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
Queen’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 Stakes$21,600 ($14,400 if not Ontario Sired)$5,400 ($3,600 if not Ontario Sired)$2,700 ($1,800 if not Ontario Sired)
Ungraded Open Stakes$17,400 ($11,600 if not Ontario Sired)$4,350 ($2,900 if not Ontario Sired)$2,175 ($1,450 if not Ontario Sired)
Closed Stakes Including the Cup & Saucer Stakes$14,400 ($9,600 if not Ontario Sired)$3,600 ($2,400 if not Ontario Sired)$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 Level (ON-Bred / ON Sired Only)$10,000$1,800$900
$40,000 Claimers & OS 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)
OS Maiden Allowance – $25,000 Level (ON-Bred Only)$6,000$1,350$675
$25,000 Claimersup 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 Claimersup 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 Claimersup 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 Claimersup to $810 ($540 if not Ontario Sired)N/AN/A
$7,500 Claimers & 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 Claimers & Upup to $810 ($540 if not Ontario Sired)N/AN/A
Fort Erie $8,000 Claimers & Under / Starter Allowanceup to $540 ($360 if not Ontario Sired)N/AN/A

2022 Top 100 Leaderboard
As of December 31, 2022

Breeder

Earnings
1
Adena Springs *Plus $50,000 Queen's Plate and $30,000 Woodbine Oaks wins*
$200,000
2
Sam-Son Farm
$200,000
3
Tall Oaks Farm (Ivan Dalos)
$200,000
4
Joey Gee Thoroughbreds
$193,271
5
William D. Graham
$164,241
6
Howard Walton
$126,582
7
Sean Fitzhenry
$123,992
8
James Everatt, Janeane Everatt & Arika Everatt-Meeuse
$123,537
9
Spring Farm
$109,413
10
Chiefswood Stables Limited
$105,171
11
C. Scott Abbott Racing Stable
$103,493
12
John Carey
$92,595
13
Frank Di Giulio Jr.
$83,925
14
Al Ulwelling & Bill Ulwelling
$83,097
15
Estate of Gustav Schickedanz
$82,423
16
Sunrise Farm
$78,156
17
Northern Dawn Stables Inc.
$76,778
18
Colebrook Farms
$74,846
19
Terra Farms Ltd.
$74,395
20
Anderson Farms Ont. Inc.
$72,069
21
Charles Fipke
$67,854
22
Northern Dawn Stables Inc. & Denny Andrews
$65,466
23
Kenneth L. Ramsey & Sarah K. Ramsey
$64,730
24
Steve Owens & Beverly Lewis-Owens
$59,194
25
WinStar Farm, LLC
$58,122
26
Dr. B. Van Arem
$57,428
27
Bernard & Karen McCormack
$56,009
28
Elizabeth Lickrish & Gordon M. Lickrish
$55,356
29
Paul Buttigieg
$54,781
30
Robert Marzilli
$49,763
31
Franco Meli
$48,628
32
Borders Racing Stable Ltd.
$48,561
33
Norse Ridge Farms
$48,452
34
Huntington Stud Farm Corp.
$46,774
35
Michael C. Byrne
$45,189
36
Saintsbury Farms Inc.
$44,604
37
Caldara Farm Inc., Patrick Costello, David Whitford & Tom Zwiesler
$40,606
38
Richard L. Lister
$40,294
39
Dr. Rolph A. Davis
$39,808
40
Paul Buttigieg & James Goodman
$35,520
41
Kingview Farms
$35,240
42
Minshall Farms
$33,935
43
Gunpowder Farms, LLC
$33,604
44
FrostFire Thoroughbreds
$31,583
45
Phoenix Racing
$31,376
46
Linda Mason
$31,247
47
Hill 'N' Dale Farms
$30,951
48
Christopher Fung & Patrick Fung
$30,791
49
Dr. Tan Hyka
$30,661
50
Jennifer Leuty
$30,604
51
Track West Racing Inc.
$29,822
52
Philip Healey & Donna Healey
$29,729
53
Roger Attfield
$29,429
54
John Carey & Joan H. Addison
$28,445
55
Karen E. Carroll
$27,657
56
Brian Wright
$27,026
57
Box Arrow Farm
$25,783
58
Ericka Rusnak
$23,980
59
Shelley Fitzgerald & Martin Wickins
$23,410
60
Steven Chircop
$23,410
61
Sean Fitzhenry & Dorothy Fitzhenry
$23,359
62
Craig Cameron
$22,851
63
Gabe Grossberg
$21,971
64
Northern Dawn Stables Inc. & Kathy Biers
$21,934
65
Andrew Stronach
$21,815
66
Dr. R. K. House
$21,613
67
Dr. Liam Gannon
$21,132
68
Michael Deegan
$20,831
69
Norse Ridge Farms & Delaware Run Farm
$20,303
70
Ballycroy Training Centre
$20,070
71
Laurel A. Byrne
$20,028
72
Tim Meeuse & Arika Everatt-Meeuse
$19,552
73
Josham Farms Limited
$19,485
74
Box Arrow Farm & Gordon C. Colbourne
$19,371
75
Phoenix Rising Farms
$19,039
76
Anderson Farms Ont. Inc. & Peter A. Berglar Racing Interests, LLC
$18,967
77
Bruno Schickedanz
$18,661
78
Angus Buntain
$18,438
79
Hopefield Farms
$17,734
80
1326029 Ontario Inc. o/a Gracelynn Farm
$17,661
81
Hill 'N' Dale Equine Holdings, Inc. & N.E.T.P.
$17,506
82
3 Sons Racing Ltd
$17,278
83
Keith Nicholson
$16,574
84
Stephen H. Birks
$16,574
85
Derek Chin
$16,558
86
Susan Rasmussen & H. Lothian
$16,501
87
Frank Mermenstein & Elliot Kohn
$16,299
88
Kingview Farms & Doug Anderson
$16,237
89
RCC Racing Stable
$15,952
90
Michael C. Byrne & Brian O'Leary
$15,688
91
Rijack Farm Stable & Scott Fairlie
$15,610
92
Andrew Fredericks
$15,300
93
Jim Dandy Stable
$15,186
94
Mitchell H. Kursner
$15,086
95
Penny Conrad & Manfred Conrad
$14,782
96
Anderson Farms Ont. Inc. & Rod Ferguson Farms Ltd.
$14,709
97
Christine Hayden
$14,481
98
Frank Huarte
$14,476
99
Stan Dodson
$14,347
100
Lanny McDonald, Linda Barron & Susan Rasmussen
$14,295

