August 28, 2015

Elimination Mania Hits Mohawk

August 25, 2015 – The present and future of harness racing’s pacing ranks will be on display Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack for the eliminations of the Canadian Pacing Derby, Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady.

An all-star group of 18 older pacers have been split into two $40,000 eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby. The Metro Pace for two-year-old pacing colts has attracted 23 rookies separated into three $40,000 eliminations, while 12 two-year-old pacing fillies will contest a pair of $35,000 eliminations for the Shes A Great Lady Stakes.

The Canadian Pacing Derby is Canada’s oldest harness race and annually serves as one of the premier events in the sport.

This year’s ‘Pacing Derby’ once again has attracted the finest older pacers in the sport.

The first elimination Saturday is highlighted by the red-hot State Treasurer (PP4, David Miller). The Dr. Ian Moore trainee enters his Derby elimination off back-to-back victories in the U.S. Pacing Championship and the Roll With Joe Stakes.

State Treasurer has won six of 12 starts this season and earned over $500,000 to bring his career bankroll to north of $1.4 million.

The Ron Burke trainee All Bets Off (PP7, Matt Kakaley) also enters the first elimination with plenty of confidence. The four-year-old pacer captured the Prix D’Ete last Sunday in Quebec and has hit the board in four of his last five starts. All Bets Off has banked over $400,000 this season to bring his career total to over $1.5 million.

The second elimination features the richest Standardbred of all-time Foiled Again (PP5, Yannick Gingras).

A winner of over $7.1 million, Foiled Again won the 2012 edition of the Canadian Pacing Derby and a top-five finish in this Saturday’s elimination will secure the 11-year-old his fifth appearance in the ‘Pacing Derby’ final.

The Burke trainee finished second in last year’s Derby and has finished no worse than third in his four Derby appearances.

The second split will also feature the hottest horse on the Woodbine Entertainment circuit Shamballa (PP1, Rick Zeron).

The Rick Zeron trainee has been dominating the Preferred level at Mohawk and enters his elimination on a five-race win streak. Known for his wicked closing speed, Shamballa will be making his first career Grand Circuit start.

The five-year-old gelding has eight wins in 11 starts this season for $138,000 in earnings.

Another notable in the second elimination is four-year-old JK Endofanera (PP7, Brett Miller), who will be making his first start at Mohawk since capturing the 2014 Pepsi North America Cup.

The top-five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby final on Saturday, September 5. The eliminations have been carded as races five and seven on Saturday.

The Metro Pace has annually been the top race for two-year-old pacers and has severed as a launching pad to impressive careers for many greats.

The first elimination Saturday will feature Ontario Sires Stakes standout Voracity (PP5, Randy Waples). The son of Sportswriter is fresh off a victory in a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes and has three wins from four starts this season.

Voracity is trained by Tony Alagna, who captured last year’s Metro Pace with Artspeak. Alagna also sends out American Passport (PP6, Scott Zeron) in the first elimination and three other rookies (Highlandbeachycove, Racing Hill, Mindtrip) in the final two eliminations.

The undefeated colt Control The Moment (PP6, Randy Waples) highlights the second elimination. A son of Well Said, Control The Moment captured his Nassagaweya split last Saturday with ease to improve to five for five.

The Brad Maxwell trainee is the only undefeated rookie of the 23 entered in this year’s Metro eliminations.

The third and final Metro elimination will feature a field of seven rookies. The Catamount Kid (PP6, Jody Jamieson) will look to carry the momentum from his victory in last Saturday’s Nassagaweya into his preliminary.

The son of Well Said comes into the Metro on a two-race win streak for trainer Carl Jamieson.

Casie Coleman trainee Betting Line (PP3, Tim Tetrick), a two-time OSS Gold series winner, will look to rebound from a break in his most recent start in the final elimination. The son of Sportswriter has won three of five starts to begin his career.

The top-three finishers from each elimination and a fourth-place finisher drawn by a lot will advance to the $685,000 Metro Pace final on Saturday, September 5.

Two-year-old pacing fillies will also share the spotlight Saturday in a pair of eliminations for the Shes A Great Lady Stakes.

Thatsoveryverynice (PP5, Jody Jamieson), an Eternal Camnation division winner, will highlight the first elimination. The daughter of Vintage Master has won three of four starts for trainer and co-owner Tony Alagna.

