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OHHA Appeals ORC Ruling

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Press Release

For Immediate Release
Friday, December 16, 2011

OHHA Appeals ORC Ruling

The Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA) has appealed Ontario Racing Commission Ruling No. SB 127/2011, issued by the Executive Director on September 8, 2011, which ordered OHHA to pay $100,000 to the Commission on the basis that this was a condition of OHHA’s 2005 purse account manager’s licence.  This amount represents compensation for costs arising from an inquiry and investigation conducted by the Commission in 2004.

OHHA’s position is that the Ruling should be set aside because:

(i)         OHHA did not ultimately accept and exercise a purse account manager’s licence in 2005, and there was no licence term in effect requiring payment of $100,000;

(ii)        the amount is not properly owing as compensation for costs of an inquiry or investigation; and

(iii)       at no time, prior to 2011, did the Commission take the position that OHHA was in default of any payment obligation.  

The hearing will be held on Monday, December 19, 2011, starting at 8:00 am, at the offices of the Ontario Racing Commission.

For further information contact:

Brian Tropea, General Manager
905-854-6442 or 1-866-774-6442 ext. 222


(a) I agree to abide by OHHA's constitution and by-laws and appoint and grant OHHA the right to act as my sole and exclusive agent and representative for the purposes of negotiating and executing contracts with all racetracks in the Province of Ontario and executing agreements relating to racing with any other group, body or association and I assign and transfer to OHHA, during the time I am a member, all my intellectual property rights, throughout the world, including copyrights, personality rights, and any causes of action related thereto, that I may own, arising from or related to my racing activity.

(b) I agree and consent to the terms of the Privacy Agreement of the Ontario Harness Horse Association, a copy of which is published on the Ontario Harness Horse Association's website and available to me in print on request.