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Feb. 15 Stakes Payment News Centre

Published: February 10, 2020 11:57 am ET

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Trot Insider has compiled all of the February 15 stakes payment reminders that have been sent to Standardbred Canada's news team from the industry.

Please note that some organizations have pushed their due dates to February 18 due to the 15th falling on Saturday and the subsequent holiday Monday on the 17th.

The contents of Standardbred Canada’s own February 15 stakes payment reminder appear below, followed by the rest of the notices that have been sent to Standardbred Canada's news team.

Trot Insider will be adding the rest of the February 15 submissions to this page when they are received by the news team, so please check back and scan the entire list for the most up to date information.

February 15 reminder notices that appear in this posting are as follows:

• Standardbred Canada
• Ontario Sires Stakes
• Woodbine Mohawk Park
• WEG-admininstered stakes at Clinton Raceway, Flamboro Downs, Grand River Raceway, Hanover Raceway
• Hambletonian Society-administered stakes
• Meadowlands Racetrack (important stakes conditions)
• Yonkers Raceway
• The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono
• Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund
• Florida Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association
• New Jersey Sire Stakes

To consult SC Stakes Online, please click here.


Standardbred Canada would like to remind owners and trainers that stakes payments are due on Saturday, February 15.

If paying by cheque or money order, envelopes must be clearly post-marked on or before Tuesday, February 18 to be accepted, despite inadequacies of the postal system.

Payment information and stakes conditions can be viewed on the Online Stakes Guide by clicking here.

A generic stakes form can be used to submit payments by mail. It can be located by clicking here.

Alberta Three-Year-Old Sustaining Payments

• Don Byrne Memorial - $500
• Gord & Illa Rumpel Memorial - $500
• Western Canada Pacing Derby #58 - $500
• Ralph Klein Memorial #4 - $500

BC Two-Year-Old & Three-Year-Old Sustaining (For Three-Year-Old Pacers)

• BC Open Stake (Keith Linton & Penny Bath) - $200
• BC Open Stake (Keith Linton & Penny Bath) - $300

Maritime Three-Year-Old Sustaining Payments

• Atlantic Sires Stakes - $100
• Barrieau McIsaac Stake - $200
• Dawn Bremner Memorial - $100
• Carl & Marg Mackenzie - $100
• Donnie & George Turner - $100
• Frank & Beth Stanfield - $275
• Island Breeders Series - $300
• Joe O'Brien Memorial - $150
• Lady Slipper Series - $150
• Maritime Breeders Futurity - $300
• Maritimer - $125
• Nova Scotia Stake - $150

Horsepeople paying the Atlantic Sires Stakes sustaining payment must also pay the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association membership fee of $60 per-owner per-year. If you have not already paid this fee in 2020, please remit it with your February 15 stakes payments.

If not paying by Interac (debit) or with a credit card via SC Stakes Online, please mail and make cheques payable to:

Standardbred Canada - Stakes Department
2150 Meadowvale Blvd.
Mississauga, ON
L5N 6R6

For more information, contact the Standardbred Canada stakes department at 905-858-3060 (Ext. 254) or [email protected].


Woodbine Entertainment would like to issue a final reminder to all owners and horsepeople of Tuesday’s (February 18) deadline for nominations to all major stakes in 2020 at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

Nominations close on February 18 for all major events, including the 37th Pepsi North America Cup (three-year-old pacers), Metro Pace (two-year-old pacers), and William Wellwood Memorial (two-year-old trotters).

The opportunity to purchase a slot in the inaugural Mohawk Million for two-year-old trotters also closes on February 18, as a purchase contract and $55,000 payment must be submitted.

The full list of events closing on February 18 is listed below. Purses are all estimated except for $1 million guarantees on Pepsi North America Cup and Mohawk Million.

Event Age, Sex, Gait Purse + Nomination Fee
Pepsi North America Cup Three-Year-Old Pace $1 Million
Mohawk Million Two-Year-Old Trot $1 Million USD
Armbro Flight Filly & Mare Trot $250,000
Canadian Pacing Derby Open Pace $600,000
Canadian Trotting Classic Three-Year-Old Trot $600,000
Casual Breeze Three-Year-Old Filly Trot $180,000
Elegantimage Three-Year-Old Filly Trot $375,000
Eternal Camnation Two-Year-Old Filly Pace $240,000
Fan Hanover Three-Year-Old Filly Pace $450,000
Goodtimes Three-Year-Old Trot $250,000
Maple Leaf Trot Open Trot $650,000
Metro Pace Two-Year-Old Pace $850,000
Milton Filly & Mare Pace $250,000
Nassagaweya Two-Year-Old Pace $225,000
Peaceful Way Two-Year-Old Filly Trot $400,000
Roses Are Red Filly & Mare Pace $330,000
Shes A Great Lady Two-Year-Old Filly Pace $540,000
Somebeachsomewhere Three-Year-Old Pace $190,000
William Wellwood Memorial Two-Year-Old Trot $610,000 (winner receives slot in Mohawk Million)

To download the nomination form for all major stakes, click here.

To download the 2020 Woodbine Stakes Booklet (including full conditions), click here.

Woodbine Entertainment also handles the administration of stakes races contested at various tracks across Ontario. Nominations are also due February 18 for the following events.

Grand River Raceway:
Battle of Waterloo (Ontario Sired Two-Year-Old Pace)
Battle of the Belles (Ontario Sired Two-Year-Old Filly Pace)

Flamboro Downs:
Confederation Cup (Four-Year-Old Pace)

Hanover Raceway:
Balanced Image (Ontario Sired Two-Year-Old Trot)
Dream Of Glory (Ontario Sired Three-Year-Old Trot)

Clinton Raceway
Kin Pace (Ontario Sired Three-Year-Old Filly Pace)

Sustaining payments are also due February 18 for the following stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

2020 Simcoe Open (foals of 2017)
2020 Simcoe Filly (foals of 2017)
2020 WEG SBOA Filly (foals of 2017)

(NOTE: A late nomination fee for the 2021 WEG SBOA Filly (foals of 2018) is also due if horse was not nominated in May of 2019.)

Visit for full information.

To make stakes payments online, click here.

If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than February 18, 2020 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended.


Owners of Ontario Sires Stakes eligible three-year-olds are reminded that February 18 is the deadline for the $800 three-year-old OSS sustaining payment.

To access a form for the sustaining payment, click here.

Cheques should be made payable and mailed (registered mail is recommended) to:

Ontario Sires Stakes
c/o Woodbine Mohawk Park
PO Box 160
Campbellville, ON
L0P 1B0


The deadline to enter for a slot in the inaugural Mohawk Million at Woodbine Mohawk Park is approaching and several of the industry’s most prominent owners have submitted for a slot.

“From the moment I learned of the Mohawk Million, I was immediately interested in participating,” said award-winning owner John Fielding, who signed his purchase agreement on Wednesday. “The Mohawk Million has the potential to make an impact in many areas of our sport and I’m hopeful this will be the start of a great new event.”

A payment of $55,000 (USD) is due February 18, 2020 to be entered for one of nine slots in the Mohawk Million for two-year-old trotters. The owners who receive the slots in the Mohawk Million will then be required to submit a $55,000 payment by June 1, 2020.

If more than nine slots are purchased by the deadline, Mohawk Million slots will be determined by draw. The owners who are not selected in the draw for a slot in the 2020 event will receive first opportunity to purchase a slot in the 2021 event.

To help media and horsepeople fully understand the details of participating in the Mohawk Million, Woodbine Entertainment has provided answers to the questions below.

’What is the process for obtaining a slot in the Mohawk Million?’

A purchase contract and payment of $55,000 must be submitted to Woodbine Entertainment by February 18, 2020 to be entered for one of nine slots in the Mohawk Million. Following the deadline, one of three scenarios will take place.

  1. If less than nine slots are sold, the race will be cancelled.

  2. If exactly nine slots are sold, each purchaser will receive a slot in the race.

  3. If more than nine slots are purchased, a live streamed draw will take place to determine the recipients of the slots.

‘How would the Mohawk Million ‘slot draw’ work if more than nine entries are received?’

All the purchase contracts received will be entered in a live streamed draw with nine contracts pulled to determine the slot recipients. Those outdrawn for a slot in the 2020 Mohawk Million will receive the first right of refusal to purchase a slot in the 2021 Mohawk Million.

Owners interested in submitting for a slot or learning more information about the Mohawk Million should contact Bill McLinchey, director of Standardbred racing, at [email protected].

The Mohawk Million purchase contract can be downloaded by clicking here.


February sustaining and nominating payments for 133 Hambletonian Society stakes and late-closing events are due Saturday, February 15, and per USTA Rule 12 section 2, must be postmarked by midnight on Tuesday, February 18.

February is the gateway payment for most three-year-old and older stakes and closers as well as initial two-year-old payments for Breeders Crown and Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes.

This includes two legs of the Trotting Triple Crown, the $1.2 million Hambletonian (with eliminations held the week prior) and $600,000 Hambletonian Oaks, as well as the MGM Yonkers Trot.

All two-year-old Breeders Crown races are estimated at $600,000. The Breeders Crown sophomore events will be raced for $500,000, as will the Breeders Crown Trot and Breeders Crown Pace. The open mare races have been bumped to $300,000 for the second consecutive year.

All 12 Breeders Crown races will be contested at Harrah’s Hoosier Park over the course of Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31.

Race conditions, payment forms and much more information is available online at For additional information call the society offices at 609-371-2211.

For additional information, click here.


Officials with the Meadowlands Racetrack have stated that horsepeople should be aware of particular details as the nomination deadline for the 2020 Grand Circuit stakes at the Meadowlands draws near.

Payments will be accepted with a February 18 postmark as per USTA guidelines, what with the 15th falling on a Saturday and Monday the 17th a holiday.

The conditions for top money-winning stakes format has been revised with the top eleven (11) money winners for 2019-2020 (per USTA conversion) accepted and all Meadowlands-administered/sponsored stakes raced at the distance of one mile.

It is important to note that the Meadowlands conditions contain specific language regarding eligibility to participate in Meadowlands-administered stakes. As you consider nominating your horses, be aware of these two articles:

Disputes: All owners, trainers and drivers of horses nominated to this event must be accepted to participate at the Host Track or the nomination/entry may be denied without refund of previous payments. Any change of trainers made fewer than 30 days or within four starts of the date of this race will be reviewed by the sponsor and if not accepted, may result in refusal of entry. Sponsors reserve the right to amend conditions as deemed necessary without liability.

Rules: A minimum of seven (7) separate interests may be required in any event or the event may be cancelled. All starters are subject to the detention policy of the Host Track. The rules of the Host Track and its state Racing Commission along with the USTA shall govern unless otherwise specified in these conditions. These races are subject to the Stallion Restriction Condition (SRC); see Meadowlands website for details. Any horse nominated to any Meadowlands stakes/event must be in the care of an approved trainer by April 15, 2020 for any stakes/event raced during the month of May and by May 15 for all other 2020 stakes/events. In addition, any owner who participates in a Meadowlands Stakes or Early Closing event (with added money greater than $25,000) with a trainer who has an outstanding Class 1, Class 2 or TC02 positive test having occurred on or after January 1, 2019 and under appeal in any jurisdiction will be declared ineligible to participate in any Meadowlands Stakes or Early Closing event for 12 months following the conviction if such trainer is subsequently found guilty relating to the Class 1, Class 2 or TC02 positive test. Nominator also agrees that any horse paid into any Meadowlands stakes/event may be required to be stabled for up to 14 days at an approved facility within a 150-mile radius of the Meadowlands or the Tioga or Vernon Downs stable area or an approved facility in a state that agrees to cooperate in an out of competition testing protocol by the date set by the Meadowlands for that stakes/event for the purpose of out of competition testing. Failure to comply with these conditions may result in any agreement created by the acceptance of any stakes payment to be declared void at the discretion of the Meadowlands rendering the horse(s) in question ineligible to race in those stakes/events with no liability to the Meadowlands and no assurance of a refund of payments previously made to the stakes/event in question. A nomination to these events is an agreement to the above terms and conditions.

Questions regarding the status of any potential nominator or trainer will be answered by the racing department at 201-842-5130.

All pertinent information on the Meadowlands $15 million stakes program, including schedules and payments, is available on the web.

New Jersey Sire Stakes information may be found here.

SBOANJ stakes information may be found here.

Hambletonian Society administered stakes information may be found here.


The deadline for nomination is fast approaching with some of Yonkers Raceway’s more popular stakes and series closing this Saturday (Feb. 15).

Nominations close for the Mlife Reward Pacing Series, Ladies (formerly the Petticoat) and Gents (formerly the Sagamore Hill). The respective series are open to three- and four-year-olds who were non-winners of four races and or $50,000 through this past December 1. For more information, click here.

This Saturday, the nominations also close for the big boys and big girls.

The Borgata Pacing Series (formerly the George Morton Levy Memorial) and Blue Chip Matchmaker annually attract the best Free-for-Allers around.

For further information, please contact the race office at 914-457-2627.


Multiple stakes races that will be contested at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono have payments which will be due in the coming days. For complete information, click here.


Payments are due by February 15 for any DSBF-eligible three-year old. The amount is $300. The payment will make them eligible to race in 2020 at Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway.

Eligible horses would be any three-year-old who made a $100 sustaining payment March 15, 2019.

If using the USPS, please use a service with a tracking number. All payments must be postmarked by February 15.

Call 302-698-4610 or e-mail [email protected] for the correct form or more information.


FSBOA stakes payments are due by February 15 for three-year-old Florida-breds.

The payments are as follows:

FL Breeders Stake – $100
FL Stallion Stake – $100
Sunshine State Stake – $100.

Sustaining forms and payment schedule are available here.


A payment of $300 for both two and three-year-olds for the Premier Division of the NJSS is due February 15. A payment of $100 for both two and three-year-olds for the Standardbred Development Fund is also due February 15.

Because the 15th falls on a Saturday, the deadline is extended to Tuesday, February 18.

Send payments to NJSS, PO Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625


Commencing this year, the New Jersey Sire Stakes is conducting races for four-year-olds with both open and mare divisions on the pace and the trot. To be eligible for these races, horses must have made the yearling nomination payment for the Premier Division and/or the Standardbred Development Fund. A nomination fee to remain eligible of $200 has been extended to February 20.

The first leg of the four-year-old horse/gelding pace and the four-year-old mare pace will be held at The Meadowlands on March 20 with a final scheduled for March 27. The trot races for four-year-old horse/gelding and the four-year-old mare will be conducted on April 17 with a final slated for April 24.

A list of eligible horses can be found on the SBOANJ website.

Send payments to NJSS, PO Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625

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