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Ajax's 50-Year Quarter Horse History

May 2, 2019:

In 1969, Alex Picov and his family opened the gates on their 65-acre family farm to friends and the community, creating the Picov Downs ‘J’ Track. Live Quarter Horse racing became a community staple....read on

Ajax Downs Slots Deal Announced

October 9, 2018:

It was announced this morning (Tuesday, Oct. 9) that a deal has been struck which will allow slot machine gaming to continue at Ajax Downs until at least 2026....read on

Failed Track Deal Could Hurt KY County

January 26, 2017:

It has been reported that Floyd County officials in Kentucky are worried that a failed deal between Thunder Ridge Raceway owners Appalachian Racing Inc. and Keeneland could bankrupt the county....read on

Ontario’s 2017 Approved Race Dates

December 2, 2016:

On Thursday, December 1, in accordance with the recommendations of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) and Ontario Racing, the Registrar of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario issued the 2017 race date schedule....read on

Western Fair Supports Funding Plan

December 2, 2016:

The following is a letter sent by Western Fair Association’s President and CEO Hugh Mitchell to Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa confirming his support, as well as Western Fair's, for the ministry’s long-term Government funding plan and encouragement to proceed with its implementation....read on

First Consultation Round Concludes

November 22, 2016:

The seventh and final consultation session regarding the proposed long-term funding framework for Ontario's horse racing industry took place on Tuesday (Nov. 22) in Milton, Ont....read on

Strong Turnout For Sixth Consultation

November 19, 2016:

Approximately 150 people attended Saturday's public consultation session in Port Perry, Ontario, hosted by Ontario Racing (OR)....read on

New Track Gambles On No Betting

May 12, 2016:

Can a racetrack survive on races conducted without any form of pari-mutuel wagering? One track set to start next weekend will try to do exactly that....read on

‘Durham Live’ Threatening Ajax Downs

January 18, 2016:

Officials in the Town of Ajax are concerned that if the proposed Durham Live Entertainment Centre in neighbouring Pickering is selected by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. for the site of a casino, the move could spell the end of Ajax Downs, which has its own expansion plans....read on

2016 Indiana Race Dates Approved

December 11, 2015:

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission approved the 2016 race dates during its meeting on December 9....read on

Breed Registry Wins Cloning Lawsuit

January 15, 2015:

It has been announced via release by the American Quarter Horse Association that on Wednesday, January 14, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued its opinion in the AQHA’s appeal of the judgment entered by the District Court in the cloning lawsuit....read on

OHR Announces Breeder Support

March 12, 2014:

In a letter issued to Premier Kathleen Wynne on March 11, 2014, John Snobelen of Ontario Horse Racing announced support programs for thoroughbred and quarter-horse breeders....read on

Quarter Horse Industry Optimistic

March 5, 2014:

Ajax Downs CEO Emilio Trotta and QROOI President Bob Broadstock have gone on the record as saying that Ajax Downs in Ontario will host live Quarter Horse racing in 2014....read on

Alliance Tracks Close To Deal

February 20, 2014:

"This is a unique-in-the-world agreement between eight tracks to share resources, coordinate schedules, to provide a consistent level of racing and purses year-round to the benefit of both the horsepersons of Ontario and also for the horseplayers, so that we'll be able to put a signal out around the world that's consistent good quality racing and a great product for people to wager on."...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


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