August 4, 2015

Commission Adjusts Qualifying Rules

July 30, 2015 - At its meeting on Wednesday, July 30, the Board of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) approved a revised SB Rule on qualifying times, effective August 1, 2015.

A release from the ORC states that the change in qualifying times is a response to a shortage of horses which effects field size which then directly impacts the wagering handle. This shortage is being felt at the Grassroots level of racing.

Details of the new qualifying rule appear below.

To view the ORC’s official notice regarding the executed directive, which shows the changes from the old rule to the new rule, click here.

Reminder: Ont. Cobalt Testing In Aug.

July 24, 2015 - The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) issued a Notice to the Industry on June 3, 2015 advising that Ontario will begin testing for cobalt with a threshold of 50ng/ml in blood, as of August 1, 2015.

Racing participants are reminded that all horses that have been selected to provide an Official Sample (blood), as defined by the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA), will also be tested for cobalt. Once the CPMA has completed the official testing, the ORC will subject the sample to enhanced testing for the presence of cobalt.

On July 17, 2015, Steve Suttie, Executive Director of the CPMA, wrote to ORC CEO and Executive Director Jean Major. The letter summarized the CPMA’s continuing research on cobalt and provides additional information to help racing participants make informed decisions on the use of cobalt in race horses. A copy of the letter is attached to this Notice.

The ORC will also be implementing a policy which allows for trainers and owners to have a claimed horse post-race tested for cobalt at their own expense. If you wish to have a horse tested that you have claimed, please note that on the Official Claim Form

Please note that if a claimed horse is found to have unacceptable levels of cobalt during an approved post-race test, the Judges/Stewards have the authority, at the option of the claimant, to rule a claim invalid.

The ORC believes that cobalt testing is not only a matter related to the integrity of horse racing but more importantly an animal welfare issue. When administered in appropriate quantities, there is likely very little performance benefit to cobalt. And when used in excess, this element can be toxic to horses.

(ORC)
(Standardbred Canada)

ORC: Iron-Dextran Not licensed For Use

July 24, 2015 - The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) reminds the racing industry that a basic aspect of good medication control is ensuring that you only use products that are properly manufactured and clearly labelled, and that have been obtained from an authorized distributor.

Simply stated, medication control means only using medications or products that have a therapeutic value to the horse. You should also read the labels on all medications carefully and follow the directions of an ORC licensed veterinarian.

Trainers should note that an iron-dextran product exists which is labelled only for baby pigs and is directed for intra-muscular injection.

Please be aware that such a product is not licensed for use in horses and if given may result in severe reactions including death.

(ORC)
(Standardbred Canada)

Chaplaincy Golf Info; Hyatt Honoured

July 24, 2015 - Officials with The Standardbred Race Track Chaplaincy of Canada have announced some of the details for the organization’s annual golf tournament, including a name change for the tournament to honour the late Doug Hyatt.

The tournament is is scheduled for September, 16 at the Granite Ridge Golf Course in Milton, Ont. and will start at 1 p.m.

Via release, the chaplaincy announced that the name of the tournament is being changed to honour the late Doug Hyatt, who passed away last fall.

The release states the following:

It is our honour and pleasure that this year we honour a person who for the last several years has worked tirelessly to promote and work with those who needed help throughout the year. He has gone out and made sure that we were able to have the resources to be able to help any one that needed it. He took pride in knowing that we were doing good work for our community.

To that end, The Standardbred Race Track Chaplaincy of Canada has been honoured by his family that this year we have renamed the annual tournament The Doug Hyatt Memorial Golf Tournament and hosted by Luc and Anita Ouellette.

In the coming weeks, please stay tuned for more information on the tournament and special events for the day.

(With files from The Standardbred Race Track Chaplaincy of Canada)
(Standardbred Canada)

Walltyme Golf Registration Open

July 24, 2015 - Registrations are now being accepted for the 23rd annual Walltyme Stables Golf Tournament.

