July 25, 2016

Canadian Purse Cheque News Update

July 6, 2016 - Seeing as though there is uncertainty in regard to the services of Canada Post at this time, multiple entities within the horse racing industry have issued releases explaining their contingency plans if a work stoppage does in fact occur.

Trot Insider has accumulated all of the racing PR that has been sent out on the topic, including Standardbred Canada’s. The Ontario Sires Stakes, Woodbine Entertainment Group and Kawartha Downs are the latest entities to issue recent announcements regarding purse cheques.

A link to WEG’s full statement has been added to the bottom of the following list of announcements.

A link to Kawartha’s full statement has also been added near the bottom.


Standardbred Canada – In The Event Of A Postal Service Disruption


There is a possibility of a Canada Post service disruption on or after July 2. It is still SC members’ responsibility to remain in good standing with Standardbred Canada even in case of a postal disruption. Renewals, invoices, eligibility fees and many more services are available online.

In the case of a service disruption, please remember that the Standardbred Canada ‘eShop’ tool is a great way to ensure prompt and secure service during this period.

The entire SC staff is here to help. Please contact or visit us at our head office in Mississauga from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EDT) or visit our Field Representative at the racetrack (available two hours before post time on race day).

You can contact Standardbred Canada:

Phone: 905-858-3060
Fax: 905-858-3111
For email listing, click here
or visit us at:
2150 Meadowvale Blvd
Mississauga, Ontario
L5N 6R6


Dans le cas d’une grève du service postal


Il y a une possibilité de conflit de travail au service de Postes Canada dès le 2 juillet.

Dans le cas d’une grève aux services postaux, nous vous rappelons que vous pouvez utiliser eShop sur le site de Standardbred Canada, ceci est un excellent moyen d’assurer un service rapide et sécuritaire durant cette période.

Notre personnel est ici pour vous aider. Vous pouvez nous contacter ou nous rendre visite à notre siège social à Mississauga, du lundi au vendredi, de 8:30 heures à 16h30 (HAE) ou vous pouvez aussi visiter nos représentantes aux hippodromes (disponible 2 heures avant le premier départ les jours de courses).

En cas d’une interruption de la poste, c’est votre responsabilité de vous assurer d’être en règle avec Standardbred Canada. Les renouvellements, factures, frais d’éligibilités et beaucoup d’autres services sont disponibles en ligne.

Vous pouvez communiquer avec Standardbred Canada:

Téléphone : (905) 858-3060
Télécopieur : (905)858-3111
Liste des adresses courriel
Ou nous visiter au
2150 Boul. Meadowvale
Mississauga, Ontario
L5N 6R6

(To view SC’s original release, click here)


Notice Regarding Quebec Purse Cheques


In the event of a postal strike, Standardbred Canada has forwarded last week’s purse cheques from Hippodrome 3R to the attention of Francois Carignan (QJC) at Hippodrome 3R….read on.


Update: Rideau Purse Cheques


Officials with Rideau Carleton Raceway have issued two important notices for horsepeople. The first notice pertains to purse cheques, while the other is in regard to the track being closed for training on a particular date….read on.


Kawartha Statement On Purse Cheques


Due to the uncertainty of the postal situation currently, Kawartha Downs did not mail the purse cheques from its July 2 card of racing which were not picked up this past Saturday night …read on.


Postal Strike Update From WEG


The Woodbine Entertainment Group today (Tuesday, July 12) issued an update regarding purse cheque distribution for Mohawk Racetrack and all Alliance racetracks…read on.


Update on Ontario Sires Stakes Cheque Distribution


Since the possibility of a strike by employees of Canada Post has been put on hold for at least 30 days, Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) cheques will be mailed as usual….read on.

(Standardbred Canada)

Faves Sweep Golds At Mohawk

July 6, 2016 - Freshman pacing fillies kicked off their OSS season Tuesday evening at Mohawk Racetrack in a set of $105,000 Gold Series divisions.

Sir Native, who was sent off as the 3-5 favourite, turned a two-hole trip into a rich payday. The daughter of Allamerican Native-Private Splendor sat the pocket trip behind Southwind Geo through panels of :27.4, :57.3 and 1:26.2. Jody Jamieson angled Sir Native off the rail in the lane and the filly powered home in :27.3 to win by three-quarters of a length over Vintage Book in 1:54.1. Southwind Geo faded to finish third.

“I thought this filly had an outside shot tonight, but then with the scratches it really opened the door for her, big time, to get a great trip,” said driver Jody Jamieson. “She was a very, very easy winner. I picked her up last week and I got to keep her because I had a little bit of success with her. She’s just a little filly, but great gaited, huge heart; her heart is probably bigger than the rest of her.”

Mike Weller trains the career winner of $56,000 for lessee Chuck Grubbs of Louisville, KY.

