August 20, 2014

Racing & Gaming Integration Update

After a series of constructive conversations, representatives of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association are ready to sit down to decide the specifics of how horse racing can best be integrated into the province’s overall gaming strategy.

Sue Leslie, president of OHRIA, made the announcement on Monday.

“The last couple of years have been challenging ones both for the OLG and the Ontario racing industry,” Leslie said. “We are at a point now, though, where we can all begin to take a serious look at some of the intriguing ideas and possibilities that have been put forward by the OLG, OHRIA and the racing industry, at large,” stated Leslie.

According to Leslie, the two groups will review, analyze and recommend innovative products and programs with the ability to further the business and economic objectives of both parties. “We are more than confident that, with the right products in place, horse racing can make a real contribution to the OLG’s bottom line. And, that, in turn, racing will benefit significantly from such a strategic partnership,” Leslie said.

“We need to be mindful that, whatever programs we decide to go forward with, must represent a ‘win/win’ proposition for both entities. That is what a successful partnership is all about.”


COSA Membership Meeting – Wed, Aug 20th 7PM

COSA will be holding a Membership Meeting Wednesday, August 20, 2014 @ 7pm at the Nassagaweya Tennis Centre/Community Hall, 9267 Guelph Line, Campbellville (across from the Petro-Canada on Guelph Line, South of Mohawk).

This meeting has been scheduled to review and vote upon, with COSA members, the revised five year Standardbred Racing Agreement between WEG and COSA. Membership will be verified at the door.

Industry Info Meeting Follow-Up

On July 24, 2014 close to 120 industry stakeholders, including breeders, drivers, OLG representatives and racetrack officials, gathered at Country Heritage Park in Milton, ON to participate in an open Industry Information Meeting hosted by Ontario Horse Racing (OHR).

Elmer Buchanan, Chair of the Ontario Racing Commission opened the meeting, followed by John Snobelen, Interim Director of OHR, who presented “The Business of Racing”. A variety of topics were outlined, including an explanation of the industry’s main revenue sources, the five-year, $500 million Horse Racing Partnership Program and the structure of racing at Ontario’s centralized and regional racetracks.

Following the presentation, attendees had an opportunity to share comments, voice concerns and ask questions. Issues raised included OLG integration, marketing opportunities and concerns over future horse supply.

Click here for a copy of “The Business of Racing”.

OHR was encouraged by the strong turnout and extends a thank you to all of the attendees.

(Standardbred Canada)

Chaplaincy Golf Tournament Set

The Standardbred Race Track Chaplaincy of Canada’s annual golf tournament, sponsored by Luc and Anita Ouellette, is set for September 10 at Granite Ridge Golf Course on Dublin Line in Milton, Ont.

This year organizers will again offer golfers a shot at the $25,000 hole-in-one challenge, now into its third year. Give it your best shot and the $25,000 is yours if you put it in. Organizers will offer the popular Beat The Pro Challenge and Longest Drive and Closest To The Hole contests.

To end the day, organizers will host the usual great evening featuring roast beef dinner along with live and silent auctions, a 50/50 draw, and raffle draws. There will also be a special door prize for registered golfers and draws for door prizes.

Registration will start at 11:30 a.m. with a shot gun start at 1 p.m. sharp. Cost for the day is $150 per golfer and those that sponsor their team at $600 will be eligible for tax receipts. The cost of the day includes golf, BBQ lunch, supper, and the shot at the $25,000.

For further information and registration, contact the Chaplain Ken Carter at (519)942-6641 or Robert Coole at (443)566-0206.

CHRHF 2014 Induction Gala – Tickets Sold Out!

TORONTO, ON, July 31 – Tickets for the upcoming the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala Fundraising Dinner on August 6thare now sold out.   Over three-hundred people are scheduled to attend the evening at the Mississauga Convention Centre which will celebrate the induction of Standardbred honourees Albatross, Dreamfair Eternal, Rocknrollhanover, Dr. Ted Clarke, Wally Hennessey, Robert Murphy and Bill Galvin.  Thoroughbred honourees include, Apelia, Cool Mood, Wando, William D. Graham, Robert Landry, Horatio Luro and Arthur Stollery.

