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Notice to the Industry - ORC Approves New Rules Oct 2014

Enhanced Emergency Warning System for SB tracks

The Board of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) approved revisions and new rules directing all Standardbred racetracks to upgrade their emergency warning light systems to now include a siren. The changes/upgrades must be implemented by January 1, 2015.

The rule change was a recommendation following an investigation and report by the ORC’s Equine Accident Specialist into an incident which occurred at Flamboro Downs. The ORC held a meeting to review enhanced race protocols with a number of racetrack operators, Drivers, Veterinarians and horsepeople, as well as a number of ORC Judges and Investigators.

The recommendations discussed ways to stop the race when, in the opinion of the Judges, the situation warranted such action.

The new and revised rules will provide the Judges with the authority and ability to turn on warning lights when they view a situation that could negatively affect the health and safety of the participants. The lights indicate to Drivers that they should proceed with caution.

Please click the "VIew Document" link below for the full Notice and Directive
Notice to the Industry - ORC Approves New Rules
Standardbred Directive 3 – 2014 - Enhanced Emergency Warning System

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