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Whipless racing

August 16, 2016:


I recently read on Rideau Carleton's condition sheet that there would be some discussion on racing an afternoon card without the drivers using whips.

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Seeking Answers On Purses

July 8, 2016:


The harness racing industry in Ontario needs a boost in purses to be the strong and viable industry that we and the government want and there is a certain amount of urgency to it.

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Despite Delays, Positive Efforts In Ontario

December 21, 2015:


It has been very frustrating for most of us waiting for the OLG to come up with a plan for their integration with horse racing. I remember back when Kathleen Wynne instructed the OLG to start this process, I was talking to an insider about this integration and telling him that I thought it was important for our industry that the OLG move quickly on it.

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Safety First

May 9, 2015:


I was in a pretty bad training accident on Friday morning at Classy Lane Training Centre. My colt spooked from the tractor and I collided head on with another horse that was going a training mile.

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A Tribute To Mark Austin

September 16, 2014:


Today I woke up; I am healthy, I am alive. My family is healthy. I am blessed. I apologize for all my complaining, I am truly grateful.

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The People Have Spoken

May 6, 2014:


I think the people in harness racing have made a statement. We are passionate about our sport, proud of it and we want to promote it to a wider audience to attract new fans.

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Getting Racing Televised

April 24, 2014:


We have an opportunity in harness racing right now.

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We need a "financial arrangement that allows for success."

July 2, 2013:


Our premier, Kathleen Wynne, has made it clear that she understands how important the horse racing industry is to Ontario, and has asked the panel to come up with a long term plan so that we have a su

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It's time to take the gloves off

October 31, 2012:


I found the OMAFRA panel report both disappointing and offensive.

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OHRIA's Proposal For Racing A "Very Good Start"

July 30, 2012:


I believe that OHRIA has done an outstanding job in putting together their recent plan to the government. It sets up a very good start to their negotiations with them.

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Plans To Save Racing

June 26, 2012:


The Ontario government has passed their budget and have remained steadfast in their position that the slots at racetracks program as it now exists is over as of March 31.

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We Need A Game Changer

February 7, 2011:


We are unbelievably fortunate in Ontario right now. OSS purses, breeder's awards, overnight purses, and open stake races are the best in North America, and are adequate enough to keep harness racing alive as a sport and a business

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Concerns With ORC Proposals

December 19, 2010:


First of all, I applaud the ORC for their efforts to improve harness racing. I have very limited knowledge of the details of the new plan but I think I understand most of what they are trying to do and I believe some of the changes would be positive but I do have concerns with two parts of it.

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Thoughts on 2010 Yearling Sales

November 28, 2010:


This part of our industry is in great shape. People love to buy yearlings and there seems to be an almost limitless amount of money out there to buy them.

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Bye To The Big M?

July 22, 2010:


Unfortunately, there is nothing that we or anyone else outside of New Jersey can do to help the Meadowlands' situation.

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