Action Majesty turned in a 1:54.1 mile of her own for Team McNair, and in doing so she’s now a perfect 2-for-2 to start her career. Doug McNair got away third with the youngster, but he had her in top gear in the backstretch. She brushed past St Lads Hotcakes, who supplied the :28 opener, and proceeded to knife out middle splits of :57.3 and 1:26.2. Aint Free OK brought heavy heat to the leader around the final turn, and they continued to wage war through the length of the stretch before Action Majesty prevailed by a neck. Aint Three OK was a brave runner-up, with the show dough going to Soiree Seelster.

“She was a little green on the top,” said driver Doug McNair. “But when the one (Aint Three Ok) got to her she kind of come back on again. She feels like she’ll be a better filly following, but it worked out tonight.”

Gregg McNair trains the Royal Mattjesty-Action Grin homebred for Kenneth Sommer of Sheffield, OH. Her lifetime earnings soared to $59,500 with the win.

One fan from the U.S. took home a solid return of $57,152.92 U.S. ($73,155.73 Cdn.) thanks to a score in Tuesday’s Jackpot Hi 5 wager. The fan, who spent $134.40 through EBETS USA, played a $.20 ticket on the combination of 4/2,10/All/All/All.

(Quotes from OSS)

To view results for Tuesday’s card of harness racing, click the following link: Tuesday Results – Mohawk Racetrack.

(Standardbred Canada)

Notice Regarding OSS Purse Cheques

July 6, 2016 - Due to the impending postal disruption at Canada Post, the Ontario Sires Stakes Administration will not be mailing out OSS cheques until the situation is resolved.

Driver, trainer and breeder cheques for OSS events during the month of June, as well as owners’ cheques for events which took place from June 17 to July 2, will be available for pick-up at the Mohawk Racetrack race office on Thursday, July 7 from 6:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.

A valid AGCO/ORC licence must be provided in order to pick up a cheque.

Any cheques not picked up on Thursday will be left at the race office and can be picked up during race nights at Mohawk.

In the event that the postal disruption does occur, owners’ cheques will be delivered to the Mohawk race office each Thursday evening for all OSS events taking place up to the previous Saturday. Driver, trainer and breeders cheques will be available on the first Thursday of the month.

Once mail service is restored, cheques that have not been picked up will be mailed immediately to the addressees.

Questions or concerns should be emailed to karenhauver@ontarioracing.com or call the OSS office at 519-369-3545.

(OSS)
(Standardbred Canada)

Upset City In Gold Divisions

July 14, 2015- Freshman trotters can often be unpredictable, and that was quite apparent during Monday’s 11-race card at Mohawk Racetrack.

The Campbellville, Ontario oval hosted a set of $105,000 OSS Gold Series divisions for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, and longshot players had a field day thanks to winners that were sent off at 48-1 and 6-1, respectively.

Stormont Esquire blew up the toteboard with his 48-1 shocker in the first division. Sylvain Filion rushed him to the lead in :28.3 before taking a backseat in the backstretch to race favourite Willyorwonthe. That foe led past the half in :58.4 before battling with Dewy Dont Cheat around the final turn. Dewy Dont Cheat gained a slim lead at the three-quarter pole in 1:28.2, but he weakened late. That left the door wide-open for Stormont Esquire, who used a :29-second closing panel to win by one-quarter of a length over Will Take Charge in 1:57.4. Third went to Tony Soprano.

Kevin Benn trains the homebred son of Muscle Mass-Queen Of Stormont for Stormont Meadows of Long Sault, Ontario.

Adored By Masses put a mild shock into the toteboard in the second division when he rallied for a narrow win at odds of 6-1 for driver Sylvain Filion. The colt got away fifth before latching onto cover in the middle stages of the mile. Unitaliano Bi led through first-half fractions of :28 and :58.2, but Dad Leads took over command when that one broke in the backstretch. Dad Leads hit the three-quarter pole in 1:27.2 before opening up a big lead in the lane. The youngster made a break just before the finish, and as a result he was picked off by the late-charging Adored By Masses. He prevailed by a neck over Dad Leads in 1:56.3. Third prize was earned by V For Victory.

The son of Muscle Mass-Armbro Adored is trained by Erv Miller for the partnership of Anthony Lombardi, Paymaq Racing and Mystical Marker Farms LLC.

A solid group of nine lined up for Monday’s $34,000 Preferred Trot, and American invader Master Of Law turned in an eye-catching rally to win in 1:52.2 for trainer/driver Jimmy Takter. The gelding had a gapped-off start, and as a result he got away sixth from the rail. Murmur Hanover led through fractions of :26.2, :56 and 1:24.2 before being overtaken in the lane by race favourite Flanagan Memory. Despite parking every step of the way, Flanagan Memory trotted clear of the field in deep stretch before weakening late. Master Of Law, who was eighth at the head of the lane, powered home in :26.3 to win by half a length over E L Titan. Windsun Revenge was a lapped-on third.

