AGCO Facility Inspection Reminder

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The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) would like to remind the horse racing industry that under the provincial legislation that governs horse racing, AGCO Compliance Officials have the authority to inspect for equine medications at racetracks and training centers, and any place where racehorses are stabled.

This includes, but is not limited to, all barns and stabling areas on your property, or, any place where your racehorse is stabled.

Under the Rules of Racing, all medication that could result in a positive test (including prescription medication) in these locations must be properly labeled. This means the name of the medication, the manufacturer, and the name of the AGCO-licensed prescribing veterinarian.

These measures are in place to protect the health and welfare of the horse, minimize the likelihood of a positive test, and to ensure that medication is used in accordance with professional veterinary advice.

Horse Racing License Act
This legislation came into effect when the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) merged with the AGCO. Among other changes, s. 26 of HRLA states that an Inspector under this Act “may enter any place or conveyance used in the business of horse racing at any reasonable time, and for that purpose may stop and detain any conveyance.”

The Rules of Racing
Trainers are reminded that under the Rules of Racing (TB 15.09.01 (f); SB 3.09.01 (f)) they “shall maintain records relating to the particulars of any medications administered to horses in their care.”

Veterinarians also have an important role to play in effective medication control. TB 27.20.01 and 27.20.02 and SB 8.14 require veterinarians to list specific information on the label of any drug or medication they are dispensing – such as their name and address, the name and strength of the drug, identity of the horse for which it is prescribed, and name of the trainer of the horse. These rules require that a separate container be used for each horse, regardless of the number of horses being treated with the same drug or medication, unless the container has been marked “BARN USE” and the necessary logs kept, in accordance with the Rules.

Further Information:
Regulation and Rules

SO 2015, c 38, Sch 9 | Horse Racing License Act, 2015 | CanLII

TB 15.09.01 (f)

SB 3.09.01 (f) A trainer shall maintain records relating to the particulars of any medications administered to horses in their care. For the purposes of this Rule, the term medication shall mean a medication that could result in a positive test.

SB 8.10.04 A veterinarian shall only examine or treat a horse, or prescribe or administer a drug, substance or medication if he or she is in compliance with the requirements of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario including, but not limited to, the Minimum Standards for Veterinary Facilities in Ontario, as amended from time to time.

TB 27.20.01   A veterinarian who dispenses a drug or medication shall label the container in which the drug or medication is dispensed with the following information:

1. Name and strength of the drug or medication;
2. Date and quantity prescribed;
3. Name and address of the dispensing veterinarian;
4. Name of the horse for which it is prescribed;
5. Name of the trainer of the horse;
6. Directions for use; and
7. Detection limit determined in accordance with Rule 27.16.

TB 27.20.02   In the event that a drug or medication is to be dispensed to multiple horses from a single container, such container shall be marked “BARN USE”, and will be exempt from items (ii) and (iv) above and replaced by a log, to include the following information:

1. Name of the horse for which it is prescribed; and
2. Date and quantity prescribed.

SB 8.14 A veterinarian who dispenses a drug or medication shall label the container in which the drug or medication is dispensed with the following information:

1. Name and strength of the drug or medication;
2. Date and quantity prescribed;
3. Name and address of the dispensing veterinarian;
4. Name of the horse for which it is prescribed;
5. Name of the trainer of the horse;
6. The directions for use; and
7. Detection limit determined in accordance with Rule 8.10.01.

In the event that a drug or medication is to be dispensed to multiple horses from a single container, such container shall be marked “BARN USE”, and will be exempt from items (ii) and (iv) above and replaced by a log, to include the following information:

1. Name of the horse for which it is prescribed; and
2. Date and quantity prescribed.

TB 27.16.04 A veterinarian shall only examine or treat a horse, or prescribe or administer a drug, substance or medication if he or she is in compliance with the requirements of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario including, but not limited to, the Minimum Standards for Veterinary Facilities in Ontario, as amended from time to time.

For more information, please contact Tyler.Durand@agco.ca or a Racing Official from the Race Day Contact List .


