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Meadowlands Horse Racing

Meadowlands is a harness and thoroughbred racing facility in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It is one of the East Coast's most prominent horse racing tracks.

A two-track facility, it hosts some of the nation's most prestigious racing stakes, including the Meadowlands Pace, the Woodrow Wilson, the Stanley Dancer Trot, the New Jersey Classic, Breeders Crown Trot, and the biggest and most respected stakes event in harness racing, the Hambletonian.

Meadowlands Track Facts

Main Track (Harness and Thoroughbred Racing)
  • Main Track : one mile oval
  • Length of stretch : 990 feet
  • Distance from finish line to first turn : 330 feet
  • Width of stretch : 90 feet
  • Width of backstretch : 80 feet
  • Harness Surface : Limestone base and crushed stone dust cushion (Pylons replaced the hub rail in 1991)
  • Thoroughbred Surface : Sand, clay and loam cushion

Turf Course (Thoroughbred Only)
  • Track : 7/8 mile oval
  Turf races are run on the Main Course [on the rail], the Red Course [10 feet from rail], the White Course [17 feet from rail] and the Blue Course [23 feet from rail].

Backstretch Area
  • Number of barns : 16
  • Number of dormitories : 7
  • Capacity : 1,760 horses, 700 people
  • Stable Capacity : 1,454 stalls

Meadowlands Records

Pacers
TYPE HORSE DRIVER DATE TIME
2 year-old colt Western Shooter
J. Campbell 11/24/01 1:50
2 year-old gelding Fancy Creek Storm
Tyberwood
C. Manzi

G. Brennan
7/3/97

6/24/99
1:53

1:53
2 year-old filly Clover Hanover
Worldly Beauty
J. Moiseyev
L. Ouellette
8/6/97
11/24/01
1:522
1:522
3 year-old colt Real Desire
McArdle
Whatanartist
Camelot Hall
J. Campbell
M. Lachance
B. Sears
G. Brennan
8/3/01
8/3/02
7/5/03
7/3/04
1:49
1:49
1:49
1:49
3 year-old filly Armbro Romance
Apple Krisp
J. Campbell
C. Manzi
6/27/98
6/18/04
1:494
1:494
3 year-old gelding Life Source*
H. Parker 8/5/00 1:484
4 year-old horse Jenna's Beach Boy*
W. Fahy 6/22/96
6/18/04
1:473
4 year-old mare Loyal Opposition**
G. Brennan 6/18/04 1:484
4 year-old gelding Color Me Best*
M. Lachance 7/3/99 1:48
older horse Four Starzzz Shark*
M. Lachance 7/03/04 1:474
older mare Frightening P*
L. Ouellette 6/21/02 1:484
older gelding Life Source*
Eaton Road Kill**
C. Manzi
D. Dube
7/03/04
7/03/04
1:48
1:48
DISTANCE HORSE DRIVER DATE TIME
1 1/16 miles Big Tom**
Life Source*
J. Campbell
D. Miller
7/15/00
6/8/02
1:571
1:571
1 1/16 miles mare Bunny Lake
J. Stark, Jr. 6/8/02 1:58
1 1/8 miles Noble Ability*
J. Campbell 7/16/99 2:031
1 1/2 miles What's Next*
M. McNichol 5/30/87 2:531
   
2 heats Magical Mike*
J. Moiseyev 8/6/94 3:41
fastest second heat Magical Mike*
J. Moiseyev 8/6/94 1:502

Trotters
TYPE HORSE DRIVER DATE TIME
2 year-old colt Donerail
J. Campbell 8/2/94 1:554
2 year-old gelding Shadow R. Blanton 7/12/00 1:57
2 year-old filly CR Kay Suzie*
C. Allen 8/3/94 1:551
3 year-old colt Self Possessed*
M. Lachance 8/7/99 1:513
3 year-old filly Continentalvictory*
M. Lachance 8/3/96 1:521
3 year-old gelding Uhadadream**
D. Dube 7/29/00 1:532
4 year-old horse Kadabra*
D. Miller 7/25/03 1:513
4 year-old mare Beat The Wheel*
C. Manzi 7/8/94 1:514
4 year-old gelding Mister Goal*
J. Campbell 5/7/99 1:522
older horse Victory Tilly*
S. Johansson 8/3/02 1:504
older mare Moni Maker*
W. Hennessey 8/5/00 1:521
older gelding Fool's Goal*
J. Moiseyev 6/29/02
7/27/02
1:513
DISTANCE HORSE DRIVER DATE TIME
1 1/16 miles Plesac*
M. Lachance 6/8/02 2:00
1 1/16 miles mare Emma Hanover*
D. Miller 6/8/02 2:011
1 1/8 miles B Cor Pete*
H. Parker 4/26/97 2:09
1 1/2 miles Meadow Road*
T. Jansson 6/17/85 2:573
   
2 heats Continentalvictory*
M. Lachance 8/3/96 3:45
fastest second heat Continentalvictory*
M. Lachance 8/3/96 1:524
* World Record for Mile Track
** Co-Holder of World Record for Mile Track

All Age Records
TYPE HORSE TIME
Pace Jenna's Beach Boy
1:473 (M1)
Trot Victory Tilly 1:504 (M1)

History of Meadowlands Race Track

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