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 three-day-a-week schedule from mid-October through March and a four-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. (ORC)