There’s a delay being reported for implementing the groundbreaking plan by Woodbine and The Meadowlands to adopt new integrity rules that greatly increase the penalties against horse owners if their trainer is caught cheating.
According to a report in Harness Racing Update, the Standardbred Racing Integrity and Accountability Initiative (SRIAI) has been deferred, at least temporarily, to give the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario more time to study the rules.
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) chairman, Clay Horner, had hoped the rules would be in place for 2018. Horner told Harness Racing Update the delay doesn’t mean WEG, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, or Meadowlands owner Jeff Gural are giving up on the initiative.
“That would be the wrong message to take away (from the delay),” Horner said. “There are two messages (to take away): this is highly constructive and we’ll be back.”