February 7, 2016

NJ Horsepeople Step Up For Fire Victims

February 2, 2016 - Freehold Raceway and the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey have announced that they have raised over $6,300 to support the horsepeople that were affected by the tragic fire at Classy Lane Training Centre in early January.

The devastating fire claimed the lives of 39 Standardbred racehorses. The six trainers housed in that barn lost all of their stable equipment in the fire.

Freehold Raceway and the SBOANJ joined forces on January 18 to raise funds for the worthwhile cause.

Many of the drivers and trainers donated their percentages from Monday’s race card and sponsored races for the benefit of their fellow horsemen. Freehold Raceway and the SBOANJ made a contribution that equalled the amount the horsepeople raised.

Anyone interested in donating should mail cheques payable to:

Classy Lane Barn Fire
Central Ontario Standardbred Association
P.O. Box 297
Campbellville, ON L0P 1B0

For complete information on COSA’s fire efforts, and for the official GoFundMe page,click here.

(With files from SBOANJ)
(Standardbred Canada)

Alberta Stallion Auction Underway

February 3, 2016 - The Alberta Standardbred Horse Association (ASHA) has announced that its stallion auction is now underway, with proceeds to be donated to the Classy Lane Barn Fire fund.

One breeding for each of the following stallions is available: Custard The Dragon, JK Royal Flush, JK Royal Flush, Major Hottie, Mystery Chase, Mystician, Riverboat King, Trust The Artist, Vertical Horizon, and Wink N Atcha.

The minimum bid is set at $500 with bidding increments set at $100. Bidding began on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 9 a.m. and will end on Monday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. Bids can be made by calling ASHA’s Colleen Haining at 587-877-2540.

Participants are kindly asked to be considerate of stallions and their owners’ best interests and consider not bidding for mares over the age of 20 years old, for mares that have been barren two or more consecutive times, for mares due after May 21, 2016, and for mares that have already been booked to another stallion.

Please note that this auction is for the stud fee only. All other expenses are to be taken care of by the bidder/mare owner.

Successful bidders are required to have their payment to the ASHA office within 30 days of the auction completion (March 8, 2016).

(With files from ASHA)
(Standardbred Canada)

Big M & Its Horsepeople Raise $30K

February 3, 2016 - The Meadowlands Racetrack and its horsepeople have raised a total of $31,368.58 to benefit the victims of the Classy Lane Training Center fire in Puslinch, Ont. that claimed the lives of 43 horses on January 4.

The money was raised in January when the track invited its horsepeople to pledge a percentage of their on-track earnings to the cause. As usual, the industry exceeded expectations by also sending in donations by the thousands.

“This is every horseperson’s absolute worst nightmare,” said Jason M. Settlemoir, the general manager and CEO of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. “Many thanks to Jennifer Bongiorno here at the Meadowlands for taking the lead on this fundraiser and a huge ‘thank-you’ must go out to the dozens of horsepeople that opened their wallets to help their fellow competitors in their time of need.”

A complete list of horsepeople that donated appears below.

Black Horse Racing Management
Brett Miller
Burke Barn of NJ
Burke Racing Stable & Weaver Bruscemi
Chris Oakes
Corey Callahan
Edward Muster
Heidi Rohr
Howard & Mark Ouriel
Jason M. Settlemoir
Jeff Gural
Jennifer Bongiorno
Jim Campbell
JL Sadowsky
Joe Bongiorno
Joe Holloway
John Butenschoen
John D Campbell
Julie & Andy Miller
Kyle Spagnola
Linda Toscano
Mark Harder
Mike Simons
Nick Surick
Robert Bresnahan Jr
Scott Zeron
Southern Tier Harness Horsemen’s Association

People wishing to make donations to the victims of the tragic barn fire at Classy Lane Training Centre are being asked to do so through an official GoFundMe page that has been set up by the Central Ontario Standardbred Association. For complete information,click here.

(With files from the Meadowlands Racetrack)

Ontario Racing Association To Host Standardbred Information Sessions

February 2, 2016 - The Ontario Racing Association (ORA) will be hosting informal information sessions with Standardbred horsepeople at Western Fair District on Tuesday, February 9, and at Mohawk Racetrack on Wednesday, February 10.

