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The Kentucky Standardbred Development Fund (“KSDF”), through the Kentucky Sire Stakes Advisory Panel, approved a new series for the Fall 2020 Oak Grove Meet for all two and three-year-old horses that made all sustaining payments to be eligible for the 2020 Kentucky Sire Stakes Program and 2020 Kentucky Fair Program.  The series will be contested with one leg and a final.  The leg divisions will be raced for a purse of $15,000 each (split to $10,000 minimum) and a final of $25,000.  The Finals all take place on Sunday, November 15, 2020 and will be contested with eight horses on the gate.  Further details can be obtained from the Oak Grove race office. “We are really excited about the new $225M+ Oak Grove Racing and Gaming Complex.  With all that has happened in 2020, we wanted to help horsemen out that may have missed opportunities and also provide everyone with the opportunity to see the new track and amazing complex,” said Bob Brady, President of the KHA.  From the Kentucky Hareness Association  

Kentucky Harness Racing Association President Bob Brady today announced new enchancements to the Kentucky Sire Stakes Championship Series, the Commonwealth Series and the Kentucky Proud Series.   "This will really boost the budding Kentucky harness racing program, Brady said. "It’s exciting to see the results of hard work and cooperation among all of the industry stakeholders -- racetracks, owners, breeders, trainers and drivers.  This growth is made possible by purse contributions from historical horse racing at The Red Mile and the newly opened Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel.".   The highlights of the program include:   Championship Series   • 4 Legs (NEW in 2021) • $250K Finals (No Starting Fee) • $5M+ est. in purses in 2021   Commonwealth Series   • 4 Legs (2 legs added for 2021) • Reduced Starting Fee for Legs ($250) • $50K Finals (No Starting Fee) • $1.75M est. in purses in 2021   Kentucky Proud Series (formerly Fair Program)   • $25K Finals • Purses Increased based on Entries ($1K/entry) • Trailer Bonus on ½-mile tracks ($1K/trailer)   $7.5M+ est. in Total Purses    In addition to the program enhancements, the KY Sire Stakes Advisory Board approved a new stallion bonus program for 2021.  Although final details are being established, the program will consist of bonus payments to owners of Kentucky bred and sired horses competing in both the Championship and Commonwealth Series.    “Specific details are being established and will be announced in the near future.  We anticipate being able to pay bonus payments to owners of horses placing 1st through 5th in all series legs and finals.  If your horse is satisfies the mare residency program requirements and is sired by a Kentucky stallion, you will receive a significant bonus to the already nice purse payments,” says Brady.  “With the recent expansion of the Kentucky harness program, our hope is to attract top stallions to the Commonwealth,” continued Brady.   “Although there have been recent news reports regarding the Supreme Court of Kentucky decision relating to the Encore (Exacta) historical horse racing machines, we are confident that the KHA, working closely with our Thoroughbred counterparts, industry colleagues and our legislators, will collectively reach a solution that ensures continued growth of the Commonwealth’s signature horse industry through purses generated from the new racing and gaming facilities in Kentucky,” says Brady.     The Kentucky Harness Association (“KHA”) is pleased to announce several exciting introductory benefits to serve its members.  Working closely with the team at the newly opened Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel located in Oak Grove, Kentucky, the KHA is able to provide exciting introductory benefits to our members racing in the upcoming fall meet that begins on October 14.  Introductory member benefits include:   Race Sulky Accident Insurance Free Pre-Race Veterinarian Inspections Awards for leading Trainer, Driver and Owner (with KY bonus)   Race Sulky Accident Insurance Coverage for members with registered sulkies that are involved in an on-track accident (specific details will be provided prior to meet opening). Free Pre-Race Veterinarian Inspections (2020 Race Season) Under the new Kentucky Horse Racing Commission regulations, all horses are required to undergo a veterinarian examination as a condition of entry.  Working in conjunction with the race meet team at Oak Grove, the KHA has been able to secure an arrangement for participating horsemen with a local veterinarian that will be present at the track.  The introductory service rate of $5.00 has been negotiated for all horsemen.  For 2020, the KHA will pay for all such inspections for its members. Further details can be obtained at the Oak Grove race office. (Proof of Membership Required). Awards for leading Trainer, Driver and Owner (with KY bonus) The fall meet leading trainer, driver and owner based on wins (total earnings serving as tie-breaker), will receive the following:   $1,000 winning bonus (an additional $500 if KY resident) 1 Free Night Stay at the Oak Grove Racing and Gaming Hotel (weekday in 2021) $150 Gaming Voucher $100 Garrison Oak Steakhouse Gift Card  “An active membership base is critical to a successful harness racing circuit in Kentucky.  Our members are a priority for the KHA.  Our goal to is to promote, support and facilitate growth in the harness industry in Kentucky through our members and industry colleagues.  We are working on many other benefits to support the efforts of our members.” says Bob Brady, President of the KHA   From the Kentucky Harness Racing Association  

The Kentucky Harness Association (“KHA”) is pleased to announce the launch of its website (kyharness.com) dedicated to its members and growth of the harness racing industry in Kentucky.  The KHA was established to promote, support and facilitate growth in the harness industry in Kentucky and to promote and encourage cooperative efforts among racetracks, owners, breeders, trainers and drivers, fans, and other industry participants for the overall benefit of the industry. The KHA is seeking new members with a common desire to grow the KHA and support it in its efforts increase visibility on issues that impact the industry on local, state, and national levels, while continuing to promote the Kentucky harness racing and breeding industry.  Membership is presently free for owners, breeders, trainers and drivers and associate members that are involved in the industry in Kentucky as service providers, fans or others that love harness racing.   Acting as a united voice to promote the industry, members will receive regular legislative updates, horse health and welfare notices, racetrack developments and news, including medication issues, and tax and economic news.  More importantly, the KHA will develop and secure group benefits (insurance programs, purchasing discounts, etc.) for members. “The future of harness racing in Kentucky is bright.  I have never been more excited about the industry in Kentucky with the new $225M+ Oak Grove Racing and Gaming Complex, the growth and expansion of The Red Mile and the rejuvenated Kentucky Sire Stakes and Fair programs. With my 40+ years of experience in the business and through the friendships we have built, our goal with the KHA is to be the unifying force in harness racing in Kentucky, nationally and internationally to grow the sport and business we love,” says Bob Brady, President of the KHA. “We encourage everyone to join and become an active member as Kentucky regains its stature as the harness capital of the world,” continues Brady. From the Kentucky Harness Association          

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: i) each fair race purse will be contested based on the numbers of starters at $1,000 per starter and ii) 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.   From the Kentucky Harness Association

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