Effective March 2, 2020

Chapter 2 – DEFINITIONS

Authorized Agent is a person licensed by the Commission and appointed by a written instrument, signed by the owner in whose behalf the agent will act. and authorized by a licensed owner to claim horses on the owner’s behalf.

EIPH Program- The Ontario Thoroughbred Exercise Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage Program, (hereinafter referred to as the “EIPH Program” in these Rules) consists of a controlled medication program whereby furosemide shall be administered to horses certified to receive same while in competition in pari-mutuel races with the Rules established by the Commission and in accordance with the provisions of the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations under the Criminal Code (Canada).

Entry is an application by an owner, trainer or authorized agent for a specific horse to run in a specific race means the naming of a particular horse to a particular race as a starter.

Ontario Thoroughbred Lasix Program (hereinafter called “Lasix Program” in these Rules) consists of a controlled medication program whereby Furosemide (Lasix) shall be administered to horses certified to receive same while in competition in pari-mutuel races within the Rules established by the Commission and in accordance with the provisions of the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations under the Criminal Code (Canada).

CHAPTER 3 – RACING ASSOCIATIONS AND ASSOCIATION OFFICIALS

3.16.08 An Association may retain the services of, or delegate responsibilities, that are permitted to be delegated under this Rule to a licensed Purse Account Manager provided that:

(a) There is an written agreement between the Association and the Purse Account Manager that has been filed with the Commission which shall be provided to the Registrar upon request.

 

CHAPTER 4 – LICENSING

4.01.02 To be valid, each licence must bear a signature of the holder. The Commission shall provide and pay for an accurate photograph of the licensee when such licensee is available for photographing.

4.01.07 Upon any occupational licensee leaving the employment of an owner or trainer, it shall be the responsibility of that licensee to notify the Commission Agent accordingly. It shall also be the responsibility of the employer, be it owner or trainer, to notify the Commission of this change.

4.04.01 Persons under 16 years of age, with the approval of the Stewards and upon written consent of the parents or guardian, may be licensed by the Commission.

4.04.01 Anyone under the age of 18 applying for a licence must provide a parental consent submission. Any application for a person 16 years of age or younger must be approved by the Stewards. A person under 10 years of age is only eligible for an owner’s licence, unless otherwise approved by the Stewards.

4.04.03 Any licensee who is required to be employed by another licensee, or who employs other licensees, must provide the name of all applicable employers or employees on their application, or make a regulatory submission, and update the information if it changes.

4.04.04 Applicants for groom or hot walker licences must be bona fide groom or hot walkers and must have their status confirmed by the trainer actively utilizing their services.

4.06.02 Before being granted a jockey’s or apprentice jockey’s licence, each applicant shall present to the Stewards or Registrar reports of the following:

a) A medical certificate complete physical exam by a physician acceptable to the Registrar confirming that he or she is clear to ride in races.

b) Once every two years, An eye examination by an ophthalmologist or an acceptable optometrist.

The expense of these examinations shall be borne by the applicant. The Stewards at their discretion may grant temporary licensing without the completion of part (a) or (b) for a specific limited period.

4.06.03 Regardless of the term of licence, a jockey or apprentice jockey shall make available to the Stewards:

a. On an annual basis, a medical certificate confirming that he or she is clear to ride in races.

b. Every two years, an eye examination by an ophthalmologist or an acceptable optometrist.

4.08.02 The Registrar will recognize for a non-resident, who is participating in racing in Ontario, valid licences from recognized racing jurisdictions or the National Racing Compact. In order to be recognized the licensee must be in good standing in all jurisdictions and file or have filed on his or her behalf an Commission reciprocal licensing form or other form approved by the Registrar, outlining name, address and licensing particulars prior to racing. For the purpose of this rule, a non-resident of Ontario shall have the definition attributed to a non-resident of Canada in the Income Tax Act (Canada). Non-residents of Ontario who have filed or have had filed on their behalf a reciprocal licensing form shall be deemed to be licensees of the Commission and subject to the Commission Rules and Registrar’s directives. A validation sticker will be affixed upon request to licences when required for the purposes of allowing the recognized licensee access to those areas of the racing association where the licensee is obligated to perform his or her duties.

