Wednesday, February 5, 2020
The landscape for thoroughbred breeders and the CTHS is changing drastically and it is time for us to regroup.
As most of you are aware, Woodbine Entertainment Group will not be renewing our historical lease for the Sales Pavilion which terminates March 31, 2020. The CTHS built these barns and pavilion in 1963 and sold it to Woodbine in 1983 for increased race horse capacity for the 11 months not used for sales. Woodbine has extended us, on a month to month basis, an additional 6 months which means we will be able to host the 2020 Canadian Premier Yearling Sale at Woodbine. The CTHS will be working diligently in the next several months to secure a new office location and potential sales sites.
CTHS became aware of changes to our Sales Stakes when Woodbine released their Stakes Schedule on December 19, 2019. We must advise those that have purchased from our sale and our members selling that there are no longer 6 Sales Stakes. The Halton and Kenora Stakes have been eliminated, the Algoma & Elgin have been changed from 3yo & Up 1 mile & 1/16th races both to straight 3yr olds 7 furlongs and purses have increased to $250,000 for the 2 year old’s & $135,000 for the 3 year olds.
In addition to the Sales Stakes changes, we must advise breeders that there has also been a significant decrease in the number of Ontario Sires Stakes in the 2020 Woodbine Stakes Schedule. Seven (7) Ontario Sires Stakes have been eliminated leaving only 11 (6 of which are scheduled in the last week of racing in December) as compared to 23 before SARP. Of the 7 Ontario Sires Stakes eliminated 3 have been changed to Ontario Bred Races.
Ontario Racing has also decided not to renew its contract with the CTHS to administer the $2 million EHIP Fund. All members must be aware that ALL rules, forms, incentive programs/payments, etc. are being administered by Ontario Racing Management.