Based on feedback from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and Ontario Racing, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has settled on the 2024 race dates for horse racing tracks around the province.
As per the latest betting news, Woodbine Mohawk Park in Campbellville tops the list with 222 days of racing. Clinton Raceway has received 15 days, while Flamboro Downs has received 130 days. Georgian Downs will then host 39 days of horse racing. Several more racetracks, including Grand River Raceway, Hanover Raceway, and Hiawatha Horse Park and Entertainment Center, have been awarded 15 to 48 days apiece.
In addition, as part of its commitment to equine safety and ethics in racing, the AGCO has begun to phase out some medications for horses competing in qualifying rounds and workouts. From January 1, 2024, the horses will be obliged to go through a scanner and not produce positive findings for any type of forbidden substance. The list includes local anesthetics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, analgesics, and corticosteroids.
These restrictions will have to be closely followed to make the horses fit to take part in the races. In the case of any disobedience, the faulting party will immediately be penalized and disqualified.
The regulatory authorities have also implemented various additions to the Standardbred and Thoroughbred Rules of Racing. There will be a minimum fine of $500, along with the provision for disqualification if there are found to be any unauthorized activities. This is all part of AGCO remaining alert and carrying out safe practices with regard to horse racing in Ontario.