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Purses going up for KY fair racing in 2021

September 16, 2020

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With a significant increase in fair participation this year, the Kentucky Sire Stakes Advisory Panel has decided to make exciting enhancements to the KY Fair Program for 2021. The Fair Finals will be raced for a purse of $25,000, up from $15,000 in 2020.

Further, the Advisory Panel unanimously adopted a proposal from panel member Art Zubrod, Brittany Farms General Manager, that consists of two upgrades. The first is each fair race purse will be contested based on the numbers of starters at $1,000 per starter. The second being an additional trailer bonus of $1,000 per trailer will be added to the purse. By way of example, a 7-horse race on a track using a 5-horse gate will have a $2,000 trailer bonus added to the newly established purse of $7,000 for a total purse of $9,000.

“These enhancements approved by the Sire Stakes Advisory Panel are just another step taken to help horsemen enjoy the benefits of the exciting programs emerging in Kentucky, “ says panel member and Kentucky Harness Association President Bob Brady, Kentuckiana Farms. “Working closely with Steve Stewart, Kentucky Harness Horsemen’s Association representative on the panel that took oversight lead for the Fair Program, and with Art’s proposal, we have been able to adopt changes to the Kentucky Fair Program that will assist in growing Kentucky harness racing.

Although further details and rule changes will be made in the near future, we wanted to get this exciting news out going into the upcoming yearling sales,” continued Brady. (KY Harness Association)

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