May 29, 2017

ORC IS Accepting OSS Yearling Nominations For May 15th Deadline, As Per Usual

The Program Administrator of the Standardbred Ontario Sires Stakes Program has clarified information currently circulating in the industry.

The May 15th deadline for nominating Standardbred Yearlings to the Ontario Sires Stakes Program has NOT been cancelled or deferred at this time.

Yearling Nomination payments currently being received by the Program are being accepted and processed.

The only action taken by the Program Administrator at this time has been to send the following statement to the USTA to meet their deadline for publishing in the upcoming USTA 2012 Stakes Guide:
ONTARIO SIRES STAKES Notice to owners of Ontario Sired yearlings: The Ontario Sires Stakes Program Administrator is examining the changing circumstances in Ontario to determine the impact on the Ontario Sires Stakes Program. Further details will be released as they become available.

Normally, the conditions for OSS#41 would have appeared in the early spring printing of the USTA Stakes Guide. Published conditions include the details of the program that would be offered for these horses in 2013 and 2014.

Given the changing circumstances, the Administrator was not prepared to issue conditions at this time to meet the USTA’s publication deadline.

Any participant with questions about the Ontario Sires Stakes Program should contact the Program Administrator directly at 416-213-0520.

SBOA New Owners Program in Ontario Sires Spotlight


The Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association (SBOA) has added some promotional punch to its long-time New Owner Mentoring Program. It’s contributing a share in this year’s group as Grand Prize for the recently-launched OSS “Win the Thrill” Contest.

Following qualifying rounds at Grassroots and Gold final events at Clinton, Flamboro, Georgian, Grand River, Hanover and Hiawatha, the Ownership Share Winner will be determined at Mohawk on Grassroots Finals night, October 1st.

The SBOA has been shepherding newcomers through the intricacies of harness horse ownership since 2005, in the hopes that many of them will get hooked on the sport. And don’t think it hasn’t worked.

Just ask Jamie Trott of Orangeville who has parlayed his initial SBOA foray into ownership heights still only dreamt of by most– having a contender in the Little Brown Jug. Piece of the Rock, owned by Trott and partners and trained by Bob Young, is now honing in on $400,000 in career earnings.

“And there’s so much more than just the horse side of it,” says Trott. “I’ve made a lot of really good friends through the program, some of them I own horses with today.”

Anthony Wagner is another of the program’s biggest boosters. He was in on a 2005 SBOA group with Lemon Drop, a trotter who banked well over $100,000 for his partnership. Today the Mississauga, ON resident owns parts of eight horses.

“I would truly say that I’m addicted to owning horses,” he says, “and everything to do with the horse industry.”

Wingham, ON residents Betty Ross and husband Jim are retired farmers who also entered the business through the Mentoring Program. Betty is a current partner in the program’s poster boy, Grin for Money, trained by John Kopas to current earnings of over $278,000.

“It’s been a real hoot,” she says. “When the race goes, we all get together in the grandstand. One guy is our cheerleader and we all yell for him.”

“We obviously love it, she adds, “We now have 11 horses including broodmares, foals and horses in training. ”
SBOA Director Liz Waples is this year taking over the role of Mentoring Program Co-ordinator from Tammy McNiven. She sees the interaction in the program as having a twofold benefit.

” It has not only been a success in terms of bringing new owners to the sport,” she says, “but also, I think, also from the perspective of the participating mentors and trainers who get to see the sport through new eyes.”

Each partnership consists of 9 new owners and a Mentor, who each contribute $4500, while SBOA provides a “forgivable loan” of $15,000.

Tony O’Sullivan will be the Trainer for this year’s partnership, and the group will be drawing on the long-time experience and expertise of Brian Webster as Mentor.

Further details and applications for the 2011 program are available now on the SBOA website.