Last call for March 15 stakes payments

The March 15 deadline is drawing near for many stakes payments. Below are a list of notices that have been submitted to the USTA Newsroom.

Grand Circuit payments for Delaware meet due

Delaware, OH — The 2-year-old sustaining payments for the 75th edition of the Little Brown Jug, the 50th Jugette, the 68th Old Oaken Bucket (3-year-old open trot) and the 69th Buckette (3-year-old filly trot) are due March 15. These payments are for foals of 2017 and will be raced in 2020.

The 2-year-olds not nominated in the May 15, 2018 yearling payment may be made eligible through a supplemental nomination fee of $400 due on or before the March 15, 2019 payment. This supplemental payment is in addition to the normal March 15 payment.

Sustaining payments are also due for the 80th Standardbred 2-year-old colt and filly stakes for foals of 2017 to be raced in 2019.

The $965,000 (est.) Ohio Breeders Championships require a single $300 nomination payment due March 15, with no further sustaining payments required.

Returning to the 2019 Delaware County Fair race schedule are $15,000 legs of the Buckeye Stallion Series. To nominate to the BSS, a $250 nomination fee is due with no further sustaining payments required.

The Delaware County Fair is once again pleased to be a part of the Ohio Fair Racing Conference in 2019. The OFRC events require either a $75 nomination fee for just the Delaware County Fair or $330 for all the OFRC events. Nominations for the BSS and ORFC events must be postmarked by March 15 and sent directly to the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association, 2237 Sonora Drive, Grove City, OH 43123.

The five-day Delaware Grand Circuit meet opens Sunday (Sept. 15) and will run through Thursday (Sept. 19).

Make checks payable and send all other 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:

— Jay Wolf

Ohio State Fair nominations due

Columbus, OH — Nominations for the $1 million Ohio State Fair Stakes must be postmarked by March 15, 2019.

Held at Eldorado Scioto Downs, this early closing event is for Ohio sired 2- and 3-year-olds and will be raced over three days, Aug. 1-3.

Scioto Downs will kick off the 2019 racing season on Tuesday (May 7). The 90-day race meet will conclude on Saturday (Sept. 7), featuring the Jim Ewart Memorial and the Charlie Hill Memorial. The nomination fees for the Ewart and Hill Memorials are due June 15, 2019.

Scioto will race on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday at 6:30 p.m. (EDT).

For more information about racing at Scioto, including nomination payments, call the race office at 614.295.4668 or visit the Horsemen Information page on the Scioto Downs website.

— Jason Roth

Maryland 2-year-old payments due March 15

Union Bridge, MD — Two-year-old payments (foals of 2017) are due to the Maryland Standardbred Fund and the Maryland Sire Stakes on March 15.

This payment must be made to maintain eligibility.

All staking forms, race dates and stallion pedigrees are now available online. Please use our website for all your current MSRF information and any updates as they become available.

We recommend that all payments be sent by certified mail. Please use the following address for the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund: P.O. Box 540, Union Bridge, MD 21791.

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

— Cheri Stambaugh

YR/SOA of NY Bonus Trot Series closing Friday

Yonkers, NY — Nominations for the Yonkers Raceway/Standardbred Owners Association of New York Bonus Trot Series close this Friday (March 15).

The series, which begins Tuesday night (April 2), is open to 3-year-olds and up who are/were non-winners of six pari-mutuel races or $100,000 through this past Feb. 1.

There’s the ‘carrot’ of a potential $10,000 bonus paid by the SOA, with details in the form.

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

— Frank Drucker

Sustaining payments due March 15 for 2019 Renaissance Pace

Trenton, NJ — Owners of 2-year-old pacers eligible to the New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division and/or the New Jersey Standardbred Development Fund are reminded that the sole sustaining payment for the Renaissance Pace, both Open and Filly Divisions, is due March 15.

The Renaissance races will be held at Freehold Raceway in September with nominating fees of $700 for the Open Division and $400 for the Filly Division due March 15.

Payment 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

Red Mile stakes payments due March 15

Lexington, KY — Red Mile management has announced that Grand Circuit stakes payments are due March 15.

Complete information is available at this link.

— Connie Hochstetler

Sustaining payments due for Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Trot

Oxford, NY — Two-year-old sustaining payments for the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Trot (open) with a filly division are due March 15.

There are many eligibles that changed ownership after last fall’s yearling sales. Please be aware that you may have a 2-year-old that requires a March 15 sustaining payment to remain eligible for the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Trot (for 3-year-olds) to be raced in 2020 at Vernon Downs or Tioga Downs, date to be announced in January 2020.

A list of eligibles (colts at the top), and payment forms are available on

For further inquiries, please call 518.785.5858.

— Harness Horse Breeders of New York State

Tioga Downs stakes payments due March 15

Nichols, NY — Tioga Downs management reminds horsemen that the track’s marquee stakes require payment due by March 15.

The Empire Breeders Classic for New York bred sophomores has a 3-year-old sustaining and 2-year-old nominating payment. The Grand Circuit stakes for older horses, Roll With Joe, Artiscape, Crawford Farms and Joie de Vie require a March 15 nomination and April 15 sustaining payment.

Forms may be found on the web and the Racing Office will answer your questions at 607.699.7688.

— Tioga Downs Media Relations

Meadowlands 3-year-old series to close March 15

East Rutherford, NJ —  The Meadowlands reminds horsemen that nominations to the 3-year-old Late Closing series to be raced through the month of April are due by March 15.

