Brent Stone, the Ontario Racing Commission's (ORC) manager of racing, has issued a statement regarding the ninth race on Monday, Sept. 1, at Mohawk Racetrack.
As a result of heavy rain during the card, the starting car had issues moving away from the field at the start of the race, which led to the ORC judges declaring the outside four horses in the seven-horse field "non-starters" and having all wagers including their numbers refunded. The judges then canceled the remaining three races on the card.
There is a link to the video below in this story. Here is Stone's statement:
"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.
To view the video of the race, please click here.