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Responses To Ontario’s Five-Year Plan

October 11, 2013:

Responses to the five-year transitional plan for the Ontario Horse racing industry are continuing to be issued. The Standardbred Breeders of Ontario (SBOA) have released a response as well as Woodbine Entertainment Group, the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association, the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corp. and the Ontario NDP Party....read on

Thibert Vague Regarding Fort Erie Bid

October 8, 2013:

According to a report, Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium CEO Jim Thibert has neither confirmed nor denied that his group has made an offer of roughly $5-million to purchase one third of the property that the Fort Erie Race Track sits on....read on

FELRC Submits Fort Erie Proposal

October 1, 2013:

It has been reported that the Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium has submitted a proposal to purchase the track, clubhouse and backstretch of the Fort Erie Race Track....read on

Fort Erie Issues Termination Notices

August 20, 2013:

It has been reported that all of the 130 employees of the Fort Erie Race Track have been handed termination notices, even though the historic thoroughbred raceway still has multiple race dates left on its current meet....read on

ORC Approves Fort Erie Date Changes

August 2, 2013:

The director of the Ontario Racing Commission has approved an application by Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium (FELRC) to reconfigure the track's 2013 live racing schedule....read on

More Fort Erie Race Dates Switched

July 11, 2013:

On Thursday, July 11, the Ontario Racing Commission issued a Notice to the Industry regarding Fort Erie Race Track....read on

ORC Approves Changes To Fort Erie Race Date Schedule

June 21, 2013:

As a result of the impact of the closure of Woodbine Racetrack’s backstretch on the Fort Erie Race Track’s horse entries, track management made application to the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) to vary its 2013 race date schedule by cancelling four Mondays and adding three dates at the end of the meet....read on

Track Funding Details Released

June 16, 2013:

The government of Ontario has signed agreements for transition funding with 12 racetracks for the 2013-2014 racing season....read on

Report: OLG Payments To Tracks

June 3, 2013:

A report by The Globe and Mail has stated some details regarding payments from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. to Ontario racetracks....read on

Fort Erie Eyeing Instant Racing

May 16, 2013:

Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium CEO Jim Thibert has gone on the record discussing the idea of getting 'instant racing' machines up and running at the historic thoroughbred border oval....read on

ORC Reasons For Race-Date Decision

April 29, 2013:

On Friday, April 12, the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) released the Director’s Notice of Decision regarding May to December 2013 Race Dates, with reasons to follow. These are the reasons....read on

Prince of Wales Stakes On A Tuesday?

April 18, 2013:

According to a report, one of Canada's major stakes events could be raced on a weeknight this year instead of its regular weekend slot....read on

Ontario's May Through December Dates

April 12, 2013:

On Friday, April 12, the Ontario Racing Commission announced its approved race dates for May through to December of 2013....read on

Updated: More Ontario Tracks Ink Transitional Funding Deals

March 26, 2013:

On Tuesday, March 26 it was announced by both the Ontario Liberal Party and the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation that transitional funding agreements have been reached which will ensure the continuation of live racing at Flamboro Downs and Georgian Downs beyond March 31, 2013. The Province of Ontario has also announced that it has reached a transitional funding agreement for the Fort Erie Race Track....read on

Horse Racing Front & Centre In Media

March 12, 2013:

Fallout from both Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's provincial gaming announcement and horse-racing transition-related news continues to hit the mainstream press, as stories regarding no less than four different Ontario racetracks have been front and center over the past couple of days....read on


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