Hambletonian, a slice of Americana
They call thoroughbred racing the "Sport of Kings." Then what is harness racing? The "Sport of Joe Sixpack?" And I mean that as a compliment.About the same time that the rich and beautiful will be assembling in classy Saratoga for a rich thoroughbred race named after a Whitney, people who prefer beer to champagne and corndogs to caviar will gather at the gritty Meadowlands for an even richer race. Saratoga and the Hambletonian, there's something to be said for both.
Even when the race moved to the Meadowlands and the big city it didn't try to be something that it's not.
The most expensive horse in the Hambletonian sold for $120,000, the price paid for Archangel and Prestidigitator.