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The family of Wendy Hoogeveen has advised the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) that there will be a private family-only ceremony. They went on to say that, at an appropriate time, friends might gather in celebration of her life. The ORC will remain in touch with her family and will share these details as they unfold. This has clearly been a difficult time for Wendy’s family.  Please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers. The last few days also have been difficult for all those who worked with Wendy.  If industry members are comfortable doing so, please take the time to share your fond memories of Wendy. The ORC has opened a special email address. All comments will be shared privately with Wendy's family who no doubt will enjoy hearing the stories and memories that we have all experienced over our years.   Steven Lehman Executive Director  

It is with profound sadness that the Ontario Racing Commission announces that Wendy Hoogeveen passed away on Monday, August 4, 2014. Wendy worked for the Ontario Racing Commission for over 30 years ultimately holding the position of Director of Industry Development & Support. Her commitment and dedication to the horse racing industry were unparalleled and we are grateful for her contributions. She was one of the most passionate supporters of horse racing in addition to being one of the most knowledgeable. She will be greatly missed by both ORC staff and industry participants. At this time, information regarding the arrangements is not available however the ORC will share them as they become available. For the official Notice, please click on the following link: From the Ontartio Racing Commission

Please find below a link to the Notice to the Industry regarding new rules related to non-extended harness racing meetings (meets under 7 days) and Thoroughbred rules impacting eligibility and racing conditions. Notice to the Industry - ORC approves new rules Wendy Hoogeveen   (416) 213-7839      

At its meeting of January 30, 2014, the Board of the Ontario Racing Commission approved the 2014 Horse Improvement Program (HIP) as recommended by the industry stakeholders and Program staff. Developed by the Thoroughbred and Standardbred Advisory Groups, the 2014 programs will offer significant incentives to breed and own horses in Ontario. For the most part, the upcoming season will mirror the 2013 programs, providing consistency along with some improvements. To view the full release, please use the link below: News Release - 2014 Horse Improvement Program Approved Wendy Hoogeveen Director, Industry Development and Support    

The Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Program is on track to provide an exciting season of racing. Developed by the Standardbred Advisory Group and approved by the Ontario Racing Commission, the 2014 OSS program will offer over $16.6 million in purses and just over $2.1 million in Ontario Bred and Ontario Sired Rewards. To view the full release, please use the link below: News Release - 2014 Ontario Sires Stakes Program Announced Wendy Hoogeveen Director, Industry Development and Support      

The Director of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has approved changes to the Woodbine Standardbred race date calendar through to March 31, 2014. The result of these changes creates a consistent year round Standardbred Premier calendar (Woodbine and Mohawk), with a 3 day-a-week schedule from mid-October through March and a 4 day-a-week schedule from April through mid-October. In reaching his decision, the Director considered the input received from the industry and the letter of support from COSA. The Director also considered the recommendation from the Implementation and Monitoring (IM) Group to support the application, given that the proposed day-per- week schedule aligned with its original assessment of the schedule, and given that the specific dates selected were based on projected wagering performance. The IM Group also strongly recommended a consistent, year round Standardbred schedule, without any extended dark periods, which will help to ensure horse supply remains available for the Premier track. To review all notices please go to by Wendy Hoogeveen for the Ontario Racing Commission  

Following announcements made last week, the Board of the Ontario Racing Commission approved a set of Consolation Races for the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Series and the Grassroots Series at its monthly meeting yesterday. The new races were developed through consultation with industry stakeholders and race secretaries to determine the best use of unallocated funds from the 2013 Ontario Sires Stakes Program. The proposal was circulated to the Standardbred Advisory Group and was very favourably received. “The Board is very aware of the struggles experienced by the horse racing community in 2013. Early in the planning stages, the ORC had committed to ensuring that 2013 Program funds would be paid out in 2013”, said Rod Seiling, Chair of the ORC. “The concept for these new races balances the interests of the customer and the interests of the racing community, by creating new opportunities for our OSS horses to race and exciting betting opportunities for our customers.” Gold Series Consolation On Sunday, October 13th at Grand River Raceway, the Consolation for the Gold Series horses will be contested in one division per age, sex and gait for a purse of $50,000. The top 9 Gold point earners that are entered will be drawn in. To ensure full fields in both the Super Finals and the Gold Consolations, horses that competed but did not earn money in the Gold Super Final will also be allowed to enter the Consolation. Grassroots Series Consolation Two divisions of Grassroots Consolations for each age, sex and gait will be contested on October 14th and 15th at Western Fair Raceway. The top 16 point earners entered will compete for a purse of $20,000 for each division. As in the Gold Series, horses that raced in the Grassroots Finals but did not earn money will be allowed to enter into the Grassroots Consolations. Horses that are eligible to be entered into both the Gold and Grassroots Consolations due to their point accumulation can be entered into both, but will only be drawn into one. All horses must be declared by the box closing time at each track. The box for Western Fair for October 14th, however, will be held open for entries for the Grassroots Consolations until 12 noon on Wednesday, October 9th to allow for the completion of the Gold Consolation draw at Grand River.   Ontario Sires Stakes

