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2021 Stallion Service Auction program

The QROOI Board of Directors are happy to launch the 2021 Stallion Service Auction program!

All offspring out of stallions that donated a breeding through this program will be eligible for the 2024 Stallion Service Auction Futurity.
Proceeds from the auction will be divided as follows, 30% to the Stallion owner whose foal wins the race, 30% to the Owner who won the race if that owner purchased a breeding to the sire of the winner and 40% will be used to fund the race purse. A minimum of $20,000 will be added, in addition to the auction funds to this programs race purse. Read More →

Carneros Sets World Record Canadian sprinter sets 110 yard world record

The American Quarter Horse Association has confirmed that Milena Kwiecien’s Carneros, a 2015 brown gelding, has set a new 110-yard world record of :6.770.

Carneros set the record on June 16, 2019, while racing at Ajax Downs in an allowance race.

The horse was bred by Stone Chase Stables LLC and is by champion Prospect To The Top. He is  the first foal out of the stakes-placed Valiant Hero mare Cakebread And Thou.

He was trained in this start by Jason Pascoe and ridden by Ed Walton.

Carneros has won 10 of his 31 career starts, with nine additional placings. He has earned $86,326. The short-distance specialist earlier this year won the 110-yard OROOI Sprint Series #1 Stakes.

The previous 110-yard record holder was Jakes Charming Jody, who in 2012 ran the distance at Remington Park in :6.784.

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Second Amendment to Amended and Restated Funding Agreement For Live Horse Racing

December 18, 2020 – Ontario Racing (OR) commends the Ontario government for changes it is making to the Long-Term Funding Agreement (LTFA) for horse racing to further support the industry during these challenging times. Changes to the LTFA will support a strong and stable horse racing industry and give it time to recover from the pandemic. The amendments will also ensure continued support for local employment and for Ontario’s fifteen racetracks until 2026.

“Like many other industries in Ontario, horse racing has been significantly impacted by the pandemic,” said John Hayes, Chair of Ontario Racing. “I want to thank the Ontario government for focusing on the stability and recovery of this important industry and for extending support for racetracks during this difficult time.”

The LTFA, which came into effect last year, is providing stable financial support for racetracks, horsepeople and breeders over a 19-year period. The amendments to the LTFA recognize the impact of the pandemic on the industry and will maintain support for all fifteen racetracks in communities across the province until 2026.

The amendments were approved by all four parties to the LTFA – OLG, Ontario Racing (OR), Ontario Racing Management and Woodbine Entertainment Group. The Board of OR includes representatives of racetracks, horsepeople and breeders of thoroughbred, standardbred and quarter horses.

To view a copy of the amendment, please click here


Horse Purchase Program for 2021

The Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario Inc. Board of Directors are pleased to announce the return of the widely successful Horse Purchase Program for 2021. This program provides owners with an interest-free loan of up to $5,000 once they have purchased a horse for racing at Ajax Downs in 2021. Get your applications in as soon as possible to ensure that you are part of this exciting program for 2021. Read More →

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.