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Thoroughbred Idea Foundation: Ontario Regulator Looks Into Changing Racing Interference Rules

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), the province’s racing regulator, is considering changes to the rules governing interference in racing, and specifically, adopting the much-discussed Category 1 interference philosophy which is used in nearly every global racing jurisdiction except the United States of America and Canada. The Thoroughbred Idea Foundation (TIF) published a […]

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Ontario Racing To Offer Financial Incentives For Import Of In-Foal Mares

Ontario Racing has announced a Mare Recruitment Program (MRP), a one-year pilot program for the 2020-21 fiscal year, eligible to Thoroughbred horsepeople who bring an in-foal mare to foal in Ontario. Eligible applicants will receive $5,000 (CDN), through the industry’s Thoroughbred Horse Improvement Program (TIP), for each mare brought to Ontario to foal. The announcement […]

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Ontario Mare Purchase Program Bonus And Incentives Announced For Thoroughbred Owners And Breeders

In keeping with its commitment to support and champion a strong and vibrant Ontario horse racing and breeding industry, Ontario Racing today announced an offer of lucrative bonuses and significant incentives through its Mare Purchase Program (MPP). The Thoroughbred MPP is eligible to purchasers, who are Ontario residents, of an in-foal broodmare at the following […]

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David Anderson Joining Ontario Racing Board As Thoroughbred Breeders’ Representative

The Board of Directors of Ontario Racing (OR) announced that David Anderson has joined its Board in the role of representative for Thoroughbred Breeders. Anderson brings a wealth of success and expertise in the horse racing industry to his role, with longstanding achievements in both the Thoroughbred and Standardbred worlds. The son of late Canadian […]

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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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