December 18, 2014

New OLG President/CEO Announced

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has announced the appointment of Stephen Rigby as President and Chief Executive Officer, starting January 5, 2015.

“Stephen Rigby was chosen for his skills and experience in leading organizational change,” said Philip Olsson, Chair of OLG’s Board of Directors. “The Board is confident that Mr. Rigby has the ideal experience for the job and will follow through on OLG’s renewal plan. Under his leadership, OLG will keep its focus on responsible gambling while building a strong lottery, gaming, charitable gaming and iGaming industry.”

Mr. Rigby has led major transformations as President of the Canada Border Services Agency and in the role of Associate Deputy Minister of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Most recently, Mr. Rigby was the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada.

As OLG’s new President & CEO, Stephen Rigby will lead an organization supported by 7,000 employees throughout the province. OLG is responsible for 24 gaming sites and sales of lottery products at approximately 9,800 retail locations. At approximately $2 billion annually, OLG provides the Ontario government with its largest source of non-tax revenue. Modernization will help OLG provide more money to Ontario for health care and education. Mr. Rigby will also lead OLG as it integrates horse racing into the provincial gaming strategy to further the Ontario government’s commitment to a sustainable industry.

“I am eager to begin my role with the OLG Board and management team at this critical point in OLG’s transition,” said Stephen Rigby. “I will be focused on helping to ensure OLG is offering its customers the best possible lottery and gaming entertainment experience for the benefit of the people and the Province of Ontario.”

OLG reports through its Board of Directors to Ontario’s Minister of Finance. Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, stated: “I look forward to working with Mr. Rigby as he leads OLG in its continued modernization to increase returns supporting important priorities for Ontarians, including health care and education, while promoting a sustainable horse racing industry.”

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $40 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the Province have helped support health care; education, research, prevention and treatment of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities.

(Standardbred Canada)

Qualifiers at Woodbine Cancelled Today. Rescheduled for Friday

Please note that the qualifying races scheduled for today (Dec 11th) for Woodbine Racetrack at 4:30pm will not be conducted, and will go instead on Friday (Dec. 12th) at 4:30pm. The Thursday evening live racing card will go as scheduled at 7:25pm.




Final Friday for Qualifiers at Mohawk

Friday, Dec. 5th will be the final Friday for qualifiers at Mohawk. Qualifiers will move to Woodbine on Thursdays @ 4:30pm starting next week (Thursday, Dec. 11th).

Commission Reappoints John Macdonald

Ontario Racing Commission Chair Elmer Buchanan has announced that John W. Macdonald, Q.C. of Toronto, Ont. has been reappointed by the Government of Ontario as a member of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) for a period of two (2) years, effective December 1, 2014.

The ORC’s release on the reappointment states that Macdonald is a lawyer with experience in general practice, primarily of a corporate and commercial nature including clients that race, breed and sell horses. Macdonald was first appointed in 2009.

“John has first-hand knowledge of horse racing,” Buchanan was quoted as saying in the commission’s release. “I am pleased to have someone with his experience continue in service to racing and the people of Ontario.”

(Standardbred Canada)

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)