Racehorse Welfare Initiatives: Starting Gate Rule Update

On June 5, 2023, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) introduced changes to the Rules of Racing to promote the welfare of equine athletes and enhance the safety of horse racing in Ontario.

Following further consultations with stakeholders, we are providing an update to our notice from June 5, 2023 to advise that the Registrar is waiving the new Rule 17.02.01 in the Thoroughbred Rules of Racing (Chapter 17: The Starter) in order to ensure safety for racehorses and starting gate personnel.

This rule waiver is effective immediately, and until further notice.

The AGCO remains committed to monitoring the implementation of the changes to the Rules of Racing and carefully considering any feedback and observations from industry participants.