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Hambletonian weekend at The Meadowlands

03:50 AM 04 Aug 2017 NZST
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Hambletonian crowd
Hambletonian Crowd
The Meadowlands - The final weekend of live harness racing for the 2017 Championship Meet including Saturday's giant Hambletonian Day extravaganza kicks off on Friday night with a dozen races beginning at 7:15 p.m.
Friday's featured races are divisions of the Duenna and Townsend Ackerman, which are unofficial consolation races for the Hambletonian and Oaks.
The Hambletonian festivities get underway on Friday evening with the Hambletonian Charity Casino Night and Poker Tournament. The proceeds will benefit the Hall of Fame Museum and Standardbred Retirement Foundation. Reservations are available and recommended.
Saturday is, of course, the "Greatest Day in Harness Racing" featuring the Hambletonian on a card with $3.5 million in purses and activities galore. Post time on Saturday is noon and the gates will open at 10 a.m.
With the weather expected to cooperate, the crowd will be a large one with a Hambletonian hat giveaway and plenty of family outdoor activities in the Backyard. Outdoor seating may be reserved and reservations for indoor dining are very limited so call 201-460-4079 right away to inquire.
Of interest to the horseplayer, horizontal wager guarantees are increased on Saturday and a free program for the entire card (courtesy of The Meadowlands and Trackmaster) is available for download.
For those unable to attend, the Hambletonian and Oaks along with the Sam McKee Memorial FFA pace will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Hosts Justin Horowitz, Dave Brower and Gary Seibel will describe the action.
All pertinent information may be found on The Meadowlands or Hambletonian Society websites. 

The 16-race Hambletonian Day card at the Meadowlands is not only billed as “the greatest day in harness racing,” but is also the greatest wagering day in the sport.

The card will feature three separate Pick Four wagers, covering Races 3 – 6, Races 8 – 11, and Races 13 – 16. The first will have a $50,000 guaranteed pool, the second will have a $75,000 guaranteed pool and there will be no guarantee attached to the final sequence, which begins with the $1,000,000 Hambletonian Final. As usual, the Pick Four wagers will carry a 50¢ minimum wager with 15 percent takeout rate.

A Pick Five carrying a $50,000 guaranteed pool will begin the program covering Races 1 – 5. It will also offer a 50¢ minimum wager with 15 percent takeout rate.

There will also be a special Oaks-Hambletonian daily double on Races 12 and 13.

10-cent superfectas will be offered on every race with the regular win, place, show, exacta and trifecta also available every race.

A total of 14 stakes races will be contested on the card with 10 of them featuring field sizes of 10 or more horses.

Post time is 12:00 p.m.

TVG will provide full-card coverage and offer horseplayers its popular “Money Back Special” on all 16 races. Live network coverage will air on CBS Sports Network from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Free past performances for the entire card are available for free download courtesy of Trackmaster on the Meadowlands website.

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