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Meadowlands Race Track
Affectionately known as the “Big M” Meadowlands Race Track has been a fixture on the East coast racing circuit since 1976. In addition to the famed Hambletonian, Meadowlands Race Track also plays host to prestigious stakes races such as the The Meadowlands Pace, the Hambletonian Open and Oaks, and the US Pacing Championship, to name a few.
Meadowlands Horse Racing
It’s not always easy to make it track side to your favorite horse races, and this can cause problems when you've picked the winner and want to place a bet. Luckily, the state of New Jersey features numerous off track betting bureaus, also known as OTB sites, that allow you to wager on any race without having to actually be there.
Betting Online is the Way To Go!
But most horse betting fans agree the best and most convenient way to wager is through an online betting account at one of a few reputable online racebooks. We’ve listed several for you to choose from in the left-hand column of this page!
Major Races and Events
After opening in 1976, Meadowlands Racetrack took a big step into the harness racing spotlight with the inagural running of the Meadowlands Pace, which in just two years would offer a purse of $2 million. Its reputation as a one of the leading tracks in North America was confirmed when it became home of the Hambletonian, the most famous harness race in the world.
A brand new race for 2014 at The Meadowlands, the Habletonian Maturity for four-year-old trotters offers a purse of $175,000. It pits a maximum of 16 starters in a single dash race over a tough 1 1/8 miles.
For more than 35 years, the Meadowlands Pace has been one of the signature events at the Big M, and in all of standardbred racing. With a purse topping $600,000, the race draws the best three-year-old trotters in North America, and often produces world-record times.
One of the most historic races in North America for three-year-old trotters, the Habletonian was first run during the 1926 New York State Fair, and is known as the first leg of the Harness Racing Triple Crown. With a purse of $1.2 million, it is the richest race on the Meadowlands' calendar.