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2019 Season

2019 Sire Stakes Schedule

Background
Eligibility
Nominations of Eligible Yearlings
Green Acres Division
Premier Division
Standardbred Development Fund
Renaissance Pace
Sustaining Payments Forms
Standardbred Links
More Information

Background: The New Jersey Sire Stakes Program was established by law in 1971 to encourage the breeding of Standardbred horses, the trotters and pacers familiar to harness racing fans. Because the program offers healthy purses for winning Standardbreds sired by registered New Jersey stallions, it gives stallion owners an incentive to locate their stallions and horse farms in New Jersey. As a result, the program has been instrumental in maintaining more than 100,000 acres of scenic open space around the state.

The Sire Stakes program provides a minimum of six races a year for each class of both 2- and 3-year old colts and fillies, trotters and pacers alike. The program includes Sire Stakes Premier Division events, the Sire Stakes Green Acres Program, and the Renaissance Open and Filly Paces. Total purse money for these events was approximately $2 million in 2018.

Eligibility: To be eligible to the New Jersey Sire Stakes program, an owner must purchase or breed a foal sired by a New Jersey registered stallion. That stallion must have been registered with the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey and must conform to the rules of the New Jersey Sire Stakes.

Nominations of Eligible Yearlings:

A foal sired by a registered New Jersey Standardbred stallion must be nominated to the Sire Stakes by May 15 to become eligible for both the Green Acres and pari-mutuel programs. A $50 registration fee must be included along with a copy of the United States Trotting Association or Standardbred Canada Certificate of Registration or a $75 fee witho