ontario racing

Ontario Racing Adds $2.375 Million To Ontario-Bred Bonus Program

Ontario Racing today announced an additional enhancement of $2.375 million in funds for the 2019 Thoroughbred Improvement Program (TIP) as part of the $10 million of Horse Improvement Program funds designated for the horse racing industry by the Ontario government. An enriched TIP will now offer the additional funds through a new rewards program in […]

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Ontario Government To Build Railway Station At Woodbine Racetrack

Ontario officials have announced the government’s plans to build a GO Network railway station at Woodbine Racetrack and the planned entertainment complex there — at no cost to taxpayers. The Ontario Government and Metrolinx are partnering with Woodbine Entertainment to build the station along Highway 27, on the Kitchener GO rail line. “Our government is […]

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Canadian Hall Of Fame Breeder Bill Graham Dies At Age 81

The Ontario horse racing community is mourning the loss of Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame member, Thoroughbred breeder, and builder William (Bill) Graham, who passed away on January 15. Mr. Graham was a successful construction entrepreneur who achieved great success within Thoroughbred racing including a Sovereign Award as Canada’s outstanding breeder in 2012. As […]

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One To One: Q & A With Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson

Jim Lawson in 2015 was named chief executive officer of Woodbine Entertainment – Canada’s largest racetrack company, which owns and operates Woodbine near Toronto and Woodbine Mohawk Park, a harness track 30 miles to the west in Milton. Ontario. Prior to becoming CEO, he served as board chairman of Woodbine Entertainment. Lawson is also chairman […]

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Ontario Changes Horse Improvement Purse Distribution Between Thoroughbred, Standardbred

Ontario Racing (OR) today announced a reallocation of the Horse Improvement Program (HIP) purses between the Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing, commencing in April, 2019. The HIP program purse budget, worth approximately $25 million in 2018-19, will be redistributed 51% allocated to Thoroughbred racing and 49% allocated to Standardbred racing in 2019-20, 53% Thoroughbred/47% Standardbred in […]

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John Hayes Unanimously Elected Ontario Racing’s Chairman Of The Board

Ontario Racing (OR) today announced the full composition of its new Board of Directors. The first order of business for the new Board was electing, unanimously, Mr. John Hayes, the Independent Chairman of the Board. Mr. Hayes brings significant business management and executive expertise to the role of OR Chair, with former positions in finance […]

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Curry, Siscos Named To Ontario Racing Management Executive Positions

Ontario Racing Management (ORM) welcomes senior industry leaders, Katherine Curry and John Siscos to the organization. Ms. Curry becomes the organization’s first executive director, while Mr. Siscos assumes the newly established role of director, marketing, communications and stakeholder relations. As executive director, Ms. Curry will oversee all day-to-day operations of the organization, including the transparent […]

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Ontario Racing Officials Sign 19-Year ‘Historic’ Funding Agreement

The Ontario Racing (OR) Board of Directors today announced the signing of an historic 19-year funding agreement with the Ontario Government.  The Ontario Government announced last month that it would allot up to $105 million annually to horse racing industry stakeholders over a 19-year period. The funding will be used to sustain horse breeding and […]

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Ontario Racing, Standardbred Alliance Announce Merger

The Board of Ontario Racing and members of the Standardbred Alliance have voted to merge the two existing organizations. The combined entity will be an independent, not-for-profit industry organization that will represent all Ontario racetracks and horse racing industry associations in the Province with one unified voice. “We’re excited to announce the merger of the […]

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Ontario Government Considers Additional $1.6B In Subsidies For Racing Industry

Legislators in Ontario are discussing a proposal that would provide $1.6 billion in subsidies for the horse racing industry in the province. The National Post reports that the money would be in addition to the $700 million already pledged for the industry. Racing has struggled in the four years since the ‘slots-at-racetracks’ program was canceled by then-premier Dalton McGinty. […]

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