The event will also pay tribute to 2014 Legend honourees, Archworth and E. King Dodds.

Two significant anniversaries will be celebrated – the 25th Anniversary of Matts Scooter’s world record set at Mohawk Racetrack and the 50th Anniversary of Northern Dancer’s Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Queen’s Plate wins.

The Planning Committee and Directors of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame would like to thank and acknowledge the generous sponsorship support of this year’s event:  Event Sponsor – OLG; Reception and Wine Sponsor – Central Ontario Standardbred Association; Photography Sponsor – Ontario Standardbred Alliance Tracks and Woodbine Entertainment Group for producing the video tributes to each of the 2014 inductees.  Thank you also to a long and prestigious list of donors to both the live and silent auction portion of the evening.  A complete list of items and donors is available at:

The Reception and Silent Auction will commence at 5:30 p.m., followed by a Four-course Gourmet Dinner, Live Auction and Induction Ceremonies at 6:30 p.m.  For additional information contact Linda Rainey 416-417-9404 or


(With Files from CHRHF)

Condren/OSAS Golf Tourney Details

Details have been released for the 17th annual Steve Condren Charity Golf Tournament, which will see proceeds go to the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Association.

The tournament will take place on Wednesday, August 6 at Granite Ridge Golf Course in Milton, Ont. OSAS is still accepting hole sponsors and prize donations.

A scramble will once again be in place. There will be a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

Registration and a BBQ lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until 12 noon.

This year OSAS will again accept single and/or team entries. Please enclose all necessary information as to contact name, address and phone number. Registration fee this year will be $175 per golfer. This includes green fees, golf cart, lunch, buffet dinner, prize table and souvenirs.

Entries will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis and the tournament will be strictly limited to 144 golfers.

In an effort to streamline our operations the day of the tournament, we request that a cheque be sent with your registration. Please make cheques payable to OSAS. Debit or credit cards are also accepted the day of the tournament for your convenience.

Sponsors for the prize table and auction items are always needed. If you know of any persons or businesses that would be willing to help out, please contact OSAS.

To enter your single or team entries, please return this page by mail or fax to confirm your spot. Entries can be faxed to 905-854-6100 or mailed to:

OSAS ~ Golf Tournament
Box 297
36 Main Street
Campbellville, ON
L0P 1B0

The OSAS office number is 905-854-6099 should you have any questions or concerns.

(With files from OSAS)

Walltyme Golf Tournament Details

Time is running out to enter the 22nd annual edition of the Walltyme Stables Golf Tournament.

The tournament will be taking place Wednesday, August 6 at Caradoc Sands Golf Club in Strathroy, Ont. As usual, net proceeds from the tournament will be donated with the goal of harness horsemen helping harness horsemen.

Breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m. Shotgun start for the golf is at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets are $125 per person and include green fees, carts, driving range, souvenir breakfast buffet and a steak dinner, with karaoke to follow.

Donations and Sponsorship are always appreciated. For entries or more information, contact Dean Wall at 519-476-0828 or at

ORC reports on revision to Pari-Mutuel Tax Reduction Allocations

The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) is pleased to announce the approval of the revised allocations of the Pari-Mutuel Tax Reduction (PMTR) to support and encourage the horse racing industry in Ontario. This is in keeping with the ORC’s mandate to implement the components of
the 5-year Horse Racing Partnership Plan (HRPP), as approved by the Ontario government.

As a result of the approval by the Board of the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) and the subsequent approval by the Board of the ORC, a new structure setting out the allocation of funds from the Pari-Mutuel Tax Reduction will be implemented with the effective date retroactive to April 1, 2014.

By way of this Notice to Industry, ORC licensed racetracks will be required to direct funds as prescribed below.

Horse Improvement Program 3.0 %

Horse People 0.4 %
Customer Benefits 1.5 %
Racetracks 1.25 %
Regulatory Funding 0.75 %
Total PMTR 6.9 %

The ORC will work with affected industry stakeholders to account for amounts paid since April 1, 2014 pursuant to the prior allocation to ensure compliance with these revised rates.


