The initial payment deadline for eligibility to more than 129 stake events, headlined by the return of heat racing in the $1 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands and $6 million Breeders Crown events at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, is fast approaching. The $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks will be raced with eliminations a week before the final.
New stakes that will be administered by the Hambletonian Society include the Fall Final Four, which consists of a quartet of races for 2 year olds: The Valley Victory, Goldsmith Maid, Three Diamonds and Governor's Cup. All four will be raced at the Meadowlands in November.
The Society will also service the Battle of the Brandywine, the Colonial and the Valley Forge which will be raced in 2013 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
The Historic Stakes for 2 year olds are moving to Harrah's Philadelphia. The Historic Stakes for 3 year olds will remain at Tioga Downs for 2013.
Payments for all Hambletonian-Society serviced Stakes must be postmarked by midnight on Saturday, Feb. 16, per USTA rule 12, section 4.
The Hambletonian Society services 129 of harness racing's richest and most prestigious events and provides one-stop shopping for your staking needs. Our website, 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 Feb. 15 payments due:
Delvin Miller Adios & Adioo Volo Filly Division
Arden Downs Stakes
Battle of the Brandywine
Earl Beal Jr Memorial Trot for 3-year-olds
Cane Pace & Shady Daisy Filly
Circle City for 3-year-olds
Cleveland Classic & Courageous Lady Filly
Currier & Ives Colt & Filly Trot
Dexter Cup & Lady Suffolk Filly Trot
Hambletonian & Hambletonian Oaks Filly
Max Hempt Memorial & James M. Lynch Filly
Indiana Pacing Derby - 3 & up Free For all Pacers
Kentuckiana Stallion Management Filly Trot & Pace
Keystone Classics 3-year-olds
Matron Stakes for three-year-olds
Messenger Stake (Lady Maud)
Monument Circle for 3-year-old Colt & Gelding Pacers
Oliver Trotting Classic for 3-year-old Colt & Gelding Trotters
Pride in Progress for 3 & up Free For All Trotters
W. N. Reynolds Memorial Stakes
Art Rooney & Lismore Filly Pace
John Simpson Memorial Colt & Filly Stakes
Tompkins-Geers Memorial Stakes
Yonkers Trot & Hudson Filly Trot