Information Bulletin: Thoroughbred Rule Revisions (Winter 2021)

Information Bulletin
Horse Racing

March 5, 2021

As outlined in the Announcement: Revisions to Thoroughbred & Standardbred Rules of Racing, the AGCO will make a broad set of rule changes to the Thoroughbred Rules of Racing, effective April 6, 2021.

To see the complete set of rule revisions, including additions and deletions, please go to Thoroughbred Winter 2021 Rule Revisions.

Please note that while the information in this bulletin provides a summary for your convenience, it remains the responsibility of all licensees to read and follow the up-to-date Rules as published online.

All changes described in this announcement apply to Quarter Horse racing except where noted.

Registrar’s Authority and the Right of Appeal

The AGCO is updating and clarifying which aggrieved persons can appeal, and what can be appealed to Horse Racing Appeal Panel (HRAP), to align the Rules with the Horse Racing Licence Act, 2015 (HRLA).

Specifically, the changes clarify that:

Note that the majority of rulings that are currently appealed, relating to in-race violations, conduct and positive tests, will continue to be appealable to HRAP.

Racetrack Association Obligations

Chapter 3: Racing Associations will be revised in its entirety and should be reviewed closely by Association staff and other impacted licensees. Some key changes are intended to:

Other Key Operational Changes

Claiming Races

Entries and Starters

Colours Registration

  • As announced in a January 17, 2020 Industry Notice, the AGCO no longer administers the registration of colours and sets out racetrack Association obligations if they opt to require the submission or registration of colours. (See Rule 3.20 and the deletion of Chapter 5: Colours)

Jockey Agents

General Language and Other Clean-up

As part of its ongoing effort to modernize and streamline the Rules of Racing, the AGCO is updating the language throughout the Rules to reflect current practice and terminology, and this rule change announcement includes several such instances.

Helpful Resources

For More Information

  • Refer to the Race Day Contact List to connect with AGCO racing staff at an open racetrack
  • To inquire about submitting or registering colours, please contact the Association race office at the racetrack(s) where you intend to race
  • Contact AGCO anytime via the iAGCO online portal
  • Call AGCO Customer Service Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET) at 416-326-8700 or toll free in Ontario at 1-800-522-2876