Notice Regarding Kindergarten Series

Harness racing at The Meadowlands
Published: October 21, 2023 12:19 pm EDT

The fifth and last leg of the Kindergarten series is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 27 with the finals, sporting a total purse of $850,000 (estimated) over the four divisions, set for Saturday, Nov. 4.

The point standings, updated through Leg #4 are posted on The Meadowlands website. Stakes conditions are on the web as well. 

Those conditions state that to be guaranteed preference to race in a final, the horse must start (scratched horses do not get credit for a start) in a minimum of 50 per cent of the preliminary legs. With the odd number of five legs being raced in 2023, to meet that 50 per cent requirement requires starting in three legs to meet this clause. Horses that do not have three starts may enter for and will be accepted into the final in point order after those that have met the minimum start clause in the conditions.

Consolation races will be offered for each division.

The Kindergarten also provides a "Win & You're In" clause to the officially declared winners of the Kindergarten finals, if they are eligible to the Freshman Fall Final Four stakes as of June 1, 2023. Those horses will be eligible to advance directly to the final of their respective division at the discretion of the owner(s). They are also entitled to be put into the post-position draw the same as elimination winners if eliminations are required.

All horses must be properly declared for each leg and the final and consolation of the series. All declarations for these events will close at the time and date designated on the condition sheet of the host track.


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