December 1, 2015

Ontario Animal Health Network Update

November 26, 2015 - The Ontario Animal Health Network has issued an update on the health of horses in Ontario for the period dating July 1 – September 30, 2015.

The OAHN is a new program focusing on early disease detection in animals to identify trends in animal health issues and direct the appropriate action when necessary.

The program has created expert veterinary networks for each species or commodity. The Equine Expert Network is comprised of eight veterinarians with four representing the Ontario Veterinary College, OMAFRA, and the Animal Health Laboratory at the University of Guelph and four representing private practice from different geographical regions and disciplines.

Veterinarians who provide services to horse owners are surveyed quarterly about the diseases and issues seen in practice. Results from this survey, along with a summary of laboratory results, are discussed by the Network to detect important trends and emerging horse health issues. The overall goal of the network is to improve the health of the Ontario’s equine herd.

An update is available here.


(Standardbred Canada)

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)

RRSP Deadline Reminder

November 24, 2015 - Horsepeople are reminded that the deadline for contributing to the Ontario Standardbred Horsepeople’s Group RRSP is December 1.

In order to ensure that contributions are received in the OHHA office on or before December1, it is advised that members send them via a guaranteed delivery service, such as Canada Post’s Express Post, or by courier. Contributions received after December 1 will not be accepted and will be returned. Postmarks will not be considered. To ensure OHHA receives them, do not entrust their delivery to any other party.

Members wishing to deliver their contributions in person may do so at the OHHA office at 35 Crawford Crescent, Campbellville, ON. There is a mailbox outside the door for after hours drop-off. The OHHA office will be open until 7:00 p.m. on December 1 for members’ convenience.

Any Standardbred racing industry participant can join the plan. In order to qualify for the industry contribution to their retirement account, owners, trainers, and drivers must have participated in 12 races in 2014. Owners and breeders will be credited based on the percentage of the horse(s) they owned or bred. Breeders must be the owner of a mare whose offspring raced 12 times in 2014, or be the breeder of horses that competed in 12 starts in 2014. Assistant trainers and grooms must provide a T4, or letter from their employer verifying employment in 2014.

Further information and forms are available on the OHHA website at, or by calling the OHHA office 905-854-6442 or 1-866-774-6442.

(Standardbred Canada)

Last Call: Woodbine Series Nominations

November 24, 2015 - Officials in the Mohawk Racetrack race office would like to remind horsepeople that nominations to the Woodbine Winter Series close on Tuesday, December 1.

A total of 12 events will be offered over the months of December, January, February and March. The series finals will feature nearly $500,000 in added money over the course of the winter.

The Niagara for three-year-old pacing fillies and the Valedictory for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will kick off Winter Series action in December. Both series will wrap up with their finals on the special afternoon Boxing Day card.

New in 2016, the and WEGZ series are now four-year-old pacing events.

The will be offered for four-year-old pacing mares, who are non-winners of $100,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. The WEGZ series carries the same conditions and is for four-year-old pacing horses and geldings.

Other Winter Series events include the Blizzard, Snowshoe, Miss Vera Bars, The Count B, Ontario Girls, Ontario Boys, Lifetime Dream and General Brock.

To view the nomination form and details for all 12 events, click here.

Each series carries a nomination fee of $200 and will feature two preliminary legs and added money final.

To pay the $200 nomination fee online, click here.

If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than December 1, 2015 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended.

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)

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)

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)

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.