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The Organization of Racing Investigators (ORI) will hold its annual Training Conference at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario from March 25-28, 2018. The ORI's annual conferences aim to give members learning opportunities with a focus on education and the sharing of best practices related to the welfare of horses and maintaining the integrity of the industry. To view the entire bulletin click here.   Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario 90 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 200 Toronto ON M2N 0A4 | 416-326-8700  

TORONTO, March 15, 2018 - No harness racing driver has won more races in Canada over the past two seasons than Bob McClure and Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack saw the young reinsman reach a career-milestone. McClure, 27, steered Princess Jewels to victory in the evening's tenth race to record his 2,000th career driving victory.   A resident of Elora, Ontario, McClure has been racking up the wins and driving titles at tracks throughout Ontario over the last few seasons.   In 2016, McClure won a nation's best 576-races and was named a finalist for the O'Brien Award as Canada's Driver of the Year.   McClure once again topped 500 wins in 2017 with 508 trips to the winner's circle. He also posted a career-high for earnings by driving the winners of over $3.1 million during the 2017 campaign.   The current Woodbine Fall-Winter meet has been a breakout of sorts for McClure, as he has focused more attention on driving regularly at Canada's top harness track.   McClure has amassed 38 wins during the Woodbine Winter-Fall meet and ranks among the track's top-10 drivers.   Woodbine Entertainment would like to congratulate Bob McClure on reaching 2,000 career wins.   Woodbine Communications Office

Guelph, ON - A high-tech horse model will provide valuable hands-on learning to student veterinarians at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College courtesy of a donation from the Equine Foundation of Canada.   Nancy Kavanagh, secretary of the EFC delivered a cheque for nearly $50,000 to OVC Dean Jeffrey Wichtel and Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph, for the purchase of the detailed and life-sized horse model produced by Canada’s Veterinary Simulator Industries.   The model opens to reveal anatomically correct latex organs that can be inflated to mimic colic, the leading cause of premature death in horses, and also certain reproductive challenges.   The detailed model will allow student veterinarians to practice clinical and technical skills, vital to improving confidence and competence. When Foundation President R.J. (Bob) Watson contacted Dean Wichtel for his wish list, the VSI model was at the top.   “The Foundation has been rotating funding proposals annually among the five veterinary colleges in Canada and 2018 is Guelph’s turn,” wrote Watson.   “Great progress has been made in learning technology for veterinary clinical skills development, and this equine model is an excellent example. Our college has committed to the use of high fidelity models and simulations in early clinical training whenever possible. When our students perform their first procedures on a live animal, they will be even better prepared and more confident,” said Wichtel. “We are very grateful to the Equine Foundation of Canada for fostering the health and wellbeing of horses through supporting veterinary medical education in this valuable way.”   The EFC is an outgrowth of the Canadian Morgan Horse Association (CMHA), founded in 1960. The purpose of the CMHA was to assist Morgan breeders and owners with promotion and registry services to protect the integrity of their pedigrees.   In 1983, the Association expanded its interest to concern for the welfare of all horse breeds and created the Foundation to assist in safeguarding their future. N.S. businessman George Wade served as its founder and president from its inception until his passing in 1997. The EFC provides for scholarships and other worthy requests. With a factory in Calgary, VSI was once a recipient of startup funding from the EFC. But the primary focus now is on the purchase of teaching equipment for equine veterinary education.     Equine Guelph is the horse owners' and care givers' Centre at the University of Guelph in Canada. It is a unique partnership dedicated to the health and well-being of horses, supported and overseen by equine industry groups. Equine Guelph is the epicentre for academia, industry and government - for the good of the equine industry as a whole. For further information, visit   by: Karen Mantel  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Tomorrow, Thursday, March 15 is the final day for anyone with a promising four-year-old pacer to nominate to the 2018 $200,000 Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R. This stakes event is one of only a handful of opportunities restricted to just four-year-old pacers. The Prix D'Ete is the showcase stakes event of the season at the Hippodrome 3R and will take place on Sunday, August 19 in 2018. Continued from 2017 in the conditions for the race is that horses that finish 6th through 8th, will each get $1,000. To make nomination payments, owner/trainers can go to or to and get the necessary nomination forms. Please note there are no supplemental payments allowed for the Prix D'Ete. This first nomination payment must be made to be eligible. The Prix D'Ete, once the richest and most prestigious race in Canada, was revived by the Quebec Jockey Club back in 2013. The inaugural revival saw Jimmy Takter's Sunfire Blue Chip set the all-age Canadian and track record at 3R in 1:50.3. That record was tied the following year with All Bet's Off scoring for the Ron Burke Stable. Then Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, came to 3R for Team Teague in 2018, only to come up second best to the Burke's Stable's Rockin Ron in a classic battle over a sloppy track in 1:52. Last year it was the Jimmy Takter Stable winning the Prix D'Ete for the second time as Western Fame and driver Trevor Henry wired the field in 1:53.2. The 2018 race season gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, April 22 with first race post time at 12:50 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club

