With no eliminations required for the Hambletonian, the wagering format for Hambletonian Day on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 2, at the Meadowlands becomes more enhanced since the field for the final will be known all week as opposed to last year when the field was not known until mid-card on Hambletonian Day. This year's 15-race Hambletonian Day program will offer an unprecedented five guaranteed pools of $50,000 or more, including three Pick 4 wagers.
A $50,000 Guaranteed 50-cent Pick 5 will kick off the program in the first race, followed by a $50,000 Guaranteed 50-cent Pick 4 in Race 3. From there, the guarantees ramp up to a 50-cent Pick 4 in Race 7, guaranteed at $75,000. Next is a $75,000 Guaranteed Pick 5 beginning in Race 9 that is anchored by the Hambletonian final itself. Last, but certainly not least, is a $100,000 Guaranteed 50-cent Pick 4 beginning with the Hambletonian Oaks which includes the Hambletonian final and covers the last four races on the program. There will be win, place, show, exacta and trifecta wagering on all races. There will also be 10-cent superfectas offered on all races.
The Wagering Format in detail is as follows.
Race 1: 50-cent Pick 5 ($50,000 Guaranteed) – Daily Double
Race 2: Pick 3
Race 3: 50-cent Pick 4 ($50,000 Guaranteed)
Race 4: Pick 3
Race 5: Pick 3
Race 6: Pick 3
Race 7: 50-cent Pick 4 ($75,000 Guaranteed)
Race 8: Pick 3
Race 9: 50-cent Pick 5 ($75,000 Guaranteed)
Race 10: Pick 3
Race 11: Pick 3
Race 12: 50-cent Pick 4 ($100,000 Guaranteed)
Race 13: Pick 3
Race 14: Daily Double
Race 15: Second half Daily Double