December 21, 2014

Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals Set

The fields have now been established for this Saturday’s eight $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals at Mohawk Racetrack, which will showcase the top performers in the provincial program and provide an exciting conclusion to the 2014 OSS season.

The races have been carded as Race 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10. To view the entries, click here. For a free, printable program page, courtesy of TrackIT, click here.

Another special race on Saturday is the Wendy Hoogeveen Memorial (Race 6), in honour of the Ontario Racing Commission’s director of industry development and support, who passed away in August at the age of 56.

In addition to all of the exciting races on track, there will be a multitude of activities to enjoy off track, including EquiMania, a youth education program presented by the University of Guelph. Designed to delight horse enthusiasts of all ages, EquiMania features games, workbooks, fun materials and true to life displays and offers a unique hands-on adventure into the wonderful world of horses.

It will be a jam-packed evening at the Campbellville racetrack on October 11, with lots of entertainment for the family, live music, contests, exhibits, great food and of course, some outstanding racing by the very best colts and fillies in the province.

The fun will begin at 5:30 p.m. with racing starting at 7:25. Admission and parking are free.

Here’s a preview of Saturday’s eight Super Finals:

Two-Year-Old Filly Trot – Race 2

Trainer John Bax sends out a strong 1-2 punch to kick off this year’s Super Finals thanks to the dynamic duo of Stubborn Belle and Juanitas Fury.

Stubborn Belle (Post 1 – Paul MacDonell) is the richest filly in the field thanks to a bankroll that stands at $361,286. The upset winner against Grand Circuit foes in last month’s $385,000 Peaceful Way Final has since come back to win an OSS Gold Series division in a career-best clocking of 1:54.1.

Her stablemate, Juanitas Fury (Post 8 – Steve Condren), has stashed away more than $227,000 while assembling a 3-4-1 record in her first nine assignments. The daughter of Kadabra was a lapped-on second to Stubborn Belle in the Peaceful Way Final.

The points leader in the division, Danielle Hall (Post 2 – Jody Jamieson), went 4-1-0 in five Gold Series assignments for Team Jamieson. The six-time winner has racked up more than $250,000 in the process.

Three-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot – Race 3

Harper Blue Chip figures to be one of the biggest favourites in the Super Finals parade, and trainer Mark Steacy can finally say he drew a great post in a big money final. The trainer has been a bit snake bitten in that department in the past, but Post 2 figures to be a great spot for the son of Majestic Son to work from. Sylvain Filion will pair up with the eight-time winner who will try to add to his $678,000 bankroll. He went 3-for-3 in Gold Series events this season and led the division with 150 points.

Two-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace – Race 4

It’s the Casie Coleman show in this Super Final as the five-time O’Brien Award winner as Canada’s Trainer of the Year will send out a five-headed monster in the rich tilt.

Leading her freshman army is the incredibly talented Reverend Hanover (Post 5 – Chris Christoforou). The son of Sportswriter, who is 3-for-3 going into Saturday’s affair, has looked dominant in each of his performances. The colt earned a 1:51.1 career-best clocking in his first OSS Gold Series assignment and followed it up with a 1:51.4 triumph in his follow-up try against Gold Series foes.

Coleman will also send out Southwind Indy (Post 1 – Jack Moiseyev), Bob Ben And John (Post 3 – Jonathan Drury), Sportskeeper (Post 6 – Sylvain Filion) and Rollwiththepunches (Post 10 – Phil Hudon).

Two-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot – Race 5

After racking up three OSS Gold Series wins in the regular season, Dont Rush will try to keep the ball rolling in Saturday’s Super Final. The son of Infinitif will have to overcome Post 8 in his quest for a third straight score for the tandem of driver Chris Christoforou and trainer Dustin Jones. The colt manufactured a 3-3-1 record from 10 trips to the track, and he banked more than $170,000 in the process.

He’ll take on a host of other capable rookies including recent Gold Series winners, Rise Up Rise Up (Post 2 – Mike Saftic) and Alacrity (Post 3 – Eddie Green).

