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ANNUAL REPORT OF THE BRITISH COLUMBIA RACING COMMISSION FOR 1978 British Columbia. Legislative Assembly 1979

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 ANNUAL REPORT
OF THE
BRITISH COLUMBIA
RACING COMMISSION
FOR
1978
BRITISH
COLUMBIA
HON. GARDE B. GARDOM, Q.C.
ATTORNEY-GENERAL
OF THE PROVINCE OF
BRITISH COLUMIA
R. BRUCE HARVEY
CHAIRMAN OF THE
BRITISH COLUMBIA
RACING COMMISSION
MINISTRY OF THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL
  To the Honourable H. P. Bell-Irving, D.S.O., O.B.E., E.D.
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
May rr please Your Honour:
The undersigned has the honour to present the Annual Report of the British
Columbia Racing Commission for 1978.
GARDE B. GARDOM
Attorney-General
Victoria, B.C., March 1979.
  PERSONNEL OF COMMISSION
The Commission, during 1978 consisted of:
Chairman—R. Bruce Harvey.
Commissioner—Rev. Desfiiond Kimmitt.
Commissioner—J. R. C. (Jack) Short.
Commissioner-Secretary—Robert E. Collis.
Commission Staff
Thoroughbred Racing Steward—W. D. F. (Don) Dunn.
Thoroughbred Racing Steward—Joseph L. Horton.
Standardbred Racing Judge—Brian M. V. Middleton.
Veterinarians—Dr. Alan D. Purvis, D.V.M.
Dr. Gordon Davis, D.V.M.
Office Supervisor—Mrs. Glenna Perkins.
Chief Investigator—Joseph Shepherd.
Investigators—Kenneth A. F. Yarker.
Wilfred E. Denty.
Robert J. Anderson.
Licensing Supervisor—Mrs. Mary-Lou Annal.
Clerk-Typists—Miss Marjorie Lasnier.
Miss Tracey Blain.
Miss Daphne Kreese.
  Annual Report of the
British Columbia Racing Commission
The Honourable Garde B. Gardom, Q.C.,
Attorney-General, Victoria, B.C.
Sir: Your Racing Commission continued its supervision of horse-racing
within British Columbia. Thoroughbred, standardbred, and quarter-horse racing
was presented before 1,416,929 patrons who wagered $133,791,379.
The purse money paid to all horsemen totalled $6,687,276.90 and the Provincial Government received net revenue of $8,782,035 under the terms of the Pari
Mutuel Betting Tax Act.
There were two very significant events in 1978.
The first was the passage through the legislature, and proclamation, of "The
Breeders' Incentive Fund," which provides the one-half of 1 per cent of the mutuel
handle should be paid to the breeders of race horses in our Province.
The Racing Commission has been given the continuing responsibility of
administering these moneys. Our concern has been equally to ensure that the
assistance goes to ali members of the financially hard-pressed breeding industry;
while at the same time employing these funds for the encouragement of breeding of
horses of an increasing excellence.
Your Commission, after very considerable discussion, much of it in conjunction
with the breeders of both thoroughbreds and standardbreds within our Province,
has been able to arrive at an appropriate formula for the disbursement of this one-
half of 1 per cent of the mutuel total.
The Racing Commission is most happy that your Government has found
itself able to make this response to the Commission's recommendation for support
of the breeders of race horses in British Columbia.
As a footnote to this, you will recall that in our 1977 report we reiterated our
recommendation that the setting aside of moneys to assist the breeding industry
might be coupled with an over-all decrease in the percentage the Government
receives under the Pari Mutuel Betting Tax Act.
Our conviction remains that the subsequent increase in the amount which
might be wagered on horse-racing by the public should ensure that the Government's gross receipts would not suffer, while new funds would be generated for
every segment of the racing industry, which finds itself in difficulty in facing the
excessive costs of our inflationary times.
As well, of course, the decrease in pari mutuel "take-out" benefits each member of the racing public.
Your Commission continues in urging this reduction.
We further note that the one-half of 1 per cent of the mutuel now being
received by the breeders of British Columbia race horses is in addition to the full
1 per cent which is directed to the owners of British Columbia bred horses. These
are very significant sums of money. Your Commission, which seeks to serve the
people of the Province who patronize the sport of racing, believes that a continuing
7
 study should be taking place to ensure that this injection of funds results in an
increasing excellence in the calibre of horse-racing presented within British Columbia.
