November 29, 2015

List Of Ont. Farms For Mare Boarding

November 25, 2015 - A list of Ontario farms that are wishing to board out-of-province mares for the Ontario Resident Mare Program has been compiled and posted.

The list is comprised of farms whose owners have submitted their information and will be updated as new farms are added.

A requirement of the Ontario Resident Mare Program is that the mare be resident in Ontario for 180 consecutive days surrounding foaling. Once the mare has met the requirements, the resulting foal will be registered as ONTARIO BRED and the person who enrolled the mare will be eligible for Ontario Bred Rewards. These rewards amount to 15 per cent of the horse’s earnings in the Ontario Sires Stakes and selected Open Stakes. The top Ontario Bred Rewards earner in 2015 earned over $99,000.

The new $2 million Owners’ Purse Bonus, which begins in 2017, will reward the owner of ONTARIO BRED horses on a pro-rata basis according to their earnings in Ontario overnight races. Horses that are ONTARIO SIRED or ONTARIO BRED are eligible for this bonus. If the horse is both ONTARIO SIRED and ONTARIO BRED, the owner will receive double the bonus.

For more information on the Ontario Resident Mare Program, please contact Robin McClure at Standardbred Canada (905-858-3060) or Karen Hauver at (519-369-3545).

(Ontario Racing Commission)
(Standardbred Canada)

Mohawk-Woodbine Qualifying Schedule

November 25, 2015 - Officials in the race office at Mohawk Racetrack would like to inform horsepeople of the qualifying schedule for the remainder of 2015 and into the New Year.

Qualifying sessions will continue to be held at Mohawk through December. Beginning in the New Year, qualifiers will move over to Woodbine Racetrack and will take place before live racing.

The Mohawk qualifying schedule appears below.

• Thursday, November 26
• Thursday, December 3
• Thursday, December 10
• Thursday, December 17
• Monday, December 21

All qualifying sessions at Mohawk will begin at 10 a.m.

The Woodbine qualifying schedule appears below.

• Monday, January 4
• Thursday, January 7
• Thursday, January 14
• Thursday, January 21
• Thursday, January 28

All qualifying sessions at Woodbine will begin at 4 p.m.

The entry box for Thursday qualifiers will close on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

(Standardbred Canada)

Hall Of Fame Announces 2016 Calendar

November 24, 2015 - The year 2016 will mark 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, the 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, Kaplan 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.”

Kaplan’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 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.

The calendars will also be on sale November 28 and 29 in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and on the second 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.

(Standardbred Canada)

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.