September 16, 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

Maintain Current OSS Purse Levels, Says OMAFRA Panel

The three member OMAFRA panel, charged with the transition of horse racing in Ontario, today issued a statement revealing their expectations regarding the purse structure of the Ontario Sires Stakes program.

The full statement, issued today (Nov. 6) in response to a request for clarification from the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario, is as follows:

“With the implementation of the recommendations by our panel, and with fine tuning of the funding in the weeks ahead, it is our expectation and intent that the current purse structure for the highly successful OSS program could be maintained for 2013 and beyond.”

Anna Meyers, President of the SBOA, sees the written statement as an important step in restoring confidence in Ontario’s world renowned breeding sector.

“The SBOA has asked the panel for clarity and they’ve provided this written response,” said Meyers. “At Harrisburg this week, we’re hearing a lot of questions from breeders that are selling Ontario-sired horses. We believe it is extremely important that buyers understand that this vital program will continue in its entirety and we hope this will give them confidence as they make buying decisions this week.”

While Meyers is pleased with the statement, she cautions that there is still work to be done. “We feel there is a lot of discussion that needs to take place on a number of issues, and we’re very hopeful that we’re able to to make meaningful progress on behalf of the many standardbred breeders in Ontario.”

The panel, which consists of Elmer Buchanen, John Snobelen and John Wilkinson, last month issued their panel report on the future of horse racing in Ontario.

(Standardbred Canada)

ORC Hearing Results in Changes to Mohawk Draw for OSS Gold 2-year-old Colt Trotters

The OSS 2-year-old Gold Trot Eliminations which were postponed with the cancellation of the July 21st Mohawk card, will be raced on August 19 and eligibles will be restricted to ONLY the 27 horses that were entered on July 21st.

The Ontario Racing Commission has released the results of an August 11th hearing into the matter and provided details on its decision.

On July 22nd, the Program Administrator had issued a notice that the 2 year-old Colt Trot Eliminations would be rescheduled to August 19th. The Program Administrator had also advised that the rescheduled event would be opened up to all eligible OSS horses, and that the restriction to Grassroots #2 horses would be lifted. This decision was appealed by a number of horsepeople with horses entered in the July 21st events.

The ORC Chair Rod Seiling allowed the August 11th appeal and ordered as follows:

The rescheduled event will be open only to those horses that were entered into the July 21, 2011 event.  There will be a redrawing of post positions thereby ensuring that any of the 27 horses that may have become ineligible due to not having the required “clean” line will have the opportunity to re-qualify before the entry box closes. Furthermore, any horse that opts not to re-enter will not be subject to the starting fee.

The interests of all original horses are advised that:
1. All horses must be re-entered.
2. All horses must be eligible at the time of entry.

2-Year-Old Colt Trot Gold Event
Eliminations

Date: Friday, August 19, 2011
Racetrack: Mohawk Racetrack
Post Time: 7:10 p.m.
Box Closing Time: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.

Final
Date: Friday, August 26th
Post Time: 7:10 p.m.

Details on the official ORC ruling are outlined here.