Industry Meeting Set For Thursday

Published: July 18, 2014 09:25 am EDT

On today's edition of Trot Radio we speak to John Snobelen for more information regarding next Thursday's Industry Information Session in Milton, Ont. and get an update on what's happening behind the scenes with Ontario Horse Racing.

The meeting, set for the Niagara Room at Country Heritage Park in Milton, was described by Snobelen as a chance for horsemen and industry participants to provide feedback to Ontario Horse Racing and the Ontario Racing Commission. The meeting will be fronted by Snobelen and ORC Chair Elmer Buchanan.

"Elmer's really been the proponent of this meeting, he wants a chance to get out and talk to some folks in the industry about the things that are going on at ORC from a regulatory point of view, and we're going to get some feedback on the menu of things that are before him and the ORC in terms of changing, modifying and hopefully improving the regulation of horse racing," Snobelen told Trot Radio's Norm Borg.

Among the items that will likely be discussed are race-day medication and changes to fines and suspensions, especially what Snobelen called "minor infractions."

"I think common sense is what we really want to find here."

Snobelen will also be discussing the economics of the five-year partnership plan and where the industry thinks it needs to go in order to achieve self-governance.

To listen to the full interview between Borg and Snobelen, click the play button below. To RSVP to the meeting, email [email protected].

Trot Radio - Episode 324 - John Snobelen

Audio Format: MP3 audio

Host: Norm Borg


1:00 - Elmer Buchanan; Welcome and Introductions

1:15 - John Snobelen; OHR Presentation: The Business of Horse Racing
A review of how Ontario Racing is funded and an explanation of Ontario's Five-Year Horse Racing Partnership Plan

2:00 Elmer Buchanan; Industry Feedback
An opportunity to ask questions and share your comments with the ORC Chair

2:30 David Reimer; Developing an Industry “IT Roadmap”
The ORC is conducting a review of its “technology assets”: databases, software, and infrastructure. Is there value in undertaking a provincial industry-wide IT Roadmap?

The opinions expressed are those of the participants and do not necessarily represent those of Standardbred Canada.



So hey John are we going to reduce the number of horses
even further by eliminating LASIX for horses that have been
diagnosed by ORC approved veteranarians as having EIPH.

So far they have taken our share of the slot money and given John and Elmer some really nice jobs. More meetings so they can listen to the horseman's needs and then do exactly what ever they want anyway. If John thinks the purses are good he should buy a couple of standardbreds and try to race for $2000.
Its also funny that OLG adds for their slots at racetracks don't mention anything about horseracing, that's a funny way to integrate. Four and a half years left... then what?

More Track Deals Announced; Wynne Promises To Incorporate Horse Racing Into OLG Modernization. Date March 8, 2013. Enough said.

The first version of the audio referenced the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA). This is not a meeting administered by or affiliated with OHRIA. SC regrets the error and any confusion it may have caused.

In reference to integrating Horse Racing with the OLG Modernization Plan ... it's just lots of talk and lots of meetings. John says there's "a sense of urgency" ?
There was apparently a sense of urgency two years ago and still they have no idea when anything will be announced.

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