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Ontario Racing June 2018 Newsletter

Ontario Racing is responsible for setting an annual program of races, attracting new horse owners, implementing breed improvement programs, growing the fan base, and connecting the industry with the government and general public.

New Ontario Racing Board of Directors Announced

The Independent Chair of the Ontario Racing Board of Directors was announced June 4, 2018, filling the last of the positions on the 11-person Board. 

"I am honoured to be appointed to the Independent Chair of Ontario Racing," said Mr. John Hayes. "I have a passion for horse racing and am confident in the direction and approach of Ontario Racing. I look forward to working with the industry’s diverse group of stakeholders to create a sustainable future for the sport in Ontario."

In addition to Mr. Hayes, there are five seats for industry associations and five for racetracks on Ontario Racing’s Board of Directors.

Read the full announcement and BoD names here

Born to Beat the Odds

Isabelle Wenc finds a way to never give up, on and off the racetrack. Sobering news from the doctor on the day she was born never kept her from going 'all in' on a career in the saddle. 

“They told us she might not make it,” recalled her father.

Story by Chris Lomon
Photo by John Watkins


More to the Track

The racetrack near you could be hosting more than horse races. Visit 'Special Events' to see dates and locations for these summer events:

• Rib and Craft Beer Festival 
• Kid's Night
• Canada Day
• Sarah Smith Concert
• Country Night

Unique events 'Racing Under Saddle' and 'Wanna Drive' return to Ontario tracks

The Racing Under Saddle riders present a hybrid of harness and thoroughbred racing known as Trot Monte.Wanna Drive allows fans to take a ride behind a Standardbred with a professional driver.

Make a plan to check out these special events this year!

The 35th edition of the $1 million dollar Pepsi North America Cup was won by Lather Up in 1:48.1, with an incredible four-length lead, at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday June 16.

Congratulations go to driver Montrell Teague and trainer Clyde Francis, who were second in this race in 2015 with favourite Wiggle It Jiggleit.

Runners up in Canada's richest harness race were Done Well (driver Tim Tetrick) second ahead of Lost in Time (driver Scott Zeron).

Photo: Lather Up and Montrell Teague celebrate winning the Pepsi North America Cup. (New Image Media)


Loading, unloading, driving, preparations, traffic, comfort, safety, emergencies, disgruntled cargo -- there are a lot of ways that trailering your horse can be stressful! Take a look at our new infographic on safe trailering where we address driving tips, trailer design, emergency supplies, and that age-old question, "What's the right way to trailer a single horse?"
Read or download it here

Stay tuned for the winner's of this year's contest! Winners receive up to $250 and an equivalent prize is awarded to their school or local library. 
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