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RUS Ontario will be busy off the track as well with promotions to bring racing under saddle to the public. An appearance at The Horse Festival at Georgian Downs on July 18 looks to be a bigger event than last year, giving them the opportunity for more exposure. Over the May 24 weekend, RUS Ontario will be at Clinton Raceway for Owner Appreciation Day.
As active as RUS Ontario is, they realize there is a need for a higher level of publicity and as such they will be submitting their official business plan to the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association so they can work together to expand RUS's marketing abilities.
At the Meadowlands, news comes that Jimmy Marohn Jr. will remain at the North Jersey track for the rest of the meet after getting off to a hot start instead of returning to Tioga Downs where he has recently been king of the hill. While he will race at the Meadowlands on Fridays and Saturdays, he will still return to Nichols, New York for their Sunday afternoon cards. This is a big move for Marohn; some would say a gamble, but you have to strike while the anvil is hot.
The Meadowlands is not the only track in New Jersey with horse shortages. Freehold Raceway on Thursday has only nine races on the docket; down from the usual slate of races. Better fewer races than cobbling together a bunch of noncompetitive races.
\The Ohio Racing Commission has approved new rules regarding whipping which in part bans hitting a tiring horse or one out of contention. The rule also will require a driver to give a horse a chance to respond to a prior whipping before using the whip again. Penalties will range from placement, disqualification, fines and suspension. Having to go through the governmental process, this rule may take up to four months to go into effect.