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Willie took the opening night feature in 1:553, and would be the first of many
great racehorses who would leave their "hoofprints" on the East Rutherford
Ray Remmen won the very first race with Quick Baron and would
later establish himself as the top trainer through the first two decades at the
Young Quinn posted the first-ever 1:55 mile at the Big M.
Other notables which raced here in the inaugural season included Silk
Stockings, Tarport Hap, Keystone Pioneer, Savoir and Oil Burner.1977:The Meadowlands Pace and
the Woodrow Wilson were born in 1977. Escort took the inaugural Meadowlands
Pace, worth $425,000, for Carl LeCause. BG's Bunny had set a world record of
1:54 in his elimination but was scratched from the final.
Woodrow Wilson went to No No Yankee for a $280,000 purse. Just three years
later, the event for two-year-olds would boast a $2 million purse. On a sad
note, 1977 marked the end of the career of Tarport Hap, perhaps the greatest
mare to ever race at the Meadowlands. She died at the quarter pole after
suffering an apparent heart attack on March 12 while once again favored to beat
the boys, which she had done eight times in the first ten weeks of the year.
She was buried in what is now Paddock Park and a race was named in her honor
later that year.
1978: In 1978, the speed explosion was
officially underway. The meticulously-kept racing surface, combined with
aggressive driving styles, made the 1:55 mile commonplace.
established himself as the best older pacer in the land and was trained and
driven by the sport's top black horseman, Lew Williams. Of the first 15 1:55
miles in Meadowlands history, Whata Baron owned five of them.
Skipper took the Woodrow Wilson for veteran Bill Herman; Senor Skipper lowered
the track record to 1:533 for Ben Webster; and a young Canadian driver named
John Campbell won his first Meadowlands race.
The meet's highlight may
have been Falcon Almahurst, who ignored torrential rains and ankle-deep mud to
win the second Meadowlands Pace in two straight heats. That was the last year
that the Pace eliminations and the final were on the same night.
1979:Niatross surfaced at
the Meadowlands as a two-year-old and took the Wilson on his way to a perfect
13-for-13 season. He was named Horse of the Year for 1979, an honor that
hasn't been bestowed on a freshman standardbred since.
Abercrombie set a
track record of 1:53 that lasted for three seasons when he stormed from last to
first on August 4 for driver-trainer Glen Garnsey.
Sonsam posted one of
the most memorable Meadowlands Pace victories when he overcame post ten and a
tough trip to win going away in 1:532. That Pace was the richest harness race
ever up to that point, with a purse of $750,000.
1980: The great Niatross, atoning for the
only two defeats in his career, romped to a Meadowlands Pace record of 1:531
and never again lost a race. The 1980 Pace was the first million dollar race
in the history of horse racing, both Thoroughbred and Standardbred. Less than
a month later, the Meadowlands presented horse racing with its first $2 million
race, the Woodrow Wilson. In that landmark race, Land Grant, at odds of 69-1
with driver Del Insko, upset a strong group of freshmen including the
The first New Jersey Classic was also held in
1980. Designed to showcase the top sophomores in a state-bred event, the New
Jersey Classic has taken on added significance as the New Jersey Sire Stakes
(NJSS) program has gone on to become the standard in the United States.
1981: The most
hallowed trotting event in the world - the Hambletonian - moved to the
Meadowlands in 1981. While a national television audience watched, Ray Remmen
guided an obscurely-bred gelding named Shiaway St. Pat to victory on a
rain-soaked August 8th.
The fourth-richest race ever contested, the 1981
Woodrow Wilson, went to Bill Haughton and McKinzie Almahurst. This was the
only million dollar win in the driving career of the celebrated Hall of
1982:John Campbell captured his first million dollar race when he piloted Hilarion
to victory over No Nukes in the Meadowlands Pace. Through 1999, he's had 18
victories in $1 million races, an all-time driver record. Cam Fella made his
Meadowlands debut on the way to Horse of the Year honors. Racing From the
Meadowlands debuted on the Madison Square Garden Network on May24th.1983:It was the year of one
of the most anticipated match-ups in the history of harness racing - Cam Fella
vs. It's Fritz. Cam Fella was headed for his second straight Horse of the Year
title, while It's Fritz was busy setting records for speed nearly everywhere he
ventured. It was Monday night, July 25, 1983, when the two staged the first of
their three meetings, all of which would be taken by Cam Fella and
trainer-driver Pat Crowe. Track management distributed red and blue buttons
for fans to wear which read either "I Like Cam" or "I Like Fritz."
