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Ontario Breeders Clash With WEG

When Toronto’s Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) announced Jan. 26 it was making what it called necessary reductions to its Ontario Sire (OS) bonus program, the reaction from Ontario breeders was predominantly negative. “Certainly, I’ve heard from people that they’re going to cancel breeding contracts or they’re going to sell mares or they’re not going to breed mares. I hope that is, ultimately, not what happens because that hurts everybody, significantly,” said Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (CTHS) Ontario president Glenn Sikura. WEG chief executive officer Jim Lawson said he was astounded by the backlash that was fueled somewhat by social media. He said the changes were necessary to try to fill races and get in the greatest number of the some 1,800 horses on the Woodbine backstretch. “We don’t have any agenda here other than to make our races go,” Lawson said. “This is the thing that astounds me about the…

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