Welcome to New York Sire Stakes

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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NYSS to donate purse money to RUS NY

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 11:28

  from RUS NY 

The New York Sire Stakes will once again generously donate initial purse money for another Racing Under Saddle season at New York fairs.

 Members of the Agriculture and New York State Breeding Development Fund Board approved a grant of $5,000, which is $1,000 more than what was given last year. However, additional sponsorship and help will be needed to make a 2015 season possible.

   The goal is to make the second season even bigger and better than the first. In order to do that we need to start organizing a more formal committee and perhaps create subcommittees within that committee. We need more people involved. We do not only need committed owners, trainers and riders, but we need people who will help get sponsors, write blogs, promote the sport etc.

  There are already more fairs that want to get on board and host a race. Our biggest challenge is getting enough sponsorship funds to have reasonable purses at each fair.

   While the racing season may seem far away, it will be here before we know it. Now is the time to start organizing and planning!

   The first step is to see who we can get on board and to see if we can find a central place to host meetings. We will also work on a way to get people involved via internet chat such as Skype or something similar if people are too far to attend personally.

 If you are interested in getting involved please contact Race Coordinator Michelle Miller at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 607.643.8047. Also keep an eye on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/RUSNYSeries, and webpage, 

rus-newyork.com, for upcoming meetings and plans as we move forward.

We would also like to get some idea of how many horses/riders we might get this summer so we can plan on raising more money for multiple divisions if needed. Interest seemed to get greater as the season went on last year and we want to be prepared and not be scrambling for purse money at the last minute.

   If you plan to ride, expect to participate in at least one fundraiser and get involved with the committee at some level.

   Last season the RUS NY 2014 Fair Series featured six legs and a championship final race. The series ran throughout the months of July and August, giving participants the opportunity to earn points towards the final.

   In order to be eligible for the final, horses needed to compete and finish in any two of the six legs. Eleven horses participated in the series with seven qualifying to race in the final. Six horses competed to be named the first RUS NY Fair Series champion.

  Excitement and participation got greater throughout the summer. By mid-season horses were split into two divisions -- allowing fans to get to see more than one race at certain fairs.

The main goal is to promote Racing Under Saddle and the versatility of the Standardbred breed as both a racing and a riding horse, to help Standardbreds find great homes after they finish their days on the track. Fair races have different conditions to allow horses that are not as competitive at the bigger tracks a chance to race and perform.

 



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New York State Gaming Commission adopted eight Controlled Therapeutic Medication standardbred horse racing rules on December 22, 2014.

Thursday, 08 January 2015 14:26

For the entire report click here 


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Manningly to stand at Morrisville College

Thursday, 08 January 2015 14:23

Morrisville, NY --- Morrisville College has announced the addition of a new stallion for 2015, the Yankee Glide son Manningly, who earned $353,771 during his racing career.

A multiple stakes winner at two, Manningly went on to compete successfully as a free for all trotter, winning opens at several tracks including the Meadowlands and The Red Mile.

A half-brother to Logan's Hero ($387,526) and Keystone Bernard ($238,905), Manningly’s second dam is world champion Cindys Action, a winner of $223,406 and many stakes in her career.

Manningly’s introductory stud fee for 2015 will be $2,500.

Morrisville College will be hosting their annual yearling sale Sept. 20.

For further information please visit http://morrisvillesale.com.



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*** PUBLIC NOTICE AND MEDIA ADVISORY ***

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 13:23

WHAT: Meeting of the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Board

WHEN: Tuesday,December 16, 2014 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets

10B Airline Drive,  Colonie, NY

The expected agenda and materials relating to matters that are scheduled for discussion in open session are  posted here prior to the meeting in accordance with the Public Officers Law. 



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Shelliscape repeats in Breeders Crown Mare Pace

Sunday, 23 November 2014 18:32

by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications East Rutherford, NJ ---

Shelliscape came from the back of the pack to win Saturday’s $281,250 Breeders Crown Mare Pace by a half-length over Rocklamation in 1:49.4 at the Meadowlands, giving the 5-year-old mare her second consecutive victory in the event.

The win also gave Bamond Racing, the father-and-son team of Jeffrey Bamond and Jeffrey Jr., its fourth consecutive win in the Breeders Crown Mare Pace. Bamond Racing co-owns 2011-12 winner Anndrovette, who finished fourth tonight.

Voelz Hanover and Krispy Apple battled for the lead through a first quarter in :26 and half-mile in :53.1. Anndrovette made a three-wide move as the group hit three-quarters in 1:21.4, at which point Shelliscape and driver John Campbell were on the move from last place in the 11-horse field.

Rocklamation finished second, followed by Charisma Hanover and Anndrovette.

“She made up a lot of ground, she’s a real good closer,” Campbell said. “When I got away so bad, I was sure hoping the fractions were stepping up front because I was nowhere near where I wanted to be. Just the way it worked out at the gate, fortunately they got down there on time and when I moved her over at the head of the stretch I knew she was going to get a real good piece of it.”

The victory was Campbell’s second Breeders Crown triumph of the night and extended his record to 47 in the series. It was win No. 3 for trainer P.J. Fraley.

Campbell earlier in the night won the Breeders Crown Open Pace with a late charge from Thinking Out Loud.

“I’d rather race in the front; it’s much easier, no decisions to be made up there,” Campbell said. “But sometimes you’ve got to race off the pace and it worked out for both these horses tonight.”

Shelliscape, who went off at odds of 10-1, has won four of 25 races this year and 16 of 73 lifetime, with career purses of $1.15 million. She is a daughter of Artiscape-Shell I Scoot.



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JK She’salady remains unbeaten with stakes record in Crown

Sunday, 23 November 2014 18:28

by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications East Rutherford, NJ

--- Make that an even dozen in as many tries for JK She’salady as she and driver Tim Tetrick won the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.She covered the mile in 1:50.2, a track and stakes record.

JK She’salady is trained by Nancy Johansson and owned by 3 Brothers Stables of New York.

It was the first winner for 33-year-old Johansson, who is the daughter of Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter.

The homebred daughter of Art Major-Presidential Lady is undefeated and a major contender for Horse of the Year honors.

She would be the first 2-year-old pacing filly accorded that honor.

Bettor Be Steppin (Corey Callahan) was on the lead to the first quarter-mile mark in :26.3, before Tetrick left the rail in fourth place with JK She’salady, who rushed to the top in just a few strides. She led the field to the :54.4 half, with Bettor Be Steppin at her back all the way to the 1:22.4 three-quarters. By then, Sassa Hanover and Yannick Gingras were up to challenge and pressured JK She’salady around the final turn and into the lane.

Tetrick kept JK She’salady to her task and went straight to the finish line by 1-3/4 lengths in front of second place finisher Sassa Hanover and Bettor Be Steppin in third. “I’m very honored to get to drive her,” said winning driver Tim Tetrick. “I lucked into it. Yannick (Gingras) didn’t take her and they asked me to drive her and I was more than happy to do that. I protected myself in the first turn and the way it was shaking out, I moved her to the front and she did the rest. Sassa came at her, run at her hard enough, and my mare just put her away and raced really strong all the way to the wire. It’s always great, but to drive a great filly like this is a great honor.” “I like the trotters,” said Johansson.

“But I actually think the pacers are really exciting. I like the speed and it’s something a little bit different. Around February I asked my dad (Jimmy Takter) if he had any good 2-year-old pacing fillies and I told him he could leave them at home because I had the best one. So I guess I was right. I knew she was going to be good, but I didn’t really know she was going to be this good. That is always a pleasant surprise. She’s just super special and I’m just blessed to have her in my barn.”

Johansson said the undefeated filly is off the track for the year.

“She’s going to go for a vacation in North Carolina,” she said. “She deserves a little better weather, so she’s going to go down there and get six weeks off.

Then she’ll start back for her 3-year-old season. It feels great.”



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