Hambletonian-eligible Preferred trots added at Meadowlands
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In the wake of the sports and events scheduling havoc wreaked by the covid-19 shutdown, the road to the $1 million 2020 Hambletonian has turned into more of a “guideline.”
In an attempt to close some of the gaps on the calendar, the Meadowlands and Hambletonian Society are sponsoring $25,000 overnight events for 3-year-old filly and colt trotters, Hambletonian-eligible preferred. Fillies will draw the inside if entered.
The races will be slated for Saturday, June 27 and Saturday, July 4 on the Meadowlands’ condition sheet.
With the rescheduling of many Grand Circuit Stakes north and south of the border, from the Currier & Ives Trot at The Meadows to the prestigious Goodtimes at Woodbine Mohawk Park and the cancellation of such important races like the Earl Beal Memorial, trainers are scrambling to remap the path to the Hambletonian winner's circle, which has held firm to the date of Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Meadowlands.
“We are trying to do everything we can to get all the various sire stakes, Grand Circuit stake, closers and overnight horses raced,” said Jason Settlemoir, COO and general manager of the Meadowlands. “We appreciate the Hambletonian Society partnering with us on creating this additional opportunity for Hambletonian-bound trotters."
The 3-year-old trotters resume a schedule in July that includes the Currier & Ives (July 4 at The Meadows), Reynolds (July 11 at the Meadowlands), Stanley Dancer & Del Miller Memorial (July 18 Meadowlands) and the Tompkins-Geers (July 25 Meadowlands) prior to Hambletonian and Oaks eliminations on Saturday, Aug. 1.
The $1 million Hambletonian is the first leg of trotting’s Triple Crown. The $500,000 MGM Yonkers Trot (Sep. 5 at Yonkers Raceway) and the $500,000 Kentucky Futurity (Oct. 11 at The Red Mile) comprise the remaining legs. (Hambletonian Society)