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July 03, 2017

New York Sire Stakes County Fair Harness Racing Starts This Week Across New York State

Racing Series at 20 County Fairs to be held July through September

ALBANY, N.Y. The first New York Sire Stakes County Fair Races of the season will kick off this week on Tuesday, July 4 at the Goshen Historic Track, followed by races on Thursday, July 6 in Afton at the Chenango County Fair. The New York Sire Stakes promote the breeding, buying, and racing of Standardbred horses in New York State, and are administered by the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. 

The County Fair Races are a series of non-pari-mutuel harness races hosted at 20 different county fairs. The races are open to eligible two and three-year-old New York Standardbreds and are separated into four divisions based on age and gait: three year-old pacers and trotters, and two year-old pacers and trotters. A complete schedule of County Fair Races is listed at

“New York’s equine industry, including its unparalleled Standardbred racing sector, is a vital part of New York agriculture, and the Sire Stakes program is key to the success of the industry for years to come,” said Richard A. Ball, State Agriculture Commissioner and Board Trustee, Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. “I look forward to the start of the County Fair Races, which provide young horses with the opportunity to earn as they learn, while bringing the community together for a fast-paced, exciting series of races.”

The County Fair Finals for each age and gait will be held at the Saratoga Casino Hotel on September 15 and the New York Sire Stakes Finals will take place on October 14 at the Yonkers Raceway.

At the start of this year’s season, The New York Sire Stakes launched its new Facebook and Twitter accounts with the goal of sharing news and race results with fans and members of the harness racing community. Updates to the existing website are ongoing.

About the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund:
The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund (the Fund) is a public benefit corporation established in 1965 by the Laverne Law (Laws of New York, Chapter 567 of the Laws of 1965). The mission of the Fund is to promote agriculture through the breeding of Standardbred horses and the conduct of equine research within the State. To carry out its legislative mission, the Fund administers the New York Sire Stakes races, Excelsior/State Fair Series races, and County Fair Races. Additionally, the Fund provides assistance to county agriculture societies and contributes to the statewide 4-H program and to the Harry M. Zweig Fund for Equine Research.

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