Horse Racing Directives

Last Updated: 
2020-11-01

Administration Directives

Last Updated: 
2020-01-01

Administration Directive No. 1 – 2020 – Association Re-Opening Plan

Last Updated: 
2020-05-26

Preamble

WHEREAS standardbred horse racing was shut down in the Province of Ontario on March 20, 2020, thoroughbred racing was scheduled to commence on April 18, 2020 at Woodbine Racetrack and May 26, 2020 at Fort Erie Race Track, and quarter horse racing was scheduled to commence on May 10, 2020 at Ajax Downs Racetrack, but delayed as a result of a provincial emergency order and in accordance with public health restrictions related to COVID-19;

AND WHEREAS the emergency order was lifted with respect to horse racing, effective Tuesday, May 19, 2020;

AND WHEREAS the AGCO requires that measures be put in place prior to the reopening of racing to facilitate the safe operation of racetracks for all participants and racehorses; 

TAKE NOTICE THAT, the Registrar requires:

  1. That pursuant to the Horse Racing Licence Act, 2015, the Rules of Standardbred Racing and the Rules of Thoroughbred Racing, prior to re-opening for any live horse racing in Ontario, each Association shall establish, implement, and maintain a COVID-19 pandemic re-opening plan, and individual site specific plans in the case of multiple site operators, to be submitted to the Registrar at least 2 business days prior to the anticipated site opening for live racing;
  2. And further that, the COVID-19 pandemic re-opening plan must address and demonstrate compliance with applicable requirements, guidance, and recommendations, including:
    1. legislative requirements governing re-opening and Declarations of Emergency;
    2. Ontario’s Framework for Reopening our Province or any subsequent provincial framework overtaking it;
    3. any applicable public health requirements, guidance, and recommendations that apply to the horse racing sector, including those made at the local and regional level; and
    4. any applicable industry best practices designed to mitigate risk related to the spread of infectious disease;
  3. And further that, any updates to COVID-19 pandemic re-opening plans must be submitted to the Registrar in a timely manner; and
  4. the Association shall make available to the public their COVID-19 pandemic re-opening plans and any updates to the plan; and
  5. Notwithstanding the submission of a COVID-19 pandemic re-opening plan, an Association may not open a site for live racing until the Registrar has provided the Association with approval to do so.  The Registrar’s decision regarding the opening of a site for live racing is not subject to appeal.

BY ORDER OF THE REGISTRAR

Jean Major
Registrar

General Directives

Last Updated: 
2020-11-01

2012-2013

General Directive No. 1 -2012 Equine Medication Control and Drug Task Force

Last Updated: 
2012-04-30

This Directive sets the new annual allocation of revenue contributions of purse monies from the various racing associations and horse people groups to fund the Equine Medication Control and Drug Task Force, effective April 1, 2012.

Track

Monthly
Amount (1)

Monthly
Amount (2)

Total
(1 + 2)

Woodbine Entertainment Group
Thoroughbred

12,099

9,404

21,503

Woodbine Entertainment Group
Standardbred

13,192

8,493

21,686

Flamboro Downs

5,710

1,790

7,500

Rideau Carleton

5,760

1,883

7,644

Georgian Downs

3,310

1,360

4,670

Western Fair

3,527

1,242

4,769

Kawartha Downs

2,609

823

3,432

Windsor

2,648

792

3,440

Fort Erie

1,923

882

2,805

Grand River

2,222

778

3,001

Sudbury Downs

1,442

505

1,947

Hiawatha Horse Park

1,217

353

1,570

Ajax Downs

1,175

585

1,761

Hanover

873

285

1,158

Woodstock

585

179

764

Dresden

581

172

752

Clinton

570

195

765

Total

59,444

29,722

89,167

A late fee charge will apply to those tracks whose total payment is in arrears past the due date.

  1. To be deducted from the Horsemen’s Purses by track and remitted to ORC.
  2. To be paid from Track Operating expenses.

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

(original document signed by)
John Blakney Executive Director

General Directive No. 2 -2012 Wagering Levy 2012/13

Last Updated: 
2012-04-30

This Directive replaces General Directive No. 2/2011.  The levy is expressed as a monthly fee and calculated based on total 2011 wagering from all sources (live and simulcast) related to each track’s betting permit.

In accordance with past practice, this levy is imposed pursuant to the Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between the Minister of Consumer and Business Services, the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association and the Ontario Racing Commission, and is deemed an amount authorized under provincial enactment for the purpose of CPMA Regulation 103(1)(h).

Effective April 1, 2012, the monthly fees for the fiscal year 2012/2013 which ends March 31, 2013, are as follows:

TRACK 2011 WAGERING MONTHLY
LEVY

Woodbine Entertainment Group

Thoroughbred

Standardbred

 

578,508,052

199,253,323

 

 241,045

 83,022

 Flamboro Downs 33,918,462 14,133
 Fort Erie 34,009,161 14,170
Rideau Carleton 38,413,796 16,006
Grand River 18,176,183 7,573
Western Fair 18,239,212 7,600
Windsor Raceway 18,370,620 7,654
Georgian Downs 16,861,043 7,025
Kawartha Downs 8,380,144 3,492
Ajax Downs 9,548,411 3,979
Sudbury Downs 10,227,265 4,261
Hanover 4,213,141 1,755
Hiawatha Horse Park 3,997,859 1,666
Clinton 2,586,026 1,078
Woodstock 2,486,043 1,036
Dresden 1,927,603 803
  999,116,342 $416,298

Note:  A late fee charge will apply to those tracks whose total payment is in arrears past the due date.

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

John L. Blakney
Executive Director

General Directive No. 3 - 2012 Annual Racetrack Licence Fee

Last Updated: 
2012-04-30

Pursuant to Section 7(f) of the Racing Commission Act, 2000, this directive sets the Annual Racetrack
Licence Fee for the Ontario Racing Commission fiscal year 2012-2013, as part of the fees and other
application charges applicable to a Licence to Operate a Racetrack. The fee is expressed as a monthly
charge, calculated based on the portion of the total purses paid at each track for the 2011 racing season and
is effective April 1, 2012.

Association Racetrack 2011 Purses ($K) Monthly Fee
Woodbine Entertainment Group  Woodbine (TB) 82,357.90 47,470
  Woodbine (SB) 37,958.40 21,880
  Woodbine Total 120,316.30 69,350
Woodbine Entertainment Group Mohawk 36,422.00 20,990
Flamboro Downs Holding Limited   Flamboro Downs 15,676.50 9,040
Rideau Carleton Raceway Holdings Limited   Rideau Carleton 16,493.30 9,510
Western Fair Association   Western Fair 10,875.00 6,270
Georgian Downs Limited   Georgian Downs 11,907.20 6,870
Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium   Fort Erie 7,725.70 4,460
Kawartha Downs Limited   Kawartha Downs 7,211.50 4,160
Woolwich Agricultural Society  Grand River 6,816.60 3,930
Windsor Raceway Inc.   Windsor 6,938.60 4,000
Macranald Enterprises Inc.   Sudbury 4,423.70 2,550
Picov Downs Inc.   Ajax Downs 5,126.20 2,960
405730 Ontario Ltd.   Hiawatha 3,087.60 1,780

Winrac Development Inc.  

Woodstock 1,565.80 910
Hanover Bentinck & Brant Agricultural Society   Hanover 2,492.90 1,440
Clinton Raceway Inc.   Clinton 1,709.40 990

Winrac Development Inc.  

Dresden 1,502.10 870

A late fee charge will apply to those tracks whose total payment is in arrears past the due date.
BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

John L. Blakney
Executive Director

General Directive No. 4 - 2012 – Stay of the continued implementation of Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations

Last Updated: 
2012-07-12

Preamble

WHEREAS amendments to the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations (“Regulations”) were to came into force on January 1, 2012;

AND WHEREAS as a result of the amendments to the Regulations, the Ontario Racing Commission (“ORC”) would be required to “approve” horsepersons;

AND WHEREAS the ORC determined that the mechanism for “approving” horsepersons would be conducted through licensing of horsepersons in accordance with the Racing Commission Act, 2000;

AND WHEREAS the ORC implemented certain Rules of Racing relating to the requirement for horsepersons (horsepeople’s organizations) to be licensed in accordance with the Racing Commission Act, 2000;

AND WHEREAS the horsepeople’s organizations served upon the ORC a Notice of Application for Judicial Review;

AND WHEREAS the Judicial Review was heard on March 14, 2012 and the decision of the Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court was delivered on June 12, 2012;

AND WHEREAS the ORC and the horsepeople’s organizations have determined that further consultations are required prior to the continued implementation of certain Rules of Racing related to the licensing of horsepeople’s organizations;

TAKE NOTICE that the Director hereby issues General Directive No 4/2012 as follows:

 

GENERAL DIRECTIVE NO. 4/2012 – Stay of the continued implementation of Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations

The ORC Director hereby orders a stay of the continued implementation of the following Rules of Racing until September 30, 2012:

Rules of Standardbred Racing

Rule 3.02.01

Where an Association has entered into an agreement with a horsepeople’s organization, representing participants racing at that facility, that horsepeople’s organization must be licensed by the Commission.

Rule 3.02.02:

Each Association shall ensure that it has an agreement with either of the following for the purposes of Section 3(1)(c)(iii) of the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations:

  1. a horsepeople’s organization licensed pursuant to Rule 3.02.01; or
  2. individuals licensed in good standing by the Commission and racing at that Association.

Failure to comply with this rule may result in fines or suspension.

Rules of Thoroughbred Racing

Rule 4.15.01

Where an Association has entered into an agreement with a horsepeople’s organization, representing participants racing at that facility, that horsepeople’s organization must be licensed by the Commission.

Rule 4.15.02

Each Association shall ensure that it has an agreement with either of the following for the purposes of Section 3(1)(c)(iii) of the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations:

  1. a horsepeople’s organization licensed pursuant to Rule 3.02.01; or
  2. individuals licensed in good standing by the Commission and racing at that Association.

Failure to comply with this rule may result in fines or suspension.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

John L. Blakney

Executive Director

General Directive No. 5 - 2012 Ontario Racing Program

Last Updated: 
2012-07-17

This Directive sets the new annual allocation of revenue contributions from the various racing associations and horse peoples purse accounts to recover the costs of the Ontario Racing Program, for the year March 31, 2012.

Track Annual Amount(1) Annual Amount(2) Total(1 + 2)
Woodbine Entertainment Group

 

 

Thoroughbred

-

-

-

Standardbred

27,263

27,263

54,526

Fort Erie

-

-

-

Flamboro Downs

13,641

13,641

27,282

Windsor

5,317

5,317

10,634

Rideau Carleton

7,298

7,298

14,596

Western Fair

11,300

11,300

22,600

Georgian Downs

10,820

10,820

21,640

Kawartha Downs

15,663

15,663

31,326

Hiawatha Horse Park

9,080

9,080

18,160

Grand River

4,627

4,627

9,254

Sudbury Downs

19,876

19,876

39,752

Woodstock

3,247

3,247

6,494

Dresden

3,247

3,247

6,494

Clinton

3,157

3,157

6,314

Hanover

18,856

18,856

37,712

Ajax Downs

-

-

-

 

Total

$153,392

$153,392

$306,784

 A late fee charge will apply to those tracks whose total payment is in arrears past the due date.

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION        

 

John Blakney
Executive Director


1To be deducted from the Horsemen’s Purses by track and remitted to ORC.
2To be paid from Track Operating expenses. 

General Directive No. 6 – 2012 Stay of the continued implementation of Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations

Last Updated: 
2012-09-26

Preamble

WHEREAS amendments to the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations (“Regulations”) were to came into force on January 1, 2012;

AND WHEREAS as a result of the amendments to the Regulations, the Ontario Racing Commission (“ORC”) would be required to “approve” horsepersons;

AND WHEREAS the ORC determined that the mechanism for “approving” horsepersons would be conducted through licensing of horsepersons in accordance with the Racing Commission Act, 2000;

AND WHEREAS the ORC implemented certain Rules of Racing relating to the requirement for horsepersons (horsepeople’s organizations) to be licensed in accordance with the Racing Commission Act, 2000;

AND WHEREAS the horsepeople’s organizations served upon the ORC a Notice of Application for Judicial Review;

AND WHEREAS the Judicial Review was heard on March 14, 2012 and the decision of the Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court was delivered on June 12, 2012;

AND WHEREAS the ORC and the horsepeople’s organizations have determined that further consultations are required prior to the continued implementation of certain Rules of Racing related to the licensing of horsepeople’s organizations;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No 4/2012 which ordered a stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until September 30, 2012;

AND WHEREAS the Director has received certain communications from the horsepeople’s organization and has determined that further consultation will be required prior to the implementation of certain Rules of Racing related to the licensing of horsepeople’s organizations;

TAKE NOTICE that the Director hereby issues General Directive No. 6/2012 as follows:

The ORC Director hereby orders a stay of the continued implementation of the following Rules of Racing until December 31, 2012:

 

Rules of Standardbred Racing

Rule 3.02.01

Where an Association has entered into an agreement with a horsepeople’s organization, representing participants racing at that facility, that horsepeople’s organization must be licensed by the Commission.

Rule 3.02.02:

Each Association shall ensure that it has an agreement with either of the following for the purposes of Section 3(1)(c)(iii) of the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations:

  1. a horsepeople’s organization licensed pursuant to Rule 3.02.01; or
  2. individuals licensed in good standing by the Commission and racing at that Association.

Failure to comply with this rule may result in fines or suspension.

 

Rules of Thoroughbred Racing

Rule 4.15.01

Where an Association has entered into an agreement with a horsepeople’s organization, representing participants racing at that facility, that horsepeople’s organization must be licensed by the Commission.

Rule 4.15.02

Each Association shall ensure that it has an agreement with either of the following for the purposes of Section 3(1)(c)(iii) of the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations:

  1. a horsepeople’s organization licensed pursuant to Rule 3.02.01; or
  2. individuals licensed in good standing by the Commission and racing at that Association.

Failure to comply with this rule may result in fines or suspension.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

John L. Blakney
Executive Director

General Directive NO. 7 – 2012 Stay of the continued implementation of Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations

Last Updated: 
2012-12-20

Preamble

WHEREAS amendments to the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations (“Regulations”) came into force on January 1, 2012;

AND WHEREAS as a result of the amendments to the Regulations, the Ontario Racing Commission (“ORC”) would be required to “approve” horsepersons;

AND WHEREAS the ORC determined that the mechanism for “approving” horsepersons would be conducted through licensing of horsepersons in accordance with the Racing Commission Act, 2000;

AND WHEREAS the ORC implemented certain Rules of Racing relating to the requirement for horsepersons (horsepeople’s organizations) to be licensed in accordance with the Racing Commission Act, 2000;

AND WHEREAS the horsepeople’s organizations served upon the ORC a Notice of Application for Judicial Review;

AND WHEREAS the Judicial Review was heard on March 14, 2012 and the decision of the Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court was delivered on June 12, 2012;

AND WHEREAS the ORC and the horsepeople’s organizations determined that further consultations were required prior to the continued implementation of certain Rules of Racing related to the licensing of horsepeople’s organizations;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No 4/2012 which ordered a stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until September 30, 2012;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No 6/2012 which ordered a further stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until December 31, 2012;

AND WHEREAS the Director has received certain communications from horsepeople’s organizations and has determined that further consultation is required prior to the implementation of certain Rules of Racing related to the licensing of horsepeople’s organizations;

TAKE NOTICE that the Director hereby issues General Directive No. 7/2012 as follows:

The ORC Director hereby orders a stay of the continued implementation of the following Rules of Racing until March 31, 2013:

 

Rules of Standardbred Racing

Rule 3.02.01

Where an Association has entered into an agreement with a horsepeople’s organization, representing participants racing at that facility, that horsepeople’s organization must be licensed by the Commission.

Rule 3.02.02:

Each Association shall ensure that it has an agreement with either of the following for the purposes of Section 3(1)(c)(iii) of the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations:

  1. a horsepeople’s organization licensed pursuant to Rule 3.02.01; or
  2. individuals licensed in good standing by the Commission and racing at that Association.

Failure to comply with this rule may result in fines or suspension.

 

Rules of Thoroughbred Racing

Rule 4.15.01

Where an Association has entered into an agreement with a horsepeople’s organization, representing participants racing at that facility, that horsepeople’s organization must be licensed by the Commission.

Rule 4.15.02

Each Association shall ensure that it has an agreement with either of the following for the purposes of Section 3(1)(c)(iii) of the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations:

  1. a horsepeople’s organization licensed pursuant to Rule 3.02.01; or
  2. individuals licensed in good standing by the Commission and racing at that Association.

Failure to comply with this rule may result in fines or suspension.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

Steve Lehman
Executive Director

General Directive No. 1 – 2013 Stay of the continued implementation of Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations

Last Updated: 
2013-03-20

Preamble

WHEREAS amendments to the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations (“Regulations”) came into force on January 1, 2012;

AND WHEREAS as a result of the amendments to the Regulations, the Ontario Racing Commission (“ORC”) would be required to “approve” horsepersons;

AND WHEREAS the ORC determined that the mechanism for “approving” horsepersons would be conducted through licensing of horsepersons in accordance with the Racing Commission Act, 2000;

AND WHEREAS the ORC implemented certain Rules of Racing relating to the requirement for horsepersons (horsepeople’s organizations) to be licensed in accordance with the Racing Commission Act, 2000;

AND WHEREAS the horsepeople’s organizations served upon the ORC a Notice of Application for Judicial Review;

AND WHEREAS the Judicial Review was heard on March 14, 2012 and the decision of the Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court was delivered on June 12, 2012;

AND WHEREAS the ORC and the horsepeople’s organizations determined that further consultations were required prior to the continued implementation of certain Rules of Racing related to the licensing of horsepeople’s organizations;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No 4/2012 which ordered a stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until September 30, 2012;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No 6/2012 which ordered a further stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until December 31, 2012;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No 7/2012 which ordered a further stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until March 31, 2013;

AND WHEREAS the Director has received certain communications from horsepeople’s organizations and has determined that further consultation is required prior to the implementation of certain Rules of Racing related to the licensing of horsepeople’s organizations;

TAKE NOTICE that the Director hereby issues General Directive No. ½013 as follows:

The ORC Director hereby orders a stay of the continued implementation of the following Rules of Racing until June 30, 2013:

Rules of Standardbred Racing

Rule 3.02.01

Where an Association has entered into an agreement with a horsepeople’s organization, representing participants racing at that facility, that horsepeople’s organization must be licensed by the Commission.

Rule 3.02.02:

Each Association shall ensure that it has an agreement with either of the following for the purposes of Section 3(1)(c)(iii) of the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations:

  1. a horsepeople’s organization licensed pursuant to Rule 3.02.01; or
  2. individuals licensed in good standing by the Commission and racing at that Association.

Failure to comply with this rule may result in fines or suspension.

Rules of Thoroughbred Racing

Rule 4.15.01

Where an Association has entered into an agreement with a horsepeople’s organization, representing participants racing at that facility, that horsepeople’s organization must be licensed by the Commission.

Rule 4.15.02

Each Association shall ensure that it has an agreement with either of the following for the purposes of Section 3(1)(c)(iii) of the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations:

  1. a horsepeople’s organization licensed pursuant to Rule 3.02.01; or
  2. individuals licensed in good standing by the Commission and racing at that Association.

Failure to comply with this rule may result in fines or suspension. BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

(original document signed by)
Steve Lehman Executive Director

General Directive No. 2 – 2013 Stay of the continued implementation of Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations

Last Updated: 
2013-06-28

Preamble

WHEREAS amendments to the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations (“Regulations”) came into force on January 1, 2012;

AND WHEREAS as a result of the amendments to the Regulations, the Ontario Racing Commission (“ORC”) would be required to “approve” horsepersons;

AND WHEREAS the ORC determined that the mechanism for “approving” horsepersons would be conducted through licensing of horsepersons in accordance with the Racing Commission Act, 2000;

AND WHEREAS the ORC implemented certain Rules of Racing relating to the requirement for horsepersons (horsepeople’s organizations) to be licensed in accordance with the Racing Commission Act, 2000;

AND WHEREAS the horsepeople’s organizations served upon the ORC a Notice of Application for Judicial Review;

AND WHEREAS the Judicial Review was heard on March 14, 2012 and the decision of the Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court was delivered on June 12, 2012;

AND WHEREAS the ORC and the horsepeople’s organizations determined that further consultations were required prior to the continued implementation of certain Rules of Racing related to the licensing of horsepeople’s organizations;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No 4/2012 which ordered a stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until September 30, 2012;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No 6/2012 which ordered a further stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until December 31, 2012;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No 7/2012 which ordered a further stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until March 31, 2013;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No ½013 which ordered a further stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until June 30, 2013;

AND WHEREAS the Director has received certain communications from horsepeople’s organizations and has determined that further consultation is required prior to the implementation of certain Rules of Racing related to the licensing of horsepeople’s organizations;

TAKE NOTICE that the Director hereby issues General Directive No. 2/2013 as follows:

The ORC Director hereby orders a stay of the continued implementation of the following Rules of Racing until December 31, 2013:

 

Rules of Standardbred Racing

Rule 3.02.01

Where an Association has entered into an agreement with a horsepeople’s organization, representing participants racing at that facility, that horsepeople’s organization must be licensed by the Commission.

Rule 3.02.02:

Each Association shall ensure that it has an agreement with either of the following for the purposes of Section 3(1)(c)(iii) of the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations:

  1. a horsepeople’s organization licensed pursuant to Rule 3.02.01; or
  2. individuals licensed in good standing by the Commission and racing at that Association.

Failure to comply with this rule may result in fines or suspension.

 

Rules of Thoroughbred Racing

Rule 4.15.01

Where an Association has entered into an agreement with a horsepeople’s organization, representing participants racing at that facility, that horsepeople’s organization must be licensed by the Commission.

Rule 4.15.02

Each Association shall ensure that it has an agreement with either of the following for the purposes of Section 3(1)(c)(iii) of the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations:

  1. a horsepeople’s organization licensed pursuant to Rule 3.02.01; or
  2. individuals licensed in good standing by the Commission and racing at that Association.

Failure to comply with this rule may result in fines or suspension.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

Steve Lehman
Executive Director

General Directive No. 3 - 2013 Annual Racetrack Licence Fee

Last Updated: 
2013-07-05

Pursuant to Section 7(f) of the Racing Commission Act, 2000, this directive sets the Annual Racetrack Licence Fee for the Ontario Racing Commission fiscal year 2013-2014, as part of the fees and other application charges applicable to a Licence to Operate a Racetrack. The fee is for an annual licence, calculated based on the portion of the total purses paid at each track for the 2011 racing season and is effective April 1, 2013, invoiced and payable in monthly amounts.

Racetrack 2011 Purses ($K) Annual Fee Monthly Fee
Woodbine (TB) 82,357.90 569,640 47,470
Woodbine (SB)   37,958.40 262,560 21,880
Woodbine Total 120,316.30 832,200 69,350
Mohawk 36,422.00 251,880 20,990
Rideau Carleton 16,493.30 114,120 9,510
Flamboro Downs 15,676.50 108,480 9,040
Western Fair   10,875.00 75,240 6,270
Georgian Downs   11,907.20 82,440 6,870
Fort Erie  7,725.70 53,520 4,460
Kawartha Downs   7,211.50 49,920 4,160
Grand River   6,816.60 47,160 3,930
Ajax Downs   5,126.20 35,520 2,960
Sudbury  4,423.70 30,600 2,550
Hiawatha   3,087.60 21,360 1,780
Hanover   2,492.90 17,280 1,440
Clinton   1,709.40 11,880 990
Dresden   1,502.10 10,440 870
  251,786.00 1,742,040 145,170

A late fee charge will apply to those tracks whose total payment is in arrears past the due date.

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

Steve Lehman
Executive Director

General Directive No. 4 - 2013 Equine Medication Control Program

Last Updated: 
2013-07-05

This Directive sets the new annual allocation of revenue contributions of purse monies from the various racing associations and horse people groups to fund the Equine Medication Control Program for the fiscal year April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.

TRACK Annual Amount (1) Annual Amount (2) Monthly Amount (1) Monthly Amount (2)
Woodbine Entertainment Group        
Thoroughbred 116,690 90,704 9,724 7,559
Standardbred 127,236 81,918 10,603 6,826
Rideau Carleton 55,559 18,165 4,630 1,514
Flamboro Downs 55,075 17,265 4,590 1,439
Georgian Downs 31,927 13,114 2,661 1,093
Western Fair 34,022 11,977 2,835 998
Kawartha Downs 25,161 7,942 2,097 662
Grand River 21,432 7,507 1,786 626
Fort Erie 18,548 8,509 1,546 709
Sudbury Downs 13,909 4,872 1,159 406
Hiawatha Horse Park 11,738 3,400 978 283
Ajax Downs 11,335 5,646 945 470
Hanover 8,425 2,746 702 229
Clinton 5,498 1,883 458 157
Dresden 5,602 1,654 467 138
Total 542,158 277,300 45,180 23,108

A late fee charge will apply to those tracks whose total payment is in arrears past the due date.

(1) To be deducted from the Horsemen’s Purses by track and remitted to ORC.
(2) To be paid from Track Operating expenses.

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION   

 

Steve Lehman

Executive Director

General Directive No. 5 -2013 Wagering Levy 2013/14

Last Updated: 
2013-07-05

This Directive replaces General Directive No. 2/2012. The levy is an annual charge calculated based on total 2012 wagering from all sources (live and simulcast) related to each track’s betting permit.

In accordance with past practice, this levy is imposed pursuant to the Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between the Minister of Consumer and Business Services, the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association and the Ontario Racing Commission, and is deemed an amount authorized under provincial enactment for the purpose of CPMA Regulation 103(1)(h).

Effective April 1, 2013, the fee for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014, are as follows:

TRACK 2012 WAGERING ANNUALIZED TRACK FEE at 0.5% MONTHLY LEVY
Woodbine Entertainment Group      
Thoroughbred 549,820,246 $2,749,101 229,092
Standardbred 181,447,502 907,238 75,603
Rideau Carleton 35,649,014 178,245 14,854
Flamboro Downs 32,813,439 164,067 13,672
Fort Erie 29,984,745 149,924 12,494
Grand River 15,961,253 79,806 6,651
Western Fair 17,645,841 88,229 7,352
Georgian Downs 15,308,829 76,544 6,379
Kawartha Downs 9,867,527 49,338 4,111
Ajax Downs 9,329,982 46,650 3,887
Sudbury Downs 8,490,224 42,451 3,538
Dresden 5,782,813 28,914 2,410
Hanover 3,642,822 18,214 1,518
Hiawatha Horse Park 2,711,487 13,557 1,130
Clinton 2,422,293 12,111 1,009
  920,878,017  4,604,390 383,699

Note: A late fee charge will apply to those tracks whose total payment is in arrears past the due date.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

Steve Lehman
Executive Director

General Directive No. 6 – 2013 Stay of the continued implementation of Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations

Last Updated: 
2013-12-24

Preamble

WHEREAS amendments to the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations (“Regulations”) came into force on January 1, 2012;

AND WHEREAS as a result of the amendments to the Regulations, the Ontario Racing Commission (“ORC”) would be required to “approve” horsepersons;

AND WHEREAS the ORC determined that the mechanism for “approving” horsepersons would be conducted through licensing of horsepersons in accordance with the Racing Commission Act, 2000;

AND WHEREAS the ORC implemented certain Rules of Racing relating to the requirement for horsepersons (horsepeople’s organizations) to be licensed in accordance with the Racing Commission Act, 2000;

AND WHEREAS the horsepeople’s organizations served upon the ORC a Notice of Application for Judicial Review;

AND WHEREAS the Judicial Review was heard on March 14, 2012 and the decision of the Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court was delivered on June 12, 2012;

AND WHEREAS the ORC and the horsepeople’s organizations determined that further consultations were required prior to the continued implementation of certain Rules of Racing related to the licensing of horsepeople’s organizations;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No 4/2012 which ordered a stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until September 30, 2012;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No 6/2012 which ordered a further stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until December 31, 2012;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No 7/2012 which ordered a further stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until March 31, 2013;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No ½013 which ordered a further stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until June 30, 2013;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No 2/2013 which ordered a further stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until December 31, 2013;

AND WHEREAS the Director has determined that it is in the best interests of racing to further delay the implementation of certain Rules of Racing related to the licensing of horsepeople’s organizations;

TAKE NOTICE that the Director hereby issues General Directive No. 6/2013 as follows:

The ORC Director hereby orders a stay of the continued implementation of the following Rules of Racing until March 31, 2014:

 

Rules of Standardbred Racing

Rule 3.02.01

Where an Association has entered into an agreement with a horsepeople’s organization, representing participants racing at that facility, that horsepeople’s organization must be licensed by the Commission.

Rule 3.02.02:

Each Association shall ensure that it has an agreement with either of the following for the purposes of Section 3(1)(c)(iii) of the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations:

  1. a horsepeople’s organization licensed pursuant to Rule 3.02.01; or
  2. individuals licensed in good standing by the Commission and racing at that Association.

Failure to comply with this rule may result in fines or suspension.

 

Rules of Thoroughbred Racing

Rule 4.15.01

Where an Association has entered into an agreement with a horsepeople’s organization, representing participants racing at that facility, that horsepeople’s organization must be licensed by the Commission.

Rule 4.15.02

Each Association shall ensure that it has an agreement with either of the following for the purposes of Section 3(1)(c)(iii) of the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations:

  1. a horsepeople’s organization licensed pursuant to Rule 3.02.01; or
  2. individuals licensed in good standing by the Commission and racing at that Association.

Failure to comply with this rule may result in fines or suspension.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

Steve Lehman
Executive Director

2014-2015

General Directive No. 1 – 2014 Stay of the continued implementation of Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations

Last Updated: 
2014-03-28

Preamble

WHEREAS amendments to the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations (“Regulations”) came into force on January 1, 2012;

AND WHEREAS as a result of the amendments to the Regulations, the Ontario Racing Commission (“ORC”) would be required to “approve” horsepersons;

AND WHEREAS the ORC determined that the mechanism for “approving” horsepersons would be conducted through licensing of horsepersons in accordance with the Racing Commission Act, 2000;

AND WHEREAS the ORC implemented certain Rules of Racing relating to the requirement for horsepersons (horsepeople’s organizations) to be licensed in accordance with the Racing Commission Act, 2000;

AND WHEREAS the horsepeople’s organizations served upon the ORC a Notice of Application for Judicial Review;

AND WHEREAS the Judicial Review was heard on March 14, 2012 and the decision of the Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court was delivered on June 12, 2012;

AND WHEREAS the ORC and the horsepeople’s organizations determined that further consultations were required prior to the continued implementation of certain Rules of Racing related to the licensing of horsepeople’s organizations;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No 4/2012 which ordered a stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until September 30, 2012;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No 6/2012 which ordered a further stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until December 31, 2012;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No 7/2012 which ordered a further stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until March 31, 2013;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No ½013 which ordered a further stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until June 30, 2013;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No 2/2013 which ordered a further stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until December 31, 2013;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No 6/2013 which ordered a further stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until March 31, 2014;

AND WHEREAS the Director has determined that it is in the best interests of racing to further delay the implementation of certain Rules of Racing related to the licensing of horsepeople’s organizations;

TAKE NOTICE that the Director hereby issues General Directive No. ½014 as follows:

The ORC Director hereby orders a stay of the continued implementation of the following Rules of Racing until September 30, 2014:

 

Rules of Standardbred Racing

Rule 3.02.01

Where an Association has entered into an agreement with a horsepeople’s organization, representing participants racing at that facility, that horsepeople’s organization must be licensed by the Commission.

Rule 3.02.02:

Each Association shall ensure that it has an agreement with either of the following for the purposes of Section 3(1)(c)(iii) of the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations:

  1. a horsepeople’s organization licensed pursuant to Rule 3.02.01; or
  2. individuals licensed in good standing by the Commission and racing at that Association.

Failure to comply with this rule may result in fines or suspension.

 

Rules of Thoroughbred Racing

Rule 4.15.01

Where an Association has entered into an agreement with a horsepeople’s organization, representing participants racing at that facility, that horsepeople’s organization must be licensed by the Commission.

Rule 4.15.02

Each Association shall ensure that it has an agreement with either of the following for the purposes of Section 3(1)(c)(iii) of the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations:

  1. a horsepeople’s organization licensed pursuant to Rule 3.02.01; or
  2. individuals licensed in good standing by the Commission and racing at that Association.

