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The Registrar of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is temporarily deleting harness racing Rule 15.09(a) which requires that horses who are claimed in Ontario only race at tracks in the province for 60 days after being claimed, otherwise risking a monetary penalty or suspension. In order to support industry participants and reduce burden for owners who claimed horses in the past 60 days with the intention of racing them in Ontario, the Registrar is temporarily deleting rule 15.09(a) until further notice, which will allow industry participants to opt to have their horses race outside of Ontario, without any penalties. This temporary rule revision is a response to industry requests, and is intended to allow greater flexibility for race horse owners during the provincewide shutdown, beginning on December 26, 2020. The AGCO will closely monitor the impacts of the temporary rule revision to determine how long it should remain in effect and to ensure it is meeting its desired outcomes. Impacted Rules: 15.09(a) A claimed horse, regardless of ownership, shall only race at a track or tracks in the province of Ontario for the next 60 days, except where such a horse has been nominated to participate in an added money event before it was claimed. Any person who violates this rule shall be subject to a suspension or monetary penalty of 10% of the claiming price or 100% of the purse for each race, whichever is greater and the horse may be suspended. A claimant shall be held in violation of this rule if he or she disposes of the horse in any manner other than by claiming and the horse races outside of the province of Ontario within 60 days of the horse being claimed. See also: Read this Industry Notice on the AGCO Website Rules of Standardbred Racing - Chapter 15: Claiming Races Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

Harness racing horses that are entered to race in Ontario which have not been properly enrolled in (or opted out of) the Exercise Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage (EIPH) Program will be ineligible to race. This includes horses coming from out of the province that have been racing on furosemide and are entered to race in Ontario without furosemide. These horses must opt-out of the Ontario EIPH Program by the time of entry. To add a horse to (or remove a horse from) the EIPH Program, the trainer/owner/assistant trainer/veterinarian must submit the EIPH Authorization Form as an online regulatory submission at www.agco.ca/iAGCO. Horses coming from outside the province can opt-out of the EIPH program without the signature of a veterinarian. To learn more about how to make a regulatory submission watch this helpful video. To ensure your horse is eligible to race, you are advised to go online and make your regulatory submission several days before you enter a horse. A regulatory submission must be made to enroll in the EIPH Program by time of entry. Note: A regulatory submission is not required for horses that are already on the Ontario EIPH program and wish to remain on the program. You can use the online Horse Search feature on iAGCO to see if a horse is currently on the EIPH program. All horses coming from outside of Ontario are automatically enrolled in the EIPH program if their last start (outside Ontario) was on an EIPH program. If the trainer wishes to race the horse without furosemide, a regulatory submission must be made by time of entry. A certified horse must remain on the EIPH Program for 100 days calculated from the date of its initial or most recent certification. For all transactions on iAGCO (including regulatory submissions) you will need a one-time access code. This access code is attached to your license and is sent to you in the mail or can be requested through the AGCO Help Desk Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm at 416-326-8700 or toll free at 1-800-522-2876. You may also ask your AGCO licensing agent to help you obtain your access code, in person or via email at racinglicensing@agco.ca. Reminder: New and renewing licenses must be obtained online in 2021. To learn more about how to obtain your AGCO license check out this helpful tip sheet. For more information please contact: vetclerks@agco.ca or a Racing Official from the Race Day Contact List. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES EIPH Program - Add or Remove Horse (Ordinarily Competing in Ontario) Industry Notice: Adding a Horse to the EIPH Program in Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

On December 4 2020, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) was informed a Standardbred horse that had travelled from PEI with three other horses has tested positive for strangles. The horse is now in isolation at a farm in Princeton, ON. With respect to the other three horses: One non-racing saddle horse was unloaded at a Quebec farm. The second horse was unloaded at the First Line Training Centre and immediately put in isolation. This horse is considered not at risk to other horses. The third horse was unloaded at Barn 5, at the Tomiko Training Centre near Campbellville, ON in proximity to 12 other horses. The AGCO has spoken to all trainers with horses in that barn at the Tomiko Training Centre. They are required to have their veterinarians create a testing plan and submit it to the AGCO before the horses will be allowed to train or entered to race. Strangles is a highly contagious and serious infection of horses and other equines caused by the bacterium, Streptococcus equi. Horse people are reminded to remain vigilant and institute appropriate biosecurity measures and should consult their veterinarians for advice. The AGCO will monitor the situation and any further developments will be reported. For more information Horse People: Dr. Adam Chambers Senior Manager of Veterinary Services (289) 237-3922   Media: media@agco.ca  

