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June 21, 2024

MONTHLY DRAW FOR TRAINERS – JUNE WINNER

Earlier this week the HBPA drew the winner for the 2 x $500 gift card to be used at a tack shop of their choice. Congratulations to trainer’s Dale Desruisseaux and Matt Douglas on being June’s winner.

For those Trainers who have already entered, your information will be carried forward to next months draw. For those Trainers who have still not entered, you must contact your HBPA track office and provide them with your name, phone number and AGCO license.

ELECTION FOR THE HBPA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ontario horsepeople will be electing directors to the HBPA’s Board for a new three-year term on Friday September 6th, 2024.

The HBPA has formed a nominating committee. They are composing a list of nominees that will be filed with the office of the Secretary Treasurer of the association by noon on Tuesday July 2nd, 2024. Additional candidates may be nominated by completing a petition form, available by contacting the HBPA of Ontario head office or Lesley Barker lbarker@hbpa.on.ca, which must be signed by a least fifteen members in good standing with the association.  

The deadline for filing election petition forms is Tuesday July 2nd, 2024, at 12:00pm. Nominations are to be submitted by email: lbarker@hbpa.on.ca , fax: 416-747-9606; mailed or delivered to the HBPA of Ontario Administrative Office at 135 Queen’s Plate Drive, Suite 420, Toronto, Ontario M9W 6V1.  

Election ballots are scheduled to be mailed on August 12th, 2024. 

A list of qualifications for those interested in running can be found on our website: www.hbpa.on.ca

HBPA ELECTION

Reminder to all members (AGCO licensed Owners and/or Trainers) please make sure the HBPA has your current mailing address on file. Contact Lesley Barker at our head office by phone 416-747-5252 ext. 24 or via email lbarker@hbpa.on.ca to confirm.

BEYOND THE BREAK PODCAST WITH JAMIE ATTARD

The Board of the HBPA has approved a 10-episode run of Beyond the Break podcast with Jamie Attard. Each episode Jamie will take listeners into the world of Thoroughbred horse racing with contain in-depth conversations with some of the Ontario’s top horse people.

Beyond the Break with Jamie Attard is available to listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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June 21, 2024

Attention Members,

The HBPA heard your concerns regarding the new claiming rule, which is coming into effect on Thursday July 4th.

There has been much discussion regarding the confusion of these changes. The HBPA has been meeting with Woodbine, Fort Erie and the AGCO to discuss possible revisions to the initial rule. The discussions were amicable and co-operative.

The AGCO will be holding an information session at both tracks. AGCO licensed Owners, Trainers, Assistant Trainers, and Veterinarians are encouraged to attend.

There will be an opportunity for those in attendance to ask questions after each session.

Information Sessions are as follows:

Woodbine Racetrack       Fort Erie Racetrack

Wednesday July 3rd               Friday July 5th

12:00pm to 1:00pm          11:00am to 12:00pm

Backstretch Rec Room      Backstretch Kitchen

AGCO’s Industry Notice: https://www.agco.ca/en/news/industry-notice-agco-provides-clarification-thoroughbred-claiming-rules-expansion

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June 19, 2024

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April 19, 2024

The Jockey Club of Canada hosted the 49th Annual Sovereign Awards ceremony through a live presentation on the evening of Thursday, April 18, 2024.

The top three finalists in each category are determined by the online ballots of the Jockey Club of Canada’s knowledgeable voters. The media category award finalists were determined by media professionals within the industry selected from across North America.

The Jockey Club of Canada is pleased to announce the 2023 Sovereign Award winners in the order in which they were presented.

Special Sovereign Award: ROBERT “RED” MCKENZIE 

After more than 80 years working in horse racing in Alberta, you might think that Robert ‘Red’ McKenzie has done it all. A former jockey, and then successful trainer, who has won some 1,600 races, Robert landed in the record books on the evening of June 23, 2023 when his mare Entitled Star won a claiming race at Century Mile. At the age of 96, he became the oldest trainer to saddle a winner in Canadian racing history when his mare circled the field as the longest shot on the board at 25-1.

