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The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown thanks all stakeholders in harness racing for their support during a year filled with unexpected challenges and loss. The Society serviced 133 races in 2020, and thanks to the work of our partners, host tracks, owners and horsemen, only 12 races were canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. More than $800,000 was returned to owners and nominators in staking fees within two weeks of every event cancellation. It was a process - and a year - we never want to repeat. Enclosed are links to the payment forms and updates for the 147 races currently administered by Society with payments due February 15th, 2021 (postmarked by Wednesday, February 17th), as well as the changes we have for 2021. Payment forms are always available at or by calling our office for fax and email options. All the forms on the website are pdf fillable. Just type in the form, print as many as you need and return the form with your payments. Along with checks, ACH bill pay and wire transfers, we accept credit cards for stake payments, which are subject to a 3% service fee which will be added to the payment total. 2021 has new races on the schedule: the Phil Langley Memorial for 3YO Colt Trotters and the Thanksgiving Classic Series for all 3YOs both to be raced at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The Madison County, previously an Early Closer for 2YOs, is now a single event - a $100,000 (est.) 2YO Colt Trot on 9/24 along with many other Hoosier Park races. Also in 2021 the Hambletonian Society will service the PA-All Stars (a PA-bred Early Closer for 2 & 3YOs) and the returning Sun Stakes Early Closers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The PHHA added the Delmonica Hanover for 3YO filly trotters, along with the Earl Beal Memorial (3CT), James Lynch Memorial (3FP), and Max Hempt Memorial (3CP.) Note: The Hambletonian Society February 15th payment ad had incorrect dates of June 23rd - 25th for the Star Destroyer at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The correct date for those races is Thursday, November 18th. Please be advised of the Stallion Restriction Condition that applies to the Cane Pace/Shady Daisy, Reynolds and Tompkins-Geers races that we service at the Meadowlands and Tioga Downs. An updated list of the foals for stallions who are on that list and aren't eligible to the above mentioned races can be found on the Meadowlands website here: Stallion Restriction Condition The payment schedule and racing dates for the rest of the races we service are unchanged from 2020. Current racing conditions for the races we service can be found on our website under each specified race page. In all cases only ONE check is ever necessary for each of the four payment periods i.e. February 15, March 15, April 15 or May 15. For convenience, eligibility lists can be emailed to nominators who request them. Eligibility lists are always available on our website. For further information please, or to update your status on our mailing list, feel free to call (609) 371-2211 or email ** New races for 2021 Adios/Adioo Volo Arden Downs Breeders Crown Cane Pace/Shady Daisy Caesar's Trotting Classic Carl Erskine Circle City Series 3-Year-Olds Clara Barton Distaff Pace Courageous Lady Filly Pace Currier & Ives Stakes Dan Patch Open Pace Dayton Pace & Trot Derby Dayton Distaff Derby Delmonica Hanover** Dexter Cup/Lady Suffolk Earl Beal Memorial** The Elevation Fox Stakes Hambletonian/Oaks Hambletonian Maturity Hoosier Stake Horseman Stake Hoosier Park Pacing Derby James Lynch Memorial** Jenna's Beach Boy 3CP Kentuckiana Stallion Mgmt T/P Keystone Classics Landmark Early Closer Liberty Bell T/P Madison County 2CT** Matron Stakes Max Hempt Memorial** Messenger Stake/Park MGM Pace Monument Circle Pennsylvania All-Stars** Pegasus Series 3-Year-Old T/P Phil Langley Memorial 3CT** Progress Pace W.N. Reynolds Memorial E.C. John Simpson Memorial E.C. Spirit of Massachusetts Trot Thanksgiving Classic Series** The Star Destroyer Series The U.S.S. Indianapolis Mem. The Crossroads of America Tompkins-Geers Early Closer Ralph Wilfong/The Horseman Yonkers Trot/NY NY Mile From Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown  

After careful and extensive consideration, the Hambletonian Society, in conjunction with Meadowlands, The Red Mile, Little Brown Jug Society and other harness racing industry clients, partners and stakeholders, have concluded that the April 15 payment deadline for stake and early-closers will remain intact. All entities fully realize that all members of the racing community are in the midst of extremely difficult and unprecedented circumstances on a global level. We are also aware that financial resources for many people will be stretched and staking horses is not going to be a priority. The staking of horses has always represented a long term investment - from yearling payments to entrance fees, they accompany every horse through the span of the payments, enhance the value of every "staked" horse, and the final number of paid-in (eligible) horses, along with added money from the stake sponsor, determines the value of each stake race. "The Hambletonian Society's 95-year mission statement of promoting stakes event and the Standardbred breed means we remain committed to flexibility in scheduling, placing and moving races if necessary, in partnership with stake sponsors and host tracks," said Hambletonian Society president John Campbell. "We want all owners who have paid into races to stay in the event so they share in the accumulated value to date either by eventually racing or being refunded as the owner at time of cancellation." The racing conditions and payment schedule for each event that are printed and posted are a contract between the owners of each horse and the Stake Sponsor. To change this