The Jockey Club of Canada’s Graded Stakes Committee held its annual review of the Graded and Listed Stakes in Canada and will have several upgrades for 2018.

The Graded Stakes Committee meeting was conducted by Committee Chair, Ross McKague and accompanied by all Committee Members as well as the attending race advisors, Jason Teague, Stuart Slagle, Steve Lym, Tim Lawson, Paul Ryneveld and Tom Cosgrove.

After reviewing the NARC figures for all Graded and Listed races in Canada, the Committee determined that the following races would be upgraded in 2018:

 

The Summer Stakes will be upgraded from a G2 to G1
The Highlander Stakes will be upgraded from G2 to G1
The Royal North Stakes will be upgraded from G3 to G2
The Trillium Stakes will move from Listed Status to G3

 

Along with the upgrades, the Speed to Spare Stakes did not receive sufficient RQS numbers in 2017 and therefore will lose its Black-Type status in 2018, disqualifying it from Listed Status.

The Jockey Club of Canada Graded Stakes Committee evaluates and reviews the Graded Stakes in Canada annually and determines whether races should be upgraded, downgraded or remain the same. The Committee bases their decisions on the cumulative NARC ratings for five consecutive years.

Graded Stakes for 2018 in Canada:

Name of Stakes RaceG/L/RDistTrackAge/Sex
Current G1s    
Canadian International (Pattison)G112TWO3up
Woodbine Mile (Ricoh)G18TWO3up
Northern Dancer TurfG112TWO3up
E.P. Taylor StakesG110TWO3up f/m
Natalma StakesG18TWO2yof
Summer StakesG18TWO2yo
Highlander StakesG16TWO3up
Current G2s
Sky Classic StakesG211TWO3up
Nijinsky StakesG210TWO3up
Play The King StakesG27TWO3up
King Edward StakesG28TWO3up
Autumn StakesG28.5WO3up
Kennedy Road StakesG26WO3up
Nearctic StakesG26TWO3up
Connaught Cup StakesG27TWO4up
Eclipse StakesG28.5WO4up
Nassau StakesG28TWO3up f/m
Dance Smartly StakesG210TWO3up f/m
Canadian StakesG29TWO3up f/m
Bessarabian StakesG27WO3up f/m
Royal North StakesG26TWO3up f/m
Current G3s
Grey StakesG38.5WO2yo
Mazarine StakesG38.5WO2yof
Marine StakeG38.5WO3yo
BC Premiers H.G311HST3up
Seagram Cup StakesG38.5WO3up
Dominion Day StakesG310WO3up
Singspiel StakesG312TWO3up
Durham Cup StakesG39WO3up
Valedictory StakesG314WO3up
Bold VentureG36.5WO3up
Vigil StakesG37WO4up
Ballerina StakesG39HST3up f/m
Ontario Fashion StakesG36WO3up f/m
Seaway StakesG37WO3up f/m
Maple Leaf StakesG310WO3up f/m
Ontario Matron StakesG38.5WO3up f/m
Whimsical StakesG36WO4up f/m
Hendrie StakesG36.5WO4up f/m
British Columbia DerbyG39HST3yo
Canadian DerbyG311NP3yo
Ontario DerbyG39WO3yo
Selene StakesG38.5WO3yof
Ontario Colleen StakesG38TWO3yof
Trillium StakesG38.5WO3up f/m

For complete information visit: http://jockeyclubcanada.com/2018-graded-stakes-in-canada/

The Jockey Club of Canada was founded in 1973 by E.P. Taylor to serve as the international representative of the Canadian Thoroughbred industry.  The mission of

The Jockey Club of Canada is to promote and maintain a high standard for Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada at a level which is recognized internationally for the benefit of all those interested in the sport including the general public by operations and services such as, but not limited to: evaluating all Graded, Listed and Black-type races in Canada annually; conducting the annual Sovereign Awards for outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada; maintaining a field office in Canada for the Jockey Club of the United States and the Jockey Club Registry Service; and by representing Canada as a Member of the IFHA.

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For more information contact:
Camille Casse
The Jockey Club of Canada
P.O. Box 66, Stn. B
Toronto, ON
M9W 5K9
416-675-7756
jockeyclubcanada@gmail.com
www.jockeyclubcanada.com

The Jockey Club today announced that beginning with the 2018 breeding season, it will charge $35 for each mare reported bred by a stallion on the annual Report of Mares Bred form. The fee will supplement the industry support already provided by The Jockey Club for Thoroughbred aftercare initiatives, including the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA), and Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.).

