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The Windsor Star in Windsor, Ontario today reported that a Tecumseh-based harness racing trainer caught injecting performance-enhancing drugs into a horse in 2010 has been convicted of fraud by the Ontario Court of Appeal. Derek Riesberry is the first person in Canada to go before the criminal courts for horse doping. After a lengthy trial that began in 2012, Riesberry was acquitted last year by Superior Court Justice Steven Rogin. Despite finding that Riesberry was a cheat, Rogin found him not guilty of two counts of fraud, saying the Crown had not proven that the betting public had been deprived of anything. In a decision released this week after a Crown appeal, the Ontario Court of Appeal found Rogin had erred in his decision. The appellate court set aside the acquittals and substituted guilty verdicts. The court has referred the case back to Rogin for sentencing. “The betting public was deprived of information about the race that they were entitled to know; they were deprived of an honest race run in accordance with the rules,” the court of appeal found. The court has also ordered a new trial on two counts of cheating at play. On Sept. 28, 2010, Riesberry was videotaped by hidden camera injecting something into the neck of a horse at Windsor Raceway. The horse raced about an hour later, placing sixth. A few weeks later, on Nov. 7, 2010, Riesberry was arrested as he entered the racetrack. A syringe filled with performance-enhancing drugs – epinephrine and clenbuterol – was found in his truck. Reisberry was charged with fraud, attempted fraud, cheating at play and attempting to cheat at play. In the past, such breaches would be dealt with as licence infractions at regulatory tribunals. But in a crackdown by the Ontario Racing Commission, Riesberry and fellow trainer Chris Haskell were charged criminally. Haskell’s trial had been adjourned, awaiting the outcome of Riesberry’s trial and appeal. Both Riesberry and Haskell hired the same lawyer to represent them. He could not be reached for comment, nor could the head of the Ontario Racing Commission to whom calls were referred. In acquitting Riesberry, Rogin had delved into the legal meanings of the word “game.” He concluded horse racing is not a game because it relies on skill rather than chance. “In our view, the trial judge erred in his interpretation of a game,” the court of appeal ruled. “The trial judge erred in law by applying the wrong legal test to determine whether horse racing was a game of mixed chance and skill.” On appeal, the Crown cited starting post positions — drawn by lot or by a computerized random post position generator — as an example of chance. “Certain post positions are more advantageous than others in that the advantageous positions provide shorter distances to travel,” the court of appeal said. “Accordingly, in relation to the cheating while playing a game charges, we set aside the acquittals and order a new trial.” Riesberry and Haskell’s cases will be spoken to in Superior Court in November to set dates. by Sarah Sacheli for the Windsor Star

A letter issued by the Ontario Racing Commission today states that the province's Standardbred racing industry is about to get a substantial infusion to its program The letter -- penned by the ORC's Executive Director Steve Lehman and addressed to Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Jeff Leal -- states that discussions are ongoing with the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association (SBOA) to design an "enhanced Horse Improvement Program for Ontario Standardbreds not to exceed $12 million in total funding." Discussions are ongoing and are set to resume in mid-November. This was first released on Tuesday by Standardbredcanada.com.  October 28, 2014 The Honourable Jeff Leal Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Government of Ontario Dear Minister, Further to the correspondence from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs of October 6, 2014 instructing ORC to further engage the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association (SBOA) in discussions about the design of a five-year enhanced Horse Improvement Program for Ontario Standardbreds not to exceed $12 million in total funding, I am pleased to update you on progress achieved to date. Over the last few weeks, we have exchanged correspondence with Walter Parkinson, President of the SBOA. I am pleased to report that, earlier this week, the SBOA has confirmed their willingness to work with the ORC in the design of a program for Standardbred and will provide designate names and potential meeting dates in the near future. Unfortunately, due to other commitments, the SBOA representatives likely cannot meet with us prior to November 10, 2014. As you know, the ORC has successfully completed agreements to enhance support for Ontario bred and sired Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds. These enhancements have contributed to an increase in demand for Ontario horses as reflected in the value at sale of Ontario yearlings. It is the expectation that a similar program for Standardbreds would also result in improved prices at upcoming yearling sales. We understand the urgency of completing this work well in advance of the 2015 breeding season and commit to report to you again, hopefully with the design of a Standardbred program, no later than November 14, 2014. Thank you for your guidance, leadership and support for this important component of the Ontario Horse Racing Partnership Plan. Steven Lehman Executive Director

