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AGCO Horse Racing Welfare Announcement

During this extraordinary time, the AGCO is continuing its activities and services for the sectors we regulate. We wish to offer as much guidance and support as we can to all those who rely on the AGCO’s services and continue to work closely with and support the provincial government with its greater public health objectives.

Our Racing Officials are working with a number of industry stakeholders including racetrack management, horsepersons’ associations, veterinarians, and wagering bodies to seek input and address concerns related to the start of racing while keeping in mind the welfare and safety of equine and human athletes. We are exploring topics like eligibility rules, inspections of racetrack surfaces, the use of technology in racing, and social distancing practices, to help alleviate the burden on the industry and support the start of racing.

Once horse racing in Ontario resumes operation, the AGCO will continue to conduct its horse racing related activities to maintain the safety of participants and the integrity of the sport. To that end, the AGCO is announcing four initiatives to advance the health and safety of equine and human athletes, that will go into effect once horse racing in Ontario resumes:

  1. Information Bulletin No. 80 – Concussion Protocol to be Implemented at Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Racetracks
    The AGCO is implementing a Concussion Protocol across all Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racetracks, at the start of their respective racing seasons for all jockeys and exercise riders exercising for racing at Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racetracks (Woodbine, Fort Erie and Ajax Downs).
  2. Information Bulletin No. 81 – AGCO Launches Equine Medication Use and Awareness E-Learning Course
    The AGCO has developed an Equine Medication Use and Awareness Program to raise awareness of horse racing licensee obligations related to the use of equine medication and help prevent equine medication misuse by horse racing participants, which will be launched when racing resumes.
  3. Information Bulletin No. 82 – Revision to Racing Under Saddle (RUS) Rules within the Rules of Standardbred Racing
    The AGCO is revising the existing licence renewal process for Racing Under Saddle (RUS) races outlined in 25.01.01 of the Rules of Standardbred Racing, which will be launched when racing resumes.
  4. Information Bulletin No. 83 – Revision to Urging Provisions for Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse and Standardbred Racing
    The AGCO is expanding the 2019 revised urging provisions for Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing and is reiterating the penalty guidelines for all racetracks in Ontario, which will be launched when racing resumes.

The AGCO is working with the industry to identify potential temporary revisions to the Rules of Racing. These revisions would accommodate the resumption of racing by reducing the burden on participants while also balancing the need to uphold the health and safety of licensees and racehorses. Once any revisions have been finalized, a subsequent announcement will be released with details, including an effective date for these welfare announcement initiatives.

These AGCO horse racing welfare initiatives are part of our ongoing commitment to protecting Ontario’s racehorses, enhancing the integrity of racing and providing a regulatory framework appropriate for today’s racing industry. For more information on the AGCO’s reforms to the regulatory rules that govern horse racing, please see Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulatory Reform and Engagement.

TRAINERS MEETING May 14, 2020 1:00 PM

We are looking forward to our first virtual trainers meeting to be held this Thursday.  We will be using Microsoft Teams for the meeting, please click the link below to join our team and install the software.
We will be available to test everyone’s connection to the meeting starting at 11 am on Thursday morning.  Please advise the office that you intend to join the meeting and setup the software so that we can ensure a prompt start time at 1pm.
We intend to discuss the COVID 19 protocols that will be in place when we start training/racing in 2020.  We believe that these protocols and your support/adherence to them are critical to ensure that we have a safe environment for all participants.
The meeting will provide a detailed slide presentation and there will be time for Questions and Answers, we look forward to hearing from you all on Thursday.

Ontario Racing has been successful in securing an aid package

The QROOI Board of directors is pleased to announce that Ontario Racing has been successful in securing an aid package for the Ontario Horse Racing Industry. We have attached their official notice below. Although the plan is not perfect, it is meant to ensure that all horses continue to train and receive the type of care that Ontario horse people are proud of. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire team at Ontario Racing, Ontario Lottery and Gaming and our Provincial government. Most notably to the Honorable Minister of Finance Rod Phillips for providing his support and moving the process along quickly during this unprecedented crisis and to Ontario Racing Management Katherine Curry for her continued dedication to providing a solution to support all three breeds of horse racing in Ontario.

The QROOI would like our membership to continue nominating horses for the stakes program without the requirement for payment of any fees. We intend to make decisions about our racing and stakes program once a more definitive timeline can be established for our return to racing.

We trust that you are all practising social distancing and protecting your families during this most difficult time.

