April 29, 2016

Fee Change For New Fractional Owners

April 27, 2016 - On Wednesday, Standardbred Canada’s Board of Directors approved a fee change that will make it easier, and more cost effective, for new owners to become involved in harness racing through fractional stables and partnerships.

Effective immediately, new members, or returning members out for a full period of two (2) or more years, who enter the industry in a stable with a minimum of eight (8) people, will receive two years of full Standardbred Canada membership for $45 plus applicable taxes (to their birth day in 2018). The Stable registration fee remains the standard rate of $130.

New members involved in fractional stables will have the same privileges as all other paid members, plus they will receive a one week free trial to TrackIT.*

“Management has worked in consultation with industry stakeholders and the Board to develop this program,” said Linda Bedard, Standardbred Canada’s Registrar and Manager of Member Services. “We recognize with large syndicate groups that new people may enter the business owning as little as 1% of a horse. It is our goal to help transition these new owners into a full membership over a period of time.

“With the benefits associated with Standardbred Canada membership, including an annual subscription to Trot Magazine, and TrackIT at the membership rate, we would like to see all owners, across the country – even those in large racing clubs and groups, to become full members,” said Bedard.

Membership fees are subject to GST/HST and the tax rate is based on the residency of the member.

The rates, including taxes, break down as follows:

  • AB, BC, SK, MB, QC = $45 + 5% GST $2.25 = $47.25
  • ON, NB, NL = $45 + 13% HST $5.85 = $50.85
  • NS = $45 + 15% HST $6.75 = $51.75
  • PE = $45 + 14% HST $6.30 = $51.30

Please note:

► NL will increase HST rate to 15% effective July 1, 2016
► PE will also increase HST rate to 15% effective Oct 1, 2016

For more details on the program, contact Standardbred Canada’s Member Services department.

* – the TrackIT trial is good for one week or 200 queries, whichever comes first

Changes At The CPMA

April 27, 2016 – On Wednesday, April 27, the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency issued a notice stating that Dr. Adam Chambers has accepted a position with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario as senior veterinary services manager. The notice also states that Dr. Carolyn Cooper, DVM, is the CPMA’s new director of the Equine Drug Control Program (EDCP).

The release was penned by the CPMA’s executive director, Steve Suttie, who stated that “the CPMA’s loss will be the AGCO’s gain” and that the CPMA is “pleased that Dr. Chambers will remain in the horse racing industry.”

Suttie went on to say, “I would also like to welcome Dr. Carolyn Cooper, DVM, as CPMA’s new director, Equine Drug Control Program (EDCP). Dr. Cooper, a veterinarian from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, will have overall responsibility for the EDCP and started her new responsibilities on April 18, 2016.

The contents of the CPMA release appear below in both English and French.

I would like to advise you of some changes affecting the management of the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency’s Equine Drug Control Program (EDCP).

Dr. Adam Chambers has accepted a position with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) as Senior Veterinary Services Manager. For several years, a work-share agreement allowed CPMA and AGCO (formerly Ontario Racing Commission) to jointly benefit from Dr. Chambers’ thoughtful approach to drug control and its impact on horse racing. Unfortunately, this will no longer be possible, as his new responsibilities will command all of his attention.

The CPMA’s loss will be the AGCO’s gain and we are pleased that Dr. Chambers will remain in the horse racing industry. I would like to thank Dr. Chambers for his years of service and commitment to the CPMA, and the Canadian horse racing industry.

I would also like to welcome Dr. Carolyn Cooper, DVM, as CPMA’s new Director, Equine Drug Control Program (EDCP). Dr. Cooper, a veterinarian from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, will have overall responsibility for the EDCP and started her new responsibilities on April 18, 2016.

Dr. Cooper graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph and has a Bachelor of Science Degree with honours in Neuroscience from Carleton University in Ottawa as well as a wide range of expertise as a regulatory veterinarian and with large animals, including horses. Dr. Cooper will work out of CPMA HQ, as well as the laboratory in Ottawa, and will have oversight of the Equine Research Facility in Jerseyville, the laboratory in Ottawa and the collection/shipping and analytical contracted service providers.

