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Hayes Named OR’s Independent Chair

June 4, 2018:

Ontario Racing today (Monday, June 4) announced the full composition of its new Board of Directors....read on

Historic Ontario Horse Racing Industry Funding Agreement Signed

May 8, 2018:

The Ontario Racing (OR) Board of Directors today (Tuesday, May 8) announced the signing of a historic 19-year funding agreement with the Ontario Government....read on

Update On Kawartha Downs

May 6, 2018:

Late last week, Kawartha Downs General Manager Orazio Valente and Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Jeff Leal offered some comments in regard to the Peterborough-area raceway....read on

Racing Funding Discussed At Queen’s Park

May 2, 2018:

On Wednesday (May 2), Ontario PC Caucus horse racing critic MPP Randy Pettapiece questioned the government about the 19-year funding agreement that has been presented to the Ontario horse racing industry....read on

Ontario Funding Plan In The News

April 30, 2018:

Last week during question period at Queen’s Park, Ontario Minister of Finance Charles Sousa responded to questions about how rural racetracks and rural horsepeople are represented in the new long-term funding plan for the Ontario horse racing industry....read on

Long-Term Funding Agreement Released

April 20, 2018:

The much-anticipated agreements detailing long-term funding for the horse racing industry and Ontario Racing membership for racetracks and industry associations have been posted online....read on

Long-Term Funding Webinar Recap

April 5, 2018:

Ontario Racing conducted a webinar on Thursday (April 5) for industry participants to learn more about the long-term funding agreement announced for Ontario's horse racing industry last month....read on

Long-Term Funding Webinar Details

April 3, 2018:

The long-term funding agreement for Ontario's horse racing industry was formally announced late last month, and, in turn, Ontario Racing will now be conducting a webinar this Thursday (April 5) to discuss the agreement in more detail....read on

Participants Comment On Funding

March 28, 2018:

"We look at this as a foundation of sorts. It's long-term, it's some stability but it's hopefully something we can build on."...read on

Long-Term Funding Plan For Ontario Racing Announced

March 23, 2018:

Charles Sousa, Ontario Minister of Finance, and Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, announced a long-term funding agreement with the horse racing sector in a press conference held Friday afternoon (March 23) at Flamboro Downs....read on

Leal Discussing Kawartha’s Future

February 8, 2018:

Horsepeople that race at Kawartha Downs have been awaiting an update in regard to the future of the Peterborough-area harness raceway, and Jeff Leal, Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, has intimated that an announcement could be coming soon....read on

Leal To Apologize To Legislature

October 29, 2017:

Jeff Leal, Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, was involved in a passionate exchange in the provincial legislature this past Thursday (October 26) in regard to the horse racing industry. He was ultimately ejected from the rest of the day’s proceedings. Minister Leal has said that he plans to offer an apology to the legislature on Monday (October 30)....read on

Fireworks At Queen's Park

October 27, 2017:

Ontario's horse racing industry was the root cause of a heated discussion at Queen's Park on Thursday (October 25) prompting the ejection of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Jeff Leal....read on

Extra Dates Denied At Kawartha

October 24, 2017:

An application submitted by officials from Kawartha Downs to host 40 race dates in 2018 has been denied....read on

Ontario Racing Pleased With Queen’s Park Reception

October 11, 2017:

Ontario Racing has commented on its second annual Horse Racing Industry Reception at Queen’s Park, which took place on September 26....read on


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