The Thoroughbred Improvement Program pays Breeders Awards to the BREEDER OF RECORD of:

  • REGISTERED ONTARIO BREDS and ONTARIO SIRED horses racing in Ontario.
  • REGISTERED ONTARIO BREDS and ONTARIO SIRED horses racing in Graded and Open Stakes races within Ontario.
  • REGISTERED ONTARIO BREDS and ONTARIO SIRED horses racing outside of Ontario in Graded Stakes races, worldwide.
  • ONTARIO SIRED horses racing in all race types world-wide with top earnings.

For 2023, there is a cap of $200,000 in Breeders Awards available to be distributed to any one individual BREEDER OF RECORD. The BREEDER OF RECORD eligible to receive Breeders Awards is the individual, partnership, syndicate, or corporation who is the owner of the dam at the time of foaling.


Special Circumstances

Awards will be distributed to eligible BREEDER(S) OF RECORD as listed on the actual Registration Papers of the horse, unless the Program Administrator is otherwise notified in writing by all parties listed as BREEDER(S) OF RECORD. If the BREEDER OF RECORD is deceased, the awards will be made payable to the Estate of said BREEDER, unless the Program Administrator is otherwise notified in writing by the party legally authorized to administer the BREEDER’S estate.

In the event a race ends in a dead heat for 1st to 3rd place, the award will be split 50/50 (like the purse) to both BREEDERS, provided that both are eligible. If only one of the parties is eligible, the entire award will be distributed to the one eligible BREEDER.


Breeders Awards – Racing in Ontario

The BREEDER OF RECORD is eligible for Breeders Awards for racing in Ontario as outlined below.

To qualify for the REGISTERED ONTARIO BRED portion of the Breeders Award, foals of 2007 and earlier must have been registered as a Canadian Bred foaled in Ontario. If the horse was foaled in Ontario but not registered through the CTHS, then the BREEDER is not eligible for an award. For foals of 2007 and earlier, if the BREEDER registers the horse as a Canadian Bred after the race has been run, the horse is not eligible for that race’s Breeders Award but will be eligible for Breeders Awards earned on races after its registration as a Canadian Bred.

For foals of 2008 and future years, only eligible REGISTERED ONTARIO BRED and ONTARIO SIRED horses will earn Breeders Awards.

To receive the ONTARIO SIRED portion of the Breeders Awards, the eligible horse must have been sired by an eligible ONTARIO SIRE in the year of conception and the horse must also be a REGISTERED ONTARIO BRED. Breeders Awards earned for racing in Ontario are paid monthly and issued on or around the 15th of the month following the month in which the award was earned.

For racing in Ontario, Breeders Awards are payable for:

Claiming races with claiming prices of $14,500 and belowWinner Only
Claiming races with claiming prices of $15,000 or higher1st through 3rd
Allowance races run in Ontario1st through 3rd
Eligible Ontario Stakes races1st through 3rd

2023 Breeders Awards Distribution (Ontario Bred / Ontario Sired)

  • In order to receive Breeders Awards, the horse must be a REGISTERED ONTARIO BRED.
  • 1st place bonuses of the Canadian Triple Crown, Triple Tiara, Princess Elizabeth & Coronation Futurity will not be counted towards the $200,000 cap on Breeders Awards.
  • Horses aged 7 and upwards are ineligible for Breeders Awards unless running at Allowance level races and/or Stakes level races.
  • Unpaid surplus funds remaining from the Breeders Awards will be disbursed to the breeders at the end of the season. Amounts paid out to breeders are based upon the percentage of total awards earned throughout the 2023 racing season.

(Awards Distribution Chart below)

Woodbine

Canadian Triple Crown

Event 1st place 2nd place 3rd place
The King’s Plate$50,000up to $6,750 ($4,500 if not Ontario Sired)up to $3,375 ($2,250 if not Ontario Sired)
The Prince of Wales Stakes$25,000up to $6,750 ($4,500 if not Ontario Sired)up to $3,375 ($2,250 if not Ontario Sired)
Breeders’ Stakes$25,000up to $6,750 ($4,500 if not Ontario Sired)up to $3,375 ($2,250 if not Ontario Sired)