The ascension of Bettim Jackie in Ontario racing is gathering attention both from Island racing enthusiasts and Ontario horsemen as well. The Island bred filly, who learned her early lessons from trainer Jeff Lilley at the Charlottetown Driving Park, recently won in 1:53.4 at Woodbine Raceway, her second victory in a row on the tough Woodbine circuit. The 3-year old daughter of Andreoli Hanover has continued to improve with every start and has nearly $50,000 in earnings so far this year. Her 2-year old campaign was a bit inconsistent in the Maritimes but she did show some immense talent on occasion and recorded a Lady Slipper-Grassroots victory at the Summerside Raceway in August. Trainer Jeff Lilley has had a lot of success with his “Bettim” named pupils, Bettim Jackie looks like she could be the best one yet. The other current success story from Maritime breds and stakes graduates in the region is the exploits of Pappy Go Go on the New York racing scene. In our last column we mentioned the 4-year old trotters’ big win at the Meadowlands in 1:53.4. Since then, the talented son of Island sire Tad The Stud was a winner once again at the Yonkers Raceway half mile oval in 1:57.3. Pappy Go Go was undefeated through his Maritime campaign last year. The guest speakers have been determined for the two annual horsemen’s banquets on Prince Edward Island. Living legend John Campbell, who is the top money winning driver of all-time in North American harness racing, will be the guest speaker at the Prince County Horsemen’s Club banquet on March 31 at the Credit Union Convention Centre in Summerside. The PEI Standardbred Horse Owners Association banquet will be held on April 14 at the Murphy Centre in Charlottetown. American trainer Erv Miller who has over 5,000 winners to his credit and over $78 million in stakes earnings will be the co-speaker along with his daughter Hannah who is a two-time amateur driver of the year in the United States. The PEISHOA will also host their annual curling event on March 24 at the Charlottetown Curling Club. Race officials from the Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission have sent out a reminder to everyone about their 11th Annual Stretch Drive Benevolent Fund Golf Tournament during Old Home Week. The event takes place on Wednesday, August 15 at the Fox Meadow Golf Club in Stratford, with a shotgun start at 8am. The event raises money for families involved in the harness racing industry who have fallen on hard times for various reasons. The tournament is limited to 24 teams at a cost of $300 per team or $75 per individual. This event sells out fast every year so anyone interested should contact the APHRC as soon as possible. The tumultuous situation in New Brunswick harness racing has led to the cancellation of race dates that were slated for the Fredericton Raceway in 2018. On top of that, it looks like the long running stakes events in Fredericton, the Bill Quigg Memorial and Williamson Memorial, will be renamed and take place in Saint John. The industry in New Brunswick has been on life support for the past few years, with some in-fighting taking place as well, leading to a heart that is barely beating. By Shane Bernard Reprinted with permission of the site

