October 9, 2015

Easy 1-2-3 Guide Of SC Services

October 6, 2015 - At Standardbred Canada, we have a very strong stream of regulations, time restrictions and a graduated licensing process. We would like to introduce you to our Easy 1-2-3 Guide pertaining to some of our services and best practices. It is our hope that this will help you understand the different processes and ways to make things as easy as 1-2-3.

Our Easy Guide will help you understand our processes and requirements. Did you know that you can pay for many items or fill out some forms online on our eShop tab? Items such as eligibility fees, horse liability Insurance, horse for sale board, new foal applications, mare reports, locations reports, report of mares bred, full circle program, make stake payments, horse name change, items for sale board, membership renewals, pay an invoice, and purchase Trot subscriptions can all be completed online.

Of course, you are still welcome to call our office for help (905 )858-3060. We are open 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Please note, our switchboard is closed from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. daily.

Our first segment will focus on transfers, recording of leases, and relieving you of liability of ownership, and the applicable fees associated. Be sure to pay attention to the fee schedule associated to the length of time it takes you to record a transfer.

Did you know?

  • If you are selling or purchasing a horse, you must apply for an “ownership transfer”. The application must be signed by the seller(s), dated and new owner(s) name section completed. If the horse is not electronically registered, the original registration certificate must be returned in our office. Don’t wait to file your application for transfer as application received within 3 months of the sale date is at a cheaper rate (fee schedule). The signature of the executor(s) of the Will must be received if transferred from an Estate.
  • If you are still the recorded owner of a horse that you have sold or given away, please be advised that you are still legally liable for that horse until a signed off transfer of ownership has been received in our offices. If you did sell a horse and this horse is still under your ownership, please sign and date a transfer form or the original registration certificate of that horse and return it to our office with a note “New Owners Unknown”. We will then remove your name as the registered owner.
  • SC has 3 types or registration; Full Registration (racing and breeding), Non-Racing Registration (breeding only) and Non-Breeding & Non-Racing Registration (Pleasure horse only).
  • If you have sold or are selling a horse, it is in your right to request that the registration be converted to a Non-Breeding & Non-Racing Registration (pleasure horse only) or to a Non-Racing Registration (breeding purposes only). To do so, you will be required to forward the appropriate agreement form signed by all owners to have the ownership removed or change and the registration of the horse converted to a Non-Breeding & Non-Racing Registration or Non-Racing Registration. There is no fee to convert the registration to a Non-Breeding & Non-Racing Registration or to a Non-Racing Registration. A fee of $75 plus the applicable Provincial taxes is required if a transfer is also requested.
  • A registration that was previously cancelled can be converted back to a full registration (Racing & breeding) or to a Non-Racing registration (for breeding only). An “Agreement for Converted Registration” must be signed by the owner(s) that had previously requested the registration to be converted. The fee for converting the registration back is $750 plus your Provincial taxes.
  • racing and/or breeding lease can be filed on any horse. If you have entered in to a lease agreement, you must file your agreement with our office. The agreement must include the commencing and ending date, any conditions that you may have and the fee of $47. The lease agreement must be signed by all the owner(s) and the lessee(s). In order to cancel a lease (even if the horse is being sold) acancellation of lease agreement form must be forwarded to the SC office.
  • If a horse is not electronically registered, the original registration certificate must be returned to the Association within 3 months of the date that an application for transfer has been received. Failure to will result in the Association to complete a request for duplicate registration and the fee of $113 will be charged to the person who the certificate was issued to. If the registration certificate has been lost or destroyed, a notarized declaration must be completed to that effect and forwarded to SC office with the appropriate fee of $47.

Be sure to check back often as we hope to add other topics on a regular basis

(Standardbred Canada)

Stage Set For Super Finals

October 6, 2015 - The brightest pacing and trotting stars of the Ontario Sires Stakes program will make their way to Woodbine Racetrack this Saturday, as the Rexdale oval hosts the $2-million Super Finals.

The finals – each worth $250,000 – offer a hefty financial reward to owners, and in many cases the finals could also decide which horses seal up divisional honours.

