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    2020 RCR/Hard Rock Summer Claiming Series  - Nominations/Info

    The RCR Hard Rock Summer Claiming Series is set to get underway in August and September 2020. The series is open for $7,000 Claiming level PACING horses and mares.

    A $100.00 Nomination fee is due Monday August 17, 2020. The series will be raced in 3 legs: August 23, August 30, September 6. Both the final and consolation races are scheduled for September 13.

    Click here to view/download the PDF nomination form:

    RCR Hard Rock Series: Nomination Form (NCRHHA-PDF)

    RCR Lasix Program Returns Sunday August 2

    In consultation with the NCRHHA, RCR has announced that it has resumed its EIPH (lasix) program, effective Sunday, August 2, 2020. RCR officials are confident that this necessary program can be accommodated safely within the Covid19 protocols.

    Please also note that adding a horse to the EIPH program must now be done online through the iAGCO portal. Click here for info on iAGCO EIPH info:

    AGCO Notice Re: EIPH Program( AGCO) |  iAGCO Online Services Website

    August 2020: Strangles Reported In Ontario

    On August 7, 2020, the AGCO confirmed a case of strangles in a five-year-old Standardbred gelding in the Greater Hamilton area. Strangles is a highly contagious and serious infection of horses and other equines caused by the bacterium, Streptococcus equi. Horsepeople are reminded to remain vigilant and institute appropriate biosecurity measures and should consult their veterinarians for advice.

    July 2020: SC Special Notice

    Standardbred Canada would like to remind members that SC's main office building in Mississauga, Ont. remains closed to external visitors and guests amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Click Here for more info:

    SC Special Info Page (July 10, 2020 SC)

    July 2020: Equine Influenza Reported In Quebec

    The MAPAQ Equine Network in Quebec have announced that the Saint-Hyacinthe University Veterinary Hospital Centre has identified six cases of influenza, linked to an outbreak at the equine hospital. The racehorse comes from a stable in which horses travel for events outside of Quebec. Click Here for more info:

    Equine Influenza Case Reported In Quebec (July 21, 2020 SC,-MAPAQ)

    RCR News Alerts

    It is absolutely imperative to fully comply with all COVID safety protocols at RCR. A face mask must be worn at all times while in the paddock/backstretch and - until further notice - absolutely NO spectators are allowed on any of the RCR grounds. Click to view/download this PDF document for all the details about the racing protocols:

    RCR covid racing protocols

    RCR 2020 Revised Race Schedule (PDF)

    August 9 Entries| August 13 Condition Sheet| RCR Entries (SC) | RCR Results (SC)

    AGCO RCR Race Reports
    June 7 Report | June 11 | June 14 | June 18 | June 21 | June 25 | June 28 |
    July 2 Report | July 5 | July 9 | July 12 | July 16 | July 19 | July 23 | July 26 | July 30
    August 2 Report | August 6 |

    RCR 2020 Racing Stats
    RCR Top Drivers | RCR Top Trainers | RCR Top Owners

    Through the end of November 2020, RCR Racing is scheduled for Thursdays 4:00PM (Entries due Monday 10:30AM) AND Sundays 6:30PM (Entries due Thursday 10:30AM). Qualifiers are scheduled for Sundays 4:30AM (entries due Friday 10:30AM).
    As of August 2, 2020 the EIPH (LASIX) program has resumed.

    The backstretch kitchen is open with safety measures in place for a healthy and economical meal during live racing

    RCR COVID-19 Protocols (PDF) | COVID-19 Ontario Racetrack Protocols (*Updated July 6)

    RCR Race Card Recaps

    RCR: 2020 YouTube Race Replays

  • Gagnon Wins Five at RCR (SC August 6)

  • Capteur De Reve Repeats At RCR (SC August 2)

  • P L Notsonice Breaks Canadian Record (SC July 26)

  • Archies Star Wins RCR Feature Trot (SC July 23)

  • 'Reve', Take The Deal Win RCR Feature Races (SC July 19)

  • Beyond The Lens Shocker (SC July 16)

  • Twin Features At RCR; Gagnon Trebles (SC July 12)

  • 'Severus', National Debt Win RCR Feature Races (SC July 5)

  • Lit De Rose Lowers RCR Record (SC June 27)

  • Gagnon's Crew Wins Three at RCR (SC June 24)

  • Flying Isa N Wins RCR Feature Race (SC June 21)

  • Gagnon's Troops Triple Up (SC June 17)

  • Seeyou Men Strolls In RCR Preferred (SC June 14)

  • Guy Gagnon Wins 7 In Return To RCR Racing (SC June 7)
  • July 2020 Ontario Racing Purse Funds Allocation Update

    This program has now closed and the final reporting process has started. Please note that as per the terms of the application, there is no appeal process and all decisions are final.
    The final payments have been issued for eligible horses. Please contact Ontario Racing at ssyoung@ontarioracing.com if you have not received payment for approved horses. Click here to see the list of standardbred participants who have been approved for purse funds allocation:

    On Racing Purse Funds: Standardbred Approval Listing(July, ON Racing)

    AGCO + CPMA Special Notices

    July 20 and July 25, 2020 - The AGCO is aware that a number of horses in Ontario have received a positive test for Capsaicin over the past several weeks. The AGCO’s Equine Drug Unit is actively investigating these positive tests.