On December 1, 2020, the CPMA issued the following harness racing Industry Notice concerning Medroxyprogesterone The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) is advising veterinarians and race-horse trainers and owners that medroxyprogesterone is a prohibited substance in Canada because its use has been associated with deaths in horses and approved veterinary products containing this substance are not available in Canada. In addition, there is published information supporting its lack of efficacy in suppressing estrus, its main reason for use. Products containing medroxyprogesterone should not be administered to a race-horse for any reason. Medroxyprogesterone can be detected in post-race samples for an extended period of time, and may result in a positive test. Testing for medroxyprogesterone will begin on June 1, 2021. The CPMA strongly recommends that you consult your veterinarian on any decision to administer supplements or medications to a horse. If you have any questions, please contact the CPMA at 1-800-268-8835 or aafc.cpmawebacpm.aac@canada.ca. Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

In consultation with its Drug Advisory Committee, the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) has officially added the following drugs to section 1 of the Schedule to the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations:   Amlodipine, Ciclesonide and Methadone. Amlodipine is an approved veterinary drug used to reduce high blood pressure in cats. This drug is not recognized for use in horses. Ciclesonide is an inhaled steroid used to treat breathing problems in horses caused by asthma. The CPMA intends to develop and publish an Elimination Guideline for ciclesonide. Methadone is an opioid painkiller licensed for cats. Any detection of the above drugs may result in a positive test. The CPMA strongly recommends consulting a veterinarian on any decision to administer supplements or medications to a racehorse. Testing for these drugs will begin on December 1, 2020. From the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

The AGCO would like to advise you that iAGCO online services will be offline for scheduled enhancements from 12:01am Friday, October 23 to 8:00am on Monday, October 26, 2020. All services offered through the iAGCO portal (including licence renewals, new applications, and EIPH submissions) will not be available during this time. You are encouraged to have all applications and submissions needed for racing on October 23, 24 and 25 completed well in advance. Reminder to Horse Racing Licensees If you require a licence or a Claiming Certificate, please be sure to go online into the iAGCO portal well ahead of your race day A horse must be enrolled in the EIPH Program by the time of entry. For information on how to add a horse to/remove a horse from the EIPH Program, see the Industry Notice: Adding a Horse to the EIPH Program in Ontario Need to check your licence status? You can look up the status of a licence in iAGCO anytime before or after the temporary offline period described above. You do not need an iAGCO account or access code to do so. For more information, see the Use of iAGCO Online Services for Horse Racing Licensing blog post Staff are Available to Assist You Contact Customer Service Monday - Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at 416-326-8700 or toll free at 1-800-522-2876 Email a Licensing Agent at racinglicensing@agco.ca For a current schedule of AGCO Licensing Offices, please see the AGCO Licensing Office Hours web page For Race Officials Schedule and Contact Information, see the Race Day Contact List From the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is revising Standardbred Rule 22.01 to enhance the consistency of harness racing, so that participants and the betting public know where a horse will start from. Effective immediately, in races with two or more trailers, the driver of each horse in the second tier must follow in designated trailing positions; specifically, the driver of each horse in the second tier must follow the two horses in front of it as detailed in the rule below. This amendment is consistent with the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) model rules and the Standardbred Canada Rule Harmonization project. The AGCO is committed to providing consistency for trailing horse positions and, as such, has made this change in response to requests from industry representatives. New Rule: 22.01 (h) In the event there are two tiers of horses, the scratching of a horse that has drawn or earned a position in the front tier shall not affect the position of the horses that have drawn or earned positions in the second tier, except as provided for in handicap claiming races. Whenever a horse is scratched from any tier, horses on the outside move in to fill up the vacancy. When there is only one trailer, it may start from any position in the second tier. When there is more than one trailer, the inside trailer shall follow either the horse in the #1 or #2 position, the next trailer shall follow either the horse in the #3 or #4 position, the next trailer shall follow either the horse in the #5 or #6 position, the next trailer shall follow either the horse in the #7 or #8 position, the next trailer shall follow either the horse in the #9 or #10 position. In the event that there are more trailers than designated positions on the second tier, the Judges will determine where horses will line up. See also: Information Bulletin - Revision to the Standardbred Rules of Racing to Provide Consistency for Trailing Horse Positions, Rule 22.01 Rules of Standardbred Racing Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario  

