NYRA has released the schedule for the New York Stallion Stakes (NYSS) series. The series, which runs from May to November at all three NYRA racetracks and is worth $950,000, is restricted to the progeny of registered New York stallions who were nominated to the NYSS in the year of the foal's conception. Eligible foals may be nominated to the series for as little as $200 in the weanling year.
The 2012 edition of the NYSS series will consist of 8 stakes races (+2 bonus stakes) and begins on May 6 when Belmont hosts male and female divisions of 6 1/2-furlong dirt sprints for 3-year-olds (the Times Square and Park Avenue Divisions). Male and female divisions of 7-furlong turf sprints for 3-year-olds will be run on June 3 (Spectacular Bid and Cupecoy's Joy Divisions).
The NYSS series moves to Saratoga in August, with the Cab Calloway Division for 3-year-old males on August 8 and Statue of Liberty Division for 3-year-old females on August 9, both run at one mile on the turf.
The Belmont card on November 11 will be dominated by the final four NYSS races: pair of 6-furlong sprints for 2-year-olds (the Great White Way Division for males and Fifth Avenue Division for females) and a pair of 7-furlong “bonus” races for 3-and-up (the Thunder Rumble Division for males and Staten Island Division for females).
Jeffrey Cannizzo, Executive Director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. said, “This series has so many positives. It's a great opportunity for stallion owners to showcase the progeny of their New York-based sires. Winning breeders earn incentive awards at the 30-percent level on some very healthy purses. And the first four 3-year-old races at Belmont give owners a great platform for launching the sophomore campaigns of stakes-bound horses.” Cannizzo added, “It's just one more of the many pluses for participants in the New York Breeding and Racing Program.”
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