Still have to have hope for the future…Woodbine racetrack this morning..photo by Renee Kierans
Is the ONTARIO SIRED PROGRAM PAST ITS PRIME? does it need a change?
Comments have come alive on THOROUGHBLOG since the select yearling sale had a 13% drop in average price on Tuesday.
The open sale goes Saturday at 5 p.m.
Here is what has been said on the latest post:
rob smithen2:43 pm on September 4, 2013 (Edit)
Isn’t it past time we stopped looking for someone to blame other than ourselves for the sales results? Yes the government screwed us over but we-the racing industry- have done plenty to exacerbate the situation.
I’m guessing of course but I believe the sales results of the past 2 years have as much to do with the quality of horses on offer as the uncertainty around Ontario racing. From memory 2 years ago less than half the horses in the select sale were Ontario sires. Last year it was over 60% and this year over 80%. Buyers will simply not pay for inferior horses and too often-obviously not always but still too often-the Ontario sires didn’t meet their specs.
We already see the implications of the Ontario sire program at WO where Ontario sire races overfill and others often come up with 6 horse fields or don’t fill at all. The situation will worsen over the next couple of years so we’ll see way more Ontario sire races or small fields in non such races.
The Ontario sire program may or may not have been a good idea but its implications were obvious from day 1. And the implications are here. We need leadership and management-which this industry has been lacking- to figure out a way to keep the program in place without jeopardizing the open races at WO. And to place more emphasis where it belongs-in creating top flight Ontario bred horses who can compete on an open playing field with the best in North America. I own such a horse-a 4 yo- and while there a myriad of Ontario sire stakes there are exactly zero stakes for Ontario bred older horses.
5:28 pm on September 4, 2013 (Edit)
I agree with Rob. Sales results are down not so much because of government actions but rather because the sale focuses on a product that few buyers want- Ontario Sired. At the same time there is a market for quality Ontario foaled horses at Keeneland where often the buyers don’t even care about or use the Ontario bred status. The goal should be to breed horses that can compete in open races, not mediocre restricted races.
To continue the discussion, comment on this post…what do you think?
RIDE ON CURLIN STORY..wild stuff
by Jennie Rees at LOUISVILLE COURIER JOURNAL
If you were offered a lot of money for your young horse, what would yo do? in Ontario, we have seen the nice 2yo filly SKYLANDER GIRL zip through stakes wins for Alex Patykewich, lure big offers, only to stay with her owner. Then, she had a disatrous trip in the Muskoka Stakes and finished well back.
Would you have sold? Would you sell Ride On Curlin for $1 million?