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|Racing in Canada is highly developed and has a long history. Below are a
few of the organizations that contribute significantly to flat racing
and harness racing each year:
- Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society - Founded in 1906, the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (CTHS) was incorporated under the Animal Pedigree Act as the official registry of Thoroughbred horses in Canada. The CTHS serves as a voice for its members within the Thoroughbred breeding industry. As key issues and problems arise, the Society representatives carry the voice of breeders to those meeting rooms where decisions are made. In 1982, provincial divisions were established in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.
- Standardbred Canada - Standardbred Canada is the official registry, record keeping and standard-setting body for Canadian harness racing. It is committed to the dissemination of information and the promotion and protection of the industry.
- Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame - The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame was established in 1976 at the Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario, to honor those who have made a significant contribution to the sport of harness and thoroughbred horse racing in Canada. The Hall of Fame annually inducts Thoroughbred and Standardbred horses, drivers, jockeys, trainers and the horse racing industry's builders.
- Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency - The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) is a Special Operating Agency within Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada that regulates and supervises pari-mutuel betting on horse racing at racetracks across Canada, thereby ensuring that pari-mutuel betting is conducted in a way that is fair to the public.
- Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association - The Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is a trade association of owners and trainers of race horses in Canada. Originally begun in 1940 as an organization to help horsemen in need, the HBPA now represents horsemen's interests in a wide range of issues, including negotiations over regulations, prize purses, and revenues from on-track, off-track and simulcast wagering.
- Jockey Club of Canada - The Jockey Club of Canada was formed in 1973 to oversee thoroughbred horse racing in Canada. Based in Toronto, Ontario, the club is responsible for the annual Sovereign Awards program and the Canadian Graded Stakes Committee.
- Canadian Triple Crown - The Queen's Plate kicks off the Canadian Triple Crown series, and is restricted to 3-year-olds foaled in Canada. In 2010, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh, were Guests of Honour at the 151st running of the Queen's Plate Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. The series also includes the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, and the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes.
- National Driving Championship - Standardbred Canada’s National Driving Championship brings regional representatives together to compete in a one-day championship to determine Canada's representative to the World Driving Championship. The Canadian representative must beat out some of the country's finest drivers and earn the National Driving Championship title.