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Ontario Sires Stakes

Sponsor: Ontario Horse Improvement Program, as administered by Ontario Racing (OR).
Eligibility:

The 3-year-old sustaining payment deadline of February 15th has been extended to March 15, 2017.

Foals of 2014 and 2015. To be raced as 2 and 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts, fillies and geldings in 2017 and 2018.

For foals of 2016. To be raced as 2-year-old trotting and pacing colts, fillies and geldings in 2018 and 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts, fillies and geldings in 2019.

Yearlings conceived as the result of a mating between a mare in the Northern Hemisphere and a stallion that stood the entire Northern Hemisphere breeding season in Ontario, providing that the stallion was duly registered with the Ontario Sires Stakes Program for the appropriate breeding season, can be nominated to the Ontario Sires Stakes if they meet the requirements under "Eligibility" below.

Province: ON
2-year-old Colt Trot
Gold Leg #1 - Sunday, July 09, 2017 at Georgian Downs
Gold Leg #2 - Tuesday, August 01, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Leg #3 - Friday, August 18, 2017 at Mohawk Raceway
Gold Leg #4 - Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Leg #5 - Thursday, October 05, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Super Final - Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots #1 - Saturday, July 08, 2017 at Georgian Downs
Grassroots #2A - Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Mohawk Raceway
Grassroots #2B - Thursday, August 03, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots #3 - Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Kawartha Downs
Grassroots #4 - Saturday, September 02, 2017 at Flamboro Downs
Grassroots #5 - Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at Grand River Raceway
Grassroots Final - Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack

2-year-old Colt Pace
Gold Leg #1 - Friday, July 07, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Leg #2 - Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Leg #3 - Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Leg #4 - Saturday, September 09, 2017 at Mohawk Raceway
Gold Leg #5 - Tuesday, October 03, 2017 at The Raceway at Western Fair
Gold Super Final - Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots #1 - Monday, July 10, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots #2 - Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots #3 - Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Grand River Raceway
Grassroots #4A - Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Clinton Raceway
Grassroots #4B - Monday, September 04, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots #5 - Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Mohawk Raceway
Grassroots Final - Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack

3-year-old Colt Trot
Gold Leg #1 - Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Flamboro Downs
Gold Leg #2 - Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Leg #3 - Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Leg #4 - Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Rideau Carleton Raceway
Gold Leg #5 - Monday, September 25, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Super Final - Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots #1 - Tuesday, June 06, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots #2 - Saturday, July 01, 2017 at Hiawatha Horse Park
Grassroots #3 - Sunday, July 09, 2017 at Clinton Raceway
Grassroots #4A - Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Rideau Carleton Raceway
Grassroots #4B - Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Hanover Raceway
Grassroots #5 - Thursday, September 07, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots Final - Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack

3-year-old Colt Pace
Gold Leg #1 - Friday, May 26, 2017 at The Raceway at Western Fair
Gold Leg #2 - Saturday, July 01, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Leg #3 - Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Leg #4 - Saturday, September 02, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Leg #5 - Monday, October 02, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Super Final - Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots #1 - Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Flamboro Downs
Grassroots #2 - Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots #3A - Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots #3B - Monday, August 07, 2017 at Grand River Raceway
Grassroots #4 - Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Georgian Downs
Grassroots #5 - Monday, September 11, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots Final - Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack

2-year-old Filly Trot
Gold Leg #1 - Thursday, July 06, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Leg #2 - Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Leg #3 - Friday, August 18, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Leg #4 - Monday, September 25, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Leg #5 - Wednesday, October 04, 2017 at Flamboro Downs
Gold Super Final - Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots #1 - Thursday, July 06, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots #2A - Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Georgian Downs
Grassroots #2B - Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Clinton Raceway
Grassroots #3 - Thursday, August 10, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots #4 - Monday, September 04, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots #5 - Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Flamboro Downs
Grassroots Final - Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack

2-year-old Filly Pace
Gold Leg #1 - Sunday, July 09, 2017 at Georgian Downs
Gold Leg #2 - Monday, July 24, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Leg #3 - Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Leg #4 - Friday, September 08, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Leg #5 - Thursday, October 05, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Super Final - Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots #1 - Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Georgian Downs
Grassroots #2 - Friday, July 21, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots #3A - Monday, August 14, 2017 at Grand River Raceway
Grassroots #3B - Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots #4 - Friday, September 01, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots #5 - Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Rideau Carleton Raceway
Grassroots Final - Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack

3-year-old Filly Trot
Gold Leg #1 - Thursday, June 08, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Leg #2 - Sunday, July 02, 2017 at Georgian Downs
Gold Leg #3 - Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Leg #4 - Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Leg #5 - Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Grand River Raceway
Gold Super Final - Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots #1 - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots #2 - Saturday, July 01, 2017 at Dresden Raceway
Grassroots #3 - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Grand River Raceway
Grassroots #4A - Monday, August 14, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots #4B - Sunday, August 27, 2017 at Georgian Downs
Grassroots #5 - Tuesday, September 05, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots Final - Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack

3-year-old Filly Pace
Gold Leg #1 - Thursday, June 01, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Leg #2 - Monday, June 26, 2017 at Grand River Raceway
Gold Leg #3 - Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Leg #4 - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Leg #5 - Monday, October 02, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Gold Super Final - Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots #1 - Monday, May 29, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots #2 - Monday, June 19, 2017 at Grand River Raceway
Grassroots #3A - Friday, July 21, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots #3B - Saturday, August 05, 2017 at Hanover Raceway
Grassroots #4 - Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Georgian Downs
Grassroots #5 - Thursday, September 07, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack
Grassroots Final - Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Mohawk Racetrack

Payment Schedule:
Three-Year-Old Payments: (for foals of 2014)
Nomination Fee: May 15, 2015 $100
OR Late Nomination Fee: July 31, 2015 $500
OR 2yo Late Nomination Fee: March 15, 2016 $1,500
Sustaining Fee: March 15, 2016 $500
Sustaining Fee: February 16, 2017 $700 This payment has been extended until March 15, 2017

Two-Year-Old Payments: (for foals of 2015)
Nomination Fee: May 15, 2016 $100
OR Late Nomination Fee: July 31, 2016 $500
OR 2yo Late Nomination Fee: March 15, 2017 $1,500
Sustaining Fee: March 15, 2017 $500 (only required if intending to race at 2yo)
Sustaining Fee: February 15, 2018 $700

Yearling Payments: (for foals of 2016)
Nomination Fee: May 15, 2017 $100
OR Late Nomination Fee: July 31, 2017 $500
OR 2yo Late Nomination Fee: March 15, 2018 $1,500
Sustaining Fee: March 15, 2018 $500 (only required if intending to race at 2yo)
Sustaining Fee: February 15, 2019 $700

Fee Notes:

As a courtesy, the OSS Administration will make every effort to advise nominators of future sustaining payments but it is the responsibility of the owner of the eligible colt, filly or gelding to ensure that future sustaining payments are made whether or not a notice has been received. Failure to make a payment when due constitutes automatic withdrawal from racing in the stakes events of that year.

It is recommended that payments be sent by registered mail.

Nomination and sustaining payments can be paid to the Ontario Sires Stakes directly or by Interac (debit) or credit card through SC Stakes Online by clicking here.

Conditions:

Ontario Racing (OR), as Program Administrator, reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to make any adjustments, changes or cancellations as deemed required. By participating in the OSS Program, the participants acknowledge and agree that the OR will not be held liable for any costs associated with any changes to the OSS Program.

Eligibility:
Yearlings conceived as the result of a mating between a mare in the Northern Hemisphere and a stallion that stood the entire Northern Hemisphere breeding season in Ontario, providing that the stallion was duly registered with the Ontario Sires Stakes Program for the appropriate breeding season, can be nominated to the Ontario Sires Stakes if they meet the following requirements.

a) The nominated yearling must be registered with Standardbred Canada or the United States Trotting Association at the time of nomination. Any foal registered with the USTA that does not meet the registry requirements set out by Standardbred Canada shall not be eligible to be nominated to the OSS. Yearlings registered off the continent of North America may be accepted on an individual basis provided a copy of the home country registration certificate accompanies the nomination fee.

b) The OSS will not recognize foals as twins if produced through embryo/ovum transfer. If such foals were produced through embryo/ovum transfer, only the donor mare’s first born foal, registered with either Standardbred Canada or the USTA, will be eligible for nomination.

c) Foals conceived from frozen semen will be eligible to the OSS program only if the semen was collected and frozen in Ontario and is from a stallion that was registered for the OSS program both at the time of collection and when the mare was inseminated. The semen must have been obtained through the OSS registered owner, lessee or Syndicate.

