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New Ontario Urging Rules For August 1

July 11, 2019:

On May 31, 2019, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) issued a directive that amended the rules related to urging in Standardbred racing. As previously announced, the new rules and penalty guidelines became effective on June 3 at Woodbine Mohawk Park with the implementation date at other tracks to be determined....read on

AGCO: Protect Horses In Warm Weather

July 3, 2019:

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario recently issued a warm weather alert, as temperatures in the province spiked heading into the month of July. Official veterinarians and racing officials at all racetracks have been asked to remind all participants to take the necessary steps to protect the horse in warm weather conditions....read on

Reminder: Race-Day Vet Access To Horses

June 12, 2019:

On Wednesday (June 12), the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario issued an industry notice reminding horsepeople of the clarification regarding veterinarian access to horses on race day....read on

Ontario's Urging Rules Amended

May 31, 2019:

In response to a request from the industry to consider revising the current rules and Directives with respect to urging, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is making an amendment to the Standardbred Rules of Racing....read on

Changes To Race Day Vet Rules

April 18, 2019:

On Thursday evening (April 18) the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) issued an update on the upcoming changes set to take effect for the province's horsepeople pertaining to race day medication and race day veterinary use....read on

AGCO Medication Rule Change Reminder

April 17, 2019:

Horsepeople who race in Ontario are advised that a standards-based race-day medication ban put in place by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is in effect as of Friday (April 19)....read on

Ruling On Appeal Panel Jurisdiction

March 30, 2019:

On Friday (March 29) a Judicial Review Panel issued its decision regarding a case involving the jurisdiction of the Horse Racing Appeal Panel....read on

Quarter Horse, T-Bred Licencing News

February 20, 2019:

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has announced a one-time extension of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse individual horse racing licences....read on

Appeal Panel Jurisdiction Questioned

February 5, 2019:

On Monday, February 4, in a Toronto hearing room, a three-person Judicial Review Panel heard arguments from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, contending that the Horse Racing Appeal Panel did not have the jurisdiction to rule over a recent case....read on

Quarter Horse Hair Sample Testing

January 7, 2019:

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has announced that enhanced testing for Clenbuterol in Quarter Horses will continue in the 2019 racing season, and will expand to include the collection and routine testing of horse hair samples through the AGCO’s Out Of Competition Program....read on

AGCO Announces S-Bred Directive

December 19, 2018:

On Wednesday (Dec. 19), the Registrar of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario announced that all associations conducting Standardbred racing are required to have equipment capable of scanning identifying microchips and reading temperatures in racehorses....read on

AGCO Releases Annual Report

October 19, 2018:

This week, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) released its annual report as presented to the province's Attorney General....read on

A Discussion With Jean Major

September 23, 2018:

Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario CEO Jean Major recently took the time to discuss multiple aspects of the provincial gaming landscape....read on

AGCO Rule Changes Effective April 21

April 19, 2018:

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has issued a reminder that the changes outlined in Information Bulletin 63 (April 4, 2018) will become effective on April 21, 2018....read on

Changes To The Rules Of Racing

April 4, 2018:

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is pleased to release a suite of reforms as part of the 'Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulation in Ontario' project....read on


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