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The Hambletonian is the most prestigious race for trotters in North America. Held each year at the Meadowlands, the race features three-year-old trotting standardbreds racing for one of the biggest payoffs in harness racing.

The Hambletonian is the first, and most prestigious event in the United States Trotting Triple Crown races.  Since its inception in 1955, only nine horses have won all three races, including Glidemaster in 2006. The race is affectionately known as "The Hambo" to insiders of the harness racing industry and is "the race to win".

The race is named for the famous trotting horse, Hambletonian (1849-1876), from whose four sons, the lineage of virtually all American standardbred race horses can be traced.


Restricted to 3-year-old trotters (the other gait in harness racing is pacers), the Hambletonian has been the sport’s richest race since its inaugural running in 1926 at the New York State Fair in Syracuse. It has been a mainstay on national television since relocating to the Meadowlands. As with the Kentucky Derby, its winners are christened million-dollar stallion prospects.
 

The 2009 Hambletonian winner, Muscle Hill went on to an undefeated season, and was voted Harness Horse of the Year. In fact, four trotting world records were broken in the 2009 Hambletonian.

“It’s like winning the Super Bowl in football, the Stanley Cup in hockey,” said Jimmy Takter, the Swedish-born trainer who won the 1997 Hambletonian with Malabar Man. “It’s the race that has the biggest impact in the world in harness racing.”

John Campbell Hall Of Fame Harness Driver has won the race a record 6 times.

The Hambletonian Race has been held at several different tracks over the years. Below is a list of sites where the race has been held.

1926-29 -- New York State Fair, Syracuse, NY

1927 and 1929 events held in Lexington, KY due to rainouts in Syracuse

1930-56 - Good Time Park, Goshen, NY (site of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame)

1943 event held at Empire City Park in Yonkers, NY due to wartime gas rationing

1957-80 - DuQuoin State Fair, DuQuoin, IL

1981 - present day -- The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ

The race has been held at the fabulous Meadowlands in New Jersey since 1981 and continues to be contested there today.