Ontario Announces The Return Of Sires Stakes

By Ben Hamill - February 14 2022

Ontario Announces The Return Of Sires StakesThe Ontario Sires Stakes is recognized as one of Canada and North America’s most exciting horse racing stakes programs, but has been on hiatus for some time. But now, at last, Ontario Racing has announce its return. Come Confederation Cup weekend, May 21st to May 22nd at Flamboro downs, the Sires Stakes and accompanying Prospect Series are making their grand return.

No doubt, horse racing enthusiast are already excited. As is expected there is to be 4 of the 3 year old Prospect Series classes, which is due to be hosted over the course of the May 21st race card. The Confederation Cup itself, meanwhile, is set for 22nd May. The opening leg of the Grassroots Series will unfold on this day, featuring 3 year old pacing colts.

Of course it is expected these 2 events will be getting a tremendous amount of attention.

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Gold Series Also Announced

Some were concerned that the world health crisis may cause further delays, but minds have now been put at ease. The Gold Series has also been confirmed by Ontario Racing, due on May 30th at Woodbine Mohawk Park. This will include the first leg for 3 year old trotting colts.

A trainer that has already expressed excitement is John Bax, who will be bringing his sophomore trotting gelding Duly Resolved. The animal managed some extraordinary momentum during his 2 year campaign, where 3 Gold Series divisions were won. Prize money brought in totalled CA$631,000, certainly giving Bax reason to be hopeful.

Looking forward into the future, the Grassroots Semi-Finals has also been confirmed, set for September 22nd and 23rd. The Championships will commence just a week after that.

Some Changes To The Schedule

Although everything seems to be on track, some changes have been announced. Ontario Racing has made clear that, at the Gold Super Finals and Grassroots Championships, horses coming in 6th to last will get 1% of the purse. The same is true for the Gold and Grassroots Series division.

Another welcome change announced comes courtesy of the Improvement Program Committee. The group announced that a boost has been given to the Gold Series Divisions with 11 horses and multiple trailers, pushing the total up to CA$190,000. The Gold Series divisions, on the other hand, will remain unchanged at CA$150,000.

As far as entry fees for the Prospect Series are concerned, the amount remains at CA$100. The Grassroots Series entry fee now stands at CA$400, and Gold Series fees have climbed to CA$900.