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Hightstown, NJ — All four horses in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll’s top 10 that raced last week won, resulting in no newcomers joining the harness racing group and only one minor shift in the rankings. Ramona Hill remained No. 1 following her win in the Simcoe Stakes and Tall Dark Stranger stayed at No. 2 after his win in a preliminary round of the Kentucky Sire Stakes. Party Girl Hill and Gimpanzee, both idle and separated by only a point last week, swapped places at No. 3 and No. 4 while Shartin N, also idle, remained fifth. Completing the top 10 were Ready For Moni (idle), Atlanta (idle), Sorella (conditioned race winner), Reflect With Me (Kentucky Sire Stakes preliminary round winner) and Manchego (idle). The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association vote on all Dan Patch Award division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 10 – 9/15/2020 Rank Name (First Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Ramona Hill (24) 3tf 6-5-0-1 $765,315 338 1 2 Tall Dark Stranger (11) 3pc 8-7-0-0 $899,131 323 2 3 Party Girl Hill 3pf 9-9-0-0 $482,181 231 4 4 Gimpanzee 4th 7-5-1-1 $643,464 227 3 5 Shartin N 7pm 6-5-1-0 $282,519 205 5 6 Ready For Moni 3tc 6-5-1-0 $575,670 129 6 7 Atlanta 5tm 7-3-2-0 $414,564 115 7 8 Sorella 3tf 8-6-0-0 $418,404 112 8 9 Reflect With Me 3pf 6-6-0-0 $233,630 86 9 10 Manchego 5tm 8-4-1-2 $276,201 55 10 ALSO: Donna Soprano 25; Captain Corey 21; Warrawee Vital 8; Action Uncle, Caviart Audrey 7; Century Farroh 6; Charlie May 5; Ocean Rock, Papi Rob Hanover 4; American Courage, Bettor’s Wish 3; Back Of The Neck, Hypnotic AM, Macho Martini, Tattoo Artist 2; Catch The Fire, Darlene Hanover, Guinevere Hall 1. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Cranbury, NJ. - The eight Landmark Stakes events for two and three-year-old harness racing trotters and pacers that comprise the Grand Circuit stop at Goshen Historic Track in Goshen, New York, have moved from Monday Sept. 7 to Sunday, Sept. 6, joining the NYSS County Fair Finals on that date. The management of world's oldest harness racing track has worked hard to preserve their early-closing events, traditionally raced on the July 4 Great American Weekend race meeting and then rescheduled for Labor Day weekend. Goshen Historic Track will now host one day of racing on Sunday, Sept. 6. Post time is 12:00 p.m. and entries are due 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, by calling the County Fair Entry Hotline at 518-388-0964 or online via the USTA online entry system. For Landmark eligibles, starting fees and conditions, visit https://www.hambletonian.com/upcomingstakes/landmark and for information on Goshen Historic Track rules and Covid-19 protocols go to goshenhistorictrack.com Sunday, September 6, 2020** Landmark Stakes #37 (3-year-old Open Trot) $12,000 EST. Landmark Stakes #37 (3-year-old Filly Trot) $6,000 EST. Landmark Stakes #37 (3-year-old Open Pace) $12,000 EST. Landmark Stakes #37 (3-year-old Filly Pace) $6,000 EST. Landmark Stakes #38 (2-year-old Open Trot) $8,000 EST. Landmark Stakes #38 (2-year-old Filly Trot) $4,000 EST. Landmark Stakes #38 (2-year-old Open Pace) $6,000 EST. Landmark Stakes #38 (2-year-old Filly Pace) $3,000 EST. ** Landmark Events with less than four (4) entries will NOT be raced From the Hambletonian Society

Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 3 – 7/28/2020 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Gimpanzee (24) 4th 4-4-0-0 $401,200 330 1 2 Tall Dark Stranger (6) 3pc 3-3-0-0 $336,785 308 2 3 Manchego (4) 5tm 5-4-1-0 $218,975 285 3 4 Atlanta 5tm 4-2-2-0 $177,950 171 4 5 Papi Rob Hanover (1) 3pc 4-1-2-1 $173,205 166 10 6 Shartin N 7pm 4-3-1-0 $133,416 159 8 7 Dancin Lou 4ph 5-3-0-2 $254,661 100 5 8 Hurrikane Emperor 4ph 5-4-0-1 $165,625 98 6 9 Ramona Hill 3tf 2-1-0-1 $126,465 97 7 10 Back Of The Neck 3tc 3-2-1-0 $96,145 57 9 ALSO: Reflect With Me 45; Bet On Becky 20; Tattoo Artist 14; Ready For Moni 11; Hypnotic AM 10; Sister Sledge 9; Allywag Hanover 8; Captain Corey 6; American Courage, Charlie May 5; Backstreet Shadow, Party Girl Hill, Splash Brother 4; Action Uncle 3; Workin Ona Mystery 2; Kissin In The Sand, P L Notsonice, Sorella, Southwind Amazon 1.