Considering thoroughbred racing statistics are hard to come by before 1976, the official number of winners for Robert as a jockey, trainer, and owner, could be much higher than 1,600. But what is known is that the Alberta resident, who was born on January 1, 1927, was still bringing horses over to race in 2023. Robert loved horses and started riding at the age of 10 at a riding academy in Edmonton. He accompanied his father and sister to the racetrack and started riding races at bush tracks such as Ponoka, Rimbey, and Red Deer. When he turned 16 and was old enough to ride the ‘A’ tracks, he would travel throughout the Western Canada Association which included tracks in Calgary, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Saskatoon.

Outstanding Writing: JENNIFER MORRISON

Cat’s Long Way Home

Published December 31, 2023 on Canadian Thoroughbred.com

Outstanding Photograph: JASON HALSTEAD

A Kiss for Commando

Published: September 22, 2023 in The Inside Track Issue #98

Outstanding Audio Visual/Digital Broadcast: WOODBINE ENTERTAINMENT

Secretariat The Last Race

Aired on TSN on October 8, 2023

Outstanding Groom: MICHELLE ARMATA

Being from one of the most successful racing families in Canada, horse racing is an integral part of Michelle Armata. Her father, Joe, was a trainer at Woodbine and Michelle would often visit the stable, despite being a bit scared of horses when she was young.

Michelle studied Early Childhood Education in the latter part of her school years, working hours towards her diploma, until one day she decided her life was with horses. There was a litany of family members at Woodbine by then, including her brother Steve and sister Josie. She was in her 20s when she started working there, first for Joe, and then for Steve. “My brother and his wife Sharon taught me a lot about grooming horses,” said Michelle. “I was taught horsemanship the old school way.”

After leaving the track to start a family – she has two children with her husband, trainer Ross Armata, Jr., – Michelle returned to work for her brother-in-law, Mike De Paulo and his wife and assistant, Josie, Michelle’s sister.

Outstanding Off-track Worker: JENNIFER BUCK

The inaugural Outstanding Off-track Worker Award will be presented this evening to Jennifer Buck, who has been with Adrian Munro’s Highfield Stock Farm in Okotoks, Alberta since 2013. The Jockey Club of Canada introduced the Outstanding Off-track Worker Award as a way to honour the unsung heroes who make thoroughbred racing

in Canada possible through their hard work and dedication at off-track thoroughbred racing, training, boarding, breeding, sales, and aftercare farms and facilities.

Jennifer, who was born in Ontario, learned to ride horses at a young age when living in Connecticut. Once settled in Alberta as a teenager, she worked for Glenview Stables and manager Brian Ferguson, a Windfields Farm alumni, learning the intricacies of farm management, from painting fences to barn care. She pursued performing arts in school at Mount Royal and worked as a fly-fishing guide on the famous Bow River, which she still does today. But the lure of horses was too strong. While raising her son Hunter, Jennifer went to work at the famed Bar None Ranches for Mike Vanin. She also had a love for working with polo horses and she played at the Calgary Polo Club before moving over to Highfield.

Champion Two-year Old Female: WITWATERSRAND

Trainer:       Mark E. Casse

Owner:       Gary Barber

Breeder:     G. Watts Humphrey Jr.

B. F. 2, by Connect – Carta de Oro (Medaglia d’Oro)

2023:          3 Starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third – $107,031

Winner:      Mazarine S. (G3), MSW

Stakes Placings: 3rd Glorious Song S.

Witwatersrand (132), Tripolina (41), Living Magic (32)

Champion Two-year Old Male: MY BOY PRINCE

Trainer:      Mark Casse

Owner:       Gary Barber

Breeder:     Murray Graham Smith

GR./RO. C. 2, by Cairo Prince – Hopping Not Hoping (Silent Name *Jpn)

2023:          6 Starts – 3 wins – 2 seconds – 1 third – $429,638

Winner:      Cup and Saucer S., Simcoe S., MSW

Stakes Placings:  2nd bet365 Summer S. (G1), 3rd Prevagen Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1)

My Boy Prince (156), Babbo (59), Two Ghosts (39)

Champion Three-year Old Female: ELYSIAN FIELD     

Trainer:      Mark E. Casse

Owner:       Team Valor International and Barber, Gary

Breeder:     Anderson Farms Ont. Inc.

