Commission suspends trainer, issues $11,000 fine for ‘suspicious death’ of racehorse

TORONTO – The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has issued monetary penalties totaling $11,000 to a local standardbred trainer.

The gaming commission has also suspended the trainer for three years, from July 19 to July 18, 2026.

According to a July 13 press release, the gaming commission, which governs and regulates Ontario horse racing, investigated the “suspicious death” of racehorse Cams Lucky Sam, trained by Puslinch-based Carol Voyer.

“There are reasonable grounds to believe Voyer has violated multiple rules of standardbred racing,” the release states.

The commission did not provide any details about the circumstances of the death or why it’s deemed to be suspicious.

Violations listed in the release include:

  • committing an act of neglect;
  • providing misleading information regarding the whereabouts of the horse;
  • engaging in conduct not in the best interest of racing; and
  • failing to report the death of the racehorse to the AGCO.

“The AGCO will continue to hold those who fail to follow regulations accountable for their actions, especially when it involves the well-being of  racehorses,” AGCO CEO Tom Mungham stated in the release.

“The AGCO’s paramount interest lies in safeguarding the health and welfare of racehorses, protecting the safety of individuals, and maintaining the integrity of racing as a whole.”

Voyer has the right to appeal the ruling to the Horse Racing Appeal Panel, an adjudicative body mandated to hear appeals.

The Advertiser was unable to contact Voyer for comment on this story.