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Saddlebred Sweepstakes Nominations and Eligibility on the Rise


Lexington, Ky. ­– The statistics regarding the American Saddlebred Registry Sweepstakes nominations and continuing eligibility are encouraging, with increases in numbers across the board.

In the Three-Year-Old Sweepstakes, the rise in Yearling nominations was a modest 2.58%.  However, Two-Year-Olds continuing eligibility rose 30.67% from 150 in 2006 to 196 in 2007 while Three-Year-Olds continuing eligibility increased by 64 from 71 to 135, up 90.14%.

In the Four-Year-Old Sweepstakes, Three-Year-Old nominations jumped nearly 25% from 125 to 156 within the last year.  Four-Year-Olds continuing eligibility made it a clean sweep of increases with a hike of 26.67%.

As reported in the 2007 ASHA Reference Directory, payouts saw increases program-wide as well.  The 2006 grand total payout of $172,822 was the most since $223,380 in 1992.  The Two-Year-Old Sweepstakes set a new high for a second consecutive year with $39,354 in payouts.  The Three-Year-Old Sweepstakes reached its highest total of the past four years up 24% at $87,508.  The Four-Year-Old Sweepstakes witnessed the most sizeable increase by distributing 51% more than in the previous year, marking its second highest payout ever and the most in 14 years at $45,959.

ASR Sweepstakes classes are for two-, three- and four-year-olds in the five-gaited, three-gaited, fine harness and park pleasure divisions.  The program is designed to perpetuate the breeding, training and showing of American Saddlebreds.  Since its inception, the Sweepstakes program has awarded more than $3.7 million in prize money.  Classes are conducted under the rules of the U.S. Equestrian Federation. 

General rules and information on the Sweepstakes, including registration forms are available at or by contacting Patricia Edwards at
(859) 259-2742 ext. 320.


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