Failure to comply with this rule may result in fines or suspension.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

Steve Lehman
Executive Director

2016-2017

GENERAL DIRECTIVE NO. 1 – 2016 Implementation of Minimum “Race Patrol” and “Photo Finish” Standards and Requirements

Last Updated: 
2016-01-21

Preamble

WHEREAS the Ontario Racing Commission (“ORC”) is committed to working with industry stakeholders to ensure that the integrity of the industry and public interest are upheld to the highest standards;

AND WHEREAS the integrity of races is preserved, in part, through the use of Race Patrol and Photo Finish equipment and/or services;

AND WHEREAS the Race Patrol and Photo Finish equipment and/or services used at Ontario Racetracks are vital tools which race officials rely upon while officiating races as such tools include live and retrievable video of the race and photo finish technologies;

AND WHEREAS in August of 2011, the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (“CPMA”) through its amendment of the CPMA Regulations, Section 43, eliminated the requirements of Racetrack Associations to provide video surveillance equipment for race patrol purposes;

AND WHEREAS there are currently no provincial or federal regulatory requirements with respect to race patrol equipment;

ND WHEREAS the division of Racing Operations of the ORC recently developed a comprehensive Service Standard document which provides for minimum standards of equipment used for Race Patrol and Photo Finish used by Racetrack Associations (hereinafter “2016 Standards”), following consultation with industry representatives;

AND WHEREAS the implementation of 2016 Standards allows the Racetrack Associations to:

  1. Preserve usage of the current race patrol equipment for a period of time while urging racetrack operators to plan and negotiate with service providers for upgraded equipment which will meet the new standards;
  2. Convert, update and replace existing equipment used for Race Patrol and Photo Finish Standards by April 1st 2018; and
  3. Benefit from sharing equipment based on non-conflicting race days, or use capital equipment pooling wherever possible if cooperation and logistical analysis is applied, creating potential savings for racetrack operators.

TAKE NOTICE that the Director hereby issues General Directive No. 1 – 2016, as follows:

The ORC Director hereby orders that effective February 1, 2016 all Ontario raceway/racetrack licensed administrators must commence implementing the 2016 Minimum “Race Patrol” and “Photo Finish” Standards Requirements outlined below and further orders that effective April 1, 2018, the 2016 Minimum “Race Patrol” and “Photo Finish” Standards become mandatory.

 

2016 MINIMUMRACE PATROLANDPHOTO FINISHSTANDARDS:

  1. Grouping

For the purpose of sharing equipment or capital equipment pooling, the following racetracks may form a group, subject to appropriate cooperation and logistical analysis performed by the grouped parties:

  1. Clinton Raceway, Grand River Raceway, Hanover Raceway, and Western Fair Raceway;
  2. Dresden Raceway and Leamington Raceway;
  3. Flamboro Downs and Georgian Downs;
  4. Mohawk Raceway and Woodbine Standardbred.

 

  1. Reference Chart Race Patrol and Photo Finish – Ontario 2016

Track Name

Race days

For 2015

Track

size

HD Cameras

Required

Lens Zoom

Ratios

Number of Photo Finish

Cameras Required

Ajax Downs “Quarter Horses”

27

5/8 mile

1 Pan

1 L. Pan

1 Tower

30x 30x

30x

1

Clinton Raceway

15

½ mile

1 Pan

20 x

1

Dresden Raceway

 

½ mile

1 Pan

1 Tower

20 x

20 x

1

Flamboro Downs

134

½ mile

1 Pan

  1. L Pan
  2. Towers

20 x

30x 22 x

1

Fort Erie

37 T

1 mile

2 Pan & L Pan

50 x

2

“Thoroughbred”

5 QH

7/8 turf

1 Apex

20 x

Note:  two racing

surfaces only 5 cameras

2 Front Towers

1 Back Tower

33 x

33 x

Georgian Downs

40

5/8 mile

2 Pan

2 Towers

30 x

30 x

1

Grand River

Raceway

48

½ mile

1 Pan

  1. L Pan
  2. Towers

20 x

30x 20x

1

Hanover Raceway

16

½ mile

1 Pan

1 Tower

20 x

20 x

1

Hiawatha Horse Park

21

5/8 mile

  1. Pan
  2. Towers

30 x

30 x

1

Kawartha Downs

96

5/8 mile

2 Pan

1 Tower

30 x

30 x

1

Leamington

14

½ mile

1 Pan

20 x

1

Mohawk Raceway

118

7/8 mile

2 Pan

  1. Apex
  2. Towers

55 x

30 x

44 x

2

Rideau Carleton Raceway

90

5/8 mile

2 Pan

2 Towers

33 x

33 x

1

Western Fair

Raceway

125

½ mile

1 Pan

  1. L Pan
  2. Towers

20 x

30 x 20x

1

Woodbine

Standardbred

103 S

7/8 mile

2 Pan

  1. Apex
  2. Towers

55 x

30 x

44 x

2

Woodbine

“Thoroughbred” Notes: two racing surfaces: Turf or Poly track.

133 T

*1.5 mile

Turf or

*1 mile Poly track

2 Pan

  1. Apex
  2. Towers T

2 Towers P

1 1m +¼

55 x

30 x

44 x

44 x

*20 x

3

 

  1. Race Patrol Equipment Specifications, 2016 Standards:

REQUIREMENT

MINIMUM PERFORMANCE SPECIFICATIONRACE PATROL

(Group “C”)1/3” Camera

Examples see:

Sony PXW-X160 or JVC GY-HM790U camcorders, (daylight racing only)

equivalent or better

1/3” Professional HD 1920x1080 - 3 chip CMOS or CCD array sensors

Minimum resolution 800 TV lines both horizontally and vertically in 1080i/60 mode, S/N Ratio 52dB-58db with gain at 0dB

Sensitivity (2000 lx/F8, 89.9 reflectance) F8 in 1920x1080/59.94i

(Group “B”) ½” Camera

Note: Group “B” Tracks may also select 2/3” cameras from Group “A”

Example see: Sony PMW 320K

equivalent or better

½ “ Professional HD 1920x1080 – 3 chip CCD or CMOS array sensors with a minimum HD resolution 1000 TV lines both horizontally and vertically in 1080i/60 mode, S/N Ratio 54dB-58db with gain at 0dB

Sensitivity (2000 lx/F10, 89.9 reflectance) F10 in 1920x1080/59.94i

(Group “A”) 2/3” Camera

Examples see:

Hitachi DK-Z50 or Sony HXC-100,DSC-300

equivalent or better

2/3 CCD HD 1920x1080 3 chip CCD or CMOS array sensors

HDTV Professional Field Production or Box Camera with a

minimum HD Resolution 800-1000TVL 1080/59.94i

S/N Ratio 58-60db HD-SDI 1080i output with gain at 0db

Sensitivity (2000 lx /F10, 89.9 reflectance) F10 in 1920x1080/59.94i

Camera power supply and battery backup

equivalent or better

All cameras specified must be equipped with an AC adaptor power supply sufficient to power the camera viewfinder and lens and a UPS battery backup capable of maintaining power for a minimum of 30 minutes in the event of a power failure at the camera location

Lenses for ½ mile tracks

See site specific requirements listed by track (16x9 aspect ratio)

Lenses for 5/8 mile tracks

See site specific requirements listed by track (16x9 aspect ratio)

Lenses required for tracks greater than 5/8 mile

See site specific requirements listed by track (16x9 aspect ratio)

Special Lenses see site specific requirements

See site specific requirements for Woodbine and Mohawk

(F.O.V. assumes 16x9 aspect ratio)

Lenses specified as 20x zoom

1/3” Sensor equivalent or better

Lens with a Horizontal Field of View: approx 55.2 ° o 3 0° or better. Note: (wide- to cover width of track, narrow- far track, zoom to 3 horses lengths)

Lenses specified as 30x zoom

½”Sensor equivalent or better

Lenses must have a minimum Horizontal Field of View: 32.4°  to 1.1° or better continuous with no extender

Lenses specified as 33x zoom

½” Sensor equivalent or better

Lenses must have a minimum Horizontal Field of View: 32.4° to 1.0° or better continuous with no extender

Lenses specified as 30x zoom on

2/3 Sensor equivalent or better

Lenses must have a minimum Horizontal Field of View: 47.1° to 1.6° or better continuous with no extender

Lenses specified as 33x zoom on

2/3”Sensor equivalent or better

Lenses must have a minimum Horizontal Field of View: 58.3°  to 1.9°  or better continuous with no extender

Lenses specified as 44x zoom on

2/3”Sensor

equivalent or better

Lenses must have a minimum Horizontal Field of View: 47.5°  to 1.14°  or better continuous with no extender.

Note: In the case of Woodbine the lenses must have a 2 times extender or have a narrower horizontal field of view of 0.60 to accommodate the much longer turf course distances

Special lens requirement 50x zoom on a ½” Sensor

equivalent or better

Lenses must have a minimum Horizontal Field of View: 40.2°  to 0.84°  or better continuous with no extender

Special lens requirement 55x zoom on 2/3” sensor

equivalent or better

Lenses must have a minimum Horizontal Field 56.4° to 1.1° or better continuous with no extender. Note: In the case of Woodbine the lenses must have a 2 times extender or have a narrower horizontal field of view of 0.60° to accommodate the much larger turf course

Light sensitivity lens & camera

equivalent or better

The lens and camera combination must be able to produce 1 volt peak to peak signal level using a light source of 50 foot candles at 3200K on a 60% reflectance chart with the camera set at 0 dB gain detail amp off.

Camera Viewfinders

equivalent or better

Each camera must have an attached a 5” high resolution 16 :9 HD Viewfinder/Monitor equipped with sun shade, capable of displaying 100% of the recorded picture area (1024 x 600 or better resolution) with access to camera setup menus.

Camera mounts

Example;

Custom camera cradle

Equivalent or better

Must be capable of interfacing with existing race patrol camera turrets installed at most racetracks. In the absence of camera turret, contractor must supply adequate “weight rated” locking fluid or cam pan tilt head and mount.

Digital Video Recording

With video streaming capabilities

 

 

See: HVO-1000MD HD Blu-ray Recorder

equivalent or better

 

 

Note:

Minimum archrival retention period; one year.

Digital Input/output: HD-SDI capable with a HDMI output & SD option. Capable of supporting a Genlock Input: (1920x1080/60/59.94 Interlace)

Audio Input/output: embedded HD-SDI, AES and Analog 600 ohms

Video Compression: Motion JPEG2000, MPEG-4/H264 AVC or MPEG-2

Must support the following Portable External Media in HD: optical disc drives DVD disc and USB portable hard drives and must support USB flash memory (thumb drives). Video streaming capable. Must be capable of variable playback speeds including ½ speed, freeze frame and frame by frame playback. Record systems utilizing a single CPU for two or more video streams must provide a backup recording solution.

Recording deliverable medium must include:

Blu-ray discs, DVD discs and portable USB thumb drives must be recorded in HD MPEG-2, H.264/MPEG-4 and SPPTE VC-1 video (1080i) quality that is compatible with the playback device for the requested venue

Switching Devices

Routing matrix of 8x8 for 2 camera tracks, 16x16 for three camera tracks and 16x32 for four or more camera tracks

equivalent or better

A video/audio routing-switcher device capable of switching any specified camera, video title device or other available video signals to any recorder so as to allow adding any camera angle with titling to a single record in an assembled edited sequence.

Judges monitor(s)

Minimum 32” LED backlit, matte screen, LCD 1080x1920, 2 HDMI inputs,

Control room Video Monitor

Preview/Program

Minimum 15 ” widescreen

equivalent or better

Professional Video Production monitor capable of supporting HD-SDI and HDMI inputs for 1080/60i signal support with audio monitoring

Backup systems:

Next race day repair/ready

Readily available complete backup equipment and support for all system components including: Cameras, Lenses, power supplies, Recording devices, switching, titling and supporting systems must be made available at all times for immediate onsite swapping or next racing day replacement/repair.

Down Converter HD to SD

equivalent or better

A signal down-converter that supports HD-SDI to Analog SD to convert HD signals in letterbox, anamorphic 16:9 and center cut 4:3 as required for distribution

Intercom Requirements

Full Duplex communication systems are required.

All camera operators must have hands-free communication with the race patrol operator location during live races and setup. Note: The Track is to provide this as part of their infrastructure requirements. Intercom remediation may be necessary in some locations. Hands free Telephones, or duplex intercoms may already be provided by the track however the contractor(s) must conduct site surveys and pretesting for each track/location to determine proper function of the communication system well in advance of racing to allow arrangements/coordination when required.

All necessary cables, equipment, accessories, portable media and tools

All necessary interconnecting cables, equipment racks, equipment shelves, power bars, preview/program monitors, signal distribution devices, audio mixing and monitoring devices, controls and accessories to insure complete system function and seamless operation.

Photo Finish Systems

Please see detailed specification document for Photo Finish in Ontario

Detailed specifications are outlined in a separate Photo Finish document attached.

Backup Photo Finish Systems

Backup photo finish camera equipment must be installed and made available in the event of failure buy the next race card.

     

Camera Selection and Performance Specification:

Each camera grouping A, B or C must ultimately meet the minimum specification (equivalent or better) indicated for that group. Camera locations indicated for B or C may also select cameras of the next higher class i.e. Group C can install B or A Group Cameras. Similarly, locations identified in the “B” Group may also select Cameras from the “A” Group.

2016 Adherence Requirements:

All equipment replacements, upgrades or changes must meet or exceed these new standards during the conversion period of February 1, 2016 to the adherence date of April 1, 2018. Conversion to the 2016 minimum standards can be made at any time prior to the adherence requirement date of April 1, 2018.

Existing Race Patrol/Photo Finish service levels (quantity/quality of equipment) used during the 2015 racing season for adjudication must be maintained during the standards conversion period including access to Low Pan cameras where applicable.

 

  1.  Camera / Lens Groupings, Listed by Track Name in Alphabetical Order

Track Name

Number of Cameras Specifications for Camera Groups

“Equivalent or better”

Lens Zoom Ratio

Requirements

Refer to ‘F.O.V.’ in detailed specs.

HD Cameras

Required

Down converter required to SD for Broadcast

Ajax Downs

“Quarter Horses”

3 Cameras:

Group “B”

1- 30x

1- 33x

1 - 30x

1 Pan

1 L. Pan

1 Tower

Yes

Clinton Raceway

1 Camera:

Group “C”

1 - 20 x

1 Pan

No

Dresden Raceway

2 Cameras:

Group “C”

1 – 20x

1 - 20 x

1 Pan

1 Tower

No

Flamboro Downs

4 Cameras:

3 Group “B”

1* Group “A”^

1 - 20 x

1 - 30 x^

2 - 22 x

1 Pan^

1 L. Pan

2 Towers

Yes

Fort Erie

“Thoroughbred”

Note: two racing surfaces

*Only 5 cameras are required for any race distance on either race surface

5 Cameras:

2 Group “A” Pans

1 Group “C” Apex*

2 Group “B” Towers

1 Group “B” Tower

2- 50 x

1- 20 x*

2- 33 x

1- 33 x

2 Pan

1 Apex*

2 Front towers

1 Back tower

Yes

Georgian Downs

4 Cameras:

1 Group “A”^

3 Group “B”

1 - 30x

1 - 33x

2 - 30 x

1 Pan^

1 L. Pan

2 Towers

Yes

Grand River Raceway

4 Cameras:

3 Group “C”

1* Group “B”^

1- 20x

1- 30x^

2- 20x

1 Pan^

1 L. Pan

2 Towers

Yes

Hanover Raceway

2 Cameras:

Group “C”

1 - 20x

1 - 20 x

1 Pan

1 Tower

Yes

Hiawatha Horse Park

3 Cameras:

Group “B”

1 - 30 x

2 - 30 x

1 Pan

2 Towers

No

Kawartha Downs

3 Cameras:

Group “B”

1 - 30 x

1 - 33 x

1 - 30 x

1 Pan

1 L. Pan

1 Tower

Yes

Leamington Raceway

1 Camera

Group “C”

1 - 20 x

1 Pan

No

Mohawk Raceway

5 Cameras:

2 Group “A”

2 Group “A”

1 Group “B” Apex

1-55 x

1- 55 x

2- 44 x

1-30 x

1 Pan

1 L. Pan

2 Towers

1 Apex

Yes

Rideau Carleton Raceway

4 Cameras:

3 Group “A”

1 Group “B”^

1- 30x

1- 33 x

2- 33 x

1 Pan

1 L. Pan^

2 Towers

Yes

Sudbury Downs

2 Cameras:

Group “C”

1 - 20x

1 - 20 x

1 Pan

1 Tower

No

Western Fair Raceway

4 Cameras:

1 Group “B”^

3 Group “C”

1- 20 x

1- 30 x

2- 20 x

1 Pan^

1 L Pan

2 Towers

Yes

Woodbine

Standardbred

5 Cameras:

2 Group “A”

2 Group “A”

1 Group “B” Apex^

1 - 55x

1 - 55 x

2- 44 x

1-30 x

1 Pan

1 L. Pan

2 Towers

1 Apex^

Yes

Woodbine “Thoroughbred”

Notes: two racing surfaces: Turf or Poly track.

*Only 5 cameras are required for any race distance on either race surface

8 Cameras:

2 Group “A” Pan

1 Group “B” Apex,

1 Group “C” 1.¼*

2 Group “A” Towers

2 Group “A” Towers

2- 55 x

1- 30 x

1- *20 x

2- 44 x

2 -44x

1 Pan

1 L. Pan

1 Apex

1 1m +¼*

2 Towers Poly

2 Towers Turf

Yes

             
  1. Provisions for Race Patrol Required of the Track/Association:

Pan Cameras (grandstand location) requirements:

  1. Access to unobstructed view of the entire race course from the grandstand above the finish line near the Judges’ Room location.
  2. Weather protection for equipment and operator (maintain an office environment).
  3. Condensation control provisions for both lenses and windows for high humidity periods.
  4. Camera turret where the temperature could fall below 12C when races are conducted. Note: Smooth operating camera turrets are deemed “essential” to race patrol adjudication; On-going turret maintenance & repair is required.
  5. 2 AC outlets of Isolated Power; 117-120VAC 15Amp for the equipment.
  6. Appropriate cable/signal-delivery connection or ST terminating single or multimode Fiber from race patrol room to all camera locations as well as the Judges Room.
  7. Communication system/device to control room (hands free speaker phone) and access to emergency services.

Camera Towers- infrastructure requirements:

  1. Camera towers (structure ladders and booth) are to be safety checked and inspected annually (inspection reports documented and available upon request)
  2. Camera turrets required where the temperature could fall below 12C when races are conducted.
    Note: Smooth- operating camera turrets are deemed “essential” to race patrol adjudication; On-going turret maintenance & repair is required.
  3. 2 AC outlets of Isolated Power; 117-120VAC 15Amp for the equipment.
  4. Appropriate cable/signal-delivery connection or ST terminating single or multimode Fiber from race patrol room to all camera locations as well as Judges Room when required.
  5. Heater sufficient to maintain 21C room temperature.
  6.  Switchable light source inside the tower and on the ladder.
  7. Safety provisions from the ground to the tower booth must meet current building code(s).
  8. Intercom/Communication device in the tower to control room (hands free speaker phone) and access to emergency services.

Race Patrol Control room (Recording Location) requirements:

  1. Camera mounting location as per ORC approved drawings.
  2. Temperature control provisions for both operators & equipment to maintain 21C.
  3. Weather protection for equipment and operator (maintain an office environment).
  4. Adequate uninterrupted power circuits; 117-120VAC power at 15Amp - 4 AC outlets. Power outlets to be located at base of camera mounting base and at recording location.
  5. Track must provide and install appropriate signal cables as required to judges, tote, photo finish, timing system, CCTV system locations from the operator’s position in the Grandstand (Judges’ Stand) to the camera positions in the Towers, Photo Finish Room etc. Contractor to terminate cables provided at both ends.
  6. Provide all cable runs from the Pan Camera operator’s position in the Judges’ Area to all necessary System locations (check for direction of system requirements).
  7. Internet connectivity that meets or exceeds “conditions of license” specification requirements to video stream signals to the ORC (Central Adjudication Room).
  8. Telephone access to outside line (emergency services) and judges.
  9. Duplex Intercom communications to all camera locations with hands-free operation.

 

  1. Minimum Performance Specifications – Photo Finish/Timing

Digital Photo Finish line-scan sensor camera system guidance:

The Number of Cameras required is provided above in Chart B: “Reference Chart Race Patrol and Photo Finish – Ontario 2016,” listed by track.

Hardware & Software:

  1. Minimum of one (1) Digital line scan sensor Color Camera per track (preferably two (2), with Automatic Gain control and Automatic Iris. Cameras must be capable of providing scan rate(s) selected between: 1500 to 5000 (Pixel Density). The minimum goal setting for Ontario is 1728 other settings deemed suitable for the actual site circumstances must be approved. Equipment selected and internal settings must be individually approved based on site testing for each track. Each camera connects to a computer through Ethernet topology to allow non-proprietary cabling and maximum flexibility in camera distance from computer. Reverse angle camera positioned trackside is recommended as a supplement but optional.
  2. Lens selection requires site specific analysis to achieve maximum light transmission, focal length, depth of field and optimum zoom ratio. Lenses selected must therefore be selected using detailed analysis of site specific challenges and approval by site.
  3. Contractor must provide visible alignment targets on the inside and outside of each track surface aligned with available survey markers at the finish line.
  4. An electronic start beam must be made available to start the camera/timer or feed providing a pulse from any existing electronic timer beam must be made available to start the camera.
  5. Timer Enabling Option, which allows events to be timed on any number of cameras connected across the network. The number of cameras capable of being connected, unlimited. Multiple camera angles are to be displayed on one computer screen (main, back-up and mirror cameras).
  6. Fully digital output, capable of being connected to any computer running Windows, including notebooks, without the use of any intermediate proprietary hardware.
  7. Camera capable of combining of adjacent pixels on the CCD for purposes of increasing light sensitivity and allowing a digital zooming effect.
  8. Camera capable of being positioned up to 2 km from computer to allow for remote reverse angle shot to replace mirror where applicable. System must have an option for camera to be powered remotely and used in wireless topology.
  9. Camera Control Software, which allows operation on computers running Windows, with Database Integration. “Results” can be printed or sent to another computer, Internet, Display Board, Television or any Media Network seconds after race finishes. Running Time capable of being paused or stopped and sent to such external devices during the race.
  10. Software must be robust, secure and allow for a pre-emptive multitasking operating system.
  11. Software must allow the option to exchange the start list and results data with a variety of event management database packages as well as off-the-shelf software such as Excel, Access, etc.
  12. Software must be language independent, allowing menu customization and localization. The user must be able to choose their preferred breed terminology and create their own, according to the type of racing and preference of the Regulator.
  13. Electronic data processing minimizes the risk of human error or unauthorized data manipulation. To that effect, the image evaluation software must be capable of producing charts automatically related to the time result of each participant. Timing resolution is to be adjustable to seconds, fifth, tenth, hundredth, thousandth, ten thousandth as needed. Rounding of time fraction is to be field definable by site.
  14. Measure of “length” must be field definable to match governing bodies’ definition. Software must allow variable measure, based on a definable horses’ speed in any given race, regardless of race distance, track condition, type of racing or any other variable that may affect the value of this measure and be changeable to match visual reference.
  15. Capture duration is to be limited only by hard drive size (virtually unlimited, with a minimum of 320 gig hard drive) across the full spectrum of scan rates and image densities. The capture rate must not be limited by RAM in the computer.
  16. Simultaneous capture and evaluation must be possible on a single computer. The operator must be able to capture the race on one screen, while the race is being evaluated, or even capture a race picture, while evaluating a prior race. Capture on one computer with evaluation of same race on another computer must be possible while in capture state.
  17. Multiple open events must be possible.
  18. Easy serial port and/or network connection to other PC based data programs must be possible.
  19. Connection to message centers and displays boards through serial port and TCP ports possible.
  20. Even if the Manufacturer or Supplier provides free 24 hour/day 365 days/year technical support, and maintains “Hot Swap” cameras in stock to support eventual failures in the field with immediate response, a backup system arrangement must be made available for immediate dispatch at all times.
  21. Note: some manufacturers may also offer a One-year Instant Replacement warranty with optionally extendable warranties up to 5 years.
  22. Cameras must accept Lens mounts compatible with Nikon or Canon lenses (or lenses with equivalent light transmission) and be equipped with a thru-the-lens viewer and remote Iris controller.
  23. Cameras must be equipped with Digital Zoom to allow use of higher quality fixed focal length lenses.
  24. Four axis mounting apparatus (such as manfrotto or equivalent) as to assure proper mounting and alignment of camera in vertical plane of finish line.
  25. TCP network controllable AC power switch possible.
  26. At least one (1) Windows PC, with one (1) NIC for communication with camera(s), and one (1) optional NIC for communication with Governing Body’s network and the Internet. Up to three (3) DVI display outputs, for judges, operator, and TV Scan Converter. At least one (1) 24”1920 by 1080 DVI display for Judges. One (1) high quality Keyboard and Mouse.
  27. One (1) Genlockable Scan Converter with DVI input, SD/HD SDI output, NTSC Composite Video output. Capable of automatic upscale and downscale with Anti-Flicker, Zoom and Freeze functionalities. Each system must have at least (1) one 1920 by 1080 DVI display for scan converter monitoring.
  28. Optional software must be available to transmit Running Time and Results to TV Control Room for further display on track CCTV where applicable.
     
  1. Photo Finish Camera Must be Capable to Meet the Following Minimum Technical Specifications:
  1. Sensor Type                                       Single Line CCD
  2. Acquired Image Height                       1200 to 4000 pixels
  3. Pixel Density                                       Minimum sensor capacity of 1728
  4. Line-Scan Rate                                   1500 to 5000 lines/sec.
  5. Digital Zoom                                        25% to 200%-300%
  6. Image Compression                           Real-Time Lossless
  7. Time Resolution                                  Up to 1/3000th of a second
  8. Pixel Rate                                           Up to 20M pixels/sec
  9. Maximum Pixel Depth                        2M colors
  10. Exposure Control                                Automatic
  11. Gamma Correction                             Real-Time in camera hardware
  12. Phase Light Compensation                Adjustable (Option)
  13. Capture Method                                  Manual, Automatic, Timed, Photo Eye
  14. Standard Lens Mount                         F-mount w/ Reflex Viewer and Auto Iris  control
  15. Minimum Lighting                               1000lux at 1000 lines/sec subject to object reflectivity and background
  16. Recommended Lighting                     >2500lux or better preferably non-pulsing type
  17. Connection to Computer                    Cat5 (100BT) or Fiber
  18. Distance from Computer                    100m to 2000m max. based on cabling topology
  19. Remote Control Options                     Iris
  20. Time Base                                           ±1ppm from 0 - 50º C
  21. Computer Interface                             Wired or Wireless Ethernet
  22. External Power Source                       12 V DC or 90-264 V AC, 47-63Hz
  23. Cooling                                                Forced Air
  24. Operating Temperature                      0 to 50ºC
  25. Storage Temperature                         -25 to 80ºC
  1.  Photo Finish Control Software Minimum Specifications:
  1. PC Platform Windows compatible.
  2. Multiple Simultaneous Camera Views with TimeTracking between cameras.
  3. Native Virtual Memory for Continuous Imaging.
  4. Secure File System with enhanced file sharing permissions.
  5. Real-Time Serial or Network Display Interface for Running Time & Results.
  6. Generic Database Interface (Network, File or Serial based).
  7. Manual or Automatic Lane Identification capable.
  8. Image/Results Printing with Automatic Start Indication.
  9. Intelligent Continuous Image Zoom and Rolling Scroll.
  10. Live Video Mode for Accurate Camera Alignment.
  11. Brightness, Contrast and Gamma Post-Processing of multiple regions of image independently.
  12. Start logging and retrieval capability.
  13. Fully Automatic Split Timing Capability.
  14. Object Finder and Automatic Dead-Space Elimination.
  15. Automatic capture capability.
  16. Allow use of camera as virtual photo eye.
  17. Lap & Split time recording.
  18. Measure of “length” field definable to match governing bodies’ definition.
  19. Language independent, allowing user to choose their preferred terminology language or even terminology set, as well as creating new terms as to match governing bodies’ definition.
  20. Result fields to simultaneously display Horse #, Start Position, Finish Position, Horse’s Name, Driver or Jockey, Trainer, Owner, Finish Time, Lengths, Delta Time, Cumulative Lengths. Option to display any combination of these fields as an overlay on the image to aid judges or to display to public. At a minimum each finish display to the public must include the track name, date, race number, and Win, Place or Show overlays.
  21. Customizable User Interface to ease operation.
  1.  Provisions for Photo Finish That is Required of the Track/Association:

Winning post mirror (for thoroughbred):

  1. Mirror and mounting base at the winning post.
  2. Reverse angle camera mounting base at the winning post (optional provision).
  3. A slot in the running rail in front of the mirror.
  4. Power to the camera base post for a reverse angle camera system, 117-120VAC power at 15Amp.
  5. 2 AC outlets in NEMA enclosure of sufficient size to host camera IP remote power outlet (12 X 15X 8 cm) and Fiber Transceiver (3 X 10 X 15 cm).
  6. Supplementary artificial lighting where necessary to enhance mirror images.
  7. One (1) ST terminating single or multimode Fiber from NEMA enclosure to Photo Finish control apparatus in Judges’ Room.

Survey must be provided and confirmed at all tracks:

  1. Surveyor to align the finish line to the track and mark the sight line for the cameras.
  2. Six Finish line indicators at the following locations as confirmed by the surveyor:
    1.  Finish post or Mirror post base;
    2. Outer running rail ground;
    3. Judges’ room railing or countertop;
    4.  Judges’ rear wall;
    5. Photo Finish Room window railing;
    6. Photo Finish Room rear wall.

Photo Finish Room (Camera Location) Minimum Requirements:

  1. One (1) Camera mounting pedestal for 2 cameras, as per ORC approved drawings.
  2. One (1) uninterrupted power circuits 117-120VAC power at 15Amp - 4 AC outlets. Power outlets to be located at base of camera pedestal.
  3. Supplementary artificial lighting where necessary to enhance pictures.
  4. Two (2) Timer Start Signal solenoids which shall close the N/O voltage free contacts and start the camera timers when the race starts or the starting gate opens. Client will provide one (1) cable with a single twisted pair (22 AWG stranded), connected to the N/O voltage free contacts of each of the two solenoids.
  5. Track must provide two (2) cables with a single twisted pair (22 AWG stranded), to be run from the Photo Finish operator’s position in the Judges’ Room to the camera positions in the Photo Finish Room; Contractor to terminate cables at both ends. In the case of non-availability of the start gate signal (thoroughbred/quarter horses only) then a means to manually start the internal timing is to be provided.
  6. Three (3) Cat 5 cables to be run from the Photo Finish operator’s position in the Judges Room to the camera positions in the Photo Finish Room.
  7. A direct view of the track. The cameras cannot view the track through a window. If this is difficult then an opening window shall be provided that can be slid open for the duration of each race. A slit window to enable both cameras to view the track need only be 150mm wide and the height of the 2 cameras.
  8. Care needs to be taken with condensation control for both lenses and windows for high humidity periods.

Photo Finish operator’s position in Judges Room:

  1. Counter Space or Desk along back and/or side wall of Placing Judges’ Room of sufficient size (±2400 mm long) to support:
    1. Two (2) Computers with mice and One Laser Printer when required;
    2. DVI peripherals and SDI Scan Converters;
    3. (Judges’ and SDI displays will be wall mounted (± 1800 mm high) with VESA supports;
    4. Power and 3KVA UPS with power distribution (12 sockets) for the PCs and associated equipment;
    5. Power outlets on back wall, above counter (or under as to hide AC cords, as long as easily accessible);
    6. Ethernet Access to house LAN to access Start Lists and to disseminate Results and Photos where applicable;
    7. One (1) ST terminating single or multimode Fiber shall run from Judges Room to TV Control Room if more than 100 ft distance;
    8. One (1) operators’ chair.

System check list for a Typical One-Camera Photo Finish System:

  1. Any Camera Photo Finish System must contain or have the following features:
    1. Colour Line scan Camera (site survey required to determine optimal model);
    2.  Fixed focal length Lens with a 35mm type mount (specific to track);
    3. Manfrotto camera mount (models change call for guidance) ;
    4. Iris Control Interface (recommended for most sites) ;
    5. Camera start Switch;
    6. Start switch interface;
    7. Camera stand (customized according to setup);
    8. UPS Backup Power Supply;
    9. Power bar;
    10. Computer with Windows Software (see detailed configuration details);
    11. Ethernet and TCIP Ports;
    12. Cat 5 cable (customized according to camera computer location);
    13. Hi Res Computer Monitor;
    14. Matrox or other Video Scan Converter;
    15. Output Monitor 1980 x 1080 with DVI input.

