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Hambletonian & Oaks

  • Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment 1 Racetrack Dr East Rutherford, NJ 07073 United States (map)

OWNED BY AND SERVICED BY: The Hambletonian Society, Inc.
FOR:  Foals of 2016
TO BE RACED AT: The Open and the Oaks will be raced over the mile track at The Meadowlands (“Track”), East Rutherford, N.J., as awarded by The Hambletonian Society (“Society”). Both the final races (“Final”) of the Open and the Oaks will be raced during daylight hours on the same day. Elimination races, if necessary, will be held one week prior to the Finals.
TO BE RACED AS:

  • The $1,200,000 Hambletonian (Open): Saturday, August 3, 2019 (Heats same day)

  • $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks: Saturday, August 3, 2019             

    • Eliminations: Saturday, July 27, 2019

  • $400,000 Hambletonian Maturity (For 4-Year-Olds): Saturday, July 13, 2019


List of Eligibles:

Hambletonian No. 93 Maturity for 2019
Hambletonian No. 94 (3yr)
Hambletonian No. 95 (2yr)

Conditions:
Click on the links(s) below to view a pdf document of the race conditions:

Hambletonian Maturity No. 93 (4yr)
Hambletonian No. 94 (3yr)
Hambletonian No. 95 (2yr)
Hambletonian No. 96 (yearling)

Seeding formula: Note: In accordance with the conditions and with the intention of making fields of equal caliber, the eliminations, if necessary, of the Hambletonian® Open and the Oaks will be seeded by the following procedure:

1. Horses will be sorted in the order of total money earnings based on the following formula: Total career money earnings will be considered -- but monies accumulated through the date of declaration during their three-year-old year and in their last six starts would be weighted twice as much as the monies earned during the two-year-old season. For example, if a horse earned $100,000 as a two-year-old and $200,000 as a three-year-old and $150,000 in his last six starts, his assigned value would be $800,000 ($100,000 + (2 x $200,000) + (2 x $150,000) = $800,000). These earnings would be based on USTA official money earnings at the time of declaration.

2. Horses will be assigned a rank (group) based on the above formula and the number of elimination heats. For example: If there are eighteen horses, there will be two elimination divisions. The horses with the highest and the second highest money earnings as calculated above will be assigned rank #1; horses three and four would be assigned rank #2; horses five and six would be assigned rank #3; down to horses seventeen and eighteen who would be assigned rank #9. Beginning with the 1st rank, at least half the field of each elimination division (five of nine horses in this example) will be determined by randomly sorting the horses of each group into a separate division. The remainder of the divisions will be determined by lot.

3. Horses either owned by common interests or trained from the same stable will be separated as much as possible.

No horse shall be permitted to race in the Open or the Oaks with Phenylbutazone (Butazolidin ™) or Furosemide (Salix™, formerly Lasix).


Payment Schedule:

2019 Payments

Yearlings of 2019:
May 15: $25.00

2-Year-Olds of 2019:
March 15:  Colts $500/Fillies $250

3-Year-Olds of 2019:
February 15: Colts $2,000/Fillies $1,000

3-Year-Olds of 2019 to race in 2020 Maturity that didn't make Feb 15 payment:
October 15: $2,000

2019 Entrance Fee: Colts $15,000/Fillies $7,500

Filly Supplemental Declaration for the Open: $1,375 plus Entrance Fee

Maturity Supplement for 2019: 
February 15: $5,000 + $2,000 regular February 15th payment.

Maturity Entrance Fee: $8,000

Maturity Supplemental Entrance Fee: $50,000

Earlier Event: July 28
Clara Barton Distaff Pace
Later Event: August 3
Cane Pace + Shady Daisy