The Standardbred Improvement Program (SIP) is a component of the Ontario Horse Improvement Program which offers incentives for the breeding and ownership of Standardbred racehorses in Ontario.
Detailed information and the rules surrounding the various program components are provided in the Standardbred Improvement Program Criteria Book which is published annually. It is the responsibility of all participants to make themselves aware of the eligibility requirements and the various opportunities under the Program.
SIP offers incentives and rewards to breeders, owners and lessees of Ontario Bred and Ontario Sired horses primarily through two key programs:
Ontario Sires Stakes Program (OSS)
The OSS Program is a series of races for two-year-old and three-year-old horses sired by eligible Ontario Sires and nominated and sustained to the Ontario Sires Stakes program. There are two levels of racing in the OSS Program – Gold and Grassroots. Stallion Owners must register their Stallion by January 15th each year to be recognized as an Ontario Sire (Registration is allowed after January 15th by paying a late fee, provided the stallion has not bred any mares before registration). Owners of OSS eligible horses must meet all nomination, sustaining and entry requirements for the racing programs. Complete OSS Program information may be found atwww.ontariosiresstakes.com.
Ontario Resident Mare Program (ORMP)
Mare Owners (or Lessees) must enrol their mare(s) as an Ontario Resident Mare for each foal year, for their foals to be recognized as Ontario Bred. Enrolled mares must be resident in the Province of Ontario for a minimum of 180 days, including the date of foaling.
- Ontario Sired Rewards are distributed to eligible breeders of purse-winning two-year-olds and three-year-olds in Ontario Sires Stakes races.
- Ontario Bred Rewards are available to Ontario Resident Mare owners/lessees with Ontario Bred purse-winning offspring racing in Ontario Sires Stakes races and selected open stakes races in Ontario.
Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association (SBOA) $12 Million Enhancement Agreement
An additional $3 million will be paid out annually during 2015-2018 via Breeders’ Incentives, enhanced Ontario Bred Rewards, Leading OSS Divisional Performer Rewards and enhanced Stallion Rewards. For complete information, contact the SBOA at (519) 833-2861.
Starting in 2015, a 20% purse bonus will be offered on two-year-old Ontario Sired overnight race earnings in Ontario and a 5% purse bonus will be offered on two-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes earnings.
All participants wishing to enroll mares or stallions in the Standardbred Improvement Program must hold a current Ontario Racing Commission licence. Contact the ORC at 416-213-0520, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.ontarioracingcommission.ca.
Ontario Sires Stakes Program
Ontario Sires Stakes Program forms should be submitted with all required payments to:
Ontario Horse Racing
90 Sheppard Ave E, Suite 200
Toronto ON M2N 0A4
Attention: Ontario Sires Stakes
Ontario Resident Mare Program
Ontario Resident Mare Program forms should be submitted with all required payments to:
Attention: Ontario Resident Mare Program
1-2150 Meadowvale Blvd.
Mississauga ON L5N 6R6
Ontario Sires Stakes Stallion Registration January 15
Ontario Sires Stakes Three-Year-Old Sustaining Payments February 15
Ontario Sires Stakes Two-Year-Old Sustaining Payments March 15
Ontario Sires Stakes Yearling Nominations May 15
Ontario Resident Mare Program Mare Enrolment Prior to Foaling