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 ANNUAL REPORT
OF THE
BRITISH COLUMBIA
RACING COMMISSION
FOR
1980
BRITISH   I >IW?€ I  COLUMBIA
MON. L. ALLAN WILLIAMS, Q.C. R  BRUCE HARVEY
ATTORNEY GENERAL CHAIRMAN OF THE
OFTHE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
BRITISH COLUMBIA RACING COMMISSION
MINISTRY OF ATTORNEY GENERAL
  lie Honourable L. Allan Williams, Q.C.
Attorney General of the Province of British Columbia
Sir:
I The undersigned has the honour to present the Annual Report of the British
Columbia Racing Commission for 1980(
t
R. BRUCE HARVEY
•  Chairman
British Columbia Racing Commission
Burnaby, B.C., March 1981.
  The Racing Commission, during 1980 consisted of:
The Commissioners
Chairman—R. Bruce Harvey
Commissioner—Reverend Desmond Kimmitt
Commissioner—J. R. C. (Jack) Short
Commissioner-Secretary—Robert E. Collis
Commission Staff
Thoroughbred Racing Steward—W. D. F. Dunn
Thoroughbred Racing Steward—Joseph L. Horton
Standardbred Racing Judge—Brian M. V. Middleton
Standardbred Racing Judge—John F. Monkman
Standardbred Racing Judge—Edward J. Stewart
Veterinarians—Dr. Alan D. Purvis, D.V.M.
Dr. Gordon Davis, D.V.M.
Dr. David Gaunt, D.V.M.
Office Supervisor—Glenna Perkins
Chief Investigator—Wilfred E. Denty
Investigators—Kenneth A. F. Yarker
Gordon K. Simonson
William R. Goodwin
Joseph Shepherd
Licencing Supervisor—Mary-Lou Garrison
Clerk-Typists—Marjorie Hakkinen
Daphne Kreese
  Annual Report of the
British Columbia Racing Commission
To the Honourable L. Allan Williams, Q.C.
Attorney General, Victoria, B.C.
I Sir: 1980 will long stand as a year of unique importance in the history of horse
racing in British Columbia.
j In March, 1979, your Government had established the Horse Racing Study
Committee, in whose work our Chairman, Mr. R. Bruce Harvey, and our Commissioner-Secretary, Mr. Robert E. Collis, as the Committee's secretary, were closely
involved.
As a direct result of that Committee's confidential report to yourself and your
Government, you, on June 16, 1980 announced that it was the intention of the
Provincial Government to return a full two percent of the total mutuel handle to the
province's breeders and owners of race horses.
[ This far-sighted and imaginative action riad been preceded in 1979 by the
reduction of one percentage point in the revenues received by the Provincial
Government under the terms of the Pari Mutuel Betting Tax Act.
\ The creation of the Horse Racing Improvement Fund, following upon your
June announcement and the subsequent enactment of the enabling legislation,
ensures a steady evolution towards an ever greater excellence in the quality of horse
racing provided to the people of British Columbia.
[ Your Racing Commission has welcomed the responsibility of determining the
administration of the Improvement Fund.
After numerous meetings with all segments of the racing confraternity within
the Province, and with the particular assistance of the specifically created Thoroughbred Advisory Committee and Standardbred Advisory Committee, we had, by
year's end established a most detailed and comprehensive format for the disbursement of the Fund.
We are pleased to advise you that this resulting formula is receiving high praise
from the organizations and individuals involved in breeding and racing in British
Columbia.
I The establishment of the Horse Racing Improvement Fund is, almost certainly
the single most important event in the whole story of horse racing within our
Province.
Your Commission is conscious of your own participation in the achievement of
this happy event. We are of the respectful opinion that you should be aware of the
profound appreciation of the whole racing community for this action of the Provincial Government, and for the high esteem in which you are personally held, because
of your close interest and concern for the best interests of racing in British
Columbia.