    The AGCO Equine Drug Unit’s preliminary investigation has revealed a potential source: a product known as ZEV (Lot#190104 Exp:01-2022), an oral product used for the treatment of respiratory conditions - has tested positive for capsaicin and related compounds. It should be noted that capsaicin is not included in the list of active ingredients for ZEV. Click the following links for details and more info:

    Potential Source of Capsaicin Found (SC-AGCO)
    AGCO Statement On Capsaicin Positives (SC-CPMA)

    July 16, 2020- Subsequent to its memo published June 23, 2020, the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) has received questions in regard to the use of capsaicin-containing products in racehorses and their environment. On Thursday, July 16, the CPMA issued a follow-up memo in order to provide answers to the most frequently asked questions. Click the following link for details and more info:
    CPMA: Capsaicin FAQ/Info memo (SC-CPMA)

    June 18, 2020- In view of the hot weather expected over the summer the AGCO has advised its Official Veterinarians and racing officials at all racetracks to remind participants to take the necessary steps to protect the horse in warm weather. Click the following link for details and more info:
    AGCO Hot Weather Alert (SC-AGCO)

    June 16, 2020- In light of the recent US indictments related to allegations that racehorses had been given performance-enhancing drugs, the AGCO is reminding trainers that, to be eligible to race, they must obtain an approved trainer transfer for any horse coming from a trainer who is suspended in any jurisdiction. AGCO Racing Official approval is required for the transfer under the Rules of Racing and final determination is at their sole discretion of the AGCO:
    AGCO Transfer Notice: Info Page (SC-AGCO)

    May 27, 2020- An AGCO amendment has been made to reduce the number of horses that are required to qualify. Any horse with a clean charted line between February 1, 2020 through March 19, 2020 will not be required to qualify upon the restart of racing, provided that the horse races within the first 60 days following the restart of racing.  Here is the AGCO website link with more info about this and other temporary rules amendments that have been approved because of the Covid-19 circumstances:
    AGCO Notice: Temporary Rules Amendments (SC-AGCO)

    SC Important Notices

  • SC is now strongly encouraging all horsepeople to use SC's online ALL-NEW 2.0 Self-Serve entry system to enter horses to qualify and to race. To access the SC Self-Serve you must have a GMail account.
    SC Self-Serve 2.0 Online Entry Program

  • SC is advising all its members to renew horse eligibilities, make your ownership transfers and renew your SC membership, if required. Also take note that SC Field Reps will not be working at racetracks during COVID-19. The Field Reps will be working off-site during qualifiers and live racing.
    SC Info Update : Membership Fees, Eligibility, Field Reps (May 2020, SC)

  • Claiming Authorizations can now be completed online via SC's eShop facility:
    Claiming Authorizations: EShop

    The deadline for microchipping Standardbred racehorses is extended to December 31, 2021 as a result of restrictions due to COVID-19. All standardbreds racing in Canada will be required to be microchipped in order to race as of January 1, 2022.
    Please also ensure that a horse’s Coggins test is up-to-date. If there is an * beside your horse’s name on the overnight sheet or the SC website entries pages, that horse requires an updated Coggins test and that report must be submitted to Standardbred Canada.
    Microchipping Deadline Extended To Dec 31, 2021 | Coggins Reminder

  • In light of Covid-19, SC has created online exams for applicants for both trainer and driver categories which replace the 'in-person' exams that would be written. Click here for details and more info:
    SC: Online Exams For Trainers And Drivers

  • AGCO + CPMA Notices Re: Retention Barn, Medication and more

    On Friday May 15, the AGCO released a number of bulletins pertaining to a series of initiatives to advance the health and safety of our equine and human athletes.

    AGCO Special Bulletins Info/News link(May 15, SC, AGCO)

    On Tuesday, May 19, the CPMA advised the horse racing industry of measures that will be in place in the retention areas of racetracks in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 27 the CPMA then issued an addendum with some changes/updates to these protocols. The contents of the CPMA releases appear below in both English and French.