On August 7, 2020, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) was informed of a confirmed case of strangles in a 5-year-old harness racing Standardbred gelding in the Greater Hamilton area at the Emerald Isle Training Centre. There have been four positives to date at the facility, including one Friday August 14, 2020. The AGCO visited Leamington Raceway on August 14 for continued discussions and assessment. An isolation area for sick or suspected cases was identified. The AGCO has actively worked with Leamington Raceway officials to control the outbreak. Testing of horses in close contact with the index case at Leamington have all been negative. There have been no reports of sick horses from Leamington. It has been 13 days since the horse that tested positive left the grounds. As a result, in consultation with infectious disease expert Dr. Scott Weese of the University of Guelph, a decision has been made that horses on the grounds will be allowed to race and qualify on Friday August 21, 2020 unless any sick horses are reported. Trainers shall continue to monitor and record temperatures twice daily. Strangles is a highly contagious and serious infection of horses and other equines caused by the bacterium, Streptococcus equi. On August 12, 2020, the AGCO was informed of a sick 3-year-old Standardbred filly that was on the same trailer as the index case. This horse was stabled at Leamington Raceway between August 1 and August 6, 2020, before being moved to the owner's farm where the horse subsequently was confirmed as having strangles. The AGCO Informed Leamington Raceway, trainers of horses stabled at Leamington and trainers that purchased or claimed horses stabled at Leamington since August 1, 2020 about possible exposure. Recommended that their horses be monitored closely for signs of the disease such as fever, and nasal discharge. The AGCO also recommended that increased biosecurity measures be taken by the industry, particularly those with horses that may have been exposed. Temperatures should be taken at least twice daily and recorded. Testing of exposed or sick horses for Strangles may be warranted. Trainers have been advised to take temperatures prior to shipping to any racetrack paddock. The AGCO has provided the industry with additional resources on the disease. The AGCO is continuing to work with Dr. Weese. It is important that horse people report contagious diseases and take appropriate measures to protect their horses and those of others. Horse people are reminded to remain vigilant and institute appropriate biosecurity measures and should consult their veterinarians for advice. The AGCO will continue to monitor the situation and any further developments will be reported. From the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario  

On August 7, 2020, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) was informed of a confirmed case of strangles in a 5-year-old Standardbred gelding in the Greater Hamilton area at the Emerald Isle Training Centre. On August 12, 2020, the AGCO was informed of a sick 3-year-old Standardbred filly that was on the same trailer as the index case. This horse was stabled at Leamington Raceway between August 1 and August 6, 2020, before being moved to the owner's farm where the horse subsequently was confirmed as having strangles. Strangles is a highly contagious and serious infection of horses and other equines caused by the bacterium, Streptococcus equi. As a result, the AGCO: Has informed Leamington Raceway, trainers of horses stabled at Leamington and trainers that purchased or claimed horses stabled at Leamington since August 1, 2020 about possible exposure. Recommended that their horses be monitored closely for signs of the disease such as fever, and nasal discharge. Has recommended increased biosecurity measures be taken by the industry, particularly those with horses that may have been exposed. Temperatures should be taken at least twice daily and recorded. Testing of exposed or sick horses for Strangles may be warranted. AGCO will be visiting Leamington for continued discussions and assessment on August 14, 2020. AGCO is actively working with Leamington Raceway officials to determine appropriate next steps. Is working with infectious disease expert Dr. Scott Weese at the University of Guelph. AGCO advises trainers to take temperatures prior to shipping to any racetrack paddock. Associations shall check temperatures prior to any horse entering a paddock until further notice. Horses with fevers of 102.5F/39.1C or more will be scratched. Has provided the industry with additional resources on the disease. Horse people are reminded to remain vigilant and institute appropriate biosecurity measures and should consult their veterinarians for advice. The AGCO will continue to monitor the situation and any further developments will be reported. From the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

