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YONKERS, N.Y. - Horsemen are reminded that there has been a change in the Yonkers Raceway draw schedule for the next harnes racing leg of the New York Sire Stakes and Excelsior Series for 2-Year-Old Trotting Filly (Thursday, Aug.22). The box will close tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 15) at 9:00 a.m., instead of the usual 3:30 p.m. The Yonkers Raceway office will be closed tomorrow evening due to a concert at the facility. For more information, contact the Yonkers race office directly at 914-457-2627, or the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund at 518-388-0178 or info@nysirestakes.com.   Jason Politi

SCHECNECTADY, N.Y. -- New York Sire Stakes participants are notified that they may be subject to breath analyzer tests at non-pari-mutuel harness racing meets this year, including all County Fair events at fair tracks in New York, and County Fair, Excelsior and Landmark events at Goshen July 4 through 7. The testing and penalties will follow United States Trotting Association rules, which include disqualifying any offending drivers for the remainder of the program. In addition, the conditions of the New York County Fair Program provide that any person taking a horse into the track, including grooms and trainers, will be subject to testing. Anyone who refuses to submit to a test or whose test results detect alcohol or prohibited substances as detailed in USTA Rule 5.12 and 5.13, will be barred from handling any horse on the track for the remainder of the day. References for further information:    United States Trotting Association Rule Book (Page 20)   New York Sire Stakes County Fair Book (Page 27) Please direct any questions you may have to the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund at 518-388-0178 or info@nysirestakes.com.   Jason Politi Baker Public Relations  

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The New York Sire Stakes County Fair Series is set to begin Thursday, June 20, at the Chenango County Fair in Afton. The County Fair Harness Racing Finals, scheduled for September 5 at Monticello Raceway, will be contested for $10,000 purses in each of the eight divisions. The full schedule of race dates can be viewed here. Horsemen should note that declarations close for Afton on Saturday, June 15, at 10 a.m. Entries for all NYSS County Fair Events will now be made through the NY County Fair Entry Hotline at 518-388-0964 or online through the USTA. If you are entering online, be sure to add the fair tracks to your account in advance. Entries for ALL OVERNIGHT events, including at Afton, should be made by calling the fair race secretary directly. This number is included with information on each fair in the NYSS 2019 County Fair Schedule Book. Horsemen should also note that the draw schedule for the season will follow a new four-day box, as opposed to the historical three-day box. Careful attention should be paid to draw dates. The New York Sire Stakes County Fair Series consists of 20 non-pari-mutuel harness racing events open to eligible 2- and 3-year-old New York-bred Standardbreds. The events provide young horses with the opportunity to earn as they learn, while bringing the community together for a series of races. "I am excited to kick off this year's New York Sire Stakes County Fair Season at Afton next week and see the debut of many of our young New York-bred horses. We look forward to this time of year each summer and are so proud to partner with the individual county fairs to bring these events to their towns," said M. Kelly Young, executive director, Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund. "We love having the opportunity to introduce harness racing to new audiences at the fairs and hopefully spark an interest in the sport for years to come." Select County Fair Series race dates will also include Racing Under Saddle (RUS) exhibitions. RUS is a hybrid between harness and Thoroughbred racing where riders race atop Standardbreds at a trot. RUS NY was formed in 2014 to increase interest in the sport and showcase the versatility of the Standardbred breed. About the Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund:  The Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund is a public benefit corporation established in 1965 by the Laverne Law (Laws of New York, Chapter 567 of the Laws of 1965). The mission of the fund is to promote agriculture through the breeding of Standardbred horses and the conduct of equine research within the state. To carry out its legislative mission, the Fund administers the New York Sire Stakes races, Excelsior/State Fair Series races, and County Fair Races. Jason Politi | Baker Public Relations

