ALCOHOL AND GAMING COMMISSION OF ONTARIO RELEASES FINDINGS REPORT
In the spring of 2016, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) launched its ‘Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulation in Ontario’ project, in order to modernize regulatory rules that govern horse racing in Ontario. The AGCO is committed to ensuring integrity, safety and public interest in horse racing, while also taking steps to reduce the administrative burden on industry participants, and contribute to the government’s ongoing effort to support the commercial sustainability of horse racing.
On February 15, AGCO released its FINDINGS REPORT and states it is “actively consulting with the horse racing industry as part of this initiative, and we are committed to keeping industry informed on the status of the project.” Judging by this excellent report, AGCO is devoted to making the horse racing industry even better moving ahead…
Some of the feedback/ideas items offered by industry members during the consultation roundtables, and there are a lot of them in this very detailed report, are included in each segment of review below(as picked out by Thoroughblog):
*Equine Drugs – feedback from industry included:
reviewing current progressive discipline system,
share responsibility for a positive test to owners or vets in some circumstances,
eliminate 90 day suspension for a horse following a positive test or make adjustments
*Equine Welfare – introduce a horse passport system,
anonymous contact line for animal cruelty
*Participant Safety – increase jockey weights,
formalize safety standards on backstretches
*Racetrack Maintenance/Ops – review of racetrack maintenance with horsepeople and track staff;
review of track surfaces
better working conditions on backstretch
*Education, research, Info sharing – simplify rules of racing,
database and more information regarding horse deaths
*Officiating and technology and Appeals – some ideas were:
live stream workout and training sessions,
improve video of races,
enhanced communication from race officials regarding explain calls in races etc.;
remove appeals for whip infractions
*Public Perception and Industry Engagement on Rule Changes
The various links for the report, summary and consultations can be found on the AGCO… MOVING AHEAD PAGE..
READ THE REPORT HERE..
WINNERS – 3 BAGGER FOR COLEBROOK FARMS and trainer ASHLEE BRNJAS
FOREVER KRZ, AZIMUT and IM ON IT were three recent Ontario bred winner for COLEBROOK FARMS all at Tampa Bay Downs…
IM ON IT won his maiden for $16,000 at Tampa Bay Downs on Wednesday The 3-year-old by Leonnatus Anteas – I Can by Colony Light was favoured in the 6 1/2 furlong dirt race.
Thursday – AZIMUT won for $25,000 claiming at Tampa Bay Downs by a neck at 6 to 1. He is a son of the late Bold ‘n Flashy out of Miss Florielo, bred by Jennifer Edwards’ Bonny Breeze Acres.
FOREVER KRZ won the race right after Azimut, an $8,000 claiming race, and the son of Philanthropist was 2 to 1.
HANDICAPPING CHAMPIONSHIP MAKES PAGES OF ROLLING STONE
Some parts of this story may make racing fans and horsepeople cringe (tired old cliches) but interesting nonetheless..
If you step off the elevator on the wrong floor in a Las Vegas casino only to see a man holding a lucky rodent skull, three women in cleavage-baring horse-jockey outfits and hundreds of frothing men screaming themselves hoarse, end times might seem nigh. But if you handicap horse races – the art of figuring out which horse is likely to run the fastest in a given race – this is Shangri-La. Welcome to the National Handicapping Championship, billed as “the richest, most important and most prestigious tournament for horseplayers in the world.”
Every year since 2000, a motley band of character actors, backroom politicians, ballerinas, coastal-elite corporate execs (including the former president of Vince McMahon’s failed football league, the XFL), opera-house employees and run-of-the-mill railbird gamblers (at least that’s who I met) descend upon Las Vegas to compete in the annual event. In late January, I traveled to Sin City to experience the adrenaline rush of being in a ballroom with hundreds of horseplayers gunning for an $800,000 first-place prize, and to try and learn the tricks of the handicapping trade and make a little money while gorging myself on the complimentary cold cuts
REPOLE AND ROBSHAM FARMS SPONSOR BARN AT NEW VOCATIONS
New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced today that the second barn at their new Kentucky facility has been generously sponsored by Robsham Stables and Mike Repole. This barn, located on the historic Mereworth Farm, will be named the Robsham-Repole Barn. The sponsorship is part of the New Vocations Capital Campaign that was launched in 2015 to build the country’s premier racehorse adoption facility in the heart of the Bluegrass.