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Love A Good Story (Andy Miller) and Reba Blue Chip (Verlin Yoder) faced off inthe  $114,000 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old harness racing trotting fillies on Saturday (July 11) at Vernon Downs. Love A Good Story (Chapter Seven) is coming off a solid second place finish to Hypnotic AM in the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) last Saturday (July 4) at Vernon Downs. She won her other start in 2020 at Tioga Downs in a leg of the NYSS. The filly is trained by Julie Miiller. She has eight wins in 12 career starts and has won more than $310,000. Reba Blue Chip (Chapter Seven) is three for four as a sophomore. Her only defeat this year also came to Hypnotic AM in a NYSS race at Tioga Downs. Yoder trains the filly, who has six wins in nine career starts. Their major danger is the Jenn Bongiorno trained No Mas Drama (Joe Bongiorno). The filly by Muscles Yankee is looking for her first win as a sophomore. She finished third in the EBC last week and was second best to Love A Good Story during a leg of the NYSS at Tioga Downs. She has two lifetime wins and nearly $100,000 in the bank. The 15-race card will start at 1:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

Harness racing two-year-old trotting fillies as part of the New York Sire Stakes took center stage on Wednesday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. There were four divisions of the $35,000+ Sire Stakes races for freshman fillies. Ake Svanstedt's Splash Blue Chip (E L Titan-Dunk The Donato- Donato Hanover) was the fastest two year old winner on the card as she followed up a qualifier in which she posted a final quarter of 26.4 with a front-running victory on Wednesday. Svanstedt trains and drives the freshman filly who was tested in the stretch by Iteration (Brian Sears) and Tranquility K (Larry Stalbaum) but held strong to score in 1:58.4 in her lifetime debut. Splash Blue Chip is owned by Ake Svanstedt Inc. and Mellby Gard Inc.   Brian Sears piloted three winners on the matinee card including one while piloting Imbossible (Chapter Seven-Lavendar Fields-Muscle Hill) for trainer Marcus Melander and Courant Inc. of Delray Beach, FL. Imbossible was fourth at the top of the stretch but came motoring home in impressive fashion before stopping the timer in 1:59.2 to record the victory in her first career start.   Destined To Dance (Chapter Seven-Go Go Dancer-Credit Winner) and Contested Hanover (Chapter Seven- C R Calendar Girl-S J's Photo) each went coast-to-coast to prevail in their $36,150 divisions of the NYSS. Destined To Dance went start to finish with Tyler Buter piloting for trainer John Butenschoen and owners Preziotti, Heritage Stbds and Crawford Fms Rcg. Destined To Dance, who finished third at Harrah's Philly when making her lifetime debut on June 26th, was a decisive winner on Wednesday going wire-to-wire in 1:59.4.   Contested Hanover scored the biggest "upset" among the stakes winners as she cruised on the engine in 2:00.1 with Scott Zeron driving for Ftm Racing Stable of Ocala, Fl and trainer Geroge Ducharme. Contested Hanover felt just mild pressure before drawing off to score in her lifetime debut, paying $9.60 to win.   New York Sire Stakes action is set to return to Saratoga in two weeks on July 22nd. Live racing continues on Thursday at the Spa with a matinee beginning at 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