On August 7, 2020, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) was informed of a confirmed case of strangles in a 5-year-old Standardbred gelding in the Greater Hamilton area at the Emerald Isle Training Centre. Strangles is a highly contagious and serious infection of horses and other equines caused by the bacterium, Streptococcus equi. The trainer of the affected horse scratched his horse that was in to go at Woodbine Mohawk Park. All trainers with horses stabled at the centre were contacted, and testing of other horses at the center was conducted, the results of which were received on Monday, August 10, 2020. Two more positive cases were identified. As a result, the AGCO has announced the following measures: After discussions at the training centre, an agreement was made to quarantine the horses. Contact tracing of horses that were at the centre has been implemented and the AGCO has informed trainers of horses claimed since July 31 about possible exposure. Prior to shipping to any racetrack paddock, trainers are advised to take temperatures. Associations shall check temperatures prior to any horse entering a paddock until further notice. Horses with fevers of 102.5F/39.1C or more will be scratched. Horse people are reminded to remain vigilant and institute appropriate biosecurity measures and should consult their veterinarians for advice. The AGCO will monitor the situation and any further developments will be reported. The AGCO's Race Line newsletter is online www.agco.ca/horse-racing/race-line-newsletter. Printed copies will be available shortly at racetracks and industry association offices. Please note, the AGCO will soon be moving Race Line to a digital format. You will still receive all the important information, updates and reminders that you're used to getting, only now they will be sent electronically. The new "e-newsletter" will be delivered straight to your email inbox. If you have created your iAGCO account, you will automatically receive the new Race Line e-newsletter at the email address you used to create your account. If you do not have an account, you can subscribe to receive the e-newsletter. To subscribe, go to www.agco.ca/subscribe. You may unsubscribe at any time. From the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario 

On August 7, 2020, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) was informed of a confirmed case of strangles in a 5-year-old Standardbred gelding in the Greater Hamilton area. Strangles is a highly contagious and serious infection of horses and other equines caused by the bacterium, Streptococcus equi. Testing of other horses in the barn is planned for Monday, and the trainer of the affected horse has scratched his horse that is in to go. Horse people are reminded to remain vigilant and institute appropriate biosecurity measures and should consult their veterinarians for advice. The AGCO will monitor the situation and any further developments will be reported. From the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

Potential source of positive tests for capsaicin. On July 20, 2020, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) issued a Notice to Industry concerning a number of horses in Ontario who have received a positive test for capsaicin over the past several weeks. As noted, the AGCO's priority is to conduct a fair and independent investigation to ensure the ongoing safety and integrity of horse racing in Ontario, as well as the health and welfare of equine athletes. The AGCO Equine Drug Unit's preliminary investigation has revealed a potential source: a product known as ZEV (Lot#190104 Exp:01-2022), an oral product used for the treatment of respiratory conditions - has tested positive for capsaicin and related compounds. It should be noted that capsaicin is not included in the list of active ingredients for ZEV. Trainers and owners are advised to always use caution with all products administered to a horse. Not all ingredients which could result in positive tests may be listed on a product, and ZEV may not be the only source of a positive test. For more information: Equine Drug Unit Chris Bennett, Detective Sergeant Investigation Enforcement Bureau Ontario Provincial Police Christopher.Bennett@opp.ca 705-715-3220  

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is aware that a number of horses in Ontario, and other jurisdictions in Canada, have received a positive test for capsaicin over the past several weeks. The AGCO's Equine Drug Unit is actively investigating these positive tests. As always, our priority is to conduct a fair and independent investigation to ensure the ongoing safety and integrity of horse racing in Ontario, as well as the health and welfare of equine athletes. Capsaicin is classified as a Class II drug, as per the Racing Commissioners International (RCI) Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances 2020. The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) issued a notice to the racing industry in September 2019 on the subject of capsaicin, and reminded veterinarians, racehorse trainers and owners that capsaicin is a prohibited substance in Canada due to its painkilling properties. The CPMA issued an update on June 23, 2020, and additional information on July 16, 2020. The first positive notification for capsaicin was called on June 25, 2020. Currently, there have been 11 capsaicin positive tests in Ontario. 9 Thoroughbreds (6 at Woodbine, 3 at Fort Erie) 2 Standardbreds (1 Hiawatha, 1 at Clinton) Upon notification of the CPMA Certificate of Positive Analysis, all 11 horses were made ineligible for 15 days by AGCO Race Officials. No Trainers - or other licensees - have been suspended or otherwise penalized at this time. At this time no individual licensee has received multiple positive tests for capsaicin. Multiple capsaicin positives will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis and all relevant circumstances, including prior positive tests, will be taken into consideration to determine if a penalty is appropriate. The positive tests are being actively investigated in accordance with the AGCO's Equine Drug Program Process. Each case is being reviewed under the Stream 1 Process and is currently at the information gathering stage (Stage 5). The AGCO is extending the 15-day turnaround time at Stage 5 to ensure a thorough investigation that, among other matters, attempts to identify the source of the multiple positive tests. The safety and integrity of the sport, and the health and welfare of the horse, are paramount to the AGCO. We are committed to completing an investigation that is both fair and independent to all involved. In this regard, the AGCO will continue working closely with the CPMA and other provincial regulators across Canada who are reviewing similar matters given the presence of capsaicin positives in other provinces. From the AGCO Equine Drug Unit  

