TORONTO, August 9, 2018 – Ontario Racing, in partnership with Woodbine Mohawk Park, The Raceway at Western Fair District and Flamboro Downstoday announced two new Late Closing stakes for Ontario Sired two and three-year-old horses.
The new Ontario Sired events, the Autumn Series and the Harvest Series, will be offered this fall and worth more than $740,000.
“It’s very important that we have a healthy Ontario Sired program,” said Bill McLinchey, Woodbine’s Director of Standardbred Racing, who led the development of the series.
“These series offer owners and trainers an opportunity to point their strong, late developing Ontario Sired prospects to race for quality purses while trying to keep our fall time field size high for fans and horseplayers at Woodbine Mohawk Park.”
The Autumn Series, for two and three-year-olds who are Non-Winners of $10,000 lifetime before September 15, will commence the week of September 30 and offer two legs, worth $8,500 each, followed by a $20,000-added final for each of the four divisions.
Flamboro Downs will host the two and three-year-old trotting fillies and pacing colts, while The Raceway at Western Fair District welcomes the trotting colts and pacing fillies.
The nomination fee for the Autumn Series is $200, due September 17.
The Harvest Series, contested at Woodbine Mohawk Park, will offer eight divisions, split by age, sex and gait, for Ontario Sired horses that are non-winners of $30,000 in 2018 as of September 30. Each division will compete in two legs, worth $17,000 each and a $40,000-added final. The two-year-olds begin the week of October 8 and the three-year-olds start the week of October 29.
The nomination fee for the Harvest Series is $300 and is due Monday, October 1.