Notices & Updates

NEW 2018 Fall Series

Ontario Racing announces two new Ontario Sires series for fall

TORONTO, August 9, 2018Ontario Racing, in partnership with Woodbine Mohawk Park, The Raceway at Western Fair District and Flamboro Downs today announced two new Late Closing stakes for Ontario Sired two and three-year-old horses.

The new Ontario Sired events, the Autumn Series and the Harvest Series, will be offered this fall and worth more than $740,000.

“It’s very important that we have a healthy Ontario Sires program,” said Bill McLinchey, Woodbine’s Director of Standardbred Racing, who led the development of the series. “These series offers an opportunity for owners and trainers to point to their strong late developing Ontario Sired prospects to race for quality purses while trying to keep our fall time field size high for fans and horseplayers at Woodbine Mohawk Park.”

The Autumn Series, for two and three-year-olds who are Non-Winners of $10,000 lifetime before September 15, will commence the week of September 30 and offer two legs, worth $8,500 each, followed by a $20,000-added final for each of the four divisions.

Flamboro Downs will host the two and three-year-old trotting fillies and pacing colts, while The Raceway at Western Fair District welcomes the trotting colts and pacing fillies.

The nomination fee for the Autumn Series is $200, due September 17.

The Harvest Series, contested at Woodbine Mohawk Park, will offer eight divisions, split by age, sex and gait, for Ontario Sired horses that are non-winners of $30,000 in 2018 as of September 30. Each division will compete in two legs, worth $17,000 each and a $40,000-added final.  The two-year-olds begin the week of October 8 and the three-year-olds start the week of October 29.

The nomination fee for the Harvest Series is $300 and is due Monday, October 1.

Autumn Series Condition Sheet

Harvest Series Condition Sheet

 


Kawartha OSS Grassroots 3FP Draw - Tuesday, Aug. 14

Horsemen should be advised of an update regarding an upcoming draw for an Ontario Sires Stakes event at Kawartha Downs.

With respect to the OSS Grassroots event slated for Kawartha on Saturday, August 18, the draw will not be held at Clinton Raceway.

Sheri Minler-Grabatin will be conducting the draw on Tuesday, August 14 with the box closing at 11:00 a.m. The number to call is 905-854-6442 or toll free 1-866-774-6442.


Industry Long Term Funding Information

Ontario's horse racing industry is set to receive up to $104.8 million annually in government funding.

What does the long term funding agreement mean for horse racing in Ontario?


REMINDER: Ontario Resident Mare Enrolment Deadline

If you haven't already enrolled your mare for the 2018 foaling season, September 1st is your last chance.

 

2018 Enrolment Form


Dresden OSS Grassroots 3CT Draw - Thursday, June 28th

The OSS Administration has just become aware of a misprint in the 2018 OSS Racing Guide concerning the draw date for the Grassroots 3-year-old colt trot at Dresden Raceway on July 1st, 2018.

The draw will take place on Dresden’s regular draw date of Thursday, June 28th, not Tuesday, June 26th  as printed in the Racing Guide. The box closes at 10:00 a.m.

For further information, please contact: 
Karen Hauver 
OSS Administration Coordinator 
519-369-3545 
records@ontariosiresstakes.com


OSS horses win Fan Hanover and Mohawk Gold CupJune 16, 2018


2018 OSS SCHEDULE

Click here for the 2018 OSS Schedule sorted by Gold and Grassroots Events

 

For more information please contact:
Karen Hauver
OSS Administration Coordinator
519 369-3545

 


Ontario Racing Announces 2018 SIP Program

Toronto, ON - The 2018 Standardbred Improvement Program (SIP), based on the recommendations of the industry representative Standardbred Advisory Group, has been approved by the Ontario Racing Board of Directors. The SIP program is one of the most successful of its kind in North America and our Ontario Sired and Ontario Bred Standardbreds compete and win against the best in the world.

The total 2018 program, which includes participation fees, is projected to be $15 million, with projected Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) purses of $13.25 million and Ontario Bred Rewards totaling $1.13 million.

