November 25, 2015

Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Launches 2016 Calendar

Nov 24, 2015 – CHRHF Launches 2016 Calendar to Celebrate 40th Anniversary and Honour Equine Racing Heroes

2016 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and to celebrate, a calendar has been produced honouring many of the racing industry’s equine heroes.

From the moment Linda Rainey, Managing Director of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, read ‘So God Made a Racehorse’ she knew it was special.  “The beautiful words written by TROT Magazine Editor Darryl Kaplan captured all the best qualities of our equine racing heroes and spoke directly to what the CHRHF represents.”

With Kaplan’s agreement, it was decided to create a calendar to celebrate the CHRHF’s 40th anniversary in 2016.  Commenting on the project, Darryl noted, “There are few athletes in this world more deserving of our admiration than the tremendous equine performers on our racetracks.  ‘So God Made a Racehorse’ was written as a tribute to the horse‎ and it is an honour to have the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame use this piece in its 2016 calendar.”

Darryl’s powerful words are accompanied throughout the calendar with images of Hall of Fame horses from the files of award winning photographer Dave Landry, “The horses brought me into photography at an early age”, said Landry, “Being involved with this project brought back cherished memories of racing and farm visits.  I very much enjoy seeing the great ones honoured, as it serves to remind us how fortunate we are to have them in our lives. In recognizing their achievements, we ensure the traditions of horse racing remain a strong part of Canadian culture.”


Each page of the 12 month calendar features a stanza of “So God Made a Racehorse” along with a beautiful Dave Landry photo of either a Standardbred or Thoroughbred CHRHF member.  Horses featured include Somebeachsomewhere, Jambalaya, Dance Smartly, Bettors Delight, Wando, Izvestia, Mystic Mistress, Dreamfair Eternal, Soaring Free, Kadabra, Rocknroll Hanover and Peteski.

The full colour calendars measure 12.5”x9.5”(opening to 12.5”x 19”)  and can be purchased for $15.00 each + HST through the CHRHF online gift shop at,

The calendars will also be on sale November 28 and 29th in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and on the 2nd Floor at Woodbine during both Thoroughbred and Standardbred race cards.  Additional racetrack locations and dates, as well as information on retail sales locations to be announced shortly.


Sousa Introduces Bill In Legislature

November 19, 2015 - On Wednesday, November 18, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa introduced Bill 144, the Budget Measures Act, 2015 in the Ontario legislature. If passed, the proposed act would implement measures contained in the 2015 Ontario Budget, enact five new statutes and amend other statutes.

The bill contains the Horse Racing Licence Act, 2015.

The Act would integrate horse racing and gaming regulation under the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and dissolves the Ontario Racing Commission. The Act would also empower the Licence Appeal Tribunal to deal with appeals relating to horse racing licensing. It would also establish a new Horse Racing Appeal Panel to adjudicate suspected breaches of the rules. Also, it would allows the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, through the Registrar of Alcohol, Gaming and Racing, to make rules for horse racing, racetracks and off-track betting facilities in Ontario, and enable the Registrar to issue, suspend and revoke licences for jockeys, trainers, grooms and other horse racing professionals.

To view the contents of Bill 144, the Budget Measures Act, 2015, in its entirety, click here.

The contents of the bill that pertain to horse racing specifically are outlined below.


  • Authorizes the Minister of Finance to establish a grant program to support live horse racing in Ontario administered on the Minister’s behalf by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation as the successor to the Horse Racing Partnership Funding Program.


  • Integrates horse racing and gaming regulation under the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and dissolves the Ontario Racing Commission.
  • Allows the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, through the Registrar of Alcohol, Gaming and Racing, to make rules for horse racing, race tracks and off-track betting facilities in Ontario, and enables the Registrar to issue, suspend and revoke licences for jockeys, trainers, grooms and other horse racing professionals.
  • Establishes a new Horse Racing Appeal Panel to adjudicate suspected breaches of the rules.
  • Empowers the Licence Appeal Tribunal to deal with appeals relating to horse racing licensing.