The $400,000E Hambletonian Maturity trotting race is scheduled for Saturday, July 18 at The Meadowlands. It is the seventh edition of the race created by the Hambletonian Society and The Meadowlands to provide more racing opportunity for four-year-old trotters. The Hambletonian Maturity allows for supplemental entries under the following conditions:  Supplemental entries are due and payable by 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Payment of $50,000 ($42,000 plus the $8,000 entrance fee) must be in certified U.S. Funds and RECEIVED in the Meadowlands Race Office prior to 8 a.m. (local time) on that day along with the supplemental entry. The supplemental check or wire may also be delivered to the Hambletonian Society office before the end of the business day on Monday, July 13.  All supplemental entrance fees shall be made payable to the Hambletonian Society Inc. All supplemental fees shall be added to the amount of the purse of the specific race. Entries for eligible Maturity horses are due at the standard entry time of 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 14. If any supplemental entries are received for the Hambletonian Maturity, notice will be disseminated via the Meadowlands text message service. Like the Hambletonian and Oaks, the Maturity racing conditions prohibit the use of Lasix, the only race day medication permitted in New Jersey, and entrants are subject to out of competition testing.  The Maturity is raced at a distance of a mile and an eighth and allows for up to 16 starters. If more than 16 enter, the top money-earners in their three and four-year-old seasons are given preference.  There are 34 eligible trotters: 26 horses and geldings and eight trotting mares. All starters sixth through last will receive money.  The complete race conditions and eligibles can be found here: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5c1bb71f1aef1dd4c1f5942a/t/5e723126ae3bfc6fb9411a78/1584541992343/Hambletonian94MaturityEligibles.pdf Please call the Meadowlands Racing office at 201-842-5130 or the Hambletonian Society at 609-371-2211 for further information.      From the Hambletonian Society

East Rutherford, NJ - Amigo Volo takes over the top harness racing spot in week four of Ken Warkentin's Road to the Hambletonian.         Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Ken Warkentin’s Comments 1 Amigo Volo  (Father Patrick) Dave Miller, Jim Campbell, Fashion Farms LLC Leading money winner among 2YO trotters in 2019 [$610,646], won the Breeders Crown & Matron & set four world records, rallied for third [1:54.2] with a :26.3 in a Big M qualifier on June 20, entered in a $25,000 overnight @ Big M on June 27 2 Real Cool Sam (Muscle Hill)  Dexter Dunn, Nifty Norman, Pinske Stables, David J. Miller Dan Patch Award & Peter Haughton Memorial winner took a bad step & went offstride approaching the half & finished seventh in his first qualifier on June 20 @ The Big M, back in to qualify on June 27 3 Hypnotic AM (Chapter Seven)  Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc. NYSS champion & Jim Doherty Memorial winner by Chapter Seven won her first Big M