The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission today reminded Standardbred horse owners that 2017 Sire Stakes payments for 2-year-old and 3-year-old horses are due by May 15, 2017. 

Second payments that are due for 2-year-old horses are $400 for the Pari-mutuel Division and $75 for the Fair Division. This 2-year-old payment must be made for the horse to be eligible to race as a 2-year-old in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races.  

The final 3-year-old Fair payment must be paid in order for the horse to race at the fairs.  

Be advised that a new fee structure has recently been approved for those horses that are in the fair division. Yearling nomination fees are now $10, due May 15, 2017. Two-year-old sustaining fees were $50 if paid by March 15, 2017 and $75 if paid by May 15, 2017. The 3-year-old payment is $150, due May 15, 2017. Lastly, if no 2-year-old sustaining fees were made, a $750 late sustaining payment may be made by March 15 of the horse’s 3-year-old season, in addition to the $150 May 15th sustaining fee, which still remains.

The Sire Stakes Sustaining Payment forms are available at www.agriculture.pa.gov by searching for “sire stakes” or by contacting Pennie Dodson at pdodson@pa.gov.