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CHARLOTTETOWN (P.E.I.) - Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park will resume hosting live harness racing, but without on track customers, on Thursday June 4. The safety and well-being of Islanders is our top priority. In consultation with the PEI Harness Racing Industry Association, public health officials and other stakeholders, Red Shores has developed a detailed plan to support the return of live standardbred horse racing on Prince Edward Island. This plan incorporates government and public health guidelines in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. No fans or spectators will be allowed on the Red Shores property during live racing events until further notice. Fans from across North America will be able to watch and wager from the safety of their homes through the Red Shores Race Day broadcast and online betting platforms such as HPIBet.com. Post time on June 4 will be 6 p.m. Red Shores and the PEI Harness Racing Industry will be enforcing COVID-19 restrictions for all race participants, including physical distancing and the use of personal protective equipment. The full list of policies and procedures, including protocols for the industry to follow while preparing for and conducting live racing, will be made available at redshores.ca Qualifying dates will be released soon. For further information contact: David MacKenzie Blaine MacPherson General Manager Chairman Red Shores PEI Harness Racing Industry Association  

The busiest time of the year is upon harness racing Woodmere Farms operator Bruce Wood in what will soon be an eight-year journey since taking over the farm from his late father. Hailing from Marshfield, Wally Wood started Woodmere Farms in the 1970s, expanding from his dairy operation. When Wally died in July 2012, Bruce stepped up to the plate to make sure the Woodmere name lived on. “I was a big fan of harness racing in my high school years but really didn’t have any involvement at Woodmere until Wally and I bought Wildride Hanover in 2011,” Wood said. “Probably all along, both Wally and I thought that my brother-in-law, David Cook, would continue on with horses at Woodmere. Unfortunately, he passed away before Wally. At that time, I knew that for Woodmere to have a fair shot, there needed to be an investment in genetics. So, we did that and were able to see a return on investment.” This time of year is peak season for Wood, both at Woodmere Farms and his dairy operation, East River Farms. With foals being born, mares to be pregnancy checked for next season and shipments to be sent to mares breeding to Woodmere stallions, Wood said it is a balancing act operating two busy farms at the same time. “With mares, foals, yearlings and stallions we’ll peak at about 50 horses very soon. Approximately 15 of those are mares that come to Woodmere for the breeding season. Typical breeding days consist of collecting stallions and taking care of semen ship outs. Then check on farm mares to take care of their repro needs, which may mean breeding, pregnancy checks or scheduling their next check.” Wood took over an established name in Maritime racing but has made significant changes to the group of horses at the farm with new stallions like Rollwithitharry, Stonebridge Terror and Arthur Blue Chip, as well as a number of talented well-bred race mares. “We have a set criteria and our new mares have to check most of the boxes,” Wood said. “We have a price point that we stick to. We enjoy finding these mares on the back end of their racing careers, racing in claimers.” Wood is the first chairman of the newly formed P.E.I. Standardbred Breeders’ Association and is happy with the work that has been done so far. “There was much to do in the first few months, and we had to prioritize,” Wood said. “We have a great diverse committee that’s engaged with the challenges that lie ahead. (We hope to build) a framework that’s inviting to both new and experienced breeders – a foundation that showcases sustainability and a return on investment in the breeding industry that has a positive economic impact and leaves a green footprint here on P.E.I.” The 2019 Atlantic Classic Yearling Sale saw the best ever performance from a consignor, as Woodmere sold 11 for a gross of $202,950, representing an unbelievable average of $18,450. The two least expensive Woodmere yearlings sold for well over the sale’s average at $13,000 each. “We credit the success to the confidence that buyers have in our horses,” Wood said. “We were fortunate enough to have yearlings by diverse stallions that were in demand and to be selling first foals out of a couple of new mares. Making choices for a sale two years in advance can be a challenge that can make or break a breeding farm. Everything lined up well for us in 2019.” Through all the long hours and investments that may or may not payoff, why does Wood keep breeding horses? “We enjoy following all the yearlings that have left the farm and watching them mature into racehorses. With that comes connections to the new owners and trainers. We also enjoy engaging the public and hoping that they can find the same enjoyment from the horses and harness racing that we have found.” By Nicholas Oakes Reprinted with permission of The Journal Pioneer

In this harness racing Issue: Hear from 20 of Canada's leading trainers as they discuss 99 of the brightest, up-and-coming, two-year-old Standardbreds in Canada, by as many as 35 of North America's top sires!  Read what the people who run three of Canada's biggest stallion farms had to say about breeding, racing, and this year's yearling sales, and how all are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Enter the 1st ever COSA Fantasy Stable Contest and the 7th annual TROT Magazine Fantasy Stable Contest. Vote on our special interactive poll question and view the video of the Canadian Standardbred that went viral on Facebook with almost 2,000,000 views worldwide!  Click on the cover (Above) or the link button below and enjoy our special 76 page digital production, designed especially for you, as you stay home and do your part in making our world a safer place. Click Here For The Twos In Training Report Standardbred Canada