Starting Fee:
The starting fee is due in accordance with Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) rules in effect at race time, but in any event, it must be paid before the horse starts.
Trainers and/or owners are responsible for verifying declaration times at each track. These times will be strictly adhered to.

Money Division:
5 or more starters: 50-25-12-8-5%; 4 starters: 50-25-15-10%; 3 starters: 60-30-10%; 2 starters: 65-35%; 1 starter: 100%.

Gait:
Any eligible filly, colt or gelding, changing gait after the sustaining payment in either year, will be eligible to race at the gait adopted.

Currency:
All amounts mentioned above are in Canadian funds.

Racing Conditions:
All OSS races shall be conducted in accordance with the AGCO Rules of Standardbred Racing and individual track rules approved by the AGCO. Racetrack retention barn rules may apply. All participants are strongly advised to make themselves familiar with rules specifically related to the OSS.

Each of the events shall be raced at a distance of one mile.

Horses sustained to the OSS program may be subject to testing under the Out Of Competition Program.

Gold and Grassroots events are numbered 1 through 5 and horses are eligible to be entered in EITHER the Gold OR Grassroots event of the same number, but NOT BOTH. Because in each category there are six Grassroots events as opposed to 5 Gold events, two of the Grassroots events will have the same number and will be referred to as either “A” or “B”. Example: If the third and fourth Grassroots events are numbered 3A and 3B, horses entered into the Gold #3 event will have to miss both Grassroots 3A and 3B.

GOLD SERIES
Gold Series will consist of forty (40) Gold legs, 5 events for each of the 8 categories for age/sex/gait.

If more horses declare to start in an event than is permitted at that track, the event shall be split into the appropriate number of divisions with entries seeded by lot.

As noted above, Gold and Grassroots Series events will be numbered and horses cannot be entered in a Gold and a Grassroots event of the same number.

Horses will earn points in each of the Gold Legs to qualify for their Gold Super Final.

In 2017, the HIP will contribute $180,000 to each Gold Leg to be divided evenly between the number of divisions required for that event. Starting fees will then be added directly to the purse. If only one division is required, the HIP contribution will be $117,000 plus Starting Fees.

The Starting Fee for all Gold Legs will be $800.

The purse for the Gold Super Final will be $225,000. There will be no Starting Fee for the Gold Super Final.

GRASSROOTS SERIES
There will be six Grassroots legs in each of the eight categories for age, sex and gait.

If more horses declare to start in an event than is permitted at that track, the event shall be split into the appropriate number of divisions with entries seeded by lot.

As noted above, Gold and Grassroots Series events will be numbered and horses cannot be entered in a Gold and a Grassroots event of the same number

Horses will earn points in each of the six Grassroots legs throughout the season to qualify for the Grassroots Championship.

In 2017, the HIP contribution to Grassroots divisions will be $16,000 to a maximum of $80K for 2-year-old events (5 divisions) and $64K (4 divisions) for all other events. Starting Fees will then be added directly to the purses for each division.

The Starting Fee for all Grassroots divisions will be $350.

Grassroots Semi-Final have been eliminated. Grassroots Championships will have a purse of $50,000.

There will be no Starting Fees for Grassroots Championship races.

Contact:

Ontario Sires Stakes Attn: Karen Hauver, 400 - 10 Carlson Court, Toronto, ON, M9W 6L2, Tel: (519) 369-3545, Fax: (519) 369-2563, e-mail: records@ontariosiresstakes.com, website: www.ontariosiresstakes.com

Administration:

Ontario Sires Stakes Attn: Karen Hauver, 400 - 10 Carlson Court, Toronto, ON, M9W 6L2, Tel: (519) 369-3545, Fax: (519) 369-2563, e-mail: records@ontariosiresstakes.com, website: www.ontariosiresstakes.com


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