The first $10,000 leg will take place on Friday, July 19, with a second $10,000 event contested the following Friday, July 26. The top point-earners in preliminary legs will advance to $25,000 final, showcased on harness racing's richest and most prestigious day - the 88th edition of the Hambletonian, Saturday, August 3 at the Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ.
Monte racing, a hybrid of harness and thoroughbred racing is a popular pari-mutuel sport in Europe, especially in France where many top trotters and drivers compete in both sulky and saddle races.
Pointe Of Honor, who recently rewarded backers with a $226.00 mutuel while in harness at the Big M, is one of two current supplements to the Hambletonian Monte series. Another notable eligible is Green Day, a winner of $1.2 million, including the Yonkers Trot, a leg of the Trotting Triple Crown.
Additional Monte America races were previously conducted at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Saratoga Harness, Goshen Historic Track and the Afton Fair, NY.
“Jeff Gural’s help in hosting and sponsoring the series at the Meadowlands has been a huge boost in helping to grow monte racing in the U.S., “ said series founder Helene Gregory, who received a President’s Award from the U.S. Harness Writers for her efforts in staging under saddle racing in 2012. Complete conditions and more information can be found on the Monte America website http://www.monteamerica.comor on the Hambletonian Society website RUSSeriesConditions2013.pdf
Eligibles to the Monte America series are listed below. Supplements are accepted until Monday, July 15.
Admirable Hanover, Amoreena, Armbro Doyle, Celebrity Playboy, Chinese Cuisine, First Tail U See, Green Day, Hour Lavec, Mado Dream, Majestic Man, Master Pine, Muscolo, My Irish Molly, Rapids N Currents, Ringside Lauryn, Road Rash, TJS Mr Lavec, Waldorf Hall and Winuendo.
Supplements: Pointe Of Honor and Sundance Bayama.