Hambletonian Future Wager Open
The 93rd Hambletonian is coming at us quickly. Here’s an opportunity to catch some great prices in the August classic, again at the Meadowlands in 2018, and take advantage of a special TwinSpires offer, with a bet or two or three or more that may increase in value before the big event is here.
It’s a Hambletonian Future Wager.
Beginning at noon (EDT) on Friday, June 22, wagering opens on the first of three pools for the $1-million Hambletonian on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Meadowlands. Wagering will be available at TwinSpires until Sunday, June 24 at 10:00 p.m. (EDT) when the first “Future pool” closes.
A team of harness racing analysts and handicappers led by Meadowlands announcer Ken Warkentin, whose Road to the Hambletonian annually tracks the leading candidates to the race, will select a group of 14 trotters out of the 235 colts, fillies and geldings that remain eligible to start in the Hambletonian.
TwinSpires’ own Frank Cotolo, harness handicapper/reporter, will be contributing his expert opinions as the exclusive Hambletonian Trail blog covers major races for the two trotting divisions up to post time on the first Saturday in August.
Though fillies have their own division in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, several have started in the $1-million event for males in recent years, most recently world champion Mission Brief, who was second to Pinkman in 2015. The connections of two fillies, Manchego and Atlanta, have not ruled out the richer division yet.
The horses in each of the pools will be listed in alphabetical order. The mutuel field will consist of the remaining horses eligible to the 93rd edition of the world’s trotting classic, including all fillies eligible to the “Oaks.” There are no supplements permitted to the Hambletonian or Oaks.
The minimum future wager is $1.00 and all future wagers are win wagering only. The official first-place finisher in the 2018 Hambletonian will determine the winner of each pool.
The second future pool will open Friday, July 20 and close Sunday, July 22. The third and final future wager pool will open Wednesday, Aug. 1, when the entries and elimination heats will be sorted, and close on Friday, Aug. 3, Hambletonian eve.