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UPDATE: Windsor's Racing License Cancelled, Purse Monies Held

Published: August 23, 2012 2:56 pm ET

Last Comment: August 24, 2012 6:56 am ET | 8 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

On Thursday, August 23, the Ontario Racing Commission announced that it has approved a request by the operators of Windsor Raceway to cancel the track's racing license.

An ORC release has explained that on August 15, 2012, the commission received a letter from Windsor Raceway providing notice of its intention to return its ORC licence; and that the ORC also received confirmation that the horsepeople under contract have been advised of Windsor Raceway’s request for cancellation of its ORC licence.

The contents of the ORC releases appear below.


Windsor Raceway Purse Monies to be held in trust by ORC

As one of the conditions set by the Director regarding the cancellation of Windsor Raceway’s ORC licence, the Director has ordered that all Windsor purse monies shall be forwarded to the ORC to be held in trust for Standardbred Horsepeople.

These monies include the transfer of the current purse account as well as any funds earned or due to the Purse Account subsequent to those funds transferred.

According to the authority resting with the Director under the Racing Commission Act, 2000, the ORC is committed to acting in the best interests of all participants in the Ontario horse racing industry.

As stated in previous Notices to the Industry, any monies held in purse accounts will only be used for the benefit of Standardbred Horsepeople. Any decision on how, and in what way, purse money will be allocated will only be made in consultation with horsepeople.

John L. Blakney
Executive Director


Windsor Raceway’s request to cancel its ORC licence approved

In accordance with Section 25 of the Racing Commission Act, 2000, the Director of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has conditionally cancelled Windsor Raceway’s ORC licence effective August 31, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. There are certain financial terms and conditions that Windsor Raceway must meet before the licence is cancelled.

On August 15, 2012, the ORC received a letter from Windsor Raceway providing notice of its intention to return its ORC licence. Subsequently, on August 17, 2012, ORC Administration met with Management of Windsor Raceway to discuss the issues related to the request by Windsor Raceway. The ORC also received confirmation that the horsepeople under contract have been advised of Windsor Raceway’s request for cancellation of its ORC licence.

A Notice to the Industry on the financial considerations, including transfer of purse monies, will be forthcoming.


August 24, 2012 - 6:56 amUnreal, but not surprised. It

Unreal, but not surprised. It seems not a lot shocks me anymore.

Thanks Peggy, yes I am organizing a distribution group for this Wednesday, August 29 in Kitchener-Waterloo to hand out some flyers. Please feel free to print some off and join us. http://bit.ly/Nb298X If you'd like to take part, contact me via Facebook.

If you live in or around the Vaughan area or any area for that matter, we need your help as well. Print some off, take a few friends and spread the word!

Also, the PC party is looking for volunteers to canvass in K/W. Contact Brian Tropea or the PC campaign office for more info.

Hopefully we can salvage what's left of horseracing by putting forth a MUCH needed effort by the horsemen! Join the fight, it's not too late.

Christine Arlidge

August 24, 2012 - 1:31 amKilling the horse race

Killing the horse race industry? Or is it-killing the harness racing industry? Were thoroughbreds racing at these tracks that are closing? I don't follow the thoroughbreds so don't know where they race in Ontario.

August 23, 2012 - 10:20 pmThe real shock comes on

chris bush SAID...

The real shock comes on friday.

August 23, 2012 - 8:01 pmWhat now becomes of Dresden &

Bev Heywood SAID...

What now becomes of Dresden & Woodstock ? They are both run by Windsor Rcwy ( WinRac )
Would they both now become defunct ? If their racing license is cancelled are they not one and the same ?
Just curious as to their status now !

August 23, 2012 - 5:12 pmMaybe this might be a good

Robert Coole SAID...

Maybe this might be a good time for Leamington to go after Windsor's race license and conduct racing in the south-western area of our province and when the Liberals are defeated, they can up-grade, as time goes by, by working with the horsemen and women. That would be a whole new concept instead of the greed we have going on now.

August 23, 2012 - 3:48 pmWouldn't you think that the

Peggy Powell SAID...

Wouldn't you think that the ONTARIO RACING COMMISSION would tell them to wait untill we know the results of the two upcoming by-elections or at least until the long awaited report from our transitional panel becomes public before they close their doors. I quess they know more then we do.To them it is a foregone conclusion that our Industry is done. Not to me . Not yet. Get in touch with Brian Tropea or Christine Arlidge. They are organizing a group of people to hand out flyers in the Kitchener-Waterloo riding & also in the Vaughan riding

August 23, 2012 - 3:11 pmIsn't it odd that the OLG has

Isn't it odd that the OLG has the same acronym as the Ontario Liberal Government?

Another racetrack bites the stonedust.....So sad.

August 23, 2012 - 3:04 pmAbsolutely despicable!!!

Diane Lord SAID...

Absolutely despicable!!! Shame on all those that are destroying the horse racing industry in ontario.


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