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Ontario Racing Protects Interests of Thoroughbred Breeders

John Hayes, chair of Ontario Racing, says OR wants to work with the CTHS and thoroughbred breeders for the betterment of the industry.

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By: Dave Briggs |

On April 1, Ontario Racing (OR) took control of the province’s thoroughbred breeding awards programs from the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (CTHS), but John Hayes, the chair of OR, wants people to know breeders are being consulted about those programs and he is hopeful the CTHS will take a seat at the OR board table. “We still have a board seat open for the CTHS and they have been attending the HIP committee meetings representing the breeders,” said John Hayes. “It’s my firm hope that they take their board seat and have their vote in the future of Ontario Racing. Ontario Racing represents all facets of racing from breeders to horsepeople to racetracks.” Hayes said beginning in April, OR met with committees representing thoroughbreds, standardbreds and quarter horses to discuss their proposals for how to best spend $10 million, total, in breeding awards money from the province. “What I’m trying…

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