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Ontario Racing In Discussions Regarding Equine Benefit Payments

April 9, 2021:

Ontario Racing, in response to the latest impacts of COVID-19 on the provincial horse racing industry, is actively working with industry partners, government officials and others, in an effort to secure funds for equine-related support payments (subject to regulatory approvals) for Ontario Standardbred and Thoroughbred horsepeople....read on

Standardbred Support Payments Announced

April 6, 2021:

On Tuesday (April 6) Ontario Racing issued a notice to the harness racing industry regarding support payments for the cancelled race cards that were slated to be conducted at The Raceway at the Western Fair District, Rideau Carleton Raceway and Woodbine Mohawk Park earlier this month....read on

Hayes: "We Must Work Collectively"

April 3, 2021:

Despite the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 and other challenges, Ontario Racing Independent Chair John Hayes remains hopeful of a bright future for the horse racing industry in the province....read on

Ontario Enters Provincewide Lockdown

April 1, 2021:

As a result of the province-wide lockdown announced on Thursday (April 1) by the Government of Ontario, harness racing will be suspended at Rideau Carleton Raceway, The Raceway at the Western Fair District and Woodbine Mohawk Park effective Saturday, April 3....read on

Standardbred Improvement Program Approved

April 1, 2021:

The 2021 Standardbred Improvement Program (SIP), based upon the recommendations of the industry representative Standardbred Advisory Group, has been approved by the Ontario Racing Board of Directors....read on

A Man With A Mohawk Million Plan

March 11, 2021:

"There is something very appealing about trotters. My old man would always say, ‘Trotters, you either love them or you hate them...they can break your heart.’ And they do. I’ve always said that I won’t be buying trotters and I always end up doing it."...read on

Ontario Racing Offers Free HPItv Preview

March 1, 2021:

As of today, more than two million households in Canada now have access to live horse racing 24 hours a day for the entire month of March....read on

OR Grateful For Safe Racing

February 23, 2021:

On behalf of the thousands of people and families horse racing supports throughout the province, Ontario Racing Independent Chair John Hayes would like to thank the Government of Ontario for the opportunity to safely resume racing....read on

Ontario Prospect Series Dates Released

February 17, 2021:

Ontario Racing, in cooperation with participating Ontario racetracks, is pleased to announce the Prospect Series for Ontario-sired two- and three-year-olds will return for a second year in 2021....read on

Lawson Guests On COSA TV

February 11, 2021:

A special Thursday evening edition of COSA TV featured Woodbine Entertainment’s CEO Jim Lawson, who gave an update on where racing stands following a number of recent announcements by health officials and the government....read on

Support Payments Announced For Ontario Harness Horsepeople

January 27, 2021:

Ontario Racing is pleased to notify industry participants that, pending final approval, Standardbred horsepeople will 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 due to the COVID-19 pandemic....read on

Ontario Racing Notice To Industry

January 21, 2021:

In a message to the industry on Thursday (Jan. 21), Ontario Racing stated that the organization is continuing to work with government and industry partners during the lockdown and suspension of harness racing in the province....read on

SC In Support Of The Racing Industry

January 15, 2021:

Standardbred Canada understands that the impact of the pandemic to horse racing in Ontario is devastating to the entire horse industry....read on

Ontario Horsepeople Speak Out

January 11, 2021:

A number of Ontario's prominent harness racing industry participants have answered the call to action for increased awareness by penning letters to Premier Doug Ford and other political leaders in order to place racing in the same professional athletic status as the National Hockey League....read on

A Call For Action From Jim Lawson

January 8, 2021:

As Ontario's harness racing industry enters its third week of inactivity as a result of the province's lockdown, questions remain as to whether harness racing will resume after that 28-day suspension of activity. In the eyes of some, like Woodbine Entertainment's CEO Jim Lawson, there's still a question of why it ever stopped....read on


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