The Hambletonian Society services 129 of harness racing’s richest and most prestigious events. Our site provides all the tools and information necessary to stake your horse yourself. Race conditions, payment forms, results of the previous year’s winners and pertinent information are available online.
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.
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. To learn more about us and our efforts to promote the standardbred industry click here.
About This Site
This site includes content for both horsemen and racing fans alike.
For horsemen, the Staking section provides information and resources about all of our races including conditions, eligibilities, and entry forms.
Horsemen should also be sure to review the news and notes on the left side of the page which highlights important upcoming events and deadlines as well as links to current news throughout the site.
For racing fans our Archives section contains historical results and media from the Hambletonian and Breeder's Crown including race commentaries, charts, photos and videos. The Gallery section features slide shows of memorabilia and racing action.
The Hambletonian Society Today
Today the Society’s responsibilities include the management of 129 of harness racing’s most important events at 14 North American tracks, including the 42 races which it owns.
From an administrative standpoint, this includes the collection of over $11.9 million dollars in 2012, (consisting of some 75,746 individual eligibility payments from horse owners and breeders, as well as the added monies provided by race tracks and other stakes sponsors) and the distribution of those funds in purses to the winning horse owners.
In 2012 the Society oversaw the administration and payout of more than $21.8 million in purses, in addition to standardizing the format of racing conditions and assisting tracks in implementing special event races.
In Recent Years...The Society takes an active role in engaging corporate participation and acquiring national television for the Hambletonian and the Breeders Crown program, thereby raising the profile of the standardbred industry through its publicity and marketing efforts. Among the accomplishments and ongoing endeavors of the Society in these areas:
The Hambletonian Society is an RMTC Group Stakeholder.