Dr. Cooper can be reached through the CPMA’s toll-free number: 1-800-268-8835, or via email at CPMAWEBACPM@agr.gc.ca.

The CPMA continues to explore opportunities to reduce costs and share resources with provincial regulators. In that regard, please also note that we have agreed with the AGCO to have Dr. Chambers continue to work out of the CPMA Equine Research Facility in Jerseyville. This arrangement is expected to facilitate our reorganization of the EDCP, under Dr. Cooper’s direction.

J’aimerais vous informer de certains changements touchant la gestion du Programme de contrôle des drogues équines (PCDE) de l’Agence canadienne du pari mutuel (ACPM).

Le Dr Adam Chambers a accepté le poste de gestionnaire principal des services vétérinaires à la Commission des alcools et des jeux de l’Ontario (CAJO). Durant plusieurs années, une entente de travail partagé a permis à l’ACPM et à la CAJO (autrefois la Commission des jeux) de bénéficier conjointement de l’approche réfléchie du Dr Chambers envers le contrôle des drogues et ses effets sur les courses de chevaux. Cela ne sera malheureusement plus possible, car ses nouvelles responsabilités monopoliseront toute son attention.

Ce qui représente une perte pour l’ACPM sera un gain pour la CAJO, et nous nous réjouissons du fait que le Dr Chambers demeure au sein de l’industrie des courses de chevaux. Je tiens à remercier le Dr Chambers pour ses années de service et d’engagement à l’ACPM et dans l’industrie canadienne des courses de chevaux.

Je souhaite également la bienvenue à la Dre Carolyn Cooper, D.M.V., qui sera la nouvelle directrice du Programme de contrôle des drogues équines de l’ACPM. Dre Cooper, une vétérinaire de l’Agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments, aura la responsabilité générale du PCDE et occupe son nouveau poste depuis le 18 avril 2016.

Dre Cooper est docteure en médecine vétérinaire. Elle a obtenu son diplôme du Collège de médecine vétérinaire de l’Ontario, à Guelph, et elle a obtenu avec distinction un baccalauréat en sciences (Neurosciences) de l’Université Carleton d’Ottawa. Elle a en outre acquis une expertise variée comme vétérinaire chargée de la réglementation et avec les grands animaux, notamment avec les chevaux. Dre Cooper travaillera depuis l’administration centrale de l’ACPM et le laboratoire d’Ottawa, et elle supervisera l’installation de recherche sur les chevaux de Jerseyville, le laboratoire d’Ottawa, ainsi que les services de prélèvement, d’expédition et d’analyse fournis par des contractuels.

Vous pouvez joindre la Dre Cooper en composant le numéro sans frais de l’ACPM (1-800-268-8835) ou par courriel (CPMAWEBACPM@agr.gc.ca).

L’ACPM continue de chercher à réduire les coûts et à partager des ressources avec les organismes de réglementation provinciaux. À cet égard, veuillez noter que nous avons conclu un accord avec la CAJO pour que le Dr Chambers continue de travailler à Jerseyville, depuis l’installation de recherche sur les chevaux de l’ACPM. Nous pensons que cet entente facilitera notre réorganisation du PCDE sous la direction de la Dre Cooper.



CPMA Elimination Guideline Reminder

April 26, 2016 - On Tuesday, April 26, the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Association released a new notice in regard to the full implementation of the 2016 Elimination Guidelines.

The contents of the April 26 notice appear below in both English and French.

Reminder: Full implementation of the 2016 Elimination Guidelines as of May 1, 2016

This is further to previous CPMA notices to industry respecting the implementation of the 2016 Elimination Guidelines (link).

We would like to remind owners and trainers that full implementation of the 2016 Elimination Guidelines will take effect on May 1, 2016, and that testing will be consistent with these guidelines. Changes from the 2011 Schedule of Drugs can be found in CPMA notices to industry dated January 20 and March 3, 2016.