As a result of a mishap at Flamboro Downs which resulted in a head-on collision of two horses after an accident, the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has ordered all tracks to have installed by January 1, 2015 a system using warning lights and a siren to be used in the event of an emergency which requires drivers to proceed with caution or to stop the race.  The rule takes effect once the equipment is installed. While this rule only effects the Ontario racetracks, it should become the standard throughout Canada and the United States. For American tracks, it should only require the installation of a siren as they are required to have warning lights around the track already which are to go on whenever there is an accident or a horse gets loose on the track.  We know tracks hate to refund wagers on a wholesale basis and horsemen hate to lose the opportunity to earn purse money, but that should not trump the health and safety of racing participants, both drivers and horses.  If that is not incentive enough, the last thing you want is coverage of another head-on collision; something which would give ammunition to those opposed to horse racing. Horsemen associations can negotiate in their next contract a provision which calls for purse money to be split evenly among all horses which were still competitive when the race was stopped if the loss of purse money is an issue.   We can consider adopting the rule used in some European countries which calls for the remaining horses to return later on the card to contest the race if less than half the race was contested when it was stopped; that should satisfy those worried about refunding wagers for a race declared 'no contest'.  Of course, the question is will racing commissions become proactive in the other provinces and states to adopt either the ORC rule or a modified version which allows for a race to be restarted?  That remains to be seen.  But it shouldn't have to depend on commissions being proactive; horsemen and/or tracks should petition their commissions to enact some version of this rule and enact it using their emergency rule making powers instead of having to go through 6 months or more of review before they can approve it.   It took a relatively high-profile accident to get Ontario to act.  It shouldn't require another such incident to happen before the rest of the industry follows their lead.  Now is the time to make this an industry-wide standard on both sides of the border. by Allan Schott bajno1@optimum.net

The board of the Ontario Racing Commission has announced that it has approved revisions and new rules directing all Standardbred racetracks to upgrade their emergency warning light systems to now include a siren. The changes/upgrades must be implemented by January 1, 2015. The ORC explained that the rule change was a recommendation following an investigation and report by the ORC’s Equine Accident Specialist into an incident which occurred at Flamboro Downs. The ORC held a meeting to review enhanced race protocols with a number of racetrack operators, drivers, veterinarians and horsepeople, as well as a number of ORC judges and investigators. The recommendations discussed ways to stop the race when, in the opinion of the judges, the situation warranted such action. The new and revised rules will provide the judges with the authority and ability to turn on warning lights when they view a situation that could negatively affect the health and safety of the participants. The lights indicate to drivers that they should proceed with caution. Under the new and revised rules, when a more serious emergency situation occurs, the judges will have the authority and ability to stop the race and communicate this to the Drivers through the use of both the warning lights and the siren. The ORC stated that racetracks have until January 1, 2015, to install an enhanced emergency warning system, approved by the ORC. Failure to comply may result in fines or suspensions or both. To view the ORC’s notice on the issue, click here. To view the ORC’s Standardbred Directive #3 – 2014, which includes new rules and revised rules, click here. From the Ontario Racing Commission  

As the Program Administrator of the Horse Improvement Program, Ontario Horse Racing is seeking volunteers to participate in a Working Group. The mandate of this group is to develop a number of ideas and scenarios to address the declining horse supply for the 2017 Standardbred Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Program. The Working Group should be representative of all sectors within the industry including breeders, owners and trainers, from both of the Gold and Grassroots levels, as well as racetracks. For complete details, please follow the link below: Notice to the Industry - Call for Standardbred Working Group Members by Lisa Hocking, for the Ontario Racing Commission

