East Rutherford, NJ - The Grand Opening of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment on November 23rd is scheduled to include a pair of $50,000 preliminary legs for the TVG Free For All Pace and Trot. This is the last chance for horsemen to have their respective horses earn points to gain a spot in the $500,000 Pacing and Trotting Finals. The current point standings can be found here. The entry box for Opening Night, Saturday November 23rd closes at 9:00 AM Tuesday November 19th and the condition sheet is available by clicking here. Additionally, the Race Office at the Meadowlands encourages trainers and owners to enter their horses in the $500,000 Final of both the TVG FFA Pace and Trot on November 30th, regardless of their place in the point standings as the possibility of a horse ranked higher than theirs not entering could open up a spot in the Final. Full conditions for the TVG FFA Championships can be found here. If you have any questions regarding the series, please contact the Meadowlands race office. Rachel Ryan
East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands and Winners Bayonne held the $12,000 Breeders Crown Pick 13 Challenge on Saturday night. While no one walked away with the $12,000 Grand Prize, Rich Christianson did win $5,000. Christianson, of Belleville, NJ managed to select 9 of 12 winners on the Breeders Crown card. The contest was sponsored by Jeff Gural’s Allerage Farms. Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will run a Pick 13 Challenge on Opening Night, Saturday, November 23. The $1 Million Pick 13 Contest challenges guests to select the winners of all 13 races that Saturday. Anyone that picks all 13 winners will win $1 million. If no contestant correctly picks all 13 winners, runner-up prizes are offered: · Pick 12 winners - $10,000 · Pick 11 winners - $7,500 · Pick 10 winners - $5,000 · Pick 9 winners - $2,500 · Pick 8 winners - $100 betting voucher Official contest rules can be found at by clicking here. by Rachel Ryan for the Meadowlands
With harness racing’s championship night, The Breeders Crown, nearly upon us, New Meadowlands Racing LLC has put together a promotion to make the night even better. The event will take place at both of its properties, the Meadowlands Racetrack and Winners Bayonne. The promotion, a free handicapping contest, is sponsored by Jeff Gural’s Allerage Farms. The handicapping contest could send someone home $12,000 richer and the best part, it's entirely free to enter. The Meadowlands and Winners Bayonne will offer the contest in which contestants will attempt to pick the winner of all 12 Breeders Crown races. If any contestant is successful in doing so, they will the win $12,000 grand prize. If multiple contestants are successful, they will split the grand prize. If no one is successful in selecting all 12 winners, the contestant with the most winners from the 12 Breeders Crown races will win $5,000. In the event of a tie, the prize money will be equally divided among entrants involved in the tie. The contest will be available at both the Meadowlands Racetrack and Winners Bayonne. The winner will either be the contestant that has all 12 winners correct, or the contestant with the most winners at either the Meadowlands Racetrack or Winners Bayonne. Hopefully, there is a contestant that selects all 12 winners and takes home the $12,000 Grand Prize. At the very least a $5,000 prize is being given away. For a free entry, that beats any parlay in racing! by Rachel Ryan for New Meadowlands Racing, LLC
Calculating the final all-sources handle for Hambletonian Day is a lengthy and complicated process due to foreign, non-commingled partners. The actual final tally is not known for several months. However, with some foreign outlets still in the process of reporting/finalizing their numbers, the total handle is projected to be very close to $8 Million, which will be an increase from 2012. Unlike a typical race day, Hambletonian Day handle is comprised of much more than on-track handle and North American Export. In addition, there is wagering in the form of commingled and non-commingled (separate pool) foreign dollars. Some of these outlets include France, Sweden, Finland and Australia. Despite rain falling through the first 5 races, the live handle in 2013 of $1,648,015 was virtually flat compared to the $1,649,385 wagered in 2012. The 2013 commingled export of $5,252,302 marked an increase of 15-percent from the $4,577,832 wagered through commingled export in 2012. In addition, there was $2,261,405 wagered on the Hambletonian Eliminations and Final, not including non-commingled foreign wagering. That total, when compared to the $1,637,993 wagered on the Eliminations (held the week prior) and Final in 2012, yields an increase of 38-percent. Without the non-commingled foreign dollars factored in, this was