(Standardbred Canada)

Annual Membership Meeting Notice

November 16, 2015 - The Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) has announced the date for its 6th Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The meeting is to take place on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 and will commence at 7:00 p.m. at the Nassagaweya Tennis Centre/Community Hall, 9267 Guelph Line, Campbellville, Ont.

The AGM has been scheduled to update all COSA members with respect to the ongoing business of COSA and to present the COSA 2014/2015 Audited Financial Statements from Deloitte & Touche.

Please bring your membership card, as membership will be verified at the door.

(with files from COSA)

Foal Registration Deadline December 31

November 11, 2015 - Applications for Foal Registration have not been mailed out this year and paper applications will be printed by request only.

If you have a foal or foals to be registered, please sign up for eShop on the Standardbred Canada website. You will need to login and select ‘New Foal Application.’ The process is very simple; once you have completed the required fields, you will have the option of paying online or printing and mailing the application with your payment.

You can also print a blank form from our website by clicking here.

For those who prefer to request a paper application, please take note that once the original application has been printed, a $10.00 fee will be charged for any request of a duplicate application printed for each foal.

The Mare Report can also be completed online on eShop at no charge.

For more information, please contact SC’s Registration Department by or calling 905-858-3060.

(Standardbred Canada)

La date limite pour enregistrer vos rejetons est le 31 décembre 2015

Les formulaires de demande d’enregistrements pour rejetons 2015 n’ont pas été posté cette année.

Les formulaires de demande d’enregistrement seront imprimés sur demande seulement.

Si vous avez un ou des rejetons à enregistrer, vous n’avez qu’a suivre eShop sur notre site Web et cliquer sur New Foal Application. Vous devrez d’abord vous enregistrer. Les procédés sont simples, une fois que les champs requis ont été complété, vous aurez le choix de payer en ligne ou d’imprimer et poster la demande avec votre paiement.

Vous pouvez aussi imprimer et compléter un formulaire en blanc.

Si vous préférez recevoir un formulaire de demande en papier, veuillez prendre note qu’une fois la première copie imprimée, des frais de 10,00$ seront facturés pour toute autre demande de la même formule pour chaque rejeton.

Le Rapport de Jument peut aussi être complété en ligne gratuitement, vous n’avez qu’à suivre eShop et cliquer sur Mare Report.

Pour des informations supplémentaires, s’il vous plaît contacter nos bureaux au 905-858-3060 ou par courriel

List Created For Mare Program

November 10, 2015 - In response to inquiries from mare owners as to where they could board their mares in Ontario in order to participate in the Ontario Resident Mare Program, Ontario Horse Racing is currently compiling a list of farms available to take in boarders on this basis.

Since the Program requires that the mare be located in Ontario for 180 days surrounding foaling, farms will need to be equipped to deal with foaling responsibilities, foal care and veterinarian issues. Please note that random farm checks are conducted to confirm that mares enrolled in the Program are at the farm specified.

If you would like your farm included on the list, please provide the following information to as soon as possible, but not later than Friday, November 20.

• Farm Name
• Address
• Contact Name
• Contact Phone
• Contact Email
• Short description (100 words or less) of your facilities and experience (please do not include rates as they will not be published)

Please note that this list will be made publicly available and will be posted on the OHR website. By providing this information, you are agreeing to the release of your personal information.

(Standardbred Canada)

New Synthetic Drug Found

November 9, 2015 - The Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) has put all racing regulatory agencies worldwide on notice of a finding by the New York Equine Drug Testing Program of the presence of AH-7921 in post-race samples.

The samples were taken from horses that recently ran at Belmont Park.

