Breeders Awards increased for NYSS
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"There are so many who play a part in the ongoing prosperity of harness racing in New York, but the role of breeders cannot be diminished. Without them, this sport could not flourish," said Michael Kimelman, Board Trustee, Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. "With this additional funding going to the breeders who support the program at the highest level by keeping their horses in New York, we're recognizing the impact they continue to have on the industry."
The New York Sires Stakes was the first program of its kind developed in North America, featuring 2- and 3-year-old New York-bred Standardbreds. The first stakes races were held in 1961. The program has since become a model for state-bred racing programs. With the passage of the Laverne Law in 1964, the FUND began receiving a percentage of the industry's betting handle to manage the Sire Stakes program.
The New York Sires Stakes season runs through October with the Finals for both trotters and pacers to be held at Yonkers Raceway on Oct. 14. The County Fair Series races are held concurrent with the season with the finals in Saratoga on Sept. 15. For complete racing schedules, visit http://www.nysirestakes.com/racing. (Baker Public Relations)