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2021 Standardbred Improvement Program approved by Ontario Racing BOD

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2021 Standardbred Improvement Program approved by Ontario Racing BOD

April 1, 2021
2021 Standardbred Improvement Program approved by Ontario Racing BOD
TORONTO, April 1, 2021 – The 2021 Standardbred Improvement Program (SIP), based upon the recommendations of the industry representative Standardbred Advisory Group, has been approved by the Ontario Racing Board of Directors.

The 2021 program total, which includes participation fees, is projected to be $18.043 million, with projected Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) purses of $14.620 million and total reward incentives totaling $2.630 million. The $18.043 million program includes the $4.5 million that is contributed through the Enhanced Horse Improvement Program (E-HIP).

Of note, OSS Grassroots legs will carry a purse of $19,000 per division. Grassroots semifinals are $20,000 per division and finals are set at $50,000 per division, but the latter number could increase based on certain financial factors over the season. OSS Gold events feature a purse of $190,000, while Gold Super Finals will have a purse of $225,000 per event. The Ontario Racing Prospect Series divisional races will feature a purse of $6,500 per division with finals worth $15,000.

The SIP program, which continues to be one of the most successful of its kind in North America, consistently produces Ontario Sired and Ontario Bred Standardbreds that compete and win against the best in the world.

“Despite several difficult challenges faced by the industry, we are still able to offer a lucrative, world-class program, that provides strong purses for owners and participants, as well as exceptional breeder-based awards,” said John Hayes, Independent Chair, Ontario Racing. “Although OSS purses have been adjusted slightly as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic – and we are subject to further risk if live racing is shut down again as OSS purses are funded through Ontario-based wagering – we look forward to another exciting season of racing across the province, which will once again feature some of the very best Ontario Sired and Ontario Bred horses.”
 
This year’s OSS season gets underway with a 3-year-old colt pace on May 22 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. For a full schedule of OSS events, as well as important news and updates, visit OSS
 
2021 Standardbred Improvement Program Details:

GOLD SERIES

Gold Legs
SIP contribution of $190,000 per leg (divided by the number of divisions) PLUS Starting Fees, which will be added directly to the purse
The purse for legs with a single division will be announced at a later date

Super Finals
$225,000 each Age-Sex-Gait class
The Starting Fee for a Gold Leg is $800
There is no Starting Fee for Gold Super Finals

GRASSROOTS SERIES

Grassroots Divisions 
Purse of $19,000 per division PLUS Starting Fees, which will be added directly to the purse 

Semi-Finals
$20,000 per Semi-final (two per Age-Sex-Gait class) 

Championships 
$50,000 each Age-Sex-Gait-class
The Starting Fee for Grassroots Divisions is $350 
There is no Starting Fee for Grassroots Semi-Finals or Championships 
 
PROSPECT SERIES 
 
Prospect Series Legs 
Purse of $6,500 per division PLUS Starting Fees, which will be added directly to the purse 
 
Prospect Series Finals 
$15,000 each Age-Sex-Gait class
 The Starting Fee for a Prospect Series Leg is $100 
 There is no Starting Fee for Prospect Series Finals 

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For complete information about the 2021 OSS Program, please visit the official OSS website at oss.ontarioracing.com. For more information on the Ontario Sires Stakes, contact the OSS Coordinator at (905) 854-7808 or ossprogram@ontarioracing.com. For more information on the Ontario Resident Mare Program (Ontario Bred Rewards), email ontariomare@ontarioracing.com or call (416) 477-5529.
 
For more information on Ontario’s Horse Improvement Programs, visit OR HIP
 
Ontario Racing is responsible for the administration of all non-regulatory functions of horse racing in Ontario.
 

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