Effective today, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) announced that horses not currently in isolation can now exit Woodbine Racetrack. There have been no EHV-1 transmissions outside of Barn 12 in the past 14 days.

One horse in Barn 10 had tested positive and was isolated. All of the remaining horses in Barn 10 tested...

As the industry prepares for the resumption of racing, the AGCO would like to provide an update to trainers, assistant trainers, owners and veterinarians looking to add a horse to the Exercise Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage (EIPH) Program in Ontario.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in support of the industry as it prepares for the...

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is continuing to supervise the containment of the neuropathogenic form of EHV-1 with additional retesting this week. Results to date indicate the positive cases are limited to a single barn plus a single additional horse from Barn 10 at Woodbine Racetrack.

Barn 10 horses were re-...

On May 20, 2020, the Registrar announced a number of Temporary Rule Amendments to address pre-racing activities associated with the return to racing. These amendments were based on the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s (AGCO...

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) received new test results that suggest the containment and mitigation measures continue to contain the neuropathogeniclogical form of EHV-1 to a single barn at Woodbine Racetrack.

As a result, the AGCO has lifted all the restrictions on training for Barns 33 and 35, as well as the...

As the industry prepares for the resumption of racing, the AGCO is issuing a reminder to all racing participants looking to add a horse to the Exercise Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage (EIPH) Program in Ontario.

As announced in March, adding or removing a horse from the EIPH Program must be done online through the iAGCO portal at...

Note – this is the third in a series of Notices to the racing community concerning the cases of EHV-1 at Woodbine Racetrack. For ease of reference, the AGCO has created this special blog post. Any future Notices will be posted on this page, along with the May 16 and 17 updates. Please see below.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of...

The Ontario Government announced its plans to lift the provincial emergency order on horse racing, effective May 19, 2020.

To prepare for the return to racing, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is actively reviewing Ontario’s horse racing rules and regulations to ensure responsible measures are taken to help...

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) continues to monitor cases of the neurotropic strain of EHV-1 present at Woodbine Racetrack. On May 17, the AGCO reported two thoroughbred horses that resided in...

Today, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has confirmed that two horses residing at Woodbine Racetrack have tested positive for the neurotropic strain of EHV-1. Both horses are 2-year-old thoroughbred horses that resided in Barn 12 at Woodbine.

The horses were transported from Woodbine to the Ontario Veterinary...

Other fit-for-duty assessments that do not require the collection of a biological sample will be used instead.

The AGCO is actively reviewing Ontario’s horse racing rules and regulations to ensure responsible measures are taken to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

On racing days, racetrack or AGCO staff administer breathalyzer...

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) frequently reviews its horse racing policies and processes as part of its ongoing industry modernization efforts with a goal of supporting the sector in leading the development of its own processes, where appropriate.

Through this process, it has been determined that while the AGCO...

Industry Notice Approval of 2019 Post Time Amendment at Mohawk

The Registrar of Alcohol, Gaming and Racing has approved the application made by Woodbine Entertainment Group to amend post times of the 2019 race date schedule for Mohawk Racetrack (Mohawk).

The Registrar has approved the following:

Mohawk         ...

Industry Notice Approval of 2019 Post Time Amendment at Woodbine

The Registrar of Alcohol, Gaming and Racing has approved the application made by Woodbine Entertainment Group to amend post times of the 2019 race date schedule for Woodbine Racetrack (Woodbine).

The Registrar has approved the following:

Woodbine...

Industry Notice Approval of Fair Race Date at Ohsweken Fair

The Registrar of Alcohol, Gaming and Racing has approved Saturday, September 7, 2019 as a Fair Race Date for the Ohsweken Fair. The Six Nations Agricultural Society applied for and was granted a licence to operate racing as a one day, non-extended meet.

For more...

Industry Notice

On May 31, 2019, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) issued Standardbred Directive No. 3 – 2019 – Revision to Urging Provisions which amended the rules related to urging in Standardbred racing.  As...

Industry Notice Warm Weather Alert

The health and welfare of the horse is of paramount concern to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and to members of the racing community. An effort to monitor weather conditions and how it will impact the racehorse is in keeping with this mandate.

In view of the weather...

Industry Notice Veterinarian Access to Horses on Race Day

In response to questions received from the industry, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) wishes to clarify that routine diagnostic veterinary examinations of race horses are allowed within the 24-hour period prior to racing provided no medications, drugs or...

Industry Notice Approval of 2019 Race Dates - Kawartha

In accordance with the recommendations of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) and Ontario Racing, the Registrar issues the 2019 Race Date Schedule as follows:

Standardbred Kawartha Downs...

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