HARNESS RACING MARCH 15th Payments DUE Woodbine stakes payments due Thursday Woodbine Entertainment would like to issue a final reminder to all horsepeople of the upcoming March 15 stakes payment deadline. Thursday (March 15) is the deadline for the first round of sustaining payments for all Woodbine major stakes, including the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. A total of 79 three-year-old pacers were nominated to this year’s Pepsi North America Cup and their connections will need to submit a sustaining payment to remain eligible to Canada’s richest harness race. The Pepsi North America Cup is scheduled for Saturday, June 16 at Woodbine, Mohawk Park. The following major stakes require a March 15 sustaining fee payment: Armbro Flight (Fillies & Mares Trot) Canadian Pacing Derby (Open Pace) Canadian Trotting Classic (3-year-old Trot) Casual Breeze (3-year-old Filly Trot) Elegantimage (3-year-old Filly Trot) Eternal Camnation (2-year-old Filly Pace) Fan Hanover (3-year-old Filly Pace) Goodtimes (3-year-old Trot) Maple Leaf Trot (Open Trot) Metro Pace (2-year-old Pace) Milton (Fillies & Mares Pace) Nassagaweya (2-year-old Pace) Peaceful Way (2-year-old Filly Trot) Roses Are Red (Fillies & Mares Pace) Shes A Great Lady (2-year-old Filly Pace) Somebeachsomewhere (3-year-old Pace) William Wellwood Memorial (2-year-old Trot) The full list of eligible horses to each Woodbine major stakes race can be viewed by clicking here. The upcoming March 15 deadline also impacts the Champlain, Simcoe and SBOA Stakes. Horsepeople with two-year-olds set to debut this season (foals of 2016) are reminded that a sustaining payment is due Thursday for this year’s Champlain Open/Filly Stakes and next year’s (2019) Simcoe Open/Filly Stakes. The SBOA Stakes for Ontario sired three-year-old fillies also requires a sustaining payment on March 15 for this year’s event (foals of 2015) and next year’s event (foals of 2016). Woodbine continues to handle stakes administrations for tracks throughout Ontario. Sustaining payments are due March 15 for Grand River Raceway’s Battle of Waterloo & Belles (Ontario sired 2-year-old Pace) and Flamboro Downs’ Confederation Cup (4-year-old Pace). Full details regarding stakes payments, including sustaining fee amounts, can be found by clicking here. Stakes payments can be made online by clicking here. If sending stakes payments by mail, envelopes must be post-marked no later than March 15, 2018 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. Grand Circuit Payments For Delaware, Oh Meet Due; Three Additional Options For Ohio Breds Two-year-old sustaining payments for the 74th edition of the Little Brown Jug, the 49th Jugette, the 67th Old Oaken Bucket (3-year-old open trot) and the 68th Buckette (3-year-old filly trot) are due March 15. These payments are for foals of 2016 and will be raced in 2019. 2-year-olds not nominated in the May 15, 2017 yearling payment, may be made eligible thru a supplemental nomination fee of $400 due on or before the March 15, 2018 payment. This supplemental payment is in addition to the normal March 15 payment. Sustaining payments are also due for the 79th Standardbred two-year-old colt and filly stakes for foals of 2016 to be raced in 2018. The $965,000 est. Ohio Breeders Championships require a single $300 nomination payment due March 15, 2018 with no further sustaining payments required. New to the 2018 Delaware County Fair race schedule are $15,000 legs of the Buckeye Stallion Series. To nominate to the BSS, a $250 nomination fee is due with no further sustaining payments required. The Delaware County Fair is once again pleased to be a part of the Ohio Fair Racing Conference in 2018. The OFRC events require either a $75 nomination fee for just the Delaware County Fair or $330 for all the OFRC events. Nominations for the BSS and ORFC events must be postmarked by March 15, 2018 and sent directly to the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association, 2237 Sonora Drive, Grove City, OH 43123. The five day Delaware Grand Circuit meet opens Sunday, September 16 and will run through Thursday, September 20. Make checks payable and send all other entries to: The Delaware County Fair, Tom Wright, P.O. Box 1560, Powell, OH 43065. For the latest news, information and nomination forms, please visit the Little Brown Jug website: March 15 Sustaining Fees: Little Brown Jug No. 74 (3-Year Old Open Pace to be raced in 2019) $500 Jugette No. 49 (3-Year Old Filly Pace to be raced in 2019) $400 Old Oaken Bucket No. 67 (3-Year Old Open Trot to be raced in 2019) $300 Buckette (3-Year Old Filly Trot to be raced in 2019) $200 Standardbred No. 79 (2-year-old Colt Pace to be raced in 2018) $400 Standardbred No. 79 (2-year-old Colt Trot to be raced in 2018) $400 Standardbred No. 79 (2-year-old Filly Pace to be raced in 2018) $300 Standardbred No. 79 (2-year-old Filly Trot to be raced in 2018) $300 March 15 Nominating Fees: Ohio Breeders Championships (To be raced in 2018) $300 Buckeye Stallion Stakes* (To be raced in 2018) $250 Ohio Fair Racing Conference* (2 and 3 Year Old Events to be raced in 2018) $75 or $330 * Send payments to the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association   Maryland - Two Year Old Payments Due March 15th   Two Year Old payments (foals of 2016) are due to the Maryland Standardbred Fund and the Maryland Sire Stakes on Mar. 15, 2018.   This payment MUST be made to maintain eligibility!!!   All staking forms, race dates and stallion pedigrees are now available online. Please use our website for all your current MSRF info and any updates as they become available.   We recommend that all payments be sent by certified mail. Please use the following address for the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund, P.O. Box 540, Union Bridge, MD 21791   Regulations can be found on our website at or you may call 410-775-0152 (o) or my cell at 240-285-0326.     2018 Sires Stakes Nominations Due March 15 A reminder that Ohio Sires Stakes nominations for 2- & 3-year-olds are due into the Ohio Sires Stakes/Ohio State Racing Commission office by this Thursday, March 15. The cost to nominate one horse is $500 for all four legs of the series or $200 per leg. Ohio Sires Stakes-eligible foals are those sired by a Standardbred stallion registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission during the year of conception. Checks should be made payable to the Ohio Sires Stakes.  There are no sustaining payments.  Entries postmarked after the March 15, 2018 deadline and those without full payment included, and those with unnamed horses will not be accepted. This season, the maximum purse for an Ohio Sires Stakes leg will be $60,000 for one division; $50,000 for two divisions; and $40,000 for three or more divisions; with each Championship racing for $275,000 guaranteed (on Sept 8 at Scioto Downs) and each Consolation racing for $60,000 guaranteed (on Oct. 13 at Northfield Park). As well, Veteran Championships for 4-year-olds & up have been reinstated, each racing for a purse of $60,000, on Oct. 6 at Northfield Park.  There is no nomination fee for these divisions, which are restricted to the eight leading money winners in races conducted at Ohio commercial tracks and Ohio fairs between Jan. 1 and Oct. 1, 2018, who have raced a minimum of five times in Ohio in 2018 prior to Oct. 1, 2018. Nomination forms, conditions and the 2018 Ohio Sires Stakes schedule are available on the OSRC website can be downloaded from the homepage at   Nomination forms for 2- & 3-year-olds, with payments included, should be sent to Kim Rinker, OSDF Administrator, Ohio Sires Stakes, 77 South High Street, 18th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