 

  1. Fiber Optics guidance information:

Most of the existing cables that transmit the video to the Judges and Stewards from the race patrol cameras in Ontario may not be suitable for transmission of the more “data rich” HD content required by current model equipment. In most cases this issue will require re-cabling to deliver the HD content from camera positions to the race patrol recording location and then on to the Judges’ Stand. Some tracks have fiber optic cables in place. However, transitioning to HD will require advice and guidance in adapting to new site-specific Transmit and Receive boxes that connect to the terminals at each end of the cable.

Alternatively a wireless solution may be more suitable under certain situations to transmit the signals back from remote cameras particularly for those looking for a temporary solution.

The licensed racetrack administrators should use the following information related to this transmission of race patrol camera signals that may be helpful in upgrading the Photo Finish and Video Patrol Systems.

For tracks without fiber optic cables in place:

  1. Single mode fiber is recommended to transmit up to 1.5 Gigabytes data rate.
    1. Single mode may actually be less expensive than multi mode fiber and will handle higher data rates over longer distances than multi mode. It is also more adaptable to possible higher data rates in the future;
    2. The transmitters and receivers for single mode fiber may cost more than the units used for multi mode.
  2. Multi mode fiber is “data limiting” but may be adaptable for applications in the building.
  3. For cost efficiency Lay at least six strands of 8-10 micron fiber in one cable.
  4. Cost per meter of cable vary depending on application variables i.e.: number of glass strands, (armored, direct burial or aerial) micron size, distance, type of data, if used for audio as well, communications applications, control circuits etc. (consult a knowledgeable fiber optics contractor familiar with HD TV transmissions).
  5. The Flex (bidirectional TX and RX units utilizing 2 fibers) can cost up to $1,600 each, your application may cost less.

For tracks that have fiber optic cables in place:

  1. Most legacy fiber installations are 50 micron or the older 62.5 micron cables used in multi-mode. The older SD composite video TX and RX fiber boxes are not suitable for HD-SDI transmissions that now require higher data rates.
  2. 50 micron MM fiber is typically used for up to 1.3 km applications.
  3. 62.5 micron MM fiber is typically used for up to 1km applications.
  4. Legacy (older multi-mode fiber) installations require upgraded TX and RX boxes to adapt to current HD-SDI requirements. Note: legacy fiber installations may not adapt to future data rate requirements or may not be adaptable to current standards due to distance limitations.
  5. An upgrade to multi-mode TX and RX boxes may cost $1,000.00 each end or more depending on your application and communication needs. It may also be necessary to add repeaters if your application exceeds the distance limitations. Be sure to get expert advice and a site visit to determine the adaptability to your situation.

For a good cross section of available fiber optic hardware options the ORC recommends visiting Communication Specialties Inc. web site www.commspecial.com to learn more or call Paul Seiden at (813) 653-1686.

In Canada, SS Marketing Distribution handles fiber optic hardware (514) 780-2070 or contact Rob DeSlaulier (416) 832-8025 or other vendors to obtain more information.

For information on fiber installations and cable it is recommended to contact Com Cabling (800) 331-3069 or other installation vendors.

Wireless transmission option:

Wireless HD transmitters are relatively new for applications that require the distances required at most race tracks. New high gain antennae are being developed and customized to allow for wireless point to point transmission such as those that would be required to transmit from the camera towers at the tracks with good results of up to 2,500ft.

These low powered transmitters are required to be operated below the 100 m-watts maximum in the 5 to 6 Gig band spectrum to be unlicensed. Since the transmitters are low-powered they require high gain fixed antenna precisely pointed to be effective.

Transmitters of this category will also transmit imbedded HD audio or one channel of stereo analogue audio when connected to its built-in XLR 5 inputs.

The cost of a suitably configured system with specialized antenna to transmit wirelessly from a typical camera tower could cost in the range of $30,000.00 (+/-)

For more information about wireless the ORC recommends to contact Peter Crevier at (416) 399-0528 or other HD wireless vendors.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

Jean Major
Executive Director

GENERAL DIRECTIVE NO. 2 – 2016 Stay of the continued implementation of Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations

Last Updated: 
2016-03-21

Preamble

WHEREAS amendments to the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations (“Regulations”) came into force on January 1, 2012;

AND WHEREAS as a result of the amendments to the Regulations, the Ontario Racing Commission (“ORC”) would be required to “approve” horsepersons;

AND WHEREAS the ORC determined that the mechanism for “approving” horsepersons would be conducted through licensing of horsepersons in accordance with the Racing Commission Act, 2000;

AND WHEREAS the ORC implemented certain Rules of Racing relating to the requirement for horsepersons (horsepeople’s organizations) to be licensed in accordance with the Racing Commission Act, 2000;

AND WHEREAS the horsepeople’s organizations served upon the ORC a Notice of Application for Judicial Review;

AND WHEREAS the Judicial Review was heard on March 14, 2012 and the decision of the Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court was delivered on June 12, 2012;

AND WHEREAS the ORC and the horsepeople’s organizations determined that further consultations were required prior to the continued implementation of certain Rules of Racing related to the licensing of horsepeople’s organizations;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No 4/2012 which ordered a stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until September 30, 2012;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No 6/2012 which ordered a further stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until December 31, 2012;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No 7/2012 which ordered a further stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until March 31, 2013;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No ½013 which ordered a further stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until June 30, 2013;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No 2/2013 which ordered a further stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until December 31, 2013;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No 6/2013 which ordered a further stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until March 31, 2014;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No ½014 which ordered a further stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until September 30, 2014;

AND WHERAS the Director issued General Directive No 2/2014 which ordered a further stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until March 31, 2015;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No ½015 which ordered a further stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until September 30, 2015;

AND WHEREAS the Director issued General Directive No 3/2015 which ordered a further stay of the implementation of certain Rules of Racing relating to licensing of horsepeople’s organizations until March 31, 2016;

AND WHEREAS the Director has determined that it is in the best interests of racing to further delay the implementation of certain Rules of Racing related to the licensing of horsepeople’s organizations;

TAKE NOTICE that the Director hereby issues General Directive No. 2-2016 as follows:

The ORC Director hereby orders a stay of the continued implementation of the following Rules of Racing until December 31, 2016.

 

Rules of Standardbred Racing

Rule 3.02.01

Where an Association has entered into an agreement with a horsepeople’s organization, representing participants racing at that facility, that horsepeople’s organization must be licensed by the Commission.

Rule 3.02.02:

Each Association shall ensure that it has an agreement with either of the following for the purposes of Section 3(1)(c)(iii) of the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations:

  1. a horsepeople’s organization licensed pursuant to Rule 3.02.01; or
  2. individuals licensed in good standing by the Commission and racing at that Association.

Failure to comply with this rule may result in fines or suspension.

 

Rules of Thoroughbred Racing

Rule 4.15.01

Where an Association has entered into an agreement with a horsepeople’s organization, representing participants racing at that facility, that horsepeople’s organization must be licensed by the Commission.

Rule 4.15.02

Each Association shall ensure that it has an agreement with either of the following for the purposes of Section 3(1)(c)(iii) of the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations:

  1. a horsepeople’s organization licensed pursuant to Rule 3.02.01; or
  2. individuals licensed in good standing by the Commission and racing at that Association.

Failure to comply with this rule may result in fines or suspension.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

Jean Major
Executive Director

Standardbred

Last Updated: 
2020-11-01

2010-2011

STANDARDBRED DIRECTIVE NUMBER 1 – 2010 RULES OF STANDARDBRED RACING 2008

Last Updated: 
2010-06-03

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Thursday, May 27, 2010 resolved that the Rules of Standardbred Racing 2008 be amended as follows, effective immediately.

Chapter 15
CLAIMING RACES

Rule 15.09  A claimed horse, regardless of ownership:

«Continued »

(b)     shall only be entered in a claiming race within 15 days of the horse being claimed, if it is entered in a claiming race in a class higher than the race from which it was claimed. For the purpose of this requirement, a “class higher “shall be not less than 20 % more than the amount for which the horse was claimed.

(b)        Deleted

«Continued »

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

John L. Blakney
Executive Director

STANDARDBRED DIRECTIVE NUMBER 2 – 2010 RULES OF STANDARDBRED RACING 2008

Last Updated: 
2010-09-01

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Wednesday, July 28, 2010 resolved that the Rules of Standardbred Racing 2008 be amended by the promulgation of the following Rules, effective September 15, 2010, except where noted otherwise.

Please note:  Additions to rules are noted in bold.

Chapter 2

DEFINITIONS

Preference Date means a date in which a horse has been drawn in to start.

Chapter 6

VIOLATIONS, FINES, SUSPENSIONS AND EXPULSIONS

Rule 6.02  Violation of the following shall make offenders liable to a fine or suspension:

  1. failure to drive when programmed without having been excused by the Judges;
  2. use of offensive  or profane language;
  3. Delete;
  4. Failure to wear silks when warming up a horse prior to racing;
  5. Disturbing the peace;
  6. Failure to have proper saddle cloth on a horse when warming up for a race;
  7. Failure to participate in, or being late for a post parade without permission of the Judges; or
  8. Failure to have proper head number and saddle cloth on a horse when racing;
  9. Smoking is prohibited within 10 feet of any designated signed areas, stall, tack room, shedrow or any portion of a barn including the paddock. For the purpose of this rule, the paddock will include the cafeteria, drivers’/jockeys’ change room, washrooms and offices within the paddock area. Smoking shall also be prohibited on the racetrack:
    1. while mounted on a race horse or pony and /or
    2. while warming up a horse within two hours of post time of the first race or during the race card.

Penalty for an infraction of Rule 6.02(i):

  • First offence will result in a $50 fine,
  • Second offence within a year of the first offence will result in a $300 fine or a 5 day suspension or both,
  • Third offence within a year of the first offence will result in a minimum fine of $500 and a 7 day suspension,
  • Fourth offence within a year of the first offence will result in a indefinite suspension and referral to the Director.

Rule 6.48.02  The holder of a licence as an owner and/or trainer issued by the Commission shall constitute permission to allow a person designated by the Director to collect or otherwise obtain biological samples from any horse owned and/or trained by a licencee, for purposes of testing. Samples may be collected and tested at any time, whether stabled on or off the grounds of the racing association. Where a blood sample has been collected for purposes of TC02 testing, that sample may be used for testing for the indication of the administration of erythropoietin or any of its synthetic derivatives, and/or any other substance as designated by the Director. The application for a licence as an owner and/or trainer issued by the Commission shall constitute permission for a person designated by the Director to obtain that blood sample for such purposes.

NEW Rule 6.53  No person shall administer, attempt to administer, or cause to be administered, any medication by a nasogastric tube to a horse on race day prior to its race, except for emergency treatment, which treatment will result in the horse being scratched from the race.

Chapter 8

COMMISSION VETERINARIANS, OFFICIAL VETERINARIANS
AND OTHER VETERINARIANS

Rule 8.14  A veterinarian who dispenses a drug or medication shall label the container in which the drug or medication is dispensed with the following information:

  1. name, strength and quantity of the drug or medication,
  2. date dispensed,
  3. name and address of the dispensing veterinarian,
  4. identity of the horse for which it is prescribed,
  5. name of the trainer of the horse, and
  6. the directions for use and the detection limit determined in accordance with Rule 8.10.01,
  7. In the event that the a drug or medication is to be dispensed to multiple horses from a single container, such container shall be marked “BARN USE”, and will be exempt from items 2 and 4 above and replaced by a written log, in the prescribed form, identifying the horses for which the drug or medication was prescribed, the date dispensed and all other information required in the prescribed form.

(Effective date of this amendment shall be subject to the closing of the public process)

Chapter 15

CLAIMING RACES

Rule 15.09  A claimed horse, regardless of ownership, shall only race at a track or tracks in the province of Ontario for the next 60 days, except where such horse has been nominated to participate in an added money event before it was claimed, or unless the track where the horse was claimed closes for more than 30 days. In the case of a track closing for more than 30 days, the horse is released from the provisions of this rule the day after the track closes. For the purposes of this rule, racetracks operated by Woodbine Entertainment Group shall be considered one track. Any person who violates this rule shall be subject to a suspension or fine of 10% of the claiming price or 100% of the purse for each race, whichever is greater and the horse may be suspended. A claimant shall be held in violation of this rule if he or she disposes of the horse in any manner other than by claiming and the horse races outside of the Province of Ontario within 60 days of the horse being claimed.

Chapter 17

DECLARATIONS AND DRAWING OF POST POSITIONS

Rule 17.10  Starters and also eligibles for overnight events shall be drawn by lot from horses properly declared to start, except that preference shall be given according to a horse’s last scheduled start in a purse race, other than races designated as schooling races, at the gait for which it is declared.  In addition, preference shall be governed by the following:

  1. if more than the required number of horses are declared in with the same   preference date, the previous two preference dates shall apply. A race secretary may draw by lot if more than two previous preference dates are identical. These procedures are to be carried out at the time of the draw in the presence of licensed participants;
  2. when a horse is racing for the first time at the gait declared, it shall have preference over other horses regardless of their preference dates;
  3. if a declaration is made for a horse that has already been drawn in to start in a race that has not yet been contested, the date of that uncontested race shall be its preference date;
  4. the declarer shall be responsible for providing acceptable evidence of exact preference dates governed by eligible declarations or starts in uncontested races made at other tracks;
  5. when a race has been reopened for additional declarations, preference shall be given to those horses eligible and declared at the time declarations closed originally;
  6. if conditions so specify, preference can be given to two-year-olds, regardless of preference date;
  7. if a horse was scratched due to error or negligence by an official or employee of the association;
  8. when otherwise determined by the Judges;
  9. not withstanding Rule 22.33.

Rule 17.12.02  If 17.12.01 (a) or (b) applies to an owner, the horse may race as a separate betting interest, with the approval of the Judges, if the owner is not required to be licensed under the rules, or is an added money event.              

Chapter 18

PLACING AND MONEY DISTRIBUTION

Rule 18.08.02  A horse while on stride, or part of the horse’s sulky, that leaves the race course by going inside the pylons which constitutes the inside limits of the course, when not forced to do so as a result of the actions of another driver and/or horse, shall be in violation of this rule.  In addition, when an act of interference causes a horse, or part of the horse’s sulky, to cross inside the pylons and the horse is placed by the Judges, the offending horse shall be placed behind the horse with which it interfered.

For purposes of placing the following shall apply:

  1. If a horse while on stride, or part of the horse’s sulky, goes inside two (2) consecutive pylons, the offending horse shall be placed behind all horses that are lapped on to the offending horse at the wire,
  2. If a horse while on stride, or any part of the horse’s sulky, goes inside three (3) or more consecutive pylons, the offending horse shall be placed last,
  3. If in the opinion of the Judges a horse while on stride, or part of the horse’s sulky, goes inside a pylon(s) and that action gave the horse an unfair advantage over other horses in the race or the action helped improve its position in the race, the horse may be placed at the discretion of the Judges.

Drivers who in the opinion of the Judges leave the racing course when not forced to do so as a result of another driver and/or horse may be fined or suspended.

Penalties for drivers violating Rule 18.08.02 are as follows:

  • for the 1st offence, a fine of $100 shall be assessed;
  • for the 2nd offence within a year of the 1st offence and within 750 drives of the 1st offence, a fine of $300 shall be assessed;
  • for the 3rd offence within a year of the 1st offence and within 750 drives of the 1st offence, a minimum fine of $500 plus a suspension for 3 days shall be assessed;
  • for the 4th offence within a year of the 1st offence and within 750 drives of the 1st offence, a minimum fine of $1,000 and a suspension for 5 days shall be assessed.

Chapter 20

JUDGESAND VETERINARIANSLISTS

Rule 20.03.01  Where a horse, entered to race, is scratched by the judges, as a result of the horse having received any:

  1. medication;
  2. medical treatment; or
  3. medical procedure;

the judges may impose a fine upon the trainer of the horse unless the trainer satisfies the judges that the medication, medical procedure or treatment was in the best interests of the health of the horse.

Chapter 22

RACING RULES

Rule 22.25  Any trainer who wishes to change any bridle, hopples, length of hopples or shoes on a horse from one race to another shall apply to the Judges at least one (1) hour prior to the first scheduled post time of the day, or a time prescribed by the Association, for permission to do so, and no change shall be made without such permission. The Judges shall assure themselves of the necessity for any change of bridles, hopples, length of hopples or shoes before granting permission. Any such change, or change(s) of a nature which the Judges are of the opinion that the public should be advised shall be communicated to the public as soon as possible.

NEW Rule 22.32.01  Where, after the horses were released at the starting point the Judges determine that due to exceptional circumstances a race was prevented from having a fair chance to be contested, in the interest of the public the judges may order the race stopped.

Rule 22.38.05  All horses that race are eligible to be selected by the Judges for blood gas testing. The entry of a horse shall constitute permission for a person designated by the approved TC02 laboratory to obtain blood samples. To the extent that it is feasible, the owner, trainer or other person responsible for the horse will be given notice that the horse is to be tested and may be present when the blood sample is taken. Refusal by an owner, trainer or other person responsible for the horse to attend the taking of the sample will not affect the validity of the test. Any owner, trainer or other person responsible for the horse who refuses or fails to permit the taking of a sample from a horse shall have all applicable horses scratched by the Judges. Such refusal shall be deemed an admission of a violation of Rule 22.38 empowering the Judges to hold a hearing whereby the penalties contemplated by 22.38.06 may be imposed. It shall be the responsibility of the trainer of a horse selected for post-race testing to see that the horse is taken directly to the testing barn or retention area immediately after being notified of the horse’s selection for testing.

Commission Judges will select the horses to be tested and advise the approved TC02 laboratory personnel accordingly. Commission Judges may also instruct the approved TC02 laboratory personnel to collect samples from every horse in selected races.

The approved TC02 laboratory is responsible for:

  1. collecting blood samples, by an authorized person (veterinarian or RAHT – Registered Animal Health Technician, or other person approved by the Commission) from each selected horse into two plasma separator tubes;
  2. collecting the samples within approximately 20 minutes immediately preceding the start of the race in which the selected horse is entered, or as directed by an ORC Judge. The ORC Judges may also direct the collection of the sample from a selected horse at least 90 minutes after a race in a secured area designated by the Judges;
  3. ensuring that the samples are centrifuged within approximately 20 minutes of collection and kept under refrigerated conditions until shipped;
  4. shipping the samples to the laboratory in an insulated container;
  5. analysing samples for TC02 using a Beckman Synchron EL-ISE;
  6. analysing samples within 48 hours, or up to a maximum of 96 hours in exceptional circumstances, of collection and reporting all results to the Commission and the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency.

NEW Rule 22.39  An owner and/or trainer wishing to race a horse upon the grounds of an association in accordance with the regulations set forth by the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency for the use of penicillin G procaine must so declare on the applicable form which fulfills the requirements of the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency. This form must be signed by the  horse’s  veterinarian or trainer and deposited in a locked box in a place designated by the Ontario Racing Commission or provided to  a test inspector no later than one half (½) hour before the post time of the race in which the horse is entered.

Chapter 31

STANDARDBRED CANADA FIELD REPRESENTATIVE

Rule 31.01  A Standardbred Canada field representative shall:

<continued>

b)  input to and maintain accurately the Standardbred Canada database, including:

<continued>

            (xi)   Delete

<continued>

  Chapter 37

OUT OF COMPETITION PRAGRAM

Rule 37.02  When an order for a biological sample has been made by the Director, the samples will be taken by a veterinarian employed by the Commission, an Official Veterinarian, or a qualified person approved by the Commission Supervisor of Veterinarians, to determine whether or not the horse has any drug, medication or other substance in its system.

NEW Rule 37.09  Owners and/or trainers of horses shall allow a person designated by the Director access at any time, whether on or off the grounds of a racing association, to the following:

  1. stabling areas;
  2. training areas; and/or
  3. trailers used for the transportation of horses and vehicles.

Access shall be granted for the purposes of:

  1. conducting unannounced random searches for illegal or non-therapeutic medications or drugs, including any drug, substance, article or medication listed in Rule 6.46.01, or other device described in the rules; and/or
  2. seizing any suspected illegal or non-therapeutic medication or drugs, including any drug, substance, article or medication listed in Rule 6.46.01, or other device described in the rules. Any medication, drug, substance, article or device seized may be forwarded by the Commission to the official chemist for analysis.

For the purposes of Rule 37.09, a horse shall be deemed to be:

  1. a horse that has raced in the past 60 days or is within 60 days of racing and/or qualifying;
  2. a horse qualified to race in Ontario;
  3. a horse entered to race in Ontario; and/or
  4. a registered standardbred horse.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

John L. Blakney
Executive Director

STANDARDBRED DIRECTIVE NUMBER 3 – 2010 RULES OF STANDARDBRED RACING 2008

Last Updated: 
2010-09-17

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Thursday, September 9, 2010 resolved that the Rules of Standardbred Racing 2008 be amended by the promulgation of the following Rule, effective immediately.

 

Chapter 37

OUT OF COMPETITION PROGRAM

Rule 37.09      Owners and/or trainers of horses shall allow a person designated by the Director, acting upon reasonable and probable grounds, access at any time, whether on or off the grounds of a racing association, to the following:

  1. stabling areas;
  2. training areas; and/or
  3. trailers used for the transportation of horses and vehicles.

Access shall be granted for the purposes of:

  1. conducting unannounced random searches for illegal or non-therapeutic medications or drugs, including any drug, substance, article or medication listed in Rule 6.46.01, or other device described in the rules; and/or
  2. seizing any suspected illegal or non-therapeutic medication or drugs, including any drug, substance, article or medication listed in Rule 6.46.01, or other device described in the rules. Any medication, drug, substance, article or device seized may be forwarded by the Commission to the official chemist for analysis.

For the purposes of Rule 37.09, a horse shall be deemed to be:

  1. a horse that has raced in the past 60 days or is within 60 days of racing and/or qualifying;
  2. a horse qualified to race in Ontario;
  3. a horse entered to race in Ontario; and/or
  4. a registered standardbred horse.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

John L. Blakney
Executive Director

STANDARDBRED DIRECTIVE NUMBER 1 – 2011 RULES OF STANDARDBRED RACING 2008

Last Updated: 
2011-02-24

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Thursday, February 24, 2011 resolved that the Rules of Standardbred Racing 2008 be amended by the promulgation of the following Rules, effective March 1, 2011, except where noted differently.

Please note:  Additions or changes to the rules are noted in bold.

Chapter 7

RACING ASSOCIATIONS

Rule 7.16.05   An Association shall disburse the monies from the Purse Account(s) only as follows:

  1. to pay purses in accordance with the Rules of Racing; or
  2. with respect to any monies received from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, in accordance with the provisions of an agreement between the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and the Association, or as specified by the Director; or
  3. to reimburse owners for races that are cancelled or races that are declared ‘no contest’ by the Director or his delegate; or
  4. for other purposes which are approved by the Director that are for the benefit of racing or will provide benefits to all or a sizeable proportion of horsepeople who participate at meetings of the Association

The Association, in a manner satisfactory to the Director, shall at the time of disbursement disclose or cause to be disclosed to owners, trainers and others who receive purse money, the purposes under (iv) above and the amount of any monies disbursed for such purposes.

(Rule 7.16.05 effective immediately)

Chapter 12

QUALIFYING RACES

Rule 12.02  Declaration for overnight events, other than schooling races or matinee races, at extended meetings, shall be governed by the following:

  1. qualifying standards shall be established by the race secretary, filed with the Judges and posted so as to be available for inspection of participants at all times. A horse shall be deems unqualified if …

<rule continued>

New Rule 12.02.01  When entering into overnight races, a horse’s individual time in its last clean charted line in a purse, qualifying or schooling race must meet the following time standard for the track at which it is entering to race, after the Judges have given appropriate allowances for track conditions on that day:

Track size where
entering to race

 

Track size of last clean charted line

 

½ mile

5/8 mile

7/8 mile

½ mile

Pacers

Trotters

2:03

2:06

2:02

2:05

2:01

2:04

5/8 mile

Pacers

Trotters

2:02

2:05

2.01

2:04

2:00

2:03

7/8 mile

Pacers

Trotters

2:01

2:04

2:00

2:03

1:59

2:02

New Rule 12.02.02     Time allowances for overnight races are as follows:

Reason

Allowance

Seasonal – for starts from November 1 to April 30, inclusive.

1 second

2 year-olds

2 seconds

3 year-olds

1 second

Chapter 14

OVERNIGHT EVENTS

Rule 14.06  Conditions:

a)         May be based only on:

            <rule continued> 

  1. exclusion of schooling races;
  2. Ontario Sired, Ontario Bred, or Ontario Sires Stakes eligible; or
  3. A combination of any one or more of the qualifications listed under this section.

Chapter 17

DECLARATIONS AND DRAWING OF POST POSITIONS

Rule 17.10  Starters and also eligibles for overnight events shall be drawn by lot from horses properly declared to start, except as follows:

  1. first preference shall be given to a horse that is stabled in Canada the day of the draw and remains in Canada until the race is contested; and
  2. second preference shall be given according to a horse’s last scheduled start in a purse race, other than races designated as schooling races, at the gait for which it is declared.

In addition preference shall be governed by the following:

<rule continued>

New Rule 17.10.01  Notwithstanding the requirements under 17.10 (i), Ontario Sires Stakes eligible horses will be exempt from the requirement to meet first preference for the period of May 1 to November 1 of the current year inclusive.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

 

John L. Blakney
Executive Director

STANDARDBRED DIRECTIVE NUMBER 2 – 2011 RULES OF STANDARDBRED RACING 2008

Last Updated: 
2011-03-15

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Thursday, January 27, 2011 resolved that the Rules of Standardbred Racing 2008 be amended by the promulgation of the following Rules, effective March 31, 2011.

Please note:  Additions to rules are noted in bold.

Chapter 2

DEFINITIONS

BAC means Blood Alcohol Content. It is the grams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood when referenced as .02 to .039 BAC and the equivalent of 20 to 39 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.

Safety Sensitive Position means…. <rule continued>

Standardbred: driver, trainer, groom, starting gate personnel, horse identifier, commission and official veterinarians, outrider, blacksmith, test inspector, TCO2 technician, track maintenance personnel.

Chapter 6

VIOLATIONS, FINES, SUSPENSIONS AND EXPULSIONS

New Rule 6.02  Violation of the following shall make offenders liable to a fine or suspension:

<rule continued>

(i)   Smoking is prohibited within 10 feet of any designated signed areas, stall, tack room, shedrow or any portion of a barn including the paddock. For the purpose of this rule, the paddock will include the cafeteria, drivers’ change room, washrooms and offices within the paddock area. Smoking is also prohibited anywhere on the racetrack surface from two hours prior to the post time for the first race to the completion of the race card.

Penalty for an infraction of Rule 14.05:

      First offence will result in a $50 fine;

      Second offence within a year of the first offence will result in a $300 fine or a 5 day suspension or both;

      Third offence within a year of the first offence will result in a minimum fine of $500 and a 7 day suspension;

      Fourth offence within a year of the first offence will result in an indefinite suspension and referral to the Director.

Rule 6.53  No person shall administer, attempt to administer, or cause to be administered, any medication or substance by a nasogastric tube to a horse on race day prior to its race, except for emergency treatment, which treatment will result in the horse being scratched from the race.

Chapter 36

 ALCOHOL AND DRUG OFFENCES - HUMAN

Rule 36.07  Designated Licensees are subject to testing in the following situations:

<continued>

(h)       Dilute Samples

            If the laboratory identifies a dilute sample, the designated licensee will be required to complete another test.

Rule 36.08

The consequences for licensees who are in violation of the policy are as follows: 

  1. Alcohol:  Test Result of .02 to .039 BAC

ii)   For a second offence, suspension from performing the duty or duties for which he/she is licensed for that day, a $300 fine and suspension of 5 days if committed within 12 months of the first offence, and the licensee will be referred to a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) for evaluation to determine the need for a structured assistance program and must provide a negative return to duty drug and alcohol test; and

b)  Alcohol: Test result of .04  to .079 BAC

       i)   a for a first offence, suspension from performing the duty or duties for which he/she is licensed for that day, a $300 fine, a suspension for five (5) days, a reminder of the policy requirements and a suggested referral for assistance and must provide a negative return to duty alcohol test;

ii)  for a second offence, suspension from performing the duty or duties for which he/she is licensed for that day, a fine of $500 and a suspension of fifteen (15) days if committed within 12 months of the first offence, referral to a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) for evaluation to determine the need for a structured assistance program if they choose to return to duties with the ORC, compliance with return to work conditions set out in an agreement with the individual, and must provide a negative return to duty alcohol test;

c)   Illicit Drugs or Alcohol test result of .08 BAC or higher

i)   for a first offence, suspension from performing the duty or duties for which he/she is licensed for that day, a $500 fine, a suspension of fifteen (15) days, referral to a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) for evaluation to determine the need for a structured assistance program if they choose to return to duties with the ORC, and compliance with return to work conditions set out in an agreement with the individual, and must provide a negative return to duty drug and alcohol test;

<Rule continued>

g)   Referral to the Commission
Individuals who have been suspended from performing the duties for which they are licensed and who are referred to the Commission:

ii)   Will be referred to a hearing before the Commission within twenty (20) days of the request for reinstatement;

<Rule continued>

New Rule 36.13  Additional Penalties

No racetrack, association, or licensed body shall impose a penalty upon a licensee who has violated this policy, unless that licensee is directly employed by that racetrack, association, or licensed body.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

John L. Blakney
Executive Director

 
 

STANDARDBRED DIRECTIVE NUMBER 3 – 2011 (Amended October 2011) RULES OF STANDARDBRED RACING 2008

Last Updated: 
2011-03-23

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Wednesday, March 23, 2011 resolved that the Rules of Standardbred Racing 2008 be amended by the promulgation of the following Rules, effective April 1, 2011.

Chapter 5

JUDGES AND RACING OFFICALS

Rule 5.01  At an extended race meeting, except in the case of an emergency, there shall be a minimum of two Judges employed and appointed by the Commission, one of whom shall be designated by the Commission as a Senior Judge under whose supervision the judges shall, collectively, carry out all the duties and responsibilities specified in the rules. All decisions of the Judges shall be determined by majority vote. In the cases where there are only two judges officiating, the Senior Judge or the Judge designated as the Senior Judge by the Director, shall have in addition to the regular vote, a casting vote.  

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

John L. Blakney
Executive Director

STANDARDBRED DIRECTIVE NUMBER 4 – 2011 RULES OF STANDARDBRED RACING 2008

Last Updated: 
2011-07-15

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Wednesday, July 29, 2011 resolved that the Rules of Standardbred Racing 2008 be amended by the promulgation of the following Rule, with an effective date subject to the closing of the public process. The public process is complete and the Rule is now effective immediately.

Please note:  Changes to rules are noted in bold.

Chapter 8

COMMISSION VETERINARIANS, OFFICIAL VETERINARIANS
AND OTHER VETERINARIANS

Rule 8.14  A veterinarian who dispenses a drug or medication shall label the container in which the drug or medication is dispensed with the following information:

  1. Name and strength of the drug or medication,
  2. Date and quantity prescribed,
  3. Name and address of the dispensing veterinarian,
  4. Name of the horse for which it is prescribed,
  5. Name of the trainer of the horse,
  6. Directions for use, and
  7. Detection limit determined in accordance with Rule 8.10.01.

In the event that the a drug or medication is to be dispensed to multiple horses from a single container, such container shall be marked “BARN USE”, and will be exempt from items (ii) and (iv) above and replaced by a written log, to include the following information:

  1. Name of the horse for which it is prescribed, and
  2. Date and quantity prescribed.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

John L. Blakney
Executive Director

STANDARDBRED DIRECTIVE NUMBER 5 – 2011 RULES OF STANDARDBRED RACING 2008

Last Updated: 
2011-12-22

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Wednesday, June 29, 2011 resolved that the Rules of Standardbred Racing 2008 be amended by the promulgation of the following Rules, effective January 4, 2012.

CHAPTER 2

DEFINITIONS

Safety line means a line that is constructed to prevent failure due to breakage of the line, or breakage or inadvertent loss of the primary connection to the bit.

CHAPTER 6

VIOLATIONS, FINES, SUSPENSIONS AND EXPULSIONS

Rule 6.46.1  A person shall not possess, administer, traffic, or attempt to possess, administer, or traffic, in a drug, substance or medication, or anything held out to be a drug, substance or medication, for a horse:

(a)     for which an official chemist shall classify an official sample as positive and issue a certificate of positive analysis in accordance with section 165 of the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations (SOR/91-365), and/or

(b)     which has not been labeled for veterinary use under the Food and Drug Regulations or, if labeled for human use under the Food and Drug Regulations, has not been prescribed by a veterinarian after conducting an examination of the horse and determining that the drug, substance or medication is medically required by the horse and the drug, substance or medication is used only for that horse in accordance with the prescription issued by the veterinarian, and/or

(c)     which may endanger the health and welfare of the horse or endanger the safety of a driver, and/or

(d)    which is not labeled, or accurately labeled, with the contained drug, substance, medication, or active ingredient, and/or

(e)     which may adversely affect the integrity of racing, and/or

(f)     which is listed hereafter:

                                    (i)         Erythropoietin or any of its synthetic derivatives; or

                                    (ii)        Any synthetic hemoglobin like substances.