Sudbury Discussed In Legislature

On Thursday, July 25, during the last sitting of the Ontario Legislature before its summer recess, Nickel Belt New Democratic Party MPP France Gelinas demanded that the provincial government include a key stipulation in the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.’s Request for Proposals for gaming companies that could potentially operate in the northern Ontario region.

According to an article by The Sudbury Star, Gelinas told the Legislature that she wants the RFP for the northern Ontario region, which includes Sudbury Downs, to require potential operators to list their history of horse racing expertise in their proposals.

Earlier this spring, the ORC announced that added a requirement for horse racing expertise in its upcoming Requests for Proposals for gaming site operators throughout Ontario. The province’s gaming arm has yet to issue RFPs for northern Ontario.

In late May, officials with Sudbury Downs announced that the track could not reach a deal with the province and thus will not hold live harness racing in 2014.

“The question is simple,” Gelinas said Thursday, “Will the Premier give northern Ontario the same deal it gave southern Ontario and make sure the casino operators in Sudbury include horse racing?”

Jeff Leal, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture and Food, who recently took over the portfoliofrom Premier Wynne, responded to Gelinas by saying, in part, that, the Ontario Government will “take a second look at Sudbury Downs in terms of the 2015 racing season.”

(With files from The Sudbury Star)

CHRHF 2014 Induction Gala – Less Than 2 Weeks Away

Wando, Rocknroll Hanover, Wally Hennessey and Robert Landry headline list of 2014 inductees. Limited tickets still available for the evening celebration

TORONTO, ON, July 17 – The 38th Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala Fundraising Dinner on August 6th promises to be an evening of celebrations as fourteen new members, including Wando, Rocknroll Hanover, Wally Hennessey and Robert Landry, join the best of Canadian Horse Racing.  Held at the Mississauga Convention Centre, the evening will be emceed by Jim Bannon, Woodbine Entertainment Group Thoroughbred Racing Analyst and will feature a cocktail reception, a fantastic auction lineup with TSN Radio personality Matt Cauz as guest auctioneer, a four course gourmet dinner and the Induction Ceremony.

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame acknowledges the generous sponsorship support of this year’s event:  Event Sponsor – OLG; Reception and Wine Sponsor – Central Ontario Standardbred Association; Photography Sponsor – Ontario Standardbred Alliance Tracks and Woodbine Entertainment Group for producing the video tributes to each of the 2014 inductees.

The CHRHF Planning Committee is putting together an impressive list of live and silent auction from donors and supporters including Adena Springs, The Royal Horse Show, Equilease Corp., Greenhawk, the Toronto Maple Leafs and many others.  All proceeds from the auction will go directly toward helping the Hall of Fame recognize the achievements of those that have built and established the roots of horse racing in Canada.


Live Auction

  • Halter worn by two-time US Thoroughbred Horse of the Year “Wise Dan” (donated by Charles LoPresti)
  • Halter worn by 2014 Woodbine Oaks and Queen’s Plate winner “Lexie Lou” (donated by Casse Racing)
  • Dinner for 2 at the Turf Club & 2 tickets to the Nashville Predators vs Toronto Maple Leafs (donated by Woodbine Entertainment Group)

Silent Auction

  • 4 box seat tickets to The Royal Horse Show, Friday November 8th including Tanbark Lounge access (donated by the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Horse Show)
  • 2 tickets to Toronto Raptors game during the 2014-15 season (donated by Equilease Corp.)
  • Golf for 4 at Angus Glen Golf Course (donated by Angus Glen Golf Course)
  • Framed limited edition print by Linda Shantz of 2009 Hall of Fame inductee Somebeachsomewhere
  • Framed limited edition print by Debbie Goldring of 1976 Hall of Fame inductee Northern Dancer, the original of which hangs permanently in the Hall.
  • Golf for 4 at Ballantrae Golf Club (donated by Schonberg Farm & Ballantrae Golf Course)
  • Plus many more items from sports memorabilia and tickets to equine art and collectibles, there’s a little something for everyone.

The Auction item list is being updated as new items are added and can be viewed at: