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Feb. 15 Stakes Payment News Centre

Published: February 11, 2019 12:09 pm ET

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

Owners and horsepeople are also reminded that the Meadowlands Racetrack (read here), Woodbine Mohawk Park (read here) and Ontario racetracks (read here) have announced that they have adopted owner integrity conditions. The conditions are important, so please read up on them. Additionally, Woodbine Entertainment would like to remind all owners and trainers of the new conditions for the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage ahead of the February 15 deadline for nominations. For complete information, click here.

The following tracks and organizations have also announced details of upcoming stakes nominations/payments that are due on February 15:

• Woodbine Mohawk Park (2019 Major Stakes Program) (click here)
• Ontario Sires Stakes (2019 Sustaining Payments – Three-Year-Olds) (click here)
• Grand River Raceway (The Battle of Waterloo / Battle of the Belles) (click here)
• Hambletonian Society (2019 Stakes Program) (click here)
• Red Mile Racetrack (2019 Grand Circuit Stakes) (click here)
• Delaware County Fair (2019 Sustaining Payments) (click here)

The contents of Standardbred Canada’s own February 15 stakes payment reminder appear below, followed by the rest of the list.

Trot Insider will be updating the list of payment notices – which appear below – when they are received, so please check back and scan the entire list for the most up to date information.

To consult SC Stakes Online, please click here.


Standardbred Canada would like to remind owners and trainers that stakes payments are due this Friday (February 15).

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 #57 - $500
• Ralph Klein Memorial #3 - $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 2019, 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

If paying by cheque or money order, envelopes must be clearly post-marked on or before Friday, February 15 to be accepted, despite inadequacies of the postal system.

For more information, contact the Standardbred Canada stakes department at 905-858-3060 (Ext. 247) or [email protected].


Woodbine Entertainment would like to issue a final reminder of today’s (February 15) deadline for nominations to its 2019 stakes program at Mohawk Park.

Nominations are due for all major stakes, including the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup for three-year-old pacers, Canada’s richest Standardbred race.

Below is the full list of events with nominations closing today (February 15):

Pepsi North America Cup (three-year-old pace)
Armbro Flight (three-year-olds & older, fillies & mares trot)
Canadian Pacing Derby (three-year-olds & older pace)
Canadian Trotting Classic (3three-year-old trot)
Casual Breeze (three-year-old filly trot)
Elegantimage (three-year-old filly trot)
Eternal Camnation (two-year-old filly pace)
Fan Hanover (three-year-old filly pace)
Goodtimes (three-year-old trot)
Maple Leaf Trot (three-year-olds & older trot)
Metro Pace (two-year-old pace)
Milton (three-year-olds & older, fillies & mares pace)
Nassagaweya (two-year-old pace)
Peaceful Way (two-year-old filly trot)
Roses Are Red (three-year-olds & older, fillies & mares pace)
Shes A Great Lady (two-year-old filly pace)
Somebeachsomewhere (three-year-old pace)
William Wellwood Memorial (two-year-old trot)

Woodbine also handles the administration of stakes events contested at various tracks across Ontario. Nominations are due today 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, non-winners of $75,000, fillies $100,000, in 2018)

Clinton Raceway:
Kin Pace (Ontario Sired three-year-old filly pace, non-winners of $50,000 in 2018)

The 2019 Woodbine Stakes Booklet can be viewed by clicking here. To view the nomination form for today’s closing, click here.

Stakes payments can also be made online by clicking here.

If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than February 15, 2019 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended.


The Meadowlands’ slate of Grand Circuit stakes for 2019 has a nomination close of February 15.

All pertinent information is available on the track’s website. Questions may be directed to the race office at 201-842-5130.

(With files from the Meadowlands Racetrack)


Yonkers Raceway’s first seasonal deadline for series nominations is right around the corner.

Blue Chip Matchmaker, George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, Petticoat and Sagamore Hill Pacing Series all close this Friday (Feb. 15).

Forms are available here, in the nightly racing program, and in trade publications.

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

(With files from Yonkers Raceway)


Horsepeople are reminded that nominations should be postmarked by Feb. 15 for the many and varied early and late closers that will highlight the 2019 racing season of The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The famed northeastern Pennsylvania oval will begin the 134-day race meet on March 16.

Starting off the season – right from opening night – will be a new late closer, The Secretary’s Series, with six different divisions and no nomination fees. An initial group of three divisions will be programmed for four-year-old and older pacing horses and geldings, pacing mares, and trotters, with separate mare divisions if entries warrant for the trotters. These three events will be for non-winners of $50,000 in 2018 for those that have started 10 or more times in 2018. The three preliminary legs will each go for a purse of $12,500, with $25,000 finals.

