Notices & Updates

2023 Stallion Registration Open

2022-12-05T11:31:19-05:00December 5, 2022|

TORONTO, December 5, 2022 – Stallion registration with the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program for the 2023 breeding year is now open. The deadline for registration is January 16, 2023.

Stallion owners/lessees can register their stallion using the online form available here, or download the PDF form and mail it with payment to Ontario Racing. Hard copies have been mailed to all stallion owners registered with Standardbred Canada and will be arriving shortly.

Hard copies and payment must be sent to

Ontario Racing
Standardbred Improvement Program
c/o Woodbine Mohawk Park
PO Box 160
Campbellville, ON L0P 1B0

Fees for 2023 Breeding Year

  • $200.00 for a New Registration (if not registered as an Ontario Sire in the previous year)
  • $100.00 for a Renewal Registration (for stallions registered as an Ontario Sire in the previous year)

PLUS

  • 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.

A reminder that to be eligible for registration as an Ontario Sire a stallion must be:

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

OR

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 on file with Standardbred Canada.

Click here for full eligibility requirements, registration details, and the benefits of registering a stallion as an Ontario Sire.

If you have questions or require further information, please email ossprogram@ontarioracing.com or call 416-407-4841.

SIP Committee Soliciting Input on OSS Program

2022-11-11T15:37:37-05:00November 3, 2022|

TORONTO, November 3, 2022 – Ontario Racing’s Standardbred Improvement Program (SIP) committee is dedicated to ensuring the SIP and its flagship Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) remain industry leading programs.  In the spirit of that endeavor the SIP committee is engaging in a consultation process with industry stakeholders to shape the program beginning with the 50th anniversary season of the OSS in 2024 and to lead the program into another 50 years of excellence.

The consultation process will take place from November 3 to November 24, with written submissions due on November 24.

Written submissions must follow the template provided here by Ontario Racing and align with the SIP’s core mission of promoting the breeding of Standardbred horses in Ontario and to provide economic incentives to breeders to improve the quality of the Ontario Sired and Bred horse.

“The SIP consultation process will allow all industry stakeholders a chance to share their thoughts and insights on how to grow and promote this already successful program well into the future,” said Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association (SBOA) President, and SIP committee member Walter Parkinson.

The SIP committee is hosting two sessions with leading trainers and owners from the OSS between November 14 and November 23. Details on these sessions will be shared with participants within the next week.

In addition, the SBOA is hosting a meeting of breeders during the consultation time frame.

“Horses produced through this program not only highlight the OSS and Grand Circuit racing each season, but they also graduate to become some of the best aged pacers and trotters across North America,” said Parkinson. “I am excited about the future of this program, and I look forward to seeing it develop well beyond the 50th anniversary season.”

After the conclusion of the consultation period, the SIP committee will discuss all submissions during its December meeting, and work with OR staff to determine which are financially viable, and to the benefit of the entire SIP.

If you have questions about the process, please contact ssnyder@ontarioracing.com

Click here to download the consultation form.

Updated Prospect Series Finals Eligible Horses

2022-09-27T09:16:43-04:00September 14, 2022|

TORONTO, September 22 – The final list of horses eligible for the Prospect Series Final is now available.

A horse is eligible for the Prospect Series, if it has three entries into the Prospect Series.

3CP Finals Eligible

3CT Finals Eligible

3FP Finals Eligible

3FT Finals Eligible

2CP Finals Eligible

2CT Finals Eligible

2FP Finals Eligible

2FT Finals Eligible

If you have questions, please email cgillis@ontarioracing.com

OSS Participants Address Update Request

2022-09-12T16:31:34-04:00September 12, 2022|

TORONTO, September 12 – Attention Ontario Sires Stakes participants. Ontario Racing is requesting that all participants confirm that their address is up to date with Standardbred Canada. 

As we near the end of another OSS season, and sales approach, we are noticing a number of purse cheques are being returned to sender. 

To change your address please call member services at Standardbred Canada at (905) 858-3060 x 3 

If you believe you may have had a cheque returned to sender, please contact Ontario Racing at the information below. 

