The Feb. 15 deadline is drawing near for many stakes payments. Below are a list of notices that have been submitted to the USTA Newsroom.
NYSS payments must be postmarked by Feb. 18
The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund wishes to assure horsemen that payments arriving in an envelope postmarked on or before Feb. 18, 2014, will be accepted toward the New York Sire Stakes as well as the Excelsior and County Fair programs.
Any questions can be directed to the Fund at 518-395-5484.
DSBF 3-Year-Old payments due
Dover, DE --- Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund 3-year-old payments are due to be postmarked by February 15. The amount is $300.
The March 15, 2013 payment of $100 must have been made to keep the horse eligible. Forms were mailed to all current owners in December. We advise anyone to use mail which has a tracking number especially in light of the winter storm.
For more information e-mail Judy.Davis-Wilson@state.de.us or call (302) 698-4610.
-- Judy Davis-Wilson
February 15 payments for Northfield Park stakes
Northfield, OH --- Northfield Park reminds horsemen that stake payments are due by February 15 for the Courageous Lady ($100,000 gtd.), Cleveland Classic ($150,000 gtd.) and the new Carl Milstein Memorial ($500,000 est.)
All payments are to be made to the Hambletonian Society.
-- Ayers Ratliff
February 15 payments for all Hambletonian Society-serviced stakes due
Cranbury, NJ --- The initial payment deadline for eligibility to more than 137 stake events at 16 different tracks, headlined by the $1 million Hambletonian at The Meadowlands on August 2 and the $5 million Breeders Crown events at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ, on November 21 and 22, is fast approaching.
Because of the federal holiday on Monday, payments for all Hambletonian-Society serviced Stakes must be postmarked by midnight on Tuesday, February 18, per USTA rule 12, section 4.
A host of new stakes in Ohio will be administered by the Hambletonian Society, including the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park for 3-year-old colt pacers, and a pair of open events for both gaits at Miami Valley Gaming & Racing and Hollywood at Dayton Raceway.
The inaugural $400,000 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands is new on the stakes calendar this year and the four Historic races for sophomores are moving to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
Yonkers Raceway has guaranteed purses of $500,000 each for their Triple Crown events of the Messenger Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers and the Yonkers Trot for 3-year-old colt trotters.
The Hambletonian Society services 137 of harness racing’s richest and most prestigious events and provides one-stop shopping for your staking needs. The web site, Hambletonian.org, contains all the tools and information necessary to stake your horse yourself.
Race conditions, payment forms and much more information is now available online. For more information call the Society offices at 609-371-2211.
Races with February 15 payments due:
• Ben Franklin Free For All
• Tompkins Memorial & Geers Stake
• Yonkers Trot & Lady Suffolk Filly Trot
-- Hambletonian Society
FSBOA stake payments due by Feb 15
Pompano Beach, FL –-- The following FSBOA stake payments are due by Feb 15 for 3-year-old Florida-breds:
FL Breeders Stake - $100
FL Stallion Stake - $100
Sunshine State Stake - $100
Since the 15th falls on a Saturday this year and Monday, Feb. 17, is a holiday, payments postmarked by Tuesday, Feb. 18, will be accepted.
Sustaining forms and payment schedule are available on our website www.myfsboa.com or by contacting Rosie Huff at 954-972-5400.
-- Rosie Huff
Meadowlands stakes & early closer payments due Feb. 15
East Rutherford, NJ --- Nomination payments for stakes and early closers for the 2014 season at The Meadowlands Racetrack come due on February 15.
The 38th edition of the $750,000e Meadowlands Pace, signature Grand Circuit stake at the track, offers a reduction in the nominating and sustaining payments for 2014 of nearly 20 percent compared with the 2013 levels. The price to nominate has been slashed in half, from $1,000 to $500. New for 2014 is a tiered declaration fee, dropping the cost of entry in the elimination races from the single declaration fee of $6,000 to $2,500 for the elimination and then $5,000 to go in the final (if eliminations are not needed, the cost to race in the final will be $7,500).
Also due are the initial installments for all Meadowlands administrated/hosted stakes including the second edition of the TVG FFA Trotting & Pacing Championship.
Forms and further details are available at The Meadowlands website or a call to the Racing Office at 877-782-2537.
-- Meadowland Media Relations
Maryland payments due Feb. 15
Union Bridge, MD --- Sustaining forms and possible payment are due Feb. 15 for the new 4- and 5-year-old Open Maryland Sire Stakes for trotters and pacers (foals of 2009 and 2010).
The 3-year-old payments (foals of 2011) are due to the Maryland Standardbred Fund and the Maryland Sire Stakes on Feb. 15.
All stallion pedigrees, staking forms and stake dates are now available online including a printable calendar. Please use our website (www.msrfonline.com) for all your current MSRF info and any updates as they become available.
We recommend that all payments be sent by certified mail. Please remember to check and make sure you use this address for the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund: P.O. Box 540, Union Bridge, MD 21791.
