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Live Racing Resumed June 15, 2021

Georgian Downs is excited to announce that live harness racing resumed on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The racing season will remain unchanged from last season with first race post time on Tuesdays and Saturdays set for 7:15 p.m. Sunday will also remain unchanged and will go postward at 6:00 p.m.

Training will be available Wednesday, June 9th, Thursday, June 10th and Friday, June 11th from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Once the live racing schedule begins training days will be Thursday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon beginning Thursday, June 17th and continue through to the end of August. Qualifiers will once again be scheduled for Saturdays at 5:30 p.m.

Important Notice: Although spectators will not be permitted to attend our live racing at Georgian Downs, fans are invited to take in all the excitement that Georgian Downs has to offer by watching Live Video. Free PDF Programs are also available. Georgian Downs will be available for wagering through HPIBET.COM and via all of its simulcast partners locations worldwide.

Ontario Racing Enhanced Racing Covid Protocols (as of June 2021)

Georgian Downs will be conducting live racing under strict COVID-19 racing protocols. These base protocols have been developed in collaboration with our horse people associations, public health officials, Ontario Racing and our various governing bodies. All personnel, including Owners, Trainers, Drivers and Grooms, attending Georgian Downs Racetrack are required to ask themselves the following questions prior to entering the property and confirm this action via EITHER ONE of these two forms:

1. Online questionnaire:
2. QR code within this PDF document: GD Racing Protocols

Note: At no time will spectators be allowed on the premises (until further notice).

1. Are you sick, ill and/or have any symptoms related to COVID-19? Note: The Government of Ontario has identified the following as COVID-19 related symptoms: fever or chills, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, coughing, sore throat, trouble swallowing, runny/stuffy nose or nasal congestion, decrease or loss of smell or taste, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, not feeling well, extreme tiredness, and /sore muscles.
2. Have you had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
3. Have you or anyone you live with travelled outside of Canada within the past 14 days?
4. Have you been instructed by local health authorities to self-isolate due to travel or contact history br
5. Is anyone you live with currently experiencing any new COVID-19 symptoms and /or waiting for test results after experiencing symptoms?

Any person who answers “yes” to any of the five (5) questions above, or who is displaying visible signs of illness consistent with COVID-19 exposure, will be denied access to the track.

Access to the Paddock:
• Only essential personnel for the conduct of training, qualifiers or live racing will be granted access into the backstretch perimeter as determined by posted security personnel.
• There will be the only one point of entry for all racetrack Staff, Regulatory Officials and Racing Participants.
• Only Trainers with an entry will be permitted, unless entering a claim that night. Each entry shall have a maximum of one handler.
• No one under the age of 16 shall be permitted in the paddock.

Post times to be communicated from Race Office. Races will be spaced at a minimum of 25-minute intervals. All horses must report to the Paddock as prescribed by the rules of racing as published by the AGCO. Access will only be granted after a mandatory pre-screening that will include:
• Presentation of applicable AGCO credentials.
• Evidence of a temperature below 100.5 degrees determined by a No Touch Forehead Thermometer.
• Evidence of possession of a personal protective face mask.
• Evidence of possession of a functioning mobile phone device.
• Satisfactory completion of a Covid questionnaire/active screening.
• Providing participants name, e-mail/phone contact.

While in the Paddock:
Racing participants are instructed to get in and get out quickly and efficiently. Horses shall be placed in the paddock to ensure physical distancing is being practiced and all available paddock space will be utilized as well as adjacent stall areas. Masks are mandatory at all times, medical masks recommended for Racing Participants. It is strongly recommended Racing Participants also wear gloves when coming into contact with frequently touched areas such as water taps, cross ties and door latches.

• Given the warmer weather, racetracks should keep entrance doors and windows open for ventilation purposes.
• Handlers of all horses must ensure they are keeping the appropriate distance from other handlers of horses in their respective areas.
• All horses and associated handlers must leave the paddock half an hour following their race, unless the handler is tending to horses in a later race. Horses who have been post-race tested may leave the paddock 45 minutes following their race.
• The drivers locker room, lounge and showers shall remain closed. Drivers are to wear face masks, gloves and social distance at all times, except when racing. Upon the completion of the driver’s last race of the day, he/she should leave the paddock immediately after notifying the Paddock Judge.
• All Communications should be carried out electronically where possible to limit in person contact. There shall be no loitering in or around the entrance to the paddock, all COVID-19 protocols on physical distancing shall be adhered to.
• The AGCO judge’s office in the backstretch will be closed. Contact with the AGCO Judges during a live event will only be through individual mobile phones.
• Shared communication devices are prohibited. In person communication with racing participants will be at the discretion of the designated AGCO judge.
• Paddock kitchens will not be available.
• The Paddock shall be disinfected after each racing, qualifying & training day. Sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the Paddock.

