The deadline for registering mares to New Jersey’s new Standardbred Development Fund Series is Jan. 15.Beginning with the foal crop of 2014, the Standardbred Development Fund (SDF) Series will replace the Green Acres Division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes. The first of the new stakes races will be contested in 2016.“The SDF will be open to the traditional New Jersey-sired horses, plus horses whose dam resided in New Jersey for a minimum of 150 consecutive days prior to and including foaling,” said Chris Castens, executive director of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, which administers the program, in a press release. “These events will be open to the eligible foals without regard to the location of the sire. So a horse by a New York or Pennsylvaniabased sire would be eligible to the SDF if the broodmare resides in New Jersey for the required number of days and foals in-state.“If the offspring is by a New Jersey-based stallion, no registration is necessary,” Castens added. “However, for matings involving out-of-state stallions and New Jersey-resident mares, a mare nomination form must be submitted along with a fee of $100. And it must be postmarked by January 15, 2014.”Subsequent payments to continue eligibility include yearling nominations and sustaining payments during a horse’s 2- and 3-year-old seasons.“The dates of the races will not be established until the fall of 2015,” Castens said. “We expect that races will be held at the Meadowlands and/or Freehold Raceway. Purses will be established by the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees at a later date, but should at least approximate what is offered in the Green Acres. If there are a large number of participants, I expect the purses will be greater than those of the current Green Acres.”The full rules and registration form are available at www.newjerseysirestakes.com.For further information, contact Chris Castens at email@example.com or by calling 609-292-8830.