Rexdale, ON â€“ June 12, 2007 â€“ Well known for their lucrative Breeders Awards program worth over $2.9 million, the CTHS (Ontario Division) has taken this program one step further by rewarding breeders of Ontario-breds who excel outside of the province. In recognition of these highly talented horses, Breeders Awards will now be distributed to North American Graded Stakes outside of Ontario, within Canada and the United States.
â€œItâ€™s very exciting for us to be able finally to distribute awards to Ontario breeders that have not only had such great success within Ontario, but outside the province as well,â€ said Julie Coulter, General Manager of the Ontario CTHS.
This year alone, successful Ontario-breds have included notables such as Jambalaya who captured both the Gulfstream Breedersâ€™ Cup (G1) and the Bulleit Bourbon Pan American Handicap (G3) in Florida; and Sky Conqueror who took the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs in Kentucky. Other notables include Sealy Hill who won the Bourbonette Breedersâ€™ Cup (G3) at Turfway Park in Kentucky; Indian Vale who took the Next Move Handicap (G3) at the Aqueduct in New York; and Street Sounds who scored a (G2) victory in the Stonerside Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland. And the list of Ontario-bred racing accomplishments just keeps growing.
Budgeted at $100,000 through the Ontario Thoroughbred Improvement Program (TIP), awards will be issued to the breeders of Grade 1 through Grade 3 Stakes out-of-province winners at the same levels as are paid to Graded Stakes at both Woodbine and Fort Erie Racetracks. Breeders Awards for place and show horses at these levels will be issued should budgeted funds be available. All awards issued will be pro rated, with no award distribution less than $1,000. As these awards are considered Breeders Awards, they will be included in the tabulation of the cap of $75,000 to any individual breeder.
Breeders Awards are just one component of the Ontario TIP program, which has been designed to support Thoroughbred breeders in Ontario in the form of awards, bonuses and purse money worth $9.3 million. For further information, please contact the CTHS at (416) 675-3602 for visit www.cthsont.com.