Triple Tiara

Event 1st place 2nd place 3rd place
Woodbine Oaks$30,000up to $6,750 ($4,500 if not Ontario Sired)up to $3,375 ($2,250 if not Ontario Sired)
Bison City Stakes$20,000up to $6,750 ($4,500 if not Ontario Sired)up to $3,375 ($2,250 if not Ontario Sired)
Wonder Where Stakes$20,000up to $6,750 ($4,500 if not Ontario Sired)up to $3,375 ($2,250 if not Ontario Sired)
Event 1st place 2nd place 3rd place
Princess Elizabeth Stakes & Coronation Futurity Stakes$25,000up to $6,750 ($4,500 if not Ontario Sired)up to $3,375 ($2,250 if not Ontario Sired)
Grade 1 Open Stakesup to $33,000 ($23,000 if not Ontario Sired)up to $8,250 ($5,500 if not Ontario Sired)up to $4,125 ($2,750 if not Ontario Sired)
Grade 2 Open Stakesup to $27,000 ($18,000 if not Ontario Sired)up to $6,750 ($4,500 if not Ontario Sired)up to $3,375 ($2,250 if not Ontario Sired)
Grade 3 Open Stakesup to $21,600 ($14,400 if not Ontario Sired)up to $5,400 ($3,600 if not Ontario Sired)up to $2,700 ($1,800 if not Ontario Sired)
Ungraded Open Stakesup to $17,400 ($11,600 if not Ontario Sired)up to $4,350 ($2,900 if not Ontario Sired)up to $2,175 ($1,450 if not Ontario Sired)
Closed Stakes Including the Cup & Saucer Stakesup to $14,400 ($9,600 if not Ontario Sired)up to $3,600 ($2,400 if not Ontario Sired)up to $1,800 ($1,200 if not Ontario Sired)
Ontario Sire Stakes (ON-Bred / ON Sired Only)$12,000$3,000$1,500
Maiden Allowanceup to $13,000 ($10,000 if not Ontario Sired)up to $2,550 ($1,700 if not Ontario Sired)up to $1,275 ($850 if not Ontario Sired)
Allowance / Allowance Optional Claiming (Purses $65,000 & Over)up to $10,000 ($7,000 if not Ontario Sired) If not running for claiming price

up to $5,100 ($3,400 if not Ontario Sired) If running for claiming price

up to $2,550 ($1,700 if not Ontario Sired)up to $1,275 ($850 if not Ontario Sired)
OS Maiden Allowance – $40,000 Claiming Level (ON-Bred / ON Sired Only)$10,000$1,800$900
$40,000 Condition Claiming & OS Condition Allowance (ON-Bred Only)up to $6,000 ($4,200 if not Ontario Sired)up to $1,800 ($1,260 if not Ontario Sired)up to $900 ($630 if not Ontario Sired)
Starter Allowance – $25,000 / $40,000 Claiming (ON-Bred Only)up to $6,000 ($4,200 if not Ontario Sired)up to $1,800 ($1,260 if not Ontario Sired)up to $900 ($630 if not Ontario Sired)
Starter Allowance – $25,000 (HANDICAPS) (ON-Bred Only)up to $6,000 ($4,200 if not Ontario Sired)up to $1,800 ($1,260 if not Ontario Sired)up to $900 ($630 if not Ontario Sired)
OS Maiden Allowance – $25,000 Claiming Level (ON-Bred Only)$6,000$1,350$675
$25,000 Claimingup to $2,700 ($1,800 if not Ontario Sired)up to $1,350 ($900 if not Ontario Sired)up to $675 ($450 if not Ontario Sired)
$20,000 Claimingup to $1,860 ($1,240 if not Ontario Sired)up to $930 ($620 if not Ontario Sired)up to $465 ($310 if not Ontario Sired)
$15,000 Claimingup to $1,380 ($920 if not Ontario Sired)up to $690 ($460 if not Ontario Sired)up to $345 ($230 if not Ontario Sired)
Starter Allowance $7,500 / $15,000 Claimingup to $1,380 ($920 if not Ontario Sired)up to $690 ($460 if not Ontario Sired)up to $345 ($230 if not Ontario Sired)
$10,000 Claimingup to $810 ($540 if not Ontario Sired)N/AN/A
Starter Allowance $5,000 / $10,000 Claimingup to $810 ($540 if not Ontario Sired)N/AN/A
$7,500 Claiming & Underup to $540 ($360 if not Ontario Sired)N/AN/A