The second group for the same type of horses will be for non-winners of $75,000 in 2018 for those that have started 10 or more times in 2018. Purses for these events will be $17,500 for the preliminaries and a $30,000 final. If a horse won less than $50,000 in 2018 with the required ten starts, he or she can also enter the parallel division of this second late-closing series, to be raced entirely after the completion of the first group.

The Bobby Weiss Late Closing Series for three- and four-year-old horses will return this season in April with four events for non-winners of two extended pari-mutuel races or $30,000 lifetime as of and including February 1, 2019. The separate events will be for male pacers, female pacers, male trotters and female trotters. Each Weiss will consist of three $15,000 legs and a $30,000 final. This year there will be consolations for each event.

Returning this year will be the Great Northeast Series for open pacers, pacing mares, and trotters. Legs will go for $30,000, and will alternate between The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and Harrah’s Philadelphia from May to September. The $100,000 finals will be held on Monday, September 9 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono going a distance of 1-1/4 miles. In these late closers, each horse that actually starts will receive 25 points along with any points they get from their official placings in each leg. All of the late closers will have no nominating fees, including the Weiss Series for the first time.

The Pennsylvania All-Stars, an early closer for Pennsylvania-sired three-year-olds, will be raced in May and June, with their counterpart three-year-old races in July. Nominations for the three-year-old events of the Pennsylvania All-Stars are due on Feb. 15; nominations for the two-year-old events are not due until March 15.

Sun Stakes Saturday will, once again, usher in the summer portion of the racing season. The finals for the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial three-year-old open trot, $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial three-year-old open pace, $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial three-year-old filly pace and $500,000 Ben Franklin free-for-all pace will be on June 29, with eliminations one week earlier on June 22. If entries for the eliminations warrant, there will be a $75,000 consolation for the Beal, Hempt and Franklin races and a $50,000 consolation for the Lynch.

Complete racing conditions and payment information for all these racing events are listed on The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono’s website.

(The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono)


Sustaining payments for the sophomore classics Little Brown Jug (three-year-old colt pace), Jugette (three-year-old filly pace), Old Oaken Bucket (three-year-old open trot) and the Buckette (three-year-old filly trot) are due February 15. These payments are for foals of 2016.

The Little Brown Jug and Old Oaken Bucket will be raced Thursday, September 19 and the Jugette and Buckette on Wednesday, September 18.

The 2019 Delaware Grand Circuit meet will continue to feature five days of racing (Sunday, September 15 through Thursday, September 19). Monday's card will have a special 3:00 p.m. post. The Sunday and Tuesday programs will head postward at 1:00 p.m. The Jugette and Jug cards will retain their traditional 11:00 a.m. start time.

For payment amounts and more information, please visit

Make cheques payable and send all entries to: The Delaware County Fair, Tom Wright, P.O. Box 1560, Powell, OH 43065.

(With files from Little Brown Jug)


Officials with the New Jersey Sire Stakes have issued a reminder that an important sustaining payment for the NJSS and 2019 Premier Division and Standardbred Development Fund racing programs is due on February 15.

The deadline for the New Jersey Sire Stakes and Standardbred Development Fund’s first sustaining payments is the last chance for owners of two-year-old and three-year-old pacers and trotters to be kept eligible to the 2019 Premier Division and Standardbred Development Fund racing programs.

The NJSS Premier Division will be contested exclusively again at the Meadowlands Racetrack in 2019 starting in May/early June for three-year-olds and in late June/July for two-year-olds.

In the fall the competition will switch to the New Jersey Standardbred Development Fund series of races. The SDF is open to all horses sired by a New Jersey-based stallion as well as the offspring of mares who have resided in New Jersey for a minimum of 150 days, regardless of where the sire stands. Previous registration of the mare while she was in foal and a yearling nomination are required to establish eligibility. The SDF races will be held beginning in late August with the opening of the fall meet at Freehold Raceway, the location of all races in the series.

The NJSS Premier Division’s first sustaining payment remains $300 for both two-year-olds and three-year-olds. The initial Standardbred Development Fund sustaining payment for both two-year-olds and three-year-olds continues at $100.

Also on February 15, a $650 supplemental 2018 yearling nomination (for foals of 2017) can be made for eligibility to the New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division and the SDF. Those fees are in addition to the sustaining payments for two-year-olds also due on February 15. The supplemental fee for the Sire Stakes Premier division is $700 if the foal was produced by an out-of-state breeding.