contract would alter this legal agreement and could be challenged in court as a breach of contract. The Hambletonian Society would like to reinforce our policy that when any Stake or early-closer is canceled [see below] any staking fee will be refunded to the owner of the horse at time of cancellation. CANCELLATION: The Sponsor further reserves the right to cancel either or both of the races if for reasons beyond its control it becomes impractical or undesirable in the opinion of the Sponsor to conduct said race or races. If an event is not raced due to circumstances beyond its control, the Sponsor's responsibility and liability will be limited to refunding without interest: nomination, sustaining and entrance fees collected toward canceled events that have not been disbursed at the time of cancellation. If canceled after the first 2-year-old payment, these monies will be prorated among the owners of the horses eligible at the time of cancellation. If canceled prior to the first 2-year-old payment, the nomination fees will be refunded to the nominators. Since 2009, the Hambletonian Society has successfully refunded to individual nominators and owners more than $700,000 in payments from canceled races. Most recently, the Art Rooney and Lismore were canceled by Yonkers Raceway in late 2019, and all monies for two and three-year-olds eligible at time of cancellation were refunded to owners within 30 days of cancellation. Stake sponsors and host tracks have currently closed February payments for the stakes they service with that deadline, and are finalizing March 15 payments. The racing season and stakes calendar is unknown at this time and it is possible that Stakes may be canceled and others moved and rescheduled [see below.] Our conditions allow for and are clear that dates and venues may be changed. Definite dates will be published in the U.S.T.A. Stakes Guide in the year of the races. If for any reason it becomes impractical or undesirable, in the opinion of the Sponsor, to hold this race at the Track designated, the Sponsor reserves the right to change the date and/or the location of the Track for either any or all races. As soon as racing does resume we all will make every effort to hold as many Stakes and early-closers that we service as possible, and will be involved in rescheduling, moving races and setting up schedules that are in the best interests of everyone involved. We realize that Stake payment decisions may be difficult and will be a hardship for many people, but we request that everyone be cognizant of our obligations. *Accepting credit card payments for staking fees was instituted by the Hambletonian Society this year through a secure PNC bank platform. Should any race be canceled, all collected payments, regardless of method, will be refunded in total, to the owner at time of cancellation. ................................................... The Hambletonian Society is a non-profit organization formed in 1924 to sponsor the race for which it was named, the Hambletonian Stake. The Society's mission is to encourage and support the breeding of Standardbred horses through the development, administration and promotion of harness racing stakes, early-closing races and other special events. The Hambletonian Society currently services 133 of harness racing's richest and most prestigious events held at 12 North American racetracks under seven state jurisdictions. These include harness racing's most prominent race, the Hambletonian for 3-year-old trotters, its filly division, the Hambletonian Oaks and the sport's championship series, the Breeders Crown. Stakes and early closing races are events where the total purse is generated by eligibility payments from horse breeders and owners as well as funds added by the sponsor, usually the race track hosting the race.   Moira Fanning Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown 109 S Main Street, Suite 18 Cranbury, NJ 08512 609-371-2211 (work) 732-306-6713 (cell)      

Cranbury, NJ..... On behalf of the Hambletonian Society I would like to applaud the efforts of the FBI and all of the law enforcement agencies that were involved in the historic horse racing investigation and subsequent arrests. I would also like to commend Jeff Gural, the Jockey Club, and all the entities and individuals who were responsible for the initial investigation that led to the FBI getting involved. Some of the intercepted conversations that have been released are beyond appalling and one can only hope that the people found responsible for these statements and actions will be dealt with severely and no longer be allowed to participate in our industry or have any interaction with horses. The pain from the gaping wound this has caused to the horse racing industry will continue for some time. However with the regulatory and industry changes that will be accelerated by these events, we will emerge greatly strengthened. There must be changes, as it is clearly evident that the current regulatory and enforcement systems that are supposed to insure fair play and a level playing field are not enough. I am not going to speculate or suggest what those changes will or should be, but every organization and aspect of horse racing must come together to support a future that strengthens the integrity of racing and seeks a level playing field for all participants. This is imperative. Egos and agendas must be put aside. From this moment forward the horse racing industry has an opportunity to showcase a product in which the people who watch, wager on, and participate in, can have confidence. I can say, and many more people will attest, that the majority of those who work with and tend to horses are hard-working, love their horses and treat them with the utmost care and respect. Upon hearing of this investigation, the happiest group of people were the incalculable number of trainers and horse people who try to do