November 29, 2014

SC Launches Full Circle Program

Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce the introduction of its Full Circle program.

RRSP Contribution Deadline December 1st

The deadline for contributing to the Ontario Standardbred Horsepeople’s Group RRSP is December 1.

In order to ensure that contributions are received in the OHHA office by December 1, it is advised that members send them via a guaranteed delivery service, such as Canada Post’s Express Post, or by courier. Contributions received after December 1 will not be accepted and will be returned. Postmarks will not be considered. To ensure OHHA receives them, do not entrust their delivery to any other party.

Members wishing to deliver their contributions in person may do so at the OHHA office at 35 Crawford Crescent, Campbellville, Ont. There is a mailbox outside the door for after hours drop-off. The OHHA office will be open until 7 p.m. on December 1 for members’ convenience.

Any Standardbred racing industry participant can join the plan. In order to qualify for the industry contribution to their retirement account, owners, trainers, and drivers must have participated in 12 races in 2013. Owners and breeders will be credited based on the percentage of the horse(s) they owned or bred. Breeders must be the owner of a mare whose offspring raced 12 times in 2013, or be the breeder of horses that competed in 12 starts in 2013. Assistant trainers and grooms must provide a T4, or letter from their employer verifying employment in 2013.

Further information and forms are available on the OHHA website at, or by calling the OHHA office 905-854-6442 or 1-866-774-6442.

(Standardbred Canada)

Equine Research Survey

Equine Research Uptake Project, conducted by Equine Guelph and the University of Guelph, sponsored by OMAFRA.  To view and participate in the Horse Industry Survey click here.

Elmer Buchanan Reappointed As Chair

Elmer Buchanan has been reappointed by the Government of Ontario as Chair of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) for a term of two (2) years, effective November 6, 2014.

“I am grateful for this opportunity,” said Buchanan. “The challenge ahead remains significant: to continue our collective efforts to grow an industry that is sustainable, attracts a global audience and increases wagering revenue.

“I want to assure the industry that the ORC is committed to this challenge and will work collaboratively with its representatives.”

Buchanan added that the reappointment of Commissioners and the addition of a new member will provide much needed continuity and good stewardship.

He pointed out that Vice Chair Anthony Williams was reappointed for a two (2) year term effective November 6, 2014. “His background in law — as well as his experience representing the Administration in hearings and other proceedings — has served the integrity of horse racing. We look forward to the continuation of his excellent adjudicative contributions.”

The Government of Ontario also appointed Justin R. Fogarty, of Alliston, Ontario to a two (2) year term effective October 22, 2014. Before opening his own litigation, governance and regulatory firm in 2012, he was a partner in four of Canada’s premier law firms. Mr. Fogarty is also a dedicated volunteer for a number of charities, and is an active supporter of the men and woman in the Canadian Armed Forces. As past Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the 33 Signals Regiment in Ottawa, he founded the regiment’s foundation where he continues as chair emeritus. He has also pursued his love of horses, serving as president of Polo Canada, and as an owner of the Upper Canada Polo Fields.

In September of this year, Dr. Anne Walker of Beamsville, Ontario was reappointed by the Government of Ontario as a member of the ORC for a period of two (2) years.

“Protecting our equine athletes is critical to the future of racing,” said Buchanan. “That is why equine health is referenced in the government’s Five-Year $500-million Horse Racing Partnership Plan. As a lawyer and veterinarian who has owned, bred and raced Thoroughbreds, Dr. Walker will be a valued asset to these efforts.”


Meadowlands – Clenbuterol Reminder

This is a reminder that the New Jersey Racing Commission’s new medication rules went into effect on November 3rd

Most notably, the recommended withdrawal time for Clenbuterol in New Jersey will increase to 14 days.  All horsemen who are planning to race at The Meadowlands beginning Friday November 14th, including The Breeders Crown Eliminations and Finals, should take note of these new Racing Commission rules.

Additionally, there are now 26 medications categorized as Controlled Therapeutic Medication.  Information relating to these 26 medications can be found within the ARCI Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule at .

The initial announcement of these new medication rules can be found at

(The Meadowlands)

More Dates For Mohawk In 2015?

On Friday, November 7, the Woodbine Entertainment Group and the Central Ontario Standardbred Association announced the live racing schedule for the 2015 Standardbred racing season on the WEG circuit.

The 2015 WEG campaign will feature 221 live race dates in total, with 118 of those taking place at Mohawk Racetrack, 16 more than in 2014, through the spring, summer and fall. The other 103 will be offered at Woodbine Racetrack.

Another key change comes in the starting date for the Mohawk meet. The Woodbine winter season will end on Easter Monday (April 6). Mohawk will kick off on Thursday, April 9. The 2014 Mohawk season began on May 23.

