Lower fees help boost nominations to Meadowlands Racetrack’s summer stakes events for 2-year-old horses by over 35 percent in 2012.
Nomination fees were reduced by 20 percent, resulting in significant increases in horses eligible to the track’s marquee events for freshmen, including the Peter Haughton for trotting colts (84 vs. 61), the Merrie Annabelle for filly trotters (80 vs. 51) and the Woodrow Wilson for pacing colts (60 vs. 38 in 2011).
Nominations also increased to the Golden Girls (25 vs. 18) and Lady Liberty (23 vs. 15) for older mare pacers and the Titan Cup for older trotters (22 vs. 18).
The $201,700 Titan Cup final will be raced on Friday, June 29. The $375,000 Peter Haughton and $350,000 Merrie Annabelle, $290,000 Woodrow Wilson and $225,000 Lady Liberty finals are slated for Hambletonian Day, Saturday, August 4. The $200,000 Golden Girls is scheduled for the summer season finale on Friday, August 17. (Final purse amounts are estimated).
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