Announcements

Increased COVID-19 Safety Measures at Flamboro

November 2020 - Further to the Ontario provincial government’s announcement that certain businesses in the Hamilton Region will be moved to the “Red Zone”, Flamboro Downs will be implementing increased measures for our backstretch operations.

Flamboro Downs is committed to providing a safe environment for both its horsepeople and team members and introduced significant health and safety protocols as part of our resumption of live racing on September 3, 2020. Since Flamboro Downs has reopened, there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 by our horsepeople or team members.

Effective Saturday, November 28, 2020, Flamboro Downs will require anyone traveling outside of Ontario (including participants from other provinces) to provide proof of the date when they arrived in Ontario, isolate for 14 days from their arrival date and to provide a negative COVID-19 test administered after 10 days of isolation.

Flamboro Downs is also implementing additional protocols for the backstretch operations by utilizing Barn 3 as well as our paddock for live racing. Races 1 – 5 will be allowed entry to the paddock upon their arrival, Races 6 onward will be placed in Barn 3 until which time there is adequate room in the paddock. Races will be called over from Barn 3 as races 1 through 5 clear out of the paddock building.

Flamboro Downs would like to take this opportunity to thank all horsepeople and team members for their continued cooperation, understanding and support as we work through these unprecedented times.

Flamboro Downs will continue to support the efforts of the Ontario provincial government and Public Health Ontario in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

TSN Racing Night Live: Fridays 7:00-9:00PM

TSN Racing Night Live

Tune in to TSN every Friday Night from 7:00PM-9:00PM to watch Woodbine Live Thoroughbred and Harness Races. Weekly editions of Racing Night Live are produced through a partnership between Woodbine Entertainment, TSN, and Dome Productions. The show is hosted by TSN’s Laura Diakun and Woodbine Entertainment’s Jason Portuondo, with Brodie Lawson and Chad Rozema contributing reports from track level.

Live Racing 4 days a week thru Dec 2020; Facilities Closed Until Further Notice

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November 2020 - flamboro downs live racing is currently taking place 4 days a week through December 2020. However, due to Covid-19, all facilities at flamboro downs remain closed to the general public until further notice. Live Racing is always available for HPIBET/Simulcast Wagering and viewable thru Live Video streaming.

All racing participants should take the time to read and familarize themselves with the racetrack safety protocols which will be in place at flamboro downs.

Ontario Racing
COVID-19 Racetrack Protocol Minimum Standards
 

·To Read/Download a PDF version of this Announcement: FD Racing-Safety Protocols

The Ontario Racing tracks are committed to keeping Ontario’s racing participants safe and healthy.  In order to conduct live racing in the province without spectators and minimize any potential concerns with respect to the health and welfare of participants in the sport, the following minimum standards will apply to all persons who require access to the backstretch and/or paddock of any Ontario racetrack. 

a.  Access to the backstretch/paddock will be limited to essential personnel who are AGCO-licensed.  No persons under the age of 16 will be permitted access to the backstretch/paddock, regardless of whether such persons hold an AGCO license. 

b.  All participants must wear face masks at all times when in the backstretch/paddock.  Persons requesting access are required to bring their own face masks and wear same at all times. No person without a face mask will be permitted entry.  Any person found on track premises without wearing a face mask will be ejected from the track. 

c.  All drivers, jockeys, and individuals performing warm up duties for horses in to race will be provided change facilities that include the opportunity for adequate social distancing. If tracks cannot provide the space drivers, jockeys and warm up personnel will be required to change outside backstretch/paddock areas.

d.  Each person entering the track premises will be subject to a screening process prior to be granted entry.  As part of the screening process, all participants must answer the following questions: 

1.  Have you or someone you have been in contact with travelled or returned from any country outside of Canada? 

2.  Are you experiencing, or have you experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 7 days:

a. Fever
b. Cough
c. Muscle Aches and Tiredness
d. Difficulty Breathing 

3.  Have you been in contact with anyone who is or has experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 7 days:

a. Fever
b. Cough
c. Muscle Aches and Tiredness
d. Difficulty Breathing 

4.   Have you or someone you have come in contact with travelled or returned from any United States Racetrack or Racing Association in the past 21 days? 

5.  Are you aware that washing your hands multiple times per day and before eating and practicing proper social distancing guidelines are the most important ways to stop the spread of the Coronavirus? Please use our hand washing stations upon entering the cafeteria areas, dorms and at every opportunity through any of the washrooms located throughout the backstretch and maintain a safe distance from others at all times. 

Any person who answers “yes” to any of questions 1 – 3, or who is displaying visible signs of illness consistent with COVID-19 exposure, will be denied access to the track.

e.  Persons who answer “no” to all of questions 1 – 3 will be subject to a temperature check using a no-touch thermometer.  Persons with a temperature of less than 100.5F will be permitted to enter; persons with a temperature of 100.5F or more will be denied access to the track.

f.   Each track will ensure that handwashing and/or sanitization stations and/or equipment are available to all persons attending the track.

g.  Each track will implement enhanced cleaning procedures.

h.  Each track will ensure that physical distancing guidelines are in place.  Personnel will be required to maintain a physical distance between them of not less than 2 metres.  Only 1 person shall be permitted in the paddock per horse, and horses should be placed in every other stall in the paddock where possible/required.  Horses/handlers should vacate the paddock within ½ hour of race completion.

i.   All drivers, jockeys, and individuals performing warm up duties for horses in to race will be provided change facilities that include the opportunity for adequate physical distancing. If tracks cannot provide the space drivers, jockeys and warm up personnel will be required to change outside backstretch/paddock areas.

j.   Access to the retention area will be controlled and horse people will be required to comply with CPMA requirements.

k.  Each track will ensure that these requirements are communicated to its personnel and participants.

·To Read/Download a PDF version of this Announcement: FD Racing-Safety Protocols