 Throughout the year, your Racing Commission continued its supervision^'
horse racing within the Province. Thoroughbred, standardbred, and quarter-horslt
racing was presented before 1,456,412 patrons who wagered $171,992,147.
The purse money paid to the horsemen was $8,586,844. Under the provisid^B
of the Pari Mutuel Betting Tax Act, the Provincial Government received net
revenues of $6,457,823.
During 1980 the Commission held 47 formal meetings to allocate dates IiS
racing, make rule amendments, hear appeals from Stewards' and Judges' rulings,
and consider numerous other racing matters, including of course the proposed
distribution of the new Horse Racing Improvement Fund.
The Members are appreciative of the Government's action which allows tS
Commission full responsibility in allocating racing dates.
Your Commission was privileged to host the meetings of the Governing Bodies
of Canadian Racing, which took place in Vancouver in January, 1980
The Commissioners from British Columbia continue to take an active aiS
influential role in these meetings, especially in response to what we perceive as an
increasing tendency to over-involvement in matters of provincial jurisdiction by the
Race Track Division of Agriculture Canada.
Of particular concern to us is that Division's continued promotion of forms of
legalized off-track betting.
Your Commission is not implacably opposed to such wagering, and indeed
recognized the possibility for increasing revenues and stimulating a wider interestl
in the sport through a greater opportunity for all within the Province to place a bet on-
horse races.
However, of fundamental concern to us is the development of the largest
opportunity for presenting horse racing itself, and we are very sensitive to the
experience within other jurisdictions which have permitted off-track betting, that
such wagering tends to reduce the amount of actual racing.
We are, therefore, of the firm view that any introduction of off-track wagering
in British Columbia must be preceded by the most rigorous provincial study of uW
total issue.
The Members of your Commission continue actively to participate in tlffi
meetings of the National Association of State Racing Commissioners, and now
retain senior positions on several committees.
This inter-communication with the experience of Commissions throughout
North America, and indeed internationally, continues to be invaluable, especialjS
in, view of the expanding nature of the sport within our own Province; and the
increasingly important responsibilities which you have granted to us as the meitS
bers of your British Columbia Racing Commission.
THOROUGHBRED RACING
1. Exhibition Park, Vancouver, B.C.
(April 14 through October 18, 1980)
The British Columbia Jockey Club presented 113 days of thoroughbred racing
at Exhibition Park, and their fans wagered in excess of $118,000,000 whigl
provided purse money to the horse owners of $7,384,103 including the ProvinciM
Government incentive programs.
 r
British Couumbia Jockey Club
Comparative Statistics for Exhibition Park, 1976-80
Number
of Days
Amount
Wagered
Daily
Average
Daily
Percentage
Change
Average
Daily
Attendance'
Daily
Percentage
Change
976
977.
978.
979.
104
108
no
108
113
79,620.397
89,347,766
96,301,132
106.781,374
118,145,642
$
765,580
827,294
875.465
988,716
1.045.537
+ 1.7
+ 8.0
+ 5.8
+ 12.9
+ 5.7
9,240
9,268
9,122
9.135
8,665
+ 3.9
+ .3
-1.6
Rulings of the Stewards
■ There were 116 rulings issued by the Stewards at Exhibition Park. These
ulings consisted of 55 for personal misconduct; 25 for careless or faulty riding; 29
'or irregular licensing procedures (21 of these being falsification of licence applica-
ions); 4 for reinstating licencees; and 3 drug related offences.
In the case of the drug related offences, two of the rulings were related to one
mother for the drug Methocarbamol (Robaxin), disclosed in a post race urine test in
vhich the trainer was found responsible and fined $300 for failing to properly
irotect the horse against the administration of any drug which may affect the racing
:ondition or performance; the Veterinarian was found responsible for failing to
idvise the trainer that the drug was on the Prohibited Drug List. The third ruling was
br the drug Guaiacol Glyceryl Ether (an expectorant on the Prohibited Drug List),
lifclosed in a post race urine test in which the trainer was found responsible and
ined $300 for failing to protect his horse. This third ruling was appealed for the
Srity of the fine, but the Commission dismissed the appeal and confirmed the
jenalty imposed by the Stewards. In both cases the horse was disqualified from the
:aee and the purse money redistributed.
t The Stewards utilized the race video on 97 occasions to conclusively confirm
Dr refute suspected and reported rider infractions. These viewings resulted in the
Stewards altering the order of finish in 23 races.
