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Latest Horse Racing News (Week 4 March 2018)

A boost for Thoroughbred Trainers

In a welcome move, Congress has passed the appropriations bill in the fiscal 2018 Omnibus. The passing of the bill means there will be a hike in availability of H-2B visas that will directly affect the foreign temporary workforce, which has died down over the course of years in thoroughbred. The bill still needs legislative action, but granted President Trump acknowledges the problem and passes the bill it would mean one-hundred and thirty thousand people could enter USA, and nearly a significant chunk would master their hands in the horse fraternity. Alex Waldrop, CEO and President of NTRA said that Congress should have gone with the bill in the summer of 2017, but didn’t recognize the crisis back then.

 

Ontario province to back the horseracing industry

Things haven’t been great for the Ontario horseracing industry off late, but the ministry of finance may have paid heed to their prayers, and will be investing $105 million annually for the next 15 years starting from 1st April 2019. This will not only rejuvenate the horseracing sector as a whole, but focus on the smaller racetracks that lack adequate funding. Charles Sousa, Ministry of Finance sees this as a landmark decision by the Government and will sustain and forge better relations with the industry.
Known as the Enhanced Horse Improvement Program, Ontario will introduce Racetrack Sustainability Innovation Fund that devotes to the diversification of racetracks and attract handsome revenues by investing $6 million for three years. Ontario has the highest number of active racetracks in the Northern American Jurisdiction with 15 to its name. The horseracing industry brings in employment to many people in Ontario and has attracted workforce from foreign nations as well. Ontario could well lead the way in North America by bringing in racing programmes, breeding of horses, and attract capital investments. Applauds have poured in from political personnel and people of Ontario after the implementation of the program. The new program would mean that the existing Horse Racing Partnership Funding Program will be scrapped off.

 

Winx writing her name in the history books

Winx is one of the most sought-after mares in today’s horseracing community, and has been on a terrific run since her debut by marking her 24th straight win. She grabbed the George Ryder Stakes cup for the third year on the trot at Rosehill, Sydney. She set a record of 17th group one flat win and trumps past John Henry of America. Hugh Bowman, Winx’s jockey lauded her abilities and admitted that he is grateful for riding such an excellent mare.

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