The 2015 Mohawk meet will come to a close on Tuesday, September 29.

Live racing will then return to Woodbine Racetrack for the fall/winter meet on Thursday, October 1.

The Woodbine fall/winter meet will be highlighted by the Breeders Crown on Saturday, October 24. This will be the first time since 2012 that Woodbine has hosted the Breeders Crown.

Live racing will be conducted four days a week from January to May and October to December. The schedule will increase to five days a week during the months of June, July, August and September.

The 2015 schedule is subject to Ontario Racing Commission approval.

(With files from WEG)

New NJ Medication Rules In Effect

The New Jersey Racing Commission’s new medication rules went into effect on Monday, November 3.

Via release, NJRC Chief State Veterinarian Dr. Deborah Lamparter announced that there are 26 medications categorized as Controlled Therapeutic Medications. These medications are permissible only when a racehorse tests below the threshold levels set forth in the RCI Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule, Version 2.1.

Trainers and veterinarians should review this schedule. The schedule may be found on the web at Choose Model Rules and Standards and then ARCI Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule – V.2.1. Pay particular attention to the dosing specifications for Betamethasone and Dexamethasone.

The threshold level for Betamethasone will decrease from 100pg/ml of plasma or serum to 10pg/ml of plasma or serum.

The threshold level for Dexamethasone will decrease from 100pg/ml of plasma or serum to 5pg/ml of plasma or serum.

The recommended withdrawal time for Clenbuterol will increase to 14 days.

The presence of Clenbuterol will not be allowed in plasma or serum and the threshold level for urine is 140pg/ml.

(Standardbred Canada)

Update On Ractopamine In Feed

On Monday, the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) issued an update to the horse racing industry on recent findings of ractopamine in equine feed.

This memo is further to our notice to industry on February 14, 2014 on the subject of ractopamine in feedstuffs wherein we reminded race horse owners and trainers that it remains their responsibility to obtain horse feed and supplements that are free from substances that may trigger a positive test.

Since we issued that memo, there have been 27 additional positive drug tests for ractopamine in all racing jurisdictions in Canada except the Atlantic provinces with the majority coming from Alberta and Ontario.

The CPMA has initiated discussions with horseperson’s groups across the country to discuss ways of reducing the risk of positive ractopamine drug tests.

One suggestion is that horseperson’s groups take a proactive approach to assisting their membership locate feed facilities that do not produce feed containing ractopamine and having their feed manufacturers sign a letter of guarantee stating that they do not use ractopamine in the manufacturing of feed, store ractopamine on their premises or transport any mixed feed containing ractopamine.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has been working with the swine and poultry sectors to develop a program that supports export to markets that require the CFIA to certify that products, exported from Canada, originate from stock that has never been fed and/or exposed to ractopamine hydrochloride. These Ractopamine-Free Certification Programs describe two types of commercial feed mills; Type A and Type B.

Type A mills are those that manufacture, handle and/or distribute only feeds that do not contain ractopamine. Type B mills manufacture, handle and/or distribute feed containing ractopamine and feed that does not contain ractopamine. Type B mills are required to implement Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS) for the prevention of ractopamine cross contamination for feed being manufactured under this program. When these new Programs are published on the CFIA web-site, a list of commercial feed mills enrolled in these Programs will also be available. This list may be used to identify the Type A facilities in your area.

According to the CFIA’s Medication Sequencing Guideline for Management of Drug Carryover, feeds for horses may not directly follow feeds containing ractopamine. Horse feeds that contain ractopamine above the limit of detection are non-compliant. However, the current level of detection is fairly high so in some cases when the horse feed conforms with this allowable limit, the feed may contain enough ractopamine to cause a positive result in the CPMA’s drug testing program.

The following links to the CFlA website provide owners and trainers with information regarding ractopamine and feedstuffs:

Annex E: Canadian Food Inspection Agency Ractopamine-Free Pork Certification Program

Annex I: Canadian Ractopamine-Free Pork Certification Program

Medication Sequencing Guideline for Management of Drug Carryover

Should you have any questions with respect to the contents of the memorandum, please contact the
CPMA at 1-800-268-8835, or email at

To read this announcement in French, click the following link: Ractopamine Update


The Meadowlands 2015 Winter Late Closers Are Due Dec 15, 2014

The Meadowlands 2015 Winter Late Closers are  due Dec 15, 2014.

To view the Late Closers click here.

Nominations Due Dec 15 For Winter Late Closers At Woodbine

Nominations due Dec 15, 2014 for Winter Late Closers at Woodbine.

To view the 2015 Winter Late Closers click here.