For the purposes of this section, trafficking includes, but is not limited to, keep for sale, deliver, manufacture, sell, transport, distribute, give, import, and/or export.

Notwithstanding (a) and (b), a veterinarian may possess the drug, substance or medication other than erythropoietin, or any of its synthetic derivatives or any synthetic hemoglobin like substances if the possession is in the ordinary course of the practice of veterinary medicine for purposes of prescribing or administering the drug, substance or medication for the treatment of a horse.

Notwithstanding (a) and (b), a person licensed as a trainer, owner, or groom may possess or use a drug, substance or medication for a horse that is on a list of established by the Director provided that such possession or use is not otherwise contrary to the Rules, the Food and Drugs Act and its regulations, the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations, the Livestock Medicines ActC.D.S.A. and its regulations, the Health Disciplines Act and its regulations, the Veterinarians Act and its regulations, or any conditions to the possession and use imposed by the Director.

CHAPTER 26

TRAINERS AND GROOMS

Rule 26.12.01             A trainer shall be responsible to ensure that all horses under his/her care and control, while training or racing on Association grounds are properly equipped, which may include the use of safety reins/lines.

CHAPTER 37
OUT OF COMPETITION PROGRAM

Rule 37.09  Owners and/or trainers of horses shall allow a person designated by the Director acting upon reasonable grounds that the business of horse racing in any or all of its forms is taking place, access at any reasonable time, whether on or off the grounds of a racing association, to the following:

  1. stabling areas;
  2. training areas; and/or
  3. vehicles and/or trailers used for the transportation of horses or the business of horseracing.

Access shall be granted for the purposes of:

  1. conducting unannounced random inspections for illegal or non-therapeutic medications or drugs, including any drug, substance, article or medication listed in Rule 6.46.01,or other device described in the rules; and/or
  2. seizing any suspected illegal or non-therapeutic medication or drugs, including any drug, substance, article or medication listed in Rule 6.46.01, or other device described in the rules. Any medication, drug, substance, article or device seized may be forwarded by the Commission for analysis to a lab of its choice.

For the purposes of Rule 37.09, a horse shall be deemed to be:

  1. a horse that has raced in the past 60 days or is within 60 days of racing and/or workout;
  2. a horse qualified to race in Ontario;
  3. a horse entered to race in Ontario; and/or
  4. a registered standardbred horse.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

John L. Blakney
Executive Director

STANDARDBRED DIRECTIVE NUMBER 6 – 2011 RULES OF STANDARDBRED RACING 2008

Last Updated: 
2011-10-25

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Tuesday, October 25, 2011 resolved that the Rules of Standardbred Racing 2008 be amended by the promulgation of the following Rules, effective January 1, 2012.

CHAPTER 3

LICENCES

Rule 3.02.01  Where an Association has entered into an agreement with a horsepeople’s organization, representing participants racing at that facility, that horsepeople’s organization must be licensed by the Commission.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

John L. Blakney
Executive Director

2012-2013

STANDARDBRED DIRECTIVE NUMBER 1 – 2012 RULES OF STANDARDBRED RACING 2008

Last Updated: 
2012-01-04

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Thursday, December 22, 2011 resolved that the Rules of Standardbred Racing 2008 be amended by the promulgation of the following Rules, effective January 4, 2012.

CHAPTER 26

TRAINERS

Rule 26.01  A person shall not train horses, or be programmed as trainer of record at extended meetings, without first having obtained a trainer licence valid for the current year by meeting the standards for trainers, as required by Standardbred Canada or the United States Trotting Association and being licensed by the Commission. The holder of a driver’s licence issued by Standardbred Canada or the United States Trotting Association is entitled to all privileges of a trainer and is subject to all rules respecting trainers. Valid categories of licences are:

(a)  A, a full licence valid for all meetings and permitting operation of a public stable.

(b)  C, an apprentice licence valid for all meetings and permitting operation of a public stable, subject to satisfactory performance and ongoing approval of the Judges.  The Judges may impose any conditions as deemed appropriate. This licence must be held for a minimum period of six months before applying to the Judges for an upgrade to an “A” licence.

(b) (c)  F, a licence restricted to the training of horses while owned by the holder and/or his or her immediate family at all race meetings.  Any “F” trainer who wishes to upgrade his/her licence must first upgrade to “C”.  If the trainer has satisfied the requirements of the “C” licence in the past, at the discretion of the Judges that trainer may be upgraded to “A”.

Rule 26.01.01  The Judges may review the performance of a trainer at any time and may take the following actions:

(i)  amend the licence category;

(ii)  recommend that the Director revoke the licence;

(iii)  apply conditions to the licence, or

(iv)  require the trainer to re-qualify for his or her licence in accordance with Standardbred Canada regulations.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

John L. Blakney
Executive Director

STANDARDBRED DIRECTIVE NUMBER 2 – 2012 RULES OF STANDARDBRED RACING 2008

Last Updated: 
2012-01-09

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Wednesday, January 4, 2012 resolved that the Rules of Standardbred Racing 2008 be amended by the promulgation of the following Rule, effective January 9, 2012.

Chapter 3

LICENCES

Rule 3.02.02  Each Association shall ensure that it has an agreement with either of the following for the purposes of Section 3(1)(c)(iii) of the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations:

  1. a horsepeople’s organization licensed pursuant to Rule 3.02.01; or
  2. individuals licensed in good standing by the Commission and racing at that Association.

Failure to comply with this rule may result in fines or suspension.  

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

John L. Blakney
Executive Director

STANDARDBRED DIRECTIVE NUMBER 3 – 2012 RULES OF STANDARDBRED RACING 2008

Last Updated: 
2012-02-14

WHEREAS the use of 3rd party staking services has increased over the last number of years;

AND WHEREAS the ORC wishes to ensure that staking payments made to 3rd parties are processed and notification made in a timely way;

TAKE NOTICE that Standardbred Rule 16.18 is hereby immediately amended to ensure that all staking payments made are properly accounted;

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that the ratification of the amended Rule 16.18 by the Board of the Ontario Racing Commission shall occur on Thursday, February 23, 2012;

Chapter 16

ADDED MONEY EVENTS

Rule 16.18  Nomination and sustaining payments must be received by the sponsor not later than the hour of closing, except those made by mail or by electronic transaction. Payments made by mail must bear a postmark dated thereon not later than the hour of closing. Payments made by electronic transaction to a third party providing a staking service must be processed and the sponsor notified, not later than the hour of closing. In the event the hour of closing falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, the hour of closing shall be extended to the same hour of the next business day. The hour of closing shall be midnight of the due date. 

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

John L. Blakney
Executive Director

STANDARDBRED DIRECTIVE NUMBER 4 – 2012 RULES OF STANDARDBRED RACING 2008

Last Updated: 
2012-04-26

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Thursday, April 26, 2012 resolved that the Rules of Standardbred Racing 2008 be amended by the promulgation of the following Rules, effective immediately.

Chapter 1

PRELIMINARY

Rule 1.02  Standardbred racing shall be conducted in accordance with the rules, Commission directives, conditions of licences granted by the Director or the Commission, track rules approved by the Director, and any other applicable laws and regulations. In case of conflict, the Rules of Standardbred Racing shall supersede the conditions of a horse race and the regulations of the Association.

Chapter 2

DEFINITIONS

Commission Veterinarian means a person employed by the Commission and licensed in good standing with the College of Veterinarians of Ontario.

Official Chemist means a person approved as the Official Chemist pursuant to the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations.

Official Sample means a sample of blood, saliva, urine or other bodily substance that has, in accordance with the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations, been obtained from a horse.

Official Veterinarian means a person employed by the Association and licensed in good standing with the College of Veterinarians of Ontario.

Chapter 3

LICENCES

3.05.01  The licence fees, paid to the Commission by people involved in racing, are set by the Commission. An applicant for a licence will not be considered a renewal if the licence has been in a state of lapse for five racing seasons prior to the season of application.

Chapter 8

COMMISSION VETERINARIANS, OFFICIAL VETERINARIANS, AND OTHER VETERINARIANS

Rule 8.08.01  A veterinarian shall maintain and keep the records required pursuant to the Rules for not less than two clear years and shall make such records available to the Director, Judge or their delegates upon request.

Chapter 19

TIME AND RECORDS

Rule 19.04  In order that performances thereon may be recognized or published as official, every association shall have filed with the Commission the certificate of a duly licensed civil engineer or land surveyor that the track has been measured from wire to wire three feet out from the pylons, which constitute the inside limits of the course and certifying exactly the result of such measurement. Each track shall be measured and re-certified in the event of any changes or relocation of the pylons, which constitute the inside limits of the course.

Chapter 35

ONTARIO STANDARDBRED EXERCISE INDUCED PULMONARY HAEMORRHAGE (EIPH) PROGRAM

Rule 35.01.02  Any person providing false or misleading information on Form 1 or Form 2 may be subject to a suspension and or fine being levied by the Judges or by the Commission.

Rule 35.02.02  Any owner or trainer who intends to race a horse within the EIPH Program that is properly certified as per Rule 35.02.01 is required to submit the Form 1 certificate to a Standardbred Canada representative. The Standardbred Canada representative shall cause the form 1 to be entered into the Standardbred Canada computer data indicating that the subject horse has been certified to receive Furosemide.  Such information shall be entered into the computer by the Standardbred Canada representative at or before the time of the entry of the horse into the race following the date upon which it was certified.

Rule 35.02.03  Delete.

Rule 35.03  If a horse to which Form 2 applies and with respect to which enrolment is sought in the EIPH Program has not been enrolled prior to the time of entry of the subject race, such enrolment may be extended to immediately prior to the time it is required to receive Furosemide on the date of the first occasion in which it races in Ontario and seeks certification.  Such extension of time is solely within the discretion of the judges and may be granted by them if evidence is presented by the owner or trainer or the authorized representative of the owner or trainer of the subject horse that the horse has raced on Furosemide in such other jurisdictions where the use of Furosemide is authorized.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

John L. Blakney
Executive Director

STANDARDBRED DIRECTIVE NUMBER 6 – 2012 RULES OF STANDARDBRED RACING 2008

Last Updated: 
2012-06-26

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Tuesday, June 26, 2012 resolved that the Rules of Standardbred Racing 2008 be amended by the promulgation of the following Rules, effective immediately.

Chapter 5
JUDGES AND RACING OFFICIALS

5.03  At all extended pari-mutuel race meetings there shall be the following licensed racing officials approved by the Director;

  1. Judges
  2. Race secretary and/or assistant race secretary
  3. Timers
  4. Charter
  5. Starter
  6. A patrol judge or patrol judges in accordance with rule 33.01
  7. Paddock judge
  8. Equipment inspector/horse identifier
  9. Assistant paddock judge
  10. Paddock security custodian
  11. Paddock security guard
  12. Chief test inspector and test inspectors.
  13. Placing Judge

Chapter 7
RACING ASSOCIATIONS

7.18  Associations or their delegate shall keep on file, race patrol film or video of each race for reference or reproduction upon request of the Commission for one year after the last racing day of the previous year.

Chapter 22
RACING RULES

22.38.01  Approved TCO2 Laboratory

In any part of Rule 22.38, “approved TCO2 laboratory” means a laboratory approved by the Commission under 22.38.02, to conduct the testing of standardbred horses in accordance with Rule 22.38.05.

22.38.02  Laboratory Approval Process

The Commission may approve a laboratory under Rule 22.38.01, if:

<continued>….

22.38.05          Replace (RAHT) - Registered Animal Health Technician with Registered Veterinarian Technician    

Chapter 33
PATROL JUDGES AND PLACING JUDGES

33.03  The Placing Judge shall:

  1. be appointed by the association
  2. be subject to supervision by the Judges
  3. occupy the photo finish stand 15 minutes prior to the first race post time
  4. record all horses in their order of finish of every race.
  5. produce a photo at the request of the Judges

33.04  In determining the places of the horses at the finish of a race, the Placing Judge shall consider only the relative position of the respective noses of such horses.

33.05  The Placing Judge in consultation with the Judges shall cause to be prominently displayed to the public the numbers of the first four horses in the order of finish and shall be responsible for recording the remainder of the field.

33.06  When the Placing Judges differ in their placements, the Judges shall inspect the print prior to the official sign being posted and the decision of the Judges shall prevail.

33.07  The Judges shall confirm with the photo finishing and Placing Judges as to the result of every race by declaring the result official, and the word “Official” shall be flashed or other wise placed on the totalizator board, in a manner in which it may be clearly seen from any part of the grandstand.

33.08  Nothing in the Rules shall be construed to prevent the placing judges, with the approval of the Judges, from correcting an error before the display of the “Official” sign or from recalling the “Official” sign in case it has been displayed through error.

33.09  On all tracks a proper camera shall be installed as an aid to the Placing Judge; however, in all cases, the camera is merely an aid and the decision of the Judges shall be final.

33.10  Photo finish photographs shall not be released to anyone for publication without permission of the Judges, except to the Association for its public display at the racetrack at which racing is being conducted.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

John L. Blakney
Executive Director

STANDARDBRED DIRECTIVE NUMBER 7 – 2012 RULES OF STANDARDBRED RACING 2008

Last Updated: 
2012-07-01

The Executive Director approved the following changes to the Rules of Standardbred Racing 2008, effective July 31, 2012, subject to ratification by the Board of the Commission at its September Board meeting.

CHAPTER 5
JUDGES AND RACING OFFICIALS

Rule 5.02.01  At a non-extended race meeting, there shall be a minimum of one Judge employed by the holder of a permit to conduct pari-mutuel betting, who shall be accredited as a Judge by Standardbred Canada. The Judge shall carry out the duties and responsibilities specified in the Rules & Regulations of Standardbred Canada, as amended from time to time.  All decisions of the Judge shall be in accordance with the Rules & Regulations of Standardbred Canada.

CHAPTER 11
TRAINERS 

Rule 11.01.01  A horse shall not be permitted to enter or start unless:

  1. it is duly registered with and approved by the registry office of Standardbred Canada or the United States Trotting Association (USTA), subject to requirements under 11.01.02.

Notwithstanding that a horse is registered with the USTA, any horse registered with the USTA that would not meet the registry requirements set out by Standardbred Canada shall not be eligible to race.

Rule 11.01  Renumbered 11.01.02

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

Original Signed

John L. Blakney
Executive Director

STANDARDBRED DIRECTIVE NUMBER 1 – 2013 RULES OF STANDARDBRED RACING 2012

Last Updated: 
2013-01-16

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Thursday, December 20, 2012 resolved that the Rules of Standardbred Racing 2012 be amended by the promulgation of the following Rules, effective immediately.

CHAPTER 9

OFFICIAL SAMPLES AND POSITIVE TESTS

Revised Rule 9.12.02  Only the owner, trainer or designated representative of the trainer, to a maximum of two persons having a valid Commission licence on their person, are permitted to have care, custody or control of a horse in the retention area. Failure to present the licence may result in a fine and / or suspension.

CHAPTER 15

CLAIMING RACES

New Rule 15.16.01  Transfer of possession of a claimed horse to the successful claimant or their representative shall take place in the paddock immediately after the running of the race. The horse’s halter must accompany the horse. Altering or removing the horse’s shoes prior to transfer is not permitted.

New Rule 15.16.02  Notwithstanding the requirements under 15.16.01, in the case where a claimed horse must submit for post race testing, physical custody of the claimed horse shall transfer from the original owner to the successful claimant outside the retention area following completion of the test and after the sample tags have been signed by the original owner or their representative.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

Steve Lehman
Executive Director

STANDARDBRED DIRECTIVE NUMBER 2 – 2013 RULES OF STANDARDBRED RACING 2012

Last Updated: 
2013-02-06

The Ontario Racing Commission resolved on February 5, 2013 to permit variances to the Rules of Standardbred Racing 2012 for the last race of each of Western Fair District (WFD)’s race cards for the period February 7 to May 31, 2013. This decision of the Board will be confirmed at its next meeting.

CHAPTER 14

OVERNIGHT EVENTS

Rule 14.12  In overnight events, not more than one trailer shall be permitted, regardless of the size of the track. At least eight feet per horse must be provided the starters in the front tier. Exceptions on field sizes can be granted with the written permission of the Commission.

Variance granted

WFD is permitted a variance to Rule 14.12, which limits the number of trailers in overnight races to 1.  WFD is permitted 2 trailers in the last race of each race card.

CHAPTER 18

PLACING AND MONEY DISTRIBUTION

Rule 18.01  Unless otherwise provided in the conditions, all purses shall be distributed on the dash basis with the money awarded according to a horse’s position in each separate dash or heat of the race. Purse money distribution in overnight events shall be limited to five monies.

Variance granted

WFD is permitted a variance to Rule 18.01, which limits the purse distribution in overnight races to 5th place. WFD is permitted to distribute purse monies to 6th place for the last race of each race card.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

Steve Lehman
Executive Director

STANDARDBRED DIRECTIVE NUMBER 3 – 2013 RULES OF STANDARDBRED RACING 2012

Last Updated: 
2013-09-19

The Ontario Racing Commission on February 25, 2016 gave approval to extend the variance to the Rules of Standardbred Racing 2012 as outlined in Standardbred Directive Number 3-2013 until such time as a complete review and substantive revisions of the Rules of Racing are completed.

CHAPTER 14

OVERNIGHT EVENTS

Rule 14.12  In overnight events, not more than one trailer shall be permitted, regardless of the size of the track. At least eight feet per horse must be provided the starters in the front tier. Exceptions on field sizes can be granted with the written permission of the Commission.

Variance granted

WFD is permitted a variance to Rule 14.12, which limits the number of trailers in overnight races to 1.  WFD is permitted 2 trailers in two races per race card.

CHAPTER 18

PLACING AND MONEY DISTRIBUTION

Rule 18.01  Unless otherwise provided in the conditions, all purses shall be distributed on the dash basis with the money awarded according to a horse’s position in each separate dash or heat of the race. Purse money distribution in overnight events shall be limited to five monies.

Variance granted

WFD is permitted a variance to Rule 18.01, which limits the purse distribution in overnight races to 5th place. WFD is permitted to distribute purse monies to 6th place for the two races per race card that carry the extra trailers.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

Jean Major
Executive Director

2014-2015

Standardbred Directive No. 1-2014: Non-Extended Meetings Appendix

Last Updated: 
2018-11-30

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Thursday, April 24, 2014 resolved that the Rules of Standardbred Racing 2012 be amended by the promulgation of the following Rules, effective immediately.

Non-Extended Meetings Appendix

Pari-Mutuel Non-Extended Meetings shall be governed by the Rules of Standardbred Racing 2012, with the following exceptions:

Chapter 5: RACING OFFICIALS AND JUDGES

5.01    There shall be a minimum of one Judge employed and appointed by the Commission.

Chapter 7: RACING ASSOCIATIONS

7.02     An Association shall provide in the paddock or staging area direct communication facilities to the Judges’ stand.

7.03    As a condition of its Racetrack Operator’s Licence,

  1. An Association shall provide a suitable Judges’ stand that offers an unobstructed view of the entire racing strip and has adequate facilities for the Judges to carry out their duties.
  2. Delete
  3. Delete

 7.10.1    Delete

Chapter 8: COMMISSION VETERINARIANS, OFFICIAL VETERINARIANS AND OTHER VETERINARIANS

8.01.02    The Official Veterinarians shall be those veterinarians appointed by the Association and approved by the Commission to officiate. At the discretion of the Commission, the duties of the Official Veterinarian may be assumed by the Commission Veterinarian.

8.01.03    There shall be an Official Veterinarian in attendance or within easy call.

Chapter 11: HORSES PERMITTED TO RACE

11.01.02 (d), (e), (f)  Delete

11.02.01      Delete

Chapter 12: QUALIFYING RACES

12.02.01  Delete

12.03  Delete

12.09  Delete

12.10.01  Delete

12.11 (a), (b)  Delete

Chapter 17: DECLARATIONS AND DRAWING OF POST POSITIONS

17.05  Submitting a Declaration for a horse that is ineligible to race because it has been placed on the Judges’ List or Veterinarians’ List may be prohibited.

Chapter 18: PLACING AND MONEY DISTRIBUTION

18.08.04  If no pylons exist at the racetrack, the decision regarding horses leaving the course will be at the discretion of the Judges.

Chapter 19: TIME AND RECORDS

19.02  The time of each heat or dash shall be accurately taken by a specified timer, and placed in the record in minutes, seconds and fifths of seconds, and upon the decision of each heat the time thereof shall be publicly announced, or admitted to the record. If the timer fails to act, no time shall be announced or recorded.

19.04  Delete

Chapter 20: JUDGESAND VETERINARIANSLISTS

20.02  Delete

20.04.04  Delete

Chapter 22: RACING RULES

22.02  All races must be started with a mobile starting gate. No person shall be allowed to ride in the starting gate except the starter, the driver and a patrol judge without the permission of the Judges. The starting gate must be equipped with two-way communications to the Judges’ stand and a mechanical loudspeaker to be used for the sole purpose of communicating instructions to drivers.

22.03 (c), (k), (l)  Delete

22.38.04  Delete

Chapter 26: TRAINERS AND GROOMS

26.12  Delete

Chapter 32: PADDOCK JUDGE AND EQUIPMENT INSPECTOR

32.01 (d)  Delete

Chapter 33: PATROL AND PLACING JUDGE

33.03  Delete

33.04  Delete

33.05  Delete

33.06  Delete

33.  Delete

33.09  Delete

33.09.01    A proper camera may be installed on all tracks as an aid for the Judges. However, in all cases, the camera is merely an aid and the decision of the Judges shall be final.

Policy Directive No. 2-2010  Delete

Policy Directive No. 2-2012  Delete

STANDARDBRED DIRECTIVE No. 2 – 2014 RULES OF STANDARDBRED RACING 2012

Last Updated: 
2014-04-25

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Thursday, April 24, 2014 resolved that the Rules of Standardbred Racing 2012 be amended by the promulgation of the following Rules, effective immediately.

Chapter 2

DEFINITIONS

Safety Sensitive Position     means …<continued>
Delete sections defining positions for Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse

CHAPTER 5

JUDGES AND RACING OFFICIALS

Rule 5.02.01   Delete

Rule 5.02.02   Delete

Rule 5.02.03   Delete

Rules related to the number of Judges at Non-Extended meetings
These rules are deleted, as rule requirement will now be included in the Non-Extended Meeting Appendix

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

Steve Lehman
Executive Director

Standardbred Directive No. 3-2014: Racing Under Saddle Appendix

Last Updated: 
2018-11-30

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Thursday, April 24, 2014 resolved that the Rules of Standardbred Racing 2012 be amended by the promulgation of the following Rules, effective immediately.

Racing Under Saddle Appendix

Pari-Mutuel Racing Under Saddle Horse Racing shall be governed by the Rules of Standardbred Racing 2012, with the following exceptions:

All references to the word “Driver” shall be deemed to be “Rider”

All references to the word “Sulky” shall be deleted.

Chapter 2: DEFINITIONS

Racing Under Saddle means a Standardbred trotting race where the horse is ridden, not driven.

Chapter 3: LICENSING

3.10.01  Where a licensee is suspended or fined by the Judges during a Standardbred harness race, the penalty shall be reciprocated for Racing Under Saddle races, and where a licensee is suspended or fined by the Judges during a Racing Under Saddle race, the penalty shall be reciprocated for Standardbred races.

Chapter 6: VIOLATIONS, FINES, SUSPENSIONS & EXPULSIONS

6.02 (h) failure to have proper saddle cloth on a horse when racing.

6.39 Delete

6.39.01  Only properly Commission licensed participants shall be mounted on a horse or pony on the Association grounds, and such participant is required to wear properly affixed and secured helmets and safety vests, as prescribed by Rule 6.39.02. The licensee is responsible for ensuring that his/ her helmet and safety vest meets the safety standards.

6.39.02  Where it is required under the rules, only helmets meeting the following standards shall be used:

  1. American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM 1163);
  2. UK Standards (EN- 1384 and PAS- 015); or
  3. Australian/ New Zealand Standard (AS/ NZ 3838)
  4. Snell Memorial Foundations (H2000)

    Where it is required under the rules, only safety vests meeting the following standards shall be used:

  1. British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA: 2000 Level 1 );
  2. Euro Norm ( EN 13158: 2000 Level 1 );
  3. American Society for Testing and Materials ( ASTM F2681 – 08 );
  4. Shoe and Allied Trade Research Association ( SATRA Jockey Vest Document M6 Issue 3 ) ; or
  5. Australian Racing Board (ARB Standard 1. 1998).

6.39.03 A rider shall adhere to the following equipment restrictions:

  1. Riding boots must have at least a half (½) inch heel;
  2. Riding crops shall be no longer than thirty (30) inches in length; and
  3. Spurs shall not be worn.

Chapter 11: ELIGIBILITY

11.01.02 (d), (e), (f)  Delete

11.01.2 (g)  The horse is at least 3 years of age to race at any meeting but not older than 14 years of age.

11.01.2 (m)  the horse has qualified on the trotting gait

11.02.1  Delete

11.02.2  Delete

Chapter 12: QUALIFYING RACES

Delete in its entirety

12.01.01  Qualifying races will only be held for the trotting gait and a horse will be considered qualified for Racing Under Saddle races if it meets the following standards at the track where the horse is qualifying.
½ mile track – 2:16
5/8 mile track – 2:14
7/8 mile track – 2:12

12.01.02  A horse must qualify at least once on the trotting gait prior to the start of any Racing Under Saddle races in any given year, and will not need to re-qualify during that season, unless required to do so by the Judges.

12.01.03  A qualifying race scheduled for Racing Under Saddle participants must have at least three (3) horses.

Chapter 14: OVERNIGHT EVENTS

14.03  Delete

14.10 (c)  Delete

14.12  There shall be no trailing horses.

Chapter 15: Claiming Races

Delete in its entirety

Chapter 18: PLACING AND MONEY DISTRIBUTION

18.08.02  If, at a race track which does not have a continuous solid in side hub rail, a horse while on stride leaves the course by going inside the hub rail or other demarcation which constitutes the inside limits of the course, the offending horse shall be placed back where, in the opinion of the judges, the action gave the horse an unfair advantage over other horses in the race, or the action helped the horse improve its position in the race. In addition, when an act of interference causes a horse to cross the inside limits of the course, and the horse is placed by the judges, the offending horse shall be placed behind the horse with which it interfered. Riders, who in the opinion of the judges, leave the racing strip when not forced to do so as a result of the actions of another riders and/or horse may be fined or suspended by the Judges.
Penalties for riders violating provision of Rule 18.08.02 are as follows:

  1. For the 1st offence; a fine of $100 shall be assessed
  2. For the 2nd offence within a year of the 1st offence and within 750 rides of the 1st offence: a fine of $300 shall be assessed
  3. For the 3rd offence within a year of the 1st offence and within 750 rides of the 1st offence: a minimum fine of $500 plus a suspension for 3 days shall be assessed.
  4. For the 4th offence within a year of the 1st offence and within 750 rides of the 1st offence a minimum fine of $1,000 and a suspension for 5 days shall be assessed.

Chapter 22: RACING RULES

22.01 (h)  Delete

22.05.01  A rider shall not commit any of the following acts which are considered violations of riding rules:

  1. (a)    Change course or position, or swerve in or out, bump, or bear in or out during any part of the race in such a manner as to compel a horse to shorten its stride or cause another rider to change course, take his or her horse back, or pull his or her horse out of its stride. <rule continued>

22.17.01    A rider must be mounted on the horse at the finish of the race or the horse must be placed as not finishing.

22.17.02    A horse shall be placed as not finishing where the rider at any time during the running of the race was not mounted on the horse but was mounted at the finish of the race. In such case, the Judges may invoke the provisions of Rule 22.32 if they deem it in the public interest to do so.

22.19  Delete

22.20  Delete

22.21.04  Delete

22.23.03 (c) & (d)  Delete

22.23.03  At any time while on the grounds of an association, it is an offence for a rider, or the person in control of the horse, to use the whip to hit or make contact with the horse as follows:

  1. To urge the horse other than in front of the saddle on the shoulder.
  2. To strike the horse’s head with the riding crop.

22.25 Any trainer who wishes to change bridles on a horse from one race to another shall apply to the Judges for permission to do so, and no change shall be made without such permission. The Judges shall assure themselves of the necessity for any change of bridles before granting permission. Any change of a nature which the Judges are of the opinion that the public should be advised, must be shown on the program or announced to the public before any wagering occurs on that race.

22.25.01  A trainer shall adhere to the following equipment requirements:

  1. A horse shall wear a safety girth;
  2. A horse shall have a bit in mouth;
  3. A horse shall wear a crupper and head check;
  4. A horse shall wear a breast collar or buxton; and
  5. A horse shall use either Thoroughbred or Ladder reins.

22.25.02  A trainer shall adhere to the following equipment restrictions:

  1. No Trotting hopples;
  2. No Head or line poles;
  3. No 2 ring martingales;
  4. No head numbers; and
  5. No snaps on reins that attach to a bit.

Chapter 25: DRIVERS

25.01  A person shall not ride a horse in a Racing Under Saddle races other than an exhibition or schooling race, without having first obtained a rider licence valid for the current year by meeting the standards as laid down by Standardbred Canada or the United States Trotting Association and being licensed by the Commission.

25.01.01  A rider shall participate and be approved in at least one (1) qualifying race, prior to receiving final approval of their Commission licence. Both the rider and the horse must meet the qualifying standards set out in these rules.

25.02.01  Delete

Standardbred Directive No. 1-2015: Racing Under Saddle Appendix

Last Updated: 
2018-11-30

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Thursday, March 26, 2015 resolved that the Rules of Standardbred Racing 2012 be amended by the promulgation of the following revisions, effective immediately.

Racing Under Saddle Appendix

Chapter 6: VIOLATIONS, FINES, SUSPENSIONS & EXPULSIONS

Current rule # 6.39.03 (a) Riding boots must have at least a half (½) inch heel.

New rule # 6.39.03 (a) Riding boots shall be worn.

Chapter 11: HORSE PERMITTED TO RACE

Current rule # 11.09 For the purposes of eligibility to race at extended meetings, past performance lines charted at non-extended meetings in Ontario shall not be considered other than for the purpose of crediting the horses with the number of starts, wins and purse money earned at non-extended meetings.

New rule # 11.09 For the purpose of eligibility to race at extended meetings, past performance lines charted at non-extended meetings or RUS races in Ontario, shall not be considered other than for the purpose of crediting the horses with the number of starts, wins and purse money earned at non-extended meetings or RUS races.

Chapter 12: QUALIFYING RACES

Current rule # 12.01.01 Qualifying races will only be held for the trotting gait and a horse will be considered qualified for RACING UNDER SADDLE races if it meets the following standards at the track where the horse is qualifying.
½ mile- 2:16
5/8 mile- 2:14
7/8 mile -2:12

New rule # 12.01.01 Qualifying races will only be held for the trotting gait and a horse will be considered qualified for RACING UNDER SADDLE races if it meets the following standards at the track where the horse is qualifying.
½ mile – 2:08
5/8 mile – 2:06
7/8 mile – 2:04

Chapter 25: DRIVERS

Current rule # 25.01.01    A rider shall participate and be approved in at least one (1) qualifying race prior to receiving final approval of their Commission licence. Both the rider and the horse must meet the qualifying standards set out in these rules.

New rule # 25.01.01  A rider shall participate and be approved in at least three (3) qualifying races prior to receiving final approval of their Commission licence.
Both the rider and the horse must meet the qualifying standards set out in these rules.

2016-2017

STANDARDBRED DIRECTIVE NUMBER 1 – 2016 RULES OF STANDARDBRED RACING 2012

Last Updated: 
2016-02-25

The Ontario Racing Commission on February 25, 2016 gave approval to extend the variance to the Rules of Standardbred Racing 2012 as outlined in Standardbred Directive Number 3-2013 until such time as a complete review and substantive revisions of the Rules of Racing are completed.

CHAPTER 14

OVERNIGHT EVENTS

Rule 14.12  In overnight events, not more than one trailer shall be permitted, regardless of the size of the track. At least eight feet per horse must be provided the starters in the front tier. Exceptions on field sizes can be granted with the written permission of the Commission.

Variance granted

WFD is permitted a variance to Rule 14.12, which limits the number of trailers in overnight races to 1.  WFD is permitted 2 trailers in two races per race card.

