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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.  

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The New York Sire Stakes is sharing an important reminder regarding May harness racing Yearling Payments. Payments must be postmarked by Friday, May 15th. These payments cannot be made online and must be mailed. Certified Mail is encouraged. Meanwhile, all eligible 2- and 3-year-old horses are now posted on the New York Sire Stakes website. Owners and horsemen can now see their horses listed. You can see the list here. If you have any questions or concerns, the best way to get in contact with the New York Sire Stakes is to email info@nysirestakes.com. 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.    

As you are aware, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has issued several Executive Orders designed to combat the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Among the Orders is a requirement that certain employers reduce the number of their employees working at individual locations in the State by 100 percent effective March 22, 2020 at 8 p.m. The employment reduction requirements apply to all for-profit and not-for-profit employers in New York State, unless such business has been deemed an essential business or entity providing essential services. The Executive Orders themselves define the terms “essential businesses or entities” providing “essential services”. Yesterday the applicability of the reduction was extended through May 15, 2020. Review of the applicable Executive Orders continues to find that a racetrack operating for parimutuel wagering does not qualify as an essential business, accordingly, the Commission hereby suspends any previously approved race dates of operation through May 15, 2020, and will not approve any pending race dates of operation through May 15, 2020.  Should you disagree with the identification of your business as non-essential, you may file a request with the Empire State Development Corporation to be designated as an essential business through this website. However, animal care operations, including equine barn or facility maintenance, equine turnout and exercise, stall cleaning and enclosure repair, and farrier and veterinary care do qualify as essential business. As previously discussed in past correspondence, whether a racetrack remains open for training and barns remain open for stabling is a determination to be made by each racetrack and its horsemen’s organization. However, should a racetrack or barn area remain open there are certain standards that must be maintained. For facilities that remain open for training purposes, it is management’s responsibility to maintain the training surface in a safe condition. Failure to properly maintain the surface presents significant risk to the equine athlete and those engaged in exercising or training. Racetracks must not allow, by omission, any unnecessary risk relative to its racing surfaces. With respect to sanitary conditions, should any animals be maintained on racetrack grounds, the racetrack must continue to meet basic welfare responsibilities. These responsibilities include securing a reliable supply of products necessary to maintain the population and ensuring that the sanitary needs of the facility remain satisfied. These needs include the scheduled removal and disposition of refuse, manure and stained straw. Should you have any questions, please contact me directly. Robert Williams Executive Director New York State Gaming Commission

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The New York Sire Stakes announces that it will not be harness racing in the month of May due to the state's ongoing COVID-19 response and the announcement this week by Governor Andrew Cuomo that NYS on PAUSE will remain in effect until May 15. This affects six scheduled events for state-bred 3-year-olds in both the top tier Sire Stakes and Excelsior Series. May 5 3-Year-Old Filly Trot at Yonkers May 8 3-Year-Old Colt Trot at Vernon May 11 3-Year-Old Colt Pace at Monticello May 12 3-Year-Old Filly Pace at Yonkers May 24 3-Year-Old Colt Pace at Saratoga May 25 3-Year-Old Filly Pace at Vernon The NYSS is focused on racing events safely this summer, contingent on guidance from state and federal government agencies. We will do our best to provide horsemen and owners the most certainty we can by announcing changes and rescheduling of events on an ongoing basis as the situation evolves. "This is a challenging time for horsemen and owners and our first concern is for your health and safety. After that, our priority is for our participants to race and receive a return on their investment in this program," said Kelly Young, executive director of the Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. "Under current conditions, we must acknowledge that it may not be possible to offer a full complement of eight legs for each of our divisions. We know this is disappointing, but we plan on each division having an equal number of legs and a final. Our goal is to preserve as many of our scheduled race dates as possible, but some changes will be necessary. We will work with state regulators, racetracks and horsemen to devise a strong plan for racing this year. "Further, I want to assure stables which are winter training in other states and are waiting for backstretches to open that we acknowledge your situation, along with the need for all stakes horses to qualify, and we will factor that into our first race date." At this time no changes have been made to County Fair racing dates. Horsemen racing in all tiers of the program should be prepared for social distancing and other health-related safety protocols at all racing venues, including fairs. The New York Sire Stakes appreciates the understanding of its horsemen and women and will continue to send updates as we navigate the future of the racing season. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact the New York Sire Stakes at info@nysirestakes.com. 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 urging harness racing participants to consider submitting 2- and 3-year-old payments due on April 15 online due to the uncertain climate surrounding COVID-19. Business as usual continues at the NYSS, but this request is being made so that we may continue to process your payments in a timely manner in the case of office closures or mail disruption in the future. Invoices for 2 and 3-year-olds were mailed on March 13. The payment deadline remains April 15. You can submit online payments here. If you decide to mail your payment, we strongly encourage utilizing Certified Mail to have documentation of on-time payment. Yearling nomination payments are due on May 15. These payments cannot be made online and must be mailed. We encourage Certified Mail in this instance as well. Yearling nomination forms were mailed to mare owners on March 16. The nomination form is also available online here.  We are working hard to make sure our office is available and communicating with you at this time. The most reliable way to contact the New York Sire Stakes is to email info@nysirestakes.com. We will continue to update all participants if circumstances require. If you do not already have an email address on file, please send that to us at the email above to ensure direct receipt. Thank you for your understanding. 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.  

Nichols, NY - Tioga Downs will kick off the 2020 live harness racing season on Saturday, May 2, igniting a 58 day meet that ends with the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) Excelsior division finals on Saturday, September 19.   In between the season will be filled with stakes and promotions to enhance the Tioga live experience. Top Grand Circuit stakes for older horses are on the schedule with the Roll With Joe FFA pace and the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters and pacers set for Sunday, June 14 while the Crawford Farms and Joie De Vie for trotters and Artiscape for mare pacers come a month later along with the Empire Breeders Classic for sophomore NY breds.   The nomination forms for the above stakes are available on the Tioga website and will close on March 15.   Race Secretary Rich Mattei will accept racing applications, due by March 15, and open the stable area on April 1 in anticipation of the summer racing.   Questions should be directed to Racing Operations Manager Brett Risi at (607) 699-7688.   It is recommended that horsemen sign up for the text information service used at Tioga Downs by texting the word "MEADOWLANDS" to 84700.   From Tioga Downs

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