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$2 Million For KYSS Purses In 2012

Published: September 20, 2011 4:17 pm ET

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On Tuesday, September 20, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission announced that the Kentucky Sire Stakes will distribute over $2 million in purses in 2012.

The KYSS is a culmination of a month-long series of preliminary races. The biggest money earners get a chance to compete in one of the richest finals in North America with $2 million in purse money.

In 2012, the KYSS will include two $30,000 eliminations and eight finals with purses of $250,000 per division for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers.

Although the race dates have not yet been determined, the entire series will take place at the historic Red Mile in Lexington.

“We are delighted to again offer purses over $2 million, including finals of $250,000 for each division and project to do the same in 2013," said commissioner Alan Leavitt, chair of the KYSS Advisory Committee. "We are confident in the Kentucky Sire Stakes program and believe Kentucky has one of the strongest sire stakes in North America.”

For the second year in a row, the KYSS Advisory Committee approved allocating $140,000 to the Kentucky Colt Association to be used to fund purses for harness racing at Kentucky fairs in 2012. The fair circuit will begin in May and runs through August.

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