Notices & Updates

OSS and Prospect Series Leg Clarification

2022-05-18T10:07:25-04:00May 17, 2022|

The Ontario Sires Stakes program kicks off at Flamboro Downs this weekend with the opening events of the three-year-old Prospect Series on Saturday, May 21 and the Grassroots opener for the three-year-old pacing colts on Sunday, May 22.

The first Prospect Series Leg for the three-year-olds has two racing opportunities, the ‘1A’ leg at Flamboro Downs on Saturday, May 21 and the ‘1B’ leg at The Raceway at the Western Fair District on Tuesday, May 31.

Horses can compete in either ‘1A’ or ‘1B’, or both, but once they compete in a Prospect Series Leg numbered ‘1’, they cannot compete in the first Grassroots or Gold leg.  A start in any event that starts with ‘1’, whether Gold, Grassroots or Prospect, prevents a horse from competing in the ‘1’ leg of another level.

For example, a three-year-old trotting colt that starts at Flamboro Downs in the ‘1A’ Prospect Series Leg and/or at The Raceway at the Western Fair District in the ‘1B’ Prospect Series Leg cannot move to the Grassroots or Gold Series until the second leg at Rideau Carleton Raceway on July 10.

With a total of eight racing opportunities over the course of the season, some of the three-year-old Prospect Series Legs have just one racing opportunity opposite the same numbered Grassroots and Gold Series event.

The first Grassroots and Gold Series events for the two-year-olds do not have a corresponding Prospect Series Leg. The two-year-old Prospect Series events all have an ‘A’ and ‘B’ opportunity numbered against the second through fifth Grassroots and Gold Series events. (Click here for the full schedule.)

Ontario Sires Stakes staff will be on hand at Flamboro Downs on Saturday and Sunday to answer any questions participants have about the 2022 Prospect, Grassroots and Gold Series program.

Yearling Nomination Deadline is May 16

2022-05-03T12:39:18-04:00May 3, 2022|

The Yearling Nomination deadline for the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program, is May 16, 2022.

Please submit your nomination payment by mail, postdated no later than May 16, 2022, or through the OSS online payment system by midnight on that date.

The fee is $100 and nominates foals of 2021 to race in 2023 and 2024.

All yearlings must be registered at time of nomination and Standardbred Canada requires that the DNA and microchipping be completed before the foal is registered. To register your foal online with Standardbred Canada click here.

Nominations made after May 16, 2022, are subject to a late fee. A Late Nomination costs $500. No nominations will be accepted after August 2, 2022.

2021 foals not nominated as Yearlings in 2022, will be subject to a fee of $1500 (subject to change) if they are sustained to race as a two-year-old in 2023.

KEY DOCUMENTS

Yearling Nomination Form PDF

Yearling Nomination sustaining online form

Cheques should be made payable and mailed to

Ontario Sires Stakes
c/o Woodbine Mohawk Park
PO Box 160
Campbellville, ON
L0P 1B0

If you have questions about sustaining a horse to the OSS, please contact the Program Coordinator at 902-899-6241 or cgillis@ontarioracing.com

2-YEAR-OLD OSS SUSTAINING PAYMENT DUE MARCH 15

2022-03-07T14:12:00-05:00March 4, 2022|

If you intend to race your two-year-old in the 2022 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program, please submit your sustaining payment by mail, postdated no later than March 15, 2022, or through the OSS or Standardbred Canada online payment system by midnight on that date.

The sustaining payment is $600. Two-year-olds sustained to the 2022 OSS must have been nominated as a yearling in 2021.