4.08.03 In an emergency situation, if an application has been received along with the required fees, a temporary licence may be issued. The temporary licence is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance, unless otherwise notified by the Commission.

4.14 A licensee must provide and ensure that serve the Registrar receives with a written notice of any change in permanent address not later than five (5) days after the change.

CHAPTER 6: ENTRIES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS

6.10.01 Entries and scratches shall be made in writing and signed by the trainer who at the time of entry has been charged with the care and custody of the horse in question, or by the owner of the horse, or if this information is provided by phone, the Association shall keep a record of the conversation. or by the owner’s licensed Authorized Agent. Each Association shall provide forms on which entries and scratches are to be made.

6.13 A trainer, or owner, or authorized agent may not enter and start more than two horses of the same or separate ownership in a purse race or overnight event as separate betting interests, except under the following conditions:

1) Stake races;

2) Races in which there are fees required to nominate or enter; or

All overnight races. In these races a trainer may not enter more than two horses. The second entry may not exclude a single entry, or be allowed if there are less than five entries received prior to the entry of the trainer’s second horse. The Association reserves the right to require six or more betting interests in any overnight race from a minimum of five trainers and owners.

6.42 Subject to the regulations set forth by the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency, an owner and/or trainer racing a horse with penicillin G procaine must advise the test inspector no later than ½ an hour before the post time of the race in which the horse is entered.

6.42.01 A penicillin G procaine list will be posted in the race office stating the horse’s last administration date. Any horse being re-entered with twenty-one (21) days of the last administration must re-submit a penicillin G procaine form. Failing to comply could result in a positive test.

6.44.01 Except as provided by Rule 6.44.02 no horse shall be permitted to enter unless it has been tattooed and fully identified using an industry acceptable method, as approved by the Registrar.

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 approved 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.

6.45 An Association shall provide suitable equipment, including back up equipment, capable of accurately identifying racehorses.

CHAPTER 7 – DECLARATIONS AND SCRATCHES

7.01 No horse shall be considered scratched or declared out of an engagement until the owner or their trainer or their authorized agent has given due notice in writing, by facsimile or by telephone (which is recorded electronically by the race office) to the racing secretary before the time stipulated by the regulations of the Association.

CHAPTER 8 – WEIGHTS

8.02 The owner or trainer or authorized agent shall claim all weight allowances at the time of entry and the claimant shall be held responsible should a horse be started carrying an incorrect weight. If as a result of carrying too little weight a horse is disqualified, the owner or trainer or authorized agent claiming such weight shall be held responsible.

CHAPTER 9 – JOCKEYS

9.12 All jockeys shall faithfully fulfill all riding engagements in respect to racing. In the event a rider books off their engagements during the course of the program due to illness or injury, the rider may be required to provide furnish a medical clearance medical certificate acceptable to the Stewards confirming that he or she is clear to ride prior to resuming their duties

9.21 Every owner or trainer or authorized agent shall, upon making an entry, include the name of the jockey who is to ride their horse and from whom he/ she has a firm commitment for a first or second call. If no rider (jockey or apprentice) has been named by the time of the entries, the Stewards shall name a rider (jockey or apprentice) to ride the horse and take whatever action they deem necessary under Rule 16.13. If for any reason a rider is unable to fulfil their riding engagement, the Stewards or their appointed representative shall attempt to contact the trainer and/or owner of the horse in question and if they are unsuccessful they shall name a rider, who is willing to ride the horse in question.

CHAPTER 12 – CLAIMING RACES

12.03 A claim may be made by an Authorized Agent but only for an owner by whom he/she is authorized. However, when making out such claim the claim slip must include that the Authorized Agent’s card licence number or said claim shall be voided.

12.03.01 A trainer may claim horses on behalf of an owner(s) only if he/she is properly licensed as an Authorized Agent for that owner(s).