The second split features Bob McIntosh trainee L A Delight (PP2, Randy Waples). The daughter of Bettors Delight won her division of the Eternal Camnation Saturday to extend her current win streak to six starts in a row.

The top-five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $455,000 Shes A Great Lady final on Saturday, September 5.

The winners of each elimination Saturday will earn the right to select their post position for the final of their respective race.

Post time for Saturday’s star-studded 12-race card is 7:25 p.m.

The full fields for all the stakes eliminations can be found below.

PP/Horse/Driver/Trainer

Canadian Pacing Derby – Elimination 1 – Race 5
1. Ellis Park – Randy Waples – Brad Maxwell
2. Piston Broke – Tim Tetrick – Rob Fellows
3. Bettorever – Corey Callahan – Jeff Bamond, Jr.
4. State Treasurer – David Miller – Dr. Ian Moore
5. Mcwicked – David Miller – Casie Coleman
6. Captive Audience – Andrew McCarthy – Colin Johnson
7. All Bets Off – Matt Kakaley – Ron Burke
8. Luck Be Withyou – Luc Ouellette – Bill Cass
9. Bettors Edge – TBA – Ron Burke

Canadian Pacing Derby Elimination 2 – Race 7
1. Shamballa – Rick Zeron – Rick Zeron
2. Mach It So – Corey Callahan – Jeff Bamond, Jr.
3. Evenin Of Pleasure – Sylvain Filion – Richard Moreau
4. Melmerby Beach – Paul MacDonell – Paul MacDonell
5. Foiled Again – Yannick Gingras – Ron Burke
6. Nirvana Seelster – Sylvain Filion – Bill Budd
7. JK Endofanera – Brett Miller – Jimmy Takter
8. Limelight Beach – TBA – Ron Burke
9. Clear Vision – Brett Miller – Ron Burke

Metro Pace – Elimination 1 – Race 6
1. Bank Shot Hanover – Mark MacDonald – Daniel Renaud
2. Blayde Hanover – Sylvain Filion – Tony O’Sullivan
3. Stonebridge Beach – Stephane Pouliot – Stephane Larocque
4. Check Six – Yannick Gingras – Ron Burke
5. Voracity – Randy Waples – Tony Alagna
6. American Passport – Scott Zeron – Tony Alagna
7. Cruise Patrol – Sylvain Filion – Jimmy Takter
8. Nvestment Bluechip – Jody Jamieson – Dave Menary

Metro Pace – Elimination 2 – Race 8
1. Carter Beach – Jody Jamieson – Carl Jamieson
2. Highlandbeachycove – Scott Zeron – Tony Alagna
3. Sossys King Kong – Doug McNair – Richard ‘Nifty’ Norman
4. Ideal Rocky – Corey Callahan – John Butenschoen
5. Manny – Corey Callahan – Howie Okusko, Jr.
6. Control The Moment – Randy Waples – Brad Maxwell
7. Racing Hill – Brett Miller – Tony Alagna
8. Manhattan Beach – Yannick Gingras – Ron Burke

Metro Pace – Elimination 3 – Race 10
1. Mindtrip – Brett Miller – Tony Alagna
2. Talk Show – John Campbell – Steve Elliott
3. Betting Line – Tim Tetrick – Casie Coleman
4. Pretty Boy Hill – Yannick Gingras – Ron Burke
5. Rodeo Rock – Randy Waples – Don Swick
6. The Catamount Kid – Jody Jamieson – Carl Jamieson
7. Real Kid – Doug McNair – Larry Ainsworth

Shes A Great Lady – Elimination 1 – Race 2
1. JK Fannie – Matt Kakaley – Nancy Johansson
2. Upside Surprise – Andrew McCarthy – Tony O’Sullivan
3. Albany Girl – Brett Miller – Jimmy Takter
4. Thisorthat Hanover – Tim Tetrick – James ‘Friday’ Dean
5. Thatsoveryverynice – Jody Jamieson – Tony Alagna
6. Highland Rocksolid – TBA – Marty Fine

Shes A Great Lady – Elimination 2 – Race 3
1. Ivy League – Brett Miller – Jimmy Takter
2. L A Delight – Randy Waples – Bob McIntosh
3. Show Time Hill – Andrew McCarthy – Tony Alagna
4. Three Dreams – James MacDonald – Jeff Bamond, Jr.
5. Darlinonthebeach – David Miller – Nancy Johansson
6. Blue Moon Stride – Andrew McCarthy – Mark Harder

(WEG)

(Standardbred Canada)

To view entries for Saturday’s card of harness racing, click the following link: Saturday Entries – Mohawk Racetrack.

