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    July 2020: AGCO Hot Weather Alert 

    In view of the hot weather expected throughout this 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 conditions. Click Here for more info:

    AGCO Hot Weather Alert (June 19, 2020 SC,-AGCO)

    RCR News Alerts

    It is absolutely imperative to fully comply with and follow all COVID safety protocols. A face mask must be worn at all times while in the paddock/backstretch and entry will not be permitted if you are not wearing a face mask. No one under 16 is allowed access to the backstretch or paddock and absolutely no spectators are allowed on any of the grounds. Click to view/download the following 10 page PDF document for all the details about the racing protocols:

    RCR covid racing protocols

    RCR 2020 Revised Race Schedule (PDF)

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

    June 25 Results | June 25 AGCO Report
    June 28 Results | June 28 AGCO Report
    July 2 Results | July 2 AGCO Report
    July 5 Results | July 5 AGCO Report

    July 9 Entry Sheet | July 12 Condition Sheet

    RCR Racing is now scheduled for Thursdays 4:00PM (Entries due by Monday 10:30AM), Sundays 6:30PM (Entries due by Thursday 10:30AM). Qualifiers are scheduled for Wednesdays 11:00AM. The Backstretch Kitchen is open. All safety measures are in place for horse people to have a healthy, delicious and economical meal at the races.
    *Please also note that effective July 4, Saturday post time at Kawartha Downs is now 4:00PM.

    RCR COVID-19 Protocols (PDF) | COVID-19 Ontario Racetrack Protocols (*Updated June 24)

    WEG is strongly encouraging all horsepeople to use SC's online 2.0 Self-Serve entry system. To access the system you must have a Gmail account. However if not possible please phone: Mohawk 905-854-7805 or 1-888-675-7223 Ext. 4309 or 4316

    WEG Asks Trainers To Enter Online

    AGCO Notices

    June 18, 2020- In view of the hot weather expected over the next few days, 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)

    RCR Race Card Recaps

  • '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 RCR Return (SC June 7)

  • RCR Returns To Racing June 7 (SC)

  • 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

  • June 2020 Purse Funds Allocation Update

    On Racing is currently in the process of completing a final round of applications given certain administrative difficulties encountered throughout this process.  Once this is done, a list of all horses found to be eligible for payment under the program will be published on the Ontario Racing website.

    We understand that this has been a long and arduous process for everyone.  We’d like to thank you all for your patience and understanding during the administration of this program.

    May 2020 Purse Funds Allocation Update

    1. Trainers who do not receive payment for their April invoices by the end of May should contact ORM at syoung@ontarioracing.com. Payments for the May invoices are being compiled now and will start getting sent out in the first week of June.

    2. Cheques for qualified Standardbred racehorses, drivers and trainers for the last week of March have now been fully distributed.  Please contact ORM at aglynn@ontarioracing.com if you have not received your cheque(s) or if you have any questions.

    3. A list of eligible horses will be published on the Ontario Racing website shortly.

    4. Verification of all eligible horses has been completed. Questions regarding horses not approved for payment to be directed to the appropriate horseperson’s association.

    5. For OSS yearling nominations, the payment deadline has been extended from May 15 to June 15, 2020.

    ON RACING: MAY 27 Purse Funds Allocation Update (May 27, OR)

    May + June 2020 AGCO + CPMA Notices Re: Retention Barn, EIPH, Medication and more

    On Tuesday, June 23, the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency issued a reminder to veterinarians and horsepeople in the nation's racing industry that capsaicin is a prohibited substance in Canadian racing

    CPMA Reminder: Capsaicin Prohibited(June 23, SC-CPMA)

    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)

    As the racing industry prepares for the resumption of racing, the AGCO is issuing a reminder to all racing participants looking to add a horse to the Exercise Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage (EIPH) Program in Ontario. As announced in March, adding or removing a horse from the EIPH Program must be done online through the iAGCO portal at www.agco.ca/iAGCO 

    AGCO Notice Re: EIPH Program(May 14, OR, 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)

    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 9, 2020 - H3R Receives Permission To Race

    On Tuesday, June 9, the Quebec Jockey Club Board of Directors announced that Hippodrome Trois-Rivières (H3R) has received the green light to host spectator-free live racing in 2020. Click here for more info:

    H3R Receives Clearance To Race (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 on Saturday, May 30 at 12:00 p.m. as well as 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 7, 2020 - O'Donnell and Lawson on COSA TV

    In the May 7 episode of COSA TV Bill O'Donnell expresses optimism with respect to horsepeople's preparedness for returning to racing: ""The first and foremost thing is we have to keep ourselves distanced and follow the protocol. We did a good job of it the last couple days (in March). I think it will all work. We were very careful." Click the link below for the COSA TV video link and more info

    COSA TV: May 6 Interview with O'Donnell and Lawson (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

    April 1, 2020 - Standardbred Canada in conjunction with Equestrian Canada is conducting a survey of its members to measure the impact of the pandemic on their work and business. Also SC  has an update regarding its ongoing advocacy on behalf of our membership facing financial hardship during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as offering support during this unprecedented disruption of normal business operations:

    SC Member Survey: COVID-19 Impact | SC COVID-19 Support Info Page

    COVID-19 Canadian Emergency Benefits Program (CERB)

    April 16, 2020 - The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is a new program that offers $500.00 a week for up to 16 weeks to those who lose pay because of the pandemic. It is available to wage earners, contract workers and self-employed people who don't qualify for employment insurance (EI).

    Applications are now open

    The benefit is be available to workers living in Canada who are at least 15 years old and who:

    • Have earned at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the year before their application from employment, self employment, employment insurance maternity and parental benefits, and/or similar benefits paid in Quebec under the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP), or a combination of these sources.
    • Have earned NOT more than $1,000 (in employment income) for at least 14 consecutive days in a four-week period because of COVID-19, because they have temporarily stopped working, lost their jobs, are sick or in quarantine, or need to care for a child or a family member.

    Here is an info link with what you need to know:

    Canada: COVID-19 CERB Info Page

    Eq Guelph: Free Online Courses

    April 16, 2020 - It has been announced that there is currently a survey that will allow Equine Guelph to know what additional courses participants are interested in taking while they are at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Equine Guelph Courses Survey Page

    April 2020 - Equine Guelph is offering a special discounted rate for its Fire & Emergency Preparedness online course. In response to industry requests during the COVID-19 pandemic, recent updates to the course will address many horse caretaker and facility owner concerns. The May 4 - 11 special edition of the course will be $60 (regularly $85). It is designed to be completed in one week, but Equine Guelph will be extending access for this vital and timely offering for six weeks, until June 30.

    Fire/ Emergency Preparedness - Registration/Info Page

    Sickness Prevention In Horses - Registration/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

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

    March 15 - RCR Results | ACGO-RCR Judges Report March 15

    RCR - 2020 YouTube Replays

    Hooter Shooter Snags RCR Preferred (March 15)

    Gagnon, Pouliot Steal Show At RCR (March 8)

    Cheque The Magic Cashes at RCR (March 1)

    YS Suzanne Sweeps To RCR Win (Feb 23)

    Berube With 5, Archer With 3: RCR (Feb 16)


    AGCO Important Info pages

    iAGCO Online Services Website

    Effective March 2, 2020, the AGCO will no longer be accepting paper forms, cash or cheques for horse racing-related licences & registrationsiAGCO online services is now live and all horse licensee transactions should be conducted through this online portal. There are also new rules and fee revisions that have gone into effect because of iAGCO online services. Please see the links listed below for more info

    iAGCO Portal Info - Bulletins 78, 79


    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

January 2020 News:

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