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ASR Sweepstakes total payout increases by 24 percent to $172,822

Lexington, Kentucky ­– The American Saddlebred Registry Sweepstakes, held during the All American Horse Classic in Indianapolis September 5-9, had a 24 percent increase in its total payout from 2005 to 2006.

The 2006 total payout was $172,822 compared to $139,434 one year before. 


The biggest increase came in the four-year-old division, which paid winners $45,959 for a 51 percent increase from the previous year’s total of $30,376.  The 2006 four-year-old payout is the highest since 1992.


Another increase came in the two-year-old division.  The payout in the two-year-old division for this year was $39,355, up from the previous year’s total of $38,629.  The 2006 two-year-old payout is the highest since the Two-Year-Old Sweepstakes began in 1989.


The three-year-old division continues to be the mainstay of the Sweepstakes program by awarding $87,508, a 24 percent increase from last year.


There were 84 entries showing in the 2006 ASR Sweepstakes, up 9 percent from 77 entries in 2005.  The two-year-old entries showed the greatest increase, up 21 percent from 2005.


The Sweepstakes program has awarded more than $3.5 million since its inception. 


The Sweepstakes program is designed to perpetuate the breeding, training and showing of the American Saddlebred horse. Entries in the Sweepstakes compete in the following classes: three-gaited, five-gaited, fine harness, and three-gaited park pleasure. Classes are conducted under the rules of U.S. Equestrian Federation.


General rules and other information about the ASR Sweepstakes can be found by clicking here.


The 2006 winners are:


Class – Horse – Total Money Won* – Owner – Rider/Driver


Two-Year-Old Fine Harness – A Travelin’ Man – $3,935.47 – Susan Whittington – Dena Lopez


Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited – Button Down – $3,935.47 – Mary McLellan Williams – Carter Cox


Two-Year-Old Park Pleasure – My Roberta – $3,935.47 – M.W. Sorenson – Zach Duffy


Two-Year-Old Five-Gaited – Charm’s Whispering Hope – $5,622.10 – Karen Richardson – Dena Lopez


Three-Year-Old Park Pleasure – Stonecroft I’m Radiant – $8,750.82 – Stonecroft Farm – Melissa Moore


Three-Year-Old Fine Harness – Heavenly Thunder – $8,750.82 – Nancy Leigh Fisher – Joan Lurie


Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited – And I’m Stickin To It – $8,750.82 – Silver Brook Stables, Inc. – Debbie Foley


Three-Year-Old Three-Gaited – Mi Lady A La Lucie – $8,750.82 – Judith Houk – Mike McIntosh


Four-Year-Old Park Pleasure – Miss Majesticness – $4,595.93 – Jonelle Chovanec-Gardiner – Robert Gardiner


Four-Year-Old Fine Harness – It’s Prince Hammer – $11,489.81 – Chris Treston – Dan Flowers


Four-Year-Old Five-Gaited – Thunder Crackin’ – $4,595.92 – Judith Swartz – Darrell Case


Four-Year-Old Three-Gaited – Callaway’s Blue Waltz – $4,595.93 – Carolyn Stuart – Chris Reiser


*The person who is the recorded owner at the time of the competition will receive half of the purse; the persons who were the owners of record at the time each nomination payment was made will receive equal shares of the remaining half of the purse.


Courtesy of the American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA).

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