Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Fund’s function?
The Fund promotes thoroughbred breeding and racing in New York State. In order to accomplish its mission, the Fund distributes owner, breeder and stallion-owner awards, in addition to purse incentives via the New York Racing Association and Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack Association.

How does the Fund obtain revenue?
The Fund derives revenue from a small percentage of every dollar bet on thoroughbred racing in New York State, both on and off-track, and also from a percentage of the breakage. The Fund also obtains revenue from a small percentage of the Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) monies from Aqueduct and Finger Lakes Race Track.

I just purchased a mare – what do I need to do to participate in the Program?
To qualify as a resident mare, a mare must foal in New York State, must be continuously in residence in the state from within 90 days after last cover in the year of conception, and must thereafter remain in residence until foaling the following year.

How do I register my farm?
The Fund doesn’t directly register farms, but your notification should be sent to the Fund offices. Either e-mail us or contact our Schenectady office at (518) 395-5492. We will arrange for one of our field inspectors to visit your farm when he is in the area. Please provide us with your contact information in your e-mail. Another option is to fill out the Information Request Form.

Do I have to own a farm in order to participate?
No – there are many qualified farms in New York State that specialize in the boarding of broodmares. We suggest contacting the farms listed at www.nybreds.com.

Do I have to call the Jockey Club?
We recommend that you contact the Jockey Club soon after any change in ownership. For further information, visit the Jockey Club’s website at www.jockeyclub.com or contact them at 1-800-444-8521.

What are movement cards and how do I receive them?
Movement cards are required for mares moving into or out of New York State in order to assist the inspection team and facilitate the foal registration process. Cards can be filled out in our Online Forms section or sent in by postcard. To request postcards, e-mail the Fund.

What are the requirements for obtaining New York-bred status?
The rules are simple, and effectively create two categories of mares – resident and non-resident. To qualify for registration as a New York-bred, the mare must FOAL in New York State and meet the following domicile requirements.

Resident Mares: Must be continuously in residence in New York State from within 90 days after last cover in the year of conception, and thereafter remain in residence until FOALING the following year, with no breed-back required.
Non-Resident Mares: Must FOAL in New York State, remain in the state for a continuous period of 90 days after foaling, and during that time be BRED BACK to a registered New York stallion. For further information, contact the Fund offices at (518) 388-0174.

How do I register my foal as a New York-bred?
A foal registration form can be completed on our website under Online Forms and be paid for using Visa or MasterCard. Alternatively, a foal registration form can be downloaded from our Mail-In Forms section and sent to the Fund with a check. To complete the process for registration of a foal, we require two out of three signatures from the breeder, farm manager and attending veterinarian. The signature sheet will be e-mailed to you upon completion of the online foal registration process. In addition, Jockey Club certification must be issued before a foal can be registered as a New York-bred.

How will I know when the New York-bred eligibility process is completed?
There is no need to send Jockey Club registration papers to the Fund office. The Fund no longer provides written acknowledgements of completion of the registration process, but you can always use the Registration Status page of our website to confirm your horse’s status.

Can I fill out the registration papers before I receive my foal’s Jockey Club papers?
Yes – the foal application can be submitted as soon as a foal is born. However, final processing for New York-bred status is predicated on the issuing of Jockey Club papers, which the Fund is made aware of through automatic weekly notifications.

How much does it cost to register a foal?
The rate varies depending on the age of the foal. If applied for by December 31st in the year of the foal’s birth, the fee is $75. After the universal equine birthday of January 1st, the foal is considered a yearling and the fee is $150. The fee for registration of a two-year-old is $250, and the fee for registration of three-year-olds and up is $500.

What are the advantages of registering my horse if I do not plan to race it?
If you ultimately choose to sell a horse, it will be to your advantage to register it as a weanling for the nominal fee of $75. As a rule, a horse is more attractive to prospective buyers if it is a registered New York-bred.

As a breeder, if I sell my horse can it still be registered?
Yes – applications can be submitted at any time. However, as previously noted, the fee changes as the foal ages. To avoid extra expense and problems associated with tracking down veterinarians and farm managers for their signatures, it behooves you to act sooner rather than later.

Can I sign my spouse’s name on the registration form?
No – only the breeder of record may sign the form. It should also be noted that a husband/wife cannot be the farm manager of record if his/her wife/husband is the breeder of a foal. Two of the following three people must sign an application: the breeder, the farm manager, and/or the attending veterinarian.

I purchased a horse privately or at an auction – how do I know if it is eligible to be a registered New York-bred?
The easiest way is to go to the Registration Status page to verify whether the horse has already been registered. In the event that the horse is not named or the name of the horse has been changed, enter the mare’s name and the foal’s year of birth in the designated locations. In some cases a horse may be registered but may not yet appear on our website, so if your horse is not shown as being registered, we suggest you give the Fund office a call to check the status prior to purchase.

Who will receive the award monies?
The award monies are disbursed to the breeder of record, to the owner, and to the owner of the horse’s sire if the sire was a registered New York-based stallion at the time of conception. A W-9 form will be sent a few weeks before checks are issued, and it MUST be signed and returned to the Fund office before any checks are mailed out. See the Incentives page of our Awards Program section for more information on awards.

When do I receive my award checks?
Award checks are issued six times per year – approximately two weeks after the end of each two-month period (e.g., the check for awards earned in January and February would go out by mid-March).

Why don’t I receive owner awards for restricted races?
Owner awards are only earned for open-company races with a minimum claiming price of $30,000.

How do I register a stallion in New York?
A stallion residing in New York State can be registered at a cost of $250 per year by filling out the necessary forms and completing the annual EVA requirements. To be eligible for registration, a stallion must be owned by or leased to a New York resident for a minimum of one year.  Applications are available in our Online Forms and Mail-In Forms sections, as is the EVA form, which can be downloaded and faxed or mailed to our Schenectady office. Our fax number is (518) 395-5499. For further information, e-mail us or call us at (518) 395-5492.

Do I have to register my stallion every year?
Yes – in order for an owner to qualify for stallion owner awards, the stallion must be registered. In addition, New York-breds sired by a registered New York-based stallion receive higher awards. See the Incentives page of our Awards Program section for more detailed information on award percentages.

How do I nominate my NY-bred for the Futurity or NY Stallion Stakes series?
Weanlings can be nominated to the Finger Lakes Futurity Series through the Fund for an additional $25 fee when a foal registration application is submitted. Weanlings, yearlings and two-year-olds can also be nominated to the Series through the Finger Lakes Racing Secretary’s office, which can be contacted at 585-924-3232 ext. 388 or by e-mail at fingerlakesfuturity@yahoo.com. The Finger Lakes Futurity Series consists of three stakes races for NY-bred two-year-olds: the Aspirant for colts, the Lady Finger for fillies and the New York Breeders’ Futurity for horses of either sex. For further information on the additional payments required for the Futurity Series, click here. Weanlings by eligible NY stallions can be nominated to the NY Stallion Stakes Series through the Fund for an additional $200 fee when a foal registration application is submitted. Weanlings, yearlings and two-year-olds can also be nominated to the Series through Carmine Shirlaw at NYRA, who can be contacted at (718) 659-2248 or (516) 488-6000 ext. 4806, or by e-mail at cshirlaw@nyrainc.com.