The Feb. 15 deadline for New Jersey Sires Stakes first sustaining payments is the last chance for owners of NJ-sired 2-year-old and 3-year-old pacers and trotters to be kept eligible to the 2014 Premier and Green Acres racing programs.
The NJSS Premier Division will be contested exclusively again at the Meadowlands in 2014 starting in May for 3 year olds and in late June for 2 year olds. The Green Acres Division begins Aug. 28 at Freehold Raceway.
Once again this year, the NJSS rule is that the Green Acres Program is limited to horses that have earned less than $25,000 in New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division earnings during the current calendar year.
The NJSS Premier Division's first sustaining payment remains $300 for both 2 year olds and 3 year olds. The initial Green Acres Division payment remains $100 for both 2 and 3 year olds.
Also on Feb. 15, a $650 supplemental 2013 yearling nomination (for foals of 2012) can be made for eligibility to the New Jersey Sire Stakes. That fee is in addition to the sustaining payments for 2 year olds also due on Feb. 15. If the foal is produced by an out-of-state breeding, the supplemental fee is $850. The 2-year-old sustaining payment must be made in order to keep the horse eligible as a 3 year old in 2014, even if the horse does not race in 2014 as a 2 year old.
Supplemental yearling nominations are also due Feb. 15 for the NJSS-sponsored 2013 Lou Babic Open Pace ($500) and Babic Filly Pace ($400).These payments must be in U. S. funds. No late payments will be accepted and no billing notices will be mailed. Certified mail is strongly recommended to NJSS, P.O. Box 330, Trenton, N.J. 08625. (NJSS)