Meadowlands announces stakes condition changes
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The Meadowlands is releasing pertinent information on its 2020 stakes which will offer total purses in the neighborhood of $14 million.
The marquee Grand Circuit stakes for older horses will have an important change in the racing conditions. The number of top money winning horses in 2019-2020 accepted for those events will decrease from 12 to 11 and the distance will be kept to one mile regardless of the number of starters.
The races affected by this change are the Arthur Cutler, John Cashman and Dr. John Steele Memorials on the trot and the WR Haughton and Sam McKee Memorial FFA paces, Golden Girls and Lady Liberty FFA mare paces and Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old filly pacers.
The Kindergarten Classic Series for freshman trotters and pacers will also race five legs for an increased purse of $20,000 each, all at The Meadowlands starting in July with the $250,000 (est.) finals set for Sept. 18.
The Reynolds and Tompkins-Geers Grand Circuit stakes for 2 year olds have been moved from Tioga Downs to The Meadowlands in 2020. The dates for the freshman New Jersey Sires Stakes have been moved to later in the summer with the finals set for Aug. 21.
The Tompkins-Geers pacing stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and fillies will also be raced at tThe Meadowlands and have been placed to provide a start between the Meadowlands Pace and Cane Pace.
The popular Miss Versatility series for older mare trotters will offer five $40,000 legs this season. The stakes series will launch at Woodbine Mohawk Park in late May then shift to the Meadowlands for the other four legs from July through September. The $100,000 (est.) finals will again be on Jug Day at the Delaware, Ohio County Fair.
The Meadowlands Standardbred Championship Meet will close on Sept. 19 due to the Fall Thoroughbred Meet taking over use of the main track from Oct. 2 through Nov. 21. The Standardbreds will return on Nov. 27 with the TVG Championships and Freshman Fall Final Four slated for Saturday, Nov. 28 on a night boasting $3 million in purses.
All staking information is available on the Meadowlands website. Please call the Racing Office at (201) 842-5130 with questions. (Meadowlands)