KITCHENER, ON — Question: What are harness racing fans hungry for right now? Answer: The opportunity to play, win and compete against fellow horse racing enthusiasts. Barncat Trivia is a scrappy game connecting harness racing fans with fun, all-original questions delivered in four exciting live virtual events. This interactive, online game is free to play and designed to challenge players’ harness racing knowledge. Each live virtual event is 60 minutes and features 60 multiple-choice questions in three rounds. Up to 1,000 players can log into the sleek game portal each week to compete against participants from across the globe. Dynamic scoring awards the highest points to players who answer correctly in the shortest amount of time. Scores are tallied and stats are revealed in real time and they carry over seamlessly to the next week’s game. An online show corresponds with each trivia event featuring a game host and expert commentators. Barncat Trivia begins at 7:00 p.m. EST on May 8, 15, 22 and 29. Each game and live show can be accessed at www.barncattrivia.com. The website also provides an email notification service to remind players of game times one day in advance and one hour in advance. The top overall scorer of the four-week tournament wins a $100 gift card for the vendor of their choice. Prizes of $25.99 in game play will be awarded for the mobile apps Catch Driver and Off And Pacing. These prizes will be awarded on social media and during game nights. The tournament is made possible with the generous support of sponsors, including: • Catch Driver • Clinton Raceway • Central Ontario Standardbred Association • Grand River Raceway • Hambletonian Society • Hanover Raceway • MadBarn • Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment • Off And Pacing • Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association • Tara Hills Stud • TheStable.ca • TROT Magazine Barncat Trivia is produced by True Nature Communications Inc., a boutique marketing agency servicing several clients within the harness racing community. The agency is co-owned by Scott McNair and Kelly Spencer. Website: www.barncattrivia.com Explainer Video: https://youtu.be/w4muFbQkTd0 Tournament Hashtags: #barncattrivia #playbarncat Facebook: @barncattrivia Twitter: @barncattrivia Contact: connect@barncattrivia.com Kelly Spencer

ELORA – With horse racing shut down in Ontario due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Grand River Raceway has no choice but to wait for government go-ahead before starting up for the season. Jamie Martin, director of operations at the raceway, is hopeful racing can start in late spring or early summer – but it won’t look the same as it has in the past. “We’re expecting to be open on June 3, but I think we’re probably a couple weeks away from hearing something more definitive,” he said in a phone interview on April 23. He is hopeful racing will resume sometime in June – if not, July. However, that doesn’t mean everyone will be able to flood the raceway to enjoy live horse racing. “We know it would be without spectators so we would just be providing … essential staff on site to conduct the races,” he said. What those changes look like are not yet clear, as raceways in Ontario wait for guidance from the province. “It could be a range from taking everybody’s temperature as they enter the restricted area,” Martin indicated, saying the race paddock is “a pretty hectic place on a race night. “You’ve got 80 horses in there and then people with each horse, so we’re going to have to implement some procedures.” He added, “We may have to drag the races out so there’s more time between races,” allowing the horses and caregivers time to move in and out of the paddock area while maintaining separation. The stringent requirements will need to be in place before racing begins, because, “first and foremost we need to protect the safety for the people that are working in there and we will do that,” Martin said. While the harness racing industry is waiting to start up again, Ontario Racing has made $1,000 a month available in April and May for each eligible horse aged three and up that was in training. “That’s taking the prize money that would have been paid out in those months and it’s sort of diverting it to all the horse owners and trainers to help them,” Martin explained. “It doesn’t cover the cost, but to help them maintain their horses in training and help look after them.” (For more information about eligibility requirements and submitting an application visit ontarioracing.com.) Though spectators will not be permitted when racing initially starts, betting will still take place. Many racetracks, like the Grand River Raceway, televise races and bettors will be able to do so remotely. “And actually, in our case, probably about 50% of the betting on our races actually occurs from the United States,” said Martin. Racing needs to start up again and get wagering going to help support the prize money and the stables and horses competing, he added. Another challenge for the Grand River Raceway is a halt in its construction process. The raceway had begun a $6-million renovation to add a 17,000-square-foot addition to the Lighthouse Restaurant building, doubling the banquet and kitchen space at the raceway and offering additional office space and boardrooms. The addition was scheduled for completion in June, prior to the start of the racing season, but now Martin is hoping for a an early summer completion. As for annual traditions like the Weiner Dog races in July and Industry Day in August, Martin said the raceway is waiting to make a decision until more is known. “We’re just sort of waiting to hear what we’re going to be permitted to do and not permitted to do,” he said. By Jaime Myslik Reprinted with permission of THe Wellington Advertiser

