May 29, 2017



Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA)


COSA was formed in the spring of 2009 to provide a united voice for harness horsepeople racing at Woodbine and Mohawk Racetracks.

Racing participants at the time were without a formal contract with track management at Woodbine Entertainment Group.

At an initial information meeting to addresss the issue, there was overwhelming support urging horseman Bill O’Donnell to spearhead the formation of a new organization to negotiate with WEG.

“In talking to the horsepeople in the area, it became clear that there was a need for a new beginning in the relationship with Woodbine Entertainment,” said O’Donnell at the time.

COSA officially came into being on June 30, 2009 and finalized a five- year contract with WEG on August 1, 2009.

The Association operates with a 9-person Board of Directors, including some very well-known and respected owners, trainers and drivers.

Members of the current COSA Board are:

o John Bax
o Joanne Colville
o Dave Drew (Secretary-Treasurer)
o Paul MacDonell
o Bill O’Donnell (President)
o Jeff Ruch
o Ben Wallace
o Jim Wellwood
o Bob Young

Today COSA represents over 1800 members and continues to grow.

Central Ontario Standardbred Association

P.O. Box 297
36 Main St. N. (ScotiaBank Building)
Campbellville, Ont., L0P 1B0
FAX: 905-854-2644