2020 Ontario Sires Stakes Schedule Released

MILTON, January 31, 2020 – Ontario’s talented three- year-old pacing colts will kick off the 2020 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule on Sunday, May 17 at Flam- boro Downs, competing in the first of five Grassroots Legs on their calendar. The sophomore

pacing colts will be featured on the Confederation Cup Final program, one of five signature stakes events that will highlight Ontario Sires Stakes competitors in 2020. The Raceway at Western Fair District’s Camluck Classic program, Clinton Raceway’s Kin Pace Final, Grand River Raceway’s In- dustry Day and Woodbine Mohawk Park’s Metro Pace Final will also feature legs of the provincial program. Worth almost $15

million in 2020, the Ontario Sires Stakes season will wrap up at Woodbine Mo- hawk Park in October. After battling for points through the regular season the top Grassroots competitors will square off in their $20,000 Semi-Finals on Thursday, Sept. 24 (two-year-olds) and

man Super Final title in 2019. “I highly doubt there will be another Alicorn in that group, because they don’t come around all that often, but it would be nice if something would come close to her.” In addition to the

Sires Stakes Gold Series wins at Woodbine Mohawk Park in July 2019. The daughter of Bettors Delight and Mythical will look to begin defense of her title in the opening Gold Series leg for three-year-old pacing fillies at the Campbellville oval on May 30. (New Image Media photo)

Friday, Sept. 25 (three-year- olds). The top five finishers from each semi-final will re- turn to Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday, Oct. 3 for their $75,000 Grassroots Championship showdown. Two weeks later the top

Gold Series point earners will settle divisional hon- ours in the Oct. 17 Super Fi- nals, with each Super Final boasting a purse of $250,000.

“We’ve got three Ontario Sires Stakes colts

and then those same owners that own Alicorn,


bought two Bettors Delight fillies as well, so if they all make it, it could be a good summer,” said Chantal Mitchell, who trained pac- ing filly Alicorn to a fresh-

Louis-Philippe Roy guides pacing filly Alicorn to the first of four straight Ontario

Grassroots and Gold Se- ries’, Ontario Sired horses have the opportunity to compete in the Prospect Se- ries in 2020. Also offering five regular season events culminating in a final, the Prospect Series will debut on Saturday, May 16 at Hi- awatha Horse Park with the first event for the three-year- old pacing colts. Grand River Raceway will host the eight Prospect Series Finals, worth $15,000 each, on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

2020 Ontario Sires Stakes & Prospect Series Schedules are available at - : https://on- andardbred-Improvement- Program/Ontario-Sires- Stakes

North American League Standings Starting to Sizzle as Winter Show Circuits Get Underway

Annville, PA – February 3, 2020 - The 2020 North Amer- ican League (NAL) series is off to a competitive start. Rid- ers competing on the winter show circuits are already collecting valuable points that will help them attain their goal of competing at the NAL Finals this fall. The NAL season runs from September 1 to August

31. NAL qualifying classes are open to all competitors, but only current members are awarded points. By joining the NAL, riders can accumulate the points necessary to qualify for the West Coast Finals held at the International Jumping Festival hosted by Blenheim EquiSports in San Juan Capistrano, CA, September 16-20 and the National Finals held at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA, October 8-17. Annual memberships are only $40 per rider.

East Coast Rankings as of January 22 Last year’s Adult Hunter Division winner, Patti

Schindler, of Reisterstown, MD, is starting out her 2020 season strong aboard her log-time partner Glyndon, and hold the top spot in the Adult Hunter rankings with 1,574 points. Hot on her heels in second place is Linda Corvari from Long Valley, NJ, aboard Surfside, with 1,557 points. Putting on the pressure is Mattie Worsham of Canton, GA, in third place on 1,426 points with her mount Scout. Raegan Williams of Oak Ridge, NC, leads Chil-

dren’s Hunter division aboard Sienna, with 1,574 points. From Alpharetta, GA, Mia Bakotic has piloted No Ques- tion About It into second place with 1,072 points. In third place with 944 points is Elodia Watrous from Wilmette, IL aboard Summit. Having won the same division last year, Stephanie

Ontario Racing’s Mare Purchase Program now capped; 123 through new TIP programs

Notice To Industry

TORONTO, February 4 – Ontario Racing (OR) today announced the Mare Pur- chase Program (MPP), de- signed to bolster

province’s breeding and rac- ing industry through its Thoroughbred Horse Im- provement Program (TIP), has concluded for the year. Through the con-

clusion of the OBS Winter Mixed sale in Ocala on Jan- uary 29, a total of 24 in-foal broodmares were purchased at various public auctions with 16 expected to be bred back to a registered Ontario sire during the 2020-21 breeding season and eligible for the MPP program offer. The Mare Pur-

chase Program offered eligi- the

ble applicants 50 percent of the purchase price of an in- foal broodmare, up to a maximum of $15,000 (CDN), at various recog- nized public auctions, plus another $2,500 (CDN) as an Ontario Sire ‘breed back’ in- centive.

Last month, the

Mare Recruitment Program, which offered $5,000 (CDN) to horsepeople to bring an in-foal mare to On- tario to foal, also with an Ontario Sire breed back in- centive worth


(CDN), had 99 broodmares with 60 pledged to be bred back to a registered Ontario sire, submitted. The paper- work for 23 broodmares (21 bred back to an Ontario sire) came through immediately after the time the program

was fully subscribed. On- tario Racing will disburse for those submissions. Through the two

programs, a total of 123 in- foal broodmares have been added to the province’s broodmare band, with 76 pledged back to a registered Ontario sire. “The success of

the Mare Purchase Program and Mare Recruitment Pro- gram has gone beyond our expectations,” said David Anderson,


breeder-owner and Ontario Racing (OR) board member. “The objectives of Ontario Racing’s Thoroughbred Horse Improvement com- mittee were crafted to ac- commodate all sectors of the racing and breeding com- munity. We want the brood-

mares to stay in Ontario per- manently, offer a significant incentive to breed back to a registered Ontario sire, to produce an Ontario-bred, to be sold at the local yearling sale, while eventually racing at Woodbine or Fort Erie. We’re clearly off to a great start.”