Campbell won seven races on one card for the first time in his Big M career,
the first of five occasions on which he would accomplish the feat.
Hanover romped in the Meadowlands Pace, with future Hall of Famer Ron Waples at
the helm. Ralph Hanover was the last Triple Crown winner in harness racing
until Western Dreamer won it in 1997. Rambling Willie, the great iron "Horse
That God Loved" who had won the very first feature race at the Meadowlands in
1976, made his final Meadowlands appearance as a 13-year-old.1984:On The Road Again
turned the tables on the aptly named and favored Guts to win the richest
Meadowlands Pace ($1,293,000) to date. Buddy Gilmour drove the determined
chestnut and overcame a difficult trip on his way to earning nearly $3 million
in his career.
Historic Freight won the Hambletonian raceoff from Gentle
Stroke and Delvin G Hanover for Ben Webster.
The incomparable Nihilator
lived up to all the hype, setting a Meadowlands and world record of 1:524 while
obliterating his two-year-old rivals in the $2,161,000 Woodrow Wilson, the
richest race ever contested to that point. It was the first time that William
O'Donnell had ever driven the son of Niatross.
Bill O'Donnell won the
driving title, his third in four years.1985:On March 28, 1985, the future of racing
took a detour when simulcasting was declared unconstitutional. It was
discontinued on November 5th. But the voters, on a referendum, passed
simulcasting and it was reinstated on December 3rd.
Tuff Choice set a
Meadowlands record of 13 consecutive wins from January to April. Meadow Road
won both Statue of Liberty Trot legs, each in world-record time.
Nihilator, again a superstar as a sophomore, set a Meadowlands Pace record of
1:503 and, as part of a five-horse entry, created a minus pool of $171,011.15.
Hambletonian Day featured one of the greatest cards ever assembled as Prakas,
Nihilator and On The Road Again won consecutive races. Nihilator set a world
race record of 1:49.3.
1986:The tenth year at the Meadowlands saw
Nuclear Kosmos become the first New Jersey-bred to win the Hambletonian. It
was also the year of the only match race in Big M history as Forrest Skipper,
the undefeated Horse of the Year, turned away Falcon Seelster in the U. S.
Pacing Championship on Hambletonian Day.
Innovative Race Secretary Joe
DeFrank introduced a new concept to the Meadowlands in 1986. A number of
big-purse races for youngsters - Million Dollar Babies - was born. Ditka
Hanover handed a promising youngster named Mack Lobell a loss in the Peter
Haughton Memorial, Nadia Lobell took the Sweetheart and Cullin Hanover won the
1987:On August 8th, Mack Lobell, a smallish
son of Mystic Park, dominated the Hambletonian like no previous winner of the
race at the Meadowlands. John Campbell, in winning the first of a record five
Hambletonians, called Mack Lobell the greatest horse he had ever driven.
Run The Table stopped Jate Lobell's winning streak at 18 with a 1:51 score
in a $200,000 New Jersey Sire Stake event.
Frugal Gourmet upset a
stellar Meadowlands Pace field that included Jate Lobell (who was off the board
for the only time in his career), Laag and Run The Table.
1988:Mike Lachance won his
5,000th career race on June 23 with Instrument Landing.
dominated the sophomore pacing standings, winning the New Jersey Classic and
Meadowlands Pace, giving Lachance two of his biggest career victories to
Ramblin Storm was at his all-time best in July when he posted a
1:501 mile, the fastest mile ever at night to that point. John Campbell won his
second straight Hambletonian with Armbro Goal and his third straight driving
1989: The most intriguing aspect of the 1989
harness meet was the dead heat finish between Park Avenue Joe and Probe in the
Hambletonian raceoff. Ron Waples drove Park Avenue Joe, while William Fahy
guided Probe. Although the two trotters hit the wire together, it was several
months before the issue of who would be awarded first place money was decided.