After an inauspicious debut at Grand River Raceway earlier this fall, Frankies First Luv pulled up her socks and has since rattled off four straight scores for Team Marsden. Bred, owned and trained by Jim Marsden, who co-owns the filly with Shirley Marsden, Frankies First Luv rallied for a career-best clocking of 1:54.1 during a fog-filled Thursday evening card at Mohawk Racetrack. Frankies First Luv, who piled up a three-race winning streak at Grand River Raceway leading up to tonight’s Mohawk debut, was in no hurry in the early stages of Thursday’s assignment. She got away sixth and was seventh and parked at the mid-way point before making a big rally in the late stages of the mile. To view the rest of this story click here. Tornado Tim "twists" to Flamboro win A trio of trotters lined up across the finish line in Thursday’s $11,000 Preferred 2 at Flamboro Downs, with Tornado Tim coming out on top for trainer/driver Danny O’Brian. The seven-year-old son of Revenue S-Cyclone Annie survived a first-over trip to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:57.4. Spartan Victory shot to the top from Post 7 and supplied the field with first-half fractions of :28 and :58.1 before being pressed by Tornado Tim in the backstretch. There wasn’t much separating those two at the three-quarter pole in 1:27.4, but Tornado Tim inched away in the closing strides to defeat a dead game Spartan Victory who wound up second. Winkys Pride was a lapped-on third in the seven-horse affair. To view the rest of this story click here. Rideau requests variance on race dates The Ontario Racing Commission has announced that Rideau Carleton Raceway Holdings Ltd. has requested approval for a variance for the race date schedule at Rideau Carleton Raceway. The Ontario Racing Commission is circulating an application for an amendment to the approved race date schedule and will receive comments on the application from interested industry participants before making its decision on the application. The contents of the application from Rideau Carleton Raceway Holdings Ltd. is as follows: DELETE • Friday December 26, 2014 • Thursday March 19, 26, 2015 • Total 3 dates ADD • Sunday January 11, 18, 25, 2015 • Total 3 dates • Post time 6:30 p.m. Input, comments or concerns must be received by Thursday October 9, 2014 to be considered and can be forwarded to the Ontario Racing Commission as follows: Fax: 416-213-7827 Email: inquiry@ontarioracingcommission.ca Mail: ORC, Suite 400, 10 Carlson Court, Toronto, ON M9W 6L2 From the Ontario Sire Stakes

The Director of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has approved the applications for 2014/2015 race date amendments made by The Raceway at Western Fair District (Western Fair) and Flamboro Downs (Flamboro) – with the support of the Standardbred  Alliance.    The Director has approved the following:    Western Fair Revised Dates  Delete: Wednesday October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12,  19, 26, December 3, 10, 17  Total 12 dates  Add: Friday January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27,  March 6, 13, 20, 27  Total 13 dates  Post time 7:05 pm    Flamboro Revised Dates  Delete: Wednesday October 1, January 7, 14, 21, 28,  February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25  Total 13 dates  Add: Thursday January 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19,  26, March 5, 12, 19, 26    From the Ontario Racing Commission

On Monday, September 15, the Ontario Horse Racing Commission announced that Flamboro Downs and The Raceway at Western Fair District – with the support of the Standardbred Alliance – are requesting approval for a race-date variance for the 2014/15 race date schedule of each racetrack. The ORC announced via release that it is circulating the applications for an amendment to the approved race date schedule and will receive comments on the applications from interested industry participants before making its decision on the application. Copies of the applications and business cases to support these changes are accessible via the links which appear below. • Request for Race Date Variance for Flamboro Downs • Request for Race Date Variance for Western Fair • Request for Race Date Variance for The Alliance • Western Fair request to revise Race Date Calendar • Flamboro request to revise Race Date Calendar The application from Western Fair is as follows: WESTERN FAIR – REVISED DATES Delete Wednesday, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Wednesday, November 5, 12, 19, 26 Wednesday, December 3, 10, 17 (Total – 12 dates) Add Friday, January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Friday, February 6, 13, 20, 27 Friday, March 6, 13, 20, 27 (Total – 13 dates) Post time – 7:05 p.m. The application from Flamboro is as follows: FLAMBORO DOWNS – REVISED DATES Delete Wednesday, October 1 Wednesday, January 7, 14, 21, 28 Wednesday, February 4, 11, 18, 25 Wednesday, March 4, 11, 18, 25 (Total – 13 dates) Add Friday, December 12, 19 Thursday, January 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Thursday, February 5, 12, 19, 26 Thursday, March 5, 12, 19, 26 (Total – 15 dates) Post time – 6:00 p.m. Input, comments or concerns must be received by September 23, 014 o be considered and can be forwarded to the Ontario Racing Commission as follows: Fax 416-13-7827 Email inquiry@ontarioracingcommission.ca From the Ontario Racing Commission

