Standardbred owner perks
The trots are for EVERYONE and harness racing in WA is proud to have a real family focus. A huge benefit of owning a Standardbred is the longevity of their racing career. Standardbreds are strong and durable horses, who can often regularly race up until they are 10 or more years of age – they really do become part of the family!
From the exclusive Winners Bar at Gloucester Park, to visiting your horse at the stables and in the Birdcage on race day – owning a racehorse is an experience like no other.
PLUS of course, there’s prizemoney on top! Not to mention, if you race a Westbred or Double Westbred horse, you’re up for even more – with BONUS money!
Take a look at some of our owners perks
There’s a whole lot of benefits to being an Owner … and you get the lot!
RWWA, in conjunction with all WA harness racing Clubs, will provide you with an Owners Season Pass. Your Owners Pass allows free entry for 2 people into any of WA’s 12 harness racecourses during the year (subject to the Club’s conditions of entry).
Your Owners Pass gives you access to the ‘’Birdcage’’ – the stables area where the horses, trainers and drivers prepare for racing – at every Club when your horse is racing! Chat with your trainer, driver and give your horse a pre-race pat – then celebrate together after the race.
Prizemoney and bonuses
Prizemoney or ‘Stakes’ at the trots in WA provides a solid return on investment for standardbred owners;
Prizemoney for 1st to 5th place is split between the Owner, Trainer and Driver as follows;
- Owner = 87.5%
- Trainer = 7.5%
- Driver = 5%
Unplaced Subsidy Support
To assist Owners with the expense of preparing a horse for the trots, RWWA pays Owners an Unplaced Subsidy for horses who run 6th to last in every race.
Owners receive a $150 payment every time your horse is unplaced in a non-metropolitan race, and $185 for a metropolitan race.
Westbred Bonus Scheme
The WestBred Bonus is the exciting incentive scheme that provides additional prizemoney to owners of horses fully bred here in Western Australia.
Any foal born, registered and branded in WA is a Westbred horse and is eligible for all the benefits of the Westbred Bonus Scheme – arguably the best overall Bonus Program in Australia!
All up there is around $4 million won annually by Westbred horses – consisting of $2 Million in Westbred and First Win Bonuses, over $1 million in normal races restricted to Westbred horses, and $1 million in feature races for Westbred horses.
Westbred Bonuses are paid to the owner EVERY TIME their Westbred horse is placed 1st to 4th in a 2-year-old or 3-year-old race in WA, where the race’s total prizemoney is less than $20,000.
So, if your Westbred horse runs 1st – 4th in a 2YO or 3YO race, you as the owner receive the race prizemoney, plus an ADDITIONAL PAYMENT of…
Westbred Bonus payments
WESTBRED BONUS PAYMENTS TO OWNERS
Where the total race prizemoney is less than $15,000 Where the total race prizemoney is $15,000 – $19,999 1st $2,250 1st $4,250 2nd $675 2nd $1,125 3rd $338 3rd $565 4th $187 4th $310
BUT WAIT … THERE’S MORE!
DOUBLE WESTRED BONUS
If your Westbred horse is also “Westsired” (meaning fathered by a stallion based in WA at time of service), then you receive DOUBLE the Westbred Win Bonus when winning 2-year old or 3-year old races in WA!
DOUBLE WESTBRED BONUS PAYMENTS TO OWNERS
Where the total race prizemoney is less than $15,000 Where the total race prizemoney is $15,000 – $19,999 1st $4,500 1st $8,500
The Double Westbred Bonus applies only to the winner, not to place-getters.
First Win Bonus
The race-book Owner of a WestBred eligible horse (born after 1st September 2008) who wins its first race is entitled to a First Win Bonus of $3000.
The Breeder of a WestBred eligible horse (born after 1st September 2008) and winning its first race after 1st September 2014 is also entitled to a First Win Bonus of $3000.
The First Win Bonus (as explained above) are not subject to any trainer and/or driver percentages.
Epona Breeding Scheme
To encourage local breeding in Western Australia, every filly or mare who WINS a race also receives an amount equal to 10% of the winning prizemoney (for 1st place only), set aside in the Epona Scheme ‘’bank’’.
This Epona bank for each mare is capped at a total of $5,000 (this is over and above the race prizemoney – no physical transaction of Epona money to the owner) and is retained by the mare, to be used for a stallion service when she finishes her racing career.
Owners can use your mare’s Epona bank funds towards any stallion service fee, provided that the mare is served here in WA.