Effective today, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) announced that horses not currently in isolation can now exit Woodbine Racetrack. There have been no EHV-1 transmissions outside of Barn 12 in the past 14 days. One horse in Barn 10 had tested positive and was isolated. All of the remaining horses in Barn 10 tested negative multiple times over the past 14 days. The restrictions on these horses have been lifted. Yesterday all horses in Barn 12 tested negative for the first time. The negative results in Barn 12 are an encouraging sign that mitigation strategies appear to have been effective in isolating this neuropathogenic form of EHV-1. Testing of Barn 12 horses will continue. These horses and others in isolation still have movement restrictions in place, which the AGCO will review on an ongoing basis. New significant developments will be reported in future Notices, as needed. EHV-1 cannot be spread to humans and is unrelated to the current COVID-19 pandemic.   For more information Dr. Adam Chambers Senior Manager of Veterinary Services (289) 237-3922

Industry Notice - Return to Racing: Additional Temporary Amendments to the Rules of Racing On May 20, 2020, the Registrar announced a number of Temporary Rule Amendments to address pre-racing activities associated with the return to racing. These amendments were based on the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario's (AGCO) active review of Ontario's horse racing rules and regulations, and industry input, to ensure responsible measures are taken to help contain the spread of COVID-19. As a result of these efforts, and pursuant to the Horse Racing Licence Act, 2015 and the Rules of Racing, the Registrar will temporarily amend a number of additional rules to accommodate the return to racing and ease industry burden, while also ensuring welfare for equine and human athletes and other racing participants. The AGCO will closely monitor the impacts of these temporary changes to determine how long they should remain in effect and to ensure they are meeting their desired outcomes. The AGCO will be flexible if any of the measures identified require further amendment, in order to uphold the health and safety of horse racing participants and racehorses. Standard for All Associations Regarding their Plans to Re-Open Administration Directive No. 1 - 2020 Association Re-Opening Plan requires that each Association establish, implement, and maintain a COVID-19 pandemic re-opening plan, and that it be made available to the public. As part of this standard, Associations are required to submit their plans to the Registrar at least 2 business days prior to the anticipated site opening for live racing. It also indicates that an Association may not open a site for live racing until the Registrar has provided the Association with approval to do so. The COVID-19 pandemic re-opening plans should be sent to the AGCO by email to Tyler Durand at Tyler.Durand@agco.ca Standardbred Rule Amendments: See Understanding the AGCO's Temporary Amendments to the Qualifying Rules for Standardbred Horses for more on information on the qualifying amendments announced on May 20.  

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) received new test results that suggest the containment and mitigation measures continue to contain the neuropathogeniclogical form of EHV-1 to a single barn at Woodbine Racetrack. As a result, the AGCO has lifted all the restrictions on training for Barns 33 and 35, as well as the non-isolated horses in Barn 11. Two horses in Barn 11 remain in isolation. Restrictions on training of horses residing in other barns remain in place (please refer to May 21 Notice). All horses in Barn 10 were re-tested and results all came back negative. In addition, all horses in Barn 12 were re-tested and two additional horses tested positive, bringing the total to 27. All the remaining horses in Barn 12 tested negative. As per the containment protocol, the horses that tested positive have been removed to isolation and Barn 12 remains in lock down. Assuming no other horses display clinical signs, the plan at this time is to re-test all horses in Barn 12 on Monday, May 25. Horses from Barn 10 will be re-tested on Friday May 29. The AGCO is continuing to monitor the situation closely and further developments will be reported. EHV-1 cannot be spread to humans and is unrelated to the current COVID-19 pandemic. For more information Dr. Adam Chambers Senior Manager of Veterinary Services (289) 237-3922

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