12.06 A claim shall, in all cases, represent a bona fide offer by the claimant to buy, and on the owner to sell the horse in question at the claiming price. The Stewards shall may fully inquire into any and all circumstances leading them to believe that the above is not the case and shall punish violators in such manner as the facts warrant. (See Rule 12.17)

12.29 Any potential ownership which is desirous of entering racing in Ontario by claiming a horse, which is not currently, directly or indirectly involved in horse ownership in another jurisdiction, which does not qualify to claim a horse under Rule 12.01.01 (a) and (b) may be granted the privilege to claim a horse under a claiming certificate an initial claim permit, issued by the Registrar, provided the following conditions are fulfilled:

(a) a payment of $130.00 is made to the Commission to initiate an investigation as to that ownership’s suitability to hold a licence. The new owner’s fee will be added to the cost of the claiming certificate initial claiming permit;

(d) with the exception of the first and last thirty (30) calendar days, a claiming certificate an initial claim is valid during the racing season in Ontario;

CHAPTER 15 – MISCONDUCT, NEEDLES, SYRINGES AND SEARCHES

15.02.01 No licensee except physicians, Commission Veterinarians or Official Veterinarians or veterinarians licensed by the Commission, or registered veterinary technicians, or veterinary student assistants, or other technicians as permitted by the Stewards or Registrar, who are under the supervision of a veterinarian and licensed by the Commission shall, within the grounds of the Association, have in or upon the premises or vehicle which the licensee occupies or has the right to occupy, or in their personal property or effects:

(b) Any injectable (substance capable of being injected) which may be administered by a hypodermic syringe, hypodermic needle, or device (known technically as a substance for parenteral administration) without first securing written permission from the Stewards or the Registrar.

15.02.04 No horse that has been denerved permanently or temporarily desensitized by any method above its pastern shall be eligible to enter a race. For the purposes of this rule a horse that has been denerved, blocked with alcohol or any other drug or medicament or procedure that totally desensitizes the volar or plantar nerves, will be deemed to have been denerved within the meaning of this rule. The decision at any given time whether the horse has been denerved shall be the Commission Veterinarian’s or the Official Veterinarian’s.

15.02.06 All denerved horses must be registered with a Commission Veterinarian or Official Veterinarian on forms provided by the Commission for that purpose. No unregistered denerved horses shall be entered in a race nor shall a horse be registered as denerved when in fact it has not been denerved. For failure to report a denerved horse or for reporting a horse denerved when it has not been denerved, the Stewards may impose such penalties as they think proper within the limits prescribed by the Rules, and in their discretion may recommend to the Registrar the imposition of more severe penalties.

15.02.06 Horses that have been denerved prior to March 2, 2020, will be eligible to race provided the horse was previously on the Commission’s list of denerved horses. No new horses will be added to the Commission’s list of denerved horses.

15.02.07 The AGCO shall post a list of all denerved horses.

The Commission Veterinarian or Official Veterinarian shall keep posted in the Secretary’s office a list of all horses denerved and such list shall include:

a. The dates of the denerving; and

b. Any information re: any tumour removed associated with the surgery.

15.09.01 Any act or omission related to Thoroughbred horse racing in any or all of its form, which, when measured against generally accepted standards of good conduct would be regarded as dishonest, unfair or unsportsmanlike or contrary to the public interest financially or otherwise, shall be deemed to be a violation of these Rules and shall be dealt with accordingly at the discretion of the Stewards. The Ruling and subsequent publication regarding penalty shall include the specific part of the Rules which the licensee violated. In determining whether any act or omission offends this Rule, regards may be had to any Code of Ethical and Professional Business Conduct that may have been adopted by a horsemen’s association.