Statement On Ractopamine In Feedstuffs

August 25, 2015 - This memo is to comment on the CPMA press release issued on Friday, August 21st, regarding “Ractopamine In Feedstuffs Update”.

In the press release, the CPMA “reminds race horse owners and trainers that it remains their responsibility to obtain horse feed and supplements that are free from substances that may trigger a positive test such as ractopamine.” It goes on to suggest that “Race horse trainers and owners may wish to obtain their feed from facilities that have been designated as Type A which are those commercial facilities that manufacture, handle and/or distribute only feeds that do not contain ractopamine.” The press release then gives a CFIA link to view the status of mills involved in the Canadian Ractopamine-Free Pork Certification program.

While we commend the efforts of CPMA to bring awareness to the issue of safe manufacturing of feed by avoiding purchasing feed supplied by mills that include Ractopamine in their production, the list provided by CFIA is far from being inclusive in safe options available to Ontario’s horsemen. The list does not include any of the drug-free equine production facilities in Ontario, such as Agribrands Purina in Strathroy, Brooks Feeds in Port Perry, and Sharpe Farm Supplies in Moffat. None of these plants are listed on the CFIA website as they do not manufacture pig feed, hence are not part of the CFIA Canadian Ractopamine-Free Pork Program. These plants are completely drug-free, not just Ractopamine free, offering zero chance of feed contamination from medications, which puts them in a classification far above any type A or B designation when it comes to feed safety! To be a Type A plant, the feed mill cannot use Ractopamine in their manufacturing, but can use a number of other medications in the feed mill such as Rumensin, which is deadly to horses. For complete feed safety, horsemen should be asking for more than just a Type A designation of their feed supplier.

Paul Sharpe
Sharpe Farm Supplies

(Standardbred Canada)

OLG Names Senior VP Of Horse Racing

August 25, 2015 - The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. announced on Monday, August 24 that it has hired Cal Bricker as its new Senior Vice President of Horse Racing.

Building on the work that has been underway over the past several months, Bricker will provide dedicated leadership as OLG continues to integrate horse racing into the provincial gaming strategy, according to an OLG release on the hiring.

According to his Linkedin profile, Bricker served as Vice President of Government Affairs and Communications for Waste Management in Canada from 2003 to 2014. Prior to that, he worked in Public affairs, for Labatt Breweries of Canada from 1992 to 2001, and Labatt USA from 2001 to 2003. Bricker has a PhD, International Relations, from the University of Alberta.

According to the OLG, Bricker will strengthen the OLG’s efforts to support industry self-governance by focusing on the ongoing development of strong working partnerships with the horse racing industry, government and regulatory bodies.

Touching on Bricker’s background, the OLG release states that Bricker has experience working in complex business environments that generate revenue while protecting the public interest. The release goes on to state that Bricker’s background in building partnerships among diverse stakeholders with multiple interests will serve OLG well, as the corporation works to create the conditions for sustainable horse racing industry in Ontario.

Bricker’s first day at OLG will be September 1, 2015.

(OLG)
(Standardbred Canada)

Turf Lounge To Close Its Doors

August 24, 2015 - On Monday, August 24, the Woodbine Entertainment Group announced that it is closing its Turf Lounge operation in downtown Toronto, effective Saturday, September 5.

Turf Lounge, located at 330 Bay Street, opened in 2003 with the objective of offering horse racing and off-track betting in the financial district in an upscale atmosphere while providing a fine dining experience.

“Turf Lounge was a concept that a great number of people worked hard to develop and sustain,” said Sean Pinsonneault, WEG’s chief operating officer. “We sincerely thank all of those individuals for their efforts and support over the last 12 years.”

The decision to close the restaurant was made after a careful deliberation of strategic priorities at WEG.

“Consistent with our evolving strategy and recent announcements, the focus is to continue building our world-class horse racing and entertainment business,” said Pinsonneault. “We are leveraging our tremendous assets and, with our aggressive expansion of the Champions network throughout the province and the strong customer appeal of our live racing products, wagering trends are exceeding our expectations.”