“The Jockey Club has examined its rate structure, and a fee for mares reported bred is consistent with fees required by other Thoroughbred breed registries worldwide,” said James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club. “We are pleased to announce that proceeds of this fee will be used to support a host of aftercare initiatives.”

“These funds will augment the great work already being done by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, which now accredits and grants funds to dozens of aftercare organizations each year,” said John Phillips, owner of Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, Ky., president of TAA, and a member of the board of stewards of The Jockey Club.

“Thoroughbred Charities of America strives to help Thoroughbreds throughout their lives by providing grants to aftercare facilities, employee programs, therapy programs, and equine research,” said Mike McMahon, president of TCA. “Thoroughbreds are my livelihood, and it is my duty and ours as an industry, to ensure they are cared for at every point of their careers, whether they are in training, in the breeding shed, or enjoying a second career or retirement.”

“The Thoroughbred Incentive Program has done a tremendous job in furthering the careers of Thoroughbreds by giving owners and riders a goal to strive toward,” said Dell Hancock, Thoroughbred owner and breeder and initiator of T.I.P. “We should all be proud to support initiatives such as T.I.P., TAA, TCA, and any program that betters the lives of Thoroughbreds.”

In coordination with The Jockey Club of Canada, funds raised from Canadian customers of The Jockey Club will be directed to Canadian Thoroughbred aftercare organizations to supplement their efforts, and likewise, funds from Puerto Rico will be dedicated to support Thoroughbreds at recognized programs in that commonwealth.

The Jockey Club of Canada is pleased to announce that Camille Casse will take over as General Manager of The Jockey Club of Canada, effective immediately.

With a family immersed in the industry, Camille has grown with a love for horses and thoroughbred racing. The Jockey Club of Canada looks forward to working with Camille and believes she will be an asset to our organization

 

The Jockey Club of Canada was founded in 1973 by E.P. Taylor to serve as the international representative of the Canadian Thoroughbred industry. The mission of The Jockey Club of Canada is to promote and maintain a high standard for Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada at a level which is recognized internationally for the benefit of all those interested in the sport including the general public by operations and services such as, but not limited to: evaluating all Graded, Listed and Black-type races in Canada annually; conducting the annual Sovereign Awards for outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada; maintaining a field office in Canada for the Jockey Club of the United States and the Jockey Club Registry Service; and by representing Canada as a Member of the IFHA.

This past Friday evening, the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing was showcased as part of the 95th Annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto

Under the lights and glamour of the Royal Horse Show, an exhibition celebrating the racing industry’s milestone anniversary included a combination of video, current and retired racehorses, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame members and a special presentation to the president of the RAWF.

Three thoroughbreds and four Standardbreds completed an eight-lap commemorative mile while iconic race caller Dan Loiselle provided biographies about each horse’s race and post-race career, highlighting the versatility of the breeds and the importance of re-purposing once race careers conclude.

Post-race activities ranged from show horse careers, including the 2017 Royal, for thoroughbreds, Highland Bay, Man Cave and Maple Tints competing in Thoroughbred confirmation and under saddle classes; and current road horse competitor Standardbred Rachel Lauren; pacer Spago Hall currently engaged with OHHA’s Hands On Horses/Wanna Drive program, providing opportunities for race track patrons to experience what it is like to ride behind a race horse; Calamar and Debi O’Brien-Moran, both familiar faces at tracks leading post parades; and trotter Lets Leavem who is still an active racing participant in both RUS and in harness for owner Sarah Town, including a win and new season mark at Flamboro the night following his trip to the Royal.

Riders and drivers presenting the horses included Sheena Ryan, 2014 Sovereign Award winner as Apprentice Jockey, and Ron Waples, member of both the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and the US Harness Racing Hall of Fame. 

