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Thoroughbred Improvement Program

The Thoroughbred Improvement Program is a component of the Ontario Horse Improvement Program, which offers incentives for the breeding and ownership of Thoroughbred racehorses in Ontario. 



Ontario Bred Purse Bonus

Bonus paid to the Owner of an eligible REGISTERED ONTARIO BRED horses earning purse money in open races in Ontario.

Bonus paid to the Owner of eligible ONTARIO-SIRED horses earning purse money in open races in Ontario excluding open stakes races.

Ontario Bred Restricted Stakes racing

Restricted stakes races for REGISTERED ONTARIO BRED fillies.

Restricted stakes races for REGISTERED ONTARIO BRED colts.


Ontario Sires Stakes Program

Series of stakes races for progeny of ONTARIO SIRES.


Canadian Bred Stakes Program

Added money from the Program to stakes races in Ontario for Canadian Bred horses.


Sales Stakes Program

Added money from the Program to stakes races for Canadian Bred CTHS Sales graduates sold during, or prior to, their yearling year, and CTHS Sales Credits for winning trainers of sales stakes races.



Fort Erie Program

Program of incentives for racing at Fort Erie Race Track that includes a CTHS Sales Credit and Owners Bonus program for REGISTERED ONTARIO BRED winners of races at Fort Erie.


Breeders Awards

Awards to the BREEDER OF RECORD of REGISTERED ONTARIO BREDS and/or ONTARIO SIRED horses racing in Ontario and in stakes races within Canada and the United States.


Stallion Awards

Awards to the owner (or lessee) of a recognized ONTARIO SIRE, payable in two categories

Note:  The Program Administrator to the Thoroughbred Improvement Program gives notice that it shall not be held responsible for any costs associated with any changes to the Thoroughbred Improvement Program.  Further, the Thoroughbred Improvement Program reserves the right, at its sole and absolute discretion, to make any adjustments, changes and cancellations to the Program.

Questions about the Program can also be directed to:

Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Ontario Division)
P.O. Box 172
Rexdale, ON  M9W 5L1

(416) 675-3602

Fax:      (416) 675-9405


Restricted Races: 


Restricted Stakes Races: 


Purse Supplement in Open Races: 

20% Ontario-Bred purse bonus paid to the owner of eligible horses earning purse money in open races.

20% Purse bonus in all open racing at Fort Erie for eligible Ontario Sired runners

40% purse bonus in all open races, including open stakes at Woodbine for Eligible Ontario Sired runners

Owners Awards: 

At Woodbine Racetrack - $1,000 for 1st place, $500 for 2nd place & $300 for 3rd place.  At Fort Erie Racetrack - $400 to the winner from the Allowance Level down. (from the HBPA of Ontario). From TIP at Fort Erie: $1,000 to the owner of an eligible Ontario-Bred Allowance winner

Breeders Awards: 

Preset amounts, tiered by level of race, paid 1st - 3rd from Stakes Level to$12,500 Claiming Level as well as winners only from the  $10,000 Claiming Level and below at Ontario Racetracks

Stallion Awards: 

Funds distributed at year end, based on points earned from the Stakes Level to the Allowance Level by eligible Stallion progeny. Additionally top Stallion Awards on North American eligible progeny earnings

Out of State Awards: 

Breeder Awards for stakes races paid on points earned outside ON in North America, for stakes races with purses of $75,000 or higher

Breed-Back Rule: 

Yes. One of four ways to accredit broodmare for an Ontario Bred Foal

Distribution Purses: 

Total Purse $75M includes Restricted Overnight $4.5M, Restricted Stakes $9.275M, etc.

Distribution Awards: 

Breeders Awards $5M, Stallion Awards $320K, Ontario Bred Purse Bonus $2.8M

Registration Fees: 

Ontario Racing Commission Licence Fee for Program Licence at time of Foal Registration and Stallion Nomination Fees