YONKERS, N.Y. - The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) and Excelsior Series begin the harness racing season Tuesday, May 7, at Yonkers Raceway featuring the 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters. Post Time is 6:50 p.m., with an early non-betting race at 5:30 p.m. Entries are posted at Yonkers Raceway's website. The return of 2018 NYSS champion Winndevie headlines the seventh race, the last of three Sire Stakes divisions. The Credit Winner filly won six of her seven races last season and boasted yearly earnings of $227,878. Her only defeat last year came in a second-place finish to Dan Patch Award winner Woodside Charm, in a world record-setting performance at Saratoga in September. Winndevie is trained and driven by Trond Smedshammer and owned by Purple Haze Stables. Stella Jane, trained by John Butenschoen for Crawford Farms Racing, heads up the second race division and is another filly to keep an eye on. She earned $180,841 last year, in part by closing out her sophomore campaign with a second-place finish in her Breeder Crown elimination and an upset victory in the Kindergarten Classic Final last fall. She is now seeking to post her first career Sire Stakes tally despite being a strong competitor in the series at two. Now as a sophomore, the Crazed filly's connections say she's bigger, stronger and more certain of herself on the track, especially half-mile ovals. "I think she's grown up a decent amount and filled out a bit more," said owner Al Crawford. "John has been working with her on the half-mile and he feels she'll navigate them with no problem. "She's been a real surprise to us and being that she's a homebred, it makes it that much better. We're looking toward the national stakes this season, including the Hambletonian Oaks, and plan to keep her in New York otherwise," said Crawford. Stella Jane will see stiff competition in her division from Hanna Dreamgirl, another trotter whose connections say she filled out over the winter. "She was a big horse at two and has grown into her body as a three-year-old," said owner Ken Jacobs. "She has a very good gait and just had a great winter training in Florida, but the Sire Stakes will be very competitive so she's going to have to show what she can do on the track." Hanna Dreamgirl, named for the fiance of Jacobs' grandson, raced last year for 2018 leading New York Sire Stakes trainer Linda Toscano. She is now under the tutelage of top Sire Stakes trainer George Ducharme, who stables at Vernon Downs, less than an hour away from Jacobs' hometown. The owner explained he made the shift so that the horse could be closer to his family. This season follows a banner year for New York-bred horses, which swept the Dan Patch Awards for 2- and 3-Year-Old trotters. Earlier in the year, state-bred Atlanta became just the 14th filly to win the Hambletonian and New York trotters scored in all three Trotting Triple Crown races. "The New York Sire Stakes featured more than its share of extraordinary talent in 2018 as we saw historic performances and new records set," said M. Kelly Young, executive director, Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund. "We can't wait to see what this year holds. It promises to be another exciting season as champions return and our breeders get to see the fruit of their labors as the offspring of past champions hit the track for the first time." Race replays, point totals, and news updates will be available throughout the season at www.nysirestakes.com and the official NYSS Facebook and Twitter accounts. About the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund: The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund is a public benefit corporation established in 1965 by the Laverne Law (Laws of New York, Chapter 567 of the Laws of 1965). The mission of the fund is to promote agriculture through the breeding of Standardbred horses and the conduct of equine research within the state. To carry out its legislative mission, the Fund administers the New York Sire Stakes Program. Additionally, the Fund provides assistance to county agriculture societies and contributes to the statewide 4-H program and to the Harry M. Zweig Fund for Equine Research.   Jason Politi Baker Public Relations

Series set to begin on June 20 at the Chenango County Fair; Finals Sept. 5 at Monticello Raceway SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund today released the approved schedule for the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) County Fair Series. This year's season gets underway Thursday, June 20 at the Chenango County Fair in Afton. The County Fair Finals, scheduled for September 5 at Monticello Raceway, will be contested for $10,000 purses in each of the eight divisions. The full schedule of race dates can be viewed here. Horsemen should note that the draw schedule will follow a new four-day box, as opposed to the historical three-day box. Careful attention should be paid to draw dates. The series will consist of 20 non-pari-mutuel harness racing events open to eligible 2- and 3-year-old New York-bred Standardbreds. The events provide young horses with the opportunity to earn as they learn, while bringing the community together for a series of races. "The New York Sire Stakes County Fair Series is an exciting competition that we look forward to each year and we are so proud to partner with the individual county fairs to bring these events to their towns," said M. Kelly Young, executive director, Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund. "We love having the opportunity to introduce harness racing to new audiences at the fairs who will hopefully show an interest in the sport for years to come." Select County Fair Series race dates will also include Racing Under Saddle (RUS) exhibitions. RUS is a hybrid between harness and Thoroughbred racing where riders race atop Standardbreds at a trot. RUS NY was formed in 2014 to increase interest in the sport and showcase the versatility of the Standardbred breed. About the Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund:  The Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund is a public benefit corporation established in 1965 by the Laverne Law (Laws of New York, Chapter 567 of the Laws of 1965). The mission of the fund is to promote agriculture through the breeding of Standardbred horses and the conduct of equine research within the state. To carry out its legislative mission, the Fund administers the New York Sire Stakes races, Excelsior/State Fair Series races, and County Fair Races.     Jason Politi

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