Particular attention needs to be paid to those drugs that were removed from the 2011 Schedule of Drugs (see notice to industry dated March 3, 2016 for the full list of removed drugs). Some of these drugs, such as flumethasone, are no longer available in an approved veterinary formulation and are now only available as a compounded product. Testing will continue for removed drugs.

We would also like to remind owners and trainers about the CPMA’s position with regards to the use of compounded medications. Previously established elimination guidelines should not be applied to compounded products. Positive certificates of analysis resulting from administration of compounded medication remain the responsibility of the owner and trainer.

For further information, contact the CPMA toll free at 1-800-268-8835 or by email:cpmawebacpm@agr.gc.ca.

Rappel : Le Guide d’élimination 2016 entre en vigueur le 1er mai 2016

La présente fait suite aux avis précédents envoyés par l’Agence canadienne du pari mutuel (ACPM) à l’industrie concernant la mise en œuvre du Guide d’élimination 2016 (link).

Nous aimerions rappeler aux propriétaires et aux entraineurs que le Guide d’élimination 2016 entre en vigueur le 1er mai 2016 et que les tests y seront conformes. Les changements apportés à l’Annexe des drogues 2011 ont été publiés auparavant dans les Notifications à l’industrie de l’ACPM datées le 20 janvier et le 3 mars 2016.

Une attention particulière doit être accordée aux médicaments retirés de l’Annexe des drogues 2011 (voir la Notification à l’industrie datée le 3 mars 2016 pour la liste complète des médicaments retirés). Certains de ces médicaments, comme flumethasone, ne sont plus disponibles dans une formulation à usage vétérinaire approuvée et sont maintenant disponibles uniquement comme un produit composé. Nous continuerons de tester pour les médicaments retirés.

Nous tenons également à rappeler aux propriétaires et aux entraineurs sur la position de l’ACPM en ce qui concerne l’utilisation de médicaments composés. Les guides d’élimination établis antérieurement ne peuvent pas être appliqués aux médicaments composés. Des certificats d’analyse positive résultant de l’administration de médicaments composés demeurent la responsabilité du propriétaire et de l’entraineur.

Pour de plus amples renseignements, communiquez avec l’ACPM au numéro sans frais 1-800-268-8835 ou par courriel à cpmawebacpm@agr.gc.ca.

(Standardbred Canada)

Hall To Honour Woodland Drummond

April 26, 2016 - The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame has announced its 2016 Legend Honourees, and Woodlawn Drummond is one of them.

Initially launched as a millennium project, the tradition of honouring Canadian racing legends continues as the CHRHF acknowledge people and horses whose accomplishments were achieved more than 50 years ago.

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will honour these deserving legends at the CHRHF President’s Reception, which is scheduled to take place in the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, May 18 at 4:30 pm. The reception will also feature the official unveiling of the display boards for the 2015 inductees, as well as the introduction of the 2016 inductees.

Standardbred Legend – Woodlawn Drummond

Bred by Clermont Veilleux of Drummondville, Quebec and raced under the ownership of Ecuries Drummond Stables, Woodlawn Drummond made quite a mark for herself in the mid-1960s. In 47 career starts she posted 22 victories and earned $128,592.

The bay pacing mare, driven throughout her career by CHRHF member Keith Waples, raced at tracks in Ontario, Quebec and New York State from the age of two through her four-year-old campaign, often competing against and defeating the best colts of the time.

In 1964, at the age of two, she tallied a record of 8-0-0 in 14 starts, including wins in the Canadian Series Stakes at Greenwood Raceway, Connaught Park, Richelieu Park (where she set her two-year-old mark of 2:06), Trois-Rivieres and Quebec.

