Once again, this will be an exhibition series with no wagering as the sport in North America is not yet ready for wagering, but hopefully we will be seeing RUS on wagering cards soon. However, the conditions this year should ensure more competitive races as horses must have had a clean start under saddle within the last twelve months and must have completed the clean mile in 2:09 on the half mile oval; 2:07 on the five-eighths; 2:05 on tracks larger than the five-eighths oval. More information is available here. The nomination deadline (fee $200) is May 15 with a $100 starting fee for each preliminary leg. With a total of $65,000 available for this series, hopefully trainers will be spending more time getting their horses acclimated under the saddle.
As of today, not many RUS races have been set up yet for the season with the exception of the Hambletonian Day Monte Trot series, but as last year, these races are sure to pop up.
For those interested in Racing Under Saddle, you may visit the Monté America website or visit them on Facebook.