2021 Kentucky Sire Stakes Nominated Mares Shows Dramatic Increase

New enhancements to the Kentucky Sire Stakes program continue to drive growth in the  number of mares moving to the Commonwealth and nominated to the program. In 2021, 1175  mares were nominated to the Kentucky Sire Stakes Program, up from 880 in 2020. This  dramatic increase of over 33% demonstrates the industry excitement about the new Kentucky  Harness Racing Circuit. “Historical Horse Racing and significant increases in Kentucky Bred  yearling prices have fueled growth of the overall business in Kentucky. New mares moving to  Kentucky to be boarded to meet mare residency requirements is climbing to record high  numbers. Everyone I talk to tells me their mare population is never been higher,” says Bob  Brady, Kentucky Harness Association President and Kentuckiana Farms partner. 

In order to be nominated to the Kentucky Sire Stakes Program (Kentucky Standardbred  Development Fund & Kentucky Breeders Incentive Fund 810 KAR 7:040), a mare must reside in  Kentucky for 180 days during the calendar year of conception and must register with the  Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.  

Beginning with the 2021 breeding season, the Kentucky Sire Stakes Program also offered a Stallion Bonus program. Any horse that resulted from a stallion standing in Kentucky and a  mare residing in Kentucky for 180 days, as well as nominated to the program, is eligible to  receive a 50% bonus if finishing 1st-5th in all legs and the finals of the Championship and  Commonwealth Series Programs.