Lindy Racing Stable, Brittany Farms, Adam Victory And Son Stble and Christina Takter share ownership on the hulking five-year-old son of Deweycheatumnhowe-Possess The Magic. The victory improved his 2015 record to 3-3-2 from 14 and it pushed his lifetime win total to 12. He’s banked more than $400,000 to date.

Earlier on the card a group of seven rookies faced the gate in a $14,000 affair, andControl The Moment was a handy winner in 1:54.1 for driver Randy Waples. He got away second with the colt before blasting him to the lead in the backstretch. He cleared and controlled the tempo through middle fractions of :58.2 and 1:27.3. He uncorked a :26.3 closing panel to win by three-quarters of a length over Max Is Back. Spaniard recovered from an early miscue to finish third.

Sent off as the 4-5 favourite, the son of Well Said-Lifesliltreasure prevailed in his pari-mutuel debut for trainer Brad Maxwell who co-owns the youngster with Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Ben Mudry. The pacer was a $47,000 purchase from last year’s Lexington Select Yearling Sale.

To view results for Monday’s card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – Mohawk Racetrack.

(Standardbred Canada)

February Stakes Payments

Trot Insider has collected industry press releases in regard to stakes payments that are coming due on and around February 15.

This notice will be updated with any new updates as they are received.

Stakes payments to many of these stakes can also be made through SC Stakes Online.Click here for more info on how to get started.

 


 

Standardbred Canada’s February 15 Stakes Payment Notice

 


 

Standardbred Canada would like to remind owners and trainers that stakes payments are due February 15….read on.

 


 

Ontario Sires Stakes Three-Year-Old Payments Due By February 17

 


 

Owners of Ontario Sires Stakes-eligible three-year-olds are reminded that February 15 is the deadline for the three-year-old OSS sustaining payment of $700. However, since the 15th falls on a Sunday this year and Monday is a holiday, payments postmarked by Tuesday, February 17 will be accepted….read on.

 


 

Woodbine Stakes Payment Reminder

 


 

The deadline for nominations to several of the Woodbine Entertainment Group’s major stakes events, including the Pepsi North America Cup, is rapidly approaching….read on.

 


 

Meadowlands Stakes Payments Due

 


 

Nominations to all Grand Circuit races administered by the Meadowlands Racetrack have a February 15 (February 17 accepted, per USTA rule) postmark deadline….read on.

 


 

Hambletonian Society’s Stakes Payments Due

 


 

The initial payment deadline for eligibility to more than 127 stakes events at 14 different tracks, headlined by the $1 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands Racetrack on August 8 and the $5 million Breeders Crown events at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto on October 24, is fast approaching….read on.

 


 

Delaware (OH) Payments Due February 17; Announces Meet Changes

 


 

On Thursday, February 12, officials with the Little Brown Jug issued a press release in regard to multiple stakes payments that are due February 17. The release also states there will be some minor changes for the annual racing meet at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio….read on.

 


 

Alberta Stakes Payments Coming Due

 


 

Officials from the Alberta Standardbred Horse Association have issued a reminder to horsepeople that nominations for the 2015 Prairie Boys and Girls along with the 2015 Bev Sears and As Promised Stakes are due March 1read on.

 


 

Adios, Meadows Maturity Payments Due

 


 

Officials with the Meadows would like to remind trainers and owners that payments for the 2015 Delvin Miller Adios and for two new stakes, the Meadows Maturity Trots for four-year-olds and up, are due by February 15….read on.

 


 

Pennsylvania Payments Due March 15

 


 

Officials with the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission have issued a reminder to Standardbred horse owners that 2015 sire stakes payments for two-year-old and three-year-old horses are due by March 15….read on.

 


 

New Jersey Sire Stakes Payments Due February 17

 


 

The deadline for New Jersey Sire Stakes first sustaining payments is the last chance for owners of NJ-sired two-year-old and three-year-old pacers and trotters to be kept eligible to the 2015 Premier and Green Acres racing programs….read on.

 


 

Smith Trot Payments Due February 17

 


 

First sustaining payments of $200 for the Charles I. Smith Trotting Classic and the filly companion event, the Helen Smith, for three-year-old New Jersey-sired trotters are due on February 17, 2015 to the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ)….read on.

(Standardbred Canada)

2015 Ontario Sires Stakes Schedule

The 2015 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) schedule is now available.

Please note that this schedule was drafted with the racing information that is known at this time and is subject to change if necessary. The schedule can be accessed by clicking on the OSS Logo on the COSA website which will take you to the OSS website or it can be accessed in the PDF below.

Draw dates and times, etc. will be entered on the Schedules and Results section of the website in early May when that information has been finalized.

For more information please contact:

Karen Hauver
OSS Administration Coordinator
519 369-3545

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)