CHAPTER 18

PLACING AND MONEY DISTRIBUTION

Rule 18.01  Unless otherwise provided in the conditions, all purses shall be distributed on the dash basis with the money awarded according to a horse’s position in each separate dash or heat of the race. Purse money distribution in overnight events shall be limited to five monies.

Variance granted

WFD is permitted a variance to Rule 18.01, which limits the purse distribution in overnight races to 5th place. WFD is permitted to distribute purse monies to 6th place for the two races per race card that carry the extra trailers.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

Jean Major
Executive Director and CEO

2018-2019

Standardbred Directive No. 1 - 2019 - Standards-Based Race Day Medication Ban

Last Updated: 
2019-03-20

Preamble

WHEREAS after consulting with the public and industry with respect to proposed rule changes and consistent with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)’s movement towards standards-based rules, there was favorable support in the Standardbred industry to revise the current rules and implement a ban on race day medication, with exception of Furosemide properly administered in accordance with the Ontario Standardbred Exercise Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage (EIPH) Program;

AND WHEREAS this rule is not intended to prohibit normal, non-medicated feedstuffs (natural feed such as oats, sweet feed, pellets, hay and hay cubes) and water, non­ medicated shampoos and topical applications, hoof oils/dressings;

AND WHEREAS this rule will enhance the health and safety of horses and participants, and the integrity of racing;

TAKE NOTICE that the Registrar hereby orders the Rules of Standardbred Racing be amended as follows effective April 19, 2019:

Chapter 6: Violations, Penalties and Expulsions

Standards-Based Race Day Medication Ban

6.53     No person shall administer, attempt to administer, or cause to be administered, any medication or substance by a nasogastric tube to a horse on race day prior to its race, m cept for emergency treatment, which treatment will result in the horse being scratched from the race.

  1. Trainers and veterinarians shall ensure that a horse entered to race is not administered any medications, drugs or substances 24 hours prior to post time oJ the first race on the day of racing. Furosemide properly administered in accordance with the Ontario Standardbred Exercise Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage (EIPH) Program shall not be considered a violation of Rule 6.53.
  2. Trainers shall ensure that there is no unauthorized contact between horses and veterinarians 24 hours prior to post time of the first race on the day of racing, with the exceQtion_of Official and Commission Veterinarians.
  3. Veterinarians shall not have unauthorized contact with horses 24 hours prior to post-time of the first race on the day of racing. Veterinarians licensed in multiple categories shall be prohibited from acting in the capacity as a veterinarian for a horse entered to race during the 24 hour period.
  4. Should a veterinarian be regu_i_red to treat a horse entered to race within 24 hours prior to post time of the first race on the day of racing on an emergency basis, the veterinarian and the trainer shall notify a Judge as soon as reasonable in the circumstances and th horse shall be scratched.
  5. If a horse has raced after unauthorize_d contact with a veterinarian. the horse shall be disqualified for the race in question and if any purse money was earned it shall be redistributed.
  6. A Judge may order the withdrawal or disqualification of any horse that has been admlnistered ny medication contrary to Rule 6.53.

Chapter 8: Commission Veterinarians, Official Veterinarians and Other Veterinarians

8.11 A veterinarian may be held wholly or partially responsible if any drug, substance or medication administered or prescribed by him/her results in:

  1. the issuance of a certificate of positive analysis under the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations,
  2. an excess level of total carbon dioxide for purposes of the Rules, or
  3. confirmation of the administration of
  4. erythropoietin or any of its synthetic derivatives for purposes of the Rules,
  5. a violation of Rule 6.53:

and, if held wholly or partially responsible, may be assessed a monetary penalty and/or suspended by the Judges.

Chapter 26: Trainers and Grooms

26.02.03 Notwithstanding 26.02.01, the Commission and all delegated officials shall consider the following to be absolute liability violations:

  1. Any trainer whose horse(s) tests positive for any substances determined to be non-therapeutic;
  2. Any trainer whose horse(s) tests positive resulting from the out-of-competition program;
  3. Any trainer whose horse(s) tests positive resulting from testing in accordance with or under the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations;
  4. Any trainer whose horse(s) level of TC02 equals or exceeds the levels set out in Rule 22.38
  5. Any trainer whose horse(s) is administered a medication, drug or substance contrary to Rule 6.53.

 

By the order of the Registrar

 

Jean Major
Registrar

 

Standardbred Directive no. 2- 2019- Revisions to Claiming Provisions

Last Updated: 
2019-03-20

Preamble

WHEREAS after consulting with the public and industry with respect to proposed rule changes there was favorable support in the Standardbred industry to revise the current rules to expand instances where claims would be invalidated to include when a horse dies on the racetrack, or suffers an injury which requires euthanasia while on the racetrack.

AND WHEREAS this rule will enhance the health and safety of horses and participants, and the integrity of racing;

TAKE NOTICE that the Registrar hereby orders the Rules of Standardbred Racing be amended as follows effective April 20, 2019:

Chapter 15: Claiming Races

15.20.01

The Judges, at the option of the claimant, shall rule a claim invalid:

  1. At the option of the claimant, if the Official Chemist reports a positive test on a horse that was claimed, provided such option is exercised within 48 hours following notification to the claimant of the positive test by the Judges;
  2. At the option of the claimant, if the horse has been found ineligible to the event from which it was claimed;
  3. At the option of the claimant, if approved post race testing procedures discloses that an improper medication or drug was found to be present in the sample of the claimed horse and reported in the analysis report from the lab, provided such option is exercised within 48 hours following notification to the claimant by the Judges;
  4. If the horse dies on the racetrack: or
  5. If the horse suffers an injury which requires euthanasia while on the racetrack as determined by either a Commission Veterinarian or an Official Veterinarian.

BY THE ORDER OF THE REGISTRAR

 

Jean Major
Registrar

STANDARDBRED DIRECTIVE NO. 3 - 2019 - Revision to Urging Provisions

Last Updated: 
2020-05-30

Preamble

WHEREAS after meeting with industry stakeholders and responding to requests to consider revising the current rules and Directives with respect to urging and specifically that use of the whip be limited to wrist action only;

AND WHEREAS this rule will enhance the health and safety of horses and participants, and the integrity of racing;

AND WHEREAS enforcement of the revisions will commence at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the revisions will be phased in across all Standardbred racetracks in Ontario at dates to be determined;

TAKE NOTICE that the Registrar rescinds Policy Directive No. 5-2009: Penalty Guidelines for Inappropriate Urging of a Horse in Standardbred Racing and hereby orders the Rules of Standardbred Racing be amended commencing June 3, 2019:

Chapter 22
Racing Rules

22.23.03  At any time while on the grounds of an Association, it is a violation of the Rules for a driver, or the person in control of the horse, to use the whip to hit or make contact with the horse as follows:

  1. To raise their hand(s) above their head;
  2. To cause the whip to move back beyond a 90 degree angle relative to the track use more than acceptable wrist action;
  3. To cause any portion of the whip to be outside the confines of the wheels of the race bike;
  4. To strike the shaft of the race bike, or the horse below the level of the shaft of the race bike;
  5. To cut or severely welt a horse.

PENALTY GUIDELINES RULE 22.23

Any violation of Rule 22.23, to include subsections 22.23.01, 22.23.02, 22.23.03 and 22.23.04 is a violation and covered by this penalty structure.

VIOLATION - Inappropriate urging of the horse

1st violation

Minimum Fine

$200

Minimum Driving Suspension

3 days

Other Penalty

Mandatory meeting with the Judges for the purposes of providinQ traininq on the Rules

2nd violation within one year of the 1st violation

Minimum Fine

$300

Minimum Driving Suspension

5 days

Other Penalty

Mandatory meeting with the Judges for the purposes of providing training on the Rules

3rd violation within one year of the 1st violation

Minimum Fine

$500

Minimum Driving Suspension

15 days

Other Penalty

Mandatory meeting with the Judges for the purposes of providing training on the Rules

4th violation within one year of the 1st violation

Minimum Fine

 

Minimum Driving Suspension

Immediate Suspension

Other Penalty

Referral to the Director

VIOLATION - Cutting or Welting the horse

1st violation

Minimum Fine

$300

Minimum Driving Suspension

10 days

 

Other Penalty

Mandatory meeting with the Judges for the purposes of providing training on the

 

Rules

2nd violation within one year of the 1st violation

Minimum Fine

$500

Minimum Driving Suspension

15 days

 

Other Penalty

Mandatory meeting with the Judges for the purposes of providing training on the

Rules

3rd violation within one year of the 1st violation

Minimum Fine

 

Minimum Driving Suspension

Immediate suspension

Other Penalty

Referral to the Director

Races with a purse of $100,000 and over
For any violation that takes place in a race where the purse is $100,000 or more, the penalty shall be a minimum fine of 20% of the driver’s earnings for placings 1st through 5th and shall be a minimum fine equivalent to 20% of the driver’s earnings for 5th place for placings 6th and on. If in the opinion of the Judges, the violation was egregious, a driving suspension may be issued. While discretion is available to the Judges, the driving suspension should be calculated at 1 day driving suspension for each $200,000 of total purse money for the race.

For a violation where a driver has driven with both lines in one hand and struck the horse with the whip, the Judges shall place the horse last.

Placing of a horse may be considered by the Judges where the misuse of the whip caused interference with another horse or, in the opinion of the Judges, there has been a flagrant disregard for these rules.

Application of the Guidelines will take into consideration the following:

  1. This penalty structure provides guidance to Judges as to minimum penalties for inappropriate urging of the horse, and for the cutting and welting of a horse.
  2. The penalty for any subsequent violation cannot be less than the previous violation, regardless of whether the violation is for inappropriate urging of the horse or for cutting and welting of a horse.
  3. Any cut or welt violation shall be counted and considered by the Judges as the next violation for inappropriate urging on a cumulative basis.
  4. The penalty structure is progressive in nature, irrespective of which of the encompassed rules are violated.
  5. In determining whether a violation of the Rules has occurred or in assessing penalty, Judges may consider mitigating factors in exceptional circumstances. An example of conduct that may be viewed as a mitigating consideration would be striking a horse to prevent inevitable harm to another driver, horse, participant or patron.
  6. In assessing penalty, Judges may also consider aggravating factors, such as the licensee’s history of violations pertaining to inappropriate urging of the horse (which violation/s occurred more than a year before the subject violation).
  7. If the violation is sufficiently egregious, the Judges may depart from the penalty structure and impose higher penalties than those enumerated in the chart above.

DESCRIPTION OF TERMS

This Policy was established to provide more description of what constitutes a violation under the Rules regarding inappropriate urging of the horse in Ontario racing:

Indiscriminate action means unrestrained or careless activity without regard for safety or care.

For the purposes of Rule 22.23.01 (a), the following are examples of indiscriminate action but do not constitute an exhaustive list:

  1. Use of the whip in any manner between the hind legs of the horse
  2. Loose lining or driving the horse so as to not have control of the horse
  3. Kicking the horse
  4. Striking the horse with the butt end of the whip;
  5. Punching the horse; or
  6. Any use other than acceptable wrist action.

Excessive action means unreasonable quantity or degree.

For the purposes of Rule 22.23.01 (b), the following are examples of excessive action with respect to inappropriate urging of the horse but does not constitute an exhaustive list:

  1. Use of the whip when a horse is not in contention in a race;
  2. Use of the whip without giving the horse time to respond to a previous application of the use of the whip
  3. Use of the whip on the horse anywhere below the level of the shaft of the race bike.

Aggressive action means inhumane, severe or brutal activity.

For the purposes of Rule 22.23.01 (c), the following are examples of aggressive action but do not constitute an exhaustive list:

  1. Use of the whip on the head or in the area surrounding the head of the horse.
  2. Use of any object or stimulating device and/or application; or
  3. Leaving any cuts, abrasions or severe welts on the horse caused by the whip;

Loose lining means the indiscriminate action of carelessly lengthening the lines while driving so as to allow the loopy shaking of the lines (i.e. butterfly action).

Meaningful Position (22.23.02) means the horse has a reasonable opportunity to finish in an advantageous position. Examples of meaningful include, but are not limited to, maintaining qualifying times, receiving points towards future races or earning purse monies.

Confines of the wheels (22.23.03c) means that any part of the whip cannot move outside of a line which runs parallel to the horse from a point prescribed by the outside of the race bike wheel.

BACKGROUND

Under a process established by the Executive Director in the fall of 2008 to gather industry input on the appropriate use of the whip in horse racing, it was recognized that the use of the whip is a necessary tool in racing.

The following principles were agreed to and serve as a guide for all decision making on rule development:

  1. Ensure the welfare of the horse
    The welfare of the horse is paramount and guides decision making in all matters
  2. Promote safety for racing participants (including the horse)
    Where the safety of racing participants has been compromised, appropriate action shall be taken
  3. Create simple, clear and consistent rules (and enforcement)
    To be adhered to or enforced correctly, rules must be written and communicated in a straightforward manner.
  4. Address customer/public perception and education
    Shifting public sensitivity on the use of the whip in horseracing must be recognized by all industry participants, who must also do their part in educating new fans about the sport.
  5. Support growth of the customer base
    Racetrack management has identified use of the whip as a barrier to increased customer growth. Participants must be involved, as our industry builds to creating a more desirable product

The outcome of the industry discussion has led to the formation of rules regarding the appropriate methods for urging a horse in racing and changes to driving styles to require a hand in each line for the entire race.

Loose lining: It was stressed by the participants that this change to driving style should not lead to the practice of “loose lining”, which means the indiscriminate action of carelessly lengthening the lines while driving so as to allow the loopy shaking of the lines (butterfly action). It was agreed that these would be the type of actions counter to the intent of the rule changes and would present an undesirable product to the wagering public.

 

BY THE ORDER OF THE REGISTRAR

 

Jean Major
Registrar

STANDARDBRED DIRECTIVE NO. 4 - 2019 - Distribution of Bulletproof Funds

Last Updated: 
2019-09-25

Preamble

WHEREAS as of January 26, 2010, Terry BROOKS (#7306T0), Jeffrey BROOKS (#6368T7) and Andrew BROOKS (#962K25) were licensed as Owners under the Racing Commission Act, 2000, S.). 2000, c.20 (the “RCA”), and Rules of Standardbred Racing as amended;

AND WHEREAS as of January 26, 2010, Victoria BROOKS (#718K13) had recently applied for and received a stable licence effective January 11, 2010;

AND WHEREAS as of January 26, 2010, BULLETPROOF ENTERPRISES (#862K92), GOLDFINGER ENTERPRISES (#301L09), SEIZE THE DAY INDUSTRIES (#065L81), VAE LLC (#374J40) were stables associated with one or more of Terry BROOKS, Jeffrey BROOKS, Andrew BROOKS and Victoria BROOKS (together, the “Licensees”);

AND WHEREAS on January 26, 2010, the Director, Ontario Racing Commission (“Director”) found that (a) there were reasonable ground to believe that, while the Licensees carry out the activities for which a licence is required, the Licensees will not act in accordance with the law, or with integrity, honesty, or in the public interest, having regard to the past conduct of the Licensees; (b) the Licensees’ conduct has placed the integrity of the horse racing industry in Ontario in question; and (c) the public interest required that the Licensees be suspended immediately (the “Order for Immediate Suspension”);

AND WHEREAS on January 26, 2010, the Director issued Standardbred Ruling Number S.B. 14/2010 (the “Freeze Order”) whereby he ordered that all Associations hold, freeze and maintain all funds, purse accounts or other monies related to the Licensees and Perfect World Enterprises (#185E79);

AND WHEREAS on or about January 26, 2010, Woodbine Entertainment Group froze funds held on behalf of the Licensees in the amount of $809,566.38 pursuant to the Freeze Order (the “Frozen Purse Monies”);

AND WHEREAS on February 2, 2010, the Director issues a Notice of Proposed Order to suspend the Licensees;

AND WHEREAS on February 10, 201o, the Licensees requested a hearing before the Ontario Racing Commission;

AND WHEREAS on or December 20, 2010, Anderson & Goodrow Equine Veterinary Professional Corp. and Doyle Bloodstock Transportation Inc., creditors of the BULLETPROOF ENTERPRISES INC., each filed Notices of Garnishment in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice - Toronto Small Claims Court, listing Woodbine Entertainment Group as Garnishee (Court File No. SC-10-110002-00 and Court File No. SC10-95124-00, respectively);

AND WHEREAS on March 30, 2011, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice - Toronto Small Claims Court ordered that Woodbine Entertainment Group pay $45,511.68 of the Frozen Purse Monies into court pending the resolution of proceedings commenced pursuant to the Notice of Proposed Order and Hearing dated February 2, 2010;

AND WHEREAS on or about April 7, 2011, Woodbine Entertainment Group accordingly paid $45,511.68 of the Frozen Purse Monies into the Ontario Superior Court of Justice - Toronto Small Claims Court pursuant to its Order dated March 30, 2011 (the “Small Claims Monies”);

AND WHEREAS on April 30, 2013, the Ontario Racing Commission resolved proceedings arising out of the Notice of Proposed Order dated February 2, 201o as   against   GOLDFINGER   ENTERPRISES   (#301L09),   SEIZE   THE   DAY INDUSTRIES (#065L81), VAE LLC (#374J40), Terry BROOKS, Andrew BROOKS and Victoria BROOKS in exchange for the payments of fines and forfeiture of certain purses that are not subject to the Forfeiture Order (defined below);

AND WHEREAS in Reasons for Decision dated August 29, 2013, a Panel of the Ontario Racing Commission found that Jeffrey Brooks and BULLETPROOF ENTERPRISES had contravened Rules 6.13.01, 3.09, 6.13.01 and 6.20 of the Rules of Standardbred Racing;

AND WHEREAS in Reasons for Decision dated August 29, 2013, a Panel of the Ontario Racing Commission granted an order declaring the ineligibility of the following horses to race and to compete for purse money and disqualifying as ineligible the horses raced by BULLETPROOF ENTERPRISES in Ontario in 2009 and 2010 as follows:

Horses Raced in 2009

  1. A Filly to Fear
  2. Ala Carte Bill
  3. Amazon Art
  4. Babylon Sister
  5. Betting Terror
  6. Big Lead
  7. Blind to See
  8. Blue Suede Shoes
  9. Bouncing Hanover
  10. Bridled Terror
  11. Bring Home Hinda
  12. Brooklyns Best
  13. Candy Hall
  14. Cannae Camme
  15. Change the Locks
  16. Cheap Motel
  17. China Art
  18. Cinderella Guy
  19. Cold Chills
  20. Comache Hall
  21. Coming Late
  22. Coming on Time
  23. Cuz She Can
  24. Dangerous Years
  25. Did It Again
  26. Doctor Seth
  27. Dome on a Rock
  28. Don’t Give Up
  29. Drink Up
  30. Electric Energy
  31. Everyday
  32. Everyone Counts
  33. Fashion Week
  34. Fast Standing Still
  35. Final Curtain
  36. Four Starz Credit
  37. Front Cover
  38. Go Shuffle
  39. Gotta Travel On
  40. Great Vodka
  41. Heard It
  42. Higher and Higher
  43. lamperfectright
  44. Ideal Race
  45. If I can Dream
  46. In Da Club
  47. In Sight
  48. In the Studio
  49. Island Terror
  50. It Hurts Me
  51. It Was An Honor
  52. Just Coming
  53. Kabbala Karen B
  54. Kato Not Now
  55. Lisdean
  56. Little Gold Ring
  57. Live Free or Die Hard
  58. Lord Terror
  59. Marietta Hall
  60. Michael Dee Miami
  61. Model Magnate
  62. Moving In Together
  63. Need A Job
  64. No Gain
  65. Not Enough
  66. One More Drink
  67. Oscar Oscar
  68. Overwhelming Shae
  69. Paris the Heiress
  70. Penthouse View
  71. Political Terror
  72. Power Off
  73. Private Splendor
  74. Professor Jeff
  75. PW Love
  76. Pw Roma Lover
  77. PW Tootsie
  78. PW True to You
  79. Rescue Plan
  80. Revolutionary Foe
  81. Riggins
  82. Runaway Energy
  83. Sandy Annir
  84. School Kids
  85. Sexy Grin
  86. Shacked Up
  87. Short Words
  88. Showherthemoney
  89. Six Pistol
  90. Slow Service
  91. Straight Shooting
  92. Terroronthebeach
  93. The Life Boat
  94. Thinkingonlyofyou
  95. Vertical Horizon
  96. Victim of Love
  97. Waffles and Cream
  98. Western Comedy
  99. Western Thorn
  100. Whin I call
  101. White Sand
  102. Withheld Info
  103. Yellow Diamond
  104. You Don’t know Me
  105. Youkeepmehangingon

Horses Raced in 2010

  1. Amazon Art
  2. Big Lead
  3. Blue Suede Shoes
  4. Cheap Motel
  5. Cinderella Guy
  6. Ideal Race
  7. Marrietta Hall
  8. One More Drink
  9. . Power Off
  10. Revolutionary Foe
  11. Riggins
  12. Runaway Energy
  13. School Kids
  14. Waffles and Cream

AND WHEREAS in Reasons for Decision dated August 29, 2013, a Panel of the Ontario Racing Commission ordered that any purse funds by the named horses being held under the Freeze Order be forfeited by the Applicants and redistributed amongst the owners entitled pursuant to the rules of racing (the “Forfeiture Order”);

AND WHEREAS Rule 18.08.03 provides for the re-seeding of placement and re­ distribution of purse monies in the event of a disqualification;

AND WHEREAS the Forfeiture Order affects the seeding of 1,025 races in 2009 and 201O (the “Affected Races”);

AND WHEREAS in April 2016, the powers and duties of the Ontario Racing Commission were transferred to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (“AGCO”) and the Registrar (“Registrar”) upon the proclamation into force of the Horse Racing Licence Act, 2015, S.O 2015, c. 38.

AND WHEREAS by January 2018, Jeffrey BROOKS and BULLETPROOF ENTERPRISES had exhausted all avenues to appeal the Forfeiture Order, appeals to the Divisional Court and Ontario Court of Appeal having been dismissed and the time for applying for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada having expired;

AND WHEREAS the re-seeding and re-distribution in accordance with Rule 18.08.03 would require the identification, notification and participation of each owner, trainer and driver entitled to participate in the purse distribution with respect to every horse that participated in every one of the Affected Races;

AND WHEREAS the passage of time in the period since the Affected Races occurred in 2009 and 2010, and during the pendency of the hearing and appeal process, has prejudiced the Registrar’s ability to accurately identify, locate and direct payment of the appropriate share of the purse distributions to the participants;

AND WHEREAS the Registrar has determined that it is in the best interest of racing to direct the Frozen Purse Monies to the benefit of the Ontario racing industry as a whole and not to unwind all of the purse distributions from the Affected Races;

AND WHEREAS the Registrar has the power to govern, direct, control and regulate horse racing in Ontario in any or all of its forms, and to govern, control and regulate the operation of race tracks in Ontario at which any form of horse racing is carried on, pursuant to section 2 of the Horse Racing License Act, 2015;

AND WHEREAS the Commission, through the Registrar, has the authority to make rules for the conduct of horse racing, including the Rules of Standardbred Racing and General and Standardbred Directives;

AND WHEREAS the Registrar has the absolute discretion to waive the application of the Rules pursuant to his statutory authority and as confirmed in Rule 1.09 of the Rules of Standardbred Racing;

NOW THEREFORE TAKE NOTICE that the Registrar orders and directs as follows:

  1. Effective October 11, 2019, Woodbine Entertainment Group shall pay all Frozen Purse Monies and any interest earned on the Frozen Purse Monies, within its possession, power and control to the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (“OLG”);
  2. Effective October 11, 2019, Woodbine Entertainment Group shall take all reasonable steps to secure the Small Claims Monies and shall pay them or cause them to be paid to OLG upon release from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice - Toronto Small Claims Court;
  3. The Frozen Purse Monies shall be used only for Standardbred purses;
  4. The Frozen Purse Monies are to be distributed consistent with OLG’s authority in respect of support for horse racing;
  5. Within one year of the date of this Standardbred Directive, the OLG will report to the Registrar with respect to how and for what purpose the purse funds have been or are being disbursed, the first report to be provided on or before October 1, 2020;
  6. If requested, OLG will provide the Registrar access to any financial records, receipts, invoices or other financially-related documents, relating to any purse funds received from the AGCO in relation to this Directive;
  7. Notwithstanding Rule 24.01 of the Rules of Standardbred Racing, there shall be no appeal or review of this Directive to the Horse Racing Appeal Panel, and the Registrar hereby waives the application of Rule 24.01 to this Standardbred Directive.

 

BY THE ORDER OF THE REGISTRAR

 

Jean Major
Registrar

2020-2021

Racing Under Saddle (RUS) Appendix

Last Updated: 
2020-05-12

Pari-Mutuel Racing Under Saddle Horse Racing shall be governed by the Rules of Standardbred Racing, with the following exceptions:

All references to the word “Driver” shall be deemed to be “Rider

All references to the word “Sulky” shall be deleted.

Chapter 2: Definitions

Racing Under Saddle (RUS) means a Standardbred trotting race where the horse is ridden, not driven.

Chapter 3: Licenses

3.10.01 Where a licensee is suspended or fined by the Judges during a Standardbred harness race, the penalty shall be reciprocated for Racing Under Saddle races, and where a licensee is suspended or fined by the Judges during a Racing Under Saddle race, the penalty shall be reciprocated for Standardbred harness races.

Chapter 6: Violations, Penalties and Expulsions

6.02 (h) failure to have proper saddle cloth on a horse when racing.

6.39 Delete

6.39.01 Only properly Commission licensed participants shall be mounted on a horse or pony on the Association grounds, and such participant is required to wear properly affixed and secured helmets and safety vests, as prescribed by Rule 6.39.02. The licensee is responsible for ensuring that his/ her helmet and safety vest meets the safety standards.

6.39.02 Where it is required under the rules, only helmets meeting the following standards shall be used:

  1. American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM 1163);
  2. UK Standards (EN- 1384 and PAS- 015); or
  3. Australian/ New Zealand Standard (AS/ NZ 3838)
  4. Snell Memorial Foundations (H2000)

Where it is required under the rules, only safety vests meeting the following standards shall be used:

  1. British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA: 2000 Level 1);
  2. Euro Norm (EN 13158: 2000 Level 1);
  3. American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM F2681 – 08);
  4. Shoe and Allied Trade Research Association (SATRA Jockey Vest Document M6 Issue 3) or
  5. Australian Racing Board (ARB Standard 1. 1998).

6.39.03 A rider shall adhere to the following equipment restrictions:

(a) Riding boots shall be worn.

(b) Riding crops shall be no longer than thirty (30) inches in length; and

(c) Spurs shall not be worn.

Chapter 11: Horses Permitted to Race

11.01.02 (d), (e), (f)    Delete.

11.01.2 (g) The horse is at least 3 years of age to race at any meeting but not older than 14 years of age.

11.01.2 (m) the horse has qualified on the trotting gait

11.02.1 Delete.

11.02.2 Delete.

11.09 For the purpose of eligibility to race at extended meetings, past performance lines charted at non-extended meetings or RUS races in Ontario, shall not be considered other than for the purpose of crediting the horses with the number of starts, wins and purse money earned at non-extended meetings or RUS races.

Chapter 12: Qualifying Races

Chapter 12 of the Standardbred Rules of Racing is deleted in its entirety, with the following exceptions:

12.01.01          Qualifying races will only be held for the trotting gait and a horse will be considered qualified for Racing Under Saddle races if it meets the following standards at the track where the horse is qualifying:

½ mile track – 2:08

5/8 mile track – 2:06

7/8 mile track – 2:04

12.01.02          A horse must qualify at least once on the trotting gait prior to the start of any Racing Under Saddle races in any given year, and will not need to re-qualify during that season, unless required to do so by the Judges.

12.01.03          A qualifying race scheduled for Racing Under Saddle participants must have at least three (3) horses.

Chapter 14: Overnight Events

14.03               Delete.

14.10 (c)         Delete.

14.12               There shall be no trailing horses.

Chapter 15: Claiming Races

Deleted in its entirety.

Chapter 18: Placing and Money Distribution

18.08.02          If, at a race track which does not have a continuous solid in side hub rail, a horse while on stride leaves the course by going inside the hub rail or other demarcation which constitutes the inside limits of the course, the offending horse shall be placed back where, in the opinion of the judges, the action gave the horse an unfair advantage over other horses in the race, or the action helped the horse improve its position in the race. In addition, when an act of interference causes a horse to cross the inside limits of the course, and the horse is placed by the judges, the offending horse shall be placed behind the horse with which it interfered. Riders, who in the opinion of the judges, leave the racing strip when not forced to do so as a result of the actions of another riders and/or horse may be fined or suspended by the Judges.

Penalties for riders violating provision of Rule 18.08.02 are as follows:

  1. For the 1st offence; a fine of $100 shall be assessed
  2. For the 2nd offence within a year of the 1st offence and within 750 rides of the 1st offence: a fine of $300 shall be assessed
  3. For the 3rd offence within a year of the 1st offence and within 750 rides of the 1st offence: a minimum fine of $500 plus a suspension for 3 days shall be assessed.
  4. For the 4th offence within a year of the 1st offence and within 750 rides of the 1st offence a minimum fine of $1,000 and a suspension for 5 days shall be assessed.

Chapter 22: Racing Rules

22.01 (h)         Delete.

22.05.01 A rider shall not commit any of the following acts which are considered violations of riding rules:

  1. Change course or position, or swerve in or out, bump, or bear in or out during any part of the race in such a manner as to compel a horse to shorten its stride or cause another rider to change course, take his or her horse back, or pull his or her horse out of its stride;

22.17.01 A rider must be mounted on the horse at the finish of the race or the horse must be placed as not finishing.

22.17.02 A horse shall be placed as not finishing where the rider at any time during the running of the race was not mounted on the horse but was mounted at the finish of the race. In such case, the Judges may invoke the provisions of Rule 22.32 if they deem it in the public interest to do so.

22.19               Delete

22.20               Delete

22.21.04          Delete

22.23.03 (c) & (d)        Delete

22.23.03 At any time while on the grounds of an association, it is an offence for a rider, or the person in control of the horse, to use the whip to hit or make contact with the horse as follows:

      f. To urge the horse other than in front of the saddle on the shoulder.
      g. To strike the horse’s head with the riding crop.

22.25 Any trainer who wishes to change bridles on a horse from one race to another shall apply to the Judges for permission to do so, and no change shall be made without such permission. The Judges shall assure themselves of the necessity for any change of bridles before granting permission. Any change of a nature which the Judges are of the opinion that the public should be advised, must be shown on the program or announced to the public before any wagering occurs on that race.

22.25.01          A trainer shall adhere to the following equipment requirements:

  1. A horse shall wear a safety girth;
  2. A horse shall have a bit in mouth;
  3. A horse shall wear a crupper and head check;
  4. A horse shall wear a breast collar or buxton; and
  5. A horse shall use either Thoroughbred or Ladder reins.

22.25.02          A trainer shall adhere to the following equipment restrictions:

  1. No Trotting hopples;
  2. No Head or line poles;
  3. No 2 ring martingales;
  4. No head numbers; and
  5. No snaps on reins that attach to a bit.

Chapter 25: Drivers

25.01   A person shall not ride a horse in a Racing Under Saddle race, other than an exhibition or schooling race, without having first obtained a rider licence valid for the current year by meeting the standards as laid down by Standardbred Canada or the United States Trotting Association and being licensed by the Commission.

25.01.01 A rider shall participate and be approved in at least three (3) qualifying races prior to receiving final approval of their initial Commission licence.

25.01.02 All applicants applying for renewal of a Racing Under Saddle license must complete one (1) satisfactory qualifier ride at the beginning of each season and submit to the judges for approval. If the renewal applicant has completed less than ten (10) rides during the previous three (3) years, he/she will be required to participate in at least (3) qualifying races prior to his/her licence being renewed.

25.02.01          Delete

STANDARDBRED DIRECTIVE NO. 1 – 2020 – Revision to Urging Provisions

Last Updated: 
2020-05-05

Preamble

WHEREAS after meeting with industry stakeholders and responding to requests to consider revising the current rules and Directives with respect to urging and specifically that use of the whip be limited to wrist action only;

AND WHEREAS this rule will enhance the health and safety of horses and participants, and the integrity of racing;

AND WHEREAS on May 3, 2019 the AGCO released Standardbred Directive No. 3 – 2019 – Revision to Urging Provisions;

TAKE NOTICE the AGCO wishes to clarify that the Penalty Guidelines and assessment of the penalty are intended to have a retrospective effect;

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that the Registrar rescinds Standardbred Directive No. 3

– 2019 – Revision to Urging Provisions and hereby orders the Rules of Standardbred Racing be amended effective immediately:

Chapter 22
Racing Rules

22.23.03 At any time while on the grounds of an Association, it is a violation of the Rules for a driver, or the person in control of the horse, to use the whip to hit or make contact with the horse as follows:

  1. To raise their hand(s) above their head;
  2. To use more than acceptable wrist action;
  3. To cause any portion of the whip to be outside the confines of the wheels of the race bike;
  4. To strike the shaft of the race bike, or the horse below the level of the shaft of the race bike;
  5. To cut or severely welt a horse.