The game mare’s best season on the track was as a three-year-old, when she twice defeated Balenzano, who was later voted Harness Tracks of America’s Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year. It wasn’t just the fillies she dominated, as she also defeated colts Perfect Wave, Fleet Time, Keen Freight, Jerry Hal and Adios Watts on her way to record stats of 12-4-2 in 18 starts for earnings of $78,312 and a lifetime mark of 2:02.1 which she reached three times that year. Her year concluded with a win in the Lady Maud Stakes at Roosevelt Raceway and being voted the Canadian Trotting Association’s Three-Year-Old Pacer of the Year. Other stakes race wins at three included the Ladyship Stakes at Goshen, NY; La Quebecoise Stakes, Dottie’s Pick Stakes and Gaspe Futurity at Richelieu Park.

Woodlawn Drummond concluded her racing career at the end of her four-year-old season after competing against the best older pacers in North America, including Bret Hanover (five times), Adios Vic and Cardigan Bay. She managed a solid third-place finish in Canada’s oldest harness stakes event, the Canadian Pacing Derby, at Greenwood Raceway, behind H A Meadowland and Timely Knight. Her year was highlighted by a win in the Canada Pace at Richelieu Park, and a second in the Ryan Memorial at Rideau Carleton for a record of 2-5-2 in 15 starts.

As a broodmare, her colts Keith Drummond, by Tar Heel and Gerry Drummond by Romeo Hanover, saw some success at the track. Keith Drummond won 11 races for $44,029 in earnings and a lifetime mark of 2:01.4 set as a two-year-old. Gerry Drummond had 29 wins in his race career and set a mark of 2:04.4 at the age of eight.

Thoroughbred Legend – Exterminator

He was known as ‘Old Bones,’ a moniker the chestnut gelding was bestowed by his affectionate fans. Some also called him ‘The Galloping Hat Rack’ or ‘Old Slim,’ based on his tall, scrawny, angular appearance. A writer said ‘he never won a beauty contest, and certainly did not dazzle in any confirmation photos, but on the track Exterminator was the gritty hero of Thoroughbred’s Golden Age of the ‘20s.’

In 1918 he shocked bettors by winning the Kentucky Derby at odds of 30-1, the longest shot on the board. The Derby was one of Exterminator’s record 34 stakes victories during an eight-year career that began in Kentucky and Windsor, Ont., and ended in 1924 in Montreal. In his 99th career start, the nine-year old gelding pulled up lame. He left a legacy that would never be forgotten, as he won 20 times while carrying 130 pounds or more.

As he aged he became one of racing’s most popular warriors. At five he set two world records, as he won the one and three-quarter-mile Saratoga Cup and the two-mile Autumn Gold Cup at Belmont. He was champion older male in 1920, ’21 and ’22. Foaled in 1915 at Almahurst Farm, Ky., Exterminator sold for $1,500 at Saratoga’s yearling sale. By age two he was nearly 17 hands; awkward and coarse looking, prompting owner J.C. Milam to geld him and sell him for $9,000 to Willis Sharpe Kilmer, who was looking for a workhorse to tune up Sun Briar, his two-year-old champion and Derby favourite. Sun Briar didn’t train well and Kilmer, under the urging of Churchill Downs president Col. Matt Winn, reluctantly entered the horse he called ‘the truck horse’ or ‘the goat’ for the Derby.

In 1924 the gallant old warrior limped off the track after finishing third at Dorval. Two weeks earlier he notched his 50th and final victory at Blue Bonnets. During his career Exterminator made four starts at Woodbine, where je won the Autumn Cup three years in a row while toting between 132 and 137 pounds. He was assigned 134 pounds in the two and a quarter-mile Ontario Jockey Club Cup, which he won handily over a ‘muddy’ track. ‘Old Bones’ campaigned 13 times in Canada. He died at age 30 and was buried next to his old stablemate Sun Briar. In 1957 he was inducted into Saratoga’s Hall of Fame.

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will honour these deserving legends at the CHRHF President’s Reception, which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, May 18 at 4:30 pm in the CHRHF, which is located at Woodbine Racetrack. The reception will also feature the official unveiling of the display boards for the 2015 inductees, as well as the introduction of the 2016 inductees.