Park Avenue Joe, on the basis of best finish in summary, within the rules of
the Hambletonian Society, was declared the winner. It remains to this day the
only dead heat for win in a million dollar race.
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Title : Rambling Willie
Title : 1980 Meadowlands Pace Winner Niatross
Title : Ray Remmen & Shiaway St Pat
Title : Nihilator & Bill O'Donnell win the 1984 Meadowlands Pace
Title : Moni Maker - 1998 Horse of the Year
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Content Title : The 1990s and Beyond
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1990: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. It was also the debut of the great pacing filly Miss Easy. The
rangy daughter of Amity Chief was a favorite of the Meadowlands bettors,
causing the most minus pools (six) of any other horse in track history.
1991: New Jersey
native Jack Moiseyev enjoyed a banner year in 1991. He won a pair of million
dollar events in 1991 - the Meadowlands Pace with Precious Bunny in a stakes
record 1:494 and the Hambletonian with Giant Victory for trainers Bill Robinson
and Per Eriksson, respectively. Precious Bunny became the first horse to win
two $1 million events in the same year, the Meadowlands Pace and the North
America Cup. John Campbell won his seventh consecutive driving title.
season was the first with a new Hambletonian race format. 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.
Carlsbad Cam won the
Meadowlands Pace for Rod Allen, making Carl and Rod Allen the first and only
father and son driving team to each win a million dollar event. Father Carl
won the $1.7 million Wilson in 1983 with Carl's Bird.
Jack Moiseyev won
his first driving title, Artsplace set a new track record of 1:492 and the
popular and durable grey mare, White Ruffles, retired after winning all nine of
1993: Staying Together posted an incredible 1:48.2 mile on June 19, harness racing's
fastest race to date. The son of Panorama had three sub-1:50 miles during the
meet, another record later broken by Jenna's Beach Boy in 1996. American Winner
won the Hambletonian in two-heat record time for first-time Hambo winners Ron
Pierce and trainer Milton Smith.
John Campbell regained the driving
title, his record tenth.
1994:Beat The Wheel posted a 1:51.4 trotting
mile on July 8, 1994, defeating the great Pine Chip. She broke four records
with that win, the most important being the 1:521 record that Mack Lobell had
owned for seven years. Victory Dream took the Hambletonian for Mike Lachance
and Ron Gurfein, a first for each.
Cam's Card Shark gave John Campbell
his 10th million dollar win in the 1994 Meadowlands Pace.
1995:The two highest handles
in harness racing history, and the highest overnight purse structure ever
offered at the Meadowlands set the tone for the meet. 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
Nine new world records were recorded and four horses broke
the 1:50 mark - Cam Terrific, New Bucks, LV Whiskers and Catch A Flight.
Veteran pacing mare Buddy's Girl became the winningest mare in Meadowlands
history when she notched her 34th victory early in the year, while Ellamony won
her 15th consecutive race at the Meadowlands, giving her the longest unbeaten
streak in the track's 20 seasons.
Joe Holloway sent out the early
winners of the big events for sophomore pacers, winning the Berry's Creek with
No Standing Around and the SBOA/New Jersey Classic with two-year-old champion
Jenna's Beach Boy. But neither were around for the Meadowlands Pace - No
Standing Around succumbed to an illness, and Jenna's Beach Boy was sidelined by
an injury. That opened the door for David's Pass to capture Meadowlands Pace.
John Campbell was the pilot of the winner for the third straight year.
Mike Lachance broke John Campbell's record for most victories on a single
card by bringing in eight winners on July 14, 1995.
On Hambletonian Day,
Tagliabue and brothers Jim and John Campbell pulled off the upset, as filly
champion CR Kay Suzie went on a break and failed to make the final. A Stud
Named Sue captured the Woodrow Wilson en route to divisional honors, and CR Kay
Suzie bounced back from her Hambletonian loss to be voted Horse of the Year.1996: Continentalvictory, driven by Mike Lachance and trained by Ron Gurfein, became
only the 13th filly in 71 editions to win the trotting classic. In the process
she trotted to a two-heat Hambletonian record time (3:45) and also trotted to
the fastest mile by any three-year-old of any gender (1:521) in her elimination
race. It was the second Hambletonian victory in three years for the
Lachance-Gurfein combination. The Breeders Crown series returned to the
Meadowlands with three events for older pacers and trotters. Jenna's Beach Boy
posted a record sixth lifetime sub-1:50 clocking in the $300,000 Open Pace
while She's A Great Lady captured the $300,000 Mare Pace and CR Kay Suzie, the
1995 Horse of the Year, made a brilliant return to win the $500,000 Breeders
Crown Open Trot.
