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Thursday, May 31, 2012

M1 - Meadowlands Announces Additional Earning Possibilities and More

Meadowlands Raise Purses, Adds More Earnings Opportunities

Purses will increase 25 percent for the non-winners of one and non-winners two classes at the Meadowlands beginning Friday, June 8. 

In addition, all horses competing in overnight races at the Meadowlands will earn money regardless of where they finish.  Beginning Friday, June 8, horses finishing 6-10 will receive two percent of the purse value.  The additional payout will not effect the current purse distribution to the top five finishers, nor does it apply to stakes races or late closers.

Two new series for four and five-year-old horses who are winners of at least $50,000 lifetime but under $150,000 have also been added to the summer schedule.  Nominations will close Wednesday, June 20 for the Buddy Gilmour for pacers and Paul Doherty for trotters.  Both stakes consist of two $20,000 preliminary legs and an estimated $60,000 final.  The nominating fee for both events is $1000. 

The Buddy Gilmour will be raced on consecutive Saturdays beginning July 7.  The Paul Doherty will be raced Fridays beginning June 29.  The earnings cap for mares in the Doherty is $200,000 lifetime.

Contact the Meadowlands race office for more information. 

New Draw Schedule For Qualifiers & Baby Races

Beginning the week of June 4, Meadowlands Racetrack will draw on Mondays for Friday morning qualifiers and Tuesdays for Saturday baby races.

Entries Due Friday For First Round of Baby Races

The entry box for the first round of baby races closes at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 1.  There is no participation fee for New Jersey-bred 2-year-olds or 2-year-olds staked to races at the Meadowlands.  For all other 2-year-olds, the fee is $100.

Fans and horse owners are invited to watch the baby races every Saturday morning beginning June 2.  The non-wagering events begin at 10 a.m. and will feature live race calls.  Breakfast items will be available for purchase at the Don Q Wedge concession stand every Saturday in June and July.  Paddock tours and children’s activities will be offered on four of the Saturdays: June 16 and 23 and July 7 and 21.  No reservation is necessary to participate.

Beginning the week of June 4, baby races will be drawn on Tuesdays.