    CPMA Addendum: Retention Barn Protocols(May 27, ON RACING- CPMA)

    CPMA Notice: Retention Barn Protocols(May 19, SC-CPMA)

    News Updates and Developments

    Equine Guelph Courses, News

    Equine Guelph via Thehorseportal.ca is continuing to offer FREE online equine education courses for AGCO license holders. Click here to see the list of courses and registration info:

    Equine Guelph: Online Courses Info Page (The Horse Portal)

    Equine Guelph is co-hosting a one-day online symposium on August 15th, 2020 where you can learn more about horse nutrition from the comfort of your own home! This event, titled the Fuelling Wellness Symposium, gives equine/horse professionals, riders, owners, breeders, trainers, caregivers and other nutrition enthusiasts the chance to learn more about equine nutrition from guest speakers in Guelph and around the world.
    Click here for more info:

    Fuelling Wellness Symposium Info Page (August 2020)

    August 6, 2020 - Jonathan Zammit New ORM Executive Director

    Jonathan Zammit, the former vice president of Thoroughbred racing for Woodbine Entertainment, becomes ORM’s second executive director, succeeding Katherine Curry who held the position since the formation of Ontario Racing in 2018. Click here to read more about the appointment:

    Jonathan Zammit: New ORM Exeutive Director (SC-ON RACING, August 2020)

    August 1, 2020 - Jim Lawson Industry Update

    In this latest update from ON Racing, Jim Lawson discusses WEG's cautious approach to Stage 3 that consists of a gradual reopening of their facilities to the general public. He also discusses the controversy surrounding the mulitples horses that have tested positive for Capsaicin. Click here to read more details/info:

    Jim Lawson: August 2020 Industry Update (ON RACING, August 2020)

    July 20, 2020 - OHHA Supports Resolution To Ontario Breeders Lawsuit

    In light of a recent court decision, the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA) is calling on the Ontario Provincial Government to engage in meaningful mediation with the breeders of Standardbred racehorses in Ontario to resolve the harm caused by the previous Liberal government, Click here to read more details/info:

    OHHA Statement On Breeders Lawsuit Judgement (SC-OHHA)

    July 8, 2020 - 2020 H3R Stakes Schedule Approved

    The Quebec Jockey Club has announced that the 2020 Quebec Harness Racing Stakes schedule has been aprooved by the Quebec Jockye Club. Click here to read more details:

    2020 H3R Stakes Schedule Approved (SC/Quebec Jockey Club -July 2020)

    July 6, 2020 - Standardbred Investigative Racing Fund Announced

    In an initiative to promote integrity in harness racing that commenced with Hanover Shoe Farms The United States Trotting Association President Russell Williams announced the establishment of the Standardbred Racing Investigative Fund Clcik here to read more details:

    New Racing Investigative Fund (SC/USTA -July 2020)

    July 3, 2020 - Post Time With Dan Gall

    In his latest column, SC CEO Dan Gall discusses the return to racing during the pandemic and the incredible hard work and cooperation that was required to make it happen. Click here to read:

    Post Time With Dan Gall: July 2020 (SC-July 2020)

    July 2, 2020 - COSA Announces Live Facebook Series

    COSA is pleased to announce an expanded line-up of Facebook Live Shows for 2020 which will showcase 12 major event race days from across the province.  One of the many events presented will be the DES SMITH CLASSIC at RCR on August 16, 2020. Click here to read more details:

    COSA Announces Facebook Live Series (SC-COSA, July 2)

    July 1, 2020 - Breeders Win Lawsuit Against Province of Ontario

    On June 29, 2020, Ontario Superior Court Justice Michael Emery ruled in favour of a motion brought forth by a group of Ontario Standardbred breeders against the Province of Ontario in regard to the cancellation of the Slots at Racetracks Program. Justice Emery's Judgment also includes an order that directs a trial on damages. Click here to read more details:

    Ontario Breeders Win Lawsuit (SC, June 30)

    June 26, 2020 - New Yearling Sale For Ontario

    On Friday June 26 Winbak Farm announced it will be hosting a new yearling sale: The First Ontario Yearling Sale is scheduled for October 17, 2020.  The sale will be hled the same weekend as the OSS Super Finals. There will be 100-200 horses to be sold with limited entries available. Click here to read more details:

    All New First Ontario Yearling Sale: Info Page (SC, Winbak Farm)

    June 16, 2020 - Quebec Racing Resumes June 24

    The Quebec Jockey Club has received approval from the Quebec Racing Commission to begin spectator-less harness racing on Wednesday, June 24, which is National Quebec Day in the province.

    H3R will host qualifiers on Wednesday, June 17 and Saturday, June 20 in advance of next Wednesday's card, which they intend to keep despite the racing calendar for 2020 not being officially approved.

    Quebec Racing Returns June 24 (SC-Quebec Jockey Club)

    June 3, 2020 - Jim Lawson Discusses The Return Of Racing

    On June 3's edition of ‘Stronger Together’ video Jim Lawson said that he was proud to announce that WEG has signed a deal with TSN to bring Canadians live horse racing every Thursday night throughout the summer with a new show called 'Racing Night Live.' He also talked about how excited he is about the new "Dark Horse" App that uses artifical intelligence to give horse bettors tips and strategies along with race video streaming.