22.23.05 Violation of any of the provisions in Rule 22.23.01 to 22.23.04 may result in any of the following penalties: To raise their hand(s) above their head;

  1. Monetary penalty;
  2. Suspension;
  3. Placement;
  4. Disqualification; and/or
  5. Any other penalty as ordered.

Further particulars in respect to the penalties are provided in Standardbred Directive No. 1 – 2020, which also provides principles which serve as a guide for interpretation. The Directive may be modified from time to time by the Registrar.

PENALTY GUIDELINES RULE 22.23

Any violation of Rule 22.23, to include subsections 22.23.01, 22.23.02, 22.23.03 and

22.23.04 is a violation and covered by this penalty structure.

VIOLATION – Inappropriate urging of the horse

1st violation

Minimum Fine

$200

Minimum Driving Suspension

3 days

Other Penalty

Mandatory meeting with the Judges for the purposes of providing training on the Rules

2nd violation within one year of the 1st violation

Minimum Fine

$300

Minimum Driving Suspension

5 days

Other Penalty

Mandatory meeting with the Judges for the

purposes of providing training on the Rules

3rd violation within one year of the 1st violation

Minimum Fine

$500

Minimum Driving Suspension

15 days

Other Penalty

Mandatory meeting with the Judges for the purposes of providing training on the Rules

4th violation within one year of the 1st violation

Minimum Fine

 

Minimum Driving Suspension

Immediate Suspension

Other Penalty

Referral to the Director

VIOLATION – Cutting or Welting the horse

1st violation

Minimum Fine

$300

Minimum Driving Suspension

10 days

 

Other Penalty

Mandatory meeting with the Judges for the purposes of providing training on the

Rules

2nd violation within one year of the 1st violation

Minimum Fine

$500

Minimum Driving Suspension

15 days

 

Other Penalty

Mandatory meeting with the Judges for the purposes of providing training on the

Rules

3rd violation within one year of the 1st violation

Minimum Fine

 

Minimum Driving Suspension

Immediate suspension

Other Penalty

Referral to the Director

Races with a purse of $100,000 and over

For any violation that takes place in a race where the purse is $100,000 or more, the penalty shall be a minimum fine of 20% of the driver’s earnings for placings 1st through 5th and shall be a minimum fine equivalent to 20% of the driver’s earnings for 5th place for placings 6th and on. If in the opinion of the Judges, the violation was egregious, a driving suspension may be issued. While discretion is available to the Judges, the driving suspension should be calculated at 1 day driving suspension fo each $200,000 of total purse money for the race.

For a violation where a driver has driven with both lines in one hand and struck the horse with the whip, the Judges shall place the horse last.

Placing of a horse may be considered by the Judges where the misuse of the whip caused interference with another horse or, in the opinion of the Judges, there has been a flagrant disregard for these rules.

Application of the Guidelines will take into consideration the following:

  1. This penalty structure provides guidance to Judges as to minimum penalties for inappropriate urging of the horse, and for the cutting and welting of a horse.
  2. The penalty for any subsequent violation cannot be less than the previous violation, regardless of whether the violation is for inappropriate urging of the horse or for cutting and welting of a horse.
  3. Any cut or welt violation shall be counted and considered by the Judges as the next violation for inappropriate urging on a cumulative basis.
  4. The penalty structure is progressive in nature, irrespective of which of the encompassed rules are violated.
  5. In determining whether a violation of the Rules has occurred or in assessing penalty, Judges may consider mitigating factors in exceptional circumstances. An example of conduct that may be viewed as a mitigating consideration would be striking a horse to prevent inevitable harm to another driver, horse, participant or patron.
  6. In assessing penalty, Judges may also consider aggravating factors, such as the licensee’s history of violations pertaining to inappropriate urging of the horse (which violation/s occurred more than a year before the subject violation).
  7. If the violation is sufficiently egregious, the Judges may depart from the penalty structure and impose higher penalties than those enumerated in the chart above.
  8. Not all first infractions of the encompassed rules that occurred subsequent to the implementation of Standardbred Directive No. 3 – 2019 – Revision to Urging Provisions and Standardbred Directive No. 1 – 2020 – Revision to Urging Provisions will be treated as a first offence for the purposes of setting penalty.

DESCRIPTION OF TERMS

This Policy was established to provide more description of what constitutes a violation under the Rules regarding inappropriate urging of the horse in Ontario racing:

Indiscriminate action means unrestrained or careless activity without regard for safety or care.

For the purposes of Rule 22.23.01 (a), the following are examples of indiscriminate action but do not constitute an exhaustive list:

  1. Use of the whip in any manner between the hind legs of the horse
  2. Loose lining or driving the horse so as to not have control of the horse
  3. Kicking the horse
  4. Striking the horse with the butt end of the whip;
  5. Punching the horse; or
  6. Any use other than acceptable wrist action.

Excessive action means unreasonable quantity or degree.

For the purposes of Rule 22.23.01 (b), the following are examples of excessive action with respect to inappropriate urging of the horse but does not constitute an exhaustive list:

  1. Use of the whip when a horse is not in contention in a race;
  2. Use of the whip without giving the horse time to respond to a previous application of the use of the whip
  3. Use of the whip on the horse anywhere below the level of the shaft of the race bike.

Aggressive action means inhumane, severe or brutal activity.

For the purposes of Rule 22.23.01 (c), the following are examples of aggressive action but do not constitute an exhaustive list:

  1. Use of the whip on the head or in the area surrounding the head of the horse.
  2. Use of any object or stimulating device and/or application; or
  3. Leaving any cuts, abrasions or severe welts on the horse caused by the whip;

Loose lining means the indiscriminate action of carelessly lengthening the lines while driving so as to allow the loopy shaking of the lines (i.e. butterfly action).

Meaningful Position (22.23.02) means the horse has a reasonable opportunity to finish in an advantageous position. Examples of meaningful include, but are not limited to, maintaining qualifying times, receiving points towards future races or earning purse monies.

Confines of the wheels (22.23.03c) means that any part of the whip cannot move outside of a line which runs parallel to the horse from a point prescribed by the outside of the race bike wheel.

BACKGROUND

Under a process established by the Executive Director in the fall of 2008 to gather industry input on the appropriate use of the whip in horse racing, it was recognized that the use of the whip is a necessary tool in racing.

The following principles were agreed to and serve as a guide for all decision making on rule development:

  1. Ensure the welfare of the horse
    The welfare of the horse is paramount and guides decision making in all matters
  2. Promote safety for racing participants (including the horse)
    Where the safety of racing participants has been compromised, appropriate action shall be taken
  3. Create simple, clear and consistent rules (and enforcement)
    To be adhered to or enforced correctly, rules must be written and communicated in a straightforward manner.
  4. Address customer/public perception and education
    Shifting public sensitivity on the use of the whip in horseracing must be recognized by all industry participants, who must also do their part in educating new fans about the sport.
  5. Support growth of the customer base
    Racetrack management has identified use of the whip as a barrier to increased customer growth. Participants must be involved, as our industry builds to creating a more desirable product

The outcome of the industry discussion has led to the formation of rules regarding the appropriate methods for urging a horse in racing and changes to driving styles to require a hand in each line for the entire race.

Loose lining: It was stressed by the participants that this change to driving style should not lead to the practice of “loose lining”, which means the indiscriminate action of carelessly lengthening the lines while driving so as to allow the loopy shaking of the lines (butterfly action). It was agreed that these would be the type of actions counter to the intent of the rule changes and would present an undesirable product to the wagering public.

 

BY THE ORDER OF THE REGISTRAR

 

Jean Major
Registrar

Policy Directives

2008-2009

POLICY DIRECTIVE No. 1-2008 Penalty Guidelines for Equine Drug, TCO2 and Non-Therapeutic Drug Offences

Last Updated: 
2008-01-23

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Tuesday, January 22, 2008, approved the Penalty Guidelines for Equine Drug, TCO2 and Non-Therapeutic Drug Offences Policy as follows, effective January 31, 2008:

Guidelines

Penalties for Equine Drug, TCO2 and Non-Therapeutic Drug Offences

Class of Drug 1st Offence 2nd Offence 3rd Offence 4th Offence
Class I 1 -5 years plus $5,000 fine 5-10 years plus $20,000 fine 10 year suspension plus fine  
Class II 1 -5 years plus $5,000 fine 2-10 years plus $20,000 fine 10 year suspension plus fine  
Class III 60-180 days plus $1,500 fine 6 months-1 year
plus $5,000 fine
1 year -2 years plus $10,000 fine 2 years or more plus $20,000 fine
Class IV 15-75 days plus $1,000 fine 30-150 days plus $2,000 fine 60-300 days plus $4,000 fine 1 year or more plus $8,000 fine
Class V 15-75 days plus $1,000 fine 30- 150 days plus $2,000 fine 60- 300 days plus $4,000 fine 1 year or more plus $8,000 fine
Non-Therapeutic 10 years plus $40,000 fine 25 years plus $100,000 fine    

Application of the Guidelines will take into consideration the following:

  1. The Commission and/or its representatives will consider all offences for the purposes of assessing a penalty as a second or subsequent offence under these Guidelines.
  2. The suggested penalties (suspension and fines) are guidelines only.
  3. The Commission and/or its representatives may take into consideration any mitigating circumstances surrounding a positive test case, and may do any of the following:
    1. Impose a penalty that is lower than suggested in these guidelines.
    2. Subject to due process, find other licensed individuals responsible and impose penalties upon such licensee as deemed appropriate.
  4. The Commission and/or its representatives may exercise discretion in interpreting these Guidelines and assessing penalties, and may consider all prior offences, in and outside of Ontario, involving any drug, medication, bicarbonate (TC02) or any other substance prohibited by rule or law. Although all prior offences may be considered in determining the appropriate penalty, the penalties for second and subsequent offences suggested in these Guidelines are based on:
    1. The assumption that the previous offence(s) being considered were in the same class of drug, and
    2. The date of conviction or ruling for the previous offence(s) occurred within 3 years of the first offence.
  5. For second or subsequent offences which occurred within 3 years of the first offence but in a different class of drug, the Commission and/or its representative will exercise discretion in assessing the penalty by considering the following:
    1. The number and class(es) of all previous offences;
    2. The time frame between offences; and
    3. Any mitigating circumstances.
  6. For the purposes of these Guidelines, a TC02 offence is considered a Class Ill drug.
  7. On a first offence, the Commission and/or its representatives may impose a penalty beyond or below the range in appropriate circumstances.
  8. Multiple offences occurring on the same race day to different horses of the same trainer may be considered as individual offences in appropriate circumstances.
  9. Suspension periods are full suspensions as described in the Rules of Racing.
  10. Regardless of the penalty imposed, the horse in question will be disqualified and the purse will be redistributed.
  11. Class I through V drugs are based on the Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances, published by the Association of Racing Commissioners International.
  12. Non-Therapeutic will include any drug, substance or medication that is determined to be in the system of a horse that has no therapeutic value to the horse.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

John L. Blakney
Executive Director

 

Policy Directive No. 2–2008: Trainer Transfer Guidelines

Last Updated: 
2018-11-30

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Tuesday, January 22, 2008, approved the Trainer Transfer Guidelines Policy as follows:

The Ontario Racing Commission is committed to improved communication to the horse racing community. It has determined that the industry should have access to information regarding the criteria used and the decisions made surrounding trainer transfers.

The following factors shall be taken into consideration by the Judges and Stewards when making their determination of applications for trainer transfers:

  1. The degree of closeness of any relationship, whether it be fiduciary, employee/employer and/or family in nature;
  2. The past conduct of the proposed trainer; and
  3. The licensing history of the proposed trainer.

Final determination of suitability is the sole discretion of the Judges and Stewards who assess situations on a case by case basis.

Judges or Stewards are required to document in the form of a ruling their decisions on applications for trainer transfers and provide in the ruling their reasons for approving or denying the transfer.

 

Policy Directive No. 3–2008: Licensing Terms Guidelines for Positive Test/ Medication Rule Violations

Last Updated: 
2018-11-30

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Tuesday, January 22, 2008, approved the Licensing Terms Guidelines Policy as follows:

WHEREAS the Director has the authority to issue terms to a licence;

AND WHEREAS the Ontario Racing Commission is committed to ensuring that the integrity of the horse racing industry is maintained throughout the racing season;

TAKE NOTICE that the Director may issue terms to a licence for a two-year period for the following situations:

  1. Any Licensee whose horse has tested positive for a Class I, II or III drug and the penalty issued is 60 days or more; or
  2. Any Licensee whose horse has tested positive for a Class IV or V drug and the offence is a 2nd offence or more for the Licensee within three (3) years where the penalty issued is 60 days or more; or
  3. Any Licensee whose horse was tested and the sample was found to contain Erythropoeitin/ Darbepoeitin-Alfa or the existence of any substance or drug with no therapeutic value to the horse; or
  4. Any licensee who has been found in violation of Standardbred Rule 6.46.01 or Thoroughbred Rule 15.31.01.

The following terms may be added to the licence of the Licensee as follows:

  1. The Licensee shall keep the peace and be of good behaviour;
  2. The Licensee shall allow Commission investigators access to his/her stabling area at any time to conduct unannounced random searches for illegal or non-therapeutic medications or drugs;
  3. The Licensee shall allow Commission investigators to seize any illegal or non-therapeutic medications or drugs found at his/her stabling area; and
  4. The Licensee shall be subject to the Commission’s Out of Competition Program.
  5. The Licensee may be subject to a Notice of Proposed Order in addition to any penalty imposed by the ORC Judges or Stewards for any breach of the terms of their licence.

Policy Directive No. 1–2009: Cancellation Fees

Last Updated: 
2018-11-30

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Wednesday, March 25, 2009, resolved that the following directive, effective April 29, 2009, replaces Policy Directive 6 – 2008 governing the Commission’s policy on cancellation fees, and supersedes all prior Commission directives pertaining to cancellation fees. A cancellation fee is defined as an amount paid to the owners of horses not scratched from races, where cancellation of the races has been approved by the Executive Director or the Judges due to weather, or other factors fully outside of the control of racetrack management. Cancellation fees will also be paid where a race has been ruled a “No Contest” under Rule 22.33 and Rule 18.09 has not been applied.

A cancellation fee is not purse, although if approved, it may be distributed from the purse account. A cancellation fee will be issued as follows:

  1. In the case of a cancellation due to weather or other issues beyond the control of racetrack management, the purse account manager (usually racetrack management) is required to apply in writing to the Judges for approval to issue cancellation fees for a particular race date, providing full details of the reason for the cancellation. The application is to be accompanied by a letter of support from the local horsepeople’s association. The Judges will provide authorization in writing through the issuance of a ruling.
  2. A request to authorize cancellation fees for a particular race date will not be considered if, in the opinion of the Judges, sufficient notice of cancellation of racing was provided to the participants.
  3. In the case of a race declared a “No Contest”, the Judges will issue a ruling ordering the payment of the cancellation fee.
  4. The cancellation fee is a set amount which is determined by the Executive Director and reviewed on a timely basis.
  5. Where an agreement exists between the racetrack and the horsepeople to distribute a percentage share of the purse to the drivers, trainers and grooms, and where that agreement is on file with the ORC, the racetrack may provide similar percentage compensation out of the cancellation fee.

 

Policy Directive No. 4–2009: Penalty Guidelines for Inappropriate Urging of a Horse in Thoroughbred Racing

Last Updated: 
2018-11-30

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Thursday, September 24, 2009, resolved that the following directive be approved, effective immediately.

PENALTY GUIDELINES RULE 9.27

Any violation of Rule 9.27.05, 9.27.06 and 9.27.07 is an offence and covered by this penalty structure.

Races with a purse of under $100,000

1st offence
Min. Fine $200
Minimum Driving Suspension 0 days
Other Penalty Mandatory meeting with the Stewards for the purposes of providing training on the Rules.
2nd offence within one year of the 1st offence
Min. Fine $300
Minimum Driving Suspension 1 day
Other Penalty Mandatory meeting with the Stewards for the purposes of providing training on the Rules.
3rd offence within one year of the 1st offence
Min. Fine $200
Minimum Driving Suspension 0 days
Other Penalty Mandatory meeting with the Stewards for the purposes of providing training on the Rules.
4th offence within one year of the 1st offence
Min. Fine $300
Minimum Driving Suspension Immediate Suspension
Other Penalty Referral to the Director.

OFFENCE – Cutting or Welting the Horse

1st offence
Min. Fine $300
Minimum Driving Suspension 1 day
Other Penalty Mandatory meeting with the Stewards for the purposes of providing training on the Rules.
2nd offence within one year of the 1st offence
Min. Fine $500
Minimum Driving Suspension 3 days
Other Penalty Mandatory meeting with the Stewards for the purposes of providing training on the Rules.
3rd offence within one year of the 1st offence
Min. Fine  
Minimum Driving Suspension Immediate Suspension
Other Penalty Referral to the Director.
Races with a purse of $100,000 and over
For any offence that takes place in a race where the purse is $100,000 or more, the penalty shall be a minimum fine of 20% of the jockey’s earnings for placings 1st through 5th and shall be a minimum fine equivalent to 20% of the jockey’s earning for 5th place for placings 6th and on. If in the opinion of the Stewards, the offence was egregious, a riding suspension may be issued. While discretion is available to the Stewards, the riding suspension should be calculated at 1 day riding suspension for each $200,000 of total purse money for the race.
Placing of a horse may be considered by the Stewards where the misuse of the riding crop caused interference with another horse or, in the opinion of the Stewards, there has been a flagrant disregard for these rules

Application of the Guidelines will take into consideration the following:

  1. This penalty structure provides guidance to Stewards as to minimum penalties for inappropriate urging of the horse, and for the cutting and welting of a horse.
  2. The penalty for any subsequent offence cannot be less than the previous offence, regardless of whether the offence is for inappropriate urging of the horse or for cutting and welting of a horse.
  3. Any cut or welt offence shall be counted and considered by the Stewards as the next offence for inappropriate urging on a cumulative basis.
  4. For races under $100,000, the penalty structure is progressive in nature, irrespective of which of the encompassed rules are violated. For races over $100,000 the penalty is aligned with the purse value of the race
  5. In determining whether a violation of the Rules has occurred or in assessing penalty, Stewards may consider mitigating factors in exceptional circumstances. An example of conduct that may be viewed as a mitigating consideration would be striking a horse to prevent inevitable harm to another rider, horse, participant or patron.
  6. In assessing penalty, Stewards may also consider aggravating factors, such as the licensee’s history of violations pertaining to inappropriate urging of the horse (which offence/s occurred more than a year before the subject offence or under a different category).
  7. If the offence is sufficiently egregious, the Stewards may depart from the penalty structure and impose higher penalties than those enumerated in the chart above
  8. All first infractions of the encompassed rules that occur subsequent to the implementation of the new rules will be treated as a first offence for the purposes of setting penalty, except as noted above for cutting or severely welting a horse.

DESCRIPTION OF TERMS

This Policy was established to provide more description of what constitutes an offence under the Rules regarding inappropriate urging of the horse in Ontario racing:

Indiscriminate action means unrestrained or careless activity without regard for safety or care.

For the purposes of Rule 9.27.05 (a), the following are examples of indiscriminate action but do not constitute an exhaustive list:

  1. Use of the riding crop during the post parade or after the wire, except when necessary to control the horse;
  2. Striking the horse with the butt end of the riding crop;
  3. Hitting the horse with the riding crop in an area other than the shoulders or hind quarters; or
  4. Punching the horse.

Excessive action means unreasonable quantity or degree.

For the purposes of Rule 9.27.05 (b), the following are examples of excessive action with respect to inappropriate urging of the horse but does not constitute an exhaustive list:

  1. Use of the riding crop when a horse is not in contention in a race;
  2. Use of the riding crop more than 3 times in a row without giving the horse time to respond

Aggressive action means inhumane, severe or brutal activity

For the purposes of Rule 9.27.05 (c), the following are examples of aggressive action but do not constitute an exhaustive list:

  1. Use of the riding crop on the head or in the area surrounding the head of the horse
  2. Use of any object or stimulating device and/or application; or
  3. Leaving any cuts, abrasions or severe welts on the horse caused by the riding crop;

Meaningful Position (9.27.06) means the horse has a reasonable opportunity to finish in an advantageous position. Examples of meaningful include, but are not limited to, maintaining times, receiving points towards future races or earning purse monies.

Giving the horse a chance to respond (9.27.05 Excessive Action) means limiting the number of strikes applied to a horse in succession, in order to give the horse a chance to respond to the application. The rule requires that riding crop use shall not be continued if the horse is unable to respond or does not respond. The skill of the jockey comes in to play in assessing the horse’s ability to continue to respond. The riding crop is one of a number of tools available to the jockey to encourage the horse forward, weight, voice and hand riding being others.

BACKGROUND

Under a process established by the Executive Director in the fall of 2008 to gather industry input on the appropriate use of the riding crop in horse racing, it was recognized that the use of the riding crop is a necessary tool in racing.

The following principles were agreed to and serve as a guide for all decision making on rule development:

  1. Ensure the welfare of the horse
    The welfare of the horse is paramount and guides decision making in all matters.
  2. Promote safety for racing participants (including the horse)
    Where the safety of racing participants has been compromised, appropriate action shall be taken.
  3. Create simple, clear and consistent rules (and enforcement)
    To be adhered to or enforced correctly, rules must be written and communicated in a straightforward manner.
  4. Address customer/public perception and education
    Shifting public sensitivity on the use of the whip in horseracing must be recognized by all industry participants, who must also do their part in educating new fans about the sport.
  5. Support growth of the customer base
    Racetrack management has identified use of the whip as a barrier to increased customer growth. Participants must be involved, as our industry builds to creating a more desirable product

The outcome of the industry discussion has led to the formation of rules regarding the appropriate methods for urging a horse in racing.

Policy Directive No. 5-2009: Penalty Guidelines for Inappropriate Urging of a Horse in Standardbred Racing

Last Updated: 
2018-11-30

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Thursday, September 24, 2009, resolved that the following directive be approved, effective immediately.

PENALTY GUIDELINES RULE 22.23

Any violation of Rule 22.23, to include subsections 22.23.01, 22.23.02, 22.23.03 and 22.23.04 is an offence and covered by this penalty structure.

OFFENCE – Inappropriate urging of the horse

1st offence
Min Fine $200
Minimum Driving Suspension 3 days
Other Penalty Mandatory meeting with the Stewards for the purposes of providing training on the Rules.
2nd offence within one year of the 1st offence
Min Fine $300
Minimum Driving Suspension 5 days
Other Penalty Mandatory meeting with the Stewards for the purposes of providing training on the Rules.
3rd offence within one year of the 1st offence
Min Fine $500
Minimum Driving Suspension 15 days
Other Penalty Mandatory meeting with the Stewards for the purposes of providing training on the Rules.
4th offence within one year of the 1st offence
Min Fine $500
Minimum Driving Suspension Immediate Suspension
Other Penalty Referral to the Director.

OFFENCE – Cutting or Welting the horse

1st offence
Min Fine $300
Minimum Driving Suspension 10 days
Other Penalty Mandatory meeting with the Stewards for the purposes of providing training on the Rules.
2nd offence within one year of the 1st offence
Min Fine $500
Minimum Driving Suspension 15 days
Other Penalty Mandatory meeting with the Stewards for the purposes of providing training on the Rules.
3rd offence within one year of the 1st offence
Min Fine  
Minimum Driving Suspension Immediate Suspension
Other Penalty Referral to the Director.
For an offence where a driver has driven with both lines in one hand and struck the horse with the whip, the Judges shall place the horse last.
Placing of a horse may be considered by the Judges where the misuse of the whip caused interference with another horse or, in the opinion of the Judges, there has been a flagrant disregard for these rules.

Application of the Guidelines will take into consideration the following:

  1. This penalty structure provides guidance to Judges as to minimum penalties for inappropriate urging of the horse, and for the cutting and welting of a horse.
  2. The penalty for any subsequent offence cannot be less than the previous offence, regardless of whether the offence is for inappropriate urging of the horse or for cutting and welting of a horse.
  3. Any cut or welt offence shall be counted and considered by the Judges as the next offence for inappropriate urging on a cumulative basis.
  4. The penalty structure is progressive in nature, irrespective of which of the encompassed rules are violated.
  5. In determining whether a violation of the Rules has occurred or in assessing penalty, Judges may consider mitigating factors in exceptional circumstances. An example of conduct that may be viewed as a mitigating consideration would be striking a horse to prevent inevitable harm to another driver, horse, participant or patron.
  6. In assessing penalty, Judges may also consider aggravating factors, such as the licensee’s history of violations pertaining to inappropriate urging of the horse (which offence/s occurred more than a year before the subject offence).
  7. If the offence is sufficiently egregious, the Judges may depart from the penalty structure and impose higher penalties than those enumerated in the chart above.
  8. All first infractions of the encompassed rules that occur subsequent to the implementation of the new rules will be treated as a first offence for the purposes of setting penalty, except as noted above for cutting or severely welting a horse.

DESCRIPTION OF TERMS

This Policy was established to provide more description of what constitutes an offence under the Rules regarding inappropriate urging of the horse in Ontario racing:

Indiscriminate action means unrestrained or careless activity without regard for safety or care.

For the purposes of Rule 22.23.01 (a), the following are examples of indiscriminate action but do not constitute an exhaustive list:

  1. Use of the whip in any manner between the hind legs of the horse
  2. Loose lining or driving the horse so as to not have control of the horse
  3. Kicking the horse
  4. Striking the horse with the butt end of the whip; or
  5. Punching the horse.

Excessive action means unreasonable quantity or degree.

For the purposes of Rule 22.23.01 (b), the following are examples of excessive action with respect to inappropriate urging of the horse but does not constitute an exhaustive list:

  1. Use of the whip when a horse is not in contention in a race;
  2. Use of the whip without giving the horse time to respond to a previous application of the use of the whip
  3. Use of the whip on the horse anywhere below the level of the shaft of the race bike.

Aggressive action means inhumane, severe or brutal activity.

For the purposes of Rule 22.23.01 (c), the following are examples of aggressive action but do not constitute an exhaustive list:

  1. Use of the whip on the head or in the area surrounding the head of the horse.
  2. Use of any object or stimulating device and/or application; or
  3. Leaving any cuts, abrasions or severe welts on the horse caused by the whip;

Loose lining means the indiscriminate action of carelessly lengthening the lines while driving so as to allow the loopy shaking of the lines (i.e. butterfly action) or to permit the arm to swing past a 90-degree angle to affect a wide arch when using the whip or shaking the lines.

Meaningful Position (22.23.02) means the horse has a reasonable opportunity to finish in an advantageous position. Examples of meaningful include, but are not limited to, maintaining qualifying times, receiving points towards future races or earning purse monies.

Confines of the wheels (22.23.03c) means that any part of the whip cannot move outside of a line which runs parallel to the horse from a point prescribed by the outside of the race bike wheel.

BACKGROUND

Under a process established by the Executive Director in the fall of 2008 to gather industry input on the appropriate use of the whip in horse racing, it was recognized that the use of the whip is a necessary tool in racing.

The following principles were agreed to and serve as a guide for all decision making on rule development:

  1. Ensure the welfare of the horse
    The welfare of the horse is paramount and guides decision making in all matters
  2. Promote safety for racing participants (including the horse)
    Where the safety of racing participants has been compromised, appropriate action shall be taken
  3. Create simple, clear and consistent rules (and enforcement)
    To be adhered to or enforced correctly, rules must be written and communicated in a straightforward manner.
  4. Address customer/public perception and education
    Shifting public sensitivity on the use of the whip in horseracing must be recognized by all industry participants, who must also do their part in educating new fans about the sport.
  5. Support growth of the customer base
    Racetrack management has identified use of the whip as a barrier to increased customer growth. Participants must be involved, as our industry builds to creating a more desirable product

The outcome of the industry discussion has led to the formation of rules regarding the appropriate methods for urging a horse in racing and changes to driving styles to require a hand in each line for the entire race.

Loose lining: It was stressed by the participants that this change to driving style should not lead to the practice of “loose lining”, which means the indiscriminate action of carelessly lengthening the lines while driving so as to allow the loopy shaking of the lines (butterfly action) or permit the arm to swing past the 90 degree to effect a wide arch when using the whip. It was agreed that these would be the type of actions counter to the intent of the rule changes and would present an undesirable product to the wagering public.

2010-2011

Policy Directive No. 2-2010: Standardbred Racetrack Surfaces Minimum Standards

Last Updated: 
2018-11-30

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Thursday, January 28, 2009, resolved that the following directive, effective immediately, replaces General Directive 2 – 2007 governing the Commission’s policy on minimum standards for Standardbred racetrack surfaces, and supersedes all prior Commission directives pertaining to minimum standards for Standardbred racetrack surfaces:

Minimum Standards Program

Standardbred Racetrack Surfaces

The objective of these standards is to improve the overall conditions of the racing surface, making it safer for horses and horsepeople.

  1. Staff
    Each racetrack will dedicate a minimum of two staff for the sole purpose of maintaining the racing surface during live racing events.
  2. Track Grading
    All racetracks will fully grade the racing surface at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the racing season. In addition to this, racetracks that race 55 days or fewer will fully grade the race surface every 30 days or as necessary.
  3. Material
    An adequate supply of surface material must be available throughout the racing season. The minimum standard racetrack surface cushion is to be ½ to 1 inch. The cushion measurement will be from the bottom of a jogging horse toe imprint to the top of the track material.
  4. Conditioning
    After every race, weather permitting, maintenance staff must groom the racetrack surface. Grooming will include one or more of the following tasks: watering, screening, harrowing or conditioning.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Ontario Racing Commission

The ORC will oversee the implementation of the proposed standards. The ORC will also schedule annual meetings of horse people and racetrack maintenance staff and support open communication on track issues and general exchange of ideas between the parties.

Racetrack Operators

  1. Racetrack Operators will ensure that the minimum standards are maintained. In addition, each racetrack will have available upon request of the ORC Judges or other delegated official reports on the daily maintenance of the track racing surface.
  2. Racetrack Operators will make available to the ORC Judges or other delegated officials daily log books which contain the following:
    1. Daily maintenance of track racing surface
    2. Staffing schedules
    3. Dates and times that the racing surface was groomed
    4. Employee assigned to conduct work
    5. Amount of water utilized
    6. Amount of aggregate material utilized, and
    7. Weather conditions.
  3. Racetrack Operators will provide equipment and maintenance logs to the ORC Judges or other delegated official at their request.

Horsepeople

Prior to a race card, a horseperson from the Track Committee will communicate with the ORC Judges and Racetrack Maintenance Supervisor regarding the current conditions of the racing surface.

Failure to Comply

Failure to meet the standards laid out in this Directive may result in fines or suspensions or both.

Racetrack Maintenance Plans

Racetrack operators will be required to incorporate these standards into their Racetrack Maintenance Plans and submit a copy of the revised Plan in the next racetrack licensing cycle.

2012-2013

Policy Directive No. 1–2012: Compliance with CPMA requirements

Last Updated: 
2018-11-30

The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) at its meeting of Wednesday, January 4, 2012, resolved that the following Directive be approved, effective January 9, 2012.

WHEREAS Policy Directive No. 3 – 2011 was released on December 20, 2011 which required the licensing of horsepeople’s organizations;

AND WHEREAS in addition to Policy Directive No.3 – 2011, Standardbred Directive No. 6 – 2011 and Thoroughbred Directive No. 6 – 2011 were issued on December 20, 2011;

TAKE NOTICE that the ORC Board has authorized the use of access agreements between ORC licensed horsepeople and licensed racetracks which will be accepted by the ORC as an alternative method of compliance with the requirements set out by the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency through the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations.

