The Kentucky Standardbred Breeders' Incentive Fund was established in 2005 and consists of 13 percent of all receipts collected from the sales and use tax on the fees paid for breeding a stallion to a mare in Kentucky. The Kentucky Standardbred Development Fund is funded through a pari-mutuel tax paid by racetracks in Kentucky. Together, along with any other money contributed, appropriated or allocated to the fund from all other sources, these funds promulgate the Kentucky Sire Stakes. The Kentucky Sire Stakes is a culmination of a month-long series of preliminary races, with the biggest money earners getting a chance to compete in one of the richest finals in North America with $2 million in purse money.
KYSS 3-year-old nominations: Feb. 15, March 15, April 15
KYSS 2-year-old nominations: March 15*, April 15, May 15
*March 15 payment shall be mandatory to make entry eligible as a three year old.
KSDF Yearling nominations: May 15
KSDF Stallion nominations: July 1
Mares bred: Oct. 1