things the proper way and conduct their business inside both legal and ethical guidelines. These people have renewed optimism and excitement that they will be able to compete and have success on the track. They cannot be defined by the small minority of wrongdoers. Hambletonian Society, Inc. Statement/John Campbell, President The Hambletonian Society is a non-profit organization formed in 1924 to sponsor the race for which it was named, the Hambletonian Stake. The Society's mission is to encourage and support the breeding of Standardbred horses through the development, administration and promotion of harness racing stakes, early-closing races and other special events. The Hambletonian Society currently services 133 of harness racing's richest and most prestigious events held at 12 North American racetracks under seven state jurisdictions. These include harness racing's most prominent race, the Hambletonian for 3-year-old trotters, its filly division, the Hambletonian Oaks and the sport's championship series, the Breeders Crown. Stakes and early closing races are events where the total purse is generated by eligibility payments from horse breeders and owners as well as funds added by the sponsor, usually the race track hosting the race. Moira Fanning

Cranbury, NJ... February sustaining and nominating payments for 133 Hambletonian Society stake and late-closing events are due Saturday, February 15 and per USTA Rule 12 section 2, must be postmarked by midnight on Tuesday, February 18. February is the gateway payment for most 3-year-old and older stakes and closers as well as initial 2-year-old payments for Breeders Crown and Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes. This includes two legs of the Trotting Triple Crown, the $1.2 Million Hambletonian (with eliminations held the week prior) & $600,000 Hambletonian Oaks, as well as the MGM Yonkers Trot. All 2-Year-Old Breeders Crown are estimated at $600,000. The Breeders Crown sophomore events will be raced for $500,000 as will the Breeders Crown Trot & Pace. Mare Open events are bumped to $300,000 for the second consecutive year. All 12 Breeders Crown races are hosted by Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, October 31. Race conditions, payment forms and much more information is available online at For additional information call the Society offices at 609-371-2211. by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society  

A little less than a week remains to the deadline for potential harness racing supplements to the three-year-old and older Crown races and for world champion Bold Eagle, the sole invitee to the Breeders Crown Trot, to declare. Supplemental entries for 3-year-old and open events are due and payable by 12:00 noon [EDT], Monday, Oct. 14, in the race office of Woodbine Mohawk Park, Campbellville, Ontario, Canada. There are no supplements for the two-year-old races. France's Bold Eagle must also declare by noon on Monday, Oct. 14. All Breeders Crown eligible horses must declare in by 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15. Supplemental declaration amounts are listed below. Click here for more instructions on supplementing: The entrance fee is included in the supplemental amount. A minimum of half the amount of the supplemental fee, minus the entrance fee, will be added to the purse. This one-time supplemental payment makes a horse eligible to all subsequent years' Breeders Crown events under the normal schedule of payments. You can access the Woodbine Mohawk Park Condition Sheet here: Eliminations, if needed, will occur for two-year-olds on Friday, Oct. 18 with a post time of 7:50 pm. [EDT] Three-year-old and open eliminations, if needed, will race Saturday, Oct. 19, with a post time of 7:10 p.m. [EDT] All eliminations will race for a minimum of $25,000. Eliminations occur when more than eleven (11), but less than fourteen (14) horses enter. There will be a single elimination to "qualify" only enough horses that can be accommodated by the number of positions in the front tier of the starting gate as follows: In the Open Trot, the invited winners of the designated foreign "classic" races that are declared, shall automatically advance to the Final regardless of earnings. If eliminations are required and one or more of the foreign invitees automatically advance to the final, the North American-based horse with the highest seasonal money earnings in that year, as determined below, may likewise automatically advance to the final. From the other declared horses, those with the least total earnings in the period from January 1 of that year up to time of declaration, will be selected to race in a single elimination field with no more starters than can score in a single tier with no trailers. Money earnings for races outside of Canada will be calculated at the exchange rate as determined by Standardbred Canada. If there are eliminations, post positions in the Final will be determined by an open draw with the exception that Elimination winners in an order determined by lot, will draw for post positions number one (#1) through five (#5) in the final. All other finalists, including foreign invitees, will be placed in an open draw for the remaining post positions. Those horse(s) that receive a bye into the Final will be in the open draw for post positions in the Final. All horses that start in the Final receive money. All Two-Year-Old races will be held Friday, Oct. 25 with an early post time of 7:00 p.m. [EDT]. Three-Year-Old and Open events will race Saturday, Oct. 26, also with an early post of 7:00 p.m. [EDT] For more information and racing conditions click, or call 609-371-2211. From Moira Fanning, for the Breeders Crown

