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PRESS RELEASE – QROOI’s Ontario Stallion Season Auction for 2021 a Success, Prospective Quarter Horse Breeders Enthusiastic

AJAX DOWNS, MARCH 3, 2021 
By: Jennifer Morrison
The second year of the Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario’s Stallion Season Auction was another success as Quarter Horse owners, breeders and stallion owners, experienced and new, are excited to help grow the industry.
 
Total bids on Ontario stallion seasons for this year increased almost 20% from the 2020 auction.
 
Proceeds from the on-line auction, which still has several stallion seasons available for bidding, will include a 2024 Stallion Auction Futurity Stakes race at Ajax Downs.. All offspring by stallions that donated a breeding through this program will be eligible. Proceeds from the auction will be divided as follows: 30% to the stallion owner whose foals win the race, 30% to the owner who won the race if that owner purchased a breeding to the sire of the winner and 40% will go to fund the purse. Those purchasing a season will receive a free nomination and sustaining payments into this stakes race.
The 2020 Stallion Season Auction’s proceeds are earmarked for a 2023 Stallion Auction Futurity Stakes race.
 
“It’s a great opportunity for someone just getting into breeding to reach some great stallions at a discounted price,” said young horsewoman Brooke Sisson. “It’s always nice to have a chance to save some money and to top it off, you get the opportunity to race your foal in a stakes race.”
Sisson purchased two seasons; one to Fire Finder for $600 for her own mare and the other, for Look at Magics Form, for “a friend of mine and her mare.”
A season to one of the newest stallions in Ontario, Peighnt Your Fate, a son of successful North American stallion PYC Paint Your Wagon, topped the auction at $1,300. Sean Slater purchased the season to the talented horse from owner Richard Wincikaby.
 
Patricia Ball bought a season Spy for the Senate, one of the top older horses at Ajax Downs in recent years, for $1,000 from owner Milena Kwiecien.  “I bought the season to him for my mare This Cartels Girl and last year bought one to Maryland Magic for my other mare Rose Rage. I am ready to get back into breeding again.”
 
For more information and to see the stallion seasons still available, visit https://qrooi.com/programs/stallions/ to see the list of stallions being offered in 2021 and their current bid price. Contact the QROOI head office in order to place a bid at 905-426-7050 or qrooiheadoffice@gmail.com.

Horse of the Year FIESTY ICON

Fiesty Icon Horse of the Year 2020AJAX DOWNS, FEBRUARY 26, 2021 – Rick Kennedy’s exceptional gelding FIESTY ICON was voted the 2020 Horse of the Year at Ajax Downs by the Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario it was announced Friday. Feisty Icon was 8-years-old last year but had arguably the best season of his remarkable career that included a Horse of the Year title in 2015 when he was a 3-year-old.

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2021 Stallion Service Auction program

The QROOI Board of Directors are happy to launch the 2021 Stallion Service Auction program!

All offspring out of stallions that donated a breeding through this program will be eligible for the 2024 Stallion Service Auction Futurity.
Proceeds from the auction will be divided as follows, 30% to the Stallion owner whose foal wins the race, 30% to the Owner who won the race if that owner purchased a breeding to the sire of the winner and 40% will be used to fund the race purse. A minimum of $20,000 will be added, in addition to the auction funds to this programs race purse. Read More →

Carneros Sets World Record Canadian sprinter sets 110 yard world record

The American Quarter Horse Association has confirmed that Milena Kwiecien’s Carneros, a 2015 brown gelding, has set a new 110-yard world record of :6.770.

Carneros set the record on June 16, 2019, while racing at Ajax Downs in an allowance race.

The horse was bred by Stone Chase Stables LLC and is by champion Prospect To The Top. He is  the first foal out of the stakes-placed Valiant Hero mare Cakebread And Thou.

He was trained in this start by Jason Pascoe and ridden by Ed Walton.

Carneros has won 10 of his 31 career starts, with nine additional placings. He has earned $86,326. The short-distance specialist earlier this year won the 110-yard OROOI Sprint Series #1 Stakes.

The previous 110-yard record holder was Jakes Charming Jody, who in 2012 ran the distance at Remington Park in :6.784.

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHA Racing on Twitter, “like” Q-Racing on Facebook, and visit www.aqha.com/racing.

 

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Second Amendment to Amended and Restated Funding Agreement For Live Horse Racing

December 18, 2020 – Ontario Racing (OR) commends the Ontario government for changes it is making to the Long-Term Funding Agreement (LTFA) for horse racing to further support the industry during these challenging times. Changes to the LTFA will support a strong and stable horse racing industry and give it time to recover from the pandemic. The amendments will also ensure continued support for local employment and for Ontario’s fifteen racetracks until 2026.

“Like many other industries in Ontario, horse racing has been significantly impacted by the pandemic,” said John Hayes, Chair of Ontario Racing. “I want to thank the Ontario government for focusing on the stability and recovery of this important industry and for extending support for racetracks during this difficult time.”

The LTFA, which came into effect last year, is providing stable financial support for racetracks, horsepeople and breeders over a 19-year period. The amendments to the LTFA recognize the impact of the pandemic on the industry and will maintain support for all fifteen racetracks in communities across the province until 2026.

The amendments were approved by all four parties to the LTFA – OLG, Ontario Racing (OR), Ontario Racing Management and Woodbine Entertainment Group. The Board of OR includes representatives of racetracks, horsepeople and breeders of thoroughbred, standardbred and quarter horses.

To view a copy of the amendment, please click here

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