TORONTO, March 9, 2018 - Just a month after capturing his fifth consecutive O'Brien Award, harness racing trainer Richard Moreau reached an impressive career milestone on Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Moreau, 53, entered Friday's card just $10,120 shy of $50 million in career earnings with five students set to compete. Nine-year-old pacing mare Barockey started the night off in style for Team Moreau with a victory in the $18,000 third-race to pull Moreau to within $1,120 of the milestone. After the next two Moreau trainees missed earning a cheque, seven-year-old pacing mare Bad Night Mare earned $1,440 with a fourth-place finish in the $18,000 ninth-race to push her conditioner over the career milestone. Five-year-old pacing mare Every Time was the final Moreau trainee to compete Friday and she earned $800 with a fourth-place finish to start the march towards $100 million. Moreau's stable has earned over $2 million in eight consecutive seasons, while also topping $1 million in every year since 2000. The Puslinch, Ontario resident has also led all Woodbine Circuit trainers in wins in each of the last three seasons. The five-time O'Brien Award winner has topped 200 wins in seven of the last eight seasons. Moreau's career-best season for wins and earnings came in 2012 when his trainees posted 344 wins and earned $3.6 million. The Moreau barn has been as consistent as any operation in the sport and to no surprise the trend has continued in 2018. Woodbine's leading trainer has seen his students accumulate more than $800,000 in earnings in just over two months of racing. Woodbine Entertainment would like to congratulate Richard Moreau on surpassing $50 million in career earnings. Mark McKelvie

For the past 15 years, Equine Guelph has been a global leader, serving the horse industry with award-winning online educational outreach programs and supporting over 100 equine research projects.   We hope you enjoy our 15th Anniversary Edition of the Equine Guelph Health Studies Newsletter.  Stories include: Internationally Acclaimed Contributions to Embryo Transfer and Reproduction Technologies TVEC Goes Global - treating Atrial Fibrillation Health Studies with an Impact - Reducing Catastrophic Racing Injuries Global Lung Epithelial Response to Inhaled Dust Teaming up to Go with the Gut – looking at links between the gut microbiome and health Research Targets Equine Virus The Link is here.   Equine Guelph is the horse owner’s Centre at the University of Guelph, supported and overseen by equine industry groups, and dedicated to improving the health and well-being of horses.  If you would like more information about our research or extensive programs for horse owners and care-givers, please do not hesitate to contact us.   Jackie Bellamy-Zions Communications & Administration Equine Guelph 50 McGilvray Street Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1 E-mail: Phone: 519-824-4120, ext. 54756