This is the first time AH-7921 has been detected by a racing regulatory lab. The drug is one of the Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) that continue to emerge onto the designer drug market. Research has shown that AH-7921 can be as potent as morphine, yet its core molecular structures do not resemble morphine or fentanyl, which have been detected in the past by racing regulatory labs.

NPS drugs are believed to be compounded in order to avoid detection by human testing labs.

There is no legitimate reason for AH-7921 to be present in a horse. The New York State Gaming Commission summarily suspended Thoroughbred owner/trainer Roy Sedlack as a result of the finding.

“Dr. George Maylin and his team should be commended for their persistent attention to emerging threats,” ARCI Chairman Mark Lamberth said, noting that Dr. Maylin has consistently warned of the threat posed by designer drugs and peptides. “This is excellent work on the part of Dr. Maylin and the New York lab,” he said.

Another racing regulatory lab, Industrial Laboratories, was the first to detect the hepta-peptide Dermorphin in a race horse. Dermorphin is a natural opioid that binds as an agonist with high potency and selectivity to mu Opioid receptors. AH-7921 is a selective u-opioid receptor agonist with some effect on the K-receptor as well. Its use can be highly toxic.

A copy of the New York State Gaming Commission ruling for Mr. Sedlack can be foundhere.

(Standardbred Canada)

FINAL REMINDER! – ATTENTION ALL HORSEPEOPLE!!!!! Horse Racing Economic Impact Survey

November 6, 2015  - This is a final reminder to everyone to please take 20 minutes to complete the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ Horse Racing Economic Impact survey.


The government’s ongoing support of the horse racing industry is directly informed by available data. It is in the best interest of the industry to provide the data that the government is asking for so that they can make the most informed – and best – decisions for the industry going forward.


The survey will remain at the link above until midnight Tuesday, November 10th, so please help support the future of horse racing in Ontario.


Jeff Jarmain, CPA, CMA

Senior Program Analyst

Horse Racing Industry Transition Branch

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs




Woodbine Post Time Change Reminder

November 5, 2015 - The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to remind all horsepeople and horseplayers of the upcoming post time change for live Standardbred racing at Woodbine Racetrack.

Beginning this coming Monday (November 9), first-race post time for each night of live racing at Woodbine will be 7:30 p.m.

Horsepeople are reminded to double check lasix and paddock times.

The 7:30 p.m. start time will be used for each card of live racing during Woodbine’s fall-winter meet, except for the special Boxing Day matinee card (on Saturday, December 26). First-race post time for the December 26 card will be 1 p.m.


White Paper: NJ Gaming Must Unite

November 2, 2015 - A white paper in New Jersey penned in part by Rutgers Equine Science Center Director Dr. Karyn Malinowski has been released. The white paper concludes by recommending that the state’s horse racing and casino gaming industries should unite in order to remain sustainable or else both will fall to the competition they face from competing neighbouring states.

As a report by explains, Dr. Malinowski penned the ‘2014 State of the New Jersey Horse Racing Industry: Post Report of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on New Jersey Gaming, Sports and Entertainment’ along with Rutgers Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics Chair Dr. Paul Gottlieb.

The white paper explains how the state’s Standardbred and Thoroughbred industries have been suffering, but that Atlantic City casinos have also been suffering quite badly. The paper cites the successful ‘racino’ models from neighbouring states, and how those racinos are directly eating away at the viability of New Jersey’s horse racing and casino industries.

To read the white paper, click here.

(With files from
(Standardbred Canada)

Change To Woodbine Draw Schedule

November 2, 2015 - Officials in the race office at Mohawk Racetrack would like to inform horsepeople of a change to the draw schedule for Woodbine Racetrack’s current fall-winter meet.

Effective immediately, the draw for Saturdays will now take place on Wednesdays.

The up-to-date Woodbine draw schedule appears below.

• Draw Monday for Thursday
• Draw Tuesday for Friday
• Draw Wednesday for Saturday
• Draw Thursday for Monday

The entry box for each draw will close at 10:30 a.m.