As per regulation: if the due date for a payment falls on a weekend or a holiday observed in this state, the payment shall be timely if mailed bearing a postmark which is not later than the next business day. Since we have both a weekend and holiday a postmark of Feb. 18, 2014, will be accepted.
Regulations can be found on our website at www.msrfonline.com or you may call 410.775.0152 or my cell at 240.285.0326.
-- Cheryl StambaughDeadline for Smith Trot payments, SBOANJ membership renewals is Feb. 15
Manalapan, NJ --- February 15 is the deadline for 3-year-old payments for this year’s Charles Smith and Helen Smith Trots as well as membership renewals for the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.
Those who belonged to the SBOANJ in 2013 must renew their membership by Feb. 15 to receive full coverage in 2014.
The $60,000 (est.) Charles Smith for 3-year-old New Jersey sired trotters is scheduled to take place on Sept. 12 while the filly companion event, the $50,000 Helen Smith, is on Sept. 5, both at Freehold Raceway.
The sustaining fee is $200. The Smiths are both sponsored by the SBOANJ.
For further information, contact the SBOANJ at 732.462.2357 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Carol Hodes for SBOANJ
Payments due Feb. 15 for 2014 NJSS races
Trenton, NJ --- The Feb. 15 deadline for the New Jersey Sire Stakes' first sustaining payments is the last chance for owners of New Jersey sired 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters to be kept eligible to the 2014 Premier and Green Acres racing programs.
The NJSS Premier Division will be contested exclusively again at the Meadowlands in 2014, starting in May for 3-year-olds and in late June for 2-year-olds. The Green Acres Division begins August 28 at Freehold Raceway.
Once again this year, the NJSS rule is that the Green Acres Program is limited to horses that have earned less than $25,000 in New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division earnings during the current calendar year.
The NJSS Premier Division’s first sustaining payment remains $300 for both 2- and 3-year-olds. The initial Green Acres Division payment remains $100 for both 2- and 3-year-olds.
Also on Feb. 15, a $650 supplemental 2013 yearling nomination (for foals of 2012) can be made for eligibility to the New Jersey Sire Stakes. That fee is in addition to the sustaining payments for 2-year-olds also due on Feb. 15. If the foal is produced by an out of state breeding, the supplemental fee is $850.
The 2-year-old sustaining payment must be made in order to keep the horse eligible as a 3-year-old in 2015, even if the horse does not race in 2014 as a 2-year-old.
Supplemental yearling nominations are also due Feb. 15 for the NJSS-sponsored Lou Babic Open Pace ($500) and Babic Filly Pace ($400).
These payments must be in U. S. funds. No late payments will be accepted and no billing notices will be mailed. Certified mail is strongly recommended to NJSS, P.O. Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625.
For further information call Christopher Castens at 609.292.8830.
-- Christopher Castens
Ontario Sires Stakes payments due Feb. 15
Owners of Ontario Sires Stakes-eligible 3-year-olds are reminded that Feb. 15 is the deadline for the 3-year-old OSS sustaining payment. However, since the 15th falls on a Saturday this year and Monday, Feb. 17, is a holiday, payments postmarked by Tuesday, Feb. 18, will be accepted.
Payments can also be made in person at the ORC office at 10 Carlson Court, Suite 14, Toronto, ON up until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18.
Checks should be made payable and mailed (registered mail is recommended) to:
Ontario Sires Stakes
10 Carlson Court, Suite 400
Toronto, ON M9W 6L2
The $500 OSS sustaining fee for 2-year-olds is due March 15 and reminder notices will be mailed this week.
For more information please contact:
OSS Administration Coordinator
2014 Delaware (OH) Grand Circuit payments due Feb. 15
Delaware, OH—--Sustaining payments for the sophomore pacing classics Little Brown Jug and Jugette are due February 15. These payments are for foals of 2011.
Sustaining payments are also due February 15 for the Old Oaken Bucket (3-year-old open trot) and the Buckette (3-year-old filly trot). Also, nominations for the Winbak Farm Pace for 4-year-olds and up, are due February 15.
The estimated purse for the 2014 Little Brown Jug is $700,000 and the estimated purse for the Jugette is $300,000. The Little Brown Jug, Old Oaken Bucket and Winbak Farm Pace will be raced Thursday, September 18, and the Jugette and Buckette on Wednesday, September 17.
The 2014 Delaware Grand Circuit meet opens Sunday, September 14, and will continue Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. There will be no racing on Monday, September 15.
Make checks payable and send all entries to: The Delaware County Fair, Tom Wright, P.O. Box 1560, Powell, OH 43065.
For the latest news, information and nomination forms, please visit the Little Brown Jug website: www.littlebrownjug.com.
February 15 Sustaining Fees:
Little Brown Jug No. 69 (3-Year-Old Open Pace) $750
Jugette No. 44 (3-Year-Old Filly Pace) $500
Old Oaken Bucket No. 47 (3-Year-Old Open Trot) $500
Buckette No. 47 (3-Year-Old Filly Trot) $400
February 15 Nomination Fees:
Winbak Pace (4-Year-Old and Up Open Pace) $500