The races will be presented in the following order on Saturday evening:

Two-Year-Old Pacing Fillies – Race 2

L A Delight has been the dominant filly in not only the OSS this season, but the Grand Circuit, as well. The Bob McIntosh-trained homebred totes a 10-for-11 record into her assignment in addition to a bankroll that stands at $579,335. After tasting defeat in her first lifetime start, she’s rattled off 10 straight scores for the partnership of Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. The daughter of Bettors Delight-West Of L A and driver Randy Waples are scheduled to depart from Post 6.

Two-Year-Old Trotting Fillies – Race 3

Caprice Hill rides a four-race winning streak into her Super Final for trainer Tony Alagna, who has recruited the Bionic Man, Tim Tetrick, to drive the daughter of Kadabra-Bramasole. The recent Peaceful Way Stake champion, who will start from Post 7, enters her assignment with 6 wins from 7 starts and purse earnings of $337,730 for owner Tom Hill of Hamilton, ON.

Two-Year-Old Pacing Colts & Geldings – Race 5

Betting Line is the winningest and the richest in the field, and he’ll look to add to his impressive totals for trainer Casie Coleman. The son of Bettors Delight-Heathers Western will start from Post 5 for driver Chris Christoforou. The runner-up in this year’s Metro Pace is 5-for-9 this season, and his lifetime earnings stand at $356,258. He’s only finished off the board once for the partnership of West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol.

Two-Year-Old Trotting Colts & Geldings – Race 6

Tony Soprano pummeled the foes he faced in his latest Gold Series division at Mohawk Racetrack, and the son of Kadabra-Windsong Soprano will look to keep the ball rolling from Post 5 for Hall of Famers, driver John Campbell and trainer Bob McIntosh. The three-time winner from nine starts has racked up purse earnings totaling $161,430 for the Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, Mardon Stables, Paradox Farm Inc and Dave Boyle.

Three-Year-Old Pacing Colts & Geldings – Race 7

Physicallyinclined and Reverend Hanover put on a thrilling stretch battle last week in the final Gold Series event of the season, and they’ll renew their rivalry on Saturday night. Physicallyinclined got the better of last year’s Super Final champ in their latest battle, winning in 1:50.2. Paul MacDonell will look to duplicate that feat from Post 4 with the Dr. Ian Moore-trained son of Mach Three-Artisticlyinclined. The career winner of $222,150 is owned by Nova Scotia partners, Bruce McGean and Sterling Feener. Reverend Hanover will do his best to win back-to-back Super Finals for trainer Casie Coleman and driver Chris Christoforou. The son of Sportswriter-Razzle My Tazzle will start from Post 7 looking at add to his cash stash which stands at $371,976.

Three-Year-Old Trotting Fillies – Race 8

Muscle Baby Doll and Elegant Serenity have mastered the art of winning races this season, and majority of the public’s dollars figures to be placed on their noses once again. Muscle Baby Doll, the runner-up in last year’s Two-Year-Old Filly Trot Super Final, departs from Post 2 for driver Doug McNair and trainer Tony O’Sullivan while Elegant Serenity and trainer/driver Roger Mayotte will be forced to deal with the dreaded 10-hole. Muscle Baby Doll is 8-for-11 this season, and the daughter of Muscle Mass-Have You Ever has racked up more than $437,000 for F Bellino And Sons LLC of Bronxville, NY. Elegant Serenity, a daughter of Kadabra-Elegantimage, is 6-for-10 this season for owner/breeder Doug Millard of Woodstock, ON. To date, she’s banked $388,683.

Three-Year-Old Trotting Colts & Geldings – Race 9

This tilt appears to be the most wide-open Super Final on the card, and leading the charge is this year’s Goodtimes Stake champ, Hemi Seelster. The son of Holiday Road-Hollywood Beauty will start from Post 4 for driver Steve Byron and trainer John Bax. The career winner of $294,503 will shoot for his fifth win of the season for Parkhill Stud Farm, Matthew Bax, John Houston and Goin To The Show Stable. Ironically, he’s the only starter in the field that hasn’t won a Gold Series division this season.

Three-Year-Old Pacing Fillies – Race 10

Wrangler Magic and Solar Sister enter their Super Final with great credentials, but they both came up disappointing in the final Gold Series event of the season last weekend at Flamboro Downs. Wrangler Magic, who captured the Fan Hanover Stake earlier this summer at Mohawk Racetrack, was third in her latest assignment. Sylvain Filion will drive the Stephane Larocque-trained daughter of Mach Three-Ja El Shamrock for Thomas Kyron, Dr. Maurice Stewart, Brian Paquet and Bayama Farms Inc. She’ll leave from Post 2. Solar Sister, who was fourth in her latest Gold Series assignment, shoots for her seventh win of the season for Team McNair. The daughter of Mach Three-Cabrini Hanover is slated to leave from Post 7 for driver Doug McNair and trainer Gregg McNair. The homebred has banked more than $600,000 to date for partners David Willmot and Clay Horner.

