KY Fair Program Updates

For immediate release September 16, 2020


With a significant increase in fair participation this year, the Kentucky Sire Stakes Advisory Panel has decided to make exciting enhancements to the KY Fair Program for 2021.  The Fair Finals will be raced for a purse of $25,000, up from $15,000 in 2020.  Further, the Advisory Panel unanimously adopted a proposal from panel member Art Zubrod, Brittany Farms General Manager, that consists of two upgrades: i) each fair race purse will be contested based on the numbers of starters at $1,000 per starter and ii) an additional trailer bonus of $1,000 per trailer will be added to the purse.  By way of example, a 7-horse race on a track using a 5-horse gate will have a $2,000 trailer bonus added to the newly establish purse of $7,000 for a total purse of $9,000.  

“These enhancements approved by the Sire Stakes Advisory Panel are just another step taken to help horsemen enjoy the benefits of the exciting programs emerging in Kentucky, “ says panel member and Kentucky Harness Association President Bob Brady, Kentuckiana Farms.  “Working closely with Steve Stewart, Kentucky Harness Horsemen’s Association representative on the panel that took oversight lead for the Fair Program, and with Art’s proposal, we have been able to adopt changes to the Kentucky Fair Program that will assist in growing Kentucky harness racing.  Although further details and rule changes will be made in the near future, we wanted to get this exciting news out going into the upcoming yearling sales,” continued Brady.  

FFI: Bob Brady

President, Kentucky Harness Association

About the Kentucky Sire Stakes Advisory Panel:  The KYSS Advisory Panel consists of members appointed by the Chairman of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to assist with the distribution of revenue for Kentucky Sire Stakes and Fair races in the Commonwealth and is presently comprised of the following members: i) Ken Jackson, Chairman as a member of the KHRC, ii) Steve Stewart representing the Kentucky Harness Horseman’s Association, iii) Bob Brady, President of the Kentucky Harness Association, iv) Joe Costa, The Red Mile, as the host racetrack representative, and v) Art Zubrod, representing the industry at large.