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Ontario program worth $14 million in 2013

April 02, 2013
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With input from the advisory groups, planning and forecasting of the Horse Improvement Program projects a $14 million racing program for Standardbred Ontario Sired horses. The Ontario Bred and Ontario Sired Rewards Program will remain intact and will distribute 15% and 5% of eligible purses respectively to the breeding community. These projections maintain the Ontario program as one of the leading programs of its type in North America.
 
Last month, the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) announced that funding of up to $30 million had been secured by government to develop the Standardbred and Thoroughbred components of Horse Improvement Program. This Notice confirms that planning and implementing of the 2013 program is moving forward in consultation with stakeholders and the Advisory Groups.
 
To assist the HIP Program Administrator in developing the 2013 racing program, a working group has been tasked with developing a series of options, designed to reflect the current supply of horses and the changing environment in Ontario horse racing. The options developed by this group will be provided to the Standardbred Advisory Group for its review.
 
Weekly meetings have produced many constructive ideas, which are currently being further developed and tested by the administration. The working group is made up of industry participants as follows:

- Jack Darling
- Ron Durand
- Ian Fleming
- Jeff Gillis
- Scott McKelvie
- Ted Smith
- Ann Straatman
- Ben Wallace
- Jackie Warner
- Paula Wellwood

Final details on the Ontario Sired program will be communicated to the industry once the work of the Standardbred Advisory Group and the Working Group are complete and once the summer schedule of race dates for the province are finalized by mid-April.

The 2013 Racing Program for Ontario Sired horses is being developed based on the program’s existing mandate, which has served Ontario well for many decades, but is also being reviewed for changes necessary to reflect the new industry in the post Slots-At- Racetracks Program environment.

For further Program information, please contact:

Karen Hauver
OSS Administration Coordinator
519 369-3545; karen.hauver@ontarioracingcommission.ca

Media Inquiries:
Wendy Hoogeveen
Director Industry Development and Support
416 213-0520
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