The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s (AGCO) core regulatory functions related to horse racing in Ontario include licensing, officiating, investigations and inspection activities. The AGCO oversees the province’s racetracks and teletheatres. The agency appoints racetrack officials and other persons whose duties relate to the actual running of horse races. The AGCO also establishes and enforces the Rules of Racing.

The AGCO’s approach to horse racing regulation aims to ensure fairness and safety in racing, while also serving to support a modern and thriving industry. The AGCO has practices and procedures in place that focus on integrity and safety in horse racing.

The AGCO conducts out-of-competition drug testing and inspections to ensure appropriate use of therapeutic drugs. The AGCO also collaborates with the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) who oversees the post-race equine drug testing program. In order to prevent the misuse of equine drugs:

This portal is intended for members of the general public who are interested in learning more about the AGCO’s horse racing regulatory functions in Ontario.  

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