Notices & Updates

3YO Trotting Fillies Gold Leg 1 Moved to June 13

2023-06-08T10:36:22-04:00June 8, 2023|

MILTON – Woodbine Entertainment has cancelled live racing for today (June 8) at Woodbine Mohawk Park, and as a result, the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series Leg 1 for three-year-old trotting fillies has been postponed to Tuesday, June 13 at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

The two Gold divisions will go postward as originally drawn.

The decision to postpone was made by Woodbine due to the Environment Canada Special Air Quality Alert for Toronto, and is consistent with the advice Woodbine received from veterinarians, medical practitioners, and other racing officials including the AGCO.

Click here to view Woodbine’s cancellation announcement.

Click here to view the AGCO’s recommendation to the industry.

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

Prospect Series Qualifying Times Changed to Overnight Standard

2023-06-05T13:37:56-04:00June 5, 2023|

TORONTO, JUNE 5, 2023 – Ontario Racing’s Standardbred Improvement Program (SIP) Committee is pleased to announce that the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has accepted its proposal to align the qualifying standard for the Prospect Series with the standard for overnight races.

For the 2023 season Prospect Series horses will be considered qualified if they meet the qualifying times listed under rules 12.02.01 and 12.02.02, rather than the standard for added money races under rule 11.02.01.

“We are thankful to the AGCO for accepting our proposal,” said Standardbred Improvement Program Committee Member and Ontario Racing Board Member Ian Fleming. “The Prospect Series provides valuable racing opportunities to Ontario Sired horses and this change will increase participation in these events.”

At the conclusion of the racing season the AGCO will consider a permanent revision to the Rules of Standardbred Racing with the benefit of feedback from the 2023 season.

For more information, please email ssnyder@ontarioracing.com.

NOTE: This change means the qualifying times in the Racing Guide will not apply to Prospect Series events.

For Prospect Series qualifying times please refer to the times listed below in Section 12 of the Rules of Standardbred Racing.

Click here to view Section 12 of the Rules of Standardbred Racing – Qualifying Races

Click here to view Section 11 of the Rules of Standardbred Racing – Horses Permitted to Race

Yearling Nomination Deadline May 15

2023-04-24T11:22:20-04:00April 24, 2023|

The yearling nomination deadline for the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program is May 15, 2023.

Please submit your nomination payment through the OSS online payment form by midnight on May 15, 2023, or by mail postdated no later than May 15, 2023.

The fee is $100 ($80 USD) and nominates foals of 2022 to race in 2024 and 2025.

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 15, 2023, are subject to a late fee. A Late Nomination costs $500 ($USD TBA).

Prior to August 15, 2023, the late Yearling Nomination fee is $500 (USD TBD).

Between August 15, 2023, and March 15, 2024, foals of 2022 will be subject to a two-year-old Late Nomination fee of $1,500 CDN.

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 nominating a horse to the OSS, please contact the Program Coordinator at (416) 407-4841 or ossprogram@ontarioracing.com.

Two-Year-Old OSS Sustaining Payment Due March 15

2023-03-02T13:15:33-05:00March 2, 2023|

If you intend to race your two-year-old in the 2023 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program, please submit your sustaining payment by mail, postdated no later than March 15, 2023, or through the OSS online form.

The sustaining payment is $600 ($460 USD). Two-year-olds sustained to the 2023 OSS must have been nominated as a yearling in 2022.

If your two-year-old was not nominated to the OSS as a yearling in 2022, it can still be nominated by submitting the $1,500 ($1,115 USD) late fee and form prior to March 15, 2023.

Once nominated, the two-year-old can then be sustained for the 2023 two-year-old season by submitting the $600 sustaining payment, also by March 15, 2023.

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 416-407-4841 or ossprogram@ontarioracing.com

3YO Sustaining Payments Due Feb 15

2023-01-30T12:37:33-05:00January 30, 2023|

If you intend to race your 3-year-old in the 2023 OSS, please submit hard copy payment postdated no later than February 15, 2023 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 CAD ($630 USD).

This also serves as a reminder that 2-year-old sustaining payments are due March 15, 2022.

KEY DOCUMENTS

3-year-old sustaining form PDF

3-year-old sustaining form online version

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

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.