To view entries for Saturday’s card of harness racing, click the following link: Saturday Entries – Woodbine Racetrack.

Woodbine’s Hi 5 Climbs To $446K

October 6, 2015 - Arazi was a wire-to-wire winner in Monday’s 10th race at Woodbine Racetrack, and his 2-1 closing odds played a big part in yet another carryover for the Jackpot Hi 5 wager.

The Nick Gallucci-trained pacer [#2] defeated Jimmy Be Good (26-1), Record Store (47-1), Mystic Ice (33-1) and El Torero (21-1) in the finale. The winning combination of 2-7-10-1-9 returned $23,220.30 for $1-based wager.

With multiple winning combinations sold on Monday evening, a carryover of $446,461.17 will be added to Thursday evening’s final race at Woodbine Racetrack.

To view results for Monday’s card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – Woodbine Racetrack.

Countdown To The Breeders Crown

October 5, 2015 - The Breeders Crown, harness racing’s 12-race US $5.8 million divisional championship series, rolls into Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto on Saturday, October 24.

Even as the final Grand Circuit week at Lexington’s Red Mile gets underway, there are still several divisional titles up for grabs among harness racing’s elite.

It’s decision week for foreign invitees to the $500,000 Breeders Crown Trot, supplements and eligible entries for the Crown races.

Any invited foreign trotter must enter in advance of supplements and regular entries, on Monday, October 12 by 10:30 a.m. at the Mohawk race office.

Supplements are due and payable by noon on the same day, and are only accepted for the Three-Year-Old and Open Events. There is no supplemental provision for two-year-olds.

Regular entries for all other horses kept eligible by the required sustaining payments in 2015 are due Tuesday, October 13 by 10:30 a.m. at the WEG race office at Mohawk Raceway.

Eliminations, if necessary, will be raced on Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17.

For supplemental amounts and all conditions and details of the race, please call Moira Fanning at 609-371-2211 or Scott McKelvie at (905) 854-7805, or visitwww.Hambletonian.org.

Year-Round Racing At Mohawk?

October 2, 2015 - Many horsepeople that race on the Woodbine Entertainment Group’s harness racing circuit have been clamouring for years for WEG Standardbred racing to only take place at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville and not at Woodbine Racetrack in Rexdale, Ont. According to a report, they may be getting their wish.

An item published in the Guelph Mercury has cited Jamie Martin, WEG’s executive vice-president of racing, as saying that Mohawk could be home to ‘year-round’ harness racing ‘in just a few years.’

The report also cites Martin as saying that there is a desire for a second Thoroughbred turf course to be installed at Woodbine, and that the likely location of that track would be where the harness course currently is.

The article has cited Martin as saying that the earliest that a ‘full-time’ move to Mohawk could take place would be 2017.

According to Martin, Mohawk would have to be upgraded if such a plan was to become reality, but he stressed that, at this point, the concept is just being discussed and analyzed.

“Mohawk would need to be upgraded,” Martin was quoted as saying. “It’s a nice summer facility. But we hope to be considered for a Breeders Crown event in the future. It would then have to be at Mohawk and it would have to be comfortable for a large crowd in late-October. I don’t think we could do that today or else we would be [at Mohawk] this year for the Breeders Crown. So, there would be a fair bit of renovation work at Mohawk and work done at Woodbine.

“That’s one of the things we’re looking at, but I wouldn’t say it’s at all imminent. We’re just doing some analysis.”

(With files from the Guelph Mercury)
(Standardbred Canada)

Health Certificate Endorsement Notice

October 1, 2015 - A notice to members that the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has recently made a change to its endorsement of health certificates at border ports.

The letter from the USDA appears below.

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to inform you that effective immediately USDA-APHIS-VS, NIES Port Services personnel at our Northern Border Ports will no longer be providing routine endorsement of export health certificates.