    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Lawson has stressed that members of the Ontario horse racing industry must maintain social distancing procedures in order for racing to return. Click here to read a review of his comments:

    Jim Lawson: June 3 'Stronger Together' Review (WEG-SC)

    May 27, 2020 - OSS Announces Revised OSS, Prospect Series Schedules

    On Monday, May 27, OR announced the revised schedules for both the 2020 OSS season and the 2020 Prospect Series. RCR is scheduled to host OSS Gold, Grassroots and Prospect Series legs of the 3 yr-old Filly Trot on July 26  and OSS Gold, Grassroots and Prospect Series legs of the 3 yr-old Colt Pace on August 16.

    OSS/Prospect Series: 2020 Revised Schedules (OSS-SC)

    May 26, 2020 - Kawartha Announces Training Protocols

    Kawartha Downs will be open for training on Wednesdays only from 8 to 10 a.m. and from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m starting Wednesday, May 27. Please contact Jim Huck at 705-927-3122 to reserve a time slot which is on a first-come first-serve basis. Qualifiers will be held at 4:30 p.m. on race days. All entries must go through Race Secretary Sheri Minler-Grabatin at (905) 854-6442. All qualifier entries must be entered on Thursdays.

    Please take note that Cash will not be accepted for claims, and Certified Cheques or Bank Drafts must be made payable to RIC (KDHR) INC.

    Kawartha Training Protocols Info-News Link (SC)

    May 5, 2020 - Legalized Historical Race Wagering Requested

    It was announced on Tuesday, May 5 that WEG, ON Racing and Racetracks of Canada have approached the Federal Government and have requested that Historical Horse Racing be legalized. Click the link below for more details

    Historical Horse Racing Requested (ON Racing)

    April 2020 - SC 'Return To Racing' Blueprint Announced

    SC has released 'The Return to Standardbred Horse Racing in Canada Blueprint' to industry stakeholders to assist them in the planning and preparation of racing resuming at racetracks across the country.The goal of the blueprint is to provide guidelines for all facets of the industry to consider in the preparation of the return to racing, with minimal risk to participants, and proper internal controls. Here is the SC website link with all the info:

    SC: Blueprint For 'RETURN TO RACING' (SC)

    COVID-19 Support And Resources For SC Members

    April 29, 2020 - SC has released 'The Return to Standardbred Horse Racing in Canada Blueprint' to industry stakeholders to assist them in the planning and preparation of racing resuming at racetracks across the country.The goal of the blueprint is to provide guidelines for all facets of the industry to consider in the preparation of the return to racing, with minimal risk to participants, and proper internal controls. Here is the SC website link with all the info:

    SC: Blueprint For 'RETURN TO RACING' (SC)

    April 26, 2020 - Standardbred Canada has met with Canada Life, providers of group insurance for SC members, to inquire about services and resources available for our membership to assist in managing through COVID-19. SC is sharing this list of free resources and tools for SC members to access, to maintain good mental health & wellness during COVID-19.

    SC: Mental Health/Wellness Resource Info Page

    April 16, 2020 - SC members whose SC memberships are expiring & who wish to renew MARSH Horse and Liability Insurance will need to renew prior to their birth date.

    Horse Liability Insurance Info Page

    April 3, 2020 - Standardbred Canada has compiled a list of online valuable resources during this pandemic. SC is also providing a reprieve on its fees for services such as Membership Renewals and Ownership Transfers.

    SC COVID-19 Resource Page/Info | SC Fees: Reprieve Info Page

    COVID-19 News/Info Links

    All Active AGCO Licenses Extended For 1 year

    Post Time With Dan Gall: April 2020

    CPMA: Changes To Eliminations Guidelines

    A Closer look: COVID-19 and Racing

    COVID19: Caring For Your Horse

    COVID19: Facility Operations

    Horse Industry Reaction To COVID-19

    Impact of COVID19 On US Racing

    Other News

    When Racing Returns: Opinion (HRU, April 12, 2020)

    Surick and Oakes Plead Not Guilty

    Gural and Lawson Discuss Industry Indictments



    Standardbred Canada: Info-News links

    SC Statement On USA Indictments (March 2020)

    SC Nurse Mare Program: Info Page

    Call For 2020 Two-Year Olds In Training(Jan 2020)

    OSS 2020 Stallion Registration: Info page

    SC Microchipping Tour/Info Page (Dec 2019)

    Foal Registration Info Page

    Membership & Eligibility Fees Info Page

Equine Guelph: Free Online Courses + Equine Research Newsspan

Ontario Racing/Industry News

March 2020 News

February 2020 News

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