Guelph, ON April, 30, 2020 - Spring is upon us and so is the prevalence of gas colic. Equine Guelph is sharing many strategies to prevent it.   First, Equine Guelph recommends that every horse owner refers to its FREE Colic Risk Rater Tool (www.equineguelph.ca/colictool) to help them assess their management practices, such as introducing new feeds slowly to reduce their colic risk.  An excellent video discussing safe introduction to spring pasture with expert in equine nutrition, Don Kapper, has just been added to the valuable resources housed on the Colic Risk Rater web page. Horse people are generally good about making changes to their horse’s grain rations over a two-week period. It is understood that an increase in grain means an increase in starch that can cause hind gut issues like colic and diarrhea and there is also the risk of laminitis.  Pasture is not always thought of in the same way, but it should be!  Spring grasses are higher in Non-Structural Carbohydrates, (NSC’s), starch and sugars, like fructan and low in fibre, especially during rapid growth phases.   A sudden increase of fresh spring grass in a horse’s diet can change the pH in the hindgut and cause all sorts of health issues including colic.  Spring grass, low in fibre is rapidly fermented, and an overload of starch enters the cecum killing off microbes important to digestion.  Kapper says, “The first sign you will see is a loosening of the stools.”   When excessive fermentation creates a buildup of gas in the gut this is when gas colic can occur.  The stretching of the intestinal wall from the gas build up causes considerable pain.  A veterinarian should be consulted whenever colic is suspected.  Gas colic is often mild, but it can also lead to a twist in the gut that would require surgery.     To keep your horse’s digestive system healthy, the gradual introduction of new forage (including pasture) is very important.  The nutritional composition (e.g. the amount of protein, sugars and types of fibre) varies greatly between forage types, and especially between hay and newly growing spring pasture. The bacteria in a horse’s gut need time to adjust to these changes.    “If the horse is turned out 24/7, mother nature will take care of your horse’s gradual introduction to spring pasture,” says Kapper. “The grass grows slowly, and they will continue eating hay on the side.”   For the horse that is stabled, the stable manager must limit the amount of new growth the horse is exposed to in the pasture on a daily basis.  First, let the grass paddock grow to approximately six inches.   You may start with just one hour of turn out per day on the lush grass pasture before putting them back in their sacrifice paddock or dry lot where they have been all winter.  You can slowly increase that by 30 minutes to an hour every other day.    Consider turn-out very early in the morning when NSC concentrations are lower (NSC concentrations increase throughout the day with increasing sunlight).  However, if there has been frost overnight, NSC’s will accumulate in the grass.  In this instance you will want to restrict turn-out.   Kapper makes a clear distinction between the management of horses diagnosed with metabolic issues and the rest of your herd.  The metabolic horse requires a diet low in NSC’s and may be best managed on a dry lot, with hay as the only forage.  One must always work with their veterinarian when planning the best options for care of the metabolic horse.   Kapper also discusses weed control and pasture maintenance.  Horses generally avoid poisonous plants unless there is nothing else to eat.  Being diligent with pasture maintenance pays off not only in the reduction of weeds but in the ability to use your pasture to help fulfill your horses forage needs.     With a high moisture content than hay, there is great value in being able to provide pasture to your horses.  It is good for your budget and good for your horse’s overall health if introduced with caution.   CapriCMW Insurance Services Ltd. is the generous sponsor of the Colic Risk Rater Tool (www.equineguelph.ca/colictool) Mike King, of CapriCMW, is a dedicated horseman who believes in the importance of education for horse owners. He addresses why it was so important for his organization to partner with Equine Guelph on this initiative, “Given our decades of experience in insuring horses from coast to coast, we know that colic is one of the highest risk factors for death in the Canadian herd. We can think of no better risk management tool to prevent colic than education.”   Equine Guelph extends a big thank you to Don Kapper for sharing his expertise. There were so many great tips in this video. Here are the top 10:   Introduce spring grass gradually, increases of 30 minutes to an hour every other day NSC concentrations are lower early in the morning except when overnight frost occurs. Keep hay in front of your horse at all times.  Chew time=saliva= healthy pH in the gut and reduces the chance of digestive issues. As little as 4 hrs without forage can have a negative impact on gut health. Signs of not enough fibre:  loose stools, eating dirt, fences, manes & tails, trees Mow weeds as soon as you see them start to flower (in spring about every 3 weeks)  When mowing pasture set the mower 6 inches from the ground. If stools loosen during a change in forage, brewer’s yeast can provide a good culture for microbes in the horse’s gut.  Pre-biotics could also prove useful. Consult your veterinarian for diet and management advice for metabolic horses, they are very susceptible to issues when starch is even slightly elevated. Spring pasture maintenance begins with a soil test checking for an ideal pH between 6.5 & 7.  From there you will know what to add in lime and then what to add to your fertilizer.     More tips on getting the most out of your pasture and maintaining your horse’s digestive health in the 27 minute video and at The Colic Risk Rater tool (www.equineguelph.ca/colictool).   Equine nutritionist Don Kapper (Professional Animal Scientist) is the author of the chapter on “Applied Nutrition” for the authoritative veterinary textbook: “Equine Internal Medicine”, 2nd edition and was a member of the “Performance Electrolyte Research” team at the University of Guelph. He is also a frequent guest speaker in Equine Guelph’s online Nutrition courses and TheHorsePortal.ca online Gut Health and Colic Prevention course.   Equine Guelph is the horse owners' and care givers' Centre at the University of Guelph in Canada. It is a unique partnership dedicated to the health and well-being of horses, supported and overseen by equine industry groups. Equine Guelph is the epicentre for academia, industry and government - for the good of the equine industry as a whole. For further information, visit www.equineguelph.ca.   Story by: Jackie Bellamy-Zions

April 28, 2020 -- Three of North America's largest commercial Standardbred breeders will be in the harness racing spotlight during COSA TV's Facebook Live broadcast this Wednesday night. Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky (Hanover Shoe Farms), Ann Straatman (Seelster Farms) and Pat Woods (Winbak of Ontario) will join Greg Blanchard on the show which airs at 7:30 p.m. (ET) The trio will discuss how the breeding business has been dealing with COVID-19, their most impactful stallions and broodmares, the challenges and rewards of what they do and much more. Viewers will have a chance to submit questions and take part in trivia and poll questions throughout the night. The show will be broadcast on the COSA Facebook page and on the Standardbred Canada website.  

