The Hambletonian Stakes is a prestigious American harness race, named in honor of Hambletonian 10, a foundation sire of the Standardbred horse breed, also known as the "Father of the American Trotter." The Hambletonian is held annually for three-year-old trotting Standardbreds. It is the most coveted North American race for trotters; among races for pacers, only the Little Brown Jug is as prestigious. The Hambletonian is the first, and most prestigious, event in the United States Trotting Triple Crown races. The Hambletonian is currently run at Meadowlands Racetrack in August.
Sites of the Hambletonian Stakes
- 1926-29 -- New York State Fair, Syracuse, NY
- 1927 and 1929 events held in Lexington, KY due to rainouts in Syracuse
- 1930-56 -- Good Time Park, Goshen, NY (site of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame)
- 1943 event held at Empire City Park in Yonkers, NY due to wartime gas rationing
- 1957-80 -- DuQuoin State Fair, DuQuoin, IL
- 1981-present -- The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ
- ↑ "The Hambletonian (and Hambletonian Oaks Filly Division)". hambletonian.org. http://www.hambletonian.org/staking/hambletonian.html. Retrieved 2009-04-15.