Two-Year-Old Filly Pace – Race 7

Sports Chic has dominated the division for trainer Blake MacIntosh and driver Jody Jamieson, but she disappointed in the final Gold Series event of the season. The daughter of Sportswriter, who went 5-3-0 in her first eight tries, finished a disappointing seventh at Mohawk Racetrack on September 29. Bouncing back won’t be easy based on the fact she’s drawn the dreaded Post 10.

What might help is the fact that recent Gold Series winners, Capela (Post 8 – James MacDonald) and Wrangler Magic (Post 9 – Sylvain Filion), haven’t drawn much better.

Three-Year-Old Filly Trot – Race 8

Riveting Rosie will look to become a repeat Super Final winner for the team of driver Paul MacDonell and trainer John Bax, but it won’t be easy considering she’s drawn Post 10. The O’Brien Award-winning daughter of Muscle Mass came out of the blocks slowly this season, but she’s really found her form in recent weeks. She was second against the continent’s top sophomore fillies, and she has since posted back-to-back Gold Series scores.

Sweetie Hearts (Post 1 – Randy Waples is another filly who got off to a slow start to the season, but trainer Ron Parsons has her firing on all cylinders going into Saturday’s final. The daughter of Angus Hall has been first or second in four of her last five assignments. She’s stashed away more than $280,000 this season.

Three-Year-Old Filly Pace – Race 9

Skippin By (Post 3 – Randy Waples) has won back-to-back Gold Series events since moving into the barn of trainer Corey Johnson, and she figures to get a lot of pari-mutuel support on Saturday night. The daughter of Shadow Play came within one-fifth of a second from matching Michelles Powers’ all-time OSS record for three-year-old pacing fillies when she blazed to a 1:50.2 win in a Gold Series division at Mohawk Racetrack on September 8. She’s won five of 18 starts this season.

Lady Shadow (Post 7 – Doug McNair) also racked up five wins this year, including a 1:49.2 triumph for driver Rick Zeron in her elimination of the Canadian Breeders Championship at Mohawk Racetrack on July 12. She won back-to-back Gold Series events before finishing fourth in her elimination heat of the Jugette last month in Ohio.

Three-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace – Race 10

Jet Airway made four appearances in the OSS Gold Series this season, and the speedy son of Jeremes Jet was perfect in those assignments for trainer Tony Alagna and driver Randy Waples. After racking up just over $62,000 last year, the colt has tacked on more than $278,000 in earnings this year. The ten-time winner, who is 7-for-15 in 2014, will start from Post 1 on Saturday evening.

The Dr. Ian Moore-trained Play It Again Sam (Post 9 – Jody Jamieson) and Silverhill Shadow (Post 10 – Chris Christoforou) have both had their fair share of success in Gold Series events this season, but they’ve got their work cut out for them considering they’ve drawn the outside posts in the rich tilt.

(With files from the OSS)

2015 Purse Bonuses for Ontario Sired Standardbred Two-Year-Olds

Ontario Horse Racing (OHR) is pleased to announce that in the 2015 calendar year, Ontario Sired Standardbred two-year-olds racing in Ontario will receive a projected $700,000 in new purse bonuses distributed as a 20% bonus on overnight races plus a 5% purse bonus on Ontario Sires Stakes earnings.

The proposal, which was brought forward by the Standardbred Advisory Group, was approved by the ORC Board this week. Elmer Buchanan, ORC Chair, said “It is encouraging to see innovative ideas brought forward by the industry, especially those ideas that demonstrate a strong commitment to the breeding sector”.

OHR wishes to thank the Standardbred Advisory Group for their leadership in developing the incentive designed to benefit Ontario owners and breeders.

“Ontario Sired” is defined as a foal sired by a stallion that is recognized as an Ontario Sire by the Standardbred Improvement Program in the year of conception.

Year after year Ontario breeders produce leading performers, trotters and pacers. Most recent successes are trotting mare Bee A Magician and pacing horse Somebeachsomewhere, who absolutely dominated in their Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) races as well as the elite Grand Circuit races. Virtually all of the sport’s most coveted races have been won by an Ontario Sired performer. 