The Hambletonian Society, which owns and administers the $6 million Breeders Crown series, will raise the purses on seven of the 12 divisions of the Breeders Crown championship races to held at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 25 & 26. "In recent years the Breeders Crown program has enjoyed support on all fronts - from breeders, owners, trainers and stallion nominators, and we always strive to keep our purse levels high while maintaining the future stability of the program," said John Campbell, president of the Hambletonian Society. "It's important to give owners return on their stake payments, particularly for the two-year-old divisions, as quickly as possible." For the fifth straight year the two-year-old Breeders Crown events will be raised to $600,000, making them among the richest offered for the age group in North America. An additional $50,000 will be added to each of the mare events and $100,000 to the open pace. The Breeders Crown Mare Trot and Pace will now race for $300,000 each and the Breeders Crown Pace for $500,000. The Crown Trot and all four sophomore divisions remain at $500,000. The Society has a mission statement incumbent on supporting and promoting the breeding of Standardbred horses, and raising two-year-old purses shows provides immediate benefit to breeders, owners and yearling buyers. The 2019 Breeders Crown will take place over two nights in October, with the host track of Woodbine Mohawk Park creating a festive weekend of events surrounding the races. The parent group, Woodbine Entertainment Group, has hosted more Breeders Crowns from 1984 to the present than any other entity, with one at Greenwood, 91 at Woodbine and 64 at Mohawk. Eliminations for 2-year-old races will be held Friday, Oct. 18, while 3-year-old and older eliminations will race Saturday, Oct. 19. The freshmen Breeders Crown finals take place Friday, Oct. 25 and the eight three-year-old and up events are set for Saturday, Oct. 26 Harness Racing's Championship Series Presented by Woodbine Mohawk Park Twelve Events  $6.5 Million Estimated in Purses Friday, October 25 $600,000 BREEDERS CROWN 2YO COLT TROT $600,000 BREEDERS CROWN 2YO FILLY TROT $600,000 BREEDERS CROWN 2YO COLT PACE $600,000 BREEDERS CROWN 2YO FILLY PACE Saturday, October 26 $300,000 BREEDERS CROWN MARE TROT $300,000 BREEDERS CROWN MARE PACE $500,000 BREEDERS CROWN 3YO FILLY TROT $500,000 BREEDERS CROWN 3YO COLT TROT $500,000 BREEDERS CROWN TROT $500,000 BREEDERS CROWN PACE $500,000 BREEDERS CROWN 3YO FILLY PACE $500,000 BREEDERS CROWN 3YO COLT PACE by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society

During big sporting event weeks across the nation, local communities and businesses usually offer specials on food and drink that surround that particular event to not only promote, but bring in customers. This week is Hambletonian Week in Northern New Jersey, particular Bergen County, and one business is getting in the sulky to help promote harness racing’s biggest day. In a small strip mall on the corner of Westwood Avenue and Rivervale Road in River Vale, Adam’s Bagel Café and Deli is offering up the Hambletonian Sandwich. The sandwich is made up of Boar’s Head pastrami turkey, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, and coleslaw on toasted multigrain bread and is also served with a side of macaroni salad, a pickle and a free soda. Price: $7.99. “A friend of mine in upstate New York has a similar sandwich and I just wanted to bring it to New Jersey and the event itself and have it closer to home,” said owner Adam Adel, who has run his Bergen County establishment for 25 years. There is a TV on site and plenty of seating, so if you can’t make it to The Meadowlands on Saturday, stop on over, order the Hambletonian Sandwich - every sandwich order comes with a free Hambletonian hat and watch the 94th edition of the Hambletonian. Adam’s Bagel Café and Deli is located at 655 Westwood Avenue in River Vale and is open from 5 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Sunday. CBS Sports Network will present a 90-minute telecast of the $1 million Hambletonian, live from the Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 4-5:30 p.m. (EDT). The Hambletonian is the first and most prestigious leg of the Trotting Triple Crown. CBS Sports Network, which has been the broadcast home of the Hambletonian since 2012, also will air the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, and provide coverage of the $280,000 John Cashman Memorial Trot, featuring 2016 Hambletonian and Triple Crown champion Marion Marauder. Adam’s Cafe will remain open later so patrons can watch the Hambletonian on CBS Sports Network. by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - CBS Sports Network will present a 90-minute telecast of the $1 million Hambletonian, live from The Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J., on Sat., Aug. 3, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. [EDT] The Hambletonian is the first and most prestigious leg of the Trotting Triple Crown. The broadcast will re-air Sunday, Aug. 4 at 8:30 a.m. CBS Sports Network has been the broadcast home of the Hambletonian since 2012, and will showcase the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, and provide coverage of the $280,000 John Cashman Memorial Trot. "The Hambletonian is the premier harness racing event in North America," said Hambletonian Society president John Campbell, the organization that owns and administers 136 of racing's most important events. "The Hambletonian has been televised for 40 years and with the support of our broadcast partners, The Meadowlands, and the U.S. Trotting Association that is going to continue." The on-air team for the Hambletonian is a stellar trio of award-winning harness racing veterans. Gary Seibel, a former host of racing coverage on ESPN, NBC, CBS and TVG, will anchor the coverage. A member of harness racing's Communicators Hall of Fame, Seibel will be appearing on his 26th straight Hambletonian broadcast, including a 13-year run on CBS and a 5-year stint with NBC. Seibel is a veteran horse racing