The first two-year-old sustaining payments must be made in order to keep the horse eligible as a three-year-old in 2020 to both the Premier Division and the Standardbred Development Fund, even if the horse does not race in 2019 as a two-year-old.

Horsepeople are also reminded of the upcoming nomination for the Renaissance Pace for two-year-old pacers — open and filly divisions. The Renaissances will be raced in September at Freehold Raceway and is open to all horses that have been nominated to the Standardbred Development Fund. Sustaining fees of $700 for the Open Division and $400 for the Filly Division are due March 15.

Sustaining payment and supplemental nomination forms, as well as race dates and other information, may be found on the NJSS website at

All payments must be in U. S. funds. No late payments will be accepted and no billing notices will be mailed. Certified mail is strongly recommended to NJSS, P.O. Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625.



Nominations to the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace, each of which will be raced at Plainridge Park Casino, are due on Friday, February 15.

For more on the stakes events, click here.

For more information on staking to either event, visit,

(With files from Plainridge Park Casino and Harness Horsemen of New England)


Nominations for the three-year-old stakes events for Hawthorne’s Night of Champions are due on Friday, February 15.

Nominations for the three-year-old stakes events for Hawthorne’s Night of Champions are due in one week, on Friday, February 15. The races are the Plum Peachy for filly pacers, the Robert F. Carey, Jr. Memorial for colt and gelding pacers, the Beulah Dygert Memorial for filly trotters, and the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial for colt and gelding trotters.

The nomination fee of $1,750 must be postmarked no later than February 15. Cheques should be made payable to Suburban Downs, Inc. Nominations should be sent to the attention of the Horseman’s Bookkeeper at Hawthorne, 3501 S. Laramie Ave., Cicero, IL, 60804.

Nomination forms are available on the Hawthorne website.

Hawthorne Race Course, Chicago’s Hometown Track, returns for spring thoroughbred racing on Friday, March 15. The summer harness meet opens on Friday, May 5 and races through September 24. Fall thoroughbreds close out the year, running from October 10 through December 28. For more information, visit or contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700.

(Hawthorne Race Course)


Payments are due February 15 for any Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund-eligible three-year-old. The amount is $300.

Eligibles would be any three-year-old who made a $100 sustaining payment on March 15, 2018.

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

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


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

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

Sustaining forms and payment schedule are available here.


Sustaining payments are due February 15 for any three-year-olds currently eligible for the Dr. H.M. Parshall Memorial Stakes to be raced at The Great Darke County Fair on August 21-22.

The amount is $50 for the February payment and $50 for the April 15 sustaining payment.

Lists of eligible horses and sustaining payment forms are available here.

You may call or email Lisa Schwartz with any questions at 614-778-2480 or [email protected].


Officials with the Hambletonian Society advise horsepeople that the first payment deadline for eligibility to 136 stake events they administer, headlined by the $1.5 million Hambletonian and the $6 million Breeders Crown series, is just around the corner.

The 94th Hambletonian will raced at The Meadowlands on Saturday, Aug. 3 with same-day elimination heats. The $500,000 Oaks has eliminations the week before on July 27.

The Breeders Crown returns to Woodbine Mohawk Park in 2019, with two-year-old eliminations scheduled for Friday, Oct. 18 and finals on Friday, Oct. 25. Three-year-old and open events will race eliminations, if necessary, on Saturday, Oct. 19 and finals on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Since Feb. 15 falls on a Friday, followed by a federal holiday on Monday (Feb. 18), payments for all Hambletonian Society-serviced Stakes will be accepted if postmarked by midnight on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

In 2019, The Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and Clara Barton Distaff Pace will be raced at Plainridge Park Casino on Sunday, July 28. Both of these races were cancelled in 2018, but are back in 2019.

There is a new series at Hoosier Park the Society will handle called The Star Destroyer Series. This series for three-year-olds of both gaits and sexes will be raced in late June. The conditions are similar to the Pegasus Series and can be found on the race page.

There are scheduled payment changes to the following races: Caesars Trotting Classic, Dan Patch, Dayton Derby Pace and Trot, Jennas Beach Boy and the Miami Valley Distaff Pace and Trot. Please check over the payment forms and payment schedules on the condition sheets for these races as they all have different payment schedules than in 2018. The conditions for each race can be found on the specific race page.

The Hambletonian Society services 136 of harness racing’s richest and most prestigious events and provides one-stop shopping for your staking needs. Their website,, contains all the tools and information necessary to stake your horse yourself. Payment forms are always available on the website.

Race conditions, payment forms and much more information are now available online. For more information, call the Society offices at 609-371-2211.

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