The Quebec Jockey Club (QJC) breeding policy, established after consultation with the Quebec owners and breeders association (ATAQ), aims to create favorable conditions for years to come by stimulating the entire industry and create further employment opportunities.
The Quebec Jockey Club flows a high percentage of purses available for series and overnights specifically for Quebec bred foals. Additionally the policy includes bonuses for breeders and for owners of Quebec bred foals.
There are extra bonuses for breeders and owners of Quebec bred foals who are Quebec sired as well. The program recognizes the constraint of having too small a population of broodmares, both pacing and trotting and provides attractive conditions for breeders and owners of Quebec bred foals in order to increase breeding in Quebec and business for the breeding farms.
The level of purses for the Quebec bred series is based on earnings estimates to be announced in late December, once the Quebec Jockey Club Budget is finalized for the subsequent year. Estimates for the next few years were provided in October.
Since 2010, more than 70% of purses were returned to Quebec owners in special series or overnight races.
“QM” A horse issued out of a Quebec Mare registered in the Quebec breeding program following the definition
“QP” A horse sired by a stallion registered with the RACJ as a Quebec stallion
“QMP” A horse issued out of a Quebec Mare registered in the Quebec breeding program AND by a stallion registered with the RACJ as a Quebec stallion
For the breeding season 2009 & 2010, horses identified in any of the following ways will be considered as Quebec bred horses:
“Quebec Mare” or “QM” is a broodmare giving birth to a foal in 2010 and/or 2011) whereas the breeder on records on the registration certificate shows as having a Quebec address as main residence.
“Quebec sired” or “QP” is a stallion registered at the RACJ for the breeding season 2009 & 2010
For the breeding season 2011 to 2017 , horses identified in any of the following ways will be considered as Quebec bred horses:
“Quebec Mare” or “QM” : means a horse from a female Standardbred racehorse used for breeding, having resided in Quebec for a minimum of 180 days between January 1 and December 31 of the mating year, and registered in the mare residency program.
For 2012 breeding year, is also considered QM if duly registered with the Association Trot & Amble du Quebec (ATAQ) a mare in foal owned at 50% or more by a Quebec owner that has not completed the residency of 180 days in Quebec between January 1st to December 31st of the mating year but have resided 180 days between January 1st and December 31st of 2013.
For 2012 breeding year, is also considered QM if a broodmare in foal is bought before January 31st 2013 owned at least at 50% by owners residing in Quebec, having done it’s residency of a 180 days between January 1st 2013 and December 31st 2013 and be duly registered in the Quebec mare residency program with the ATAQ.
For the 2017 breeding year, is also considered “Quebec mare”, a broodmare purchased in foal and transferred no later than December 31, 2017 with proof of purchase and must be 100% Canadian owned. All conditions of this exceptional measure are explained in the 2017 registration document and applies. In addition, note that breeders who appear on the registration certificates of these offspring will not be eligible for the premium to breeders offered by the Club Jockey of Quebec. Only breeders of records who have also registered their mares in the 2017 program will be eligible for these bonuses.
“Quebec sired” or “QP” : means a horse from a male Standardbred racehorse used for breeding in Quebec and registered with the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux du Québec (RACJ) for each breeding season.
For the breeding season 2018 and future , horses identified in any of the following ways will be considered as Quebec bred horses:
“Quebec Mare” or “QM“: means a horse from a female Standardbred racehorse used for breeding, having resided in Quebec for a minimum of 200 days between January 1st and December 31st of the mating year, be registered in the mare residency program by the breeder on records of the foal and having given birth in the Quebec province.
For the 2020 breeding season, is also considered “Quebec Mare” a mare bought in foal and transferred no later than December 31st 2020 with proof of payment and be 100% Canadian owned. All conditions included in the registration package for 2020 breeding season apply. Important to note that the breeders listed on the registration certificate for these foals are not eligible to receive the breeders rewards offered by the QJC. Only the breeder of records that bred and registered the mares in the residency program for 2020 will be eligible for these rewards.
“Quebec sired” or “QP“: means a horse from a male Standardbred racehorse used for breeding in Quebec and registered with the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux du Québec (RACJ) for each breeding season.
QJC established an incentive program for awards for breeders and owners of Quebec bred horses.
Starting in the 2014 racing season, annual awards will be paid to breeders of 2, 3 or 4-year old horses, progressively (starting with 2YO’s of 2014), depending on earning of the eligible horses in the Quebec bred series. The award will be equal to a percentage calculated on the table below.
**Important change to the Quebec Breeding Policy regarding offspring born in 2019:
The Quebec Jockey Club has made an important change to its breeding policy with respect to the offspring that will be born in 2019 and after.
For this purpose, only a registered breeder who also entered the broodmare in the Quebec mare residency program, respecting the rules attached to it, and had the foal be born in the province of Quebec, will be able to claim the 10% bonus from the horse’s winnings obtained in Quebec circuit races.
In the case where the broodmare is sold / leased before completing her residency, but remains in Quebec to satisfy the terms of the residency and also foals in the province of Quebec, only then will the breeder have the right to the breeders’ bonus. Please be advised that documentation will be required. For example ; proof of transfer or mare lease, new location of the broodmare if applicable, etc.
If the mare does not meet the terms of her residence and / or the offspring is not born in Quebec, then no premium will be paid to the breeder.
Please note: The Mare residency program also changed for the 2018 breeding season and future.
Starting in the 2012 racing season, an annual award will be paid to owners of 2, 3 or 4-year old horses, progressively, depending on earnings reaped by the horse in the Quebec breeding “single” racing circuit. The benefit will be equal to a percentage calculated on the table below.
Starting in the 2021 racing season, no benefits will be granted.