Hambo day adds common pools from France
March 02, 2013
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The Hambletonian Society president and CEO Tom Charters told harnessracing.com Saturday morning that a tentative agreement has been reached with PMU, the agency that regulates racing in France, to have eight trotting races on this year's Hambletonian day card at the Meadowlands in early August simulcast with common-pool wagering.
Charters and Meadowlands simulcast director Sam McKee recently met in Paris with French officials to discuss the possibility of common-pool wagering, which Charters estimates could top $500,000 in each of the eight races. None of the pacing races on the card will be part of the agreement.
"This could still get knocked off track but it would be a remarkable achievement," Charters said between panel sessions of the Harness Racing Congress taking place in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "The French will have a race card in the afternoon and then have a second card at night (there is a six-hour time difference from New Jersey to France) where the eight races from the Meadowlands will go in between those races, and that's the important thing."