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European Horsemeat Scandal

European Union officials will meet tomorrow in Brussels, Belgium to discuss the horsemeat scandal that is sweeping the continent. Since the news broke in January that horse DNA had been found in frozen “beef” burgers from the retailer Tesco, in…

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Interesting Alltech Feed Survey Findings

The world is producing 959 million tons of feed and has increased its production by at least four percent in the last year, according to the 2013 Global Feed Tonnage Survey released by Alltech. Alltech assessed the compound feed production…

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ORC Moves to OMAFRA

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…

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Questionable New “Bingo” Terminals Revealed

When the government announced the end of the Slots-At-Racetracks program they noted it was part of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s Modernization Strategy. Part of that strategy includes the OLG’s Charitable Bingo and Gaming Revitalization Initiative which they note…

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Fort Erie Race Track For Sale

FOR SALE – Up to 338 acres in Fort Erie, Ontario, 100 acres of which used to be Fort Erie Race Track. It is valued at between $15 to $17 million, but feel free to negotiate if you have a…

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PCs: Give Racing First Crack At Buying Existing Slots Operations

On Thursday, December 6th, Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party Caucus released its anticipated white paper entitled ‘Paths to Prosperity – A New Deal for the Public Sector.’ In the paper, the Ontario PC Caucus states that the Ontario Lottery and Gaming…

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Liberal Leadership Candidate Releases Rural Platform

Liberal leadership candidate Dr. Eric Hoskins released his rural platform in his hometown of Simcoe in southwestern Ontario. The plan emphasizes the need for the Ontario Liberal Party to re-connect with and listen to rural Ontarians to regain their trust…

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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…

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CFIA Removes Import Restrictions Related to Vesicular Stomatitis for Horses from Colorado

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has just removed the import restrictions related to vesicular stomatitis for horses from Colorado following the lifting of all the vesicular stomatitis quarantines in that Sate at the beginning of October. New Mexico remains…

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Sue Leslie Responds to Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel’s Final Report

Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association president, Sue Leslie, was Norm Borg’s guest, on November 1st, for a special edition podcast of At the Gate, Racing at the Crossroads. Leslie expressed her thoughts and concerns on the recent release of the…

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