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Standardbred Groups Meet

November 8, 2012:

On Tuesday and Thursday of this week (Nov. 6 and Nov. 8), representatives from Ontario's Standardbred horse groups held meetings to discuss a unified strategy for the standardbred industry as it pertains to the OMAFRA Panel Report....read on

Trouble At The Track

November 8, 2012:

In a special three-part series, Dan Nyznik of CHEX TV in Peterborough, Ont. examines the implications of the Liberal government ending the slots-at-racetracks partnership effective April 2013....read on

McNiven On OMAFRA-OSS Statement

November 8, 2012:

Things are looking up in Ontario for the first time in a long time, as a government-appointed panel announced the continuation of the sire stakes program at current levels....read on

Panel: OSS Purses Maintained

November 6, 2012:

The three member OMAFRA panel, charged with the transition of horse racing in Ontario, issued a statement on Nov. 6 revealing their expectations regarding the purse structure of the Ontario Sires Stakes program....read on

OHRIA Seeks Feedback

November 6, 2012:

The Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA) is asking everyone who is employed by or is impacted by the horse racing industry in Ontario to provide their feedback on the OMAFRA panel report regarding the future of horse racing in Ontario....read on

Is McMeekin "Saving The Industry"?

November 6, 2012:

In an article published by CBC on Monday discussing the OMAFRA Panel Report on transitioning racing from the slots-at-racetracks program, Minister of Agriculture Ted McMeekin noted, “Often at races, you'd see four horses racing for three prizes and empty stands. We can't be giving out $40,000 in prizes with no one in the stands.”...read on

Rally Planned For The Royal

November 4, 2012:

Ontario’s equine industry, current casino employees, and members of agricultural and Aboriginal communities affected by the Ontario Liberal government’s decision to end the Slots-At-Racetracks program have been invited to attend a rally next Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Royal Winter Fair, organized by Darin Kennedy....read on

John Snobelen On OMAFRA Report

November 3, 2012:

"We think the basis of it, which is tying the amount of purses and therefore the available number of race days to the amount of handle available - to actually the participation of the horseplayers and fans of horse racing - is a critical issue on a go-forward basis."...read on

Perkins Calls For Racing Czar

November 2, 2012:

In his most recent column, which calls for a Racing Czar and a single unified voice for Ontario horse-racing, nationally-respected sports journalist Dave Perkins has again called out the Ontario Liberal Party for its botched handling of the provincial industry, stating, "Racing needed a kick in the ass, no question. But it didn’t need to be guillotined by politicians who should have, but didn’t, know any better."...read on

COSA On OMAFRA Report

November 2, 2012:

On Friday, November 2, the Central Ontario Standardbred Association issued a release in regard to the OMAFRA Panel' report on the provincial horse-racing industry's transitioning from the slots-at-racetracks program....read on

Leslie: OMAFRA Report "Isn't An OHRIA Model"

November 2, 2012:

In light of waves and waves of concerned feedback regarding the OMAFRA Panel's report on how to transition the Ontario horse-racing industry from the slots-at-racetracks program into the future, OHRIA President Sue Leslie has spoken on the topic, stating that the report "isn't an OHRIA model" and that it "isn't an OHRIA plan."...read on

Jamieson, A-Mac On OMAFRA Report

November 1, 2012:

Stating that it would be "foolhardy and misguided" to believe Ontario's standardbred industry would exist after three years of "right-sizing" proposed by the OMAFRA Panel Report, drivers Anthony MacDonald and Jody Jamieson have issued a joint public statement....read on

MPP Asks Opposition To Save Fort Erie

November 1, 2012:

The recently-released OMAFRA report’s recommendations have caught many people off guard, and on the list of people left scratching their heads is Niagara Falls Liberal MPP, Kim Craitor....read on

OHHA Responds To OMAFRA Report

November 1, 2012:

On Thursday, November 1, the Ontario Harness Horse Association, the horsemen's association which represents the majority of the province's standardbred horsepeople, issued a release in response to the recommendations and determinations of the OMAFRA Panel's report regarding the transition of the Ontario horse-racing industry from the slots-at-racetracks program....read on

OAAS Reacts To OMAFRA Report

November 1, 2012:

The Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies is the latest entity to let its views be known regarding the OMAFRA Panel’s report on the Ontario horse-racing industry's transitioning from the slots-at-racetracks program after March 31, 2013....read on


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