qualifier in 1:54 on June May 30, then unleashed an ultra impressive 1:51.1 [:27.3] on June 12, cruised in a NYSS @ Tioga Downs on June 21 in 1:54.2 4 Maesteraemon (Andover Hall)   Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, S R F Stable    Gives Melander three in the Top Ten, took a mark of 1:52.4 @ The Red Mile, rallied to win his second Big M qualifier in 1:53.3 [:26.4] on June 6, won another Big M qualifier in 1:54 [:26.3] on June 20, entered in a $25,000 overnight @ Big M on June 27 5 Synergy (Father Patrick) Yannick Gingras, Per Engblom, Brittany Farms, John Fielding, Herb Liverman & David Anderson  This son of Father Patrick was third [1:55.4] in a Big M qualifier on May 30, fourth [1:54.2] @ Big M on June 12, second by a head in 1:54 [:26.2] @ Big M on June 20, entered in a $25,000 overnight @ Big M on June 27 6 Big Oil (Father Patrick) Andy & Julie Miller, Jason, Doug & Ron Allen  The Millers have two seconds & a third in the last four Hambletonians, first in a deadheat with Real Cool Sam in 1:52.1 @ The Red Mile, 1:53.3 winner in Big M qualifier on June 12, entered in an overnight @ Harrah’s Philadelphia on June 28 7 Capricornus (Muscle Hill)  Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander, JJ Racing Stable, Inc Second in the William Wellwood Memorial, Melander finished second, third & fifth in last year’s Hambletonian, second [1:52.4] in his 2020 debut on June 5, was entered in an overnight @ Harrah’s Philadelphia on June 25 8 Third Shift (Chapter Seven) Ake Svanstedt, Mellby Gard, Inc., Ake Svanstedt  NYSS champion son of Chapter Seven set a stakes & Batavia Downs track record of 1:56 in the NYSS Final, banked $210,461, won a Big M qualifier in 1:55 on May 30, was entered in NYSS @ Vernon Downs on June 24  9 Chestnut Hill (Muscle Hill) Dave Miller, Nifty Norman, Melvin Hartman, David McDuffee, Little E LLC Stablemate to Amigo Volo gives Muscle Hill three in the Top Ten, third in the PASS Final, Breeders Crown & Valley Victory, won his 2020 debut @ The Big M on June 19 in 1:53.1 [:26.1] 10 Back of the neck (Ready Cash) Yannick Gingras, Ake Svanstedt, Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Judith Taylor Son of two-time Prix D’Amerique winner Ready Cash now with Team Svanstedt, won a Wellwood elimination & third in that final, won a Big M qualifier on June 20 in 1:53.4, entered in a $25,000 overnight @ Big M on June 27   Meadowlands Media Relations  

In the wake of the stake scheduling havoc wreaked by the Covid-19 shut-down in the sport, the Road to the $1M 2020 Hambletonian has turned into more of a harness racing "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 three-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 circle, which has held firm to the date of Saturday, August 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 Meadows), Reynolds (July11 Meadowlands), Stanley Dancer & Del Miller Memorial (July 18 Meadowlands) and the Tompkins-Geers (July 25 Meadowlands) prior to Hambletonian and Oaks eliminations on Saturday, August 1. The $1M 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 Lexington's Red Mile) comprise the remaining legs.  

