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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION HARNESS HORSE ASSOCIATION

ASSOCIATION DES CHEVAUX SOUS-HARNAIS DE LA REGION DE LA CAPITALE NATIONALE

'Voice of the Region'

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    SC Important Notices

  • 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


  • News Updates and Developments

    August 10, 2020 - Jack Darling: Yearling Sales and Covid-19

    In this new blog posted on SC's website Jack Darling discusses the issues pertaining to yearling sales during the Covid-19 situation. Click here to read his blog entry:

    Jack Darling: Yearling Sales And Covid-19 (SC, 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

January 2020 News:

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