If your two-year-old was not nominated to the OSS as a yearling in 2021, it can still be nominated by submitting the $1,500 late fee and form prior to March 15, 2022. Once nominated, the two-year-old can then be sustained for the 2022 two-year-old season by submitting the $600 payment, also by March 15, 2022, or sustained in 2023 for the three-year-old season

KEY DOCUMENTS

Two-year-old sustaining form PDF

Two-year-old sustaining online form

Two-year-old late nomination form

Cheques should be made payable and mailed to

Ontario Sires Stakes
c/o Woodbine Mohawk Park
PO Box 160
Campbellville, ON
L0P 1B0

If you have questions about sustaining a horse to the OSS, please contact the Program Coordinator at 902-899-6241 or ossprogram@ontarioracing.com

UPDATE – 3-YEAR-OLD SUSTAINING PAYMENT

2022-02-15T14:51:00-05:00February 1, 2022|

UPDATE – FEBRUARY 15, 3:00 PM

The online Three-Year-Old Sustaining Payment deadline has been extended to Friday Feb 18 at 12:00 p.m.

The online form has been restored to allow people to register by this time. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Mailed Payments will still be accepted if they are post-marked February 15.

3-year-old sustaining payment online form

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If you intend to race your 3-year-old in the 2022 OSS, please submit hard copy payment postdated no later than February 15, 2022, or fill out the online payment form by that date

3-year-olds sustained to the OSS must have been nominated as a yearling. The sustaining payment is
$800.

This also serves as a reminder that 2-year-old sustaining notices are arriving soon, and are due March 15, 2022.

KEY DOCUMENTS

3-year-old sustaining form PDF

Cheques should be made payable and mailed to

Ontario Sires Stakes
c/o Woodbine Mohawk Park
PO Box 160
Campbellville, ON
L0P 1B0

If you have questions about sustaining a horse to the OSS, please email ossprogram@ontarioracing.com

2-YEAR-OLD SUSTAINING NOTICE COMING SOON

2022-02-04T15:42:18-05:00January 18, 2022|

The OSS Program Coordinator will be mailing out two-year-old sustaining forms in the coming weeks. If you purchased an OSS eligible yearling last year, please ensure that the transfer is completed as soon as possible so the correct owner receives the notice.

Please contact the Standardbred Canada membership services department for assistance.

The 2-year-old sustaining fee for 2022 is $600, and payment must be received via the online form, or hard copy received by OSS postmarked no later than March 15, 2022.

Yearlings not nominated to the OSS in 2021 may be nominated in 2022 by paying a late nomination fee. The late nomination fee is $1500. This fee is in addition to the $600 sustaining fee. Both fees are due on March 15, 2022.

This also serves as a reminder that 3-year-old sustaining notices have already been mailed. If you did not receive one, please visit the OSS website, or download the form below. The three-year-old sustaining fee is $800 and is due February 15, 2022.

KEY DOCUMENTS

2-year-old sustaining form PDF

2-year-old sustaining form online version

2-year-old Late Nomination Form

3-year-old sustaining form PDF

Cheques should be made payable and mailed to

Ontario Sires Stakes
c/o Woodbine Mohawk Park
PO Box 160
Campbellville, ON
L0P 1B0

If you have questions about sustaining or nominating a horse to the Ontario Sires Stakes, please email ossprogram@ontarioracing.com.

2022 ONTARIO SIRE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JANUARY 15

2022-02-04T15:44:26-05:00January 12, 2022|

The deadline for 2022 Stallion Registration with Ontario Racing’s Standardbred Improvement Program is January 15.

There is a $500 late fee to register a stallion after January 15. A Stallion is ineligible to be a 2022 Ontario Sire if it has bred or breeds any mares in the 2022 calendar year prior to approval of the application.

To be eligible to be registered in the Program, a stallion must be:

  1. a) Wholly owned by an Ontario Resident and standing his entire Northern Hemisphere Stud Season in the Province of Ontario;

OR

  1. b) Leased to an Ontario Resident for a term of at least one year, and standing his entire Northern Hemisphere Stud Season in the Province of Ontario during the term of that lease, with a copy of the written lease agreement being filed with Standardbred Canada.

The applicable fees for registration of a stallion as an Ontario Sire are:

  • $200 for a New Registration (if not registered as an Ontario Sire in the previous year), OR
  • $100 for a Renewal Registration (for stallions registered as an Ontario Sire in the previous year
  • A levy equal to 50% of the advertised service fee for the current year OR $500, whichever is greater. If the service fee for the current year is listed as “Private”, the levy payable will be equal to 50% of the highest amount that would be charged for a service fee for the current year OR $500, whichever is greater.

