Ontario Racing Update on MRP, MPP Programs

Mares and foals in Lexington, KY 04.17.2011

Ontario Racing (OR) offered an update on the Mare Recruitment Program (MRP) and the Mare Purchase Program (MPP), a pair of Thoroughbred Horse Improvement Programs (TIP) launched last fall. A total of 79 in-foal mares have been registered through the MRP, which offers Cdn$5,000 to breeders as an incentive to bring an in-foal mare to Ontario to foal, through Jan. 14. Of these, 42 have submitted to be bred back to a registered Ontario Sire during the 2020-21 breeding season, an incentive worth Cdn$2,500. The Mare Recruitment Program, which offered a $500,000 cap in incentives, is fully subscribed for the 2019-20 breeding season.

Additionally, a total of 17 submissions have been received for the Mare Purchase Program (MPP), which offers eligible applicants 50 percent of the purchase price of an in-foal broodmare–up to a maximum of Cdn$15,000–at various recognized pubic auctions. Currently, seven will be sent to a registered Ontario sire, also a Cdn$2,500 incentive. Nearing the conclusion of the breeding stock sales’ season, breeders may still participate in the Mare Purchase Program through Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale Jan. 13-16; the OBS Winter Mixed Sale an. 28-29; and the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale Feb. 10-11.

For more information about the Mare Purchase Program and Mare Recruitment Programs, visit www.ontarioracing.com/Industry/Thoroughbred-Improvement-Program.

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