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Benefit Surplus Added To Purses

June 10, 2021:

As a result of excess funds from past equine benefit programs led by Ontario Racing, excess surplus funds will be added to the amount of purse funds scheduled for this upcoming racing season once racing commences....read on

Ontario Tracks Return This Weekend

June 8, 2021:

Condition sheets have been posted for the majority of Ontario's racetracks that plan to conduct live harness racing this weekend....read on

Racing Returns To Ontario Friday

June 7, 2021:

With Ontario entering Step One of the ‘Roadmap to Reopen’ plan earlier than originally expected, the province's harness racing industry will once again conduct live racing starting this Friday (June 11)....read on

Woodbine Issues Protocol Update

May 26, 2021:

As the racing industry in Ontario prepares for competition to resume, management from Woodbine Entertainment have issued an update on their participation protocols, chiefly with respect to travel restrictions and testing protocols for individuals travelling from outside Ontario....read on

May Standardbred Equine Benefit Payment Details Forthcoming

May 21, 2021:

Ontario Racing, in response to the most recent impacts of COVID-19 on the provincial horse racing industry, is working to finalize details with industry partners, government officials and others, regarding Equine Benefit Payments for Standardbred horsepeople in relation to lost live racing days for the month of May....read on

Ontario Racing To Resume In June

May 20, 2021:

On Thursday (May 20), the Government of Ontario announced a three-step ‘Roadmap to Reopen’ the economy plan based on decreased daily COVID-19 case counts, lower hospitalization rates, and the percentage of vaccinated residents. Live horse racing is included in Step One of that plan, which is estimated to begin on Monday, June 14....read on

OSS, Prospect Schedule Update

May 13, 2021:

In response to the current suspension of live racing due to the provincial stay-at-home order, Ontario Racing’s Standardbred Horse Improvement Program (SIP) Committee is reviewing the 2021 Ontario Sires Stakes and Prospect Series schedules....read on

Industry Associations Make Joint Request To Premier Ford

May 12, 2021:

Standardbred Canada (SC), Ontario Racing (OR) and the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) are working together on behalf of their memberships to ensure the Government of Ontario understands the critical status of the industry and requesting a return to racing in the near future....read on

SC Makes It Easy As 1-2-3 To Reach Your MPP

May 5, 2021:

In a continuing effort to support Ontario Racing’s efforts in lobbying the Ontario Provincial Government to resume racing, Standardbred Canada (SC) asked Ontario SC members to take action and contact their elected MPPs....read on

Call To Action For Ontario Members! Premier Ford Needs To Hear From You!

April 30, 2021:

Standardbred Canada (SC) continues to support Ontario Racing’s efforts in lobbying the Ontario Provincial Government to allow racetracks in the province to resume racing. To support this initiative further, SC asks our Ontario members to take action and contact their elected MPPs....read on

Halton Region Vaccinations Available

April 17, 2021:

Please be advised that Halton Region has announced COVID-19 vaccination appointments are now available for all essential workers (18+), who live or work in Halton and cannot work from home....read on

Ontario Claiming Rule Revised

April 16, 2021:

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, otherwise risking a monetary penalty or suspension....read on

OR Continues To Support Horsepeople

April 15, 2021:

Ontario Racing is continuing to communicate with the Ontario Government in regards to vaccinations for horsepeople, the need for the safe return of live racing, and the industry’s ongoing commitment to the highest standards of health and safety throughout the pandemic....read on

To Call Them Her Own

April 15, 2021:

The photos, dozens of horse images that hang on the 17-year-old’s bedroom walls, take on more meaning with each new day. Every time Anna Tucciarone opens the door, turns on the light and sees the photos, any stresses in her life, big or small, immediately wash away....read on

Equine Benefit Payments Now Available

April 12, 2021:

Ontario Racing is pleased to announce that Standardbred horsepeople now have the opportunity to access certain purse funds that remain available under the Funding Agreement with Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) as a result of the suspension of live racing in the province as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic....read on


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