KY Sire Stakes Growing



“The newly announced enhancements to the KYSS Championship Series, Commonwealth Series and Kentucky Proud Series will really boost the budding Kentucky harness racing program.  It’s exciting to see the results of hard work and cooperation among all of the industry stakeholders — racetracks, owners, breeders, trainers and drivers.  This growth is made possible by purse contributions from historical horse racing at The Red Mile and the newly opened Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel” says Bob Brady, Kentucky Harness Association President.

The highlights of the program include:

Championship Series

  • 4 Legs (NEW in 2021)
  • $250K Finals (No Starting Fee)
  • $5M+ est. in purses in 2021

Commonwealth Series

  • 4 Legs (2 legs added for 2021)
  • Reduced Starting Fee for Legs ($250)
  • $50K Finals (No Starting Fee)
  • $1.75M est. in purses in 2021

Kentucky Proud Series (formerly Fair Program)

  • $25K Finals
  • Purses Increased based on Entries ($1K/entry)
  • Trailer Bonus on ½-mile tracks ($1K/trailer)

$7.5M+ est. in Total Purses

In addition to the program enhancements, the KY Sire Stakes Advisory Board approved a new stallion bonus program for 2021.  Although final details are being established, the program will consist of bonus payments to owners of Kentucky bred and sired horses competing in both the Championship and Commonwealth Series.  “Specific details are being established and will be announced in the near future.  We anticipate being able to pay bonus payments to owners of horses placing 1st through 5th in all series legs and finals.  If your horse is satisfies the mare residency program requirements and is sired by a Kentucky stallion, you will receive a significant bonus to the already nice purse payments,” says Brady.  “With the recent expansion of the Kentucky harness program, our hope is to attract top stallions to the Commonwealth,” continued Brady.

“Although there have been recent news reports regarding the Supreme Court of Kentucky decision relating to the Encore (Exacta) historical horse racing machines, we are confident that the KHA, working closely with our Thoroughbred counterparts, industry colleagues and our legislators, will collectively reach a solution that ensures continued growth of the Commonwealth’s signature horse industry through purses generated from the new racing and gaming facilities in Kentucky,” says Brady.