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Plattsburgh, NY -- The CasinoScout Channel on YouTube announces that with permission from the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund (the administrator for the New York Sire Stakes racing program) that it will be the provider of live coverage of New York County Fair Sire Stakes racing from the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Plattsburgh, NY on Tuesday, July 28th. The races will be streamed live on the CasinoScout Channel found on YouTube.com. Anyone wishing to embed the stream or share the link directly to it via social media is strongly encouraged to do so. Post time for the 12-race card is 12:00 p.m. Replays of the races will also be available on the channel immediately following the conclusion of the day's races. The CasinoScout Channel will be live streaming select New York County Fair Sire Stakes racing programs throughout the summer.   For more information, please contact Scott Hotaling at (413) 212-1328.  

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund has released annual Breeders Awards for the 2019 racing season, totaling $1,000,000. A total of 332 New York-bred horses earned awards for 154 different entities. A total of 18 breeders earned more than $15,000 in awards. The full list of awards can be found at the New York Sire Stakes website. Last year's 2-year-olds returned 14.5% of their NYSS program earnings to their breeder, while 3-year-olds returned 15.5%. The largest single Breeders Award earner was Quincy Blue Chip (Chapter Seven). The trotting filly won three legs and the NYSS Final in her sophomore season. She returned $53,150.23 to breeder Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. Combined, Blue Chip Farms and Blue Chip Bloodstock earned $128,881.90 in breeders awards for 29 offspring. Breeder Steve Jones received the most in awards with $134,208.19. Jones bred four horses that earned more than $100,000 last year, including three NYSS Champions-Cigars And Port, Hickfromfrenchlick and The Fun Marshall. Other top earners included Crawford Farms LLC with $88,990.49, generated by standout performers like Brooklyn Lilacs and Stella Jane; Winbak Farm with $58,461.12, led by top earners Artie's Ideal and Hanna Dreamgirl; Little E LLC with $33,958.44 earned largely by campaigner Seventimesalady; and The OK Corral with $29,410.17, produced largely by filly So Awesome. "Breeders are at the core of the racing industry's positive economic impact in the State of New York and the Fund is pleased to recognize their contributions to our agricultural vitality," said M. Kelly Young, executive director, Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. "It is through their investment that New York has become known for its exceptional breeding and racing opportunities." The Breeders Awards program provides rewards for each level of NYSS racing: Sire Stakes, Excelsior Series and County Fairs. The awards are residency based, rewarding breeders who keep their mares in New York State for at least 180 days surrounding conception, thereby contributing to the agricultural economy. The program is designed to stimulate New York State's agriculture sector and support New York farms. The Fund has previously announced that another $1 million will be available to breeders for the 2020 racing season. It's not too late this year for breeders to make their mare eligible for Breeders Awards in the future. Once a mare is in the state, the first step to establishing residency is by submitting a Form A to the Fund. Those wishing to find out more about New York's mare residency program should check out the guidelines. and call or email the Fund office with any questions at 518-388-0178 or info@nysirestakes.com. 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. From the New York Sire Stakes

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund has published its list of eligible stallions for the 2020 harness racing breeding season. The list includes 39 registered standardbred stallions, of which seven are new this year. The full Stallion Directory, featuring pedigrees, career statistics and earnings of the eligible stallions, will be available online in the coming days. Hard copies of the Stallion Directory will be mailed to owners of mares and available through the Fund upon request. The new stallions in 2020 are: Courtly Choice Lightning Storm Made By Design Major Moe Pride Master Semalu Express Stella's Phella Eligible stallions are those stallions have met the ownership or leasing requirements of the Fund and were registered by the Jan. 1 deadline. Copies of the 2020 New York Stallion Directory can be requested by calling 518-388-0178 or emailing info@nysirestakes.com. The racing schedule and updated conditions for the upcoming New York Sire Stakes racing season are available at www.nysirestakes.com. The NYSS "Day of Champions" will be held Saturday, Sept. 12 at Yonkers Raceway. About the Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund:  The Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development 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. Jason Politi | Baker Public Relations    

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund is now accepting grant applications from certified 501(c)(3) not for profit organizations. Grant awards are made available by the Fund for this year total up to $150,000. Grant proposals from eligible organizations must be received by the Fund no later than March 2, 2020. The grant application for is available here. Organizations that are interested are asked to review the Application and the Fund's Grants Policy to determine their eligibility. The Fund will review each grant application it receives and invite eligible organizations to present at a board meeting this spring. Grants will be awarded based on the strength of proposal, the availability of resources and meeting the statutorily mandated mission of the Fund. Grant awardees will be sent written notification including deadlines for submission of expenditure reports. Proposals should be mailed to: Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Attention: Kelly Young 1 Broadway Center Schenectady, N.Y. 12305 or emailed to: Kelly.Young@gaming.ny.gov   About the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund:  The Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development 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. From the New York Sire Stakes