The release states that WEG is working with its loyal racing customers and will be offering an enhanced wagering experience at the Shoeless Joe’s Sports Grill, a Champions location at 276 King Street, just a short walk west from Turf Lounge. There will be expanded floor space dedicated to racing, and more terminals, televisions and racetracks available to watch and wager.

In addition, there are several other Champions Off-Track Betting locations in the downtown core, as well as the newly redesigned HPIbet internet and mobile offerings, ready to serve passionate racing fans. WEG will be working with them to ensure that they are comfortable exploring the other available options to continue playing their favourite tracks.

(With files from WEG)
(Standardbred Canada)

Study To Evaluate Cobalt Announced

August 24, 2015 - The U.S. Trotting Association announced on Monday (August 24) that it will fund a research study by renowned equine researchers Dr. George Maylin from Morrisville State College in New York and Dr. Karyn Malinowski and Dr. Ken McKeever of Rutgers University in New Jersey to evaluate the effects of cobalt on red blood cell production (erythropoiesis) and performance enhancement in horses.

Dr. Maylin anticipates that the study will commence at the beginning of September.

“The purpose is to study the effects of cobalt on racehorses with the exercise physiology model used by Dr. McKeever to study drugs such as EPO,” explained Dr. Maylin. “It’s the only way to assess the pharmacological effects with this type of compound. It will be a dose-response study to see if some level of cobalt has an effect on performance.”

In a previous study funded by the USTA, the three researchers determined a baseline for what the normal levels of cobalt are in a Standardbred horse.

“Most of the research has established that the naturally occurring levels in a horse are below 25 ppb but occasionally can range as high as 70 ppb,” said USTA President Phil Langley in making the announcement. “The problem remains that, other than establishing the natural levels, little is really known about the effects of cobalt on horses when it is given in excessive amounts.”

Racing jurisdictions have set thresholds to regulate the use of cobalt because it is known to be toxic in humans. However, there is currently no scientific evidence to determine an appropriate threshold for horses because dose-response studies have not been reported.

“The recent action of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on cobalt pretty much reflects the actions taken in many racing jurisdictions and the prevailing thought is that a warning at readings in excess of the 25 ppb level and a more severe penalty when the results exceed 50 ppb will dramatically reduce any improper use of cobalt,” said Langley.

In addition, there have been no controlled studies to document the purported performance enhancing effects of cobalt. The goal of the proposed study is to test the hypothesis that cobalt administration will alter biochemical parameters related to red blood cell production as well as markers of exercise performance.

“The important questions are whether cobalt can dramatically improve a horse’s performance or is detrimental to the horse’s health,” added Langley. “That’s what this research aims to discover.”

Eight healthy, trained Standardbred mares will be used for this experiment. Before receiving any drug treatment, all animals will complete a series of baseline testing.

According to the study plan, 50 mg of cobalt (Co HCl in one litre of saline) will be administered at 9 a.m. on three consecutive days. Blood samples will be obtained before and at one, two, four and 24 hours after administration. Administration will commence seven days after the first Graded Exercise Test (GXT). Plasma and blood volume will be measured two days after the last dose of cobalt. A post administration GXT will be performed the next day.

Testing will be comprised of measurement of maximal aerobic capacity and markers of performance, measurement of plasma volume and blood volume as well as lactate, erythropoietin (EPO), thyroid hormones and various blood hematological factors.

Cobalt toxicity and its ability to increase red blood cell production in humans have been known for more than 50 years. Recently there has been renewed interest in cobalt as a performance enhancing drug (PED) in race horses and human athletes. The possible toxicity associated with its use as a PED has become a welfare concern in the horse industry.

(USTA)
(Standardbred Canada)

CPMA Update On Ractopamine

Friday, August 21, 2015 - On Friday, August 21, the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency issued a memo to the Canadian horse racing industry which contained an update regarding Ractopamine in ‘feedstuffs.’

An official copy of the memo can be accessed by clicking here.

The contents to the memo appear below in both English and French.


Ractopamine In Feedstuffs Update

This memo is further to our notices to industry on February 14 and November 3, 2014, on the subject of ractopamine in feedstuffs wherein we reminded race horse owners and trainers that it remains their responsibility to obtain horse feed and supplements that are free from substances that may trigger a positive test such as ractopamine.