The performance concluded with introductions of Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame members highlighting all aspects of the racing industry:  harness driver Bill O’Donnell, jockey Sandy Hawley, builder Lou Cauz, communicators Bill Galvin and Jim Bannon, Mrs. Lenore Armstrong, wife of the late H. Charles Armstrong, representing Armstrong Brothers and Mark Samuel, representing Sam-Son Farms. CHRHF president John Stapleton, presented a certificate acknowledging the Royal’s participation in the 250th celebrations along with a special limited edition copy of the history paper on pre-confederation horse racing in Canada, commissioned as a 250th anniversary initiative by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, to Royal Agricultural Winter Fair president Andrew McKee.

Spearheaded by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, funding for the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada initiatives has been provided by:  Standardbred Canada, Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, HBPA Ontario, Central Ontario Standardbred Association, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Ontario Racing, OLG, Alberta Standardbred Horse Association, Harness Racing BC, The Jockey Club as well as individual donations.

The Jockey Club of Canada is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Sovereign Award Media Categories for Outstanding Writing, Photograph and Digital Audio/Visual and Broadcast.

The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2017 EST and all submissions must be sent by email to: jockeyclubcanada@gmail.com

To qualify for a 2017 Sovereign Award, the submissions must have appeared in a recognized medium between the dates of January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.

The three categories in which to enter submissions for the media portion of the annual Sovereign Awards are:

  1. Writing;
  2. Photograph
  3. Digital Audio/Visual and Broadcast

Submissions must be received by The Jockey Club of Canada office by email no later than December 31, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. (EST). Submissions received after the deadline will not be accepted.

The nominees for each of the 2017 Media Category Awards will be announced in February, 2018, and the winner in each category will be announced at the annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony in Toronto, Ontario this April.

For more information on The Jockey Club of Canada’s annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony contact Camille Casse at 416-675-7756; email jockeyclubcanada@gmail.com

For complete Sovereign Award Media Category Rules, Submission Guidelines and Deadlines CLICK HERE.

The Jockey Club of Canada was founded in 1973 by E.P. Taylor to serve as the international representative of the Canadian Thoroughbred industry and to promote improvements to Thoroughbred racing and breeding, both in Canada and internationally.  The Jockey Club of Canada also operates as a field office of The Jockey Club; organizes the Sovereign Awards; administers the Canadian Graded Stakes program; liaises with foreign Jockey Clubs; promotes Thoroughbred ownership; and represents Canada at international racing conferences.

Throughout 2017 events, commemorative miles and race presentations have taken place across country to celebrate Canadian horse racing’s milestone anniversary.  As the year draws to a close, The 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing will be featured at Toronto’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, with a commemorative mile in the horse show ring during the Friday, November 10th evening horse show.

Participants will include horses and people representing Canadian harness and thoroughbred racing, as well as Hall of Fame members.

The exhibition mile and accompanying ceremonies will be hosted by iconic Canadian race caller Dan Loiselle.

“The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair represents the best in Canadian agriculture and equine sports. The opportunity to showcase Canada’s horse racing history and 250th Anniversary of our sport for the always enthusiastic and knowledgeable Royal Horse Show audience, promises to be a unique and exciting event”, says CHRHF president, John Stapleton.

Special discounted ticket pricing to attend the November 10th horse show is being made available to the horse racing industry.  Tickets, which include admission to the Fair, as well as reserved seating at the horse show performance, can be purchased by visiting the Royal Horse Show ticket portal, selecting the Friday, November 10th evening performance.  Enter promo code HR250, and click the lock icon to show available tickets at reduced prices.  #cdnhorseracing250  #RAWF17

In addition to the celebration of the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada, the November 10th horse show performance includes the $50,000 Weston Canadian Open Show Jumping, Green Meadows Coaches, Percheron Six Horse Hitch, Welsh Pony Driving and the Canadian Road Pony Championship.

Funding for the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada initiatives has been provided by:  Standardbred Canada, Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, HBPA Ontario, Central Ontario Standardbred Association, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Ontario Racing, OLG, Alberta Standardbred Horse Association, Harness Racing BC, The Jockey Club as well as individual donations.

John Unger, a former Steward and member of the Jockey Club of Canada, passed away on Thursday, the 21st of September. Unger, who was an experienced lawyer that specialized in taxation matters, headed the Jockey Club of Canada’s tax committee for several years.

John Unger had a great love for horse racing, owning and breeding thoroughbreds for twenty-five years of his life. He will be missed by many within the racing community.