Lasix and CPMA Test Barn Procedures:
• There shall be no loitering in or at the entrance to the test area.
• For pre-race Lasix all handlers must either be outside in an open area practicing physical distancing or waiting in their vehicle until it is time for their horse to report to the Paddock to race.
• Following each race, 2 horses shall be tested. Blood shall be drawn on all test horses after 40 minutes if the horse is unable to provide a urine sample. Track security personnel shall be stationed outside of the test area to ensure all horses and their handlers are entering and exiting the test area in an appropriate fashion.
• Security will also supply anyone entering the test barn a new mask.
• Physical distancing to be practiced at all times. When entering the test barn with a horse, attend the opposite side of the horse away from the technician or follow other local protocols in place.
• Remain vigilant and respectful of the Racing Forensic Technicians at all times.
• Hands sanitized on the way in and way out of the test area.

Track Maintenance/Starting Gate Vehicles:
• All maintenance vehicle cabins are to be disinfected at the start and end of each use.
• No vehicle will accommodate more than one operator and no employee will crossover any assigned vehicle for that event.
• The starting gate vehicle shall be sanitized and cleaned daily.
• Where there is a passenger either in the back seat or passenger seat of the starting gate, a plexi-glass partition shall be installed to maintain proper segregation from the starting gate driver.
• All track vehicle operators will wear medical masks at all times.
• Access to the track maintenance area is strictly prohibited to anyone other than the track maintenance personnel.

Positive Covid Test:
In the event that the racetrack becomes aware that a person who has tested positive for COVID has attended the track, the track in consultation with Public Health will notify all employees and participants who may have been exposed to the affected individual. The track will ensure that the infected person does not re-enter the premises until the person is able to provide evidence of a negative test and clearance from a doctor to return to work. All individuals with potential contact with an infected individual will need to provide evidence of a negative test.

·Download a PDF version of these protocols: GD Racing Protocols

Horses at the start


 Date  Key  Headline
June 15, 2021 SC Pretty Handsome Pops At Georgian
August 30, 2020 SC Major Hill Jets In GD feature
August 30, 2020 SC Twin B Hugs Quickest In Prospect Series
August 25, 2020 SC Ole Jack Magic Jets To GD Win
August 23, 2020 SC Ideal Jet Swift At Georgian
August 18, 2020 SC The Fixer Fires At Georgian
August 16, 2020 SC PL Jill Powers In Earl Rowe
August 11, 2020 SC The Fixer First In Georgian Preferred
August 9, 2020 SC Ali Lunges In Georgian Preferred
August 9, 2020 SC Dominum Deo Takes Race Under Saddle
August 4, 2020 SC Esquire Strolls At Georgian
August 2, 2020 SC Dreamadreamforme Pops In Propsect
July 28, 2020 SC Ole Magic Motors At Georgian
July 26, 2020 SC Moreau Sweeps Georgian Preferreds
July 21, 2020 SC 'Steady', Tax Savings Win At Georgian
July 19, 2020 SC Bet On Becky Best In Gold
July 15, 2020 SC The Fixer Coasts At Georgian
July 12, 2020 SC Sports Flix Strolls At Georgian
July 12, 2020 SC Master Grand Quickest In Grassroots
July 7, 2020 SC Trident Seelster Scores Large Upset
July 5, 2020 SC Moreau Wins Number 6000
June 30, 2020 SC Reclamation Firm In Georgian Preferred
June 28, 2020 SC 'Theo' Ties Canadian Record In OSS
June 27, 2020 SC Hall Of Secrets Quickest In Prospect
June 23, 2020 SC Trident Seelster Scores Large Upset
June 21, 2020 SC Fly Beyond best In Preferred
June 16, 2020 SC Graceful and 'Mara' Take GD Features
June 14, 2020 SC Pretty Handsome Lands at GD
June 9, 2020 SC Pro Beach Pounces at GD
June 7, 2020 SC Moreau and Roy Sweep GD Preferreds
June 6, 2020 SC Hello Love Hustles In Georgian Preferred