Harness racing’s biggest stars will battle it out on the track on Saturday, Nov. 25 in the Fanduel Championships and Fall Four stakes finals at the Meadowlands Racetrack.
Over the last few years, retirement ceremonies have become the norm on this night of racing and this year is no different. This year, four of the sport’s biggest stars – Test OF Faith, Bella Bellini, Tattoo Artist and Confederate – will be honoured.
Two fabulous mares, Test of Faith and Bella Bellini, will receive well-deserved video tributes to commemorate their tremendous career accomplishments.
Test Of Faith, the 2021 U.S. Horse of the Year earned more than $2.5 million and three major Meadowlands wins – the Breeders Crown Filly Pace, Dorothy Haughton and the Graduate Mare Pace.
Bella Bellini, the 2022 U.S. Trotter of the Year earned more than $2.2 million and some her biggest scores happened at the Meadowlands. She dominated the Hambletonian Oaks, Graduate Mare Trot, TVG Mare Open and the Dr. John R. Steele Memorial and Six Pack finals.
Tattoo Artist, the great aged pacer, is slated for retirement following his final start in the FanDuel Pace Championship. The 2020 Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year has earned more than $3.2 million with major wins including the Canadian Pacing Derby. He will be standing stud in New Jersey in 2024.
The outstanding three-year-old pacer Confederate will also be retiring after he takes on older foes, including Tattoo Artist, in the FanDuel Pace Championship. He has had a dominate year, winning nearly every big divisional race this season including the Meadowlands Pace, Cane Pace and Breeders Crown.
Both horses will have retirement ceremonies in the winner’s circle following the race. Plus a limited number of commemorative coasters will also be available for fans at the Players Club Desk following the race.
“We have been blessed to see these talented horses race at the Meadowlands over the last few years,” said Jason Settlemoir, COO and GM of the Meadowlands Racetrack. “It’s only fitting we honour these athletes on one of our biggest nights of racing.”
(With files from Meadowlands Racetrack)