John Campbell and Lachance ended in a first ever tie
for the driving title (203 wins each) while Brett Pelling won his fourth
Meadowlands training crown.
A record 18 sub-1:50 miles were recorded
during the meet, including Jenna's Beach Boy's all-time race mile mark of 1:473
in the Driscoll Final.
1997:Amateur driver Malvern
Burroughs won the Hambletonian with Malabar Man, a horse he owned and bred, on
the track he built with his construction company more than 20 years ago.
John Campbell picked up his 5,000th career Meadowlands victory and added two
more Breeders Crown victories, winning the Mares Open with Extreme Velocity and
the Open Trot with Wesgate Crown.
Mike Lachance won his first outright
driving title at the Meadowlands, after finishing in a tie for first with John
Campbell in 1996. His mounts earned just under $5 million and his stakes
victories included the Oliver Wendell Holmes with Western Dreamer, who would
later give Lachance his first Triple Crown.
Trainer Brett Pelling won
his second straight Meadowlands training title and record fifth over-all.
The Meadowlands introduced its Championship Meet, featuring more than $13
million in stakes purses. Nearly each night of the 47-day meet showcased a
stakes event, creating a concentration of quality racing unparalleled in the
1998 meet at the Meadowlands broke many betting records. 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, surpassing $3 million for the first time.
John Campbell won
his record fifth Hambletonian with Muscles Yankee and won his 15th Meadowlands
Brett Pelling won his third straight Meadowlands training
title and record sixth over-all. He joined Bill Robinson as the only two
trainers to amass $3 million in a season at the Meadowlands.
326 claims during the meet, the most since 1978 and the $9.5 million spent on
claims established an all-time high.
Purses increased for an
unprecedented seventh straight year to an overnight average of $154,165.
1999: The 1999
Hambletonian was an appropriate end to the final Meadowlands harness meet of
the century. Two industry records 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.
$540 million was wagered on 150 dates of Meadowlands harness racing, for an
average of $3.6 million daily, an increase of 15 percent over 1998.
Total purse distribution for the meet exceeded $44 million, an average of
$295,000 daily, up for an eighth straight year.All claiming records were
shattered as the total number of claims reached 506 for a total of $17million.
The State of New Jersey benefited with sales tax of $586,484. Day In A Life
became the highest claim in harness history when Perfect World Enterprises took
him for $156,250 on June 18.
Luc Ouellette locked up his first driving
title with a 46-win margin over 15-time leading driver John Campbell and his
uncle, Mike Lachance. Ross Croghan ran away with his first Big M training
title and shattered the record for the most starters in one meet with 717. Bob
Glazer's Peter Pan Stables topped the owners standings for the fifth
consecutive year. The Panderosa provided Glazer with his greatest Meadowlands
moment when he caotured the $1 million Meadowlands Pace.
2000: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 unprecendented feat for a
driver or jockey at a single racetrack.
Driver Luc Ouellette, trainer
Ross Croghan and owner Bob Glazer repeated as seasonal leaders.
continued at a feverish pace during Harness 2000. The total number of claims
climbed to 726, up 43.5 percent from 1999, for a total of $24,739,160 [up 69
percent]. An unprecedented three $200,000 claims were made, creating a
three-way record for the highest claim in harness history: Bad Bert, Nianimble
and Mumbo King.
A record $564 million was wagered on the 151-date
harness meet, and total US exports exceeded $402 million, an increase of $100
million over the past two seasons.
On Hambletonian Day, Space Shuttle
heated up the track with a 1:47.4 mile, just a fifth of a second off Jenna's
Beach Boy's record, and two-time Horse of the Year Moni Maker bid farewell to
the Meadowlands with a victory in the Nat Ray.
