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Ontario Racing to Release Preliminary Report

Ontario Racing has reached the halfway point of their consultation period regarding the proposed long-term funding proposal for the horse racing industry in Ontario, and have released the following update: A warm thank you to all industry participants who have taken the time to attend these sessions in person, and to those who have submitted […]
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Ontario Racing Hires New Executive Director

Horse racing industry association Ontario Racing (OR) is proud to announce that their new Executive Director is in place. Rob Cook joins Ontario Racing with a wealth of experience in the leadership of industry associations. With the appointment of Mr Cook, Ontario Racing is continuing to build organizational capacity as they work to represent Ontario’s […]
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Introducing the Horse Racing Appeal Panel

On December 10, 2015, the Ontario Legislature passed legislation which will transfer the regulatory responsibilities of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and change the adjudication process for the appeal of horse racing decisions in Ontario. In particular, the legislation will create a new adjudicative body called […]
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First Steps in ORC Merger

To enhance a coordinated governance approach during the soft merger period, there have been positive changes to the makeup of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) and Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) Boards. The Government of Ontario appointed ORC Chair Elmer Buchanan to the Board of the AGCO for a period of one year, effective July 22, […]
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ORC Initiates Infection Control Blitz

The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) is currently distributing 4,000 USB sticks packed with information on how to prevent horses from getting sick to racehorse caregivers in all 10 Ontario race tracks paddocks and race offices as well as approximately 20 major training centres. The USB sticks include unique whiteboard videos introducing the basics of understanding […]
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CPMA Adds Buprenorphine to Schedule of Prohibited Drugs

On May 20, 2015, the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) released a Memorandumto Provincial Regulatory bodies and the Canadian horse racing industry advising that buprenorphine has been added to Schedule of Prohibited Drugs. Click here to see a copy of the CPMA Memorandum. The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) issues this Notice as a service. ORC licensees are expected to […]
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Clenbuterol in Quarter Horses Banned

Effective May 10, 2015, the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) will be enforcing a zero tolerance level with respect to clenbuterol found in quarter horses racing at Ajax Downs. Any Quarter Horses testing positive for clenbuterol will be considered a violation of QUARTER HORSE DIRECTIVE NO. 1 – 2015 and may result in a fine and or […]
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EHV-1 Confirmed in Waterloo, Ontario

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has been notified of a confirmed case of Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), caused by equine herpes virus 1 (EHV-1), in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. See the notice below. The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has determined that this case does not involve a racehorse. However, […]