Thursday, May 20, 2021

The Ontario government’s Stay-at-Home order is in place until at least June 2, 2021. The AGCO is awaiting government direction regarding what types of activities will be permitted to occur after this date. 

In the meantime, the AGCO would like to issue a reminder that race horses cannot be entered to race until they are properly qualified. This measure maintains the integrity of the sport by ensuring that horses are competitive while taking into consideration the health and safety of both human and equine participants.   

To prepare for the return to racing, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is advising racetracks and participants of the need for qualifiers to take place safely, and in accordance with the Reopening Ontario Act 

Prior to publishing their scheduled qualifier dates, the AGCO asks that racetracks notify their local public health unit, as soon as possible, of their intention to hold qualifiers. 

The AGCO requests that racetracks provide confirmation of public health unit notification to AGCO Senior Manager, Regulatory Compliance Mike Wilson, also as soon as possible, before the scheduled date. 

Once qualifiers have been confirmed to proceed, the AGCO will schedule a Racing Official to attend, with all safety protocols in place.

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