2001: Hollywood’s best scribes could not have
written a more fitting conclusion to the 2001 Meadowlands harness meet as
renowned Swedish racing photographer Stefan Melander fulfilled a lifelong dream
of winning the Hambletonian with Scarlet Knight. The $8,028,480 total handle
was the second highest in Meadowlands and harness history.
record-setting Breeders Crown Day set the tone for the 2001 Hambletonian
Festival, highlighted by the sensational performance of Italian trotter Varenne
in the $1 million Breeders Crown Trot. In one of the more memorable
performances in Meadowlands history, Varenne shook off all challengers and drew
away to a four and a half length victory in a track, stakes and world record of
1:51.1. The total handle of $7,039,284 was the highest in Breeders Crown
history, and marked the first year that the Breeders Crown day total handle
exceeded $7 million.
The 25th anniversary of the Meadowlands Pace was a
battle to the wire between a pair of divisional rivals and two Hall of Fame
drivers. In the end, it was Real Desire who took home the lion’s share of the
$1,009,500 jackpot, giving driver John Campbell a record sixth victory in the
track’s signature event, as he prevailed by a neck over the defending freshman
champion Bettor’s Delight and Mike Lachance. The $7,050,306 wagered on the
2001 Meadowlands Pace was the highest in the race’s history, and the fourth
highest handle in track and industry history.
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.
Chris Marino and his
assistant Vincent Fusco Jr. ran away with their first training title, racking
up 88 victories and earnings of $2.1 million. Their stable star was the
outstanding sophomore trotting filly Syrinx Hanover, who counted the
Hambletonian Oaks and Del Miller Memorial among her victories.
Glazer, who races as the Peter Pan Stables of Pepper Pike, Ohio, kept his
stranglehold on the Meadowlands owner standings for an unprecedented seventh
consecutive year in 2001, with 46 victories and earnings of $1 million.
The Meadowlands ran its first ever fall harness meet, highlighted by the
finals of the Governor’s Cup,Valley Victory, Nadia Lobell and Goldsmith
Hooray, a pint-sized colt with a big engine, delivered $1million worth of
Hambletonian cheer to a seasoned Hall of Famer and a young gun, capping off the
2002 season on August 3. The victory was the first for driver Eric Ledford and
the fourth for trainer Chuck Sylvester. The Meadowlands distributed a record
$4,387,500 in purse money for the 17-race Hambletonian card, which included the
Sweetheart and Woodrow Wilson for two-year-old pacers that had been rescheduled
because of dangerous lightning and heavy thunderstorms the previous night.
Trainer Brett Pelling racked up a record seventh training title at the
Meadowlands, ending the January-August season with 78 victories and $2,053,100
in purses.Luc Ouellette regained the driving title, making it his third
in four years. Linda Toscano, the all-time leading female trainer at the
Meadowlands, became the first woman in history to harness a Breeders Crown
winner with Molly Can Do It in the Mares Pace.The Breeders Crown was once
again an intercontinental affair as Sweden's top trotter, Victory Tilly,
traveled to the United States to compete in the Open Trot. Though he finished a
distant second to Fool's Goal in that race, he would later avenge that loss in
the Nat Ray on Hambletonian Day.John Campbell continued his dominance of
the Meadowlands Pace, winning the track's signature event for the seventh time
with Mach Three in a stakes record time of 1:49 flat. The victory was at once a
thrill and a relief for owner Joseph Muscara of Huntingdon Valley,
Pennsylvania, a 78-year-old construction worker who purchased Mach Three for a
reported $2.2 million one month earlier.The 2002 fall meet was led by
driver David Miller, trainer Mark Ford and owner Martin Scharf.
2003:In what might be the twilight of some careers, Mike Lachance, age
52, had a spectacular 2003 meet at the Meadowlands. With his victory behind
Amigo Hall in the Hambletonian and Allamerican Theory in the Meadowlands Pace,
he became the first driver to win both million-dollar events in the same year
since John Campbell did so in 1995.
Two other “driver stories” emerged
during the 145-date meet: the return of John Campbell after 88 days from a
broken right elbow and the battle for leading driver honors which went down to
the 15th and final race of the day on August 2. When the dust settled, David
Miller and Luc Ouellette were deadlocked in first place with 207 wins each.
