On Friday, October 7, the Ontario Racing Commission issued the conditional 2012 race-date schedule
The ORC release states that further to the Notice to the Industry issued August 15, 2011, the director is providing notice of the conditional 2012 live and simulcast race date schedule of the Ontario Racing Program.
The conditional schedule is subject to receipt of any requests from stakeholders and other interested parties. To be considered, requests to vary the schedule must be accompanied by rationale and received by October 21, 2011.. A final decision on the 2012 schedule will be communicated in early November. Following the release of the final decision, any person who feels they are aggrieved may appeal the decision of the director, and a hearing process will follow.
Race dates will issue to each racetrack operator as a term and condition attached to each licence to operate a racetrack issued by the director in the late fall 2011. In determining the 2012 schedule of dates, the director instructed the Implementation and Monitoring Group to provide a recommendation based on an evaluation of the 2011 season, discussions with the stakeholders and racing participants, and application of the framework approved by the Board in 2010.
Having considered the recommendation of the Implementation and Monitoring Group, the director has issued the Ontario Racing Program for 2012 as follows:
• Woodbine Racetrack 130 (130 Premier Cards)
• Mohawk Racetrack 98 (98 Premier Cards)
• Flamboro Downs 188 (188 Signature Cards)
• Georgian Downs 103 (103 Signature Cards)
• Grand River Raceway 65 (65 Signature Cards)
• Rideau Carleton Raceway 159 (159 Signature Cards)
• Windsor Raceway 88 (88 Signature Cards)
• Western Fair Raceway 123 (123 Signature Cards)
• Kawartha Downs 96 (48 Signature Cards, 48 Grassroots Cards)
• Clinton Raceway 19 (19 Grassroots Cards)
• Dresden Raceway 23 (23 Grassroots Cards)
• Hanover Raceway 30 (30 Grassroots Cards)
• Hiawatha Horse Park 44 (44 Grassroots Cards)
• Sudbury Downs 62 (62 Grassroots Cards)
• Woodstock Raceway 23 (23 Grassroots Cards)
• Ajax 40 (19 Signature Cards, 21 Grassroots Cards)
• Woodbine Racetrack 167 (167 Premier Cards)
• Fort Erie Racetrack - Due to ongoing planning and development for next year’s season and based on a request from the racetrack operator, issuance of the 2012 race dates for Fort Erie has been deferred.
The ORC's reasons for decision can be viewed in an official copy of the Notice to the Industry, which can be viewed by clicking here.
To view the race date framework, which was approved by the ORC board in August 2010, click here.
In addition to the above PDF files, the ORC has made all of the regional racing calendars available on its website, as well as breakdowns of all of the province's standardbred racing programs by track.
To go to the ORC website and view all of the relevant PDF files, click here.