The Hambletonian is the most prestigious race for
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.
is affectionately known as "The Hambo" to insiders of the harness racing
industry and is "the race to win".
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|
|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.