Nova Scotia is a province steeped in harness racing tradition. It also home to many of the sport’s youngest participants and fans. Lily Watson is a 19-year-old horsewoman and newly-minted Atlantic Post Calls columnist, covering racing action and community news at 94-year-old Inverness Raceway, Cape Breton.  “I have been coming to the races with my friends since I was 10 years old,” she said. “I started paddocking when I was 13, and I bought my first horse at the end of that summer. This year is my sixth year as an owner, and my third year as a trainer.” Although there are families with many generations in local racing, Watson’s story is a little different. “I do not have an extensive family history in the sport like many others do,” she explained. “I got involved as a kid and my dad quickly took an interest too. He’s now an owner, groom, and president of the track’s executive committee.” Watson takes pride in being a racehorse owner and trainer, adding that she has plans to pursue driving within the next few years. Her role model? “That’s easy, Mary Clare MacDonald. Not only is she a female in the business, but she’s the best, and she does it all.” Lily also spoke highly of the reinsman who drove both of her horses to victory at Inverness October 8th, 2017, giving Watson her first career training wins: “I’ve been a fan of Gerard Kennedy’s driving for a while, and now he drives for me regularly, which is awesome.” The owner of Im Indigo and Tymal Torrance said that apart from her own horses, she had special appreciation for a well-known local favourite: “Cam Cool was my favourite horse to watch.”  Young participants are active in keeping Inverness Raceway moving forward. Watson, who begins coverage of her home track in the May issue of Atlantic Post Calls, wrote about the level of youth involvement—and enjoyment—at the scenic half-mile treasure on Cape Breton’s west coast:  “We have lots of fundraisers that go on here, including 50/50 and Tri-cash draws and bingo on a regular basis to keep our track going. [Inverness does not simulcast its live races.] Every year we have a ‘Kiddie Day’ where we fill our grandstand with games and prizes for children, which I think helps them associate our track as a fun place to come to. A couple of years ago, one of our young horsepeople, Melanie Leblanc, organized youth dances at the track to fundraise for a new set of saddle pads that have been a great upgrade for us that everyone has benefitted from and that we will be able to use for years to come.  It can be hard sometimes, as a young person, to understand the importance of the role we play here. But I think it’s safe to say that if Inverness didn’t have the youth involvement that it does, there wouldn’t be enough fans and horsemen to keep the game alive. On any given race day, there are young people around everywhere you look, as grooms, owners, trainers, fans, and staff. That’s something that truly makes our track special, we have got to have more young people involved here than any other Nova Scotia track.  People don’t come to Inverness to make big money, and they probably don’t look forward to driving all the way here or racing around our sharp first turn. They also probably don’t love it when they’re in a full field and draw the 6 hole as Inverness is only 6 wide. But we get some big crowds regardless! Something Inverness does have is a strong, family-oriented community with a lot of dedicated fans that never miss a race. The barn side is full of friendly horsemen, young and old who share a passion for the game. We love when people come to visit our track, any day of the week! We especially love to have the chance to show our ‘Cape Breton Hospitality’ at special events like stake cards that bring even more people and horses to our big blue barn. Inverness Raceway is a place for everyone to visit and feel welcome, we’re all here to have a good time.” Lily Watson (with Melissa Keith)

April 25, 2020 - COSA TV will host another Facebook Live broadcast on Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. (ET) (11.30 am Monday NZ time) featuring three harness racing fixtures of the Hambletonian/Breeders Crown series of races. Gary Seibel and Dave Brower have teamed up for CBS's network coverage of The Hambletonian for the past number of years while Moira Fanning, long time Director of Publicity, has been getting settled into her new role as the C.O.O. of the Hambletonian Society which administers the Hambletonian, Breeders Crown and many other high profile stakes races. The trio will join Greg Blanchard to discuss the history of both races while also looking back at some of the most memorable moments over the years. Viewers will be able to comment and ask questions of the guests during the show and take part in a new poll question along with trivia. The show will be available on the COSA Facebook page as well as Standardbred Canada's website. Central Ontario Standardbred Association GREG BLANCHARD

Ontario horseman Mark Horner has remained busy during this downtime from harness racing… A past chair of Standardbred Canada - he says there’s still lots to do around the farm. “Maintaining the track at home here - that work never stops… Plus I’ve got 9 babies training and the race horses have been getting their work in too…” Horner mentions that he’s looking forward to the sophomore season of Quick Tour… “He’s coming along nice and he’s paid up to the NA Cup. He didn’t draw all that well last year, but he stilled earned $70,000 and won in 51. I actually had him ready to go last month - just as London shut down…” A $7,000 yearling purchase, at Harrisburg, Quick Tour now has a two-year-old Hes Watching brother in the Horner barn… “We bought him (Hes Touring) for $21,000 at Harrisburg and he’s been coming along well.” Horner’s raced some real nice horses - indeed some fan favourites - over the years in London - let’s touch on a few… The Joy Luck Club - “She’s in New Jersey right now and bred to Captain Crunch - it’s a great cross and we’re hoping to hit a home run… He won so easy at Dover in 1:47.3 last November. He’s just a great horse - he’s big, strong and long-gaited and so is Joy. She wore a 63-inch hopple and was always a sweetheart. When things got off on the right foot, for her in a race, things would normally go okay.” Pinky Tuscadero - “She’s here, with us, bred to Jimmy Freight - we’re just waiting to see if she’s in foal or not… That’ll be her first.” Button Up - “You’d be hard pressed to find another racehorse that started as a two-year-old and remained in the same barn, throughout his career, to earn $824,000 racing on the B-tracks of Ontario - he was a special, special animal on the track! Near the end of his racing career - he was losing muscle-mass in his back end - so we took him up to Guelph and they diagnosed him with leukemia… That was 4 years ago now, but he’s still with us and remains the boss here - living out his retirement.” The Masters - “He was a real nice homebred I raced for Ray Webb - my Button Up before Button Up, but I owned Button Up.” The Masters was before my time in London, but I do remember him in that one particular race back on November 19, 2001… I recently wrote about Firms Phantom, aka ‘The Beast from the East’, making his Ontario debut after winning 28 consecutive races in the Maritimes. ‘Race Night on The Score’ may have began early that night, to show the race, there was so much hype… “I remember my horse was real good at the time - a great half-miler,” says Horner. “And you had to admire the new horse, but at the same time - we’re not going to allow him to come in and just take the money.” The Masters left hard, with his rail advantage, to be the pacesetter and Firms Phantom would make a break going into the first turn… The end result - Voo Doo Vine (1st) The Masters (2nd) Just Bert (3rd) and Firms Phantom (7th). Switching things up now with Horner on the COSA trailer wraps and TV shows… “The wraps were an idea Jack Darling and I had thrown around,” he says. “They’ve become quite popular now. It’s a great marketing initiative for our sport and it’s sure beats paying rent on a stationary billboard - these billboards are always moving up and down the road - they’re great! And Greg Blanchard and Curtis MacDonald have been doing a great job with the COSA TV shows - these shows are certainly filling a void right now. The latest COSA TV show with Casie Coleman, Linda Toscano and Nancy Takter featured - https://standardbredcanada.ca/news/4-22-20/all-star-female-lineup-live-t… And finally - any thoughts on when we may expect a return to horse racing in Ontario? “My feeling is July 1,” says Horner. “Right now we’re fortunate that we are essential to the care of these horses. We’re still hard at it every day - waiting on a green light to go and when we get it - we’ll be ready!” Shannon ‘Sugar’ Doyle The Raceway at Western Fair District sdoyle@westernfairdistrict.com