Miller finished the season with the highest earnings, $4,819,618.
Campbell suffered the worst injury of his Hall of Fame career on March 23,
2003 when he suffered a broken right elbow and damage to his right hand. It
marked the first time in 24 years that Campbell did not finish first or second
in the driver standings.
Noel Daley captured his first training title,
while his primary owner, Adam Victor, led the standings for the first time.
2004:Twenty-seven years after his first
Meadowlands victory, Ron Pierce enjoyed a resurgence that catapulted him to the
top of the driving colony for the first time in 2004. He also scored his
5,000th career win behind the sensational filly Rainbow Blue. Rainbow Blue was
named Horse of the Year.
A crowd of 30,117 turned out to see
Norwegian-born driver and trainer Trond Smedshammer guide Windsong’s Legacy to
victory in the $1 million Hambletonian. Windsong’s Legacy would also win the
Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity, making him the first Trotting Triple Crown
winner since 1972.
The Meadowlands Pace program produced a stakes record
handle of $7,091,402, including $60,000 wagered in New Zealand. Holborn
Hanover, a 58-1 shot, produced the highest payoff in the stake’s history when
he won and returned $119.
Jacqueline Ingrassia drove Aeronautess to
victory in the $211,800 Goldsmith Maid, marking her first Meadowlands stakes
win and the richest won by a female driver at the track. She is now the leading
female driver of all time at the Meadowlands.
The race among Meadowlands
trainers came down to the wire, but Mark Harder held on to a narrow two-win
lead with 107 victories to Noel Daley’s 105 for his first training title. Adam
Victor claimed his second straight Meadowlands owners’ title in 2004.
2005:Vivid Photo’s victory in the 80th
edition of the Hambletonian, complemented by an industry record $9 million
handle, created a picture-perfect ending to the January-August meet. The total
Hambletonian Day handle of $9,015,019 was the highest ever at the Meadowlands
and set a North American harness racing record.
A crowd of 31,245 poured
through the turnstiles to watch driver-trainer Roger Hammer guide his
Pennsylvania-based gelding to victory in the Hambletonian. The attendance was
the highest since 1990 and marked the fifth straight year that the attendance
has increased for harness racing's marquee event.
A victory by Rocknroll
Hanover in the $1 million Meadowlands Pace and a trio of Breeders Crown wins
during the fall meet were the highlights of a storybook season for driver Brian
Sears. Just two years after shifting from The Meadows in western Pennsylvania
to the Meadowlands, the reinsman secured his first January-August driving title
with 249 victories and $7.4 million in earnings. He also captured the fall
meet title and ended the year as North America’s leading moneywinner with $15
million, an industry record.
Chicago transplant Ken Rucker earned his
first Meadowlands training title at the January-August meet and repeated with a
Brett Pelling, the seven-time leading trainer and top
moneywinner of all time at the Meadowlands, announced his retirement from the
sport. Pelling and his family would move to Perth, Australia in 2006. Pelling’s
Meadowlands Pace winner Rocknroll Hanover was named 2005 Horse of the Year -
the first of Pelling’s proteges to receive the honor.
2006:A pair of Hall of Famers captured the premier
events of the 2006 harness racing season. John Campbell, at the age of 51,
collected his unprecedented sixth Hambletonian trophy with Glidemaster and Cat
Manzi, 56, posted his first Meadowlands Pace victory with Artistic Fella.
Campbell was later named the U.S. Harness Writers’ Driver of the Year.
The leading driving title remained in the hands of Brian Sears for the
second straight year. Another highlight of Sears’ season was winning at least
one race at the Meadowlands for 48 consecutive programs, eclipsing John
Campbell’s 47-date streak in 1986.
Holborn Hanover clocked the fastest
race mile in history with a 1:46.4 in the US Pacing Championship on August
Ross Croghan, leading trainer in 1999 and 2000, returned to the top
of the standings in 2006 with 70 wins.