The second major event in our racing-year was the coming of harness racing
to Vancouver Island, with the establishing of a summer standardbred meeting at
Sandown Park.
It is premature at this time to attempt to assess the financial viability of this
endeavour. The fall thoroughbred meeting at Sandown, under the auspices of the
Capital City Turf Club, demonstrated a continuing decline in patronage and revenue, while, at the same time, presenting an excellent program of racing. It is hoped
that with some form of assistance, when necessary, both forms of racing will flourish
and will provide more horse-racing on Vancouver Island.
Your Commission is convinced that it is in the best interest not only of the
racing industry and the racing patron, but also in the over-all best economic interest
of the Island and of the total Province, for both thoroughbred and standardbred
racing to continue to take place on Vancouver Island. The Racing Commission is
anxious to play its part in ensuring this continuation.
In making reference to certain of the economic difficulties being encountered
by the racing industry, your Commission is aware that these problems are not confined to our own jurisdiction. This awareness has been heightened for us by the
attendance of our members at the 1978 meeting of the Canadian Racing Governing
Bodies, where the B.C. Racing Commission was fully represented, and at the annual
meeting of the National Association of State Racing Commissioners, attended by
our Chairman, and by Commissioner Kimmitt.
These meetings provide your Commission with an excellent opportunity for
sharing mutual concerns with our counterparts throughout North America.
A major point of discussion at these meetings, and one with a potential impact
in the whole area of racing revenues, is that of legalized off-track betting, which is
already established in some jurisdictions in the United States, and which is presently
under active consideration by the Government of Canada, which has in 1978 been
discussing a specific scheme for off-track betting with segments of the racing confraternity in our own country.
It is a matter of some concern that the Federal Department of Agriculture has
chosen not to involve the provincial racing commissions, or other governing bodies,
or any departments of government within the provinces in this discussion of off-
track betting.
This means that, if and when the Federal Government unveils a plan for off-
track betting, your Government will only then have the opportunity to begin to
decide whether the concept will benefit, or detract from the sport within British
Columbia.
Meanwhile, your Commission will continue to monitor the impact of off-track
betting in other jurisdictions.
During 1978 the Commission held 24 formal meetings to decide racing dates,
rule amendments, appeals from Stewards' rulings, and to consider numerous other
racing matters.
THOROUGHBRED RACING
1. Exhibition Park, Vancouver, B.C.
(April 10 through October 14,1978)
The British Columbia Jockey Club presented 110 days of thoroughbred racing
at Exhibition Park, and this year, for the first time, their attendance exceeded the
 one million mark. The total purse money distribution at Exhibition Park, including
the Provincial Government subsidy, totalled $5,251,119.
British Columbia Jockey Club
Comparative Statistics for Exhibition Park, 1974—78
Year
Number
of Days
Amount
Wagered
Daily
Average
Daily
Percentage
Change
Average
Daily
Attendance
Daily
Percentage
Change
1974          .    ..       	
1975
100
101
104
108
110
$
66,419396
75,958,605
79,620397
89,347,766
96,301,132
$
664,193
752,065
765,580
827,294
875,465
+253
+13.2
+  1-7
+ 8.0
+ 5.8
9,134
8,888
9.240
9,268
9,122
+8-9
—2.7
107»!
+3.9
1077
+ -3
1«7R
—1.6
Rulings of the Stewards
There were 87 rulings issued by the Stewards at Exhibition Park. These
rulings consisted of 46 for personal misconduct, 30 for careless or faulty riding,
three for irregular licensing procedures, four for reinstatement, and four for drug-
related offences. Three of the drug offences were for the illegal use of the analgesic
drug phenylbutazone, and one for procaine. The Stewards were satisfied that the
drug violations were not pre-conceived, but more of a careless or inattentive attitude
by the trainers involved, and therefore minor suspensions or monetary fines were
ordered as penalty. In each case the horse was disqualified and the purse money
redistributed to non-offending horses.
The Stewards utilized the race video on 74 occasions to conclusively confirm
or refute suspected or reported rider infractions. These viewings resulted in the
Stewards altering the order of finish in 26 races.
2. Sandown Park, Sidney, B.C.
Capital City Turf Club
(October 18 through November 13,1978)
Comparative Statistics for Sandown Park, 1975—78
Year
Number
of Days
Amount
Wagered
Daily
Average
Daily
Percentage
Change
Average
Daily
Attendance
Daily
Percentage
Change
t07*
16
16
19
16
*
2,813,849
3,436,401
3,711,847
2-597353
*
175,865
214,775
195,360
162335
+22.1
— 9.0
—16.9
2,805
3,303
2,801
2,209
ton.