2. Sandown Park, Sidney, B.C.
Capital City Turf Club
(October22 through November 15, 1980)
Comparative Statistics for Sandown Park, 1976-80
Number
of Days
Amount
Wagered
Daily
Average
Daily
Percentage
Change
Average
Daily
Attendance
Daily
Percentage
Change
1976.
1977.
1978
1979.
16
19
16
16
15
$
3,436,401
3,711.847
2,597,353
2,276,006
2,407,031
S
214,775
195,360
162.335
142.250
160.469
+ 22.1
- 9.0
-16.9
-12.4
+ 12.8
3,303
2,801
2.209
2,056
2,144
+ 17.7
-15.1
-21.1
- 6.9
+ 4.3
 3. Desert Park, Osoyoos, B.C.
(June 13, 14 and August 15, 16, 1980)
Comparative Statistics for Osoyoos, 1976-80
Year
Number
of Days
Amount
Wagered
Daily
Average
Daily
Percentage
Change
Average
Daily
Attendance
Daily
Percentage    ,
Change
1976	
4
8
6
6
4
S
74,255
121,616
108,477
94,311
95,266
$
18.563
15,202
18,080
15,719
23,817
+ 20.6
-18.1
+ 18.9
-13.1
+ 51.5
874
595
469
420
563
+ 30.0
-31.9
-21.2
-10.4
+ 34.0
1977 :.	
1978	
1979	
1980	
4. Sagebrush Downs, Kamloops, B.C.
(August20, 22, 23, 29, 30 and September 1, 5, 6, 8, 1980)
Comparative Statistics for Kamloops, 1976-80
Year
Number
of Days
Amount
Wagered
Daily
Average
Daily
Percentage
Change
Average
Daily
Attendance
Daily
Percentage
Change
1976	
1977	
1978	
1979	
1980
7
7
7
16
9
S
245,275
239,830
254,759
375,587
291,504
$
35,039
34,261
36,394
23,474
32.389
- 4.6
- 2.2
+ 6.2
-35.5
+38.0
1,280
2,261
791
696
775
+ 12OT
+76.6
-65.0
-12.0
+ 11.4
5. Fair Grounds, Williams Lake, B.C.
(July 1, 1980)
Comparative Statistics for Williams Lake, B.C., 1976-80
Year
1 Number ■
of Days
Amount
Wagered
Daily
Average
Daily
Percentage
Change
Average
.   Daily
Attendance
Daily
Percentage
Change
1976	
1977	
1978  ...
1979	
1980	
3
2
2
2
1
S
39,161
55.212
44,247
49,799
23,589
S
13,053
27,606
22,124
24.900
23,589
- 34.1
+ 111.8
- 19.9
+  12.5
- 5.3
428
3,450
1.850
1,905
2,136
- 78.6
+ 706.0
- 46.4
+   3.0
+  12.1
6. SunfijOwer Downs, Princeton, B.C.
(July 11 and 12, 1980)
Comparative Statistics for Princeton, 1976—80
Year
Number
of Days
Amount
Wagered
Daily
Average
Daily
Percentage
Change
Average
Daily
Attendance
Daily
Percentage
Change
1976 .'	
2
2
2
2
2
S
47,008
53,406
55,315
59.182
61.885
S
23,504
26,703
27,658
29,591
30,943
+ 57.0
+ 13.6
+ 3.6
+ 7.0
+ 4.6
1,052
1,087
2,300
1,150
1,703
+ 31.5
+   3.3
+ 111.6    i
- 50.0
+ 48.0
1977	
1978	
1979	
1980	
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 7. Kinsmen Park, Vernon, B.C.