The following subparagraphs of this Rule provide particulars of conduct contemplated by this Rule but are not meant to be exhaustive:

c. All of the terms of a trainer’s engagement should be set out in a written contract between the owner and trainer. At a minimum, a trainer shall advise an owner in writing written form as to the services to be provided by the trainer for which the owner is to be financially responsible, the trainer’s rate schedule including day rate and commissions on purses earned by the horses and the terms of payment;

15.09.03 When a change of ownership of a horse racing in Ontario has occurred, the former owner or his/her agent must make the written medical history of that horse available upon request to the new owner or his/her agent within 72 hours of the request. Failure or refusal to provide the written medical history may result in a monetary penalty and/or suspension. The request for medical records must be made within 30 days of any transfer.

15.09.04 For the purposes of Rule 15.09.03, the written medical history of the horse shall include the records of administration, including brand and date for:

i. Vaccinations

ii. Dewormings

15.23 Any person making any false, untrue or misleading statement on an application for a licence or registration or on any other document or examination required for licensing or pursuant to the Rules, or in a written or oral examination may be denied such a licence or registration or may be subject to a monetary penalty or suspended.

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 race horse and the following conditions of use must be met:

a. Be used only for a valid diagnostic or therapeutic treatment or procedure;

b. No treatment or procedure is allowed within 4 days (96 hours) prior to competing in a race, or an official workout; and

c. Any treatment or procedure must be recorded, including the date and time, and maintained as part of the record of the horse.

CHAPTER 27 – COMMISSION VETERINARIANS, OFFICIAL VETERINARIANS AND OTHER VETERINARIANS

27.09.01 A horse scratched from the official race program by a veterinarian and placed on the Commission Veterinarian’s List is ineligible to record an official workout within two clear days of having been a veterinarian scratch without the permission of the Official Veterinarian or Commission Veterinarian or the Stewards.

27.16.01 A veterinarian shall:

c. Advise the trainer or owner in writing:

(ii) If no detection limit elimination guideline is provided for in the Schedule of Drugs, an estimate of the detection limit withdrawal time based upon the veterinarian’s professional opinion, after carrying out such research as is required for him or her to form a professional opinion, and shall maintain a copy of that written advice in his or her records;

d. Advise the trainer or owner in writing of the potential or anticipated results of the administration of the drug, substance or medication on the horse and shall maintain a copy of that written advice in his or her records; and

e. Advise the trainer or owner in writing of any potential or anticipated side effects of the administration of the drug, substance or medication, including any that may result from interaction with any other drug, substance or medication that the veterinarian knows, ought to know or has reason to believe is being administered to the horse, and shall maintain a copy of that written advice in his or her records.

27.16.03 A veterinarian may comply with 27.16.01(a) and (b) if he or she obtains the required information from a bona fide representative of the trainer or owner who has been designated by the trainer or owner to act on his or her behalf and the veterinarian has no reason to believe otherwise. A veterinarian may comply with 27.16.01(c), (d) and (e) if he or she provides the written advice to a bona fide representative of the trainer or owner who has been designated by the trainer or owner to act on his or her behalf and the veterinarian has no reason to believe otherwise.

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

i. Name and strength of the drug or medication;

ii.  Date and quantity prescribed;

iii.Name and address of the dispensing veterinarian;

iv. Name of the horse for which it is prescribed;

v. Name of the trainer of the horse;

vi. Directions for use; and

vii. Detection limit determined in accordance with Rule 27.16.

 

27.20.02 In the event that 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:

i. Name of the horse for which it is prescribed; and

ii. Date and quantity prescribed.

CHAPTER 29 – TRAINERS, ASSISTANT TRAINERS AND SUBSTITUTE TRAINERS

29.01 A trainer must register with the Racing Secretary of each Association all horses in their charge, stating the name, colour, sex, age and breeding of each and the name of the owner. Such registration may be made by the owner or authorized agent but in all cases the name of both owner and trainer must be given.

29.09 Any owner, trainer, assistant trainer, Authorized Agent, pony person or any other person who places any licensee in a horse related occupation on their payroll at the race track must cover that licensee under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Act and keep that individual covered under this Act throughout the time he/she is in their employ at the racetrack. Trainers shipping in from outside of Ontario must satisfy the Stewards that their employees have equivalent coverage.

