Last call for Feb. 15 stakes payments

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.

Woodbine stakes nominations due Feb. 15

Milton, ON — Woodbine Entertainment would like to issue a final reminder of Friday’s (Feb. 15) deadline for nominations to its 2019 stakes program at Mohawk Park.

Nominations are due for all major stakes, including the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old pacers, Canada’s richest Standardbred race.

Below is the full list of events with nominations closing Feb. 15.

Pepsi North America Cup (3-year-old pace)
Armbro Flight (3-year-olds & older, fillies & mares trot)
Canadian Pacing Derby (3-year-olds & older pace)
Canadian Trotting Classic (3-year-old trot)
Casual Breeze (3-year-old filly trot)
Elegantimage (3-year-old filly trot)
Eternal Camnation (2-year-old filly pace)
Fan Hanover (3-year-old filly pace)
Goodtimes (3-year-old trot)
Maple Leaf Trot (3-year-olds & older trot)
Metro Pace (2-year-old pace)
Milton (3-year-olds & older, fillies & mares pace)
Nassagaweya (2-year-old pace)
Peaceful Way (2-year-old filly trot)
Roses Are Red (3-year-olds & older, fillies & mares pace)
She’s A Great Lady (2-year-old filly pace)
Somebeachsomewhere (3-year-old pace)
William Wellwood Memorial (2-year-old trot)

Woodbine also handles the administration of stakes events contested at various tracks across Ontario. Nominations are due Feb. 15 for the following events:

Grand River Raceway:
Battle of Waterloo (Ontario Sired 2-year-old pace)
Battle of the Belles (Ontario Sired 2-year-old filly pace)

Flamboro Downs:
Confederation Cup (4-year-old pace)

Hanover Raceway:
Balanced Image (Ontario Sired 2-year-old trot)
Dream Of Glory (Ontario Sired 3-year-old trot, non-winners of C$75,000, fillies C$100,000, in 2018)

Clinton Raceway:
Kin Pace (Ontario Sired 3-year-old filly pace, non-winners of C$50,000 in 2018)

The 2019 Woodbine Stakes Booklet can be viewed by clicking here. To view the nomination form for the Feb. 15 closing, click here.

Stakes payments can be made online by clicking here.

If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly postmarked no later than Feb. 15, 2019 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended.

— Mark McKelvie

Payments for Hambletonian Society-serviced stakes must be postmarked by Feb. 19

Cranbury, NJ — The first payment deadline for eligibility to 136 stake events, headlined by the $1.5 million Hambletonian and the $6 million Breeders Crown series is just around the corner.

The 94th Hambletonian will be raced at The Meadowlands on Saturday, Aug. 3 with same-day elimination heats. The $500,000 Oaks has eliminations the week before on July 27.

The Breeders Crown returns to Woodbine Mohawk Park in 2019, with 2-year-old elims scheduled for Friday, Oct. 18 and finals on Friday, Oct. 25. Three-year-old and open events will race eliminations, if necessary, on Saturday, Oct. 19 and finals on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Since Feb. 15 falls on a Friday, followed by a federal holiday (Monday, Feb. 18 President’s Day with no mail delivery) payments for all Hambletonian-Society serviced Stakes will be accepted if postmarked by midnight on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

In 2019, The Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and Clara Barton Distaff Pace will be raced at Plainridge Park Casino on Sunday, July 28. Both of these races were cancelled in 2018, but are back in 2019.

There is a new series at Hoosier Park that the Society will handle called The Star Destroyer Series. This series is for 3-Year-Old Colt and Filly Pacers and Trotters and will be raced in late June of this year. The conditions are similar to the Pegasus Series and can be found on the race page at

There are scheduled payment changes to the following races: Caesar’s Trotting Classic, Dan Patch, Dayton Derby Pace & Trot, Jenna’s Beach Boy and the Miami Valley Distaff Pace & Trot. Please check over the payment forms and payment schedules on the condition sheets for these races as they all have different payment schedules than in 2018. The conditions for each race can be found on the specific race page.

The Hambletonian Society services 136 of harness racing’s richest and most prestigious events and provides one-stop shopping for staking needs. The organization’s website,, contains all the tools and information necessary to stake a horse.

Payment forms are always available on our website at

Race conditions, payment forms and much more information is now available online. For more information, call the Society offices at 609-371-2211.