Outstanding standardbreds, harness racing trainers, drivers and owners were honoured last Tuesday (Feb. 27) at the 2017 BC Standardbred Industry Awards. The evening was held at Cloverdale’s Fraser Downs racetrack — the only remaining standardbred racetrack in B.C. The awards are hosted annually by Harness Racing BC, an organization that represents trainers, drivers, owners, breeders and grooms in the industry. More than 100 people came out to recognize the hard work that each and every person — and horse — puts in at Fraser Downs. Trainers, drivers, grooms, standardbreds and more were honoured, highlighting the range of talents needed to make the track successful. Awards were given to both racing veterans with decades of experience and promising up-and-comers, a nod to the industry’s past, present and future in B.C. Horseperson of the Year, awarded for horsemanship, success on the track, integrity, and an outstanding dedication to community involvement, went to Gordon Abbott. Breeder of the Year was given to the team of Douglas Neyhart, Erik Neyhart and Donna Scrannage. Douglas Neyhart went on to win Owner of the Year as well, and Donna Scrannage was awarded the Pat Brennan Memorial Award for her years of exemplary service to the BC standardbred racing industry. Shirley Waite took home the Doug Gillespie Award, given in recognition of the original food services manager at the Cloverdale and Sandown Raceway and awarded to a person who demonstrates superior leadership and service excellence. Wayne Pinette won the Hy Class Award, for his significant contributions to the racing industry. The driver and trainer awards went to the following: Driver of the Year (20–100 starts): Kelly Hoerdt Driver of the Year (101–250 starts): Serge Masse Driver of the Year (over 250 starts): Jim Marino Driver Dash Winner: Jim Marino Rookie Driver of the Year: Robert E. Scrannage Trainer of the Year (20–100 starts): Serge Masse Trainer of the Year (101–250 starts): Rod Therres Trainer of the Year (over 250 starts): Jim Marino Trainer Dash Winner: Jim Marino Rookie Trainer of the Year: Blaine Chappell Groom of the Year: Annie Chappell Backstretch Award: Debra Dalton For the full results of the evening, including the awards given to the standardbreds themselves, visit By Samantha Anderson Reprinted with permission of The Surrey Now-Leader

March 7, 2018 –The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is pleased to release a summary report of the work performed by the Health and Safety Working Group over the last five months. As part of the ‘Moving Ahead: Horse Racing Regulation in Ontario’ project and in response to industry feedback as outlined in the Findings Report released in February of 2017, the AGCOestablished this working group in September 2017, to discuss industry-related health and safety issues and to provide the AGCO with advice on potential reforms. In particular, the group was mandated to review and provide advice on the following topics, incorporating to the extent possible, the needs and best interests of the industry as a whole: Enhancing the health and safety of equine athletes; Enhancing workplace health and safety (human participants); How the industry as a whole can work to enhance the life cycle of a racehorse; and Opportunities for industry collaboration to develop health and safety resources for the sector. The report released today presents the Working Group’s recommendations stemming from the issues and ideas that were brought forward throughout the engagement process as well as the AGCO’s plan for the implementation of the recommendations. The report may be viewed on the ‘Moving Ahead’ project page. The AGCO is committed to enhancing the fairness, integrity and safety of horse racing in Ontario, while at the same time enhancing public confidence, reducing administrative burdens, and modernizing horse racing regulation. For more information, please contact   NUMBER: 62   SUPPORTING DOCUMENT(S):    Health and Safety Working Group Summary Report - March 7, 2018

London, May 6, 2018 -- Bridge Street - regarded as one of the most popular and durable pacers in the history of The Raceway at Western Fair District - will be inducted into the track's prestigious Wall Of Fame on Friday, May 11th. The hard-hitting pacer compiled 58 wins during his 361-race career that spanned 11 years. And, despite never winning a stake race, the son of Armbro Emerson who was a $10,000 yearling purchase, would amass more than $676,000 for his connections that included Tom Brodhurst, George and Shirley Griffin and Scott and Kim McNiven who also trained and managed the pacer. Brodhurst estimates that he has owned more than 150 horses over the years but there is absolutely no doubt which one tops the list. "He (Bridge Street) is why I've stayed in the game as long as I have," says Brodhurst. "He just never threw in a bad race and made all of his money the hard way while never winning a stake race. He means so much to our entire ownership group. I laugh when I think back to the circumstances of when we purchased him and I am glad it all worked out the way it did." In fact it was the late George Griffin who urged the group to consider buying the yearling even though Brodhurst wasn't looking for another horse at the time. When the bidding reached $10,000 Brodhurst had no intentions of raising his hand again. Fortunately, he didn't have to and rest as they say is history. "It was George who first got me into the game in 1964 when we worked in the insurance business together," recalls Brodhurst. "His wife Shirley has remained partners and we've always had our horses with Scott and Kim McNiven. We've been fortunate to have a lot of nice race horses and being inducted into the Wall Of Fame is truly and unexpected and special honour for all of us." Bridge Street will be honoured during a special trackside ceremony and is expected to be on hand himself in the winner's circle and lead a post parade during the program. "Bridge Street was the epitome of that iron-tough raceway horse," said The Raceway's Director of Racing Greg Blanchard. "His consistency for such a long period of time at such a high level is amazing. He just showed up week in and week out and loved his job. He was definitely the type of horse that both casual fans and horseplayers alike really appreciated and we are very pleased to induct him to our Wall Of Fame." Wall Of Fame night will be part of a very busy month of May at The Raceway which also includes a special Mother's Day program on May 13th, the Ontario Regional Driver's Championship on May 16th and the first ever Camluck Classic on closing day, Saturday, May 26th. For complete details, visit   Greg Blanchard