(July 18, 19, 21, 25, 26, 28, 1980)
Comparative Statistics for Vernon, 1976-80
Number
of Days
Amount
Wagered
Daily
Average
Daily
Percentage
Change
Average
Daily
Attendance
Daily
Percentage
Change
976
977
978.
979
$
56.035
97.764
108,747
185,806
227,115
$
28,017
32,588
36,249
30,968
37,853
+ 28.3
+ 16.3
+ 11.2
-14.6
+22.2
1.823
2.816
2.067
1.287
1.302
+35.0
+54.4
-26.6
-37.7
+   1.2
STANDARDBRED RACING
I Standardbred horse racing continues to increase in popularity and interest.
Drangeville Raceway Ltd., the operators of the two standardbred tracks in the
Btpvince, at Cloverdale and Sidney, have undertaken the redevelopment of the
Sandown Park grandstand-clubhouse facility. This improvement is expected to
sncourage the further growth of standardbred racing on the Island, and will result in
/ear round racing for that sector of the industry.
I There were a total of 426 rulings issued by the Judges during the entire
standardbred schedule for various violations of the Rules and Regulations of
Standardbred Horse Racing. Careless and irregular driving practices accounted for
308 of the rulings; personal misconduct required 35 rulings; 74 rulings were for
auministration of the course; irregular licencing procedures required two rulings;
and seven rulings were related to drug offences.
I In the case of the drug related offences, one ruling was for the drug Guaiacol
Glyceryl Ether (an expectorant) in which the trainer was fined $600 as a second
offence; three were for the drug Flunixin (an analgesic) in which all three trainers
were fined $250 as well as 15 days suspension each. One of the trainers appealed the
ruling to the Racing Commission and after careful consideration, the Commission
ordered the fine be increased to $500, but eliminated the remainder of the 15 day
suspension; one ruling was for the drug Ethyl Aminobenzoate, administered
externally as a "leg freeze," in which the trainer was fined $500; and two were for
the drug Hydroxyphenylbutazone (Bute), in which one of the trainers received a
$250 fine and 15 days suspension, and the second trainer received a $250 fine due to
the fact that it was only a qualifying race.
In all cases, with the exception of the ruling on the drug Bute, which was a
qualifying race, the horses were disqualified.
| During the course of the 1979/80 racing season at Cloverdale Raceway, a maj or
investigation was conducted into a race which was considered to be driven in a
questionable manner by a number of the participants. Numerous drivers, trainers,
grooms, and other licencees were interviewed, the result of which was the suspension of one trainer/driver for a period of seven years; two trainer/drivers for a period
of five years; one driver for a period of two years; one owner for a period of two
years; and two trainer/drivers not involved in the race were suspended for 30 days
and fined $1,500 each.
I All penalties were appealed with the exception of two of the drivers involved in
the race in question. The Commission heard the evidence and testimony of the
principals and concluded that one of the drivers originally determined by the Judges
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 to be a party to "the race fix" conspiracy was only guilty of misleading the Judges
during the investigation, and his suspension was reduced to one year. The remain-'
ing appeals were dismissed and their penalties were confirmed. The Commissjcm
will not consider licencing the two principal conspirators for seven and five years
respectively.
8. Orangeville Raceway Ltd.
Cloverdale Raceway, Surrey, B.C.
(January 1 to April 12 and October 20 to December 31, 1980)
Comparative Statistics for Cloverdale, 1976-80
Number
of Days
Amount
Wagered
Daily
Average
Daily
Percentage
Change
Average
Daily
Attendance
Daily
Percentage
Change
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
111
107
120
120
120
16,483.073
21.718.493
29,569,889
35,887,853
42,128,560
S
148,496
202,979
246,416
299,065
351,071
+ 36.7
+ 21.4
+ 21.4
+ 17.4
1,828
2,124
2,313
2,508
2,653
+ 16JI
+ 8.9
9. Orangeville Raceway Ltd.
Sandown Park, Sidney, B.C.
