NYSS finals set for Sept. 22 at Yonkers
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"The creators of the New York Sire Stakes program many decades ago had incredible vision for what was needed to grow and expand Standardbred breeding in this state and support agriculture," said M. Kelly Young, executive director, Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund. "It promises to be another exciting season as some strong finishers from last year return to the track, and a new crop of horses begin to make a name for themselves."
The NYSS finals feature eight championship events offering $225,000 in purses for each race. Individual race purses for the Excelsior finals have been increased this year to $55,000. The NYSS Consolation finals and the County Fair finals will be contested for $40,000 and $10,000 purses, respectively.
As part of its legislative mission, the Fund receives financial resources from the pari-mutuel handle and gaming at licensed tracks across the state, which it uses to provide purse money. Since the inception of racinos at harness tracks, NYSS purses have more than doubled and continue to increase annually, further spurring horse breeding while also creating more jobs and greater public involvement in Standardbred horse racing.