For further information on this new incentive, contact:
Karen Hauver
OSS Administrative Coordinator
519-369-3545
records@ontariosiresstakes.com 

Ontario Horse Racing (OHR) is a division of the Ontario Racing Commission and, as the Program Administrator for Ontario’s Horse Improvement Program, is responsible for the development and implementation of all Program elements, designed to recognize excellence for Ontario Bred and Ontario Sired horses racing in their home province.

(with files from OMAFRA ,OHR and OSS)

2014 OSS Schedule Released

The 2014 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) schedule of races is now available and can be found on the OSS website.

OSS events have been assigned to those Ontario racetracks that currently have approved race dates for 2014.

The Schedule section of the website will be updated shortly, and the draw dates and times will be added when that information has been finalized.

2014 OSS, HIP Program Details

At its meeting of January 30, 2014, the Board of the Ontario Racing Commission approved the 2014 Horse Improvement Program (HIP) as recommended by the industry stakeholders and Program staff.

Developed by the Thoroughbred and Standardbred Advisory Groups, the 2014 programs will offer significant incentives to breed and own horses in Ontario. For the most part, the upcoming season will mirror the 2013 programs, providing consistency along with some improvements.

Glenn Sikura, President of Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, said “We believe this is a solid Program for Ontario horse people right across the province, and one that makes the best use of the resources available to the HIP Program.” Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association president Walter Parkinson stated “We now have in place, a solid five-year planning process that will provide stability to both the Thoroughbred and Standardbred Improvement Programs.”

The approved Thoroughbred program includes $4.5 million for restricted overnight racing, $2.8 million to support the Ontario Bred Purse Bonus, $4 million to support the Thoroughbred Stakes Program and $3.4 million for awards for breeders and stallion owners.

In 2014 the Standardbred program projects $16.6 million in purses for the Ontario Sires Stakes Program and $2.1 million for Ontario Sired and Ontario Bred Rewards. Both programs continue to contribute Equine Research funds for projects that support racing and breeding issues.

For more information on Ontario’s Horse Improvement Program, visit the Program’s pages atwww.ontarioracingcommission.ca or contact the Program Administrator at (416) 213-0520.

2014 Ontario Sires Stakes Program Announced

The Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Program is on track to provide an exciting season of racing. Developed by the Standardbred Advisory Group and approved by the Ontario Racing Commission, the 2014 OSS program will offer over $16.6 million in purses and just over $2.1 million in Ontario Bred and Ontario Sired Rewards.

“We felt it was important to maintain consistency and continuity within the Program,” said Paula Wellwood of the Standardbred Advisory Group, “however, there were some elements that we wanted to improve on this year and I think we’ve accomplished that.” Program changes for 2014 include setting all Grassroots division purses at $18,000, reinstating the Grassroots Semi-Finals and raising Gold Super Final purses to $250,000. “The Program’s administrative staff has put a great deal of effort into working the numbers to ensure a program that is viable and reflects the new goals of the five-year Horse Racing Partnership Program. This plan works and works well.”

Gold Series
- The Gold Mid-Summer Challenge has been eliminated and replaced with a Gold Leg.
- The Gold Program will now consist of five Gold Legs followed by a Gold Super Final.
- The Starting Fee for each Gold Leg will be $800.
- Each Gold Leg will have a total purse of $210,000, which will be split between the required number of divisions. However, in the event of only one division, the purse will be $150,000.
- If six or more divisions are required for a Gold Leg, there will be a minimum purse of $40,000.

Gold Super Final
- Horses will earn points in the five Gold Legs to qualify for the Gold Super Final.
- The purse for the Gold Super Final will be $250,000.

Grassroots Series
- The number of Grassroots events per age/sex/gait remains at six.
- The purse for each Grassroots division will be $18,000.
- The Starting Fee for each Grassroots event will be $350.