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands and Hambletonian Society are announcing a joint policy addressing the March harness racing indictments and arrests resulting from the current FBI investigation into illegal drug use.   The policy states that in 2020, any future arrests or indictments coming from this investigation shall result in those horses either owned or trained by an arrested or indicted individual being denied from racing in any Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs or Hambletonian Society controlled races until 60 days after transfer to a bona fide separate trainer or in the case of ownership 60 days after ownership transfer.   Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ - Real Cool Sam leads Ken Warkentin's harness racing 'Road to the Hambletonian week 2'.   For all things 2020 Hambo click here             Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Ken Warkentin’s Comments 1 Real Cool Sam (Muscle Hill)  Dave Miller, Jim Campbell, Fashion Farms LLC Dan Patch Award winner named after Hall of Famer Sam McKee won his first nine starts, including the Peter Haughton Memorial, Muscle Hill gelding was a 1:52.1 world record performer, $497,774 winner finished off freshman season with fourth in Breeders Crown 2 Amigo Volo  (Father Patrick) Dexter Dunn, Nifty Norman, Pinske Stables, David J. Miller Father Patrick gelding was the leading money winner among 2YO trotters in 2019 [$610,646], won the Breeders Crown & Matron, and set four world records, finished fifth [:26.4] from post nine in his second qualifier on June 6 @ Big M 3 Capricornus (Muscle Hill) Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander, JJ Racing Stable, Inc 1:52.2 Muscle Hill colt won four of his last five starts, including a Bluegrass division, and finals of the Kindergarten & Valley Victory, banked $511,309 & leads a strong Team Svanstedt contingent, went wire-to-wire in Big M qualifier on May 30 in 1:55.2 4 Rome Pays Off (Muscle Hill)  Mattias Melander, Marcus Melander,  S R F Stable  $339,484 winning son of Muscle Hill was second in both the Peter Haughton Memorial & Breeders Crown, Melander had the Winterbook favorite the past two years, sixth [1:56.2] behind EL Ideal in a Big M qualifier on May 30, then ninth [1:57.1] on June 6 5 Third Shift (Chapter Seven)  Ake Svanstedt, Mellby Gard, Inc., Ake Svanstedt NYSS champion son of Chapter Seven set a stakes & Batavia Downs track record of 1:56 in the NYSS Final, banked $210,461, won a Big M qualifier in 1:55 on May 30, Svanstedt has three other prospects:  Moon Bridge, King Alphonso & Ganster Hanover 6 Synergy (Father Patrick)  Yannick Gingras, Per Engblom, Brittany Farms, John Fielding, Herb Liverman & David Anderson Per Engblom made his Hambletonian debut last year with Osterc, this son of Father Patrick won a Peter Haughton elimination, Champlain division & Breeders Crown elimination, finished third [1:55.4] to EL Ideal in a Big M qualifier on May 30, entered to qualify @ Big M on June 12 7 Ready For Moni  (Ready Cash) Yannick Gingras, Per Engblom, John Fielding, Lindy Farms of Conn, Herb Liverman & Bud Hatfield Son of two-time Prix D’Amerique winner Ready Cash & grandson of the great Moni Maker won the Kentucky Sires Stakes Final in 1:54.1 & finished second in the Valley Victory Final, entered to qualify @ Big M on June 12 8 Chestnut Hill (Muscle Hill)  Brian Sears, Nifty Norman, Melvin Hartman, David Mc Duffee, Little E LLC Bay Colt gives Muscle Hill four in the Top Ten, stablemate to Amigo Volo won a Kindergarten Classic division, and finished third in the PASS Final, Breeders Crown & Valley Victory, finished eighth [1:57.2] behind EL Ideal in a Big M qualifier on May 30, entered to qualify @ Big M on June 12 9 Big Oil (Father Patrick) Andy & Julie Miller, Jason, Doug & Ron Allen Team Orange Crush have two seconds & a third in the last four Hambletonians, this son of Father Patrick finished first in a deadheat with Real Cool Sam in 1:52.1 @ The Red Mile, finished fourth [1:57.1] in a Gaitway qualifier on May 31, entered to qualify @ Big M on June 12 10 Maesteraemon (Andover Hall) Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, S R F Stable Improving son of Andover Hall gives Melander three in the top ten, took a mark of 1:52.4 @ The Red Mile, seventh [1:56.3] in a Big M qualifier on May 30, then rallied to win a Big M qualifier in 1:53.3 [:26..4] on June 6 Meadowlands Media Relations  