The Ontario Racing Commission has issued a NOTICE TO THE INDUSTRY! There will be an Emergency Hearing related to eligibility to the OSS. Participants in the Gold Super Finals for Ontario Sires Stakes 2 YO Colt Trotters and 2 YO Colt Pacers to be held Saturday, September 28th are advised that an emergency hearing has been called by the ORC to hear two appeals related to the breaking rule. Interested parties can attend and make submission at the hearing, which will be held at 11:00 am tomorrow, Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at the Hearing Room of the ORC at 10 Carlson Court, Suite 400 in Toronto. The appellants for Arthur Blue Chip (2YO Colt Pace) and Utopia (2YO Colt Trot) are separately appealing the application of ORC Rule 12.10.01 and 12.10.02 related to breaks and related to their eligibility to enter their respective Super Final races. by Wendy Hoogeveen, Director ORC  

Prior to considering the application, the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) is circulating for public input the proposed change received from Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) to change its approved calendar of Standardbred race dates at Woodbine Racetrack. To be considered, submissions providing input must be received prior to Friday, September 20, 2013. Based on its original 2013 approved race dates, Woodbine Standardbred is scheduled to run 4 days a week in October, November and December, similar to its Mohawk schedule during the summer months. At the time, WEG advised the ORC of its intention in the winter of 2014 to race 3 days a week in February and March, going dark in January. This date structure was being contemplated in order to be able to meet WEG's contractual agreements and financial realities. Since that time, there has been discussion between WEG and its horsepeople that it may be more beneficial to add January back into the schedule. The schedule that WEG is now proposing would address that issue, while remaining within its ability to comply with its contracts and financial constraints. The application from WEG calls for the cancellation of Mondays starting October 21, 2013 and the addition of 3 days a week back into the schedule in January. The result would see a 3 days a week schedule mid-October through March and a 4 days a week schedule April through mid-October, for a total of 183 days. Prior to making its recommendations to the Director, the Ontario Racing Program's Implementation and Monitoring Group would be well served by hearing from participants, stakeholders and the wagering public. To submit your thoughts to this application please use of the following:    Submission may be submitted as follows: 1.    Dropped off at the ORC Head Office at 10 Carlson Court, Suite 400, 2.    By Email, using 3.    By Fax, using 416-213-7827 by Wendy Hoogeveen     4 attachments — Download all attachments     Notice to the Industry - Public Input sought on WEG application for date changes.pdf 24K   View   Download     WEG Application 2013 variance SB Sept 3.pdf 90K   View   Download     2013 2014 Live SB Calendar Draft Option A Mondays.pdf 126K   View   Download     Stb Handle Oct 1 2012 to Jan 31 2013.pdf 157K   View   Download    

The Director of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has considered and approved an application for variance from Hiawatha Horse Park regarding its 2013 harness racing date schedule.

As a result of the impact of the closure of Woodbine's backstretch on Fort Erie Race Track's horse entries, track management made application to the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) to vary its 2013 race date schedule by cancelling four Mondays and adding three dates at the end of the meet.

The Director of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has considered and approved an application for variance from Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (GCGC) to cancel the 2013 race dates approved for Flamboro Downs in the month of May.

On Friday, April 12, the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) released the Director's Notice of Decision regarding May to December 2013 Race Dates, with reasons to follow.

The Director of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has approved the 2013 Ontario Race Date schedule for the remainder of the calendar year.

With input from the advisory groups, planning and forecasting of the Horse Improvement Program projects a $14 million harness racing program for Standardbred Ontario Sired horses.

The Director of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) today announced the April 2013 Race Date Schedule, based on applications for variance received.

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