Ontario Racing Commission

2013 Quarter Horse Program

Details of the 2013 Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program (QHRIDP) have been announced by the Program Administrator. Cooperatively developed with input from the Quarter Horse industry, the 2013 Program maintains a solid racing program and significant support for breeders. With purses being offered of close to $3.7 million, the 2013 Racing Program includes a stakes program worth over $750,000, […]


The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) will be reporting to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), effective immediately. The announcement of the ministry change was included in a news release which indicated that an agreement in principle has been made between the Government of Ontario and Woodbine Entertainment Group. ORC Chair Rod […]

ORC Notice: Safety Vests and Helmets Must Meet Standards in 2013

Addressing safety has been a hallmark of racing in Ontario, where safety vests have been required in Thoroughbred Racing for more that 17 years. Over the years technology and innovation have produced enhancements in the area of safety. In order to ensure Ontario participants are protected, the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) approved rule changes in […]

ORC Joins Forces with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that it had signed a new alliance with the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC), whereby both organizations will share information and resources of common interest to help build intelligence in the fight against unethical and illegal practices in Canadian sport. Click here for more information.

Transportation Subsidy at Fort Erie Race Track

This season at Fort Erie Race Track, a transportation subsidy in theamount of $300 will be available for eligible owners of horses shipping in to race QuarterHorses on the mixed-card race days being held on Monday, July 2nd, Sunday, July 15th, Monday, August 6th and Monday, September 3rd. For owners to be eligible to receive […]

Testing for Clenbuterol in Ontario Quarter Horses Continues

Testing for clenbuterol continues this racing season, and will include the lower Ontario Quarter Horse threshold levels introduced last year. This Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) initiative, introduced with the support of the Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario Inc. (QROOI), complements the efforts of the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA), which has included clenburerol in its testing […]

ORC Notice to the Industry: Drug Warning

The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) advises all members of the Ontario racing  community to use caution when administering substances that may cause a positive test. In particular are those drugs which affect the oxygen-carrying ability of the  hemoglobin molecule. Severe penalties and sanctions will be imposed on trainers who possess, use or whose horses test […]

CPMA Now Testing for Ethanol

On January 16, 2012, the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) announced that official samples will be tested for ethanol, effective February 13, 2012. Ethanol, a central nervous system depressant, is widely available in many forms. The CPMA is advising industry participants to take care and to read the label of ingredients when choosing products that are […]

ORC Cautions Use of Herbal and Natural Products May Cause Positive Tests

Due to recent positives for such drugs as ephedrine and caffeine, trainers are again reminded to use extreme caution and consult an Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) licensed veterinarian before administering any new or unknown products to horses – such as so-called herbals or natural products. The Rules of Racing state that any horse with a […]