Attention Owners/Staking Agents: Enclosed you will find links to the payment forms for the races administered by The Hambletonian Society with payments due by Friday, May 15th of 2020, which must be postmarked by midnight of Monday, May 18th. The forms are always available on our website at https://www.hambletonian.com/formsinfo and by calling our office and having them faxed or e-mailed to you. All the forms on the website are pdf fillable. Just type right in the form, print as many as you need and return the form with your payments. Along with checks, we are accepting credit cards as a form of payment for any stakes payments you may want to make. All credit card payments are subject to a 3% service fee which will be added to your payment total. In May, sustaining payments are due for a majority of the 2-Year-Old races that we service. Yearling payments are also due this May, as well as the supplement payment for the Courageous Lady 3-Year-Old filly event. Below are the races which have a payment due this May (broken down by division): Yearlings Pacers: Adios, Arden Downs, Breeders Crown #35, Cane Pace, Fox Stake, Horseman, Hoosier Stake, MGM Messenger Grand Stakes, Progress Pace Yearlings Trotters: Arden Downs, Breeders Crown #35, Currier & Ives, Dexter Cup, Hambletonian, Hoosier Stake, Horseman, Ralph Wilfong and MGM Yonkers Trot 2-Year-Olds: Breeders Crown #34, The Elevation, Fox Stake #94, Hoosier Stake #84, Kentuckiana Stallion Management Pace/Trot, Keystone Classic, Landmark Early Closer, , Liberty Bell, #84, Matron Series, Reynolds Memorial, Simpson Memorial,Tompkins-Geers Early Closer and the Ralph Wilfong #83 3-Year-Olds: Courageous Lady Supplement payment As a reminder, there are stallion restrictions for the Breeders Crown and Cane Pace yearling payments that are due on May 15th. Foals of Downbytheseaside are ineligible to be paid into the Cane Pace per the Stallion Restriction Condition (SRC) in the Cane Pace conditions. For the Breeders Crown, a list of the stallions whose foals are Breeders Crown eligible for foals of 2019 (Breeders Crown #35) can be found here: Breeders Crown #35 Stallion List. Links to the lists of eligible stallions for previous and future years can be found here: https://www.hambletonian.com/breeders-crown-stallion-nominations. The condition sheets for each race can be found on our website on the specific race page set up for that race. In all cases only ONE check is ever necessary for each of the four payment periods i.e. February 15, March 15, April 15 or May 15. To make it more convenient, eligibility lists can be emailed to those nominators who provide us their e-mail address and request these lists. Eligibility lists are always available on our website here: https://www.hambletonian.com/eligibles. For further information, or to update your status on our mailing list, please feel free to call our office at (609) 371-2211 or e-mail me at davidjanes@hambletonian.org.   Moira Fanning

Please find below is a quick update on some of the Hambletonian Society serviced event payments for harness racing in 2020: Breeders Crown No. 37 (breedings of 2020; foals of 2021): Breeders Crown No. 37 Stallion Nominations for first-year stallions placed in commercial service (which would not include test breedings) must be paid within 60 days after the stallion first breeds a mare. In no event will any first-year stallion nomination fee be accepted after December 31, 2020. Stallion Nominations forms can be found here: Breeders Crown No. 37 Stallion Nomination Form. Madison County Date Correction: Please note that the Madison County at Harrah's Hoosier Park for 2-year-old colt trotters with a final sustaining payment due April 15 has always been scheduled for Friday, September 25, not Thursday, October 29 as listed in some of the April payment ads. The race dates and estimated purses for all of the Madison County divisions is as follows: The Madison County 2yo Colt & Gelding Trot Friday 9/25/20 $75,000 Est. The Madison County 2yo Filly Pace Thursday 10/29/20 $70,000 Est. The Madison County 2yo Filly Trot Thursday 10/29/20 $70,000 Est. The Madison County 2yo Colt & Gelding Pace Friday 10/30/20 $70,000 Est. Cancelled Race Refunds: The W.N. Reynolds Early Closers for 3-year-old colt and filly pacers at Yonkers Raceway originally scheduled for May 2 have been canceled. The Hambletonian Society will refund all eligible horses that have made payments for these Reynolds divisions. In accordance with the published conditions (see below) refunds will be handled by the Society office as quickly as possible. Cancellation: The Society, NMR, MYI and the Track further reserve the right to cancel any or all of the races if for reasons beyond their control it becomes impractical or undesirable in the opinion of the Sponsor to conduct said race(s). If an event is not raced due to circumstances beyond their control, the Sponsor's responsibility and liability will be limited to refunding without interest nomination, sustaining and entrance fees collected toward canceled event that have not been disbursed at the time of cancellation. These monies will be prorated among the owners of the horses eligible as of the time of cancellation. The 2020 Dexter Cup and Lady Suffolk Stakes for 3-year-old colt and filly trotters scheduled for April and May race dates at Freehold Raceway have also been canceled. The Hambletonian Society will also handle refunds for those races according to the published conditions: Cancellation: The Sponsor further reserves the right to cancel either or both of the races if for reasons beyond its control it becomes impractical or undesirable in the opinion of the Sponsor to conduct said race or races. If an event is not raced due to circumstances beyond its control, the Sponsor's responsibility and liability will be limited to refunding without interest nomination, sustaining and entrance fees collected toward canceled events that have not been disbursed at the time of cancellation. If canceled after the first 2-year-old payment, these monies will be prorated among the owners of the horses eligible at the time of cancellation. If canceled prior to the first 2-year-old payment, the nomination fees will be refunded to the nominators. For further information about any of the stakes that we service, or to update your status on our mailing list, feel free to call our office at (609) 371-2211 or email me at davidjanes@hambletonian.org. Hambletonian Society

