Mutuel clerks at Woodbine went on strike Wednesday evening after their 600-member union, the independent Canadian Racetrack Workers Union, voted against the latest contract proposal offered by Woodbine Entertainment Group.
Out-of-competition testing of racehorses can be problematic, but some jurisdictions are making headway to combat use of performance-enhancing substances that aren't administered on race day.
Grade II winner Cat's At Home came through with his first winner when his son, Ontario-bred Cats Are Tricky, won May 14 at Woodbine.
Roland "Roly" Roberts, a retired Canadian racing official and a Sovereign Award winner, died March 4 in Toronto.
A Bold n' Flashy filly and a Perigee Moon colt shared top-priced honors Monday during the select portion of the Canadian-bred yearling sale at Woodbine, each bringing $190,000 (approximately $159,853 in U.S. funds).
A representative of the most publicized betting exchange in the world indicated the company is actively seeking a partnership with the United States pari-mutuel industry.
John Roark of Texas was elected to his third consecutive term as president of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association July 24 after the organization's board of directors approved a major restructuring plan.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's ongoing efforts in Washington, D.C. have become the major carrot as the organization seeks to sign up horsemen's associations for five-year memberships effective in 2006.
If horsemen believe they aren't receiving adequate compensation for their product, it's within their rights to be directly involved in the setting of host fees, a consultant said July 22 during the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association summer convention in Toronto, Ontario.
A discussion into the use and effectiveness of corticosteroids--therapeutic anti-inflammatory drugs--was full of twists and turns July 21 but inevitably settled on the areas of threshold levels, withdrawal times, and finally the question of whether a stringent policy for race-day medication is practical.
The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association could be reorganized July 24 should its board of directors approve a recommendation that the organization create the positions of a paid chief executive officer and a president/chairman who would receive an honorarium.
John Roark, first elected as president of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association in the summer of 2001, said he would seek his third two-year term as head of the organization.
The rebuilding of Gulfstream Park is well under way and, according to Magna Entertainment Corp. officials, the facility will be ready when the next live meet begins the first week of January 2006.
Corticosteroids, which serve as anti-inflammatory agents, will be the focus of a panel discussion July 21 during the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association summer convention in Toronto, Canada.
Magna Entertainment Corp. has agreed to sell Flamboro Downs, a Standardbred racino in Ontario, Canada, to Great Canadian Gaming Corp., a casino company that continues to add racetracks to its portfolio.
Woodbine Entertainment Group, owner of Canada's largest racetrack, has filed applications that would allow its customers to place wagers directly into common pools at two tracks in the United States--The Meadowlands in New Jersey, and Calder Race Course in Florida. Similar applications for New York and California are slated to follow, said Steve Mitchell, WEG senior vice president and chief financial officer.
Exetera, a grade II stakes-placed son of Forty Niner, has been moved to Berkshire Stables at Ascot Stud near Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada.
Magna Entertainment Corp. chief executive officer Jim McAlpine Nov. 3 acknowledged the company's substantial third-quarter loss and said it would re-examine its strategy and direction moving forward.
The Aurora, Ontario-based Magna Entertainment Corp., one of North America's leading owners of major horseracing tracks, announced Tuesday that its third quarter losses reached $50.3 million.
A Skywalker colt sold for Can$265,000 (approximately $204,114 in U.S. funds) Tuesday to top the Canadian-bred select yearling auction at Woodbine.
Stakes-placed Legal Jousting will enter stud for a partnership at Hillside Thoroughbreds near Wellandport, Ontario, Canada.
Employees at Magna Entertainment Corp.'s Standardbred track Flamboro Downs have set a strike deadline of midnight Tuesday in response to what it called MEC's "attempt to intimidate workers into dropping key demands" during collective bargaining negotiations.
The first reported foal sired by grade II winner Cat's At Home is a colt born Feb. 11 at Brian Wallace's Wallace Thoroughbreds near Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.
Lodge Hill, winner of the 2000 Breeders' Stakes for Eugene and Laura Melnyk and Bristow Farms, has been retired and will stand at Norse Ridge Farm near King Township, Ontario, Canada.
Fort Erie in Ontario will construct a new one-mile main track at the conclusion of this year's live meet Sept. 6.
Numberonetreasure, a mare in foal to Langfuhr, brought the top price of $32,000 during the winter mixed sale conducted by the Ontario division of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society.
New York is poised to become the first state to begin testing horses for blood-doping antibodies used to enhance performance, New York State Racing and Wagering Board officials have announced.
Woodbine Entertainment Group and the Ontario Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) signed off on a new five-year contract that guarantees the province 167 live Thoroughbred dates each year through 2008.
A dead crow in the York Region of Ontario, Canada, has undergone testing and is presumed positive for West Nile virus. It is the first presumed positive of the virus for the region.
As the pari-mutuel industry continues to grapple with issues related to integrity, one regulator believes the answers may lie with the industry's attitude.
Racing associations are scheduled to meet with the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency in Ottawa, Ontario, Nov. 15, to discuss a CPMA directive that has led to the suspension of pick six, pick four, and superfecta wagering until further notice.
Magna Entertainment moved a step closer to acquiring Flamboro Downs when a company owned by one of its executives acquired the shares of the Ontario harness track.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien has pre-entered 10 runners, including his Ballydoyle big three of Rock Of Gibraltar, High Chaparral and Hawk Wing, to the Oct. 26 World Thoroughbred Championships, ensuring strong representation for European runners at Arlington Park.
The pressure is building on the Ballydoyle juvenile team. Just one winner from 20 runners in Britain this season is an appalling record, especially compared to the smash and grab successes of last year.
Thomas L. Nichols' Century City, a 3-year-old Danzig colt produced from Canadian Horse of the Year Alywow, took a narrow lead with three-sixteenths of a mile remaining and continued on for a neck victory over U.S.-bred Common World in Saturday's Goffs International Stakes (Ire-II) at Curragh racecourse in Ireland.
Magna Entertainment Corp. announced Tuesday an agreement to buy Flamboro Downs Holdings for $47 million, which will give the Ontario-based racetrack conglomerate its first racetrack in Canada.
Woodbine Race Course will introduce to its patrons two, new hi-tech infield display boards on Saturday when the track launches its live Thoroughbred meet.
The $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, will highlight a $1.9-million stakes schedule at Fort Erie Race Track this season.
Woobine Entertainment Group has extended its telephone wagering services to patrons of the Flamboro Downs harness track, about 40 miles south of Toronto.
The Canadian Graded Stakes Committee has released a list of 40 graded stakes scheduled at racetracks in Canada this year. There will be five grade I events, 10 grade II events, and 25 grade III events.
Expanded distribution of Woodbine Entertainment Group's Thoroughbred and harness races and larger fields generated by higher purses helped increase the company's total handle for the year by 11.1%. The all sources handle for Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing was a record $1.36 billion.
The Ontario Jockey Club has announced a deal to buy Hastings Park Racecourse and build 10 off-track betting parlors in metropolitan Vancouver in partnership with two other British Columbia racetracks.
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