Guelph, ON April, 23,2020 - Could the same biomarkers linking low vitamin D to seriously ill humans be present in horses?  Starting this spring, Ontario Veterinary College researcher, Dr. Luis Arroyo and his team will be collecting and analyzing equine blood samples measuring vitamin D and other biomarkers of inflammation and systemic disease.  They expect to find major disorders of hormonal pathways, much like in human studies looking at hypovitaminosis D as a marker of disease severity.  This knowledge could be pivotal to future studies looking into clinical intervention at the earliest stages.   Equine enterocolitis (diarrhea, colitis) is a major cause of equine deaths worldwide.  “It is a black box,” says Arroyo as he recalls a staggering statistic from a recently published paper out of California.  The paper stated that in 13 years of studying over 700 enterocolitis cases, the cause of the disease was unknown at least 65% of the time.  Colitis can result in loss of hormonal control, metabolic/ electrolyte / fluid imbalances, and organ failure.   Horses are hindgut fermenters and they depend on the microbiota in the gut to break down what they eat and produce energy.  Disturbance of this ecology will affect the health of the horse directly.  Colitis causes inflammation of the intestine and the horse can end up with diarrhea.  When this occurs and there is significant nutrient loss, they can end up becoming very sick.     Vitamin D is involved in regulation of calcium and phosphorus, bone health, controls the immune system, and reduces inflammation.  Currently, there is no information on how the blood levels of vitamin D change in sick and healthy adult horses.   “This research project is not about the pathogenesis of colitis but more on how the horse responds to this disease and how the system is coping with it,” says Arroyo.  “Much like taking a car to the mechanic and having them perform tests to see what is wrong; the research is very much in the diagnostic stage to see what is wrong in the digestive system.”   “Can we better understand what is going on in these cases and then better manage them, help them recover faster or even prevent them?” asks Arroyo.  “With this knowledge comes the possibility of modulating what is going on in the intestine.”   Arroyo stated that it is quite common to have several cases of colitis admitted to the OVC in a month.  The diligence in the research will be collecting samples from each horse, every day for at least four consecutive days.  They will analyzing at 6- 8 different metabolites.  “We want to understand the progression,” says Arroyo regarding the importance of collecting samples for at least 4 days from the same horses.   “The focus will be to follow horses with colitis but we also want to understand patterns in horses with different conditions as well as healthy horses,” says Arroyo.  The research plan includes analyzing serum samples of 40 horses, including a control group.   “We are interested in the talk between the adrenal glands and the brain and how one can stimulate or inhibit the other,” says Arroyo.  “If disorders of hormonal pathways are discovered, this knowledge will be useful for future studies.  Some of these so-called vitamins, they are actually viewed now as hormones, as they have a function more like a hormone playing important roles in multiple organs.  Hormone therapy has shown promise in treating humans.  We want to see where there are opportunities to intervene in the early stages for horses with colitis.”    Arroyo is looking forward to collaborating with expert in Equine Endocrinology from The Ohio State University, Dr. Ramiro Toribio on this exciting new research study.  New OVC faculty, Dr. Diego Gomez, will also be part of the team in this project kindly funded by Equine Guelph.   Equine Guelph

Mississauga, ON — On Thursday (April 23), officials with Flamboro Downs announced that the 2020 edition of the Confederation Cup has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event for 4-year-old pacers was scheduled to be contested in May, but Flamboro officials have stated that, at this point, they are now considering presenting the annual stakes event this fall. “It is difficult at this time to announce an alternative date for the Confederation Cup without knowing what other tracks are doing with their own stakes schedules,” Flamboro Downs General Manager Chad Gates was quoted as saying via release. Gates went on to say, “Flamboro will be exploring possible dates in September that will best align with stakes schedules within the industry.” Trot Insider will convey all updates in regard to the rescheduling of the Confederation Cup when they become available. from Standardbred Canada

Jim Gagliano, the President and CEO of the Jockey Club, discusses the recent horse drugging indictments and the intricate investigations that led to them.   President & Chief Operating Officer   James L. Gagliano became president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club, the breed registry for all Thoroughbred horses in North America, on January 1, 2010. He had served as executive vice president and chief administrative officer for The Jockey Club since June 2005. Prior to joining The Jockey Club’s management team, Gagliano served as executive vice president of Magna Entertainment Corporation’s Maryland racing operations, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Maryland Jockey Club. He also served as president, MEC OTB, and group vice president, MEC Northern Group. Before that, Gagliano served as executive vice president and general manager of Greenwood Racing Inc. and worked in various roles during a 10-year stint with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. James L. Gagliano Since October 2010, he has served as vice chairman representing the Americas for the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities’ Executive Council. In January 2013, he was elected to the American Horse Council board of trustees for which he was elected vice chairman in June 2015 and chairman in 2018. In June 2016, he was named to the Humane Society of the United States National Horse Racing Advisory Council. In addition, he was elected to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance board of directors in December 2016. Gagliano has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Providence College.   While signaling that there's lots more to come, he also talks about his overwhelming support of Jeff Gural, USADA and the Horseracing Integrity Act. - It's a 'must be listened to' broadcast...!!!        