Notice to Industry: Reminder – AGCO may inspect racetracks, training centers and your stable. All medications should be in labeled containers.
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) would like to remind the horse racing industry that under provincial horse racing legislation, AGCO compliance officers have the power to ” inspect racetracks and training centers, as well as any place serving as a stable for racehorses, in order to check the horse medications there.

Places that compliance officers can inspect include but not limited to stables, stable areas on your property, or any location where racehorses are housed.

Under the racing rules, all drugs that can lead to a positive test result and that are found in these areas, including prescription drugs, must be properly labeled. Specifically, the name of the drug, the manufacturer and the name of the AGCO accredited veterinarian who prescribed the drug must appear on the container.

These measures are aimed at protecting the health and welfare of horses, minimizing the risk of a positive test, and ensuring that medicines are used according to the professional advice of a veterinarian.

Horse Racing License Act, 2015

This law came into effect when the Ontario Racing Commission merged with the AGCO. Among the changes brought about by this law is article 26 which provides that an inspector may, under the law, “enter a place or means of transport used for horse racing at any reasonable time, as well as stopping and detaining a means of transport ”.

Rules on races

We remind coaches that section 15.09.01 f) of the Thoroughbred Horse Racing Rules (TB) and section 3.09.01 f) of the Standardbred Horse Racing Rules (SB ), they must “keep records of the details of medications administered to horses under his care” and “keep up to date records of all details of medications administered to horses in his care”.

The veterinarian also plays an important role in the effective control of drugs. Under TB 27.20.01, TB 27.20.02 and SB 8.14, the veterinarian must include specific information on the container label of any drug or medication he is administering, such as name and address, name and strength of the drug or medication, the name of the horse for whom the drug or medication is prescribed and the name of the horse’s trainer. These rules require that a separate container be used for each horse, regardless of the number of horses treated with the same drug or medication, unless “STABLE USE” is marked on the container and a log or register is kept in accordance with the rules.

Additional Information

Regulations and rules

Horse Racing License Act, 2015, SO 2015, c. 38, annex 9 | CanLII

TB 15.09.01 f) A trainer must keep up-to-date records relating to all details of the medications administered to the horses in his care. For the purposes of this rule, the term “drug” means a drug the analysis of which may produce a positive result.

SB 3.09.01 f) A trainer shall maintain records regarding the details of medications administered to horses under his care. For the purposes of this rule, the term “drug” means a drug the analysis of which may produce a positive result.

SB 8.10.04 The veterinarian will not examine, treat, prescribe or administer any drug, substance or medication unless he or she complies with the requirements of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario, including , but not limited to the Minimum Standards for Veterinary Establishments in Ontario, as changed over time.

TB 27.20.01 The veterinarian administering a drug or medication will label the container and record the following information:

The name and strength of the drug or medication;
The date and quantity prescribed;
The name and address of the attending veterinarian;
The name of the horse for whom the drug is prescribed;
The name of the horse’s trainer;
The user manual; and
The limit of detection in accordance with rule 27.16.

TB 27.20.02 In the event that a drug or medication must be administered to several horses from the same container, this container must be marked “STABLE USE”, and will be free of items (ii) and ( iv) above and replaced by a journal, to record the following information:

The name of the horse for whom the drug is prescribed; and
The date and quantity prescribed.

SB 8.14 The veterinarian administering a drug or medication will label the container and record the following information:

The name and strength of the drug or medication;
The date and quantity prescribed;
The name and address of the attending veterinarian;
The name of the horse for whom the drug is prescribed;
The name of the horse’s trainer;
The user manual; and
The limit of detection in accordance with rule 8.10.01.
In the event that a drug or medication must be administered to several horses from the same container, this container must be marked “STABLE USE”, and will be free of items (ii) and (iv) below. above and replaced by a journal, to record the following information:

The name of the horse for whom the drug is prescribed; and
The date and quantity prescribed.

TB 27.16.04 The veterinarian will not examine, treat, prescribe or administer any drug, substance or medication unless he or she complies with the requirements of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario, including , but not limited to the Minimum Standards for Veterinary Establishments in Ontario, as changed over time.

For more information, write to Tyler.Durand@agco.ca

or contact a race official ( see the race officials schedule ).

(AGCO)