(May 17 through September 6, 1980)
Comparative Statistics for Sandown Park 1978-80
Year
Number
of Days
Amount
Wagered
Daily
Average
Daily
Percentage
Change
Average
Daily
Attendance
Daily
Percentage
Change
1978	
57
65
65
S
4,599,112
6.389.101
7.851.981
S
80.686
98,294
120,800
+21.8
+ 22.9
1,308
1.340
1,478
1979          ....„„	
+ 2.4
1980	
+ 10.3
10. Lower Fraser Valley Ejchibition Association
Cloverdale Raceway, Surrey, B.C.
(September 9, 11, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 1980)
Comparative Statistics for L.F.V.E.A., 1976-80
Year
Number
of Days
Amount
Wagered
Daily
Average
Daily
Percentage
Change
Average
Daily
Attendance
Daily J?
Percentage
Change
1976	
2
3
3
7
$
21,021
91,759
152,348
759,574
S
10,510
30,586
50,783
108,510
+ 191.0
+ 66.0
+114.0
515
1.064
1,072
1,157
1977	
+ 10.6
1978 ,.-.	
+    .8
1979 _'„„_!.
—
1980 -....:.	
+ 7.9
n.b. Due to construction of the new grandstand at Cloverdale Raceway in 1979, the
Lower Fraser Valley Exhibition Association was unable to conduct their rg
meeting.
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 REVENUE FROM HORSE RACING, 1980
I All personnel employed within the confines of the major race tracks in
'ancouver, Surrey, and Sidney, and the owners, trainers, and jockeys at the interior
ace-meetings are required to be licensed by this Commission.
I Assistance is also offered the Consumer Taxation Branch in that the Commis-
ion collects the social services tax on the sale of horses at the supervised race-
Stings.
To obtain a more clear picture of the revenues received by the Provincial
Basury from the racing industry, the following breakdown also includes the total
Si mutuel betting tax:
Licence Fees and Fines
(January to December 1980)
$
)ccupational (129 @ $1) -S ....
iRiers (1,625 @ $5)	
Iffiners (250 @ $5)	
Iffisationary trainers (54 @ $5)	
I*meys (46 @ $15)	
Apprentice jockeys (20 @ $5)	
[<j|key agents (18 @ $5)	
ockey valets (12 @ $1)	
/eterinarians (9 @ $15)	
Ijgpksmiths (27 @ $5)	
Tradesmen (9 @ $15)	
Stable names (236 @ $10)	
hartnerships (478 @ $1 per horse)	
Authorized agents (543 @ $2)	
IMours ($1 for annual; $5 for life)	
Company registration (12 @ $25)	
ISeassue of lost licences	
'spence fees from interior race meets	
^»nce fees from Sandown Park	
Jcence fees from Cloverdale  	
jcence fees from Sandown Park (harness)	
TOTAL.
'ines..
TOTAL..
ajjsr cent social services tax collected by Commission on
bills of sale at Exhibition Park, Sandown Park (thor-
■ oughbred) and interior circuit 	
Iper cent social services tax on horses claimed at Exhibi-
■ tion Park and Sandown Park (thoroughbred)	
^r cent social services tax on horses claimed at Clover-
B dale Raceway and Sandown Park (harness)       35,071.00
Pari mutuel betting tax 6,457,823.00
129.00
8,125.00
1,250.00
270.00
690.00
100.00
90.00
12.00
135.00
135.00
135.00
2,360.00
478.00
1,086.00
848.00
300.00
141.00
294.00
194.00
1,083.00
1,026.00
18,881.00
25,170.00
44,051.00
8,024.00
98,318.00
TOTAL 6,643,287.00
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 All of which is respectfully submitted.
BRITISH COLUMBIA RACING COMMISSION
R. Bruce Harvey, Chairman
Desmond Kimmitt, Commissioner
Jack Short, Commissioner
Robert E. Collis, Commissioner-Secretary
Queen's Printer for British Columbia 3
Victoria. 1981
6033-781-3500
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