Record Nominations To The Kentucky Sire Stakes Programs Point To An Exciting 2021 Racing Season


“The enhancements to the KYSS Championship Series, Commonwealth Series and Kentucky Proud Series announced last fall have clearly excited owners and trainers.  The added leg to both the Championship Series and Commonwealth Series, along with the increased purses for the Kentucky Proud Series, has resulted in a record number of nominations to our program,” says Bob Brady, Kentucky Harness Association President.

Nominations update:

Championship Series & Commonwealth Series

  • 387 2YO horses eligible, up 61 horses, for an increase of 19%
  • 216 3YO horses eligible, up 51 horses, for an increase of 23%
  • Overall 603 horses eligible, up 102 horses, for an increase of 20%

Kentucky Proud Series (formerly Fair Program)

  • 132 2YO horses eligible, up 37 horses, for an increase of 39%
  • 76 3YO horses eligible, up 13 horses, for an increase of 21%
  • Overall 208 horses eligible, up 50 horses, for an increase of 32%

The enhanced Kentucky Proud Series kicks off this weekend with the Washington County Fair held at the Lebanon Fairgrounds with an exciting 17 race card.  It is exciting to see this program grow. The Kentucky Sire Stakes Advisory Panel has really worked closely together to help the Kentucky Proud Series prosper,”  says Brady. 

As a reminder, all fully nominated horses will be eligible for the early closing races and series to be held as part of the new Corbin at The Red Mile meet that begins on July 4, with 3 racing days a week (Sunday-Tuesday) throughout the month of July, and the Oak Gove Racing & Gaming meet that begins on October 12 and runs through November 23 (Sunday-Tuesday).

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.