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 recently been submitted to the USTA Newsroom. The following information regarding upcoming stakes payments is not meant to be a complete list of every required stakes payment. It is a list of only those notifications that have been provided directly to the USTA for posting here. For more information on payments, click here.

Delaware (OH) payments due March 15

Delaware, OH — Two-year-old sustaining payments for the 79th edition of the Little Brown Jug, the 54th Jugette, the 72nd Old Oaken Bucket (3-year-old open trot) and the 72nd Buckette (3-year-old filly trot) are due March 15. These payments are for foals of 2021 and will be raced in 2024.

Those 2-year-olds not nominated in the May 15, 2022 yearling payment may be made eligible through a supplemental nomination fee of $400 due on or before the March 15, 2023 payment. This supplemental payment is in addition to the normal March 15 payment.

Sustaining payments are also due for the 84th Standardbred 2-year-old colt and filly stakes for foals of 2021 to be raced in 2023.

The $1,165,000 (est.) Ohio Breeders Championships require a single $300 ($100 for the older events) nomination payment due March 15 with no further sustaining payments required.

Returning to the 2023 Delaware County Fair race schedule are $20,000 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 2023. The OFRC events require either a $75 nomination fee for just the Delaware County Fair or $420 for all the OFRC events.

Nominations for the BSS and OFRC 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. 17) and will run through Thursday (Sept. 21).

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 at

March 15 Sustaining Fees
Little Brown Jug No. 79 (3-Year-Old Open Pace to be raced in 2024) — $500
Jugette No. 54 (3-Year-Old Filly Pace to be raced in 2024) — $400
Old Oaken Bucket No. 72 (3-Year-Old Open Trot to be raced in 2024) — $300
Buckette No. 72 (3-Year-Old Filly Trot to be raced in 2024) — $200
Standardbred No. 84 (2-year-old Colt Pace to be raced in 2023) — $400
Standardbred No. 84 (2-year-old Colt Trot to be raced in 2023) — $400
Standardbred No. 84 (2-year-old Filly Pace to be raced in 2023) — $300
Standardbred No. 84 (2-year-old Filly Trot to be raced in 2023) — $300

March 15 Nominating Fees
Ohio Breeders Championships (To be raced in 2023) — $300 or $100
Buckeye Stallion Stakes* (To be raced in 2023) — $250
Ohio Fair Racing Conference* (2- and 3-Year-Old Events to be raced in 2023) — $75 or $420

*Send payments to the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association.

— Jay Wolf

Ohio County Fair payments due March 15

Washington, Court House, OH — Ohio County Fair stakes payments for 2- and 3-year-olds must be postmarked by March 15 for each of the circuits in Ohio.

For the most part, circuits are geographically located. If you are new to Ohio staking you may want to have a look at the circuit map by clicking here.

If you are interested in the three-fair bonus system sponsored by the Buckeye Fair Racing Consortium, information is available by following this link or by contacting any of the secretaries at the Home Talent Colt Stakes, Ohio Colt Racing Association or Southern Valley Colt Circuit.

— Buckeye Fair Racing Consortium

Two-year-old Maryland payments due March 15

Berlin, MD — Two-year-old payments (foals of 2021) 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 info and any updates as they become available.

We recommend that all payments be sent by certified mail or priority mail with tracking. Please use the following address for the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund: P.O. Box 1530, Ocean Pines, MD 21811.

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

— Cheri Stambaugh

Hambletonian Society payments due March 15 

Cranbury, NJ — Click on this link for the payment forms and updates for the 153 races currently administered by the Hambletonian Society with payments due March 15 (postmarked by Thursday, March 16), as well as the changes we have for 2023.

— Hambletonian Society

DSBF payments due March 15 

Dover, DE — A $100 sustaining payment is due for DSBF eligible 2-year-olds who made the May 15, 2022 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 or the “Pathway Basic Horse” report. Horse name search is not an acceptable report.

It is strongly suggested to use mail with a tracking number, UPS, or Federal Express. All payments must be postmarked by March 15.

Credit card payments are the easiest and most efficient method and may be made here. Click on the label for “Online Payment Portal.” There is no administrative fee. In the field labeled “invoice #” enter the horse’s name.

Second sustaining payments are due by May 15 in the amount of $200.

For forms and information call 302.698.4610 or e-mail

— Judy Davis-Wilson

2023 Empire Breeders Classic payments due March 15

Nichols, NY – Tioga and Vernon Downs will again host the $1 million (est.) Empire Breeders Classic for New York sired 3-year-old pacers and trotters this summer.

Sustaining payments for the 2023 races, nomination payments for foals of 2021 to race in 2024 and the stallion eligibility payment on foals of 2022 to race in 2025 are all due (postmarked by) March 15.

