The CTHS (Ontario Division) is pleased to announce the leading recipients of the TIP Stallion Awards program, with a total of $400,000 in awards distributed based on the successes of their Ontario-sired progeny during the 2011 racing season.

The 2011 top Ontario Sires Awards recipients by North American earnings are as follows:

1st – Old Forester, awarded $50,000
2nd – Bold Executive, awarded $30,000
3rd – Philanthropist, awarded $20,000

The Top First Crop Sire by North American Earnings of Eligible Progeny:
1st – Vibank, awarded $50,000

Old Forester takes the lead as the Ontario Sires Award top earner for the first time with progeny earnings of $3,106,650 in 2011. The son of Forestry sired 41 winners from 81 runners including stakes winners Citius, Jenna’s Wabbit, Kitty’s Got Class, and Weekend Romance.

Bold Executive placed second in the Ontario Stallion Awards program by siring 50 winners from 114 runners in 2011 with progeny earnings of $2,868,169. The son of Bold Ruckus passed away in 2011 at the age of 27. A six-time leading sire in Canada, last year Bold Executive’s top progeny include stakes winners Sand Cove and Sans Sousi.

Philanthropist concluded his 2011 season with 17 winners from 41 runners, and placed third with progeny earnings of $2,687,594. A son of Kris S., Philanthropist’s leading runners include stakes winners Bear It’s Time, Grace Phil, Run in Aruba, and Pender Harbour.

The Top First Crop Sire award went to multiple graded stakes winner Vibank, a son of Silvery Deputy, who entered into stud in 2008.  In 2011, Vibank produced three winners from 13 runners with progeny earnings of $245,841.

Each year through the Thoroughbred Improvement Program (TIP), Stallion Awards totaling $400,000 are distributed to stallion owners for their successful eligible progeny. This program is made up of two categories: Stallion Year End Points Awards, where $250,000 was distributed to 46 individual stallions on the basis of points earned by the progeny of the stallion during the 2011 calendar year; and Year End Top Stallions Awards, where $150,000 is distributed to stallions whose progeny achieved the highest in North American earnings last year.