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30/ AUGUST 2012 THE RIDER


Q.R.O.O.I: 11 Harwood Avenue South, Suite 202, Ajax Ontario L1S 2B9 Telephone: (905) 426-7050 • Fax: (905) 426-7093 Email: qrooiheadoffice@gmail.com


www.qrooi.com By Rik Hudson


PRESIDENT


Bob Broadstock 18101 Cedardale Road, Nestleton, Ontario L0B 1L0 (905) 986-0044


email: bob_broadstock@hotmail.com


VICE-PRESIDENT


Erik Lehtinen RR #2,


Uxbridge, ON L9P 1R2


(905) 852-5245


Greg Watson 785 Hwy 7A,


Bethany, ON L0A 1A0 (705) 277-0248


Doug Cheetham


32 Talbot St., Brampton, ON L6X 2P5 (905) 796-9640


René Hunderup


P.O. Box 310, Station Main, King City, ON L7B 1A6 (905) 886-7886


Steve Hunter


231485 County Road 24, Grand Valley, Ontario L6X 2P5 • (519) 928-5209


Ontario Quarter Horse Racing Enters a New Era


Responding to the Ontario Government/OLG announce- ment about the end of the “Slots at Racetracks” program, the Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario Inc. (QROOI) will spearhead a Forward Planning Project on behalf of the Quarter Horse racing and breeding industry. The project has been approved by the Quarter Horse Racing Industry Development Program (QHRIDP) and will


involve an intensive industry consultative process.


“The QROOI is engaging in a strategic planning process that will intersect with OHRIA’s efforts,” said QROOI president Bob Broadstock. “We are working hard to prepare and be responsive in the changing environment of the Ontario rac- ing industry. Quarter Horse rac- ing has the ability to be sustain- able and even to grow moving forward. Unfortunately, the


Province of Ontario stands to loose $1 billion a year if the OLG ends its partnership with the racetracks, and this partner- ship is the only proven model of success in the Province’s gam- ing/gambling business. The rac- ing industry is working collec- tively to try and mitigate the extensive job losses that will result from the end of the Slots at Racetracks program. ” The Forward Planning Pro- ject will identify how the Quar-


ter Horse Program fits into the bigger picture of racing in Ontario; and how Quarter Horse racing will continue to develop revenue streams that will drive growth and sustainability for the industry.


The industry consultative process includes a call for nomi- nations to a Steering Commit- tee, a request for written propos- als from industry participants, and email surveys of the QROOI membership. The


broader horse industry may engage in the process by moni- toring the QROOI website (QROOI.com), or may be con- tacted directly by the QROOI. Non-voting membership to the QROOI is free by application. Membership forms are available on the website or by request from (905) 426-7050.


As the Steering Committee begins its work, Ontario Quarter Horse racing continues to pro- vide some of the most exciting


and competitive racing there is. Tuesday and Sunday afternoon racing continues through September at Ajax Downs and, through October, Fort Erie Race Track provides both Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing. Accepting and successfully meeting a challenge is nothing new for Ontario’s Quarter Horse racing industry. In fact, chal- lenge has become the norm.


Brian Farell


C2130 - Hwy #7, RR #1, Sunderland, ON L0C 1H0 (705) 357-3214


Quarter Horses & Thoroughbreds Heat Up the Track


Fort Erie – Fort Erie Race Track featured its second mixed card of the season with four Quarter Horse races and eight Thor- oughbred races. For the Quarter Horses, The Peace Bridge Stakes at 870 yards and the Bat- tle of the Breeds at 440 yards were featured. For the Thor- oughbreds, The Bob Summers Memorial Cup was run at six furlongs.


Mia’s Miracle under Brad Wilson


The $35,000 added Peace Bridge Stakes was won with authority by My Big City Lights, an Oklahoma bred geld- ing by Holland Ease out of Hat- field’s Choice. Ridden by Alberta-based jockey Scott Sterr, the winner led a spread out field, with Special Ela fin- ishing second followed by Attaboy Fly in third. Sterr was pleased to be riding for trainer Jeff Burgess, who was an assis- tant to Clinton Crawford last year. Crawford owns My Big City Lights and shipped the horse 24 hours from Oklahoma, confident that the horse (and the trailer) had the gas to go the dis-


Lookingforagoodtime under Daniel Rose


tance. My Big City Light returned $5.20 to win.


The $35,000 added Battle of the Breeds race attracted one Thoroughbred entry, and eight of Ontario’s fastest Quarter


Horses. Lookingforagoodtime hung on by a nose to defeat Fast Flung Floyd and A Plain Brown Rapper in a tight finish. The winner, owned by Ivy Lane Racing and trained by Renee Wilson, is a Texas bred gelding by Furyofthewind out of Dreams for Lyndsie. Wilson


was thrilled, “This was one of my biggest wins. The horse doesn’t normally break good, but the jockey (Daniel Rose) deserves a lot of credit, he’s done a great job with him at the gate.” The race firms up the leading position for Ivy Lane Racing in the Ontario Leading


My Big City Lights under Scott Sterr


Owner standings. Lookingfora- goodtime returned $40.20 to his backers.


The second running of the Bob Summers Memorial was made up of an amazing group of local sprinters who ran for a purse of $30,000. The early fractions were set by Jeffery Armin who ran eye pop- ping splits of 21.2, 43.4 and 56.1 but it was the bay Mia’s Miracle who sat wait- ing patiently for his oppor- tunity to pounce. Rid- den by Brad Wilson, who scored his very first Cup win, the son of Orientate was able to get pasted the front runner


and get clear to win by a length and three quarters. The final time of the race was 1:09.2. Trained by Nathan Squires for his son Lamar, the conditioner knew that his horse had been doing very well leading up to the race. “I’m not normally overconfident about my horses but this time I knew we ready,” said the trainer. “The grey horse (Jeffery Armin) is the fastest horses in Fort Erie but I told Brad to save ground because the race set up for a closer.” Mia’s Miracle returned $21.80 to win. Jeffery Armin finished second with Big Broth- er Joe rounding out the top three.


For more information please contact;


Elissa Blowe


Manager, Media & Marketing Fort Erie Race Track 800-295-3770 ext. 3204 femedia@forterieracetrack.ca


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