“No statements, no speeches,” ORA’s Executive Director John Snobelen has promised.

“It’ll be a one-on-one casual setting. We just want to say ‘hello’ and discuss the new responsibilities of ORA, Ontario Lottery and Gaming and the Ontario Ministry of Alcohol and Gaming beyond April 1, 2016. We also want to hear your thoughts on the race program, and will try to answer questions,” Snobelen has been quoted as saying.

“The ORA is an overall partnership of breeders, professionals, owners, tracks, government, Ontario citizens, and of course, our fans from around the world.”

“Partner opinions matter,” says Snobelen, “and although ORA will have Committees and a Board of Directors to guide it, these information forums will be ongoing for each of the three racing breeds.

“It’ll be a never-ending tour, as I see it, at various locations in the ensuing months and years. Everyone will have the opportunity to communicate with us.”

Western Fair District will host the ORA event from 1 – 3 p.m. on February 9 in the Carousel Room (via main Grandstand entrance – then to the Second Floor and follow the signage).

Mohawk’s information session will take place on February 10 from 1-3 p.m. in the Sports Lounge – please use the separate entrance to the left of the main Grandstand doors.

(Standardbred Canada)

Call For Horse Racing Appeal Panel

January 31, 2016 – The recently passed Horse Racing Licence Act, 2015 will cause a significant change in the way appeals of horse racing decisions are adjudicated in Ontario.

In particular, the legislation calls for the creation of a new tribunal, called the Horse Racing Appeal Panel (HRAP), which will be mandated to hear appeals of decisions made under the Rules of Racing. Meanwhile, the adjudicative responsibility for licensing appeals, including the granting, renewal, suspension or revocation of licences will now be transferred to the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT).

Beginning April 1, 2016, the HRAP will conduct hearings independently and at arm’s-length from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). The appointments process for Panel membership will be an open, transparent, and competitive process conducted by the AGCO Board of Directors. It is an expectation that all members will have knowledge of, or experience in, the horse racing industry in addition to other professional competencies.

The Panel will consist of at least five part-time members, including the Chair and Vice-Chair. Cases will involve non-licensing related appeals of decisions (including in-race violations, positive test cases, etc.) made by racing Judges and Stewards. (For more information on the Rules of Racing, please visit the following link: ORC Rules of Racing)

The newly-formed Horse Racing Appeal Panel will be a central component of a new adjudication model for Ontario’s horse racing industry promoting effective and independent regulation to uphold public confidence in the honesty and integrity of horse racing in the province.

For further details about the panel or for any general application inquiries, please contactScott Berry, Manager of Board Relations at the AGCO.

Links to Panel participant descriptions:

(with files from AGCO)

(Standardbred Canada)

Classy Lane Stallion Auction Now Live

February 1, 2016 - The Central Ontario Standardbred Association has released updated details regarding the stallion auction that will benefit those affected by the barn fire at Classy Lane Training Centre.

The auction is now live at classylanefirefund.ca with auctions concluding on Friday, February 5 starting at 6:00 p.m.

Breedings are available to the following stallions:

  • Shadow Play
  • Thinking Out Loud
  • Holiday Road
  • Big Jim
  • Sunshine Beach
  • Justice Hall
  • Prestidigitator
  • Wheeling N Dealin
  • E L Titan
  • Royalty For Life
  • Kadabra
  • Vintage Master
  • Angus Hall
  • Badlands Hanover
  • Dali
  • Well Said
  • Possess The Will
  • Coraggioso

Those looking to participate will have to place their bids online.

Silent Auction To Fund Memorial

January 25, 2016 – This year’s O’Brien Awards will feature a silent auction with proceeds going towards an engraved memorial stone for the 43 horses lost in the barn fire at Classy Lane Training Centre.

This will be part of a larger project that will be coordinated by Greer Landscaping, owned by Standardbred industry participants Teri-Lynn Greer and Doug Bowins. Greer Landscaping has offered to install a memorial garden including a circular walkway, benches and rose bushes. In the middle of this area would be a large stone engraved with the names of the horses lost in the fire. The company is coordinating the donation of all materials, providing the labour for the project and Standardbred Canada will assist with the funding of the engraved stone.