LATHAM, N.Y. - The harness racing schedule and updated conditions for the 2020 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) racing season were approved Monday (Dec. 30) at a meeting of the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Board of Trustees. The NYSS racing season will open on Tuesday, May 5, at Yonkers Raceway with 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters and provide eight legs for all eight divisions of 2 and 3 year olds. The $1.8 million NYSS Day of Champions, featuring eight Finals worth $225,000, will be held Saturday, Sept. 12, at Yonkers Raceway. The program will also feature the International Trot and offer a special afternoon post. "Racing fans had such a great response to the NYSS Day of Champions and International Trot in 2017. We are so excited to partner with Yonkers Raceway again to offer another blockbuster card in 2020," said M. Kelly Young, executive director, Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund. "The New York Sire Stakes program is key to the success of the state's harness racing and Standardbred breeding industries and we look forward to working with all tracks in the state to offer another outstanding year of state-bred racing." The NYSS Consolations are scheduled at Monticello Raceway on Monday, Sept. 14. The Excelsior Series Finals are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19, at Tioga Downs. The purses for the Consolations and Excelsior Finals have been adjusted and each division will offer $50,000 purses for the season-concluding events. The full schedule of NYSS and Excelsior racing dates is now available. Dates for the County Fair Racing Series will be announced in the coming weeks. Total purses paid out for the three tiers of the New York Sire Stakes program equaled $14.79 million in 2019. Purses are budgeted to be similar in 2020 with more than $13 million in added money approved at the meeting. The newly approved conditions for the Excelsior and County Fair Series in 2020, along with conditions for yearlings nominating in 2020 (foals of 2019), can be found at the New York Sire Stakes website: www.nysirestakes.com. Also approved at the meeting, $150,000 has been made available for next year's Grant Awards. A grant application will be issued in early 2020 encouraging certified 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations to apply for consideration. Organizations are asked to review the Fund's Grants Policy to determine their eligibility before applying. Deadline for submission will be March 2, 2020. From the New York Sire Stakes      

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Board of Trustees has approved $1 million in Breeders Awards for the upcoming 2020 harness racing season. In addition, New York Sire Stakes Breeders Awards earned for the 2019 racing season, also total $1 million, will be mailed to the recipients in the month of January. The Breeders Awards program provides rewards for each level of NYSS racing: Sire Stakes, Excelsior Series and County Fairs. The awards are residency based, rewarding breeders who keep their mares in New York State for at least 180 days surrounding conception, thereby contributing to the agricultural economy. The program is designed to stimulate New York State’s agriculture sector and support New York farms. Complete guidelines for mare residency and the Breeders Awards program can be found on the New York Sire Stakes website. Breeders who have not done so already have until Jan. 30 to file their 2019 Mare Residency Form B to finalize their 2019 residency for future Breeders Awards. As a reminder, you can now begin filing Mare Residency Form A for 2020 to start the residency period in 2020. “We are proud to recognize the breeders who support the state’s harness racing industry by maintaining exceptional broodmares within the state and breeding to New York-registered stallions,” said M. Kelly Young, executive director, Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. “The demand and quality of New York-bred horses continues to be strong, generating economic and agricultural benefits, and further investment in the state.” From the New York Sire Stakes

December 26, 2019 - WHAT: Meeting of the Agriculture and NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund WHEN:  Monday, December 30, 2019 at 1 p.m.  WHERE:    New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets 10B Airline Drive Albany, NY 12335 NOTE: As a matter of convenience to ease entry to the meeting location and ensure space is adequate, members of the public or media wishing to attend the meeting in person are encouraged to contact the Breeding Fund office at 518-388-0178 or info@nysirestakes.com by 12 noon on Friday, Dec. 27.  AGENDA Call to Order Nomination of Presiding Officer Consideration of Meeting Minutes for April 9, 2019 Consideration to Enter into Executive Session Consideration of Marketing Services Contract Ratification of Yearling and Stallion Eligibility Requirements for 2020 Consideration of 2020 Conditions Consideration of 2020 NYSS Schedules Consideration of 2020 Purses Consideration of 2020 Budget Consideration of Grant Applications Process in 2020 Update on Zweig Memorial Fund for Equine Research New/Old Business Adjourn Jason Politi 