YONKERS, NY - Tuesday night, Yonkers Raceway hosted four $35,450 New York Sire Stakes Divisions for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters and harness racing stallion Chapter Seven stole the show with his offspring winning three of the four divisions. In the first division, race three, Incommunicado led from start to finish, prevailing by two and a quarter lengths in 1:59. Ahundreddollarbill was second with Dee's Red Delicious finishing third.   Incommunicado is a gelded son of Chapter Seven trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt and owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc. of Del Ray Beach, Florida and Little E LLC from New York, New York. In the second division, race four, Special Prosecutor held off a fast closing Super Cruiser by a neck in 2:02.1 with Manuka being placed third after Limitless Winner was disqualified from that show spot.   Special Prosecutor is also a gelded son of Chapter Seven. He was driven to victory by Andy Miller for trainer and co-owner David Dewhurst of Clinton, New York. Philip Hale from New Hartford, New York co-owns the trotter. In the third division, race six, Ambassador Hanover made a strong brush to the lead around the final turn and held off Sevenshadesofgrey by a length in 1:59.1 with Steel finishing third.   Just like the first division winner, Ambassador Hanover is a son of Chapter Seven trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt. Svanstedt also owns the colt along with Order By Stable from Boras, SD and Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, PA. In the eighth race final division, In The Cards sat a perfect pocket trip and prevailed by a length in 2:00.1 over the pace-setting Credit Con with Fix-It-Up finishing third.   In The Cards is a gelded son of RC Royalty owned and trained by George Ducharme. Other co-owners are Campbell, Dickson and Cimetti with Scott Zeron the winning driver. Tuesday's card also featured the first pick 5 carryover for Yonkers Raceway since returning from the stoppage. A $5,894 carryover from Monday night produced an additional $39,291 in wagering for the Tuesday Pick 5. The winning sequence of 2-2-3-1-6 returned $462.25 for a 50 cent wager. This week and next week, Yonkers expands to a four day race week, adding Friday nights to the Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights, first post is 7:12pm each night. by Alex Dadoyan, for Yonkers Raceway

Vernon Downs will host two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for sophomore pacing colts & geldings on Thursday (July 9). The unbeaten JK Last Chance (Wally Hennessey) looks to be the one to beat in the $57,000 first division. Unraced as a 2-year-old the gelding by So Surreal easily won a leg of the NYSS at Tioga Downs on June 28th. Trained by Jim McDonald, he is two for two in 2020. His chief rivals will be the Ray Schnittker trained Splash Brother (Tyler Buter) and the Kevin Lare trained Freedom Warrior (Jim Morrill Jr.). Splash Brother is a gelding by So Surreal. He is two for three this season after being winless as a freshman including an eye popping 1:48.2 mile in a win at the Meadowlands. Freedom Warrior (American Ideal) is winless in two starts this year. The gelding had five wins as a freshman and has amassed over $150,000 in earnings during his career. In the $57,000 second division, the morning line favorite is Blank Stare (Corey Callahan). The gelding by Bolt The Duer is two for two this season including a NYSS win at Tioga Downs. Trained by John Butenschoen, he is five for nine in his career. Groovy Joe (Matt Kakaley) is the top earner in the group with over $230,000 in the bank. The colt by Roll with Joe had seven wins and three seconds in 10 starts as a freshman. Trained by Blake Macintosh, he is winless in three starts as a 3-year-old. The other top rival is the Rob Harmon trained American Rebel (Tyler Buter). The colt by American Ideal has a second place finish in two starts this season. Overall he has five career wins with over $140,000 earned. The 13-race card starts at 4p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs.  

Vernon, NY - To accommodate those horse people racing in the New York Sire Stakes 3YO Filly Trot at Vernon Downs on Saturday, July 11 card who have horses in stakes at other venues that same evening, post time has been changed to 1:10PM on that day.   The box for the Saturday card closes at 9:00AM on Wednesday, July 8. The condition sheet may be found here.   by Nick Salvi, for Vernon Downs

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The New York Sire Stakes has released the Protocols for NYS County Fair Racing, which are now posted on the NYSS website here. These protocols pertain to health precautions and provide a framework for consistency from fair to fair, however, individual fairs and localities may have additional requirements. The NYSS recommends all participants review and familiarize themselves in advance with these protocols so they can ensure compliance on race day. In addition, the NYSS has made available a COVID-19 Screening and Acknowledgement Questionnaire, which is required at each county fair for entrance. The NYSS recommends all participants print and complete the questionnaire in advance. This will speed entry to the fairgrounds. Please note this year there is a new procedure to handle Current Coggins and Rabies Certificates. The NYSS strongly encourages participants to send proof of current Coggins and Rabies for each horse to the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding and Development Fund in advance so they can be recorded in the U.S.Trotting Association system if they are not already. They may also be recorded by the race office at your local pari-mutual track. If this is done, participants will not have to routinely show these documents at each fair to help limit contact at the race office. The fairgrounds will receive a report of those horses with current documents on file; all others will still be required to produce documents upon entry to the fairgrounds. Even when documents are recorded, it is required that horses travel with current proof of Coggins and Rabies and will be subject to random document checks at the fairgrounds. Be prepared to provide when requested. Send current Coggins and Rabies to the Ag Fund by email to kelly.young@gaming.ny.gov or by fax 518-388-2791. The horse's name, test date and lab where the test was conducted must be clearly visible. Include your contact information if there are any questions. Participants are reminded that all entries for New York County Fair Series are made through the NY County Fair Entry Hotline at (518) 388-0964 or online through the USTA. Entries for all overnight events should be made by calling the fair race secretary directly. This number is included on the condition sheet. The condition sheet for the Chenango County/Afton Fair, scheduled on July 9, is available on the NYSS website. The box closes at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 4. For the 2020 County Fair Racing Schedule, go to nysirestakes.com. If you have any questions, contact the NYSS office at (518) 388-0178. To receive the latest updates from The New York Sire Stakes, you are encouraged to register for the newly implemented NYSS Text Alert System, which sends updates directly to your phone. To receive updates from NYSS via text message: TEXT "NYSS" to 31996. International Numbers TEXT "NYSS INT" to (833) 498-1158. From the New York Sire Stakes