The form may be found on the web and the Racing Office will help with questions and/or details by dialing 201.842.5130.

— Meadowlands Media Relations

SBOANJ March 15 stakes payment reminder

Manalapan, NJ — Attention horsemen, it is not too late to stake your horses to SBOANJ sponsored races and take advantage of the purse increases in New Jersey.

With the anticipated allocation of appropriation money from the state, the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey expects considerable purse increase for their events.

If you did not nominate your yearling, you have the opportunity to supplement your 2-year-old to the following stakes: The Garden State Trot #2, the NJ Trotting Futurity #54 and the Home Grown Pace #2.

The supplemental payment for 2-year-olds and sustaining payments for both 2- and 3-year-olds are due March 15.

For payment forms and conditions please visit Any questions please call the office at 732.462.2357.

— Courtney Stafford

Nominations due March 15 for C$200,000 Prix D’Ete

Trois-Rivieres, QC — Anyone with a promising 4-year-old pacer should note that nominations for the 2019 C$200,000 Prix D’Ete at the Hippodrome 3R must be made by Friday (March 15).

One of only a handful of opportunities restricted to just 4-year-old pacers, the Prix D’Ete is the showcase stakes event of the season at the Hippodrome 3R and will take place on Sunday (Aug. 18).

Continued from 2018 in the conditions for the race is that horses that finish sixth through eighth will each get C$1,000. Only the top eight money winners this season, up until time of entry, will be allowed in the race.

To make nomination payments, owner/trainers can go to or and get the necessary nomination forms.

Please note there are no supplemental payments allowed for the Prix D’Ete. This first nomination payment must be made to be eligible.

— Quebec Jockey Club

Ohio staking nominations due March 15

Grove City, OH — Click here to find the digital version of the 2019 Ohio Stakes Guide. It is also on the OHHA website front page.

Download the digital version, type on the forms you need, print, then mail with payment to the address found on the form.

— Regina Mayhugh

DSBF March 15 payments due

Dover, DE — A $100 sustaining payment is due for DSBF eligible 2-year-olds who made the May 15, 2018 nomination payment of $40.

A 2-year-old who was not nominated can pay a supplement fee of $350 along with the March 15 $100 sustaining fee and a copy of the USTA registration papers. If papers are held electronically a “Basic Horse” report from the USTA’s Pathway will suffice.

It is strongly suggested to use mail with a tracking number, UPS, or Federal Express. All payments must be postmarked by March 15. Second sustaining payments are due by May 15 in the amount of $200.

For forms and information call 302.698.4610 or e-mail or visit the website at

— Judy Davis-Wilson

FSBOA stake payments due by March 15

Pompano Beach, FL — FSBOA stake payments are due by March 15 for 2-year-old Florida-breds (foals of 2017).

FL Breeders Stake-$100*; FL Stallion Stake-$100*; Sunshine State Stake-$50* and Melvyn Aylor Memorial-$150.

Non-sired 2-year-olds (foals of 2017): Florida Breeders-$100*; Sunshine Stakes-$50* and Melvyn Aylor Memorial-$150.

*Must be made to remain eligible as a 3-year-old.

Sustaining forms and online payment schedule are available on our website at or contact Rosie Huff at 954.972.5400.

— Rosie Huff

March 15 sustaining payment due for Dr. H.M. Parshall Memorial Stakes

Greenville, OH — Two-year-old sustaining payments for the Dr. H.M. Parshall Memorial Stakes are due March 15.

Currently there are more than 725 eligibles from 14 states and Canada, many of which changed ownership at last fall’s yearling sales. Please be aware that you may have a 2-year-old that requires a March 15 sustaining payment to remain eligible for the Parshall Memorial Stakes, to be raced Aug 21 and 22 at the Great Darke County Fair, Greenville, Ohio.

A list of eligibles and payment forms are available at

For further inquiries, please call 614.778.2480.

— Lisa Schwartz

Woodbine stakes payments due Friday

Milton, ON — Woodbine Entertainment reminds all owners and trainers of Friday’s (March 15) stakes payment deadline.

The first round of sustaining payments are due for all 2019 major stakes. Sustaining payments are also due Friday for the 2019 Champlain (foals of 2017), 2020 Simcoe (foals of 2017) and 2019 SBOA Filly Stakes (foals of 2016).

Below is the full list of major stakes with sustaining payments due Friday:

Pepsi North America Cup (3-year-old pace)
Armbro Flight (3-year-olds and older, fillies and mares trot)
Canadian Pacing Derby (3-year-olds and 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 and older trot)
Metro Pace (2-year-old pace)
Milton (3-year-olds and older, fillies and mares pace)
Nassagaweya (2-year-old pace)
Peaceful Way (2-year-old filly trot)
Roses Are Red (3-year-olds and older, fillies and mares pace)
Shes 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 and sustaining payments are due Friday for the following events:

Grand River Raceway (Sustaining):

Battle of Waterloo (Ontario-sired 2-year-old pace)
Battle of the Belles (Ontario-sired 2-year-old filly pace)

Flamboro Downs (Sustaining):

Confederation Cup (4-year-old pace)

The Raceway at Western Fair District (Nominations):

City of London Series (Ontario-sired 4-year-olds and younger, pacers and trotters)

All stakes details can be found by visiting the Woodbine website.

Stakes payments can be made online by clicking here.

If sending payments by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than March 15, 2019 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended.

– Mark McKelvie

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