Guelph, ON, March 6, 2018 - As part of Canadian Ag Week from March 11-17, 2018, Equine Guelph reminds horse caregivers to Stop, Think and Act when around horses.   The first person who said only fools rush in must have been a horse person! How many times have we gained experience and knowledge after finding ourselves in the dirt or even worse in the hospital?   In 2016, Workplace Safety and Prevention Services in collaboration with Imperial Oil and Esso, created an outreach message with the potential to prevent injuries that may not occur if we Stop, Think, and Act. Equine Guelph, certainly saw the applications for the horse industry and also came on board. Proper safety gear, planning ahead and staying alert are all key to ensuring riding a horse is a fun activity. There are plenty of occasions to Stop, Think and Act every time you engage in activities involving horses.   In 2017, Equine Guelph’s travelling youth exhibit, EquiMania!, launched a new Stop, Think and Act Hopscotch game to encourage kids to learn a new way of thinking and making good choices when it comes to safety around the farm. The interactive game will be featured next at the Can-Am Equine Expo in Markham, ON, April 6 – 8, where youth can join in the fun and learn about safety.   For kids looking for activities over the March break, they can visit EquiMania! Online on Completion of the Stop, Think and Act online activities is rewarded with printable certificates and the know-how to reduce the risk of an accident when working around horses. As well, kids can test their general horse knowledge by taking the EquiMania! Challenge!   When it comes to horses, learning the hard way can be dangerous. Cutting corners around an animal that weighs in at over 1,000 pounds is simply unadvisable. For example – ducking under a horse’s neck when they are cross tied rather than walking around them or leading them around the stable by a halter when you know you should take a moment to find a lead rope. Being alert to horse behavior is another important aspect to avoiding risky situations. Horses communicate with their body language and one needs to pay attention to often subtle cues.   Equine Guelph is hosting two upcoming online short courses on Horse Behaviour and Safety, one for adults and one just for youth between 14 – 17 years of age. Both courses run from March 26 – April 13 on and aim to raise awareness of how we can all work safer around horses through understanding how horses think and perceive the world around them.   Stop, Think and Act is a great practice for horse people. We can make equine activities safer for all involved when we:   - Stop long enough to think about what could go wrong in what you're about to do - Think about how you're going to do it. Is it the safest way? If not, how can you do it better? - Act in the safest way possible   Even though Farm Safety Week is only one week in the year, it is important to Stop, Think and Act every day and especially on the horse farm.     Jackie Bellamy-Zions     Notes to Editor: Equine Guelph is the horse owners' and care givers' Centre at the University of Guelph in Canada. It is a unique partnership dedicated to the health and well-being of horses, supported and overseen by equine industry groups. Equine Guelph is the epicentre for academia, industry and government - for the good of the equine industry as a whole. For further information, visit     Web Link(s):   National Farm Safety Week March 11-17, 2018   Can-Am Expo April 6 – 8:   EquiMania! Online:   Horse Behaviour and Safety Courses:    

