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701 East Baltimore Pike
Suite E
Kennett Square, PA 19348
(610) 444-1050
About Us: 

The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association (PHBA) is responsible for all aspects of the Pennsylvania Breeding Fund, the official registration, marketing and promotion of Pennsylvania-Bred Thoroughbred racehorses, as well as the maintenance of the official registry of PA-Bred racehorses and Pennsylvania stallions. We are mandated by state statute as administrator of the Pennsylvania Breeding Fund program and as official registrar of the Pennsylvania-Bred roster of eligible program participants.

The mission of the organization is to advocate on behalf of Pennsylvania’s Thoroughbred breeding industry. PHBA is devoted to those involved in the industry, and whether you are currently a breeder, or you are just considering getting involved in this exciting industry, there are many reasons to join our organization. As a not-for-profit organization, founded in 1948, PHBA provides a number of services to its members, including informational assistance, educational opportunities, and a variety of members-only social events.

Additionally, PA-Breds have preferred starter status in all overnight races at PARX, Penn National, and Presque Isle Downs, with the exception of certain races whose specific conditions outlining additional preferences, such as certain turf races or starter handicaps. In these races, PA-Bred preference is general to the sub-groups of entrants.

Working with industry leaders over the years, PHBA has achieved several goals that have brought reforms and benefits to breeders, owners, racetracks, and the general public. We will continue to provide representation and advocacy in the state Capitol and at industry gatherings.

PHBA is a vital organization for those involved in breeding throughout Pennsylvania — your support and participation can help us reach our full potential.

Restricted Races: 

Yes; in 2016 we ran over 400 restricted races.

Restricted Stakes Races: 

Yes; in 2016 we ran 22 restricted stakes races.

Purse Supplement in Open Races: 

Horses finishing 1st thru 3rd receive an “Owner Bonus” of purse earned in majority of overnight races; 40% at Parx, 30% at Presque Isle Downs, and 20% at Penn National.

Owners Awards: 


Breeders Awards: 

Breeder Awards of 40% of purse earned for PA-Sired PA-Breds finishing 1st through 3rd; 20% of purse earned for Non-PA-Sired PA-Breds.

Stallion Awards: 

Stallion Award of 10% of purse earned to Stallion Owner (at time of conception) for PA Stallions finishing 1st thru 3rd in PA.

Out of State Awards: 


Breed-Back Rule: 

Yes; eligibility varies, please visit our website.

Distribution Awards: 

The Pennsylvania Breeding Fund has paid out over $30 million on average over the last five years.

Registration Fees: 

Annual PHBA membership, $65

Foal Registration: Within 365 days of foaling, $50 (members)/$125 (non-members)

By Dec. 31 of yearling year $100 (members)/$250 (non-members)

Late registrations $500 (members and non-members)