|Feb. 11, 2016~Payments for all Hambletonian Society-serviced Stakes Due |
*For complete list of stakes, click on the links in the right hand column*
The initial payment deadline for eligibility to more than 129 stake events at 13 different tracks, headlined by the $1 million Hambletonian heats at The Meadowlands on Saturday, August 6 and the $5.8 million Breeders Crown events at The Meadowlands in October, is fast approaching.
Since Monday, February 15, is a federal holiday [President’s Day, with no mail service] payments for all Hambletonian Society-serviced Stakes are due Tuesday, February 16 and must be postmarked by midnight on Wednesday, February 17, per USTA Rule 12.02.
Changes to the event landscape in 2016 include the transformation of the John Simpson Memorial races from stakes to early-closers featuring reduced nomination payments and starting fees; and the addition of the Liberty Bell for 2 & 3-year-old Pennsylvania-sired pacers and trotters at Harrah’s Philadelphia has been added to their rich roster of races.
The Hambletonian Society services more than a hundred of harness racing’s richest and most prestigious events and provides one-stop shopping for your staking needs. The web site contains all the tools and information necessary to stake your horse yourself. All information pertaining to these races – racing conditions, payment forms and much more information – is now available online at http://www.hambletonian.org or by calling the Society offices at 609-371-2211.
In all cases only ONE check (U.S. FUNDS) is ever necessary for each of the four payments periods i.e.: February 15, March 15, April 15 or May 15.
|Feb. 11, 2016~Breeders Crown returns to the Meadowlands in 2016 |
The Breeders Crown, harness racing’s annual year-end series of 12 championship events, valued at $5.8 million, returns to longtime partner track The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ, for 2016.
For just the second time in its 40-year history, the Meadowlands will race Standardbred cards in September and October, setting the stage for optimum dates for the Breeders Crown events. The state-of-the-art grandstand built by Jeff Gural opened in November, 2013 and hosted all 12 Breeders Crown events in November of 2014. The one-mile oval in East Rutherford, New Jersey will have hosted 91 Breeders Crown races – more than any other single racetrack.
“The Meadowlands has been an extraordinary host to some of the best racing in the world for more than four decades,” said Tom Charters, president and CEO of the Hambletonian Society, which owns and administers the Breeders Crown. “Our partnership with Jeff Gural and his management team and the Standardbred Breeders and Owners of New Jersey continues to carry that legacy forward.”
The Breeders Crown, usually the deciding event in year-end honors, will feature the four open events on Friday, Oct. 28. The eight freshmen and sophomore races will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29.
Breeders Crown two-year-old races are the richest offered in the division, with $600,000 finals in each gait and gender. Eliminations for all events, if needed, would be held the prior week. Payments for the 2016 Breeders Crown program commence February 15, and all information can be found at http://www.hambletonian.org/staking/breeders_crown.html.
“It is always an honor for the Meadowlands to host the Breeders Crown, harness racing’s year-end championship event,” said Jason M. Settlemoir, Meadowlands CEO and General Manager. “We have a very long and positive relationship with the Hambletonian Society and it is only fitting for the Breeders Crown to be raced on the sport’s greatest stage. We are looking forward to hosting two of the most exciting nights of racing and expect to see more performances that will go down in the history books.”
The 2015 Breeders Crown night hosted by Woodbine Entertainment Group in Toronto at Woodbine Racetrack generated a Canadian Standardbred record handle of CDN $5,748,950 for the 13-race card.
Hoosier Park, home of Standardbred racing in Indiana, will host their first ever Breeders Crown events in the fall of 2017. The seven-eighths mile track, which opened in Anderson in 1994, and is now owned by Centaur Gaming, was awarded all 12 championship races, becoming the 31st racetrack to host the “Crown”.
“The Breeders Crown series, the horsemen, owners, fans and racetracks benefit in every way by rotating among the best tracks in North America,” Charters stated. The 32-year-old series has typically crowned champions in every division for trotters and pacers and has been the deciding factor in Horse of the Year honors since 1984. More than $178 million in purse money has been disbursed over 358 events. Originally conceived and executed as a traveling series, the Crown has traveled to racetracks across North America and been raced as single night or multiple events.