From the Ontario Racing Commission website, we noticed that the “Horse Improvement Program” is seeking volunteers to “address the declining horse supply for the 2017 Standardbred Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Program.“
There appears to be a decline in the Standardbred horse supply due largely to the cancellation of the controversial 2012 slots revenue-sharing program at Ontario racetracks under the former Liberal government.
Many industry related jobs were at risk propelling hundreds of Standardbreds into the slaughter pipeline and preventing breeding operations from either scaling back or shutting down completely. So it’s no surprise that there is now a shortage of Standardbred horses, since thousands were slaughtered as a result of the poorly-conceived Liberal program.
Those horses, many valuable broodmares and even foals, met a terrible demise and are gone forever. Now, it appears that the Ontario Racing Commission will conclude that a massive breeding program is necessary to restore the number of horses to levels prior to the destruction of the industry.