As 2019 ushers in an interesting year for Indiana harness racing, with a new Sire Stakes payout schedule and the first full year working with Harrah’s Hoosier Park, breeders of Indiana-sired horses aren’t deterred by change. A total of 718 nominations for two year old trotters and pacers have been processed for the Indiana Sire Stakes, extending a streak of increasing numbers in previous years. A five percent increase has been noted between 2018 and 2019, bettering the two percent increase from 2017 to 2018.
Expectations are high for the Indiana Standardbred Breed Development Program to capitalize on 2018, which saw the likes of two-year-old powerhouse Swandre The Giant (Swan For All) go undefeated in his first months on the track, earning more than $257,900.
“It’s always fun to see the list of 2-year-olds coming through for nominations because sometimes it’s the first time we’ll see Indiana sires trying to make an impact on the industry,” says Jessica Barnes, Director of Racing and Breed Development. “It’ll be a fun race meet to watch these young horses grow and develop.”
Once again leading the charge for pacers, last year’s champion sire Always A Virgin (Western Ideal – Neverhaveneverwill, by Big Towner) has 75 foals nominated out of the total 338 2-year-old pacers. Newcomer stallion, Time To Roll, will have 63 colts and fillies hitting the track to make his sire debut. The now 10-year-old stallion stands at Schwartz Boarding Farm in Berne, Indiana, and is by Rocknroll Hanover and out of the Real Artist mare, Kikikatie. His lifetime best mark is 1:48.2 and earnings of $803,625.
Leading the list for trotters is perennial champion sire Swan For All (Andover Hall – Swan Lake, by Lindy Lane) with 71 totters nominated out of the total 290 2-year-olds. Standing alongside Swan For All at Victory Hill Farm in LaGrange, Indiana, Whom Shall I Fear makes his sire debut with 34 foals representing the 7-year-old stallion. By Cantab Hall and out of the Enjoy Lavec mare Galadream, Whom Shall I Fear won two legs of the Spring Preview Series at The Meadowlands at age 3.
The 2019 race season debuts the new format for the Indiana Sire Stakes. Two-year-olds will have six legs with the $250,000 Super Final. Three-year-olds will have eight legs plus a $250,000 Super Final, to be contested October 11.
The revamped Sire Stakes program is estimated to pay out $8.5 million in purses during 2019, in comparison to $7.8 million distributed during 2018. When combined with additional opportunities for Indiana Sired and/or Bred horses, such as Late Closers, Indiana Sired Overnights, Fair Stakes and the Mini Series, the 2019 Standardbred Breed Development Program will offer more than $13.6 million in purses and incentives for program participants.
The official Sire Stakes season starts May 29, with the first leg of the 3-year-old filly trot. The two-year-olds take to the track for the first time July 9 with the filly trot.
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