Policy Directive No. 2–2012: Track Rules

Last Updated: 
2018-11-30

The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) at its meeting of Thursday, April 26, 2012, resolved that the following directive be approved, effective immediately
WHEREAS, the Racing Commission Act, 2000 states that:

Section 11(2) In its rules, the Commission may adopt by reference, in whole or in part, with the changes that the Commission considers necessary, rules and procedures of racing associations or bodies, as amended from time to time, with respect of any matter except hearings held under Part II;

AND WHEREAS Track Rules govern licensees’ conduct on the property of the racing association;

AND WHEREAS, upon application for a racetrack operator’s licence, Track Rules for that association must be submitted;

AND WHEREAS, the Director has authority to approve Track Rules generally, and can additionally authorize the adoption of those Track Rules not covered by Rules of Racing but that require adoption where the ORC will enforce and issue penalty;

To be approved by the Director, Track Rules must conform as follows:

  1. A “suspension” in Track Rules can only refer to a suspension of licence as ordered by the ORC and cannot be used to refer to loss of privileges to access the property of the racing association.
  2. A Track Rule cannot supersede or change a requirement specified in the Rules of Racing, unless that Track Rule is approved or adopted by the ORC.
  3. A Track Rule that varies an ORC rule may be considered for approval and/or adoption where that variation refers to local issues specific to operations.
  4. A Track Rule cannot layer an additional penalty on a rule of racing excepting any penalties that may be applied by an association as it relates to the conduct of their employees.
  5. A demerit system can be used by the association to manage loss of privilege under the Trespass to Property Act, but cannot compound a penalty issued by the ORC.
  6. A Track Rule cannot require membership in a horseperson’s association.
  7. Where the Association wishes to highlight an existing ORC rule, the Track Rule must include the specific ORC rule reference (e.g. ORC SB Rule X.XX).
  8. Where a Track Rule is determined to be impermissible or redundant by the ORC, it must be removed.
  9. Where an approved or adopted Track Rule is enforced by an official of the ORC, the penalty will be issued by the ORC, and any fines will be collected by the ORC.

Upon review and recommendation of ORC Administration, the Director will issue approval of the submitted Track Rules in whole and/or in part. Approval of Track Rules in whole means the Director finds no issue with the rules contained therein, and the rules are permissible. Where the Director determines that ORC officials will enforce a specific track rule, that rule will be adopted by reference.

Policy Directive No. 1–2013: Postponement, Rescheduling or Cancellation of Added Money Events

Last Updated: 
2018-11-30

The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) at its meeting of Thursday, July 4, 2013, resolved that the following directive be approved, effective immediately.
This policy covers different circumstances that may arise where an added money event (stakes race) needs to be rescheduled and addresses defined protocol. The policy provides guidance as follows:

  1. Defines the limitations for “postponing” a race.
  2. Details the protocol to be followed when races are rescheduled to a time beyond reasonable limits affecting the eligibility of entered horses.

Added Money Events are defined in the Rules of Standardbred Racing under Chapter 2 – Definitions as meaning stakes, futurities, early closing events and late closing events.
For the purposes of this Policy Directive Added Money Events include any race regardless of breed to which a horse must pay a nomination fee in advance of entry day.

Postponing

A stakes race (including divisions, eliminations, legs, trials or finals) where the entry box has been closed, that cannot be run on the advertised date but can be rescheduled within 7 clear days (Standardbred) or 14 clear days (Thoroughbred) of the original date, is considered postponed and the following will apply:

  1. The horses are not required to be re-entered, as all horses are considered to have maintained their eligibility (unless the trainer has done something to make them ineligible, e.g. the horse is on the Stewards’ List).
  2. As all originally entered horses are still considered eligible, the stake race will be conducted as drawn and all starting fees remain due and payable.
  3. Any horse that was scratched for the original date, remains scratched for the postponed date, and the starting fee is due and payable.
  4. To maintain their eligibility to the postponed race, horses entered and eligible to the race cannot enter and race in another race.

Re-scheduling

A stakes race (including divisions, eliminations, legs, trials or finals) where the entry box has been closed, that cannot be run on the advertised dates but cannot be scheduled within 7 clear days (Standardbred) or 14 clear days (Thoroughbred) of the original date, is considered re-scheduled and the following will apply:

  1. Eligible horses must be re-entered to the re-scheduled race. Trainers are responsible for declaring horses to the re-scheduled race, and under the Rules of Racing responsible for ensuring entry of an eligible horse. Rules surrounding eligibility continue to apply.
  2. Only horses declared to the original event are eligible to be declared to the re-scheduled event.
  3. Any horse that was scratched before the decision to cancel was made is ineligible to enter in the re-scheduled event. The starting fee for that horse remains payable.
  4. Where the horse’s interests decide not to enter the horse to the re-scheduled event, they are not required to pay the starting fee.
  5. There will be a redraw for post positions.
  6. Where the re-scheduled race is a Final, all results from any required trials will be carried over.

Cancellation

In the case where the added money event must be cancelled, the nomination and sustaining payments will be returned to the owner of the horse.

2016-2017

POLICY DIRECTIVE No. 1 – 2016 Revision to Penalty Guidelines

Last Updated: 
2016-01-21

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Friday, December 18, 2015, approved the Revision to Penalty Guidelines for Equine Drug, TCO2, and Non-Therapeutic Drug Offences as follows:

For the purposes of Policy Directive No. 1-2008 Penalty Guidelines for Equine Drug, TCO2, and Non-Therapeutic Drug Offences (the Penalty Guidelines), acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin), will be considered a Class V drug and furosemide and procaine will be considered Class V drugs upon the receipt of a certificate of positive analysis indicating a prohibited quantitative level.

Accordingly, the Revised Penalty Guidelines are as follows:

 

Guidelines

Penalties for Equine Drug, TCO2 and Non-Therapeutic Drug Offences

Class of Drug

1st Offence

2nd Offence

3rd Offence

4th Offence

Class I

 

1 – 5 years

plus $5,000 fine

5 – 10 years

plus $20,000 fine

10 year suspension

plus fine

 

Class II

 

1 – 5 years

plus $5,000 fine

2 – 10 years

plus $10,000 fine

10 year suspension

plus fine

 

Class III

 

60 – 180 days

plus $1,500 fine

6 months – 1 year

plus $5,000 fine

1 year – 2 years

plus $10,000 fine

2 years or more

plus $20,000 fine

Class IV

 

15 – 75 days

plus $1,000 fine

30 – 150 days

plus $2,000 fine

60 – 300 days

plus $4,000 fine

1 year or more

plus $8,000 fine

Class V

 

15 – 75 days

plus $1,000 fine

30 – 150 days

plus $2,000 fine

60 – 300 days

plus $4,000 fine

1 year or more

plus $8,000 fine

Non-Therapeutic

10 years plus $40,000 fine

25 years plus $100,000 fine

 

 

Application of the Guidelines will take into consideration the following:

  1. The Commission and/or its representatives will consider all offences for the purposes of assessing a penalty as a second or subsequent offence under these Guidelines. 
  2. The suggested penalties (suspension and fines) are guidelines only.
  3. The Commission and/or its representatives may take into consideration any mitigating circumstances surrounding a positive test case, and may do any of the following:
    1. Impose a penalty that is lower than suggested in these guidelines.
    2. Subject to due process, find other licensed individuals responsible and impose penalties upon such licensee as deemed appropriate.
  4. The Commission and/or its representatives may exercise discretion in interpreting these Guidelines and assessing penalties, and may consider all prior offences, in and outside of Ontario, involving any drug, medication, bicarbonate (TCO2) or any other substance prohibited by rule or law.  Although all prior offences may be considered in determining the appropriate penalty, the penalties for second and subsequent offences suggested in these Guidelines are based on:
    1. The assumption that the previous offence(s) being considered were in the same        class of drug, and
    2. The date of conviction or ruling for the previous offence(s) occurred within 3 years of the first offence.
  5. For second or subsequent offences which occurred within 3 years of the first offence but in a different class of drug, the Commission and/or its representative will exercise discretion in assessing the penalty by considering the following:
    1. The number and class(es) of all previous offences;
    2. The time frame between offences; and
    3. Any mitigating circumstances.
  6. For the purposes of these Guidelines, a TCO2 offence is considered a Class III drug.
  7. On a first offence, the Commission and/or its representatives may impose a penalty beyond or below the range in appropriate circumstances.
  8. Multiple offences occurring on the same race day to different horses of the same trainer may be considered as individual offences in appropriate circumstances.
  9. Suspension periods are full suspensions as described in the Rules of Racing.
  10. Regardless of the penalty imposed, the horse in question will be disqualified and the purse will be redistributed.
  11. Class I through V drugs are based on the Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances, published by the Association of Racing Commissioners International.
  12. Non-Therapeutic will include any drug, substance or medication that is determined to be in the system of a horse that has no therapeutic value to the horse. 
  13. Acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin) will be considered a Class V drug and furosemide and procaine will be considered Class V drugs upon the receipt of a certificate of positive analysis indicating a prohibited quantitative level.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

Jean Major
Executive Director

 

2018-2019

Policy Directive No. 1-2018: Guidelines – Penalties for Equine Drug, TCO2 and Non-Therapeutic Drug Violations

Last Updated: 
2018-11-30

TAKE NOTICE, effective April 21, 2018, the Registrar rescinds all prior penalty guidelines and subsequent revisions and orders that the following penalty guidelines be applied:

Guidelines
Penalties for Equine Drug, TCO2 and Non-Therapeutic Drug Offences

Class of Drug

1st Violation 2nd Violation 3rd Violation

4th Violation

Class I and II 1 – 5 years
and $10,000 monetary penalty
5 – 10 years
and $25,000 monetary penalty
10 year suspension
and $50,0000 monetary penalty
 
TCO2 – pursuant to SB R. 22.38 and TB R. 37.01 90 days - 1 year
and $5,000 monetary penalty
1 – 2 years
and $10,000 monetary penalty
10 year suspension
and $25,000 monetary penalty
 
Class III 60 – 180 days
and $3,000 monetary penalty
6 months – 1 year and
$5,000 monetary penalty
1 year – 2 years
and $10,000 monetary penalty
2 years or more
and $20,000 monetary penalty
Class IV and V 15 – 75 days and $2,000 monetary penalty 30 – 180 days
and $4,000 monetary penalty
60 – 300 days and $8,000 monetary penalty 1 year or more and $10,000 monetary penalty
Non-Therapeutic 10 years and $40,000 monetary penalty 25 years and  $100,000 monetary penalty    

Application of the Guidelines will take into consideration the following:

  1. The suggested penalties (suspensions and monetary penalties) are guidelines only.
  2. The Commission and/or its representatives may exercise discretion in interpreting these Guidelines and assessing penalties, and may consider all previous violations, in and outside of Ontario, involving any drug, medication, bicarbonate (TCO2) or any other substance prohibited by rule or law.  Although all previous violations may be considered in determining the appropriate penalty, the penalties for second and subsequent violations suggested in these Guidelines are based on:
    1. The assumption that the previous violation(s) being considered were in the same class of drug;
    2. Class I and II drugs will be considered the same for the purposes of considering a previous violation(s); and
    3. The date of conviction or ruling for the previous violation(s) occurred within 3 years of the first offence.
  3. The Commission and/or its representatives may take into consideration any mitigating or aggravating circumstances surrounding a positive test case, and may do any of the following:
    1. Impose a penalty that is higher or lower than suggested in these guidelines.
    2. Require completion of an educational component in addition to, or in lieu of, a suggested guideline penalty.  
    3. Subject to due process, find other licensed individuals responsible and impose penalties upon such licensee as deemed appropriate.
  4. For second or subsequent violations which occurred within 3 years of the first violation but in a different class of drug, with the exception that Class I and II drugs will be considered the same for the purposes of considering subsequent violation(s), the Commission and/or its representative will exercise discretion in assessing the penalty by considering the following:
    1. The number and class(es) of all previous violations;
    2. The time frame between violations; and
    3. Any mitigating circumstances.
  5. Multiple violations occurring on the same race day to different horses of the same trainer may be considered as individual violations in appropriate circumstances.
  6. Suspension periods are full suspensions as described in the Rules of Racing.
  7. Regardless of the penalty imposed, the horse in question will be disqualified and there will be a loss of purse.
  8. Class I through V drugs are based on the Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances, published by the Association of Racing Commissioners International.
  9. “Non-Therapeutic” will include any drug, substance or medication that is determined to be in the system of a horse that has no therapeutic value to the horse.  
  10. Acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin) will be considered a Class V drug and furosemide and procaine will be considered Class V drugs upon the receipt of a certificate of positive analysis indicating a prohibited quantitative level.

Quarter Horse

Last Updated: 
2020-11-01

2012-2013

QUARTER HORSE DIRECTIVE No. 1 – 2012 Enhanced Testing for Clenbuterol

Last Updated: 
2012-04-26

WHEREAS the Ontario Racing Commission is committed to working with Industry stakeholders to expand the medication control program beyond existing pre-race, post-race testing and retention requirements;  

AND WHEREAS concerns were brought forward by the Quarter Horse Racing Owners of Ontario Inc. (QROOI) and other participants in the Quarter Horse Racing community regarding alleged misuse of the therapeutic drug clenbuterol;

AND WHEREAS the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) responded to this concern by working with the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) to develop an agreement to allow for enhanced testing of samples;

TAKE NOTICE THAT effective May 13, 2012 all horses competing in Quarter Horse races in Ontario, where those horses have been selected to provide an Official Sample as defined by the CPMA and its regulations, may have their samples subjected to enhanced testing by the ORC for the presence of the drug clenbuterol. 

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE THAT any sample where clenbuterol is detected at a level of 200pg/ml or more in urine, and/or 1 – 2 pg/ml or more in blood, will be deemed to be a violation of the Rules of Thoroughbred Racing 2009 and the Racing Commission Act, 2000 and the following regulatory action against the owner and/or trainer of the horse will result:

  1. Disqualification of the horse from the race;
  2. Return and redistribution of all earnings from that race;
  3. The horse will be ineligible to race until:
    1. The owner of the horse produces a negative test result; and
    2. The ORC investigation is complete
  4. Any other penalties that the Director or his designate deems appropriate;

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE THAT if clenbuterol is detected in a horse that has been claimed, the regulatory action will be imposed against the original owner and/or trainer of record and the claimant has the option to return the horse to the original owner and the claiming price will be returned to the claimant.  The request to return the horse shall be made in accordance with the procedure outlined in Rule 12.32 of the Rules of Thoroughbred Racing.  If the horse is not returned, the new owner will be required to provide the negative test result prior to entering the horse to race.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

John L. Blakney
Executive Director

QUARTER HORSE DIRECTIVE No. 2 – 2012 RULES OF THOROUGHBRED RACING 2009 – Quarter Horse Appendix

Last Updated: 
2012-04-26

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Thursday, April 26, 2012, resolved that the Quarter Horse Appendix to the Rules of Thoroughbred Racing 2009 be amended by the promulgation of the changes to the following Rules, effective immediately:

Chapter 9

JOCKEYS

Rule 9.15.01  A Quarter Horse Jockey shall not:

(a)  be an owner or trainer of any quarter horse race horse,
(b)  compete in any race against a horse owned or trained by his or her spouse, or
(c)  compete in any race against a horse owned by his or her mother, father, brother or sister.

Chapter 12

CLAIMING RACES

Rule 12.01.01  Delete (Thoroughbred Rule 12.01.01 will apply)

Rule 12.08  If a horse is claimed, it shall not be sold or transferred to anyone in whole or in part, except in a claiming race, for a period of thirty (30) clear days from the date of claim. It shall not, unless reclaimed, remain in the same stable or under control or management of its former owner or trainer for the same thirty (30) clear days.

Rule 12.29  Delete (Thoroughbred Rule 12.29 will apply)

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

John L. Blakney
Executive Director

QUARTER HORSE DIRECTIVE No. 3 – 2012 RULES OF THOROUGHBRED RACING 2009 – Quarter Horse Appendix

Last Updated: 
2020-06-26

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Tuesday, June 26, 2012 resolved that the Rules of Thoroughbred Racing 2009 be amended by the promulgation of the following Rules, effective immediately.

Chapter 3

RACING ASSOCIATIONS AND ASSOCIATION OFFICIALS

3.04.5  Delete, Refer to Thoroughbred Rule version

Chapter 29

TRAINERS, ASSISTANT TRAINERS, AND SUBSTITUTE TRAINERS

29.09  Delete, Refer to Thoroughbred Rule version

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

John L. Blakney
Executive Director

2014-2015

Quarter Horse Directive No. 1–2015: Enhanced Testing for Clenbuterol

Last Updated: 
2018-11-30

Preamble

WHEREAS the Ontario Racing Commission is committed to working with Industry stakeholders to expand the medication control program beyond existing pre-race, post-race testing and retention requirements;

AND WHEREAS concerns were brought forward by the Quarter Horse Racing Owners of Ontario Inc. (QROOI) and other participants in the Quarter Horse Racing community regarding alleged misuse of the therapeutic drug Clenbuterol;

AND WHEREAS the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) responded to this concern by working with the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) to develop an agreement to allow for enhanced testing of samples;

TAKE NOTICE THAT effective May 10, 2015 all horses competing in Quarter Horse races in Ontario, where those horses have been selected to provide an Official Sample as defined by the CPMA and its regulations, may have their samples subjected to enhanced testing by the ORC for the presence of the drug Clenbuterol.

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE THAT any sample where Clenbuterol is detected at any level in either urine or blood, will be deemed to be a violation of the Rules of Thoroughbred Racing 2012 and the Racing Commission Act, 2000 and the following regulatory action against the owner and/or trainer of the horse will result:

  1. Disqualification of the horse from the race;
  2. Return and redistribution of all earnings from that race;
  3. The horse will be ineligible to race until:
    1. The owner provides a negative test result from the horse; and
    2. The ORC investigation is complete.
  4. Any other penalties that the Director or his designate deems appropriate;

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE THAT clenbuterol testing will be occurring on a more frequent basis;

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE THAT if clenbuterol is detected in a horse that has been claimed, the regulatory action will be imposed against the original owner and/or trainer of record and the claimant has the option to return the horse to the original owner and the claiming price will be returned to the claimant. The request to return the horse shall be made in accordance with the procedure outlined in Rule 12.32 of the Rules of Thoroughbred Racing. If the horse is not returned, the new owner will be required to provide the negative test result prior to entering the horse to race.

Thoroughbred

Last Updated: 
2020-11-01

2012-2013

THOROUGHBRED DIRECTIVE No. 1 – 2012 RULES OF THOROUGHBRED RACING 2009

Last Updated: 
2012-01-09

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Wednesday, January 4, 2012 resolved that the Rules of Thoroughbred Racing 2009 be amended by the promulgation of the following Rule, effective January 9, 2012.

Chapter 4
LICENSING

Rule 4.15.02  Each Association shall ensure that it has an agreement with either of the following for the purposes of Section 3(1)(c)(iii) of the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations:

  1. a horsepeople’s organization licensed pursuant to Rule 4.15.01; or
  2. individuals licensed in good standing by the Commission and racing at that Association.

Failure to comply with this rule may result in fines or suspension.  

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

John L. Blakney
Executive Director

THOROUGHBRED DIRECTIVE No. 2 – 2012 RULES OF THOROUGHBRED RACING 2009

Last Updated: 
2012-04-05

WHEREAS the use of 3rd party staking services has increased over the last number of years;

AND WHEREAS the ORC wishes to ensure that staking payments made to 3rd parties are processed and notification made in a timely way;

TAKE NOTICE that Standardbred Rule 16.18 is hereby immediately amended to ensure that all staking payments made are properly accounted;

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that the ratification of the amended Rule 16.18 by the Board of the Ontario Racing Commission shall occur on Thursday, February 23, 2012;

Chapter 1

PRELIMINARY

Standardbred

1.01  The following rules have been enacted and declared to be the official rules of the Ontario Racing Commission (hereinafter referred to as the Commission) and these rules shall apply to all Standardbred raceways and participants under the Commission jurisdiction

1.02  Standardbred racing shall be conducted in accordance with the rules, Commission directives, conditions of licences granted by the Director or the Commission, track rules approved by the Director, AND any other applicable laws and regulations.

Vs.

Thoroughbred

1.01.01.1  These rules apply to all thoroughbred tracks under the Commission jurisdiction.

1.01.01.2  For the purposes of quarter horse racing, the Rules of Thoroughbred Racing shall apply with the exception that they shall be superseded by the Quarter Horse appendage if a conflict exist.

1.01.2              The laws of the Province of Ontario and the Rules of Thoroughbred Racing including the Quarter Horse appendage shall supersede the conditions of a horse race and the regulations of the Association.

Suggested Change:

Thoroughbred

1.01.01.1  The following rules have been enacted and declared to be the official rules of the Ontario Racing Commission (hereinafter referred to as the Commission) and these rules shall apply to all Thoroughbred racetracks and participants under the Commission jurisdiction

1.01.2 Thoroughbred racing shall be conducted in accordance with the rules, Commission directives, conditions of licences granted by the Director or the Commission, track rules approved by the Director, AND any other applicable laws and regulations. The Rules of Thoroughbred Racing including the Quarter Horse appendage shall supersede the conditions of a horse race and the regulations of the Association.

Chapter 13

PROTESTS, OBJECTIONS AND APPEALS

Standardbred

23.07  Rulings on protests which affect purse money or order of finish after the race was declared official shall have no effect on the distribution of pari-mutuel pools.

Vs.

Thoroughbred

13.14  When, after the posting of the “Official” sign immediately after a race has been run, a horse is disqualified as a result of a protest, or by reason of a positive urine or blood test, such disqualification shall in no way affect the wagering on the race.

Suggested Change:

Thoroughbred

13.14  Rulings on protests which affect purse money or order of finish after the race was declared official shall have no effect on the distribution of pari-mutuel pools.

Chapter 15

ILLEGAL AND CORRUPT PRACTICES

15.12   The Commission, all persons operating race tracks or conducting race meetings, the Director, the Stewards and the Security Chief shall have the right to permit a person or persons authorized by any of them to enter in or upon the buildings, rooms, vehicles or other places within the grounds of any racing Association to examine, search and inspect them and the personal property and effects of any persons in or upon such places.

And

15.34   The Director or those persons authorized by the Director shall have the right to enter upon the buildings, stables, rooms, vehicles or other places within the grounds of any Association for the purpose of examining, searching, inspecting and seizing the personal property and effects of any person in or upon such place.

Suggested Change:

15.12   Delete. Replaced by Rule 15.34

Chapter 16

STEWARDS

16.13 The Stewards may impose any or all of the following penalties for conduct prejudicial to the best interests of racing, or for a violation of the Rules:

(a)Refuse an offender admission to the grounds of an Association.

(b)Expel an offender from the grounds of an Association.

(c)Suspend any Commission licensee for any length of time or indefinitely.

(d)Impose whatever fine they feel is suitable and justifiable.

(e)Prohibit any Commission licensee from driving a motor vehicle in the stable area.

(f)Revoke the licence of any Commission licensee when the said licence was obtained fraudulently or under false pretences.

(g)Set limitations for a conditional licence for any licensee or applicant for a new licence

Suggested Change:

16.13   The Stewards may impose any or all of the following penalties for conduct prejudicial to the best interests of racing, or for a violation of the Rules:

(a)Refuse an offender admission to the grounds of an Association.

(b)Expel an offender from the grounds of an Association.

(c)Suspend any Commission licensee for any length of time or indefinitely.

(d)Impose whatever fine they feel is suitable and justifiable.

(e)Prohibit any Commission licensee from driving a motor vehicle in the stable area.

(f) Delete.

(g)Set limitations for a conditional licence for any licensee or applicant for a new licence

Chapter 27

COMMISSION VETERINARIANS, OFFICIAL VETERINARIANS AND OTHER VETERINARIANS

27.08  Commission Veterinarians  or Official Veterinarians shall keep a list to be called the Commission Veterinarians’ or Official Veterinarians’ List (colloquially “the Vets’ List”) upon which shall be entered the name of any horse which any Commission Veterinarian or Official Veterinarian considers unfit, unsound or not ready for racing. When the Stewards order a horse scratched for reasons having to do with the physical condition of the horse, it shall be placed on the Vets’ List. During the time a horse’s name is on such list, it shall not race in Ontario, nor shall it be entered in any race, with the exception of Rule 27.03 (a), except that it may be nominated in a stakes race. Only a Commission Veterinarian or Official Veterinarian shall remove a horse’s name from the Vets’ List and shall do so only when, in their opinion, the horse is fit, sound and ready for racing.

Suggested Change:

27.08   Commission Veterinarians  or Official Veterinarians shall keep a list to be called the Commission Veterinarians’ or Official Veterinarians’ List (colloquially “the Vets’ List”) upon which shall be entered the name of any horse which any Commission Veterinarian or Official Veterinarian considers unfit, unsound or not ready for racing. When the Stewards order a horse scratched for reasons having to do with the physical condition of the horse, it shall be placed on the Vets’ List. During the time a horse’s name is on such list, it shall not race in Ontario, nor shall it be entered in any race, except that it may be nominated in a stakes race. Only a Commission Veterinarian or Official Veterinarian shall remove a horse’s name from the Vets’ List and shall do so only when, in their opinion, the horse is fit, sound and ready for racing.

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

John L. Blakney
Executive Director

THOROUGHBRED DIRECTIVE No. 3 – 2012 RULES OF THOROUGHBRED RACING 2009

Last Updated: 
2012-06-26

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Tuesday, June 26, 2012 resolved that the Rules of Thoroughbred Racing 2009 be amended by the promulgation of the following Rules, effective immediately.

Chapter 3

RACING ASSOCIATIONS AND ASSOCIATION OFFICIALS

3.04.5  Associations or their delegate shall keep on file, race patrol film or video of each race for reference or reproduction upon request of the Commission for one year after the last racing day of the previous year.

Chapter 9

JOCKEYS

9.27.02  Riding crops shall meet the following specifications and/or requirements:

a)  Be a humane or cushion riding crop, unaltered from original manufacture;

b)  Be no more than 30 inches in length;

c)  Have affixed to the end a padded “popper” which is no shorter than 6.5 inches in              length and not less than 7/8 of an inch in width.   The popper shall consist of two layers sewn down each side with no sewing at the top ½ inch of the popper. 

d)  Have a popper with an outer covering consisting of a material approved by the stewards that does not harden over time.  Material such as Vinyl, Naugahyde, or Leather will not be allowed. 

e) ; Have a popper with an inner layer consisting of memory foam or closed cell foam .15 -.25 of an inch in thickness, folded over and sewn down each side, with the outer covering to form a hollow channel. 

f)  Be subject to inspection and approval by the Stewards.

Use of a riding crop in a race where the type of riding crop has not been approved by the Stewards or does not meet the requirements of the rule will lead to disqualification of the horse.

Chapter 18

PLACING JUDGES AND PHOTOFINISH CAMERA

Rule 18.03.02  Delete

Chapter 37

TCO2 TESTING PROGRAM

37.02  Approved TCO2 Laboratory

In any part of Chapter 37, approved TCO2 laboratory means a laboratory approved by the Commission under Rule 37.03, to conduct the testing of thoroughbred horses in accordance with Rule 37.06.

37.03  Laboratory Approval Process

The Commission may approve a laboratory under Rule 37.02, if:

<continued>…..

37.06  Replace (RAHT) - Registered Animal Health Technician with Registered Veterinarian Technician                

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

John L. Blakney
Executive Director

THOROUGHBRED DIRECTIVE NUMBER 1 – 2013 RULES OF THOROUGHBRED RACING 2012

Last Updated: 
2013-01-16

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Thursday, December 20, 2012 resolved that the Rules of Thoroughbred Racing 2012 be amended by the promulgation of the following Rules, effective immediately.

CHAPTER 12

CLAIMING RACES

New Rule 12.13.01  Transfer of possession of a claimed horse to the successful claimant or their representative shall take place in the paddock immediately after the running of the race. The horse’s halter must accompany the horse. Altering or removing the horse’s shoes prior to transfer is not permitted.

New Rule 12.13.02  Notwithstanding the requirements under 12.13.01, in the case where a claimed horse must submit for post race testing, physical custody of the claimed horse shall transfer from the original owner to the successful claimant outside the retention barn following completion of the test and after the sample tags have been signed by the original owner or their representative.

CHAPTER 15

OFFICIAL SAMPLES AND POSITIVE TESTS

Revised Rule 15.03.01 (d)  Only the owner, trainer or designated representative of the trainer, to a maximum of two persons having a valid Commission licence on their person, are permitted to have care, custody or control of a horse in the retention area when any specimen/s are taken from or examination made to a horse under his/her care, and shall remain until the sample tag attached to the specimen shall be signed by him/her as witness to the taking of specimen or the examination is completed. Failure to present the licence may result in a fine and/or suspension

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

Steve Lehman
Executive Director

 
 

2014-2015

THOROUGHBRED DIRECTIVE No. 1 – 2014 RULES OF THOROUGHBRED RACING 2012

Last Updated: 
2014-04-25

The Ontario Racing Commission at its meeting of Thursday, April 24, 2014 resolved that the Rules of Thoroughbred Racing 2012 be amended by the promulgation of the following Rules, effective immediately.

Chapter 2

DEFINITIONS

Safety Sensitive Position  means …<continued>

Delete sections defining positions for Standardbred and Quarter Horse

Chapter  6
ENTRIES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS

Rule 6.20 (d)  Entry dates are valid and generic, until a turf, dirt or Ontario Sired dates are established.  (Run dates will be separated between turf, dirt and Ontario Sired, with one not affecting the other)

Rule 6.44.02  Notwithstanding the provisions of rule 6.01(a) and 6.44.01 a horse from outside Ontario, upon application to the Stewards and upon their being satisfied that the horse is fully and properly identified may start in Ontario without having been tattooed or registered with and approval by the registry office of The Jockey Club (Kentucky).  Horses racing on documentation that is not papers issued by The Jockey Club will not be allowed to enter or start in a claiming race. 

Chapter  27
COMMISSION VETERINARIANS, OFFICIAL VETERINARIANS
AND OTHER VETERINARIANS

Rule 27.03  Any horse scratched by the Commission Veterinarian or Official Veterinarian or a licensed Veterinarian may be placed on a seven (7) day list.  Any horse that has been placed on the Veterinarian’s List may be required to work one (½) mile at the discretion of the Commission Official Veterinarian.  On the eighth day, the horse shall be eligible to be removed from the Veterinarian’s List and entered.  Where entries are taken more than 72 hours in advance, a horse with the permission of the Commission Veterinarian may be entered.  Any horse that has been on the Veterinarian’s List twice in a 30 day span shall be placed on the Veterinarian’s List and it shall be mandatory for the horse to work one half (½) mile to the satisfaction of the Commission or Official Veterinarian, no matter how long the horse has been on the Veterinarian’s List or turned out. 

 

BY ORDER OF THE COMMISSION

 

Steve Lehman
Executive Director

2018-2019

THOROUGHDBRED DIRECTIVE NO. 1 -2018- Outcome of Working Group Consultations

Last Updated: 
2018-03-20

Preamble

WHEREAS the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has spent the past year undertaking extensive stakeholder engagement, including consultations with the Officiating Working Group, the Equine Drug Working Group and the Health and Safety Working Group;

AND WHEREAS the consultations resulted in recommendations and favorable support in the Thoroughbred industry for numerous rule revisions;

AND WHEAREAS the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has also taken this opportunity to reflect the current state of industry practice by removing rules which are no longer in use;

TAKE NOTICE that the Registrar hereby orders the Rules of Thoroughbred Racing 2016 be amended as follows effective April 21, 2018:

Chapter 1
PRELIMINARY

1.02.2 The Daily Raoing Form shall be the offioial poriodioal for announoemonts and publioations of the Commission. Deleted.

1.02.3 Any ruling of the Registrar, the Stewards or other racing officials may be published in the Daily Racing Form as soon as the person or persons affected by such ruling have been notified either directly or by mail.

Chapter 2
DEFINITIONS

Claiming race is a race in which permits any horses starting may to be claimed (purchased for a designated amount) in conformance with the Rules.

Chapter 4
LICENSING

4.01.06 Unless an owner has a horse’s registration papers on file with the Association, their licence shall be invalid and he/she shall on demand forfeit their licence to the Stewards and he/she shall not apply for another owner’s licence or for the return of the forfeited owner’s licence until he/she has a horse registered with the Association. Deleted.

Chapter 6
ENTRIES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS

6.11.03 No horse shall be allowed to enter or start in any race if the owner does not maintain a credit balance in his or her horseperson’s account satisfactory to the Association.

6.36 Any horses running in the same race for owners or trainers who have a direct or indirect association in the racing of thoroughbreds, which in the opinion of the Stewards could be construed as a conflict of interest, shall be coupled as an entry. Deleted.

Chapter 9
JOCKEYS

9.22 Signed copies of all contracts or first calls between owners and joclrnys or bet\veen trainers and jockeys (including apprentice jockeys) shall be filed by the owners or the trainers, as the case may be, with the Stewards forthwith. The Stewards, after they have
recorded the details of the contracts, shall at once forward the signed copies to the Registrar. Likewise, -.•,hen such contracts are terminated, signed copies of the agreements of termination shall be filed with the Stewards forthwith and the Stewards, after they have
recorded the details of the agreements of termination shall at once forward the signed copies to the Registrar.
Deleted.