CH. F. 3, by Hard Spun – Elysian (Smart Strike)

2023:          7 Starts – 2 wins – 3 seconds – 0 thirds – $492,029

Winner:      Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser, MSW

Stakes Placings:   2nd Breeders’ S., 2nd Fury S. Presented by Stella Artois, 2nd King’s Plate S.

Elysian Field (149), Solo Album (60), Fashionably Fab (45)

Champion Three-year Old Male: PARAMOUNT PRINCE

Trainer:      Mark E. Casse

Owner:       Langlois, Michael J. and Barber, Gary

Breeder:     Ericka Nadine Rusnak

CH. G. 3, by Society’s Chairman – Platinum Steel (Eddington)

2023:          6 Starts – 2 wins – 2 seconds – 1 third – $566,568

Winner:      King’s Plate S., Plate Trial S.

Stakes Placings:  2nd Queenston S., 3rd Prince of Wales S.

Paramount Prince (144), Patches O’Houlihan (70), Touch’n Ride (47)

Outstanding Broodmare: MENDOCINO BEANO  

Dark bay/brown mare, 2008

Smart Strike – Trishyde Slew, by Seattle Slew

5 starters, 5 Winners, 1 Graded Blacktype Winner, 2 Blacktype Winners, 1 Blacktype Placer

Progeny earnings $1,253,560

Sean and Dorothy Fitzhenry bred and raced Mendocino Beano, who provided them with a maiden special weight victory and a third in the Grade 3 Ontario Colleen Stakes. But, it has been in the breeding shed where the Ontario-bred has really left her mark. From five foals, each of which have run and won, her progeny earnings stand at just over $1.2 million.

Mendocino Beano’s highest earner is Tone Broke, who captured two-thirds of the 2019 Canadian Triple Crown and finished third in that year’s Queen’s Plate on his way to amassing over $500,000 in earnings. She also produced overnight stakes winner Stallion Heiress and the stakes-placed winner Conquest Fleetfeet.

Mendocino Beano (74), Sunday Affair (54), Game (FR) (31)

Outstanding Breeder: ADENA SPRINGS

In Canada:

Starters 42; Winners 19

Earnings $1,934,913

Starts 221; Wins 27; 2nd 33; 3rd 28

Frank and Frieda Stronach’s legendary Adena Springs North, in Aurora, Ontario, was voted Outstanding Breeder for the 13th time in 2022, more than any other Canadian

breeder in the history of the Sovereign Awards. The Adena Springs-bred star of 2023 was once again Moira, the 2022 Horse of the Year who came back at four and won the Grade 2 Canadian Stakes at Woodbine. Campaigned by Madaket Stables LLC, SF Racing LLC and X-Men Racing, Moira placed in four graded stakes at Woodbine before ending her season with an impressive third-place finish in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly &

Mare Turf at Santa Anita. Moira, by Adena’s star stallion Ghostzapper, is a finalist for Champion Female Turf Horse this evening.

The debut victory by their homebred filly Shamans Girl in the $150,000 Shady Well Stakes was a highlight. A daughter of Adena stallion Shaman Ghost, by Ghostzapper, Shamans Girl is out of the Stronachs’ Woodbine Oaks-winning mare, Ginger Brew. Adena Springs also saw Malibu Mambo finish third in the Grade 1 Pattison Canadian International.

Adena Springs (85), Anderson Farms Ont. Inc. (68), Chiefswood Stables Limited (32), Sean Fitzhenry (32), Sam-Son Farm (32)

Champion Female Sprinter: LOYALTY       

Trainer:      Josie Carroll

Owner:       Gainesway Stable (Antony Beck) and LNJ Foxwoods

Breeder:     Best A Luck Farm LLC & Godolphin LLC

DK. B./BR. F. 4, by Hard Spun – Slew’s Quality (Elusive Quality)

2023:          5 Starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third – $205,599

Winner:      Bessarabian S. (G2), Hendrie S. (G3), AOC

Stakes Placings:  3rd Ontario Fashion S. Presented by Tanqueray (G3)

Loyalty (160), Our Flash Drive (61), Fashionably Fab (39)

Champion Male Sprinter: PATCHES O’HOULIHAN        

Trainer:      Robert P. Tiller

Owner:       Frank D. Di Giulio, Jr.