Yonkers, NY - Yonkers Raceway hosted their first New York Sire Stakes legs of the season Thursday night as three-year-old harness racing pacing fillies were on display with three $52,000 divisions. In the first division sixth race, the 1-5 favorite So Rude was victorious by three-quarters of a length in 1:53. The daughter of So Surreal out of the Allamerican Native mare I Am A Snob paid $2.70 to win. Racine Bell was second with Galleria Gal five and a half lengths back in third. So Rude was trained by Jennifer Bongiorno and driven to victory by Joe Bongiorno for owners Geoffrey Lyons, Glenn Goller and Abe Basen.   In the second division seventh race, the 4-5 favorite Hen Party held off the pocket sitting Alleyesonme As by a half length in 1:53.3. Hen Party, a daughter of Roll With Joe was trained by Tony Alagna with Andrew McCarthy in the bike for Crawford Farms.   In the third division eighth race, Eye Popping sprung a 7-1 upset in 1:53.4. Precious Alexis was a length and a half back in second with Moaning Lisa third. A daughter of So Surreal, Eye Popping was trained by Scott Di Domenico and driven to victory by Tim Tetrick for owner William Hartt.   Also on the card was the fourth race $33,000 Open Handicap Pace where Tookadiveoffdipper with Yannick Gingras driving held off Jesse Duke N in 1:52.4. That race saw $152,012 in wagering, the highest of the year so far at Yonkers. In total, the eight race card handled just over $700,000, the highest figure since returning from a three month stoppage. Racing resumes at Yonkers next week with a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday schedule with first post at 7:12pm. by Alex Dadoyan, for Yonkers Raceway        

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The New York Sire Stakes has updated its 2020 County Fair Racing schedule to reflect the cancelation of two harness racing events: Schoharie County at Cobleskill (Aug. 11) and Tioga County at Owego (Aug. 15). The revised schedule is now available at www.nysirestakes.com/racing. All other dates on the revised schedule remain the same as previously announced. The series will begin on Thursday, July 9, at Afton in Chenango County. The County Fair Finals will be held at Goshen Historic Track on Sunday, Sept. 6, and will be raced for purses of $10,000 per division. A racing protocol will be released shortly for the fair events and participants will be required to adhere to those at each stop on the circuit. Participants can expect protocols to be similar to those in place at pari-mutuel tracks. Unique to the fairs, we will request that horsemen race out of their trailers as much as practical to reduce the sanitizing burden on county fair personnel. The annual County Fair racing booklet will be mailed soon. To ensure you are on the list to receive a hard copy, email your request with mailing address to info@nysirestakes.com. A digital version will also be posted at www.nysirestakes.com. You are also encouraged to register for the newly implemented NYSS Text Alert System, which sends updates directly to your phone. To receive the latest updates from NYSS via text message: TEXT "NYSS" to 31996. International Numbers TEXT "NYSS INT" to 833-498-1158. 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.  