We recognize that for some of you this may initially feel like a counter-productive measure as you and your clients have relied on these offices for export services in the past. However, as with many of the other changes in policies and procedures that we have implemented with our agency’s reorganization, this is in line with our ultimate goal of improving efficiency and effectiveness. International regulations are often complex and change frequently. Under the current structure, Our Service Center offices are best able keep pace with these changes, and thus assure the most accurate and consistent guidance and service to U.S. exporters. In turn, this will enable Port Services to focus on their primary responsibilities in fulfilling our overall mission as an agency.

Going forward, international export health certificates for live animals that require endorsement should be sent to one of our 3 offices in the Service Center.

Albany, NY – Serving: CT, ME, MA, NC, NH, NY, NJ, RI, VT, WV
Attention: Export
500 New Karner Road, 2nd Floor
Albany, NY 12205
T: (518) 218-7540
F: (518) 218-7545

Harrisburg, PA – Serving: PA
Attention: Export
2300 Vartan Way Suite 250
Harrisburg, PA 17110
T: (717) 540-2770
F: (717) 782-3809

Richmond, VA – Serving: DC, DE, MD, VA
Attention: Export
Federal Building
400 N. 8th Street, Ste. 726
Richmond, VA 23219
T: (804) 343 2567
F: (804) 343-2599

We ask that you please inform your clients accordingly. Thank you for your understanding and assistance.

Lance H. Bassage, II, VMD
Director, NIES Service Center 1


Woodbine Fall-Winter Meet Underway

October 1, 2015 - Two-year-old trotter Moonlight Cocktail crossed the wire first in Thursday night’s opening race at Woodbine Racetrack to kick off the Fall-Winter meet.

Trained by John Bax, Moonlight Cocktail and driver Steve Byron stopped the timer in 2:00 to capture the $14,000 two-year-old trotting event.

The first race Thursday was not only the opening race of the meet, but also the first leg of the brand new Pick-5 wager.

A new addition to the Woodbine Standardbred wagering menu, the Pick-5 starts each evening in the first race and requires horseplayers to select the winner of the evening’s first five races. The wager features a $0.20 minimum and a 15 per cent takeout.

The inaugural Pick-5 Thursday generated a pool of $16,950 and a five out of five ticket returned $125.83 for a $0.20 wager.

Live harness racing will take place every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the Woodbine Fall-Winter meet. Post time is 7:25 p.m.


To view results for Thursday’s card of harness racing, click the following link: Thursday Results – Woodbine Racetrack.

Changes To Mohawk Qualifying Schedule

October 1, 2015 – Officials in the race office at Mohawk Racetrack would like to advise horsepeople of changes to the track’s qualifying schedule.

Beginning next week, Mohawk qualifiers will be held on Monday and Thursday mornings.

Following the qualifying session on Monday, October 12, the Monday qualifiers will be dropped and Thursday will become the lone qualifying day of the week.

Qualifiers will remain at Mohawk until further notice.

The draw for Monday qualifiers will take place on Saturday mornings, while the draw for Thursday qualifiers will be held on Wednesdays.

Mohawk’s qualifying schedule for the month of October appears below.

Friday, October 2 – 10 a.m.
Monday, October 5 – 10 a.m.
Thursday, October 8 – 10 a.m.
Monday, October 12 – 10 a.m.
Thursday, October 15 – 10 a.m.
Thursday, October 22 – 10 a.m.
Thursday, October 29 – 10 a.m.


Spread The Word, Not Germs

October 1, 2015 – Equine Guelph, in partnership with the Ontario horse racing industry, has launched a targeted, racing-specific biosecurity training program for all levels of the racing industry – from key stakeholders all the way down to grassroots.

Training sessions, tools, resources and videos are available to all three horse racing disciplines – Standardbred/Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse – to help protect the industry from the threat of infectious disease. Visit the Equine Guelph Infection Control Resources page.

Infection control is easier to understand when illustrated by Mark and Dan. Through unique whiteboard videos, Equine Guelph would like you to meet Mark, a lifelong member of the horse racing industry. Mark takes you on a journey through a steep learning curve as he recognizes the threats viruses and bacteria pose for his herd. You will hear about how he experienced the need for good infection control practices firsthand. His story is all about the basics and answers: What are the differences between bacteria and viruses? How are they spread? What can you do to prevent them?

