Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA)
COSA was formed in the spring of 2009 to provide a united voice for harness horsepeople racing at Ontario racetracks.
Racing participants at the time were without a formal contract with track management at Woodbine Entertainment Group.
At an initial information meeting to address the issue, there was overwhelming support urging horseman Bill O’Donnell to spearhead the formation of a new organization to negotiate with WEG.
“In talking to the horsepeople in the area, it became clear that there was a need for a new beginning in the relationship with Woodbine Entertainment,” said O’Donnell at the time.
COSA officially came into being on June 30, 2009 and finalized a five year contract with WEG on August 1, 2009. The Association operates with a 10 person Board of Directors and one Director-at-Large, including some very well-known and respected owners, trainers and drivers.
COSA Board Members
COSA Track Committee Members
Clinton Raceway: Mark Horner
Dresden Raceway: Garrett Rooney
Flamboro Downs: Robert Shepherd
Georgian Downs: Dave Byron, Steve Byron
Grand River Raceway: Scott Young
Hanover Raceway: Vicki Gregg, Ryan Holliday
Hiawatha Horse Park & Entertainment Centre: Tyler Borth
Kawartha Downs & Speedway: Nick Boyd, Mike Wade
Leamington Raceway: Garrett Rooney
Mohawk Woodbine Park: COSA Directors
The Raceway at Western Fair District: Mark Horner