Vernon Downs welcomes two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing trotting colts & geldings on Wednesday (June 24). The $59,000 first division features last year 2-year-old NYSS final winner, Third Shift (Chapter Seven). The colt won three times in eight starts as a freshmen including a lifetime best mark at Vernon Downs of 1:54.4. He has earned over $210,000 in his career and will make his 3-year-old debut on Wednesday. His top rivals include four time winners Sky Castles (Jason Bartlett) and Bourbon Express (Tyler Buter), who will make their first starts of 2020. Sky Castles (Conway Hall) is trained by Andrew Harris. He has amassed almost $114,000 in career earnings. Jessica Okusko trains sophomore gelding Bourbon Express (RC Royalty). He has earned over $130,000 in his career. In the $58,000 second division, the coupled entry of Barn Holden (Andy Miller) and Chaptiama (Trond Smedshammer) will be tough to beat. Barn Holden (Conway Hall) is two for two this season with both wins at Vernon. Trained by Steven Pratt, she has five career wins and almost $130,000 in earnings. Chaptiama (Chapter Seven) finished second in the NYSS final last season. Trained by Smedshammer, he will make his 3-year-old debut after two wins and over 180,000 earned in 2019. Berkery J (Scott Zeron) and Beerthirty K (Tyler Buter) should be their main competition. Berkery J (Chapter Seven) won three times and almost $150,000 for trainer George Ducharme. Beerthirty K (Credit Winner) is trained by John Berger. He was one for eight and earned just short of $100,000 as a freshman. They both start their sophomore seasons at Vernon on Wednesday. The 15-race card on Wednesday (June 24) starts at 4 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The New York Sire Stakes returned for its first harness racing events of 2020 with two divisions for 3-year-old trotting fillies at Tioga Downs Casino and Resort on Sunday (June 21).   Hypnotic AM and Love A Good Story both returned to action to score in their first starts after stand-out sophomore campaigns. Last year's defending NYSS champion Hypnotic AM was undefeated in NYSS action as a freshman and won her 3-year-old debut to take one of two $55,000 divisions of the NYSS in 1:54.2. Hypnotic AM is a daughter of Chapter Seven. It was her eighth career victory in 10 starts. Hypnotic AM, who is owned by Courant Inc. and trained by Marcus Melander, was steered to victory by regular driver Brian Sears. Reba Blue Chip (Verlin Yoder) was second. Munster (Andrew McCarthy) finished third. Love A Good Story and Andy Miller breezed to an easy win in the other $55,000 Sire Stakes division. She cut the mile as the heavy favorite and never looked back on the way to her 1:53 victory. No Mas Drama (Joe Bongiorno) tried to run her down but had to settle for second best. Without A Warning (Scott Zeron) was third. Love A Good Story is by Chapter Seven. She is trained by Julie Miller for owners Pinske Stable, Kentuckiana Racing Stable, and Daniel Plouffe. She now has eight career wins and more than $260,000 in earnings. Up next, 3-year-old colt trotters take to the track for their first leg of the Sire Stakes and Excelsior Series at Vernon Downs on Wednesday (June 24). To see the full 2020 New York Sire Stakes and Excelsior Schedule, click here. Jason Politi | Baker Public RelationsO: 518.426.4099 | M: 845.913.6394  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.  

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund today released the revised harness racing schedule for the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) County Fair Series.   The NYSS worked closely with participating fairs to confirm racing can move forward, especially at those locations that have already canceled their county fair.   Dates have also been adjusted on the schedule to minimize event overlaps and we thank each of our partnering fairs for their cooperation. We also thank our participants for their patience as we worked to finalize the 2020 schedule.   The County Fair Finals will be held at Goshen Historic Track on Sunday, Sept. 6, and will be raced for purses of $10,000 per division. As Goshen is not a pari-mutuel track, horsepersons should be aware that they do not need a charted satisfactory performance line this year in order to enter the Final. They must still have enough points and starts. This should reduce qualifying burdens on horsemen. A racing protocol will be released shortly for the fair events and participants will be required to adhere to those at each stop on the circuit. Participants can expect protocols to be similar to those in place at pari-mutuel tracks. Unique to the fairs, we will request that horsemen race out of their trailers as much as practical to reduce the sanitizing burden on county fair personnel. "This is a very difficult time for fair associations, and many are disappointed to cancel the fairs they have worked all year to plan," said M. Kelly Young, executive director, Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund. "In spite of this, we have been overwhelmed by the support of fairs throughout the state that remain committed to offering a racing program during these unusual times. This cooperation allows the Fund to advance our mission of supporting agricultural fairs and allows the fairs to continue their deep-seated traditions of harness racing. We are looking forward to the start of the season on July 9 and a unique finale at Goshen over Labor Day weekend."      

