Final Report Will Recommend Maintenance of OSS and HIP, Says OMAFRA Transition Panel

The OMAFRA Horse Racing Transition Panel has issued the following statement on the cusp of  the yearling auction season: _____________________________________________________________________________________________ “The panel concludes that a viable, world-class industry requires public support to sustain its core elements: an adequate number of races, competitive purses, state-of-the-art tracks, quality breeding programs, skilled personnel and a growing pari-mutuel wagering […] Read more »

Government Wants To Make Horse Racing Viable Without Slots Revenue, Says McMeekin

The slots-at-racetracks program won’t be resurrected, Minister of Agriculture Ted McMeekin said Monday, but he’s hopeful there will be a better way forward after the horse racing industry transition panel submits its final report. McMeekin said that despite the outcry from some equine groups, the slots program (SARP) created a “fractious industry” and it needed […] Read more »

Final Call For Participants For Adult Harness Racing Camp at Grand River Raceway, Sept. 8-9

Grand River Raceway is issuing a last call for registrations for its upcoming Standardbred Xtreme Adult Harness Racing Camp. The camp runs September 8 & 9, and the evening of September 10. Co-hosted by the Hands On Horses Program, the camp gives participants a unique, in-depth look inside the world of harness racing. The camp […] Read more »

OHRIA Responds To Transition Panel’s Report

OHRIA responded to the Transition Panel’s Interim Report released today with the following statement: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ In June 2012, after weeks of pressure from OHRIA and with the help of Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Ted McMeekin, the OMAFRA panel was assembled by the Liberal Government. The panel met with or received submissions from numerous organizations, associations […] Read more »

McMeekin Releases Interim OMAFRA Transition Panel Report

The Transition Panel engaged to consult with the  industry regarding sustainability of Ontario Horse Racing following the cancellation of the Slots At Racetracks program has presemted its interim report. Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ted McMeekin released the Report today, August 24th along with the following media statement: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ “On June 7th, […] Read more »