Breeder:     Frank Di Giulio Jr.

B. G. 3, by Reload – Maythefourthbwithu (Silent Name *Jpn)

2023:                   7 Starts – 6 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds – $301,882

Winner:      Bold Venture S. (G3), Vigil S. (G3), Lake Huron S., Lake Superior S., OC, OC

Patches O’Houlihan (137), Lucky Score (61), Dream Shake (31)

Outstanding Apprentice Jockey: SOFIA VIVES

In Canada:

Starts 600; Wins 100; 2nd 82; 3rd 74

Earnings $2,956,521

In her first full season riding races, Sofia Vives pulled away from the pack with the most wins of any apprentice in 2023, winning 100 races between Woodbine and Fort Erie. Her impressive win total at Woodbine, 88, put her fourth in the rider standings behind reigning champion Kazushi Kimura, Sahin Civaci, and Rafael Hernandez, and ahead of champions Emma-Jayne Wilson and Patrick Husbands. Sofia also rode at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. Born in Walterboro, South Carolina, and raised in horse country in Ocala, Florida, Sofia followed her father, former jockey Lazaro Vives, to the barns of dual Hall of Famer Mark Casse, who gave Sofia a leg up to start her riding career. The young rider galloped as many horses as she could each day and rode in her

first race late in 2022 at Woodbine. She had just over a dozen mounts that year, winning four of them, and then embarked on a busy first year as a rookie rider.

Sofia Vives (162), Fraser Aebly (83), Amanda Vandermeersch (35)

Outstanding Jockey: KAZUSHI KIMURA

In Canada:

Starts 816; Wins 161; 2nd 158; 3rd 113

Earnings $7,177,876 Stakes wins 15

Canada’s riding sensation, Kazushi Kimura, seeks his third consecutive Sovereign Award for Outstanding Jockey only six years into his riding career. The Japanese-born jockey burst onto the scene in 2018 with 104 victories, won the Sovereign Award as Outstanding Apprentice that year and repeated in 2019. He was also the Eclipse Award Outstanding Apprentice Jockey in 2019. It has been a smooth transition for Kazushi as a journeyman and in 2023, he won more races at Woodbine than he ever has and set a personal best for purse money. He won 15 stakes races including the third jewel of Canada’s Triple Crown, the Breeders’ Stakes, aboard Chiefswood Stables Limited’s Touch’n Ride. Kazushi won graded stakes races aboard Loyalty, a contender for Champion Female Sprinter for 2023, and Wolfie’s Dynaghost and Treason, both finalists for Champion Older Main Track Male.

Kazushi Kimura (162), Sahin Civaci (75), Rafael Manuel Hernandez (28)

Champion Female Turf Horse: FEV ROVER (IRE)

Trainer:      Mark E. Casse

Owner:       Tracy Farmer

Breeder:     Manister House Stud

B. M. 5, by Gutaifan *Ire – Laurelita *Ire (High Chaparral *Ire)

2023:          6 Starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third – $787,320

Winner:      Beverly D. S. (G1), E. P. Taylor S. (G1), Nassau S. (G2)       

Stakes Placings:  3rd Diana S. (G1)

Fev Rover (IRE) (148), Moira (95), Our Flash Drive (17)

Champion Male Turf Horse: LUCKY SCORE        

Trainer:      Mark E. Casse

Owner:       Pantofel Stables, LLC, Wachtel Stable, and Barber, Gary

Breeder:     James Everatt, Janeane Everatt & Arika Everatt-Meeuse

B. G. 5, by Lookin at Lucky – Miss Matzo (Royal Academy)

2023:          8 Starts – 1 win – 2 seconds – 3 thirds – $318,220

Winner:      Highlander S. (G2)

Stakes Placings:  2nd Nearctic S. (G2), 3rd Ricoh Woodbine Mile S. (G1), 3rd Connaught Cup S. Presented by Bulleit Bourbon (G2), 3rd King Edward S. (G2)

Lucky Score (96), My Boy Prince (88), Palazzi (30)