Harness racing 2-Year-Olds to kick-off season on July 4th at Vernon Downs; 3-Year-Olds begin June 21 at Tioga Downs SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The New York Sire Stakes has released the complete and revised schedule for the 2020 racing season. Two-year-olds will begin with filly pacers on July 4 at Vernon Downs. As previously announced, 3-year-old events get underway June 21 at Tioga Downs. A full schedule can be found at nysirestakes.com. All dates are pending New York State Gaming Commission approval at the individual raceways and are subject to alterations as racing, operating and regulatory conditions change. The NYSS will notify horseman as soon as possible if any changes occur. "It's an exciting step to release the revised schedule for our 2020 season," said Kelly Young, executive director of the Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. "We appreciate the patience of all our participants as we worked through many uncertainties and continue to address challenges as they emerge. We understand there are still many things that could change over the next few months, but this schedule reflects the best information we have at this time. We will continue to work with the state's racetracks to stay as close to this schedule as possible if changes are necessary or if a track cannot accommodate an event." The NYSS would like to thank the management and staff at each track for their cooperation and assistance in developing this schedule. The NYSS is a partnership between the state, the horsemen and the raceways and we were inspired to see the collaborative spirit among all involved to help solidify the 2020 calendar. Changes for the upcoming season have been approved by the Trustees of the Fund to address the shortfall in revenue due to the extended track closures. The NYSS and Excelsior Series will host five legs for each of the age, gait and sex divisions. Purses for each leg will be maintained at a level very similar to last year. Excelsior purses remain the same for both the A and B levels ($15,000 and $6,000 plus starting fees, respectively) with no Excelsior events raced at Goshen Historic Track this year. NYSS Finals on the Night of Champions, Excelsior Finals and County Fair Finals purses will remain at their previously announced levels of $225,000, $50,000 and $10,000, respectively, per division. There will be no Sire Stakes Consolation events this year. An update on the County Fair schedule is slated to be announced in the coming week. The first racing date is slated for July 9 and the Finals are still planned for the Labor Day weekend. The publication of the County Fair Racing Schedule booklet has been delayed as dates and procedures are confirmed with participating fairs, but will be available in print and digital form as soon as details are finalized. Further questions can be directed to Kelly Young in the New York Sire Stakes Office at kelly.young@gaming.ny.gov or at (518) 388-0224. You are also encouraged to register for the newly implemented NYSS Text Alert System, which sends updates directly to your phone. To receive the latest updates from NYSS via text message: TEXT "NYSS" to 31996/International Numbers TEXT "NYSS INT" to 833-498-1158. Jason Politi | Baker Public Relations O: 518.426.4099 | M: 845.913.6394 jason@bakerpublicrelations.com www.bakerpublicrelations.com

Nichols, NY - With the opening leg of the New York Sires stakes scheduled for Sunday, June 21 and so many horses with no place to get a start before then, Tioga Downs will provide a NYSS Prep race for 3YO trotting fillies on Sunday, June 14.   Only those fillies paid up to the NYSS and Excelsior program are eligible for this class and since there is no other condition on the class if it splits the divisions may be seeded. The box for Sunday closes at 9:00AM on Thursday, June 11 and the purse will be $4,000.   Horses shipping in for this race will be assigned stalls in the ship in barn near the paddock and will race out of those stalls to keep them and their handlers away from the Tioga population. No overnight horses that are not on the grounds or previously approved will be accepted to race at Tioga Downs at this time.   The Sunday condition sheet is now posted on the web and you may enter electronically. We ask that if you intend to enter in this NYSS Prep you do so as soon as possible so we may prepare to properly accommodate the number of fillies that will be shipping in to race.   Tioga Race Office phone is 607-699-7688   Nick Salvi    

