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Thoroughbred Improvement Program

Thoroughbred Improvement Program

The Thoroughbred Improvement Program (TIP) is a component of the Ontario Horse Improvement Program which offers incentives for the breeding and ownership of Thoroughbred racehorses in Ontario through:

  • Breeders Awards
  • Ontario Bred Purse Bonus's
  • Ontario Restricted Stakes racing
  • Ontario Sires Stakes
  • Sales Stakes Program
  • Stallion Awards

The primary goal of the Thoroughbred Improvement Program is to increase the quality and value of Ontario Bred race horses. Breeders and owners of Registered Ontario Breds, Owners of Ontario Sires, and progeny owners of Ontario Sires, receive benefits from the Ontario Thoroughbred Improvement Program.


* Enriched TIP will now offer the additional funds through a new rewards program in which a $2,500 bonus will be distributed to the winning owner and breeder of a registered Ontario-bred in an "overnight" race at Woodbine split evenly. At Fort Erie, $1,250 will be also split evenly between the winning owner and breeder of an overnight race.
* When coupled with the existing TIP program, there is over $16 million available for Thoroughbred horsepeople through TIP in 2019, including $2 million from the original Enhanced TIP program earmarked for Thoroughbred breeders.
* Another $125,000 from the enriched TIP program has been dedicated to equine research and long-term care.
* The additional TIP funds are a contribution from the government and are not derived from wagering, as is the case with the Thoroughbred Improvement Program, which is expected to be valued over $12 million in 2019.
* The TIP Program is retroactive to the commencement of Thoroughbred racing in April 2019.

2019-2020 Thoroughbred Improvement Program Proposed Budget

TIP Program Announcement

TIP: It Pays To Buy In Ontario


Detailed information and the rules surrounding the various program components are provided in the Thoroughbred 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.

2019 TIP Criteria Book
2019 Authorized Agent Form
2019 Ontario Resident Mare Eligibility
2019 Ontario Resident Mare Declaration
2019 Stallion Registration
2019 Stallion Lease Declaration
2019 Application To Receive Stallion Awards
2019 TIP Stakes Schedule


2019 OSS Stallion Listing

2019 Farm List

2019 Premier Breeders Awards Distribution

2019 Split Cheque Agreement


2017 Ontario-bred Foals
2016 Ontario-bred Foals
2015 Ontario-bred Foals
2014 Ontario-bred Foals
2013 Ontario-bred Foals
2012 Ontario-bred Foals
2011 Ontario-bred Foals
2010 Ontario-bred Foals


TIP offers incentives and rewards to breeders, owners and lessees of both Ontario Bred and Ontario Sired horses by way of purse bonuses, Breeders' awards, purse supplements and stallion awards, as well as a restricted overnight racing and sales stakes program.

Enhanced Breeders Awards

In 2014 an additional $4,000,000 enhancement was made to the current breeders’ awards program and an additional $2,000,000 will be made each year from 2015 to 2018. 


All participants wishing to enroll mares or stallions in the Thoroughbred Improvement Program must hold a current Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) license. Contact the AGCO at 416-326-8700 or 1-800-522-2876, by email at [email protected] or online at