The Thoroughbred Improvement Program pays Breeders Awards to the BREEDER OF RECORD of:
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.
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.
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:
(Awards Distribution Chart below)
up to $5,100 ($3,400 if not Ontario Sired) If running for claiming price
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:
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:
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.