“When Pennsylvania’s harness horses win, our breeders win, too,” Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary George Greig said. “Their investment in Pennsylvania workers, equipment and feed strengthens our economy. It’s a bonus for them when their horses are born and raised here.”
The Pennsylvania Harness Breeders Fund currently offers awards to Pennsylvania breeders for two different categories through the Race Horse Development Act of 2004. Horses that are sired and born in Pennsylvania receive a greater percentage of the breeders awards than those horses that are sired by Pennsylvania stallions but born outside the state.
Breeders do not need to own their horses to receive the premiums. In some cases, breeders are rewarded after their horses have been sold.
“If the horses in this weekend’s card had all been born in Pennsylvania, premiums for our state’s breeders would double to more than $350,000,” Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission Executive Secretary George Crawford said.
A change in Breeders Fund policy now requires foals to be born in-state to generate premiums for breeders, further strengthening the state’s agricultural economy.
“The 3-year-olds racing this weekend will be the last to receive the non-resident award,” Crawford said.
More than $50 million has been paid to Pennsylvania breeders since 2008. Money for the program is generated through gaming revenue.
For more information, visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us, click on “Bureaus Commissions and Councils” and select “Pennsylvania Racing Commission.”