( information from Indiana Standardbred Breed Development press release)
The Indiana Sires Stakes program is gearing up for 2019. More than 530 nominations were recently accumulated for three-year-olds and older horses and the Indiana Standardbred Breed Development is nearing the deadline for nominations from two-year-olds. Nominations for the freshman class of the Indiana Sires Stakes is set for Monday, April 15.
A new format will go into place beginning in 2019. There will be eight legs with a $250,000 Super Final for three-year-olds while two-year-olds will have six legs with a $250,000 Super Final. Estimated purse money for the rich program is $8.5 million, up from $7.8 million in 2019. In the entire Indiana Standardbred Breed Development program, including late closers, overnights, mini series and fairs, will reach in excess of $13.6 million in 2019.
The first round of Indiana Sires Stakes will be held Wednesday, May 29. The Super Finals are set for Friday, Oct. 11 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.
For more information about the Indiana Sires Stakes program, visit the Indiana Horse Racing Commission website at www.in.gov/hrc.