Ontario Horse Racing (OHR) is pleased to announce that in the 2015 harness racing calendar year, Ontario Sired Standardbred two-year-olds racing in Ontario will receive a projected $700,000 in new purse bonuses distributed as a 20% bonus on overnight races plus a 5% purse bonus on Ontario Sires Stakes earnings. The proposal, which was brought forward by the Standardbred Advisory Group, was approved by the ORC Board this week. Elmer Buchanan, ORC Chair, said “It is encouraging to see innovative ideas brought forward by the industry, especially those ideas that demonstrate a strong commitment to the breeding sector." OHR wishes to thank the Standardbred Advisory Group for their leadership in developing the incentive designed to benefit Ontario owners and breeders. “Ontario Sired” is defined as a foal sired by a stallion that is recognized as an Ontario Sire by the Standardbred Improvement Program in the year of conception. Year after year Ontario breeders produce leading performers, trotters and pacers. Most recent successes are trotting mare Bee A Magician and pacing horse Somebeachsomewhere, who absolutely dominated in their Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) races as well as the elite Grand Circuit races. Virtually all of the sport’s most coveted races have been won by an Ontario-sired performer. For further information on this new incentive, contact:  Karen Hauver  OSS Administrative Coordinator 519-369-3545  records@ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Horse Racing (OHR) is a division of the Ontario Racing Commission and, as the Program Administrator for Ontario’s Horse Improvement Program, is responsible for the development and implementation of all Program elements, designed to recognize excellence for Ontario Bred and Ontario Sired horses racing in their home province.

Ontario Horse Racing (OHR) is pleased to announce that in the 2015 calendar year, Ontario Sired Standardbred two-year-olds racing in Ontario will receive a projected $700,000 in new purse bonuses distributed as a 20% bonus on overnight races plus a 5% purse bonus on Ontario Sires Stakes earnings.   The proposal, which was brought forward by the Standardbred Advisory Group, was approved by the  ORC Board this week. Elmer Buchanan, ORC Chair, said “It is encouraging to see innovative ideas  brought forward by the industry, especially those ideas that demonstrate a strong commitment to the  breeding sector”.   OHR wishes to thank the Standardbred Advisory Group for their leadership in developing the incentive designed to benefit Ontario owners and breeders.   “Ontario Sired” is defined as a foal sired by a stallion that is recognized as an Ontario Sire by the Standardbred Improvement Program in the year of conception.    Year after year Ontario breeders produce leading performers, trotters and pacers. Most recent successes are trotting mare Bee A Magician and pacing horse Somebeachsomewhere, who absolutely dominated in their Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) races as well as the elite Grand Circuit races. Virtually all of the sport’s most coveted races have been won by an Ontario Sired performer.   by Karen Hauver, for the Ontario Sire Stakes      

Grand River Raceway was forced to cancel the remainder of its September 10 card after race one due to unsafe track conditions caused by heavy rain.   The four Grassroots divisions of Ontario Sires Stakes three-year-old pacing fillies slated for September 10 have been rescheduled as non-wagering races for Friday, September 12 at Grand River Raceway. Post time is 2:00 p.m. All regular Ontario Racing Commission Rules Of Racing apply to these events, including Lasix times.   by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

The director of the Ontario Racing Commission has approved applications from the Lakeshore Horse Racing Association and The Raceway at Western Fair District. Lakeshore requested approval for an extended meet at Leamington Raceway for a total of 13 race days. Western Fair requested to change the post time from October through December 2014. According to a release from the ORC, the director has approved the following: LAKESHORE (DATES) September 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28, 2014 – Post Time 1:30 p.m. WESTERN FAIR (POST TIME) Mondays and Tuesdays, from October 6, 2014 to December 30, 2014 – Change from 4:05 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. (With files from the ORC)