-Tim Tetrick wins with
his first ever Meadowlands Pace drive, Southwind Lynx, en route to a 1,189 win,
$18 million record-breaking season. He would later shatter that
-George Teague wins his biggest trotting
event ever, the $750,000 Oaks with Danae.
the 2007 Horse of the Year, wins the Hambletonian as part of a 19-race winning
-My Little Dragon sets the world female race
record of 1:48.1 on July 13, 2007
-Mr Muscleman calls it a
career with $3.5 million in earnings
-Hana Hanover upsets
Southwind Tempo in the Mistletoe Shalee, winning in 1:49.3, one of her record
three sub-1:50 wins as a sophomore filly.
-John Campbell becomes the first ever
drive to reach $250 million when he romps with Snow White on Breeders Crown
-Somebeachsomewhere suffers his only career loss to
Art Official in his 1:47 world-record Meadowlands Pace victory.
He'd later reset the world record for sophomores to 1:46.4 and
end his career 20-for-21.
-Deweycheatmnhowe wins the
Hambletonian as the only undefeated winner in the race's history.
His only Meadowlands defeat would come later in the year when In Focus
upset in the Breeders Crown.
-Meadowlands regular Tim
Tetrick, despite sitting out the final three weeks for hip replacement surgery,
sets an all-time earnings mark with $19.7 million banked for the
-Horse of the Year Muscle Hill wins 20 straight races, capped off by
his world race record 1:50.1 Hambletonian romp.
-Brian Sears became the first driver to ever win the Hambletonian and
Oaks on the same day, and set a single-day earnings mark for drivers with over
$1.5 million in purses won.
-Trainer Greg Peck set the
stakes record in both the Hambletonian (1:50.1) with Muscle Hill and Peter
Haughton Memorial (1:54) with Holiday Road.
scores his fastest career victory with Bettor Sweet in the Graduate elimination
-Well Said dominates the Meadowlands Pace in
1:47.3, the second straight win for Ron Pierce.
West wins the Breeders Crown Open Pace in a stakes record 1:47, while Hana
Hanover takes the Open Mares in a record 1:48.4.
Jim trots a 1:50.1 world record for a 4-year-old en route to a 17/18 season and
Older Trotter of the Year honors.
-The $425,000 yearling edged out the
$10,000 yearling - Muscle Massive over Lucky Chucky - in the Hambletonian,
giving Ron Pierce his second victory in the classic race.
-Hypnotic Blue Chip won in the year’s fastest time, 1:47.2, surpassing
Jennas Beach Boy’s 14-year record for a 4-year-old pacer by a fifth of a
-Cat Manzi's streak of winning a race at the
Meadowlands every year from 1976-2009 comes to an end
-Buck I St Pat sets the female trotting record of 1:51.
-For the 34th straight year, the Horse of the Year (Rock N Roll
Heaven) competed at the Meadowlands - the only track that can say
with George Brennan in the bike goes gate to wire to capture the 86th running
of the Hambletonian.
-Trotting star Arch Madness sets a
track and world record (1:50.2) for Older Geldings in $220,750 Titan
-Brian Sears finishes the 2011 meet with 149
victories, earning his 6th driving title in seven years.
-We Will See put in a track record & world record-equaling
performance of 1:42.2 for a four-year-old pacing horse in a division of the US
-Ron Pierce pilots Roll With Joe to
victory $1 Million Meadowlands Pace.
-NJSEA ratifies lease
of the Meadowlands Racetrack to Jeff Gural (New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC).
-The Meadowlands had a strong first season under private management by
Jeff Gural’s New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC. Overall, live attendance for the
meet was up 6.6 percent, while on-track wagering was up 8 percent. Export
handle (the amount wagered on the Meadowlands by other outlets)was up 1.7
percent. Total Meadowlands handle (all sources) was up 2.5 percent.
-Yannick Gingras clinched his first career driving title on the final
night of racing with 125 victories for the meet. Gingras, who also won his
first Meadowlands Pace with A Rocknroll Dance, bested earnings leader Tim
Tetrick ($3.4 million) by two wins.
-Linda Toscano became
the first female trainer to win the sport's most covered prize when Market
Share (Tim Tetrick) captured the 1.5 million, 87th edition of the
-Ron Burke ran away with his first
Meadowlands training title, harnessing 64 winners over the season.
-Newly inducted Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter led all trainers in
earnings with $1.9 million in purses won.
returned to a Classified Racing System in the Fall of 2012.
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