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National Harness Handicapping Championship set for June 21

January 18, 2008
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The 2008 National Harness Handicapping Championship has been set for June 21 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The NHHC is the only championship tournament for harness players to feature a $50,000 guaranteed grand prize. Players may earn their way into the June championship through participation in a qualifying tournament at an NHHC partner outlet or by direct buy-in. The cost to enter the 2008 NHHC is $1,000 ($600 entry fee and $400 tournament bankroll).

The Meadowlands will host its first NHHC Qualifier of the season on Saturday, Feb. 23.  The top two finishers in the qualifier will advance to the NHHC final in June. Plus, the top 10 receive prize money. An entry form and tournament information will be available online at www.meadowlandsracetrack.comand at Guest Service locations inside the racetrack.

Partner outlets in the 2007 NHHC included: Balmoral Park, Bangor Raceway, Brandywine Turf Club, Buffalo Raceway, Cal-Expo, Capital OTB/Albany Teletheater, Freehold Raceway, Harrington Raceway, Los Alamitos, The Meadows, Mohegan Sun, Pocono Downs, Western Regional OTB/Batavia Downs and Winticket.com.

Jim Famularo of Toms River, NJ, was the grand prize winner of the 2007 NHHC.  Famularo earned his way into the championship through a qualifier at the Meadowlands.  James Goldenberg, the runner-up, came by way of Balmoral Park.  The 2006 championship went to Scott Alberg of Washington Township, NJ, while Jim Lange of Cohoes, NY, runner-up in the Capital OTB qualifier, was the tournament\'s inaugural champ in 2005. 

Racetracks and wagering outlets wishing to participate in the 2008 NHHC should contact Amy Silver at (201) 842-5014 or asilver@njsea.com. Horseplayers that would like to see a qualifying tournament in their area are urged to contact the marketing department of their local racetrack or wagering outlet.

A list of qualifying sites and tournament dates will be available on the NHHC Tournament Home Page at: http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/nhhc.asp. (Meadowlands)

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