London, March 5, 2018 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District has released the official logo for the newly minted harness racing Camluck Classic Invitational Pace which will be held this year on Saturday, May 26th at the London, Ontario venue. The $150,000 race, presented by title sponsor Seelster Farms, will feature the best older pacers in North America and has become on of the 'go to' events of early summer in London. Western Fair District's graphic designer Jake MacDonald created the new logo which features a clean, contemporary look utilizing a red, white and black colour scheme which are traditional Canadian colours and also most closely associated with Camluck and his regular driver Mike Lachance on the racetrack. "We wanted something unique and fresh that captures the essence of what we want the Camluck Classic racing event to be and are pleased with the end result," said Director of Racing Greg Blanchard. "There are many subtle references in the new logo and we are excited about the opportunity to re-brand and grow what has become a very significant night on the Canadian racing calendar." Fans are reminded that the Camluck Classic will be raced this year on a Saturday night rather than the traditional Friday night time slot. The power-packed program will feature a quartet of City of London Series Finals as well as the first leg of the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division for three-year-old filly pacers to go along with the main event. There will be special giveaways to commemorate the Camluck Classic with a brand new Infield Party also in the works. Full event details will be announced soon and available at Greg Blanchard

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Anyone with a promising four-year-old pacer this season, nominations for the 2018 $200,000 Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R, must be made by Thursday, March 15. One of only a handful of opportunities restricted to just four-year-old pacers, the Prix D'Ete is the showcase stakes event of the season at the Hippodrome 3R and will take place on Sunday, August 19 in 2018. Continued from 2017 in the conditions for the race is that horses that finish 6th through 8th, will each get $1,000. To make nomination payments, owner/trainers can go to or to and get the necessary nomination forms. Please note there are no supplemental payments allowed for the Prix D'Ete. This first nomination payment must be made to be eligible. The Prix D'Ete, once the richest and most prestigious race in Canada, was revived by the Quebec Jockey Club back in 2013. The inaugural revival saw Jimmy Takter's Sunfire Blue Chip set the all-age Canadian and track record at 3R in 1:50.3. That record was tied the following year with All Bet's Off scoring for the Ron Burke Stable. Then Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, came to 3R for Team Teague in 2018, only to come up second best to the Burke's Stable's Rockin Ron in a classic battle over a sloppy track in 1:52. Last year it was the Jimmy Takter Stable winning the Prix D'Ete for the second time as Western Fame and driver Trevor Henry wired the field in 1:53.2. The 2018 race season gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, April 22 with first race post time at 12:50 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club        

MILTON, March 3, 2018 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced that harness racing 79 three-year-old pacers have been nominated to the 35th edition of the Pepsi North America Cup. The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is Canada's richest harness race and this year's edition is scheduled for Saturday, June 16 at Woodbine, Mohawk Park. The eliminations for the $1 million final will take place the week prior on Saturday, June 9. This year's number of nominated three-year-old pacers is up by 19 over last year's total of 60. Headlining the group of eligible sophomores is O'Brien Award winner Stay Hungry and Dan Patch Award winner Lost In Time. The award-winning colts squared off on multiple occasions in 2017 with each capturing marquee events over the course of the season. A son of the late-Somebeachsomewhere, Stay Hungry won six of nine starts as a rookie, including the $600,000 Breeders Crown at Hoosier Park. The Tony Alagna trainee banked $557,088 in 2017 for owners Brad Grant, Woodbine's leading-owner, and Irwin Samelman. Stay Hungry qualified twice and raced four-times last season at Mohawk. He was driven in eight of nine starts by Woodbine's top-driver Doug McNair. Lost In Time will be looking to create more magic at Mohawk Park in 2018 after he burst onto the scene as a two-year-old to capture the $816,000 Metro Pace for original trainer Jim Mulinix. The son of A Rocknroll Dance attracted the interest of several prominent owners following his Metro score and eventually moved into the care of Jimmy Takter to finish off his two-year-old campaign. Lost In Time won the $411,700 Governor's Cup by a nose over Stay Hungry to finish 2017 with five wins in nine starts and $687,432 in earnings. The bay colt will be looking to add to those totals in 2018 for owners Diamond Creek Racing, J And T Silva Stables LLC, William Rufenacht and Team S Racing Stable. Lost In Time has already grabbed headlines in 2018, as co-owner Scott Robinson recently gifted a share of the colt to professional wrestling legend Ric Flair. The late-great Somebeachsomewhere is again the leading sire of Pepsi North America Cup nominees with 17 sons eligible. "The Beach" captured the 2008 edition and sired the 2013 champion Captaintreacherous. A total of 24 Ontario Sires Stakes eligible sophomores have been nominated to this year's event. Mach Three leads the way among Ontario stallions with eight eligible three-year-olds. The number of 79 nominated sophomores is the highest number of nominees for the Pepsi North America Cup since 2011 (83). A total of three sustaining payments are required to remain eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. The first sustaining payment ($1,000 CAD, $810 USD) is due Wednesday, March 15. The final two payments are due April 15 and May 15. Below is the full list of eligible three-year-old pacers to this year's Pepsi North America Cup. ALWAYS BET DE GREY AMERICAN HISTORY ATOMIC SEELSTER AVALON HANOVER BABES DIG ME BACKSTREET SHADOW BEACHIN LINDY BIG TALKING MAN BURNING MIDNIGHT CALIFORNIA CRUISIN CAM I AM CAPTAIN DEO CASIMIR RICHIE P CHOCOLATE SWIRL CINNAMACK CLOSING STATEMENT COURTLY CHOICE DECLAN SEELSTER DONE WELL DORSODURO HANOVER DRAGON TIME DURHAM TOWN FASHIONONTHEBEACH GD WESTERN JOE GHOST DANCE GRAND TETON HAYDEN HANOVER HITMAN HILL HUDSON PHIL INTERNET HANOVER JET AVIATION JIMTASTIC JUSTWIGGLEIT KARPATHIAN KID KWIK TALKIN LARRYS PETROCK LATHER UP LEVIS DAY LOST IN TIME MACADOODLEDOO MAJOR AUTHORITY MASON HANOVER MISSION THREE MISTER MOJO RISIN NOAHS MILL NUTCRACKER SWEET ODDS ON LAUDERDALE PANTHER SEELSTER PARISI PEDRO HANOVER PHIL THE THRILL POINTS NORTH PRO BEACH QUINTSENTIAL TERROR ROOTIN TOOTIN SCOUTS REPORT SEEING EYE SINGLE SHADOW MOON SHNITZLEDOSOMETHIN SOMETIMESAWINNER SPORTS LEGEND SPRINGSTEEN ST LADS NEPTUNE STAY HUNGRY SUMMER TRAVEL TALBOTCREEKWHISKEY THE DOWNTOWN BUS THOMAS B HANOVER TOPVILLE OLYMPIAN TORRIN HANOVER TRUMP THAT TURBO HILL TWIN B TUFFENUFF VENOM WES DELIGHT WESTERN PASSAGE WHATSTROUBLNUROCKY WHEN YOU DANCE WHOS BETTER Total Horses: 79 Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Media Communications C: 905-864-9110

