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Industry Notice: Heat Warning

August 19, 2021:

The health and welfare of the horse is of paramount concern to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and to members of the racing community. An effort to monitor weather conditions and how it will impact the racehorse is in keeping with this mandate....read on

AGCO Offers Info On Extreme Heat

July 5, 2021:

The health and welfare of the horse is of paramount concern to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and to members of the racing community. An effort to monitor weather conditions and how it will impact the racehorse is in keeping with this mandate....read on

Minor Revisions To Rules Of Racing

June 10, 2021:

The AGCO announced Thursday (June 10) that the commission is implementing several housekeeping rule changes to the Thoroughbred and Standardbred Rules of Racing to streamline and reflect existing practices....read on

Paddock Meetings With AGCO Judges

June 1, 2021:

Judges with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will be holding a series of paddock meetings at Ontario racetracks in advance of a return to live harness racing in the province....read on

AGCO Issues Temporary Rule Amendments

June 1, 2021:

The Ontario government’s Stay-at-Home order is in place until at least June 2, 2021, with the potential for racing to resume on June 14, 2021. In anticipation of racing potentially resuming upon expiry of the order, the following revisions have been made to the Standardbred Rules of Racing....read on

AGCO Biosecurity Advisory

May 21, 2021:

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has issued the following advisory to industry participants stressing the importance of strict biosecurity measures....read on

AGCO To Lower TCO2 Thresholds

May 3, 2021:

On June 1, 2021, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will implement the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency’s (CPMA) decision to lower the thresholds for total carbon dioxide (TCO2)....read on

Ontario Rules Revision Reminder

March 31, 2021:

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has issued a reminder of the revised rules of Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing in the province, which will go into effect Tuesday (April 6)....read on

Revisions To Rules Of Racing

March 5, 2021:

Effective April 6, 2021, the AGCO will implement a number of rule changes to the Thoroughbred and Standardbred Rules of Racing following consultation with horseperson representatives and racetrack management staff from across Ontario....read on

AGCO Updates Rule Amendments

February 12, 2021:

To prepare for the return to racing in Ontario, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is actively reviewing Ontario’s horse racing rules and regulations to ensure responsible measures continue to be taken to help contain the spread of COVID-19....read on

AGCO Revises Claiming Rule

December 24, 2020:

The Registrar of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is temporarily deleting Standardbred Rule 15.09(a) which requires that horses who are claimed in Ontario only race at tracks in the province for 60 days after being claimed....read on

Ontario's 2021 Race Dates Calendar

December 23, 2020:

In accordance with the recommendations of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) and Ontario Racing, the Registrar of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario issued the 2021 Race Date Schedule on Wednesday (Dec. 23)....read on

Auditor General Releases 2020 Report

December 7, 2020:

On Monday (Dec. 7) the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario released its first value-for-money report on the operations of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) as part of its audits of Ontario public-sector and broader-public-sector programs....read on

Update From The AGCO

November 9, 2020:

Private Member’s Bill C-218, which seeks to legalize single-event sports wagering in Canada, is currently being debated by Members of Parliament in the Canadian House of Commons. Woodbine Entertainment has been front and centre in saying that it is extremely concerned that the horse racing industry may end up being an unintended consequence of the legislation....read on

Reminder: Changes To Flamboro, Western Fair Race Date Schedules

September 15, 2020:

Horsepeople and racing fans in Ontario are being reminded that in late August the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario approved applications submitted by Flamboro Downs and The Raceway at Western Fair District to amend their 2020 race date schedules....read on


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