In 1972, the Maine Sire Stakes Program was created to encourage the breeding and raising of Maine horses to preserve agriculture in the Pine Tree State. The Maine Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association was formed to promote our Maine bred horses and to inform and educate the public.
Since the inception of slot machines in Maine in 2005, the purses in the Maine Sire Stakes program have more than doubled. Total capital investment in breeding stock, equipment, buildings, etc. over a five year period is $9.3 million. The Maine Sire Stakes Program is vital to economic development and farmland preservation.
Maine Stakes racing is a traditional industry that provides a wonderful opportunity for the entire family to participate. Over the summer months the Sire Stakes races travel to nine pari-mutual Agricultural fairs as well as the two commercial tracks.