There was a thread going on a different channel yesterday about state certifications for horses, e.g. "Delaware Certified".
These indications are from states that want to support their farming operations but may not have the strongest of racing or breeding operations.
What a certification means is that a horse spent some period of time ( usually 6 months) in a state on a farm before it reaches 2 years old.
Then for the rest of its life it qualifies for racing bonuses.
In Delaware, those bonuses only apply to races in Delaware.
In Virginia, their bonuses pay on wins at ANY track in the Mid-Atlantic.
This is why we sent Old Line Magic to a farm in VA during its yearling year so it can no be both Md-bred and Virginia certified. Double bonuses.
One reason we have had so many profitable horses is because we intentionally utilize bonus programs for strategic results