Grassroots Semi-Finals and Championships
- Grassroots Semi-Finals have been added back into the program with a purse of $20,000 per division.
- The purse for the Grassroots Championship remains at $50,000.

For more information on Ontario’s Horse Improvement Programs, visit the Program pages atontariosiresstakes.com or contact the Program Administrator at (416) 213-0520.

The Ontario Sires Stakes Program was established in 1974, with the objective of encouraging the breeding of quality Standardbred horses and providing an economic incentive for breeders, owners and trainers to breed, buy and race in Ontario. This year marks the 40th year of the OSS, which over the years became the gold standard of sires stakes programs in North America.

(ORC)

ORC Approves OSS Consolations

Following announcements made last week, the Board of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) approved a set of Consolation Races for the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Series and the Grassroots Series at its monthly meeting yesterday.

The new races were developed through consultation with industry stakeholders and race secretaries to determine the best use of unallocated funds from the 2013 Ontario Sires Stakes Program. The proposal was circulated to the Standardbred Advisory Group and was very favourably received.

“The Board is very aware of the struggles experienced by the horse racing community in 2013. Early in the planning stages, the ORC had committed to ensuring that 2013 Program funds would be paid out in 2013,” said Rod Seiling, Chair of the ORC. “The concept for these new races balances the interests of the customer and the interests of the racing community, by creating new opportunities for our OSS horses to race and exciting betting opportunities for our customers.”

Gold Series Consolation
On Sunday, October 13 at Grand River Raceway, the Consolation for the Gold Series horses will be contested in one division per age, sex and gait for a purse of $50,000. The top nine Gold point earners that are entered will be drawn in. To ensure full fields in both the Super Finals and the Gold Consolations, horses that competed but did not earn money in the Gold Super Final will also be allowed to enter the Consolation.

Grassroots Series Consolation
Two divisions of Grassroots Consolations for each age, sex and gait will be contested on October 14 and 15 at Western Fair Raceway. The top 16 point earners entered will compete for a purse of $20,000 for each division. As in the Gold Series, horses that raced in the Grassroots Finals but did not earn money will be allowed to enter into the Grassroots Consolations.

Horses that are eligible to be entered into both the Gold and Grassroots Consolations due to their point accumulation can be entered into both, but will only be drawn into one. All horses must be declared by the box closing time at each track. The box for Western Fair for October 14, however, will be held open for entries for the Grassroots Consolations until 12 noon on Wednesday, October 9 to allow for the completion of the Gold Consolation draw at Grand River.

Complete details for the Consolations are available here.

For further Program information, please contact:
Karen Hauver
OSS Administration Coordinator
519 369-3545
karen.hauver@ontarioracingcommission.ca

or

Wendy Hoogeveen
Program Administrator
Director Industry Development and Support
416 213-7839

(ORC)

Gold, Grassroots Consolations Update

On Saturday, September 21st at the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Grassroots Championships, ORC Chair Rod Seiling announced that Consolations for the OSS Gold Series and the Grassroots Series will be conducted in early October.

While still conditional upon ORC Board approval, which is expected Thursday, the addition to the OSS season is possible due participation fees being greater than originally budgeted and purse funds not required where there were fewer than 5 Grassroots divisions. During planning stages for the 2013 season, the ORC committed to the industry that it would ensure a 2013 Program that paid out all 2013 Program money in the 2013 season.

Gold Series Consolation
The Consolation for the Gold Series horses will be contested in one division per age, sex and gait at Grand River Raceway on Sunday, October 13th for a purse of $50,000. The top 9 Gold point earners that are entered will be drawn in. To ensure full fields in both the Super Finals and the Gold Consolations, horses that competed but did not earn money in the Gold Super Final will also be allowed to enter the Consolation. The Consolation will be cancelled if there is not a minimum of 5 horses drawn in.