+17.7
1977
107H
—15.1
—21.1
3. Desert Park, Osoyoos, B.C.
(June 16,17, and August 18,19, 25, and 26,1978)
Comparative Statistics for Osoyoos, 1974—78
Year
Number
of Days
Amount
Wagered
Daily
Average
Daily
Percentage
Change
Average
Daily
Attendance
Daily
Percentage
Change
1074
4
4
4
8
6
*
44,605
61,524
74,255
121,616
108,477
*
11,126
15381
18,563
15,202.
18,080
+32.7
+38.2
+20.6
—18.1
+18.9
712
672
874
595
469
—23.5
107-!
— 5.5
1*71.
+30.0
—31.9
1977 -
V*
 4. Sagebrush Downs, Kamloops
(June 23, 24, and 26, August 30 and September 1, 2, and 4,1978)
Comparative Statistics for Kamloops, 1974—78
Year
Number
of Days
Amount
Wagered
Daily
Average
Daily
Percentage
Change
Average
Daily
Attendance
Daily
Percentage
Change
1Q74
5
5
7
7
7
$
173,137
183,809
245,275
239,830
254,759
$
34,627
36,761
35,039
34,261
36,394
—4.8
+6.1
—4.6
—2.2
+6.2
1,283
1,126
1,280
2,261
791
—69.6
1975	
1076
—122
+12.0
1077
+76.6
1Q7«
—65.0
5. Fair Grounds, Williams Lake
(July land 3,1978)
Comparative Statistics for Williams Lake, 1974—78
Year   -
Number
of Days
Amount
Wagered
Daily
Average
Daily
Percentage
Change
Average
Daily
Attendance
Daily
Percentage
Change
1074
4
3
3
2
2
$
47,126
59,452
39,161
55,212
44,247
$
11,781
19,817
13,053
27,606
22,124
+    13
+ 68.2
— 34.1
+111.8
— 19.9
3,661
2,000
428
3,450
1,850
— 19.2
1«75
— 453
107«
— 78.6
1077
+706.0
1978               ...
— 46.4
6. Sunflower Downs, Princeton
(July 7 and 8,1978)
Comparative Statistics for Princeton, 1974—78
Year
Number
of Days
Amount
Wagered
Daily
Average
Daily
Percentage
Change
Average
Daily
Attendance
Daily
Percentage
Change
2
2
2
2
2
$
36,094
29,926
47,008
53,406
55315
$
18,047
14,963
23,504
26,703
27,658
+14.9
—17.0
+57.0
+13.6
+ 3.6
1,250
800
1,052
1,087
2300
+ 18.0
Itrtl
107«
+ 31.5
+    33
+111.6
1*"
]07K
7. Kinsmen Park, Vernon
(July 14,15, and 17, 1978)
Comparative Statistics for Vernon, 1974—78
Year
Number
of Days
Amount
Wagered
Daily
Average
Daily
Percentage
Change
Average
Daily
Attendance
Daily
Percentage
Change
1974	
1975     	
2
2
2
3
3
$
53,568
43,505
56,035
97,764
108,747
$
26,784
21,752
28,017
32,588
36,249
+26.7
—18.7
+28.8
+16.3
+11.2
1,850
1,350
1,823
2,816
2,067
—17.7
1976               	
1077
+35.0
+54.4
1978                                  	
—26.6
10
 QUARTER-HORSE RACING
During 1978, quarter-horse racing was conducted in conjunction with the
thoroughbred horse-racing at both Osoyoos and Kamloops. It is expected that
Kamloops Exhibition Association will be expanding their race-meet in 1979 and
will therefore enhance the opportunity for quarter horses to race within the
Province.
STANDARDBRED RACING
Standardbred racing increased the impact of horse-racing in the Province this
year with its expansion to Vancouver Island for a 57-day summer meet at the
Sandown Park racetrack in Sidney.
It is the intention of Orangeville Raceways Ltd. to continue the Vancouver
Island operation to complement the Cloverdale racing schedule, thus ensuring the
harness horsemen year-around racing in the south coastal area. This expansion
within the major population area will eventually prove beneficial to the breeding
sector of the industry as the demand for more horses increases.