Outstanding Trainer: MARK E. CASSE

In Canada:

Starts 556; Wins 113; 2nd 105; 3rd 81

Earnings $7,821,080 Stakes wins 24

A member of both the Canadian and U. S. Horse Racing Halls of Fame, Mark Casse has been atop the Outstanding Trainer category for more than a decade, having won twelve consecutive times. Incredibly, his stable set a new record in 2023 for purse earnings at Woodbine and its starters collected over $7.8 million in Canada. Mark trained the winners of 113 races and 24 stakes races in Canada. His 24 stakes wins in Canada, ten of them graded, were by 21 different horses, of which 12 are Sovereign Awards finalists this evening. Among the stars for the Mark Casse team in 2023 was Fev Rover (IRE) who provided Mark with his first victory in the Grade 1 E. P. Taylor Stakes. Already a Grade 1 winner on turf in the U. S. during the year, Fev Rover also won the Grade 2 Nassau Stakes at Woodbine.

Mark E. Casse (160), Kevin Attard (80), Martin Drexler (21)

Champion Older Main Track Female: MILLIE GIRL               

Trainer:      Catherine Day Phillips

Owner:       Kingfield Racing Stable, Ltd., Braconcrest Inc. and Apricot Valley Thoroughbreds

Breeder:     Sean Fitzhenry

B. M. 5, by Hard Spun – Mendocino Beano (Smart Strike)

2023:          7 Starts – 3 wins – 1 second – 2 thirds – $257,344

Winner:      Maple Leaf S. (G3), Ontario Matron S. (G3), AOC

Stakes Placings:  2nd Seaway S. (G3), 3rd Nassau S. (G2), 3rd Royal North S. (G2)

Millie Girl (152), Infinite Patience (60), Il Malocchio (39)

Champion Older Main Track Male: TYSON

Trainer:      Josie Carroll

Owner:       Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, Inc. (J. G. Sikura) and Stetch Run Ventures, LLC

Breeder:     Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, Inc and Stetch Run Ventures, LLC

GR/RO. C. 4, by Tapit – Honouring (Smart Strike) 

2023:          7 Starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 2 thirds – $319,967

Winner:      Seagram Cup S. (G2), Dominion Day S. (G3), AOC

Stakes Placings:  3rd Jockey Club Gold Cup S. (G1), 3rd Eclipse S. Presented by Don Julio (G2)

Tyson (113), Wolfie’s Dynaghost (100), Treason (29)

Outstanding Owner: GARY BARBER

In Canada:

Starts 96; Wins 22; 2nd 19; 3rd 15

Earnings: $1,873,307 Stakes wins 6

Gary Barber has been one of Ontario horse racing’s most successful owners in the last decade and this evening he seeks his first Sovereign Award as Outstanding Owner. A

film producer in Hollywood, Gary is a staunch supporter of racing in Ontario and led all owners by earnings at Woodbine in 2020 and 2021. Gary’s statistics as a sole owner in 2023 were impressive once again as he won 22 races, six of them stakes, and his horses collected over $1.8 million. Among those winners were My Boy Prince, a CTHS Ontario Yearling Sale purchase who won the Cup and Saucer Stakes and Simcoe Stakes before finishing a gallant third in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. The colt also placed in the Grade 1 Summer Stakes and is a finalist for Champion Two-year Old Male this evening. Gary also won graded stakes races with Conglomerate, Palazzi, and Witwatersrand.

Gary Barber (126), Bruno Schickedanz (71), Chiefswood Stables Limited (27)

Horse of the Year: FEV ROVER (IRE)

Trainer:      Mark E. Casse

Owner:       Tracy Farmer

Breeder:     Manister House Stud

B. M. 5, by Gutaifan *Ire – Laurelita *Ire (High Chaparral *Ire)

2023:          6 Starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third – $787,320

Winner:      Beverly D. S. (G1), E. P. Taylor S. (G1), Nassau S. (G2)       

Stakes Placings:  3rd Diana S. (G1)

Fev Rover (IRE) (90), Paramount Prince (44), Elysian Field (32)

The Jockey Club of Canada was founded in 1973 by E. P. Taylor to serve as the international representative of the Canadian Thoroughbred industry. The mission of The Jockey Club of Canada is to promote and maintain a high standard for Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada at a level which is recognized internationally for the benefit of all those interested in the sport, including the general public. This is achieved through operations and services such as, but not limited to: evaluating all Graded, Listed and Black-type races in Canada annually; conducting the annual Sovereign Awards for outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada; maintaining a field office in Canada for the Jockey Club of the United States and the Jockey Club Registry Service; and by representing Canada as a Member of the IFHA.