In response to the Ontario Racing Commission’s (ORC) statement of Thursday, September 4 with their reasoning or rules behind the September 1, 9th race incident at Mohawk Raceway, we felt it best at Harnesslink to just publish for you some of the hundreds of responses that have been seen on different social media venues. These opinions are from racing fans, owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, grooms and bettors not only from North America but throughout the racing world. Of the thousands of people that have viewed the video of the race we were able to find only one person who stated via social media that they thought the ORC Judge’s ruling make sense. We even have comments from people who actually won money yet felt the race should have been declared a “no contest.” Video of the race is with this story. Harnesslink has repeatedly tried to contact any spokesperson at the ORC via numerous phone calls, messages on answering machines and via email, but have yet to hear back from anyone at the ORC office. Thus we decided to print some of the responses from different venues since the ORC seems to be refusing to comment “live” on this incident. Here is what the people who make up our industry had to say. Many of these comments were repeated numerous times by other people. Unfair to people who wagered the race, race should have been declared "no contest" Why didn't the starting gate judge call for a recall and put up his lights when his starting gate was in distress before the start of the race? If the 9th race was OK for three of seven horses then why was the remaining three races on program cancelled due to unsafe conditions? Seems quite obvious there was unsafe conditions for the start of the ninth race. The Judge's did not properly consider all ramifications of not calling the race a "no contest" How can you declare a race as "official" when more than half the field was hindered at the start of the race? Without hurling flaming darts at me - I think their explanation makes some sense. By late scratching four of the seven horses in the race you already returned more than 80% of the money wagered on the race. Why create such dismay by not declaring the race a No Contest? Sometimes you have to throw out the rule book and use common sense but that did not happen here. I am a licensed judge and this was one of the worst calls ever. Should have been an instant no contest ruling. What kind of poor precedent is being set here when the #1 horse, who finished dead last in seventh place, beaten by the four horses that were interfered with at the start, ends up being placed third? The Triactor paid LESS than both the win price and the Exactor! Is this how the judges are protecting the betting public? I have been a horse owner, breeder, and fan for over 40 years. This race I found as self-serving and very selfish for the Judges not to call it a no contest. It was quite clear that there was interference at the start of the race this should have been an automatic recall. This is the worst decision they've ever made. Couldn’t be much worse. I was there...I won something on it ...and I’m still bitching about it.....I had a $3 super 1-2-3-4 and didn’t even get a consolation payoff on that... As a former judge there is no question that the starting gate judge was in error and should have called for a late recall and flash his lights. Situations like this happen and but in this instance the judge’s decision not to declare this race no contest was very wrong. The ORC is supposed to make rulings that are in the best interest of the betting public and the integrity of the game. I had $800 worth of win four wagers all keyed onto #8 in the 9th race... My race 9 key was wiped out by the starting gate before the start and the judges decided that it was in my best interest to give 25% of my money to WEG and the other 75% to players whose horse was not wiped out! Thank you mister ORC for protecting me! How about this idea as a rule of thumb... when more than half the field is interfered with before the start, hit the recall button or rule the race a no-contest! Somebody owes me $800... and an apology wouldn't be out of order. no recall, the starting gate arms where still engaged, fine the starter and give out free programs or betting vouchers as a goodwill gesture, as more bettors head to the slot machines where no human factor is involved just random luck Where is the Ontario Harness Horsemen’s Association or COSA in all of this? Are the three horses getting to split up all the purse money and the other four that were “scratched” getting screwed with none of the purse money? Hopefully we will one day hear back from the ORC about the problems surrounding this race and be able to report back to you. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Late this afternoon the Ontario Race Commission issued a statement in regard to the Judge’s decision on the 9th race at Mohawk Raceway on Monday, September 1, 2014. This was the race where the starting gate was sliding and could not gain traction due to muddy conditions and the outside four horses were hindered right at the start of the race. The Judge’s then declared the race official after “scratching” the four outside horses from the race, leaving just three horses for payoffs. Within minutes the remaining three races on the program were cancelled due to unsafe track conditions. The statement, from the ORC's Manager of Racing Brent Stone, appears below: Thank you for your inquiry regarding the 9th race at Mohawk, September 1, 2014. Please reference the Rules of Standardbred Racing 2012 – Sections 22.32, 22.32.01 and 22.33 Here is a link on the ORC web site. Rules of Standardbred Racing 2012 In their opinion, the ORC Judges at Mohawk determined that the outside horses (4, 5, 7, 8) were prevented from having a fair chance (to quote the rule: “...prevented from having a fair chance to contest a race due to exceptional circumstances, and it is deemed in the public interest to do so, such horse shall be declared a non-contestant...”) However, the Judges also determined that horses 1, 2, 3 were not affected and were able to properly contest this race. That is the lynchpin of their decision – these horses were entitled to contest. Mohawk Racetrack is required to refund bets made on horses that have been declared by ORC officials to be “non-contestants”, as per the Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervision Regulations made pursuant to the Criminal Code. These regulations are administered by the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA), the federal agency responsible for the supervision of betting. As ORC Racing Officials, the Judges are called upon to apply their considerable experience and knowledge of the Rules of Racing to make decisions that adhere to those Rules. From time to time, some members of the public may disagree with some calls. The public can be assured that the mandate of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) is to protect the public interest, maintain the fairness of horse racing and officiate races according to the Rules of Racing. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

