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Welcome and thank you for visiting the Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund website—the official home of the New York Sire Stakes!

The New York Sire Stakes is the state’s premier harness racing program designed to promote the breeding, buying and racing of standardbred horses in New York State. Administered by the Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund, the New York Sire Stakes is the nation’s oldest harness racing program of its kind.



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Notice:

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 12:51

The New York State Gaming Commission has adopted revisions to its harness racing out-of-competition testing (“OCT”) rule that clarify the existing rule, incorporate some Commission enforcement protocols, and enhance uniformity with OCT rules for thoroughbred racing. The revision also reorganizes the existing rule into new subdivisions.



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JK She'salady leads International Stallion fillies at The Red Mile

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:42

by Nick Salvi, for The Red Mile

Lexington, KY --- Grand Circuit racing resumes on Friday (Oct. 3) at The Red Mile with no fewer than eight 2-year-old stakes on the 11-race card. The $382,600 International Stallion Stakes for colt trotters drew five divisions while the $253,000 filly pace split three ways.

The pacing fillies open the Friday matinee card in races one, three and five with the middle division looking the toughest on paper. That split features The Red Mile debut of undefeated world champ JK She’salady for owner/breeder 3 Brothers Stable of New York.

 The Art Major filly from Presidential Lady has been just vicious thus far in her seven race career, putting a few withering moves on the competition at Mohawk including the record-equaling 1:50.1 mile in the $441,600 She’s A Great Lady final. Her most recent was an easy score in a division of the Kentuckiana stakes at Hoosier Park.

Trained in the Nancy Johansson barn and driven by Yannick Gingras, JK She’salady will find a pretty talented field waiting for her on Friday.

Chief among the competition is the speedy Bettor Be Steppin, who won the other Kentuckiana split and further impressed last week here in Lexington with a forwardly placed 1:52 win, closing it out with a :26.3 final quarter under no pressure. She races for the Val D’Or Farms, Rojan Stables and Ted Gewertz and is trained by Joe Holloway, who has long had a “way with the ladies.”

Friday post time is 1 p.m.



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USTA-funded cobalt study results released

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:39

 from the USTA Communications Department

Columbus, OH ---Results of an intensive, United States Trotting Association-funded scientific study intended to ascertain the appropriate regulatory level for determining the excessive presence of the naturally-occurring substance cobalt were announced on Tuesday (Sept. 30).

Based upon extensive research, the scientists have concluded that 70 parts per billion in blood is the appropriate regulatory threshold. The recommendation guards against false positives, while identifying those who are engaged in artificial administration with the intent to enhance a horse's performance.

"I want to thank Doctors Maylin, McKeever and Malinowski for applying appropriate scientific principles and protocols to achieve a regulatory threshold that is both reasonable for the industry and efficacious in deterring those who would choose to violate it,” said USTA President Phil Langley in praising the contingent’s diligent efforts.

“With substances that are a natural constituent of a horse like cobalt, there is always a fine line between catching the cheaters and protecting innocent horsemen from violation. These scientists worked hard to achieve a proper balance, which should serve as a guidepost for the rest of the industry," added Langley.

The USTA Medication Advisory Committee will continue to study the overall effects of cobalt and other substances in the racehorse in greater detail.

Research indicates that cobalt stimulates the production of erythropoietin (EPO) to produce red blood cells. Widespread abuse of cobalt by human athletes has been rumored for years, and its purported use in racehorses prompted the USTA to take a highly proactive approach in the prevention of its artificial administration for the purpose of illicit performance enhancement.



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New York Bred Habitat wins Bluegrass trot

Saturday, 27 September 2014 06:30

by Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Lexington, KY --- Freshman colt trotters occupied the Friday night card at The Red Mile, with five divisions of the $393,000 Bluegrass Stakes contested on Sept. 26. Habitat, The Bank and Southwind Stryker put in the quickest miles of the five divisions contested.

William Wellwood champion Habitat once again reigned supreme, this time by three-quarters of a length over Honor And Serve and Cruzado Dela Noche in 1:53.4.

The early tempo setter was Honor And Serve, leading Canappealformore and Habitat through a :28.2 first quarter. Yannick Gingras soon gave Habitat the cue to circle by his foes, clearing the field slightly after a :57.4 half.

Boots N Chains gradually progressed to Habitat’s wheel around the far turn. Habitat, through three-quarters in 1:26.3, began to draw away from his competitors. Cruzado Dela Noche, traveling second over, fanned off cover and began a bid down the center of the course, while Honor And Serve snuck out of the pocket. Yet, they were the runner-up as Habitat held on in a lifetime-best of 1:53.4.

A son of Conway Hall-Habit’s Best-Muscles Yankee, he’s owned by Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables and Weaver Bruscemi, trained by Ron Burke and driven by Yannick Gingras.

“I think he was as sharp, but he was maybe too sharp,” Gingras said in regards to Habitat’s margin of victory. “He was a little keen tonight. Usually, he lets me do what I want with him. He's usually two fingers to drive, but he was a little wound up tonight, and I think that cost him a little bit of energy.

“Coming to the top of the stretch, I knew I had a big last quarter left in him, but Honor And Serve and that horse Dave was driving (Cruzado Dela Noche) are two quality horses as well. He was 1-5, but it was no 'gimme,' there was good horses in here.”



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NY Bred Fillies win 2 divisions of the Crawford Farms Bluegrass Pace

Saturday, 27 September 2014 06:28

by Kimberly Rinker, USTA Web Newsroom Correspondent

In the first $95,200 Crawford Farms division (race two), favorite Bettor Be Steppin did just that for Corey Callahan, winning in a career best 1:52 with a well-rated drive. The daughter of Bettor's Delight-Two Steppin’ Sally-Western Hanover took over the lead past the opening quarter of :27.3 and set subsequent panels of :55.3 and 1:25.2 to hold off late challenges by Hillary’s Style (David Miller) and Rock Her World (Tim Tetrick).

“I had to use her a little bit to get to the lead but we got a breather in the middle,” Callahan explained. “When we were in the lane I asked her again to go on and she did with no problem. Her confidence level is on an all-time high right now.”



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Morrisville College Equine Institute sale held Sunday

Monday, 22 September 2014 17:52

 from the USTA Communications Department Columbus, OH

The annual Morrisville College Equine Institute sale was held in Morrisville, N.Y., this past weekend.

Some 130 yearlings went through the ring and brought an average price of $10,715.

The sales topper at $85,000 was Hip No. 76, Royal Encore (RC Royalty-Spin The Planet), a trotting filly consigned by Morrisville College Equine and purchased by Wanda Polisseni.

Complete results of the sale can be found at this link.



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