General Information

OSS PROGRAM
Ontario Racing (OR), as Program Administrator, reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to make any adjustments, changes or cancellations as deemed required. By participating in the OSS Program, the participants acknowledge and agree that OR will not be held liable for any costs associated with any changes to the OSS Program.

All OSS races shall be conducted in accordance with the Rules of Standardbred Racing and individual track rules approved by the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). Racetrack retention barn rules may apply. All participants are strongly advised to make themselves familiar with rules specifically related to the OSS. 

Gold and Grassroots events are numbered 1 through 5 and horses are eligible to be entered in EITHER the Gold OR Grassroots event of the same number, but NOT BOTH. Because in each category there are six Grassroots events as opposed to 5 Gold events, two of the Grassroots events will have the same number and will be referred to as either “A” or “B”.  Example: If the third and fourth Grassroots events are numbered 3A and 3B, horses entered into the Gold #3 event will have to miss both Grassroots 3A and 3B. 

 

GOLD SERIES
Gold Series will consist of forty (40) Gold legs, 5 events for each of the 8 categories for age/sex/gait. As noted above, Gold and Grassroots Series events will be numbered and horses cannot be entered in a Gold and a Grassroots event of the same number.

Horses will earn points in each of the Gold Legs to qualify for their Gold Super Final. Points are updated daily on the Standardbred Canada computer system and on the OSS website.

Gold Super Final Rules
1. Horses will earn points in all five Gold legs to qualify for the Gold Super Final.

2. After the last scheduled Gold Leg, the top 10 point earners entered in each age, sex and gait category will compete in a Gold Super Final. Any horse may be entered into its respective OSS Gold Super Final, provided it has started in a minimum of 2 Gold Legs in the current year OR has earned a minimum of 50 points in the Gold Series in the current year. 

3. There will be no Starting Fee for the Gold Super Finals.

4. In each category, points are awarded in Gold Legs as follows:

First Place

50 Points

 

Fifth Place

5 Points

Second Place

25 Points

 

Sixth Place

3 Points

Third Place

12 Points

 

Seventh Place

2 Points

Fourth Place

  8 Points

 

Eighth Place

1 Point

In the event of a dead heat, the points for the positions involved will be shared evenly between the horses finishing in the dead heat.

5. Points are updated daily on the Standardbred Canada computer system and on the OSS website (www.ontariosiresstakes.com). 

6. In the event of a tie in the point standings, horses will be drawn by lot after the box closes. 

7. The two Also Eligible horses will be the 11th and 12th highest point earners declared in. In the event of a tie in the point standings for the Also Eligible horses, they will be drawn by lot.

8. Any horse may be entered into its respective Gold Super Final or Grassroots Championship, but it cannot be entered into both, unless it was Also Eligible and did not draw into the Grassroots Championship.

 

GRASSROOTS SERIES
The Grassroots Series will consist of forty-eight (48) Grassroots events, 6 events in each of the eight categories for age, sex and gait.

If more horses declare to start in an event than is permitted at that track, the event shall be split into the appropriate number of divisions with entries seeded by lot.

Horses will earn points in each of the six Grassroots legs throughout the season to qualify for the Grassroots Championship.

Grassroots Championship Rules

1. Each of the eight categories of age, sex and gait will have a Grassroots Championship. After the last scheduled Grassroots event, the top 10 point earners entered in each age, sex and gait category will compete in a Grassroots Championship. Any horse may be entered into its respective OSS Gold Super Final, provided it has started in a minimum of 2 Grassroots events in the current year. 

2. In each category, points will be awarded in all Grassroots Series races as follows:

First Place

50 Points

 

Fifth Place

5 Points

Second Place

25 Points

 

Sixth Place

3 Points

Third Place

12 Points

 

Seventh Place

2 Points

Fourth Place

  8 Points

 

Eighth Place

1 Point

In the event of a dead heat, the points for the positions involved will be shared evenly between the horses finishing in the dead heat.

3. Points are updated daily on the Standardbred Canada computer system and on this website under the Leaders menu.


4. There will be no Starting Fee for the Grassroots Championship races.


5. The number of starters allowed to compete in each Grassroots Championship shall be governed by the number of horses that the host track can accommodate on the starting gate. However, there will always be a minimum of 8 horses drawn for each Grassroots Championship.

 

6. In the event of a tie in the standings, horses will be drawn by lot after the box closes.


7. The two “Also Eligible” horses will be drawn from the next highest point earners declared in. In the event of a tie in the standings for the Also Eligible horses, they will be drawn by lot.


8. Any horse may be entered into its respective OSS Gold Super Final, or OSS Grassroots Championship, but it cannot be entered into both, unless it was Also Eligible and did not draw into the Grassroots Championship.

 

STARTER AND TRACK INFORMATION
Gold and Grassroots Divisions
The number of starters in all Gold and Grassroots divisions will adhere to Rule 16.24 in the Rules of Standardbred Racing.
T
he maximum size of fields permitted in any added money event shall be:
(a)     For races which go in one division no more than 2 trailers
(b)     For races which go in more than 1 division a maximum of 1 trailer.
An Association may elect to go with less than the number of trailers specified in (a) above. Exceptions on field sizes can be granted with the written permission of the AGCO.

Gold Super Final
There will be a maximum of 10 horses in the Gold Super Final events.

Grassroots Championship
The number of starters allowed to compete in the Grassroots Championships shall be governed by the number of horses the host track can accommodate on the starting gate. However, there will always be a minimum of 8 horses drawn for each.