29.09.01 A Workplace Safety and Insurance Board clearance certificate or equivalent Certificate of Insurance is required and must accompany a Commission trainer’s licence application before such licence is issued in Ontario. (Note: 29.09, above, remains.)

CHAPTER 30 – APPRENTICE JOCKEYS

30.18 No weight allowances granted an apprentice jockey shall extend past three (3) years from the date of their first race with the exception of medical extension(s). If medical extension(s) have been granted the weight allowances shall extend past three (3) years only for the total number of days granted in said extension(s). To qualify for a medical extension a medical certificate acceptable physician’s report(s) to the Registrar confirming the requirement for an extension, must be provided prior to the termination of the apprentice jockey’s allowances.

30.19 In all overnight races, when drawing post positions, if the rider/riders named at the time of entry is/are not available at the time of the draw, and an apprentice rider is then named by either the Owner, Trainer, Authorized Agent or the Stewards, the apprentice rider so named will be allowed his/her apprentice weight allowance.

CHAPTER 31 – STABLE NAMES

31.05 Any person who has registered a stable name may, at any time, abandon it by giving written notice to the Registrar, after which all entries which have been made in the stable name shall be altered to the real name of the owner.

CHAPTER 33 – AUTHORIZED AGENTS

33.01 All documents by which an owner appoints an authorized agent shall be registered with the Commission.

33.01 Owners shall be responsible for ensuring that all information with respect to Authorized Agents appointed to act on their behalf is current and registered with the Commission, failing which a claim may be invalidated.

 

​33.02 Any change in or revocation of an Authorized Agent appointment shall be in writing and signed by the owner and shall not be effective until registered filed with the Commission.

 

​33.03 Notwithstanding any provisions contained in the rules of racing, as between an owner and any Racing Association, a document appointing an authorized agent which has been registered with the Commission, shall remain in full force and effect until December 31 of the current calendar year, or until notice in writing of its revocation has been received by such Racing Association from the Registrar, whichever shall first occur.

​33.04 Persons appointed as Authorized Agents, unless otherwise licensed by the Commission – shall be licensed as Authorized Agents.

Chapter 36 – ONTARIO THOROUGHBRED EXERCISE INDUCED PULMONARY HEMORRHAGE (EIPH) PROGRAM

36.01 All licensees owning, training or acting as authorized agents on behalf of owners with a horse or horses participating in the Program shall complete, in full, the Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH) certification Forms 1 and 2, as applicable. Form 1 is to be used for horses ordinarily competing in Ontario and Form 2 is to be used for horses shipping in from a foreign jurisdiction to compete in Ontario. Each form shall contain certification by or on behalf of a duly qualified veterinarian in Ontario, or as provided in Form 2 with respect to any other jurisdiction recognized by the Registrar, to the effect that the subject thoroughbred horse has displayed symptoms of EIPH and is qualified for the EIPH program in their opinion to justify the use of Furosemide in pari-mutuel racing in accordance with the program accepted by the Registrar.

In instances where Form 2 is applicable, the Stewards, prior to entry, must be provided with past performance lines of the horse or horses acceptable to the Stewards and a signed statement from a veterinarian in the foreign jurisdiction who fulfills the duties ordinarily performed by a Commission Veterinarian or Official Veterinarian in Ontario certifying that the horse has qualified for the EIPH Program in the jurisdiction in which it is enrolled.

Notwithstanding the above, the Stewards may accept an entry in the absence of such Forms or performance lines, provided that all Forms including the past performance lines of the horse or horses and the signed statement from a veterinarian in the foreign jurisdiction, if required, must be filed with and accepted by the Stewards four and one half (4 ½) hours before post time of race for which the horse is entered.

36.01.01 Should a Commission Veterinarian or Official Veterinarian not be available to co-sign Form 1 prior to the time of entry, a Steward may sign said Form 1 if all other required conditions have been fulfilled. Said Form 1 shall be co-signed by the Commission Veterinarian or Official Veterinarian as soon as possible after the time of entry.