broadcaster, who has been widely recognized as one of network television's premier harness racing authorities for nearly three decades. Seibel will begin his seventh season as track announcer and TV simulcast host at Cal Expo racetrack in Sacramento, California. Dave Brower, one of harness racing's sharpest handicappers, will co-anchor. Brower, a staple of The Meadowlands airwaves, recently returned to "Racing from the Meadowlands" television program on SNY, and is an alumnus of Fox Sports New York, MSG Networks and TVG's "Drive Time". He is the author of the bestseller Harnessing Winners: The Complete Guide to Handicapping Harness Races. Canada's Greg Blanchard will provide pre-and-post race interviews, along with information from the backstretch throughout the day. The Director of Racing at Ontario-based Western Fair, Blanchard has previously worked for Woodbine Entertainment Group in Toronto as a television commentator, hosting both network and simulcast broadcasts for both Standardbred and thoroughbred breeds and also served as Manager of Media Communications for the Standardbred division. Emmy Award winner Mike Trager and the Trager Group have been executive producers of the Hambletonian broadcasts for the past 25 years. The award winning team will be led by producer David Bruner and director David Newman, both Hambletonian and harness racing broadcast veterans. Meadowlands announcer Ken Warkentin will provide his racing expertise and race call. The Hambletonian show will re-air Sunday, Aug. 4 at 8:30 a.m. CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, is available across the country in more than 99 million homes nationwide. CBS Sports Network televises nearly 600 live events and over 3,000 hours of live programming every year including live college football, college basketball, and more from the MW, AAC, Big East, C-USA, A-10, Army, Navy, and the Patriot League. CBSSN is also the home to Professional Bull Riding and Big3 Basketball. For more information, and to access the CBS Sports Network channel finder, go to by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - In celebration of the 94th edition of America's greatest harness race, the Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands Racetrack and Tomasello Winery have again teamed up to provide fans and guests with two special limited edition wine selections. The $1 million Hambletonian will be raced Saturday afternoon, Aug. 3 as the finale to the championship meet at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Post time is 12 noon. Labeled "The Hambletonian at the Meadowlands", the Hammonton-based winery (the second-oldest active in the Garden State) will produce a Pinot Grigio and a Pinot Noir exclusively for Saturday's edition that will be available for purchase Friday, Aug. 2 and Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. This year's label was created by Meadowlands Racetrack's graphic designer Kathleen Estes and is based on the Jim Lisa of track photographer LisaPhoto image of last year's Hambletonian winner, Atlanta, in honor of her becoming the 14th filly in history to win the event and the first to accomplish the feat in 22 years. "Folks are always looking for an alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay which seem to be still so popular after a long period of time. The truth is some of the world's finest wine educators will tell you after tasting thousands of wines, many still find Pinot Noir to be one of the best wines in the world. Without any question this is the most difficult grape to grow in New Jersey hands down, but for people who want to explore a nice soft red wine there is nothing better," said Tomasello Winery vice president Jack Tomasello. "Pinot Grigio is such a nice white wine for the summer and it has such a clean and crisp taste. Non-oaked, this wine goes so well with foul and fish, but can also be served with fine cheeses and spreads." Tomasello Winery is a fourth generation family-owned winery producing award winning wines since 1933. Tomasello is one of the largest winegrowers in New Jersey, having 70 acres of grapes under cultivation, and producing 75,000 cases of wine per year, distributing in over half of the United States and also exporting to the Pacific Rim. In addition to wines, Tomasello produces sparkling wines, hard ciders, fruit wines and ports. Tomasello Winery has 10 retail outlets thought out the Garden State and their wines are distributed by Fedway and available in over 800 retail wine stores in the state. by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society

In, 2019, the Hambletonian Society is accepting Supplemental Yearling Nominations for the stakes and harness racing events they service that required a May 15 yearling nominating payment for foals of 2018. "It was brought to our attention by the staking services that there are always a handful of yearlings missed in the process in May," said John Campbell, president of the Hambletonian Society, which owns and administers 137 of the richest stakes in North America. "The board accepted the premise that the odd yearling may have been left out when it comes time to catalog yearlings for fall sales." "Since yearling eligibility is the key to so many stakes, we thought it would be fair to try accepting a yearling supplement in August for the races we service. The key was trying to find a fair amount and the right time frame to allow this." The Supplemental Yearling Nomination payment is for those nominators who have missed the regular May 15th payment deadline but are still interested in maintaining eligibility to those stakes that require yearling payments. The new supplemental payment is due by August 15th, in an amount five times the standard May 15th payment for the race in question. For example, the May 15th yearling payment for the Adios is $10. The Supplemental Yearling Payment would be five times that amount, or $50. All payments must be postmarked by August 15 and mailed to the Hambletonian Society office. The direct link to the form for Supplemental Yearling Nominations can be found on our website here: or by calling our office and having the form faxed or e-mailed to you. For further information please feel free to call (609) 371-2211 or e-mail me at Moira Fanning  

