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Standardbred Improvement Program

Standardbred Improvement Program (SIP)

Ontario leads the Standardbred industry in Canada with more horses, products and opportunities to race anywhere else in the country. Home to 12 Standardbred racetracks, Ontario offers world-class racing that employs the equivalent of 30,000 full time jobs, generating over $1.2 billion in economic activity making it the third largest agricultural industry in Ontario.

The Standardbred Improvement Program (SIP) is a component of Ontario’s Horse Improvement Program (HIP). The program offers incentives for the breeding and ownership of Standardbred race horses in Ontario. Incentives are made available in awards and purses through Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) races, purse bonuses and benefits for breeders and mare owners.

Components of the Standardardbred Improvement Program Include


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

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

2020 Criteria Book

2021 Final Report Purse Reallocation Program (Standardbred)

ORM worked with the Task Force to qualify horses that met the approved criteria and submitted them for review by OLG. Once approved, payment was issued to those who met the qualifications. In total, 2,773 SB horses have been paid out under the application program