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Participants up for the Breeders Crown Charity challenge

September 14, 2022

MILTON, September 14, 2022 – The launch of the 2022 Breeders Crown Charity Challenge (BCCC), sponsored by the Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, is at the post.Established in 2019 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the BCCC has raised more than $800,000 for local charities of each year’s Breeders Crown host track. In 2021, the challenge set a new event record, raising over $400,000 for charities in The Meadowlands (East Rutherford, New Jersey) area.This year’s event is also shaping up to be something special.The format showcases four teams, with each entry comprised of a prominent owner, their charity of choice, and a Woodbine leading driver, competing to net the largest donation amount from a minimum pool of $200,000.The four teams are listed below: 

Team Brad Grant/Doug McNair – Charity: Milton District Hospital Foundation 

Team Determination/Bob McClure – Charity: Kids Help Phone Line 

Team Steve Heimbecker/James MacDonald – Charity: Pine River Institute 

Team Libfeld-Katz/Louis-Philippe Roy – Charity: Peter Munk Cardiac Centre – SickKids Hospital Toronto 

Each team has pledged $25,000, which guarantees their charity of choice a minimum donation in that amount. An additional $100,000 has been raised through donations made by industry participants.

With a minimum $25,000 guaranteed to be directed to each charity, the additional monies will be decided through a Driver Challenge and Social Media Challenge.

“This is a great addition to an already exciting event,” said Bob McClure. “It’s one more thing that adds to the excitement of the Breeders Crown. I’m really happy to be part of it.”

A sentiment echoed by reinsman Doug McNair.

“I’m looking forward to teaming up with my fellow drivers to help raise money for some very worthwhile charities.”

$50,000 will be distributed to the charities based on each driver’s performance in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Lampman Cup standings. The team with the driver earning the most points in the OSS season will be awarded $20,000. The remaining $30,000 will be distributed as $15,000, $10,000, and $5,000, respectively, based on each driver’s ranking in the standings.

$50,000 will be directed to the charities based on each team’s social media engagement. The team creating the most engagement by using their team hashtag will earn $20,000. The remaining $30,000 will be distributed as $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000, respectively, based on each team’s engagement numbers.

The team hashtags are listed below. Supporters are asked to go on Twitter and use the hashtag of their favourite team and also include #CrownCharity22.  

Team Brad Grant/Doug McNair - #GrantUsVictory 

Team Determination/Bob McClure – #DeterminedToWin 

Team Steve Heimbecker/James MacDonald - #BeckerThanTheRest 

Team Libfeld-Katz/Louis-Philippe Roy - #MeetTheFieldofKatz 

The 2022 Breeders Crown presented by Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership will take place on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

“We are looking forward to putting on a first-class event and making this year’s Breeders Crown one of the most memorable editions in its storied history,” said Jim Lawson, Woodbine Entertainment CEO. “From a world-class night of racing, to raising money and awareness for deserving charities, to the support of so many passionate and caring horse people, this year’s Breeders Crown is something we can all truly be proud of.”

Chris Lomon, Woodbine Communications / @WoodbineComms


The Breeders Crown Charity Challenge would not be possible without the generous support of the following individuals and groups: 

Marvin Katz 

Al Libfeld 


Brad Grant 

Steve Heimbecker 

Bob McClure 

Doug McNair 

James MacDonald 

Louis-Philippe Roy 

Diamond Pledges: 

Alagna Racing 

Bettors Delight Syndicate – Blue Chip Farms 

Hanover Shoe Farms 

Hunterton Farm 

Southwind Farms 

Lindy Farms 

Brittany Farms 

Muscle Mass – Bob Brady 

Seelster Farms 

Tara Hills Stud 

Winbak Farm 

Additional Pledges: 

Carmen Auciello 

John Bax 

Cameo Hills Farm 

Richard Moreau  

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