After careful and extensive consideration, the Hambletonian Society, in conjunction with Meadowlands, The Red Mile, Little Brown Jug Society and other harness racing industry clients, partners and stakeholders, have concluded that the April 15 payment deadline for stake and early-closers will remain intact. All entities fully realize that all members of the racing community are in the midst of extremely difficult and unprecedented circumstances on a global level. We are also aware that financial resources for many people will be stretched and staking horses is not going to be a priority. The staking of horses has always represented a long term investment - from yearling payments to entrance fees, they accompany every horse through the span of the payments, enhance the value of every "staked" horse, and the final number of paid-in (eligible) horses, along with added money from the stake sponsor, determines the value of each stake race. "The Hambletonian Society's 95-year mission statement of promoting stakes event and the Standardbred breed means we remain committed to flexibility in scheduling, placing and moving races if necessary, in partnership with stake sponsors and host tracks," said Hambletonian Society president John Campbell. "We want all owners who have paid into races to stay in the event so they share in the accumulated value to date either by eventually racing or being refunded as the owner at time of cancellation." The racing conditions and payment schedule for each event that are printed and posted are a contract between the owners of each horse and the Stake Sponsor. To change this contract would alter this legal agreement and could be challenged in court as a breach of contract. The Hambletonian Society would like to reinforce our policy that when any Stake or early-closer is canceled [see below] any staking fee will be refunded to the owner of the horse at time of cancellation. CANCELLATION: The Sponsor further reserves the right to cancel either or both of the races if for reasons beyond its control it becomes impractical or undesirable in the opinion of the Sponsor to conduct said race or races. If an event is not raced due to circumstances beyond its control, the Sponsor's responsibility and liability will be limited to refunding without interest: nomination, sustaining and entrance fees collected toward canceled events that have not been disbursed at the time of cancellation. If canceled after the first 2-year-old payment, these monies will be prorated among the owners of the horses eligible at the time of cancellation. If canceled prior to the first 2-year-old payment, the nomination fees will be refunded to the nominators. Since 2009, the Hambletonian Society has successfully refunded to individual nominators and owners more than $700,000 in payments from canceled races. Most recently, the Art Rooney and Lismore were canceled by Yonkers Raceway in late 2019, and all monies for two and three-year-olds eligible at time of cancellation were refunded to owners within 30 days of cancellation. Stake sponsors and host tracks have currently closed February payments for the stakes they service with that deadline, and are finalizing March 15 payments. The racing season and stakes calendar is unknown at this time and it is possible that Stakes may be canceled and others moved and rescheduled [see below.] Our conditions allow for and are clear that dates and venues may be changed. Definite dates will be published in the U.S.T.A. Stakes Guide in the year of the races. If for any reason it becomes impractical or undesirable, in the opinion of the Sponsor, to hold this race at the Track designated, the Sponsor reserves the right to change the date and/or the location of the Track for either any or all races. As soon as racing does resume we all will make every effort to hold as many Stakes and early-closers that we service as possible, and will be involved in rescheduling, moving races and setting up schedules that are in the best interests of everyone involved. We realize that Stake payment decisions may be difficult and will be a hardship for many people, but we request that everyone be cognizant of our obligations. *Accepting credit card payments for staking fees was instituted by the Hambletonian Society this year through a secure PNC bank platform. Should any race be canceled, all collected payments, regardless of method, will be refunded in total, to the owner at time of cancellation. ................................................... The Hambletonian Society is a non-profit organization formed in 1924 to sponsor