Grassroots Series Consolation
Two divisions of Grassroots Consolations for each age, sex and gait will be contested on October 14th and 15th at Western Fair Raceway. The top 16 point earners entered will compete for a purse of $20,000 for each division. As in the Gold Series, horses that raced in the Grassroots Finals but did not earn money will be allowed to enter into the Grassroots Consolations. A Consolation will be cancelled if there is not a minimum of 5 horses entered. In the event of 9 entries, the Consolation will be contested in one division with two trailers. Ten or more entries will result in two divisions of 8 horses.

Horses that are eligible to be entered into both the Gold and Grassroots Consolations due to their point accumulation can be entered into both, but will only be drawn into one. All horses must be declared by the box closing time at each track. The box for Western Fair for October 14th, however, will be held open for entries for the Grassroots Consolations until 12 noon on Wednesday, October 9th to allow for the completion of the Gold Consolation draw at Grand River.

No Starting Fees will be required for the Consolation races.

Click here for the conditions for the Gold Series and Grassroots Consolations.

Click here for a ‘Question & Answer’ sheet for the Gold Series and Grassroots Consolations.

For further Program information, please contact:

Karen Hauver – OSS Administration Coordinator – (519) 369-3545 / karen.hauver@ontarioracingcommission.ca or Wendy Hoogeveen – Program Administrator Director Industry Development and Support / (416) 213-7839

(Standardbred Canada)

Team Ontario Set For Big Saturday

North America’s trotting elite will congregate at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, Sept. 14 and among the contestants in the William Wellwood Memorial, Peaceful Way and Canadian Trotting Classic Finals are 10 Ontario-sired stars hoping to keep the trophies close to home.

After winning his elimination from Post 10, Harper Blue Chip is among the favourites in the $365,000 William Wellwood Memorial Final. The Majestic Son colt and Milton resident Sylvain Filion will line up at Post 3 in the final and trainer Mark Steacy is expecting a world class battle.

“I think he’s got his work cut out for him,” says the Lansdowne resident. “Father Patrick is pretty highly rated, and rightly so with the races he’s won, but he did look a little vulnerable on the last turn.”

Favourite Father Patrick will start from Post 4 and comes into the contest on a five race win streak. Harper Blue Chip’s streak only extends to two races, but Steacy feels the colt is showing steady improvement.

“He broke well, trained down well. He was quiet, well mannered, smart — similar to his father. He never showed high speed, but he always did what you wanted,” recalls Steacy, who trained Majestic Son to $1,993,157 in career earnings. “With each race he got better, and the speed started to come.

“Sylvain Filion really likes this horse and we both hope we haven’t hit the bottom of the well yet,” adds the horseman.

Steacy shares ownership of Harper Blue Chip with Landmark 6 Racing Stable of Kingston, David McDonald of Cornwall and David Reid of Glenburnie. The partners purchased the colt out of last fall’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale for $40,000.

“I always go looking for Majestic Son’s. I’m a true believer,” says Steacy. “I really believe Majestic Son is a great sire, and I’ve trained quite a few of his. He didn’t catch the Grand Circuit mares like Donato Hanover and the likes of that did, but I think if he had you’d see a lot more than three in these Finals.”

In addition to Harper Blue Chip, Majestic Son gelding P L Hercules will also compete in the William Wellwood Memorial from Post 6 and filly Serendipitious will start from Post 8 in the Peaceful Way Final.

In last week’s Peaceful Way Eliminations, two of the three winners were Ontario-sired fillies. I Jasmin and Danica Hall trotted to 1:57.1 and 1:57.3 victories respectively and will line up at Posts 2 and 3 in the $374,000 final.

“It tells you that we’re producing quality horses, doesn’t it,” says trainer Doug McIntosh, who sends the Deweycheatumnhowe daughter into Saturday’s final on behalf of owner-breeder Walnut Hall Limited of Lexington, KY.

Like Harper Blue Chip, Danica Hall captured her elimination and her Champlain Stakes division one week earlier to ride into Saturday’s final on a two race win streak. And like Steacy, McIntosh knows Danica Hall is in for a tough battle in the $374,000 Final.

“She’s a nice filly, but that race on Saturday night is a tough race. Whoever gets a trip in there will win,” says the Wheatley resident. “That two-year-old trotting filly division is very deep.”