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April 8, 2024

In Canada, beyond poultry species, HPAI has been reported in 178 individual mammals of 12
different species. There have been no detections in cattle or other livestock species in Ontario or
Canada as of April 4, 2024. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has updated its
website to reflect the range of animals susceptible to HPAI, including cautions not to feed raw
animal products to pets or livestock.
In the United States (US), HPAI has been reported in 232 mammals across 21 species. The
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and state authorities continue to investigate
reports of HPAI in US cattle. Details regarding the source and method of transmission are yet to
be confirmed. OMAFRA, in collaboration with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), are
monitoring the recent cases in dairy cattle in the US, which continue to evolve.

  • CFIA is updating their website frequently to keep stakeholders appraised of the situation.
    o Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in livestock – Canadian Food Inspection
    Agency (canada.ca)
    HPAI in US Dairy Cattle
    As of April 4, 2024, the USDA has confirmed the recent detection of HPAI in samples
    collected from cattle in Texas, Kansas, Michigan, New Mexico, Idaho and Ohio. This
    follows investigation into an illness among primarily older dairy cows causing decreased
    lactation and reduced feed intake.
    Initial testing by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (located in the US) has not
    identified changes to the virus that would make it more transmissible to humans, which
    would indicate that the risk to the public remains low.

    Officials have provided assurance that milk from animals in impacted herds is being diverted or destroyed and has not and will not enter the food supply chain. In addition, pasteurization has proven to inactivate bacteria and viruses such as influenza in milk.
    HPAI in a US Goat Herd
    The Minnesota Board of Animal Health confirmed a juvenile goat tested positive for HPAI on March 20, 2024. The goat kid shared pasture and water sources with a poultry flock that was quarantined from previous HPAI detection.
    USDA Press release: USDA APHIS | Federal and State Veterinary, Public Health Agencies Share Update on HPAI Detection in Kansas, Texas Dairy Herds
    Minnesota Board of Animal Health: Stevens County goat tests positive for same influenza virus affecting poultry | Minnesota Board of Animal Health (state.mn.us)
    Additional information on detections in wildlife can be found at:
  • National Avian Influenza – Wild Positives (arcgis.com)
    Clinical signs AI is caused by an influenza type A virus, which can infect poultry (such as chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, domestic ducks, geese, and guinea fowl), and is carried by free-flying waterfowl such as ducks, geese, and shorebirds. AI viruses are divided into subtypes based on the combination of two proteins: hemagglutinin or “H” proteins (H1–H16) and neuraminidase or “N” proteins (N1–N9). AI viruses are either high or low pathogenicity (HPAI and LPAI respectively), depending on the molecular characteristic of the virus and its ability to cause disease and mortality in domestic poultry.
    Clinical signs in dairy cattle may include:
  • sudden reduced milk production (especially in older cows)
  • thickened or colostrum-like milk
  • decrease in feed consumption and/or drop in rumen motility
  • dry manure or constipation, rarely diarrhea
  • low grade fever