Funeral details:
Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel
2357 Bloor St West, Toronto

The Ontario Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new initiative developed to promote the growth of horse racing in this province. The HBPA Board of Directors has decided to produce an online series aimed at attracting new owners to the Thoroughbred industry and new fans to the track. The series, Talkin’ Horses, will pick up from the HBPA’s award-winning television show of the same name which ran for three years on CTV Television.

With the continued growth of social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, and the popularity of watching programming online and on-demand, the decision to offer the series digitally was made strategically to reach a millennial demographic. The show, which will have 10 episodes through the summer and fall, will be an energetic, fast-moving look at how to get into affordable racehorse ownership, handicapping a horse race and picking a winner – plus features on the people and horses in the sport and detailed previews of all the big races.

The HBPA has contracted television and radio host Jason Portuondo and racing writer Jennifer Morrison, each from the television iteration of Talkin’ Horses, to produce the 2017 online series. It will be directed by the award-winning Alex Narvaez of Narvaez Productions, producer and editor of The Strombo Sessions with George Stroumboulopoulos and creator of short films, television series and promotional movies for the Toronto International Film Festival.

For updates stay tuned on twitter and the HBPA (www.hbpa.on.ca) or Talkin Horses (www.talkinhorses.com) websites.

Artist’s rendering of the proposed Century Mile Racetrack in Alberta

The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) has given its approval for a new racetrack to be built south of the city of Edmonton.

CTV News-Edmonton reports that the new $50 million facility, being planned by Horse Racing Alberta and Century Casinos, will be built near the Edmonton International Airport. It will be called the Century Mile.

“It was the news we were certainly hoping for, and it is a really good news day for the horse racing industry in the province,” Shirley McLellan, CEO of Horse Racing Alberta, said.

The Century Mile will replace Northlands Park, which is scheduled to close June 30, 2018.

Construction is expected to start this spring.

Read more at CTV News-Edmonton

 

Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Now Accepting Nominations for Class of 2017
 
The public is invited to participate in the nomination of horses and people who have made a significant contribution to Canadian horse racing, for induction to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2017.

Nominations for the following will be considered:

  • MALE HORSE: Stallions or geldings whose contribution to Canadian racing occurred in the past 20 years
  • FEMALE HORSE: Mares whose contribution to Canadian racing occurred in the past 20 years.
  • VETERAN HORSE: Horses whose careers have been concluded for 20 years, but less than 50 years.
  • PERSON: Trainers, Drivers, Jockeys
  • BUILDERS: Includes, but not limited to Breeders, Owners, Officials, and others.
  • COMMUNICATORS: Includes, but not limited to writers, broadcasters, photographers, announcers.
  • VETERAN PERSON: Trainers, Drivers, Jockeys whose careers have been concluded for 20 years, but less than 50 years.

All nomination submissions to be made using the form available on the CHRHF website at www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com. A copy of the form is also attached, or may be obtained by contacting admin@horseracinghalloffame.com. Complete eligibility criteria may be found at: http://horseracinghalloffame.com/inductees/eligibility/
 
For further information, or to submit a completed nomination form, contact:
 
Standardbred Nominations:
Darryl Kaplan, Standardbred Nomination Chair,
Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame
1-2150 Meadowvale Blvd.,
Mississauga, ON L5N 6R6
P: (905) 858-3060 ext. 241 F: (905) 858-3089
E: dkaplan@standardbredcanada.ca
 
Thoroughbred Nominations:
Tom Cosgrove, Thoroughbred Nomination Chair,
Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame
555 Rexdale Blvd., P.O. Box 156
Toronto, ON M9W 5L2
P: (416) 213-2113
E: tmc@woodbineentertainment.com

Nominations forms may also be submitted to:
Linda Rainey, Managing Director
Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame
P: (416) 417-9404
E: Linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com
 
All submissions will be carefully considered by the Nominating Committee of the appropriate breed and if approved, presented to the Election Committee for voting by secret ballot.
 
NOMINATION DEADLINE:   WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2017 5:00 pm EST.
The list of nominees selected for consideration by the Election Committee for each breed will be announced Monday, March 20, 2017. The Inductees for the 2017 class of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will be announced on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

We invite you to visit the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame located at the West Entrance of Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. Additional information about the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is available at www.canadianhorseracinghalloffame or by contacting admin@horseracinghalloffame.com or 416-417-9404

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Linda Rainey
Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame
Linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com
416-417-9404