Meadowlands Racetrack is a harness and thoroughbred racing facility in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It is one of the East Coast's most prominent horseracing tracks.
A two-track facility, it hosts some of the nation's most prestigious racing stakes, including the Meadowlands Pace, the Woodrow Wilson, the Stanley Dancer Trot, the New Jersey Classic, Breeders Crown Trot, and the biggest and most respected stakes event in harness racing, the Hambletonian.
Meadowlands Racetrack Facts
- Main Track (Harness and Thoroughbred Racing)
- Main Track: one mile oval
- Length of stretch: 990 feet
- Distance from finish line to first turn: 330 feet
- Width of stretch: 90 feet
- Width of backstretch: 80 feet
- Harness Surface: Limestone base and crushed stone dust cushion (Pylons replaced the hub rail in 1991)
- Thoroughbred Surface: Sand, clay and loam cushion
- Track: 7/8 mile oval
- Turf races are run on the Main Course (on the rail), the Red Course (10 feet from rail), the White Course (17 feet from rail) and the Blue Course (23 feet from rail)
- Number of barns: 16
- Number of dormitories: 7
- Capacity: 1,760 horses, 700 people
- Stable Capacity: 1,454 stalls
Turf Course (Thoroughbred Only)
Meadowlands Racetrack Records
|2 year-old colt||Western Shooter
|2 year-old gelding||Fancy Creek Storm
|2 year-old filly||Clover Hanover
|3 year-old colt||Real Desire
|3 year-old filly||Armbro Romance
|3 year-old gelding||Life Source*
|4 year-old horse||Jenna's Beach Boy*||W. Fahy||6/22/96
|4 year-old mare||Loyal Opposition**
|4 year-old gelding||Color Me Best*
|older horse||Four Starzzz Shark*
|older mare||Frightening P*
|older gelding||Life Source*
Eaton Road Kill**
|1 1/16 miles||Big Tom**
|1 1/16 miles mare||Bunny Lake
||J. Stark, Jr.||6/8/02||1:58|
|1 1/8 miles||Noble Ability*
|1 1/2 miles||What's Next*
|2 heats||Magical Mike*
|fastest second heat||Magical Mike*
|2 year-old colt||Donerail
|2 year-old gelding||Shadow||R. Blanton||7/12/00||1:57|
|2 year-old filly CR||Kay Suzie*
|3 year-old colt||Self Possessed*
|3 year-old filly||Continental victory*
|3 year-old gelding||Uhadadream**
|4 year-old horse||Kadabra*
|4 year-old mare||Beat The Wheel*
|4 year-old gelding||Mister Goal*
|older horse||Victory Tilly*
|older mare||Moni Maker*
|older gelding||Fool's Goal*
|1 1/16 miles||Plesac*
|1 1/16 miles mare||Emma Hanover*
|1 1/8 miles||B Cor Pete*
|1 1/2 miles||Meadow Road*
|2 heats||Continental victory*
|fastest second heat||Continental victory*
* World Record for Mile Track
|All Age Records|
|Pace||Jenna's Beach Boy||1:473 (M1)|
|Trot||Victory Tilly||1:504 (M1)|
History of Meadowlands Racetrack
- A crowd of 42,133 attended on opening day. Rambling Willie took the opening night feature in 1:553.
- Ray Remmen won the very first race with Quick Baron.
- The Meadowlands Pace and the Woodrow Wilson were born. Escort took the inaugural Meadowlands Pace while No No Yankee got the first Woodrow Wilson.
- The most esteemed trotting event in the world - the Hambletonian - transferred to the Meadowlands. Ray Remmen guided Shiaway St. Pat to victory on August 8.
- The all-time Meadowlands record crowd of 52,974 watched both racing and the Gerry Cooney-Larry Holmes boxing fight on June 11.
- On March 28, New Jersey declared simulcasting unconstitutional. It was discontinued on November 5th. However, the voters approved a referendum on simulcasting and it was reinstated on December 3rd.
- On August 8th, the horse Mack Lobell dominated the Hambletonian with driver John Campbell. Campbell, in winning the first of a record five Hambletonians, called Mack Lobell the greatest horse he had ever driven. Mack Lobell went on to become a two-time Horse of the Year honoree.
- John Campbell won his second straight Hambletonian with Armbro Goal and his third straight driving title.
- Beach Towel, with trainer-driver Ray Remmen in the bike, won the Meadowlands Pace on his way to capturing Horse of the Year honors.
- John Campbell captured his third Hambletonian with Harmonious.
- The new Hambletonian race format was introduced. The three-year-old trotters now raced in eliminations, and the final would determine the winner, regardless of whether he or she won their elimination. The barefoot Alf Palema and Mickey McNichol took the big prize in an upset.
- On Meadowlands Pace night, guests wagered a total of $6,771,499 to top all records in the industry, and Hambletonian Day produced the second-highest handle to date at $5,828,749.
- Meadowlands Racetrack introduced its Championship Meet, featuring more than $13 million in stakes purses.
- The Hambletonian Day handle was more than $6.5 million, the highest Hambletonian handle ever and the second highest in harness racing history. Meadowlands Pace night produced a total handle of more than $6.3 million, the third highest handle ever. For the entire meet, the average total harness handle set an all-time high at $3,173,098.
- John Campbell won his record fifth Hambletonian with Muscles Yankee and won his 15th Meadowlandsdriving title.
- Two industry records at the Hambletonian fell as Self Possessed posted the fastest trotting mile in history with a 1:51.3 victory, and the total handle of $7,218,518 million set the mark as the highest in the sport.
- More than $540 million was wagered on 150 dates of Meadowlands harness racing, for an average of $3.6 million daily, a 15% increase from the previous year.
- The 2000 Hambletonian drew a crowd of 30,026, the best in six years, and the total wagering of $7,724,420 on the 15-race card was a Hambletonian, Meadowlands and harness racing single-day record.
- Hall of Fame driver John Campbell reached $100 million in career earnings at the Meadowlands, an unprecedented achievement for a driver or jockey at a single track.
- After runner-up finishes in 1999 and 2000, Campbell rebounded with 211 victories and $6.9 million in earnings for an unprecedented 16th driving title.
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