New Jersey Race Tracks

New Jersey Race Tracks

Horse racing in the state of New Jersey is a popular past-time, with millions of fans and bettors pouring through the gates of the state’s tracks in their history. Horse racing became popular in the state in the 1800s due to the large number of horse farms in New Jersey. Horse racing in New Jersey can thank the pilgrimage to the Jersey Shore each summer for its popularity. Vacationers wanted something to do during the summer while at the Shore. Horse racing became the entertainment of visitors from across the country.

The Biggest New Jersey Race Tracks

New Jersey features historic race tracks, including Freehold Raceway. This track is the oldest and fastest daytime half mile for harness races in the country. 

Meadowlands Race Track

The Meadowlands Racetrack opened its doors on September 1, 1976 in East Rutherford. It hosts the Hambletonian Stakes each year on the first Saturday in the month of August. The track features both harness racing and thoroughbred racing.

Monmouth Park Race Track

Opened in 1870, this racetrack has quite a history in the state of New Jersey. It has held three different names in its history and hosts $50 million worth of races each summer.

Freehold Raceway

Freehold Raceway informally opened in the 1830s and was officially opened in 1854. It is located in Freehold Borough and features harness racing. It is the oldest harness racetrack in the United States.

Atlantic City Race Course

Opened on July 22, 1946, this course is located in Mays Landing, New Jersey. It is actually 14 miles from Atlantic City, but is in Atlantic County. Famous former shareholders of the track include Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope.