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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.


Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund sponsors USTA Driving School

Monday, 10 March 2014 12:19

by Jessica Schroeder, USTA Outreach & Membership Enrichment Coordinator

Columbus, OH --- The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund is a new major sponsor of the 2014 USTA Standardbred Driving School, which will take place June 11-15 in Goshen, N.Y.

For a limited time, New York State residents who register for the school will receive a $100 discount on the $350 registration fee. Those that are already signed up for the school will receive a $100 refund on their pre-paid fees.

“We are extremely pleased to have the Agriculture and Horse Breeding Development Fund join us as sponsors for the driving school,” said school coordinator Kent “Chip” Hastings. “I can’t think of a better way to help promote and foster interest in the New York program.”

Students that sign up will be immersed in a public racing stable environment, doing barn work each morning of the school, and then will listen to guest speakers in afternoon classroom sessions.

To sign up and receive the discount, fill out this applicationand send it in with a $250 check or call 877.800.8272, ext. 3212 to complete your registration over the phone with a credit card.

For more information about attending the 16th annual USTA Driving School, visit www.USTADrivingSchool.com.


2013 Breeders Residency and Performance Awards

Monday, 16 December 2013 10:54

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Important Notice Regarding Stallion Leases

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 16:07

Breeders Notice 



Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:00


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

WHEN:  Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 11 a.m. 

WHERE: New York State Gaming Commission Offices

                6th Floor Board Room

                1 Broadway Center

                 Schenectady, NY 12305


Board Meeting Agenda

Board Meeting Items

Board Meeting Budget

 Sire Stakes and Excelsior Schedules

Sire Stakes Conditions

Excelsior Conditions

County Fair Conditions 


American Ideal's book full and closed

Monday, 16 December 2013 11:58

by Brittany Stallion Management

Versailles, KY---Brittany Stallion Management announced today (Dec. 15) that the book for American Ideal is now full and closed for the 2014 breeding season. The world champion racehorse and sire stands in New York at Blue Chip Farms for a fee of $10,000.

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He's Watching, a son of American Ideal, set world records on both five-eighths and half-mile tracks as a 2-year-old in 2013.

American Ideal’s coming off yet another year of producing some great horses, and his yearlings were in demand, so I expected his book to fill pretty quickly,” said Brittany manager Art Zubrod. “But the support has been overwhelming, and we want to thank all the breeders who have called or emailed. He’s got some outstanding mares lined up for the breeding shed.”

Those “great horses” American Ideal has produced include 2013 world champion 2-year-old He’s Watching p,2,1:50f-1:52.2h ($291,722), who set world marks on both five-eighths-mile and half-mile tracks. He went undefeated through eight starts, all in stakes races, and won the $225,000 final of the New York Sire Stakes at Yonkers.

He’s Watching was the year’s top-ranked freshman pacer in the Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll. Should he become a 3-year-old classics winner, he would join others his sire has already produced, including American Jewel, Heston Blue Chip, Idyllic and Romantic Moment.

On the sale side of the ledger, American Ideal yearlings sold for up to $160,000 last fall. He posted the largest increase in average from 2012 to 2013 among all pacing sires.