The impact of COVID-19 on the world of sports has shown no limit to what it can affect. Horse racing is faced with many of the same issues as major sporting leagues, but industry leaders say the business is also in a unique position to bounce back quicker than other sports. “We have a big advantage in the sports and entertainment properties because we do not need spectators,” says Woodbine Entertainment Group CEO Jim Lawson. “Since we’re largely driven by our simulcast and our broadcasting features, we have those opportunities available to us, we can operate our sport.” Since horse racing is not facing questions surrounding gate revenue upon resumption of racing, the business does not have to address the same questions the NHL, NBA and MLB will face upon the resumption of their sports. Horse racing is, instead, looking ahead to a quick launch once governments loosen physical distancing measures. There were four tracks racing in Ontario, all without spectators, before operations were halted in March. Since then, the racing community has been preparing and anticipating a return in the summer, buoyed by the fact that no one in the Ontario racing community has tested positive for the virus. “There is not one case of COVID in Ontario,” says John Hayes, Ontario Racing Chair. “The precautions that the industry is taking seem to be working. As we get into May, and if the good news both in the province and in the industry continues, we should be able to get back racing hopefully sometime in June.” Horse racing will also not require a pre-season or warm-up period as many horses continue to train in isolation. Racehorses could theoretically line up at the post before the first sound of the starting trumpet is even played. “None of the trainers stopped, they’re training their horses every day,” says Howard Pearce, owner and operator of LandMark Racing Stables. “If they announced harness racing was starting next week, these horses are ready. That’s a big difference from any of the other sports.” In fact, the readiness of horse racing could prove to be a financially prosperous opportunity. Fonner Park in Grand Island, Neb., is one of approximately six racetracks currently operating in America. Despite the absence of spectators, the racetrack has been taking in record amounts of gambling money. Fonner Park CEO Chris Kotulak told Sportsnet that “what we wager on a normal Saturday is in the neighbourhood of $300,000. Now we’re handing either side of $3 million, sometimes greater than $3 million.” Over a near three-week period in April, Gulfstream Park, Oaklawn Park, Tampa Bay Downs, Fonner Park and Will Rogers Downs have seen a US$150 million-plus (129 per cent) increase in handles from a year ago, according to horseracingnation.com. The Canadian horse racing industry had already seen an uptick in betting handles prior to the COVID-19 shutdown, and are ready to get back to work when appropriate. “We’d already been racing without spectators and it was going over fairly good,” says horse trainer Mark Steacy, owner and operator of Mark Steacy Stables. “It was the only gambling in town, so the bet was really good, too, and it was working quite well.” “We can go on without a public. We’re not like hockey or baseball, we don’t need people in the stands.” Photo: Woodbine Entertainment Group When racing does resume in Ontario, and across Canada, Woodbine Entertainment also hopes to be ready with a new app, Dark Horse, which will more easily assist horse racing fans in placing wagers within Canada. A soft launch is planned for May, provided racing resumes by then, with a wider launch targeted for later this year. Whenever restrictions are lifted, the horse racing industry appears to have a plan to resume its operations. “Our goal is to resume live racing,” notes Lawson. “I hesitate to say a date, but if we can put a lot of this behind us, maybe we can look forward to racing in June or July.” The Queen’s Plate and North American Cup, the largest horse racing events in Canada, have been postponed for the near future. However, Lawson has said he expects both to eventually run later in the year. By Kevin Michie Reprinted with permission of Sportsnet

