08/06/2013 12:35PM

Harness Racing: Meadowlands handle up 24 percent in 2013

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The Meadowlands concluded their Championship meet on August 3 (Hambletonian Day) and reported strong profits in the following release from the track:

Despite racing 6 fewer dates, the 2013 Championship Meet produced a total handle of $79,382,139 compared to $65,900,104 for the 2012 Championship Meet. That marks a 20-percent handle increase. Removing the 6 additional dates that were raced in 2012, the increase jumps to 35-percent.

The Winter Meet conducted 42 days of racing yielding a total handle of $119,739,613. That figure was an increase of 27-percent, despite one less day of racing. The handle for the 2012 Winter Meet was $94,472,432.

For the year, the $199,121,752 wagered on the 2013 Season at The Meadowlands was $38,749,216 more than the total from the 2012 season, an increase of 24-percent, despite racing 7 fewer days. After those 7 race dates are made up in November and December, that increase will be upwards of 35-percent.

“The results for this 2013 season exceeded our wildest expectations,” said Jeff Gural, Chairman of New Meadowlands Racetrack. "We have a great team in place that isn’t afraid to try different things. When things don’t work, we try to find positive changes and apply them. Not everything we come up with will work, but we aren’t afraid to try. I want to thank all our horsemen for their commitment and filling our entry box all season. Last but not least, thank you to our customers who are at the very core of the success we have seen in 2013.”

Live standardbred racing will return to The Meadowlands on Saturday November 23rd, for the grand opening of the New Meadowlands Racetrack and it’s state of the art brand new facility. That program will include the last chance for qualifying points to be earned for the TVG Free-For-All Pacing and Trotting Championship. The highlight of the fall will be Saturday, November 30. That program will feature two $500,000 TVG Free For All Championship Finals, as well as the Fall Final Four, consisting of four championship races for two-year-old pacers and trotters, the Nadia Lobell for three-year-old filly pacers and the Moni Maker for three-year-old filly trotters. 

- edited release (Meadowlands)