Schenectady, NY — Dates were announced today for the first 3-year-old legs of the 2020 New York Sire Stakes season. The harness racing season will open with 3-year-old trotting fillies at Tioga Downs on June 21. It is important to note that racing schedules have not all been finalized at tracks that are not yet open. The revised calendar will feature an equal number of legs for all ages and divisions. Here are the initial revised dates: 3-Year-Old Trotting Fillies—Sunday (June 21) at Tioga Downs 3-Year-Old Trotting Colts—Wednesday (June 24) at Vernon Downs 3-Year-Old Pacing Colts—Sunday (June 28) at Tioga Downs 3-Year-Old Pacing Fillies—Thursday (July 2) at Yonkers Raceway “There are many factors at play here that keep our plans changing on a consistent basis, but we wanted to provide a target start date for participants,” said M. Kelly Young, executive director of the Agriculture and NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund. “While we look forward to providing a complete schedule in the coming days, we felt it necessary to provide some certainty for planning purposes. The 2-year-old events will begin on or about July 4.” Participants are asked to review the racing procedures set in place by each track and be prepared to follow them. Please call or email Kelly Young with any questions. She can be reached at kelly.young@gaming.ny.gov or at 518.388.0224. The Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The New York Sire Stakes is monitoring the reopening plans of the state's harness racing racetracks and is tentatively planning to begin Sire Stakes and Excelsior Series events the week of June 21 at Tioga and Vernon Downs. We hope to finalize first race dates in the coming days. The program is currently working with pari-mutual tracks to finalize a new schedule which will be provided to participants as soon as possible. "We know what a hardship this uncertainty is and that horsemen are eager for dates. We are hammering out several details now and will provide a revised schedule as quickly as we can. We thank all of our participants for their continued patience," said Kelly Young, executive director of the Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. "In the meantime, we are excited to see qualifiers this week at Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs and Historic Track in Goshen, and plans developing for qualifying at other locations. Thank you to the tracks and officials who have made this possible and worked hard to bring these to fruition. The challenge of qualifying horses is being addressed and we feel comfortable that we are getting over this hurdle to the start of the stakes season." As previously released, 3-year-old racing will begin first, followed by 2-year-olds in July. No racing dates have yet been finalized. The revised calendar will feature an equal number of legs for all ages and divisions. Please call or email Kelly Young with any questions. She can be reached at kelly.young@gaming.ny.gov or at 518-388-0224. 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.  

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The New York Sire Stakes is working closely with harness racing tracks throughout the state as they develop reopening plans. As soon as revised racing dates are finalized for all tracks, the NYSS will move forward with building an updated racing schedule and will share this information with participants. "Right now we are anticipating that NYSS events will start approximately two weeks after the tracks reopen," said Kelly Young, executive director of the Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. "This will help ensure that horses have time to qualify before racing begins." Participants are reminded that horses must have a satisfactory charted performance line in the time standard within 30 days of declaration for Sire Stakes and Excelsior events. It should not be assumed that any of the current scheduled stakes dates will stand as the days of the week that tracks race this season may change. Participants should not plan to race the first 3-year-old legs before mid-June and should not plan to race the first 2-year-old legs before the beginning of July. Additionally, the NYSS will not be racing at Buffalo Raceway this year. Due to a significant change in revenue, it will not be possible to race a full complement of eight legs for Sire Stakes or Excelsior divisions. All ages and divisions will have an equal number of legs. More details on changes to this year's program will be forthcoming. "The announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo allowing racing tracks to reopen was very exciting and we are all working through the details now," said Young. "We are looking forward to providing a new schedule and getting back to the track while keeping the health and safety of our participants as a top priority." In regard to the County Fair racing series, several racing fairs have already been canceled for this summer. The NYSS is considering a number of options to allow the program to continue this season. "While we do not anticipate that horsemen will have options for all fairs originally scheduled, at this time, we are still planning for a racing program," said Young. "We understand that this has been a long road and we will continue to send updates and keep you informed as we navigate the future of the racing season." Participants with questions or concerns can contact Kelly Young in the New York Sire Stakes Office directly at info@nysirestakes.com or (518) 388-0224. 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.  

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