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Stakes scheduling - Tioga, Meadowlands, Vernon

07:26 PM 02 Jun 2020 NZST
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Courtly Choice and driver David Miller winning the Meadowlands Pace
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East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands, Tioga & Vernon Downs are announcing several date changes for the 2020 harness racing stakes schedule. The recent cancellation of the Sun Stakes at Pocono removed a few potential conflicts and left two prime Saturdays without any stakes which led to several of the following adjustments.
First off, Tioga Downs is announcing that the NYSS 3-year-old Colt Pace scheduled for Sunday, June 14 has been delayed one week to June 21 due to NY Agricultural Fund concerns over horses getting qualified in time for the race.
Also moving to June 21 are the Roll With Joe and the first leg of the Graduate Series for Pacers.
The first leg of the Graduate Series for trotters will remain on Sunday, June 14 at Tioga where originally scheduled.
Leg #2 of the Graduate Series trot has moved one day from Friday, June 26 to Saturday, June 27 and the second leg for pacers will now be raced on Saturday, July 4. Both are at The Meadowlands.
The Graduate Series has been reduced from four legs to two due to scheduling constraints and the Finals will remain on Saturday, July 11 as part of the Meadowlands Pace elimination card.
Also being raced on the July 4 card at The Meadowlands will be the Arthur Cutler Memorial trotting stake.
All of the 2-year-old stakes at The Meadowlands remain on the 2020 schedule but the order has been rearranged to avoid as much conflict as possible. The Kindergarten Series dropped one leg, down to four and the finals.
The entire revised 2020 Meadowlands stakes list is posted on the track website.
There are two important changes to the 2020 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) for 3-year-old trotters. Originally scheduled with elimination races and a Final on Memorial Day, the EBC Trots will be raced as a single stake on Saturday, July 4.
The conditions state that "if more than 11 declare to start the Host Track may adopt any of the methods of dividing the race then current in the rules and regulations". With the season shortened and dates at a premium the elimination will be discarded and if more that 11 declare for the colt or filly EBC it will go in divisions with the purse divided.
Nick Salvi
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