PALMYRA, N.Y. - The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund announces that it will be sponsoring the livestreaming of harness racing at the Wayne County Fair on Monday, Aug. 12. A live preshow will begin at 11:30 a.m. First post time is scheduled for 12 p.m. Live streaming coverage can be seen via the New York Sire Stakes Facebook page, and its website at nysirestakes.com. A broadcast team will be positioned around the racetrack providing live updates, interviews and commentary that even those in attendance can watch for insider information. The on-air team will include Kelly Young, executive director of the Fund, and Mark Shero, a former Standardbred owner. "We are excited to partner with the Wayne County Fair on this exciting opportunity to reach new fans and provide live coverage to those who can't be at the races in person," said Young. "We hope the added commentary will encourage people to learn more about the Sire Stakes program and harness racing." The NYSS County Fair Finals will be hosted at Monticello Raceway on Thursday, Sept. 5. Each of the eight finals carries a purse of $10,000. From the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund has awarded $150,000 in total grant funding between five organizations within the Standardbred breeding and racing industry. The Fund Trustees awarded grants at a scheduled board meeting on April 8 in which grant applicants were invited to present. Awards were based on the strength of proposal and its adherence to the statutorily mandated mission of the Fund. The following grants were awarded: The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame received $45,500 to support its Education Department and programs. This grant proposal aligns with the Fund’s mission to support and promote research, educational programming, and preservation of the history and traditions of harness and trotting horse racing. The Goshen Historic Track received $45,500 to make repairs to the Arden Barn and blacksmith shop, one of the most historic barns on the grounds. This grant proposal aligns with the Mission of the Fund to provide funding in maintaining the historic racetrack that is designated as a national registered historic landmark. The New York State 4-H Horse Program received $44,000 to continue its education programming focused on advancing interest in Standardbreds. The Fund has supported 4-H for many years and Cooperative Extension has a long history of effectively providing education and awareness programs through its statewide network. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation received $7,500 for two summer youth programs at Goshen Historic Track in 2019. One will be an introductory level day camp and the other will be a five-day leadership camp for previous graduates of the first program. The Fund has supported HHYF camps in New York for several years. Racing Under Saddle—New York received $7,500 for the County Fair Racing Series. The program already has a commitment from ten fairs and would like to add additional events to promote the breed. This grant proposal aligns with the Mission of the Fund as Racing Under Saddle events are well attended at the County Fairs and this racing series has grown to become another way to promote and enhance New York’s Standardbred breeding and racing program. “We believe that our mission is best accomplished by supporting educational programs, research and racing purses. Each hold the potential to open new opportunities for people to become involved in Standardbred breeding and racing,” said Kelly Young, executive director, Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. “We are honored to present the grant winners with this funding as they clearly uphold the standards of this law as well as our mission.” About the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund:  The Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development 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. Jason Politi | Baker Public Relations O: 518.426.4099 | M: 845.913.6394 jason@bakerpublicrelations.com www.bakerpublicrelations.com

New York Sire Stakes Finals and Consolations All horses must be entered at Yonkers Raceway by Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, no later than 3:30 p.m. for both the New York Sire Stakes Finals and Consolations. Yonkers Raceway will draw post positions for the Finals, to be contested on Saturday, Sept. 22, and transmit the remaining entries to Batavia Downs to draw post positions for the Consolations, to be contested on Friday, Sept. 21. Purses for the New York Sire Stakes finals will be $225,000 for each division. Purses for the Consolations will be $40,000 for each division if five or more horses are carded. Purses will be prorated for divisions with four horses. New York Excelsior A Series Finals All horses must be entered at Saratoga Raceway by Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, no later than 9:00 a.m. for the Excelsior A Finals, held on Sunday, Sept. 23. Purses for the Excelsior A Finals will be $55,000 for each division. Racing Reminders 1) To enter, horsemen are reminded that horses must still meet the requirements of: (a) a charted satisfactory performance line within 30 days of declaration that meets the qualifying standards in the conditions, and (b) cannot have two consecutive breaks in the last two charted performance lines. If a horse does not meet these criteria, it must qualify before being entered. 2) Horses must start in at least three legs of the Sire Stakes or Excelsior Series to be eligible for the finals. If not enough horses with three starts enter, the highest point earner which entered with two starts will be selected, etc., to fill the first tier. 3) Only two entries from a common owner will be permitted to race in the final events. There is no limit on horses from the same training stable with separate ownership. Any horse that changes ownership within 30 days before the date of entry for the finals must have these changed approved by the Fund to race in the final events. 4) If there is a tie in the point standings for the last entry in a final event, the judges will draw by lot from the horses tied. 5) A horse may only race in one final event-NYSS Final, Consolation or Excelsior A Final. 6) There are no entry fees for any final events in 2018. **NOTE: This is a summary of conditions related to the Finals and Consolations meant to assist with the most frequent questions by participants and is not meant to replace or supplant the conditions governing the New York Sire Stakes and New York Excelsior Series. The NYSS Finals and Consolations and the Excelsior Finals are governed by the conditions and the rules of the New York State Gaming Commission. Questions regarding the NYSS Finals, Consolations or Excelsior Series Finals should be directed to Kelly Young, Executive Director of the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund at 518-388-0178 or Kelly.young@gaming.ny.gov. From the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund   