The Hambletonian Maturity, a $450,000 race exclusively for 4-year-old trotters, drew 11 entrants and will go to post Saturday (July 13) at The Meadowlands. Headlining the field is Atlanta, the 2018 Hambletonian winner and one of just 14 fillies to capture the classic event. Atlanta raced into the record books last Saturday in the Graduate final, catching world champion Six Pack at the wire in 1:49.1. That makes her the fastest trotting mare ever, and it was the fastest trotting mile ever at The Meadowlands. A win in the Maturity by Atlanta, a daughter of Chapter Seven-Hemi Blue Chip, would make her just the second Hambletonian champion after Marion Marauder (2017) to capture the modern-day edition of the Maturity. Post positions, driver choices, race number and morning line will be available when finalized. The field in alphabetical order is: Created by the Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands as a racing opportunity solely for 4-year-olds previously eligible to the Hambletonian and Oaks, like those events the Maturity racing conditions prohibit the use of Lasix, the only race day medication permitted in New Jersey and entrants are subject to out of competition testing and a retention barn. The distance is 1-1/8 miles. All starters in the race will receive money, with the winner receiving 50 percent of the purse. One percent of the total purse will be paid to the owners of the finalist finishing sixth through eleventh. The remainder of the purse for the Maturity will be divided 50-24-16-10 percent for the horses finishing second through fifth.   by Moira Fanning for the Hambletonian Society

The $400,000E Hambletonian Maturity trotting race is scheduled for Saturday, July 13 (post time 7:15 p.m.) at The Meadowlands. It is the sixth edition of the race created by the Hambletonian Society and The Meadowlands to provide a harness racing opportunity for four-year-old trotters. The Hambletonian Maturity allows for supplemental entries under the following conditions: Supplemental entries are due and payable by 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Payment of $50,000 ($42,000 plus the $8,000 entrance fee) must be in certified U.S. Funds and RECEIVED in the Racing Office prior to 8 a.m. (local time) on that day along with the supplemental entry. The supplemental check may also be delivered to the Hambletonian Society office before the end of the business day on Monday, July 8. All supplemental entrance fees shall be made payable to the Hambletonian Society Inc. All supplemental fees shall be added to the amount of the purse of the specific race. Entries for eligible Maturity horses are due at the standard entry time of 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 9. If any supplemental entries are received for the Hambletonian Maturity, notice will be dispersed via Meadowlands text message service. Like the Hambletonian and Oaks, the Maturity racing conditions prohibit the use of Lasix, the only race day medication permitted in New Jersey, and entrants are subject to out of competition testing. All contestants must report to the Stakes Barn at the Meadowlands no later than 11:00 p.m., Friday, July 12. The Maturity is raced at a distance of a mile and an eighth and all starters will receive money. The complete race conditions and eligibles can be found here: Please call the Meadowlands Racing office at 201-842-5130 or the Hambletonian Society at 609-371-2211 for further information.   Moira Fanning

Cranbury, NJ, May 8, 2019.....The Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands Racetrack have signed a two-year contract extension guaranteeing the harness racing host venue of the $1.2 million Hambletonian, $600,000 Hambletonian Oaks and the $400,000 Hambletonian Maturity through 2023. The Meadowlands has been the longest-running host track of America's Classic Trotting event, having held the race for 37 years since the Society relocated the race from the DuQuoin State Fair in Illinois to The Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, New Jersey in 1981. It is traditionally held the first Saturday in August, with this year's $1.2 million event slated for August 3. The race is simulcast internationally and attracts record wagering handle and attendance at the north Jersey track. "We look forward to continuing our relationship with the Hambletonian Society," said Jeff Gural, CEO of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. "We pride ourselves on showcasing world-class harness racing and the Hambletonian, Hambletonian Oaks and Hambletonian Maturity are an important part of our Championship Meet." John Campbell, president and CEO of the Hambletonian Society, echoed those sentiments. "We are extremely pleased with our relationship with the Meadowlands, and consider the Meadowlands the true home of the Hambletonian. The Society is delighted with the resurgence of harness racing in New Jersey and the Hambletonian contract extension is another indication of the strength and permanence of the sport in the Garden State." The Hambletonian has undergone multiple format changes and been raced at six host tracks since 1926. The racing conditions allow for flexibility in the format, and in 2020 eliminations will be contested the week before to determine the final field. Hambletonian No. 95 is set for August 8, 2020. Prior to 1991, entrants had to win two heats to be declared the Hambletonian winner, though that only occurred three times in Meadowlands history. From 1991-1996, the same day heat format was still