On Labor Day Monday at Mohawk Raceway the ninth race had a starting gate malfunction at the beginning of the race and the decision made by the Judges has quite a few harness racing and wagering fans shaking their heads in disbelief? It seems that at the start of the race the starting gate began to slip sideways on the muddy track, then as the starter gave the word “Go” the starting gate did not accelerate. It had no traction on the sloppy surface and hesitated before moving forward. The wings closed but the starting gate could not get out of the path of the four outside horses. Those drivers had to take back and wait until the starting gate regained traction and pulled out of the way. Upon watching the video replay you can clearly see the far outside horse, Romance In Camelot, was trying to leave but driver Doug McNair had to restrain him from running into the starting gate and as a result got away in sixth place. The other three drivers pulled back as well and headed the only place they could, down to the rail. To watch the video click here. As the field reached the quarter pole the inquiry light was already illuminated on the video screen and the track announcer confirmed the inquiry due to the confusion at the start. The race continued without any more problems, at least until the Judges hastily thought it over and came to their decision. The race was surprisingly NOT declared a “no contest” and to add fuel to the fire, the Judges scratched the four outside horses 4, 5, 7, & 8 (the 6 horse was an early vet scratch) declaring them “non-starters” and ordered refunds on all wagers involving them, including those on #7 who had rallied to finish third, but was subsequently scratched. The race including the one, two order of finish plus the horse moved up to third (who had actually finished last) was then declared official. Why was the race not declared a “no contest” when clearly more than half the field was hindered due to the issues with starting gate? Why was there no show wagering on the race yet they paid off on a trifecta? Attempts via email and calls to the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) have gone unanswered as of press time for this article. We were told on one of the calls to the ORC that a statement or findings on the race would be issued to the public after due diligence was completed. We are still waiting for this notice to be sent out. It is wrong to come to any conclusions before hearing what the ORC has to say about the Judges call in this race.  But it is more unfair to the betting fans to be subject to such confusion on this race and loss of wagers made on a race that should be been declared a “No Contest.” The fact that it occurred in Ontario; a tightly regulated jurisdiction that often refunds wagers on horses who were deemed to have not been given a fair start; coupled with the fact that the race took place at its flagship Standardbred only racing facility that is known for giving the average bettor more information night in and night out about nearly every aspect of the horses and horsemen in each race than anywhere else in North America, makes the Judge’s ruling that much more questionable. The decision not only affected the betting in that specific race, but everyone who had a live Pick 3 wager (1st, 2nd, or last leg) as well as the Pick 4 (1st & 2nd leg) which we doubt was considered when the decision to declare the four horses that were impeded by the starting gate "non-starters", thereby making them post-race scratches. This then created an incredibly confusing scenario as to which bets were winners in that race (i.e., the aforementioned  #7 horse that finished third, but was later scratched because he was one of the four impeded by the starting gate) along with what constituted a live pick 3 or pick 4 wager (3-5 favorite was one of the post-race scratches) going into the remainder of the races which were subsequently cancelled due to unsafe track conditions. Then why was there no show wagering on the ninth race? And more and more and more….Whew…. As Ricky Ricardo would say to Lucy…..”I tink you got some splaining to do!” By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com 

On August 27, 2014, the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) released a Memorandum to the Canadian racing industry and to Provincial Regulatory bodies advising that this drug has been added to Schedule of Prohibited Drugs. The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) issues this Notice as a service. ORC licensees are expected to know the Rules of Racing, closely review all memos from the CPMA, and keep up to date on the Schedule of Prohibited Drugs. ORC Notice to the Industry - CPMA Schedule of Prohibited Drugs From the Ontario Racing Commission  

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