Harness Million Series

With an estimated million dollars in the prizepool, NZB’s Harness Million Sales Race Series is open to standardbred weanlings and yearlings offered through the sale ring at qualifying New Zealand Bloodstock Sales - setting the benchmark for incentive races in New Zealand.

In a ground-breaking move the Series has been opened up to weanlings and the complicated entry process of the past has been abolished in favour of a much simpler approach that incorporates a one-time qualifying fee and a one-off entry fee.

To be administered by the New Zealand Sires’ Stakes Board the Series will consist of principal two-year-old and three-year-old races for colts and geldings, fillies and trotters individually, plus other races which may be conditioned and are to include opportunities for four-year-old and older horses.

All yearlings and selected weanlings purchased at NZB Standardbred sales are eligible for the Series. To nominate your purchase, email [email protected] or call +64 9 298 0055. Entry deadlines apply, check the Terms & Conditions for the relevant sale for which the horse was purchased from. 

The Race Towards the 2YO Series

Coastal Babe (NZ) winning the 2YO Fillies race.

The first opportunity for the juveniles to claim valuable Harness Million earnings is when the two-year-olds compete in three separate races - the Colts & Geldings Pace, Fillies Pace and Trotters races, all carrying a Restricted Listed status.

In 2023, the $200,000 Listed 2YO Colts & Geldings Pace (1980m) was won by Cold Chisel (NZ) (Always B Miki). While Coastal Babe (NZ) (Downbytheseaside) was impressive winning the $150,000 Listed 2YO Fillies Pace (1980m) and Paramount Kiwi (NZ) (Father Patrick) won the Listed 2YO Trot (1980m). 

Second Opportunity for the 3YOs

Merlin goes back-to-back winning the 2023 Harness Million Colts & Geldings 3YO.

The three-year-olds meet again two days before of the National Yearling Sale in February for another shot at Harness Million glory with the running of the Colts & Geldings Pace, Fillies Pace and Trotters races also at Restricted Listed Status.

In 2023 we saw star three-year-olds claim back-to-back Harness Million Series races. Merlin (NZ) (Art Major) was magical in the $200,000 Listed 3YO Colts & Geldings Pace (2200m), and Millwood Nike (NZ) (Captaintreacherous) getting the victory in the $150,000 Listed 3YO Filllies Pace (2200m). The $75,000 Listed 3YO Trot was won by Lovemeto (NZ) (What The Hill).


2024 Harness Million Series Schedule 

RACE DATE & TRACK WINNER SALE VENDOR PURCHASER
$200,000 Harness Million Listed 3YO Colts & Geldings Pace (2200m)  16 February 2024, Alexandra Park Chase A Dream (NZ) (Captaintreacherous x Secret Lotion)  2022 National Yearling Sale Studholme Bloodstock Passed In, Reserve $37,500
$150,000 Harness Million Listed 3YO Fillies Pace (2200m)  16 February 2024, Alexandra Park Coastal Babe (NZ) (Downbytheseaside x Jessies Girl) 2022 National Yearling Sale Woodlands Stud $65,000
$75,000 Harness Million Listed 3YO Trot (2200m)  April 2024, Alexandra Park        
$200,000 Harness Million Listed 2YO Colts & Geldings Pace (1980m)  October 2024, Addington         
$150,000 Harness Million Listed 2YO Fillies Pace (1980m)  October 2024, Addington         
$75,000 Harness Million Listed 2YO Trot (1980m)  October 2024, Addington         
$50,000 NZB Standardbred National Yearling Sale Listed Aged Classic  October 2024, Kaikoura        

 


 

Eligible Horses

Harness Million Series 1 Eligible Horses (Foaled 2017)
Harness Million Series 2 Eligible Horses (Foaled 2018)

Harness Million Series 3 Eligible Horses (Foaled 2019)

Terms & Conditions

Harness Million Sales Race Series: Conditions of Entry 2023