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame reminds the horse racing community the deadline to nominate horses or people for the Class of 2018 is March 7, 2018 at 5:00 pm EST., one week away. The public is invited to participate in the nomination of people and horses who have made a significant contribution to Canadian Standardbred or Thoroughbred horse racing, for induction to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2018.   Nominations for the following will be considered:  PERSON: Trainers, Drivers, Jockeys  BUILDERS: Includes, but not limited to Breeders, Owners, Officials, and others.  COMMUNICATORS: Includes, but not limited to Writers, Broadcasters, Photographers, Announcers, Bloggers  VETERAN PERSON: Trainers, Drivers, Jockeys whose careers have been concluded for 20 years, but less than 50 years.  MALE HORSE: Stallions or geldings whose contribution to Canadian racing occurred in the past 20 years.  FEMALE HORSE: Mares whose contribution to Canadian racing occurred in the past 20 years.  VETERAN HORSE: Horses whose careers have been concluded for 20 years, but less than 50 years.   All nomination submissions to be made using the form available on the CHRHF website at nomination-form/ . A copy of the form is also attached, or may be obtained by contacting Complete eligibility criteria may be found at: For further information, or to submit a completed nomination form, contact:   Standardbred Nominations: Darryl Kaplan, Standardbred Nomination Chair, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 1-2150 Meadowvale Blvd., Mississauga, ON L5N 6R6 P: (905) 858-3060 ext. 241 F: (905) 858-3089 E: Thoroughbred Nominations: Tom Cosgrove, Thoroughbred Nomination Chair, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 555 Rexdale Blvd., P.O. Box 156 Toronto, ON M9W 5L2 P: (416) 213-2113 E:   Nominations forms may also be submitted to: Linda Rainey, Managing Director Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame P: (416) 417-9404 E: All submissions will be carefully considered by the Nominating Committee of the applicable breed.   A maximum of three finalists in each of five categories for Standardbreds and five categories for Thoroughbreds will be presented to the Election Committee for final voting by secret ballot.   NOMINATION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2018 5:00 pm EST. The list of nominees selected for consideration by the Election Committee for each breed will be announced Monday, March 26, 2018. The Inductees for the 2018 class of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will be announced on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.   We invite you to visit the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame located at the West Entrance of Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. Additional information about the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is available at www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame or by contacting or 416-417- 9404     Linda Rainey Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 416-417- 9404  

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