The following races are serviced by The Hambletonian Society:

Adios/Adios Volo                       The Elevation                          Messenger Stakes/Lady Maud
Arden Downs                            Fox Stakes                              Miami Valley Distaff Trot & Pace
Art Rooney/Lismore                  Hambletonian/Oaks                  Monument Circle
Breeders Crown                        Hambletonian Maturity             Pegasus Series 3-Year-Old Trot/Pace
Cane Pace/Shady Daisy             Hoosier Stake                          Progress Pace
Carl Erskine                              Horseman Stake                      W.N. Reynolds Memorial E.C.
Centaur Trotting Classic             Hoosier Park Pacing Derby        John Simpson Memorial E.C.
Circle City Series 3-Year-Olds     Jenna’s Beach Boy 3CP             Spirit of Massachusetts Trot
Clara Barton Distaff Pace (New)  Kentuckiana Stallion Mgmt T/P  The Star Destroyer Series
Courageous Lady Filly Pace         Keystone Classics                    The U.S.S. Indianapolis Mem.
Currier & Ives Stakes                 Landmark Early Closer             The Crossroads of America
Dan Patch Open Pace                 Liberty Bell T/P                        Tompkins-Geers Early Closer
Dayton Pace & Trot Derby          Madison County 2-Year-Olds      Ralph Wilfong/The Horseman
Dexter Cup/Lady Suffolk            Matron Stakes                          Yonkers Trot/Hudson Filly Trot

Moira Fanning

Red Mile 3-year-old stakes payments due Feb. 15

Lexington, KY — Red Mile has announced that stakes payments are due Feb. 15 for the Kentucky Futurity, Tattersalls Pace, and Bluegrass Series for 3-year-olds.

Complete information is available at this link.

— Connie Hochstetler

Yonkers’ series nomination deadline looming

Yonkers, NY — Yonkers Raceway’s first seasonal deadline for series nominations is right around the corner.

The Blue Chip Matchmaker, George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, Petticoat and Sagamore Hill Pacing Series all close this Friday (Feb. 15).

Forms are available in the nightly racing program, online at and through selected harness publications/websites.

For more information, please contact the race office at 914.457.2627.

— Frank Drucker

Maryland stakes payments due

Union Bridge, MD — This is a reminder that sustaining forms and possible payment are due Feb. 15 for the 4- and 5-year-old Open Maryland Sire Stakes for trotters and pacers (foals of 2014 and 2015).

The 3-year-old payments (foals of 2016) are due to the Maryland Standardbred Fund and the Maryland Sire Stakes on Feb. 15.

All stallion pedigrees, staking forms, and stakes dates are now available online including a printable calendar. Please use our website at 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.

Regulations can be found on our website or you may call 410.775.0152 (office) or my cell at 240.285.0326.

— Cheri Stambaugh

Delaware (OH) Grand Circuit sustaining payments due Friday

Delaware, OHSustaining payments for the sophomore classics Little Brown Jug (3-year-old colt pace), Jugette (3-year-old filly pace), Old Oaken Bucket (3-year-old open trot) and the Buckette (3-year-old filly trot) are due Feb. 15. These payments are for foals of 2016.

The Little Brown Jug and Old Oaken Bucket will be raced Thursday, Sept. 19 and the Jugette and Buckette on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

The 2019 Delaware Grand Circuit meet will continue to feature five days of racing (Sunday, Sept. 15 through Thursday, Sept. 19). Monday’s card will have a special 3 p.m. post. Sunday and Tuesday will go postward at 1 p.m. The Jugette and Jug cards will retain their traditional 11 a.m. start time.

For payment amounts and more information, please visit

Make checks payable and send all entries to: The Delaware County Fair, Tom Wright, P.O. Box 1560, Powell, OH 43065.

— Jay Wolf

Meadowlands Stakes nominations due Friday 

East Rutherford, NJ — The Meadowlands slate of Grand Circuit stakes for 2019 has a nomination close of Friday (Feb. 15). All pertinent information is available on the track website.

Questions may be directed to the Racing Office at 201.842.5130.

Meadowlands Media Relations

Parshall Memorial Stakes Feb. 15 payment due

Greenville, OH — Sustaining payments are due Feb. 15 for any 3-year-olds currently eligible for the Dr. H.M. Parshall Memorial Stakes to be raced at The Great Darke County Fair on Aug. 21-22.

The amount is $50 for the February payment and $50 for the April 15 sustaining payment.

Lists of eligible horses and sustaining payment forms are available at

You may call or email Lisa Schwartz with any questions at 614.778.2480 or

— Lisa Schwartz

Three-year-old stakes nominations due Feb. 15 at Hawthorne

Stickney, IL — Nominations for the 3-year-old stakes events for Hawthorne’s Night of Champions are due in one week, on Friday (Feb. 15). The races are the Plum Peachy for filly pacers, the Robert F. Carey Jr. Memorial for colt and gelding pacers, the Beulah Dygert Memorial for filly trotters, and the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial for colt and gelding trotters.