Full details on eligibility, and submission are available here

Download and complete the Stallion Registration form here

Fill out the Online Version of the Stallion Registration form  here

If you have questions, please contact ossprogram@ontarioracing.com

Prospect Series point standings

2022-02-04T15:40:50-05:00September 13, 2021|

Regular season events wrap up this week for the 2021 Prospect Series season, with trotters and pacers vying for a spot in the Friday, Sept. 24 Finals at Grand River Raceway.

Point standings for the divisions that are complete — three-year-old pacing colt, three-year-old pacing filly, two-year-old pacing colt and two-year-old trotting colt — have been finalised and posted to the Ontario Racing Prospect Series website. Current point standings for the four remaining divisions are also available and final standings for those divisions will be posted on Friday, Sept. 17.

To be eligible for the Sept. 24 Finals, horses need to have entered at least one of the five Prospect Series Legs. In the case where a leg did not fill and was not contested, all horses entered received five points toward their tally and are eligible to compete in the Final if they finish among the top nine point earners. Horses that raced in both the Prospect Series and Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series this summer can only compete in one of those finals.

Entries for the Prospect Series Finals are due Monday, Sept. 20 by 10 am. The top nine point earners to enter from each division will compete for the 2021 Prospect Series title.

More information about the Prospect Series is available on the Ontario Racing Prospect Series website.

 

Ontario Sires Stakes Update

2022-02-04T15:39:56-05:00September 3, 2021|

Message from the Executive Director regarding the 2022 Ontario Sires Stakes program:

In my short time as Executive Director with Ontario Racing, one thing that stands out above all else is the passion each member has for the industry. I would like to thank all of those who have helped ensure the continued success of the province’s harness racing industry through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Thanks to the full cooperation of racetracks, the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) and Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association (SBOA), and by using prior year’s Standardbred Horse Improvement Plan (SIP) reserves, Ontario Racing was able to ensure the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program continued to be well-funded in 2021 in spite of the government-imposed shutdowns that significantly reduced wagering handle.

Looking ahead to 2022, I am pleased to inform you that purse levels for the OSS program will be maintained provided there are no additional government-imposed shutdowns. OSS purses are funded in part through Home Market Area wagering — the amount wagered from within Ontario on Ontario horse racing — so future losses of wagering opportunities will impact OSS purses in 2022.

As one of the most robust programs in North America, the Ontario Sires Stakes will continue to offer Ontario Sired horses rewarding opportunities to compete and win against the best in the sport.

I would like to sincerely thank our racetrack partners, COSA and the breeders for their commitment to the Ontario Sires Stakes in 2021. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish in the coming year by working together for the benefit of all.

Please continue to be safe and reach out with any questions. Thank you.

 

Gordon Thain,
Executive Director, ORM

July 13 Gold Leg will go Sunday, July 18

2022-02-04T15:38:58-05:00July 14, 2021|

The two-year-old pacing filly Gold Series Leg originally scheduled for Tuesday, July 13 at Georgian Downs has been rescheduled to Sunday, July 18 at the Innisfil racetrack.

Post positions for the three Gold Series divisions remain as they were drawn for the Tuesday, July 13 card, which was cancelled due to unsafe track conditions caused by heavy rain. The divisions will go postward as the first three races on Georgian Downs’ Sunday program, which gets under way at 6 pm.

The Gold Series division originally scheduled as Race 3 on Tuesday will go postward as Race 1 on Sunday. The originally scheduled Race 6 will be contested as Race 2 on Sunday’s program. Tuesday’s Race 8 becomes Sunday’s Race 3. Entries can be viewed here.

Programs for Sunday’s card will be available on the Georgian Downs website later this week.

2021 Prospect Series schedule

2022-02-04T15:38:03-05:00July 9, 2021|

 

Click here for the 2021 Prospect Series schedule. Click here for the 2021 Prospect Series conditions.

Point standings will be posted weekly on the Ontario Racing website.