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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

RUS New York Kicks-off the 2015 Season; Show Your Suspport

Another year, another season for RUS racing in New York State.  As in other states, RUS racing is conducted without parimutuel racing in the United States.  Due to the lack of wagering, purses must be funded via sponsorships; especially those races being conducted on the fair circuit.  Since fairs in New York don't offer pari-mutuel wagering, the only way fairs can determine the interest in RUS is by putting seats in the grandstand.

Here is the fair schedule for New York
• Wednesday, July 1 – Oswego County in Sandy Creek
• Tuesday, July 7- Tioga County in Owego
• Thursday, July 9 – Afton Fair
• Tuesday, July 21 – “Little Worlds Fair in Hemlock
• Tuesday, Aug 4 – Otsego County in Morris
• Monday, Aug. 10 – Wayne County in Palmyra
• Wednesday, Aug. 12 – Franklin County in Malone
• Tuesday, Aug. 18 – Steuben County in Bath
• Tuesday, Aug. 25 – Tompkins County in Trumansburg
• Wednesday, Sept. 2- Final race to be included with the harness race fair finals at Monticello Raceway

Racing Under Saddle will be occurring at pari-mutuel tracks as well.  Vernon Downs begins a RUS series on July 26 and Monticello will be holding two races in addition to the fair finals.  Other racetracks will be announced as dates are finalized.

If you are able, attend as many RUS dates as possible to show both fair committees and sponsors there is a demand for racing under saddle.  Nothing like a large audience to show interest in the racing product.

Do you have a horse you want to start in a RUS event but are looking for an easier place to begin their career?  The New York fair circuit may be where you want to start your horse's career as the qualifying time on the fair circuit is 2:20 regardless of track size.  The complete conditions for the fair circuit are located here.

Sponsorship options are available at different levels and may be made for a particular track or the entire series.  As with sponsorships, sponsors will be recognized in the programs.  Sponsorship levels are as follows: Premier Platinum Sponsorship ($2,000 plus); Platinum Sponsorship ($1,000 plus); Gold Sponsorship ($ 550 plus); Silver ($250 plus); Bronze Sponsorship ($100 plus); Contributors (anything under $100); Sponsors who donate product.

Who should consider sponsorship?  Those who are interested in promoting RUS and supporting racing by those who hope to compete on the parimutuel level; trainers who are looking to expand their stable, including horses who will race under saddle; riders looking to get their name out there for future mounts; breeders and lovers of the standardbred who are looking to show the versatility of the standardbred; fans of racing.  Truth is there is a sponsorship level for individuals competing at different levels in the sport.  If interested in becoming a sponsor, check out the sponsorship page on RUS New York's website or contact me and I will put you in contact with the proper individual.

If you are a fan and want to show your love for RUS, you can click on this link and purchase  sweatshirts and t-shirts here.  The pricing is reasonable, so why not take a look?

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