Whipping Pilot Program At WEG
Published: April 8, 2009 2:45 pm ET
Last Comment: April 15, 2009 12:02 pm ET | 9 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments
The Ontario Racing Commission has announced that for a two week period starting Thursday, April 9 the drivers at Woodbine Racetrack will be required to drive the entire mile with a line in each hand.
This new pilot is an outcome of the work of the Standardbred Use of the Whip Working Group, which has been meeting over the winter to develop recommended changes to how the whip is used in Ontario horseracing.
The purpose of the pilot is to allow the drivers an opportunity to provide input on how a new rule will be developed, which will make it a requirement that a line be kept in each hand for the entire mile. Currently the Ontario Rule 22.23.01 (d) requires a line in each hand only to the head of the stretch. This short term change in the rules has been authorized through the issuance of Ruling SB40/2009 by executive director John Blakney.
Opportunity for Input
Fans, customers, industry participants and drivers are all encouraged to compare the product on the racetrack during this pilot and provide their feedback directly to the judges and the Use of the Whip Working Group, as follows:
• Contact the ORC Judges at Woodbine directly at (416) 675-7223
• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Fax: 416-213-7827
To view an official copy of the notice and the related ruling, click here.