adequate water facilities to cooldown horses after warming up or racing.

As well, the ORC suggests that racing officials, horsepeople representatives, track management and the Official Veterinarian share information and any concerns about weather conditions impacting racing. There is an established policy of allowing a trainer to scratch their horse should the trainer be concerned about the particular condition of the animal due to weather.

Information on the care of horses can be found on ORC posters which are displayed in racetrack paddocks, test barns and the race offices/ORC licensing areas at all Ontario racetracks.
More information on caring for horses can be viewed at the ORC web site, using the following link:

ORC Regulatory Initiatives

The protection of the health and welfare of the horse is of paramount concern to the ORC and to members of the racing community. An effort to monitor the horse in weather extremes  is in keeping with this mandate.

(ORC)

Racing Future Blasts From The Gate With Website, Billboards

Thoroughbred owner and former Liberal MP Dennis Mills has launched a website to persuade the Ontario people that cancelling the Slots at Racetracks program will result in steep economic losses for the province.

Mills will be targeting the GTA with 100 billboards directing those interested to the website: www.racingfuture.com .

The billboards are being funded by Mills, David Heffering and others. The project is actively accepting donations in any amount. Cheques should be made out to Caring for Jobs and Horses Campaign and mailed to the following address:

Caring For Jobs and Horses Campaign
c/o Tara Hills Stud Farm
13700 Mast Road
Port Perry, Ont. L9L 1B5

Mills has penned an eloquent plea to Premier McGuinty and includes some suggestions for funding horse racing without slots money. Read his letter by clicking here.

Stand Up For Horse Racing With Your Comments In Toronto Media

Stories in recent online editions of the “Toronto Sun” and the “Toronto Star” have encouraged a raft of Reader Comments that are not always pro horse racing.

Participants are encouraged to speak out in defence of our industry at the following links:

http://www.torontosun.com/2012/06/21/153rd-queens-plate-may-be-last-woodbine-ceo

http://www.thestar.com/sports/horseracing/article/1214841–queen-s-plate-in-jeopardy-after-this-year-woodbine-racetrack-head-says

 

COSA Representatives Meet With OMAFRA Transition Panel

COSA President Bill O’Donnell has provided members with an update regarding the meeting between our organization and the OMAFRA horse racing transition panel.

The meeting took place on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 and details are available by clicking here.

Access the OMAFRA Horse Racing Transition Panel With Your Suggestions At These LInks

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has provided information on the Terms of Reference for its recently established Transition Panel for Horse Racing. You can access that information here:
http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/about/transition/termsofref.htm

Please address comments and constructive suggestions on maintaining a viable Ontario horse racing and breeding industry to the panel members by using this direct link:
http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/about/transition/index.html

 

 

OHRIA President Sue Leslie Talks To Norm Borg About the Composition of the OMAFRA Transition Panel

OHRIA President Sue Leslie talks to Norm Borg about the composition of the OMAFRA Transition Panel and the challenges faced by racing right now.

Click the following link to hear the interview:

http://value4money.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/ohria-comittee.mp3

 

WEG and The Canadian Sportsman Team Up For North America Cup Program Handicapping Supplement

Woodbine Entertainment Group and The Canadian Sportsman magazine have collaborated on a special 8-page handicapping supplement to the North America Cup program on June 16th at Mohawk Racetrack.

For a look at the insights and advice therein, click here.

COSA and OHRIA Present To Ontario’s Standing Committeee on Finance

Several  industry  groups have recently made presentations to the Ontario Government’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs concerning the effect of cancelling the Slots at Racetracks program.

You can read the full COSA presentation by clicking here.

OHRIA’s presentation is available here.