Applications for the 2012 Meadowlands Pace, Early Closing program and Rags To Riches Series are now available under the Horsemen Section.
Nominations are due February 15, 2012 for the Pace and early closers. Twelve of the 14 early closing stakes will feature a 20 percent reduction in nominating and sustaining fees for 2012.
The early closers [with estimated purses and dates of finals] include the $220,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial and $200,000 Graduate on May 12; $235,000 Titan Cup on June 30; $350,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial, $275,000 Del Miller Memorial and $300,000 Mistletoe Shalee on July 14; $225,000 Golden Girls on August 17; and $550,000 William R. Haughton Memorial on August 18. Six of the stakes are on the August 4 Hambletonian Day card: the $325,000 US Pacing Championship, $350,000 Sweetheart, $375,000 Merrie Annabelle, the $375,000 Peter Haughton Memorial, the $300,000 Woodrow Wilson and the $250,000 Lady Liberty.
The following stakes have been deleted from the 2012 stakes calendar: the Niatross, Countess Adios, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Perretti Matchmaker, Matt’s Scooter and the Tarport Hap.
Nominating fees are due February 1 for the Rags To Riches Series, an event for pacers who have started for a base claiming price of $10,000 or less once in their last four starts up to and including January 20, 2012. The multi-bracket series culminates in a $100,000 estimated final on March 10.
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