Racetrack, longest-running host track of the classic Hambletonian race for
3-year-old trotters, has set a date of Saturday afternoon August 5, 2017 for
the 92nd edition of the classic event.
Society, which owns the race, and Jeff Gural, chairman of the New Meadowlands
Racetrack LLC, have an existing contract to host the Hambletonian through 2021.
The $1 million
Hambletonian, and the companion race for 3-year-old fillies, the $500,000
Hambletonian Oaks, are the richest of their kind currently offered in harness
racing, and among the richest worldwide, regardless of breed.
There are currently 350
colts and 347 fillies eligible to make sustaining payments in February 2017 to
remain eligible to participate in next year’s race.
the likelihood that the casino referendum will be defeated, the Meadowlands is
fully committed to host the Hambletonian next year on August 5 and continues to
expect to fully promote this prestigious race as our signature event,” said Jeff Gural.
continues to set North American handle and attendance records in the new
Meadowlands grandstand, with more than $6.9 million wagered in 2016. The Hambletonian
race is also the longest-running live national TV broadcast in harness
For more information
contact Moira Fanning at the Hambletonian Society (732-306-6713) or Rachel Ryan
at the Meadowlands Racetrack (201) 842-5015.