Standardbred racing in the Province totalled 180 days in 1978 and generated
a direct revenue to the Province of over $2,000,000, and direct employment as
revenue to over 1,300 people.
RULINGS OF THE JUDGES
There were a total of 239 rulings issued by the Judges during the entire
standardbred schedule for various violations of the Rules and Regulations of
Standardbred Horse-Racing, and the Canadian Trotting Association Regulations,
adopted by the Provincial regulations. Careless and irregular driving practices
accounted for 219 of the rulings, personal conduct required 14 rulings, and six
rulings were related to drug offences. Five positive drug findings for the analgesic
drug phenylbutazone resulted in severe monetary penalties, and in one case a fine
and suspension were imposed. In all cases, the horse from which the positive
finding was determined, was disqualified and the purse money redistributed.
8. Orangeville Raceway Ltd.
Cloverdale Raceway, Surrey, B.C.
(January 2 to April 8 and October 16 to December 30,1978)
Comparative Statistics for Cloverdale, 1976—78
Year
Number
of Days
Amount     |      Daily
Wagered     1    Average
Daily
Percentage
Change
Average
Daily
Attendance
Daily
Percentage
Change
in
107
120
16.483,073
21,718,493
29,569,889
$
148,496
202,979
246,416
1.828
2,124
2,313
1977	
1978     _	
+36.7
+21.4
+16.1
+ 8.9
11
 9. Lower Fraser Valley Exhibition Association
Cloverdale Raceway, Surrey, B.C.
(September 12,14, and 16,1978)
Comparative Statistics for L.F.V.E.A., 1976—78
Year
Number
of Days
Amount
Wagered
Daily
Average
Daily
Percentage
Change
Average
Daily
Attendance
Daily
Percentage
Change
107IS
2
3
3
$
21,021
91,759
152348
$
10,510
30,586
50,783
515
1,064
1,072
1077
+191.0
+ 66.0
197«
+    -8
10. Orangeville Raceway, Ltd.
Sandown Park, Sidney, B.C.
(June 3 through September 9, 1978)
Statistics for Sandown Park, 1978
Year
Number
of Days
Amount
Wagered
Daily
Average
Daily
Percentage
Change
Average
Daily
Attendance
Daily
Percentage
Change
107R
57
$
4-599,112
$
80,686
1,308
REVENUE FROM HORSE-RACING, 1978
All personnel employed within the confines of the major racetracks in Vancouver, Surrey, and Sidney, and the owners, trainers, and jockeys at the Interior
race-meetings, are required to be licensed by this Commission.
Assistance is also offered the Consumer Taxation Branch in that the Commission collects the 5-per-cent social services tax on the sale of horses at the supervised race-meetings.
To obtain a more clear picture of the revenues received by the Provincial
Treasury from the racing industry, the following breakdown also includes the total
pari mutuel betting tax:
12
 Licence Fees and Fines
(January to December 1978)
Occupational (1,434 @ $1)
Owners (1,529 @ $5) 	
Trainers (254 @ $5)
Probationary trainers (49 @ $5)
Jockeys (55 @ $15)
Apprentice jockeys (18 @ $5)
Jockey agents (22 @ $5) 	
Jockey valets (10 @ $1) 	
Veterinarians (7 @ $15) 	
Blacksmiths (22 @ $5) 	
Tradesmen (8 @ $15) 	
Stable names (224 @ $10)
Partnerships (422 @ $1 per horse)
Authorized agents (488 @ $2) 	
Colours ($1 for annual; $5 for life)
Company registration (8 @ $25)	
Reissue of lost licences	
Licence fees from Interior race-meets
Licence fees from Sandown Park	
Licence fees from Cloverdale	
Licence fees from Sandown Park harness .
Total
Fines
7-percent social services tax collected by Commission on
bills of sale at Exhibition Park and Sandown (5 per
cent from April 11, 1978) 	
7-per-cent social services tax on horses claimed at Exhibition Park (5 per cent from April 11, 1978)	
7-per-cent social services tax on horses claimed at Cloverdale Raceway and Sandown harness	
Pari mutuel betting tax	
Total	
1,434.00
7,645.00
1,270.00
245.00
825.00
90.00
110.00
10.00
105.00
110.00
120.00
2,240.00
422.00
976.00
918.00
200.00
47.00
300.00
186.00
1,196.00
777.00
19,226.00
6,000.00
25,226.00
7,114.25
72,496.50
36,237.25
8,782,035.00
8,923,109.00
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
March 1979
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Victoria, 1979
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