His brother Dan also has an important story to tell. Watch a second video where he tells his story about improving infection control practices to keep his horses happy, healthy and at peak performance. This video answers: What should my goals for infection control be? How can I prevent illness at home? How can I prevent illness at the track?

Both whiteboard videos are part of a targeted, racing-specific biosecurity training program launched by Equine Guelph in partnership with the Ontario horse racing industry. The program consists of training sessions, tools, resources and videos available to all three horse racing disciplines – Standardbred/Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse. This three-stage program will help to protect the industry from the threat of infectious disease.







In the first stage, Equine Guelph tailored its successful two-week online biosecurity course to Ontario Racing Commission officials (ORC) in a half-day workshop and subsequent two-week online course. The course covered racing specific topics.

In the second stage, a ‘Virtual Video Tour’ featuring biosecurity expert Dr. Scott Weese was developed. These informative five-minute videos offer assessments and practical solutions for racetrack paddocks and training centre barns. The videos are packed full of useful and practical information that make sense for every racing stable wanting to reduce the chances of illness. The videos can be viewed on the Equine Guelph website, under infection control resources.




“Biosecurity is trying to prevent things from coming on the property and infection control is trying to contain the risk we always have.” Weese explains. One practical example of infection control is using chain cross ties rather than rope because they can be easily be cleaned with a disinfectant wipe. They should also be adjusted short enough that horses cannot chew on them.

In stage three, racehorse owners, trainers and groomers have been receiving material distributed by the ORC and racetrack officials. Printed resources are available at all ten Ontario race tracks, paddocks and offices as well as approximately twenty major training centres. The print material includes posters outlining five key things horse care takers need to know to protect horses from getting sick, and a handy checklist to use at home and the track. USB sticks containing the new video resources will also be distributed.

The key to prevention is focusing on what you can control. Using vaccines to lower the odds of sickness, not sharing equipment such as buckets and washing hands regularly, especially if you are handling more than one horse are just a few of the practical steps. By spreading the word on biosecurity and infection control, Equine Guelph is helping facilities save money in veterinary bills and days off by lowering the odds of their horses getting sick in the first place.

In partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Equine Guelph is developing a ‘Full-Circle-Responsibility’ equine welfare educational initiative which stands to benefit horses in both the racing and non-racing sectors.

This project is funded in part through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of GF2 in Ontario. Other partners include: Central Ontario Standardbred Association, Equine Canada, Grand River Agricultural Society, Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ontario Racing Commission, Ontario Veterinary College, Quarter Horse Racing Association, Standardbred Canada and Vétoquinol Canada Inc.

Equine Guelph would like to hear your feedback on the new infection control resources. If you would like to offer feedback, you can do so by completing a survey on it here.

Equine Guelph is the horse owners’ and care givers’ Centre at the University of Guelph. It is a unique partnership dedicated to the health and well-being of horses, supported and overseen by equine industry groups. Equine Guelph is the epicentre for academia, industry and government – for the good of the equine industry as a whole.

(with files from Equine Guelph)

Medication Compliance Committees Set

September 30, 2015 – The chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) has formally announced the members of the committee recently formed to work with individual commissions to complete the implementation of the ARCI medication reforms.

The 12 members of the ARCI Compliance Committee, as it will be officially known, were invited by Chairman Mark Lamberth. Lamberth has assigned the committee members to three working teams, with each team reviewing the regulatory policies of a set of racing jurisdictions. The committee teams will begin by completing a thorough review of the medication policies in each United States jurisdiction, and then will work state-by-state to advance the ARCI medication reforms.

The regulators assigned to those teams and the jurisdictions assigned to each team are as follows:

Team A — John T. Ward, Jr. (Kentucky Horse Racing Commission), Jonathan Zachem (Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering), Judy Wagner (Louisiana State Racing Commission), Domenic DiCera (Illinois Racing Board). Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming.

Team B — Rick Baedeker (California Horse Racing Board), Jeff Colliton (Washington State Horse Racing Commission), Tom DiPasquale (Minnesota Racing Commission), Dr. Corinne Sweeney (Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission). Arizona, California, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

Team C — Mike Hopkins (Maryland Racing Commission), Duncan Patterson (Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission), Robert Williams (New York State Gaming Commission), Frank Zanzuccki (New Jersey Racing Commission). Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Lamberth stated that the committee will begin work this week, and three teams will meet on a regular basis. The committee work report to the ARCI Board of Directors during their meeting in December.