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Rules & Regulations

Rules and regulations governing pari-mutuel wagering at Fort Erie Race Track

GENERAL

All pari-mutuel pools are calculated and distributed in accordance with the regulations and directives as issued by the Canadian Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food (”the Regulations”), under the approval and supervision of the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency.

All tickets should be held until the result of the race is declared official and prices are posted.

No person under the age of 18 years shall purchase or cash a ticket or voucher.

A claim that a wrong ticket has been issued must be made before the customer leaves the teller’s window. A claim of receiving an incorrect payment or incorrect change must be made to the Mutuel office of the association within twenty-four hours of buying or cashing a valid ticket or voucher.

No ruling made by the Stewards/Judges or the Ontario Racing Commission with regard to distribution of purse money or the placing of horses in the order of finish, after the race has been declared official, shall have any bearing on the payout prices or distribution of pari-mutuel pools.

Notice boards and Photo Finish display boards are located in the Clubhouse, in addition, Photo Finish pictures are shown on the closed circuit television system. Customers are reminded that mutuel clerks are responsible for all shortages. When making a wager customers must present sufficient funds at the time of purchase to cover the wagers requested.

ENTRIES AND MUTUEL FIELDS

“Entry” means two or more horses in the same race which, for the purpose of pari-mutuel betting, are coupled or considered as the same betting interest.

”Mutuel Field” means two or more horses in the same race which, for the purpose of pari-mutuel betting, are coupled because the number of horses in the race exceeds the number which can be handled separately by the pari-mutuel system.

Subject to the Regulations, a bet on one horse of an Entry or Mutuel Field shall be considered a bet on all horses in that Entry or Mutuel Field.

DAILY DOUBLE BETTING INCLUDING LATE DAILY DOUBLE

A Daily Double bet is a betting transaction in which a purchaser of a ticket undertakes to select the official winners of each of the two races specified for the Daily Double. Tickets not selecting the winner of the first half of the Daily Double and all tickets in the second half of the Daily Double are not winners and are not refunded no matter what circumstances affect the running of the second half of the Daily Double. The Daily Double is operated as an entirely separate pool and is not affected by wagering in other pools operated on the Daily Double races. Should a horse or horses (not coupled with a starter) be excused from starting in the second race of the Daily Double after the first race of the Daily Double has been declared official, holders of all Daily Double tickets on such horses, coupled with the winner of the first Daily Double race, shall participate in a Consolation Double pool.

EXACTOR BETTING

An Exactor bet is a betting transaction in which a purchaser of a ticket undertakes to select the first two horses representing different betting interests to finish, in the exact official order of finish in the race on which the pool is operated. If the same betting interest finishes first and second (i.e., 1-1, 2-2) the exactor payout will be on those horses finishing first and third.

QUINELLA BETTING

A Quinella bet is a bet in which a purchaser of a ticket undertakes to select the first two horses representing different betting interests to finish in the top two positions in the official order of finish in the race in which the pool is operated. If the same betting interest finishes first and second (i.e., 1-1, 2-2) the Quinella payout will be on those horses finishing first and third.

TRIACTOR BETTING

A Triactor bet is a betting transaction in which a purchaser of a ticket undertakes to select the first three horses representing different betting interests to finish, in the exact official order of finish in the race on which the pool is operated.

SUPERFECTA WAGERING

A Superfecta bet is a betting transaction in which a purchaser of a ticket undertakes to select the first four horses representing different betting interests to finish, in the exact official order of finish in the race on which the pool is operated.

HIGH 5 (PENTAFECTA)

A high 5 bet is a betting transaction in which a purchaser of a ticket undertakes to select the first 5 horses representing different betting interest to finish in the exact official order of finish in the race on which the pool is operated. Where no tickets have been sold coupling the official winners in order, a mandatory payout does not apply, 100% of the day's net pool will be carried over to following race day.

WIN 4, ROLLING PICK 3 AND PICK 5 BETTING

The Win 4, Rolling Pick 3 and Pick 5 bets are betting transactions in which a purchaser of a ticket undertakes to select the official winners of each of four, three or five successive races specified for the Win 4, Rolling Pick 3 or Pick 5 respectively. Winning tickets for the Win 4, Rolling Pick 3 and a mandatory payout of the Pick 5 are determined in the following sequence: A) winners of all legs; B) most winners; then refund. If there is a surface change in any leg that is NOT made known to the public prior to wagering for that pool closing, that leg will pay on all runners. If there are no winners any leg of a pool, the entire pool is refunded.

Where no tickets have been sold coupling the official winners of every leg of the Pick 5 and a mandatory payout does not apply, 100% of the day’s net pool will be carried over to the following race day.

WIN 4, ROLLING PICK 3, AND PICK 5 SCRATCHES

In the event a Win4, Rolling Pick 3 or Pick 5 ticket designates as a selection a horse which is scratched, excused or determined by the Stewards/Judges to be a non-starter in any of the races comprising the Win 4, Rolling Pick 3 or Pick 5, the favourite, as evidenced by the amount wagered in the win pool at the time of the start of the race in which the scratch occurred, will be substituted for the non-starting selection. In the event that the money bet in the win pool for two or more favourites is identical, the selection the lowest program number shall be substituted for the non-starting selection. However, if scratch occurs in any leg of the Rolling Pick 3 or Win 4 & Pick 5 pools before the pool is closed, a ticket including the scratched horse may be cancelled.

REFUNDS

Subject to the Regulations, all monies in all pools on a race are refunded in the event that the race is cancelled, declared off or declared no contest, and all monies bet on a horse are refunded if the horse is a late scratch or does not receive a fair start. The Double, Pick 3, Win 4 and Pick 5 pools are not refunded after the first leg has been declared official. Where a horse that is part of an Entry is a late scratch or does not receive a fair start and at least one horse of that Entry receives a fair star in the race, all tickets purchased on the Entry remain valid and the purchase price of any such ticket shall not be refunded. Please Note: In the unlikely event that bets can not be combined into a host track’s pools before the end of a race, Federal regulations require that such bets MUST be refunded. Refunding bets at some sites can affect odds and pay-outs at the remaining sites.

COMMON POOL WAGERING (INTERTRACK BETTING)

Subject to the Regulations, in the unlikely event of a communications or computer system failure, various courses of action may result depending on the nature of the breakdown. Bets from the affected sites, including advance bets, may be considered as a separate pool or may even be refunded in the event of a complete system failure. Changing a site’s bets from common pool to separate pool may affect the odds and prices. Where possible, customers will be advised of the course of action taken.

LOST TICKETS

“Lost Tickets” originally sold at Fort Erie Race Track please inquire at the Mutuel office at Fort Erie. Policy may be subject to change retroactively in the event regulatory bodies amend existing regulations.
ASSOCIATION PERCENTAGE, AND TAXATION\LEVY

Fort Erie Race Track and other simulcast associations in Ontario deduct and retain the following percentages from wagers placed at their own licensed sites which are then shared between horsepeople, host and simulcast associations and the AGCO.

FORT ERIE LIVE Win, Place and Show wagers: 13.65% WIN 4 wagers: 14 % 22.9% all other wagers

Horsepeople receive a further 2% on all wagers, except 4% on triactor wagering, for the horse improvement program.

The Ontario Provincial Government retains 0.5% on all wagers placed in Ontario. The Canadian Government through a revolving fund cost recovery basis retains 0.8% on all bets placed in Canada for provision of drug control; photo-finish, video patrol and audit services. While every effort is made to provide accurate information in the program, Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium assumes no liability to anyone for errors or omissions.

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