the race for which it was named, the Hambletonian Stake. The Society's mission is to encourage and support the breeding of Standardbred horses through the development, administration and promotion of harness racing stakes, early-closing races and other special events. The Hambletonian Society currently services 133 of harness racing's richest and most prestigious events held at 12 North American racetracks under seven state jurisdictions. These include harness racing's most prominent race, the Hambletonian for 3-year-old trotters, its filly division, the Hambletonian Oaks and the sport's championship series, the Breeders Crown. Stakes and early closing races are events where the total purse is generated by eligibility payments from horse breeders and owners as well as funds added by the sponsor, usually the race track hosting the race.   Moira Fanning Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown 109 S Main Street, Suite 18 Cranbury, NJ 08512 609-371-2211 (work) 732-306-6713 (cell)      

Cranbury, NJ..... On behalf of the Hambletonian Society I would like to applaud the efforts of the FBI and all of the law enforcement agencies that were involved in the historic horse racing investigation and subsequent arrests. I would also like to commend Jeff Gural, the Jockey Club, and all the entities and individuals who were responsible for the initial investigation that led to the FBI getting involved. Some of the intercepted conversations that have been released are beyond appalling and one can only hope that the people found responsible for these statements and actions will be dealt with severely and no longer be allowed to participate in our industry or have any interaction with horses. The pain from the gaping wound this has caused to the horse racing industry will continue for some time. However with the regulatory and industry changes that will be accelerated by these events, we will emerge greatly strengthened. There must be changes, as it is clearly evident that the current regulatory and enforcement systems that are supposed to insure fair play and a level playing field are not enough. I am not going to speculate or suggest what those changes will or should be, but every organization and aspect of horse racing must come together to support a future that strengthens the integrity of racing and seeks a level playing field for all participants. This is imperative. Egos and agendas must be put aside. From this moment forward the horse racing industry has an opportunity to showcase a product in which the people who watch, wager on, and participate in, can have confidence. I can say, and many more people will attest, that the majority of those who work with and tend to horses are hard-working, love their horses and treat them with the utmost care and respect. Upon hearing of this investigation, the happiest group of people were the incalculable number of trainers and horse people who try to do things the proper way and conduct their business inside both legal and ethical guidelines. These people have renewed optimism and excitement that they will be able to compete and have success on the track. They cannot be defined by the small minority of wrongdoers. Hambletonian Society, Inc. Statement/John Campbell, President The Hambletonian Society is a non-profit organization formed in 1924 to sponsor the race for which it was named, the Hambletonian Stake. The Society's mission is to encourage and support the breeding of Standardbred horses through the development, administration and promotion of harness racing stakes, early-closing races and other special events. The Hambletonian Society currently services 133 of harness racing's richest and most prestigious events held at 12 North American racetracks under seven state jurisdictions. These include harness racing's most prominent race, the Hambletonian for 3-year-old trotters, its filly division, the Hambletonian Oaks and the sport's championship series, the Breeders Crown. Stakes and early closing races are events where the total purse is generated by eligibility payments from horse breeders and owners as well as funds added by the sponsor, usually the race track hosting the race. Moira Fanning

Cranbury, NJ.... The Hambletonian Society office is following state and federal guidelines in regard to the suppression and containment of the COVID-19 virus. Credit card payment of stakes fees is working successfully in the inaugural use, and mail and overnight delivery has been uninterrupted so far. Most work is being done remotely from home and employees are staggering office attendance to deal with the influx of stake payments but minimize contact. If you have any questions or need help with staking before the midnight March 17 postmark deadline please call 609-371-2211 or email our staking manager David Janes at Davidjanes@hambletonian.org. Our office will respond as quickly as we can. The Hambletonian Society Winter Board Meeting scheduled for March 22 will be conducted via teleconference. Further updates will be made available when the situation changes. The health of the racing industry and our Standardbred community continues to be our priority.  