Fort Erie

Event 1st place 2nd place 3rd place
Fort Erie Restricted Stakes & Open Allowanceup to $2,700 ($1,800 if not Ontario Sired)up to $1,350 ($900 if not Ontario Sired)up to $675 ($450 if not Ontario Sired)
Fort Erie OS Allowanceup to $1,800 ($900 if not Ontario Sired)up to $900 ($450 if not Ontario Sired)up to $450 ($225 if not Ontario Sired)
Fort Erie $10,000 Claiming & Upup to $810 ($540 if not Ontario Sired)N/AN/A
Fort Erie $8,000 Claiming & Under / Starter Allowanceup to $540 ($360 if not Ontario Sired)N/AN/A

2023 Top 100 Leaderboard
As of December 31, 2023

Breeder

Earnings
1
Chiefswood Stables Limited * Includes awards from the Breeders' Stakes
$212,077
2
Adena Springs
$200,000
3
Joey Gee Thoroughbreds
$179,652
4
Tall Oaks Farm / Ivan Dalos
$160,580
5
Anderson Farms Ont. Inc.
$154,027
6
Frank Di Giulio Jr.
$145,415
7
Sean Fitzhenry
$130,845
8
James Everatt, Janeane Everatt & Arika Everatt-Meeuse
$121,286
9
Dr. B. Van Arem
$120,606
10
Spring Farm
$116,996
11
Northern Dawn Stables Inc.
$112,375
12
Terra Farms Ltd.
$104,618
13
Howard Walton
$102,352
14
Sam-Son Farm
$101,914
15
Charles Fipke
$101,045
16
Robert Marzilli
$87,441
17
Ericka Rusnak
$84,964
18
John Carey
$83,771
19
Colebrook Farms
$77,047
20
Al Ulwelling & Bill Ulwelling
$69,402
21
Sunrise Farm
$63,549
22
Paul Buttigieg & James Goodman
$62,413
23
Estate of Gustav Schickedanz
$61,375
24
Robert G. Harvey
$58,430
25
Minshall Farms
$58,245
26
Laurel A. Byrne
$54,419
27
Paul Buttigieg
$49,192
28
Kanny Ng
$47,392
29
Gabe Grossberg
$46,821
30
Saintsbury Farms Inc.
$42,789
31
Phoenix Racing
$42,262
32
Terrance Reg Greer & Brandon Evan Greer
$41,235
33
Dr. R. K. House
$40,692
34
Murray Smith
$38,363
35
Keith Nicholson
$38,310
36
Brian J. Cullen
$36,571
37
Mitchell H. Kursner
$36,150
38
Bernard & Karen McCormack
$34,100
39
Steve Owens & Beverly Lewis-Owens
$33,072
40
William D. Graham
$32,756
41
Mark Dodson
$32,039
42
3 Sons Racing Ltd
$31,892
43
Tara Horse Farm Inc.
$31,744
44
Dr. Tan Hyka
$29,468
45
Linda Mason
$28,878
46
Franco Meli
$28,456
47
Norse Ridge Farms
$28,319
48
Elizabeth Lickrish & Gordon M. Lickrish
$28,182
49
Josham Farms Limited
$27,845
50
Penny Conrad & Manfred Conrad
$27,708
51
Keith McClelland & Rachel McClelland
$26,733
52
Willow Pond Stable
$26,058
53
Garland E. Williamson
$25,742
54
C. Scott Abbott Racing Stable
$25,658
55
Box Arrow Farm
$25,083
56
Yvonne Schwabe Thoroughbreds
$24,304
57
Northern Dawn Stables Inc. & Denny Andrews
$24,119
58
Denny Andrews
$24,029
59
Andrew Stronach
$23,671
60
Borders Racing Stable Ltd.
$23,629
61
FrostFire Thoroughbreds
$23,292
62
RCC Racing Stable
$23,186
63
Bay Ridge Orchards Limited
$22,954
64
Lanny McDonald, Linda Barron & Susan Rasmussen
$22,791
65
Bruno Schickedanz
$22,306
66
Charles Hayden
$21,621
67
Robert Cudney
$21,605
68
Hill 'N' Dale Equine Holdings, Inc. & N.E.T.P.
$21,265
69
Robyn Brohman & Saul McHugh
$20,657
70
Michael C. Byrne, Robert Weber & Patricia Weber
$19,708
71
Bru-Mel Stables Co.
$19,682
72
Dr. Rolph A. Davis
$19,297
73
Susan Rasmussen & H. Lothian
$18,048
74
A&A Farms
$17,622
75
Paradox Farm Inc.
$17,543
76
Lindy Barrow
$17,390
77
Sangreal Investments, LLC
$17,337
78
1326029 Ontario Inc. o/a Gracelynn Farm
$17,179
79
Susan Y. Foreman
$17,179
80
Huntington Stud Farm Corp.
$16,747
81
2479316 Ontario Limited
$16,115
82
Brian Wright
$15,920
83
Northern Dawn Stables Inc., Brian Patterson & Kathy Biers
$15,377
84
Osprey Stables
$15,018
85
Frank Mermenstein & Elliot Kohn
$14,729
86
Arika Everatt-Meeuse & Tim Meeuse
$14,676
87
WinStar Farm, LLC
$14,571
88
Stephen H. Birks
$13,817
89
Northern Dawn Stables Inc. & Robin Ferguson
$13,701
90
C.E.C. Farms
$13,669
91
Jim Dandy Stable
$13,522
92
Kingview Farms
$13,517
93
CEC Stables LP
$13,227
94
Denny Andrews & Niall Brennan
$13,227
95
Heste Sport Inc.
$13,227
96
Frank Mermenstein
$13,100
97
Nick Nosowenko
$13,090
98
Track West Racing Inc.
$13,079
99
Devonleigh Farm
$12,832
100
Goldmart Farms Inc.
$12,768