36.01.02 Any person providing false or misleading information on Form 1 or Form 2 may be subject to a suspension and or monetary penalty being levied by the Stewards or by the Registrar.

36.01.03 To be placed on the EIPH program, a trainer, owner or Authorized Agent acting on behalf of the owners must present the completed Form 1 to the Commission Veterinarian or Official Veterinarian who will place the horse on the EIPH list and the horse will be eligible to race on the 14th day thereafter.

If the completed Form 1 is presented within 96 hours of the consultation having taken place, the day the consultation took place shall be considered to be the horse’s first day on the EIPH list and the horse will be eligible to race on the 14th day following the date of the consultation.

If the completed Form 1 is presented 96 hours or more after the date of the consultation, the date on which it is actually presented will be considered to be the horse’s first day on the EIPH list and the horse will be eligible to race on the 14th day thereafter.

36.02 No horse is accepted in the EIPH Program until one of the following procedures is completed:

a. The Commission Veterinarian or Official Veterinarian has signed and stamped the Exercise Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage (EIPH) Certification Application Form 1 permitting the horse entered to race on Furosemide; or

b. The Stewards have declared the horse accepted to the EIPH Program as a result of their having received Form 2 duly executed by the owner or his or her authorized representative, the past performance lines, acceptable to the Stewards, of the horse and a signed statement from a veterinarian in the foreign jurisdiction who fulfills the duties ordinarily performed by a Commission Veterinarian or Official Veterinarian in Ontario certifying that the horse has qualified for the EIPH Program in the jurisdiction in which it is enrolled.

36.03 The status of all horses enrolled in the EIPH Program must be declared on the entry form at the time of entry.

36.04.02 Any horse that is declared as eligible (hereinafter called “certified horse”) to receive Furosemide on the entry form must have, in fact, been accepted to the EIPH Program at the time of such declaration. Any licensee who falsely declares that the horse has been enrolled in the EIPH Program when such horse is not a certified horse shall be deemed to have violated these rules by such false declaration and shall be subject to discipline by the Stewards in accordance with the provisions of Rule 16.13.

EIPH horses shipping in from a foreign jurisdiction wishing to compete in Ontario using Furosemide must be acceptable to the Ontario Thoroughbred EIPH Program. When declaring a EIPH horse at time of entry, pursuant to Rule 36.01, any licensee who falsely declares that the horse is acceptable to be enrolled in the EIPH Program when such horse is not, shall be deemed to have violated these rules by such false declaration and shall be subject to discipline by the Stewards in accordance with the provisions of Rule 16.13.

36.05.01 A certified horse will receive Furosemide (Lasix) in its stall in the presence of the trainer of record and/or their representative no earlier than 4 hours and 15 minutes and no later than 3 hours and 45 minutes before the published post time for the race in which the horse is to compete. Any certified horse not receiving Furosemide (Lasix) within the specified time shall be automatically scratched.

36.05.02 The certified horse must be medicated with the correct dosage of Furosemide (Lasix) intravenously by the designated registered animal health technician in the horse’s stall (or in the presence of that technician by a veterinarian licensed by the Commission who shall use only Furosemide, syringes and needles supplied by the technician).

 

36.05.03 In the event that an owner or trainer, as the case may be, has failed to assure that the certified horse was medicated, the owner or trainer shall be in violation of these rules and may be subject to discipline by the Stewards in accordance with the provisions of Rule 16.13.

​36.05.04 Any trainer of a horse that has been certified to receive Furosemide in accordance with the provisions of the EIPH Program, who fails or refuses, without reasonable justification, to have the certified horse injected with Furosemide within the time limited in accordance with the provisions of the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations under the Criminal Code (Canada) and these rules for any race in which the horse is programmed to start shall be deemed to have committed a breach of these rules and shall be subject to a monetary penalty and/or suspension being imposed by the Stewards within the provisions of Rule 16.13.

