Hambletonian Stakes

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Hambletonian Stakes
Triple Crown race
Location Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, New Jersey,
 United States
Inaugurated 1926
Race type Harness race for standardbred trotters
Website www.hambletonian.org/index.html
Race information
Distance 1,609 meters (1 mile)
Surface Dirt
Qualification 3yo
Purse $1,000,000 (2015)

The Hambletonian Stakes is a major 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 first event in the Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Trotters. The Hambletonian is run at Meadowlands Racetrack on the first Saturday in August.[1]


The Hambletonian first took place at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, NY in 1926. The race switched from Syracuse to Lexington, KY for the 1927 and 1929 races, however, because of rainouts. Starting in 1930, Good Time Park in Goshen, NY hosted the race until 1956 with the exception of 1943. That year, The Hambletonian was raced at Empire City Race Track, which became Yonkers Raceway in 1950, because of wartime gas rationing. The Du Quoin State Fair in Du Quoin, IL gained the rights to host the race in 1957 and held on to it until 1980. Since 1981, the race has been at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ

Winners of the Hambletonian Stakes[edit]

Year Horse Driver
2016 Marion Marauder Scott Zeron
2015 Pinkman Brian Sears
2014 Trixton Jimmy Takter
2013 Royalty For Life Brian Sears
2012 Market Share Tim Tetrick
2011 Broad Bahn George Brennan
2010 Muscle Massive Ronald Pierce
2009 Muscle Hill Brian Sears
2008 Deweycheatumnhowe Ray Schnittker
2007 Donato Hanover Ronald Pierce
2006 Glidemaster John Campbell
2005 Vivid Photo Roger Hammer
2004 Windsong's Legacy Trond Smedshammer
2003 Amigo Hall Michel Lachance
2002 Chip Chip Hooray Eric Ledford
2001 Scarlet Knight Stefan Melander
2000 Yankee Paco Trevor Ritchie
1999 Self Possessed Michel Lachance
1998 Muscles Yankee John Campbell
1997 Malabar Man Mal Burroughs
1996 Continentalvictory Michel Lachance
1995 Tagliabue John Campbell
1994 Victory Dream Michel Lachance
1993 American Winner Ronald Pierce
1992 Alf Palema Myles "Mickey" McNichol
1991 Giant Victory Jack Moiseyev
1990 Harmonious John Campbell
1989 Park Avenue Joe
Ron Waples
William Fahy
1988 Armbro Goal John Campbell
1987 Mack Lobell John Campbell
1986 Nuclear Kosmos Ulf Thoresen
1985 Prakas Bill O'Donnell
1984 Historic Freight Ben Webster
1983 Duenna Stanley Dancer
1982 Speed Bowl Tommy Haughton
1981 Shiaway St. Pat Ray Remmen
1980 Burgomeister Billy Haughton
1979 Legend Hanover George Sholty
1978 Speedy Somolli Howard Beissinger
1977 Green Speed Billy Haughton
1976 Steve Lobell Billy Haughton
1975 Bonefish Stanley Dancer
1974 Christopher T. Billy Haughton
1973 Flirth Ralph Baldwin
1972 Super Bowl Stanley Dancer
1971 Speedy Crown Howard Beissinger
Year Horse Driver
1970 Timothy T. John Simpson Jr.
1969 Lindy's Pride Howard Beissinger
1968 Nevele Pride Stanley Dancer
1967 Speedy Streak Del Cameron
1966 Kerry Way Frank Ervin
1965 Egyptian Candor Del Cameron
1964 Ayres John Simpson Sr.
1963 Speedy Scott Ralph Baldwin
1962 A. C.'s Viking Sanders Russell
1961 Harlan Dean James Arthur
1960 Blaze Hanover Joe O'Brien
1959 Diller Hanover Frank Ervin
1958 Emily's Pride Flave Nipe
1957 Hickory Smoke John Simpson Sr.
1956 The Intruder Ned Bower
1955 Scott Frost Joe O'Brien
1954 Newport Dream Del Cameron
1953 Helicopter Harry Harvey
1952 Sharp Note Bion Shively
1951 Mainliner Guy Crippen
1950 Lusty Song Del Miller
1949 Miss Tilly Fred Egan
1948 Demon Hanover Harrison Hoyt
1947 Hoot Mon Sep Palin
1946 Chestertown Thomas Berry
1945 Titan Hanover Harry Pownall Sr.
1944 Yankee Maid Henry Thomas
1943 Volo Song Ben White
1942 The Ambassador Ben White
1941 Bill Gallon Lee Smith
1940 Spencer Scott Fred Egan
1939 Peter Astra Doc Parshall
1938 Mc Lin Henry Thomas
1937 Shirley Hanover Henry Thomas
1936 Rosalind Ben White
1935 Greyhound Sep Palin
1934 Lord Jim Doc Parshall
1933 Mary Reynolds Ben White
1932 The Marchioness Will Caton
1931 Calumet Butler R.D. McMahon
1930 Hanover's Bertha Tom Berry
1929 Walter Dear Walter Cox
1928 Spencer W.H. Lessee
1927 Iosola's Worthy Marvin Childs
1926 Guy McKinney Nat Ray


  1. ^ "The Hambletonian (and Hambletonian Oaks Filly Division)". hambletonian.org. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 

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