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New York’s Forgotten Equine Athletes



I’m not the first person to say that Standardbreds are the horse world’s hidden secret.  For those of us blessed enough to know how amazing the breed is, we love our hidden gems.  However, in 2015, the time came when I knew I had to expose the secret and educate others on the Standardbred’s versatility.


Standardbreds are most commonly known for harness racing.  In New York, harness racing has a huge impact on our economy, as well as, our equine community.  The following 2015 statistics were provided by the United States Trotting Association (USTA):

  • There were seven Pari-mutuel tracks that raced (Batavia Downs, Buffalo Raceway, Monticello Raceway, Saratoga Harness, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs and Yonkers Raceway).

    • There were 10,556 purse races held at pari-mutuel tracks, with $116,663,856.00 in total purses paid at pari-mutuel tracks.

  • Racing was also held at 17 New York County Fairs.

    • These fairs hosted a total of 235 races, with purses totaling $487,255.00.