Hambletonian Extends Big M Contract

Published: June 14, 2013 09:30 pm EDT

The Hambletonian, the world-famous trotting race, will remain at the Meadowlands Racetrack through 2018.

The Hambletonian Society, the race sponsor, and the Meadowlands have extended the existing contract three additional years. The Meadowlands has hosted the event since 1981.

The $1.2 million renewal takes place on Aug. 3.

The Hambletonian, first contested in 1926, is part of the Trotting Triple Crown for three-year-olds. Prior to coming to the Meadowlands, the Hambletonian was presented at five different venues, including a 25-year run at the fairgrounds in DuQuoin, Ilinois that concluded in 1980.

(Meadowlands Racetrack)