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A History of the Ontario Bred and Sired Program

Pick up any Ontario thoroughbred horse sale catalogue from the last 40 years and you will find at least one page dedicated to the benefits of breeding and racing in the province through incentives and rewards developed to preserve and improve the local breed. In 1974, the Thoroughbred Improvement Program (TIP) was created with the province’s breeders in mind. The program was developed by the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society - Ontario, mandated by the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) and funded by a percentage of monies retained by the Ontario Provincial government from pari-mutuel wagering. What started off as a program worth $2 million has risen to a $17 million package in 2015 that doles out bonuses for Canadian foaled, Ontario bred, Ontario sired horses that have success at Ontario tracks. It is a program that has, for many years, been the envy of other racing circuits with similar programs throughout…

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