This year, the tournament will be taking place on Wednesday, August 12 at the Caradoc Sands Golf Club in Strathroy, Ont. The entry fee is $125 per player, including green fee, cart, driving range, souvenir, breakfast buffet and a steak dinner.

Shotgun Start at 11:30 a.m., with breakfast from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. After the dinner, there will be karaoke.

As usual, net proceeds from the tournament will be donated with the goal of harness horsemen helping harness horsemen.

Donations and Sponsorship are always appreciated. To register, sponsor a hole or make a donation contact Dean Wall at 519-476-0828 or at walltymegolf@hotmail.com. A registration form can also be downloaded and printed here.

Steve Condren Golf Tourney Details

July 24, 2015 - Officials with the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society have released more details regarding the 18th annual Steve Condren Charity Golf Tournament, which is in support of OSAS.

The tournament will take place on Wednesday, August 26 at Hornby Glen Golf Course, which is located in Halton Hills, Ont.

- Registration & BBQ lunch served from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m.

- Shotgun start ~ 1 p.m.

- Fee: $150 per golfer (includes lunch, dinner, green fees and cart)

- Dinner only ~ $60

- Tournament limited to 144 golfers

- Reservations on a first come, first served basis.

All proceeds from this tournament go directly to OSAS, which is a registered charity that assists in the relocation and placement of retired non-racing Standardbred horses.

OSAS has been in existence since 1996 and currently has over 640 horses in loving adoptive homes where they will spend many wonderful years with their new families.

For more information please contact Joanne at 905-854-6099 or 905-339-6748

U.S. Anti-Doping Bill Introduced

July 16, 2015- The Thoroughbred Horse Racing Integrity Act of 2015 was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday (July 16) by Congressmen Andy Barr (R-Ky) and Paul Tonko (D-NY), the co-chairmen of the Congressional Horse Caucus, the pair announced in a joint press release.

The bi-partisan legislation would grant authority for rulemaking, testing and enforcement of drug and medication use in Thoroughbred racing to an entity created by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

As a non-profit, nongovernmental organization, USADA would create the Thoroughbred Horseracing Anti-Doping Authority (THADA), to be governed by a board of six USADA board members and five independent individuals from the Thoroughbred racing industry. This body would work collaboratively with state racing commissions and their respective staff members throughout the country, funded entirely by industry at no cost to taxpayers. Among the provisions in the proposed legislation, THADA would develop and administer a nationwide anti-doping program that would go into effect beginning Jan. 1, 2017, following input from the Thoroughbred industry and the public.

The move was quickly applauded by the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity, a diverse group of horse racing and animal welfare organizations including The Jockey Club, Breeders’ Cup Ltd., the Water Hay Oats Alliance, the Humane Society of the United States, the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders.

“The Coalition thanks Representatives Barr and Tonko for issuing this common sense legislation,” said Craig Fravel, president and chief executive officer of the Breeders’ Cup Ltd, in a release from the group. “It is immensely gratifying to see the results of earnest collaboration among such a broad range of stakeholders. This bill is designed to bring long-needed reforms to the medication rules in Thoroughbred racing and provide a new level of certainty and trust for our participants and fans. We applaud these members of Congress for their foresight in regard to the future of an industry that contributes billions of dollars and generates hundreds of thousands of jobs to the American economy.”

(Thoroughbred Daily News)

Hall Of Fame Night At Mohawk

July 15, 2015- Standardbred racing fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with many harness racing greats this Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack.

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and Standardbred Canada’s “I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club” will be hosting a Tribute Night this Saturday evening at Mohawk. Racing fans will have the chance to meet Hall of Fame members, view racing memorabilia and take part in a raffle and silent auction.

The meet and greet will get underway at 6:00 p.m. inside the main doors of Mohawk and fans will have the opportunity to chat and ask questions to Hall of Famers about their racing careers.

