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2022 Ontario Sires Stakes Update

September 3, 2021:

On Friday (Sept. 3), Gordon Thain, executive director of Ontario Racing, issued an update to horsepeople regarding the 2022 Ontario Sires Stakes program....read on

Return To Racing Spurs Optimism

July 29, 2021:

The two separate weeks-long shutdowns that the Standardbred industry has faced in Ontario through 2021 elicited a number of reactions from the province's horsepeople — some temporarily relocated to the United States; some remained. Regardless, the most recent reopening of racing amid the province's progress to curb the coronavirus has spurred industry-wide optimism....read on

Potential COVID-19 Exposure

June 30, 2021:

Participants in Ontario's harness racing industry should be advised of possible exposure to COVID-19 at two Ontario racetracks....read on

Nothing But Blue Skies For Reynolds

June 28, 2021:

“Growing up, I always wanted to be around horses. I never consider any of what I do to be work. It’s a lifestyle. I feel very connected to the horses and whenever they race, no matter what happens, I feel proud when I watch them compete. They’re like your family.”...read on

Ontario Tracks To Welcome Back Fans

June 24, 2021:

Fans of live harness racing rejoice: Ontario's racetracks can start to roll out the red carpet for a limited number of spectators starting next week....read on

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


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