​36.05.05 A horse that bleeds in a race in Ontario or that is observed by the Commission Veterinarian or Official Veterinarian bleeding in the detention barn following a race in Ontario for the first time will be placed on the Bleeder List. If it is already on the Lasix Program, it will also be suspended for 14 days from the date of the race in which it bled.

If a horse bleeds in a race in Ontario, or is observed by the Commission Veterinarian or Official Veterinarian bleeding in the detention barn following a race in Ontario for a second time within 365 days of the first time it bled in a race in Ontario, it will be suspended from racing in Ontario for 90 days from the date of the race in which it bled for the second time.

If a horse bleeds in a race in Ontario or is observed by the Commission Veterinarian or Official Veterinarian bleeding in the detention barn following a race in Ontario for a third time within 365 days of the first time it bled in a race in Ontario, it will be suspended for 365 days from racing in Ontario from the date of the race in which it bled for the third time.

Following the horse bleeding on any of the above occasions, the owner/trainer has the option to have the horse examined with a Fibreoptic Bronchoscope by a veterinarian licensed to practice in Ontario by the College of Veterinarians of Ontario and by the Commission. The horse must be examined within two hours of the race in question. If the veterinarian certifies to the Stewards, in writing, that on bronchoscopic examination there was no blood in the trachea or bronchi, the horse shall be exempted from the provisions of this rule.

36.06 A certified horse must remain on the Lasix Program for 100 days calculated from the date of its initial or most recent certification.

36.07 Each racing association is responsible to provide the program printer with the following information regarding the Lasix program:

 

L1

Denotes horses treated with Lasix today who were not so treated for their last start (formerly an L inside a circle)

L-

Denotes horses treated with Lasix which were also treated with Lasix in their last start

A footnote at the bottom of the race program page will indicate horses off Lasix since their last start.

36.01 All AGCO licensed owners, trainers, assistant trainers and veterinarians may complete an EIPH Program - Add or Remove Horse (Ordinarily Competing in Ontario) Submission in order to place a horse on the EIPH Program. Such submissions shall contain certification by an AGCO licensed veterinarian to the effect that the horse has displayed symptoms of EIPH or that through consultation with the trainer or owner, it is in the horse’s best interest to be placed on the EIPH Program.

For a horse not ordinarily competing in Ontario that has past performance lines showing that for the horse’s last start in a foreign jurisdiction the horse competed on furosemide, they will be placed on the EIPH Program. Those who do not want their horses to be on the EIPH Program are required to complete an EIPH Program - Horse Opt-Out (Shipping in to Compete in Ontario) Submission to opt-out of the program. This submission may be submitted by the owners, trainer, or assistant trainers of the horse, and is only applicable to a horse that is being shipped in from another jurisdiction and has not been enrolled in the EIPH Program prior to the time of entry of the subject race. This submission must be received by AGCO by the time of entry.

For a horse not ordinarily competing in Ontario that does not have past performance lines showing that for the horse’s last start in a foreign jurisdiction the horse competed on furosemide, the Registrar, by time of entry, must receive a regulatory submission with documentation certifying that the horse has qualified for the EIPH Program in the jurisdiction in which it is enrolled. Notwithstanding the above, the Stewards may accept an entry provided the documentation from the foreign jurisdiction is filed and accepted by the Stewards, four and one half (4 ½) hours before post time of the race for which the horse is entered.

36.02 To be valid, the EIPH Program – Add or Remove Horse (Ordinarily Competing in Ontario) Submission must be provided to the Commission:

a. within 30 days of the veterinary consultation, observation or examination having taken place; and

b. submitted by time of entry.

The day the consultation, observation or examination took place shall be the horse’s first day on the EIPH list and the horse will be eligible to race 14 days thereafter for the EIPH Program – Add Horse (Ordinarily Competing in Ontario) Submission.

Notwithstanding the above, the Stewards may accept an entry provided any required documentation is filed with and accepted by the Stewards, four and one half (4 ½) hours before post time of the race for which the horse is entered.

36.03 No horse is accepted to the EIPH Program until the Commission has confirmed the horse has been placed on the program.

