Virginia Standardbred Breeder’s Early Closer Sustaining Payments Now Due 7/15 Instead Of 5/15

(WOODSTOCK, VA —- 4/23/20) —- The Virginia Harness Horsemen’s Association (VHHA) announced that the deadline to submit sustaining payments for two and three-year-old horses in the Virginia Breeder’s Early Closer program, originally due on May 15, has been extended to July 15. 

The fee is $200 per horse. Nomination payments ($200) were previously due on March 15 and declaration payments ($200) are due at time of entry. All races will be held during the fall pari-mutuel meet at Shenandoah Downs in Woodstock. Purses for prep/elimination races will be $4,000 and estimated purses for the finals will be $40,000, plus all nominating, sustaining and declaration fees.

The fall Shenandoah Downs racing season will feature programs on Fridays at 3:30 PM and Saturdays at 2 PM.

Three-year-old eliminations are scheduled for Saturday September 19 while two-year-old elims will be held the following Saturday, September 26. The finals for both ages will be Saturday October 3.

Virginia-bred yearlings, which were to have been registered with the VHHA by May 15, will receive the same two month extension. That $25 fee, along with a nomination form and USTA certification, is now due by July 15.

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