Massachusetts Sire Stake schedule set

by Nancy Longobardi, secretary/treasurer, Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Norfolk, MA — The 2008 Massachusetts Sire Stake schedule has been set by the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts.

The 2-year-old preliminary legs will be raced on August 18, September 2 and September 15. The 3-year-old preliminary legs will be held on August 25, September 8 and September 22. The schedule culminates with the 2-year-old finals on September 29 and the 3-year-old finals on October 6. All events will be held at Plainridge Racecourse.

President of the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts, Ed Nowak stated, “We have a unique program here in Massachusetts; some of our eligible 2- and 3-year-olds are also sire stake eligible in other states. With that in mind every effort has been made to avoid conflicts with division finals.”

With many eligible to some 10 or more programs in the U.S. and Canada, Nowak also noted that to craft a schedule without some conflicts would be virtually impossible.

As a reminder, continuation payments for Massachusetts eligible 2- and 3-year-olds are due February 15, 2008.

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