36.04 The status of all horses enrolled in the EIPH Program must be declared on the entry form at the time of entry.

36.05 Any horse that is declared as eligible (hereinafter called “certified horse”) to receive furosemide on the entry form must have, in fact, been accepted to the EIPH Program at the time of such declaration. Any licensee who falsely declares that the horse has been enrolled in the EIPH Program when such horse is not a certified horse shall be deemed to have violated these rules by such false declaration.

36.06 EIPH horses shipping in from a foreign jurisdiction wishing to compete in Ontario using furosemide must be acceptable to the EIPH Program and it shall be a violation to falsely declare that the horse is acceptable to be enrolled in the EIPH Program.

36.07 A certified horse will receive furosemide in its stall in the presence of the trainer of record and/or their representative no earlier than 4 hours and 15 minutes and no later than 3 hours and 45 minutes before the published post time for the race in which the horse is to compete. Any certified horse not receiving furosemide within the specified time shall be automatically scratched.

36.08 The certified horse must be medicated with a dosage of furosemide which is no less than 150 mg and no more than 250 mg intravenously by the designated EIPH Program technician or EIPH Program veterinarian (or, in the presence of that designated technician or veterinarian, by an AGCO licensed veterinarian who shall use only furosemide, syringes and needles supplied by the designated technician or veterinarian).

36.09 In the event that an owner or trainer, as the case may be, has failed to assure that the certified horse was medicated, the owner or trainer shall be in violation of these rules.

36.10 Any trainer of a horse that has been certified to receive furosemide in accordance with the provisions of the EIPH Program, who fails or refuses, without reasonable justification, to have the certified horse injected with furosemide within the time limited in accordance with the provisions of the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations under the Criminal Code (Canada) and these rules for any race in which the horse is programmed to start shall be deemed to have committed a breach of these rules.

36.11.00 A horse that bleeds from the nostrils (epistaxis) in a race in Ontario or that is observed by the Commission Veterinarian or Official Veterinarian bleeding from the nostrils within an hour of a race for the first time within a 365 day period will be placed on the Bleeder List. It will also be suspended for 14 days from the date of the race in which it bled.

36.11.01 If a horse bleeds from the nostrils (epistaxis) in a race, or is observed by the Commission Veterinarian or Official Veterinarian bleeding from the nostrils (epistaxis) within an hour of a race for the second time within a 365 day period it will be placed on the Bleeder List. It will also be suspended for 90 days from the date of the race in which it bled for the second time.

36.11.02 If a horse bleeds from the nostrils (epistaxis) in a race or is observed by the Commission Veterinarian or Official Veterinarian bleeding from the nostrils within an hour of a race for the third time within a 365 day period it will be placed on the Bleeder List. It will also be suspended for 365 days from racing from the date of the race in which it bled for the third time.

36.11.03 In the event that a horse bleeds from its nostrils in violation of rules 36.11.00 – 36.11.02, the owner/trainer has the option to have the horse examined with a flexible endoscope by a veterinarian licensed by the Commission. The horse must be examined within two hours of the race in question. If the veterinarian certifies to the Stewards, that on bronchoscopic examination there was no blood in the trachea or bronchi, the Stewards may waive the provisions of 36.11.00– 36.11.02.

36.12 A certified horse must remain on the EIPH Program for 100 days calculated from the date of its initial or most recent certification, regardless of any change of owner or trainer. For any horse on an EIPH Program in another Canadian province, where the AGCO can confirm the exact date the horse was duly registered on their program, that date shall be used to calculate the 100 days.

36.12.01 After being on the EIPH Program for at least 100 days, such horse may be removed from the EIPH Program after completing an EIPH Program –Add or Remove Horse (Ordinarily Competing in Ontario) Submission which must be received at time of entry. If such horse bleeds, it may be readmitted to the EIPH Program upon completing an EIPH Program - Add or Remove Horse (Ordinarily Competing in Ontario).

36.13 Each racing association is responsible for ensuring that a horse’s status with respect to the EIPH Program is provided in in the race program.

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