In addition to the $15 million program, Woodbine Entertainment Group will be voluntarily contributing $300,000 towards SIP to directly fund opportunities to increase horse supply (in addition to $300,000 towards the Thoroughbred Improvement Program). 

2018 Standardbred Improvement Program Details

Since 2014, HIP Revenues have included approximately $26M in wagering levies from the Pari-Mutuel Tax Reduction (PMTR) as well as a top-up to bring each of the Standardbred and Thoroughbred Programs to the $15M level. However, due to a change in the funding mechanisms, HIP Revenues are currently limited to levies from the PMTR. Therefore, the 2018 Program has had to be adjusted to accommodate a funding decrease of approximately $2.5M per breed.

Since OSS purses were identified by the Advisory Group as a priority, the 2&3-year-old $2M Owners’ Bonus based on overnight earnings, which was in place for 2017, has been discontinued.

Gold and Grassroots purses and Starting Fees have been maintained at the same level as2017. However, the maximum SIP contribution has been adjusted due to the projected increase in horse supply. in 2018, especially the pacing supply.

Grassroots Semi-Finals have been added back into the Grassroots Program in place of the 6th Grassroots event. Purses for the Semi-Finals will be $20K with no Starting Fees required.

Ontario Bred Rewards on OSS earnings and Open Stakes earnings have been maintained at $1M and $130K respectively.

Two and three-year-old sustaining fees have been increased by $100 for the 2018 season. As well, mare enrolment fees for the Ontario Resident Mare Program have been increased by $50.

2018 Standardbred Improvement Program

OSS PURSES
·         Gold Legs (5 events for each age/sex/gait) with multiple divisions – SIP contribution of $180,000 divided by number of divisions + Starting Fees ($800) added directly to purses
     o    If 2-Year-Old Pacing Gold Legs require 4 or more divisions, funds are available for the SIP contribution to be increased to $200,000 for two events for colts and two events for fillies
·         Gold Leg (One Division) - $117,000 + Starting Fees ($800) added directly to purse
·         Gold Super Final - $225,000 with no Starting Fees
·         Grassroots Division (five events for each age/sex/gait) - $16,000 + Starting Fees ($350) added directly to purses. Maximum SIP contribution per events
    o    2-year-old pacing events - $112K (7 divisions)
    o    3-year-old pacing events - $80K (5 divisions)
    o    All trotting events - $48K (3 divisions)
·         Grassroots Semi-Finals - $40,000 ($20,000 per division with no Starting Fees)
·         Grassroots Final - $50,000

REWARDS & BONUSES
·         Ontario Bred Rewards for OSS earnings - $1 million, paid on a pro-rata basis in January of following year
·         Ontario Bred Rewards for Open Stakes - $130,000, paid on a pro-rata basis in January of following year (individual cap of 20% per horse)

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For more information on Ontario’s Horse Improvement Programs, visit www.ontarioracing.com and select “For Industry Insiders” and “Breeding Programs”.  The Program Administrator may be contacted at (416) 213-1800.  For more information on the Ontario Sires Stakes, contact the OSS Administrative Coordinator at (519) 369-3545 or records@ontariosiresstakes.com. For more information on the Ontario Resident Mare Program (Ontario Bred Rewards), email ontariomare@ontarioracing.com or call (416) 477-5529. Ontario Racing is responsible for the administration of all non-regulatory functions of horse racing in Ontario.

 

 


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Overnight Conditions for Ontario Sired Horses

Horsemen looking for overnight races for their Ontario sired horses at any track in Ontario can now access this information on the Standardbred Canada website.
Clicking the link below will display a list of conditions for overnight races written specifically for Ontario sired horses. These conditions are listed by age and gait from current condition sheets from all tracks across Ontario.
Ontario Sired Overnight Conditions


OSS Mailing Address

Please note the address and phone numbers for the Ontario Sires Stakes:

Ontario
Sires Stakes

c/o Ontario Racing,
400-10 Carlson Court
Toronto, ON  M9W 6L2

Phone:519-369-3545
Fax: 519-369-2563