    What to do if you observe cattle with abnormal signs:
  • Producers should report clinical signs or suspected illness in their herds to their veterinarian immediately. • Veterinarians are encouraged to contact their local CFIA animal health office if there is a high degree of suspicion of HPAI.
    What to do if you find sick or dead birds or other wildlife on your property: • Report these findings to the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC) [Phone: 866.673.4781, Email: on-nu@cwhc-rcsf.ca] who may arrange for submission of wildlife for HPAI testing at the University of Guelph’s Animal Health Lab (AHL)
    o The recommendation to the public and pet owners continues to be to avoid direct contact with sick or dead wildlife, stray animals, or wild birds. If you must handle wildlife, follow the guidance on protecting yourself when handling sick, injured or orphaned wildlife
    Risk to human health:
    It is uncommon for HPAI to impact human health. To date, no sustained human-to-human transmission has been reported anywhere in the world. However, those who work directly with poultry and livestock should take additional precautions and follow all public health guidelines.
    Avian influenza is not a food safety or significant public health concern for people who are not in routine and repeated contact with infected birds. However, AI viruses can infect people who come into contact with the virus via eyes, nose or mouth, or if the virus is inhaled through aerosol suspension. This is of concern for people who are unprotected and in routine contact with infected birds or contaminated surfaces. Questions or concerns about human health should be directed to the local public health unit or a physician.
    Consumption of undercooked meat or unpasteurized milk products from infected animals is not recommended.
    Based on the studies of patients with the HPAI H5N1 virus, signs in humans can range from very mild to severe. The most common signs include,
  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle and/or body aches
  • headaches
  • fatigue or tiredness
  • conjunctivitis (red eyes)
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • less commonly, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or seizures can occur. Diarrhea is more common with avian influenza than with influenza due to human viruses.
    While the annual human influenza vaccine does not protect against HPAI, it will help prevent you from getting seasonal influenza, which could weaken your immune system or resistance to other infections. There is no specific vaccine available for the H5N1 strain in people.
    It is important to tell your healthcare provider or local public health unit if you have any of these signs and/or if you have been around sick or dead animals in the past 10 days which were suspected or confirmed to have had HPAI. Anti-viral therapy may be recommended and prescribed to you. If you are showing signs, specific tests to detect avian influenza in people are available.
    If you do not have access to a healthcare provider, please contact Health811 by calling 811, or using the live chat feature

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April 5, 2024

The Horseracing Integrity & Welfare Unit (HIWU) would like to draw horsemen’s attention to capsaicin and its presence in products that are commonly used on or around Covered Horses.

Capsaicin is an active component in many peppers and is responsible for their hot/irritant properties. Consequently, many horsemen use pepper pastes, hot sauce, and similar products to discourage horses from chewing on bandages or stall doors. However, capsaicin also has an analgesic effect and is often included in topical pain relief products such as creams, ointments, liniments, braces, and patches. For this reason, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority categorizes capsaicin as a Class B Controlled Medication Substance. It is regulated in Post-Race, Vets’ List, and Post-Work Samples.

Studies have found that capsaicin is absorbed and eliminated more rapidly from the body when consumed or administered orally compared to when it is administered topically. Thus, the route of administration for or exposure to capsaicin is a factor in dictating a horse’s individual risk for a positive test.

In consideration of the fact that HIWU’s partner laboratories have been testing for capsaicin since the Anti-Doping and Medication Control Program’s inception and that there had been no adverse findings reported until this year, HIWU believes that the use of pepper/capsaicin products on bandages, doors, and other items/areas represents a minimal risk for a positive test.

For any over-the-counter topical products (e.g. liniments, body braces) or oral supplements, horsemen should read all labels to check for capsaicin in the list of ingredients and exercise caution when using these products in close proximity to a race or workout. Capsaicin is also in peppers or pepper derivatives, including, but not limited to, chili peppers, cayenne peppers, and paprika, and should also be noted if mentioned on a label.

Horsemen or veterinarians with questions should reach out to sciencesupport@hiwu.org.

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March 27, 2024

TORONTO, March 27th, 2024 – The Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario (HBPA) announces the appointment of Steven Lym as Executive Director.

“We are excited to have Steve back in Ontario “said HBPA President Sue Leslie. “Steve has comprehensive experience and knowledge of the horse racing industry, especially within Ontario.”

Previously, Lym spent over 40 years at Woodbine Entertainment Group. From 2003 to 2013 Steve served as their Racing Secretary, then in 2013 became Director of Racing until his departure in 2018.

Please join us in Welcoming Steve back to Ontario and to the HBPA.

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March 26, 2024

BACKSTRETCH GIVEAWAY
On Monday April 1st and Tuesday April 2nd the HBPA will be giving away crewneck sweatshirts to backstretch workers. AGCO licensed Trainers, Assistant Trainers, Grooms, Exercise Riders and Hotwalkers are welcome to come to our Woodbine backstretch office received a quality sweatshirt between 9:00am an 1:00pm.


