Day At The Track

Third highest handle in history - Hambo day

02:06 AM 08 Aug 2010 NZST
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Courtesy Of The Meadowlands - Hambletonian at the Meadowlands

The Hambletonian may be deemed America's Trotting Classic, but its global significance continues to grow. Record European wagering helped produce the third highest harness racing handle in history on August 7 at Meadowlands Racetrack.

Total all-source wagering on the 15-race card was $8,391,600, trailing only the $8.8 million wagered in 2002 and $9 million wagered in 2005.

International wagering was nearly $2.4 million, up sharply from the $1.97 million wagered on the 2009 simulcast. The Hambletonian was part of a seven-race bundle beamed to France, Monaco, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The first 10 races from the Meadowlands were sent to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Estonia and Malta.

A crowd of 26,712 turned out to watch Muscle Massive edge Lucky Chucky in the $1.5 million Hambletonian. The attendance was an increase of nearly 4 percent over the previous year and the highest since 2006.

Amy SILVER

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