The initial payment deadline for eligibility to more than 137 stake events at 16 different tracks, headlined by the $1 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands on Aug. 2 and the $5 million Breeders Crown events at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ, on Nov. 21 and 22, is fast approaching.
Because of the federal holiday on Monday, payments for all Hambletonian-Society serviced Stakes must be postmarked by midnight on Tuesday, Feb. 18, per USTA rule 12, section 4.
A host of new stakes in Ohio will be administered by the Hambletonian Society, including the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park for three-year-old colt pacers, and a pair of open events for both gaits at Miami Valley Gaming & Racing and Hollywood at Dayton Raceway.
The inaugural $400,000 Hambletonian Maturity for four-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands is new on the stakes calendar this year and the four Historic races for sophomores are moving to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
Yonkers Raceway has guaranteed purses of $500,000 each for their Triple Crown events of the Messenger Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers and the Yonkers Trot for 3-year-old colt trotters.
The Hambletonian Society services 137 of harness racing's richest and most prestigious events and provides one-stop shopping for your staking needs. The web site, Hambletonian.org, contains all the tools and information necessary to stake your horse yourself.
Race conditions, payment forms and much more information is now available online. For more information call the Society offices at 609-371-2211.
Races with February 15 payments due:
• Ben Franklin Free For All
• Tompkins Memorial & Geers Stake
• Yonkers Trot & Lady Suffolk Filly Trot