Please be advised that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has published a list of commercial feed facilities enrolled in the Canadian Ractopamine-Free Pork Certification Program. Race horse trainers and owners may wish to obtain their feed from facilities that have been designated as Type A which are those commercial facilities (feed mills and feed retail outlets) that manufacture, handle and/or distribute only feeds that do not contain ractopamine. They have never manufactured and/or distributed mixed feeds containing ractopamine (including trucking) or have followed the protocols established by CFIA to clean-up their facility.

The list, along with information regarding the Canadian Ractopamine-Free Pork Certification Program can be viewed here. Please note that this list is being updated as new facilities enroll.

Should you have any questions, please contact the CPMA at 1-800-268-8835, or by email at cpmawebacpm@agr.gc.ca.

Commission Office Hours Adjusted

August 19, 2015 - The Ontario Racing Commission has announced that the hours of operation at its main office have been adjusted.

The adjusted hours of operation will be in effect through September 18, 2015.

The office will be open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The office can be reached by calling 416-213-0520.

(With files from the ORC)
(Standardbred Canada)

Spread The Word, Not Germs

August 19, 2015 - Equine Guelph, in partnership with the Ontario horse racing industry, has launched a targeted, racing-specific biosecurity training program for all levels of the racing industry – from key stakeholders all the way down to grassroots.

Training sessions, tools, resources and videos are available to all three horse racing disciplines – Standardbred/Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse – to help protect the industry from the threat of infectious disease. Visit the Equine Guelph Infection Control Resources page.


Infection control is easier to understand when illustrated by Mark and Dan. Through unique whiteboard videos, Equine Guelph would like you to meet Mark, a lifelong member of the horse racing industry. Mark takes you on a journey through a steep learning curve as he recognizes the threats viruses and bacteria pose for his herd. You will hear about how he experienced the need for good infection control practices firsthand. His story is all about the basics and answers: What are the differences between bacteria and viruses? How are they spread? What can you do to prevent them?

His brother Dan also has an important story to tell. Watch a second video where he tells his story about improving infection control practices to keep his horses happy, healthy and at peak performance. This video answers: What should my goals for infection control be? How can I prevent illness at home? How can I prevent illness at the track?

Both whiteboard videos are part of a targeted, racing-specific biosecurity training program launched by Equine Guelph in partnership with the Ontario horse racing industry. The program consists of training sessions, tools, resources and videos available to all three horse racing disciplines – Standardbred/Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse. This three-stage program will help to protect the industry from the threat of infectious disease.

STANDARDBRED TRAINER BEN WALLACE (3:15 min)

 

QUARTERHORSE TRAINER BOB BROADSTOCK (3:46 min)

 

THOROUGHBRED TRAINER SHERRY MCLEAN (2:28 min)

 

In the first stage, Equine Guelph tailored its successful two-week online biosecurity course to Ontario Racing Commission officials (ORC) in a half-day workshop and subsequent two-week online course. The course covered racing specific topics.

In the second stage, a ‘Virtual Video Tour’ featuring biosecurity expert Dr. Scott Weese was developed. These informative five-minute videos offer assessments and practical solutions for racetrack paddocks and training centre barns. The videos are packed full of useful and practical information that make sense for every racing stable wanting to reduce the chances of illness. The videos can be viewed on the Equine Guelph website, under infection control resources.

INFECTION CONTROL AT THE TRAINING CENTRE (5:04 min)

 

INFECTION CONTROL AT THE RACETRACK (5:04 min)

“Biosecurity is trying to prevent things from coming on the property and infection control is trying to contain the risk we always have.” Weese explains. One practical example of infection control is using chain cross ties rather than rope because they can be easily be cleaned with a disinfectant wipe. They should also be adjusted short enough that horses cannot chew on them.

In stage three, racehorse owners, trainers and groomers have been receiving material distributed by the ORC and racetrack officials. Printed resources are available at all ten Ontario race tracks, paddocks and offices as well as approximately twenty major training centres. The print material includes posters outlining five key things horse care takers need to know to protect horses from getting sick, and a handy checklist to use at home and the track. USB sticks containing the new video resources will also be distributed.

The key to prevention is focusing on what you can control. Using vaccines to lower the odds of sickness, not sharing equipment such as buckets and washing hands regularly, especially if you are handling more than one horse are just a few of the practical steps. By spreading the word on biosecurity and infection control, Equine Guelph is helping facilities save money in veterinary bills and days off by lowering the odds of their horses getting sick in the first place.

In partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Equine Guelph is developing a ‘Full-Circle-Responsibility’ equine welfare educational initiative which stands to benefit horses in both the racing and non-racing sectors.

This project is funded in part through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of GF2 in Ontario. Other partners include: Central Ontario Standardbred Association, Equine Canada, Grand River Agricultural Society, Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ontario Racing Commission, Ontario Veterinary College, Quarter Horse Racing Association, Standardbred Canada and Vétoquinol Canada Inc.

Equine Guelph is the horse owners’ and care givers’ Centre at the University of Guelph. It is a unique partnership dedicated to the health and well-being of horses, supported and overseen by equine industry groups. Equine Guelph is the epicentre for academia, industry and government – for the good of the equine industry as a whole.

(with files from Equine Guelph)
(Standardbred Canada)

Woodbine Adds Two Directors

August 19, 2015 - On Wednesday, August 19, the Woodbine Entertainment Group announced that it has added two members to its Board of Directors.

Via release, WEG announced that Christine Magee, the co-founder of Sleep Country Canada, and Hugh Mitchell, the president and CEO of the Western Fair District in London, Ont., have joined its Board of Directors.

“Ms. Magee and Mr. Mitchell are tremendous additions to our board,” WEG Chairman of the Board Clay Horner was quoted as saying in the release.

“Christine has a strong track record in marketing and building an iconic brand, while Hugh is a broadly respected leader in horse racing and breeding circles. Both will be key figures in Woodbine Entertainment Group’s pursuit of a secure horse racing and breeding industry in Ontario in the short term and a thriving entity into the future.”

The contents of the release appear below.


Two Added To Woodbine Entertainment Group Board Of Directors

Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced the appointment of Ms. Christine Magee and Mr. Hugh Mitchell to its Board of Directors.

Ms. Magee is the co-founder of Sleep Country Canada, the largest retailer of mattresses in the country. She has spent the majority of her professional life effectively building Sleep Country Canada into a prominent, much-admired brand.

A community leader, Ms. Magee is a champion of the many charitable initiatives through Sleep Country Canada’s C.A.R.E. platform, including the Donated Bed Program, Give a Kid a Coat, Backpack for Kids. Ms. Magee is an active Mentor for the WXN (Women’s Executive Network) and Ivey School of Business and is working directly with Covenant House Toronto to support the newest awareness /intervention program for girls at risk.

In addition to her charitable work, Ms. Magee is on the Board of Directors of Sleep Country Canada Holdings Inc., SiriusXM Canada, and Trillium Health Partners. Ms. Magee is also a member of the Mentoring Council of the Province of Ontario Innovation Fund, the Women’s President Organization, the Advisory Council for the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and recently appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.

Mr. Mitchell is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Western Fair District in London, Ontario.

Mr. Mitchell has served in many capacities in horse racing throughout his life including a term as WEG’s Senior Vice President of Racing from 1999 to 2003. He is the Chairman of the Board of Harness Tracks of America (HTA) and the past president of the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA).

Mr. Mitchell currently serves as President of Tourism London and is the Vice-Chair of Board of Governors at Fanshawe College. He is a past Director of both the London Chamber of Commerce and Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions.

“Ms. Magee and Mr. Mitchell are tremendous additions to our board,” said WEG Chairman of the Board, Mr. Clay Horner. “Christine has a strong track record in marketing and building an iconic brand, while Hugh is a broadly respected leader in horse racing and breeding circles. Both will be key figures in Woodbine Entertainment Group’s pursuit of a secure horse racing and breeding industry in Ontario in the short term and a thriving entity into the future.”

The appointments come at a vital time for the province’s horse racing industry.

“We will continue to work with the Government of Ontario on its plan to integrate horse racing into the province’s gaming strategy,” said WEG Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Jim Lawson. “We are committed to ensuring Woodbine Entertainment Group fulfills its mandate as a provider of high quality horse racing and strengthen our stature as a progressive, innovative, world-class sports and entertainment industry leader.”

(WEG)
(Standardbred Canada)

 

Condren Golf Tournament Next Week

August 18, 2015 - Just a reminder that the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society’s 18th annual Steve Condren Charity Golf Tournament, which is in support of OSAS, will take place on Wednesday, August 26 at Hornby Glen Golf Course, 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.

(With files from OSAS)
(Standardbred Canada)