AGCO Suspends Standardbred Trainer Anthony Beaton

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The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), the gambling regulator in the Canadian province, has announced that Anthony Beaton, the Standardbred trainer, has had his license to train horses suspended for two years.

The AGCO launched an investigation on Beaton following information received by the regulator that the trainer's actions had compromised equine safety and welfare. Beaton was initially suspended immediately when the complaint was made, which the AGCO explained was to protect the integrity of betting and racing.

During the investigation, the gaming regulator found that Beaton had used the whip excessively, which under the rules is defined as an act of cruelty and against the best interests of the racing industry.

AGCO Issues a Two-Year Suspension

Having been found to have breached the rules in Ontario, AGCO felt it had no option but to hand Beaton a two-year suspension. In the judgment, AGCO said the racing industry had to be held to the highest standards, and the welfare of horses in the industry is paramount.

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The suspension will run from October 13th this year to October 12th in 2025 and sees Beaton prohibited from taking part in any horseracing activities for the duration of the suspension.

The AGCO holds horse racing participants to the highest standards of conduct, particularly those responsible for the care and training of horses. The integrity of racing lies in safeguarding the health and welfare of horses and protecting the safety of individuals.

Dr. Karin SchnarrChief Executive Officer and Registrar of AGCO

Trainer Has Right of Appeal

AGCO acknowledges that Beaton has a right to answer the findings, and the process allows him to appeal the suspension and contest the findings.

If Beaton wishes to challenge the suspension, he can lodge an appeal with the Horse Racing Appeal Panel (HRAP), which is an independent legislative body that will consider any arguments from the Horseracing trainer.

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