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, located at Woodbine Racetrack, Toronto, is a national organization dedicated to honouring the best in Canadian horse racing, as we preserve the history and heritage of the sport.

Additional details are available at canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com.


Ontario Post Times, Race Date Changes

April 22, 2016 - The registrar of the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario has approved the application made by Woodbine Entertainment Group to amend the post times of the 2016 race date schedule for Mohawk Racetrack.

Additionally, the registrar of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has approved the replacement race date submitted by Rideau Carleton Raceway Holdings Ltd. for the cancellation of the February 21, 2016 race date at Rideau Carleton Raceway.

Details of the changes appear below.


Saturday, May 14
• First-race post time: 7:25 p.m. (change from 6:45 p.m.)

Saturday, May 21
• First-race post time: 6:45 p.m. (change from 7:25 p.m.)


(revised date)


Sunday, August 21 (additional to evening card)
• First-race post time: 2:00 p.m.

The AGCO would like to advise that any aggrieved party has the right to appeal the registrar’s decision to the commission.

To view the English version of the AGCO notice, which includes a revised race-date calendar, click here.

To view a French version, click here.

(With files from the AGCO)

COSA GoFundMe Classy Lane Fire Campaign Concludes

April 20, 2016 – After receiving 1,950 donations totaling over $710,000 (Cdn) to aid those impacted by the Jan. 4 barn fire at Classy Lane Stables in Puslinch, ON, the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) has concluded its GoFundMe campaign.

COSA president Bill O’Donnell said he has been overwhelmed by the generosity and can’t begin to properly thank everyone who donated to the fund.
“The whole thing has been astonishing,” O’Donnell said. “In the beginning, when we first put it up, we were hoping to get $80,000 and set $100,000 as a goal hoping just to help people replace equipment. It hit $112,000 in about 10 hours. It was wild.”

Trainers Ben Wallace, Roger Mayotte, Chantal Mitchell, Kris Di Cenzo, Dan Lagace and Floyd Amos lost virtually every horse they train and most of their equipment in the blaze, throwing them and their staff out of work.

COSA’s GoFundMe campaign was so successful O’Donnell said every person connected to the tragedy that gutted Barn 1 and killed all 43 horses received financial reimbursement thanks to the generosity of people from around the world, but particularly the horse racing community far and wide.
“I was flabbergasted how many people came to everybody’s rescue,” O’Donnell said, adding there were a number of heartwarming donations. “We had a group of preschoolers in Belleville, from Little Rascals Child Care, who sent in a cheque with a note that said “our children have been doing fundraisers, bake sales, pizza and workshop sale items to give donations to an organization of their choice. When they read and talked about the fire it was a unanimous decision”.

Wallace, who lost all 17 horses he had in Barn 1 at Classy Lane, said he and all those affected are tremendously grateful to everyone who donated to help them and to COSA for organizing the fundraiser.

“Not one of my caretakers — or anybody’s caretaker, for that matter — was financially challenged due to the fire. They got paid right through,” Wallace said. “There isn’t one caretaker that could say that they were left out of the mix. I feel very, very good about that.”

COSA established a seven-member committee to decide how best to allocate the money. Joining O’Donnell on the committee was Woodbine Entertainment Group executive vice-president Jamie Martin, Clinton Raceway general manager Ian Fleming, Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association president Sue Leslie, Karen Breen owner of Tackmaster and horsemen Jim Wellwood and Dave Drew. Breen was on a committee that helped determine how best to allocate money after a fire in 1992 at Mohawk that killed 69 horses and destroyed Barn 3. Leslie sat on a similar committee after a fire in 2002 at Woodbine that killed 31 thoroughbreds.

“The group was more than helpful with their guidance about how to distribute the money in a fair way,” O’Donnell said, adding “the committee recommended that we start by getting professional appraisals”. O’Donnell contacted Bob Boni, David Reid and Brian Webster about the value of the
horses lost at Classy Lane.

“You couldn’t get three better guys to do it,” O’Donnell said. “We took the three appraisals, added
them all up and divided by three to get an average per horse.”