Chapter 11
FROM PADDOCK TO FINISH

11.09.05 Any jockey against whom a foul is claimed shall be given the opportunity to appear before the Stewards at the reviewing of the video replays film and/or video tapes of the race in question, or at any other time agreeable to the Stewards, before any penalty
is imposed by them.

Chapter 15
MISCONDUCT, NEEDLES, SYRINGES AND SEARCHES

15.04.01 Should the Official Chemist’s report on urine, blood or other samples taken from a horse be positive, he/she shall immediately notify the Stewards or Registrar and this notification shall be taken as prima facie evidence of a positive test. He/she shall confirm
such findings with the Commission. by special delivery prepaid mail to the Registrar and presiding Steward.

15.04.02.1 When the Registrar or the Stewards receive notification from the Official Chemist that an official sample has been found positive, he/she or they shall, as soon as may be possible, summon the trainer and sush security officers of the Racing Association
as they may choose to assist and inform them that a positive test has occurred.

15.04.02.1 Upon being advised of the positive test the Commission shall notify the trainer or his or her responsible representative as expeditiously as possible.

15.04.02.2 After the Stewards have informed the trainer, or his or her responsible representative of such positive test, a Commission Representative or the Stewards shall direct the security officers and a Commission Veterinarian or Official Veterinarian to accompany the trainer or his or her responsible representative, to the stable and, subject to the Horse Racing Licence Act, 2015, conduct a thorough inspection of the trainer’s barn, automobile or any other vehicles associated with the trainer or that he or she may have in his or her possession or under his or her control. Security Officers shall ensure that such vehicles and personal property as they may deem necessary, remain on the baskstrech until the barn inspection is complete. The Stewards or other delegate shall continue the review and/or collecting of information from all persons concerned.

15.04.02.2 Once the Commission has notified the trainer or his or her responsible representative pursuant to Rule 15.04.02.1, the Stewards or Administration may:

  1. inform the trainer that he/she will be permitted to continue with his or her business as trainer,
  2. inform the trainer that he/she has been suspended and that none of the horses in his or her custody or under his or her care and control shall be allowed to start until the matter is considered and disposed of or until the horses have been turned over to another trainer or trainers approved by the Stewards,
  3. place conditions on the trainer’s license,
  4. determine the eligibility of the horse.

15.04.02.3 In addition to conducting the above review into a positive test, the Stewards will inform the trainer of the horse having the positive test that pursuant to Rule 15.06.01:

  1. he/she is responsible for the condition of the horse, and
  2. either that:
    1. the stewards are still reviewing the matter or
    2. are now prepared to hear the evidence relating to the positive test.

In the event that either the Stewards or trainer are not prepared to prooeed forthwith, the Stewards shall then:

  1. fix a date and a plaoe when the allegation will be oonsidered and disposed of;
  2. inform the trainer that until that time,
    1. he/she will be permitted to oontinue with his or her business as trainer, or
    2. that he/she has been suspended and that none of the horses in his or her custody or under his or her care and control shall be allowed to start until the matter is considered and disposed of or until the horses have been turned over to another trainer or trainers approved by the Stewards. Deleted.

15.04.02.4 For the purposes of rule 15.04.02.1, 15.04.02.2 and 15.04.02.3, in the absence of the trainer or if said trainer refuses to cooperate he or she may be represented by his or her authorized representative or other qualified employee or an offioer, director or
employee of the HBPA as requested by the Stewards. Notwithstanding the lack of availability of any or all of the above noted persons, the barn search shall continue in their absence.
Deleted.

15.04.02.6 The Commission shall inform the owner and the Racing Association concerned, as expeditiously as possible, of their actions regarding the matter positive test.

15.04.04 Any horse that tests positive in Ontario for any of the following shall be ineligible to race for a period of 90 days from the date of the identification of the horse with the positive test and will be placed on the Stewards’ List in accordance with Rule 16.11.01:

  1. Class I;
  2. Class 11;
  3. Class Ill;
  4. TCO2;
  5. Substance determined to be non therapeutic.

Any person who violates this rule shall be subject to a monetary penalty and/or suspension. Deleted.

15.04.05 Any horse that obtains a positive test from a jurisdiction outside Ontario for any of the following shall be ineligible to race in Ontario for a period of 90 days from the date of the identifioation of the horse with the positive test:

  1. Class I;
  2. Class 11;
  3. Class Ill;
  4. TCO2;
  5. Substance determined to be non therapeutic. Deleted.

15.04.06 Rule 15.04.04 and Rule 15.04.05 shall be absolute liability violations. Deleted.

15.37 The use of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy or Radial Pulse Wave Therapy shall not be permitted on any racehorse unless the following conditions are met:

  1. the treatment took place a minimum of 4 days (96 hours) prior to competing in a race;
  2. the treatment using the Extracorporeal Shook Wave Therapy or Radial Pulse Wave Therapy machine was conduoted by a veterinarian licensed by the Commission as a veterinarian;
  3. any treatment received while on the grounds of the Association was through the use of an Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy or Radial Pulse Wave Therapy machine owned and operated by a veterinarian licensed by the Registrar; and
  4. a record of treatment, inoluding the date and time, is maintained as part of the record of the horse.

15.37 No person, other than a veterinarian licensed by the Commission, shall have or use of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, Radial Pulse Wave Therapy on any racehorse and the following conditions of use must be met:

  1. be used only for a valid diagnostic or therapeutic treatment or procedure:
  2. no treatment or procedure is allowed within 4 days (96 hours) prior to competing in a race: and
  3. any treatment or procedure must be recorded, including the date and time, and maintained as part of the record of the horse.

15.39 No person, other than a veterinarian licensed by the Commission, shall have or use a Blood Gas Machine on any racehorse and the following conditions of use must be met:

  1. be used only for a valid diagnostic procedure: and
  2. any treatment or procedure must be recorded, including the date and time, and maintained as part of the record of the horse.

Chapter 16
STEWARDS

16.11 The Stewards or Administration may place the name of any horse on the Stewards’ List for any reason they may deem to be proper. During the time a horse’s name is on such list, it shall not race, nor shall it be entered in any race, except that it may be
nominated in a stakes race. Only the Stewards or Administration shall remove a horse’s name from the Stewards’ List.

16.11.01 Any horse that tests positive for any of the following shall be remain on the Stewards’ List for a period of 90 days from the date of the identifioation of the horse with the positive test:

  1. Glass I;
  2. Glass II;
  3. Glass Ill;
  4. TGO2;
  5. Substanoe determined to be non therapeutic. Deleted.

CHAPTER 37 - TCO2 TESTING PROGRAM

37.01 An excess level of total carbon dioxide (TCO2) in a race horse is deemed to be adverse to the best interests of horse racing, and adverse to the best interests of the horse in that such condition alters its normal physiological state. Accordingly, a person designated by an approved TCO2 laboratory may, subject to the Horse Racing Licence Act, 2015, obtain venous blood samples from the jugular vein of a horse for the purpose of the testing of said samples by that laboratory for TCO2 levels as outlined in Rule 37.06.
Where the TCO2 level, based upon such testing, equals or exceeds the following levels, the Stewards or Administration shall order the relief authorized pursuant to Rule 37.07:

  1. Thirty-seven (37) or more millimoles per litre of blood for horses not competing on furosemide; or
  2. Thirty-nine (39) or more millimoles per litre for those horses competing on furosemide at a track where the El PH Program is offered.

37.06 Testing Procedures
All horses that race are eligible to be selected by the Stewards for blood gas testing. The entry of a horse shall constitute permission for a person designated by the approved TCO2 laboratory to obtain blood samples. To the extent that it is feasible, the owner, trainer or other person responsible for the horse will be given notice that the horse is to be tested and may be present when the blood sample is taken. Refusal by an owner, trainer or other person responsible for the horse to attend the taking of the sample will not affect the
validity of the test. Any owner, trainer or other person responsible for the horse who refuses or fails to permit the taking of a sample from a horse shall have all applicable horses scratched by the Stewards or Administration. Such refusal shall be deemed an admission of a violation of Rule 37.01 empowering the Stewards or Administration to take any necessary action in accordance with the Rules. to review the matter whereby the penalties contemplated by 22.38.06 may be imposed. It shall be the responsibility of the trainer of a horse selected for post-race testing to see that the horse is taken directly to the testing barn or retention area immediately after being notified of the horse’s selection for testing.

Commission Stewards will select the horses to be tested and advise the approved TCO2 laboratory personnel accordingly. Commission Stewards may also instruct the approved TCO2 laboratory personnel to collect samples from every horse in selected races.
The approved TCO2 laboratory is responsible for:

  1. collecting blood samples, by an authorized person (veterinarian or RVT - Registered Veterinary Technician, or other person approved by the Registrar) from each selected horse into two plasma separator tubes;
  2. collecting the samples within approximately 20 minutes immediately preceding the start of the race in which the selected horse is entered, or as directed by a Commission Judge. The Commission Stewards may also direct the collection of the sample from a selected horse at least 90 minutes after a race in a secured area designated by the Stewards;
  3. ensuring that the samples are centrifuged within approximately 20 minutes of collection and kept under refrigerated conditions until shipped;
  4. shipping the samples to the laboratory in an insulated container;
  5. analysing samples for TCO2 using a Beckman Synchron EL-ISE;
  6. analysing samples within 48 hours, or up to a maximum of 96 hours in exceptional circumstances, of collection and reporting all results to the Commission and the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency.

37.07 Penalties
Where the TCO2 level in a horse is determined to equal or exceed the levels set forth in Rule 37.01 above, the Stewards or Administration shall assess penalties in accordance with Policy Directive: Guidelines - Penalties for Equine Drug, TCO2 and Non-Therapeutic
Drug Violations.

BY ORDER OF THE REGISTRAR

Jean Major
Registrar

Thoroughbred Directive no. 1 -2019 - Standards-Based Race Day Medication Ban

Last Updated: 
2019-03-20

Preamble

WHEREAS after consulting with the public and industry with respect to proposed rule changes and consistent with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO)’s movement towards standards-based rules, there was favorable support in the Thoroughbred industry to revise the current rules and implement a ban on race day medication, with exception of Furosemide properly administered in accordance with the Ontario Thoroughbred Exercise Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage (EIPH) Program;

AND WHEREAS this rule is not intended to prohibit normal, non-medicated feedstuffs (natural feed such as oats, sweet feed, pellets, hay and hay cubes) and water, non­ medicated shampoos and topical applications, hoof oils/dressings;

AND WHEREAS this rule will enhance the health and safety of horses and participants, and the integrity of racing;

TAKE NOTICE that the Registrar hereby orders the Rules of Thoroughbred Racing be amended as follows effective April 19, 2019:

Chapter 15: Misconduct, Needles, Syringes And Searches

15.02.08

Subject to Rule§. 15.02.01 above and 15.38, if in an emergency and in the absence of all practicing or Commission Veterinarians or Official Veterinarians from the grounds of the Association conducting racing, it becomes necessary for any reason for the owner, trainer or attendant who has the care and control of a horse, to administer or cause to be administered orally any drug to such horse and, if at the time of such administration the horse has been entered in a race, the said owner, trainer or attendant shall report the matter fully to the Commission Veterinarian or the Official Veterinarian as soon as he/she returns to the grounds, who shall immediately report the incident in writing to the Stewards or any of them as soon as one or more of them comes upon such grounds and the Stewards shall scratch such horse or permit it to run as they may deem proper.

Standards-Based Race Da Medication Ban

15.38 No person shall administer, attempt to administer, or cause to be administered, any medication or substance by a nasogastric tube to a horse on race day prior to its race, except for emergency treatment, which treatment •.viii result in the horse being scratched from the race.

  1. Trainers and veterinarians shall ensure that a horse entered to race is not administered any medications, drugs or substances 24 hours prior to post time of the first race on the day of racing. Furosemide properly administered in accordance with the Ontario Thoroughbred Exercise Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage (EIPH) Program shall not be considered a violation of Rule 15.38.
  2. Trainers shall ensure that there is no unauthorized contact between horses and veterinarians 24 hours prior to post-time of the first race on the day of racing, with the exception of Official and Commission Veterinarians.
  3. Veterinarians shall not have unauthorized contact with horses 24 hours prior to post-time of the first race on the day of racing. Veterinarians licensed in multiple categories shall be prohibited from acting in the capacity as a veterinarian for a horse entered to race during the 24 hour period.
  4. Should a veterinarian be required to treat a horse entered to race within 24 hours prior to post time of the first race on the day of racing on an emergency basis, the veterinarian and the trainer shall notify a Steward as soon as reasonable in the circumstances and the_horse shall be scratched.
  5. If a horse has raced after unauthorized contact with a veterinarian, the horse shall be disqualified for the race in question and if any purse money was earned it shall be redistributed.
  6. A Steward may order the withdrawal or disqualification of any horse that has been administered any medication contrary to Rule 15.38.

15.06.03 Notwithstanding 15.06.01, the Commission and all delegated officials shall consider the following to be absolute liability violations:

  1. Any trainer whose horse(s) tests positive for any substances determined to be non-therapeutic;
  2. Any trainer whose horse(s) tests positive resulting from the out-of-competition program;
  3. Any trainer whose horse(s) tests positive resulting from testing in accordance with or under the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations;
  4. Any trainer whose horse(s) level of TC02 equals or exceeds the levels set out in Rule 37.01;
  5. Any trainer whose horse(s) is administered a medication, drug or substance contrary to Rule 15.38.

Chapter 27: Commission Veterinarians, Official Veterinarians and Other Veterinarians

27.17 A veterinarian may be held wholly or partially responsible if any drug, substance or medication administered or prescribed by him or her is a cause for:

  1. The issuance of a certificate of positive analysis under the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations under the Criminal Code (Canada),
  2. An excess level of total carbon dioxide for purposes of the Rules, or
  3. The detection of the antibodies of erythropoietin or darbepoetin for purposes of the Rules, or
  4. A violation of Rule 15.38,

and, if held wholly or partially responsible, may be subject to a monetary penalty and/or suspended by the Stewards.

 

BY THE ORDER OF THE REGISTRAR

 

Jean Major
Registrar

THOROUGHBRED DIRECTIVE NO. 2-2019- Revisions to Claiming Provisions

Last Updated: 
2019-03-20

Preamble

WHEREAS after consulting with the public and industry with respect to proposed rule changes there was favorable support in the Thoroughbred industry to revise the current rules to expand instances where claims would be invalidated to include when a horse dies on the racetrack, or suffers an injury which requires euthanasia while on the racetrack.

AND WHEREAS this rule will enhance the health and safety of horses and participants, and the integrity of racing;

TAKE NOTICE that the Registrar hereby orders the Rules of Thoroughbred Racing be amended as follows effective April 20, 2019:

Chapter 12: Claiming Races

12.32.01

The Stewards, at the option of the claimant, shall rule a claim invalid, if:

  1. At the option of the claimant, approved post-race testing procedures discloses that an improper medication or drug was found to be present in the sample of the claimed horse which is reported in the analysis report from the lab. Once the claim has been declared invalid by the Stewards the claimant must request within 72 hours that the horse be returned to the original owner;
  2. The horse dies on the racetrack: or
  3. The horse suffers an injury which requires euthanasia while on the racetrack as determined by either a_Commission Veterinarian or an Official Veterinarian.

BY THE ORDER OF THE REGISTRAR

 

Jean Major
Registrar

THOROUGHBRED DIRECTIVE NO. 4 - 2019 - Revision to Urging Provisions

Last Updated: 
2019-09-18

Preamble

WHEREAS after meeting with industry stakeholders and responding to requests to consider revising the current rules and Directives with respect to urging and specifically that use of the crop be limited to:

  • underhand use only, and
  • no contact with the horse with the crop in the cocked position;

AND WHEREAS this rule will enhance the health and safety of horses and participants, and the integrity of racing;

AND WHEREAS enforcement of the revisions will commence at Woodbine Racetrack on October 18, 2019 and be evaluated throughout the remainder of the 2019 racing season with the aim of the revisions being implemented across all Ontario Thoroughbred racetracks in 2020;

TAKE NOTICE that the revisions shall not apply to Quarter Horse Racing;

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that the Registrar rescinds Policy Directive No. 4-2009 Penalty Guidelines for Inappropriate Urging of a Horse in Thoroughbred Racing and hereby orders the Rules of Thoroughbred Racing be amended commencing October 18 2019:

Rules of Thoroughbred Racing 2018

Chapter 9
Jockeys

9.27.07  At any time while on the grounds of an Association, it is a violation for a jockey, or rider, or the person in control of the horse, to use the riding crop to hit or make contact with the horse as follows:

  1. To raise their hand(s) above their shoulder; or
  2. To hit another horse; or
  3. To cut or severely welt a horse; or
  4. To hit the horse overhanded; or
  5. To hit the horse with the crop in the cocked position.

9.27.08  Violation of any of the provisions in Rule to 9.27.07 may result in any of the following penalties:

  1. Monetary penalty;
  2. Suspension;
  3. Placement;
  4. Disqualification ; and/or
  5. Any other penalty as ordered .

Further particulars in respect to the penalties are provided in Policy Directive 4 2009 Thoroughbred Directive 4-2019, which also provides principles which serve as a guide for interpretation. The Directive may be modified from time to time by the Registrar.

Quarter Horse Appendix

Pari-mutuel Quarter Horse Racing shall be governed by the Rules of Thoroughbred Racing 2018, with the following exceptions:

Thoroughbred Directive No. 4 - 2019 - Revision to Urging Provisions, shall not apply to Quarter Horse Racing.

PENALTY GUIDELINES RULE 9.27
Any violation of Rule 9.27.05, 9.27.06 and 9.27.07 is an offence and covered by this penalty structure.

Races with a purse of under $100,000

1st offence

Min Monetary Penalty

$200

Minimum Riding Suspension

0 days

Other Penalty

Mandatory meeting with the Stewards for the purposes of providing training on the Rules.

 

 

2nd offence within one year of the 1st offence

Min Monetary Penalty

$300

Minimum Riding Suspension

1 day

Other Penalty

Mandatory meeting with the Stewards for the purposes of providing training on the Rules

3rd offence within one year of the 1st offence

Min Monetary Penalty

$500

Minimum Riding Suspension

3 days

Other Penalty

Mandatory meeting with the Stewards for the purposes of providing training on the Rules

4th offence within one year of the 1st offence

Min Monetary Penalty

 

Minimum Riding Suspension

Immediate Suspension

Other Penalty

Referral to the Director

OFFENCE - Cutting or Welting the Horse

1st offence

Min Monetary Penalty

$300

Minimum Riding Suspension

1 day

Other Penalty

Mandatory meeting with the Stewards for the purposes of providing training on the Rules

2nd offence within one year of the 1st offence

Min Monetary Penalty

$500

Minimum Riding Suspension

3 days

Other Penalty

Mandatory meeting with the Stewards for the purposes of providing training on the Rules.

3rd offence within one year of the 1st offence

Min Monetary Penalty

 

Minimum Riding Suspension

Immediate Suspension

Other Penalty

Referral to the Director
Races with a purse of $100,000 and over

For any offence that takes place in a race where the purse is $100,000 or more, the penalty shall be a minimum monetary penalty of 20% of the jockey’s earnings for placings 1st through 5th and shall be a minimum monetary penalty equivalent to 20% of the jockey’s earnings for 5th place for placings 6th and on. If in the opinion of the Stewards, the offence was egregious, a riding suspension may be issued. While discretion is available to the Stewards, the riding suspension should be calculated at 1 day riding suspension for each $200,000 of total purse money for the race.

Placing of a horse may be considered by the Stewards where the misuse of the riding crop caused interference with another horse or, in the opinion of the Stewards , there has been a flagrant disregard for these rules.

Application of the Guidelines will take into consideration the following:

  1. This penalty structure provides guidance to Stewards as to minimum penalties for inappropriate urging of the horse, and for the cutting and welting of a horse.
  2. The penalty for any subsequent offence cannot be less than the previous offence, regardless of whether the offence is for inappropriate urging of the horse or for cutting and welting of a horse.
  3. Any cut or welt offence shall be counted and considered by the Stewards as the next offence for inappropriate urging on a cumulative basis.
  4. For races under $100,000, the penalty structure is progressive in nature, irrespective of which of the encompassed rules are violated. For races over $100,000 the penalty is aligned with the purse value of the race
  5. In determining whether a violation of the Rules has occurred or in assessing penalty, Stewards may consider mitigating factors in exceptional circumstances. An example of conduct that may be viewed as a mitigating consideration would be striking a horse to prevent inevitable harm to another rider, horse, participant or patron.
  6. In assessing penalty, Stewards may also consider aggravating factors, such as the licensee’s history of violations pertaining to inappropriate urging of the horse (which offence/s occurred more than a year before the subject offence or under a different category).
  7. If the offence is sufficiently egregious, the Stewards may depart from the penalty structure and impose higher penalties than those enumerated in the chart above.

DESCRIPTION OF TERMS

This Policy was established to provide more description of what constitutes an offence under the Rules regarding inappropriate urging of the horse in Ontario racing:

Indiscriminate action means unrestrained or careless activity without regard for safety or care.

For the purposes of Rule 9.27.05 (a), the following are examples of indiscriminate action but do not constitute an exhaustive list:

  1. Use of the riding crop during the post parade or after the wire, except when necessary to control the horse;
  2. Striking the horse with the butt end of the riding crop;
  3. Hitting the horse with the riding crop in an area other than the shoulders or hind quarters;
  4. Punching the horse;
  5. Hitting the horse with the riding crop overhanded;
  6. Hitting the horse with the riding crop in the cocked position.

Excessive action means unreasonable quantity or degree.

For the purposes of Rule 9.27.05 (b), the following are examples of excessive action with respect to inappropriate urging of the horse but does not constitute an exhaustive list:

  1. Use of the riding crop when a horse is not in contention in a race;
  2. Use of the riding crop more than 3 times in a row without giving the horse time to respond

Aggressive action means inhumane, severe or brutal activity

For the purposes of Rule 9.27.05 (c), the following are examples of aggressive action but do not constitute an exhaustive list:

  1. Use of the riding crop on the head, or in the area surrounding the head of the horse;
  2. Use of the riding crop on the belly, or in the area surrounding the belly of the horse;
  3. Use of any object or stimulating device and/or application; or
  4. Leaving any cuts, abrasions or severe welts on the horse caused by the riding crop;

Meaningful Position (9.27.06) means the horse has a reasonable opportunity to finish in an advantageous position. Examples of meaningful include, but are not limited to, maintaining times, receiving points towards future races or earning purse monies

Giving the horse a chance to respond (9.27.05 Excessive Action) means limiting the number of strikes applied to a horse in succession, in order to give the horse a chance to respond to the application. The rule requires that riding crop use shall not be continued if the horse is unable to respond or does not respond. The skill of the jockey comes in to play in assessing the horse’s ability to continue to respond. The riding crop is one of a number of tools available to the jockey to encourage the horse forward, weight, voice and hand riding being others.

BACKGROUND

Under a process established by the Executive Director in the fall of 2008 to gather industry input on the appropriate use of the riding crop in horse racing, it was recognized that the use of the riding crop is a necessary tool in racing.

The following principles were agreed to and serve as a guide for all decision making on rule development:

  1. Ensure the welfare of the horse
    The welfare of the horse is paramount and guides decision making in all matters.
  2. Promote safety for racing participants (including the horse)
    Where the safety of racing participants has been compromised, appropriate action shall be taken.
  3. Create simple, clear and consistent rules
    To be adhered to, rules must be written and communicated in a straightforward manner.
  4. Address customer/public perception and education
    Shifting public sensitivity on the use of the riding crop in horseracing must be recognized by all industry participants, who must also do their part in educating new fans about the sport.
  5. Support growth of the customer base
    Racetrack management has identified use of the riding crop as a barrier to increased customer growth. Participants must be involved, as our industry builds to creating a more desirable product

The outcome of the industry discussion has led to the revision of rules regarding the appropriate methods for urging a horse in racing.

 

BY THE ORDER OF THE REGISTRAR

 

Jean Major
Registrar

2020-2021

THOROUGHBRED DIRECTIVE NO. 1 – 2020 – Revision to Urging Provisions

Last Updated: 
2020-05-05

Preamble

WHEREAS on September 18, 2019 the AGCO released Thoroughbred Directive No. 4 - 2019 – Revision to Urging Provisions which revised the rules and Directives with respect to urging and specifically that use of the crop be limited to:

  • underhand use only, and
  • no contact with the horse with the crop in the cocked position;

AND WHEREAS enforcement of the revisions applied at Woodbine Racetrack only commencing October 18, 2019 until the remainder of the 2019 racing season;

AND WHEREAS the AGCO has now had an opportunity to evaluate the enforcement of the revisions and has determined that the revisions enhance the health and safety of horses and participants, and the integrity of racing;

TAKE NOTICE that the revisions prescribed pursuant to Thoroughbred Directive No. 4 - 2019 – Revision to Urging Provisions shall now apply to all Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing in Ontario;

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE the AGCO wishes to clarify that the Penalty Guidelines and assessment of the penalty are intended to have a retrospective effect;

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that the Registrar rescinds Thoroughbred Directive No. 4

- 2019 Revision to Urging Provisions and hereby orders the Rules of Thoroughbred Racing be amended effectively immediately, as follows:

Rules of Thoroughbred Racing

Chapter 9
Jockeys

9.27.07  At any time while on the grounds of an Association, it is a violation for a jockey, or rider, or the person in control of the horse, to use the riding crop to hit or make contact with the horse as follows:

  1. To raise their hand(s) above their shoulder;
  2. To hit another horse;
  3. To cut or severely welt a horse;
  4. To hit the horse overhanded; or
  5. To hit the horse with the crop in the cocked position.

9.27.08  Violation of any of the provisions in Rule to 9.27.07 may result in any of the following penalties:

  1. Monetary penalty;
  2. Suspension;
  3. Placement;
  4. Disqualification; and/or
  5. Any other penalty as ordered.

Further particulars in respect to the penalties are provided in Thoroughbred Directive 1 - 2020 – Revision to Urging Provisions, which also provides principles which serve as a guide for interpretation. The Directive may be modified from time to time by the Registrar.

PENALTY GUIDELINES RULE 9.27

Any violation of Rule 9.27.05, 9.27.06 and 9.27.07 is an offence and covered by this penalty structure.

Races with a purse of under $100,000

1st offence

Min Monetary Penalty

$200

Minimum Riding Suspension

0 days

Other Penalty

Mandatory meeting with the Stewards for the purposes of providing training on the Rules.

2nd offence within one year of the 1st offence

Min Monetary Penalty

$300

Minimum Riding Suspension

1 day

Other Penalty

Mandatory meeting with the Stewards for the purposes of providing training on the Rules

3rd offence within one year of the 1st offence

Min Monetary Penalty

$500

Minimum Riding Suspension

3 days

Other Penalty

Mandatory meeting with the Stewards for the purposes of providing training on the Rules

4th offence within one year of the 1st offence

Min Monetary Penalty

 

Minimum Riding Suspension

Immediate Suspension

Other Penalty

Referral to the Director

OFFENCE – Cutting or Welting the Horse

1st offence

Min Monetary Penalty

$300

Minimum Riding Suspension

1 day

Other Penalty

Mandatory meeting with the Stewards for the purposes of providing training on the Rules

2nd offence within one year of the 1st offence

Min Monetary Penalty

$500

Minimum Riding Suspension

3 days

Other Penalty

Mandatory meeting with the Stewards for the purposes of providing training on the Rules.

3rd offence within one year of the 1st offence

Min Monetary Penalty

 

Minimum Riding Suspension

Immediate Suspension

Other Penalty

Referral to the Director

Races with a purse of $100,000 and over

For any offence that takes place in a race where the purse is

$100,000 or more, the penalty shall be a minimum monetary penalty of 20% of the jockey’s earnings for placings 1st through 5th and shall be a minimum monetary penalty equivalent to 20% of the jockey’s earning for 5th place for placings 6th and on. If in the opinion of the Stewards, the offence was egregious, a riding suspension may be issued. While discretion is available to the Stewards, the riding suspension should be calculated at 1 day riding suspension for

each $200,000 of total purse money for the race.

Placing of a horse may be considered by the Stewards where the misuse of the riding crop caused interference with another horse or, in the opinion of the Stewards, there has been a flagrant disregard for these rules.

Application of the Guidelines will take into consideration the following:

  1. This penalty structure provides guidance to Stewards as to minimum penalties for inappropriate urging of the horse, and for the cutting and welting of a horse.
  2. The penalty for any subsequent offence cannot be less than the previous offence, regardless of whether the offence is for inappropriate urging of the horse or for cutting and welting of a horse.
  3. Any cut or welt offence shall be counted and considered by the Stewards as the next offence for inappropriate urging on a cumulative basis.
  4. For races under $100,000, the penalty structure is progressive in nature, irrespective of which of the encompassed rules are violated. For races over $100,000 the penalty is aligned with the purse value of the race
  5. In determining whether a violation of the Rules has occurred or in assessing penalty, Stewards may consider mitigating factors in exceptional circumstances. An example of conduct that may be viewed as a mitigating consideration would be striking a horse to prevent inevitable harm to another rider, horse, participant or patron.
  6. In assessing penalty, Stewards may also consider aggravating factors, such as the licensee’s history of violations pertaining to inappropriate urging of the horse (which offence/s occurred more than a year before the subject offence or under a different category).
  7. If the offence is sufficiently egregious, the Stewards may depart from the penalty structure and impose higher penalties than those enumerated in the chart above.
  8. Not all first infractions of the encompassed rules that occurred subsequent to the implementation of Thoroughbred Directive No. 4 – 2019 – Revision to Urging Provisions and Thoroughbred Directive No. 1 – 2020 – Revision to Urging Provisions will be treated as a first offence for the purposes of setting penalty.

DESCRIPTION OF TERMS

This Policy was established to provide more description of what constitutes an offence under the Rules regarding inappropriate urging of the horse in Ontario racing:

Indiscriminate action means unrestrained or careless activity without regard for safety or care.

For the purposes of Rule 9.27.05 (a), the following are examples of indiscriminate action but do not constitute an exhaustive list:

  1. Use of the riding crop during the post parade or after the wire, except when necessary to control the horse;
  2. Striking the horse with the butt end of the riding crop;
  3. Hitting the horse with the riding crop in an area other than the shoulders or hind quarters;
  4. Punching the horse;
  5. Hitting the horse with the riding crop overhanded;
  6. Hitting the horse with the riding crop in the cocked position.

Excessive action means unreasonable quantity or degree.

For the purposes of Rule 9.27.05 (b), the following are examples of excessive action with respect to inappropriate urging of the horse but does not constitute an exhaustive list:

  1. Use of the riding crop when a horse is not in contention in a race;
  2. Use of the riding crop more than 3 times in a row without giving the horse time to respond

Aggressive action means inhumane, severe or brutal activity

For the purposes of Rule 9.27.05 (c), the following are examples of aggressive action but do not constitute an exhaustive list:

  1. Use of the riding crop on the head, or in the area surrounding the head of the horse;
  2. Use of the riding crop on the belly, or in the area surrounding the belly of the horse;
  3. Use of any object or stimulating device and/or application; or
  4. Leaving any cuts, abrasions or severe welts on the horse caused by the riding crop;

Meaningful Position (9.27.06) means the horse has a reasonable opportunity to finish in an advantageous position. Examples of meaningful include, but are not limited to, maintaining times, receiving points towards future races or earning purse monies.

Giving the horse a chance to respond (9.27.05 Excessive Action) means limiting the number of strikes applied to a horse in succession, in order to give the horse a chance to respond to the application. The rule requires that riding crop use shall not be continued if the horse is unable to respond or does not respond. The skill of the jockey comes in to play in assessing the horse’s ability to continue to respond. The riding crop is one of a number of tools available to the jockey to encourage the horse forward, weight, voice and hand riding being others.

BACKGROUND

Under a process established by the Executive Director in the fall of 2008 to gather industry input on the appropriate use of the riding crop in horse racing, it was recognized that the use of the riding crop is a necessary tool in racing.

The following principles were agreed to and serve as a guide for all decision making on rule development:

  1. Ensure the welfare of the horse
    The welfare of the horse is paramount and guides decision making in all matters.
  2. Promote safety for racing participants (including the horse)
    Where the safety of racing participants has been compromised, appropriate action shall be taken.
  3. Create simple, clear and consistent rules
    To be adhered to, rules must be written and communicated in a straightforward manner.
  4. Address customer/public perception and education
    Shifting public sensitivity on the use of the riding crop in horseracing must be recognized by all industry participants, who must also do their part in educating new fans about the sport.
  5. Support growth of the customer base
    Racetrack management has identified use of the riding crop as a barrier to increased customer growth. Participants must be involved, as our industry builds to creating a more desirable product

The outcome of the industry discussion has led to the revision of rules regarding the appropriate methods for urging a horse in racing.

BY ORDER OF THE REGISTRAR

 

Jean Major
Registrar