Live foal crop

numbers have declined over the last three years in On- tario. In 2017, 878 foals were registered, while 826 were recorded in 2018, ac- cording to The Jockey Club. Speculative 2019 Ontario foal crop numbers are show- ing a continued drop in the overall registered foal fig- ures.

“Seeing this de-

cline in the Ontario regis- tered foal numbers, our TIP

committee needed to look at material solutions to address these challenges,” said John Hayes, Independent Chair of Ontario Racing. “Those discussions spurred the de- velopment and the promo- tion of the Mare Purchase and Mare Recruitment pro- grams. These initiatives sig- naled to the


community that we were trying to invest and grow this business.” Further details of

the Mare Purchase Program and Mare Recruitment Pro- grams including criteria, as well as other notable On- tario Racing and TIP plans, are available at ontariorac- oughbred-Improvement-Pro gram.

Canadian Jockey Club Announces Stakes Upgrades

of graded and listed stakes, The Jockey Club of Canada’s Graded Stakes Committee has upgraded six black-type races to listed status for 2020. The number of graded stakes in Canada will remain at 45. The meet- ing was conducted by Com- mittee

After its annual review

McKague who was accom- panied by all Committee Members, Jeffrey Begg, Tom Cosgrove, Catherine Day Phillips and Jockey Club of Canada’s Chief Steward R. Glenn Sikura. As well, the attending race track representatives in-

Chair, Ross

cluded Julie Bell, Jessica Buckley, Matt Jukich, Scott Lane, Darren MacDonald, Rob MacLennan

distance changes to the GII Nijinsky S., which will de- crease from 12 furlongs to 10 furlongs; the GIII Do- minion Day S. decreasing

2020–the Belle Mahone S., Flaming Page S., Sweet Briar Too S., Charlie Barley S., Alywow S. and Ruling Angel S. These races had previously been considered ineligible for graded and listed status. Other changes include

Nichelle Milner. The upgraded races in


Canada Graded Stakes Committee bases their deci- sions on the cumulative NARC ratings for five con- secutive years as well as the most recent and Black-type RQS Scores.

S. was downgraded from listed status to Black Type for 2020. The Jockey Club of

from 10 furlongs to nine furlongs, the GIII Singspiel S. decreasing from 12 fur- longs to 10 furlongs and the GIII Durham Cup S. de- creasing from nine furlongs to 8 1/2 furlongs for 2020. Additionally, Fantasy

King from St. Augustine, FL, and Co-Starr are off to a strong start again this season and currently lead the Adult Jumpers presented by SmartPak with 1,115 points. Rachel Boggus of Indianapolis, IN, is in second place with 965 points aboard Shalmar, while Wendy Libert of Hugh- esville, MD, is sitting in third place with 851 points riding Papillion Peanut. Holding the top spot with 1,296 points in the Chil-

dren’s Jumper Division presented by EquiFit is Jessica Pa- store from Flemington, NJ, aboard Valentina B. Lying in second place is Lily Goldstein of Argyle, TX aboard Huck with 978 points. Izzy Biesel, of Goshen, OH, isn’t far be- hind in third place, having earned 949 points so far this season riding Angelo. Leading the Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Division

presented by HorseFlight is Andrea Vogel, of New York, NY, aboard Jackpot with a total of 1,475 points. In second place, from Charlotte, NC, is Haley Barnes and Oley with 1,039 points. Hunter Kava of Parkland, FL, is in third place aboard Miss MoneyPenny with a 906 points.

West Coast Rankings as of January 22 Tonia Cook Looker, of San Dimas, CA tops the

leaderboard in the West Coast Adult Hunter Division, pi- loting Paddington to 630 points thus far. Ashley Weiman of Ramona, CA, and Amy Brubaker of Salt Lake City, UT, are running neck-and-neck for second place with 462 points each aboard Timeless Romance and Frascati respec- tively.

Leading the West Coast Children’s Hunter Division

is Lillie Parr, of Marshall TX, aboard Act Of Vallor with 806 points. Holding second place with 690 points is Gabrielle Young of Spring Hill, KS, and Peroni, while Sydney Hott of Defiance, MO, sits in third place aboard Catani with 352 points. Molly Athey of Enid, OK, and Gold Lux are off to

a great start in the West Coast Adult Jumper Division pre- sented by SmartPak with 406 points. Lying in second place is Catherine Brook of Innsbrook, MO, aboard Bullitt with a total of 271 points, while Bernadette Mulliken of Plain- view, TX, holds third place with 143 points riding Russian Hill.

The rankings in the West Coast Children’s Jumper

presented by EquiFit is heating up. Leading the division is Lilly Goldstein of Argyle, TX, aboard Huck with 987 points, while last year’s division winner Emma Flett of Southlake, TX, holds second place aboard Artico 2 with 535 points. In a close third place is Jessica Robson of Dal- las, TX aboard Guetta with 473 points. Kelsey Cruciotti of Bluffdale, UT is dominating the

West Coast Low Junior/Amateur Jumper presented by HorseFlight division, taking the top two spots with New Girl on 472 points, and Everything on 425 points. Trying to catch up in third place is Laurel Walker of Dallas, TX, with 375 points aboard Biaggi. For more information regarding the North American

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