Cranbury, NJ... February sustaining and nominating payments for 133 Hambletonian Society stake and late-closing events are due Saturday, February 15 and per USTA Rule 12 section 2, must be postmarked by midnight on Tuesday, February 18. February is the gateway payment for most 3-year-old and older stakes and closers as well as initial 2-year-old payments for Breeders Crown and Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes. This includes two legs of the Trotting Triple Crown, the $1.2 Million Hambletonian (with eliminations held the week prior) & $600,000 Hambletonian Oaks, as well as the MGM Yonkers Trot. All 2-Year-Old Breeders Crown are estimated at $600,000. The Breeders Crown sophomore events will be raced for $500,000 as will the Breeders Crown Trot & Pace. Mare Open events are bumped to $300,000 for the second consecutive year. All 12 Breeders Crown races are hosted by Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, October 31. Race conditions, payment forms and much more information is available online at www.hambletonian.com. For additional information call the Society offices at 609-371-2211. by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society  

Cranbury, NJ.....The milestone 95th Hambletonian will be raced on Saturday, August 8 at The New Meadowlands in Rutherford, NJ. Though traditionally scheduled on the first Saturday in August, every six years the event moves to the second Saturday, as is the case in 2020. The Meadowlands has been the longest-running host track of America's Classic Trotting event, having staged the race for the last 38 years since the Society voted to relocate from the Du Quoin State Fair in Illinois in 1981. The partners recently extended their contract to host the Hambletonian through 2023. The $1.2 million event will revert to elimination heats raced the week before on Saturday, August 1, along with the eliminations for the distaff companion event, the $600,000 Hambletonian Oaks. The race is simulcast internationally and attracts record wagering handle and attendance at the north Jersey track. The Hambletonian has undergone multiple format changes and been raced at six host tracks since 1926. The Hambletonian is the first leg of the trotting Triple Crown, followed by the Yonkers Trot in Yonkers, NY and the Kentucky Futurity in Lexington, KY. It is currently the only harness racing broadcast on network TV, and has been for more than 30 years. The $400,000 Hambletonian Maturity, for eligible 4-year-old trotters, will be raced on Saturday, July 18, the night of the Meadowlands Pace. For more information contact Moira Fanning at the Hambletonian Society (609-371-2211) or Rachel Ryan at the Meadowlands Racetrack (201-842-5015). From the Hambletonian Society

All 3-year-old trotters not eligible to the 2019 Hambletonian or Oaks have the option to supplement to the 2020 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-olds, with a supplemental payment of $2,000 on Nov. 15. The $400,000E Hambletonian Maturity is raced at The Meadowlands at a distance of a mile and an eighth and all starters receive money. It is typically the richest 4-year-old Trot offered. There is an additional supplemental window of $5,000 on February 15, 2020. Eligible trotters to the Oaks or Hambletonian in 2019 make a sustaining payment of $2,000 (fillies pay $1,500) on February 15, 2020 to start, as do supplemental entrants. The Hambletonian Maturity of 2020 will be the seventh edition of the race created by the Hambletonian Society and The Meadowlands to provide a racing opportunity for four-year-old trotters. All supplemental nomination fees are made payable to the Hambletonian Society Inc. and are added to the amount of the purse of the specific race. For more information go to https://www.hambletonian.com/formsinfo or call David Janes at 609-371-2211. From the Hambletonian Society

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