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 new 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.

2022 Ontario Sired Reward of Excellence Finalists

HorseAmountBreeder
Top 2-year-old FILLY
Anam Cara – 1st Place – by Frac Daddy$25,000.00Michael C. Byrne
Fashionably Fab – 2nd Place – by Silent Name (JPN)$15,000.00Terra Farms Ltd.
Tito’s Calling – 3rd Place – by Society’s Chairman$10,000.00Robert Marzilli
Top 2-year-old COLT/GELDING
Philip My Dear – 1st Place – by Silent Name (JPN)$25,000.00Adena Springs
Poulin in O T – 2nd Place – by Reload$15,000.00Steve Owens & Beverly Lewis-Owens
Sooner Lunar – 3rd Place – by Silent Name (JPN)$10,000.00C. Scott Abbott Racing Stable
Top 3-year-old FILLY
Strega – 1st Place – By Silent Name (JPN)$25,000.00WinStar Farm, LLC
Diamond Crush – 2nd Place – By Souper Speedy$15,000.00Ballycroy Training Centre
Pleasure’s Gold – 3rd Place – By Souper Speedy$10,000.00Elizabeth Lickrish & Gordon M. Lickrish
Top 3-year-old COLT/GELDING
Sir for Sure – 1st Place – By Sligo Bay (IRE)$25,000.00Norse Ridge Farms
Full Screen – 2nd Place – By Big Screen$15,000.00Spring Farm
Banff – 3rd Place – By Silent Name (JPN)$10,000.00Hill ‘N’ Dale Farms