The owners of the three ponies killed in the blaze were compensated, as were the owners of the
35 standardbreds that were not insured.

“The money is all gone. It’s been distributed between grooms, trainers and owners,” O’Donnell
said with the exception of the funds that will be collected next year from the stallion auction that
raised approximately $75,000 on live foals”.

O’Donnell gave thanks to the media for covering the story and made special mention of
Standardbred Canada for keeping the GoFundMe campaign near the top of its website news
items for weeks.

“They did a great job of leaving that story up at the top. It could have slid down to the bottom of
the page and people would never have seen it,” O’Donnell said.
Cathy Boughton, Executive Assistant
Central Ontario Standardbred Association
PO Box 297
36 Main Street N.
Campbellville, ON L0P 1B0
Email: cathy@cosaonline.com


Update To Mohawk Qualifying Schedule

April 19, 2016 - Spring has certainly arrived, and to accommodate the numerous horses returning to the racetrack, Mohawk Racetrack will soon switch to two qualifying days a week.

Starting next week, Mohawk will be offering qualifying sessions each Monday and Friday morning. The first race for each session will head to post at 10 a.m.

The entry box for Monday qualifiers will close on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., while entries for Friday qualifiers will be due on Wednesdays by 10:30 a.m.

Along with the qualifying dates, horsepeople are reminded that the track at Mohawk is available for training every day of the week, except on Sundays. The track will open each morning at 7 a.m. and will close at 12:30 p.m.

Upcoming qualifying dates at Mohawk appear below.

Thursday, April 21 – 10 a.m.
Monday, April 25 – 10 a.m.
Friday, April 29 – 10 a.m.
Monday, May 2 – 10 a.m.
Friday, May 6 – 10 a.m.

(Standardbred Canada)

AGCO Approves Post Time Changes

April 14, 2016 - The Registrar of the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario has approved the application made by 405730 Ontario Ltd. to amend the post times of the 2016 race date schedule for Hiawatha Horse Park & Entertainment Centre (Hiawatha).

Woodbine Entertainment Group is requesting approval for amendment of the post times at Mohawk Racetrack.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario is circulating this application for amendment to the approved race date schedule and will receive comments on the application from interested industry participants before making its decision on the application. Copies of the application and business case to support these changes are included with this Notice.

The AGCO approves racetracks’ live and simulcast dates. Amendments or variances to the approved schedule of dates and post times are made by application to the Registrar. A post time change of more than 30 minutes must be approved by the AGCO.

The Registrar has approved the following:

Hiawatha Revised Post Time(s)

All Race Dates
Post Time: 7:00 p.m. (change from 6:30 p.m.)

The application from Woodbine Entertainment Group is as follows:

Mohawk Revised Post Time(s)
Saturday, May 14, 2016 Post Time: 7:25 p.m. (change from 6:45 p.m.)
Saturday May 21, 2016 Post Time: 6:45 p.m. (change from 7:25 p.m.)

Input, comments or concerns must be received by April 21, 2016 to be considered and can be forwarded to the AGCO as follows:

416-326-5555 Attn: “Horse Racing”


Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario
90 Sheppard Ave East, Suite 200
Toronto ON, M2N 0A4
Attn: “Horse Racing”

Please be advised that any aggrieved party has the right to appeal the Registrar’s decision to the Commission.

To view the document in its entirety, click here.

(Standardbred Canada)

WEG Stakes Payments Due Friday

April 14, 2016 - Another round of stakes payments for Woodbine Entertainment Group and Alliance events, including the Pepsi North America Cup, are due this Friday (April 15).

A group of 53 three-year-old pacers remain eligible to make the second sustaining payment to the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. The sustaining fee for the ‘Cup’ is $1,000 ($745 USD).

A second sustaining payment is also due Friday for the Canadian Trotting Classic, Fan Hanover, Elegantimage, Goodtimes, Somebeachsomewhere and Casual Breeze.