The plan is to erect this memorial in the spring.

The permanent memorial garden will be a tribute to the lives of the horses and will be coordinated with Barb and Jamie Millier, owners of Classy Lane.

Below is a design of what the garden and memorial would look like.

The O’Brien Awards‘ silent auction annually features jewelry, rare sports memorabilia, original artwork, and more provided by The Silent Auction Company and kicks off at 6:00 p.m. during the cocktail reception in the Graydon Hall Foyer.

SC is seeking contributions for the auction. Contributions may be made to the auction by contacting Kathy Wade Vlaar at kwvlaar@standardbredcanada.ca and will be accepted until Friday, February 5.

Standardbred Canada is also making a $5,000 contribution to the Classy Lane Fire Fund.

(Standardbred Canada)

Hanover Donates To Fire Fund

January 26, 2016 - It has been announced that the Hanover Bentinck and Brant Agricultural Society, the owners of Hanover Raceway, are donating to the official fund that the Central Ontario Standardbred Association has set up to support those affected by the Classy Lane Training Centre barn fire.

The agricultural society is donating $2,500 to the fund.

President Randy Rier has said that as an entity that is also in the stabling business, the Hanover Bentinck and Brant Agricultural Society was devastated to hear the news about the barn fire and that it is sympathetic to everyone affected by the situation.

For complete information on COSA’s official fund, click here.

(Standardbred Canada)

Breeding Auction Starts Today for SRF

January 26, 2016 - An auction of more than 70 breedings starts today at 8am onGait.com through 8:00 pm on Thursday, January 28th. The process is simple and easy, and bids will also be gladly accepted by contacting SRF at 732-446-4422 during that time.  Winning bidders will be required to make a 10% deposit with the balance due at live foal.

A Rocknroll Dance Allamerican Native Angus Hall Art Official
Artiscape Badlands Hanover Badlands Nitro Beatitude
Big Jim Calchips Brute Cash Hall Chapter Seven
Class Included Classic Card Shark Conway Hall Cr Excalibur
Dejarmbro Delmarvelous Detour Hanover Deweycheatumnhowe
Diamond Goal Dream Away Feelin Friskie Four Starz Rombro
Fred & Ginger Glidemaster He’s Watching Holiday Road
Hypnotic Blue Chip I Can Only Imagine Lisa Mara Lucky Chucky
Mach Three McArdle Mister Big Net Ten Eom
Nuclear Breeze Philos Hanover Ponder Possess The Will
Powerful Toy RockNRoll Heaven Rusty’s For Real Shark Gesture
So Surreal Sports Writer Stormin Normand Straight Shooting
Sweet Lou Tarver Hanover The Fraternity Plan Thinking Out Loud
Three Olives Trixton Toughofthetoughest We Will See
Well Said Western Hero Western Shore Western Vintage
Wishing Stone World of Rocknroll Yankee Cruiser

For 26 years the most important annual fundraiser for the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) has been the donation and sale of breedings. Dedicated to Standardbreds exclusively, SRF has 208 trotters and pacers in need of homes, nearly 200% more than any other organization.

Breeding donations are appreciated throughout the season and will be available for sale if received after the auction closes. To gift or purchase breedings or for other inquires on the auction process, please contact Tammy at 732 446-4422, or email Admin@srfmail.com. Donations of breedings are tax-deductible and help rehabilitate, rescue, retrain, adopt, and follow-up every adoption for life, as well as support SRF’s Youth Programs.  Support of this vital fundraiser is greatly appreciated.

(Standardbred Retirement Foundation)

Woodbine Training Day Moved

January 25, 2016 – With the mild temperatures and rain forecasted for Tuesday, training at Woodbine will move to Wednesday this week.  The Standardbred track at Woodbine will not be available for training on Tuesday (January 26). Instead, the track will be open for training on Wednesday (January 27) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Woodbine training day will return to its regular spot on Tuesdays next week.


(Standardbred Canada)