utilized, but the winner of the final heat was declared the Hambletonian winner. In 1997 the eliminations moved to the week before the event so the Meadowlands could create a week-long Hambletonian Festival, including Breeders Crown Open races. When Jeff Gural leased the Meadowlands from the state of New Jersey in 2011, same day heats were put back in to play for the race in 2012, and will remain through the race of 2019. "The flexibility in the conditions allows the Society to always act in the best interest of the race, the sport, our host track partners and most importantly the health and welfare of the horse," continued Campbell. Eligibility to the Hambletonian begins each year with a May 15 yearling nomination and continues with sustaining payments through a horse's two and three-year-old year. There are no supplements to the Hambletonian or Oaks. The Hambletonian is the first leg of the trotting Triple Crown. It is currently the only harness race to be broadcast on network TV, and has been for more than 30 years. For more information contact Moira Fanning at the Hambletonian Society (609-371-2211) or Rachel Ryan at the Meadowlands Racetrack (201-842-5015)   Moira Fanning

The finish of the August 5, 2017 $1 million Hambletonian, was the subject of two judge's inquiries, and resulted in the winner of the richest race for sophomore trotters being disqualified and placed out of the money for the first time in Hambletonian history. The appeal of that judge's decision has been finalized and purse monies from the event held 18 months ago were recently order disbursed by the NJ Racing Commission. What The Hill, driven by Dave Miller and trained by Ron Burke, was fourth in his Hambletonian elimination heat, but came roaring back in the final heat of the Hambletonian to win in 1:52.3. The inquiry light was flashed and after reviewing the race for two incidents - International Moni's break in the first turn and Guardian Angel AS going off stride in the stretch - both were deemed interference breaks, and What The Hill was placed ninth behind Guardian Angel AS, who galloped when the wheel of What The Hill's sulky struck his hoof. Second-place finisher Perfect Spirit, driven and trained by Ake Svanstedt, was placed first, his owners SRF Stable entered the winner circle and accepted the Hambletonian trophy, and they will now receive the disputed part of the purse totaling $275,000 as well. The judge's ruling, which also suspended David Miller for three days for careless driving, was appealed and eventually heard by the Office of Administrative Law as a contested case. In a ruling dated March 26, 2019, the NJ Racing Commission adopted the decision of the Administrative Law Judge, which confirmed the initial judge's ruling and ordered the purse money held in escrow be paid. The earnings of the participants and the race history will now officially reflect the following in finish order: Perfect Spirit receives difference between 2nd and 1st place money: $275,000.00 Devious Man receives the difference between 3rd and 2nd place money: $117,000.00 Enterprise receives the difference between 4th and 3rd place money: $36,000.00 Bills Man receives the difference between 5th and 4th place money: $27,000.00 Victor Gio T receives the difference between 5th and 6th place money. $35,000.00. The remaining 6-10 finishers, including What The Hill who was placed 9th, received the $10,000 starter's share of the purse.   What The Hill went on to win the Canadian Trotting Classic and Breeders Crown as well as the TVG against older trotters, and was voted Dan Patch honoree for his division. Now standing at Hickory Lane Farm in Ohio, he attracted 140 mares in his first year at stud and will welcome his first foal crop this year. Perfect Spirit continues to race as 5-year-old in Sweden and has earned over $1 million.   Moira Fanning

The $1 million Hambletonian and the harness racing filly companion stake, the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, will be raced on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 3, at the Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Meadowlands has held America's Trotting Classic for a record 38 years, the longest run of any host track. The 94th edition of the Open event will feature eliminations and final on the same afternoon. Eliminations for the Hambletonian Oaks, if necessary, will be raced Saturday, July 27. The 2018 Dan Patch Rising Star Award-winner, trainer Marcus Melander, also happens to have the Winter Book favorite for the Hambletonian in his stable, the freshman male Dan Patch divisional champion trotter, Gimpanzee. Gimpanzee authored a perfect 9-for-9 season for Melander and owners Courant Inc. & SRF Stable, winning the Breeders Crown and the New York Sires Stakes final on his way to $591,358 in earnings. "Gimpanzee has been training very good all winter, never missed a day of training and he has grown and filled out nicely. He's on the road to the Hambo starting in May (New York Sire Stakes) at Vernon Downs," said Melander. Melander has more than just one arrow in his Hambletonian quiver - add in Green Manalishi S, ($510,557) runner-up to stablemate Gimpanzee in the Breeders Crown and winner of the William Wellwood Memorial who closed his year with five wins and five seconds in 10 starts, and Greenshoe ($76,723), who fetched $330,000 as a yearling under the name Rifleman. Greenshoe scored his major victory in the New Jersey Sire Stakes final in an abbreviated freshman campaign. "Green Manalishi S has also been training good all winter," continued Melander. "He's probably grown and filled out even more than the rest of the group. He was a really big horse last year and I think now when he's a year older and filled out so nice over the winter it will be very exciting to see how he developed. The plan is to qualify him in the beginning of May. "Greenshoe feels like he's matured a lot during