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ORC issues new directive on stays

10:11 PM 31 Oct 2007 NZDT
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The Ontario Racing Commission this afternoon released a notice regarding two General Directives on the granting of stays; a previous directive has been rescinded and a new one issued.

Below is the new directive that was issued today. Please click on the link below to read the full release from the ORC.

GENERAL DIRECTIVE NO. 7/2007 - Granting of Stays

The Ontario Racing Commission hereby advises that where a stay is sought by one of the following:

1. Any Licensee whose horse has tested positive for a Class I, II, III drug or TCO2 and the penalty issued is 60 days or more; or

2. Any Licensee whose horse has tested positive for a Class IV or V drug and the offence is a 2nd offence or more for the Licensee within three (3) years where the penalty issued is 60 days or more; or

3. Any Licensee whose horse was tested and the sample was found to contain Erythropoeitin/Darbepoeitin-Alfa or the existence of any substance or drug with no therapeutic value to the horse in accordance with General Directive No. 5/2006.

he Director will only grant a stay upon receipt of a written application with supporting materials and upon being satisfied that granting a stay is in the best interest of racing.

For clarification, the Ontario Racing Commission advises that the Director does not have the statutory authority to issue stays of Immediate Suspensions. Immediate Suspensions are used only in the most serious circumstances which the Director believes affects the integrity of racing.

The Racing Commission Act provides an Appeal of the Director's decision to issue an Immediate Suspension to a Panel of the Ontario Racing Commission.

View the full ORC release (PDF).

Courtesy Of Standardbred Canada

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