To safeguard the integrity of horse racing and to prioritize the well-being and safety of racehorses, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has suspended Anthony Beaton, a standardbred trainer, for conduct prejudicial to the best interest of racing effective as of October 13, 2023.
After receiving complaints, the AGCO’s ongoing inspection revealed that Mr. Beaton engaged in conduct prejudicial to the best interest of racing when he used repeated force that caused injury to a horse, thereby compromising equine safety and welfare.
A licensed horse racing participant issued a Ruling under the Rules of Racing has the right to appeal the AGCO’s action to the Horse Racing Appeal Panel (HRAP) which is an independent adjudicative body mandated to hear appeals of decisions.
The AGCO has taken this regulatory action pursuant to the following rules:
Rules of Standardbred Racing
Rules 6.01(c) and 1.09
The Role of the AGCO
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) acts in the public interest to govern, direct, control and regulate horse racing in all its forms in Ontario, the operation of racetracks and the licensing of racetracks and racing participants.