YONKERS, N.Y. - The New York Sire Stakes and Yonkers Raceway will be live streaming the draw for the 2018 "Night of Champions," via Facebook on Monday, September 17. The finals for New York State's premier harness racing program for 2 and 3-year-olds, known as the "Night of Champions," is set to take place the following Saturday, September 22. The eight race event will hand out $1.8 million in purse money. Monday's draw will begin at 5:00 p.m. and can be accessed through Yonkers Raceway and New York Sire Stakes' Facebook pages. "There has been so much excitement around New York-breds this year with some big wins in the Grand Circuit. We want to capture this excitement and are happy to give owners the opportunity to see first-hand how their horses draw in real time," said M. Kelly Young, executive director, Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. "With the level of talent we've seen on the track this season, the 'Night of Champions' promises to be another memorable night for our program and we look forward to kicking it off with the live draw event." Owners, breeders, trainers and other horseman are also welcome to attend the live draw and reception in person at Yonkers Raceway starting at 4:00 p.m. in the Red Room. Reservations are required to attend in person and can be made via email to: amcgrath@caphill.com no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14. The New York Sire Stakes program promotes the breeding, buying, and racing of Standardbred horses in New York State, and is administered by the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. It was the first program of is kind, featuring 2 and 3-year old colts and fillies, and has become the model for state-bred racing programs in North America. About the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund: The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development 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. by Jason Politi, for the NYSS

SARATOGA SPRINGS, New York (July 29, 2014) – On August 1st, the Saratoga Harness Horseperson’s Association (SHHA) and Saratoga Casino and Raceway will host ‘Wally Hennessey Night,’ at the casino’s harness track. The night will be dedicated in honor of the legendary driver who made his Saratoga debut in 1987. Following the third race of the night, Hennessey will be honored by world famous horse racing announcer and local favorite, Tom Durkin.    “Wally Hennessey Night” will offer fans plenty of fun filled activities in addition to the evening’s harness racing card. Stewart’s will be on hand offering up free ‘make-your-own’ sundaes while supplies last, sponsored by the Agriculture and NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund.  Additionally, following the third race, a group photo will be held on the harness track near the winners circle. All guests will have the opportunity to join the photo with both Wally Hennessey and Tom Durkin in what is being planned to be the largest group photo in the history of the harness track. The photo will be available to purchase and take home later that evening.  Drawings will be sponsored and conducted by the SHHA for all horsemen and guests who present a valid New York State racing license, for a chance to win grain and other equine supplies. Parking and admission are free, as always, and in honor of the event, programs for the evening’s races will be available for no charge. The first post time for the August 1st event is at 7:05pm.  “Hosting an event like this is truly an honor for us,” said John Matarazzo, Director of Racing Operations at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. “We’re very proud to be a part of Wally’s historic accomplishments and couldn’t be more excited to celebrate such top class in harness racing.”  Hennessey will be inducted in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in Ontario on August 6th where he will join an elite group of standardbred drivers. Hennessey is already a member of the Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame, the Florida Hall of Fame, the Prince Edward Island Sports Hall of Fame and the Prince Edward Island Wall of Fame at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino in Charlottetown. Immediately following his induction in Canada, Hennessey will be traveling to Ireland, where he will be driving in the Ladbroke's Vincent Delaney Memorial series at Portmarnock Trotting Track in Dublin.  “The SHHA is honored to be part of such a special event honoring Wally Hennessey for being inducted in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and being invited to represent the United States at the Delaney Memorial in Ireland,” said Tom McTygue, Member of the Board of Directors for the SHHA. “We hope to have the opportunity to do this for other drivers in the future to showcase and promote the sport of harness racing.” Wally Hennessey’s storied career began in the early 70’s and has brought him to tracks all over the world. Since then, Hennessey has become one of the premier drivers in all of harness racing, amassing 8,588 career wins and nearly $58 million in purse earnings.  by Tom Engle, for Saratoga Raceway 

Blue Chip Farms President and Standardbred Owners Association of New York Director Mike Kimelman was recently appointed to the Board of the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund.

A farm tour sponsored by the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund and hosted by the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State will be held for the general public.

The Harness Horse Breeders of NYS are working with the Agriculture and NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund to find the best solution for the NYSS program.

A closer look at the eight New York Sire Stakes divisional leaders and their biggest threats in the $1.8 million Night of Champions at Yonkers Raceway September 22nd (last of eight parts).

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