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Thoroughbred Improvement Program

Thoroughbred Improvement Program (TIP)


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:

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 and Ontario Sired horses and owners of Ontario Sires receive benefits from the Ontario Thoroughbred Improvement Program

For full details on the programs visit The TIP Website


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 or online at

Full details on eligibility requirements for individual TIP Programs is available in the criteria book below

2021 Criteria Book

Purse Reallocation Program (Thoroughbred)

When horse racing was suspended in the province due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario Racing created a task force to assess the financial impacts on the horse racing industry. The Ontario Racing Task Force worked closely with Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) and other parties to the Long-Term Funding Agreement to create a relief program for all three breeds; Quarter Horse, Standardbred and Thoroughbred.

Ontario Racing Management worked with the Task Force to qualify horses that met the approved criteria and submitted them for review by OLG. A total of 1,471 Thoroughbred horses met the qualifications and received relief funds through the program

Third Amendment to the Funding Agreement — COVID-19 Additional Closure Periods