May 25, 2016

OS Program Announcement

Attention Trainers,

The following is a joint announcement from WEG and the HBPA:

In February, Woodbine Racetrack announced 2016 condition book changes with the ultimate goals of balancing the Ontario Sired (OS) program overpayment, filling races and maximizing field size over the approved 133 date schedule. Since the opening of the meet, Woodbine officials (WEG) and Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) representatives have engaged with a broad cross-section of stakeholders in regards to these changes. The intent was to review the impact of the changes in advance of August 1, with the potential for adjustments at that time. The consistent feedback received was that it was important that any planned revisions to the condition book for the remainder of the meet be announced as soon as possible.

Today, WEG and the HBPA jointly announce the following condition book changes, to begin August 1, and remain in place until the conclusion of the 2016 Woodbine meet;


-OS Maiden 3yo races will continue to be written until Aug 1st, and at that time will be replaced with a race that combines open Maiden $40,000 Claiming with a protected OS Maiden option. This race will be written for ages 3yo and up.


OS horses running protected in this condition will still be eligible for the On Bred bonus of 20%. WEG and the HBPA will continue to evaluate the overnight racing program during the season, with the intent to engage stakeholders this Fall to plan for the 2017 Woodbine racing season. Further, the Horse Improvement Program, the breed incentive program, is expected to be reviewed later this Fall. The review will provide all affected stakeholders an opportunity to have input into the Program as it’s currently constructed, and consider any possible adjustments in future years.

Steve Lym

Director of Racing

Woodbine Entertainment Group

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