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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.

 
List of Previous Hambletonian Winners - Pedigrees Of Past Winners
Year Winner Driver Time
1926 Guy McKinney Nat Ray 2:04 3/4
1927 Iosola's Worthy Marvin Childs 2:03 3/4
1928 Spencer W.H. Lessee 2:02 1/2
1929 Walter Dear Walter Cox 2:02 3/4
1930 Hanover's Bertha Tom Berry 2:03
1931 Calumet Butler R.D. McMahon 2:03 1/4
1932 The Marchioness Will Caton 2:01 1/4
1933 Mary Reynolds Ben White 2:03 3/4
1934 Lord Jim Doc Parshall 2:02 3/4
1935 Greyhound Sep Palin 2:02 1/4
1936 Rosalind Ben White 2:01 3/4
1937 Shirley Hanover Henry Thomas 2:01 1/2
1938 McLin Hanover Henry Tomas 2:02 1/4
1939 Peter Astra Doc Parshall 2:04 1/4
1940 Spencer Scott Fred Egan 2:02
1941 Bill Gallon Lee Smith 2:05
1942 The Ambassador Ben White 2:04
1943 Volo Song Ben White 2:02 1/2
1944 Yankee Maid Henry Thomas 2:04
1945 Titan Hanover Harry Pownall Sr. 2:04
1946 Chestertown Thomas Berry 2:02 1/2
1947 Hoot Mon Sep Palin 2:00
1948 Demon Hanover Harrison Hoyt 2:02
1949 Miss Tilly Fred Egan 2:01 2/5
1950 Lusty Song Del Miller 2:02
1951 Mainliner Guy Crippen 2:02 3/5
1952 Sharp Note Bion Shively 2:02 3/5
1953 Helicopter Harry Harvey 2:01 3/5
1954 Newport Dream Del Cameron 2:02 4/5
1955 Scott Frost Joe O'Brien 2:00 3/5
1956 The Intruder Ned Bower 2:01 2/5
1957 Hickory Smoke John Simpson Sr. 2:00 1/5
1958 Emily's Pride Flave Nipe 1:59 4/5
1959 Diller Hanover Frank Ervin 2:01 1/5
1960 Blaze Hanover Joe O'Brien 1:59 3/5
1961 Harlan Dean James Arthur 1:58 2/5
1962 A.C.'s Viking Sanders Russell 1:59 3/5
1963 Speedy Scot Ralph Baldwin 1:57 3/5
1964 Ayres John Simpson Sr. 1:56 4/5
1965 Egyptian Candor Del Cameron 2:03 4/5
1966 Kerry Way Frank Ervin 1:58 4/5
1967 Speedy Streak Del Cameron 2:00
1968 Nevele Pride Stanley Dancer 1:59 2/5
1969 Lindy's Pride Howard Beissinger 1:57 3/5
1970 Timothy T John Simpson Jr. 1:58 2/5
1971 Speedy Crown Howard Beissinger 1:57 2/5
1972 Super Bowl Stanley Dancer 1:56 2/5
1973 Flirth Ralph Baldwin 1:57 1/5
1974 Christopher T Billy Haughton 1:58 3/5
1975 Bonefish Stanley Dancer 1:59
1976 Steve Lobell Billy Haughton 1:56 2/5
1977 Green Speed Billy Haughton 1:55 3/5
1978 Speedy Somolli Howard Beissinger 1:55
1979 Legend Hanover George Sholty 1:56 1/5
1980 Burgomeister Billy Haughton 1:56 3/5
1981 Shiaway St. Pat Ray Remmen 2:01 1/5
1982 Speed Bowl Tommy Haughton 1:56 4/5
1983 Duenna Stanley Dancer 1:57 2/5
1984 Historic Freight Ben Webster 1:56 2/5
1985 Prakas Bill O'Donnell 1:54 3/5
1986 Nuclear Kosmos Ulf Thoresen 1:55 2/5
1987 Mack Lobell John Campbell 1:53 3/5
1988 Armbro Goal John Campbell 1:54 3/5
1989 Park Avenue Joe Ron Waples 1:54 3/5
1990 Harmonious John Campbell 1:54 1/5
1991 Giant Victory Jack Moiseyev 1:54 4/5
1992 Alf Palema Mickey McNichol 1:56 2/5
1993 American Winner Ron Pierce 1:53 1/5
1994 Victory Dream Mike Lachance 1:54 1/5
1995 Tagliabue John Campbell 1:54 4/5
1996 Continentalvictory Mike Lachance 1:52 4/5
1997 Malabar Man Mal Burroughs 1:55
1998 Muscles Yankee John Campbell 1:52 2/5
1999 Self Possessed Mike Lachance 1:51 3/5
2000 Yankee Paco Trevor Ritchie 1:53 2/5
2001 Scarlet Knight Stefan Melander 1:53 4/5
2002 Chip Chip Hooray Eric Ledford 1:53 3/5
2003 Amigo Hall Mike LaChance 1:54
2004 Windsong's Legacy Trond Smedshammer 1:54 1/5
2005 Vivid Photo Roger Hammer 1:52 3/5
2006 Glidemaster John Campbell 1:51 1/5
2007 Donato Hanover Ron Pierce 1:53 1/5
2008 Deweycheatumnhowe Ray Schnittker 1:52
2009 Muscle Hill Brian Sears 1:50 1/5
2010 Muscle Massive Ron Pierce 1:51
2011 Broad Bahn George Brennan 1:53
2012 Market Share Tim Tetrick 1:52 1/5
2013 Royalty For Life Brian Sears 1:52 1/5
2014 Trixton Jimmy Takter 1:50 3/5
 
About the Standbred Race Horse

The Standardbred horse actually descended from a thoroughbred named Messenger that was imported from England in 1788. He didn't race in harness. The foundation sire was an in-bred descendent of Messenger named Hambletonian 10 who was foaled in 1849.

Standardbred racing is now popular throughout the world. It is especially popular in Australia, Sweden, New Zealand and North America. Standbred races are often called harness racing, because the horses are hooked up to harnesses and sulkies. The sulky is the little cart looking object where the driver sits, that's right the person controlling the horse is known as a driver in harness racing, not a jockey. The American standard-bred is by far the fastest horse in harness, and the most popular trotting/pacing breed.

Standard-bred racing is contested on two gaits, the trot and the pace. Trotters move with a diagonal gait; the left front and right rear legs move in unison, as to the right front and left rear.

The pacing gate is different because horses move the legs on one side of their body in tandem: left front and rear, and right front and rear. Pacers is by far the more prevalent of the 2 gates in harness racing. Most pacers are aided by plastic loops called hobbles, which keep their legs moving in synchronization. Europian racing generaly prefers trot racing, while North America prefers the pacing gate.