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Introducing the Horse Racing Appeal Panel

On December 10, 2015, the Ontario Legislature passed legislation which will transfer the regulatory responsibilities of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and change the adjudication process for the appeal of horse…

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First Steps in ORC Merger

To enhance a coordinated governance approach during the soft merger period, there have been positive changes to the makeup of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) and Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) Boards. The Government of Ontario appointed ORC Chair Elmer…

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ORC Initiates Infection Control Blitz

The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) is currently distributing 4,000 USB sticks packed with information on how to prevent horses from getting sick to racehorse caregivers in all 10 Ontario race tracks paddocks and race offices as well as approximately 20…

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Racing to Merge with Alcohol and Gaming

Government approval to move forward on the regulatory merger of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), first announced in the spring, has now been granted. As a result, several changes are taking…

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CPMA Adds Buprenorphine to Schedule of Prohibited Drugs

On May 20, 2015, the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) released a Memorandumto Provincial Regulatory bodies and the Canadian horse racing industry advising that buprenorphine has been added to Schedule of Prohibited Drugs. Click here to see a copy of the CPMA Memorandum….

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Clenbuterol in Quarter Horses Banned

Effective May 10, 2015, the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) will be enforcing a zero tolerance level with respect to clenbuterol found in quarter horses racing at Ajax Downs. Any Quarter Horses testing positive for clenbuterol will be considered a violation…

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Enhanced Out of Competition Testing Now Applies to Thoroughbred Grades I, II and III Stakes Races

The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) and Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) will further enhance the ORC’s current Out of Competition Testing (OCT) program. WEG will apply for reimbursement of qualifying out-of-pocket testing and laboratory expenses through The Jockey Club’s Out of…

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ORC Commissioner Reappointed

Chair Elmer Buchanan announced that John W. Macdonald, Q.C. of Toronto has been reappointed by the Government of Ontario as a member of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) for a period of two (2) years, effective December 1, 2014. Mr. Macdonald is…

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Elmer Buchanan Reappointed ORC Chair

Elmer Buchanan has been reappointed by the Government of Ontario as Chair of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) for a term of two years, effective November 6, 2014. “I am grateful for this opportunity,” said Buchanan. “The challenge ahead remains…

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Racing to Continue at Fort Erie Race Track

Years of uncertainly have come to an end for the employees and horse people of Fort Erie Race Track. Today, the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Jeff Leal, reiterated the government’s commitment to the continuation of live thoroughbred…

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