March 21, 2017 – As part of Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulation in Ontario project, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is releasing the following Directives as part of an initial series of rule changes, which will be effective on April 1, 2017. These Directives update both the AGCO’s Standardbred and Thoroughbred Rules of Racing making the updates to the following areas:

  • Rule 17.12.01, along with other rules – Standardbred Race Coupling
  • Rule 9.15.01 – New Approach to Jockey Conflicts of Interest
  • Rule 8.04.02 (QH) – Increasing Quarter Horse Jockey Weights
  • General Directives Number 2 and 3, 2009 – Elimination of Directives for Triactor and Superfecta Wagering Field Size Restrictions
  • Changes to the Human Alcohol and Drug Program

These reforms were developed following extensive consultation with Ontario’s horse racing industry. The AGCO will continue to work with industry participants as these changes are implemented for the upcoming race season.


General Directive No. 1 – 2017 – Superfecta And Triactor Wagering
Quarter Horse Directive No. 1 – 2017 – Jockey Weights
Standardbred Directive No. 1 – 2017 – Change To The Human Alcohol And Drug Rules Standardbred Directive No. 2 – 2017 – Coupling Provisions
Thoroughbred Directive No. 1 – 2017 - Revisions To The Human Alcohol And Drug Rules
Thoroughbred Directive No. 2 – 2017 – Jockey Conflict Of Interest Provisions

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