Dr. John Findley, Jack Kopas, Dr. Glen Brown, Sarah Scott (representing Rocknroll Hanover), Bill O’Donnell, Bill Galvin, Carl Jamieson, Bob McIntosh and Ron Waples are all scheduled to appear.

Several of the Hall of Famers will be bringing along some of their favourite racing memorabilia to share with fans.

Fans will also have the opportunity to check out the Rocknroll Hanover showcase displays inside the main doors and new framed photographs added to the Armstrong Brothers and Dr. Glen Brown displays.

The evening’s fourth race will be the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Tribute Race and the group of Hall of Fame members will be in the winner’s circle following the race to make the presentation.

A great group of silent auction items will be available for bidding and raffle tickets will be on sale for a framed “Somebeachsomewhere print” by equine artist Linda Shantz. The draw for the print will take place following the evening’s fifth race.

Doors open Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and the meet and greet will get underway at 6:00 p.m. Post time for the 12-race card is 7:25 p.m.

(WEG/CHRHOF)

Tattersalls Catalogue Now Online

July 14, 2015- Owners and trainers looking to buy racehorses have a great opportunity coming soon, as Tattersalls will conduct another ‘all racehorse’ sale at the Meadowlands on Sunday, August 2.

The Meadowlands Summer Mixed Sale gets underway at noon that day, with more than 130 racehorses selling that include a big section of three-year-olds – 57 in all.

The main sale catalogue and past performances catalogue are now available and are posted for download at tattersallsredmile.com and on the Equineline sales catalogue app.

“This sale exceeded our expectations in terms of both number and quality,” said sale manager David Reid. “It’s very strong in the ‘meat of the market,’ horses that are racing, winning and making money. The three-year-olds that we’ll sell – almost 60 of them – are right in the wheelhouse of what owners and trainers want today.”

The sale follows a highly successful spring sale for Tattersalls. It kicks off Hambletonian week festivities at the Meadowlands, with the gem of trotting’s Triple Crown set for the following Saturday.

Reid advised that print catalogues will be mailed shortly to those on the sales company’s mailing list. Others may request a print catalogue and racelines by visitingtattersallsredmile.com and filling out the catalogue request form.

Reid also pointed out that horses for the supplement catalogue are still being accepted.

(Tattersalls)

Jackpot Hi-5 Hit At Mohawk

July 14, 2015- Officials with the Woodbine Entertainment Group have announced that a single winning ticket correctly selected the top five finishers in Monday night’s final race at Mohawk Racetrack to haul down the Jackpot Hi-5 wager.

The successful handicapper scored a $25,910.30 return on the Jackpot Hi-5 wager.

The horseplayer that hit the ‘Jackpot’ Monday made 11 unique 20-cent straight wagers on the Jackpot Hi-5, with one of them selecting the correct combination.

The winning horseplayer, who resides in Hamilton, Ont., made the wagers through Horseplayer Interactive Mobile.

Fashion Maven at odds of 9-2 won the Jackpot Hi-5 race, while Wildcat Lightning, the 8-5 post time favourite, finished fourth.

The official top five finishers from Monday’s Jackpot Hi-5 race appear below.

1st. #6 Fashion Maven – 9-2
2nd. #7 Librado Hanover – 21-1
3rd. #9 Kona Kid – 25-1
4th. #10 Wildcat Lightning – 8-5
5th. #4 Shippen Out – 6-1

To view the harness racing results for Monday at Mohawk, click the following link:Monday Results – Mohawk Racetrack.

The entire Jackpot Hi-5 pool and carryover is only paid out when there is a single winning ticket with the correct combination. If there are multiple winning tickets, half of the evening’s pool is paid out to the winners, while the other half is carried over to the following the card.

The Jackpot Hi-5 now starts from scratch Tuesday night at Mohawk.

To view the harness racing entries for Tuesday at Mohawk, click the following link:Tuesday Entries – Mohawk Racetrack.

(WEG)