Trotting specialist Trevor Ritchie of Acton will steer Danica Hall in pursuit of the biggest prize of her young career.

Among the other fillies expected to be favoured in the final is Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series division leader Riveting Rosie, who will start from Post 5. The Muscle Mass daughter rallied from an early break in the elimination round to finish third for driver Paul MacDonell of Guelph, trainer John Bax of Peterborough and his partners Don Allensen of Wyoming, J And T Stables of Newmarket and John Hayes of Sharon.

Rounding out the Ontario-sired hopefuls in the two-year-old finals are colt Massive Talent, who gets Post 1 in the William Wellwood Memorial, and fillies Toughs Legacy and White Becomes Her, who will start from Posts 9 and 10 in the Peaceful Way.

In the $686,000 Canadian Trotting Classic Final Toocool Forschool carries the Ontario-sired torch from Post 5. The Kadabra colt finished fifth behind Master Of Law in the elimination round and will be looking for a return to the form that saw him post a personal best 1:53.4 at Mohawk in his June 8 Goodtimes Elimination.

Moffat resident Jody Jamieson will steer Toocool Forschool for Glenn Lalonde of Guelph and owners Roland Rocco of Lasalle, QC and Benoit Gendron of Beaconsfield, QC.

The 10 Ontario-sired entries are matched only by the number of young trotters hailing from Pennsylvania. The other jurisdictions represented are New Jersey with six hopefuls, New York with three and Kentucky with one.

Post time for Mohawk Racetrack’s Saturday, Sept. 14 program is 7:25 p.m., with the William Wellwood Memorial Final slated as Race 3, the Peaceful Way Final going postward in Race 5 and the Canadian Trotting Classic rounding out the evening in Race 8.

(OSS)

To view entries for Saturday’s card of harness racing, click the following link: Saturday Entries – Mohawk Racetrack.

(Standardbred Canada)

2013 Ontario Sires Stakes Schedule Now Available

 The 2013 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) schedule is now available by clicking here.

The schedule was drafted with the racing information known at this time and participants are advised that the dates and locations are subject to change.

 Draw dates and times will be added to the Schedules and Results section of the OSS website (www.ontariosiresstakes.com) in early May when that information has been finalized.

 For more information please contact:

 Karen Hauver

OSS Administration Coordinator

519 369-3545

(OSS)

 

 

 

 

OSS Payments For Two And Three-Year-olds Due Tues., Apr. 30

Following Tuesday’s release of the details for the 2013 Ontario Sires Stakes Program, the OSS Administration would like to remind everyone that the deadline for the sustaining payments for Ontario-sired two-year-olds and three-year-olds must be postmarked by April 30, 2013.

Sustaining notices were mailed earlier in the year before the April 30th extension was announced. However, for anyone needing a form, click here.

In absence of a form, the horse’s name and tattoo number can be printed on the front of the cheque which should be mailed to:

Ontario Sires Stakes 10 Carlson Court, Suite 400 Toronto, ON  M9W 6L2

It is recommended that payments be sent by courier or registered mail.

Please note that all cheques that have been received by the OSS Administration for sustaining payments are being held and will be cashed after the April 30th deadline.

For more information please contact:

Karen Hauver OSS Administration Coordinator

519 369-3545

records@ontariosiresstakes.com

ORC Extends OSS Payment Deadlines For Two and Three-year-olds To April 30th

The Ontario Racing Commission announced today (March 7) that the sustaining payment deadline for both the 2 and 3 Year-Old Standardbred Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) has been extended to April 30, 2013.

While government and racetrack operators continue their negotiations surrounding transition funding, it was determined through consultation with the Standardbred Advisory Group that an extension of the deadline was necessary.

“We feel that it would not be fair to ask participants to make the payments at this time without having a schedule and more information on the 2013 Program”, stated Program Administrator Wendy Hoogeveen.

All participants are advised that sustaining payments already received or received prior to April 30, 2013 will not be deposited until after April 30th.

For the full notice please click this link.