Harness Racing Tracks
While there are obviously a vast number of harness racing tracks all over the
world in countries that offer harness racing, as you might expect some of the
better known are based in North America.
Four of the most popular are The Red Mile and Meadowlands Racetrack in the
United States, and Mohawk Racetrack and Woodbine Racetrack in Canada.
Located in New Jersey, the Meadowlands Racetrack was in the mid 1970s and hosted
its first harness race in September. Often known by its nickname 'The Big M',
Meadowlands also hosts thoroughbred horse racing. However, it is with harness
racing that it has made its mark. Races are mainly held at night.
In addition, the track - which is a one mile oval - boasts wide stretches and
seemingly endless curves which makes for dynamic and exciting harness racing
action. Some of Meadowlands Racetrack's better known harness races includes the
Cliff Hanger Stakes, the Meadowlands Cup and the Pegasus Stakes.
The Red Mile
Located in Lexington, Kentucky, the Red Mile was opened in 1875 and is one of
the oldest harness racing tracks in America and the oldest horse racing venue in
Lexington. As its name suggests, the Red Mile is one mile in length and consists
of red clay. It also boasts a magnificent club house.
Situated in the heart of Kentucky's famous Bluegrass region, the Red Mile has
played no small part in what has made horse racing in Kentucky what it is today.
Well-known races include the KY Futurity 3 Year Old Open $700,000 and the
Tattersalls Pace 3 Year Old Open Pace $700,000.
Located in Toronto, Ontario, Woodbine Racetrack at 7 furlongs long is one of the
foremost harness racing venues in Canada. It opened in its current location in
1956 and hosts harness racing (standardbred racing) and thoroughbred racing.
Every other year it hosts the Breeders Crown for 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds.
In the year it doesn't host the Breeders Crown it hosts a series of races called
the Fall Final Four. They are the Goldsmith maid (2-year-old filly trotters),
the Valley Victory (2-year-old colt and gelding trotters), the Three Diamonds
(2-year-old filly pacers), and the Governors Cup (2-year-old colt and gelding
Located in Campbellville, Ontario, Mohawk Racetrack was opened in April 1993 and
consists of an oval track that is 7/8 mile long and made of crushed limestone.
Its homestretch is 1,095 feet long. To encourage greater speed into the
homestretch, it's far turn boasts a greater radius than its other turns.
Harness racing is conducted five nights a week in the Spring and Fall on Monday,
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. It was transformed into its
current 7/8 mile format after a $2 million overhaul, re-opening on September 14,
1998 to great reviews from harness racing horsemen and punters.
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