The nomination fee of $1,750 must be postmarked no later than Feb. 15. Checks should be made payable to Suburban Downs, Inc. Nominations should be sent to the attention of the Horseman’s Bookkeeper at Hawthorne, 3501 S. Laramie Ave., Cicero, IL 60804.

Nomination forms are available on the Hawthorne website at

Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago’s Hometown Track, returns for spring Thoroughbred racing on March 15. The summer harness meet opens on May 5 and races through Sept. 24. Fall Thoroughbreds close out the year, running from Oct. 10 through Dec. 28. For more information, visit or contact Hawthorne at 708.780.3700.

— Jim Miller

DSBF 3-year-old payments due

Dover, DE — Payments are due Feb. 15 for any Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund eligible 3-year-old. The amount is $300.

Eligibles would be any 3-year-old who made a $100 sustaining payment on March 15, 2018.

If using the USPS please use a service with a tracking number. All payments must be postmarked by Feb. 15.

Call 302.698.4610 or e-mail for the correct form or more information.

— Judy Davis-Wilson

FSBOA stakes payments due by Feb. 15

Pompano Beach, FL — FSBOA stakes payments are due by Feb. 15, for 3-year-old Florida breds.

FL Breeders Stake – $100; FL Stallion Stake – $100; and Sunshine State Stake – $100.

Sustaining forms and payment schedule are available on our website,

— Rosie Huff

NJSS first sustaining payment due Feb. 15

Trenton, NJ — The deadline for the New Jersey Sire Stakes and Standardbred Development Fund’s first sustaining payments is the last chance for owners of 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters to be kept eligible to the 2019 Premier Division and Standardbred Development Fund racing programs.

The NJSS Premier Division will be contested exclusively again at The Meadowlands in 2019 starting in May/early June for 3-year-olds and in late June/July for 2-year-olds.

In the fall the competition will switch to the New Jersey Standardbred Development Fund series of races. The SDF is open to all horses sired by a New Jersey-based stallion as well as the offspring of mares who have resided in New Jersey for a minimum of 150 days, regardless of where the sire stands. Previous registration of the mare while she was in foal and a yearling nomination are required to establish eligibility. The SDF races will be held beginning in late August with the opening of the fall meet at Freehold Raceway, the location of all races in the series.

The NJSS Premier Division’s first sustaining payment remains $300 for both 2- and 3-year-olds. The initial Standardbred Development Fund sustaining payment for both 2- and 3-year-olds continues at $100.

Also on Feb. 15, a $650 supplemental 2018 yearling nomination (for foals of 2017) can be made for eligibility to the New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division and the SDF. Those fees are in addition to the sustaining payments for 2-year-olds also due on Feb. 15. The supplemental fee for the Sire Stakes Premier division is $700 if the foal was produced by an out-of-state breeding.

The first 2-year-old sustaining payments must be made in order to keep the horse eligible as a 3-year-old in 2020 to both the Premier Division and the Standardbred Development Fund, even if the horse does not race in 2019 as a 2-year-old.

Horsemen are also reminded of the upcoming nomination for the Renaissance Pace for 2-year-old pacers — open and filly divisions. The Renaissances will be raced in September at Freehold Raceway and are open to all horses that have been nominated to the Standardbred Development Fund. Sustaining fees of $700 for the Open Division and $400 for the Filly Division are due March 15.

Sustaining payment and supplemental nomination forms, as well as race dates and other information, may be found on the NJSS website at

All 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.

— Christopher Castens

Iowa-registered nominations due

Floris, IA — The first nomination payment for Iowa-registered 2-year-old and 3-year-old horses is due Friday (Feb. 15).

There are no changes to 2-year-old and 3-year-old Iowa-registered nomination payments in 2019. The first $100 payment is due postmarked Feb. 15 and the second $100 payment is due postmarked April 15. Horses not paid in by Feb. 15 may pay a $100 penalty in addition to the February and April payments to make their 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds eligible by April 15.

Iowa-registered horses must have a registration number from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) by May 15 to race in the 2019 season. There are no exceptions. Owners may contact the IDALS Horse and Dog department to check registration status at 515.281.4103.

All owners as listed per the USTA must be members of the Iowa Harness Horse Association.

Nomination forms, membership forms and 2019 race conditions are available at the Iowa Harness Horse Association website,, under the “Forms” tab.

— Iowa Harness Horse Association

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