A new two-year deal commits to $62M in purses for the 2023-2024 thoroughbred racing meets; season set to open on April 22.
June 13 is another possible start-up date for racing to begin after the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the start of the season.
The Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium and the HBPA have provided an update to their horsepeople regarding new measures in place for the upcoming season.
Woodbine Entertainment and the HBPA of Ontario made a four-year agreement, bringing the total purses to $71 million for the 2019 season.
Between the Smithbilt/Cam Clark Ford Gala and the inaugural C Cup Classic charity race, an impressive total of $15,929 was raised over the Horses, Hats and Hope charity weekend. All funds are going directly to support breast cancer research through the Cancer Research Institute of Northern Alberta (CRINA). The Horses, Hats and Hope gala, hosted […]
The series, Talkin’ Horses, will pick up from the HBPA’s award-winning television show of the same name which ran for three years on CTV Television
The Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) have announced changes to the condition book affecting Ontario Sired horses for the remainder of the year. WEG will continue to write races for OS maiden three-year-old races until August 1st, and at that time those races will be replaced with a […]
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) today jointly announced Woodbine’s 2015 Thoroughbred racing calendar. Opening day for Woodbine’s 60th season, which will offer 133 dates pending Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) approval, is set for Saturday, April 11, with closing day scheduled for Sunday, December 6. The 156th running of […]
Years of uncertainly have come to an end for the employees and horse people of Fort Erie Race Track. Today, the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Jeff Leal, reiterated the government’s commitment to the continuation of live thoroughbred racing at the historic site. This season, which is the first of a five-year partnership […]
Ontario Veterinary College researchers shared some of their latest results during a presentation at Woodbine racetrack on May 22, 2014, thanks to generous sponsorship from the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario (HBPA) and Woodbine Entertainment Group. This research day was open to all Woodbine members involved in day-to-day work with the horses, with […]
The Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario wishes to clarify the memo issued on February 27th (see below) with the following statement: Further to the memo issued to Woodbine Thoroughbred Horsemen on February 27th, regarding the revisions to the Ontario Sire Racing Program for 2014, we would like to provide clarification. 1. The 40% […]
The three horsemen’s associations in British Columbia, BCTOBA, HBPA and the CTHS have been working overtime since the 2014 funding formula was announced on February 14th. The associations worked long and hard to come up with the best possible 2014 racing season that is in the best interest of the entire Thoroughbred racing industry in […]
The Board of Directors of the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario, (HBPA), is pleased to advise there will be live thoroughbred racing at Fort Erie Race Track in 2014. Meetings to organize, schedule and promote the race meet at the historic border oval are taking place. Horse people can assist by spreading this […]
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) has jointly announced Woodbine’s 2014 Thoroughbred racing calendar. Opening day for Woodbine’s 59th season, which will offer 133 dates pending Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) approval, is set for Saturday, April 12, with closing day scheduled for Sunday, December 7. The Woodbine backstretch will […]
The Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association has announced that there will, in fact, be live Thoroughbred racing at Fort Erie Racetrack this year. Details will follow in the next couple of days. In a statement, HPBA Ontario president, Sue Leslie, noted: “As our future is largely dependent on customers wagering on our product, it remains […]
With the Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel’s March 31st deadline for negotiations with racetracks fast approaching, there is still word on the fate of Fort Erie Racetrack. The Horsemen’s Benevolent Protective Association of Ontario is involved in the ongoing discussions with OMAFRA’s Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel and various Ministries to maintain Fort Erie Racetrack […]
The Federal Budget released on March 21, 2013 contains two changes to section 31 of the Income Tax Act. The Jockey Club of Canada Tax Committee Chair, John Unger, has released the following statement regarding Section 31 of the Income Tax Act pertaining to the horse racing industry in Canada. First, the wording of section […]
The Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) of Ontario endorses and supports the Horse Welfare Policy adopted by Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG). We believe this was a necessary step to protect racehorses from unnecessary suffering while sending a positive message to the media, public, our customers and the government. As is well-known, the HBPA has […]
Deloitte Touche LLP is still in the process of conducting their audit of Woodbine Entertainment Group’s finances. In the interim, the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) continue to negotiate a lease agreement for floor space for the slots at Woodbine Racetrack. As a result of the status of the […]
The Board of Directors of the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Society Association (HBPA) of Ontario have announced the election of the following officers for a three-year term: President – Sue Leslie Vice-President – Owners – Bill Diamant Vice-President – Trainers – Nick Gonzalez Secretary/Treasurer – Danny Vella For more information on the HBPA of Ontario, […]
The Horsemen’s Benevolent Protective Association of Ontario is pleased to announce that the members have elected a new Board of Directors
Since the Ontario government’s announcement regarding the termination of the Slots At Racetracks (SAR) Program I have been in personal contact with many of our members and would like to thank those of whom I have spoken with for expressing your views and for your support during these challenging times. For the past three months […]
Many may have already heard that 2012 will be the final season of racing at Fort Erie Racetrack. The Board of the Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium (FELRC) of which the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario (HBPA) is a member has worked diligently to reinvigorate the racetrack since taking over management of it […]
As a result of a historic agreement between the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario and the Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium, seven additional Thoroughbred racing dates have been added to the 2012 schedule. During a press conference held on October 18th, it was announced that the 2012 racing season would be shortened […]