the winter months, he's an incredibly fast horse, definitely the fastest one of my 3-year olds, but he needs to behave himself better at the track this year. He will qualify in late April and his first race for the season will be in New Jersey Sire Stakes." Demon Onthe Hill ($144,542) and Gerry ($67,147) also train in the Melander barn, completing an impressive starting lineup for the 27-year-old native of Sweden. "Demon Onthe Hill - he's a nice little horse that always does his best. He did great in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes last year and then had some bad racing luck down in Lexington. He's been training good and he definitely has the potential to be in the Hambletonian. Gerry, he's a really nice horse, he started out his 2-year-old season very good but then ran in to some problem later in the season. He's been training well all winter and I'm very excited how he developed over the winter." Other highly anticipated eligibles include Swandre The Giant, an Indiana-bred son of Swan For All-Adagio who changed hands for a reported seven-digit sum last year after racking up seven straight wins in state-bred company. Horse agent Ernie Martinez, who put the deal together for current owners Diamond Creek racing, J&T Silva Stables and Howard Taylor, reports that the colt is training down in the Florida division of the Ron Burke stable. "I don't like to throw money around," said Martinez. "But this colt impressed me so much. Maybe we asked him to do too much too soon last year but we turned him out in Kentucky and Burke loves the way he is training down." Peter Haughton winner Don't Let'Em, Valley Victory winner Southwind Avenger, and O'Brien Award winner Forbidden Trade are all listed among the eligible horses. There are no supplemental entries permitted in the Hambletonian and Oaks, nor are participants in those events or the Hambletonian Maturity (July 18), permitted the use of Lasix or Butazolidin. The Hambletonian is the first leg of the Trotting Triple Crown, followed by the Yonkers Trot at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday, Aug. 31, and the Kentucky Futurity at the Red Mile on Sunday, Oct. 6. The Hambletonian is also the longest-running live broadcast in harness racing. The Aug. 3 event will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network from 4-5:30 p.m. (EDT). The Hambletonian Trail commences Saturday, May 4, with the Dexter Cup and Lady Suffolk at Freehold Raceway. Eligibles for all Hambletonian-serviced stakes can be found at Moira Fanning

Cranbury, NJ... The first payment deadline for eligibility to 136 harness racing stake events, headlined by the $1.5 million Hambletonian and the $6 million Breeders Crown series is just around the corner. The 94th Hambletonian will raced at The Meadowlands on Saturday, August 3 with same-day elimination heats. The $500,000 Oaks has eliminations the week before on July 27. The Breeders Crown returns to Woodbine Mohawk Park in 2019, with 2-year-old elims scheduled for Friday, Oct. 18 and finals on Friday, Oct. 25. Three-year-old and open events will race eliminations, if necessary, on Saturday, Oct. 19 and finals on Saturday, Oct. 26. Since February 15 falls on a Friday, followed by a federal holiday (Monday, Feb. 18 President's Day with no mail delivery) payments for all Hambletonian-Society serviced Stakes will be accepted if postmarked by midnight on Tuesday, February 19. In 2019, The Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and Clara Barton Distaff Pace will be raced at Plainridge Park Casino on Sunday, July 28th. Both of these races were cancelled in 2018, but are back with us in 2019. There is a new series at Hoosier Park the Society will handle called The Star Destroyer Series. This series is for 3-Year-Old Colt and Filly Pacers and Trotters and will be raced in late June of this year. The conditions are similar to the Pegasus Series and can be found on the race page at There are scheduled payment changes to the following races: Caesar's Trotting Classic, Dan Patch, Dayton Derby Pace & Trot, Jenna's Beach Boy and the Miami Valley Distaff Pace & Trot. Please check over the payment forms and payment schedules on the condition sheets for these races as they all have different payment schedules than in 2018. The conditions for each race can be found on the specific race page. The Hambletonian Society services 136 of harness racing's richest and most prestigious events and provides one-stop shopping for your staking needs. Our website,, contains all the tools and information necessary to stake your horse yourself. Payment forms are always available on our website at Race conditions, payment forms and much more information is now available online. For more information call the Society offices at 609-371-2211. The following races are serviced by The Hambletonian Society: Adios/Adioo Volo Arden Downs Art Rooney/Lismore Breeders Crown Cane Pace/Shady Daisy Carl Erskine Centaur Trotting Classic Circle City Series 3-Year-Olds Clara Barton Distaff Pace (New) Courageous Lady Filly Pace Currier & Ives Stakes Dan Patch Open Pace Dayton Pace & Trot Derby Dexter Cup/Lady Suffolk The Elevation Fox Stakes Hambletonian/Oaks Hambletonian Maturity Hoosier Stake Horseman Stake Hoosier Park Pacing Derby Jenna's Beach Boy 3CP Kentuckiana Stallion Mgmt T/P Keystone Classics Landmark Early Closer Liberty Bell T/P Madison County 2-Year-Olds Matron Stakes Messenger Stakes/Lady Maud Miami Valley Distaff Trot & Pace Monument Circle Pegasus Series 3-Year-Old Trot/Pace Progress Pace W.N. Reynolds Memorial E.C. John Simpson Memorial E.C. Spirit of Massachusetts Trot The Star Destroyer Series The U.S.S. Indianapolis Mem. The Crossroads of America Tompkins-Geers Early Closer Ralph Wilfong/The Horseman Yonkers Trot/Hudson Filly Trot by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society  

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