Christina Gillis
cgillis@ontarioracing.com 

‘No Contest’ Grassroots division will go Aug. 26

2022-08-23T13:11:59-04:00August 23, 2022|

The third division of the three-year-old trotting colt and gelding Grassroots Leg at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, Aug. 22 was ruled a ‘No Contest’ when Feel The Force and driver Trevor Henry parted company just after the start.

To ensure the participants involved are able to compete for the full $22,600 Ontario Sires Stakes purse and accumulate points toward the Grassroots Semi-Final, Ontario Racing will restage the division at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday, Aug. 26.

On the advice of Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) officials, the race will be redrawn. As the incident was caused by broken equipment and Feel The Force was not required to requalify, he will be eligible to participate in the restaged event.

For additional information please contact the Program Coordinator at cgillis@ontarioracing.com.

Georgian Downs 3FT Grassroots and 3CT Prospect Series Rescheduled

2022-08-22T11:49:08-04:00August 22, 2022|

INNISFIL, August 22 – Due to the storm-related cancellation of Races 5 through 11 on Georgian Downs’ Sunday, Aug. 21 card, Ontario Racing was required to reschedule Leg 4 of the Ontario Sires Stakes three-year-old trotting filly Grassroots Series (originally programmed as Races 5, 7 and 9) and one division of Leg 4 of the three-year-old trotting colt Prospect Series (originally programmed as Race 8).

The schedule for the three-year-old trotting divisions allows all of these events to be rescheduled for Sunday, Aug. 28 at Georgian Downs, as drawn.

Additionally, the Earl Rowe Memorial Invitational Trot (originally programmed as Race 10) will also be rescheduled for Sunday, Aug. 28 but, as an overnight event, will require a new draw.

If you have questions, please email cgillis@ontarioracing.com

Prospect Series Leg 3B for Two-Year-Old Trotting Fillies Rescheduled

2022-08-04T10:06:58-04:00August 4, 2022|

Elora, Ont. – Grand River Raceway cancelled racing on August 3, 2022, due to unsafe track conditions as the result of a severe storm, including Leg 3B of the Prospect Series for two-year-old trotting fillies.  

The single Prospect Series division has been rescheduled as a non-wagering event on the Friday, August 5 card, with a post time of 6:10 p.m. The division, originally programmed as Race 1 on the August 3 card, will not be redrawn.  

All entrants will be contacted directly by Race Office staff. 

Click here for complete details about the Prospect Series program. 

ORMP Enrollment Deadline September 1

2022-08-02T15:33:56-04:00August 2, 2022|

The enrollment deadline for the 2022 Ontario Resident Mare Program is September 1.

You must enroll a mare either via mail or electronically by this date for the 2022 foal to be eligible for the $2.6 million in Ontario Bred Rewards.

The fee is $300 after the mare has foaled.

Electronic submissions must be sent on or before September 1, 2022. Mailed submissions must be postmarked no later than September 1, 2022.  Enrolment are not accepted after this date.

REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible as an ONTARIO RESIDENT MARE, a broodmare must be:

  • Located within the boundaries of the Province of Ontario at the time of enrolment, AND
  • Must remain resident in the Province of Ontario for a minimum of 180 consecutive days surrounding foaling (in Ontario).
  • If you are enrolling after foaling, third party proof of residency must be submitted

To enroll a mare, the mare must be in Ontario, and mare owners (or lessees) and their agents must hold a valid AGCO license.

KEY DOCUMENTS

Forms, fees and third party proof of residency should be sent to

Ontario Racing
c/o Ontario Resident Mare Program
PO Box 160
Campbellville, ON L0P 1B0

If you have questions about enrolling in the program, please contact Kathie Wilkinson

Kathie Wilkinson
ontariomare@ontarioracing.com
Phone: 416 477 5529
Fax: 416 477 5499

Late Yearling Nominations Due August 2

2022-07-21T11:14:20-04:00July 21, 2022|

The Late Yearling Nomination deadline for the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program, is August 2, 2022.

Please submit your nomination payment by mail, postdated no later than August 2, 2022, or through the OSS online payment system by midnight on that date.

The late fee is $500 and nominates foals of 2021 to race in 2023 and 2024. No nominations will be accepted after August 2, 2022.

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.

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

Prospect Series Points

2022-06-13T15:22:03-04:00June 13, 2022|

The 2022 Prospect Series points are now available for 2022.

Click here to view.