The 2023 EBC will be raced as it has been for the past three years, a single event with no eliminations scheduled and the race will be divided with the purse and entry fee split equally by the number of divisions.

This year, the EBC trotting stakes will be raced at Vernon Downs on Friday (June 16) while the pacers are scheduled for Sunday (Aug. 27) at Tioga.

The EBC was conceived in 2007 by Jeff Gural to provide NY-bred sophomores an opportunity to race in a high dollar, state restricted stake. Over the subsequent 17 seasons, more than $15 million in purses have been distributed to those NY breds that have competed in the stake.

The purse is funded by an annual grant from the Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund, Tioga and Vernon Downs stakes purse accounts and NY stallion owners along with the payments made by the connections of competing horses.

The nomination form and all other pertinent information may be found on the track website. Questions should be directed to 607.972.5500.

— Tioga Downs Media Relations

SBOANJ stakes payments due March 15

Manalapan, NJ — Wednesday (March 15) is the deadline for payments of SBOANJ administered stakes, including the Garden State Trot and Home Grown Pace for 2- and 3-year-olds.

Garden State Trot #6 – 2-year-old supplemental – $300
Garden State Trot #6 – 2-year-old first payment sustaining – $250
Garden State Trot #5 – 3-year-old supplemental – $1,500
Garden State Trot #5 – 3-year-old final payment sustaining – $400

Home Grown Pace #6 – 2-year-old supplemental – $300
Home Grown Pace #6 – 2-year-old first payment sustaining – $200
Home Grown Pace #5 – 3-year-old supplemental – $1,500
Home Grown Pace #5 – 3-year-old final payment – $300

Click here to view payment schedule.

Visit for forms and applications. For more information call the office at 732.462.2357.

— Courtney Stafford

FSBOA stake payments due by March 15

Pompano Beach, FL — The following FSBOA stake payments are due March 15.

2-Year-Olds (Foals of 2021)
March 15 – Florida Breeders – $200*
March 15 – Sunshine Stakes – $100*
March 15 – Stallion Stake – $175*
March 15 – Melvyn Aylor Memorial – $200

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

3-Year-Olds (Foals of 2020)
March 15 – Sunshine State Stake – $100
March 15 – Florida Breeders – $200
March 15 – Stallion Stake – $175
March 15 – Tom Audley – $100

Out-of-state, non-Florida sired foals are not eligible for Stallion Stake.

Payments can be made on our website: or mail a check to FSBOA, 6750 NW 11th Court, Margate, FL 33063.

Any questions, please call my cell at 954.415.7065.

— Rosie Huff

Two-year-old OSS sustaining payment due March 15

Toronto, ON — If you intend to race your 2-year-old in the 2023 Ontario Sires Stakes program, please submit your sustaining payment by mail, postdated no later than March 15, or through the OSS online form.

The sustaining payment is C$600 (US$460). Two-year-olds sustained to the 2023 OSS must have been nominated as a yearling in 2022.

If your 2-year-old was not nominated to the OSS as a yearling in 2022, it can still be nominated by submitting the C$1,500 (US$1,115) late fee and form prior to March 15.

Once nominated, the 2-year-old can then be sustained for the 2023 2-year-old season by submitting the C$600 sustaining payment, also by March 15.


Two-year-old sustaining form PDF

Two-year-old sustaining online form

Two-year-old late nomination form

Checks should be made payable and mailed to Ontario Sires Stakes, c/o Woodbine Mohawk Park, P.O. Box 160, Campbellville, ON L0P 1B0.

If you have questions about sustaining a horse to the OSS, please contact the Program Coordinator at 416.407.4841 or

— Austin Stanton

Ohio stakes payments due March 15

Grove City, OH — Nominations and staking payments for 2- and 3-year-olds in Ohio sired stakes races are due Wednesday (March 15).

Staking payments for the Ohio Sires Stakes, Buckeye Stallion Series, Ohio Fair Racing Conference, the Ohio Fair Championships, and the Ohio State Fair Stakes should be sent to the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association. All payments must be received at the OHHA office by close of business on March 15 or have an official United States Postal Service postmark.

For all Ohio stakes races, eligible foals are those sired by a registered Standardbred stallion with the Ohio State Racing Commission during the year of conception.

The cost to nominate one horse to the Ohio Sires Stakes is $700 for all five legs of the series or $200 per leg. The cost to nominate a horse to the Buckeye Stallion Series is $250 for all legs, while the cost to nominate for all 21 Ohio Fair Racing Conference fairs is $420. The nomination fee for individual fairs is $75. The nomination fee for the Ohio Fair Championship is $100. The nomination fee for the Ohio State Fair Stakes is $250.

Completed forms should be sent to the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association, 2237 Sonora Drive, Grove City, OH 43123.

Forms for all nominations are available on the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association website,, in the 2023 Ohio Stakes Guide which can be downloaded.

— Frank Fraas

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