Should anyone have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Ontario Racing News

Purse Funds of Cancelled Races to continue to support Horsepeople

Ontario Racing is pleased to notify industry participants that – by application – horsepeople will have the opportunity to access certain purse funds that remain available under the Funding Agreement with Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) as a result of the suspension of live racing in the province due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These funds were already committed to the industry through the Funding Agreement for Live Horse Racing between Ontario Racing and OLG. To enable this access, Ontario Racing, OLG and the other parties to the Funding Agreement have entered into an amendment to the Funding Agreement, a copy of which will be posted on the Ontario Racing website.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario Racing created a task force to address the financial impacts on the horse racing industry. The Ontario Racing Task Force has worked closely with OLG to structure the below interim process which is available to all three breeds – Standardbred, Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to receive funds pursuant to this interim measure, owners must complete an application which must be submitted to Ontario Racing Management Inc. (ORM). Eligibility requirements for this program include the following:

  • Horses must be trained and raced by an Ontario-based trainer with a valid AGCO license
  • Certification that the horse is resident in Ontario, or has completed a Stall Application for the 2020 race season, or is otherwise verified to be coming to Ontario for the 2020 race season
  • The horse’s first start following the resumption of racing in Ontario must be at an Ontario track, unless otherwise approved by Ontario Racing
  • Horses must be at least 3 years old, and either have not yet raced or have raced since January 1, 2019

Subject to meeting the above eligibility criteria, for the months of April and May, should racing continue to be suspended, racehorse owners will be eligible to receive the following payments, each of which is estimated to cover half of the monthly costs associated with boarding, feed and training fees (veterinary, blacksmith, shipping, and other fees are not included in this estimate):

Thoroughbreds $1,500/month
Standardbred $1,000/month
Quarter Horse $750/month

Horse owners can apply for payments under this interim measure by submitting an application form to Ontario Racing, c/o Sarrah Young syoung@ontarioracing.com. Application forms will be available on the Ontario Racing website.

Standardbred horses that were qualified to race during the last week of March will be eligible to each receive $300, and drivers and trainers will receive 5% up to an accumulated maximum of $25,000 for each group.
If the suspension of live horse racing in Ontario as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic continues beyond May 31, 2020, the Task Force intends to present a revised proposal to OLG for the reallocation of purse funds under the Funding Agreement, which will include payments for 2-year-old racehorses as well.

Ontario Racing will continue to pay the 1.5% of purses to the horseperson’s associations so they can continue to offer benefits, benevolence activities and additional assistance to those in need.

Click here for the application link

QROOI/Ajax Downs Press Release – March 24th 2020 – Covid-19

The QROOI and Ajax Downs are working to ensure that our industry can survive the Covid-19 pandemic. We understand that this is an unprecedented time. As this crisis continues to escalate we are unable to provide you with a specific timeline for our return to racing. We will, however, continue to send out updates as they become available and encourage you to call or email the QROOI if you have any questions.

At this time, we have decided to cancel the first two weeks of training, this puts our first possible training date at April 20, 2020. As we move forward in these unique and difficult circumstances, we will continue to evaluate the start of training along with the start of racing.

The QROOI and Ontario Racing are working to develop an aid package to help provide our industry with some level of support. This package is intended to ensure that our horses continue to be cared for and trained. Details will be provided to you as soon as something has been approved. We ask that you please send your horse listings into the QROOI at qrooiheadoffice@gmail.com as soon as possible.

The QROOI Stakes entries are due as per the stakes program but payments will not be due at this time. We feel that if changes need to be made to the stakes program that having the number of entries on hand when these decisions are being made will result in the least impact to our membership. We are asking that all forms and nominations continue to be sent into our office.

The QROOI Annual General Meeting has been postponed and combined with our Fall Election meeting in 2020.

The QROOI office is closed indefinitely however we are still checking the mail and answering the telephone/email.

The Horse Purchase Program payments that are due June 1st will be postponed until November 1st.

We understand the uncertainty that this epidemic is causing for all of you. Please continue to self-isolate and practice social distancing and make sure that those of you that are returning from the USA self-quarantine for 14 days to protect everyone. If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact any of the Directors.

  • 2020 Board of Directors – Contacts
  • Bob Broadstock – 905-626-8487
  • Chantelle Bourgeois – 416-985-7046
  • James Bogar – 705-879-1565
  • Ralph Pearson – 905-243-4501
  • Amanda McCormack – 705-741-8807
  • Scott Reid – 905-809-0628

Below you will find a variety of links to related COVID -19 information and current industry information

Coronavirus Update from the QROOI/Ajax Downs

Hello all,

 

As you may or may not be aware, Ajax Downs has temporarily closed it’s off track wagering facility in conjunction with the Casino.  The length of the closure is unknown at this time.  All of this is being done in light of the current global environment with COVID -19.

As for training days, Ajax Downs  current opening training day is planned for Wednesday April 8, 2020.  It will be a breezing only training session.  The next scheduled day would be Wednesday April 15, breezing only once again and then we go to two days per week Mondays and Wednesdays commencing April 20, 2020 with starting gates available. This schedule is still planned to go ahead until further notice and is available on the Ajax Downs website and of course this all very fluid right now and could change at anytime.

If anything changes to the current plan, we will send out another update.

You can visit Ajax Downs website periodically for further information and updates at www.ajaxdowns.com.

If you are travelling or are still out of country as I do know that some of our seasonal staff work / Trainers down south in the off season, in the interest of protecting others in our work environment please self isolate upon your return for a minimum two week period before showing up to our facility as we approach the April 8th timeframe.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or concerns.

Attached we have enclosed a couple of government links for your reference and information on the COVID-19 virus and precautions, etc.

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/factsheets.html

Thank-you

Emilio Trotta

Ajax Downs

380 Kingston Rd. E, Ajax Ont. L1Z 1W4

905-686-8001 ext 244