Cream Ridge, NJ - 4/22/2020 - Standardbred Retirement Foundation, (SRF) has been generously offered safe places, at no cost, to send fourteen of its horses to graze for up six months. This will provide a savings of $25,000. to the struggling harness racing organization.   Updated Coggins and health certificates, as well as the cost to move these horses is about $5,000. If SRF can raise the funds to send them, a wonderful donor will pay for their return trip. This means more hay and grain to feed the others in need.   Ten trotters have a place at a beautiful farm owned by one of SRF's long time supporters and friend in Paris, Ky; three are going to Blue Chip Farm in NY; and one other to Northern NY. Each has the same shipping fee of $300. one way, $600 round trip. SRF is asking for help to get this done, the farms are ready and shippers can be on the road Saturday, April 25.   Adoptions from the main location were halted on April 6th, as the leased farm required the barn doors to close until further notice. Social fundraisers were postponed, some cancelled. This is causing financial stress on the SRF and concern for the ability to feed all the horses and provide veterinary care for injuries and illness. The current number under SRF's expense has been reduced from 403 to 380 trotters and pacers, thanks to sight unseen adoptions and foster home offers.   Tax-deductible donations are greatly appreciated and gifts will multiply, thanks to the match offer.   Donations can be made several ways, through SRF's website at https://www.adoptahorse.org/donate or by emailing SRFhorsesandkids@gmail.com and staff will contact you, contacting the office at 609-738-3255 or by using this link which is an invoice that will accept donations directly for shipping and veterinary paperwork https://www.paypal.com/invoice/p/#F5KJD2CUAB2DYCXR or by mail to SRF PO Box 312, Millstone Twp., NJ 08535, 609 738 3255. Email-SRFhorsesandkids@gmail.com.   The list of horses under SRF's care and expense as of March 2020 ·     African Doctor ·     Airy Heir ·     Alpine Thunder ·     Andrew's Linedrive ·     Another Lady ·     Another Tino ·     Apache Fur ·     Apocalypse Hanover ·     Aprettycharm ·     Art Dialing ·     Arteffect ·     Artful Dodger ·     Ashlees Cool Guy ·     At His Best ·     Auriga Vixen ·     Ava ·     Baltimore Tyler ·     Bamboo Hanover ·     Beat My Drums ·     Beechwood Diana ·     Benns Hruby ·     Benny Marvel ·     Best Beluga ·     Big Boy Toz ·     Big Money ·     Big Run ·     Big Sky Devil ·     Blu's Girl ·     Bodine Hanover ·     Bogert's Best ·     Bold Master ·     Bold Xample ·     Bomba Rumpus ·     Boone Forever ·     Brandy ·     Bright Hope ·     Bright Tune ·     Brooklyn Character ·     Brother Tony ·     Buddy's Money ·     Bulletproof Billy ·     C J Smoke ·     C-Mon Big Guy ·     Caleb ·     Cambe Jade ·     Cambeaster ·     Cancun Time ·     Careless Sam ·     Carolina Valley ·     Casino View ·     Catch Me Kid ·     Caviar on the Menu ·     Cedarhurst ·     CHELEMARK TAFFY ·     Chernucson ·     Cheryl's Dream ·     Christian Skipper ·     Ciros Best ·     Classic Action ·     Classic Storm ·     Coast Guard Grad ·     Color Me Khaki ·     Confluence Park ·     Contumelious ·     Converse Hanover ·     Cowboy Roundup ·     CR Machomacho Man ·     CR Rhat ·     Crazy Horse ·     Cresus Popette ·     cripplecreek bambi ·     CryinCheatinLyin ·     Customized Cruiser ·     Czech This Name ·     Dakota Victor ·     Dale's Master ·     Dancer Springs ·     Danish Dancer ·     Danny ·     Danny boy ·     Derby's Goal ·     Desist Hanover ·     Dex Appeal ·     Diane's Shark ·     Diego Gram ·     Direct advantage ·     Divine Setup ·     Doccoon ·     Dollar Sign ·     Dollys Red Scooter ·     Dominion ·     Don't Ruffle Me ·     Double D Fine ·     Double HH Caroline ·     Down Time ·     Dr. Zip ·     Dutch Hill General ·     Dutchie Odonnell ·     Dynamic Dude N ·     Easy Ed ·     Eden Roc ·     EDUM-UP ·     Electric Smile ·     Empress Mine ·     Eoos ·     EP Great Drive ·     Eres Tu ·     Excuse Me Pleez ·     Falkland Fighter ·     Fedorov ·     Feel So Bad ·     Fico ·     Final Armour ·     Fine Feathers ·     First Season ·     Fizz Bone ·     Flash Larue ·     Four Starzzz Hall ·     Fourowonfreddy ·     Fox Valley Roper ·     Franco Hat Trick N ·     Fred'd Lil Scraper ·     Freedom Fry ·     Funny Girl ·     Futureflyer ·     Gaal Pal ·     Garvey In Motion ·     GD Rosanne ·     Giorgi's Superstar ·     Girles Son ·     Glenwood Skipper ·     Golden Falcon N ·     Good Feeling ·     Goodgolly Ms Holly ·     Gospel Joe ·     Gottcha Back ·     Grampa's Grounded ·     GTO ·     Have It Your Way ·     He's A Bug ·     He's A Demon ·     Heavy Hitter ·     Hello Miss Mo ·     Henrys Crown ·     High Arsenal ·     Hitch ·     Hobo Bryan ·    Hoosier HH King ·     Hummer Boy ·     Hurry Up Jeannie ·     Ideal Cash ·     Idylwood Phoenix ·     Igotthegasthetolls ·     Ikester Lavec ·     Im The Money ·     Island Flower ·     J D's Dragon ·     J. B. Nero ·     Jake's Nordic ·     Japa's Grand Gal ·     Jedrik Hanover ·     Jeremiah ·     JK LETSHANGON ·     Jody's Pearl ·     Jovial Whisper ·     Juan Miguel ·     Just Win Baby ·     Justy ·     Kaa Dee Elmo ·     kasstastic ·     Kathy's B.G ·     KD'S Bounty Hunter ·     Kendra Oaks ·     King Boogaloo ·     Kiowa Moon ·     Kirksbackincourt ·     Kiss'M Goodby Sam ·     Kisses Sweet ·     Lady D Kosmos ·     Lainies Choice ·     Lake Club ·     Lantern's Law ·     Lassy's Sand Chaser ·     Le Cheesecake ·     Learjet ·     Lets Go Get Em ·     Letthegamesbegin ·     Limestone Ridge N ·     Lip Tattoo Mare ·     Little Rosey ·     Logans A Winner ·     Lotsa Chrome ·     LOVE N STREET ·     Lovemaker K ·     Lucy Montcalm ·     Machonthewildside ·     Macie the farmer ·     Majestic Echos ·     Major Mahogony ·     Major Stand ·     Man Among Men ·     Mare unknown ·     Mario's Discovery ·     Matt's Smokin Lil ·     MCKY D ·     Mikesells Dream ·     Miss Bonnie Nicol ·     Miss Tagliabue ·     Mockingbyrd Hill ·     Mohawk Shy Star ·     Mokey ·     Mollie Muggins ·     Moment Like This ·     Moonstruck's Friend ·     More Sugar Added ·     Mr Bell ·     My Pal ·     Mystical Deal ·     Nasty by Nature ·     Naughty Nancy ·     NF Brookline ·     Nights High Ball ·     Nike Ambro ·     Noble Buster ·     Noble Fashion ·     Noble Marshall ·     Nod Ya Head ·     Northern Patriot ·     Not Arthur ·     Nova SS ·     Novel's Finale ·     Now You See Her ·     NYStateofMind ·     Old Bob ·     Old Guy ·     Olive Goil ·     On Cue ·     Organizer ·     Oxford Sport ·     Party Lights ·     Patty's Girl ·     Peace and Love ·     Peace Rules ·     Perfect Bubbles ·     Phil Bambino ·     Phillipedes ·     Pipe ·     Pleasemesleazy ·     Pleasure Valley ·     Pocket Money ·     Power Eagle ·     Powerful Ball ·     Premier Luck ·     Prince Argon ·     Princetown Tyler ·     Psycho Chicken A ·     Queen of Cam ·     R K Redneck ·     R Lucky Dakota ·     R M Fantasie ·     Rader Dan ·     Rader Detector ·     RC Focus ·     Real Bullets ·     Realist Hanover ·     Red Leader ·     Revenge Again ·     Riklees Cash Deal ·     Rob's Thunder ·     Royal Flag T ·     Royalton Star ·     Rubis Du Faubourg ·     Rubys Bob ·     Rucker Place ·     Ruff Stuff Jackson ·     Ruffles and Lace ·     Ruthie Ruthless N ·     S S Hummer ·     Sailingon The Edge ·     Samspace ·     Samurai's Revenge ·     Sand Avaland ·     Sandys Candystore ·     Scarfie N ·     Seawind Perry ·     Secret Assured ·     Seymour Sam ·     Shark Claws ·     Shark Tank ·     Shelby's Sweetie ·     ShouldITellYa ·     Sid's Mystery ·     Sierra's Secret ·     Sir Gawain ·     SlapYoMomma ·     Smokey Song ·     Smokin Jacket ·     Snowy ·     So Shanelle ·     Soft And Sweet ·     Spinthrift Hanover ·     Spokesman ·     Sprewell ·     srf mascot / jerry ·     SRF's Lady Ray ·     Star Recruit ·     Stare Down ·     Steve's Got Plenty ·     Stirling Bravado ·     Stone Tree ·     Stormy Leon ·     Striking Yarri ·     Sudden Interest ·     Swingin Glory ·     T G Rev ·     T-N-T Dozer ·     Taft ·     Tag 030 ·     Tag 3140 from Bastrop ·     Tag 37 ·     Tag 388 "Unregistered Gelding" ·     Tag 4303 ·     Tag 4560 ·     Tag 4962 ·     Tag 527 ·     Tag 5527 ·     Tag 6551 ·     Tag 695 ·     Tag 9096 ·     Tag 9118 ·     Tag 9584 ·     Terrific Ann ·     Tesori ·     Thatll Be Hot ·     The Lighter Side ·     The Rail Message ·     Three Bee's ·     Tiki Time ·     Too Bad Ellie ·     Too Boisterous ·     Tortuga Bay ·     Towel Time ·     Towne Hoss ·     Townline Roll On ·     Toy Factory ·     Tractor Charlie ·     Traindenfer Semalu ·     Trooper Bob ·     Trotzilla ·     Tyler's Legend ·     Tylers Bella ·     Tzarina ·     Ugottahaveheart ·     Unregistered Aged Gelding ·     Vacation hall ·     Val's Jeannie ·     Valatact ·     Valentine ·     Velvet Glove ·     Victory Chief ·     Viking Serenade ·     Vincenne ·     Wanna Roll ·     War King Ton ·     Warrior's Law ·     Way of Life A ·     Weapons Dealer ·     Whitesand Sakic ·     Wilson ·     Winbak Zoom ·     Winco Buddy ·     Windestructable ·     Windsong's Queen ·     WindsongCopacabana ·     Windy City Toots ·     Winnaspur ·     Winning Ways ·     Woodmere Somterror ·     Wynsum Princess ·     Yankee Slugger ·     You'll Be A Hit   Every animal is at the mercy of the care it is in, for some, that is a wonderful place to be, but that is not the case for all. SRF, being the model program, the oldest, most productive organization of its kind remains the guardian for its horses, even when adopted, so no horse is at risk again.   Standardbred Retirement Foundation      

April 21, 2020 -- Three of the most successful female trainers in harness racing will join Greg Blanchard this Wednesday night for another COSA TV Facebook Live broadcast beginning at 7:30 p.m. (ET). Linda Toscano, Casie Coleman and Nancy Takter have all enjoyed remarkable careers to this point and had high hopes entering the 2020 season. Their collective accomplishments are staggering including multiple Breeders Crown, Little Brown Jug and Pepsi North America Cup titles. In fact, Toscano was inducted into the Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2018 - a path that Coleman and Takter are likely to follow based on their achievements. The group will discuss past champions, keys to success and horses they're looking forward to seeing back in action this season. Viewers can take part in racing trivia during the show and will have a chance to win a COSA gift card by answering in the comments section where they can also ask questions. The show will be aired live on the COSA Facebook page as well as the Standardbred Canada website. From COSA  

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