JOURNEY’S TALK SHOW, PONIES 24/7 & DOWN THE STRETCH PODCAST
The Board of the HBPA has approved continued sponsorship of the Youtube talk show Journey’s, Ponies 24/7 radio show and the Down the Stretch Podcast for the 2024 season.
You can watch live episodes of Journey’s on YouTube every Wednesday or catch up on older episodes on their channel: https://www.youtube.com/@journeystalk. Ponies 24/7 airs Saturdays from 8:00am to 9:00am on 105.9 The Region. Down the Stretch podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play Music, Stitcher and more. Download and listen: https://www.torontomike.com/down-the-stretch/.

COST INCREASE FOR LASIX
For those members who are not aware, there has been an increase of $3 for Lasix. The new charge will be $53 plus taxes moving forward.

TRAINER AND ASSISTANT TRAINING TESTING
For those interested in taking the Trainer or Assistant Trainer test this year, here are the application due dates and test dates for the 2024 season. We ask every applicant to please read over the criteria to make sure you are eligible to apply. Applications are available at both backstretch offices and online at: https://hbpa.on.ca/

Applications DueTest Date
April 3rdApril 24th
June 5thJune 26th
August 21stSeptember 11

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March 22, 2024

The HBPA of Ontario will be attending this weekend’s Can-Am All Breeds Equine Expo at the Ancaster Fairgrounds. We will be there, at Booth A-5, to promote jobs at Woodbine and Fort Erie Racetracks.

There will also be a daily draw for ‘A dinner for four at Woodbine’, donated by The Woodbine Entertainment Group.

The Trade Show Hours are as follows:

Friday March 22 – 8:30am to 7:00pm

Saturday March 23 – 8:30am to 7:00pm

Sunday March 24 – 8:30am to 5:00pm

The Can-Am All Breeds Equine Expo is a premier equine event that brings together thousands of horse lovers and industry partners all under one roof for a great weekend. Designed for everyone from the seasoned horse person to the weekend rider and everything in between!

Featuring three exciting days of international clinicians, family-fun entertainment and performances, equine breed showcases, and all indoor shopping. Can-Am All Breeds Equine Expo, is the largest equine education and entertainment event in Canada and will take place at the Ancaster Fairgrounds in Ancaster, Ontario.

The Can-Am All Breeds Equine Expo’s mandate is to create support and awareness of the equine industry, making horses a vital part of the community. Come and enjoy free with admission, over 30 equine-related lectures and presentations. Horse breeders, product manufacturers, distributors, educational facilities and so much more all under one roof for the love of the horse!

We hope everyone can attend and come by booth A-5!

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March 19, 2024

The HBPA of Ontario will be attending this weekend’s Can-Am All Breeds Equine Expo at the Ancaster Fairgrounds. We will be there, at Booth A-5, to promote jobs at Woodbine and Fort Erie Racetracks.

There will also be a daily draw for ‘A dinner for four at Woodbine’, donated by The Woodbine Entertainment Group.

The Trade Show Hours are as follows:

Friday March 22 – 8:30am to 7:00pm

Saturday March 23 – 8:30am to 7:00pm

Sunday March 24 – 8:30am to 5:00pm

The Can-Am All Breeds Equine Expo is a premier equine event that brings together thousands of horse lovers and industry partners all under one roof for a great weekend. Designed for everyone from the seasoned horse person to the weekend rider and everything in between!

Featuring three exciting days of international clinicians, family-fun entertainment and performances, equine breed showcases, and all indoor shopping. Can-Am All Breeds Equine Expo, is the largest equine education and entertainment event in Canada and will take place at the Ancaster Fairgrounds in Ancaster, Ontario.

The Can-Am All Breeds Equine Expo’s mandate is to create support and awareness of the equine industry, making horses a vital part of the community. Come and enjoy free with admission, over 30 equine-related lectures and presentations. Horse breeders, product manufacturers, distributors, educational facilities and so much more all under one roof for the love of the horse!

We hope everyone can attend and come by booth A-5!