Out-of-Province Breeders Awards

STAKES RACING OUTSIDE OF ONTARIO (WORLDWIDE)

For 2023, $300,000 in out-of-province Breeders Awards will be paid to all winners (1st through 3rd) of Graded and Group Stakes, outside of the province of Ontario, worldwide. Awards will be distributed to each eligible recipient by dividing the $300,000 by the number of points earned. These awards are considered as Breeders Awards and are, therefore, included in the tabulation of the cap of $200,000 to any individual BREEDER. The point system is as follows:

Out-of-Province Breeders Awards

Race Type 1st 2nd 3rd
Grade 1ON15001000750
OS450300225
Grade 2ON1000500300
OS30015090
Grade 3ON500250125
OS1507540

Ontario Sired Reward of Excellence Program

The OS Reward of Excellence Program will award the top ONTARIO SIRED progeny with the highest earnings worldwide. The total amount of $200,000 will be awarded at year-end to the top 2-year-old Filly, 2-year-old Colt, 3-year-old Filly and 3-year-old Colt. The awards will be paid to the BREEDER OF RECORD as follows:

  • 1st place – $25,000
  • 2nd place – $15,000
  • 3rd place – $10,000

All earnings will be based upon reports from the Jockey Club Information System records.

The OS Reward of Excellence Program awards do not count towards the $200,000 cap on Breeders Awards.

2023 Ontario Sired Reward of Excellence Finalists

HorseAmountBreeder
Top 2-year-old FILLY
Hurricane Clair – 1st Place – by Silent Name (JPN)$25,000.00Bru-Mel Stables Co.
War Painter – 2nd Place – by Danish Dynaformer$15,000.00Charles Fipke
Olivia Rose – 3rd Place – by Silent Name (JPN)$10,000.00Gabe Grossberg
Top 2-year-old COLT/GELDING
No More Options – 1st Place – by Frac Daddy$25,000.00Laurel A. Byrne
Frac Dancer – 2nd Place – by Frac Daddy$15,000.00Phoenix Racing
Zippy Gizmo – 3rd Place – by Amis Gizmo$10,000.00Tall Oaks Farm
Top 3-year-old FILLY
Tito’s Calling – 1st Place – By Society’s Chairman$25,000.00Robert Marzilli
Fashionably Fab – 2nd Place – By Silent Name (JPN)$15,000.00Terra Farms Ltd.
Lantana Lady – 3rd Place – By Ami’s Holiday$10,000.00Brian J. Cullen
Top 3-year-old COLT/GELDING
Paramount Prince – 1st Place – By Society’s Chairman$25,000.00Ericka Rusnak
Patches O’Houlihan – 2nd Place – By Reload$15,000.00Frank Di Giulio Jr.
One Bay Hemingway – 3rd Place – By Danger Bay$10,000.00Howard Walton