The ‘Fall Four’ events for two-year-olds will be held at Woodbine Racetrack in November. The Governor’s Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid all have a sustaining payment due Friday.

Following last month’s nominations, the Metro Pace, Canadian Pacing Derby and Maple Leaf Trot are several events with a first sustaining payment due Friday.

Two-year-old events the Shes A Great Lady, William Wellwood Memorial, Peaceful Way, Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation have a sustaining payment owed Friday. The Roses Are Red and Milton Stakes for older pacing mares and the Armbro Flight for older trotting mares also have a first sustaining payment due Friday.

The final sustaining payment for the 2016 WEG-SBOA Filly events is owed Friday. The eliminations for the three-year-old filly pace and trot stakes are scheduled for Saturday, May 21 at Mohawk.

The Woodbine Entertainment Group continues to handle all stakes administration for Alliance Racetracks.

A second sustaining payment is due Friday for the Battle of Waterloo, Battle of the Belles at Grand River Raceway and the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. A sustaining fee is also due for the Dream Of Glory Trot at Hanover Raceway.

All stakes payments can be made online by clicking here.

All stakes conditions and details can be found in the WEG Stakes Booklet, which can be accessed byclicking here.

If sending payments by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than April 15 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended.

Any questions or concerns regarding the April 15 deadline can be directed to the Mohawk race office (905-854-7805).

Stakes payments to these stakes can also be made through SC Stakes Online. Click here for more info on how to get started.

(With files from WEG)
(Standardbred Canada)

New Model Rule Updates Posted

April 13, 2016 - The revisions to the racing regulatory standards that were adopted by the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) at its meeting last month in New Orleans were formally posted today.

Among them, sections pertaining to Medical Labeling were strengthened to ensure that improper medications are not being used in racing and to strengthen racing commission jurisdiction in this area.

ARCI Chair Judy Wagner praised several racing industry organizations that provided invaluable input to assist the development of the final medical labeling version that was adopted. She noted specific contributions by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, the National HBPA, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and the North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians.

The Model Rules of Racing were amended as follows:

• ARCI-004-105 Calculation Of Payouts And Distribution Of Pools

• ARCI-008-030 Jockey Suspensions and Designated Races

• ARCI-011-010 Treatment Restrictions

• ARCI-011-020 Medical Labeling

• ARCI-011-025 Trainer Responsibility

• ARCI-025-010 Treatment Restrictions

• ARCI-025-020 Medical Labeling

• ARCI-025-025 Trainer Responsibility

The ARCI also expanded its Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule to include and set regulatory thresholds for the following four medications: Cimetidine, Ranitidine, Cetirizine and Guaifenesin.

Additionally, regulatory thresholds for Xylazine and Omeprazole were modified based on new information and research not available when the schedule was initially adopted. The Xylazine and the Omeprazole thresholds were adjusted based upon studies conducted at the University of California at Davis, funded by the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council, and coordinated through the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium.

The ARCI also amended the Uniform Classification Guidelines of (Prohibited) Foreign Substances, as follows:

• Methamphetamine: Added footnote language recommending Penalty B if testing can prove presence of only levo-methamphetamine is present in sample.

• Tramadol: Penalty recommendation changed from Penalty A to Penalty B.

• Cetirizine: Penalty recommendation changed from Penalty B to Penalty C after inclusion into ARCI Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule.

• Morphine: Footnote language added recommending Penalty A if intentional administration can be proven by regulators.

• Cocaine: Footnote language added recommending Penalty A if intentional administration can be proven by regulators.

All ARCI regulatory standards are published on the association’s website. Model Rules can also be accessed through the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program(RTIP).

ARCI Model Rules serve as a guide to jurisdictions in the making of racing regulatory policy. In some instances, portions of the ARCI Model Rules have the force of law by virtue of statutes or rules incorporating them “by reference”. This means that when the ARCI adopts a rule, it automatically becomes the applicable policy in jurisdictions that have done that.

(with files from ARCI)
(Standardbred Canada)