the 5th highest total wagered on the Hambletonian in its history. Furthermore, when the non-commingled wagers are calculated, the total could come very close to record Hambletonian handle of $2,583,857 set in 2001. In order to gauge the success of the 2013 Hambletonian, it is important to compare the event to the last time it was held in a heat-format, which was in 1996. On that day, there was a total all-sources handle of $6,115,765 with $1,237,692 wagered on the Eliminations and the Hambletonian Final. Therefore a total handle increase of over $1.8 Million and a Hambletonian total handle nearly double that of the last time the event was held in heats makes the 2013 edition a rousing success. While there will always be more money wagered on a single Hambletonian Final when the field is known for the entire week leading up to the race, heat-racing produces a much more exciting event and a larger total handle on the Eliminations and the Final combined. The 2013 Hambletonian handle figures show that heat racing can be successful on the biggest stage in the modern-era. Rachel Ryan
Real Babe handed the heavily favored Maven her first defeat of the 2013 harness racing campaign in the first $20,000 leg of the Ima Lula trotting series for four year old mares. Joe Bongiorno was in from Saratoga for the card and picked up the drive on Real Babe for trainer Mark Harder. Joe got the mare away second and when the dust settled moved her to the front through a comfortable 56.1 half. The pair would face no pressure until very late and Real Babe required minimal encouragement from Bongiorno. Maven meanwhile followed stablemate D'Orsay up into striking position off the final bend but could not track the winner down through a 28.1 end to a 1:53.2 mile. The mile is a career best for the regally bred daughter of Donato Hanover from Housethatruthbuilt and sets her up nicely for the balance of the series which concludes on #Hambo13 Day, August 3. Emilio and Maria Rosati of New South Wales, Australia are the proud owners. It was one of three wins on the night for Bongiorno. Personal Style finished third while Check Me Out rallied boldly from last at the top of the stretch to finish a very fast-closing fourth. The Ima Lula Final on Hambletonian Day is shaping up to be a classic. Thanks to large fields and competitive racing, total handle showed an increase of 25-percent when compared to the same Saturday program one year ago, despite the Meadowlands regular drivers being scattered around North America due to major stakes action. Racing returns on Friday with the Eliminations for The Merrie Annabelle and Peter Haughton Memorial. Saturday features Eliminations for The Hambletonian Oaks, John Cashman Memorial, U.S. Pacing Championship, Lady Liberty, New Jersey Classic and Miss New Jersey as well as the second leg of The Ima Lula Series. Post Time for both programs is 7:15 P.M. Rachel Ryan
The weekend for harness racing driver Corey Callahan could not have started any better. On the eve of his first drive in The Meadowlands Pace, behind Beach Memories, Callahan lit the track on fire in East Rutherford, to the tune of six winners.
Bob 'Hollywood' Heyden ranks Art Official's upset of Somebeachsomewhere in 2008 as his greatest Meadowlands Pace moment. Heyden has seen them all, as a harness racing fan and as the Meadowlands Racetrack's statistician, television personality and unofficial historian.
Thanks to a partnership agreement between Trackmaster and the Meadowlands Racetrack, the Trackmaster program pages for the entire 14-race Meadowlands Pace harness racing program on Saturday are available for download, free of charge on the Meadowlands website.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - John Campbell delivered a emphatic message when he accepted the Stan Bergstein-Proximity Award, a tribute to his extraordinary career as the all-time leading driver in harness racing.
Please be aware that on Meadowlands Pace night Saturday, July 13 a concert is taking place at MetLife Stadium and travel and parking may be delayed.
Captaintreacherous, the brightest star in harness racing, makes his eagerly anticipated return to The Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday night.
The Meadowlands Pace night at a glance on Saturday, July 13.
The 2013 Meadowlands Pace media guide and horse profiles for the ten Pace finalists are now available.
International Sound Corporation (ISC) was chosen to install a new High Definition broadcast control room at the New Meadowlands Racetrack.
The Meadowlands also staged two $50,000 eliminations for the $471,800 William Haughton Memorial for harness racing Free-For-All pacers. Warrawee Needy and Sweet Lou took the eliminations, and the right to select their posts.
Captaintreacherous, the biggest star in harness racing, is the 6-5 favorite for the $635,750 Meadowlands Pace.